Oscar in Box Office History (Week 16, 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. 15-17, 2016

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Jungle Book (2016, 89th) – $103,261,464 ($103,261,464 total) {week 1}
  2. Zootopia (2016, 89th) – $8,142,641 ($307,386,397 total) {week 7}
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, 88th) – $190,152 ($935,832,841 total) {week 18}
  4. The Revenant (2015, 88th) – $155,013 ($183,231,223 total) {week 17}
  5. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $45,247 ($44,808,479 total) {week 24}
  6. The Hateful Eight (2015, 88th) – $38,029 ($54,096,599 total) {week 17}
  7. Embrace of the Serpent (2015, 88th) – $30,406 ($1,220,819 total) {week 9}
  8. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $11,967 ($38,231,771 total) {week 24}
  9. Room (2015, 88th) – $3,596 ($14,674,753 total) {week 26}
  10. Son of Saul (2015, 88th) – $3,038 ($1,767,793 total) {week 18}
  11. A War (2015, 88th) – $591 ($121,577 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Jungle Book (2016, 89th) – $109,349,712 ($109,349,712 total)
  2. Zootopia (2016, 89th) – $8,622,727 ($325,509,757 total)
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, 88th) – $201,363 ($991,009,113 total)
  4. The Revenant (2015, 88th) – $164,152 ($194,034,451 total)
  5. Spotlight (2015, 88th) – $47,915 ($47,450,366 total)
  6. The Hateful Eight (2015, 88th) – $40,271 ($57,286,109 total)
  7. Embrace of the Serpent (2015, 88th) – $32,199 ($1,292,798 total)
  8. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $12,673 ($40,485,899 total)
  9. Room (2015, 88th) – $3,808 ($15,539,970 total)
  10. Son of Saul (2015, 88th) – $3,217 ($1,872,021 total)
  11. A War (2015, 88th) – $626 ($128,745 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 Jungle Book (2016, 89th): Visual Effects [O]
  • 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
  • Room (2015, 88th): Picture, Directing, Actress (Brie Larson) [O], Adapted Screenplay
  • 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
  • A War (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • Zootopia (2016, 89th): Animated Feature [O]

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 22-24, 2011

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Rio (2011, 84th) – $26,323,321 ($80,806,562 total) {week 2}
  2. Jane Eyre (2011, 84th) – $737,177 ($7,857,176 total) {week 7}
  3. Rango (2011, 84th) – $386,224 ($119,522,471 total) {week 8}
  4. In a Better World (2010, 83rd) – $72,836 ($292,001 total) {week 4}
  5. Incendies (2010, 83rd) – $50,679 ($50,679 total) {week 1}
  6. True Grit (2010, 83rd) – $48,942 ($171,031,347 total) {week 18}
  7. Tangled (2010, 83rd) – $31,368 ($199,665,782 total) {week 22}
  8. Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd) – $17,116 ($4,368,074 total) {week 15}
  9. Biutiful (2010, 83rd) – $13,833 ($5,039,756 total) {week 13}
  10. The Illusionist (2010, 83rd) – $6,052 ($2,206,462 total) {week 17}
  11. Black Swan (2010, 83rd) – $5,561 ($106,948,143 total) {week 21}
  12. Another Year (2010, 83rd) – $3,833 ($3,199,007 total) {week 17}
  13. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $2,466 ($4,309,596 total) {week 29}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Rio (2011, 84th) – $30,406,257 ($93,340,241 total)
  2. Jane Eyre (2011, 84th) – $851,518 ($9,075,880 total)
  3. Rango (2011, 84th) – $446,130 ($138,061,265 total)
  4. In a Better World (2010, 83rd) – $84,133 ($337,292 total)
  5. Incendies (2010, 83rd) – $58,540 ($58,540 total)
  6. True Grit (2010, 83rd) – $56,533 ($197,559,538 total)
  7. Tangled (2010, 83rd) – $36,233 ($230,635,380 total)
  8. Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd) – $19,771 ($5,045,594 total)
  9. Biutiful (2010, 83rd) – $15,979 ($5,821,458 total)
  10. The Illusionist (2010, 83rd) – $6,991 ($2,548,700 total)
  11. Black Swan (2010, 83rd) – $6,424 ($123,536,569 total)
  12. Another Year (2010, 83rd) – $4,428 ($3,695,196 total)
  13. Inside Job (2010, 83rd) – $2,848 ($4,978,045 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
  • The Illusionist (2010, 83rd): Animated Feature
  • In a Better World (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Incendies (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film
  • 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

