Oscar Hopefuls Cross Thresholds: ‘Shape Of Water’ At $57M, ‘Darkest Hour’ At $55M, ‘Three Billboards’ At $52M, ‘Lady Bird’ At $48M — Specialty Box Office

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UPDATED at 11:45AM PT with more numbers and analysis. A handful of limited-release Best Picture nominees are going into tonight's awards with some box-office wind in their sails, placing most of tonight's contenders on par with most recent recipients of the top prize. All of the specialty Best Picture nominees still in release upped their theater counts heading into the awards-season climax, which has offered an extra week of playtime due to the Winter Olympics. Still at…