Bleecker Street’s “The Assistant” — Kitty Green’s drama inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and workplace sexual harassment brought to light by the #MeToo movement – released this weekend to solid results from its four-screen release with $84,702 grossed and a per screen average of $21,176.
Written and directed by Green, “The Assistant” stars Julie Garner as a young college grad who takes her first job as an assistant at a film production company, weathering the microaggressions of her sexist co-workers and cleaning up after the sexual abuse of her boss. The film premiered at Telluride last year and was featured at Sundance this past week, earning an 85% score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Although box office grosses, for the most part, were muted thanks to low turnout on Super Bowl weekend, Oscar-nominated shorts saw an increase from last year. Shorts.TV and Magnolia Pictures rolled out their annual release of the 15 nominated short films, which grossed $1.11 million from screenings of the live action, animated and documentary categories.
Because of the shorter timespan between nominations and Oscar Sunday, the shorts were released on 460 screens, the widest release the annual showcase has ever received on opening weekend since it started 15 years ago. Last year, the opening weekend for the shorts yielded $938,455 from 270 screens.
Meanwhile, Oscar contenders “Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit” continue to bring in awards enthusiasts, with “Parasite” adding $1.67 million this weekend while “Jojo” adds $1.35 million. “Jojo Rabbit” now has a domestic total of just under $28 million, while “Parasite” has a North American total of $33.4 million.
All 38 2020 Oscar-Nominated Features, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
- Warner Bros.
- Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Lionsgate
- Allen Fraser/20th Century Fox
- DreamWorks Animation
- Warner Bros.
- Focus Features
- Orlando Brito/Netflix
- David Hindley/LD/Roadside
- Film Movement
- Merrick Morton/Fox
- Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures
- Claire Folger/Lionsgate
- National Geographic
- Sony Pictures Classics
- Eric Chakeen/A24
- Fox Searchlight
How do this year’s Academy Award contenders stack up against each other?
The Oscar nominations are hard to keep up with, even for those of us who try, and every year brings surprise nominations, unthinkable snubs and a series of films that, darn it, we haven't all been able to catch up with. Watching all the feature films nominated at the 92nd Academy Awards is a time-consuming task, and mainlining all these movies doesn't always paint a clear picture of what the Academy actually likes. A few of these nominees are practically inexplicable. Quite a few of the nominees are technically impressive but thematically empty (or troublesome). Some are merely mediocre, except for that one incredible, Oscar-worthy element. And, mercifully, quite a few others are truly brilliant from beginning to end.
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