Oscar in Box Office History (Week 34, 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

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 21-23, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $26,364,020 ($111,087,490 total) {week 2}
  2. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $1,594,360 ($342,353,075 total) {week 10}
  3. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $1,513,365 ($14,518,817 total) {week 3}
  4. Amy (2015, 88th) – $145,394 ($7,643,949 total) {week 8}
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $79,371 ($152,874,961 total) {week 15}
  6. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $11,618 ($645,613 total) {week 7}
  7. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $11,485 ($201,084,951 total) {week 24}
  8. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $5,938 ($1,063,424 total) {week 32}
  9. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $4,140 ($89,715 total) {week 6}
  10. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $3,324 ($25,434,333 total) {week 18}
  11. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $1,025 ($405,917 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $28,647,025 ($120,707,166 total)
  2. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $1,732,424 ($371,999,308 total)
  3. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $1,644,416 ($15,776,081 total)
  4. Amy (2015, 88th) – $157,984 ($8,305,881 total)
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $86,244 ($166,113,244 total)
  6. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $12,624 ($701,520 total)
  7. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $12,480 ($218,498,001 total)
  8. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $6,452 ($1,155,512 total)
  9. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $4,499 ($97,484 total)
  10. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $3,612 ($27,636,832 total)
  11. The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th) – $1,114 ($441,068 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]
  • The Hunting Ground (2015, 88th): Original Song (“Til It Happens to You”)
  • 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. 20-22, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $7,838,179 ($262,031,594 total) {week 6}
  2. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $3,410,012 ($109,895,105 total) {week 5}
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $1,523,124 ($403,803,642 total) {week 10}
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $818,213 ($18,239,725 total) {week 7}
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $212,138 ($5,180,863 total) {week 11}
  6. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $112,373 ($4,398,585 total) {week 10}
  7. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $101,440 ($198,482 total) {week 2}
  8. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $59,249 ($1,049,797 total) {week 9}
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $19,342 ($3,180,531 total) {week 19}
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $9,416 ($6,318,059 total) {week 19}
  11. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $1,205 ($621,240 total) {week 29}
  12. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $158 ($45,851 total) {week 9}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $9,099,838 ($304,209,050 total)
  2. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $3,958,899 ($127,584,178 total)
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $1,768,291 ($468,801,186 total)
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $949,915 ($21,175,650 total)
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $246,284 ($6,014,792 total)
  6. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $130,461 ($5,106,596 total)
  7. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $117,768 ($230,430 total)
  8. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $68,786 ($1,218,776 total)
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $22,455 ($3,692,480 total)
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $10,932 ($7,335,034 total)
  11. Ajami (2009, 82nd) – $1,399 ($721,237 total)
  12. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $183 ($53,231 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. 26-28, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $4,743,822 ($55,895,099 total) {week 10}
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $2,695,447 ($197,578,822 total) {week 7}
  3. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $758,139 ($231,806,280 total) {week 9}
  4. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $445,373 ($203,019,055 total) {week 11}
  5. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $256,550 ($755,579 total) {week 4}
  6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $248,124 ($379,392,611 total) {week 15}
  7. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $179,259 ($21,753,798 total) {week 6}
  8. Crash (2005, 78th) – $139,246 ($53,116,469 total) {week 17}
  9. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $64,445 ($61,473,615 total) {week 13}
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $43,525 ($1,328,551 total) {week 8}
  11. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $14,108 ($4,051,618 total) {week 19}
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $13,436 ($4,641,887 total) {week 12}
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $4,786 ($44,104 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $6,779,003 ($79,875,056 total)
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $3,851,840 ($282,343,527 total)
  3. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $1,083,394 ($331,255,152 total)
  4. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $636,446 ($290,117,714 total)
  5. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $366,614 ($1,079,735 total)
  6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $354,573 ($542,158,552 total)
  7. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $256,164 ($31,086,551 total)
  8. Crash (2005, 78th) – $198,985 ($75,904,346 total)
  9. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $92,093 ($87,846,851 total)
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $62,198 ($1,898,522 total)
  11. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $20,161 ($5,789,832 total)
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $19,200 ($6,633,336 total)
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $6,839 ($63,025 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. 25-27, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $9,676,012 ($33,745,083 total) {week 2}
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $6,514,903 ($63,709,955 total) {week 4}
  3. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $2,811,159 ($66,562,821 total) {week 4}
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $1,207,115 ($175,604,700 total) {week 9}
  5. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $566,283 ($110,968,991 total) {week 9}
  6. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $450,919 ($182,749,280 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $16,443,835 ($57,347,859 total)
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $11,071,709 ($108,271,463 total)
  3. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $4,777,406 ($113,119,748 total)
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $2,051,424 ($298,430,251 total)
  5. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $962,366 ($188,585,521 total)
  6. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $766,311 ($310,572,060 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. 25-27, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Babe (1995, 68th) – $3,693,515 ($36,821,030 total) {week 4}
  2. Waterworld (1995, 68th) – $3,548,155 ($76,273,920 total) {week 5}
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $2,571,270 ($157,882,585 total) {week 9}
  4. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $1,090,404 ($179,477,383 total) {week 11}
  5. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $548,046 ($1,664,815 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Babe (1995, 68th) – $7,777,609 ($77,535,778 total)
  2. Waterworld (1995, 68th) – $7,471,517 ($160,613,588 total)
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $5,414,444 ($332,460,800 total)
  4. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $2,296,115 ($377,933,984 total)
  5. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $1,154,046 ($3,505,679 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
  • The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th): Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Original Screenplay [O]
  • Waterworld (1995, 68th): Sound

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 24-26, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $7,474,702 ($111,468,095 total) {week 7}
  2. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $5,009,634 ($32,338,840 total) {week 3}
  3. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $1,828,285 ($31,095,099 total) {week 4}
  4. Wild at Heart (1990, 63rd) – $1,681,128 ($6,154,828 total) {week 2}
  5. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $478,170 ($115,894,269 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $16,186,352 ($241,382,447 total)
  2. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $10,848,285 ($70,029,261 total)
  3. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $3,959,123 ($67,335,959 total)
  4. Wild at Heart (1990, 63rd) – $3,640,457 ($13,328,185 total)
  5. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $1,035,470 ($250,967,259 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. 23-25, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $6,927,360 ($119,905,425 total) {week 8}
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $1,695,468 ($66,058,449 total) {week 10}
  3. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $1,120,719 ($25,995,319 total) {week 7}
  4. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $1,104,317 ($144,094,973 total) {week 14}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $17,874,540 ($309,389,773 total)
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $4,374,785 ($170,449,406 total)
  3. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $2,891,771 ($67,075,246 total)
  4. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $2,849,449 ($371,805,620 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

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