Oscar in Box Office History (Week 30, 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

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Supporting Actress (Margot Robbie), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 25-27, 2014

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $16,767,260 ($172,455,889 total) {week 3}
  2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $2,235,919 ($165,663,799 total) {week 7}
  3. Maleficent – $1,835,238 ($232,174,422 total) {week 9}
  4. Boyhood – $1,761,873 ($4,162,681 total) {week 3}
  5. Begin Again – $1,574,846 ($12,310,753 total) {week 5}
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $395,061 ($231,272,870 total) {week 10}
  7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $136,115 ($258,848,387 total) {week 17}
  8. Ida – $66,302 ($3,478,255 total) {week 13}
  9. The Lego Movie – $36,422 ($257,582,914 total) {week 25}
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $26,581 ($59,000,057 total) {week 21}
  11. Finding Vivian Maier – $3,154 ($1,497,635 total) {week 18}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $18,757,987 ($192,931,068 total)
  2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $2,501,383 ($185,332,573 total)
  3. Maleficent – $2,053,130 ($259,739,806 total)
  4. Boyhood – $1,971,055 ($4,656,904 total)
  5. Begin Again – $1,761,823 ($13,772,372 total)
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $441,965 ($258,731,216 total)
  7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $152,276 ($289,580,692 total)
  8. Ida – $74,174 ($3,891,218 total)
  9. The Lego Movie – $40,746 ($288,164,974 total)
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $29,737 ($66,004,960 total)
  11. Finding Vivian Maier – $3,528 ($1,675,445 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Begin Again: Original Song (“Lost Stars”)
  • Boyhood: Picture, Directing, Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) [O], Original Screenplay, Film Editing
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Visual Effects
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Visual Effects
  • Finding Vivian Maier: Documentary Feature
  • 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 Jul. 24-26, 2009

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $8,124,427 ($379,214,172 total) {week 5}
  2. Up – $1,687,307 ($283,690,231 total) {week 9}
  3. The Hurt Locker – $1,438,355 ($4,015,070 total) {week 5}
  4. Star Trek – $439,445 ($254,020,378 total) {week 12}
  5. Food, Inc. – $291,006 ($2,720,125 total) {week 7}
  6. In the Loop – $191,866 ($191,866 total) {week 1}
  7. Departures – $46,750 ($992,666 total) {week 9}
  8. Il Divo – $916 ($213,440 total) {week 14}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $9,900,968 ($462,135,671 total)
  2. Up – $2,056,265 ($345,723,828 total)
  3. The Hurt Locker – $1,752,875 ($4,893,032 total)
  4. Star Trek – $535,537 ($309,566,167 total)
  5. Food, Inc. – $354,639 ($3,314,926 total)
  6. In the Loop – $233,821 ($233,821 total)
  7. Departures – $56,973 ($1,209,729 total)
  8. Il Divo – $1,116 ($260,112 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Departures: Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Il Divo: Makeup
  • Food, Inc.: Documentary Feature
  • The Hurt Locker: Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Jeremy Renner), Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound Mixing [O], Sound Editing [O]
  • In the Loop: Adapted Screenplay
  • Star Trek: Makeup [O], Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Sound Mixing
  • Up: Picture, Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score [O], Sound Editing

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 23-25, 2004

Weekend Box Office:

  1. I, Robot – $21,728,525 ($95,123,749 total) {week 2}
  2. Spider-Man 2 – $15,015,872 ($328,468,763 total) {week 4}
  3. Shrek 2 – $2,316,663 ($429,441,294 total) {week 10}
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $1,677,458 ($241,770,359 total) {week 8}
  5. Before Sunset – $522,434 ($2,527,918 total) {week 4}
  6. Troy – $170,897 ($132,703,006 total) {week 11}
  7. Maria Full of Grace – $136,932 ($365,456 total) {week 2}
  8. Super Size Me – $118,498 ($10,861,901 total) {week 12}
  9. Story of the Weeping Camel – $103,164 ($1,055,919 total) {week 8}
  10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $18,551 ($34,366,518 total) {week 19}
  11. The Twilight Samurai – $9,807 ($440,424 total) {week 14}
  12. The Passion of the Christ – $5,750 ($370,270,943 total) {week 22}
  13. My Architect – $1,223 ($2,745,404 total) {week 37}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. I, Robot – $31,980,470 ($140,005,003 total)
  2. Spider-Man 2 – $22,100,655 ($483,446,778 total)
  3. Shrek 2 – $3,409,710 ($632,060,133 total)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $2,468,916 ($355,842,364 total)
  5. Before Sunset – $768,929 ($3,720,639 total)
  6. Troy – $251,530 ($195,314,891 total)
  7. Maria Full of Grace – $201,539 ($537,885 total)
  8. Super Size Me – $174,408 ($15,986,759 total)
  9. Story of the Weeping Camel – $151,839 ($1,554,122 total)
  10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $27,304 ($50,581,316 total)
  11. The Twilight Samurai – $14,434 ($648,225 total)
  12. The Passion of the Christ – $8,463 ($544,972,048 total)
  13. My Architect – $1,800 ($4,040,740 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Before Sunset: Adapted Screenplay
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Actress (Kate Winslet), Original Screenplay [O]
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Original Score, Visual Effects
  • I, Robot: Visual Effects
  • Maria Full of Grace: Actress (Catalina Sandino Moreno)
  • My Architect: Documentary Feature
  • The Passion of the Christ : Original Score, Cinematography, Makeup
  • Shrek 2: Animated Feature, Original Song (“Accidentally in Love”)
  • Spider-Man 2: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects [O]
  • Story of the Weeping Camel : Documentary Feature
  • Super Size Me : Documentary Feature
  • Troy: Costume Design
  • The Twilight Samurai: Foreign Language Film

