Oscar in Box Office History (Week 22, 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 29-31, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $14,178,236 ($116,467,770 total) {week 3}
  2. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $782,727 ($23,602,056 total) {week 7}
  3. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $242,908 ($198,350,753 total) {week 12}
  4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $108,725 ($427,300 total) {week 20}
  5. When Marnie Was There (2015, 88th) – $40,282 ($84,542 total) {week 2}
  6. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $6,924 ($378,145 total) {week 13}
  7. American Sniper (2014, 87th) – $67,403 ($350,040,510 total) {week 23}
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $38,000 ($1,142,000 total) {week 10}
  9. Tangerines (2014, 87th) – $3,338 ($104,430 total) {week 7}
  10. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $44,000 ($2,952,000 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $15,406,007 ($126,553,354 total)
  2. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $850,508 ($25,645,888 total)
  3. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $263,943 ($215,527,034 total)
  4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $118,140 ($464,302 total)
  5. When Marnie Was There (2015, 88th) – $43,770 ($91,863 total)
  6. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $7,524 ($410,891 total)
  7. American Sniper (2014, 87th) – $73,240 ($380,352,440 total)
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $41,291 ($1,240,892 total)
  9. Tangerines (2014, 87th) – $3,627 ($113,473 total)
  10. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $47,810 ($3,207,630 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]
  • 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
  • Tangerines (2014, 87th): Foreign Language Film
  • When Marnie Was There (2015, 88th): Animated Feature
  • Wild Tales (2014, 87th): Foreign Language Film

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 28-30, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $1,150,834 ($212,755,053 total) {week 10}
  2. Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd) – $586,939 ($333,017,139 total) {week 13}
  3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $457,684 ($3,332,788 total) {week 7}
  4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $175,054 ($1,884,231 total) {week 7}
  5. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $120,080 ($749,048,939 total) {week 24}
  6. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $25,718 ($533,186 total) {week 13}
  7. A Prophet (2009, 82nd) – $7,553 ($2,060,777 total) {week 14}
  8. Crazy Heart (2009, 82nd) – $3,109 ($39,461,984 total) {week 24}
  9. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $3,035 ($444,707 total) {week 18}
  10. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $1,638 ($586,928 total) {week 17}
  11. The Last Station (2009, 82nd) – $336 ($6,606,654 total) {week 20}
  12. The White Ribbon (2009, 82nd) – $230 ($2,222,632 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $1,336,076 ($247,000,797 total)
  2. Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd) – $681,415 ($386,620,658 total)
  3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $531,354 ($3,869,244 total)
  4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $203,231 ($2,187,523 total)
  5. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $139,408 ($869,618,287 total)
  6. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $29,858 ($619,009 total)
  7. A Prophet (2009, 82nd) – $8,769 ($2,392,486 total)
  8. Crazy Heart (2009, 82nd) – $3,609 ($45,813,913 total)
  9. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $3,524 ($516,288 total)
  10. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $1,902 ($681,402 total)
  11. The Last Station (2009, 82nd) – $390 ($7,670,082 total)
  12. The White Ribbon (2009, 82nd) – $267 ($2,580,394 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]
  • 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 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 June 3-5, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $25,088,336 ($307,892,961 total) {week 3}
  2. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $18,320,205 ($18,320,205 total) {week 1}
  3. Crash (2005, 78th) – $3,266,884 ($40,932,504 total) {week 5}
  4. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $191,946 ($2,941,530 total) {week 7}
  5. Million Dollar Baby (2004, 77th) – $26,834 ($100,422,789 total) {week 25}
  6. Downfall (2004, 77th) – $21,615 ($5,475,810 total) {week 16}
  7. Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th) – $12,810 ($3,477,320 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $35,851,663 ($439,984,325 total)
  2. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $26,179,887 ($26,179,887 total)
  3. Crash (2005, 78th) – $4,668,433 ($58,493,251 total)
  4. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $274,294 ($4,203,497 total)
  5. Million Dollar Baby (2004, 77th) – $38,346 ($143,505,889 total)
  6. Downfall (2004, 77th) – $30,888 ($7,825,026 total)
  7. Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th) – $18,306 ($4,969,150 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th): Documentary Feature
  • Cinderella Man (2005, 78th): Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti), Film Editing, Makeup
  • 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 June 2-4, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $8,376,721 ($138,958,290 total) {week 5}
  2. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $1,537,920 ($71,113,720 total) {week 7}
  3. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $615,935 ($122,379,420 total) {week 12}
  4. The Cider House Rules (1999, 72nd) – $129,120 ($57,385,054 total) {week 26}
  5. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $93,759 ($1,309,200 total) {week 9}
  6. American Beauty (1999, 72nd) – $66,113 ($130,058,047 total) {week 38}
  7. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $65,280 ($245,373,675 total) {week 29}
  8. All About My Mother (1999, 72nd) – $45,523 ($8,067,620 total) {week 31}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $14,235,763 ($236,151,751 total)
  2. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $2,613,608 ($120,853,743 total)
  3. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $1,046,747 ($207,976,899 total)
  4. The Cider House Rules (1999, 72nd) – $219,432 ($97,522,652 total)
  5. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $159,338 ($2,224,911 total)
  6. American Beauty (1999, 72nd) – $112,355 ($221,026,291 total)
  7. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $110,940 ($416,998,676 total)
  8. All About My Mother (1999, 72nd) – $77,364 ($13,710,464 total)

