OSCAR’S BEST PICTURE DO NOT MAKE BIG BOX OFFICE MONEY
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 20th February 2020
In a watershed moment for the Academy Awards, Parasite became the first foreign-language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Having been confined to an own category since the introduction of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1956, no non-English-language film had won the top prize in the award’s 92-year history.
Bong Joon Ho’s class satire not only beat strong competition in the Best Picture category but was also awarded for Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film, making the South Korean drama the biggest winner of the night. Having earned $165 million at the global box office so far, Parasite has been quite successful in commercial terms, especially for a non-English-language film, but it is still worlds apart from the breathtaking numbers “traditional” blockbuster movies routinely pull these days.
As our chart illustrates, most Best Picture winners in recent years didn’t make nearly as much money as the respective year’s biggest box office hit, illustrating that commercial success and critical acclaim often don’t go hand in hand. The last true blockbuster to win the Best Picture award was the third and final part of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which raked in $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide and was crowned Best Picture in 2004.
Here are the Oscar Best Picture Winners on the left showing Gross Worldwide Box Office and the Top Grossing Box Office Film for the same year. Note the year given is the year the Oscar was awarded. The actual film shows the year before.
(Figures in brackets Worldwide Gross Box Office take)
2020 – “Parasite ($165m) Avengers: Endgame ($2,798m)
2019 – “Green Book” ($330) Avengers: Infinity War ($2,048m)
2018 – “The Shape of Water” ($195m) Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi ($1,333m)
2017 – “Moonlight” ($65m) Captain America: Civil War ($1,153m)
2016 – “Spotlight” ($88m) Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens ($2,068m)
2015 – “Birdman” ($103m) Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1,104m)
2014 – “12 Years a Slave” ($ 187.7m) Frozen ($1,280m)
2013 – “Argo” ($ 232.2m) The Avengers ($1,518m)
2012 – “The Artist” ($ 133.4m) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Pt 2 ($1,341m)
2011 – “The King’s Speech” ($ 424m) Toy Story 3 ($1,066m)
2010 – “The Hurt Locker” ($ 49.2m) Avatar ($2,790m)
2009 – “Slumdog Millionaire” ($377.89m ) The Dark Knight ($1,004m)
2008 – “No Country for Old Men” ($ 171.6m) