With the Oscar nominations up and out, a batch of hopefuls tried to boost their grosses over Martin Luther King weekend.
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" -- which received 9 Oscar nominations including best picture -- added 647 theaters in its 14th weekend, bringing the total to 761. That resulted in a $1,515,000 gross, averaging a respectable $1,991. "12 Years" has now grossed $40.6 million, with distributor Fox Searchlight adding another 300+ theaters next weekend.
Fellow best picture nominee "Philomena" actually dropped 102 theaters to 502, but The Weinstein Company only saw a 5% drop as the film took in $1,307,000 for a very strong $2,588 average. The film has now totaled $24,069,000 after 9 weeks.
"Dallas Buyers Club" -- which received 6 nominations including best picture -- added 294 theaters (giving it a total of 419) in its 12th weekend. The result was a $917,000 gross and a $2,189 average. "Dallas" has now grossed $17,789,000.
Joel & Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" got shafted from Oscar's major categories, but still took in $1,105,000 from 585 theaters (down 144 from last weekend). The CBS Films release has now grossed $11,143,000.
Charles Dickens adaptation "The Invisible Woman" only got a costume design nod, but still saw respectable numbers as it went from 9 to 26 theaters in weekend four The Sony Pictures
Classics-released film -- which stars
Ralph Fiennes (who also directed), Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott
Thomas -- took in $100,000 for a $3,846 average. Its total now stands at $293,000.
Sony Classics also expanded Asghar Farhadi's Oscar nomination-less "The Past" from 17 to 30 theaters and saw the film's weekend gross jump to $110,000. The film averaged $3,667 as a result, totaling $389,000 so far.
While "The Past" was snubbed in the foreign language category, Italy's "The Great Beauty" is a potential frontrunner now that the nominations are out. Released in the US via Janus Films, the film grossed $130,000 from 54 theaters to average $2,407 and take its total to
$1,263,000. It is now the highest grossing film ever for Janus Films.