Oscar in Box Office History (Week 23, 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 Jun. 3-5, 2016

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Jungle Book (2016, 89th) – $4,445,272 ($347,667,933 total) {week 8}
  2. The Lobster (2016, 89th) – $1,460,230 ($4,006,679 total) {week 10}
  3. Zootopia (2016, 89th) – $753,723 ($337,183,405 total) {week 14}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Jungle Book (2016, 89th) – $4,707,363 ($368,166,274 total)
  2. The Lobster (2016, 89th) – $1,546,324 ($4,242,911 total)
  3. Zootopia (2016, 89th) – $798,162 ($357,063,583 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Jungle Book (2016, 89th): Visual Effects [O]
  • The Lobster (2016, 89th): Original Screenplay
  • Zootopia (2016, 89th): Animated Feature [O]

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 10-12, 2011

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011, 84th) – $16,543,166 ($126,813,240 total) {week 3}
  2. Bridesmaids (2011, 84th) – $10,066,290 ($123,815,865 total) {week 5}
  3. Midnight in Paris (2011, 84th) – $5,830,723 ($13,909,196 total) {week 4}
  4. The Tree of Life (2011, 84th) – $827,009 ($2,361,655 total) {week 3}
  5. Rio (2011, 84th) – $670,101 ($137,780,829 total) {week 9}
  6. Beginners (2011, 84th) – $243,059 ($453,329 total) {week 2}
  7. Rango (2011, 84th) – $176,672 ($122,474,579 total) {week 15}
  8. Incendies (2010, 83rd) – $132,144 ($1,388,418 total) {week 8}
  9. Jane Eyre (2011, 84th) – $63,016 ($11,007,281 total) {week 14}
  10. In a Better World (2010, 83rd) – $27,912 ($830,481 total) {week 11}
  11. Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd) – $4,136 ($4,434,512 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011, 84th) – $19,109,130 ($146,482,885 total)
  2. Bridesmaids (2011, 84th) – $11,627,644 ($143,020,596 total)
  3. Midnight in Paris (2011, 84th) – $6,735,110 ($16,066,612 total)
  4. The Tree of Life (2011, 84th) – $955,284 ($2,727,965 total)
  5. Rio (2011, 84th) – $774,038 ($159,151,626 total)
  6. Beginners (2011, 84th) – $280,759 ($523,644 total)
  7. Rango (2011, 84th) – $204,075 ($141,471,267 total)
  8. Incendies (2010, 83rd) – $152,640 ($1,603,772 total)
  9. Jane Eyre (2011, 84th) – $72,790 ($12,714,589 total)
  10. In a Better World (2010, 83rd) – $32,241 ($959,295 total)
  11. Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd) – $4,778 ($5,122,337 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Barney’s Version (2010, 83rd): Makeup
  • Beginners (2011, 84th): Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer) [O]
  • 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
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011, 84th): Animated Feature
  • 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”)
  • The Tree of Life (2011, 84th): Picture, Directing, Cinematography

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 9-11, 2006

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Cars (2006, 79th) – $60,119,509 ($60,119,509 total) {week 1}
  2. Poseidon (2006, 79th) – $1,833,493 ($54,928,443 total) {week 5}
  3. An Inconvenient Truth (2006, 79th) – $1,504,701 ($3,983,071 total) {week 3}
  4. United 93 (2006, 79th) – $232,305 ($31,048,775 total) {week 7}
  5. Water (2006, 79th) – $190,282 ($2,103,807 total) {week 7}
  6. Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th) – $7,537 ($629,378 total) {week 17}
  7. Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th) – $4,526 ($1,037,023 total) {week 26}
  8. Tsotsi (2005, 78th) – $2,433 ($2,894,859 total) {week 16}
  9. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $200 ($201,585 total) {week 45}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Cars (2006, 79th) – $84,075,527 ($84,075,527 total)
  2. Poseidon (2006, 79th) – $2,564,091 ($76,815,960 total)
  3. An Inconvenient Truth (2006, 79th) – $2,104,284 ($5,570,218 total)
  4. United 93 (2006, 79th) – $324,872 ($43,420,882 total)
  5. Water (2006, 79th) – $266,104 ($2,942,118 total)
  6. Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th) – $10,540 ($880,168 total)
  7. Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th) – $6,329 ($1,450,249 total)
  8. Tsotsi (2005, 78th) – $3,402 ($4,048,383 total)
  9. Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th) – $280 ($281,911 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Cars (2006, 79th): Animated Feature, Original Song (“Our Town”)
  • Darwin’s Nightmare (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • An Inconvenient Truth (2006, 79th): Original Song (“I Need to Wake Up” [O]), Documentary Feature [O]
  • Joyeux Noel (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film
  • Poseidon (2006, 79th): Visual Effects
  • Sophie Scholl (2005, 78th): Foreign Language Film
  • 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 Jun. 8-10, 2001

