Moonlight: Best Picture Oscar Winner into Wide Release

Distributor A24 is expanding the domestic run of Moonlight into  1,500 theaters after winning the Best Picture Oscar Sunday night.

Moonlight played at 585 sites during the Feb. 24-26 weekend and grossed $591,201 in its 19th weekend, lifting the cumulative total to $22.1 million.

The expansion will put “Moonlight” at its widest release, which previously had been 1,104 locations during the Jan. 27-29 weekend following the film’s eight Academy Award nominations.


Mahershala Ali Oscar Win

 Mahershala Ali, the first Muslim to win an Oscar.

Moonlight became available on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 28.

The movie stars best supporting actor winner Mahershala Ali along with Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Alex R. Hibbert.

La La Land was erroneously named best picture on Sunday by Faye Dunaway due to PriceWaterhouseCooper accountant Brian Cullinan having given co-presenter Warren Beatty the wrong envelope. Three minutes later, after producers made their acceptance speeches, “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz announced that “Moonlight” had actually won best picture and that the wrong envelope had been given to the presenters.

“Moonlight” opened October 21 and generated an impressive $402,075 at four sites in its opening weekend.