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 21-23, 2006

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Tsotsi (2005, 78th) – $144,531 ($2,503,137 total) {week 9}
  2. Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th) – $34,170 ($913,127 total) {week 19}
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, 78th) – $33,655 ($291,685,219 total) {week 20}
  4. Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th) – $28,031 ($465,775 total) {week 10}
  5. Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005, 78th) – $26,508 ($10,893,249 total) {week 20}
  6. Transamerica (2005, 78th) – $17,847 ($8,865,622 total) {week 21}
  7. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $11,466 ($119,506,852 total) {week 23}
  8. Capote (2005, 78th) – $7,418 ($28,747,570 total) {week 30}
  9. The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th) – $2,578 ($138,863 total) {week 9}
  10. Evil (2003, 76th) – $906 ($14,025 total) {week 7}
  11. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $629 ($195,048 total) {week 38}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Tsotsi (2005, 78th) – $202,123 ($3,500,570 total)
  2. Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th) – $47,786 ($1,276,984 total)
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, 78th) – $47,066 ($407,913,986 total)
  4. Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th) – $39,201 ($651,374 total)
  5. Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005, 78th) – $37,071 ($15,233,918 total)
  6. Transamerica (2005, 78th) – $24,959 ($12,398,335 total)
  7. Walk the Line (2005, 78th) – $16,035 ($167,127,140 total)
  8. Capote (2005, 78th) – $10,374 ($40,202,709 total)
  9. The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th) – $3,605 ($194,196 total)
  10. Evil (2003, 76th) – $1,267 ($19,614 total)
  11. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $880 ($272,769 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th): Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Short Film
  • 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
  • Evil (2003, 76th): 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
  • 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. 20-22, 2001

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th) – $10,184,136 ($25,316,371 total) {week 2}
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd) – $1,416,939 ($122,744,616 total) {week 20}
  3. Memento (2001, 74th) – $1,208,870 ($5,408,475 total) {week 6}
  4. Traffic (2000, 73rd) – $1,029,892 ($120,617,379 total) {week 17}
  5. Amores Perros (2000, 73rd) – $760,239 ($2,220,881 total) {week 4}
  6. Chocolat (2000, 73rd) – $697,178 ($68,226,856 total) {week 19}
  7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd) – $538,557 ($41,609,686 total) {week 18}
  8. Cast Away (2000, 73rd) – $404,386 ($231,653,007 total) {week 18}
  9. Pollock (2000, 73rd) – $255,833 ($7,673,774 total) {week 19}
  10. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, 73rd) – $211,136 ($88,759,231 total) {week 19}
  11. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $38,395 ($21,920,990 total) {week 28}
  12. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $30,533 ($9,213,268 total) {week 24}
  13. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $11,075 ($187,694,880 total) {week 51}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th) – $16,481,747 ($40,971,371 total)
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd) – $2,293,138 ($198,646,764 total)
  3. Memento (2001, 74th) – $1,956,404 ($8,752,938 total)
  4. Traffic (2000, 73rd) – $1,666,751 ($195,204,097 total)
  5. Amores Perros (2000, 73rd) – $1,230,351 ($3,594,217 total)
  6. Chocolat (2000, 73rd) – $1,128,295 ($110,416,608 total)
  7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd) – $871,587 ($67,340,057 total)
  8. Cast Away (2000, 73rd) – $654,448 ($374,901,333 total)
  9. Pollock (2000, 73rd) – $414,034 ($12,419,041 total)
  10. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, 73rd) – $341,697 ($143,645,681 total)
  11. Billy Elliot (2000, 73rd) – $62,137 ($35,476,373 total)
  12. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $49,414 ($14,910,519 total)
  13. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $17,923 ($303,760,619 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Amores Perros (2000, 73rd): Foreign Language Film
  • 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. 19-21, 1996

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Primal Fear (1996, 69th) – $6,585,472 ($33,094,598 total) {week 3}
  2. James and the Giant Peach (1996, 69th) – $5,267,802 ($14,848,806 total) {week 2}
  3. The Birdcage (1996, 69th) – $4,737,737 ($104,500,000 total) {week 7}
  4. Fargo (1996, 69th) – $1,464,714 ($16,962,127 total) {week 7}
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $112,868 ($75,457,649 total) {week 48}
  6. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $10,156 ($184,868,369 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Primal Fear (1996, 69th) – $13,647,720 ($68,585,185 total)
  2. James and the Giant Peach (1996, 69th) – $10,916,983 ($30,772,639 total)
  3. The Birdcage (1996, 69th) – $9,818,478 ($216,565,611 total)
  4. Fargo (1996, 69th) – $3,035,471 ($35,152,281 total)
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $233,907 ($156,378,295 total)
  6. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $21,047 ($383,120,873 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

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Apr. 19-21, 1991

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th) – $3,476,287 ($104,928,786 total) {week 10}
  2. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $2,940,860 ($159,710,493 total) {week 24}
  3. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $1,648,188 ($264,650,281 total) {week 23}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th) – $7,563,608 ($228,301,112 total)
  2. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $6,398,641 ($347,493,614 total)
  3. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $3,586,081 ($575,818,664 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. 18-20, 1986

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Legend (1986, 59th) – $4,261,154 ($4,261,154 total) {week 1}
  2. The Color Purple (1985, 58th) – $1,200,069 ($88,219,316 total) {week 18}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Legend (1986, 59th) – $10,520,801 ($10,520,801 total)
  2. The Color Purple (1985, 58th) – $2,962,974 ($217,813,729 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)”)
  • Legend (1986, 59th): Makeup

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