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Shrek (2001, 74th) – $16,520,052 ($176,069,428 total) {week 4}
  2. Pearl Harbor (2001, 74th) – $14,721,419 ($143,987,500 total) {week 3}
  3. Moulin Rouge! (2001, 74th) – $7,649,148 ($27,569,224 total) {week 4}
  4. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th) – $1,145,298 ($67,350,448 total) {week 9}
  5. Memento (2001, 74th) – $741,004 ($17,271,727 total) {week 13}
  6. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd) – $240,123 ($44,639,862 total) {week 25}
  7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd) – $164,140 ($127,440,810 total) {week 27}
  8. Cast Away (2000, 73rd) – $108,049 ($233,403,779 total) {week 24}
  9. Amores Perros (2000, 73rd) – $67,749 ($4,990,147 total) {week 11}
  10. Traffic (2000, 73rd) – $62,239 ($123,956,349 total) {week 24}
  11. Chocolat (2000, 73rd) – $42,995 ($71,085,593 total) {week 26}
  12. Divided We Fall (2000, 73rd) – $28,583 ($28,583 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Shrek (2001, 74th) – $26,735,632 ($284,946,283 total)
  2. Pearl Harbor (2001, 74th) – $23,824,770 ($233,025,707 total)
  3. Moulin Rouge! (2001, 74th) – $12,379,187 ($44,617,331 total)
  4. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001, 74th) – $1,853,521 ($108,998,252 total)
  5. Memento (2001, 74th) – $1,199,222 ($27,952,124 total)
  6. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, 73rd) – $388,609 ($72,244,017 total)
  7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, 73rd) – $265,640 ($206,246,965 total)
  8. Cast Away (2000, 73rd) – $174,864 ($377,734,738 total)
  9. Amores Perros (2000, 73rd) – $109,643 ($8,075,927 total)
  10. Traffic (2000, 73rd) – $100,726 ($200,607,802 total)
  11. Chocolat (2000, 73rd) – $69,582 ($115,043,115 total)
  12. Divided We Fall (2000, 73rd) – $46,258 ($46,258 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]
  • Divided We Fall (2000, 73rd): Foreign Language Film
  • 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
  • Pearl Harbor (2001, 74th): Original Song (“There You’ll Be”), Sound, Sound Film Editing [O], Visual Effects
  • 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]

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 7-9, 1996

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Rock (1996, 69th) – $25,069,525 ($25,069,525 total) {week 1}
  2. Twister (1996, 69th) – $11,917,390 ($187,288,498 total) {week 5}
  3. Dragonheart (1996, 69th) – $7,636,140 ($27,498,905 total) {week 2}
  4. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $636,944 ($188,822,426 total) {week 29}
  5. The Birdcage (1996, 69th) – $500,815 ($120,456,200 total) {week 14}
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $424 ($75,609,824 total) {week 55}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Rock (1996, 69th) – $51,954,038 ($51,954,038 total)
  2. Twister (1996, 69th) – $24,697,577 ($388,136,344 total)
  3. Dragonheart (1996, 69th) – $15,825,123 ($56,988,681 total)
  4. Toy Story (1995, 68th) – $1,320,002 ($391,315,254 total)
  5. The Birdcage (1996, 69th) – $1,037,888 ($249,633,211 total)
  6. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $879 ($156,693,662 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]
  • Dragonheart (1996, 69th): Visual Effects
  • The Rock (1996, 69th): Sound
  • Toy Story (1995, 68th): Original Screenplay, Original Song (“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”), Original Musical or Comedy Score
  • Twister (1996, 69th): Sound, Visual Effects

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 7-9, 1991

Weekend Box Office:

  1. City Slickers (1991, 64th) – $13,032,121 ($13,032,121 total) {week 1}
  2. Backdraft (1991, 64th) – $6,425,100 ($38,513,490 total) {week 3}
  3. Thelma & Louise (1991, 64th) – $3,020,516 ($16,995,174 total) {week 3}
  4. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $983,862 ($274,935,631 total) {week 30}
  5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th) – $735,303 ($122,474,498 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. City Slickers (1991, 64th) – $28,354,924 ($28,354,924 total)
  2. Backdraft (1991, 64th) – $13,979,552 ($83,796,572 total)
  3. Thelma & Louise (1991, 64th) – $6,571,954 ($36,977,623 total)
  4. Home Alone (1990, 63rd) – $2,140,659 ($598,197,240 total)
  5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991, 64th) – $1,599,852 ($266,476,580 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Backdraft (1991, 64th): Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • City Slickers (1991, 64th): Supporting Actor (Jack Palance) [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
  • Thelma & Louise (1991, 64th): Directing, Actor (Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon), Original Screenplay [O], Film Editing, Cinematography

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 6-8, 1986

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Top Gun (1986, 59th) – $8,231,279 ($43,179,344 total) {week 4}
  2. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986, 59th) – $4,207,047 ($27,040,650 total) {week 3}
  3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, 59th) – $402,893 ($33,459,418 total) {week 18}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Top Gun (1986, 59th) – $20,323,050 ($106,609,917 total)
  2. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986, 59th) – $10,387,210 ($66,763,438 total)
  3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, 59th) – $994,744 ($82,611,393 total)

Oscar Details:

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

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