Oscar in Box Office History (Week 43, 2019)

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. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. 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. 24-26, 2014

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Gone Girl – $11,044,357 ($124,037,579 total) {week 4}
  2. The Judge – $4,366,039 ($34,398,108 total) {week 3}
  3. Birdman – $1,379,640 ($2,010,081 total) {week 2}
  4. The Boxtrolls – $929,838 ($47,608,204 total) {week 5}
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy – $554,531 ($328,650,120 total) {week 13}
  6. Whiplash – $248,313 ($730,386 total) {week 3}
  7. CitizenFour – $126,321 ($126,321 total) {week 1}
  8. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – $86,741 ($86,741 total) {week 1}
  9. Maleficent – $82,421 ($241,094,390 total) {week 22}
  10. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $80,687 ($176,595,394 total) {week 20}
  11. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – $68,053 ($146,433 total) {week 2}
  12. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $61,562 ($208,365,305 total) {week 16}
  13. Boyhood – $31,630 ($23,796,520 total) {week 16}
  14. Last Days in Vietnam – $13,400 ($388,600 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Gone Girl – $12,355,621 ($138,764,195 total)
  2. The Judge – $4,884,406 ($38,482,094 total)
  3. Birdman – $1,543,441 ($2,248,732 total)
  4. The Boxtrolls – $1,040,235 ($53,260,586 total)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy – $620,369 ($367,669,779 total)
  6. Whiplash – $277,794 ($817,103 total)
  7. CitizenFour – $141,319 ($141,319 total)
  8. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – $97,040 ($97,040 total)
  9. Maleficent – $92,207 ($269,718,816 total)
  10. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $90,267 ($197,562,044 total)
  11. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – $76,133 ($163,819 total)
  12. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $68,871 ($233,103,903 total)
  13. Boyhood – $35,385 ($26,621,811 total)
  14. Last Days in Vietnam – $14,991 ($434,737 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Birdman: Picture [O], Directing [O], Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Origianl Screenplay [O], Cinematography [O], Sound Mixing, Sound Editing
  • The Boxtrolls: Animated Feature
  • Boyhood: Picture, Directing, Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) [O], Original Screenplay, Film Editing
  • CitizenFour: Documentary Feature [O]
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Visual Effects
  • Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me: Original Song (“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”)
  • Gone Girl: Actress (Rosamund Pike)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Animated Feature
  • The Judge: Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall)
  • Last Days in Vietnam: Documentary Feature
  • Maleficent: Costume Design
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya: Animated Feature
  • Whiplash: Picture, Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) [O], Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing [O], Sound Mixing [O]

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 23-25, 2009

Weekend Box Office:

  1. A Serious Man – $1,093,217 ($3,196,496 total) {week 4}
  2. An Education – $367,371 ($940,265 total) {week 3}
  3. Coco Before Chanel – $353,000 ($2,907,790 total) {week 5}
  4. Bright Star – $212,138 ($3,901,214 total) {week 6}
  5. Inglourious Basterds – $176,550 ($119,396,075 total) {week 10}
  6. District 9 – $148,051 ($115,502,313 total) {week 11}
  7. Julie & Julia – $144,530 ($93,323,576 total) {week 12}
  8. Up – $74,126 ($292,913,068 total) {week 22}
  9. Departures – $8,674 ($1,453,706 total) {week 22}
  10. Food, Inc. – $5,609 ($4,406,618 total) {week 20}
  11. The Baader Meinhof Complex – $5,022 ($446,349 total) {week 10}
  12. The Cove – $3,011 ($833,173 total) {week 13}
  13. Il Divo – $1,085 ($236,721 total) {week 26}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. A Serious Man – $1,332,267 ($3,895,463 total)
  2. An Education – $447,703 ($1,145,870 total)
  3. Coco Before Chanel – $430,189 ($3,543,627 total)
  4. Bright Star – $258,526 ($4,754,279 total)
  5. Inglourious Basterds – $215,156 ($145,504,017 total)
  6. District 9 – $180,425 ($140,758,819 total)
  7. Julie & Julia – $176,134 ($113,730,331 total)
  8. Up – $90,335 ($356,963,392 total)
  9. Departures – $10,571 ($1,771,583 total)
  10. Food, Inc. – $6,836 ($5,370,198 total)
  11. The Baader Meinhof Complex – $6,120 ($543,951 total)
  12. The Cove – $3,669 ($1,015,360 total)
  13. Il Divo – $1,322 ($288,484 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex: Foreign Language Film
  • Bright Star: Costume Design
  • Coco Before Chanel: Costume Design
  • The Cove: Documentary Feature
  • Departures: Foreign Language Film [O]
  • District 9: Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Visual Effects
  • Il Divo: Makeup
  • An Education: Picture, Actress (Carey Mulligan), Adapted Screenplay
  • Food, Inc.: Documentary Feature
  • Inglourious Basterds: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) [O], Original Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing
  • Julie & Julia: Actress (Meryl Streep)
  • A Serious Man: Picture, Original Screenplay
  • Up: Picture, Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score [O], Sound Editing

