Also hanging on strong were two other films that -- to varying degrees -- could also benefit from the Oscar nominations. "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Impossible" were on middle-range screen counts this weekend (745 and 572, respectively). The former is heading for a $3.4-$3.6 million weekend, while the latter could hit around $2.5 million. That would firmly place both films in an extremely competitive overall top 20 and give them averages in the $4,000s.
Not fairing so well was the second weekend of Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," which expanded aggressively from 25 to 1,676 theaters. The result was a $1,314,000 Friday gross, and a likely $3.7-$3.9 million weekend. That would give it a so-so average just north of $2,000 and a new total of about $4 million.
Check back tomorrow for a full weekend box office report.