1917: Impact of Golden Globes Win on Mendes WWI Epic Drama

Golden Globes Impact

Sam Mendes’ 1917 a WWI epic that unfolds to look like one continuous shot, was a surprise winner at the Golden Globes Sunday night, winning the two most important trophies: for best motion picture drama and best director for Mendes.

Mendes is bets known for his 1999 Globes and Oscars winner American Beauty and some of the recent and best James Bond pictures (Skyfall).

That could prove to be a welcome injection of publicity as Universal expands the film to more than 3,000 theaters this weekend.

The morning after the Globes telecast, Fandango reported there was an immediate boost in ticket sales, noting “1917” was selling five times as many tickets as it did the prior weekend.

Expectations and Reality

When 1917 opens nationwide, in a week or so, the film should earn between $20 million and $25 million.

But to justify its $90 million budget, the critically acclaimed picture will have to sustain momentum throughout awards season, where it’s expected to be a big Oscar contender.

After debuting in limited release on Christmas day, 1917 grossed $2.28.

Stay tune: Let’s see Monday morning how many Oscar nominations 1817 gets>

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