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 22-24, 2004

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Shark Tale – $14,308,271 ($136,982,460 total) {week 4}
  2. The Motorcycle Diaries – $1,430,875 ($7,810,333 total) {week 5}
  3. Vera Drake – $286,903 ($380,432 total) {week 3}
  4. Being Julia – $223,292 ($392,702 total) {week 2}
  5. Sideways – $207,042 ($207,042 total) {week 1}
  6. Spider-Man 2 – $204,816 ($372,871,182 total) {week 17}
  7. Hero – $166,158 ($53,095,537 total) {week 1}
  8. I, Robot – $136,966 ($144,240,513 total) {week 15}
  9. The Village – $111,277 ($113,922,460 total) {week 13}
  10. Maria Full of Grace – $76,497 ($6,384,953 total) {week 15}
  11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $42,933 ($249,319,248 total) {week 21}
  12. Zelary – $30,452 ($192,773 total) {week 6}
  13. Before Sunset – $17,590 ($5,792,822 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Shark Tale – $21,059,194 ($201,613,476 total)
  2. The Motorcycle Diaries – $2,105,990 ($11,495,402 total)
  3. Vera Drake – $422,269 ($559,927 total)
  4. Being Julia – $328,646 ($577,987 total)
  5. Sideways – $304,728 ($304,728 total)
  6. Spider-Man 2 – $301,452 ($548,799,131 total)
  7. Hero – $244,555 ($78,147,054 total)
  8. I, Robot – $201,589 ($212,296,021 total)
  9. The Village – $163,780 ($167,673,315 total)
  10. Maria Full of Grace – $112,590 ($9,397,499 total)
  11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $63,190 ($366,952,967 total)
  12. Zelary – $44,820 ($283,727 total)
  13. Before Sunset – $25,889 ($8,525,989 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Before Sunset: Adapted Screenplay
  • Being Julia: Actress (Annette Bening)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Original Score, Visual Effects
  • Hero: Foreign Language Film
  • I, Robot: Visual Effects
  • Maria Full of Grace: Actress (Catalina Sandino Moreno)
  • The Motorcycle Diaries : Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“Al Otro Lado del Rio”) [O]
  • Shark Tale: Animated Feature
  • Sideways: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Thomas Haden Church), Supporting Actress (Virginia Madsen), Adapted Screenplay [O]
  • Spider-Man 2: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects [O]
  • Vera Drake: Director, Actress (Imelda Staunton), Original Screenplay
  • The Village : Original Score
  • Zelary: Foreign Language Film

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 22-24, 1999

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Fight Club – $6,335,870 ($21,891,717 total) {week 2}
  2. American Beauty – $5,180,253 ($48,630,401 total) {week 6}
  3. The Sixth Sense – $4,057,846 ($255,501,006 total) {week 12}
  4. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $322,670 ($427,285,100 total) {week 23}
  5. Boys Don’t Cry – $307,581 ($595,961 total) {week 3}
  6. The Straight Story – $276,787 ($406,321 total) {week 2}
  7. Buena Vista Social Club – $132,767 ($6,052,563 total) {week 21}
  8. Tarzan – $85,073 ($170,383,451 total) {week 19}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Fight Club – $11,399,577 ($39,387,853 total)
  2. American Beauty – $9,320,376 ($87,496,430 total)
  3. The Sixth Sense – $7,300,928 ($459,700,629 total)
  4. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $580,552 ($768,776,735 total)
  5. Boys Don’t Cry – $553,404 ($1,072,261 total)
  6. The Straight Story – $497,999 ($731,058 total)
  7. Buena Vista Social Club – $238,876 ($10,889,848 total)
  8. Tarzan – $153,064 ($306,556,052 total)

Oscar Details:

