Alejandro Gonzelez Inarritu’s “Birdman” is not only the top contender to take home the Best Picture Oscar this Feb. 22, but it is officially the Mexican director’s top grossing film of all time. After it took home a solid $1.3 million this weekend, the film surpassed 2006’s “Babel” to take sole possession as his most profitable film domestically.
The film is now north of $35 million, a moderate success when compared to how his compatriots Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, who have admittedly made far more gargantuan films, have done on their own major projects. But it does represent a huge success for a filmmaker that despite a small output thus far, is showing signs of reaching the public with each effort.
And “Birdman” has reached that status with a shorter theatrical run than two of the auteur’s previous films. “Babel” was in theaters for 154 days from October 2006 through the end of March 2007. The 2011 film “Biutiful” was in theaters for 133 days between January and June 2011. “Birdman” made its theatrical bow in late October and is still in theaters. There is a chance that the film could wind up playing longer than “Babel,” especially if it manages to produce a Best Picture win at the Oscar in two weeks.