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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 29, 2012)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second 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 chance at this stage of the game. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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5 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 20-22, 2007

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Transformers - $20,514,497 ($262,978,000 total) {week 3}
  2. Ratatouille - $10,899,179 ($165,519,955 total) {week 4}
  3. Sicko - $1,945,723 ($19,185,853 total) {week 5}
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $730,059 ($306,034,458 total) {week 9}
  5. La Vie en Rose - $410,954 ($7,598,240 total) {week 7}
  6. Once - $288,087 ($5,541,181 total) {week 10}
  7. Surf's Up - $190,516 ($57,329,096 total) {week 7}
  8. The Lives of Others - $153,721 ($11,032,457 total) {week 24}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Transformers - $20,514,497 ($262,978,000 total)
  2. Ratatouille - $10,899,179 ($165,519,955 total)
  3. Sicko - $1,945,723 ($19,185,853 total)
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $730,059 ($306,034,458 total)
  5. La Vie en Rose - $410,954 ($7,598,240 total)
  6. Once - $288,087 ($5,541,181 total)
  7. Surf's Up - $190,516 ($57,329,096 total)
  8. The Lives of Others - $153,721 ($11,032,457 total)

Oscar Details:

  • The Lives of Others: Foreign Language Film
  • Once: Original Song [O]
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Makeup, Visual Effects
  • Ratatouille: Animated Feature [O], Original Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing
  • Sicko: Documentary Feature
  • Surf's Up: Animated Feature
  • Transformers: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects
  • La Vie en Rose: Actress [O], Costume Design, Makeup [O]

10 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 19-21, 2002

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Road to Perdition - $15,412,515 ($47,304,790 total) {week 2}
  2. Lilo & Stitch - $4,973,660 ($128,431,916 total) {week 5}
  3. Minority Report - $4,457,544 ($118,061,976 total) {week 5}
  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding - $2,497,454 ($30,862,103 total) {week 14}
  5. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - $1,020,638 ($295,621,611 total) {week 10}
  6. Spider-Man - $403,186 ($402,770,278 total) {week 12}
  7. Ice Age - $132,304 ($175,939,090 total) {week 19}
  8. Unfaithful - $113,524 ($52,514,896 total) {week 11}
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - $106,238 ($312,965,191 total) {week 31}
  10. Y Tu Mama Tambien - $102,065 ($13,521,028 total) {week 19}
  11. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - $80,754 ($71,882,246 total) {week 9}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Road to Perdition - $15,412,515 ($47,304,790 total)
  2. Lilo & Stitch - $4,973,660 ($128,431,916 total)
  3. Minority Report - $4,457,544 ($118,061,976 total)
  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding - $2,497,454 ($30,862,103 total)
  5. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - $1,020,638 ($295,621,611 total)
  6. Spider-Man - $403,186 ($402,770,278 total)
  7. Ice Age - $132,304 ($175,939,090 total)
  8. Unfaithful - $113,524 ($52,514,896 total)
  9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - $106,238 ($312,965,191 total)
  10. Y Tu Mama Tambien - $102,065 ($13,521,028 total)
  11. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - $80,754 ($71,882,246 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Ice Age: Animated Feature
  • Lilo & Stitch: Animated Feature
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Ian McKellen), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score [O], Original Song ("May It Be"), Editing, Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup [O], Sound, Visual Effects [O]
  • Minority Report: Sound Editing
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding: Original Screenplay
  • Road to Perdition: Supporting Actor (Paul Newman), Original Score, Cinematography [O], Art Direction, Sound, Sound Editing
  • Spider-Man: Sound, Visual Effects
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron: Animated Feature
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Visual Effects
  • Unfaithful: Actress (Diane Lane)
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien: Original Screenplay

