One calendar advantage is that the Oscar nominations came a week later last year, with no impact on the long weekend. Add that this year has surging top contender “1917” as well as several recent Oscar hopefuls like “Little Women” to boost the totals.
Last year saw the three-day weekend gross $134 million ($162 million for four days). But apart from the Oscar boost, this year has other ways to surpass that. Two wide studio openers — last year standalone “Glass