Oscar in Box Office History (Week 45, 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

Midway (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 7-9, 2014

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Big Hero 6 – $56,215,889 ($56,215,889 total) {week 1}
  2. Interstellar – $47,510,360 ($49,661,813 total) {week 1}
  3. Gone Girl – $6,207,419 ($145,535,841 total) {week 6}
  4. Nightcrawler – $5,373,560 ($19,618,437 total) {week 2}
  5. Birdman – $2,311,866 ($8,098,118 total) {week 4}
  6. The Judge – $1,759,172 ($42,568,417 total) {week 5}
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy – $419,918 ($330,009,017 total) {week 15}
  8. Whiplash – $317,688 ($1,527,928 total) {week 5}
  9. The Boxtrolls – $210,034 ($49,070,193 total) {week 7}
  10. The Theory of Everything – $208,763 ($208,763 total) {week 1}
  11. CitizenFour – $206,332 ($665,791 total) {week 3}
  12. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $68,811 ($176,802,960 total) {week 22}
  13. Maleficent – $64,049 ($241,286,891 total) {week 24}
  14. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – $57,290 ($339,225 total) {week 4}
  15. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – $35,950 ($186,500 total) {week 3}
  16. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $32,810 ($208,477,397 total) {week 18}
  17. Boyhood – $20,153 ($23,906,444 total) {week 18}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Big Hero 6 – $62,890,236 ($62,890,236 total)
  2. Interstellar – $53,151,125 ($55,558,014 total)
  3. Gone Girl – $6,944,408 ($162,814,882 total)
  4. Nightcrawler – $6,011,547 ($21,947,676 total)
  5. Birdman – $2,586,347 ($9,059,584 total)
  6. The Judge – $1,968,033 ($47,622,440 total)
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy – $469,774 ($369,190,014 total)
  8. Whiplash – $355,406 ($1,709,334 total)
  9. The Boxtrolls – $234,971 ($54,896,152 total)
  10. The Theory of Everything – $233,549 ($233,549 total)
  11. CitizenFour – $230,829 ($744,838 total)
  12. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $76,981 ($197,794,254 total)
  13. Maleficent – $71,653 ($269,934,172 total)
  14. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – $64,092 ($379,500 total)
  15. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – $40,218 ($208,643 total)
  16. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $36,705 ($233,229,303 total)
  17. Boyhood – $22,546 ($26,744,786 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Big Hero 6: Animated Feature [O]
  • 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
  • Interstellar: Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects [O]
  • The Judge: Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall)
  • Maleficent: Costume Design
  • Nightcrawler: Original Screenplay
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya: Animated Feature
  • The Theory of Everything: Picture, Actor (Eddie Redmayne) [O], Actress (Felicity Jones), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
  • Whiplash: Picture, Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) [O], Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing [O], Sound Mixing [O]

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 6-8, 2009

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Precious – $1,872,458 ($1,872,458 total) {week 1}
  2. A Serious Man – $863,750 ($5,833,069 total) {week 6}
  3. An Education – $592,407 ($2,307,837 total) {week 5}
  4. Coco Before Chanel – $545,146 ($4,107,048 total) {week 7}
  5. Inglourious Basterds – $206,530 ($119,873,433 total) {week 12}
  6. Julie & Julia – $86,339 ($93,620,732 total) {week 14}
  7. Bright Star – $70,280 ($4,252,058 total) {week 8}
  8. The Baader Meinhof Complex – $7,213 ($460,471 total) {week 12}
  9. Departures – $3,725 ($1,473,158 total) {week 24}
  10. The Cove – $1,183 ($840,788 total) {week 15}
  11. Il Divo – $1,018 ($239,294 total) {week 28}
  12. Food, Inc. – $451 ($4,411,489 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Precious – $2,281,902 ($2,281,902 total)
  2. A Serious Man – $1,052,623 ($7,108,567 total)
  3. An Education – $721,947 ($2,812,484 total)
  4. Coco Before Chanel – $664,351 ($5,005,122 total)
  5. Inglourious Basterds – $251,691 ($146,085,757 total)
  6. Julie & Julia – $105,218 ($114,092,465 total)
  7. Bright Star – $85,648 ($5,181,841 total)
  8. The Baader Meinhof Complex – $8,790 ($561,161 total)
  9. Departures – $4,540 ($1,795,289 total)
  10. The Cove – $1,442 ($1,024,640 total)
  11. Il Divo – $1,241 ($291,620 total)
  12. Food, Inc. – $550 ($5,376,135 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]
  • 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)
  • Precious: Picture, Director, Actress (Gabourey Sidibe), Supporting Actress (Mo’Nique) [O], Adapted Screenplay [O], Editing
  • A Serious Man: Picture, Original Screenplay

