Oscar Features and Shorts Boost Weekend Specialty Box Office

The bulk of specialized business continues to come from the usual Oscar contenders that have dominated the scene for months now.

The annual package of Oscar nominated shorts proved the strongest new opener this weekend.Among limited releases, an exclusive showing of last year’s Sundance entry “Golden Exits” (Vertical) leads the field.

It remains to be seen what happens to the business when these run out of steam before long in most cases.As a reminder that winning an Oscar does not guarantee audience good will for future openers, Indian/American anti-corporate musical “Basmati Blues” (Shout! Factory) starring Brie Larson (“Room”) managed only around $8,000 in 10 theaters.After making a big Super Bowl splash with the unexpected dropping of “The Cloverfield Paradox” after the game, Netflix opened three movies this weekend, but only one (Sundance documentary debut “Seeing Allred”) in theaters.

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