Oscar in Box Office History (Week 21, 2022)

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 26-28, 2017

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $20,907,121 ($334,223,048 total) {week 4}
  2. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $1,725,751 ($168,982,941 total) {week 9}
  3. Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th) – $1,463,306 ($500,463,741 total) {week 11}
  4. Kong: Skull Island (2017, 90th) – $271,187 ($167,383,296 total) {week 12}
  5. Get Out (2017, 90th) – $180,335 ($175,242,610 total) {week 14}
  6. Logan (2017, 90th) – $117,415 ($226,082,687 total) {week 13}
  7. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $17,305 ($169,312,135 total) {week 23}
  8. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $10,357 ($28,284 total) {week 2}
  9. I Am Not Your Negro (2016, 89th) – $3,383 ($7,115,506 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $22,305,591 ($356,579,105 total)
  2. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $1,841,186 ($180,286,148 total)
  3. Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th) – $1,561,186 ($533,939,577 total)
  4. Kong: Skull Island (2017, 90th) – $289,327 ($178,579,503 total)
  5. Get Out (2017, 90th) – $192,398 ($186,964,524 total)
  6. Logan (2017, 90th) – $125,269 ($241,205,275 total)
  7. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $18,463 ($180,637,361 total)
  8. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $11,050 ($30,176 total)
  9. I Am Not Your Negro (2016, 89th) – $3,609 ($7,591,460 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th): Documentary Feature
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th): Production Design, Costume Design
  • The Boss Baby (2017, 90th): Animated Feature
  • Get Out (2017, 90th): Picture, Directing, Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Original Screenplay [O]
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th): Visual Effects
  • Hidden Figures (2016, 89th): Picture, Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Adapted Screenplay
  • I Am Not Your Negro (2016, 89th): Documentary Feature
  • Kong: Skull Island (2017, 90th): Visual Effects
  • Logan (2017, 90th): Adapted Screenplay

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 25-27, 2012

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $36,686,871 ($513,371,659 total) {week 4}
  2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $1,082,288 ($27,286,592 total) {week 5}
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $522,996 ($522,996 total) {week 1}
  4. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $482,502 ($62,200,759 total) {week 9}
  5. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $113,523 ($1,450,129 total) {week 7}
  6. Footnote (2011, 84th) – $19,860 ($1,888,717 total) {week 12}
  7. The Artist (2011, 84th) – $11,619 ($44,575,369 total) {week 27}
  8. A Separation (2011, 84th) – $8,841 ($7,078,655 total) {week 22}
  9. Undefeated (2011, 84th) – $3,951 ($555,165 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $44,107,205 ($617,206,881 total)
  2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $1,301,193 ($32,805,614 total)
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $628,778 ($628,778 total)
  4. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $580,093 ($74,781,566 total)
  5. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $136,484 ($1,743,434 total)
  6. Footnote (2011, 84th) – $23,877 ($2,270,731 total)
  7. The Artist (2011, 84th) – $13,969 ($53,591,241 total)
  8. A Separation (2011, 84th) – $10,629 ($8,510,393 total)
  9. Undefeated (2011, 84th) – $4,750 ($667,453 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Artist (2011, 84th): Picture [O], Directing [O], Actor (Jean Dujardin) [O], Supporting Actress (Bérénice Bejo), Original Screenplay, Original Score [O], Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design [O]
  • Footnote (2011, 84th): Foreign Language Film
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th): Visual Effects
  • Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th): Costume Design
  • Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th): Foreign Language Film
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th): Original Screenplay
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th): Animated Feature
  • A Separation (2011, 84th): Original Screenplay, Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Undefeated (2011, 84th): Documentary Feature [O]

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 25-27, 2007

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $114,732,820 ($127,972,864 total) {week 1}
  2. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $747,834 ($2,369,175 total) {week 4}
  3. Once (2007, 80th) – $332,136 ($436,931 total) {week 2}
  4. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $150,887 ($10,192,152 total) {week 16}
  5. After the Wedding (2006, 79th) – $80,940 ($1,156,666 total) {week 9}
  6. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, 79th) – $12,454 ($37,602,346 total) {week 22}
  7. Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th) – $618 ($198,022 total) {week 29}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $159,592,019 ($178,008,766 total)
  2. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $1,040,228 ($3,295,495 total)
  3. Once (2007, 80th) – $461,997 ($607,766 total)
  4. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $209,882 ($14,177,165 total)
  5. After the Wedding (2006, 79th) – $112,587 ($1,608,909 total)
  6. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, 79th) – $17,323 ($52,304,426 total)
  7. Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th) – $860 ($275,446 total)

Oscar Details:

