Box Office Milestone: 'Silver Linings Playbook' Hitting $100 Million in North America
David O. Russell's film has become a sleeper hit and will be the sixth best picture contender to clear $100 million domestically as the Feb. 24 Oscar ceremony approaches.
Enjoying a tenacious hold, The Weinstein Co.'s Silver Linings Playbook will clear the $100 million mark at the domestic box office by the conclusion of Presidents Day weekend and one week before the Academy Awards.
Silver Linings, which is up for eight Oscars, including best picture, has also become director David O. Russell's top-grossing film in the U.S., besting the $93.6 million earned by The Fighter in 2010.
Silver Linings will reach $100 million sometime on Monday, a holiday. (There's an outside chance it could be Tuesday.) Through Sunday, the film's domestic gross was $98.5 million.
Many had doubted whether Silver Linings could recover after Harvey Weinstein and his team scrubbed the film's planned nationwide release over Thanksgiving because of poor tracking. But it held on and began to expand aggressively after picking up key award nominations, which sparked word-of-mouth.
"Hitting a $100 million is a tremendous testament to the playability and marketing of the movie. And the cast has been out there everywhere helping," said Weinstein Co. president of distribution Erik Lomis. All four of the film's stars -- Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver -- are nominated for Oscars.
Silver Linings is the sixth best picture contender to cross $100 million in domestic ticket sales, a rare feat in recent years. Lincoln is the top domestic grosser ($176.3 million), followed by Django Unchained ($157 million), Les Miserables ($145.5 million), Argo ($127 million) and Life of Pi ($110.8 million). Of the remaining three nominees, Zero Dark Thirty has taken in $88 million in North America, followed by specialty releases Beasts of the Southern Wild ($12.1 million) and Amour ($3.5 million).
The lineup looks dramatically different when including foreign grosses. Life of Pi has earned the most by far, with a world total of $577 million, including $466.2 million in foreign ticket sales. Les Mis has earned $378.8 million globally. Django cleared the $200 million mark at the foreign box office over the weekend, pushing its worldwide total to $368.6 million, not far behind the $378.8 million taken in by Les Miserables. Argo has taken in $77.1 million internationally, for a total $204.1 million.
Zero Dark Thirty -- a tough sell to foreign audiences -- has taken in nearly $20 million to date at the foreign box office, while Silver Linings has earned north of $40 million in select territories.
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