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Oscar Victory Gives ‘Green Book’ a Box Office Bump

Universal brought the film back to over 2,600 screens as it also opened in China

Fresh off its three Oscar wins, including Best Picture, Universal’s “Green Book” saw a big bump at the box office four months after its release.

Universal expanded the DreamWorks/Participant Media production to 2,641 screens this week, close to the widest count in its theatrical run. The result was a $4.5 million total, which was only beaten by its $5.5 million on opening weekend and the $5.4 million it earned on the weekend following Oscar nominations.

Made on a $23 million budget, “Green Book” had a disappointing start on Thanksgiving weekend in the face of films like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed II.” But with an A+ from CinemaScore polls, the film steadily legged out over the winter, never grossing below $1 million in a single weekend. The film’s domestic total now sits at just under $76 million.

“Green Book” also opened in China, where interest in the Hollywood import led to a strong box office of $17.1 million. While it wasn’t the top film of the weekend in that market — “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” nearly doubled that total with $33.4 million — “Green Book” now has the second-highest opening of any Best Picture winner in China, sitting only behind “Titanic.” Amblin and Lionsgate are handling distribution of the film overseas, as its global total now hits $188 million.

“Green Book” wasn’t the only film that enjoyed an Oscar bump. Best Animated Feature winner “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was reissued in 2,404 screens domestically and grossed $2.1 million in its 12th weekend. The Oscar winner stands as Sony Animation’s highest grossing domestic release with $187.3 million.