'12 Years a Slave' benefits from post-Oscar box office boost

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Prior to the Academy Awards, 12 Years a Slave was a modest success at the box office, but its earnings lagged behind its fellow nominees Gravity, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Now that the slavery-themed epic has taken home the coveted best picture Oscar, it’s starting to see a significant bump in its ticket sales.

According to Entertainment Weekly, although 12 Years a Slave is already available on DVD and video-on-demand, it “earned $2.1 million from 1,065 theaters, bumping its domestic total to $53 million.”

That’s the best showing of all the best picture nominees since the awards were given out over a week ago.

12 Years a Slave also took home Academy Awards for best adapted screenplay (John Ridley) and best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o).

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