Oscar in Box Office History (Week 24, 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

Men in Black: International (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Production Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 13-15, 2014

Weekend Box Office:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $49,451,322 ($49,451,322 total) {week 1}
  2. Maleficent – $18,504,997 ($163,021,529 total) {week 3}
  3. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $9,816,449 ($206,256,610 total) {week 4}
  4. Alone Yet Not Alone – $534,626 ($668,172 total) {week 2}
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $274,842 ($256,334,467 total) {week 11}
  6. Ida – $256,951 ($1,668,355 total) {week 7}
  7. The Lego Movie – $227,240 ($256,330,271 total) {week 19}
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $196,466 ($58,109,813 total) {week 15}
  9. Frozen – $20,749 ($400,685,423 total) {week 30}
  10. Finding Vivian Maier – $10,857 ($1,418,679 total) {week 12}
  11. 20 Feet from Stardom – $90 ($4,946,250 total) {week 53}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $55,322,532 ($55,322,532 total)
  2. Maleficent – $20,702,041 ($182,376,594 total)
  3. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $10,981,927 ($230,744,849 total)
  4. Alone Yet Not Alone – $598,101 ($747,502 total)
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $307,473 ($286,768,302 total)
  6. Ida – $287,458 ($1,866,434 total)
  7. The Lego Movie – $254,220 ($286,763,608 total)
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $219,792 ($65,009,020 total)
  9. Frozen – $23,212 ($448,257,621 total)
  10. Finding Vivian Maier – $12,146 ($1,587,115 total)
  11. 20 Feet from Stardom – $101 ($5,533,504 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 20 Feet from Stardom: Documentary Feature [O]
  • Alone Yet Not Alone: Original Song (“Alone Yet Not Alone”) (nomination rescinded)
  • 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]
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Animated Feature
  • 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. 12-14, 2009

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Up – $30,762,280 ($187,425,989 total) {week 3}
  2. Star Trek – $5,454,563 ($231,882,965 total) {week 6}
  3. Departures – $95,514 ($325,520 total) {week 3}
  4. Food, Inc. – $60,513 ($60,513 total) {week 1}
  5. Revanche – $18,239 ($157,685 total) {week 7}
  6. Coraline – $10,103 ($75,239,621 total) {week 19}
  7. Il Divo – $6,086 ($173,185 total) {week 8}
  8. Paris 36 – $4,511 ($843,936 total) {week 11}
  9. Burma VJ – $1,500 ($31,450 total) {week 4}
  10. 12 – $557 ($123,627 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Up – $37,488,965 ($228,409,805 total)
  2. Star Trek – $6,647,294 ($282,588,040 total)
  3. Departures – $116,400 ($396,700 total)
  4. Food, Inc. – $73,745 ($73,745 total)
  5. Revanche – $22,227 ($192,165 total)
  6. Coraline – $12,312 ($91,692,018 total)
  7. Il Divo – $7,417 ($211,055 total)
  8. Paris 36 – $5,497 ($1,028,477 total)
  9. Burma VJ – $1,828 ($38,327 total)
  10. 12 – $679 ($150,660 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 12: Foreign Language Film
  • Burma VJ: Documentary Feature
  • Coraline: Animated Feature
  • Departures: Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Il Divo: Makeup
  • Food, Inc.: Documentary Feature
  • 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. 11-13, 2004

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $34,910,393 ($157,975,042 total) {week 2}
  2. Shrek 2 – $23,316,920 ($353,333,317 total) {week 4}
  3. Troy – $3,417,016 ($125,604,418 total) {week 5}
  4. Super Size Me – $820,686 ($7,533,912 total) {week 6}
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $119,120 ($33,971,672 total) {week 13}
  6. The Passion of the Christ – $63,467 ($370,025,697 total) {week 16}
  7. Story of the Weeping Camel – $38,792 ($72,926 total) {week 2}
  8. Cold Mountain – $28,389 ($95,589,607 total) {week 25}
  9. The Twilight Samurai – $26,109 ($321,168 total) {week 8}
  10. My Architect – $15,297 ($2,699,982 total) {week 31}
  11. City of God – $5,445 ($7,558,260 total) {week 74}
  12. The Triplets of Belleville – $3,020 ($6,975,689 total) {week 29}
  13. The Weather Underground – $750 ($564,632 total) {week 54}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $51,381,802 ($232,510,770 total)
  2. Shrek 2 – $34,318,301 ($520,042,917 total)
  3. Troy – $5,029,231 ($184,867,050 total)
  4. Super Size Me – $1,207,902 ($11,088,560 total)
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $175,323 ($50,000,174 total)
  6. The Passion of the Christ – $93,412 ($544,611,090 total)
  7. Story of the Weeping Camel – $57,095 ($107,334 total)
  8. Cold Mountain – $41,783 ($140,690,662 total)
  9. The Twilight Samurai – $38,428 ($472,701 total)
  10. My Architect – $22,514 ($3,973,887 total)
  11. City of God – $8,014 ($11,124,396 total)
  12. The Triplets of Belleville – $4,445 ($10,266,956 total)
  13. The Weather Underground – $1,104 ($831,036 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
  • 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. 11-13, 1999