15 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 18-20, 1997

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Men in Black - $19,029,928 ($172,145,793 total) {week 3}
  2. Contact - $16,114,633 ($47,408,514 total) {week 2}
  3. My Best Friend's Wedding - $6,522,025 ($94,729,094 total) {week 5}
  4. Hercules - $5,192,475 ($76,760,217 total) {week 6}
  5. Con Air - $1,775,312 ($92,985,580 total) {week 7}
  6. The Fifth Element - $100,291 ($61,310,358 total) {week 11}
  7. The Lost World: Jurassic Park - $701,375 ($222,529,669 total) {week 9}
  8. Mrs. Brown - $76,268 ($76,268 total) {week 1}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Men in Black - $19,029,928 ($172,145,793 total)
  2. Contact - $16,114,633 ($47,408,514 total)
  3. My Best Friend's Wedding - $6,522,025 ($94,729,094 total)
  4. Hercules - $5,192,475 ($76,760,217 total)
  5. Con Air - $1,775,312 ($92,985,580 total)
  6. The Fifth Element - $100,291 ($61,310,358 total)
  7. The Lost World: Jurassic Park - $701,375 ($222,529,669 total)
  8. Mrs. Brown - $76,268 ($76,268 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Con Air: Original Song ("How Do I Live"), Sound
  • Contact: Sound
  • The Fifth Element: Sound Editing
  • Hercules: Original Song ("Go the Distance")
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Visual Effects
  • Men in Black: Original Musical or Comedy Score, Art Direction, Makeup [O]
  • Mrs. Brown: Actress (Judi Dench), Makeup
  • My Best Friend's Wedding: Original Comedy/Musical Score

20 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 17-19, 1992

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Batman Returns - $4,303,453 ($145,480,492 total) {week 5}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Batman Returns - $4,303,453 ($145,480,492 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Batman Returns: Makeup, Visual Effects

25 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 17-19, 1987

Weekend Box Office:

  1. Robocop - $8,008,721 ($8,008,721 total) {week 1}
  2. Full Metal Jacket - $4,548,246 ($21,034,088 total) {week 4}
  3. Innerspace - $3,100,218 ($19,816,649 total) {week 3}
  4. Beverly Hills Cop II - $3,043,394 ($137,166,966 total) {week 9}
  5. The Witches of Eastwick - $2,804,682 ($51,918,373 total) {week 6}
  6. The Untouchables - $2,756,946 ($61,374,285 total) {week 7}
  7. Preadator - $1,697,726 ($49,985,393 total) {week 6}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. Robocop - $8,008,721 ($8,008,721 total)
  2. Full Metal Jacket - $4,548,246 ($21,034,088 total)
  3. Innerspace - $3,100,218 ($19,816,649 total)
  4. Beverly Hills Cop II - $3,043,394 ($137,166,966 total)
  5. The Witches of Eastwick - $2,804,682 ($51,918,373 total)
  6. The Untouchables - $2,756,946 ($61,374,285 total)
  7. Preadator - $1,697,726 ($49,985,393 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Beverly Hills Cop II: Original Song ("Shakedown")
  • Full Metal Jacket: Adapted Screenplay
  • Innerspace: Visual Effects [O]
  • Preadator: Visual Effects
  • Robocop: Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Editing [O]
  • The Untouchables: Supporting Actor (Sean Connery) [O], Original Score, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • The Witches of Eastwick: Original Score, Sound

30 Years Ago: The Weekend of Jul. 16-18, 1982

Weekend Box Office:

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - $13,003,581 ($129,434,096 total) {week 6}
  2. Tron - $3,646,192 ($11,008,899 total) {week 2}
  3. Rocky III - $3,587,682 ($85,987,682 total) {week 8}
  4. Poltergeist - $2,648,700 ($47,448,700 total) {week 7}
  5. Annie - $2,224,479 ($35,822,803 total) {week 9}
  6. Blade Runner - $1,492,855 ($21,774,216 total) {week 4}

Weekend Box Office (Adjusted for Inflation):

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - $13,003,581 ($129,434,096 total)
  2. Tron - $3,646,192 ($11,008,899 total)
  3. Rocky III - $3,587,682 ($85,987,682 total)
  4. Poltergeist - $2,648,700 ($47,448,700 total)
  5. Annie - $2,224,479 ($35,822,803 total)
  6. Blade Runner - $1,492,855 ($21,774,216 total)

Oscar Details:

  • Annie: Original Song Score, Art Direction
  • Blade Runner: Art Direction, Visual Effects
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Original Score [O], Editing, Cinematography, Sound [O], Sound Effects Editing [O], Visual Effects [O]
  • Poltergeist: Original Score, Sound Editing, Visual Effects
  • Rocky III: Original Song ("Eye of the Tiger")
  • Tron: Costume Design, Sound
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