Oscar in Box Office History (Week 48, 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

The Croods: A New Age (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

Hillbilly Elegy (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Supporting Actress (Glenn Close).

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 27-29, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Creed (2015, 88th) – $29,632,823 ($42,117,349 total) {week 1}
  2. Spectre (2015, 88th) – $12,887,772 ($176,125,179 total) {week 4}
  3. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $4,408,252 ($12,260,141 total) {week 4}
  4. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $3,946,667 ($7,395,144 total) {week 4}
  5. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $3,221,066 ($218,536,914 total) {week 9}
  6. Trumbo (2015, 88th) – $1,613,397 ($2,655,086 total) {week 4}
  7. Bridge of Spies (2015, 88th) – $1,379,494 ($67,563,007 total) {week 7}
  8. Room (2015, 88th) – $319,888 ($3,406,551 total) {week 7}
  9. Carol (2015, 88th) – $197,772 ($583,021 total) {week 2}
  10. The Danish Girl (2015, 88th) – $187,318 ($187,318 total) {week 1}
  11. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $148,410 ($46,062,461 total) {week 11}
  12. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $69,011 ($356,418,708 total) {week 24}
  13. Steve Jobs (2015, 88th) – $50,820 ($17,703,103 total) {week 8}
  14. Theeb (2015, 88th) – $30,131 ($90,773 total) {week 4}
  15. Mustang (2015, 88th) – $23,314 ($55,754 total) {week 2}
  16. Amy (2015, 88th) – $1,920 ($8,397,920 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Creed (2015, 88th) – $32,198,892 ($45,764,522 total)
  2. Spectre (2015, 88th) – $14,003,795 ($191,376,826 total)
  3. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $4,789,987 ($13,321,814 total)
  4. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $4,288,431 ($8,035,530 total)
  5. The Martian (2015, 88th) – $3,499,996 ($237,461,226 total)
  6. Trumbo (2015, 88th) – $1,753,110 ($2,885,004 total)
  7. Bridge of Spies (2015, 88th) – $1,498,952 ($73,413,659 total)
  8. Room (2015, 88th) – $347,589 ($3,701,543 total)
  9. Carol (2015, 88th) – $214,898 ($633,508 total)
  10. The Danish Girl (2015, 88th) – $203,539 ($203,539 total)
  11. Sicario (2015, 88th) – $161,262 ($50,051,262 total)
  12. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $74,987 ($387,282,961 total)
  13. Steve Jobs (2015, 88th) – $55,221 ($19,236,112 total)
  14. Theeb (2015, 88th) – $32,740 ($98,634 total)
  15. Mustang (2015, 88th) – $25,333 ($60,582 total)
  16. Amy (2015, 88th) – $2,086 ($9,125,142 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
  • Creed (2015, 88th): Supporting Actress (Sylvester Stallone)
  • The Danish Girl (2015, 88th): Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander) [O], Production Design, 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. 26-28, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (2010, 83rd) – $49,087,101 ($219,056,129 total) {week 2}
  2. Tangled (2010, 83rd) – $48,767,052 ($68,706,298 total) {week 1}
  3. Unstoppable (2010, 83rd) – $11,432,903 ($60,442,621 total) {week 3}
  4. 127 Hours (2010, 83rd) – $1,708,883 ($4,420,168 total) {week 4}
  5. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $707,153 ($90,423,986 total) {week 9}
  6. The King’s Speech (2010, 83rd) – $355,450 ($355,450 total) {week 1}
  7. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $314,720 ($91,429,625 total) {week 11}
  8. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $307,389 ($2,627,461 total) {week 8}
  9. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $119,466 ($292,277,755 total) {week 20}
  10. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $109,840 ($414,984,497 total) {week 24}
  11. Hereafter (2010, 83rd) – $78,909 ($32,361,357 total) {week 7}
  12. Waste Land (2010, 83rd) – $9,193 ($73,913 total) {week 5}
  13. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $3,520 ($1,008,742 total) {week 16}
  14. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $1,122 ($69,727 total) {week 23}
  15. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $1,111 ($5,004,648 total) {week 24}
  16. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $646 ($6,226,365 total) {week 25}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (2010, 83rd) – $56,988,320 ($254,316,114 total)
  2. Tangled (2010, 83rd) – $56,616,755 ($79,765,487 total)
  3. Unstoppable (2010, 83rd) – $13,273,180 ($70,171,661 total)
  4. 127 Hours (2010, 83rd) – $1,983,950 ($5,131,653 total)
