Oscar in Box Office History (Week 24, 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. 12-14, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $4,065,967 ($138,543,794 total) {week 5}
  2. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $261,863 ($199,280,075 total) {week 14}
  3. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $205,970 ($24,698,885 total) {week 9}
  4. When Marnie Was There (2015, 88th) – $85,842 ($317,097 total) {week 4}
  5. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $49,839 ($837,696 total) {week 22}
  6. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $1,256 ($387,841 total) {week 15}
  7. American Sniper (2014, 87th) – $11,648 ($350,112,192 total) {week 25}
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $19,000 ($1,248,000 total) {week 12}
  9. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $37,315 ($3,039,434 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $4,418,061 ($150,541,062 total)
  2. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $284,539 ($216,536,831 total)
  3. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $223,806 ($26,837,697 total)
  4. When Marnie Was There (2015, 88th) – $93,276 ($344,556 total)
  5. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $54,155 ($910,237 total)
  6. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $1,365 ($421,426 total)
  7. American Sniper (2014, 87th) – $12,657 ($380,430,330 total)
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $20,645 ($1,356,071 total)
  9. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $40,546 ($3,302,635 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
  • When Marnie Was There (2015, 88th): Animated Feature
  • Wild Tales (2014, 87th): Foreign Language Film

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 11-13, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $347,925 ($4,506,655 total) {week 9}
  2. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $3,304,859 ($214,426,381 total) {week 12}
  3. Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd) – $142,144 ($333,920,165 total) {week 15}
  4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $115,151 ($2,365,248 total) {week 9}
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $84,797 ($84,797 total) {week 1}
  6. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $64,767 ($749,316,799 total) {week 26}
  7. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $17,140 ($599,123 total) {week 15}
  8. A Prophet (2009, 82nd) – $2,789 ($2,076,963 total) {week 16}
  9. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $2,089 ($599,065 total) {week 19}
  10. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $1,467 ($450,700 total) {week 20}
  11. The Last Station (2009, 82nd) – $1,406 ($6,615,578 total) {week 22}
  12. Departures (2008, 81st) – $1,026 ($1,497,367 total) {week 55}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $403,928 ($5,232,061 total)
  2. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $3,836,820 ($248,941,147 total)
  3. Alice in Wonderland (2010, 83rd) – $165,024 ($387,669,038 total)
  4. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $133,686 ($2,745,966 total)
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $98,446 ($98,446 total)
  6. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $75,192 ($869,929,262 total)
  7. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $19,899 ($695,560 total)
  8. A Prophet (2009, 82nd) – $3,238 ($2,411,278 total)
  9. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $2,425 ($695,492 total)
  10. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $1,703 ($523,246 total)
  11. The Last Station (2009, 82nd) – $1,632 ($7,680,443 total)
  12. Departures (2008, 81st) – $1,191 ($1,738,388 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]
  • Departures (2008, 81st): Foreign Language Film [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
  • Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), Adapted Screenplay

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 17-19, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $48,745,440 ($72,896,986 total) {week 1}
  2. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $10,038,498 ($348,140,685 total) {week 5}
  3. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $5,572,285 ($43,893,695 total) {week 3}
  4. Crash (2005, 78th) – $1,297,689 ($46,422,459 total) {week 7}
  5. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $864,761 ($1,482,895 total) {week 2}
  6. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $117,995 ($3,407,928 total) {week 9}
  7. Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th) – $4,711 ($3,504,443 total) {week 24}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $69,658,070 ($104,171,044 total)
  2. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $14,345,186 ($497,499,013 total)
  3. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $7,962,891 ($62,724,843 total)
  4. Crash (2005, 78th) – $1,854,420 ($66,338,491 total)
  5. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $1,235,758 ($2,119,082 total)
  6. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $168,617 ($4,869,988 total)
  7. Born Into Brothels (2004, 77th) – $6,732 ($5,007,909 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman Begins (2005, 78th): Cinematography
  • 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]
  • 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. 16-18, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $5,362,293 ($158,993,824 total) {week 7}
  2. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $688,025 ($74,150,165 total) {week 9}
  3. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $332,235 ($123,839,700 total) {week 14}
  4. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $90,172 ($1,598,455 total) {week 11}
  5. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $60,433 ($245,586,752 total) {week 31}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $9,112,914 ($270,201,007 total)
  2. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $1,169,260 ($126,014,010 total)
  3. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $564,615 ($210,458,563 total)
  4. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $153,242 ($2,716,484 total)
  5. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $102,702 ($417,360,788 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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. 16-18, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $52,784,433 ($52,784,433 total) {week 1}
  2. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th) – $6,573,370 ($36,146,206 total) {week 3}
  3. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $4,117,820 ($40,960,474 total) {week 4}
  4. Crimson Tide (1995, 68th) – $3,540,508 ($76,193,569 total) {week 6}
  5. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $2,689,714 ($2,689,714 total) {week 1}
  6. The Postman (Il Postino) (1995, 68th) – $95,310 ($95,310 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $111,150,668 ($111,150,668 total)
  2. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th) – $13,841,855 ($76,114,769 total)
  3. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $8,671,088 ($86,252,400 total)
  4. Crimson Tide (1995, 68th) – $7,455,415 ($160,444,389 total)
  5. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $5,663,858 ($5,663,858 total)
  6. The Postman (Il Postino) (1995, 68th) – $200,699 ($200,699 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman Forever (1995, 68th): Cinematography, Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing
  • 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
  • Pocahontas (1995, 68th): Original Song (“Colors of the Wind”) [O], Original Musical or Comedy Score [O]
  • The Postman (Il Postino) (1995, 68th): Picture, Directing, Actor (Massimo Troisi), Adapted Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score [O]

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 15-17, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Dick Tracy (1990, 63rd) – $22,543,911 ($22,543,911 total) {week 1}
  2. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $10,223,600 ($67,625,020 total) {week 3}
  3. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $3,327,354 ($138,778,393 total) {week 13}
  4. The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd) – $602,680 ($114,448,402 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Dick Tracy (1990, 63rd) – $48,818,493 ($48,818,493 total)
  2. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $22,139,049 ($146,440,942 total)
  3. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $7,205,334 ($300,522,478 total)
  4. The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd) – $1,305,094 ($247,836,256 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Dick Tracy (1990, 63rd): Supporting Actor (Al Pacino), Original Song (“Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)”) [O], Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design, Makeup [O], Sound
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990, 63rd): Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing [O]
  • 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. 14-16, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $9,162,153 ($84,953,870 total) {week 4}
  2. Prizzi’s Honor (1985, 58th) – $4,234,537 ($4,234,537 total) {week 1}
  3. Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th) – $1,010,816 ($223,306,873 total) {week 28}
  4. Witness (1985, 58th) – $600,737 ($64,795,624 total) {week 19}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $23,640,936 ($219,204,915 total)
  2. Prizzi’s Honor (1985, 58th) – $10,926,298 ($10,926,298 total)
  3. Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th) – $2,608,190 ($576,194,636 total)
  4. Witness (1985, 58th) – $1,550,071 ($167,190,962 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 57th): Original Screenplay
  • Prizzi’s Honor (1985, 58th): Picture, Directing, Actor (Jack Nicholson), Supporting Actor (William Hickey), Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston) [O], Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Costume Design
  • 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. 13-15, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $3,606,000 ($15,190,077 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $12,279,167 ($51,725,318 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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