“Moonlight” expanded its theatrical run after winning Best Picture at the Oscars on Feb. 26. It took in more than $2.2 million that first weekend (March 3 – 5) and added another $1 million to its coffers this past weekend (March 10 – 12). Those takings bring its total tally at the domestic box office to $26 million.
And it debuted on home video, doing well on both the sales and rental charts. Besides that surprise Best Picture win, “Moonlight” also claimed Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney).
“Hacksaw Ridge,” which pulled off upsets in both Film Editing and Sound Mixing at the Oscars, dropped from first to second on both the combined DVD/Blu-Ray sales chart as well as that devoted solely to the latter format. Mel Gibson reaped an Oscar bid for helming this real-life story of WWII medic Desmond Doss (Best Actor nominee Andrew Garfield) who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
And “Manchester by the Sea,” which has been available for streaming on Amazon Prime, went from fourth to six in its second week of release. This domestic drama features an Oscar-winning performance by Casey Affleck as a man forced to confront his past after his brother dies. Playwright turned filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan won the Best Original Screenplay award as well.
Having Justin Timberlake open the Oscars with his nominated song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” helped “Trolls” stay near the top of the charts. It is down to third after spending two weeks at No. 1 and last week in second.
Over on the rental chart, “Hacksaw Ridge” stayed in first,”Best Sound Editing winner “Arrival” was in third, “Moonlight” managed fourth and “Manchester by the Sea” rounds out the top five. Second place went to the ensemble comedy “Masterminds.”