Oscar in Box Office History (Week 19, 2016)

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. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. 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

Captain America: Civil War (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

Dheepan (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Foreign Language Film.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #145

We are now in the third round of voting for the Friday Face Off, pitting winners from the second round against each other. Just choose one selection in each of the categories below. Once this round completes, we’ll pit those winners against each other until we have a final winner. There might be a losers bracket at some point…

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 6 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best of the Animated Feature (2006 – 2010)

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Best Animated Feature Poll: 2006 – 2010

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Trailer Watch: Independence Day, updated (2016)

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#1-#8)

Independence Day: Resurgence, updated

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Oscar Profile #286: Tom Cruise

tom-cruiseBorn July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, better known as simply Tom Cruise, was the son of a special education teacher and electrical engineer, the only boy out of four children. The family moved to Canada where his father took a job working for the Canadian Air Force. After his parents’ divorce, his mother and the children returned to the U.S. Cruise entered a Catholic monastery intent on becoming a priest but left to pursue a career in acting.

Cruise made his film debut in 1981’s Endless Love and had a breakout role in the same year’s Taps. He had another important role in 1983’s The Outsiders and had his first hit, a huge one, as a star in the same year’s Risky Business. He has remained a star ever since.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 5 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (May 6-8, 2016)

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What Are You Watching? (May 6-8, 2016)

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Trailer Watch: Warcraft, updated (2016)

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#10-#18)

Warcraft, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: May 6-8, 2016

After the Iron Man films and The Avengers films, Captain America is the best opening title on their roster. With the addition of a large portion of the Avengers cast, an opening weekend well above its predecessor’s $95 million is expected. Some say it could be one of the top openers of the franchise. There’s a reason why there aren’t any other wide releases this weekend as they’d all be crushed. The Jungle Book, in its fourth weekend, will pose no credible threat.

Our Highest Rated Films: Dheepan, Captain America: Civil War
Our Best Awards Ratings: Captain America: Civil War (Oscars), Dheepan (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Black Songbird
Dark Horse
Elstree 1976
The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey
Rabin in His Own Words

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Review: Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool

Rating

Director

Tim Miller

Screenplay

Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick (Character: Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld)

Length

108 min.

Starring

Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic (voice), Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Michael Benyaer

MPAA Rating

R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity

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This Day in Oscar History: May 4 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: X-Men, updated (2016)

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#6-#18)

X-Men: Apocalypse, updated

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The DVD Report #482

Son of Saul PosterThe 2015 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Laszlo Nemes’ Hungarian film Son of Saul, is a devastatingly grim account of two days in the life of a Jewish prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp who survives by working for the Nazis. His job is to calm new arrivals to the camp as they remove their clothes and enter the showers, with a promise of hot soup when they emerge. The showers are, of course, gas ovens and there will be no soup waiting for them. They will either die from the inhalation of the gas or like one teenage boy, survive against overwhelming odds and undergo an examination by a doctor who will squeeze his nose with one hand and hold the other one over his mouth until he stops breathing.

The protagonist Saul, played by the Hungarian poet Geza Rohrig, who had discovered the boy still breathing is now determined to find a rabbi to give him a proper burial instead of his just being dumped in the pit with the other dead prisoners whose bodies will be burned. When asked why he is so determined to risk everything for this one dead boy, he claims that the boy is his son. Saul, who is among the walking dead, knows that his own time will soon be up. The Nazis only allow their Jewish helpers a few weeks before they too must go to the showers. The film, like the events it depicts, is a living nightmare. It helps that the Blu-ray and DVD come with a descriptive narration by actress Adrienne Barbeau because you really need expert vision to see a lot of what she is describing.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 3 (2016)

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