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 5-7, 2004

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Incredibles – $70,467,623 ($70,467,623 total) {week 1}
  2. Ray – $13,644,990 ($39,641,775 total) {week 2}
  3. Shark Tale – $4,555,382 ($154,031,467 total) {week 6}
  4. Sideways – $1,047,607 ($1,917,590 total) {week 3}
  5. The Motorcycle Diaries – $948,895 ($10,646,467 total) {week 7}
  6. Being Julia – $340,286 ($1,238,163 total) {week 4}
  7. Vera Drake – $256,699 ($1,159,014 total) {week 5}
  8. Spider-Man 2 – $125,903 ($373,247,668 total) {week 19}
  9. I, Robot – $92,706 ($144,494,901 total) {week 17}
  10. Hero – $64,510 ($53,345,588 total) {week 1}
  11. The Village – $54,667 ($114,118,503 total) {week 15}
  12. Maria Full of Grace – $30,767 ($6,517,198 total) {week 17}
  13. Zelary – $21,352 ($252,097 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Incredibles – $103,715,632 ($103,715,632 total)
  2. Ray – $20,082,964 ($58,345,543 total)
  3. Shark Tale – $6,704,701 ($226,706,539 total)
  4. Sideways – $1,541,889 ($2,822,347 total)
  5. The Motorcycle Diaries – $1,396,602 ($15,669,679 total)
  6. Being Julia – $500,840 ($1,822,353 total)
  7. Vera Drake – $377,815 ($1,705,860 total)
  8. Spider-Man 2 – $185,307 ($549,353,250 total)
  9. I, Robot – $136,447 ($212,670,434 total)
  10. Hero – $94,947 ($78,515,084 total)
  11. The Village – $80,460 ($167,961,855 total)
  12. Maria Full of Grace – $45,283 ($9,592,140 total)
  13. Zelary – $31,426 ($371,041 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Being Julia: Actress (Annette Bening)
  • Hero: Foreign Language Film
  • I, Robot: Visual Effects
  • The Incredibles: Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing [O]
  • Maria Full of Grace: Actress (Catalina Sandino Moreno)
  • The Motorcycle Diaries : Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“Al Otro Lado del Rio”) [O]
  • Ray: Picture, Director, Actor (Jamie Foxx) [O], Editing, Costume Design, Sound Mixing [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 Nov. 5-7, 1999

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Insider – $6,712,361 ($6,712,361 total) {week 1}
  2. American Beauty – $3,324,526 ($58,931,005 total) {week 8}
  3. The Sixth Sense – $3,131,538 ($264,042,695 total) {week 14}
  4. Music of the Heart – $2,821,480 ($7,737,994 total) {week 2}
  5. Fight Club – $2,423,069 ($31,909,073 total) {week 4}
  6. Being John Malkovich – $1,852,093 ($2,875,714 total) {week 2}
  7. The Straight Story – $584,992 ($1,580,095 total) {week 4}
  8. Boys Don’t Cry – $204,474 ($1,295,683 total) {week 5}
  9. Buena Vista Social Club – $90,158 ($6,367,673 total) {week 23}
  10. Tarzan – $69,760 ($170,535,377 total) {week 21}
  11. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $53,409 ($205,957,794 total) {week 22}
  12. All About My Mother – $50,362 ($110,442 total) {week 1}
  13. The Red Violin – $49,544 ($9,956,553 total) {week 43}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Insider – $12,076,964 ($12,076,964 total)
  2. American Beauty – $5,981,529 ($106,029,407 total)
  3. The Sixth Sense – $5,634,303 ($475,068,943 total)
  4. Music of the Heart – $5,076,442 ($13,922,296 total)
  5. Fight Club – $4,359,616 ($57,411,206 total)
  6. Being John Malkovich – $3,332,309 ($5,174,021 total)
  7. The Straight Story – $1,052,525 ($2,842,927 total)
  8. Boys Don’t Cry – $367,892 ($2,331,209 total)
  9. Buena Vista Social Club – $162,213 ($11,456,797 total)
  10. Tarzan – $125,513 ($306,829,399 total)
  11. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $96,094 ($370,561,858 total)
  12. All About My Mother – $90,612 ($198,709 total)
  13. The Red Violin – $89,140 ($17,913,956 total)

Oscar Details:

