Oscar in Box Office History (Week 20, 2020)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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5 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 15-17, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $45,428,128 ($45,428,128 total) {week 1}
  2. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $2,093,669 ($19,556,131 total) {week 6}
  3. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $631,608 ($197,231,159 total) {week 10}
  4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $52,707 ($344,156 total) {week 18}
  5. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $2,183 ($366,108 total) {week 12}
  6. American Sniper (2014, 87th) – $188,981 ($349,640,908 total) {week 21}
  7. Big Hero 6 (2014, 87th) – $14,802 ($222,505,443 total) {week 28}
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $68,000 ($967,000 total) {week 8}
  9. Song of the Sea (2014, 87th) – $2,036 ($853,927 total) {week 22}
  10. Tangerines (2014, 87th) – $14,877 ($81,666 total) {week 5}
  11. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $55,000 ($2,794,000 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $49,361,999 ($49,361,999 total)
  2. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $2,274,971 ($21,249,604 total)
  3. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $686,302 ($214,310,488 total)
  4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $57,271 ($373,958 total)
  5. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $2,372 ($397,811 total)
  6. American Sniper (2014, 87th) – $205,346 ($379,918,235 total)
  7. Big Hero 6 (2014, 87th) – $16,084 ($241,773,411 total)
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $73,888 ($1,050,738 total)
  9. Song of the Sea (2014, 87th) – $2,212 ($927,873 total)
  10. Tangerines (2014, 87th) – $16,165 ($88,738 total)
  11. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $59,763 ($3,035,948 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th): Makeup & Hairstyling
  • American Sniper (2014, 87th): Picture, Actor (Bradley Cooper), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing [O]
  • Big Hero 6 (2014, 87th): Animated Feature [O]
  • Cinderella (2015, 88th): Costume Design
  • Ex Machina (2015, 88th): Original Screenplay, Visual Effects [O]
  • The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th): Original Song (“Til It Happens to You”)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th): Picture, Directing, Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Production Design [O], Costume Design [O], Makeup & Hairstyling [O], Sound Mixing [O], Sound Film Editing [O], Visual Effects
  • The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th): Documentary Feature
  • Song of the Sea (2014, 87th): Animated Feature
  • Tangerines (2014, 87th): Foreign Language Film
  • Wild Tales (2014, 87th): Foreign Language Film

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 14-16, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $5,003,536 ($207,647,696 total) {week 8}
  2. Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd) – $440,202 ($331,533,915 total) {week 11}
  3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $368,338 ($2,092,199 total) {week 5}
  4. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $335,174 ($748,468,373 total) {week 22}
  5. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $215,334 ($1,269,786 total) {week 5}
  6. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $23,879 ($460,924 total) {week 11}
  7. Crazy Heart (2009, 82nd) – $18,882 ($39,436,623 total) {week 22}
  8. A Prophet (2009, 82nd) – $15,437 ($2,029,661 total) {week 12}
  9. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $8,678 ($580,453 total) {week 15}
  10. The Last Station (2009, 82nd) – $8,196 ($6,585,853 total) {week 18}
  11. The Blind Side (2009, 82nd) – $2,385 ($255,950,375 total) {week 26}
  12. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $2,334 ($430,826 total) {week 16}
  13. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009, 82nd) – $588 ($7,686,818 total) {week 21}
  14. The White Ribbon (2009, 82nd) – $1,389 ($2,219,139 total) {week 20}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $5,808,921 ($241,071,343 total)
  2. Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd) – $511,058 ($384,898,690 total)
  3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $427,627 ($2,428,966 total)
  4. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $389,125 ($868,944,271 total)
  5. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $249,995 ($1,474,175 total)
  6. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $27,723 ($535,116 total)
  7. Crazy Heart (2009, 82nd) – $21,921 ($45,784,470 total)
  8. A Prophet (2009, 82nd) – $17,922 ($2,356,362 total)
  9. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $10,075 ($673,885 total)
  10. The Last Station (2009, 82nd) – $9,515 ($7,645,933 total)
  11. The Blind Side (2009, 82nd) – $2,769 ($297,148,978 total)
  12. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $2,710 ($500,173 total)
  13. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009, 82nd) – $683 ($8,924,113 total)
  14. The White Ribbon (2009, 82nd) – $1,613 ($2,576,339 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Ajami (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd): Art Direction [O], Costume Design [O], Visual Effects
  • Avatar (2009, 82nd): Picture, Director, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects [O]
  • The Blind Side (2009, 82nd): Picture, Actress (Sandra Bullock) [O]
  • Crazy Heart (2009, 82nd): Actor (Jeff Bridges) [O], Supporting Actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Original Song (“The Weary Kind”) [O]
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd): Animated Feature, Original Score
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009, 82nd): Art Direction, Costume Design
  • The Last Station (2009, 82nd): Actress (Helen Mirren), Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd): Documentary Feature
  • A Prophet (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd): Animated Feature
  • The White Ribbon (2009, 82nd): Cinematography, Foreign Language Film

