Oscar in Box Office History (Week 38, 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. 18-20, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $1,907,980 ($158,859,240 total) {week 6}
  2. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $927,379 ($352,846,548 total) {week 14}
  3. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $401,288 ($401,288 total) {week 1}
  4. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $252,108 ($18,992,631 total) {week 7}
  5. Amy (2015, 88th) – $37,083 ($8,237,496 total) {week 12}
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $17,453 ($153,629,485 total) {week 19}
  7. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $2,023 ($693,874 total) {week 11}
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $1,168 ($103,589 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $2,073,202 ($172,615,734 total)
  2. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $1,007,686 ($383,401,469 total)
  3. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $436,038 ($436,038 total)
  4. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $273,939 ($20,637,307 total)
  5. Amy (2015, 88th) – $40,294 ($8,950,826 total)
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $18,964 ($166,933,106 total)
  7. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $2,198 ($753,960 total)
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $1,269 ($112,559 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Amy (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • Cartel Land (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature
  • 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
  • Sicario (2015, 88th): Original Score, Cinematography, Sound Film Editing
  • Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th): Original Screenplay

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 17-19, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $23,808,032 ($23,808,032 total) {week 1}
  2. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $1,967,137 ($285,129,855 total) {week 10}
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $469,638 ($410,640,665 total) {week 14}
  4. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $310,966 ($116,974,426 total) {week 9}
  5. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $159,353 ($20,507,876 total) {week 11}
  6. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $90,052 ($5,954,173 total) {week 15}
  7. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $53,720 ($817,134 total) {week 6}
  8. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $42,633 ($4,838,301 total) {week 14}
  9. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $18,296 ($1,254,306 total) {week 13}
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $6,279 ($6,374,789 total) {week 23}
  11. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $6,101 ($3,250,664 total) {week 23}
  12. Gasland (2010, 83rd) – $2,641 ($9,169 total) {week 1}
  13. The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd) – $986 ($9,849 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $27,640,250 ($27,640,250 total)
  2. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $2,283,774 ($331,025,282 total)
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $545,232 ($476,738,719 total)
  4. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $361,020 ($135,803,009 total)
  5. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $185,003 ($23,808,890 total)
  6. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $104,547 ($6,912,576 total)
  7. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $62,367 ($948,663 total)
  8. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $49,495 ($5,617,090 total)
  9. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $21,241 ($1,456,203 total)
  10. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $7,290 ($7,400,896 total)
  11. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $7,083 ($3,773,901 total)
  12. Gasland (2010, 83rd) – $3,066 ($10,645 total)
  13. The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd) – $1,145 ($11,434 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd): Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver)
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • Gasland (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
  • The Town (2010, 83rd): Supporting Actor (Jeremy Renner)
  • 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. 23-25, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $19,145,480 ($19,656,451 total) {week 2}
  2. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $2,324,326 ($27,662,007 total) {week 4}
  3. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $1,747,832 ($72,846,145 total) {week 14}
  4. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $515,992 ($515,992 total) {week 1}
  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $380,023 ($204,100,877 total) {week 11}
  6. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $209,492 ($2,046,061 total) {week 8}
  7. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $171,417 ($204,910,076 total) {week 15}
  8. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $87,068 ($233,250,863 total) {week 13}
  9. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $45,204 ($380,176,196 total) {week 19}
  10. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $20,142 ($22,163,463 total) {week 10}
  11. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $12,108 ($1,510,506 total) {week 12}
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $4,265 ($4,705,184 total) {week 16}
  13. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $3,120 ($61,603,410 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $27,359,219 ($28,089,406 total)
  2. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $3,321,502 ($39,529,483 total)
  3. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $2,497,682 ($104,098,391 total)
  4. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $737,361 ($737,361 total)
  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $543,059 ($291,663,656 total)
  6. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $299,368 ($2,923,856 total)
  7. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $244,958 ($292,820,015 total)
  8. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $124,422 ($333,319,486 total)
  9. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $64,597 ($543,278,308 total)
  10. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $28,783 ($31,671,969 total)
  11. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $17,303 ($2,158,539 total)
  12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $6,095 ($6,723,789 total)
  13. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $4,459 ($88,032,330 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
  • A History of Violence (2005, 78th): Supporting Actor (William Hurt), Adapted Screenplay
  • 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. 22-24, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $6,926,467 ($10,147,759 total) {week 2}
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $2,156,506 ($85,072,147 total) {week 8}
  3. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $1,604,220 ($57,434,557 total) {week 6}
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $520,795 ($180,113,336 total) {week 13}
  5. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $408,297 ($185,635,772 total) {week 21}
  6. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $280,168 ($72,476,315 total) {week 8}
  7. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $278,410 ($112,758,326 total) {week 13}
  8. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $91,612 ($91,612 total) {week 1}
  9. Solomon and Gaenor (1999, 72nd) – $38,580 ($165,485 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $11,771,139 ($17,245,542 total)
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $3,664,860 ($144,575,300 total)
  3. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $2,726,281 ($97,606,780 total)
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $885,062 ($306,092,423 total)
  5. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $693,878 ($315,477,490 total)
  6. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $476,130 ($123,169,396 total)
  7. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $473,142 ($191,626,394 total)
  8. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $155,689 ($155,689 total)
  9. Solomon and Gaenor (1999, 72nd) – $65,565 ($281,232 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Almost Famous (2000, 73rd): Supporting Actress (Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing
  • The Cell (2000, 73rd): Makeup
  • Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd): Original Song (“I’ve Seen It All”)
  • 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
  • Solomon and Gaenor (1999, 72nd): Foreign Language Film
  • Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd): Sound Film Editing

