Oscars box office: Best Picture rivals ‘The Post,’ ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Three Billboards’ rake in millions post-noms

Sure, everybody know that “Black Panther” is the king of the box office, amassing more than $235 domestically in only four days. But did you know three of the Top 12 movies at this weekend’s U.S. box office were Best Picture Oscar nominees? That’s right, “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” continue raking in moola months after their initial releases, proving that audiences are curious about the movies that have been stamped with Oscar’s approval.

As of this writing Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post” has made $77 million domestically, compared to $53 million for Guillermo del Toro‘s “The Shape of Water” and $48 million for Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards.” Of course, none of those tallies come close to the two bonafide blockbusters in this year’s Best Picture race: “Dunkirk” at $188 million and “Get Out” with $176 million.

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The great news for “The Post” is that since Oscar nominations were announced on January 23 it has made an additional $31 million in U.S. ticket sales. That makes this December release the biggest money-maker post-nominations. Not to be outdone, “The Shape of Water” swam off with an extra $23 million after the noms were announced, while “Three Billboards” added another $16 to its domestic tally.

Does box office green lead to Oscar gold? Not typically. Last year, for example, Best Picture contender “Moonlight” only made $27 million domestically but still came away with the top prize. Prior to that, “Spotlight” (2015) uncovered $45 million, “Birdman” (2014) flew off with $42 million and “12 Years a Slave” (2013) scored $56 million. The last time that the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee ended up prevailing was “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) with $141 million nearly a decade ago.

Here’s how all nine Best Picture contenders have fared at the U.S. box office as of February 19, 2018. Keep in mind that some are currently in theaters so these numbers can grow even higher. Results courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

1. “Dunkirk” — $188 million
2. “Get Out” — $176 million
3. “The Post” — $77 million
4. “The Shape of Water” — $53 million
5. “Darkest Hour” — $53 million
6. “Lady Bird” — $43 million
7. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — $48 million
8. “Phantom Thread” — $17 million
9. “Call Me By Your Name” — $15 million

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