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As Oscars commence, the box office takes a back seat but that doesn't mean the turnstiles will not ring up some numbers. One film's audience will not care about the show taking place on Sunday.

Those heading to "Son of God" are on a mission and that is to make Hollywood wake up and take notice of these types of films. Just as viewers did when "The Bible" aired on the History Channel or when "Passion of the Christ" stormed the box office. The latter opened in the same time frame as "Son of God."

1. "Non-Stop" -3,090 theaters
2. "Son of God" - 3,256 theaters
3. "Stalingrad" - 308 theaters
4. "Repentance" - 150 theaters

Liam Neeson and his "Non-Stop"could be the film to stop if "Son of God" wants to win out. It will be competitive for sure. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" heads back into theaters wit ha raunchier version.

"Son of God" grabbed more theaters late in the game and is now the leader n that level.

Oscar preps are underway on the corner of Highland and Hollywood Boulevard as the red carpet is taking shape. But, rain has poured and that phrase doesn't get written often, especially of late here in Los Angeles.

A rain tarp is in place and will stay there up to and as nominees and presenters arrive On Sunday. The red carpet will be a tribute to Hollywood's past with black and white art adjourning the walkway. It was also announced that an interactive event is now available, but one must sign a release to participate.

The Academy announced that fans who follow @TheAcademy and tweet a red carpet-ready photo of themselves using hashtag #MyOscarPhoto will be eligible to have their photo featured on the red carpet.

“This is a way to create an once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans and give them the opportunity to literally be a part of the red carpet excitement,” said Josh Spector, the Academy’s managing director of digital media and marketing.

There will be a video wall on the red carpet for stars to pose and then will be added to those who tweet, if it is chosen.

“We think it will be a lot of fun – not only getting to see a photo of themselves on the red carpet, but also getting to see who poses in the photo with them," added Spector.

Fans must sign the online release form. Head here.


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