Oscar in Box Office History (Week 28, 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 Jul. 14-16, 2017

Weekend Box Office:

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, 90th) – $56,262,929 ($56,262,929 total) {week 1}
  2. Baby Driver (2017, 90th) – $8,714,045 ($73,115,902 total) {week 3}
  3. The Big Sick (2017, 90th) – $7,563,040 ($15,999,864 total) {week 4}
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $509,535 ($386,571,925 total) {week 11}
  5. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $140,315 ($174,204,787 total) {week 16}
  6. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $5,002 ($169,368,525 total) {week 30}
  7. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $1,453 ($104,621 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, 90th) – $60,026,336 ($60,026,336 total)
  2. Baby Driver (2017, 90th) – $9,296,924 ($78,006,598 total)
  3. The Big Sick (2017, 90th) – $8,068,929 ($17,070,089 total)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $543,618 ($412,429,579 total)
  5. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $149,701 ($185,857,281 total)
  6. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $5,337 ($180,697,523 total)
  7. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $1,550 ($111,619 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th): Documentary Feature
  • Baby Driver (2017, 90th): Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing
  • 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
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, 90th): Visual Effects

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 13-15, 2012

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ted (2012, 85th) – $22,410,855 ($159,257,250 total) {week 3}
  2. Brave (2012, 85th) – $11,160,522 ($196,061,319 total) {week 4}
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $3,704,507 ($32,483,002 total) {week 8}
  4. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $1,398,754 ($613,660,486 total) {week 11}
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $1,022,270 ($151,630,800 total) {week 7}
  6. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $978,655 ($124,307,416 total) {week 6}
  7. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 85th) – $790,535 ($1,692,675 total) {week 3}
  8. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $174,655 ($30,466,672 total) {week 12}
  9. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $50,829 ($64,757,064 total) {week 16}
  10. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $16,114 ($1,919,849 total) {week 14}
  11. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $17,218 ($208,749 total) {week 7}
  12. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $5,700 ($55,609 total) {week 7}
  13. The Invisible War (2012, 85th) – $1,661 ($42,962 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ted (2012, 85th) – $26,943,704 ($191,468,829 total)
  2. Brave (2012, 85th) – $13,417,864 ($235,716,938 total)
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $4,453,785 ($39,053,056 total)
  4. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $1,681,668 ($737,780,258 total)
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $1,229,036 ($182,299,844 total)
  6. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $1,176,599 ($149,449,996 total)
  7. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 85th) – $950,430 ($2,035,038 total)
  8. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $209,981 ($36,628,901 total)
  9. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $61,110 ($77,854,912 total)
  10. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $19,373 ($2,308,160 total)
  11. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $20,701 ($250,971 total)
  12. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $6,853 ($66,857 total)
  13. The Invisible War (2012, 85th) – $1,997 ($51,652 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th): Documentary Feature
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 85th): Picture, Directing, Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis), Adapted Screenplay
  • Brave (2012, 85th): Animated Feature [O]
  • A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th): Animated Feature
  • 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
  • Ted (2012, 85th): Original Song (“Everybody Needs a Best Friend”)