  • All About My Mother: Foreign Language Film [O]
  • American Beauty: Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Actress (Annette Bening), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: Makeup
  • Being John Malkovich: Director, Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener), Original Screenplay
  • Boys Don’t Cry: Actress (Hilary Swank) [O], Supporting Actress (Chloe Sevigny)
  • Buena Vista Social Club: Documentary Feature
  • Fight Club: Sound Effects
  • The Insider : Picture, Director, Actor (Russell Crowe), Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Sound
  • Music of the Heart: Actress, Original Song (“Music of My Heart”)
  • The Red Violin : Original Score [O]
  • The Sixth Sense : Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Haley Joel Osment), Supporting Actress (Toni Collette), Original Screenplay, Editing
  • The Straight Story : Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
  • Tarzan: Original Song (“You’ll Be In My Heart”)

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 11-13, 1994

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Interview with the Vampire – $36,389,705 ($36,389,705 total) {week 1}
  2. Pulp Fiction – $4,104,099 ($44,204,134 total) {week 5}
  3. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – $3,721,480 ($17,924,332 total) {week 2}
  4. Forrest Gump – $1,539,975 ($291,082,361 total) {week 19}
  5. Bullets Over Broadway – $1,154,957 ($3,857,030 total) {week 4}
  6. The Shawshank Redemption – $802,672 ($15,318,812 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Interview with the Vampire – $79,569,833 ($79,569,833 total)
  2. Pulp Fiction – $8,974,035 ($96,656,886 total)
  3. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – $8,137,399 ($39,193,396 total)
  4. Forrest Gump – $3,367,314 ($636,481,526 total)
  5. Bullets Over Broadway – $2,525,432 ($8,433,793 total)
  6. The Shawshank Redemption – $1,755,125 ($33,496,158 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]
  • Interview with the Vampire: Original Score, Art Direction
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Makeup
  • Pulp Fiction: Picture, Director, Actor (John Travolta), Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman), Original Screenplay [O], Editing
  • The Shawshank Redemption : Picture, Actor (Morgan Freeman), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography, Sound

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 10-12, 1989

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Bear – $4,793,250 ($16,256,672 total) {week 3}
  2. Dad – $4,504,020 ($6,306,110 total) {week 3}
  3. Crimes and Misdemeanors – $2,066,597 ($9,125,573 total) {week 5}
  4. Black Rain – $1,401,320 ($42,826,769 total) {week 8}
  5. The Fabulous Baker Boys – $1,286,361 ($13,884,141 total) {week 5}
  6. Parenthood – $847,600 ($92,860,010 total) {week 15}
  7. Batman – $503,585 ($250,713,403 total) {week 21}
  8. Henry V – $64,933 ($78,025 total) {week 1}
  9. My Left Foot – $41,165 ($41,165 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Bear – $11,035,341 ($37,427,200 total)
  2. Dad – $10,369,457 ($14,518,349 total)
  3. Crimes and Misdemeanors – $4,757,858 ($21,009,506 total)
  4. Black Rain – $3,226,213 ($98,598,657 total)
  5. The Fabulous Baker Boys – $2,961,546 ($31,965,000 total)
  6. Parenthood – $1,951,402 ($213,788,537 total)
  7. Batman – $1,159,387 ($577,209,195 total)
  8. Henry V – $149,493 ($179,634 total)
  9. My Left Foot – $94,773 ($94,773 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
  • Henry V: Director, Actor (Kenneth Branagh), Costume Design [O]
  • My Left Foot: Picture, Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) [O], Supporting Actress (Brenda Fricker) [O], Adapted Screenplay
  • Parenthood: Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest), Original Song (“I Love To See You Smile”)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 9-11, 1984

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Places in the Heart – $2,228,864 ($22,386,442 total) {week 8}
  2. A Soldier’s Story – $1,724,727 ($13,847,074 total) {week 9}
  3. Amadeus – $1,546,556 ($9,273,450 total) {week 8}
  4. Ghostbusters – $1,216,256 ($215,627,420 total) {week 23}
  5. Country – $1,051,370 ($9,640,000 total) {week 7}
  6. The Killing Fields – $33,948 ($87,981 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Places in the Heart – $6,063,041 ($60,896,452 total)
  2. A Soldier’s Story – $4,691,668 ($37,667,338 total)
  3. Amadeus – $4,207,001 ($25,225,992 total)
  4. Ghostbusters – $3,308,506 ($586,557,922 total)
  5. Country – $2,859,977 ($26,223,095 total)
  6. The Killing Fields – $92,347 ($239,329 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]
  • Country: Actress (Jessica Lange)
  • Ghostbusters: Original Song (“Ghostbusters”), Visual Effects
  • The Killing Fields : Picture, Director, Actor (Sam Waterston), Supporting Actor (Haing S. Ngor) [O], Adapted Screenplay, Editing [O], Cinematography [O]
  • 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

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