Oscar in Box Office History (Week 20, 2022)

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 19-21, 2017

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $34,653,754 ($301,391,228 total) {week 3}
  2. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $2,848,253 ($166,200,803 total) {week 8}
  3. Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th) – $2,545,579 ($497,924,628 total) {week 10}
  4. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $12,528 ($12,528 total) {week 1}
  5. Get Out (2017, 90th) – $245,135 ($174,939,840 total) {week 13}
  6. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $55,942 ($169,274,813 total) {week 22}
  7. I Am Not Your Negro (2016, 89th) – $3,795 ($7,106,285 total) {week 16}
  8. Kong: Skull Island (2017, 90th) – $201,305 ($167,051,307 total) {week 11}
  9. Land of Mine (2016, 89th) – $1,266 ($434,640 total) {week 15}
  10. Logan (2017, 90th) – $205,176 ($225,885,681 total) {week 12}
  11. The Red Turtle (2016, 89th) – $1,597 ($920,057 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $36,971,731 ($321,551,176 total)
  2. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $3,038,772 ($177,317,914 total)
  3. Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th) – $2,715,852 ($531,230,623 total)
  4. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $13,366 ($13,366 total)
  5. Get Out (2017, 90th) – $261,532 ($186,641,502 total)
  6. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $59,684 ($180,597,543 total)
  7. I Am Not Your Negro (2016, 89th) – $4,049 ($7,581,622 total)
  8. Kong: Skull Island (2017, 90th) – $214,770 ($178,225,307 total)
  9. Land of Mine (2016, 89th) – $1,351 ($463,713 total)
  10. Logan (2017, 90th) – $218,900 ($240,995,091 total)
  11. The Red Turtle (2016, 89th) – $1,704 ($981,599 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th): Documentary Feature
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th): Production Design, Costume Design
  • The Boss Baby (2017, 90th): Animated Feature
  • Get Out (2017, 90th): Picture, Directing, Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Original Screenplay [O]
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th): Visual Effects
  • Hidden Figures (2016, 89th): Picture, Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Adapted Screenplay
  • I Am Not Your Negro (2016, 89th): Documentary Feature
  • Kong: Skull Island (2017, 90th): Visual Effects
  • Land of Mine (2016, 89th): Foreign Language Film
  • Logan (2017, 90th): Adapted Screenplay
  • The Red Turtle (2016, 89th): Animated Feature

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 18-20, 2012

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $55,644,102 ($457,665,517 total) {week 3}
  2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $1,578,632 ($25,490,136 total) {week 4}
  3. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $403,814 ($61,551,236 total) {week 8}
  4. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $91,710 ($1,287,356 total) {week 6}
  5. Footnote (2011, 84th) – $31,840 ($1,851,573 total) {week 11}
  6. The Artist (2011, 84th) – $26,842 ($44,549,451 total) {week 26}
  7. A Separation (2011, 84th) – $7,846 ($7,063,236 total) {week 21}
  8. Undefeated (2011, 84th) – $4,098 ($548,470 total) {week 14}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $66,898,751 ($550,233,542 total)
  2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $1,897,928 ($30,645,804 total)
  3. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $485,490 ($74,000,669 total)
  4. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $110,259 ($1,547,738 total)
  5. Footnote (2011, 84th) – $38,280 ($2,226,075 total)
  6. The Artist (2011, 84th) – $32,271 ($53,560,081 total)
  7. A Separation (2011, 84th) – $9,433 ($8,491,855 total)
  8. Undefeated (2011, 84th) – $4,927 ($659,404 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Artist (2011, 84th): Picture [O], Directing [O], Actor (Jean Dujardin) [O], Supporting Actress (Bérénice Bejo), Original Screenplay, Original Score [O], Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design [O]
  • Footnote (2011, 84th): Foreign Language Film
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th): Visual Effects
  • Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th): Costume Design
  • Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th): Foreign Language Film
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th): Animated Feature
  • A Separation (2011, 84th): Original Screenplay, Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Undefeated (2011, 84th): Documentary Feature [O]

