Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close led the Best Picture nominees with $6.98 million, which was off 31 percent from last weekend. That light drop was almost certainly due in part to its two major Oscar nominations, though it's unclear to what extent. So far, the movie has earned $20.9 million.
On the heels of its five Oscar nominations, The Descendants expanded in to 2,001 locations and wound up in eighth place with $6.4 million. The Fox Searchlight release has now grossed an impressive $58.7 million, and its well on its way to topping About Schmidt ($65 million) and Sideways ($71.5 million) to become writer-director Alexander Payne's highest-grossing movie ever.
Hugo and The Artist received the most Oscar nominations (11 and 10, respectively), which allowed for them to expand and get a slight boost. The Artist had its best weekend yet with $3.3 million from 897 locations, while Hugo had a solid showing with $2.5 million from 965 venues. To this point, The Artist has made $16.7 million, while Hugo has earned $58.9 million.
Albert Nobbs, which scored three Oscar nominations including Best Actress (Glenn Close) and Best Supporting Actress (Janet McTier), debuted to $696,166 at 245 theaters. Including its Oscar-qualifying run in December, the Roadside Attractions release has now made $746,417.