Oscar in Box Office History (Week 23, 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 Jun. 5-7, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $7,831,453 ($130,665,718 total) {week 4}
  2. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $358,509 ($24,299,872 total) {week 8}
  3. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $303,470 ($198,782,354 total) {week 13}
  4. When Marnie Was There (2015, 88th) – $78,622 ($186,834 total) {week 3}
  5. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $59,365 ($787,857 total) {week 21}
  6. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $1,839 ($385,045 total) {week 14}
  7. American Sniper (2014, 87th) – $23,147 ($350,090,029 total) {week 24}
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $28,000 ($1,203,000 total) {week 11}
  9. Tangerines (2014, 87th) – $856 ($107,236 total) {week 8}
  10. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $26,000 ($2,992,000 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $8,509,622 ($141,980,780 total)
  2. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $389,554 ($26,404,131 total)
  3. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $329,749 ($215,996,010 total)
  4. When Marnie Was There (2015, 88th) – $85,430 ($203,013 total)
  5. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $64,506 ($856,082 total)
  6. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $1,998 ($418,388 total)
  7. American Sniper (2014, 87th) – $25,151 ($380,406,247 total)
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $30,425 ($1,307,174 total)
  9. Tangerines (2014, 87th) – $930 ($116,522 total)
  10. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $28,251 ($3,251,094 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 Jun. 4-6, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $488,283 ($213,883,143 total) {week 11}
  2. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $397,705 ($3,992,319 total) {week 8}
  3. Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd) – $300,515 ($333,627,878 total) {week 14}
  4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $135,575 ($2,155,153 total) {week 8}
  5. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $76,692 ($749,202,090 total) {week 25}
  6. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $20,968 ($570,485 total) {week 14}
  7. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $5,900 ($594,085 total) {week 18}
  8. The Last Station (2009, 82nd) – $4,530 ($6,612,068 total) {week 21}
  9. A Prophet (2009, 82nd) – $3,009 ($2,070,926 total) {week 15}
  10. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $982 ($448,866 total) {week 19}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $566,879 ($248,310,468 total)
  2. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $461,721 ($4,634,936 total)
  3. Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd) – $348,887 ($387,329,704 total)
  4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $157,398 ($2,502,053 total)
  5. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $89,037 ($869,796,089 total)
  6. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $24,343 ($662,312 total)
  7. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $6,850 ($689,711 total)
  8. The Last Station (2009, 82nd) – $5,259 ($7,676,368 total)
  9. A Prophet (2009, 82nd) – $3,493 ($2,404,269 total)
  10. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $1,140 ($521,117 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]
  • 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

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 10-12, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $14,851,474 ($332,109,171 total) {week 4}
  2. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $9,728,955 ($34,642,020 total) {week 2}
  3. Crash (2005, 78th) – $1,876,639 ($44,299,728 total) {week 6}
  4. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $427,987 ($427,987 total) {week 1}
  5. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $178,680 ($3,203,162 total) {week 8}
  6. Downfall (2004, 77th) – $10,181 ($5,501,940 total) {week 17}
  7. Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th) – $8,546 ($3,493,965 total) {week 23}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $21,223,011 ($474,589,705 total)
  2. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $13,902,844 ($49,504,041 total)
  3. Crash (2005, 78th) – $2,681,749 ($63,305,072 total)
  4. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $611,601 ($611,601 total)
  5. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $255,337 ($4,577,373 total)
  6. Downfall (2004, 77th) – $14,549 ($7,862,367 total)
  7. Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th) – $12,212 ($4,992,936 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
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th): Animated Feature
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th): Makeup

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 9-11, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $7,074,047 ($150,174,374 total) {week 6}
  2. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $1,060,660 ($72,911,300 total) {week 8}
  3. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $8,527,260 ($123,230,975 total) {week 13}
  4. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $109,003 ($1,459,230 total) {week 10}
  5. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $73,131 ($245,484,763 total) {week 30}
  6. The Cider House Rules (1999, 72nd) – $63,295 ($57,486,392 total) {week 27}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $12,021,943 ($255,212,851 total)
  2. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $1,802,532 ($123,908,629 total)
  3. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $14,491,596 ($209,424,069 total)
  4. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $185,244 ($2,479,879 total)
  5. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $124,282 ($417,187,464 total)
  6. The Cider House Rules (1999, 72nd) – $107,566 ($97,694,870 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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 Jun. 9-11, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th) – $9,344,123 ($25,147,774 total) {week 2}
  2. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $5,489,172 ($34,434,723 total) {week 3}
  3. Crimson Tide (1995, 68th) – $5,109,560 ($70,554,522 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th) – $19,676,360 ($52,954,853 total)
  2. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $11,558,808 ($72,510,819 total)
  3. Crimson Tide (1995, 68th) – $10,759,441 ($148,569,982 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 Jun. 8-10, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $15,061,380 ($51,142,280 total) {week 2}
  2. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $4,480,347 ($133,324,214 total) {week 12}
  3. The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd) – $802,750 ($113,485,385 total) {week 15}
  4. Cinema Paradiso (1989, 62nd) – $351,320 ($5,469,838 total) {week 19}
  5. Driving Miss Daisy (1989, 62nd) – $503,466 ($103,639,744 total) {week 26}
  6. Longtime Companion (1990, 63rd) – $286,992 ($2,070,367 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $32,615,187 ($110,747,821 total)
  2. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $9,702,123 ($288,711,537 total)
  3. The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd) – $1,738,343 ($245,750,857 total)
  4. Cinema Paradiso (1989, 62nd) – $760,778 ($11,844,850 total)
  5. Driving Miss Daisy (1989, 62nd) – $1,090,248 ($224,430,273 total)
  6. Longtime Companion (1990, 63rd) – $621,477 ($4,483,348 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Cinema Paradiso (1989, 62nd): Foreign Language Film
  • 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 Jun. 7-9, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $10,228,608 ($70,406,949 total) {week 3}
  2. Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th) – $1,128,164 ($221,749,008 total) {week 27}
  3. Witness (1985, 58th) – $728,002 ($63,836,926 total) {week 18}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $26,392,690 ($181,669,761 total)
  2. Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th) – $2,910,981 ($572,174,905 total)
  3. Witness (1985, 58th) – $1,878,450 ($164,717,251 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th): Original Screenplay
  • 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

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 6-8, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $4,339,769 ($11,584,077 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $14,777,801 ($39,446,151 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd): Original Score, Art Direction, Sound [O], Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects) [O]

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