Oscar in Box Office History (Week 47, 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

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actor/Supporting Actor (Tom Hanks), Original Screenplay, Film Editing.

Frozen II (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing.

Dark Waters (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Victor Garber), Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 21-23, 2014

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Big Hero 6 – $20,124,166 ($135,746,235 total) {week 3}
  2. Interstellar – $15,341,167 ($120,933,234 total) {week 3}
  3. Gone Girl – $2,836,019 ($156,844,231 total) {week 8}
  4. Beyond the Lights – $2,634,224 ($10,128,001 total) {week 2}
  5. Birdman – $1,853,664 ($14,405,771 total) {week 6}
  6. The Theory of Everything – $1,511,676 ($2,807,853 total) {week 3}
  7. Nightcrawler – $1,213,633 ($27,175,216 total) {week 4}
  8. The Judge – $551,293 ($45,339,013 total) {week 7}
  9. Whiplash – $530,000 ($3,227,000 total) {week 7}
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy – $491,661 ($331,062,444 total) {week 17}
  11. Foxcatcher – $474,000 ($822,000 total) {week 2}
  12. CitizenFour – $175,262 ($1,212,803 total) {week 5}
  13. The Boxtrolls – $136,827 ($49,505,594 total) {week 9}
  14. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $33,441 ($176,933,927 total) {week 24}
  15. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – $20,012 ($437,946 total) {week 6}
  16. Boyhood – $18,763 ($23,977,548 total) {week 20}
  17. Maleficent – $18,382 ($241,381,217 total) {week 26}
  18. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – $17,076 ($267,624 total) {week 5}
  19. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $9,974 ($208,532,326 total) {week 20}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Big Hero 6 – $22,513,449 ($151,862,985 total)
  2. Interstellar – $17,162,579 ($135,291,280 total)
  3. Gone Girl – $3,172,731 ($175,465,884 total)
  4. Beyond the Lights – $2,946,978 ($11,330,469 total)
  5. Birdman – $2,073,744 ($16,116,126 total)
  6. The Theory of Everything – $1,691,153 ($3,141,221 total)
  7. Nightcrawler – $1,357,724 ($30,401,649 total)
  8. The Judge – $616,746 ($50,721,980 total)
  9. Whiplash – $592,925 ($3,610,132 total)
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy – $550,034 ($370,368,511 total)
  11. Foxcatcher – $530,277 ($919,594 total)
  12. CitizenFour – $196,070 ($1,356,796 total)
  13. The Boxtrolls – $153,072 ($55,383,247 total)
  14. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $37,411 ($197,940,770 total)
  15. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – $22,388 ($489,942 total)
  16. Boyhood – $20,991 ($26,824,332 total)
  17. Maleficent – $20,564 ($270,039,697 total)
  18. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – $19,103 ($299,398 total)
  19. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $11,158 ($233,290,754 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beyond the Lights: Origianl Song (“Grateful”)
  • 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
  • Foxcatcher: Directing, Actor (Steve Carell), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Original Screenplay, Makeup and Hairstyling
  • 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. 20-22, 2009

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Blind Side – $34,119,372 ($34,119,372 total) {week 1}
  2. Precious – $10,881,772 ($21,277,521 total) {week 3}
  3. An Education – $826,755 ($4,268,905 total) {week 7}
  4. A Serious Man – $444,008 ($7,476,004 total) {week 8}
  5. Coco Before Chanel – $236,495 ($5,288,153 total) {week 9}
  6. Fantastic Mr. Fox – $203,512 ($562,048 total) {week 2}
  7. Julie & Julia – $149,746 ($93,900,336 total) {week 16}
  8. The Messenger – $110,112 ($167,346 total) {week 2}
  9. Inglourious Basterds – $78,017 ($120,278,316 total) {week 14}
  10. Bright Star – $26,476 ($4,390,226 total) {week 10}
  11. The Baader Meinhof Complex – $3,590 ($469,517 total) {week 14}
  12. Food, Inc. – $1,892 ($4,417,124 total) {week 24}
  13. Departures – $1,870 ($1,487,901 total) {week 26}
  14. The Cove – $1,848 ($845,449 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Blind Side – $41,580,141 ($41,580,141 total)
  2. Precious – $13,261,253 ($25,930,206 total)
  3. An Education – $1,007,539 ($5,202,372 total)
  4. A Serious Man – $541,098 ($9,110,757 total)
  5. Coco Before Chanel – $288,209 ($6,444,496 total)
  6. Fantastic Mr. Fox – $248,013 ($684,949 total)
  7. Julie & Julia – $182,490 ($114,433,209 total)
  8. The Messenger – $134,190 ($203,939 total)
  9. Inglourious Basterds – $95,077 ($146,579,174 total)
  10. Bright Star – $32,265 ($5,350,222 total)
  11. The Baader Meinhof Complex – $4,375 ($572,185 total)
  12. Food, Inc. – $2,306 ($5,383,002 total)
  13. Departures – $2,279 ($1,813,255 total)
  14. The Cove – $2,252 ($1,030,321 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex: Foreign Language Film
  • The Blind Side: Picture, Actress (Sandra Bullock) [O]
  • Bright Star: Costume Design
  • Coco Before Chanel: Costume Design
  • The Cove: Documentary Feature
  • Departures: Foreign Language Film [O]
  • An Education: Picture, Actress (Carey Mulligan), Adapted Screenplay
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox: Animated Feature, Original Score
  • 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)
  • The Messenger : Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson), Original Screenplay
  • 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. 19-21, 2004