  • After the Wedding (2006, 79th): Foreign Language Film
  • Away from Her (2007, 80th): Actress (Julie Christie), Adapted Screenplay
  • Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th): Documentary Feature
  • The Lives of Others (2006, 79th): Foreign Language Film
  • Once (2007, 80th): Original Song [O]
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, 79th): Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Makeup [O], Foreign Language Film
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th): Makeup, Visual Effects

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 24-26, 2002

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $47,880,532 ($189,186,353 total) {week 2}
  2. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $28,508,104 ($326,334,752 total) {week 4}
  3. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $17,770,036 ($17,770,036 total) {week 1}
  4. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $7,862,150 ($19,793,345 total) {week 2}
  5. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $6,098,861 ($39,541,162 total) {week 3}
  6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $1,247,000 ($7,300,000 total) {week 6}
  7. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $620,633 ($11,127,375 total) {week 11}
  8. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $568,863 ($253,763,957 total) {week 30}
  9. Monster’s Ball (2001, 74th) – $60,776 ($31,145,610 total) {week 22}
  10. Amelie (2001, 74th) – $62,820 ($33,024,385 total) {week 30}
  11. Gosford Park (2001, 74th) – $46,619 ($41,274,328 total) {week 22}
  12. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 74th) – $36,349 ($52,265,530 total) {week 24}
  13. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $22,242 ($393,535 total) {week 10}
  14. A Beautiful Mind (2001, 74th) – $116,150 ($170,680,716 total) {week 23}
  15. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $409,700 ($173,053,506 total) {week 11}
  16. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $358,567 ($310,629,729 total) {week 23}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $78,866,900 ($311,620,206 total)
  2. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $46,957,411 ($537,525,573 total)
  3. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $29,270,094 ($29,270,094 total)
  4. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $12,950,220 ($32,602,808 total)
  5. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $10,045,800 ($65,130,623 total)
  6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $2,054,009 ($12,024,269 total)
  7. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $1,022,282 ($18,328,568 total)
  8. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $937,008 ($417,989,857 total)
  9. Monster’s Ball (2001, 74th) – $100,108 ($51,301,805 total)
  10. Amelie (2001, 74th) – $103,475 ($54,396,448 total)
  11. Gosford Park (2001, 74th) – $76,789 ($67,985,425 total)
  12. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 74th) – $59,873 ($86,089,694 total)
  13. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $36,636 ($648,215 total)
  14. A Beautiful Mind (2001, 74th) – $191,318 ($281,138,460 total)
  15. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $674,841 ($285,046,825 total)
  16. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $590,617 ($511,656,886 total)

Oscar Details:

  • About a Boy (2002, 75th): Adapted Screenplay
  • Amelie (2001, 74th): Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound, Foreign Language Film
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001, 74th): Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Russell Crowe), Supporting Actress (Jennifer Connelly) [O], Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing, Makeup
  • Gosford Park (2001, 74th): Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith), Original Screenplay [O], Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Ice Age (2002, 75th): Animated Feature
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th): Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Ian McKellen), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score [O], Original Song (“May It Be”), Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup [O], Sound, Visual Effects [O]
  • Monster’s Ball (2001, 74th): Actress (Halle Berry) [O], Original Screenplay
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th): Animated Feature, Original Song (If I Didn’t Have You [O]), Original Score, Sound Film Editing
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th): Original Screenplay
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 74th): Original Screenplay
  • Son of the Bride (2001, 74th): Foreign Language Film
  • Spider-Man (2002, 75th): Sound, Visual Effects
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th): Animated Feature
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th): Visual Effects
  • Unfaithful (2002, 75th): Actress (Diane Lane)
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th): Original Screenplay

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 23-25, 1997

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $90,161,880 ($92,729,064 total) {week 1}
  2. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $6,377,144 ($44,387,294 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $187,984,573 ($193,337,068 total)
  2. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $13,296,137 ($92,546,057 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Fifth Element (1997, 70th): Sound Film Editing
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th): Visual Effects

