Oscar in Box Office History (Week 25, 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

Elvis (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Directing, Actor (Austin Butler), Supporting Actor (Tom Hanks), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound.

5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 23-25, 2017

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $3,023,042 ($380,236,369 total) {week 8}
  2. The Big Sick (2017, 90th) – $421,577 ($421,577 total) {week 1}
  3. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $330,791 ($173,080,163 total) {week 13}
  4. Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th) – $148,633 ($503,685,062 total) {week 15}
  5. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $12,643 ($93,170 total) {week 6}
  6. Logan (2017, 90th) – $5,686 ($226,264,255 total) {week 17}
  7. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $1,717 ($169,345,656 total) {week 27}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $3,225,252 ($405,670,240 total)
  2. The Big Sick (2017, 90th) – $449,776 ($449,776 total)
  3. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $352,917 ($184,657,431 total)
  4. Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th) – $158,575 ($537,376,370 total)
  5. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $13,489 ($99,402 total)
  6. Logan (2017, 90th) – $6,066 ($241,398,988 total)
  7. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $1,832 ($180,673,125 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th): Documentary Feature
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017, 90th): Production Design, Costume Design
  • The Big Sick (2017, 90th): Original Screenplay
  • 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. 22-24, 2012

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Brave (2012, 85th) – $66,323,594 ($66,323,594 total) {week 1}
  2. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $9,905,670 ($108,452,350 total) {week 3}
  3. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $8,085,630 ($137,128,350 total) {week 4}
  4. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $7,177,661 ($598,425,442 total) {week 8}
  5. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $3,394,430 ($11,613,828 total) {week 5}
  6. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $155,635 ($64,248,385 total) {week 13}
  7. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $64,445 ($29,262,697 total) {week 9}
  8. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $33,522 ($1,803,553 total) {week 11}
  9. The Invisible War (2012, 85th) – $16,500 ($16,500 total) {week 1}
  10. Footnote (2011, 84th) – $14,246 ($1,993,443 total) {week 16}
  11. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $10,483 ($107,208 total) {week 4}
  12. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $8,731 ($41,361 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Brave (2012, 85th) – $79,738,291 ($79,738,291 total)
  2. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $11,909,204 ($130,388,064 total)
  3. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $9,721,040 ($164,864,109 total)
  4. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $8,629,424 ($719,463,754 total)
  5. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $4,080,992 ($13,962,856 total)
  6. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $187,114 ($77,243,347 total)
  7. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $77,480 ($35,181,408 total)
  8. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $40,302 ($2,168,342 total)
  9. The Invisible War (2012, 85th) – $19,837 ($19,837 total)
  10. Footnote (2011, 84th) – $17,127 ($2,396,639 total)
  11. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $12,603 ($128,892 total)
  12. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $10,497 ($49,727 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th): Documentary Feature
  • Brave (2012, 85th): Animated Feature [O]
  • A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th): Animated Feature
  • Footnote (2011, 84th): Foreign Language Film
  • The Invisible War (2012, 85th): Documentary Feature
  • 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
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th): Costume Design

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 22-24, 2007

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $7,202,086 ($287,001,716 total) {week 5}
  2. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $6,580,743 ($47,193,723 total) {week 3}
  3. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $773,896 ($3,917,931 total) {week 4}
  4. Once (2007, 80th) – $474,135 ($3,227,004 total) {week 6}
  5. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $98,347 ($4,343,751 total) {week 8}
  6. Sicko (2007, 80th) – $68,969 ($68,969 total) {week 1}
  7. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $46,411 ($10,688,829 total) {week 20}
  8. After the Wedding (2006, 79th) – $27,057 ($1,470,052 total) {week 13}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $10,018,018 ($399,216,050 total)
  2. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $9,153,737 ($65,645,920 total)
  3. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $1,076,480 ($5,449,796 total)
  4. Once (2007, 80th) – $659,516 ($4,488,725 total)
  5. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $136,800 ($6,042,107 total)
  6. Sicko (2007, 80th) – $95,935 ($95,935 total)
  7. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $64,557 ($14,868,037 total)
  8. After the Wedding (2006, 79th) – $37,636 ($2,044,825 total)

Oscar Details:

  • After the Wedding (2006, 79th): Foreign Language Film
  • Away from Her (2007, 80th): Actress (Julie Christie), Adapted Screenplay
  • 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
  • Sicko (2007, 80th): Documentary Feature
  • 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. 21-23, 2002

