This week’s Oscar nominations boosted contenders “1917
) and “Parasite
” (Neon) to further box-office gains. Other nominees saw little impact, from “Bombshell
) to the second week expansion of French Oscar entry “Les Miserables
). While some Oscar also-rans fell short, crowdpleaser “Just Mercy
” (Warner Bros.
) managed just fine. Such is the uneven impact of the award that dominates the specialized world for nearly half the year.
Even when results don’t meet expectations, things still work out. That’s the case with “Weathering With You
), the Japanese animated smash that in five days has already in national release grossed $5 million. That’s a nice reminder that innovative strategies, such as initial event weekday showings, can bring success outside the conventional limited release pattern.
After a Los Angeles qualifying run, Alex Gibney
’s Russia expose “Citizen K
” (Greenwich), about an exiled billionaire dissident opponent of Vladimir Putin