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 22-24, 1992

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Alien 3 (1992, 65th) – $23,141,188 ($23,141,188 total) {week 1}
  2. Basic Instinct (1992, 65th) – $3,215,557 ($98,223,691 total) {week 10}
  3. Beauty and the Beast (1991, 64th) – $2,151,630 ($136,060,584 total) {week 28}
  4. The Player (1992, 65th) – $1,966,647 ($12,315,465 total) {week 7}
  5. My Cousin Vinny (1992, 65th) – $1,132,786 ($47,422,314 total) {week 11}
  6. Howards End (1992, 65th) – $755,171 ($3,462,640 total) {week 11}
  7. Hook (1991, 64th) – $60,654 ($118,965,084 total) {week 24}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Alien 3 (1992, 65th) – $53,364,137 ($53,364,137 total)
  2. Basic Instinct (1992, 65th) – $7,415,152 ($226,506,198 total)
  3. Beauty and the Beast (1991, 64th) – $4,961,711 ($313,758,985 total)
  4. The Player (1992, 65th) – $4,535,135 ($28,399,759 total)
  5. My Cousin Vinny (1992, 65th) – $2,612,232 ($109,356,999 total)
  6. Howards End (1992, 65th) – $1,741,443 ($7,984,931 total)
  7. Hook (1991, 64th) – $139,870 ($274,336,350 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Alien 3 (1992, 65th): Visual Effects
  • Basic Instinct (1992, 65th): Original Score, Film Editing
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991, 64th): Picture, Original Song (“Be Our Guest”, “Beauty and the Beast” [O], “Belle”), Original Score [O], Sound
  • Hook (1991, 64th): Original Song (“When You’re Alone”), Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup, Visual Effects
  • Howards End (1992, 65th): Picture, Director, Actress (Emma Thompson) [O], Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score, Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design
  • My Cousin Vinny (1992, 65th): Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei) [O]
  • The Player (1992, 65th): Director, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 22-24, 1987

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $33,014,153 ($40,629,949 total) {week 1}
  2. Platoon (1986, 59th) – $1,310,511 ($129,397,905 total) {week 23}
  3. Lethal Weapon (1987, 60th) – $1,235,272 ($58,846,399 total) {week 12}
  4. Crocodile Dundee (1986, 59th) – $1,099,578 ($165,254,395 total) {week 32}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $80,804,461 ($99,444,658 total)
  2. Platoon (1986, 59th) – $3,207,568 ($316,710,473 total)
  3. Lethal Weapon (1987, 60th) – $3,023,415 ($144,030,700 total)
  4. Crocodile Dundee (1986, 59th) – $2,691,294 ($404,471,755 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th): Original Song (“Shakedown”)
  • Crocodile Dundee (1986, 59th): Original Screenplay
  • Lethal Weapon (1987, 60th): Sound
  • Platoon (1986, 59th): Picture [O], Director [O], Supporting Actor (Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe), Original Screenplay, Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound [O]

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 21-23, 1982

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $1,291,793 ($53,704,854 total) {week 35}
  2. Victor/Victoria (1982, 55th) – $1,102,000 ($17,378,798 total) {week 10}
  3. Annie (1982, 55th) – $510,632 ($510,632 total) {week 1}
  4. On Golden Pond (1981, 54th) – $554,836 ($104,810,694 total) {week 25}
  5. Quest for Fire (1982, 55th) – $224,894 ($20,490,183 total) {week 10}
  6. Diner (1982, 55th) – $218,221 ($218,221 total) {week 12}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $4,204,918 ($174,814,780 total)
  2. Victor/Victoria (1982, 55th) – $3,587,122 ($56,569,761 total)
  3. Annie (1982, 55th) – $1,662,159 ($1,662,159 total)
  4. On Golden Pond (1981, 54th) – $1,806,048 ($341,169,504 total)
  5. Quest for Fire (1982, 55th) – $732,053 ($66,697,637 total)
  6. Diner (1982, 55th) – $710,332 ($710,332 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Annie (1982, 55th): Original Song Score, Art Direction
  • Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th): Picture [O], Director, Supporting Actor (Ian Holm), Original Screenplay [O], Original Score [O], Film Editing, Costume Design [O]
  • Diner (1982, 55th): Original Screenplay
  • On Golden Pond (1981, 54th): Picture, Director, Actor (Henry Fonda) [O], Actress (Katharine Hepburn) [O], Supporting Actress (Jane Fonda), Adapted Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Sound
  • Quest for Fire (1982, 55th): Makeup [O]
  • Victor/Victoria (1982, 55th): Actress (Julie Andrews), Supporting Actor (Robert Preston), Supporting Actress (Lesley Ann Warren), Adapted Screenplay, Original Song Score [O], Art Direction, Costume Design

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of May 27-29, 1977

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Smokey and the Bandit (1977, 50th) – $1,728,060 ($1,728,060 total) {week 1}
  2. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $1,554,475 ($2,048,249 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Smokey and the Bandit (1977, 50th) – $7,415,935 ($7,415,935 total)
  2. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $6,670,998 ($8,790,019 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977, 50th): Film Editing
  • Star Wars (1977, 50th): Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness), Orginal Screenplay, Original Score [O], Film Editing [O], Art Direction [O], Costume Design [O], Sound [O], Visual Effects [O], Special Achievement Award (Sound Effects) [O]

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