Oscar in Box Office History (Week 41, 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 Oct. 9-11, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $37,005,266 ($108,715,595 total) {week 2}
  2. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $7,579,324 ($26,935,340 total) {week 4}
  3. Steve Jobs (2015, 88th) – $521,522 ($521,522 total) {week 1}
  4. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $440,608 ($354,363,926 total) {week 17}
  5. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $135,125 ($160,902,085 total) {week 9}
  6. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $47,513 ($19,321,230 total) {week 10}
  7. Amy (2015, 88th) – $10,152 ($8,331,745 total) {week 15}
  8. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $1,089 ($700,846 total) {week 14}
  9. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $71 ($107,945 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $40,209,755 ($118,129,875 total)
  2. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $8,235,659 ($29,267,819 total)
  3. Steve Jobs (2015, 88th) – $566,683 ($566,683 total)
  4. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $478,763 ($385,050,245 total)
  5. Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th) – $146,826 ($174,835,480 total)
  6. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015, 88th) – $51,627 ($20,994,361 total)
  7. Amy (2015, 88th) – $11,031 ($9,053,237 total)
  8. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $1,183 ($761,536 total)
  9. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $77 ($117,293 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
  • Steve Jobs (2015, 88th): Actor (Michael Fassbender), Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet)
  • Straight Outta Compton (2015, 88th): Original Screenplay

