Oscar in Box Office History (Week 30, 2020)

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. 24-25, 2015

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $7,414,528 ($320,393,339 total) {week 6}
  2. Amy (2015, 88th) – $726,680 ($5,543,072 total) {week 4}
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $418,192 ($151,622,298 total) {week 11}
  4. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $86,000 ($468,000 total) {week 4}
  5. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $29,052 ($200,924,161 total) {week 20}
  6. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $12,597 ($25,388,704 total) {week 14}
  7. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $11,310 ($1,022,916 total) {week 28}
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $11,061 ($20,614 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Inside Out (2015, 88th) – $8,056,593 ($348,137,958 total)
  2. Amy (2015, 88th) – $789,607 ($6,023,077 total)
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th) – $454,406 ($164,752,106 total)
  4. Cartel Land (2015, 88th) – $93,447 ($508,527 total)
  5. Cinderella (2015, 88th) – $31,568 ($218,323,288 total)
  6. Ex Machina (2015, 88th) – $13,688 ($27,587,251 total)
  7. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th) – $12,289 ($1,111,496 total)
  8. The Look of Silence (2015, 88th) – $12,019 ($22,399 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015, 88th): Makeup & Hairstyling
  • Amy (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • Cartel Land (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature
  • Cinderella (2015, 88th): Costume Design
  • Ex Machina (2015, 88th): Original Screenplay, Visual Effects [O]
  • Inside Out (2015, 88th): Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay
  • The Look of Silence (2015, 88th): Documentary Feature
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, 88th): Picture, Directing, Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Production Design [O], Costume Design [O], Makeup & Hairstyling [O], Sound Mixing [O], Sound Film Editing [O], Visual Effects

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 23-25, 2010

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $42,725,012 ($142,883,424 total) {week 2}
  2. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $36,011,243 ($36,011,243 total) {week 1}
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $8,917,512 ($379,416,551 total) {week 6}
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $2,594,758 ($4,909,949 total) {week 3}
  5. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $336,112 ($3,215,821 total) {week 6}
  6. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $322,661 ($3,556,647 total) {week 7}
  7. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $73,124 ($536,890 total) {week 5}
  8. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $63,200 ($6,129,370 total) {week 15}
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $26,196 ($3,018,777 total) {week 15}
  10. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $16,817 ($749,726,993 total) {week 32}
  11. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $1,875 ($676,061 total) {week 21}
  12. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $1,806 ($40,189 total) {week 5}
  13. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $324 ($453,660 total) {week 26}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Inception (2010, 83rd) – $49,602,169 ($165,882,404 total)
  2. Salt (2010, 83rd) – $41,807,730 ($41,807,730 total)
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd) – $10,352,904 ($440,488,670 total)
  4. The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd) – $3,012,419 ($5,700,270 total)
  5. I Am Love (2010, 83rd) – $390,214 ($3,733,450 total)
  6. Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd) – $374,598 ($4,129,136 total)
  7. Restrepo (2010, 83rd) – $84,894 ($623,310 total)
  8. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd) – $73,373 ($7,115,973 total)
  9. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd) – $30,413 ($3,504,689 total)
  10. Avatar (2009, 82nd) – $19,524 ($870,405,482 total)
  11. The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd) – $2,177 ($784,882 total)
  12. Dogtooth (2010, 83rd) – $2,097 ($46,658 total)
  13. The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd) – $376 ($526,683 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Avatar (2009, 82nd): Picture, Director, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography [O], Art Direction [O], Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects [O]
  • Dogtooth (2010, 83rd): Foreign Language Film
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • I Am Love (2010, 83rd): Costume Design
  • Inception (2010, 83rd): Picture, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Sound Mixing [O], Sound Film Editing [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • The Kids Are All Right (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Annette Bening), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Original Screenplay
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 82nd): Documentary Feature
  • Restrepo (2010, 83rd): Documentary Feature
  • Salt (2010, 83rd): Sound Mixing
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, 82nd): Foreign Language Film
  • The Secret of Kells (2009, 82nd): Animated Feature
  • Toy Story 3 (2010, 83rd): Picture, Animated Feature [O], Adapted Screenplay, Original Song (“We Belong Together”) [O], Sound Film Editing
  • Winter’s Bone (2010, 83rd): Picture, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), Adapted Screenplay

