Oscar in Box Office History (Week 40, 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 Boys in the Band (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 2-4, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $54,308,575 ($54,308,575 total) {week 1}
  2. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $12,148,041 ($15,149,336 total) {week 3}
  3. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $247,325 ($160,675,745 total) {week 8}
  4. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $239,819 ($353,852,556 total) {week 16}
  5. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $96,791 ($19,247,317 total) {week 9}
  6. Amy (2015, 88th) – $12,351 ($8,312,696 total) {week 14}
  7. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $1,873 ($107,144 total) {week 12}
  8. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $964 ($697,787 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $59,011,453 ($59,011,453 total)
  2. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $13,200,007 ($16,461,200 total)
  3. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $268,742 ($174,589,540 total)
  4. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $260,586 ($384,494,592 total)
  5. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $105,173 ($20,914,048 total)
  6. Amy (2015, 88th) – $13,421 ($9,032,538 total)
  7. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $2,035 ($116,422 total)
  8. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $1,047 ($758,212 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
  • The Martian (2015, 88th): Picture, Actor (Matt Damon), Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, 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 Oct. 1-3, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $22,445,653 ($22,445,653 total) {week 1}
  2. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $9,749,332 ($64,056,752 total) {week 3}
  3. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $904,208 ($288,405,376 total) {week 12}
  4. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $288,116 ($117,562,733 total) {week 11}
  5. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $229,502 ($411,412,427 total) {week 16}
  6. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $44,851 ($6,122,291 total) {week 17}
  7. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $43,714 ($20,731,802 total) {week 13}
  8. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $17,808 ($4,918,238 total) {week 16}
  9. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $14,117 ($899,455 total) {week 8}
  10. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $6,841 ($3,270,175 total) {week 25}
  11. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $6,017 ($1,295,369 total) {week 15}
  12. Gasland (2010, 83rd) – $3,231 ($26,508 total) {week 3}
  13. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $2,497 ($6,387,372 total) {week 25}
  14. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $110 ($56,761 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $26,058,578 ($26,058,578 total)
  2. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $11,318,616 ($74,367,535 total)
  3. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $1,049,752 ($334,828,041 total)
  4. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $334,492 ($136,486,012 total)
  5. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $266,443 ($477,634,706 total)
  6. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $52,070 ($7,107,755 total)
  7. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $50,750 ($24,068,860 total)
  8. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $20,674 ($5,709,894 total)
  9. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $16,389 ($1,044,234 total)
  10. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $7,942 ($3,796,553 total)
  11. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $6,986 ($1,503,876 total)
  12. Gasland (2010, 83rd) – $3,751 ($30,775 total)
  13. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $2,899 ($7,415,504 total)
  14. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $128 ($65,897 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
  • Restrepo (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • Salt (2010, 83rd): Sound Mixing
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • The Social Network (2010, 83rd): Picture, Directing, Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound Mixing
  • 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 Oct. 7-9, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $16,025,987 ($16,047,174 total) {week 1}
  2. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $6,511,336 ($42,116,028 total) {week 4}
  3. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $5,067,000 ($16,638,684 total) {week 3}
  4. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $852,279 ($31,252,269 total) {week 6}
  5. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $473,074 ($75,392,512 total) {week 16}
  6. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $421,446 ($421,446 total) {week 1}
  7. Capote (2005, 78th) – $395,724 ($887,531 total) {week 2}
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $362,524 ($204,921,809 total) {week 13}
  9. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $222,138 ($233,575,986 total) {week 15}
  10. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $129,844 ($154,474 total) {week 1}
  11. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $95,231 ($2,416,555 total) {week 10}
  12. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $70,479 ($205,197,285 total) {week 17}
  13. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $20,159 ($380,237,988 total) {week 21}
  14. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $3,226 ($22,190,559 total) {week 12}
  15. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $680 ($61,609,400 total) {week 19}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $22,901,410 ($22,931,687 total)
  2. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $9,304,811 ($60,184,527 total)
  3. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $7,240,830 ($23,776,965 total)
  4. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $1,217,921 ($44,660,029 total)
  5. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $676,031 ($107,737,193 total)
  6. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $602,254 ($602,254 total)
  7. Capote (2005, 78th) – $565,496 ($1,268,297 total)
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $518,053 ($292,836,782 total)
  9. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $317,439 ($333,784,092 total)
  10. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $185,549 ($220,746 total)
  11. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $136,087 ($3,453,299 total)
  12. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $100,716 ($293,230,442 total)
  13. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $28,808 ($543,366,610 total)
  14. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $4,610 ($31,710,690 total)
  15. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $972 ($88,040,890 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
  • Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th): Picture, Directing, Actor (David Strathairn), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction
  • A History of Violence (2005, 78th): Supporting Actor (William Hurt), Adapted Screenplay
  • 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]
  • The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th): Original Screenplay
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th): Makeup
  • Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th): Animated Feature [O]
  • War of the Worlds (2005, 78th): Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 6-8, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $28,623,300 ($28,623,300 total) {week 1}
  2. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $3,718,598 ($23,262,437 total) {week 4}
  3. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $882,774 ($88,235,299 total) {week 10}
  4. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $565,593 ($891,547 total) {week 3}
  5. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $529,362 ($60,015,736 total) {week 8}
  6. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $264,305 ($181,000,824 total) {week 15}
  7. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $184,742 ($186,398,654 total) {week 23}
  8. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $138,592 ($113,243,572 total) {week 15}
  9. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $92,001 ($72,848,374 total) {week 10}
  10. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $64,770 ($64,770 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $48,643,679 ($48,643,679 total)
  2. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $6,319,547 ($39,533,195 total)
  3. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $1,500,224 ($149,950,898 total)
  4. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $961,193 ($1,515,134 total)
  5. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $899,621 ($101,993,347 total)
  6. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $449,171 ($307,600,658 total)
  7. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $313,959 ($316,773,965 total)
  8. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $235,529 ($192,451,043 total)
  9. Hollow Man (2000, 73rd) – $156,350 ($123,801,689 total)
  10. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $110,073 ($110,073 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
  • Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd): Original Song (“A Fool in Love”)
  • The Patriot (2000, 73rd): Original Score, Cinematography, Sound
  • The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd): Sound, Visual Effects
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd): Actress (Ellen Burstyn)
  • Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd): Sound Film Editing