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 20-22, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $108,435,841 ($158,449,700 total) {week 1}
  2. Crash (2005, 78th) – $5,546,006 ($27,648,811 total) {week 3}
  3. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $331,007 ($2,072,419 total) {week 5}
  4. Million Dollar Baby (2004, 77th) – $80,427 ($100,283,719 total) {week 23}
  5. Downfall (2004, 77th) – $59,542 ($5,355,525 total) {week 14}
  6. Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th) – $21,375 ($3,410,863 total) {week 20}
  7. The Aviator (2004, 77th) – $16,406 ($102,593,534 total) {week 23}
  8. The Chorus (2004, 77th) – $4,800 ($1,542,630 total) {week 19}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $154,956,678 ($226,427,340 total)
  2. Crash (2005, 78th) – $7,925,338 ($39,510,625 total)
  3. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $473,015 ($2,961,522 total)
  4. Million Dollar Baby (2004, 77th) – $114,932 ($143,307,155 total)
  5. Downfall (2004, 77th) – $85,087 ($7,653,137 total)
  6. Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th) – $30,545 ($4,874,182 total)
  7. The Aviator (2004, 77th) – $23,444 ($146,607,921 total)
  8. The Chorus (2004, 77th) – $6,859 ($2,204,445 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Aviator (2004, 77th): Picture, Director, Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Supporting Actor (Alan Alda), Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) [O], Original Screenplay, Film Editing [O], Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Costume Design [O], Sound Mixing
  • Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th): Documentary Feature
  • The Chorus (2004, 77th): Original Song (“Look To Your Path”), Foreign Language Film
  • Crash (2005, 78th): Picture [O], Directing, Supporting Actor (Matt Dillon), Original Screenplay [O], Original Song (“In the Deep”), Film Editing [O]
  • Downfall (2004, 77th): Foreign Language Film
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004, 77th): Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Clint Eastwood), Actress (Hilary Swank) [O], Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman) [O], Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th): Makeup

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 19-21, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $19,749,273 ($103,140,065 total) {week 3}
  2. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $4,637,520 ($64,397,750 total) {week 5}
  3. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $1,104,330 ($120,150,735 total) {week 10}
  4. American Beauty (1999, 72nd) – $193,216 ($129,688,710 total) {week 36}
  5. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $180,640 ($245,024,222 total) {week 27}
  6. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $104,953 ($1,007,546 total) {week 7}
  7. The Cider House Rules (1999, 72nd) – $53,498 ($56,901,886 total) {week 24}
  8. Bicentennial Man (1999, 72nd) – $34,047 ($58,194,132 total) {week 23}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $33,562,772 ($175,280,704 total)
  2. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $7,881,203 ($109,440,332 total)
  3. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $1,876,746 ($204,189,375 total)
  4. American Beauty (1999, 72nd) – $328,360 ($220,398,624 total)
  5. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $306,987 ($416,404,800 total)
  6. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $178,362 ($1,712,267 total)
  7. The Cider House Rules (1999, 72nd) – $90,917 ($96,701,535 total)
  8. Bicentennial Man (1999, 72nd) – $57,861 ($98,897,634 total)