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 23-25, 1999

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Tarzan – $4,879,671 ($152,518,073 total) {week 6}
  2. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $4,197,100 ($402,770,726 total) {week 10}
  3. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $2,326,541 ($195,690,074 total) {week 7}
  4. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – $2,283,767 ($47,933,255 total) {week 4}
  5. The Mummy – $866,975 ($152,026,790 total) {week 12}
  6. The Red Violin – $332,568 ($6,494,735 total) {week 28}
  7. Buena Vista Social Club – $213,510 ($2,635,444 total) {week 8}
  8. The Matrix – $182,807 ($168,220,229 total) {week 17}
  9. Election – $134,209 ($14,675,321 total) {week 14}
  10. Life – $133,590 ($63,535,589 total) {week 15}
  11. Shakespeare in Love – $83,104 ($100,241,322 total) {week 33}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Tarzan – $8,779,566 ($274,412,438 total)
  2. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $7,551,475 ($724,670,164 total)
  3. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $4,185,942 ($352,088,047 total)
  4. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – $4,108,982 ($86,242,116 total)
  5. The Mummy – $1,559,872 ($273,528,516 total)
  6. The Red Violin – $598,361 ($11,685,409 total)
  7. Buena Vista Social Club – $384,150 ($4,741,724 total)
  8. The Matrix – $328,909 ($302,663,955 total)
  9. Election – $241,471 ($26,404,022 total)
  10. Life – $240,357 ($114,314,032 total)
  11. Shakespeare in Love – $149,522 ($180,355,449 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: Makeup
  • Buena Vista Social Club: Documentary Feature
  • Election: Adapted Screenplay
  • Life: Makeup
  • 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
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: Original Song (“Blame Canada”)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace: Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects
  • Tarzan: Original Song (“You’ll Be In My Heart”)

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 29-31, 1994

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Mask – $23,117,068 ($23,117,068 total) {week 1}
  2. Forrest Gump – $18,200,256 ($140,661,419 total) {week 4}
  3. True Lies – $13,741,443 ($85,168,601 total) {week 3}
  4. The Client – $12,582,854 ($44,071,415 total) {week 2}
  5. The Lion King – $9,946,473 ($218,645,104 total) {week 7}
  6. Speed – $2,659,336 ($104,805,847 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Mask – $50,547,847 ($50,547,847 total)
  2. Forrest Gump – $39,796,732 ($307,570,663 total)
  3. True Lies – $30,047,079 ($186,229,907 total)
  4. The Client – $27,513,705 ($96,366,683 total)
  5. The Lion King – $21,748,986 ($478,090,012 total)
  6. Speed – $5,814,912 ($229,168,766 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Client: Actress (Susan Sarandon)
  • Forrest Gump: Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Tom Hanks) [O], Supporting Actor (Gary Sinise), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score, Editing [O], Cinematography, Art Direction, Makeup, Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects [O]
  • The Lion King : Original Song (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” [O], “Circle of Life”, “Hakuna Matata”), Original Score [O]
  • The Mask : Visual Effects
  • Speed: Editing, Sound [O], Sound Effects [O]
  • True Lies: Visual Effects

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 28-30, 1989

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Lethal Weapon 2 – $10,401,958 ($88,845,480 total) {week 4}
  2. Batman – $8,952,993 ($202,867,563 total) {week 6}
  3. When Harry Met Sally… – $7,858,941 ($24,157,072 total) {week 3}
  4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $2,813,538 ($177,001,203 total) {week 10}
  5. Dead Poets Society – $2,609,319 ($74,665,205 total) {week 9}
  6. Do the Right Thing – $1,514,265 ($19,418,306 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Lethal Weapon 2 – $23,948,085 ($204,546,017 total)
  2. Batman – $20,612,180 ($467,055,296 total)
  3. When Harry Met Sally… – $18,093,381 ($55,616,030 total)
  4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $6,477,516 ($407,504,029 total)
  5. Dead Poets Society – $6,007,349 ($171,899,238 total)
  6. Do the Right Thing – $3,486,242 ($44,706,125 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman: Art Direction [O]
  • Dead Poets Society: Picture, Director, Actor (Robin Williams), Original Screenplay [O]
  • Do the Right Thing: Supporting Actor (Danny Aiello), Original Screenplay
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Original Score, Sound, Sound Effects [O]
  • Lethal Weapon 2: Sound Effects
  • When Harry Met Sally…: Original Screenplay

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 27-29, 1984

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Purple Rain – $7,766,201 ($7,766,201 total) {week 1}
  2. Ghostbusters – $7,433,758 ($142,440,431 total) {week 8}
  3. The Karate Kid – $3,891,130 ($42,355,726 total) {week 6}
  4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $2,591,995 ($151,469,837 total) {week 10}
  5. The Muppets Take Manhattan – $2,291,250 ($16,979,378 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Purple Rain – $21,125,916 ($21,125,916 total)
  2. Ghostbusters – $20,221,592 ($387,471,887 total)
  3. The Karate Kid – $10,584,800 ($115,217,659 total)
  4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $7,050,844 ($412,034,021 total)
  5. The Muppets Take Manhattan – $6,232,746 ($46,187,951 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Ghostbusters: Original Song (“Ghostbusters”), Visual Effects
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Original Score, Visual Effects [O]
  • The Karate Kid : Supporting Actor (Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita)
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan : Original Song Score
  • Purple Rain: Original Song Score [O]

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