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 18-20, 2007

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $691,649 ($1,332,833 total) {week 3}
  2. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $172,924 ($9,951,853 total) {week 15}
  3. After the Wedding (2006, 79th) – $94,179 ($1,028,927 total) {week 8}
  4. Once (2007, 80th) – $61,901 ($71,464 total) {week 1}
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, 79th) – $20,229 ($37,579,971 total) {week 21}
  6. The Last King of Scotland (2006, 79th) – $1,798 ($17,605,861 total) {week 34}
  7. Notes on a Scandal (2006, 79th) – $1,214 ($17,508,670 total) {week 22}
  8. Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th) – $1,099 ($197,234 total) {week 28}
  9. The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2006, 79th) – $688 ($334,687 total) {week 14}
  10. Volver (2006, 79th) – $471 ($12,899,702 total) {week 29}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $962,076 ($1,853,955 total)
  2. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $240,535 ($13,842,912 total)
  3. After the Wedding (2006, 79th) – $131,002 ($1,431,225 total)
  4. Once (2007, 80th) – $86,104 ($99,406 total)
  5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, 79th) – $28,138 ($52,273,303 total)
  6. The Last King of Scotland (2006, 79th) – $2,501 ($24,489,548 total)
  7. Notes on a Scandal (2006, 79th) – $1,689 ($24,354,356 total)
  8. Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th) – $1,529 ($274,350 total)
  9. The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2006, 79th) – $957 ($465,546 total)
  10. Volver (2006, 79th) – $655 ($17,943,335 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2006, 79th): Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Short Film
  • After the Wedding (2006, 79th): Foreign Language Film
  • Away from Her (2007, 80th): Actress (Julie Christie), Adapted Screenplay
  • Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th): Documentary Feature
  • The Last King of Scotland (2006, 79th): Actor (Forest Whitaker [O])
  • The Lives of Others (2006, 79th): Foreign Language Film
  • Notes on a Scandal (2006, 79th): Actress (Judi Dench), Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
  • Once (2007, 80th): Original Song [O]
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, 79th): Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Makeup [O], Foreign Language Film
  • Volver (2006, 79th): Actress (Penelope Cruz)

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 17-19, 2002

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $80,027,814 ($110,169,285 total) {week 1}
  2. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $45,036,912 ($285,573,668 total) {week 3}
  3. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $10,013,104 ($29,535,202 total) {week 2}
  4. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $8,557,630 ($8,557,630 total) {week 1}
  5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $1,135,207 ($5,669,706 total) {week 5}
  6. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $1,057,726 ($72,369,005 total) {week 10}
  7. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $597,585 ($10,235,525 total) {week 10}
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $411,515 ($310,078,970 total) {week 22}
  9. A Beautiful Mind (2001, 74th) – $171,405 ($170,498,541 total) {week 22}
  10. Monster’s Ball (2001, 74th) – $114,605 ($30,998,671 total) {week 21}
  11. Amelie (2001, 74th) – $73,800 ($32,921,581 total) {week 29}
  12. The Time Machine (2002, 75th) – $72,523 ($56,684,819 total) {week 11}
  13. Gosford Park (2001, 74th) – $67,905 ($41,192,760 total) {week 21}
  14. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $44,509 ($253,178,588 total) {week 29}
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, 74th) – $38,455 ($317,557,891 total) {week 27}
  16. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 74th) – $36,349 ($52,200,456 total) {week 23}
  17. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $19,965 ($359,603 total) {week 9}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $131,818,620 ($181,466,447 total)
  2. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $74,183,003 ($470,385,543 total)
  3. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $16,493,185 ($48,649,205 total)
  4. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $14,095,786 ($14,095,786 total)
  5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $1,869,868 ($9,338,913 total)
  6. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $1,742,244 ($119,203,335 total)
  7. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $984,318 ($16,859,548 total)
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $677,831 ($510,749,698 total)
  9. A Beautiful Mind (2001, 74th) – $282,331 ($280,838,389 total)
  10. Monster’s Ball (2001, 74th) – $188,773 ($51,059,773 total)
  11. Amelie (2001, 74th) – $121,560 ($54,227,114 total)
  12. The Time Machine (2002, 75th) – $119,457 ($93,368,970 total)
  13. Gosford Park (2001, 74th) – $111,850 ($67,851,069 total)
  14. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $73,313 ($417,025,660 total)
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, 74th) – $63,342 ($523,068,678 total)
  16. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 74th) – $59,873 ($85,982,507 total)
  17. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $32,886 ($592,324 total)

Oscar Details:

