Now that TDK is out of the running, our new box office champ in the Best Pic race is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which has a $106 million as the nominees are announced.
Slumdog, according to Nikki Finke, should be next, with $54 million after going wider this weekend. Frost/Nixon expanded but it’s going to need more time and buzz to start making good money. The Reader should start making money now, with all of the publicity around the Oscar noms and Milk is still alive with $20 mil to date. So it would go, money-wise: Benjamin Button, Slumdog, Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Reader. We’ll see how it shapes up as we tumble towards the ceremony.