‘Moonlight,’ Oscar’s Surprise Best Picture Winner, Will Shine Wide This Weekend


EXCLUSIVE: In its 20th weekend at the box office, A24’s Moonlight will expand to 1,500-plus theaters following its three Oscar wins Sunday.

That’s a bigger expansion than last year’s Best Picture winner Spotlightwhich jumped to 1,227 theaters, and 2015’s Birdmanwhich flew to 1,213. Similar to those Best Pic winners, Moonlight‘s win comes at a time when it’s already available on DVD and electronic sellthrough/rental. Currently, the movie is in play at 585 venues and grossed $591K last weekend.

Moonlight has been on a hot streak at the specialty B.O. since its October 21 debut and for a moment posted the best opening -pertheater average of 2016 ($100,5K) — until awards-season rival La La Land topped it with $176,2K. Since earning eight Oscar noms on January 24, Moonlight saw a 39% jump in its total B.O., rising from $15.9M to $22.1M. Rivals believe the Barry Jenkins-directed movie stands to gain another $4M-$6M in its domestic B.O. life cycle.

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