Did Star Wars: The Force Awakens suffer at the box office this week with its lack of Oscar nomination nods?
For Best Picture, members of the Academy of Motion Pictures gave nominations to The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight – not a light saber in sight. F
or Best Actor, the nominees are: Brycan Cranston in Trumbo, Matt Damon in The Martian, tar ship in sight, unless you count the rocket ships in the Ridley Scott epic, The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. Again, there isn’t a storm trooper or a rebel leader’s name on the list.
This goes down the line for the best of the best, which means any of the awards that makes for the blocked out headlines in U.S. papers the day after the gala awards show, which takes place February 28 this year. The J.J. Abrams blockbuster that is smashing box office receipt records, hasn’t any nominations for Best Director, Best Actress or any of the two supporting actor categories.
It isn’t on the list of nominees until we get down to Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score.
The film, currently aiming for its second billion in box office receipts, doesn’t even get a nod for best Makeup and Hair Styling. The three nominees for that category are Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (that’s a real movie, folks) and The Revenant.
So, how did Star Wars: The Force Awakens fare at the box office this week. After four weeks atop the domestic charts, the blockbuster’s domestic sales slowed down to a take of $25 million – a slip down to third place behind the Kevin Hart – Ice Cube feature Ride Along 2, which took in $34 million, and The Revenant, which took in a respectable $29.5 million.
The rest of the top 10 for domestic box office receipts included 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi with $16 million, Daddy’s Home with a $9.3 million take, Norm of the North ($6.6 million), The Forest ($5.7 million), The Big Short ($5.2 million), Sisters ($4.4 million), and The Hateful Eight ($3.4 million).
Oscar nominations did give The Revenant and The Big Short a boost in sales this week.
The Big Short has garnered three high-profile award nominations with director Adam McKay and supporting actor Christian Bale up for awards, as well as the film, which is up for Best Picture of the year. The Revenant is up for Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Makeup and Hair Styling, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography.