Saturday, February 24, 2024

Oscar Nominations Send Fans to Theaters: Tuesday Night Box Office Up, Up, Up


Yesterday’s announcements of Oscar nominations was just the medicine the box office needed. Fans went to theaters last night. The Oscars carry clout.

For example: “Belfast” doubled its Monday night numbers and made $44,000. That’s a 100% difference.  “Licorice Pizza” went up 64%. West Side Story” rose 63%. “Dune” went up 66%. “King Richard” jumped 54%.

Even “Parallel Mothers” rose to $1.3 million based on moviegoers now wanting to see Penelope Cruz give her best performance ever in a great Pedro Almodovar film.

Of course, we don’ t know if more people watched the nominated Netflix, Amazon, or Apple movies. But my guess is they did. And they probably wondered why Nina Arianda wasn’t nominated for “Being the Ricardos” and why “Tick Tick Boom” didn’t have the spot that went to “Dont Look Up.”

But that’s another story.

So we’ll see what happens The pandemic is ebbing, and movies are coming back! Next, let’s see Broadway start to fill up! Isn’t everyone sick of being home already?



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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