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 13-15, 2007

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Transformers (2007, 80th) – $37,027,901 ($224,009,583 total) {week 2}
  2. Ratatouille (2007, 80th) – $18,012,196 ($142,997,082 total) {week 3}
  3. Sicko (2007, 80th) – $2,604,139 ($15,830,046 total) {week 4}
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $1,396,749 ($304,454,423 total) {week 8}
  5. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $543,470 ($6,882,728 total) {week 7}
  6. Once (2007, 80th) – $326,664 ($5,082,298 total) {week 9}
  7. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $308,042 ($56,869,271 total) {week 6}
  8. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $26,637 ($4,548,331 total) {week 11}
  9. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $26,176 ($10,864,149 total) {week 23}
  10. Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th) – $207 ($202,928 total) {week 36}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Transformers (2007, 80th) – $51,505,380 ($311,594,725 total)
  2. Ratatouille (2007, 80th) – $25,054,755 ($198,907,278 total)
  3. Sicko (2007, 80th) – $3,622,327 ($22,019,410 total)
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $1,942,862 ($423,492,562 total)
  5. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $755,960 ($9,573,795 total)
  6. Once (2007, 80th) – $454,386 ($7,069,417 total)
  7. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $428,483 ($79,104,495 total)
  8. Away from Her (2007, 80th) – $37,052 ($6,326,676 total)
  9. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $36,411 ($15,111,905 total)
  10. Iraq in Fragments (2006, 79th) – $288 ($282,270 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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
  • Ratatouille (2007, 80th): Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing
  • Sicko (2007, 80th): Documentary Feature
  • Surf’s Up (2007, 80th): Animated Feature
  • Transformers (2007, 80th): Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th): Actress (Marion Cotillard) [O], Costume Design, Makeup [O]

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 12-14, 2002

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Road to Perdition (2002, 75th) – $22,079,481 ($22,079,481 total) {week 1}
  2. Lilo & Stitch (2002, 75th) – $8,024,738 ($118,411,367 total) {week 4}
  3. Minority Report (2002, 75th) – $7,216,069 ($110,137,457 total) {week 4}
  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $2,230,158 ($27,031,170 total) {week 13}
  5. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $1,281,757 ($293,817,458 total) {week 9}
  6. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $890,372 ($401,991,818 total) {week 11}
  7. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $198,030 ($40,566,655 total) {week 9}
  8. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $185,249 ($175,676,099 total) {week 18}
  9. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $161,639 ($71,685,619 total) {week 8}
  10. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $146,848 ($52,309,210 total) {week 10}
  11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $114,543 ($312,762,385 total) {week 30}
  12. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $101,137 ($13,364,656 total) {week 18}
  13. Elling (2001, 74th) – $17,539 ($130,539 total) {week 7}
  14. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $7,769 ($470,474 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Road to Perdition (2002, 75th) – $36,368,439 ($36,368,439 total)
  2. Lilo & Stitch (2002, 75th) – $13,218,028 ($195,042,475 total)
  3. Minority Report (2002, 75th) – $11,886,021 ($181,414,021 total)
  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $3,673,427 ($44,524,664 total)
  5. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $2,111,259 ($483,964,384 total)
  6. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $1,466,585 ($662,144,871 total)
  7. About a Boy (2002, 75th) – $326,187 ($66,819,774 total)
  8. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $305,135 ($289,366,655 total)
  9. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $266,245 ($118,077,689 total)
  10. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $241,882 ($86,161,642 total)
  11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $188,671 ($515,169,712 total)
  12. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, 75th) – $166,589 ($22,013,728 total)
  13. Elling (2001, 74th) – $28,890 ($215,019 total)
  14. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $12,797 ($774,946 total)

Oscar Details:

  • About a Boy (2002, 75th): Adapted Screenplay
  • 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
  • Road to Perdition (2002, 75th): Supporting Actor (Paul Newman), Original Score, Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Sound, Sound Film Editing
  • 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 Jul. 11-13, 1997

