Oscar in Box Office History (Week 15, 2021)

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 Apr. 8-10, 2016

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Zootopia (2016, 89th) – $14,345,422 ($296,004,904 total) {week 6}
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, 88th) – $378,923 ($935,528,312 total) {week 17}
  3. The Revenant (2015, 88th) – $245,043 ($182,970,493 total) {week 16}
  4. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $79,473 ($44,726,885 total) {week 23}
  5. Embrace of the Serpent (2015, 88th) – $50,868 ($1,169,246 total) {week 8}
  6. The Lobster (2016, 89th) – $40,000 ($185,492 total) {week 3}
  7. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $31,406 ($38,202,442 total) {week 23}
  8. The Hateful Eight (2015, 88th) – $23,653 ($54,045,655 total) {week 16}
  9. Son of Saul (2015, 88th) – $2,630 ($1,763,677 total) {week 17}
  10. Mustang (2015, 88th) – $2,078 ($835,318 total) {week 21}
  11. A War (2015, 88th) – $755 ($118,960 total) {week 9}
  12. Theeb (2015, 88th) – $491 ($282,152 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Zootopia (2016, 89th) – $15,191,221 ($313,457,216 total)
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, 88th) – $401,264 ($990,686,629 total)
  3. The Revenant (2015, 88th) – $259,491 ($193,758,349 total)
  4. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $84,159 ($47,363,961 total)
  5. Embrace of the Serpent (2015, 88th) – $53,867 ($1,238,184 total)
  6. The Lobster (2016, 89th) – $42,358 ($196,429 total)
  7. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $33,258 ($40,454,840 total)
  8. The Hateful Eight (2015, 88th) – $25,048 ($57,232,162 total)
  9. Son of Saul (2015, 88th) – $2,785 ($1,867,663 total)
  10. Mustang (2015, 88th) – $2,201 ($884,568 total)
  11. A War (2015, 88th) – $800 ($125,974 total)
  12. Theeb (2015, 88th) – $520 ($298,788 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Brooklyn (2015, 88th): Picture, Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Adapted Screenplay
  • Embrace of the Serpent (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • The Hateful Eight (2015, 88th): Supporting Actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Original Score [O], Cinematography
  • The Lobster (2016, 89th): Original Screenplay
  • Mustang (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • The Revenant (2015, 88th): Picture, Directing [O], Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) [O], Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy), Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • Son of Saul (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Spotlight (2015, 88th): Picture [O], Directing, Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, 88th): Original Score, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • Theeb (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • A War (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • Zootopia (2016, 89th): Animated Feature [O]

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 15-17, 2011

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Rio (2011, 84th) – $39,225,962 ($39,225,962 total) {week 1}
  2. Jane Eyre (2011, 84th) – $993,232 ($6,605,035 total) {week 6}
  3. Rango (2011, 84th) – $715,526 ($118,775,731 total) {week 7}
  4. True Grit (2010, 83rd) – $104,950 ($170,938,575 total) {week 17}
  5. Tangled (2010, 83rd) – $85,574 ($199,584,484 total) {week 21}
  6. In a Better World (2010, 83rd) – $72,127 ($182,904 total) {week 3}
  7. Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd) – $30,271 ($4,337,300 total) {week 14}
  8. Biutiful (2010, 83rd) – $22,586 ($5,012,583 total) {week 12}
  9. Black Swan (2010, 83rd) – $19,584 ($106,928,998 total) {week 20}
  10. The Illusionist (2010, 83rd) – $14,540 ($2,189,699 total) {week 16}
  11. Another Year (2010, 83rd) – $5,806 ($3,191,237 total) {week 16}
  12. Blue Valentine (2010, 83rd) – $4,955 ($9,701,559 total) {week 16}
  13. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $2,177 ($4,306,237 total) {week 28}
  14. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $174 ($6,531,491 total) {week 45}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Rio (2011, 84th) – $45,310,191 ($45,310,191 total)
  2. Jane Eyre (2011, 84th) – $1,147,289 ($7,629,523 total)
  3. Rango (2011, 84th) – $826,509 ($137,198,701 total)
  4. True Grit (2010, 83rd) – $121,228 ($197,452,377 total)
  5. Tangled (2010, 83rd) – $98,847 ($230,541,472 total)
  6. In a Better World (2010, 83rd) – $83,314 ($211,274 total)
  7. Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd) – $34,966 ($5,010,046 total)
  8. Biutiful (2010, 83rd) – $26,089 ($5,790,071 total)
  9. Black Swan (2010, 83rd) – $22,622 ($123,514,454 total)
  10. The Illusionist (2010, 83rd) – $16,795 ($2,529,337 total)
  11. Another Year (2010, 83rd) – $6,707 ($3,686,221 total)
  12. Blue Valentine (2010, 83rd) – $5,724 ($11,206,341 total)
  13. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $2,515 ($4,974,165 total)
  14. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $201 ($7,544,572 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Another Year (2010, 83rd): Original Screenplay
  • Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd): Makeup
  • Biutiful (2010, 83rd): Actor (Javier Bardem), Foreign Language Film
  • Black Swan (2010, 83rd): Picture, Direcing, Actress (Natalie Portman) [O], Film Editing, Cinematography
  • Blue Valentine (2010, 83rd): Actress (Michelle Williams)
  • The Illusionist (2010, 83rd): Animated Feature
  • In a Better World (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Inside Job (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • Jane Eyre (2011, 84th): Costume Design
  • Rango (2011, 84th): Animated Feature [O]
  • Rio (2011, 84th): Original Song (“Real in Rio”)
  • Tangled (2010, 83rd): Original Song (“I See the Light”)
  • True Grit (2010, 83rd): Picture, Directing, Actor (Jeff Bridges), Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing
  • Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), Adapted Screenplay

