‘La La Land’ wreaks 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 a quarter million dollars this past weekend, “La La Land” took in more than 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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Until this frame, “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 was 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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Matching “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 $1.5 million this weekend, which was its 13th in theaters. That brings its total to just over $165 million and counting.

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