Oscar in Box Office History (Week 47, 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 Nov. 20-22, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Spectre (2015, 88th) – $15,043,729 ($154,146,608 total) {week 3}
  2. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $3,797,770 ($213,137,212 total) {week 8}
  3. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $3,528,384 ($5,804,495 total) {week 3}
  4. Bridge of Spies (2015, 88th) – $2,006,155 ($65,238,567 total) {week 6}
  5. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $1,160,517 ($2,169,742 total) {week 3}
  6. Room (2015, 88th) – $384,828 ($2,901,838 total) {week 6}
  7. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $284,870 ($45,785,702 total) {week 10}
  8. Trumbo (2015, 88th) – $258,816 ($587,568 total) {week 3}
  9. Carol (2015, 88th) – $253,510 ($253,510 total) {week 1}
  10. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $92,073 ($356,285,830 total) {week 23}
  11. Steve Jobs (2015, 88th) – $84,420 ($17,614,323 total) {week 7}
  12. Mustang (2015, 88th) – $20,321 ($20,321 total) {week 1}
  13. Theeb (2015, 88th) – $14,330 ($52,940 total) {week 3}
  14. Amy (2015, 88th) – $2,978 ($8,393,532 total) {week 21}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Spectre (2015, 88th) – $16,346,448 ($167,495,009 total)
  2. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $4,126,640 ($231,593,934 total)
  3. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $3,833,926 ($6,307,138 total)
  4. Bridge of Spies (2015, 88th) – $2,179,879 ($70,887,933 total)
  5. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $1,261,013 ($2,357,632 total)
  6. Room (2015, 88th) – $418,152 ($3,153,124 total)
  7. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $309,538 ($49,750,537 total)
  8. Trumbo (2015, 88th) – $281,228 ($638,449 total)
  9. Carol (2015, 88th) – $275,463 ($275,463 total)
  10. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $100,046 ($387,138,577 total)
  11. Steve Jobs (2015, 88th) – $91,730 ($19,139,644 total)
  12. Mustang (2015, 88th) – $22,081 ($22,081 total)
  13. Theeb (2015, 88th) – $15,571 ($57,524 total)
  14. Amy (2015, 88th) – $3,236 ($9,120,374 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Amy (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • Bridge of Spies (2015, 88th): Picture, Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance) [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing
  • Brooklyn (2015, 88th): Picture, Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Adapted Screenplay
  • Carol (2015, 88th): Actress (Cate Blanchett), Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, Costume Design
  • Inside Out (2015, 88th): Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay
  • The Martian (2015, 88th): Picture, Actor (Matt Damon), Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • Mustang (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • Room (2015, 88th): Picture, Directing, Actress (Brie Larson) [O], Adapted Screenplay
  • Sicario (2015, 88th): Original Score, Cinematography, Sound Film Editing
  • Spectre (2015, 88th): Original Song (“Writing’s On the Wall”) [O]
  • Spotlight (2015, 88th): Picture [O], Directing, Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing
  • Steve Jobs (2015, 88th): Actor (Michael Fassbender), Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet)
  • Theeb (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • Trumbo (2015, 88th): Actor (Bryan Cranston)

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 19-21, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (2010, 83rd) – $125,017,372 ($125,017,372 total) {week 1}
  2. Unstoppable (2010, 83rd) – $13,005,855 ($41,867,769 total) {week 2}
  3. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $935,677 ($89,244,464 total) {week 8}
  4. 127 Hours (2010, 83rd) – $916,533 ($1,902,336 total) {week 3}
  5. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $338,938 ($2,139,393 total) {week 7}
  6. Hereafter (2010, 83rd) – $285,230 ($32,185,446 total) {week 6}
  7. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $209,488 ($90,982,269 total) {week 10}
  8. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $153,650 ($292,068,095 total) {week 19}
  9. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $125,155 ($414,806,932 total) {week 23}
  10. Waste Land (2010, 83rd) – $14,524 ($57,097 total) {week 4}
  11. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $9,503 ($1,000,690 total) {week 15}
  12. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $1,988 ($5,002,411 total) {week 23}
  13. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $1,679 ($68,006 total) {week 22}
  14. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $1,007 ($6,225,414 total) {week 24}
  15. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $119 ($1,330,058 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (2010, 83rd) – $145,140,574 ($145,140,574 total)
  2. Unstoppable (2010, 83rd) – $15,099,320 ($48,606,941 total)
  3. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $1,086,287 ($103,609,542 total)
  4. 127 Hours (2010, 83rd) – $1,064,061 ($2,208,542 total)
  5. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $393,495 ($2,483,757 total)
  6. Hereafter (2010, 83rd) – $331,142 ($37,366,120 total)
  7. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $243,208 ($105,627,070 total)
  8. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $178,382 ($339,080,323 total)
  9. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $145,300 ($481,575,602 total)
  10. Waste Land (2010, 83rd) – $16,862 ($66,288 total)
  11. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $11,033 ($1,161,764 total)
  12. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $2,308 ($5,807,615 total)
  13. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $1,949 ($78,952 total)
  14. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $1,169 ($7,227,477 total)
  15. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $138 ($1,544,148 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 127 Hours (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actor (James Franco), Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“If I Rise”), Film Editing
  • Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd): Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver)
  • Dogtooth (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (2010, 83rd): Art Direction, Visual Effects
  • Hereafter (2010, 83rd): Visual Effects
  • 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
  • Restrepo (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • 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
  • Unstoppable (2010, 83rd): Sound Film Editing
  • Waste Land (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), Adapted Screenplay