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 14-16, 2006

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Tsotsi (2005, 78th) – $207,903 ($2,286,496 total) {week 8}
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, 78th) – $74,464 ($291,615,165 total) {week 19}
  3. Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005, 78th) – $53,076 ($10,842,360 total) {week 19}
  4. Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th) – $47,547 ($850,144 total) {week 18}
  5. Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th) – $38,437 ($419,609 total) {week 9}
  6. Transamerica (2005, 78th) – $33,482 ($8,829,823 total) {week 20}
  7. Brokeback Mountain (2005, 78th) – $30,396 ($83,025,853 total) {week 19}
  8. Syriana (2005, 78th) – $27,104 ($50,815,288 total) {week 21}
  9. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $18,060 ($119,487,675 total) {week 22}
  10. Capote (2005, 78th) – $14,356 ($28,733,527 total) {week 29}
  11. Days of Glory (2006, 79th) – $5,470 ($310,765 total) {week 19}
  12. The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th) – $1,563 ($134,258 total) {week 8}
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $1,029 ($192,484 total) {week 37}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Tsotsi (2005, 78th) – $290,747 ($3,197,604 total)
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, 78th) – $104,136 ($407,816,017 total)
  3. Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005, 78th) – $74,225 ($15,162,751 total)
  4. Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th) – $66,493 ($1,188,904 total)
  5. Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th) – $53,753 ($586,812 total)
  6. Transamerica (2005, 78th) – $46,824 ($12,348,272 total)
  7. Brokeback Mountain (2005, 78th) – $42,508 ($116,109,437 total)
  8. Syriana (2005, 78th) – $37,904 ($71,063,823 total)
  9. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $25,256 ($167,100,321 total)
  10. Capote (2005, 78th) – $20,076 ($40,183,070 total)
  11. Days of Glory (2006, 79th) – $7,650 ($434,597 total)
  12. The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th) – $2,186 ($187,756 total)
  13. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $1,439 ($269,184 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th): Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Short Film
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005, 78th): Picture, Directing [O], Actor (Heath Ledger), Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Cinematography
  • Capote (2005, 78th): Picture, Directing, Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) [O], Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener), Adapted Screenplay
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, 78th): Makeup [O], Sound Mixing, Visual Effects
  • Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Days of Glory (2006, 79th): Foreign Language Film
  • Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film
  • Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005, 78th): Actress (Judi Dench), Costume Design
  • Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film
  • Syriana (2005, 78th): Supporting Actor (George Clooney) [O], Original Screenplay
  • Transamerica (2005, 78th): Actress (Felicity Huffman), Original Song (“Travelin’ Thru”)
  • Tsotsi (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Walk the Line (2005, 78th): Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Actress (Reese Witherspoon) [O], Film Editing, Costume Design, Sound Mixing