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Incredibles – $26,523,852 ($177,555,485 total) {week 3}
  2. The Polar Express – $15,668,101 ($51,463,282 total) {week 1}
  3. Ray – $4,565,210 ($59,192,215 total) {week 4}
  4. Sideways – $1,828,760 ($6,039,004 total) {week 5}
  5. Finding Neverland – $836,754 ($1,149,279 total) {week 2}
  6. The Motorcycle Diaries – $621,808 ($12,733,850 total) {week 9}
  7. Kinsey – $577,721 ($826,679 total) {week 2}
  8. Shark Tale – $575,850 ($158,432,301 total) {week 8}
  9. Being Julia – $391,051 ($2,195,580 total) {week 6}
  10. Vera Drake – $138,359 ($1,695,820 total) {week 7}
  11. Hero – $57,020 ($53,583,486 total) {week 1}
  12. I, Robot – $49,271 ($144,689,408 total) {week 19}
  13. Shrek 2 – $39,778 ($441,220,800 total) {week 27}
  14. Collateral – $37,836 ($100,999,953 total) {week 16}
  15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $23,837 ($249,475,676 total) {week 25}
  16. The Village – $7,073 ($114,188,187 total) {week 17}
  17. Zelary – $6,044 ($282,876 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Incredibles – $39,038,326 ($261,329,651 total)
  2. The Polar Express – $23,060,619 ($75,744,669 total)
  3. Ray – $6,719,166 ($87,120,265 total)
  4. Sideways – $2,691,605 ($8,888,325 total)
  5. Finding Neverland – $1,231,551 ($1,691,531 total)
  6. The Motorcycle Diaries – $915,189 ($18,741,931 total)
  7. Kinsey – $850,301 ($1,216,722 total)
  8. Shark Tale – $847,547 ($233,183,773 total)
  9. Being Julia – $575,557 ($3,231,498 total)
  10. Vera Drake – $203,639 ($2,495,941 total)
  11. Hero – $83,923 ($78,865,227 total)
  12. I, Robot – $72,518 ($212,956,713 total)
  13. Shrek 2 – $58,546 ($649,397,442 total)
  14. Collateral – $55,688 ($148,653,715 total)
  15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – $35,084 ($367,183,201 total)
  16. The Village – $10,410 ($168,064,417 total)
  17. Zelary – $8,896 ($416,342 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Being Julia: Actress (Annette Bening)
  • Collateral: Supporting Actor (Jamie Foxx), Editing
  • Finding Neverland: Picture, Actor (Johnny Depp), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score [O], Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Original Score, Visual Effects
  • Hero: Foreign Language Film
  • I, Robot: Visual Effects
  • The Incredibles: Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing [O]
  • Kinsey: Supporting Actress (Laura Linney)
  • The Motorcycle Diaries : Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“Al Otro Lado del Rio”) [O]
  • The Polar Express : Original Song (“Believe”), Sound Mixing, Sound Editing
  • Ray: Picture, Director, Actor (Jamie Foxx) [O], Editing, Costume Design, Sound Mixing [O]
  • Shark Tale: Animated Feature
  • Shrek 2: Animated Feature, Original Song (“Accidentally in Love”)
  • Sideways: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Thomas Haden Church), Supporting Actress (Virginia Madsen), Adapted Screenplay [O]
  • Vera Drake: Director, Actress (Imelda Staunton), Original Screenplay
  • The Village : Original Score
  • Zelary: Foreign Language Film

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 19-21, 1999

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Sleepy Hollow – $30,060,467 ($30,060,467 total) {week 1}
  2. The Insider – $2,829,625 ($18,319,819 total) {week 3}
  3. Being John Malkovich – $1,866,210 ($8,767,533 total) {week 4}
  4. The Sixth Sense – $1,615,192 ($269,975,523 total) {week 16}
  5. American Beauty – $1,293,020 ($64,699,595 total) {week 10}
  6. Music of the Heart – $1,000,288 ($12,280,134 total) {week 4}
  7. Fight Club – $401,146 ($34,866,702 total) {week 6}
  8. The Straight Story – $309,987 ($2,595,401 total) {week 6}
  9. Toy Story 2 – $300,163 ($300,163 total) {week 1}
  10. Boys Don’t Cry – $155,798 ($1,749,153 total) {week 7}
  11. Buena Vista Social Club – $52,961 ($6,580,924 total) {week 25}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Sleepy Hollow – $54,085,171 ($54,085,171 total)
  2. The Insider – $5,091,097 ($32,961,249 total)
  3. Being John Malkovich – $3,357,709 ($15,774,656 total)
  4. The Sixth Sense – $2,906,074 ($485,743,362 total)
  5. American Beauty – $2,326,418 ($116,408,326 total)
  6. Music of the Heart – $1,799,731 ($22,094,572 total)
  7. Fight Club – $721,747 ($62,732,610 total)
  8. The Straight Story – $557,733 ($4,669,678 total)
  9. Toy Story 2 – $540,057 ($540,057 total)
  10. Boys Don’t Cry – $280,314 ($3,147,098 total)
  11. Buena Vista Social Club – $95,288 ($11,840,481 total)

