Oscar in Box Office History (Week 32, 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

The Kitchen (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actress (Melissa McCarthy), Supporting Actress (Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Cinematography, Produciton Design, Costume Design.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 8-10, 2014

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $42,124,922 ($176,515,761 total) {week 2}
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $4,334,532 ($197,768,156 total) {week 5}
  3. Boyhood – $1,973,735 ($10,537,122 total) {week 5}
  4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $690,037 ($170,121,152 total) {week 9}
  5. Maleficent – $538,694 ($236,053,668 total) {week 11}
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $278,476 ($232,077,846 total) {week 12}
  7. Begin Again – $178,812 ($14,278,412 total) {week 7}
  8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $111,144 ($259,657,011 total) {week 19}
  9. Ida – $23,416 ($3,593,867 total) {week 15}
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $7,282 ($59,051,486 total) {week 23}
  11. The Lego Movie – $4,255 ($257,731,107 total) {week 27}
  12. Finding Vivian Maier – $2,164 ($1,509,131 total) {week 20}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $47,126,290 ($197,472,957 total)
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $4,849,158 ($221,248,586 total)
  3. Boyhood – $2,208,071 ($11,788,163 total)
  4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $771,963 ($190,319,135 total)
  5. Maleficent – $602,652 ($264,079,624 total)
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $311,539 ($259,631,764 total)
  7. Begin Again – $200,042 ($15,973,646 total)
  8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $124,340 ($290,485,322 total)
  9. Ida – $26,196 ($4,020,556 total)
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $8,147 ($66,062,495 total)
  11. The Lego Movie – $4,760 ($288,330,761 total)
  12. Finding Vivian Maier – $2,421 ($1,688,306 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]
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects
  • 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 Aug. 7-9, 2009

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Julie & Julia – $20,027,956 ($20,027,956 total) {week 1}
  2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $3,008,825 ($393,709,339 total) {week 7}
  3. The Hurt Locker – $1,260,820 ($8,987,925 total) {week 7}
  4. Up – $624,966 ($287,392,452 total) {week 11}
  5. Star Trek – $438,654 ($255,327,784 total) {week 14}
  6. In the Loop – $220,823 ($910,046 total) {week 3}
  7. Food, Inc. – $161,884 ($3,566,803 total) {week 9}
  8. The Cove – $161,732 ($244,062 total) {week 2}
  9. Departures – $37,016 ($1,132,371 total) {week 11}
  10. Burma VJ – $1,146 ($50,436 total) {week 12}
  11. Il Divo – $110 ($217,590 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Julie & Julia – $24,407,402 ($24,407,402 total)
  2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – $3,666,755 ($479,800,448 total)
  3. The Hurt Locker – $1,536,519 ($10,953,285 total)
  4. Up – $761,625 ($350,235,602 total)
  5. Star Trek – $534,573 ($311,159,459 total)
  6. In the Loop – $269,110 ($1,109,043 total)
  7. Food, Inc. – $197,283 ($4,346,744 total)
  8. The Cove – $197,097 ($297,430 total)
  9. Departures – $45,110 ($1,379,983 total)
  10. Burma VJ – $1,397 ($61,465 total)
  11. Il Divo – $134 ($265,170 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Burma VJ: Documentary Feature
  • The Cove: Documentary Feature
  • 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
  • Julie & Julia: Actress (Meryl Streep)
  • 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 Aug. 6-8, 2004

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Collateral – $24,701,458 ($24,701,458 total) {week 1}
  2. The Village – $16,468,564 ($85,612,284 total) {week 2}
  3. I, Robot – $6,516,075 ($126,922,313 total) {week 4}
  4. Spider-Man 2 – $5,431,777 ($354,501,860 total) {week 6}
  5. Shrek 2 – $893,869 ($434,404,842 total) {week 12}
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $728,248 ($245,332,214 total) {week 10}
  7. Maria Full of Grace – $538,835 ($1,799,806 total) {week 4}
  8. Before Sunset – $323,466 ($3,822,163 total) {week 6}
  9. Troy – $91,519 ($133,124,356 total) {week 13}
  10. Story of the Weeping Camel – $56,466 ($1,273,397 total) {week 10}
  11. Super Size Me – $47,112 ($11,123,908 total) {week 14}
  12. The Twilight Samurai – $11,671 ($474,218 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Collateral – $36,356,091 ($36,356,091 total)
  2. The Village – $24,238,756 ($126,005,842 total)
  3. I, Robot – $9,590,487 ($186,806,754 total)
  4. Spider-Man 2 – $7,994,596 ($521,762,802 total)
  5. Shrek 2 – $1,315,614 ($639,365,581 total)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $1,071,850 ($361,084,772 total)
  7. Maria Full of Grace – $793,068 ($2,648,990 total)
  8. Before Sunset – $476,084 ($5,625,535 total)
  9. Troy – $134,699 ($195,935,042 total)
  10. Story of the Weeping Camel – $83,108 ($1,874,211 total)
  11. Super Size Me – $69,340 ($16,372,386 total)
  12. The Twilight Samurai – $17,178 ($697,963 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Before Sunset: Adapted Screenplay
  • Collateral: Supporting Actor (Jamie Foxx), Editing
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Original Score, Visual Effects
  • I, Robot: Visual Effects
  • Maria Full of Grace: Actress (Catalina Sandino Moreno)
  • 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
  • The Village : Original Score

