Oscar in Box Office History (Week 32, 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. 11-13, 2017

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Dunkirk (2017, 90th) – $10,884,117 ($153,191,668 total) {week 4}
  2. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, 90th) – $3,603,698 ($137,232,191 total) {week 5}
  3. The Big Sick (2017, 90th) – $1,463,932 ($36,407,780 total) {week 8}
  4. Baby Driver (2017, 90th) – $1,441,906 ($100,033,833 total) {week 7}
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $257,117 ($388,879,065 total) {week 15}
  6. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $26,188 ($174,880,623 total) {week 20}
  7. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $487 ($169,375,734 total) {week 34}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Dunkirk (2017, 90th) – $11,612,152 ($163,438,602 total)
  2. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017, 90th) – $3,844,748 ($146,411,602 total)
  3. The Big Sick (2017, 90th) – $1,561,854 ($38,843,083 total)
  4. Baby Driver (2017, 90th) – $1,538,355 ($106,725,059 total)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017, 90th) – $274,315 ($414,891,043 total)
  6. The Boss Baby (2017, 90th) – $27,940 ($186,578,324 total)
  7. Hidden Figures (2016, 89th) – $520 ($180,705,215 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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. 10-12, 2012

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Ted (2012, 85th) – $3,223,675 ($209,848,585 total) {week 7}
  2. Brave (2012, 85th) – $1,802,665 ($227,245,531 total) {week 8}
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 85th) – $722,883 ($7,160,156 total) {week 7}
  4. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $614,394 ($42,074,792 total) {week 12}
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $274,350 ($154,299,060 total) {week 11}
  6. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $270,823 ($617,291,916 total) {week 15}
  7. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $111,008 ($126,048,269 total) {week 10}
  8. Searching for Sugar Man (2012, 85th) – $63,342 ($166,468 total) {week 3}
  9. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $8,549 ($1,982,037 total) {week 18}
  10. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $5,868 ($278,527 total) {week 11}
  11. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $1,295 ($64,933,670 total) {week 20}
  12. The Invisible War (2012, 85th) – $619 ($52,600 total) {week 8}
  13. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $187 ($63,924 total) {week 11}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Ted (2012, 85th) – $3,875,700 ($252,292,834 total)
  2. Brave (2012, 85th) – $2,167,274 ($273,208,509 total)
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 85th) – $869,094 ($8,608,379 total)
  4. Moonrise Kingdom (2012, 85th) – $738,662 ($50,584,894 total)
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012, 85th) – $329,840 ($185,507,789 total)
  6. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012, 85th) – $325,600 ($742,146,185 total)
  7. Prometheus (2012, 85th) – $133,461 ($151,542,957 total)
  8. Searching for Sugar Man (2012, 85th) – $76,154 ($200,138 total)
  9. Monsieur Lazhar (2011, 84th) – $10,278 ($2,382,926 total)
  10. A Cat in Paris (2011, 84th) – $7,055 ($334,862 total)
  11. Mirror Mirror (2012, 85th) – $1,557 ($78,067,239 total)
  12. The Invisible War (2012, 85th) – $744 ($63,239 total)
  13. 5 Broken Cameras (2012, 85th) – $225 ($76,853 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
  • 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. 10-12, 2007

Weekend Box Office:

  1. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, 80th) – $32,879,125 ($131,552,425 total) {week 2}
  2. Transformers (2007, 80th) – $3,236,060 ($302,869,658 total) {week 6}
  3. Ratatouille (2007, 80th) – $2,373,416 ($193,415,480 total) {week 7}
  4. Sicko (2007, 80th) – $265,871 ($23,249,325 total) {week 8}
  5. Once (2007, 80th) – $259,923 ($6,964,084 total) {week 13}
  6. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $190,746 ($8,989,913 total) {week 11}
  7. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $186,072 ($58,365,173 total) {week 10}
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $136,536 ($307,592,347 total) {week 12}
  9. No End in Sight (2007, 80th) – $118,581 ($235,594 total) {week 3}
  10. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $11,216 ($11,241,504 total) {week 27}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, 80th) – $45,734,481 ($182,987,893 total)
  2. Transformers (2007, 80th) – $4,501,322 ($421,288,173 total)
  3. Ratatouille (2007, 80th) – $3,301,394 ($269,038,684 total)
  4. Sicko (2007, 80th) – $369,823 ($32,339,541 total)
  5. Once (2007, 80th) – $361,550 ($9,686,960 total)
  6. La Vie en Rose (2007, 80th) – $265,325 ($12,504,864 total)
  7. Surf’s Up (2007, 80th) – $258,824 ($81,185,277 total)
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007, 80th) – $189,920 ($427,857,378 total)
  9. No End in Sight (2007, 80th) – $164,945 ($327,709 total)
  10. The Lives of Others (2006, 79th) – $15,601 ($15,636,801 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. 9-11, 2002

