Brokeback Mountain retained its position at the top of the midweek box office for a second day in a row Wednesday although playing in just 682 theaters. The Oscar front-runner earned $740,000 -- $105,000 more than second-place Glory Road. The film is due to expand to 1,194 theaters this weekend -- nearly doubling the number of venues after slowly expanding over the past six weeks. Daily Variety said that the decision to accelerate the release pace was taken in order to take advantage of excitement over the film that was generated by the film's win at the Golden Globes and would likely expand even wider if it garners major Oscar nominations on Jan. 31.
An album re-release, a new song and a documentary mark the singer's legacy this year.
The actor plays the titular hero in the forthcoming adaptation.