Oscar in Box Office History (Week 28, 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 Jul. 10-12, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $17,665,796 ($284,196,100 total) {week 4}
  2. Amy (2015, 88th) – $1,799,780 ($2,140,576 total) {week 2}
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $617,148 ($150,253,195 total) {week 9}
  4. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $99,494 ($129,049 total) {week 2}
  5. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $59,506 ($200,743,973 total) {week 18}
  6. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $43,758 ($25,310,171 total) {week 12}
  7. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $16,764 ($961,882 total) {week 26}
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $4,467 ($1,332,425 total) {week 16}
  9. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $7,578 ($3,107,072 total) {week 21}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $19,195,574 ($308,806,201 total)
  2. Amy (2015, 88th) – $1,955,633 ($2,325,940 total)
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $670,590 ($163,264,444 total)
  4. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $108,110 ($140,224 total)
  5. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $64,659 ($218,127,496 total)
  6. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $47,547 ($27,501,918 total)
  7. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $18,216 ($1,045,177 total)
  8. The Salt of the Earth (2014, 87th) – $4,854 ($1,447,807 total)
  9. Wild Tales (2014, 87th) – $8,234 ($3,376,130 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th): Makeup & Hairstyling
  • Amy (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • Cartel Land (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature
  • Cinderella (2015, 88th): Costume Design
  • Ex Machina (2015, 88th): Original Screenplay, Visual Effects [O]
  • Inside Out (2015, 88th): Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay
  • 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
  • Wild Tales (2014, 87th): Foreign Language Film

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 9-11, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $21,015,958 ($339,240,857 total) {week 4}
  2. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $503,008 ($2,003,059 total) {week 4}
  3. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $491,971 ($491,971 total) {week 1}
  4. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $457,547 ($2,513,507 total) {week 5}
  5. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $317,923 ($216,893,967 total) {week 16}
  6. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $129,810 ($5,876,720 total) {week 13}
  7. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $93,590 ($265,462 total) {week 3}
  8. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $46,021 ($2,890,215 total) {week 13}
  9. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $36,971 ($749,657,409 total) {week 30}
  10. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $5,840 ($27,841 total) {week 3}
  11. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $3,194 ($667,656 total) {week 19}
  12. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $343 ($453,336 total) {week 24}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $24,398,755 ($393,846,166 total)
  2. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $583,974 ($2,325,478 total)
  3. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $571,160 ($571,160 total)
  4. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $531,195 ($2,918,089 total)
  5. How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd) – $369,097 ($251,805,924 total)
  6. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $150,705 ($6,822,656 total)
  7. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $108,655 ($308,192 total)
  8. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $53,429 ($3,355,433 total)
  9. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $42,922 ($870,324,698 total)
  10. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $6,780 ($32,322 total)
  11. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $3,708 ($775,124 total)
  12. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $398 ($526,306 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Avatar (2009, 82nd): Picture, Director, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects [O]
  • Dogtooth (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010, 83rd): Animated Feature, Original Score
  • I Am Love (2010, 83rd): Costume Design
  • The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Annette Bening), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Original Screenplay
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd): Documentary Feature
  • Restrepo (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd): Animated Feature
  • Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd): Picture, Animated Feature [O], Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“We Belong Together”) [O], Sound Film Editing
  • Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), Adapted Screenplay

