The Weinstein Company is expanding its Oscar-nominated The Imitation Game this weekend which means it likely will become 2014’s top-grossing independent film. After finishing No. 7 during the lucrative four-day MLK weekend grossing an additional $8M in 1,611 locations in its eighth week, the pic has grossed $52.34M domestically. It also this weekend passed $100M globally.
The studio just finalized its expansion plan for this weekend. “We are thrilled to have The Imitation Game expanding to over 2,000 theaters this weekend and continue its incredible momentum at the box office,” said David Glasser, TWC’s COO and president. “Between the news of eight Oscar nominations and it being on track to make over $100M in the U.S., the film has a whole lot to be excited about.”
Currently, fellow Best Picture Oscar nominee Grand Budapest, released in March, is 2014’s top-grosser at $59.1M domestic. The Wes Anderson movie has nine Oscar noms; Imitation Game has eight.
Imitation Game was released in select theaters November 28 and nationwide on Christmas Day. The Morten Tyldum-directed biopic of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley and was written by Graham Moore (Tyldum, Cumberbatch, Knightley and Moore all landed Oscar noms).
Said the film’s producers Teddy Schwarzman, Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky: “Our pride in this film and the team surrounding it continues to grow every day. Our huge congratulations on this latest milestone to the entire cast and crew who made this film for just $15 million; its success at the indie box office is nothing short of a miracle.”
This is all win-win for the specialty box office ranks — this has been a great year for indies which is especially notable as the Sundance Film Festival ramps up this week. Almost the entire list of Oscar Best Picture noms are indie, and that doesn’t include pics like Nightcrawler and A Most Violent Year.