‘American Hustle’ and ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Hit Box Office in Heat of Awards Race

With the Oscar race heading into the home turn, frontrunners “American Hustle” and “Saving Mr. Banks” make their box office debuts Friday.

At the same time, “Inside Llewyn Davis” will be trying to build on its spectacular limited opening of last weekend and, along with “12 Years a Slave,” “Nebraska” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” build on the momentum from a strong showing at Thursday’s Golden Globes nominations.

With David O. Russell’s swindler drama and Disney’s tale of the making of “Mary Poppins” entering the market, there are only a handful of contenders left to roll out. Spike Jonze’s emo fantasy “Her” will arrive on Dec. 20, while Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Wolf of Wall Street” and “August: Osage County,” with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, are set for Christmas Day.  Read More...



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