Oscar in Box Office History (Week 31, 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 Aug. 4-6, 2017

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Dunkirk (2017, 90th) – $17,135,246 ($133,090,984 total) {week 3}
  2. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, 90th) – $6,169,134 ($130,449,389 total) {week 4}
  3. Baby Driver (2017, 90th) – $2,573,956 ($97,074,886 total) {week 6}
  4. The Big Sick (2017, 90th) – $2,163,021 ($33,927,449 total) {week 7}
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $453,768 ($388,399,203 total) {week 14}
  6. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $62,939 ($174,807,184 total) {week 19}
  7. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $1,245 ($113,279 total) {week 11}
  8. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $454 ($169,375,149 total) {week 33}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Dunkirk (2017, 90th) – $18,281,416 ($141,993,391 total)
  2. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, 90th) – $6,581,785 ($139,175,101 total)
  3. Baby Driver (2017, 90th) – $2,746,127 ($103,568,189 total)
  4. The Big Sick (2017, 90th) – $2,307,705 ($36,196,844 total)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $484,120 ($414,379,083 total)
  6. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $67,149 ($186,499,972 total)
  7. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017, 90th) – $1,328 ($120,856 total)
  8. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $484 ($180,704,590 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
  • Dunkirk (2017, 90th): Picture, Directing, Original Score, Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Mixing [O], Sound Film Editing [O]
  • 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 Aug. 3-5, 2012

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ted (2012, 85th) – $5,644,680 ($203,579,915 total) {week 6}
  2. Brave (2012, 85th) – $2,986,214 ($223,420,254 total) {week 7}
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $1,240,083 ($40,779,127 total) {week 11}
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 85th) – $1,154,768 ($5,883,560 total) {week 6}
  5. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $417,065 ($616,768,487 total) {week 14}
  6. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $316,710 ($153,829,955 total) {week 10}
  7. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $167,824 ($125,826,942 total) {week 9}
  8. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $66,732 ($31,051,126 total) {week 15}
  9. Searching for Sugar Man (2012, 85th) – $38,743 ($82,093 total) {week 2}
  10. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $14,714 ($1,967,825 total) {week 17}
  11. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $10,959 ($264,906 total) {week 10}
  12. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $6,734 ($64,890,595 total) {week 19}
  13. The Invisible War (2012, 85th) – $1,154 ($50,853 total) {week 7}
  14. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $892 ($63,100 total) {week 10}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ted (2012, 85th) – $6,786,380 ($244,756,255 total)
  2. Brave (2012, 85th) – $3,590,210 ($268,609,526 total)
  3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $1,490,904 ($49,027,167 total)
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 85th) – $1,388,333 ($7,073,577 total)
  5. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $501,421 ($741,516,887 total)
  6. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $380,768 ($184,943,803 total)
  7. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $201,768 ($151,276,864 total)
  8. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012, 85th) – $80,229 ($37,331,567 total)
  9. Searching for Sugar Man (2012, 85th) – $46,579 ($98,697 total)
  10. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $17,690 ($2,365,840 total)
  11. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $13,176 ($318,486 total)
  12. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $8,096 ($78,015,452 total)
  13. The Invisible War (2012, 85th) – $1,387 ($61,139 total)
  14. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $1,072 ($75,863 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
  • Searching for Sugar Man (2012, 85th): Documentary Feature [O]
  • 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 Aug. 3-5, 2007

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, 80th) – $69,283,690 ($69,283,690 total) {week 1}
  2. Transformers (2007, 80th) – $6,021,472 ($296,379,328 total) {week 5}
  3. Ratatouille (2007, 80th) – $3,987,800 ($188,246,213 total) {week 6}
  4. Sicko (2007, 80th) – $503,702 ($22,640,294 total) {week 7}
  5. Once (2007, 80th) – $284,084 ($6,529,474 total) {week 12}
  6. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $234,036 ($58,002,217 total) {week 9}
  7. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $221,623 ($8,662,108 total) {week 10}
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $192,124 ($307,318,071 total) {week 11}
  9. No End in Sight (2007, 80th) – $44,057 ($93,586 total) {week 2}
  10. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $18,114 ($11,215,009 total) {week 26}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, 80th) – $96,372,807 ($96,372,807 total)
  2. Transformers (2007, 80th) – $8,375,798 ($412,260,199 total)
  3. Ratatouille (2007, 80th) – $5,546,983 ($261,848,293 total)
  4. Sicko (2007, 80th) – $700,644 ($31,492,386 total)
  5. Once (2007, 80th) – $395,158 ($9,082,422 total)
  6. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $325,541 ($80,680,409 total)
  7. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $308,275 ($12,048,892 total)
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $267,242 ($427,475,863 total)
  9. No End in Sight (2007, 80th) – $61,283 ($130,177 total)
  10. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $25,196 ($15,599,947 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, 80th): Film Editing [O], Sound Mixing [O], Sound Film Editing [O]
  • The Lives of Others (2006, 79th): Foreign Language Film
  • No End in Sight (2007, 80th): Documentary Feature
  • 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 Aug. 2-4, 2002

