Golden Globes 2017 Box Office: Ranking the Best Picture Nominees

4:14 PM 1/7/2017

by Pamela McClintock

'Deadpool' blows every other contender out of the water in terms of sheer grosses — $783 million globally — but it isn't the only best-picture nominee impressing at the box office. One loser is 'Sing Street,' which bombed in the U.S. with $3.2 million.

'Deadpool'
'Deadpool'
Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

At Sunday night's 74th Golden Globe ceremony, Deadpool will be the first live-action superhero movie in the history of the awards show to compete for top honors.

The R-rated Deadpool, from 20th Century Fox and starring Ryan Reynolds, is far and away the top-grossing title among the five movies nominated for best motion picture for a musical or comedy, as well as the five vying for best motion picture for a drama.

In keeping with tradition, many of the 10 titles are prestige films, versus big commercial players. Still, Deadpool isn't the only best-picture nominee that can claim success when breaking down how the 10 films have fared — or are faring — at the domestic and global box office in advance of the Globes. The big exception is Sing Street, which fell flat in the U.S. in April with only $3.2 million.

All grosses are through Sunday.

Jan. 8, 9:30 a.m. Updated with weekend box-office numbers.

  • 'Deadpool' — $783.1 Million

    'Deadpool'
    'Deadpool'
    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Photofest

    Deadpool's appearance on the awards circuit has caught many pundits by surprise. In addition to the Golden Globe nomination for best picture, Reynolds is up for best actor in a musical/comedy, another first for the superhero genre, although the late Heath Ledger won for best supporting actor for 2008's The Dark Knight. And on Jan. 4, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick's Deadpool script scored a WGA nomination for best adapted screenplay.

    Box Office
    Release date: Feb. 12
    Domestic: $363.1 million
    International: $420 million
    Total: $783.1 million

  • 'Hacksaw Ridge' — $137.3 Million

    'Hacksaw Ridge'
    'Hacksaw Ridge'
    Mark Rogers/Summit Entertainment

    Mel Gibson's World War II drama, starring Andrew Garfield as a medic and conscientious objector who refuses to bear arms but saves dozens of lives when others flee, has been a strong performer considering its tough, violent subject matter — plus the controversy that has dogged the filmmaker. And it's an unqualified hit in China, where it has earned north of $52 million to date. Distributed by Lionsgate in the U.S., Hacksaw Ridge is up for a Golden Globe for best picture (drama), while Gibson is up for best director and Garfield best actor in a drama.

    Box Office
    Release date: Nov. 4
    Domestic: $65.1 million
    International: $72.2 million
    Total: $137.3 million

  • 'La La Land' — $85.8 Million

    'La La Land'
    'La La Land'
    Courtesy of Dale Robinette/Lionsgate

    Damien Chazelle's love letter to classic musicals (and to Los Angeles) is nominated for seven Golden Globes, the most of any film this year, including best motion picture for a musical/comedy and directing and acting noms. La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, has been rolling out slowly since Dec. 9 with the aim of building buzz as awards season unfolds. So far, Lionsgate's plan is working: The film quickly became the top-grossing limited release of 2016 in the U.S. before beginning to expand nationwide (it is presently playing in 1,515 theaters). La La Land is even getting a berth in Imax theaters beginning Jan. 13.

    Box Office
    Release date: Dec. 9, limited
    Domestic: $51.7 million
    International: $34.1 million
    Total: $85.8 million

  • 'Florence Foster Jenkins' — $47.9 Million

    'Florence Foster Jenkins'
    'Florence Foster Jenkins'
    Nick Wall/Pathé

    The movie, up for the Golden Globe for best motion picture in the musical/comedy category, failed to turn into a late-summer sensation with adult audiences in the U.S. despite the star power of Meryl Streep. Hugh Grant also stars in the movie, based on the real-life story of how American socialite and heiress Florence Foster Jenkins used her wealth to buy a career as an opera singer. Paramount released the film domestically.

