Moonlight took its trio of Oscar wins including Best Picture to the bank
Moonlight took its trio of Oscar wins including Best Picture to the bank, expanding to well over fifteen hundred theaters over the weekend, more than the past two Best Picture winners, Spotlight and Birdman, by a few hundred. Moonlight grossed $2.5M in a total of 1,564 theaters, averaging $1,618. The gross brought Moonlight’s total to over $25.3M. Post Oscar Best Picture win last year, Open Road’s Spotlight grossed over $1.76M in 1,227 theaters the weekend after the Academy Awards, averaging $1,439. The film went on to cume over $45M. Searchlight’s Birdman capitalized on its win in 1,213 theaters, grossing over $1.9M ($1,586 average). It went on to cume $42.3M, so Moonlight has a ways to go before meeting its brethren.