Oscar 2018: Frontrunners Benefit from Golden Globes Nominations

This article is posted on Sunday morning, January 7, several hours before the highly anticipated Golden Globes telecast. It remains to see the real effect of actual winning Globes tonight.  Stay tuned.

Golden Globe Nominees

Awards contenders The Post showed legs at multiplexes this weekend.  Spielberg’s timely journalistic drama pulled in $1.7 million at 36 locations, an impressive $47,222 per screen.

That was good enough for 15th place on the domestic chart for the film, which is up for six Globes. “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham, will go wide on January 12 through Fox.

The National Board of Review named The Post the best film of 2017, with Hanks and Streep taking the top acting awards.

Shape of Water: Del Toro’s Passion Project

Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water, which earned a leading seven Globe nominations, wound up 11th place with $3.1 million at 804 sites. The fantasy romantic fable, starring Sally Hawkins, has totaled nearly $22 million.  An Oscar frontrunner, Hawkins won Best Actress from the National Society of Film Critics.

I, Tonya

“Shape” was followed in 12th place by Neon-30West’s “I, Tonya” with $2.4 million at 242 venues, giving the black comedy a $5.3 million total.

“I, Tonya” is up for a trio of Globes for best comedy along with Margot Robbie for best actress in a comedy or musical for her portrayal of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding.

Allison Janney is nominated for the best supporting actress accolade for her performance of Harding’s mother LaVona.

Lady Bird: Sleeper Hit

A24’s “Lady Bird,” which is up for four Globes, continued to perform well in 16th place with $1.6 million at 562 locations. The coming-of-age comedy-drama, starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, has gone past $34 million in its 10th week of release.

“Lady Bird” won best picture on Saturday from the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), the most prestigious critics group in the country..

Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” grossed $705,000 at 310 locations, making its nine-week total about $25 million. The dark comedy earned six Globe nominations.

Gay Love Story

Sony Classics’ “Call Me by Your Name,” which has three Globe nominations, took in $758,726 at 117 sites to lift its total to $6.1 million after seven weeks.