The films nominated for this year’s Best Picture were screened in mostly empty theaters over the weekend, and none of them managed to exceed 1 million after the Oscars were announced earlier this week.
According to The Wrap, Licorice Pizza, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, came the closest, grossing $922,500 between showings in 1,977 theaters, the biggest release since opening on November 26.
It was still well behind the top 10, which included the recently released Death on the Nile and Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy Marry Me, as well as the hit sequel Jackass.
Of course, this weekend coincided with the Super Bowl, which has historically kept more would-be moviegoers at home, as well as ongoing fears of COVID that have kept many older people off the movies.
None of the films nominated for Best Picture last week received the typical box office boost.
Licorice Pizza barely entered the top 10 highest-grossing films behind Scream, Sing 2, The King’s Man, Redeeming Love, American Underdog and The 355.
Belfast, the second-biggest Oscar nominee in theaters this weekend, made $285,000 from 928 theaters, though it was a 42 percent increase in profits.
Cash receipts for February 11-13
1 Death on the Nile $12,800,000
2 Freaks Forever $8,050,298
3 Marry me $8,000,000
4 Spider-Man: No Way Home $7,150,000
5 Blacklight $3,600,000
6 Sing 2 $2,950,445
7 Moonfall $2,850,000
8. Scream $2,835,368
9. Licorice pizza $922,501
10. King’s Man – $433,000
Five of this year’s ten nominees – CODA, Don’t Look Up, Dune, King Richard and Power of the Dog – were quickly released to the streaming platforms Netflix, HBO Max and Apple TV+ after their big screen debuts.
Belfast was the second highest-grossing Oscar nominee in theaters this weekend, grossing $285,000 from 928 theaters, though it was a 42 percent increase in profits.
The film, which deals with family life during the 1960s “Troubles”, had a better showing in Ireland and the UK, where it grossed $1.4 million this weekend.
Drive My Car nominee grossed an estimated $192,949 from 127 screens, bringing his new total to $1.225 million. Profit increased by more than 90 percent.
Dune, which was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, is the only Best Picture nominee to even break the $100 million mark, grossing a total of $107.6 million since it premiered late last year. It brought in about $150,000 this weekend.
This week’s Top 5 was led by Death of the Nile ($12.8 million), followed by Freaks Forever ($8.05 million), Marry Me ($8 million), Spider-Man: No Way Home ($7.15 million) and Black Light ($3.6 million). )
None of the highest-grossing films of 2021, such as this year’s Spider-Man or the new James Bond film No Time to Die, have been included in the Best Picture Oscar nomination.
Many studios have dropped major contenders for the Oscars this year’s Christmas season due to Omicron’s soaring sales, and the Golden Globes TV broadcast has been put on hold by NBC. In 2019, Best Picture nominee 1917 was shown in theaters for a limited time before it was released to wide release the following January after winning a Golden Globe.
COVID remains a thorn in the side of the movie theater industry as older audiences dwindle, either due to ongoing pandemic fears or the abandonment of movie theaters after a year of streaming services.
Dune made about $150,000 over the weekend, grossing a total of $107.6 million since its release late last year.
Don’t Look Up is one of five nominees that never made it to the big screen, releasing it straight to streaming services.
Since October 2021, moviegoers’ comfort levels in theaters have hovered around 50 percent since a peak of 55 percent on July 4, according to Morning Consult’s weekly consumer surveys.
According to this week’s survey, cinema experience was 47 percent in the week of December 30, unchanged from a 4 percentage point drop in the week of December 19.
Younger consumers, who are less likely to be interested in a movie in theaters after an Oscar nomination, have consistently felt most comfortable going to the movies during COVID-19, with 61 percent of millennials and 58 percent of Gen Z surveyed saying they would see the movie in theaters during the week of December 30th.
These demographics played a role in making Spider-Man: No Home the fourth highest-grossing film in history with $1.804 billion in revenue.