'12 Years a Slave' is now available on DVD, but those who are yet to see the Oscar-winning movie might want to head to the cinemas.
Despite the fact that 12 Years a Slave is released on DVD on Tuesday (March 4, 2014), exhibiters are clamoring to book the movie back into theaters following its Best Picture win at the Oscars on Sunday. As of Monday, the Fox-Searchlight distributed movie had secured 1,000 further cinema locations and could earn $3-4 million this weekend - just under a quarter of its entire budget.
Brad Pitt in '12 Years a Slave'
12 Years' Oscar victories also included best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o and adapted screenplay for John Ridley. The movie is also being included in schools syllabus' to help students to understand the history of slavery.
The other big Oscar winner, Gravity, is currently playing to 340 locations in the U.S though it's unlikely Warner Bros will gave the movie much of a post-Oscars push considering it already re-launched at 1,200 plus locations following the nominations announcements. It was also released on DVD on February 25, 2014.
'12 Years a Slave' was also notable for ensuring Brad Pitt is at least a one-time Oscar winner. The Hollywood star, who produced the movie as well as having a small cameo, told E! News, "I don't know where I'm going to put it.I never thought I'd take one home, so I haven't thought that far in advance."
"Thank you all," Pitt said in his acceptance speech. "Thank you for this incredible honor you bestowed on our film tonight. I know I speak for everyone standing behind me that it has been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon's story. And we all get to stand up here tonight because of one man who brought us all together to tell that story. And that is the indomitable Mr. Steve McQueen."