  • American Beauty: Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Actress (Annette Bening), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography
  • Boys Don’t Cry: Actress (Hilary Swank) [O], Supporting Actress (Chloe Sevigny)
  • Buena Vista Social Club: Documentary Feature
  • Fight Club: Sound Effects
  • The Sixth Sense : Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Haley Joel Osment), Supporting Actress (Toni Collette), Original Screenplay, Editing
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace: Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects
  • The Straight Story : Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
  • Tarzan: Original Song (“You’ll Be In My Heart”)

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 28-30, 1994

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Pulp Fiction – $5,690,054 ($30,570,220 total) {week 3}
  2. Forrest Gump – $1,861,298 ($286,262,226 total) {week 17}
  3. The Shawshank Redemption – $1,470,640 ($12,469,484 total) {week 6}
  4. Quiz Show – $948,292 ($19,301,923 total) {week 7}
  5. Bullets Over Broadway – $537,590 ($674,294 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Pulp Fiction – $12,441,888 ($66,844,931 total)
  2. Forrest Gump – $4,069,920 ($625,941,805 total)
  3. The Shawshank Redemption – $3,215,706 ($27,265,810 total)
  4. Quiz Show – $2,073,538 ($42,205,640 total)
  5. Bullets Over Broadway – $1,175,496 ($1,474,413 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Bullets Over Broadway: Director, Supporting Actor (Chazz Palminteri), Supporting Actress (Meg Tilly, Dianne Wiest [O]), Original Screenplay, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Forrest Gump: Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Tom Hanks) [O], Supporting Actor (Gary Sinise), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score, Editing [O], Cinematography, Art Direction, Makeup, Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects [O]
  • Pulp Fiction: Picture, Director, Actor (John Travolta), Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman), Original Screenplay [O], Editing
  • Quiz Show: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Paul Scofield), Adapted Screenplay
  • The Shawshank Redemption : Picture, Actor (Morgan Freeman), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography, Sound

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 27-29, 1989

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Bear – $3,676,530 ($3,676,530 total) {week 1}
  2. Black Rain – $1,752,800 ($38,716,100 total) {week 6}
  3. The Fabulous Baker Boys – $1,730,632 ($9,817,880 total) {week 3}
  4. Parenthood – $824,985 ($90,574,435 total) {week 13}
  5. Batman – $804,918 ($248,839,030 total) {week 19}
  6. Crimes and Misdemeanors – $735,263 ($3,298,361 total) {week 3}
  7. Dad – $540,148 ($540,148 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Bear – $8,464,354 ($8,464,354 total)
  2. Black Rain – $4,035,414 ($89,134,799 total)
  3. The Fabulous Baker Boys – $3,984,377 ($22,603,381 total)
  4. Parenthood – $1,899,336 ($208,526,533 total)
  5. Batman – $1,853,136 ($572,893,888 total)
  6. Crimes and Misdemeanors – $1,692,772 ($7,593,708 total)
  7. Dad – $1,243,565 ($1,243,565 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman: Art Direction [O]
  • The Bear : Editing
  • Black Rain: Sound, Sound Effects
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors: Director, Supporting Actor (Martin Landau), Original Screenplay
  • Dad: Makeup
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys : Actress (Michelle Pfeiffer), Original Score, Editing, Cinematography
  • Parenthood: Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest), Original Song (“I Love To See You Smile”)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 26-28, 1984

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Places in the Heart – $2,788,330 ($16,811,317 total) {week 6}
  2. A Soldier’s Story – $1,319,685 ($9,032,228 total) {week 7}
  3. Ghostbusters – $1,572,599 ($212,640,893 total) {week 21}
  4. Amadeus – $866,772 ($6,224,740 total) {week 6}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Places in the Heart – $7,584,921 ($45,730,785 total)
  2. A Soldier’s Story – $3,589,857 ($24,569,811 total)
  3. Ghostbusters – $4,277,844 ($578,433,858 total)
  4. Amadeus – $2,357,826 ($16,932,775 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Amadeus: Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (F. Murray Abraham [O], Tom Hulce), Adapted Screenplay [O], Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design [O], Makeup [O], Sound [O]
  • Ghostbusters: Original Song (“Ghostbusters”), Visual Effects
  • Places in the Heart: Picture, Director, Actress (Sally Field) [O], Supporting Actor (John Malkovich), Supporting Actress (Linsday Crouse), Original Screenplay [O], Costume Design
  • A Soldier’s Story: Picture, Supporting Actor (Adolph Caesar), Adapted Screenplay

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Oct. 26-28, 1979

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Great Santini – $83,527 ($83,527 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Great Santini – $304,158 ($304,158 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Great Santini: Actor (Robert Duvall), Supporting Actor (Michael O’Keefe)

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