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 6-8, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Seven (1995, 68th) – $10,421,517 ($45,500,506 total) {week 3}
  2. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $1,010,984 ($138,231,528 total) {week 17}
  3. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $944,077 ($19,161,982 total) {week 8}
  4. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $339,980 ($167,820,720 total) {week 15}
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $127,044 ($183,380,860 total) {week 17}
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $248,071 ($66,438,214 total) {week 20}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Seven (1995, 68th) – $21,945,079 ($95,812,560 total)
  2. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $2,128,877 ($291,080,643 total)
  3. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $1,987,987 ($40,350,289 total)
  4. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $715,912 ($353,387,999 total)
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $267,523 ($386,153,719 total)
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $522,375 ($139,902,078 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]
  • Pocahontas (1995, 68th): Original Song (“Colors of the Wind”) [O], Original Musical or Comedy Score [O]
  • Seven (1995, 68th): Film Editing
  • The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th): Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Original Screenplay [O]

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 5-7, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $5,275,106 ($162,107,561 total) {week 13}
  2. Good Fellas (1990, 63rd) – $5,165,085 ($22,179,421 total) {week 3}
  3. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $3,281,654 ($27,840,937 total) {week 4}
  4. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $1,406,221 ($55,621,697 total) {week 9}
  5. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $1,157,912 ($175,119,663 total) {week 29}
  6. Henry & June (1990, 63rd) – $1,032,942 ($1,032,942 total) {week 1}
  7. Avalon (1990, 63rd) – $226,613 ($226,613 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $11,423,161 ($351,041,432 total)
  2. Good Fellas (1990, 63rd) – $11,184,912 ($48,029,195 total)
  3. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $7,106,371 ($60,289,121 total)
  4. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $3,045,150 ($120,447,930 total)
  5. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $2,507,441 ($379,218,939 total)
  6. Henry & June (1990, 63rd) – $2,236,820 ($2,236,820 total)
  7. Avalon (1990, 63rd) – $490,727 ($490,727 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Avalon (1990, 63rd): Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, Costume Design
  • 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
  • Henry & June (1990, 63rd): Cinematography
  • 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 Oct. 4-6, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $4,094,091 ($4,094,091 total) {week 1}
  2. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $3,572,553 ($10,202,226 total) {week 4}
  3. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $3,383,658 ($159,526,773 total) {week 14}
  4. The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th) – $649,802 ($6,220,502 total) {week 11}
  5. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985, 58th) – $639,395 ($1,292,518 total) {week 2}
  6. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $616,695 ($75,901,168 total) {week 16}
  7. Colonel Redl (1985, 58th) – $2,357 ($2,357 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $10,563,908 ($10,563,908 total)
  2. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $9,218,193 ($26,324,617 total)
  3. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $8,730,791 ($411,624,011 total)
  4. The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th) – $1,676,672 ($16,050,647 total)
  5. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985, 58th) – $1,649,819 ($3,335,061 total)
  6. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $1,591,247 ($195,846,394 total)
  7. Colonel Redl (1985, 58th) – $6,082 ($6,082 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]
  • Colonel Redl (1985, 58th): Foreign Language Film
  • Jagged Edge (1985, 58th): Supporting Actor (Robert Loggia)
  • 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 Oct. 3-5, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Somewhere in Time (1980, 53rd) – $1,203,011 ($1,203,011 total) {week 1}
  2. Gloria (1980, 53rd) – $33,767 ($47,019 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Somewhere in Time (1980, 53rd) – $4,096,498 ($4,096,498 total)
  2. Gloria (1980, 53rd) – $114,984 ($160,109 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Gloria (1980, 53rd): Actress (Gena Rowlands)
  • Somewhere in Time (1980, 53rd): Costume Design

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