  5. The Social Network (2010, 83rd) – $820,979 ($104,978,924 total)
  6. The King’s Speech (2010, 83rd) – $412,664 ($412,664 total)
  7. The Town (2010, 83rd) – $365,378 ($106,146,434 total)
  8. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $356,867 ($3,050,386 total)
  9. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $138,696 ($339,323,731 total)
  10. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $127,520 ($481,781,748 total)
  11. Hereafter (2010, 83rd) – $91,610 ($37,570,346 total)
  12. Waste Land (2010, 83rd) – $10,673 ($85,810 total)
  13. Animal Kingdom (2010, 83rd) – $4,087 ($1,171,112 total)
  14. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $1,303 ($80,950 total)
  15. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $1,290 ($5,810,212 total)
  16. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $750 ($7,228,581 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
  • The King’s Speech (2010, 83rd): Picture [O], Directing [O], Actor (Colin Firth) [O], Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound Mixing
  • The Social Network (2010, 83rd): Picture, Directing, Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound Mixing
  • Tangled (2010, 83rd): Original Song (“I See the Light”)
  • 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 Dec. 2-4, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $9,532,166 ($68,298,646 total) {week 3}
  2. Pride & Prejudice (2005, 78th) – $4,390,178 ($22,398,482 total) {week 4}
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $1,053,466 ($21,031,448 total) {week 9}
  4. Capote (2005, 78th) – $547,617 ($9,827,054 total) {week 10}
  5. Syriana (2005, 78th) – $521,420 ($1,271,259 total) {week 2}
  6. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $307,250 ($3,674,293 total) {week 9}
  7. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $103,699 ($53,205,590 total) {week 12}
  8. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $89,123 ($55,310,232 total) {week 9}
  9. Paradise Now (2005, 78th) – $83,414 ($812,607 total) {week 6}
  10. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $56,596 ($30,927,547 total) {week 11}
  11. Transamerica (2005, 78th) – $46,908 ($46,908 total) {week 1}
  12. North Country (2005, 78th) – $33,073 ($18,066,315 total) {week 7}
  13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $11,930 ($206,456,431 total) {week 21}
  14. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $8,420 ($89,925 total) {week 18}
  15. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $3,818 ($2,678,010 total) {week 18}
  16. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $2,350 ($61,649,308 total) {week 27}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $13,621,629 ($97,599,937 total)
  2. Pride & Prejudice (2005, 78th) – $6,273,640 ($32,007,815 total)
  3. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005, 78th) – $1,505,421 ($30,054,300 total)
  4. Capote (2005, 78th) – $782,554 ($14,043,029 total)
  5. Syriana (2005, 78th) – $745,118 ($1,816,651 total)
  6. The Squid and the Whale (2005, 78th) – $439,066 ($5,250,628 total)
  7. Corpse Bride (2005, 78th) – $148,188 ($76,031,701 total)
  8. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 78th) – $127,358 ($79,039,271 total)
  9. Paradise Now (2005, 78th) – $119,200 ($1,161,229 total)
  10. A History of Violence (2005, 78th) – $80,877 ($44,195,995 total)
  11. Transamerica (2005, 78th) – $67,032 ($67,032 total)
  12. North Country (2005, 78th) – $47,262 ($25,817,074 total)
  13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $17,048 ($295,029,783 total)
  14. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $12,032 ($128,504 total)
  15. Junebug (2005, 78th) – $5,456 ($3,826,922 total)
  16. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $3,358 ($88,097,919 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
  • 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
  • Junebug (2005, 78th): Supporting Actress (Amy Adams)
  • 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
  • Transamerica (2005, 78th): Actress (Felicity Huffman), Original Song (“Travelin’ Thru”)
  • 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 Dec. 1-3, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, 73rd) – $27,096,630 ($171,996,090 total) {week 3}
  2. 102 Dalmatians (2000, 73rd) – $8,295,041 ($36,603,358 total) {week 2}
  3. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $3,823,050 ($153,198,610 total) {week 9}
  4. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $1,341,300 ($13,205,040 total) {week 8}