  • About a Boy (2002, 75th): Adapted Screenplay
  • Amelie (2001, 74th): Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound, Foreign Language Film
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001, 74th): Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Russell Crowe), Supporting Actress (Jennifer Connelly) [O], Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing, Makeup
  • Gosford Park (2001, 74th): Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith), Original Screenplay [O], Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, 74th): Original Score, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Ice Age (2002, 75th): Animated Feature
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th): Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Ian McKellen), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score [O], Original Song (“May It Be”), Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup [O], Sound, Visual Effects [O]
  • Monster’s Ball (2001, 74th): Actress (Halle Berry) [O], Original Screenplay
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th): Animated Feature, Original Song (If I Didn’t Have You [O]), Original Score, Sound Film Editing
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th): Original Screenplay
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 74th): Original Screenplay
  • Son of the Bride (2001, 74th): Foreign Language Film
  • Spider-Man (2002, 75th): Sound, Visual Effects
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th): Visual Effects
  • The Time Machine (2002, 75th): Makeup
  • Unfaithful (2002, 75th): Actress (Diane Lane)
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th): Original Screenplay

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 16-18, 1997

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $11,410,863 ($34,213,330 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $23,791,276 ($71,333,675 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Fifth Element (1997, 70th): Sound Film Editing

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 15-17, 1992

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Basic Instinct (1992, 65th) – $3,044,895 ($93,721,689 total) {week 9}
  2. The Player (1992, 65th) – $1,539,745 ($9,752,053 total) {week 6}
  3. My Cousin Vinny (1992, 65th) – $1,052,375 ($45,960,317 total) {week 10}
  4. Hook (1991, 64th) – $103,458 ($118,876,789 total) {week 23}
  5. Howards End (1992, 65th) – $299,864 ($2,578,490 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Basic Instinct (1992, 65th) – $7,021,601 ($216,124,473 total)
  2. The Player (1992, 65th) – $3,550,689 ($22,488,469 total)
  3. My Cousin Vinny (1992, 65th) – $2,426,802 ($105,985,598 total)
  4. Hook (1991, 64th) – $238,577 ($274,132,740 total)
  5. Howards End (1992, 65th) – $691,494 ($5,946,060 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Basic Instinct (1992, 65th): Original Score, Film Editing
  • Hook (1991, 64th): Original Song (“When You’re Alone”), Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup, Visual Effects
  • Howards End (1992, 65th): Picture, Director, Actress (Emma Thompson) [O], Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score, Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design
  • My Cousin Vinny (1992, 65th): Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei) [O]
  • The Player (1992, 65th): Director, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 15-17, 1987

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Lethal Weapon (1987, 60th) – $1,373,387 ($57,115,467 total) {week 11}
  2. Platoon (1986, 59th) – $1,185,238 ($127,551,060 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Lethal Weapon (1987, 60th) – $3,361,461 ($139,794,123 total)
  2. Platoon (1986, 59th) – $2,900,953 ($312,190,190 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Lethal Weapon (1987, 60th): Sound
  • Platoon (1986, 59th): Picture [O], Director [O], Supporting Actor (Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe), Original Screenplay, Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound [O]

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 14-16, 1982

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $1,378,032 ($51,851,373 total) {week 34}
  2. Victor/Victoria (1982, 55th) – $1,185,550 ($16,016,573 total) {week 9}
  3. On Golden Pond (1981, 54th) – $718,469 ($103,559,412 total) {week 24}
  4. Quest for Fire (1982, 55th) – $379,301 ($20,050,296 total) {week 9}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $4,485,635 ($168,781,510 total)
  2. Victor/Victoria (1982, 55th) – $3,859,086 ($52,135,579 total)
  3. On Golden Pond (1981, 54th) – $2,338,690 ($337,096,453 total)
  4. Quest for Fire (1982, 55th) – $1,234,663 ($65,265,759 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th): Picture [O], Director, Supporting Actor (Ian Holm), Original Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Film Editing, Costume Design [O]
  • On Golden Pond (1981, 54th): Picture, Director, Actor (Henry Fonda) [O], Actress (Katharine Hepburn) [O], Supporting Actress (Jane Fonda), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Sound
  • Quest for Fire (1982, 55th): Makeup [O]
  • Victor/Victoria (1982, 55th): Actress (Julie Andrews), Supporting Actor (Robert Preston), Supporting Actress (Lesley Ann Warren), Adapted Screenplay, Original Song Score [O], Art Direction, Costume Design

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