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 29-31, 2005

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $16,384,332 ($148,095,522 total) {week 3}
  2. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $5,481,239 ($218,369,264 total) {week 5}
  3. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $4,030,894 ($16,330,241 total) {week 6}
  4. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $4,029,764 ($14,589,913 total) {week 2}
  5. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $2,448,225 ($195,875,532 total) {week 7}
  6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $573,122 ($377,080,716 total) {week 11}
  7. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $209,598 ($527,134 total) {week 4}
  8. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $186,950 ($60,317,705 total) {week 9}
  9. Crash (2005, 78th) – $176,958 ($52,232,114 total) {week 13}
  10. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $48,823 ($4,444,694 total) {week 8}
  11. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $24,882 ($3,973,750 total) {week 15}
  12. Twist of Faith (2004, 77th) – $350 ($7,791 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th) – $23,413,492 ($211,631,042 total)
  2. War of the Worlds (2005, 78th) – $7,832,785 ($312,053,426 total)
  3. March of the Penguins (2005, 78th) – $5,760,217 ($23,336,195 total)
  4. Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th) – $5,758,602 ($20,849,236 total)
  5. Batman Begins (2005, 78th) – $3,498,556 ($279,909,497 total)
  6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th) – $819,001 ($538,854,814 total)
  7. Murderball (2005, 78th) – $299,519 ($753,284 total)
  8. Cinderella Man (2005, 78th) – $267,155 ($86,195,036 total)
  9. Crash (2005, 78th) – $252,876 ($74,640,587 total)
  10. Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th) – $69,769 ($6,351,544 total)
  11. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th) – $35,557 ($5,678,557 total)
  12. Twist of Faith (2004, 77th) – $500 ($11,133 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman Begins (2005, 78th): Cinematography
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, 78th): Costume Design
  • Cinderella Man (2005, 78th): Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti), Film Editing, Makeup
  • Crash (2005, 78th): Picture [O], Directing, Supporting Actor (Matt Dillon), Original Screenplay [O], Original Song (“In the Deep”), Film Editing [O]
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2005, 78th): Animated Feature
  • Hustle & Flow (2005, 78th): Actor (Terrence Howard), Original Song (“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”) [O]
  • March of the Penguins (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • Murderball (2005, 78th): Documentary Feature
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005, 78th): Makeup
  • Twist of Faith (2004, 77th): Documentary Feature
  • War of the Worlds (2005, 78th): Sound Mixing, Sound Film Editing, Visual Effects

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 28-30, 2000

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $7,517,689 ($158,053,931 total) {week 5}
  2. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $4,443,467 ($101,207,083 total) {week 5}
  3. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $874,562 ($179,965,669 total) {week 13}
  4. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $179,375 ($76,671,180 total) {week 15}
  5. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $78,320 ($125,441,155 total) {week 20}
  6. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $40,093 ($2,126,663 total) {week 17}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd) – $12,775,887 ($268,603,712 total)
  2. The Patriot (2000, 73rd) – $7,551,421 ($171,995,711 total)
  3. Gladiator (2000, 73rd) – $1,486,269 ($305,841,471 total)
  4. U-571 (2000, 73rd) – $304,838 ($130,298,332 total)
  5. Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd) – $133,100 ($213,180,145 total)
  6. East-West (1999, 72nd) – $68,136 ($3,614,143 total)

Oscar Details:

  • East-West (1999, 72nd): Foreign Language Film
  • Erin Brockovich (2000, 73rd): Picture, Directing, Actress (Julia Roberts) [O], Supporting Actor (Albert Finney), Original Screenplay
  • Gladiator (2000, 73rd): Picture [O], Directing, Actor (Russell Crowe) [O], Supporting Actor (Joaquin Phoenix) [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design [O], Sound [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • The Patriot (2000, 73rd): Original Score, Cinematography, Sound
  • The Perfect Storm (2000, 73rd): Sound, Visual Effects
  • U-571 (2000, 73rd): Sound, Sound Film Editing [O]

