Oscar in Box Office History (Week 33, 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 Aug. 14-16, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $60,200,180 ($60,200,180 total) {week 1}
  2. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $2,881,311 ($11,148,582 total) {week 2}
  3. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $2,046,076 ($339,365,873 total) {week 9}
  4. Amy (2015, 88th) – $210,517 ($7,374,123 total) {week 7}
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $122,147 ($152,727,123 total) {week 14}
  6. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $19,367 ($624,430 total) {week 6}
  7. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $16,406 ($201,063,228 total) {week 23}
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $8,286 ($81,342 total) {week 5}
  9. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $4,135 ($25,427,512 total) {week 17}
  10. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $3,873 ($1,054,848 total) {week 31}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $65,413,244 ($65,413,244 total)
  2. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $3,130,820 ($12,113,999 total)
  3. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $2,223,257 ($368,753,428 total)
  4. Amy (2015, 88th) – $228,747 ($8,012,689 total)
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $132,724 ($165,952,603 total)
  6. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $21,044 ($678,503 total)
  7. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $17,827 ($218,474,397 total)
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $9,004 ($88,386 total)
  9. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $4,493 ($27,629,420 total)
  10. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $4,208 ($1,146,193 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
  • The Look of Silence (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature
  • 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
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th): Animated Feature
  • Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th): Original Screenplay

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 13-15, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $11,285,051 ($248,469,482 total) {week 5}
  2. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $6,219,502 ($103,438,273 total) {week 4}
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $2,222,731 ($400,824,826 total) {week 9}
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $1,352,585 ($16,721,391 total) {week 6}
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $223,850 ($4,855,340 total) {week 10}
  6. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $139,904 ($4,195,031 total) {week 9}
  7. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $73,442 ($950,031 total) {week 8}
  8. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $61,968 ($61,968 total) {week 1}
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $21,717 ($3,150,068 total) {week 18}
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $15,455 ($6,297,625 total) {week 18}
  11. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $772 ($45,526 total) {week 8}
  12. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $477 ($619,123 total) {week 28}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $13,101,529 ($288,463,936 total)
  2. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $7,220,613 ($120,088,033 total)
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $2,580,509 ($465,342,891 total)
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $1,570,301 ($19,412,920 total)
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $259,882 ($5,636,871 total)
  6. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $162,423 ($4,870,277 total)
  7. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $85,263 ($1,102,951 total)
  8. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $71,943 ($71,943 total)
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $25,213 ($3,657,113 total)
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $17,943 ($7,311,311 total)
  11. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $896 ($52,854 total)
  12. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $554 ($718,779 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Ajami (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd): Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver)
  • Dogtooth (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • I Am Love (2010, 83rd): Costume Design
  • Inception (2010, 83rd): Picture, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Sound Mixing [O], Sound Film Editing [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Annette Bening), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Original Screenplay
  • Restrepo (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • Salt (2010, 83rd): Sound Mixing
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • 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 Aug. 19-21, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $6,487,696 ($48,444,218 total) {week 9}
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $4,434,453 ($192,638,088 total) {week 6}
  3. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $1,057,340 ($230,614,825 total) {week 8}
  4. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $632,369 ($202,285,638 total) {week 10}
  5. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $359,783 ($21,425,299 total) {week 5}
  6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $327,011 ($378,977,117 total) {week 14}
  7. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $143,865 ($61,345,700 total) {week 12}
  8. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $119,637 ($447,140 total) {week 3}
  9. Crash (2005, 78th) – $85,460 ($52,931,832 total) {week 16}
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $65,065 ($1,254,038 total) {week 7}
  11. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $19,386 ($4,612,726 total) {week 11}
  12. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $6,144 ($4,034,298 total) {week 18}
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $5,381 ($35,195 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $9,271,029 ($69,227,619 total)
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $6,336,909 ($275,283,134 total)
  3. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $1,510,957 ($329,552,542 total)
  4. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $903,666 ($289,069,648 total)
  5. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $514,136 ($30,617,120 total)
  6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $467,304 ($541,564,804 total)
  7. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $205,586 ($87,664,058 total)
  8. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $170,963 ($638,971 total)
  9. Crash (2005, 78th) – $122,124 ($75,640,496 total)
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $92,979 ($1,792,042 total)
  11. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $27,703 ($6,591,665 total)
  12. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $8,780 ($5,765,081 total)
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $7,690 ($50,294 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]
  • Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th): Animated Feature
  • Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th): Actor (Terrence Howard), Original Song (“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”) [O]
  • Junebug (2005, 78th): Supporting Actress (Amy Adams)
  • 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 Aug. 18-20, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $17,515,050 ($17,515,050 total) {week 1}
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $9,476,221 ($53,783,126 total) {week 3}
  3. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $6,010,644 ($61,577,725 total) {week 3}
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $1,811,490 ($173,607,196 total) {week 8}
  5. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $982,544 ($110,004,329 total) {week 8}
  6. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $296,832 ($182,131,600 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $29,765,836 ($29,765,836 total)
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $16,104,301 ($91,401,379 total)
  3. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $10,214,749 ($104,647,859 total)
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $3,078,525 ($295,035,606 total)
  5. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $1,669,778 ($186,946,132 total)
  6. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $504,449 ($309,522,348 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Cell (2000, 73rd): Makeup
  • 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]
  • Hollow Man (2000, 73rd): Visual Effects
  • The Patriot (2000, 73rd): Original Score, Cinematography, Sound
  • The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd): Sound, Visual Effects
  • Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd): Sound Film Editing

