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"Black Swan" in spotlight as Oscar season heats up

12-15-2010 14:33 BJT Special Report:The 83rd Academy Awards |

LOS ANGELES - Broad sellouts in limited release and early awards-season acclaim suddenly have lifted "Black Swan" into an Oscar best picture contender, just as the Natalie Portman vehicle prepares to spread its theatrical wings wide next weekend.

Academy Award nominations won't be announced until January 25, so the most immediate drama for the ballet-themed suspense thriller begins Friday, when Fox Searchlight adds more than 900 playdates for more than 1,000 total engagements.

"Swan" last weekend collected $3.3 million from just 90 domestic locations, good enough for No. 6 on the chart. Sales to date stand at $5.6 million.

Set in the competitive world of professional ballet, Swan was directed by Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler") with co-stars including Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey.

"We knew it was challenging subject matter, but we made a bet on Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman," Searchlight co-president Steve Gilula said Monday. "What's been a very pleasant surprise is that is seems to be resonating with a broader audience so early."

"Swan" has been playing to audiences skewing about 55% female. "We keep hearing anecdotally about women who have seen it two or three times already," Gilula said.


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