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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Golden Globes Provide Welcome Boost to Sales

LOS ANGELES -- Golden Globe results are giving "Dreamgirls" and others a boost. "Stomp" stays at No 1.

Hollywood studios are going for the gold -- and starting to get it -- as awards season heats up, boosting "Dreamgirls" and other high-profile films at the box office.

Holdover hits "Stomp the Yard" and "Night at the Museum" were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in ticket sales with grosses of about $13 million apiece in the United States and Canada, according to Sunday's studio estimates.

But recent Golden Globe winners including "Dreamgirls," "The Queen" and "Babel" all expanded to solid business, riding marketing campaigns built around this year's wide-open awards season.

With Oscar nominations coming out Tuesday, those films and other Academy Award contenders are getting their biggest pushes yet in hopes of translating kudos to cash.

"The Globes were almost like a sneak preview for our movie in the middle market," said Rob Moore, marketing and distribution chief at Paramount Pictures, whose "Dreamgirls" won three Golden Globe awards last week, including best musical or comedy. "The combination of word-of-mouth and awards acclaim is helping us gain momentum outside of the largest markets."

The Motown-inspired musical grossed an estimated $8.7 million to finish No. 3 in its sixth weekend, up slightly from the three-day portion of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The studio also was encouraged by the film's opening in three overseas markets, including Australia and New Zealand, where it grossed a combined $1.1 million. "Dreamgirls" will be rolled out slowly in foreign territories during February.

For the second straight week, Sony Pictures' dance drama "Stomp the Yard" was the top movie domestically, if weekend estimates hold up when final figures are released Monday.

"Stomp the Yard" grossed about $13.3 million in the U.S. and Canada, averaging almost $6,500 per theater. The low-budget film, which is headed for a domestic total of more than $60 million in its full run, has yet to open abroad.

"Dreamgirls" is headed for a domestic total above $100 million. It could become a bigger blockbuster if it cleans up during Oscar season.

Several films on the art house circuit drew robust business.

Industrywide, domestic grosses fell sharply from the same weekend in 2006, when "Underworld: Evolution" opened. Year-to-date, however, attendance and revenue are up slightly.