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 8-10, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $15,451,991 ($46,021,161 total) {week 2}
  2. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $6,411,008 ($73,847,527 total) {week 4}
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $555,096 ($412,031,733 total) {week 17}
  4. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $492,311 ($289,183,607 total) {week 13}
  5. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $236,285 ($117,923,111 total) {week 12}
  6. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $39,649 ($39,649 total) {week 1}
  7. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $22,127 ($6,167,021 total) {week 18}
  8. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $19,973 ($20,775,494 total) {week 14}
  9. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $12,669 ($4,939,308 total) {week 17}
  10. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $9,746 ($918,090 total) {week 9}
  11. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $4,126 ($1,306,194 total) {week 16}
  12. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $1,471 ($3,278,514 total) {week 26}
  13. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $719 ($6,389,020 total) {week 26}
  14. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $714 ($57,652 total) {week 16}
  15. Gasland (2010, 83rd) – $273 ($27,819 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $17,939,194 ($53,428,876 total)
  2. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $7,442,945 ($85,734,265 total)
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $644,446 ($478,353,698 total)
  4. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $571,555 ($335,731,539 total)
  5. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $274,318 ($136,904,398 total)
  6. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $46,031 ($46,031 total)
  7. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $25,689 ($7,159,685 total)
  8. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $23,188 ($24,119,585 total)
  9. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $14,708 ($5,734,355 total)
  10. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $11,315 ($1,065,869 total)
  11. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $4,790 ($1,516,443 total)
  12. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $1,708 ($3,806,234 total)
  13. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $835 ($7,417,417 total)
  14. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $829 ($66,932 total)
  15. Gasland (2010, 83rd) – $317 ($32,297 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]
  • Inside Job (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • 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. 14-16, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $11,527,216 ($33,107,497 total) {week 2}
  2. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $3,600,474 ($22,364,443 total) {week 4}
  3. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $3,577,465 ($47,769,285 total) {week 5}
  4. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $1,244,707 ($1,854,797 total) {week 2}
  5. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $527,151 ($32,109,493 total) {week 7}
  6. Capote (2005, 78th) – $363,876 ($1,427,060 total) {week 3}
  7. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $279,938 ($501,232 total) {week 2}
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $271,857 ($205,336,261 total) {week 14}
  9. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $260,152 ($75,865,442 total) {week 17}
  10. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $172,668 ($233,846,752 total) {week 16}
  11. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $53,633 ($205,279,168 total) {week 18}
  12. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $50,031 ($2,525,095 total) {week 11}
  13. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $12,961 ($380,262,555 total) {week 22}
  14. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $2,773 ($61,963 total) {week 11}
  15. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $2,577 ($22,195,154 total) {week 13}
  16. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $2,425 ($61,612,425 total) {week 20}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $16,472,589 ($47,311,181 total)
  2. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $5,145,139 ($31,959,173 total)
  3. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $5,112,259 ($68,263,128 total)
  4. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $1,778,708 ($2,650,537 total)
  5. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $753,308 ($45,885,017 total)
  6. Capote (2005, 78th) – $519,985 ($2,039,293 total)
  7. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $400,036 ($716,269 total)
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $388,488 ($293,429,041 total)
  9. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $371,762 ($108,413,019 total)
  10. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $246,746 ($334,171,022 total)
  11. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $76,642 ($293,347,454 total)
  12. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $71,495 ($3,608,404 total)
  13. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $18,521 ($543,401,717 total)
  14. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $3,963 ($88,546 total)
  15. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $3,683 ($31,717,256 total)
  16. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $3,465 ($88,045,213 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
  • 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. 13-15, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $21,168,385 ($58,824,635 total) {week 2}
  2. The Contender (2000, 73rd) – $5,363,900 ($5,363,900 total) {week 1}
  3. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $2,192,827 ($26,676,713 total) {week 5}
  4. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $543,431 ($89,056,413 total) {week 11}
  5. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $393,186 ($1,542,996 total) {week 4}
  6. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $220,909 ($60,447,765 total) {week 9}
  7. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $215,681 ($215,681 total) {week 1}
  8. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $151,098 ($181,239,864 total) {week 16}
  9. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $114,759 ($186,610,052 total) {week 24}
  10. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $58,928 ($113,330,342 total) {week 16}
  11. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $43,877 ($143,028 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $35,974,472 ($99,969,139 total)
  2. The Contender (2000, 73rd) – $9,115,645 ($9,115,645 total)
  3. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $3,726,585 ($45,335,564 total)
  4. Space Cowboys (2000, 73rd) – $923,530 ($151,346,335 total)
  5. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $668,197 ($2,622,234 total)
  6. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $375,422 ($102,727,556 total)
  7. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $366,538 ($366,538 total)
  8. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $256,783 ($308,006,893 total)
  9. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $195,026 ($317,133,224 total)
  10. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $100,145 ($192,598,503 total)
  11. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $74,566 ($243,068 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Almost Famous (2000, 73rd): Supporting Actress (Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing
  • Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd): Directing, Supporting Actress (Julie Walters), Original Screenplay
  • The Cell (2000, 73rd): Makeup
  • The Contender (2000, 73rd): Actress (Joan Allen), Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges)
  • 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]
  • 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. 13-15, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Seven (1995, 68th) – $8,645,354 ($57,754,130 total) {week 4}
  2. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $865,460 ($168,793,585 total) {week 16}
  3. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $768,359 ($139,242,512 total) {week 18}
  4. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $663,958 ($20,222,112 total) {week 9}
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $82,952 ($183,506,893 total) {week 18}
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $130,164 ($66,674,715 total) {week 21}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Seven (1995, 68th) – $18,204,929 ($121,615,593 total)
  2. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $1,822,440 ($355,436,607 total)
  3. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $1,617,970 ($293,209,520 total)
  4. The Usual Suspects (1995, 68th) – $1,398,128 ($42,582,654 total)
  5. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $174,676 ($386,419,113 total)
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $274,092 ($140,400,090 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. 12-14, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $4,224,020 ($167,447,571 total) {week 14}
  2. Good Fellas (1990, 63rd) – $3,697,188 ($27,098,518 total) {week 4}
  3. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $2,199,708 ($30,807,958 total) {week 5}
  4. Henry & June (1990, 63rd) – $1,400,131 ($2,781,154 total) {week 2}
  5. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $994,753 ($56,969,879 total) {week 10}
  6. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $793,924 ($176,297,210 total) {week 30}
  7. Avalon (1990, 63rd) – $201,574 ($504,619 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $9,147,050 ($362,605,142 total)
  2. Good Fellas (1990, 63rd) – $8,006,204 ($58,681,424 total)
  3. Postcards from the Edge (1990, 63rd) – $4,763,434 ($66,714,160 total)
  4. Henry & June (1990, 63rd) – $3,031,962 ($6,022,546 total)
  5. Flatliners (1990, 63rd) – $2,154,122 ($123,367,398 total)
  6. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $1,719,230 ($381,768,899 total)
  7. Avalon (1990, 63rd) – $436,505 ($1,092,745 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. 11-13, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $4,225,022 ($9,765,066 total) {week 2}
  2. When Father Was Away on Business (1985, 58th) – $11,614 ($11,614 total) {week 1}
  3. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, 58th) – $3,376,971 ($3,376,971 total) {week 1}
  4. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $2,979,418 ($163,299,302 total) {week 15}
  5. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $3,011,839 ($14,243,530 total) {week 5}
  6. Sweet Dreams (1985, 58th) – $2,161,284 ($2,335,524 total) {week 2}
  7. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985, 58th) – $905,754 ($2,270,373 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $10,901,747 ($25,196,621 total)
  2. When Father Was Away on Business (1985, 58th) – $29,967 ($29,967 total)
  3. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, 58th) – $8,713,536 ($8,713,536 total)
  4. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $7,687,738 ($421,358,199 total)
  5. Agnes of God (1985, 58th) – $7,771,393 ($36,752,320 total)
  6. Sweet Dreams (1985, 58th) – $5,576,722 ($6,026,310 total)
  7. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985, 58th) – $2,337,100 ($5,858,202 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]
  • Jagged Edge (1985, 58th): Supporting Actor (Robert Loggia)
  • The Journey of Natty Gann (1985, 58th): Costume Design
  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, 58th): Makeup
  • Sweet Dreams (1985, 58th): Actress (Jessica Lange)
  • When Father Was Away on Business (1985, 58th): Foreign Language Film

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 10-12, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Private Benjamin (1980, 53rd) – $4,739,769 ($4,739,769 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Private Benjamin (1980, 53rd) – $16,139,883 ($16,139,883 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Private Benjamin (1980, 53rd): Actress (Goldie Hawn), Supporting Actress (Eileen Brennan)

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