"The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2009," a program of the films nominated in Oscar's live action and animated shorts programs, broke the record at New York's IFC Center this weekend for the highest gross ever on a single screen. They grossed $24,006, beating out Charles Burnett's "Killer of Sheep," which grossed $22,000 last year on one screen.
The program, The program, released by Shorts International in co-operation with Magnolia Pictures, has charted a dramatic 223% increase in attendance at the domestic box office since their launch four years ago. It is currently playing on 41 screens nationwide, where it grossed an estimated $150,203 over the weekend (for a $3,663 average). In addition to the theatrical run, the shorts will be released on iTunes on February 17th in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
"We're incredibly pleased with the reception for the Oscar Shorts program this weekend," said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive, Shorts International. "Numbers were strong across the country, despite the warm weather. Additionally, launching the program a week earlier than it's been released in previous years will give audiences extra time to see the shorts before the Academy Awards ceremony. It's a great package of films this year - we're glad that audiences have found them, and we're looking forward to several more strong weekends ahead."