Oscar in Box Office History (Week 24, 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

Lightyear (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature, Original Score, Sound, Visual Effects.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 16-18, 2017

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $5,071,732 ($374,942,747 total) {week 7}
  2. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $323,442 ($172,492,985 total) {week 12}
  3. Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th) – $275,792 ($503,368,806 total) {week 14}
  4. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $14,268 ($69,735 total) {week 5}
  5. Logan (2017, 90th) – $10,879 ($226,252,579 total) {week 16}
  6. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $1,572 ($169,342,146 total) {week 26}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $5,410,978 ($400,022,529 total)
  2. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $345,077 ($184,030,977 total)
  3. Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th) – $294,240 ($537,038,960 total)
  4. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $15,222 ($74,400 total)
  5. Logan (2017, 90th) – $11,607 ($241,386,531 total)
  6. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $1,677 ($180,669,380 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
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th): Visual Effects
  • Hidden Figures (2016, 89th): Picture, Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Adapted Screenplay
  • Logan (2017, 90th): Adapted Screenplay

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 15-17, 2012

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $20,712,174 ($89,370,301 total) {week 2}
  2. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $13,265,635 ($122,062,670 total) {week 3}
  3. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $8,905,467 ($586,794,371 total) {week 7}
  4. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $2,237,726 ($6,839,462 total) {week 4}
  5. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $235,632 ($63,915,264 total) {week 12}
  6. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $91,998 ($29,140,953 total) {week 8}
  7. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $33,604 ($1,747,064 total) {week 10}
  8. Footnote (2011, 84th) – $15,366 ($1,971,111 total) {week 15}
  9. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $13,097 ($89,821 total) {week 3}
  10. The Artist (2011, 84th) – $6,969 ($44,667,095 total) {week 30}
  11. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $2,336 ($30,348 total) {week 3}
  12. A Separation (2011, 84th) – $1,968 ($7,098,492 total) {week 25}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $24,901,445 ($107,446,455 total)
  2. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $15,948,760 ($146,751,225 total)
  3. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $10,706,698 ($705,480,167 total)
  4. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $2,690,331 ($8,222,821 total)
  5. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $283,291 ($76,842,849 total)
  6. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $110,606 ($35,035,040 total)
  7. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $40,401 ($2,100,427 total)
  8. Footnote (2011, 84th) – $18,474 ($2,369,790 total)
  9. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $15,746 ($107,988 total)
  10. The Artist (2011, 84th) – $8,379 ($53,701,520 total)
  11. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $2,808 ($36,486 total)
  12. A Separation (2011, 84th) – $2,366 ($8,534,242 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th): Documentary Feature
  • 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]
  • A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th): Animated Feature
  • 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
  • Prometheus (2012, 85th): Visual Effects
  • A Separation (2011, 84th): Original Screenplay, Foreign Language Film [O]
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th): Costume Design

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 15-17, 2007

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $12,411,786 ($274,145,510 total) {week 4}
  2. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $9,254,793 ($34,625,490 total) {week 2}
  3. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $660,278 ($2,806,173 total) {week 3}
  4. Once (2007, 80th) – $543,334 ($2,503,419 total) {week 5}
  5. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $215,158 ($4,114,817 total) {week 7}
  6. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $55,037 ($10,606,828 total) {week 19}
  7. After the Wedding (2006, 79th) – $31,624 ($1,417,064 total) {week 12}
  8. Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th) – $580 ($201,426 total) {week 32}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $17,264,650 ($381,333,217 total)
  2. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $12,873,309 ($48,163,654 total)
  3. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $918,439 ($3,903,354 total)
  4. Once (2007, 80th) – $755,771 ($3,482,227 total)
  5. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $299,282 ($5,723,663 total)
  6. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $76,556 ($14,753,974 total)
  7. After the Wedding (2006, 79th) – $43,989 ($1,971,120 total)
  8. Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th) – $807 ($280,181 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]
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th): Makeup, Visual Effects
  • Surf’s Up (2007, 80th): Animated Feature
  • La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th): Actress (Marion Cotillard) [O], Costume Design, Makeup [O]