Oscar Details:

  • All About My Mother (1999, 72nd): Foreign Language Film [O]
  • American Beauty (1999, 72nd): Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Actress (Annette Bening), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography
  • 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 June 2-4, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th) – $10,519,257 ($10,519,257 total) {week 1}
  2. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $7,532,942 ($25,747,350 total) {week 2}
  3. Crimson Tide (1995, 68th) – $6,518,258 ($62,780,995 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th) – $22,150,895 ($22,150,895 total)
  2. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $15,862,471 ($54,217,408 total)
  3. Crimson Tide (1995, 68th) – $13,725,803 ($132,200,900 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Braveheart (1995, 68th): Picture [O], Directing [O], Original Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score, Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Costume Design, Makeup [O], Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing [O]
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th): Actress (Meryl Streep)
  • Crimson Tide (1995, 68th): Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of June 1-3, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $25,533,700 ($25,533,700 total) {week 1}
  2. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $4,755,105 ($126,741,424 total) {week 11}
  3. The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd) – $1,046,867 ($112,256,167 total) {week 14}
  4. Driving Miss Daisy (1989, 62nd) – $642,840 ($102,996,904 total) {week 25}
  5. Longtime Companion (1990, 63rd) – $393,141 ($1,683,375 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. XXXX – $XXXX ($XXXX total)
  • Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $55,292,835 ($55,292,835 total)
  • Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $10,297,107 ($274,456,606 total)
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd) – $2,266,974 ($243,089,005 total)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989, 62nd) – $1,392,060 ($223,038,213 total)
  • Longtime Companion (1990, 63rd) – $851,341 ($3,645,323 total)
    • 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]
    • Longtime Companion (1990, 63rd): Supporting Actor (Bruce Davison)
    • Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd): Actress (Julia Roberts)
    • Total Recall (1990, 63rd): Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing, Visual Effects (Special Achievement Award) [O]

    35 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 31-June 2, 1985

    Weekend Box Office:

    1. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $14,810,543 ($53,721,418 total) {week 2}
    2. Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th) – $1,534,371 ($220,004,107 total) {week 26}
    3. Mask (1985, 58th) – $864,000 ($42,417,782 total) {week 13}
    4. Witness (1985, 58th) – $741,089 ($62,786,290 total) {week 17}
    5. Ladyhawke (1985, 58th) – $532,921 ($17,707,161 total) {week 8}

    Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

    1. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $38,215,373 ($138,616,391 total)
    2. Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th) – $3,959,109 ($567,672,569 total)
    3. Mask (1985, 58th) – $2,229,363 ($109,449,826 total)
    4. Witness (1985, 58th) – $1,912,218 ($162,006,314 total)
    5. Ladyhawke (1985, 58th) – $1,375,086 ($45,689,463 total)

    Oscar Details:

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

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