‘La La Land,’ ‘Arrival’ & ‘Moonlight’ Expect Box Office Bumps Following Oscar Nominations

Oscar nominations

Every year, Oscar nominations typically lead to box office gains. Several of this year’s Best Picture contenders and frontrunners plan on capitalizing.

For instance, per THR, following its record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, “La La Land” is opening in 3,000 theaters. This is up from just under 2,000 in the last few weeks. “Moonlight” plans to expand to over 1,000 theaters for the first time since its fall release.

Arrival,” which was previously on its last legs since its November wide release, will re-release in 1,100 theaters.

See how the other Best Picture contenders are capitalizing (per THR):

  • “Manchester by the Sea”: up to 800-1,000 theaters
  • “Hidden Figures”: already in 3,400 theaters, but will see likely box office boost
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”: DVD release planned for February
  • “Hell or High Water”: already out on DVD
  • “Fences”: slightly expanding from 693 to 750 locations
  • “Lion”: expanding in early February to unknown number of theaters

“La La Land” is currently the highest grosser of the group, with just over $91 million domestically and $176.4 million worldwide.

As a refresher, this is how each of the Best Picture nominees stack up by total nominations:

  1. “La La Land”: Best Picture, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Original Screenplay (Damien Chazelle), Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Song (x2), Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography
  2. “Arrival”: Best Picture, Best Director (Denis Villeneuve), Best Adapted Screenplay (Eric Heisserer), Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Cinematography
  3. “Moonlight”: Best Picture, Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris), Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score
  4. “Manchester by the Sea”: Best Picture, Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan), Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
  5. “Hacksaw Ridge”: Best Picture, Best Director (Mel Gibson), Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
  6. “Lion”: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman), Best Adapted Screenplay (Luke Davies), Best Cinematography, Best Original Score
  7. “Hell or High Water”: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan)
  8. “Fences”: Best Picture, Best Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis), Best Adapted Screenplay (August Wilson)
  9. “Hidden Figures”: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Adapted Screenplay (Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi)

Tell us: Which films do you think will benefit the most at the box office from their Oscar nominations? Do you plan on seeing any this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!