Oscar in Box Office History (Week 36, 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

Tenet (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 4-6, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $8,649,190 ($147,584,895 total) {week 4}
  2. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $3,236,890 ($348,310,170 total) {week 12}
  3. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $903,756 ($17,694,087 total) {week 5}
  4. Amy (2015, 88th) – $94,053 ($8,019,894 total) {week 10}
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $61,900 ($153,106,233 total) {week 17}
  6. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $13,266 ($201,129,476 total) {week 26}
  7. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $9,115 ($676,294 total) {week 9}
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $1,492 ($98,661 total) {week 8}
  9. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $793 ($1,081,579 total) {week 34}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $9,398,171 ($160,365,082 total)
  2. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $3,517,190 ($378,472,261 total)
  3. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $982,017 ($19,226,315 total)
  4. Amy (2015, 88th) – $102,198 ($8,714,381 total)
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $67,260 ($166,364,543 total)
  6. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $14,415 ($218,546,382 total)
  7. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $9,904 ($734,858 total)
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $1,621 ($107,205 total)
  9. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $862 ($1,175,239 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
  • 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 Sep. 3-5, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $4,572,249 ($277,145,503 total) {week 8}
  2. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $1,944,801 ($408,100,174 total) {week 12}
  3. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $1,257,471 ($115,218,468 total) {week 7}
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $393,425 ($19,790,647 total) {week 9}
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $117,398 ($5,608,603 total) {week 13}
  6. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $111,583 ($536,505 total) {week 4}
  7. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $63,555 ($4,673,073 total) {week 12}
  8. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $29,801 ($1,172,861 total) {week 11}
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $11,423 ($3,215,532 total) {week 21}
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $6,980 ($6,346,006 total) {week 21}
  11. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $2,858 ($50,654 total) {week 11}
  12. The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd) – $2,440 ($5,834 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $5,308,213 ($321,755,742 total)
  2. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $2,257,842 ($473,789,302 total)
  3. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $1,459,878 ($133,764,406 total)
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $456,752 ($22,976,214 total)
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $136,295 ($6,511,382 total)
  6. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $129,544 ($622,863 total)
  7. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $73,785 ($5,425,266 total)
  8. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $34,598 ($1,361,649 total)
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $13,262 ($3,733,114 total)
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $8,104 ($7,367,480 total)
  11. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $3,318 ($58,807 total)
  12. The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd) – $2,833 ($6,773 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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
  • The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • 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 Sep. 9-11, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $4,726,644 ($19,017,317 total) {week 2}
  2. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $2,639,936 ($66,979,768 total) {week 12}
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $992,389 ($202,593,015 total) {week 9}
  4. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $440,469 ($204,145,879 total) {week 13}
  5. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $226,697 ($232,901,322 total) {week 11}
  6. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $216,357 ($1,408,391 total) {week 6}
  7. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $118,798 ($379,972,309 total) {week 17}
  8. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $79,220 ($22,044,583 total) {week 8}
  9. Crash (2005, 78th) – $48,429 ($53,382,847 total) {week 19}
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $27,913 ($1,431,038 total) {week 10}
  11. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $22,420 ($61,577,640 total) {week 15}
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $13,514 ($4,688,756 total) {week 14}
  13. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $1,246 ($4,061,936 total) {week 21}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $6,754,455 ($27,176,072 total)
  2. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $3,772,514 ($95,715,238 total)
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $1,418,141 ($289,508,895 total)
  4. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $629,438 ($291,727,964 total)
  5. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $323,954 ($332,819,986 total)
  6. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $309,178 ($2,012,615 total)
  7. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $169,764 ($542,986,950 total)
  8. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $113,207 ($31,502,087 total)
  9. Crash (2005, 78th) – $69,206 ($76,285,004 total)
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $39,888 ($2,044,978 total)
  11. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $32,039 ($87,995,504 total)
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $19,312 ($6,700,313 total)
  13. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $1,781 ($5,804,576 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
  • The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th): Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz) [O], Adapted Screenplay, Origianl Score, Film Editing
  • 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
  • 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 Sep. 8-10, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $3,654,515 ($51,341,527 total) {week 4}
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $3,340,850 ($78,825,796 total) {week 6}
  3. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $770,511 ($71,342,018 total) {week 6}
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $634,000 ($178,684,608 total) {week 11}
  5. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $483,001 ($184,229,225 total) {week 19}
  6. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $248,485 ($112,139,749 total) {week 11}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $6,210,641 ($87,252,020 total)
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $5,677,586 ($133,959,980 total)
  3. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $1,309,440 ($121,241,723 total)
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $1,077,447 ($303,664,380 total)
  5. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $820,833 ($313,087,143 total)
  6. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $422,286 ($190,575,158 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 Sep. 8-10, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $2,161,617 ($8,616,049 total) {week 4}
  2. Babe (1995, 68th) – $2,127,840 ($45,851,035 total) {week 6}
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $1,503,225 ($163,927,640 total) {week 11}
  4. Waterworld (1995, 68th) – $1,301,015 ($83,017,205 total) {week 7}
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $575,386 ($181,976,456 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $4,551,819 ($18,143,220 total)
  2. Babe (1995, 68th) – $4,480,693 ($96,550,685 total)
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $3,165,412 ($345,190,157 total)
  4. Waterworld (1995, 68th) – $2,739,609 ($174,813,241 total)
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $1,211,617 ($383,196,399 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 Sep. 7-9, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $6,510,023 ($133,437,093 total) {week 9}
  2. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $3,201,954 ($44,343,977 total) {week 5}
  3. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $1,510,829 ($36,229,602 total) {week 6}
  4. Wild at Heart (1990, 63rd) – $1,243,699 ($10,640,660 total) {week 4}
  5. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $378,000 ($117,152,138 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $14,097,355 ($288,955,974 total)
  2. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $6,933,782 ($96,026,201 total)
  3. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $3,271,677 ($78,454,646 total)
  4. Wild at Heart (1990, 63rd) – $2,693,211 ($23,042,186 total)
  5. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $818,553 ($253,691,155 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 Sep. 6-8, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $5,214,465 ($139,392,468 total) {week 10}
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $1,332,539 ($70,978,323 total) {week 12}
  3. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $1,248,818 ($29,070,413 total) {week 9}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $13,454,789 ($359,671,833 total)
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $3,438,326 ($183,144,067 total)
  3. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $3,222,302 ($75,009,854 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]
  • Silverado (1985, 58th): Original Score, Sound

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.