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 25-27, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $19,212,273 ($54,008,042 total) {week 2}
  2. Pride & Prejudice (2005, 78th) – $7,158,119 ($16,032,282 total) {week 3}
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $1,882,058 ($19,558,112 total) {week 8}
  4. Capote (2005, 78th) – $917,323 ($9,037,024 total) {week 9}
  5. Syriana (2005, 78th) – $374,502 ($553,530 total) {week 1}
  6. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $353,584 ($3,274,790 total) {week 8}
  7. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $307,668 ($55,185,081 total) {week 8}
  8. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $171,250 ($53,059,395 total) {week 11}
  9. Paradise Now (2005, 78th) – $102,608 ($691,255 total) {week 5}
  10. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $89,222 ($77,413,017 total) {week 23}
  11. North Country (2005, 78th) – $65,827 ($18,013,764 total) {week 6}
  12. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $54,568 ($30,848,006 total) {week 10}
  13. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $42,791 ($33,565,375 total) {week 13}
  14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $33,309 ($206,438,942 total) {week 20}
  15. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $7,794 ($61,644,321 total) {week 26}
  16. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $3,306 ($2,672,755 total) {week 17}
  17. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $162 ($22,201,798 total) {week 19}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $27,454,668 ($77,178,419 total)
  2. Pride & Prejudice (2005, 78th) – $10,229,075 ($22,910,406 total)
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $2,689,493 ($27,948,878 total)
  4. Capote (2005, 78th) – $1,310,870 ($12,914,062 total)
  5. Syriana (2005, 78th) – $535,170 ($791,004 total)
  6. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $505,278 ($4,679,731 total)
  7. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $439,663 ($78,860,428 total)
  8. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $244,719 ($75,822,786 total)
  9. Paradise Now (2005, 78th) – $146,629 ($987,815 total)
  10. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $127,500 ($110,624,530 total)
  11. North Country (2005, 78th) – $94,068 ($25,741,978 total)
  12. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $77,979 ($44,082,330 total)
  13. The Constant Gardener (2005, 78th) – $61,149 ($47,965,497 total)
  14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $47,599 ($295,004,791 total)
  15. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $11,138 ($88,090,793 total)
  16. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $4,724 ($3,819,413 total)
  17. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $232 ($31,726,750 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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]
  • North Country (2005, 78th): Actress (Charlize Theron), Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand)
  • Paradise Now (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005, 78th): Actress (Keira Knightley), Original Score, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th): Original Screenplay
  • Syriana (2005, 78th): Supporting Actor (George Clooney) [O], Original Screenplay
  • Walk the Line (2005, 78th): Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Actress (Reese Witherspoon) [O], Film Editing, Costume Design, Sound Mixing
  • Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th): Animated Feature [O]

