‘Little Women’ Could Help the Oscars Break a Box Office Drought

Jeremy Fuster

Fresh off a Best Picture Oscar nomination — but also back in the conversation due to Greta Gerwig’s Best Director snub — Sony’s “Little Women” is hoping that renewed interest from Monday’s awards recognition will push the period drama closer to $100 million in domestic grosses. If and when that happens, the 2020 Best Picture list will break an Oscar box office drought that has lasted for several years. Four times in the 2010s, the Best Picture nominee field had at least four nominees with a North American total of more than $100 million. But since 2015, there’s never been more than three in a single year. This year’s field already has three: “Ford v Ferrari” ($111 million), “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” ($141 million), and far and away the top grosser of the bunch, “Joker” ($334 million). Also Read: Oscars 2020 Nominees Kathy Bates, Todd Phillips and More Speak Out -- Including in Latin (Updating) That count could grow to five if “Little Women” and Universal’s “1917” hit the $100 million domestic mark. “Little Women,” which was released wide on Christmas Day, will hit that mark first with $74 million grossed so far. “1917,” which opened wide to $37...

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