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Road to Perdition (2002, 75th) – $4,203,196 ($84,275,972 total) {week 5}
  2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $3,133,316 ($45,063,979 total) {week 17}
  3. Minority Report (2002, 75th) – $733,531 ($128,157,396 total) {week 8}
  4. Lilo & Stitch (2002, 75th) – $483,540 ($138,567,254 total) {week 8}
  5. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $346,881 ($298,843,890 total) {week 13}
  6. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $126,987 ($72,929,484 total) {week 12}
  7. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $84,383 ($403,620,726 total) {week 15}
  8. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $79,166 ($255,523,264 total) {week 35}
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $43,794 ($313,322,223 total) {week 34}
  10. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $24,233 ($176,295,381 total) {week 22}
  11. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $16,284 ($52,752,475 total) {week 14}
  12. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $8,742 ($531,206 total) {week 21}
  13. Elling (2001, 74th) – $7,895 ($178,648 total) {week 11}
  14. Promises (2001, 74th) – $1,313 ($194,070 total) {week 22}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Road to Perdition (2002, 75th) – $6,923,337 ($138,816,016 total)
  2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002, 75th) – $5,161,073 ($74,227,587 total)
  3. Minority Report (2002, 75th) – $1,208,243 ($211,095,745 total)
  4. Lilo & Stitch (2002, 75th) – $796,468 ($228,242,448 total)
  5. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002, 75th) – $571,369 ($492,243,722 total)
  6. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002, 75th) – $209,168 ($120,126,534 total)
  7. Spider-Man (2002, 75th) – $138,992 ($664,827,943 total)
  8. Monsters, Inc. (2001, 74th) – $130,399 ($420,887,717 total)
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, 74th) – $72,136 ($516,091,854 total)
  10. Ice Age (2002, 75th) – $39,916 ($290,386,712 total)
  11. Unfaithful (2002, 75th) – $26,822 ($86,891,770 total)
  12. Son of the Bride (2001, 74th) – $14,399 ($874,981 total)
  13. Elling (2001, 74th) – $13,004 ($294,262 total)
  14. Promises (2001, 74th) – $2,163 ($319,664 total)

Oscar Details:

  • 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
  • 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. 8-10, 1997

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Air Force One (1997, 70th) – $17,827,096 ($110,582,800 total) {week 3}
  2. Men in Black (1997, 70th) – $5,652,350 ($218,004,940 total) {week 6}
  3. Contact (1997, 70th) – $4,478,753 ($83,356,776 total) {week 5}
  4. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th) – $2,207,569 ($113,110,006 total) {week 8}
  5. Face/Off (1997, 70th) – $2,112,012 ($105,666,204 total) {week 7}
  6. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $1,054,105 ($225,098,329 total) {week 12}
  7. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $279,388 ($96,326,581 total) {week 10}
  8. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $165,754 ($62,717,503 total) {week 14}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Air Force One (1997, 70th) – $37,168,913 ($230,561,524 total)
  2. Men in Black (1997, 70th) – $11,784,965 ($454,533,176 total)
  3. Contact (1997, 70th) – $9,338,054 ($173,796,154 total)
  4. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997, 70th) – $4,602,709 ($235,830,666 total)
  5. Face/Off (1997, 70th) – $4,403,476 ($220,310,582 total)
  6. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, 70th) – $2,197,774 ($469,322,660 total)
  7. Con Air (1997, 70th) – $582,515 ($200,837,773 total)
  8. The Fifth Element (1997, 70th) – $345,592 ($130,763,944 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
  • 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 Aug. 7-9, 1992

