Box Office Report: Oscar winners the bright spot as weekend slips under $9m

• Three new releases opened wide with two making the top five

Movies that triumphed at the Academy Awards ceremony seven days ago have been a highlight in a week that otherwise offered few memorable movie moments.

We tempted fate last week when we suggested it would be good if the box office gross didn’t swing much lower than last week’s $9.04m. Of course it did just that – takings dipped 4% with the top 20 movies making $8.65m across the four day weekend.

Three new releases opened wide with two making the top five and only one managing to gross more than $1m.

#1 Alita: Battle Angel $1.46m

A solid third week on top with screens showing the movie down 58 to 365 with a screen average of $4,021. Total earn so far is $9.46m.

#2 A Dog’s Way Home $1.27m

The strongest performer of the three major new releases opened on 269 screens with the best screen average of the week – $4,729. The family adventure about a cute puppy stars Ashley Judd and Edward James Olmos.

#3 Green Book $1.22m

It’s almost in the chart veteran class after six weeks. Takings were up 34% as the Oscar-winner held on just over 300 screens with a screen average of $3,949 as total earn climbs to $10.58m.

#4 What Men Want $700,000

The third weekend for the fantasy comedy was steady on close to 260 screens giving it a screen average of $2,715, down 40% on the previous weekend, as its total box office gets oh-so-close to $5m.

#5 King Of Thieves $648,000

Despite the presence of Michael Caine and some other fine British actors, the movie only attracted middling reviews. Paramount trusted it to 245 screens with a screen average of $2,649.

Also new this weekend was Neil Jordan’s Greta with Isabelle Huppert in the title role. The movie opened on 195 screens and took $648,000, ranking it #6 and just missing a top five spot.

The other Oscar winners:

Bohemian Rhapsody holds at #10 again this week with $307,000 which was actually down 4% as its total now sits just over $54m after 18 weeks of release.

A Star Is Born popped back into the top 20 at #12 with takings up 156% on last week to $172,000 pushing its total to $36.17m.

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