Oscar Box Office: 'Life of Pi,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'Argo' Enjoy Post-Win Bumps
An Oscar is apparently worth its weight in gold.
One week after the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24, Life of Pi and several other films picking up top awards enjoyed a noticeable bump at the box office, even though they are all but done with their theatrical runs.
Life of Pi, picking up four Oscars, including Ang Lee's win for best director, was up 43 percent in its 15th weekend, grossing $2.3 million from 636 theaters for a domestic total of nearly $117 million. The fantasy-adventure also saw a bump overseas, where it was up 39 percent, grossing $2.8 million for an international total of $477 million.
Life of Pi has taken in $594 million worldwide for 20th Century Fox.
Oscar best picture winner Argo saw a 21 percent gain in its 21st outing, grossing $2.2 million from 985 locations for a domestic cume of $132.8 million. That's an impressive number considering the Warner Bros. movie came out on DVD on the eve of the Academy Awards.
The Weinstein Co.'s Silver Linings Playbook -- the only Oscar pic remaining in the top 10 chart -- was up 3 percent in its 16th weekend, grossing $5.9 million for a domestic total of $115 million and placing No. 8. Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for best actress for her performance in the film.
Django Unchained was up 5 percent, grossing $1 million in its 10th weekend for a domestic total of $160.3 million. From the Weinstein Co. and Sony, Quentin Tarantino's film has taken in $233.4 million internationally for a worldwide total of $393.7 million. Tarantino won the Oscar for best original screenplay, while Christoph Waltz took home the best supporting actor prize.