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 14-16, 2002

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $9,438,607 ($270,752,531 total) {week 5}
  2. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $7,515,984 ($382,537,669 total) {week 7}
  3. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $5,223,491 ($63,496,649 total) {week 4}
  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $1,755,197 ($13,642,098 total) {week 9}
  5. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $1,482,425 ($35,290,380 total) {week 5}
  6. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $763,458 ($50,549,588 total) {week 6}
  7. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $273,500 ($174,215,931 total) {week 14}
  8. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $202,642 ($255,157,707 total) {week 33}
  9. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $202,626 ($12,379,239 total) {week 14}
  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $178,838 ($311,705,137 total) {week 26}
  11. Amelie (2001, 74th) – $31,412 ($33,142,876 total) {week 33}
  12. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 74th) – $9,842 ($52,353,636 total) {week 27}
  13. Elling (2001, 74th) – $6,711 ($34,605 total) {week 3}
  14. Promises (2001, 74th) – $6,535 ($165,667 total) {week 14}
  15. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $4,063 ($436,707 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $15,546,897 ($445,972,758 total)
  2. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $12,380,029 ($630,100,773 total)
  3. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $8,603,926 ($104,589,145 total)
  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $2,891,090 ($22,470,719 total)
  5. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $2,441,791 ($58,128,905 total)
  6. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $1,257,538 ($83,263,263 total)
  7. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $450,498 ($286,961,525 total)
  8. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $333,784 ($420,285,586 total)
  9. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $333,757 ($20,390,588 total)
  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $294,575 ($513,428,255 total)
  11. Amelie (2001, 74th) – $51,741 ($54,591,622 total)
  12. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 74th) – $16,211 ($86,234,819 total)
  13. Elling (2001, 74th) – $11,054 ($57,000 total)
  14. Promises (2001, 74th) – $10,764 ($272,880 total)
  15. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $6,692 ($719,326 total)

Oscar Details:

  • About a Boy (2002, 75th): Adapted Screenplay
  • Amelie (2001, 74th): Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound, Foreign Language Film
  • Elling (2001, 74th): Foreign Language Film
  • 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]
  • 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
  • Promises (2001, 74th): Documentary Feature
  • 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 Jun. 13-15, 1997

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $15,674,022 ($49,892,781 total) {week 2}
  2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $12,477,515 ($190,697,964 total) {week 4}
  3. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $1,483,840 ($57,922,135 total) {week 6}
  4. Hercules (1997, 70th) – $249,567 ($249,567 total) {week 1}
  5. Ulee’s Gold (1997, 70th) – $89,563 ($89,563 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $32,679,824 ($104,024,818 total)
  2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $26,015,211 ($397,599,023 total)
  3. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $3,093,758 ($120,765,759 total)
  4. Hercules (1997, 70th) – $520,339 ($520,339 total)
  5. Ulee’s Gold (1997, 70th) – $186,736 ($186,736 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Con Air (1997, 70th): Original Song (“How Do I Live”), Sound
  • The Fifth Element (1997, 70th): Sound Film Editing
  • Hercules (1997, 70th): Original Song (“Go the Distance”)
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th): Visual Effects
  • Ulee’s Gold (1997, 70th): Actor (Peter Fonda)

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 12-14, 1992

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Alien 3 (1992, 65th) – $2,734,370 ($46,605,194 total) {week 4}
  2. Basic Instinct (1992, 65th) – $1,108,665 ($105,695,021 total) {week 13}
  3. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991, 64th) – $616,560 ($77,932,324 total) {week 25}
  4. Howards End (1992, 65th) – $470,156 ($6,119,245 total) {week 14}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Alien 3 (1992, 65th) – $6,305,523 ($107,472,700 total)
  2. Basic Instinct (1992, 65th) – $2,556,608 ($243,735,265 total)
  3. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991, 64th) – $1,421,802 ($179,713,817 total)
  4. Howards End (1992, 65th) – $1,084,191 ($14,111,126 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Alien 3 (1992, 65th): Visual Effects
  • Basic Instinct (1992, 65th): Original Score, Film Editing
  • Fried Green Tomatoes (1991, 64th): Supporting Actress (Jessica Tandy), Adapted Screenplay
  • 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

