Oscar in Box Office History (Week 23, 2019)

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. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. 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

Dark Phoenix (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 6-8, 2014

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Maleficent – $34,328,264 ($128,175,232 total) {week 2}
  2. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $15,154,814 ($189,556,080 total) {week 3}
  3. 20 Feet from Stardom – $250 ($4,946,160 total) {week 52}
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $416,892 ($255,863,996 total) {week 10}
  5. The Lego Movie – $288,052 ($255,878,392 total) {week 18}
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $243,079 ($57,777,522 total) {week 14}
  7. Ida – $225,130 ($1,284,714 total) {week 6}
  8. Frozen – $26,902 ($400,654,227 total) {week 29}
  9. Finding Vivian Maier – $13,707 ($1,393,075 total) {week 11}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Maleficent – $38,403,958 ($143,393,099 total)
  2. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $16,954,100 ($212,061,514 total)
  3. 20 Feet from Stardom – $280 ($5,533,403 total)
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $466,388 ($286,241,973 total)
  5. The Lego Movie – $322,252 ($286,258,079 total)
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $271,939 ($64,637,277 total)
  7. Ida – $251,859 ($1,437,244 total)
  8. Frozen – $30,096 ($448,222,722 total)
  9. Finding Vivian Maier – $15,334 ($1,558,471 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 20 Feet from Stardom: Documentary Feature [O]
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Visual Effects
  • Finding Vivian Maier: Documentary Feature
  • Frozen: Animated Feature [O], Original Song (“Let It Go”) [O]
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel: Picture, Directing, Original Screenplay, Original Score [O], Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design [O], Costume Design [O], Makeup and Hairstyling [O]
  • Ida: Cinematography, Foreign Language Film [O]
  • The Lego Movie: Original Song (“Everything Is Awesome”)
  • Maleficent: Costume Design
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past: Visual Effects

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 5-7, 2009

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Up – $44,138,266 ($137,210,701 total) {week 2}
  2. Star Trek – $8,310,480 ($222,712,175 total) {week 5}
  3. Departures – $86,214 ($191,153 total) {week 2}
  4. Revanche – $25,033 ($129,214 total) {week 6}
  5. Coraline – $13,694 ($75,218,093 total) {week 18}
  6. Il Divo – $12,296 ($161,213 total) {week 7}
  7. Paris 36 – $9,134 ($831,421 total) {week 10}
  8. Burma VJ – $3,974 ($26,309 total) {week 3}
  9. The Class – $941 ($3,766,595 total) {week 25}
  10. 12 – $643 ($122,439 total) {week 14}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Up – $53,789,833 ($167,214,108 total)
  2. Star Trek – $10,127,705 ($271,411,904 total)
  3. Departures – $105,066 ($232,952 total)
  4. Revanche – $30,507 ($157,469 total)
  5. Coraline – $16,688 ($91,665,783 total)
  6. Il Divo – $14,985 ($196,465 total)
  7. Paris 36 – $11,131 ($1,013,225 total)
  8. Burma VJ – $4,843 ($32,062 total)
  9. The Class – $1,147 ($4,590,224 total)
  10. 12 – $784 ($149,212 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 12: Foreign Language Film
  • Burma VJ: Documentary Feature
  • The Class: Foreign Language Film
  • Coraline: Animated Feature
  • Departures: Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Il Divo: Makeup
  • Paris 36: Original Song (“Loin de Paname”)
  • Revanche: Foreign Language Film
  • Star Trek: Makeup [O], Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects
  • Up: Picture, Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score [O], Sound Editing

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 4-6, 2004

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $93,687,367 ($93,687,367 total) {week 1}
  2. Shrek 2 – $37,931,716 ($314,523,202 total) {week 3}
  3. Troy – $5,977,491 ($119,290,098 total) {week 4}
  4. Super Size Me – $842,684 ($6,208,445 total) {week 5}
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $185,156 ($33,745,508 total) {week 12}
  6. The Passion of the Christ – $98,010 ($369,895,388 total) {week 15}
  7. Cold Mountain – $42,758 ($95,535,250 total) {week 24}
  8. The Twilight Samurai – $36,790 ($275,664 total) {week 7}
  9. My Architect – $25,434 ($2,672,377 total) {week 30}
  10. Story of the Weeping Camel – $21,767 ($21,767 total) {week 1}
  11. The Triplets of Belleville – $8,333 ($6,968,579 total) {week 28}
  12. City of God – $6,860 ($7,549,982 total) {week 73}
  13. In America – $1,741 ($15,539,266 total) {week 28}
  14. The Weather Underground – $319 ($563,881 total) {week 53}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $137,890,907 ($137,890,907 total)
  2. Shrek 2 – $55,828,645 ($462,921,428 total)
  3. Troy – $8,797,789 ($175,573,510 total)
  4. Super Size Me – $1,240,279 ($9,137,711 total)
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $272,516 ($49,667,302 total)
  6. The Passion of the Christ – $144,253 ($544,419,299 total)
  7. Cold Mountain – $62,932 ($140,610,658 total)
  8. The Twilight Samurai – $54,148 ($405,728 total)
  9. My Architect – $37,434 ($3,933,257 total)
  10. Story of the Weeping Camel – $32,037 ($32,037 total)
  11. The Triplets of Belleville – $12,265 ($10,256,491 total)
  12. City of God – $10,097 ($11,112,212 total)
  13. In America – $2,562 ($22,870,997 total)
  14. The Weather Underground – $470 ($829,931 total)

