The nine Best Picture nominees have earned a combined $642.1 million so far. In comparison, last year's nine nominees had grossed $620.4 million, though nominations were unveiled six days earlier.
Gravity is by far the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee: after setting an October opening weekend record with $55.8 million, 's space thriller received great word-of-mouth and has now reached $256.3 million. Warner Bros. is re-releasing the movie in to at least 900 locations on Friday.
Captain Phillips and American Hustle are the other two Best Picture nominees to have earned over $100 million so far. Captain Phillips was re-released in to 903 theaters on Wednesday, though its upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release could keep it from adding too much more to its box office total. On the other hand, American Hustle is coming off an $8.3 million weekend, and should earn a lot more before the end of its run.
The Wolf of Wall Street ranks fourth with $80.7 million. The controversial Martin Scorsese movie has been holding well, and it should have no problem getting past $100 million now that it's received five Oscar nominations.
12 Years a Slave and Philomena have so far earned $39 million and $22.3 million, respectively. Both should benefit a bit from the nominations—Philomena is currently in nationwide release, while 12 Years a Slave will be getting a re-release this weekend. Meanwhile, Dallas Buyers Club has essentially ended its run at $16.8 million, and it's unclear what the expansion plan is here.
The movies that stand to gain the most from their Best Picture nominations are Her (2013) and Nebraska. Her (2013) was a bit disappointing in its nationwide expansion this past weekend, while Nebraska still hasn't had a nationwide release. These Best Picture nominations could get some moviegoers to give these two a second look.
The 86th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 2nd in Hollywood, California. Ellen DeGeneres is hosting for the second time.
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