NEON’s “Parasite” and Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit” both got a box office boost this weekend from their Best Picture Oscar nominations, as their theater counts significantly expanded to accommodate renewed audience interest.
“Parasite” expanded by nearly 500 screens to 843 locations, adding $2.1 million over the 4-day weekend to bring its total to $28.1 million. The Bong Joon-ho film became the first Korean movie ever to earn a nomination for Best Picture and took six nominations in all, including Best International Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
“Jojo Rabbit,” meanwhile, added 895 screens to bring its total to 1,005, the largest expansion of any Oscar contender. The result is a $1.8 million total over the 4-day weekend, bringing its total to $23.8 million. “Jojo Rabbit” was one of two films that Scarlett Johansson earned Oscar nominations for, taking a Best Supporting Actress nod for her work here to go with her Best Actress nod for “Marriage Story. “Jojo” took six nominations overall, including Best Adapted Screenplay for writer-director Taika Waititi.
Among new releases, the highest profile arrival is GKIDS’ anime film “Weathering With You,” Makoto Shinkai’s follow-up to the Japanese box office record-breaker “Your Name.” After a series of select fan screenings on Wednesday and Thursday via Fathom Events, the film was released on 500 screens and is estimated to earn $2.1 million for a per screen average of $4,245 and an overall total of $5.1 million. While reviews haven’t been as strong as “Your Name,” they are still overwhelmingly positive with critics and audience scores at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.