Oscar in Box Office History (Week 20, 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 May 13-15, 2016

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Jungle Book (2016, 89th) – $17,115,708 ($311,111,818 total) {week 5}
  2. Zootopia (2016, 89th) – $2,825,734 ($331,840,173 total) {week 11}
  3. The Lobster (2016, 89th) – $205,776 ($590,872 total) {week 7}
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, 88th) – $102,490 ($936,519,683 total) {week 21}
  5. The Revenant (2015, 88th) – $14,323 ($183,623,813 total) {week 21}
  6. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $7,966 ($38,304,491 total) {week 28}
  7. Embrace of the Serpent (2015, 88th) – $6,500 ($1,320,005 total) {week 13}
  8. Son of Saul (2015, 88th) – $636 ($1,776,814 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Jungle Book (2016, 89th) – $18,124,842 ($329,454,827 total)
  2. Zootopia (2016, 89th) – $2,992,338 ($351,405,316 total)
  3. The Lobster (2016, 89th) – $217,908 ($625,710 total)
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, 88th) – $108,533 ($991,736,450 total)
  5. The Revenant (2015, 88th) – $15,167 ($194,450,188 total)
  6. Brooklyn (2015, 88th) – $8,436 ($40,562,906 total)
  7. Embrace of the Serpent (2015, 88th) – $6,883 ($1,397,832 total)
  8. Son of Saul (2015, 88th) – $673 ($1,881,574 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Brooklyn (2015, 88th): Picture, Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Adapted Screenplay
  • Embrace of the Serpent (2015, 88th): Foreign Language Film
  • The Jungle Book (2016, 89th): Visual Effects [O]
  • The Lobster (2016, 89th): Original Screenplay
  • 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]
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, 88th): Original Score, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • Zootopia (2016, 89th): Animated Feature [O]

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 20-22, 2011

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Bridesmaids (2011, 84th) – $20,882,070 ($59,341,310 total) {week 2}
  2. Rio (2011, 84th) – $4,687,714 ($131,684,365 total) {week 6}
  3. Tangled (2010, 83rd) – $910,502 ($200,627,301 total) {week 26}
  4. Midnight in Paris (2011, 84th) – $599,003 ($599,003 total) {week 1}
  5. Rango (2011, 84th) – $395,085 ($121,211,948 total) {week 12}
  6. Jane Eyre (2011, 84th) – $215,031 ($10,370,860 total) {week 11}
  7. Incendies (2010, 83rd) – $186,834 ($619,508 total) {week 5}
  8. In a Better World (2010, 83rd) – $34,676 ($688,246 total) {week 8}
  9. Biutiful (2010, 83rd) – $4,065 ($5,094,444 total) {week 17}
  10. Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd) – $3,773 ($4,412,674 total) {week 19}
  11. Another Year (2010, 83rd) – $518 ($3,205,244 total) {week 21}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Bridesmaids (2011, 84th) – $24,121,029 ($68,545,574 total)
  2. Rio (2011, 84th) – $5,414,812 ($152,109,557 total)
  3. Tangled (2010, 83rd) – $1,051,727 ($231,746,037 total)
  4. Midnight in Paris (2011, 84th) – $691,913 ($691,913 total)
  5. Rango (2011, 84th) – $456,366 ($140,012,792 total)
  6. Jane Eyre (2011, 84th) – $248,384 ($11,979,455 total)
  7. Incendies (2010, 83rd) – $215,813 ($715,598 total)
  8. In a Better World (2010, 83rd) – $40,054 ($794,998 total)
  9. Biutiful (2010, 83rd) – $4,696 ($5,884,629 total)
  10. Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd) – $4,358 ($5,097,111 total)
  11. Another Year (2010, 83rd) – $598 ($3,702,400 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Another Year (2010, 83rd): Original Screenplay
  • Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd): Makeup
  • Biutiful (2010, 83rd): Actor (Javier Bardem), Foreign Language Film
  • Bridesmaids (2011, 84th): Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy), Original Screenplay
  • In a Better World (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Incendies (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film
  • Jane Eyre (2011, 84th): Costume Design
  • Midnight in Paris (2011, 84th): Picture, Directing, Original Screenplay [O], Art Direction
  • Rango (2011, 84th): Animated Feature [O]
  • Rio (2011, 84th): Original Song (“Real in Rio”)
  • Tangled (2010, 83rd): Original Song (“I See the Light”)

