Knockout Acting Helps Scrappy Films Roll With Oscar Punches
Jake Gyllenhaal's "Southpaw" may not be a box office heavyweight, but he could still earn an Oscar nomination for getting into character.By Lexie Hammesfahr | July 28, 2015
"Southpaw" opened this weekend to $16 million domestically. And while that may not come anywhere close to other blockbuster summer movies like "Jurassic World"or "Inside Out," how much a movie grosses doesn't matter when it comes to Oscar season. (Video via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / "Inside Out")
If you look at past Best Picture nominees, a good amount of them haven't made huge splashes at the box office.
"Boyhood" ($25 million), "The Theory of Everything" ($35 million) and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" ($59 million) all performed decently in U.S. theaters. Even last year's winner, "Birdman," grossed $42 million domestically.