Oscar in Box Office History (Week 39, 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. 25-27, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $1,717,301 ($2,297,895 total) {week 2}
  2. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $679,085 ($160,227,215 total) {week 7}
  3. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $365,399 ($353,495,492 total) {week 15}
  4. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $80,516 ($19,132,766 total) {week 8}
  5. Amy (2015, 88th) – $19,638 ($8,283,005 total) {week 13}
  6. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $633 ($104,739 total) {week 11}
  7. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $582 ($695,448 total) {week 12}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $1,866,012 ($2,496,882 total)
  2. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $737,891 ($174,102,170 total)
  3. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $397,041 ($384,106,608 total)
  4. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $87,488 ($20,789,577 total)
  5. Amy (2015, 88th) – $21,339 ($9,000,276 total)
  6. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $688 ($113,809 total)
  7. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $632 ($755,671 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
  • 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. 24-26, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $15,605,171 ($48,692,072 total) {week 2}
  2. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $1,247,006 ($287,053,292 total) {week 11}
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $313,847 ($411,086,067 total) {week 15}
  4. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $143,697 ($117,223,003 total) {week 10}
  5. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $84,025 ($20,654,031 total) {week 12}
  6. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $56,558 ($6,049,871 total) {week 16}
  7. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $28,195 ($8,706,969 total) {week 7}
  8. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $26,202 ($4,886,968 total) {week 15}
  9. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $9,848 ($1,279,951 total) {week 14}
  10. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $6,707 ($3,260,663 total) {week 24}
  11. Gasland (2010, 83rd) – $5,528 ($21,184 total) {week 2}
  12. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $4,260 ($6,381,946 total) {week 24}
  13. The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd) – $392 ($10,376 total) {week 5}
  14. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $231 ($56,471 total) {week 14}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $18,117,030 ($56,529,706 total)
  2. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $1,447,728 ($333,258,321 total)
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $364,365 ($477,255,814 total)
  4. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $166,827 ($136,091,598 total)
  5. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $97,550 ($23,978,571 total)
  6. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $65,662 ($7,023,678 total)
  7. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $32,733 ($10,108,471 total)
  8. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $30,420 ($5,673,590 total)
  9. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $11,433 ($1,485,976 total)
  10. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $7,787 ($3,785,510 total)
  11. Gasland (2010, 83rd) – $6,418 ($24,594 total)
  12. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $4,946 ($7,409,205 total)
  13. The Milk of Sorrow (2009, 82nd) – $455 ($12,046 total)
  14. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $268 ($65,561 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
  • 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. 30-Oct. 2, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $10,033,257 ($33,188,109 total) {week 3}
  2. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $8,103,077 ($8,871,781 total) {week 2}
  3. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $1,419,745 ($29,869,811 total) {week 5}
  4. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $1,114,959 ($74,515,363 total) {week 15}
  5. Capote (2005, 78th) – $324,857 ($324,857 total) {week 1}
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $292,093 ($204,482,131 total) {week 12}
  7. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $143,990 ($2,267,595 total) {week 9}
  8. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $115,230 ($205,085,404 total) {week 16}
  9. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $55,744 ($233,331,057 total) {week 14}
  10. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $21,109 ($380,209,351 total) {week 20}
  11. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $10,553 ($22,182,800 total) {week 11}
  12. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $7,046 ($1,523,883 total) {week 13}
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $3,048 ($58,830 total) {week 9}
  14. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $2,545 ($61,607,475 total) {week 18}
  15. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $2,014 ($4,710,455 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $14,337,696 ($47,426,377 total)
  2. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $11,579,436 ($12,677,927 total)
  3. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $2,028,840 ($42,684,473 total)
  4. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $1,593,296 ($106,483,732 total)
  5. Capote (2005, 78th) – $464,226 ($464,226 total)
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $417,406 ($292,208,474 total)
  7. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $205,764 ($3,240,432 total)
  8. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $164,666 ($293,070,562 total)
  9. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $79,659 ($333,434,085 total)
  10. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $30,165 ($543,325,687 total)
  11. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $15,080 ($31,699,602 total)
  12. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $10,069 ($2,177,655 total)
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $4,356 ($84,069 total)
  14. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $3,637 ($88,038,139 total)
  15. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $2,878 ($6,731,321 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman Begins (2005, 78th): Cinematography
  • Capote (2005, 78th): Picture, Directing, Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) [O], Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener), Adapted Screenplay
  • 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
  • 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. 29-Oct. 1, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $5,570,441 ($17,833,970 total) {week 3}
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $1,402,641 ($86,975,047 total) {week 9}
  3. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $1,040,830 ($59,084,146 total) {week 7}
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $372,285 ($180,631,498 total) {week 14}
  5. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $273,392 ($186,089,136 total) {week 22}
  6. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $210,110 ($113,053,954 total) {week 14}
  7. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $176,389 ($72,713,763 total) {week 9}
  8. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $106,463 ($271,246 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $9,466,649 ($30,307,823 total)
  2. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $2,383,709 ($147,809,171 total)
  3. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $1,768,832 ($100,410,163 total)
  4. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $632,677 ($306,973,010 total)
  5. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $464,614 ($316,247,957 total)
  6. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $357,070 ($192,128,798 total)
  7. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $299,763 ($123,572,926 total)
  8. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $180,928 ($460,967 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
  • Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd): Sound Film Editing

