In the latest twist, Searchlight Pictures didn’t provide any numbers at all for ‘Nomadland’ when the Oscar hopeful expanded nationwide over the Feb. 19-21 weekend.
Imagine going to a baseball game, but no score was kept.
More and more Hollywood studios are concealing their box office grosses amid the pandemic and ongoing theater closures, saying they don’t want to be unfairly judged for numbers that, in ‘normal’ times, would be considered anywhere from tepid to abysmal.
In the latest twist, Searchlight Pictures didn’t even send a Sunday note to the press when Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland expanded into more than 1,100 theaters over the Feb. 19-21 weekend. The Oscar hopeful was the only new wide release of the frame after playing in select Imax theaters the three previous weekends (those numbers were also kept under wraps).
Ditto for A24, which didn’t send a press note Sunday with any numbers for awards contender Minari, which is playing in roughly 140 locations.