Box Office: 'The Artist' leads other nominated films on Oscars weekend
The Weinstein Co.'s black-and-white homage to the silent-film era picked up $3 million. Receipts grew a healthy 23% while the movie added only 158 theaters to its previous run of 808. That's a sign that audience interest remains very strong. The movie's average take per location on its 14th weekend in theaters was $3,106, and total domestic box office is now $31.9 million.
Not far behind was the George Clooney drama "The Descendants," which took in $2.2 million, or $2,475 per theater, at 889 locations. The Fox Searchlight release has taken in a very impressive $78.5 million in total at the box office.
Martin Scorsese's big budget 3-D family film, "Hugo," grossed $1.6 million at 501 theaters, down only 5% from the previous weekend. Its average take of $3,134 was the highest of any of the best picture nominees this weekend. But its box-office total of $69.4 million is still disappointing for a movie that cost more than $150 million to make.
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on the book about the 9/11 tragedy, took in just $254,000 as it finishes its box-office run with a total of just over $31 million.
The other five best picture nominees -- "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball," "War Horse" and "The Tree of Life" -- are no longer playing in theaters.
-- Ben Fritz
Photo: Jean Dujardin in "The Artist." Credit: Weinstein Co.