Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Selma” Crosses $51 Mil Mark, Bests “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “Theory,” “Focus,” “Jupiter”


“Selma” was the little movie that could and almost didn’t. I thought it would win the Oscar, but a carefully constructed campaign– from Lyndon Johnson fans who turned out to have been a silent majority– derailed Ava Duvernay’s excellent film.

But there’s some consolation. “Selma” has crossed $51 million domestic box office. It’s the 3rd highest Best Picture nominee in grosses, behind “American Sniper,” “Into the Woods,” and “The Imitation Game.” With no acting nominations and no director nod, “Selma” still did better than “Birdman” (actual Best Pic and Director), “Boyhood,” “Theory of Everything” (Best Actor), and two current big studio flops– “Jupiter Ascending” and “Focus.”

So there. “Selma” woulda, coulda, shoulda. It will also last a lot longer in the culture than a lot of these films. That’s saying something.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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