Oscar Impact: Box-Office of Best Picture Nominees

Online ticketing service Fandango reported 50% higher ticket sales on Tuesday than a typical day for “La La Land,” which set a record with 14 nominations.

In a recent Fandango survey, 69 percent of moviegoers said they’re more inclined to see a movie after it wins an Oscar or gets an Academy Award nomination.

La La Land has topped $90 million after finishing fifth at the domestic box office last weekend with $8.4 million at 1,865 sites.  Lionsgate is planning on widening the release to about 3,000 locations.

La La Land should be topping the $100 million mark by the end of the weekend.

Paramount boosted the number of locations for Arrival, which scored eight nominations including best picture, from 180 sites to 1,100 this weekend with bonus footage included.

Arrival has grossed $96 million after nearly three months in theaters along with $67 million internationally. The return engagement for the sci-fi thriller should push Arrival past the $100 million mark domestically.

The Weinstein Company’s Lion scored six nominations including best picture, best supporting actress (for Nicole Kidman), best supporting actor (for Dev Patel), best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, and best score.

The film has grossed a solid $16.3 million in two months of limited release through last weekend, when it was playing at 575 outlets.

Lion will expand to around the 1,800 to 2,000 range during the February 4-6 weekend.

Manchester by the Sea, a drama from Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions, will add between 900 and 1,000 playdates to the 543 venues where it was playing last weekend. The film has earned nearly $40 million.

A24 has not disclosed specific plans for “Moonlight,” which took eight nominations on Tuesday. The distributor has been playing the coming-of-age story in limited release since October, generating $16 million, though the film was at only 650 locations at its widest release.

Fox’s Hidden Figures was already in wide release when Oscar nominations were announced. The studio said it did not plan to add theaters in the wake of the best picture nomination.

Silence, Scorsese’s $40 million religious epic did not break into the best picture race. It was shut out in all of the major categories, which should doom it at the box office. With a gross of $5.3 million, it is one of the biggest flops in Scorsese’s career.

By the time Oscar season is over, three of the nine nominees for best picture will likely cross the $100 million mark domestically.

This year’s crop of honorees has no hits on the scale of “The Martian” ($226.6 million, domestically) or “Mad Max: Fury Road” ($153.6 million, domestically), both of which scored best picture nods last year.

Most of the films recognized are adult dramas or indie fare, which could depress ratings for the broadcast.

For art films, Oscar attention can push ticket sales. The small animated film The Red Turtle, was nominated for best animated feature category, alongside blockbusters like Zootopia and Moana.

The Oscar attention could encourage audiences to seek out the movie when it opens on Friday.

“The thing about the Oscars is it gives a life to these movies in the marketplace,” said Michael Barker, Sony Pictures Classics’ co-founder and the distributor of The Red Turtle, told Variety.  “It’s a validation of quality and it helps audiences select what movies the want to see over other movies.”