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 19-21, 2006

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Poseidon (2006, 79th) – $9,224,340 ($36,801,887 total) {week 2}
  2. United 93 (2006, 79th) – $1,400,200 ($28,256,480 total) {week 4}
  3. Water (2006, 79th) – $256,317 ($965,995 total) {week 4}
  4. Transamerica (2005, 78th) – $14,274 ($9,001,037 total) {week 25}
  5. Tsotsi (2005, 78th) – $14,007 ($2,846,825 total) {week 13}
  6. Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005, 78th) – $10,138 ($11,024,163 total) {week 24}
  7. Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th) – $9,911 ($999,850 total) {week 23}
  8. Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th) – $9,134 ($572,850 total) {week 14}
  9. The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th) – $3,125 ($151,363 total) {week 13}
  10. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $500 ($200,936 total) {week 42}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Poseidon (2006, 79th) – $12,899,993 ($51,466,456 total)
  2. United 93 (2006, 79th) – $1,958,142 ($39,515,932 total)
  3. Water (2006, 79th) – $358,452 ($1,350,918 total)
  4. Transamerica (2005, 78th) – $19,962 ($12,587,710 total)
  5. Tsotsi (2005, 78th) – $19,588 ($3,981,209 total)
  6. Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005, 78th) – $14,178 ($15,416,997 total)
  7. Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th) – $13,860 ($1,398,264 total)
  8. Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th) – $12,774 ($801,115 total)
  9. The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th) – $4,370 ($211,677 total)
  10. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $699 ($281,004 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2005, 78th): Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Short Film
  • Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film
  • Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005, 78th): Actress (Judi Dench), Costume Design
  • Poseidon (2006, 79th): Visual Effects
  • Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film
  • Transamerica (2005, 78th): Actress (Felicity Huffman), Original Song (“Travelin’ Thru”)
  • Tsotsi (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film [O]
  • United 93 (2006, 79th): Directing, Film Editing
  • Water (2006, 79th): Foreign Language Film

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 18-20, 2001

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Shrek (2001, 74th) – $42,347,760 ($42,387,348 total) {week 1}
  2. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th) – $3,730,451 ($56,534,427 total) {week 6}
  3. Memento (2001, 74th) – $1,280,291 ($12,187,565 total) {week 10}
  4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd) – $395,399 ($126,071,283 total) {week 24}
  5. Traffic (2000, 73rd) – $323,878 ($123,083,548 total) {week 21}
  6. Chocolat (2000, 73rd) – $264,134 ($70,527,706 total) {week 23}
  7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd) – $256,179 ($43,410,848 total) {week 22}
  8. Amores Perros (2000, 73rd) – $224,857 ($4,314,019 total) {week 8}
  9. Moulin Rouge! (2001, 74th) – $167,540 ($167,540 total) {week 1}
  10. Cast Away (2000, 73rd) – $147,364 ($232,844,706 total) {week 22}
  11. Pollock (2000, 73rd) – $61,017 ($8,336,700 total) {week 23}
  12. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, 73rd) – $42,679 ($89,233,484 total) {week 23}
  13. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $30,310 ($9,416,804 total) {week 28}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Shrek (2001, 74th) – $68,534,537 ($68,598,606 total)
  2. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th) – $6,037,267 ($91,493,878 total)
  3. Memento (2001, 74th) – $2,071,990 ($19,724,045 total)
  4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd) – $639,904 ($204,030,557 total)
  5. Traffic (2000, 73rd) – $524,156 ($199,195,283 total)
  6. Chocolat (2000, 73rd) – $427,468 ($114,140,245 total)
  7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd) – $414,594 ($70,255,012 total)
  8. Amores Perros (2000, 73rd) – $363,903 ($6,981,699 total)
  9. Moulin Rouge! (2001, 74th) – $271,142 ($271,142 total)
  10. Cast Away (2000, 73rd) – $238,490 ($376,829,948 total)
  11. Pollock (2000, 73rd) – $98,748 ($13,491,903 total)
  12. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, 73rd) – $69,071 ($144,413,200 total)
  13. You Can Count on Me (2000, 73rd) – $49,053 ($15,239,916 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Amores Perros (2000, 73rd): Foreign Language Film
  • 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”)
  • Memento (2001, 74th): Original Screenplay, Film Editing
  • Moulin Rouge! (2001, 74th): Picture, Actress (Nicole Kidman), Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design [O], Makeup, Sound
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd): Cinematography
  • Pollock (2000, 73rd): Actor (Ed Harris), Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden) [O]
  • Shrek (2001, 74th): Animated Feature [O], Adapted Screenplay
  • 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 May 17-19, 1996

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Twister (1996, 69th) – $37,093,440 ($95,075,524 total) {week 2}
  2. Primal Fear (1996, 69th) – $1,955,768 ($51,091,793 total) {week 7}
  3. The Birdcage (1996, 69th) – $1,274,938 ($117,095,599 total) {week 11}
  4. James and the Giant Peach (1996, 69th) – $766,605 ($25,795,708 total) {week 6}
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $1,952 ($75,604,871 total) {week 52}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Twister (1996, 69th) – $76,872,378 ($197,034,344 total)
  2. Primal Fear (1996, 69th) – $4,053,130 ($105,882,539 total)
  3. The Birdcage (1996, 69th) – $2,642,179 ($242,668,707 total)
  4. James and the Giant Peach (1996, 69th) – $1,588,711 ($53,458,979 total)
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $4,045 ($156,683,398 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]
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996, 69th): Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • Primal Fear (1996, 69th): Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
  • Twister (1996, 69th): Sound, Visual Effects

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 17-19, 1991

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th) – $1,871,178 ($117,814,717 total) {week 14}
  2. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $1,396,192 ($168,770,575 total) {week 28}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th) – $4,071,257 ($256,337,959 total)
  2. Dances With Wolves (1990, 63rd) – $3,037,795 ($367,206,287 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]
  • 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 May 16-18, 1986

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Top Gun (1986, 59th) – $8,193,052 ($8,193,052 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Top Gun (1986, 59th) – $20,228,667 ($20,228,667 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Top Gun (1986, 59th): Original Song (“Take My Breath Away” [O]), Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects

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