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 28-30, 1995

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Waterworld (1995, 68th) – $21,171,780 ($21,171,780 total) {week 1}
  2. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $9,223,710 ($127,003,515 total) {week 5}
  3. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $3,655,759 ($124,853,506 total) {week 7}
  4. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $1,764,044 ($174,939,168 total) {week 7}
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $406,626 ($58,944,581 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Waterworld (1995, 68th) – $44,582,415 ($44,582,415 total)
  2. Apollo 13 (1995, 68th) – $19,422,801 ($267,437,287 total)
  3. Pocahontas (1995, 68th) – $7,698,104 ($262,909,911 total)
  4. Batman Forever (1995, 68th) – $3,714,631 ($368,377,650 total)
  5. Braveheart (1995, 68th) – $856,252 ($124,122,382 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Apollo 13 (1995, 68th): Picture, Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan), Adapted Screenplay, Original Dramatic Score, Film Editing [O], Art Direction, Sound [O], Visual Effects
  • Batman Forever (1995, 68th): Cinematography, Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing
  • 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]
  • Pocahontas (1995, 68th): Original Song (“Colors of the Wind”) [O], Original Musical or Comedy Score [O]
  • Waterworld (1995, 68th): Sound

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 27-29, 1990

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $11,074,738 ($51,392,872 total) {week 3}
  2. Days of Thunder (1990, 63rd) – $3,267,823 ($69,335,119 total) {week 5}
  3. Dick Tracy (1990, 63rd) – $1,751,976 ($99,098,477 total) {week 7}
  4. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $1,263,600 ($110,907,180 total) {week 9}
  5. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $1,187,818 ($162,320,365 total) {week 19}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ghost (1990, 63rd) – $23,982,175 ($111,290,475 total)
  2. Days of Thunder (1990, 63rd) – $7,076,420 ($150,144,135 total)
  3. Dick Tracy (1990, 63rd) – $3,793,877 ($214,596,229 total)
  4. Total Recall (1990, 63rd) – $2,736,306 ($240,167,794 total)
  5. Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd) – $2,572,202 ($351,502,256 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Days of Thunder (1990, 63rd): Sound
  • Dick Tracy (1990, 63rd): Supporting Actor (Al Pacino), Original Song (“Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)”) [O], Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Costume Design, Makeup [O], Sound
  • Ghost (1990, 63rd): Picture, Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg) [O], Original Screenplay [O], Original Score, Film Editing
  • Pretty Woman (1990, 63rd): Actress (Julia Roberts)
  • Total Recall (1990, 63rd): Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing, Visual Effects (Special Achievement Award) [O]

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 26-28, 1985

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $9,466,280 ($66,639,288 total) {week 4}
  2. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $3,231,315 ($15,087,062 total) {week 3}
  3. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $3,158,302 ($52,037,930 total) {week 6}
  4. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $2,883,075 ($134,910,164 total) {week 10}
  5. The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th) – $55,962 ($55,962 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Back to the Future (1985, 58th) – $24,425,669 ($171,948,135 total)
  2. Silverado (1985, 58th) – $8,337,703 ($38,928,870 total)
  3. Cocoon (1985, 58th) – $8,149,309 ($134,272,518 total)
  4. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th) – $7,439,146 ($348,106,226 total)
  5. The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th) – $144,398 ($144,398 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Back to the Future (1985, 58th): Original Screenplay, Original Song (“The Power of Love’), Sound, Sound Effects Film Editing [O]
  • Cocoon (1985, 58th): Supporting Actor (Don Ameche) [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985, 58th): Picture, Directing, Actor (William Hurt) [O], Adapted Screenplay
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, 58th): Sound Effects Film Editing
  • Silverado (1985, 58th): Original Score, Sound

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 25-27, 1980

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $7,130,000 ($118,310,568 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd) – $24,279,108 ($402,871,674 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 53rd): Original Score, Art Direction, Sound [O], Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects) [O]

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