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 18-20, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Waterworld (1995, 68th) – $5,308,605 ($70,077,295 total) {week 4}
  2. Babe (1995, 68th) – $5,146,290 ($30,187,630 total) {week 3}
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $3,601,620 ($153,576,180 total) {week 8}
  4. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $906,813 ($134,574,663 total) {week 10}
  5. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $645,363 ($645,363 total) {week 1}
  6. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $253,204 ($178,229,666 total) {week 10}
  7. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $197,525 ($60,082,703 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Waterworld (1995, 68th) – $11,178,580 ($147,565,063 total)
  2. Babe (1995, 68th) – $10,836,785 ($63,567,515 total)
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $7,584,101 ($323,392,600 total)
  4. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $1,909,519 ($283,380,210 total)
  5. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $1,358,971 ($1,358,971 total)
  6. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $533,184 ($375,306,607 total)
  7. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $415,938 ($126,518,979 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
  • Babe (1995, 68th): Picture, Directing, Supporting Actor (James Cromwell), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Art Direction, Visual Effects [O]
  • 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]
  • Pocahontas (1995, 68th): Original Song (“Colors of the Wind”) [O], Original Musical or Comedy Score [O]
  • The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th): Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Original Screenplay [O]
  • Waterworld (1995, 68th): Sound

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 17-19, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $8,364,565 ($99,166,346 total) {week 6}
  2. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $7,056,904 ($23,059,421 total) {week 2}
  3. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $3,118,748 ($27,330,250 total) {week 3}
  4. Wild at Heart (1990, 63rd) – $2,913,764 ($2,913,764 total) {week 1}
  5. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $602,700 ($115,105,635 total) {week 12}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $18,113,337 ($214,743,198 total)
  2. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $15,281,617 ($49,934,822 total)
  3. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $6,753,601 ($59,183,236 total)
  4. Wild at Heart (1990, 63rd) – $6,309,711 ($6,309,711 total)
  5. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $1,305,138 ($249,259,484 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Flatliners (1990, 63rd): Sound Effects Film Editing
  • Ghost (1990, 63rd): Picture, Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg) [O], Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing
  • Total Recall (1990, 63rd): Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing, Visual Effects (Special Achievement Award) [O]
  • Wild at Heart (1990, 63rd): Supporting Actress (Diane Ladd)
  • Young Guns II (1990, 63rd): Original Song (“Blaze of Glory”)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 16-18, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $7,252,140 ($108,239,135 total) {week 7}
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $1,771,970 ($63,235,816 total) {week 9}
  3. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $1,252,534 ($24,214,759 total) {week 6}
  4. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $1,042,479 ($142,416,504 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $18,712,564 ($279,287,458 total)
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $4,572,182 ($163,166,218 total)
  3. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $3,231,891 ($62,480,899 total)
  4. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $2,689,889 ($367,474,698 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]
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th): Sound Effects Film Editing
  • Silverado (1985, 58th): Original Score, Sound

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 15-17, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ordinary People (1980, 53rd) – $170,335 ($170,335 total) {week 1}
  2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $4,321,216 ($145,893,923 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ordinary People (1980, 53rd) – $580,026 ($580,026 total)
  2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $14,714,624 ($496,798,637 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd): Original Score, Art Direction, Sound [O], Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects) [O]
  • Ordinary People (1980, 53rd): Picture [O], Director [O], Actress (Mary Tyler Moore), Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton) [O], Supporting Actor (Judd Hirsch), Adapted Screenplay [O]

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