Oscar Box Office: 'La La Land' Leads Best Picture Nominees With $340.5M Globally
'Arrival' and 'Hidden Figures' follow.
Over the Feb. 17-19 weekend, Damien Chazelle's La La Land danced past the $200 million mark at the foreign box office, no small feat for an American musical.
That puts the pic's global total at $340.5 million to date, by far the most of any of the nine films competing for best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards show. And it bests the $306.8 million earned by the musical Chicago, which won best picture in 2003.
La La Land has been a sleeper hit in Asia, where it has earned $24.5 million in China and a rousing $23.4 million in South Korea. Overall, the U.K. leads among foreign markets with $35 million.
The other movies nominated for this year's best picture Oscar are Arrival (Paramount), Hidden Figures (Fox 2000/Chernin), Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate), Lion (The Weinstein Co./See Saw), Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios/Roadside), Fences (Paramount), Hell or High Water (CBS Films/Lionsgate) and Moonlight (A24).
From Lionsgate, La La Land heads into Sunday's ceremony with a record-tying 14 nominations.
The musical, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, may be the biggest grosser globally among the best picture contenders, but Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures has earned more to date domestically with $144.2 million (La La Land has collected $134.4 million). The biographical drama is rolling out more slowly overseas, where it has earned $21.3 million so far for a worldwide cume of $165.5 million.
After La La Land, Denis Villeneuve's Arrival has taken in the most globally ($195.2 million), followed by Hidden Figures, Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge ($164.5 million), Garth Davis' Lion ($76.3 million), Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea ($64.3 million), Denzel Washington's Fences ($57.1 million), David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water ($37.5 million) and Barry Jenkins' Moonlight ($21.3 million).
Manchester, Fences, Moonlight and Hell or High Water hasn't launched offshore. Below, THR breaks down what the films have earned domestically and overseas.
Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. An eariler version of this story had an incorrect global gross for Hell or High Water. THR regrets the error.