Hindi-language comedy/satire Jolly Llb 2 was leading at the specialty box office this week with $800,000, ahead of Oscar-nominated shorts compilation which took second place with $660,000. Iranian drama The Salesman, frontrunner among the five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film, grossed $725,000.
The box office numbers are well below mainstream films, but for non-English language movies these are excellent results. Specialty (arthouse) audience is very much alive and proves that there is a market in the U.S. for international cinema and American independents.
Among English-language independents Oscar-nominated Moonlight grossed $20 million, while A United Kingdom, about a real-life romance between Prince of Bechuanaland and an English woman grossed $70,000. To put everything in perspective, Danish film Land of Mine, WWII drama nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar and distributed in the U.S. by Sony Classics, grossed $23,510.
Finally, if you’re looking at the big picture, La la Land which tops all other movies with 14 Oscar nominations, grossed $126 million domestically which puts it in the 23rd place in 2016. The top-grossing film of 2016? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with over $527 million domestically (over $1 billion worldwide). They don’t call it show biz for nothing…
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