By Christmas Day, basically every film that hopes to compete for an Academy Award has screened. Because major studios target the holiday date as a prime release slot, films like Disney’s musical Into the Woods, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and Ava DuVernay’s Selma begin screening for wider audiences, so crowds from coast to coast can start to see what all of the fuss is about.
While The Interview ate up most of the movie headlines over the Christmas frame, it will be interesting to see which movies begin to have an impact with ticket buyers. Box office success is a factor when a film is campaigning for Oscar’s top prize, primarily because if a film fails to find a foothold at the ticket booth, detractors quickly can point out this flaw. With that in mind, Angelina Jolie’s Oscar contender Unbroken seemed to get off to a very good start on Christmas Day, and we discuss that in this week’s Awards Blend podcast.
Now, on to the charts. A number of films moved up and down as we sailed past Christmas. As of Friday, December 26, here’s where I think our major contenders stand:
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