Oscar in Box Office History (Week 37, 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 Sep. 11-13, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $3,923,895 ($155,546,495 total) {week 5}
  2. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $1,529,346 ($351,525,709 total) {week 13}
  3. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $460,381 ($18,648,394 total) {week 6}
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $331,864 ($153,470,581 total) {week 18}
  5. Amy (2015, 88th) – $64,488 ($8,155,237 total) {week 11}
  6. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $8,103 ($201,148,159 total) {week 27}
  7. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $2,954 ($688,840 total) {week 10}
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $1,194 ($101,000 total) {week 9}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $4,263,687 ($169,016,120 total)
  2. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $1,661,780 ($381,966,251 total)
  3. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $500,248 ($20,263,261 total)
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $360,602 ($166,760,442 total)
  5. Amy (2015, 88th) – $70,072 ($8,861,444 total)
  6. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $8,805 ($218,566,683 total)
  7. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $3,210 ($748,490 total)
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $1,297 ($109,746 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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. 10-12, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $2,802,390 ($282,211,978 total) {week 9}
  2. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $761,996 ($409,976,037 total) {week 13}
  3. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $630,059 ($116,451,621 total) {week 8}
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $261,057 ($20,241,948 total) {week 10}
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $136,115 ($5,809,081 total) {week 14}
  6. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $110,171 ($718,873 total) {week 5}
  7. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $56,129 ($4,770,291 total) {week 13}
  8. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $29,542 ($1,220,901 total) {week 12}
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $14,009 ($3,238,651 total) {week 22}
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $7,231 ($6,359,831 total) {week 22}
  11. The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd) – $1,438 ($8,518 total) {week 3}
  12. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $1,134 ($55,892 total) {week 12}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $3,253,472 ($327,637,734 total)
  2. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $884,649 ($475,967,110 total)
  3. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $731,475 ($135,196,052 total)
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $303,078 ($23,500,158 total)
  5. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $158,025 ($6,744,130 total)
  6. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $127,904 ($834,585 total)
  7. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $65,164 ($5,538,133 total)
  8. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $34,297 ($1,417,421 total)
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $16,264 ($3,759,955 total)
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $8,395 ($7,383,530 total)
  11. The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd) – $1,669 ($9,889 total)
  12. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $1,317 ($64,889 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. 16-18, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $3,618,254 ($24,289,337 total) {week 3}
  2. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $2,518,327 ($70,393,482 total) {week 13}
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $737,101 ($203,563,984 total) {week 10}
  4. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $388,166 ($388,166 total) {week 1}
  5. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $343,694 ($204,646,787 total) {week 14}
  6. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $263,859 ($1,752,234 total) {week 7}
  7. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $149,127 ($233,122,751 total) {week 12}
  8. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $88,357 ($380,101,660 total) {week 18}
  9. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $49,484 ($22,125,461 total) {week 9}
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $25,256 ($1,473,964 total) {week 11}
  11. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $8,060 ($61,597,795 total) {week 16}
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $4,642 ($4,698,161 total) {week 15}
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $1,654 ($55,723 total) {week 7}
  14. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $1,451 ($4,064,421 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $5,170,547 ($34,709,879 total)
  2. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $3,598,732 ($100,593,494 total)
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $1,053,330 ($290,896,426 total)
  4. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $554,696 ($554,696 total)
  5. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $491,145 ($292,443,771 total)
  6. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $377,059 ($2,503,972 total)
  7. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $213,105 ($333,136,412 total)
  8. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $126,264 ($543,171,795 total)
  9. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $70,713 ($31,617,663 total)
  10. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $36,091 ($2,106,320 total)
  11. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $11,518 ($88,024,306 total)
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $6,633 ($6,713,753 total)
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $2,364 ($79,629 total)
