Oscars 2015: How are best picture nominees faring at the box office?

Oscars 2015: How are best picture nominees faring at the box office?
Actor Chris Pine and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce best picture nominee "American Sniper" Jan. 15 in Beverly Hills. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

With the Oscars less than a month away, here's a look at how the best picture nominations are doing at the domestic box office.

"American Sniper"

The war drama is setting box office records, pulling in an estimated $200.1 million in the U.S. and Canada since its limited release on Christmas Day.

Clint Eastwood's film, which cost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow about $58 million to make, is adapted from the Chris Kyle autobiography of the same name. It follows the story of Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a Navy SEAL known as the most lethal sniper in American history. 


The Fox Searchlight film added 362 theaters (to 833 total) and upped its weekend ticket sales 24% from last weekend. It pulled in $1.9 million in its 15th weekend in release, raising its total domestic gross to $30.9 million. Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's film follows Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor hoping to make a comeback in theater.


Richard Linklater's coming-of-age film, first released in July, added an estimated $197,000 this weekend. Its total gross is $24.9 million. The film, which co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, is available on home video.

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Wes Anderson's film has had a strong box office run since its March release. In its first week, it brought in $800,000 from four theaters for a  per-screen average of $200,000. After the Oscar nominations, Fox Searchlight re-opened the film in select theaters.

To date, it has made about $59.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, the highest total for any Anderson film. More recent box office figures, reflecting the limited re-opening, were not immediately available.

"The Imitation Game"

The World War II drama, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the genius mathematician Alan Turing, came in sixth this weekend with $7.1 million. With the addition of 414 theaters (to a total of more than 2,000 theaters), the Weinstein Co. film was up 5% from last weekend's box office total. To date, it has made $60.6 million.


The film, released by Paramount Pictures, came in at eight place this weekend with $5.5 million, raising its total haul to about $39.2 million.

The Ava DuVernay-directed drama follows the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) in 1965 as he organizes and leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

"The Theory of Everything"

The Focus Features film was up 34% at the box office this weekend after adding 349 locations (to 858 total). To date, it's made about $29.1 million in the U.S. and Canada.

The film is based on Jane Hawking's memoir, "Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen." It stars Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as Hawking's wife, Jane.


Sony Classics' film was up a whopping 116% this weekend after expanding to 378 more theaters (567 in all).

The film has made about $7.6 million in the U.S. and Canada. It follows a domineering teacher (J.K. Simmons) as he drives aspiring jazz drummer (Miles Teller) to the edge of sanity.

Haven't seen the nominated films? Here's a rundown of where you can see the contenders on the big screen before the Feb. 22 Academy Awards.

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