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 13-15, 2001

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th) – $10,733,933 ($10,733,933 total) {week 1}
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd) – $1,884,519 ($120,507,372 total) {week 19}
  3. Traffic (2000, 73rd) – $1,374,555 ($119,008,346 total) {week 16}
  4. Memento (2001, 74th) – $932,174 ($3,849,507 total) {week 5}
  5. Amores Perros (2000, 73rd) – $880,371 ($1,059,010 total) {week 3}
  6. Chocolat (2000, 73rd) – $622,707 ($67,221,761 total) {week 18}
  7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd) – $608,337 ($40,824,018 total) {week 17}
  8. Cast Away (2000, 73rd) – $332,249 ($231,088,363 total) {week 17}
  9. Pollock (2000, 73rd) – $310,798 ($7,280,174 total) {week 18}
  10. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, 73rd) – $175,920 ($88,369,287 total) {week 18}
  11. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $55,735 ($21,858,820 total) {week 27}
  12. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $47,587 ($9,165,635 total) {week 23}
  13. Before Night Falls (2000, 73rd) – $36,185 ($4,221,817 total) {week 17}
  14. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $25,803 ($187,670,866 total) {week 50}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th) – $17,371,524 ($17,371,524 total)
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd) – $3,049,858 ($195,026,065 total)
  3. Traffic (2000, 73rd) – $2,224,545 ($192,600,079 total)
  4. Memento (2001, 74th) – $1,508,607 ($6,229,944 total)
  5. Amores Perros (2000, 73rd) – $1,424,770 ($1,713,875 total)
  6. Chocolat (2000, 73rd) – $1,007,773 ($108,789,988 total)
  7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd) – $984,517 ($66,068,552 total)
  8. Cast Away (2000, 73rd) – $537,703 ($373,987,527 total)
  9. Pollock (2000, 73rd) – $502,988 ($11,782,048 total)
  10. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, 73rd) – $284,704 ($143,014,606 total)
  11. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $90,200 ($35,375,758 total)
  12. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $77,014 ($14,833,430 total)
  13. Before Night Falls (2000, 73rd) – $58,561 ($6,832,481 total)
  14. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $41,759 ($303,721,755 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Amores Perros (2000, 73rd): Foreign Language Film
  • Before Night Falls (2000, 73rd): Actor (Javier Bardem)
  • Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd): Directing, Supporting Actress (Julie Walters), Original Screenplay
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th): Actress (Renee Zellweger)
  • Cast Away (2000, 73rd): Actor (Tom Hanks), Sound
  • Chocolat (2000, 73rd): Picture, Actress (Juliette Binoche), Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd): Picture, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“A Love Before Time”), Original Score [O], Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Costume Design, Foreign Language Film [O]
  • The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, 73rd): Original Song (“My Funny Friend and Me”)
  • Gladiator (2000, 73rd): Picture [O], Directing, Actor (Russell Crowe) [O], Supporting Actor (Joaquin Phoenix) [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design [O], Sound [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • Memento (2001, 74th): Original Screenplay, Film Editing
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd): Cinematography
  • Pollock (2000, 73rd): Actor (Ed Harris), Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden) [O]
  • Traffic (2000, 73rd): Picture, Directing [O], Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro) [O], Adapted Screenplay [O], Film Editing [O]
  • You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd): Actress (Laura Linney), Original Screenplay

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 12-14, 1996

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Primal Fear (1996, 69th) – $8,108,561 ($23,820,908 total) {week 2}
  2. James and the Giant Peach (1996, 69th) – $7,539,098 ($7,539,098 total) {week 1}
  3. The Birdcage (1996, 69th) – $6,772,210 ($97,752,823 total) {week 6}
  4. Fargo (1996, 69th) – $1,881,347 ($14,900,107 total) {week 6}
  5. Up Close and Personal (1996, 69th) – $1,565,385 ($45,435,194 total) {week 7}
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $242,429 ($75,244,954 total) {week 47}
  7. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $34,992 ($184,849,036 total) {week 21}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Primal Fear (1996, 69th) – $16,804,167 ($49,366,407 total)
  2. James and the Giant Peach (1996, 69th) – $15,624,013 ($15,624,013 total)
  3. The Birdcage (1996, 69th) – $14,034,716 ($202,582,773 total)
  4. Fargo (1996, 69th) – $3,898,900 ($30,878,955 total)
  5. Up Close and Personal (1996, 69th) – $3,244,101 ($94,159,814 total)
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $502,409 ($155,937,506 total)
  7. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $72,517 ($383,080,808 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Birdcage (1996, 69th): Art Direction
  • 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]
  • Fargo (1996, 69th): Picture, Director, Actress (Frances McDormand) [O], Supporting Actor (William H Macy), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing, Cinematography
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996, 69th): Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • Primal Fear (1996, 69th): Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
  • Toy Story (1995, 68th): Original Screenplay, Original Song (“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”), Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • Up Close and Personal (1996, 69th): Original Song (“Because You Loved Me”)

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 12-14, 1991

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th) – $4,146,846 ($100,088,453 total) {week 9}
  2. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $3,467,181 ($155,729,101 total) {week 23}
  3. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $1,835,299 ($262,461,999 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th) – $9,022,591 ($217,769,651 total)
  2. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $7,543,795 ($338,831,013 total)
  3. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $3,993,192 ($571,057,461 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]
  • Home Alone (1990, 63rd): Original Song (“Somewhere in My Memory”), Original Score
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th): Picture [O], Directing [O], Actor (Anthony Hopkins) [O], Actress (Jodie Foster) [O], Adapted Screenplay [O], Film Editing, Sound

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 11-13, 1986

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Color Purple (1985, 58th) – $1,527,233 ($86,407,017 total) {week 17}
  2. Out of Africa (1985, 58th) – $1,314,300 ($79,096,868 total) {week 17}
  3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, 59th) – $1,172,253 ($26,634,510 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Color Purple (1985, 58th) – $3,770,742 ($213,339,158 total)
  2. Out of Africa (1985, 58th) – $3,245,010 ($195,290,380 total)
  3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, 59th) – $2,894,296 ($65,760,677 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Color Purple (1985, 58th): Picture, Actress (Whoopi Goldberg), Supporting Actress (Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey), Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)”)
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, 59th): Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Michael Caine) [O], Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest) [O], Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing, Art Direction
  • Out of Africa (1985, 58th): Picture [O], Directing [O], Actress (Meryl Streep), Supporting Actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Costume Design, Sound [O]

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 10-12, 1981

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Excalibur (1981, 54th) – $4,519,706 ($4,519,706 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Excalibur (1981, 54th) – $14,892,269 ($14,892,269 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Excalibur (1981, 54th): Cinematography

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