Oscar Details:

  • City of God: Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography
  • Cold Mountain: Actor (Jude Law), Supporting Actress (Renee Zellweger) [O], Original Song (“Scarlet Tide”), Original Song (“You Will Be My Ain True Love”), Original Score, Editing, Cinematography
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Actress (Kate Winslet), Original Screenplay [O]
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Original Score, Visual Effects
  • In America: Actress (Samantha Morton), Supporting Actor (Djimon Hounsou), Original Screenplay
  • My Architect: Documentary Feature
  • The Passion of the Christ : Original Score, Cinematography, Makeup
  • Shrek 2: Animated Feature, Original Song (“Accidentally in Love”)
  • Story of the Weeping Camel : Documentary Feature
  • Super Size Me : Documentary Feature
  • The Triplets of Belleville: Animated Feature, Original Song (“Belleville Rendez-vous”)
  • Troy: Costume Design
  • The Twilight Samurai: Foreign Language Film
  • The Weather Underground: Documentary Feature

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 4-6, 1999

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $32,891,653 ($255,758,124 total) {week 3}
  2. The Mummy – $7,418,925 ($127,523,525 total) {week 5}
  3. The Matrix – $2,453,642 ($158,260,745 total) {week 10}
  4. Election – $854,684 ($12,260,203 total) {week 7}
  5. Life – $845,645 ($60,598,139 total) {week 8}
  6. Shakespeare in Love – $263,017 ($97,167,485 total) {week 26}
  7. Life Is Beautiful – $214,067 ($56,692,964 total) {week 33}
  8. Buena Vista Social Club – $127,370 ($127,370 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $59,179,076 ($460,163,239 total)
  2. The Mummy – $13,348,223 ($229,441,933 total)
  3. The Matrix – $4,414,624 ($284,744,726 total)
  4. Election – $1,537,758 ($22,058,712 total)
  5. Life – $1,521,495 ($109,028,935 total)
  6. Shakespeare in Love – $473,224 ($174,824,963 total)
  7. Life Is Beautiful – $385,152 ($102,002,695 total)
  8. Buena Vista Social Club – $229,166 ($229,166 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Buena Vista Social Club: Documentary Feature
  • Election: Adapted Screenplay
  • Life: Makeup
  • Life Is Beautiful: Picture, Director, Actor (Roberto Benigni) [O], Original Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score [O], Editing, Foreign Language Film [O]
  • The Matrix : Editing [O], Sound [O], Sound Effects [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • The Mummy : Sound
  • Shakespeare in Love: Picture [O], Director, Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow) [O], Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Supporting Actress (Judi Dench) [O], Original Screenplay [O], Original Musical or Comedy Score [O], Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design [O], Makeup, Sound
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace: Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 10-12, 1994

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Speed – $14,456,194 ($14,456,194 total) {week 1}
  2. Maverick – $6,842,888 ($66,461,152 total) {week 4}
  3. Four Weddings and a Funeral – $1,138,098 ($44,803,861 total) {week 14}
  4. The Paper – $502,610 ($34,284,735 total) {week 13}
  5. Schindler’s List – $206,460 ($93,667,963 total) {week 26}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Speed – $31,609,955 ($31,609,955 total)
  2. Maverick – $14,962,679 ($145,324,146 total)
  3. Four Weddings and a Funeral – $2,488,568 ($97,968,251 total)
  4. The Paper – $1,099,008 ($74,967,100 total)
  5. Schindler’s List – $451,446 ($204,814,637 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral: Picture, Original Screenplay
  • Maverick: Costume Design
  • The Paper : Original Song (“Make Up Your Mind”)
  • Schindler’s List: Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Liam Neeson), Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Editing [O], Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Costume Design, Makeup, Sound
  • Speed: Editing, Sound [O], Sound Effects [O]

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 9-11, 1989

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $16,044,349 ($102,810,678 total) {week 3}
  2. Dead Poets Society – $7,540,464 ($8,147,863 total) {week 2}
  3. Field of Dreams – $3,107,500 ($40,238,061 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $36,938,375 ($236,697,631 total)
  2. Dead Poets Society – $17,360,161 ($18,758,556 total)
  3. Field of Dreams – $7,154,295 ($92,638,760 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Dead Poets Society: Picture, Director, Actor (Robin Williams), Original Screenplay [O]
  • Field of Dreams: Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Original Score, Sound, Sound Effects [O]

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 8-10, 1984

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghostbusters – $13,578,151 ($13,578,151 total) {week 1}
  2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $12,016,144 ($88,772,018 total) {week 3}
  3. The Natural – $2,482,504 ($30,162,643 total) {week 5}
  4. Romancing the Stone – $1,567,492 ($59,850,799 total) {week 11}
  5. Footloose – $748,909 ($74,688,368 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghostbusters – $36,935,804 ($36,935,804 total)
  2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $32,686,773 ($241,481,025 total)
  3. The Natural – $6,753,002 ($82,049,571 total)
  4. Romancing the Stone – $4,263,951 ($162,808,423 total)
  5. Footloose – $2,037,211 ($203,170,144 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Footloose: Original Song (“Footloose”, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”)
  • Ghostbusters: Original Song (“Ghostbusters”), Visual Effects
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Original Score, Visual Effects [O]
  • The Natural : Supporting Actress (Glenn Close), Original Score, Cinematography, Art Direction
  • Romancing the Stone: Editing

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