In terms of box office boosts, the biggest beneficiaries from the 71st annual Golden Globes nominated crop stand to be a funny — or musical — bunch.
Three of five nominated comedy/musical pics — “American Hustle,” “Her” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” — will enter theaters in coming weeks with the added benefit of having at least two bids each. The remaining two, “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Nebraska,” which are already in theaters, should likewise see an uptick in business thanks to their nods.
On the best picture-drama side, the biggest surprise inclusion, Universal’s “Rush,” could get a boost if Universal decides to re-release the pic to benefit from recent noms. It has just grossed $27 million in the U.S. since the Sept. 20 release, faring better 0verseas ($68 million), where Formula One racing is more popular.
As opposed to the comedy/musical category, all five nominated drama films have already been released, including Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave,” which tied with “American Hustle” for the most nominations (seven); Sony’s “Captain Phillips,” which received four mentions; Warner Bros.’ “Gravity,” with four; the Weinstein Co.’s “Philomena” (three); and “Rush” (two).
Sony’s “American Hustle” debuts limited on Friday, while Warner Bros.’ “Her,” which scored three nominations including best picture, also kick-starts its Stateside run limited on Dec. 18. Paramount’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with a pair of nominations, opens in theaters nationwide Christmas Day.
The remaining two comedy/musical pic nominees already in theaters each could see sizable boosts at the domestic box office.
CBS Films released Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” just last weekend at four locations, where it scored the directing pair’s highest ever opening per-screen average. The film, which received three Globes nominations, broadens on Dec. 20 ahead of its nationwide expansion next month.
“Nebraska,” meanwhile, which netted the second-most nominations for a film this year with five, bowed domestically four weekends ago and has cumed more than $2.3 million. The noir comedy expands Friday to 250 theaters, up from 113.
Last year at the Globes, the only comedy/musical nominated pic not to have been released by the time nominations were unveiled was Universal’s “Les Miserables” — the category’s eventual winner. The musical went on to gross nearly $150 million domestically.
Aside from “Rush,” the other drama nominee which stands to see the biggest boost is “Philomena.” The film, which received an expected nomination for lead actress Judi Dench, who plays an elderly woman in search of the son she was forced to give up for adoption, was a surprise inclusion as a best pic contender. That should help it with on-the-fence moviegoers. Pic, though, already is in theaters nationwide, at 835 playdates, with a cume of $8.7 million.
Also slated to bow before the end of the year with at least one nomination are Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” Paramount’s “Labor Day” and a pair from the Weinstein Co. — “One Chance” and “August: Osage County.”
Sony Pictures Classics’ “Blue Jasmine,” which received two acting noms for Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins, re-enters the marketplace on Friday at 302 locations. To date, the Woody Allen-directed film has grossed nearly $33 million domestically.