  14. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $2,074 ($5,808,127 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
  • Corpse Bride (2005, 78th): Animated Feature
  • 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 Sep. 15-17, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $2,515,232 ($82,202,221 total) {week 7}
  2. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $2,448,021 ($54,985,122 total) {week 5}
  3. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $2,314,646 ($2,376,387 total) {week 1}
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $543,376 ($179,419,774 total) {week 12}
  5. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $518,144 ($184,986,532 total) {week 20}
  6. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $490,265 ($72,055,301 total) {week 7}
  7. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $202,832 ($112,416,239 total) {week 12}
  8. Solomon and Gaenor (1999, 72nd) – $39,087 ($113,732 total) {week 1}
  9. Into the Arms of Strangers (2000, 73rd) – $32,037 ($32,037 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $4,274,494 ($139,698,023 total)
  2. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $4,160,273 ($93,444,103 total)
  3. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $3,933,610 ($4,038,535 total)
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $923,437 ($304,913,753 total)
  5. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $880,556 ($314,374,143 total)
  6. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $833,178 ($122,453,907 total)
  7. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $344,702 ($191,045,037 total)
  8. Solomon and Gaenor (1999, 72nd) – $66,426 ($193,281 total)
  9. Into the Arms of Strangers (2000, 73rd) – $54,445 ($54,445 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Almost Famous (2000, 73rd): Supporting Actress (Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing
  • 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
  • Into the Arms of Strangers (2000, 73rd): Documentary Feature
  • The Patriot (2000, 73rd): Original Score, Cinematography, Sound
  • The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd): Sound, Visual Effects
  • Solomon and Gaenor (1999, 72nd): Foreign Language Film
  • Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd): Sound Film Editing

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 15-17, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $3,017,130 ($12,423,864 total) {week 5}
  2. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $2,323,343 ($62,480,060 total) {week 17}
  3. Babe (1995, 68th) – $1,855,725 ($48,143,820 total) {week 7}
  4. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $1,110,085 ($165,420,785 total) {week 12}
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $413,675 ($182,548,832 total) {week 14}
  6. Unstrung Heroes (1995, 68th) – $185,183 ($185,183 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $6,353,313 ($26,161,516 total)
  2. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $4,892,373 ($131,567,207 total)
  3. Babe (1995, 68th) – $3,907,688 ($101,378,711 total)
  4. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $2,337,558 ($348,334,343 total)
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $871,095 ($384,401,678 total)
  6. Unstrung Heroes (1995, 68th) – $389,949 ($389,949 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]
  • Unstrung Heroes (1995, 68th): Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th): Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Original Screenplay [O]

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 14-16, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $7,871,856 ($7,871,856 total) {week 1}
  2. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $5,860,523 ($141,430,824 total) {week 10}
  3. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $2,645,085 ($48,137,240 total) {week 6}
  4. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $1,156,598 ($37,864,147 total) {week 7}
  5. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $234,900 ($117,504,542 total) {week 16}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $17,046,383 ($17,046,383 total)
  2. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $12,690,873 ($306,266,276 total)
  3. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $5,727,891 ($104,240,454 total)
  4. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $2,504,595 ($81,994,228 total)
  5. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $508,672 ($254,454,280 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
  • Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd): Actress (Meryl Streep), Original Song (“I’m Checkin’ Out”)
  • Total Recall (1990, 63rd): Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing, Visual Effects (Special Achievement Award) [O]
  • Young Guns II (1990, 63rd): Original Song (“Blaze of Glory”)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 13-15, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $4,134,257 ($144,929,150 total) {week 11}
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $1,054,143 ($72,490,187 total) {week 13}
  3. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $873,947 ($147,603,096 total) {week 17}
  4. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $868,379 ($30,283,063 total) {week 10}
  5. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $221,552 ($221,552 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $10,667,548 ($373,958,032 total)
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $2,719,986 ($187,045,102 total)
  3. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $2,255,029 ($380,857,566 total)
  4. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $2,240,662 ($78,138,833 total)
  5. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $571,667 ($571,667 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Agnes of God (1985, 58th): Actress (Anne Bancroft), Supporting Actress (Meg Tilly), Original Score
  • 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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