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 22-24, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Seven (1995, 68th) – $13,949,807 ($13,949,807 total) {week 1}
  2. Unstrung Heroes (1995, 68th) – $2,476,236 ($2,729,818 total) {week 2}
  3. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $1,973,072 ($15,420,196 total) {week 6}
  4. Babe (1995, 68th) – $1,488,980 ($50,006,555 total) {week 8}
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $1,420,244 ($64,723,249 total) {week 18}
  6. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $829,855 ($166,550,725 total) {week 13}
  7. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $272,055 ($182,935,928 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Seven (1995, 68th) – $29,374,766 ($29,374,766 total)
  2. Unstrung Heroes (1995, 68th) – $5,214,327 ($5,748,306 total)
  3. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $4,154,791 ($32,471,033 total)
  4. Babe (1995, 68th) – $3,135,415 ($105,301,159 total)
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $2,990,675 ($136,290,796 total)
  6. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $1,747,465 ($350,713,711 total)
  7. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $572,879 ($385,216,805 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]
  • Seven (1995, 68th): Film Editing
  • 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. 21-23, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Good Fellas (1990, 63rd) – $6,368,901 ($6,368,901 total) {week 1}
  2. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $6,325,009 ($17,180,707 total) {week 2}
  3. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $5,100,861 ($148,347,199 total) {week 11}
  4. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $2,189,090 ($51,290,634 total) {week 7}
  5. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $900,851 ($39,101,740 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Good Fellas (1990, 63rd) – $13,791,757 ($13,791,757 total)
  2. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $13,696,710 ($37,204,557 total)
  3. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $11,045,836 ($321,243,580 total)
  4. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $4,740,441 ($111,069,080 total)
  5. Young Guns II (1990, 63rd) – $1,950,779 ($84,674,217 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
  • Good Fellas (1990, 63rd): Picture, Directing, Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci), Supporting Actres (Lorraine Bracco), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing
  • Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd): Actress (Meryl Streep), Original Song (“I’m Checkin’ Out”)
  • Young Guns II (1990, 63rd): Original Song (“Blaze of Glory”)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 20-22, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $3,924,156 ($150,110,865 total) {week 12}
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $1,052,241 ($73,960,535 total) {week 14}
  3. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $841,114 ($148,712,210 total) {week 18}
  4. The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th) – $762,387 ($4,735,211 total) {week 9}
  5. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $741,840 ($31,368,056 total) {week 11}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $10,125,428 ($387,328,316 total)
  2. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $2,715,078 ($190,839,014 total)
  3. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $2,170,311 ($383,719,393 total)
  4. The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th) – $1,967,173 ($12,218,178 total)
  5. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $1,914,156 ($80,938,421 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]
  • The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th): Picture, Directing, Actor (William Hurt) [O], Adapted Screenplay
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th): Sound Effects Film Editing
  • Silverado (1985, 58th): Original Score, Sound

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