Which Best Picture Nominee Received The Biggest Pre-Oscar Bump?

Conventional wisdom is that Best Picture Oscar winners enjoy a 35% bump in theatrical grosses for the week after the show. But today Rentrak announced which titles had the largest box office growth since nominations were announced on January 10. Sure, Argo took home the gold. But Sony Pictures Classics’ Amour experienced a 1,250% increase and Annapurna Pictures/Sony Pictures’ Zero Dark Thirty earned a 1,570% increase. Rentrak numbers below include gross domestic totals from Sunday, January 6 (before nominations were announced on January 10) until Sunday for all nine Best Picture rivals:


Amour (Sony Pictures Classics)
Gross domestic total before nomination: $381,277
Current domestic gross total: $5,147,243
Growth after nomination: 1250%

Argo (Warner Bros)
Gross domestic total before nomination: $110,404,984
Current domestic gross total: $129,653,502
Growth after nomination: 17%

Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight)
Gross domestic total before nomination: $11,295,200
Current domestic gross total: $12,572,085
Growth after nomination: 11%

Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company for domestic and Sony Pictures for international)
Gross domestic total before nomination: $114,334,122
Current domestic gross total: $158,783,430
Growth after nomination: 39%

Les Miserables (Working Title/Universal)
Gross domestic total before nomination: $109,078,720
Current domestic gross total: $146,696,690
Growth after nomination: 34%

Life Of Pi (20th Century Fox)
Gross domestic total before nomination: $92,096,152
Current domestic gross total: $113,525,126
Growth after nomination: 23%

Lincoln
Gross domestic total before nomination: $146,265,060
Current domestic gross total: $178,603,571
Growth after nomination: 22%

Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Gross domestic total before nomination: $36,305,705
Current domestic gross total: $107,176,012
Growth after nomination: 195%

Zero Dark Thirty (Annapurna Pictures/Sony Pictures)
Gross domestic total before nomination: $5,480,807
Current domestic gross total: $91,539,075
Growth after nomination: 1570%

  1. And if Academy actually watched “Amour” and gave Riva her very deserved award, box office would be even bigger. But like always they didn’t went with the best but with the current flavor of the month.

    1. That’s not fair to Jennifer Lawrence at all. She did a fantastic job and deserved the award. Riva also did a fantastic job and deserved the nomination. I would have equally been pleased if she won.

      One thing I know about haters is this – they have major problems in their own life that they have to belittle others to make themselves feel better. I don’t know what’s going on in your life but it’ll get better.

    2. Never going to happen. Everyone was worried that Russell would get the 86 year-old into a headlock or something.

    3. I’ve watched Amour and did not feel Riva deserved an award. Perhaps the members of the Academy felt the same way.

  2. Oh please, amour is the most boring piece of crap– seriously two hours of watching every detail of taking care of someone, i wanted the time i wasted back and believe me im not the onky one who feels that way. RIva does nothing and is the least deserving nominee.

    1. LOL…Harvey, are you still upset SLPB lost?

      And could you have possibly made a more ignorant statement? You clearly don’t understand the art of acting, and unfortunately are the demographic McFarlane was mugging too.

    2. I don’t feel that Amour was “2 hours of crap” but I did feel the movie was painfully slow. I was not blown away by Riva’s performance, and I don’t think she “was robbed.”

    1. I haven’t seen AMOUR and don’t intend to. Having sat through 5 of Michael Haneckes’ previous films, I’ve decided to never put myself through his perverse brand of audience torture ever again. A wise decision others should heed.

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