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Unforgiven (1992, 65th) – $15,018,007 ($15,018,007 total) {week 1}
  2. Death Becomes Her (1992, 65th) – $7,815,250 ($25,660,235 total) {week 2}
  3. Batman Returns (1992, 65th) – $863,928 ($155,505,254 total) {week 8}
  4. Enchanted April (1992, 65th) – $255,398 ($382,260 total) {week 2}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Unforgiven (1992, 65th) – $34,631,886 ($34,631,886 total)
  2. Death Becomes Her (1992, 65th) – $18,022,155 ($59,173,120 total)
  3. Batman Returns (1992, 65th) – $1,992,239 ($358,598,863 total)
  4. Enchanted April (1992, 65th) – $588,954 ($881,501 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
  • Unforgiven (1992, 65th): Picture [O], Director [O], Actor (Clint Eastwood), Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) [O], Original Screenplay, Film Editing [O], Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound

35 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 7-9, 1987

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Robocop (1987, 60th) – $3,930,235 ($33,553,132 total) {week 4}
  2. Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th) – $2,264,906 ($35,347,958 total) {week 7}
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $1,373,259 ($146,068,529 total) {week 12}
  4. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $1,120,275 ($69,218,320 total) {week 10}
  5. Happy New Year (1987, 60th) – $30,625 ($30,625 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Robocop (1987, 60th) – $9,619,527 ($82,123,650 total)
  2. Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th) – $5,543,517 ($86,516,613 total)
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th) – $3,361,148 ($357,512,998 total)
  4. The Untouchables (1987, 60th) – $2,741,952 ($169,416,706 total)
  5. Happy New Year (1987, 60th) – $74,957 ($74,957 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987, 60th): Original Song (“Shakedown”)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987, 60th): Adapted Screenplay
  • Happy New Year (1987, 60th): Makeup
  • Robocop (1987, 60th): Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects [O]
  • The Untouchables (1987, 60th): Supporting Actor (Sean Connery) [O], Original Score, Art Direction, Costume Design

40 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 6-8, 1982

Weekend Box Office:

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $9,525,306 ($186,691,147 total) {week 9}
  2. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982, 55th) – $6,292,139 ($40,102,965 total) {week 3}
  3. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982, 55th) – $3,329,896 ($9,841,079 total) {week 2}
  4. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $2,409,498 ($100,478,205 total) {week 11}
  5. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $1,903,479 ($58,137,711 total) {week 10}
  6. The World According to Garp (1982, 55th) – $1,766,274 ($10,360,136 total) {week 3}
  7. Annie (1982, 55th) – $1,357,394 ($44,918,207 total) {week 12}
  8. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, 54th) – $1,213,958 ($216,763,652 total) {week 61}
  9. Tron (1982, 55th) – $1,190,254 ($20,411,730 total) {week 5}
  10. Blade Runner (1982, 55th) – $349,547 ($25,347,916 total) {week 7}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, 55th) – $31,005,843 ($607,698,734 total)
  2. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982, 55th) – $20,481,555 ($130,539,243 total)
  3. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982, 55th) – $10,839,151 ($32,033,716 total)
  4. Rocky III (1982, 55th) – $7,843,162 ($327,066,810 total)
  5. Poltergeist (1982, 55th) – $6,196,018 ($189,244,182 total)
  6. The World According to Garp (1982, 55th) – $5,749,402 ($33,723,300 total)
  7. Annie (1982, 55th) – $4,418,456 ($146,213,347 total)
  8. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, 54th) – $3,951,557 ($705,587,806 total)
  9. Tron (1982, 55th) – $3,874,398 ($66,442,264 total)
  10. Blade Runner (1982, 55th) – $1,137,811 ($82,510,053 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
  • The World According to Garp (1982, 55th): Supporting Actor (John Lithgow), Supporting Actress (Glenn Close)

45 Years Ago: The Weekend of Aug. 12-14, 1977

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $6,705,755 ($102,267,928 total) {week 12}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Star Wars (1977, 50th) – $28,777,612 ($438,880,749 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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