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Minority Report (2002, 75th) – $35,677,125 ($35,677,125 total) {week 1}
  2. Lilo & Stitch (2002, 75th) – $35,260,212 ($35,260,212 total) {week 1}
  3. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $5,151,029 ($279,828,766 total) {week 6}
  4. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $4,555,932 ($390,382,313 total) {week 8}
  5. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $1,995,439 ($68,310,507 total) {week 5}
  6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $1,776,990 ($16,318,140 total) {week 10}
  7. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $1,210,015 ($37,305,400 total) {week 6}
  8. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $356,399 ($51,340,028 total) {week 7}
  9. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $263,603 ($174,637,157 total) {week 15}
  10. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $167,272 ($12,655,779 total) {week 15}
  11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $156,740 ($312,014,743 total) {week 27}
  12. Amelie (2001, 74th) – $17,733 ($33,177,691 total) {week 34}
  13. War Photographer (2001, 74th) – $9,327 ($14,312 total) {week 1}
  14. Elling (2001, 74th) – $2,880 ($40,800 total) {week 4}
  15. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $2,673 ($442,956 total) {week 14}
  16. Promises (2001, 74th) – $1,826 ($171,906 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Minority Report (2002, 75th) – $58,765,936 ($58,765,936 total)
  2. Lilo & Stitch (2002, 75th) – $58,079,213 ($58,079,213 total)
  3. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $8,484,569 ($460,922,769 total)
  4. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $7,504,349 ($643,022,158 total)
  5. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $3,286,807 ($112,518,339 total)
  6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $2,926,987 ($26,878,589 total)
  7. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $1,993,088 ($61,447,965 total)
  8. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $587,046 ($84,565,244 total)
  9. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $434,196 ($287,655,352 total)
  10. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $275,524 ($20,846,094 total)
  11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $258,176 ($513,938,226 total)
  12. Amelie (2001, 74th) – $29,209 ($54,648,968 total)
  13. War Photographer (2001, 74th) – $15,363 ($23,574 total)
  14. Elling (2001, 74th) – $4,744 ($67,204 total)
  15. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $4,403 ($729,619 total)
  16. Promises (2001, 74th) – $3,008 ($283,157 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
  • Lilo & Stitch (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]
  • Minority Report (2002, 75th): Sound Film Editing
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th): Original Screenplay
  • Promises (2001, 74th): Documentary Feature
  • 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)
  • War Photographer (2001, 74th): Documentary Feature
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th): Original Screenplay

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 20-22, 1997

Weekend Box Office:

  1. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th) – $21,678,377 ($21,678,377 total) {week 1}
  2. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $10,431,513 ($67,802,075 total) {week 3}
  3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $8,039,030 ($204,953,959 total) {week 5}
  4. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $865,012 ($59,767,649 total) {week 7}
  5. Hercules (1997, 70th) – $852,103 ($1,498,436 total) {week 2}
  6. Ulee’s Gold (1997, 70th) – $603,274 ($1,185,317 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th) – $45,198,708 ($45,198,708 total)
  2. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $21,749,364 ($141,365,111 total)
  3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $16,761,115 ($427,322,307 total)
  4. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $1,803,522 ($124,613,595 total)
  5. Hercules (1997, 70th) – $1,776,607 ($3,124,190 total)
  6. Ulee’s Gold (1997, 70th) – $1,257,807 ($2,471,347 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
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th): Original Comedy/Musical Score
  • Ulee’s Gold (1997, 70th): Actor (Peter Fonda)

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 19-21, 1992

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Batman Returns (1992, 65th) – $45,687,711 ($47,720,711 total) {week 1}
  2. Alien 3 (1992, 65th) – $1,528,605 ($49,497,102 total) {week 5}
  3. Basic Instinct (1992, 65th) – $951,125 ($107,273,869 total) {week 14}
  4. The Player (1992, 65th) – $559,813 ($21,706,101 total) {week 10}
  5. Howards End (1992, 65th) – $465,999 ($6,855,999 total) {week 15}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Batman Returns (1992, 65th) – $105,356,962 ($110,045,109 total)
  2. Alien 3 (1992, 65th) – $3,525,000 ($114,141,510 total)
  3. Basic Instinct (1992, 65th) – $2,193,317 ($247,376,127 total)
  4. The Player (1992, 65th) – $1,290,942 ($50,054,792 total)
  5. Howards End (1992, 65th) – $1,074,605 ($15,810,099 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Alien 3 (1992, 65th): Visual Effects
  • Basic Instinct (1992, 65th): Original Score, Film Editing
  • Batman Returns (1992, 65th): 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
  • The Player (1992, 65th): Director, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 19-21, 1987

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th) – $8,251,230 ($23,040,564 total) {week 2}
  2. Predator (1987, 60th) – $8,225,869 ($25,738,838 total) {week 2}
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $7,417,458 ($109,235,528 total) {week 5}
  4. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $7,111,602 ($35,775,782 total) {week 3}
  5. Harry and the Hendersons (1987, 60th) – $3,524,400 ($16,059,138 total) {week 3}
  6. Crocodile Dundee (1986, 59th) – $513,916 ($171,495,170 total) {week 39}
  7. Platoon (1986, 59th) – $489,258 ($133,491,989 total) {week 27}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th) – $20,195,466 ($56,393,401 total)
  2. Predator (1987, 60th) – $20,133,393 ($62,997,616 total)
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $18,154,750 ($267,361,638 total)
  4. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $17,406,146 ($87,563,743 total)
  5. Harry and the Hendersons (1987, 60th) – $8,626,217 ($39,305,870 total)
  6. Crocodile Dundee (1986, 59th) – $1,257,846 ($419,746,490 total)
  7. Platoon (1986, 59th) – $1,197,493 ($326,731,032 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. 18-20, 1982

Weekend Box Office:

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $12,610,610 ($34,416,986 total) {week 2}
  2. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $6,313,576 ($54,997,576 total) {week 4}
  3. Annie (1982, 55th) – $5,312,062 ($8,063,390 total) {week 5}
  4. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $4,709,044 ($24,296,134 total) {week 3}
  5. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $492,830 ($59,198,180 total) {week 39}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $41,048,822 ($112,030,801 total)
  2. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $20,551,334 ($179,022,722 total)
  3. Annie (1982, 55th) – $17,291,304 ($26,247,157 total)
  4. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $15,328,419 ($79,086,395 total)
  5. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $1,604,212 ($192,696,117 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]
  • 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”)

45 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jun. 24-26, 1977

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $4,885,463 ($20,514,376 total) {week 5}
  2. Smokey and the Bandit (1977, 50th) – $508,950 ($5,678,950 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $20,965,866 ($88,037,031 total)
  2. Smokey and the Bandit (1977, 50th) – $2,184,149 ($24,371,099 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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