  5. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $390,489 ($1,644,637 total) {week 4}
  6. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $214,077 ($2,083,431 total) {week 9}
  7. Quills (2000, 73rd) – $207,337 ($640,439 total) {week 2}
  8. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $138,734 ($31,716,715 total) {week 12}
  9. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $98,558 ($3,977,724 total) {week 11}
  10. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $95,413 ($61,193,451 total) {week 16}
  11. The Contender (2000, 73rd) – $72,254 ($17,599,324 total) {week 8}
  12. Wonder Boys (2000, 73rd) – $53,713 ($19,122,073 total) {week 41}
  13. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $33,308 ($182,594,845 total) {week 23}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, 73rd) – $46,049,189 ($292,297,622 total)
  2. 102 Dalmatians (2000, 73rd) – $14,096,953 ($62,205,336 total)
  3. Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd) – $6,497,057 ($260,352,369 total)
  4. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $2,279,463 ($22,441,218 total)
  5. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $663,614 ($2,794,968 total)
  6. Requiem for a Dream (2000, 73rd) – $363,812 ($3,540,673 total)
  7. Quills (2000, 73rd) – $352,357 ($1,088,390 total)
  8. Almost Famous (2000, 73rd) – $235,771 ($53,900,762 total)
  9. Dancer in the Dark (2000, 73rd) – $167,494 ($6,759,917 total)
  10. The Cell (2000, 73rd) – $162,149 ($103,994,807 total)
  11. The Contender (2000, 73rd) – $122,792 ($29,909,055 total)
  12. Wonder Boys (2000, 73rd) – $91,282 ($32,496,881 total)
  13. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $56,605 ($310,309,607 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]
  • Meet the Parents (2000, 73rd): Original Song (“A Fool in Love”)
  • 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 Dec. 1-3, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $20,164,662 ($64,674,626 total) {week 2}
  2. Casino (1995, 68th) – $6,120,345 ($23,666,510 total) {week 2}
  3. The American President (1995, 68th) – $5,308,173 ($33,533,954 total) {week 3}
  4. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $11,575 ($66,972,326 total) {week 28}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $42,461,679 ($136,188,408 total)
  2. Casino (1995, 68th) – $12,887,899 ($49,835,685 total)
  3. The American President (1995, 68th) – $11,177,670 ($70,614,027 total)
  4. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $24,374 ($141,026,783 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The American President (1995, 68th): Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • 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. 30-Dec. 2, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $14,386,876 ($66,748,191 total) {week 3}
  2. Misery (1990, 63rd) – $10,076,834 ($10,076,834 total) {week 1}
  3. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $7,024,913 ($24,411,745 total) {week 4}
  4. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $1,850,844 ($197,954,919 total) {week 21}
  5. Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd) – $624,354 ($9,653,227 total) {week 7}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $31,154,559 ($144,542,182 total)
  2. Misery (1990, 63rd) – $21,821,229 ($21,821,229 total)
  3. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $15,212,341 ($52,863,259 total)
  4. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $4,007,974 ($428,668,335 total)
  5. Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd) – $1,352,029 ($20,903,915 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
  • Misery (1990, 63rd): Actress (Kathy Bates) [O]
  • Reversal of Fortune (1990, 63rd): Directing, Actor (Jeremy Irons) [O], Adapted Screenplay

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $2,133,893 ($34,536,094 total) {week 9}
  2. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $2,122,914 ($183,576,861 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Jagged Edge (1985, 58th) – $5,506,045 ($89,112,851 total)
  2. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $5,477,716 ($473,680,013 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)

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of Nov. 28-30, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Raging Bull (1980, 53rd) – $129,307 ($549,680 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Raging Bull (1980, 53rd) – $440,317 ($1,871,773 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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