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 24-26, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, 73rd) – $52,118,445 ($137,095,800 total) {week 2}
  2. 102 Dalmatians (2000, 73rd) – $19,883,351 ($26,236,096 total) {week 1}
  3. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $6,487,795 ($148,350,120 total) {week 8}
  4. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $2,027,543 ($11,308,185 total) {week 7}
  5. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $514,537 ($1,132,662 total) {week 3}
  6. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $273,118 ($1,748,854 total) {week 8}
  7. Quills (2000, 73rd) – $249,383 ($324,456 total) {week 1}
  8. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $217,913 ($31,513,517 total) {week 11}
  9. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $138,099 ($61,046,299 total) {week 15}
  10. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $126,226 ($3,827,425 total) {week 10}
  11. The Contender (2000, 73rd) – $93,647 ($17,503,379 total) {week 7}
  12. Wonder Boys (2000, 73rd) – $63,884 ($19,045,347 total) {week 40}
  13. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $56,756 ($182,544,920 total) {week 22}
  14. One Day in September (1999, 71st) – $18,748 ($42,200 total) {week 2}
  15. Into the Arms of Strangers (2000, 73rd) – $17,943 ($300,402 total) {week 11}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, 73rd) – $88,572,348 ($232,986,554 total)
  2. 102 Dalmatians (2000, 73rd) – $33,790,630 ($44,586,761 total)
  3. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $11,025,640 ($252,112,634 total)
  4. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $3,445,695 ($19,217,621 total)
  5. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $874,427 ($1,924,895 total)
  6. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $464,149 ($2,972,078 total)
  7. Quills (2000, 73rd) – $423,812 ($551,395 total)
  8. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $370,331 ($53,555,439 total)
  9. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $234,691 ($103,744,731 total)
  10. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $214,514 ($6,504,492 total)
  11. The Contender (2000, 73rd) – $159,148 ($29,746,002 total)
  12. Wonder Boys (2000, 73rd) – $108,567 ($32,366,490 total)
  13. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $96,454 ($310,224,762 total)
  14. One Day in September (1999, 71st) – $31,861 ($71,717 total)
  15. Into the Arms of Strangers (2000, 73rd) – $30,493 ($510,516 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 102 Dalmatians (2000, 73rd): Costume Design
  • 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”)
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, 73rd): Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup [O]
  • Into the Arms of Strangers (2000, 73rd): Documentary Feature
  • Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd): Original Song (“A Fool in Love”)
  • One Day in September (1999, 71st): Documentary Feature
  • The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd): Sound, Visual Effects
  • Quills (2000, 73rd): Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd): Actress (Ellen Burstyn)
  • Wonder Boys (2000, 73rd): Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“Things Have Changed”), Film Editing
  • You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd): Actress (Laura Linney), Original Screenplay

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 24-26, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $29,140,617 ($39,071,176 total) {week 1}
  2. Casino (1995, 68th) – $9,946,480 ($14,524,240 total) {week 1}
  3. The American President (1995, 68th) – $9,713,222 ($24,922,473 total) {week 2}
  4. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $113,715 ($172,036,360 total) {week 22}
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $14,021 ($66,957,282 total) {week 27}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $61,362,771 ($82,274,017 total)
  2. Casino (1995, 68th) – $20,944,772 ($30,584,377 total)
  3. The American President (1995, 68th) – $20,453,589 ($52,480,426 total)
  4. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $239,455 ($362,265,071 total)
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $29,525 ($140,995,104 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The American President (1995, 68th): Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • 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
  • 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]
  • Casino (1995, 68th): Actress (Sharon Stone)
  • Toy Story (1995, 68th): Original Screenplay, Original Song (“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”), Original Musical or Comedy Score

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 23-25, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $20,987,761 ($48,287,152 total) {week 2}
  2. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $9,491,623 ($14,330,642 total) {week 3}
  3. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $3,515,527 ($195,359,497 total) {week 20}
  4. Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd) – $1,119,365 ($8,753,499 total) {week 6}
  5. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990, 63rd) – $57,959 ($57,959 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $45,448,674 ($104,565,086 total)
  2. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $20,553,964 ($31,032,785 total)
  3. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $7,612,820 ($423,047,989 total)
  4. Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd) – $2,423,968 ($18,955,568 total)
  5. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990, 63rd) – $125,509 ($125,509 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd): Picture [O], Directing [O], Actor (Kevin Costner), Supporting Actor (Graham Greene), Supporting Actress (Mary McDonnell), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Film Editing [O], Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound [O]
  • Ghost (1990, 63rd): Picture, Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg) [O], Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing
  • Home Alone (1990, 63rd): Original Song (“Somewhere in My Memory”), Original Score
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990, 63rd): Actress (Joanne Woodward)
  • Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd): Directing, Actor (Jeremy Irons) [O], Adapted Screenplay

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 22-24, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $1,985,710 ($31,430,342 total) {week 8}
  2. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $1,694,069 ($180,524,247 total) {week 21}
  3. White Nights (1985, 58th) – $477,539 ($477,539 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $5,123,691 ($81,099,136 total)
  2. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $4,371,175 ($465,803,409 total)
  3. White Nights (1985, 58th) – $1,232,185 ($1,232,185 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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)
  • White Nights (1985, 58th): Original Song (“Say You, Say Me” [O], “Separate Lives (Love Theme from “White Nights”)”)

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 21-23, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Raging Bull (1980, 53rd) – $112,663 ($328,236 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Raging Bull (1980, 53rd) – $383,641 ($1,117,711 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Raging Bull (1980, 53rd): Picture, Director, Actor (Robert De Niro) [O], Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci), Supporting Actress (Cathy Moriarty), Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound

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