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 6-8, 1999

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Sixth Sense – $26,681,262 ($26,681,262 total) {week 1}
  2. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $2,223,198 ($412,775,151 total) {week 12}
  3. Tarzan – $1,709,142 ($161,851,795 total) {week 8}
  4. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $751,918 ($199,647,588 total) {week 9}
  5. The Matrix – $400,438 ($169,731,136 total) {week 19}
  6. The Mummy – $352,510 ($153,783,825 total) {week 14}
  7. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – $282,303 ($50,587,886 total) {week 6}
  8. The Red Violin – $184,091 ($7,398,593 total) {week 30}
  9. Buena Vista Social Club – $158,291 ($3,200,082 total) {week 10}
  10. Life – $75,195 ($63,844,974 total) {week 17}
  11. Election – $35,402 ($14,879,556 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Sixth Sense – $48,005,263 ($48,005,263 total)
  2. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $4,000,006 ($742,670,252 total)
  3. Tarzan – $3,075,110 ($291,205,789 total)
  4. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $1,352,860 ($359,208,456 total)
  5. The Matrix – $720,473 ($305,382,398 total)
  6. The Mummy – $634,240 ($276,689,795 total)
  7. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – $507,923 ($91,018,362 total)
  8. The Red Violin – $331,219 ($13,311,642 total)
  9. Buena Vista Social Club – $284,799 ($5,757,628 total)
  10. Life – $135,292 ($114,870,682 total)
  11. Election – $63,696 ($26,771,485 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]
  • The Sixth Sense : Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Haley Joel Osment), Supporting Actress (Toni Collette), Original Screenplay, Editing
  • 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 Aug. 12-14, 1994

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Clear and Present Danger – $15,965,071 ($55,020,515 total) {week 2}
  2. Forrest Gump – $14,145,751 ($187,542,485 total) {week 6}
  3. The Mask – $10,052,412 ($70,068,211 total) {week 3}
  4. True Lies – $7,009,382 ($112,253,140 total) {week 5}
  5. The Client – $6,029,108 ($66,518,099 total) {week 4}
  6. The Lion King – $6,010,520 ($243,168,383 total) {week 9}
  7. Speed – $1,519,555 ($110,370,929 total) {week 10}
  8. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – $219,433 ($295,866 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Clear and Present Danger – $34,909,270 ($120,308,016 total)
  2. Forrest Gump – $30,931,140 ($410,080,936 total)
  3. The Mask – $21,980,633 ($153,211,351 total)
  4. True Lies – $15,326,735 ($245,453,038 total)
  5. The Client – $13,183,265 ($145,448,666 total)
  6. The Lion King – $13,142,620 ($531,712,684 total)
  7. Speed – $3,322,663 ($241,337,390 total)
  8. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – $479,813 ($646,941 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert : Costume Design [O]
  • Clear and Present Danger: Sound, Sound Effects
  • 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 Aug. 11-13, 1989

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Parenthood – $9,672,350 ($30,328,876 total) {week 2}
  2. The Abyss – $9,319,797 ($9,319,797 total) {week 1}
  3. When Harry Met Sally… – $6,197,100 ($45,911,983 total) {week 5}
  4. Lethal Weapon 2 – $6,071,683 ($112,102,140 total) {week 6}
  5. Batman – $5,026,358 ($222,976,331 total) {week 8}
  6. Dead Poets Society – $1,777,013 ($81,084,878 total) {week 11}
  7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $1,630,874 ($183,325,439 total) {week 12}
  8. sex, lies and videotape – $602,760 ($904,432 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Parenthood – $22,268,332 ($69,825,170 total)
  2. The Abyss – $21,456,661 ($21,456,661 total)
  3. When Harry Met Sally… – $14,267,379 ($105,701,643 total)
  4. Lethal Weapon 2 – $13,978,635 ($258,089,058 total)
  5. Batman – $11,572,018 ($513,351,049 total)
  6. Dead Poets Society – $4,091,158 ($186,679,039 total)
  7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $3,754,707 ($422,064,109 total)
  8. sex, lies and videotape – $1,387,714 ($2,082,244 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Abyss : Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound, Visual Effects [O]
  • Batman: Art Direction [O]
  • Dead Poets Society: Picture, Director, Actor (Robin Williams), Original Screenplay [O]
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Original Score, Sound, Sound Effects [O]
  • Lethal Weapon 2: Sound Effects
  • Parenthood: Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest), Original Song (“I Love To See You Smile”)
  • sex, lies and videotape: Original Screenplay
  • When Harry Met Sally…: Original Screenplay

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 10-12, 1984

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghostbusters – $5,783,164 ($162,590,937 total) {week 10}
  2. Purple Rain – $4,802,664 ($27,533,155 total) {week 3}
  3. The Karate Kid – $3,180,797 ($54,037,902 total) {week 8}
  4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $2,110,782 ($158,988,301 total) {week 12}
  5. The Muppets Take Manhattan – $1,228,453 ($21,797,463 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghostbusters – $15,731,583 ($442,286,061 total)
  2. Purple Rain – $13,064,390 ($74,896,737 total)
  3. The Karate Kid – $8,652,525 ($146,995,960 total)
  4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – $5,741,830 ($432,486,033 total)
  5. The Muppets Take Manhattan – $3,341,685 ($59,294,289 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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