‘La La Land’ gets Oscar revenge on ‘Moonlight’ at box office

La La Land” may have (eventually) lost the Best Picture Oscar to “Moonlight” but it is far outpacing that film at the box office. While “Moonlight” managed to make just over $1 million this past weekend, “La La Land” took in almost twice that. And while the tally for Barry Jenkins‘ character study sits at just under $26 million, Damien Chazelle‘s musical romance has raked in just under $150 million domestically.

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“La La Land” has been in the top 10 at the box office every weekend since it opened on December 9 of last year. That run of 13 weekends in a row matches that of “Zootopia” last year, which won Best Animated Feature at the recent Oscars. It is one weekend away from equalling the benchmark set by “Avatar,” which grossed a record $750 million. As with “La La Land,” that sci-fi epic lost Best Picture at the Oscars to an indie film, “The Hurt Locker.” And, as with “Moonlight,” that Oscar champ made far less money ($17 million domestic).

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Looking to match “La La Land” for the number of weekends in the top 10 is another Best Picture nominee, “Hidden Figures.” Having earned a rare A+ on CinemaScore, this crowd pleaser made $2.7 million this weekend, which was its 10th in theaters. That brings its total to just over $163 million and counting.

5 thoughts on “‘La La Land’ gets Oscar revenge on ‘Moonlight’ at box office

  1. Paul, we get it, you liked La La Land more, it’s time to move on!

    Moonlight was released on DVD and made millions of dollars in the theatres after this release that is impressive too. Can’t you be excited that two well made films are succeeding?

    I have visited goldderby since it’s hey dey and articles like this of pushing my foot traffic/clicks to a minimum.

    1. Sheehan has proved once again that he is the most thin skinned and least likeable member of the GD family. Comparing a movie already available on DVD and streaming platforms with LLL which is a theater exclusive at the moment is quite laughable.
      Long live the preferential ballot!

  2. The bigger takeaway: Both films are b.o. winners. While not at blockbuster status, “Moonlight”‘s $26M gross is phenomenal for a film that cost $1.5M. In fact, all 9 Best Picture nominees, were b.o. successes this year.

  3. Grant I could not agree more, both films deserve success! That should be the headline/story, not one pitting films against one another. I would love to course correct that on this site. People should want good films to be successful.

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