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Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' Gets a Big Oscar Nom Push Next Week

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January 20, 2011
Source: THR

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours

Although it officially opened in theaters on November 5th last year, Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours is still playing, and it's not doing too well, unfortunately, but it deserves better. Box Office Mojo reports that it's earned $11.1 million so far, well below Black Swan ($77M) or The King's Speech ($49M). Expecting that James Franco, who stars as Aron Ralston, and others involved will get Oscar nominations next week when they're announced Tuesday, January 25th, THR reports that Fox Searchlight is expanding its release from 76 theaters to 600 theaters on January 28th next week. Hopefully this will get some folks back into theaters.

"All indications are that James Franco will be nominated for best actor," they say, and of course, Searchlight also is campaigning for more noms like Best Picture, Director and Screenplay. Apparently The Last King of Scotland, which Searchlight released in 2006, earned an extra $14 million after Forest Whitaker received an Oscar nom, so this strategy might work. I've seen 127 Hours two different times and warmed up to it more the second time. It's a great film that's definitely worth seeing, because despite the thrill of watching a lone mountain climber pinned under a boulder attempting to escape for over five days, it's incredibly inspiring in the end. I hope a few of you take this opportunity to see 127 Hours in the next few weeks, if you haven't yet.

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  • KING
    ive yet to see it, but from the reviews and stuff ive read, its good. i wanna check it out tho.
  • TheShoesDude
    I REALLY want to see it, but haven't been able to as it's not showing at any theaters around me. So this wide release next week is AWESOME news.
  • Anonymous
    Box Office mean little is terms of a films quality. also if there are complaints about the money its taking in maybe release it in more states? might fix a whole lot of problems. I'm gonna see it, mostly because Ralston's story is amazing, Franco's performance is oscar worthy, and Sigur Ros' "Festival" is in the movie.
  • Anonymous
    maybe playing in less than 100 theaters has something to do with its poor performance.
    • Anonymous
      fully agree, why limit a potential oscar winner? what's the thinking in that, Mr. Billington?
      • What? You guys really don't get this... like at all. The film ALREADY played in 433 theaters last year. It's only in less than 100 RIGHT NOW because it has been playing for over 3 months. I'm honestly surprised it's even still in theaters! It hasn't made money at all because people don't want to go see it and the buzz never took off. Since it's an indie film, they won't expand it unless they know people will go see it. This has absolutely nothing to do with theater counts. But because they want a second chance and expect the Oscar buzz will help, they're re-releasing it with a very wide expansion this coming weekend.
  • Sparky10
    why the hell is it only playing in 76 theaters? for chrissakes, boyle dominated a couple of years ago with slumdog millionaire, you'd think his latest following the success of slumdog would get a wider release.
    • Um that is the EXACT point of this expansion... It opened over two months ago, so 76 theaters is only the tail end of its theatrical run. And it never opened wide because buzz didn't pick up, which is why they're trying again next weekend.
  • Anonymous
    great movie. no where near Black Swan or Kings Speach imo but still diserves its oscar noms also just watched Winters Bone last night and loved it!
    • Lindsey
      Black Swan? Eh, I think I'm just missing something, I can't see reason for all the hype that movie got. Yet to see The King's Speech but I'm planning on going this weekend. Winter's Bone was great!
  • Lindsey
    Is it true that it's getting a wide release later this week? If so, that's fantastic. I have wanted to see this film for a while, but it's currently only playing late night at a little theater far away. If it comes a little closer, I'll definitely be able to catch it.

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