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 12-14, 1987

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Predator (1987, 60th) – $12,031,638 ($12,031,638 total) {week 1}
  2. The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th) – $9,454,238 ($9,454,238 total) {week 1}
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $8,592,335 ($97,747,913 total) {week 4}
  4. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $7,013,085 ($25,219,776 total) {week 2}
  5. Harry and the Hendersons (1987, 60th) – $4,193,643 ($10,441,383 total) {week 2}
  6. Platoon (1986, 59th) – $540,865 ($132,761,962 total) {week 26}
  7. Crocodile Dundee (1986, 59th) – $473,826 ($170,735,036 total) {week 38}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Predator (1987, 60th) – $29,448,280 ($29,448,280 total)
  2. The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th) – $23,139,912 ($23,139,912 total)
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $21,030,344 ($239,244,892 total)
  4. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $17,165,019 ($61,727,176 total)
  5. Harry and the Hendersons (1987, 60th) – $10,264,236 ($25,556,019 total)
  6. Platoon (1986, 59th) – $1,323,805 ($324,944,239 total)
  7. Crocodile Dundee (1986, 59th) – $1,159,722 ($417,886,009 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th): Original Song (“Shakedown”)
  • Crocodile Dundee (1986, 59th): Original Screenplay
  • Harry and the Hendersons (1987, 60th): Makeup [O]
  • Platoon (1986, 59th): Picture [O], Director [O], Supporting Actor (Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe), Original Screenplay, Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Sound [O]
  • Predator (1987, 60th): Visual Effects
  • The Untouchables (1987, 60th): Supporting Actor (Sean Connery) [O], Original Score, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th): Original Score, Sound

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 11-13, 1982

Weekend Box Office:

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $11,835,389 ($11,835,389 total) {week 1}
  2. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $8,222,095 ($43,748,403 total) {week 3}
  3. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $5,379,673 ($15,840,440 total) {week 2}
  4. Victor/Victoria (1982, 55th) – $732,939 ($21,626,758 total) {week 13}
  5. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $649,362 ($58,330,748 total) {week 38}
  6. Annie (1982, 55th) – $374,950 ($2,751,328 total) {week 4}
  7. Diner (1982, 55th) – $198,419 ($1,312,893 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $38,525,399 ($38,525,399 total)
  2. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $26,763,758 ($142,405,516 total)
  3. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $17,511,385 ($51,562,249 total)
  4. Victor/Victoria (1982, 55th) – $2,385,791 ($70,397,304 total)
  5. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $2,113,740 ($189,872,537 total)
  6. Annie (1982, 55th) – $1,220,501 ($8,955,853 total)
  7. Diner (1982, 55th) – $645,874 ($4,273,601 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
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th): Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Original Score [O], Film Editing, Cinematography, Sound [O], Sound Effects [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • Poltergeist (1982, 55th): Original Score, Sound Effects Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • Rocky III (1982, 55th): Original Song (“Eye of the Tiger”)
  • 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

45 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 17-19, 1977

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Deep (1977, 50th) – $6,835,540 ($6,835,540 total) {week 1}
  2. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $2,788,281 ($12,943,513 total) {week 4}
  3. Smokey and the Bandit (1977, 50th) – $130,180 ($5,170,000 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Deep (1977, 50th) – $29,334,582 ($29,334,582 total)
  2. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $11,965,852 ($55,546,825 total)
  3. Smokey and the Bandit (1977, 50th) – $558,665 ($22,186,951 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Deep (1977, 50th): Sound
  • 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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