Oscar in Box Office History (Week 12, 2017)

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

Life (Wide)

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

Wilson (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Woody Harrelson).

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #191

We are currently tackling the losers bracket.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 24 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Oscar Ceremonies

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Poll: Oscar Hosts, Part 4

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Best of Hosts, Part 4

In our fourth week, we continue looking at the best Oscar hosts in history.

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Film Preview: Win It All (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 7, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Eddie Garrett agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When he discovers cash in the bag, he’s unable to resist the temptation and winds up deeply in debt. When the prison release is shortened, Eddie suddenly has a small window of time to win all the money back.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There are elements to the trailer that make the film look modestly entertaining, but there are others that make it feel both derivative and pointless.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Buster’s Mal Heart (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He’s haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea only to discover that the dream is real: He is one man in two bodies.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: What is the inversion and why is it such a small reference on the poster. The only other element that references it is the upside-down clock on the wall. Otherwise, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to give this more than a cursory glance.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer creates the impression of an unusual film that will test the mind’s capability of rationalizing what it sees. That alone, and not the seemingly uninteresting premise, is the only reason this trailer works.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 1

On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus section for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.

I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our members traditionally cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature bringing the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus section.

We start off our first week with Best Actor. Below are the five actors nominated for Best Actor this year. Each section is followed by a small gallery of all of their Oscar-nominated roles.

Best Actor

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Oscar Profile #332: Lee Remick

Born December 14, 1935 in Quincey, Massachusetts to Gertrude (nee Waldo), an actress and Francis Remick, a department store owner, Lee Remick was educated at Barnard College, where she studied dancing as well as acting.

Remick made her TV debut at the age of 17 in an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre. After several more TV roles, she made her film debut as the Southern majorette baton twirler who catches Andy Griffith’s eye in Elia Kazan’s 1957 film, A Face in the Crowd, the same year that she married TV director Bill Colleran. Her second film role was also as a Southern sexpot in Martin Ritt’s 1958 film of William Faulkner’s The Long, Hot Summer alongside Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles and Angela Lansbury.

The actress gave birth to her daughter Kate in 1959, the same year she starred opposite Don Murray and Richard Egan in Richard Fleischer’s These Thousand Hills and ended the year in Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder in which she became a major star in a role intended for Lana Turner opposite James Stewart.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 23 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Oscar Ceremonies

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Mar. 24-26, 2017)

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Film Preview: Salt and Fire (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

April 7, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C-

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Review: (#1) Three-panel designs are usually not that interesting and while it’s still a deign decision of questionable merit, the color structure and layout is modestly compelling. (#2) Then you have something dull like this two-panel design and you realize why there are right ways and wrong ways to do them.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: Werner Herzog is an odd filmmaker who looks on life’s impermanence with great vigor. This trailer doesn’t tap into that nihilism very much, but the nature shots are stunning and you could put together a worse cast to interest an audience.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Okja (2017)

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(March 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 28, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: It’s impossible to get a full grasp on the film’s premise. There are some wonderful shots assembled into the trailer, but it tries very hard for mystery, but goes a very odd way to get there.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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2017 Spring Season Preview: April

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

April 7, 2017

The Case for Christ

Premise: From IMDb: “Based on the true story of an award-winning investigative journalist — and avowed atheist — who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife… with unexpected, life-altering results.”
Box Office Prospects: $40 M
Expectations: Decent. The producers are hoping for a result similar to God’s Not Dead, but are more likely to deliver in the Soul Surfer range.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: Preview was not available by posting deadline.
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Looking at the Weekend: Mar. 24-26, 2017

What will the audience be in the mood for, other than a second weekend of Beauty and the Beast? You have two films built of television series and a new sci-fi drama starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Normally, it wouldn’t be a contest, but the Power Rangers are still immensely popular after all these years and CHiPs promises stupid comedy that has shown a tenacity at the box office. My prediction is that CHiPs crashes and burns while Power Rangers debuts fairly well, but Life will perform better than anyone expected.

Our Highest Rated Films: Life
Our Best Awards Ratings: Life (Oscars), The Leveling (Critics)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

I Called Him Morgan
Phillauri
Slamma Jamma

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This Day in Oscar History: March 22 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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