Oscar Shorts Hit Records as Specialty Box Office Waits for Academy Award Winners

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Oscar Shorts Hit Records as Specialty Box Office Waits for Academy Award Winners
While possible winners “Roma,” “Vice,” “Free Solo,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book” could get a box-office boost from Sunday’s Oscar finale, the specialized world’s primary reliance on awards contenders is drawing to a close. That leaves room for other players to take center stage. Specialized mainstay Roadside Attractions is releasing “Run the Race” for Christian audiences, while MGM is widening its platformed “Fighting With My Family.” Both placed in the Top Ten, but neither is likely to find most of their business at art houses.

With a couple of niche releases (“Wrestle” in New York and “The Iron Orchard” in Texas) there isn’t much new this week to add to excitement at core theaters. However, expansions of “Everybody Knows” (Focus) and “Arctic” (Bleecker Street) both show some interest. Both should be able to expand further as screens become plentiful.

In the middle of the awards hoopla,
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