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Road to Perdition (2002, 75th) – $6,600,143 ($77,153,318 total) {week 4}
  2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $3,002,241 ($40,172,975 total) {week 16}
  3. Minority Report (2002, 75th) – $1,727,031 ($126,618,621 total) {week 7}
  4. Lilo & Stitch (2002, 75th) – $1,358,317 ($137,263,211 total) {week 7}
  5. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $624,323 ($298,104,876 total) {week 12}
  6. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $234,714 ($403,505,336 total) {week 14}
  7. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $199,502 ($72,643,084 total) {week 11}
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $69,067 ($313,240,158 total) {week 33}
  9. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $67,470 ($255,352,147 total) {week 34}
  10. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $44,487 ($176,233,459 total) {week 21}
  11. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $33,660 ($52,716,903 total) {week 13}
  12. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $13,468 ($514,882 total) {week 20}
  13. Promises (2001, 74th) – $2,711 ($188,424 total) {week 21}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Road to Perdition (2002, 75th) – $10,871,492 ($127,083,865 total)
  2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $4,945,171 ($66,171,320 total)
  3. Minority Report (2002, 75th) – $2,844,697 ($208,561,136 total)
  4. Lilo & Stitch (2002, 75th) – $2,237,366 ($226,094,480 total)
  5. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $1,028,360 ($491,026,448 total)
  6. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $386,612 ($664,637,877 total)
  7. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $328,612 ($119,654,787 total)
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $113,764 ($515,956,680 total)
  9. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $111,134 ($420,605,860 total)
  10. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $73,277 ($290,284,716 total)
  11. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $55,443 ($86,833,178 total)
  12. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $22,184 ($848,093 total)
  13. Promises (2001, 74th) – $4,465 ($310,364 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 1-3, 1997

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Air Force One (1997, 70th) – $25,731,622 ($80,738,833 total) {week 2}
  2. Men in Black (1997, 70th) – $8,011,097 ($208,122,305 total) {week 5}
  3. Contact (1997, 70th) – $6,249,420 ($75,642,069 total) {week 4}
  4. Face/Off (1997, 70th) – $3,758,825 ($102,028,771 total) {week 6}
  5. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th) – $3,120,933 ($108,928,218 total) {week 7}
  6. Hercules (1997, 70th) – $1,590,092 ($86,820,878 total) {week 8}
  7. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $464,927 ($95,801,264 total) {week 9}
  8. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $327,830 ($62,339,880 total) {week 13}
  9. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $258,965 ($223,886,079 total) {week 11}
  10. Mrs. Brown (1997, 70th) – $442,634 ($1,049,409 total) {week 3}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Air Force One (1997, 70th) – $53,649,591 ($168,337,828 total)
  2. Men in Black (1997, 70th) – $16,702,875 ($433,928,205 total)
  3. Contact (1997, 70th) – $13,029,836 ($157,711,242 total)
  4. Face/Off (1997, 70th) – $7,837,027 ($212,726,653 total)
  5. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th) – $6,507,043 ($227,111,775 total)
  6. Hercules (1997, 70th) – $3,315,290 ($181,018,693 total)
  7. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $969,358 ($199,742,505 total)
  8. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $683,515 ($129,976,613 total)
  9. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $539,934 ($466,795,158 total)
  10. Mrs. Brown (1997, 70th) – $922,877 ($2,187,983 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Air Force One (1997, 70th): Film Editing, Sound
  • 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]
  • Mrs. Brown (1997, 70th): Actress (Judi Dench), Makeup
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th): Original Comedy/Musical Score

