Combined, the nine films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar this year have grossed at least $700 million in the United States alone. But the top four contenders make up the majority of the earnings.
Leading the pack is Buena Vista's "Lincoln." The PG-13 historical drama has raked in almost $155 million since its release date on November 9. The picture, which has earned a total of 12 nominations, cost a reported $65 million to make.
Not far behind is the racially-charged "Django Unchained," from the Weinstein Company. Quentin Tarantino's latest R-rated headline-grabber has pulled in more than $129 million since it hit theaters on Christmas Day. The film, which cost $100 million to make, has earned a total of 5 nominations.
3."Les Miserables (2012)"
Rounding out the top three earners is the latest take on the classic "Les Miserables." Produced by Universal, the melancholy musical has grabbed nearly $122 cool ones. Another Christmas Day release, PG-13-rated "Les Mis" cost $61 million to make and has earned eight nominations.
Based on a true story, "Argo" has been attracting audiences since its release on October 12. Produced by Warner Bros., the movie has scooped up $112 million in ticket sales. Made for about $45 million, the R-rated thriller has seven total nominations.
5."Life of Pi"
The surreal "Life of Pi" is the first contender to fall below the $100 million mark, earning less than $96 million. The Fox-produced PG-rated flick was released on November 21 and has 11 nominations.
6. "Silver Linings Playbook"
The Weinstein Company's "Silver Linings Playbook" places 6th so far, with $43 million in ticket sales. Released on November 16, the R-rated comedy has earned eight total Oscar nods.
7. "Zero Dark Thirty"
The controversial R-rated drama "Zero Dark Thirty" has yet to make more than it cost to produce. Sony / Columbia spent $40 million to make the R-rated thriller, which has pulled in nearly $37 million domestically and less than $40 million globally. Released on December 19, the motion picture has earned five total Oscar nominations.
8."Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Showing in just a few hundred theaters, Fox Searchlight's drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild" has reeled in $11 million so far. Released on June 27, the film is rated PG-13 and has earned four total nominations.
Sony Classics' foreign-language flick "Amour" has made less than $639,000 in the U.S. Released on December 19, this best picture contender has earned four other Oscar nominations.