Oscar in Box Office History (Week 31, 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

Jason Bourne (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #157

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. Because we want to keep the polls open a bit longer before starting the next phase, after we finish this third pass, we’ll be starting a Losers Bracket going back to round one and pulling all the losers out and facing them off against one another.

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

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This Day in Oscar History: July 29 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Foreign Language Film (1998 – 2002)

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Best Foreign Language Film Poll: 1998 – 2002

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Trailer Watch: Spaceman (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Spaceman, updated

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Trailer Watch: The Magnificent Seven (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

The Magnificent Seven, updated

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Oscar Profile #298: Walter Huston

walter-huston-1Born April 5, 1883 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Walter Huston was educated in that city’s public schools. As a young man he worked construction jobs and in his spare time attended The Shaw School of Acting. He made his acting debut in 1902, touring in a succession of plays. In 1904 he married Rhea Gore, the mother of his son, writer-actor-director John Huston (1906-1987), the subject of Oscar Profile #28. In 1909 he divorced Gore and married actress Bayonne Whipple with whom he would be married through 1924.

Huston made his Broadway debut in the title role in 1924’s Mr. Pitt and later starred in such successes as Desire Under the Elms, Kongo, The Barker> and Elmer the Great before moving to Hollywood where he starred in three 1929 talkies including the smash hit, The Virginian in which he shared star billing with Gary Cooper. He followed those films with starring roles in numerous well-remembered 1930s films including Abraham Lincoln, The Criminal Code, Rain, Gabriel Over the White House and Ann Vickers. He married his third wife, actress Nan Sunderland in 1931. They would remain married until his death in 1950.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 28 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jul. 29-31, 2016)

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What Are You Watching? (Jul. 29-31, 2016)

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Trailer Watch: Snowden (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Snowden, updated

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Film Preview: Storks (2016)

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(July 24, 2016) Original

Release Date:

September 23, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / C / C+ / C+ (9)

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Review: (#1) When people look down on you, it’s not endearing. While this might be the best design they have that features the entire group, it doesn’t have to feel so lifeless. (#2) Creating a touch of action may make the film feel a bit more daring, but there’s insufficient accompanying detail to make it interesting. (#3) A stork delivering a baby. It’s so original…not really. The design will appeal to the demo they expect to accompany the children, but to few others.

(#4) A sea of babies might pique the interest of folks who find such things adorable, but there will be an equal and possibly larger group of people that won’t be that interested. (#5-#13) When you get character posters, you hope for a number of things: backgrounds that differ and unique poses that keep them unified, but distinctive. Strangely, there are some designs that hit both these marks, but still look like generic efforts. These would be prime examples.

Trailer Rating: B- / C / B

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Review: (#1) A teaser that amps up the cuteness factor and zeroes in on the comedy without feeling vital or significant won’t sell many tickets.

(#2) Being something of a cross between teaser and full-blown trailer, this trailer succeeds at very little, which might prove disastrous.

(#3) This is the kind of trailer that encourages attendance. It’s not particularly vital or inventive, but that closing scene with the various characters trying desperately not to wake the baby makes up for almost all of the other issues with it.

Oscar Prospects:

It’s an incredibly full animated slate this year, so don’t expect a trifle like this to be taken too seriously with Oscar voters.

Trailer #1

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 29-31, 2016

With Matt Damon back at the helm, the fifth film in the Jason Bourne franchise will likely see a sizable jump in its opening weekend numbers. The first film in the series was the worst with a $27.1 million opening. The second film had a sizable bump to $52.5 million while the third film had another nice jump to $69.3 million. The fourth film, starring Jeremy Renner opened to a lower-than-hoped $38.1 million. Should Jason Bourne jump back to its prior high water marks, it will still win the weekend. Even performing to the 2012 film’s numbers would likely take the weekend. There is simply no other competition capable of stopping it.

Our Highest Rated Films: Jason Bourne, Indignation
Our Best Awards Ratings: Indignation (Oscars), Jason Bourne (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Gleason

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This Day in Oscar History: July 27 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Hands of Stone (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Hands of Stone, updated

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Trailer Watch: The Girl on the Train (2016) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#3)

The Girl on the Train, updated

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