Specialty Box Office: 'Theory of Everything' Thrives and 'Birdman' Soars As Oscar Race Heats Up
fb.indiewire.com The two men most likely to be battling it out for this year's best actor Oscar -- Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne -- saw their respective films "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything" dominate the specialty box office this weekend. Here's our break down: The good news: Focus Features' best bet at this year's Oscars started off very strong this weekend as James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" grossed $207,000 from just 5 theaters. That made for a $41,400 per-theater-average -- the fourth best of 2014, after "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Birdman" and "Boyhood." Not bad company. "Theory" stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (both all but locks for Oscar noms) as renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane, and is based on Jane's memoirs of her marriage to Stephen.

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