Oscars 2011: Box Office Figures
I was looking back over last year’s articles and saw that I wrote one about how the Academy likes voting for a film that’s made money. Which is generally true. Though The Hurt Locker being one of (or maybe it’s the lowest, I forget) the lowest-grossing Best Picture winners of all time shows that it’s not always the case. But generally, I think I found (and you can read that article here) that most of the time, the film that won Best Picture was in the top half (or top 3, when there were 5 nominees) of the nominees in terms of gross. I didn’t actually read through that entire article, but I’m pretty sure that was the gist of it.
I mostly wanted to use that as an excuse to check in with how this year’s nominees are doing, box office-wise. I haven’t really done that in a while. I’m curious to see how they’re doing. So, according to Box Office Mojo (which has it plastered on the front page), here are the grosses of all the Best Picture nominees as of right this second:
The Help — $169.7 million
War Horse — $79 million
The Descendants — $78.5 million
Moneyball — $75.6 million
Hugo — $69.4 million
Midnight in Paris — $56.6 million
The Artist — $31.9 million
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — $31.2 million
The Tree of Life — $13.3 million
That’s interesting. The Artist is not the lowest. But still, that might put it below The Hurt Locker. I feel like The Hurt Locker had at least $35 million at the box office by the time it won. Hmm.
Also of note: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has only pulled in $23.3 million. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, however, has pulled in $101 million, which means, were it nominated, it would have been the second biggest hit on that list. Nice going, Academy.
Still, interesting to know that almost none of the Best Picture winners were huge financial hits. They were relative hits, since many of them had budgets that were on the low end. The only one that’s a financial failures on that list is Hugo. Everything else is doing okay.
Last year — the Best Pictures had five nominees that made over $100 million, and The Social Network was at almost $97 million. And The Fighter was just below $90 million. So only 3 of the 10 nominees made under $85 million (they all made under $21 million, but still, 7 out of 10 films made $88 million or more). This year, only one of them hit that number. That’s interesting.