Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Oscars: “Fabelmans,” “Banshees,” “Tar” See Big Increases in Movie Theaters This Weekend Thanks to Nominations


It’s an Oscar weekend, get to the theaters.

That seems to be the message from Universal/Focus and Disney’s Searchlight. With Oscar nominations finally at hand, the audience has shown an increased interest in the nominees, and that’s a good thing.

That’s the power of the Academy Awards.

So Universal is upping “The Fabelmans” by over 1,000 theaters tonight. Searchlight is doing the same for “The Banshees of Inisherin.” Universal’s; Focus Features is giving “TAR” 400 new locations.

It makes sense. Every day this week since the nominations were announced those films, each with many nods, has done better business. It’s a tribute to the Oscars influence that these three very fine films which have struggled at the box office since their release are finally drawing audiences.

See all three, by all means. They are well worth it. And one of them could be a big winner. Or all three could divide up the spoils on March 12th.

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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