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

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $56,178,450 ($56,178,450 total) {week 1}
  2. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $15,244,749 ($192,426,922 total) {week 3}
  3. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $6,035,300 ($183,140,850 total) {week 5}
  4. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $1,703,393 ($373,926,219 total) {week 9}
  5. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $1,515,059 ($4,011,328 total) {week 4}
  6. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $982,305 ($58,913,425 total) {week 7}
  7. Crash (2005, 78th) – $428,624 ($51,379,460 total) {week 11}
  8. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $149,368 ($4,151,839 total) {week 6}
  9. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $48,120 ($3,886,956 total) {week 13}
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $33,476 ($120,808 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $80,279,969 ($80,279,969 total)
  2. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $21,785,008 ($274,981,374 total)
  3. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $8,624,547 ($261,711,417 total)
  4. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $2,434,178 ($534,346,984 total)
  5. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $2,165,045 ($5,732,257 total)
  6. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $1,403,731 ($84,188,295 total)
  7. Crash (2005, 78th) – $612,511 ($73,422,130 total)
  8. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $213,449 ($5,933,049 total)
  9. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $68,764 ($5,554,527 total)
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $47,838 ($172,637 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman Begins (2005, 78th): Cinematography
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th): Costume Design
  • 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
  • March of the Penguins (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • Murderball (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th): Makeup
  • War of the Worlds (2005, 78th): Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 14-16, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $17,130,295 ($128,501,870 total) {week 3}
  2. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $10,612,898 ($82,764,272 total) {week 3}
  3. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $1,571,917 ($176,582,114 total) {week 11}
  4. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $197,480 ($76,068,995 total) {week 13}
  5. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $131,270 ($125,144,095 total) {week 18}
  6. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $62,682 ($2,000,973 total) {week 15}
  7. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $19,909 ($245,823,397 total) {week 35}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $29,111,967 ($218,381,657 total)
  2. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $18,036,020 ($140,653,197 total)
  3. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $2,671,384 ($300,091,311 total)
  4. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $335,606 ($129,274,953 total)
  5. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $223,086 ($212,675,308 total)
  6. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $106,525 ($3,400,540 total)
  7. Toy Story 2 (1999, 72nd) – $33,834 ($417,762,953 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]
  • The Patriot (2000, 73rd): Original Score, Cinematography, Sound
  • The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd): Sound, Visual Effects
  • 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 Jul. 14-16, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $15,630,650 ($90,927,245 total) {week 3}
  2. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $8,075,716 ($106,270,208 total) {week 5}
  3. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $5,285,080 ($164,642,784 total) {week 5}
  4. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th) – $1,857,931 ($63,770,175 total) {week 7}
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $1,003,467 ($56,876,534 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $32,914,196 ($191,469,785 total)
  2. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $17,005,416 ($223,778,185 total)
  3. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $11,129,042 ($346,696,069 total)
  4. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 68th) – $3,912,333 ($134,283,863 total)
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $2,113,048 ($119,767,598 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Apollo 13 (1995, 68th): Picture, Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan), Adapted Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score, Film Editing [O], Art Direction, Sound [O], Visual Effects
  • 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)
  • Pocahontas (1995, 68th): Original Song (“Colors of the Wind”) [O], Original Musical or Comedy Score [O]

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 13-15, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $12,191,540 ($12,191,540 total) {week 1}
  2. Days of Thunder (1990, 63rd) – $8,168,248 ($54,052,078 total) {week 3}
  3. Dick Tracy (1990, 63rd) – $4,826,867 ($90,355,452 total) {week 5}
  4. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $3,218,325 ($104,855,865 total) {week 7}
  5. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $2,069,183 ($157,207,215 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $26,400,593 ($26,400,593 total)
  2. Days of Thunder (1990, 63rd) – $17,688,216 ($117,048,944 total)
  3. Dick Tracy (1990, 63rd) – $10,452,506 ($195,663,343 total)
  4. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $6,969,233 ($227,063,764 total)
  5. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $4,480,784 ($340,429,808 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Days of Thunder (1990, 63rd): Sound
  • 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
  • Ghost (1990, 63rd): Picture, Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg) [O], Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing
  • 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 Jul. 12-14, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $10,555,133 ($32,580,763 total) {week 2}
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $4,986,972 ($39,703,509 total) {week 4}
  3. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $4,337,520 ($125,301,195 total) {week 8}
  4. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $3,522,897 ($3,522,897 total) {week 1}
  5. Prizzi’s Honor (1985, 58th) – $1,231,349 ($19,170,288 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $27,235,216 ($84,067,546 total)
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $12,867,793 ($102,446,237 total)
  3. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $11,192,023 ($323,312,379 total)
  4. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $9,090,067 ($9,090,067 total)
  5. Prizzi’s Honor (1985, 58th) – $3,177,227 ($49,464,743 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Back to the Future (1985, 58th): Original Screenplay, Original Song (“The Power of Love’), Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing [O]
  • Cocoon (1985, 58th): Supporting Actor (Don Ameche) [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • 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
  • Silverado (1985, 58th): Original Score, Sound

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 11-13, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $6,652,858 ($94,296,366 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $22,654,342 ($321,098,406 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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