    Box Office
    Release date: Aug. 12
    Domestic: $27.4 million
    International: $20.5 million
    Total: $47.9 million

  • 'Manchester by the Sea' — $34.8 Million

    'Manchester by the Sea'
    'Manchester by the Sea'
    Claire Folger/Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions

    Kenneth Lonergan's searing drama, which stars Casey Affleck, is a big win for Amazon Studios as it cements its film unit and, like La La Land and Moonlight, is an awards frontrunner. Manchester by the Sea is up for five Golden Globes, including for best picture for a drama, director, actor in a drama and supporting actress (Michelle Williams). Amazon and partner Roadside Attractions expanded the pic nationwide in mid-December, but it could continue to hold onto screens if the film picks up key Globe wins, followed by Oscar nominations. And Manchester has yet to roll out overseas in earnest.

    Box Office
    Release date: Nov. 18, limited
    Domestic: $33.8 million
    International: $1 million
    Total: $34.8 million

  • 'Hell or High Water' — $33 Million

    'Hell or High Water'
    'Hell or High Water'
    Courtesy of CBS Films

    Terry Press' CBS Films has been widely praised for pursuing this modern-day heist Western, starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster. Hell or High Water was a critical and sleeper hit following its release in select theaters in early August, and it was the top-grossing indie movie of 2016 until  La La Land danced past it. The film, released in partnership with Lionsgate, is nominated for Globes in the motion picture — drama, supporting actor (Bridges) and screenplay categories and is still rolling out internationally.

    Box Office
    Release date: Aug. 12, limited
    Domestic: $27 million
    International: $6 million
    Total: $33 million

  • 'Sing Street' — $13.6 Million

    'Sing Street'
    'Sing Street'
    Courtesy of Sundance Institute

    Despite rave reviews, acclaimed Irish filmmaker John Carney's music-infused dramedy disappeared quickly at the U.S. box office in spring 2016, earning just $3.2 million. (The Weinstein Co. handled domestic distribution duties). Sing Street, starring Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Jack Reynor, fared better overseas. The indie film is up for a Globe for best picture in the musical-comedy category.

    Box Office
    Release date: April 15, limited
    Domestic: $3.2 million
    International: $10.4 million
    Total: $13.6 million

  • 'Moonlight' — $13.3 Million

    'Moonlight'
    'Moonlight'
    David Bornfriend

    Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age indie film about a young gay man growing up in South Florida is nominated for six Golden Globes, the most after La La Land, including for best picture for a drama, director, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali), supporting actress (Naomie Harris) and screenplay. Also starring Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland and Janelle Monae, Moonlight, from A24, could see a box-office boost from any wins since it has never expanded nationwide and has some room to grow. Still, even $13 million is a good number for this small indie title. (The pic is set to come out Feb. 27 on DVD.)

    Box Office
    Release date: Oct. 21, limited
    Domestic: $13.3 million
    International: N/A
    Total: $13.3 million

  • 'Lion' — $12.5 Million

    'Lion'
    'Lion'
    Courtesy of Mark Rogers/ Long Way Home Productions/The Weinstein Company

    The movie, produced by See Saw Productions and The Weinstein Co., hasn't fared as well at the U.S. box office as other fall prestige fare competing on the awards circuit but is hoping for a boost from any attention at Sunday's Golden Globes show, where it is nominated for best picture — drama. Based on the true story of an Australian man who uses Google Earth to find his birth family in India, Lion stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman, who is up for best supporting actress. The film has only opened in a handful of international markets.

    Box Office
    Release date: Nov. 25, limited
    Domestic: $9.8 million
    International: $2.7 million
    Total: $12.5 million

     

  • '20th Century Women' — $395,412

    '20th Century Women'
    '20th Century Women'

    Mike Mills' semi-autobiographical tale about his childhood is in a good position to take advantage of awards exposure since it waited until Dec. 28 to launch in New York and Los Angeles, closer to the Globes ceremony. Set in the late 1970s in Santa Barbara, Calif., 20th Century Women, which stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig, is nominated for best picture in the musical/comedy category, while Bening is nominated for best actress in a musical or a comedy. The indie movie, from A24 and Annapurna Pictures, scored one of the top location averages of the weekend ($14,282) as it upped is theater count from four cinemas to 10.

    Box Office
    Release date: Dec. 28, limited
    Domestic: $395,412
    International: N/A 
    Total: $395,412

     

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