‘1917’ Hits No.1 at the Box Office and Takes Aim at the Oscars | Paths of Technical Glory

1917: The war epic collected about $37 million over the weekend, a stellar result for a period film with no marquee stars. “Just Mercy” and “Like a Boss” each took in $10 million. LOS ANGELES — Since the Academy Awards began more than nine decades ago, films have had to thread two needles to win the best picture statuette: art and commerce. Netflix’s business model is changing that dynamic: “The Irishman” officially has ticket sales of zero, since the streaming service does not release movies in a traditional way. But…

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