Oscar Details:

  • American Beauty (1999, 72nd): Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Actress (Annette Bening), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography
  • Bicentennial Man (1999, 72nd): Makeup
  • The Cider House Rules (1999, 72nd): Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Michael Caine) [O], Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing, Art Direction
  • East-West (1999, 72nd): Foreign Language Film
  • Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd): Picture, Directing, Actress (Julia Roberts) [O], Supporting Actor (Albert Finney), Original Screenplay
  • Gladiator (2000, 73rd): Picture [O], Directing, Actor (Russell Crowe) [O], Supporting Actor (Joaquin Phoenix) [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design [O], Sound [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd): Original Song (“When She Loved Me”)
  • U-571 (2000, 73rd): Sound, Sound Film Editing [O]

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 19-21, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Crimson Tide (1995, 68th) – $11,547,996 ($37,092,511 total) {week 2}
  2. A Little Princess (1995, 68th) – $2,038,782 ($2,087,495 total) {week 2}
  3. My Family, Mi Familia (1995, 68th) – $1,042,546 ($6,582,094 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Crimson Tide (1995, 68th) – $24,317,159 ($78,107,448 total)
  2. A Little Princess (1995, 68th) – $4,293,159 ($4,395,737 total)
  3. My Family, Mi Familia (1995, 68th) – $2,195,338 ($13,860,226 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Crimson Tide (1995, 68th): Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing
  • A Little Princess (1995, 68th): Cinematography, Art Direction
  • My Family, Mi Familia (1995, 68th): Makeup

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 18-20, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $6,253,391 ($109,624,898 total) {week 9}
  2. The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd) – $1,754,000 ($108,032,102 total) {week 12}
  3. Driving Miss Daisy (1989, 62nd) – $515,297 ($100,861,228 total) {week 23}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $13,541,622 ($237,391,032 total)
  2. The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd) – $3,798,260 ($233,941,857 total)
  3. Driving Miss Daisy (1989, 62nd) – $1,115,868 ($218,413,439 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989, 62nd): Picture [O], Actor (Morgan Freeman), Actress (Jessica Tandy) [O], Supporting Actor (Dan Aykroyd), Adapted Screenplay [O], Film Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup [O]
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd): Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing [O]
  • Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd): Actress (Julia Roberts)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 17-19, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th) – $1,881,899 ($214,556,950 total) {week 24}
  2. Mask (1985, 58th) – $1,586,467 ($39,437,533 total) {week 11}
  3. Witness (1985, 58th) – $1,113,057 ($60,357,368 total) {week 15}
  4. Ladyhawke (1985, 58th) – $1,023,193 ($15,833,415 total) {week 6}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th) – $4,855,830 ($553,617,370 total)
  2. Mask (1985, 58th) – $4,093,532 ($101,759,944 total)
  3. Witness (1985, 58th) – $2,872,001 ($155,739,012 total)
  4. Ladyhawke (1985, 58th) – $2,640,126 ($40,854,671 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th): Original Screenplay
  • Ladyhawke (1985, 58th): Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing
  • Mask (1985, 58th): Makeup [O]
  • Witness (1985, 58th): Picture, Directing, Actor (Harrison Ford), Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing [O], Art Direction

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 16-18, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Fame (1980, 53rd) – $118,160 ($118,160 total) {week 1}
  2. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, 52nd) – $800,000 ($96,982,763 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Fame (1980, 53rd) – $402,359 ($402,359 total)
  2. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, 52nd) – $2,724,164 ($330,246,137 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Fame (1980, 53rd): Original Song (“Fame” [O], “Out Here On My Own”), Original Score [O], Film Editing, Sound
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, 52nd): Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Dustin Hoffman) [O], Supporting Actor (Justin Henry), Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep) [O], Supporting Actress (Jane Alexander), Adapted Screenplay [O], Film Editing, Cinematography

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  1. Interesting enough, the most recent of weekends yielded the most films with prospective nominees for their respective year instead of being holdovers from the previous year’s winners.

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