February 6, 2006

IF WE PRAISE IT ENOUGH, THE RUBES WILL JUST HAVE TO BUY BUGGERY:

Box office doesn't walk the Oscar line (Scott Bowles, 2/05/06, USA TODAY)

The weekend after Oscar nominations is traditionally a strong one for best-picture contenders. [...]

Four of the five candidates —Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck and Munich— expanded their screens by the hundreds to capitalize on awards momentum.

Brokeback Mountain had the best showing at No. 4, but it did mediocre business. It leads all films with eight Oscar nominations and expanded by 435 screens this weekend, bringing its nationwide total to a country-canvassing 2,089. But the movie still dropped 13% from last weekend, taking in $5.7 million.

The Johnny Cash biography Walk the Line re-entered the top 10 after 12 weeks in theaters with $3.4 million, a 12% surge from last weekend. But the per-screen average was a so-so $2,171. Line was not nominated for best picture, but it nabbed best-acting nominations for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.

"It's acting like it got a best-picture nomination," says Bruce Snyder, head of distribution for 20th Century Fox, which released Line. "Maybe that's a sign it should have." [...]

The numbers could be an ominous sign for the March 5 Oscar telecast. The show's ratings typically reflect how popular the films are. But this year marks the lowest-attended slate of best-picture candidates in more than two decades.


As the tanking of the other films is a sign (yet another) that they shouldn't have.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 6, 2006 6:48 PM
Comments

The other networks could score a major ratings boost if they conterprogram with some decent shows on March 5, but I don't know if the execs will want to have others on the party circuit in New York think they're racist/sexist/homophobes for trying to drive down Jon Stewart's Oscar viewership.

Posted by: John at February 6, 2006 10:45 PM

We saw Mrs. Henderson Sat. night. We really enjoyed it. Judy Dench is the lead and has been nominated for best actress.

Shun Match Point like the plague. Woody Allen uses Darwinism to justify incest. By the time the movie had 15 minutes to go, folks were taking out their cellphones and calling for dinner reservations.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 7, 2006 12:25 AM

These folks who produce the Oscars are going to sorely wish they'd thrown the Chronicles of Narnia a few more Oscar nominations. This is going to look like a train wreck.

Posted by: Brad S at February 7, 2006 9:40 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfODSPIYwpQ

trailer for "Brokeback to the Future" very funny and G rated.

Posted by: toe at February 8, 2006 12:09 AM
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