Brendan Fraser’s comeback film The Whale will double the box office in the expansion

Brendan Fraser’s lively comeback vehicle, The Whale, is in widespread demand now and is expected to nearly double its current box office number this weekend.

The whale will almost double its box office in a single weekend over the New Year’s holiday. The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is based on the Samuel D. Hunter play of the same name and opened in limited theaters on December 9, earning the highest per-theater average of any limited release of the year. The story follows a professor (Fraser) who suffers from depression and compulsive overeating after the death of his partner while trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (stranger things breakout star Sadie Sink) in the apartment he doesn’t want to leave.


Per meeting, The whaleThe impressive box office opening will be followed by another feat as it nearly doubles its box office earnings in a single weekend. By the end of the Christmas holiday weekend, the film had already grossed $3.17 million. However, as it expands to a further 20 theaters this weekend (623 in total), the film is now expected to gross an additional $2 million over the 4-day Lunar New Year holiday weekend, bringing its cumulative domestic gross to $6.4 million.

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Brendan Fraser’s Oscar chances just keep getting better

Brendan Fraser as Charlie in The Whale.

The whaleThe box office of doesn’t exactly compare to giants from the general public like entries from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this month’s hit Avatar: The Way of Water (which currently plays in almost seven times as many cinemas). However, this is a massive box office result for an adult drama that will likely only increase as it gets further into awards season. Fraser has been at the forefront of the Oscars’ Best Actor race for quite some time, and with every week that goes by, his chances improve.

The Oscar nominations will not be announced until January 24, 2023. However, the Golden Globes are considered an indicator of which performers and films will receive Oscar nominations. Though Fraser won’t be attending the 2023 Golden Globes, as he claims the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association groped and assaulted him at an awards dinner, he received a nomination for his role in The whale.

This box office for The whale will also help increase Fraser’s chances of winning the Oscar. While the box office doesn’t translate directly into prize wins, it does mean that a broader segment of the population has seen the film, which tends to influence Academy voters’ decisions. It seems more or less inevitable that Fraser will at least be called up next January, although he will likely face stiff competition from Austin Butler’s performance elvisanother very lively cinematic outing from 2022.

More: The Whale Cast & Character Guide

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