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 29-Oct. 1, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Seven (1995, 68th) – $12,378,647 ($30,805,661 total) {week 2}
  2. Unstrung Heroes (1995, 68th) – $1,585,220 ($4,968,996 total) {week 3}
  3. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $1,508,426 ($17,626,795 total) {week 7}
  4. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $552,955 ($167,319,430 total) {week 14}
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $184,593 ($183,197,567 total) {week 16}
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $681,641 ($65,921,954 total) {week 19}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Seven (1995, 68th) – $26,066,300 ($64,868,932 total)
  2. Unstrung Heroes (1995, 68th) – $3,338,072 ($10,463,449 total)
  3. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $3,176,364 ($37,117,573 total)
  4. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $1,164,383 ($352,332,409 total)
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $388,706 ($385,767,750 total)
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $1,435,364 ($138,814,965 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
  • 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. 28-30, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Good Fellas (1990, 63rd) – $5,881,427 ($14,852,528 total) {week 2}
  2. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $5,435,657 ($155,272,432 total) {week 12}
  3. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $4,101,237 ($23,225,598 total) {week 3}
  4. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $1,674,686 ($53,653,737 total) {week 8}
  5. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $883,765 ($165,026,231 total) {week 28}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Good Fellas (1990, 63rd) – $12,736,140 ($32,162,921 total)
  2. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $11,770,832 ($336,240,066 total)
  3. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $8,881,166 ($50,294,676 total)
  4. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $3,626,507 ($116,186,343 total)
  5. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $1,913,780 ($357,361,767 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”)
  • Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd): Actress (Julia Roberts)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sep. 27-29, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $4,210,065 ($6,629,673 total) {week 3}
  2. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $3,971,640 ($155,159,200 total) {week 13}
  3. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $702,295 ($75,011,861 total) {week 15}
  4. The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th) – $628,147 ($5,363,358 total) {week 10}
  5. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985, 58th) – $490,318 ($490,318 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $10,863,154 ($17,106,424 total)
  2. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $10,247,950 ($400,354,443 total)
  3. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $1,812,119 ($193,551,731 total)
  4. The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th) – $1,620,796 ($13,838,974 total)
  5. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985, 58th) – $1,265,159 ($1,265,159 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]
  • The Journey of Natty Gann (1985, 58th): Costume Design
  • The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th): Picture, Directing, Actor (William Hurt) [O], Adapted Screenplay

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Sepl. 26-28, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Resurrection (1980, 53rd) – $308,068 ($308,068 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Resurrection (1980, 53rd) – $1,049,035 ($1,049,035 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Resurrection (1980, 53rd): Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Supporting Actress (Eva Le Gallienne)

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