Box-Office January 13, 2019: Hopeful Oscar Contenders Underperform at the Box-Office

Sony’s A Dog’s Way Home opened in third place with $11.3 million, in line with expectations.

The family-friendly film chronicles the adventures of a dog — voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard — who travels 400 miles to find her owner. Ashley Judd and Edward James Olmos co-star.

The film received an A- CinemaScore.  It is not a sequel to A Dog’s Purpose; that honor belongs to A Dog’s Journey, which is set for a May 17 release. All three films are based on books by W. Bruce Cameron.

Keanu Reeves Replicas: Box-Office Bomb

The weekend’s third new offering, the sci-fi thriller Replicas, bombed with $2.5 million to mark the worst wide start of Keanu Reeves’ career. The Entertainment Studios release was slapped with a C CinemaScore after getting skewered by critics.

Focus Features’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as a young Ginsburg, fared nicely as it expanded nationwide.

Mimi Leder’s biopic placed No. 8 with $6.2 million from 1,923 cinemas for a domestic total of $10.6 million.

Annapurna production of Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk also expanded nationwide, earning $2.4 million from 1,334 cinemas for a domestic total of $7.7 million, a very modest figure. The romantic drama is counting on Oscar nomination to boost its underwhelming box-office run.

Vice: Underperforming

Annapurna’s Vice, filmmaker Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale. Vice placed No. 10 with $3.3 million for American gross of $35.9 million against a production budget of $60 million.

Among top victors at last weekend’s Golden Globes ceremony, best drama winner Bohemian Rhapsody saw an uptick as it offered special sing-along screenings. The Queen biopic earned $3.2 million from 1,334 theaters for a North American total of nearly $200 million ($198.5 million).

Green Book Controversy

Green Book, which continues to stir controversy after its Globes win for best comedy or musical, earned an estimated $2.1 million for a domestic total of $38.6 million.

It remains to be seen to what extent the anti-Muslim tweets of 2015 would cause any danage as far as Oscar gold is concerned.

The film will expand in a major way after the Oscar nominations are announced, January 22.

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