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 1992

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Death Becomes Her (1992, 65th) – $12,110,355 ($12,110,355 total) {week 1}
  2. Batman Returns (1992, 65th) – $1,746,593 ($153,730,886 total) {week 7}
  3. Enchanted April (1992, 65th) – $73,041 ($73,041 total) {week 1}
  4. The Panama Deception (1992, 65th) – $6,563 ($6,563 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Death Becomes Her (1992, 65th) – $27,926,770 ($27,926,770 total)
  2. Batman Returns (1992, 65th) – $4,027,686 ($354,507,127 total)
  3. Enchanted April (1992, 65th) – $168,434 ($168,434 total)
  4. The Panama Deception (1992, 65th) – $15,134 ($15,134 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman Returns (1992, 65th): Makeup, Visual Effects
  • Death Becomes Her (1992, 65th): Visual Effects [O]
  • Enchanted April (1992, 65th): Supporting Actress (Joan Plowright), Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design
  • The Panama Deception (1992, 65th): Documentary Feature [O]

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 1987

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Robocop (1987, 60th) – $4,749,533 ($26,907,302 total) {week 3}
  2. Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th) – $2,736,128 ($31,471,827 total) {week 6}
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $1,791,425 ($143,757,298 total) {week 11}
  4. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $1,441,259 ($67,302,495 total) {week 9}
  5. The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th) – $1,167,796 ($57,306,187 total) {week 8}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Robocop (1987, 60th) – $11,624,816 ($65,857,514 total)
  2. Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th) – $6,696,866 ($77,029,510 total)
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $4,384,639 ($351,856,098 total)
  4. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $3,527,583 ($164,727,590 total)
  5. The Witches of Eastwick (1987, 60th) – $2,858,263 ($140,260,923 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th): Original Song (“Shakedown”)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th): Adapted Screenplay
  • Robocop (1987, 60th): Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects [O]
  • 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. 30-Aug. 1, 1982

Weekend Box Office:

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $10,425,071 ($169,506,056 total) {week 8}
  2. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982, 55th) – $9,012,785 ($28,414,748 total) {week 2}
  3. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982, 55th) – $3,304,679 ($4,330,104 total) {week 1}
  4. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $2,405,990 ($96,444,000 total) {week 10}
  5. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $1,847,018 ($54,890,000 total) {week 9}
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, 54th) – $1,617,938 ($214,485,942 total) {week 60}
  7. Annie (1982, 55th) – $1,435,056 ($42,125,691 total) {week 11}
  8. Tron (1982, 55th) – $1,198,339 ($18,076,682 total) {week 4}
  9. Blade Runner (1982, 55th) – $675,262 ($24,600,832 total) {week 6}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $33,934,670 ($551,759,509 total)
  2. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982, 55th) – $29,337,535 ($92,492,904 total)
  3. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982, 55th) – $10,757,067 ($14,094,930 total)
  4. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $7,831,743 ($313,935,061 total)
  5. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $6,012,232 ($178,672,551 total)
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, 54th) – $5,266,553 ($698,173,628 total)
  7. Annie (1982, 55th) – $4,671,254 ($137,123,423 total)
  8. Tron (1982, 55th) – $3,900,716 ($58,841,444 total)
  9. Blade Runner (1982, 55th) – $2,198,047 ($80,078,218 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Annie (1982, 55th): Original Song Score, Art Direction
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982, 55th): Supporting Actor (Charles Durning)
  • Blade Runner (1982, 55th): Art Direction, Visual Effects
  • 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]
  • An Officer and a Gentleman (1982, 55th): Actress (Debra Winger), Supporting Actor (Louis Gossett Jr) [O], Original Screenplay, Original Song (“Up Where We Belong”) [O], Original Score, Film Editing
  • Poltergeist (1982, 55th): Original Score, Sound Effects Film Editing, Visual Effects
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, 54th): Picture, Director, Original Score, Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Art Direction [O], Sound [O], Visual Effects [O], Special Achievement Award (Sound Effects Film Editing) [O]
  • Rocky III (1982, 55th): Original Song (“Eye of the Tiger”)
  • Tron (1982, 55th): Costume Design, Sound

45 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 5-7, 1977

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $7,195,573 ($90,284,705 total) {week 11}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $30,879,656 ($387,454,990 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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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