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $54,917,604 ($57,442,682 total) {week 1}
  2. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $25,632,861 ($296,964,911 total) {week 4}
  3. The Mummy – $5,483,460 ($136,213,325 total) {week 6}
  4. The Matrix – $2,069,930 ($161,567,685 total) {week 11}
  5. Election – $602,448 ($13,248,614 total) {week 8}
  6. Life – $569,815 ($61,554,344 total) {week 9}
  7. Shakespeare in Love – $196,617 ($97,496,951 total) {week 27}
  8. Life Is Beautiful – $137,951 ($56,954,125 total) {week 34}
  9. Buena Vista Social Club – $132,502 ($338,285 total) {week 2}
  10. The Red Violin – $87,133 ($2,370,235 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $98,808,445 ($103,351,597 total)
  2. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $46,118,966 ($534,303,009 total)
  3. The Mummy – $9,865,910 ($245,076,730 total)
  4. The Matrix – $3,724,244 ($290,694,614 total)
  5. Election – $1,083,932 ($23,837,073 total)
  6. Life – $1,025,218 ($110,749,351 total)
  7. Shakespeare in Love – $353,756 ($175,417,743 total)
  8. Life Is Beautiful – $248,203 ($102,472,579 total)
  9. Buena Vista Social Club – $238,399 ($608,647 total)
  10. The Red Violin – $156,771 ($4,264,557 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: Makeup
  • 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
  • The Red Violin : Original Score [O]
  • 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. 17-19, 1994

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Speed – $12,940,034 ($35,685,508 total) {week 2}
  2. Maverick – $4,822,445 ($74,132,631 total) {week 5}
  3. The Lion King – $1,586,753 ($2,209,030 total) {week 1}
  4. Schindler’s List – $125,980 ($93,910,028 total) {week 27}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Speed – $28,294,715 ($78,030,034 total)
  2. Maverick – $10,544,772 ($162,098,624 total)
  3. The Lion King – $3,469,599 ($4,830,271 total)
  4. Schindler’s List – $275,468 ($205,343,937 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Lion King : Original Song (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” [O], “Circle of Life”, “Hakuna Matata”), Original Score [O]
  • Maverick: Costume Design
  • 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. 16-18, 1989

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $11,724,730 ($122,378,936 total) {week 4}
  2. Dead Poets Society – $9,102,459 ($22,464,763 total) {week 3}
  3. Field of Dreams – $2,439,417 ($44,215,258 total) {week 9}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $26,993,459 ($281,748,986 total)
  2. Dead Poets Society – $20,956,291 ($51,719,883 total)
  3. Field of Dreams – $5,616,189 ($101,795,330 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. 15-17, 1984

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghostbusters – $15,093,905 ($38,261,242 total) {week 2}
  2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $9,116,347 ($103,487,041 total) {week 4}
  3. The Natural – $2,502,952 ($33,645,465 total) {week 6}
  4. Romancing the Stone – $1,688,123 ($62,258,588 total) {week 12}
  5. Footloose – $743,987 ($75,846,770 total) {week 18}
  6. Under the Volcano – $31,000 ($31,000 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghostbusters – $41,059,015 ($104,079,688 total)
  2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $24,798,634 ($281,509,391 total)
  3. The Natural – $6,808,625 ($91,523,676 total)
  4. Romancing the Stone – $4,592,096 ($169,358,183 total)
  5. Footloose – $2,023,822 ($206,321,273 total)
  6. Under the Volcano – $84,327 ($84,327 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
  • Under the Volcano:

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