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Men in Black (1997, 70th) – $30,062,317 ($139,584,970 total) {week 2}
  2. Contact (1997, 70th) – $20,584,908 ($20,584,908 total) {week 1}
  3. Face/Off (1997, 70th) – $12,332,309 ($71,772,555 total) {week 3}
  4. Hercules (1997, 70th) – $8,339,217 ($66,492,048 total) {week 5}
  5. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th) – $8,321,580 ($83,502,316 total) {week 4}
  6. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $2,891,449 ($89,903,753 total) {week 6}
  7. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $1,350,900 ($221,055,524 total) {week 8}
  8. 4 Little Girls (1997, 70th) – $13,528 ($18,895 total) {week 1}
  9. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $102,955 ($61,138,490 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Men in Black (1997, 70th) – $62,678,949 ($291,030,101 total)
  2. Contact (1997, 70th) – $42,918,860 ($42,918,860 total)
  3. Face/Off (1997, 70th) – $25,712,461 ($149,643,432 total)
  4. Hercules (1997, 70th) – $17,386,995 ($138,633,747 total)
  5. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th) – $17,350,222 ($174,099,600 total)
  6. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $6,028,577 ($187,446,387 total)
  7. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $2,816,582 ($460,893,544 total)
  8. 4 Little Girls (1997, 70th) – $28,205 ($39,395 total)
  9. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $214,658 ($127,471,754 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 4 Little Girls (1997, 70th): Documentary Feature
  • Con Air (1997, 70th): Original Song (“How Do I Live”), Sound
  • Contact (1997, 70th): Sound
  • Face/Off (1997, 70th): Sound Effects
  • 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
  • Men in Black (1997, 70th): Original Musical or Comedy Score, Art Direction, Makeup [O]
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th): Original Comedy/Musical Score

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 10-12, 1992

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Batman Returns (1992, 65th) – $7,722,838 ($137,482,546 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Batman Returns (1992, 65th) – $17,809,051 ($317,038,064 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman Returns (1992, 65th): Makeup, Visual Effects

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 10-12, 1987

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th) – $6,079,963 ($13,013,643 total) {week 3}
  2. Innerspace (1987, 60th) – $4,300,503 ($14,337,552 total) {week 2}
  3. The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th) – $3,653,639 ($47,267,541 total) {week 5}
  4. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $3,501,874 ($132,331,405 total) {week 8}
  5. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $3,211,390 ($56,969,748 total) {week 6}
  6. Predator (1987, 60th) – $2,877,820 ($46,854,315 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th) – $14,881,137 ($31,851,807 total)
  2. Innerspace (1987, 60th) – $10,525,784 ($35,092,167 total)
  3. The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th) – $8,942,538 ($115,690,631 total)
  4. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $8,571,083 ($323,890,421 total)
  5. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $7,860,103 ($139,437,465 total)
  6. Predator (1987, 60th) – $7,043,667 ($114,679,231 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th): Original Song (“Shakedown”)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th): Adapted Screenplay
  • Innerspace (1987, 60th): Visual Effects [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 Jul. 9-11, 1982

Weekend Box Office:

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $12,802,287 ($106,852,599 total) {week 5}
  2. Tron (1982, 55th) – $4,761,795 ($4,761,795 total) {week 1}
  3. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $4,459,637 ($79,325,537 total) {week 7}
  4. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $3,246,527 ($42,746,527 total) {week 6}
  5. Annie (1982, 55th) – $3,146,153 ($31,172,057 total) {week 8}
  6. Blade Runner (1982, 55th) – $2,505,551 ($19,002,404 total) {week 3}
  7. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $355,233 ($61,102,884 total) {week 42}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $41,672,751 ($347,816,113 total)
  2. Tron (1982, 55th) – $15,500,129 ($15,500,129 total)
  3. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $14,516,574 ($258,212,717 total)
  4. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $10,567,777 ($139,144,307 total)
  5. Annie (1982, 55th) – $10,241,049 ($101,468,226 total)
  6. Blade Runner (1982, 55th) – $8,155,824 ($61,854,764 total)
  7. Chariots of Fire (1981, 54th) – $1,156,320 ($198,896,122 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Annie (1982, 55th): Original Song Score, Art Direction
  • Blade Runner (1982, 55th): Art Direction, Visual Effects
  • 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”)
  • Tron (1982, 55th): Costume Design, Sound

45 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 15-17, 1977

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $6,806,951 ($53,777,851 total) {week 8}
  2. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, 50th) – $1,347,927 ($1,539,734 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $29,211,893 ($230,786,562 total)
  2. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, 50th) – $5,784,602 ($6,607,737 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, 50th): Original Song (“Nobody Does It Better”), Original Score, Art Direction
  • 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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