Oscar Details:

  • American Beauty: Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Kevin Spacey) [O], Actress (Annette Bening), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography
  • 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 Sixth Sense : Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Haley Joel Osment), Supporting Actress (Toni Collette), Original Screenplay, Editing
  • Sleepy Hollow: Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design
  • The Straight Story : Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
  • Toy Story 2: Original Song (“When She Loved Me”)

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 25-27, 1994

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Interview with the Vampire – $11,769,781 ($83,374,491 total) {week 3}
  2. Junior – $9,803,145 ($13,441,155 total) {week 1}
  3. The Lion King – $6,267,047 ($281,838,756 total) {week 24}
  4. Pulp Fiction – $3,241,585 ($53,653,232 total) {week 7}
  5. Forrest Gump – $1,260,602 ($294,268,394 total) {week 21}
  6. Heavenly Creatures – $152,138 ($242,024 total) {week 2}
  7. The Shawshank Redemption – $166,676 ($16,019,187 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Interview with the Vampire – $25,735,837 ($182,306,901 total)
  2. Junior – $21,435,585 ($29,390,468 total)
  3. The Lion King – $13,703,543 ($616,269,433 total)
  4. Pulp Fiction – $7,088,059 ($117,318,311 total)
  5. Forrest Gump – $2,756,436 ($643,448,115 total)
  6. Heavenly Creatures – $332,665 ($529,210 total)
  7. The Shawshank Redemption – $364,454 ($35,027,600 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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]
  • Heavenly Creatures: Original Screenplay
  • Interview with the Vampire: Original Score, Art Direction
  • Junior: Original Song (“Look What Love Has Done”)
  • The Lion King : Original Song (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” [O], “Circle of Life”, “Hakuna Matata”), Original Score [O]
  • 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. 24-26, 1989

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Back to the Future Part II – $27,835,125 ($43,016,225 total) {week 1}
  2. Harlem Nights – $11,136,904 ($34,865,452 total) {week 2}
  3. The Little Mermaid – $8,384,862 ($16,832,844 total) {week 2}
  4. Steel Magnolias – $7,053,867 ($15,643,935 total) {week 2}
  5. Dad – $2,928,420 ($15,050,135 total) {week 5}
  6. The Bear – $2,344,243 ($23,457,437 total) {week 5}
  7. Crimes and Misdemeanors – $1,458,174 ($13,176,374 total) {week 7}
  8. Parenthood – $616,660 ($94,394,910 total) {week 17}
  9. The Fabulous Baker Boys – $530,589 ($15,659,569 total) {week 7}
  10. Batman – $50,429 ($251,108,315 total) {week 23}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Back to the Future Part II – $64,083,890 ($99,034,835 total)
  2. Harlem Nights – $25,640,127 ($80,269,580 total)
  3. The Little Mermaid – $19,304,191 ($38,753,701 total)
  4. Steel Magnolias – $16,239,885 ($36,016,515 total)
  5. Dad – $6,742,005 ($34,649,429 total)
  6. The Bear – $5,397,073 ($54,005,283 total)
  7. Crimes and Misdemeanors – $3,357,106 ($30,335,531 total)
  8. Parenthood – $1,419,716 ($217,322,286 total)
  9. The Fabulous Baker Boys – $1,221,558 ($36,052,509 total)
  10. Batman – $116,101 ($578,118,388 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Back to the Future Part II: Visual Effects
  • Batman: Art Direction [O]
  • The Bear : Editing
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors: Director, Supporting Actor (Martin Landau), Original Screenplay
  • Dad: Makeup
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys : Actress (Michelle Pfeiffer), Original Score, Editing, Cinematography
  • Harlem Nights: Costume Design
  • The Little Mermaid: Original Song (“Kiss the Girl”, “Under the Sea” [O]), Original Score [O]
  • Parenthood: Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest), Original Song (“I Love To See You Smile”)
  • Steel Magnolias: Supporting Actress (Julia Roberts)

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 23-25, 1984

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Places in the Heart – $1,840,409 ($26,260,402 total) {week 10}
  2. Amadeus – $1,652,737 ($13,557,200 total) {week 10}
  3. A Soldier’s Story – $1,460,697 ($17,460,039 total) {week 11}
  4. Ghostbusters – $730,480 ($218,023,669 total) {week 25}
  5. The Killing Fields – $93,786 ($348,212 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Places in the Heart – $5,006,351 ($71,434,546 total)
  2. Amadeus – $4,495,838 ($36,878,812 total)
  3. A Soldier’s Story – $3,973,444 ($47,495,463 total)
  4. Ghostbusters – $1,987,080 ($593,076,290 total)
  5. The Killing Fields – $255,120 ($947,220 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
  • 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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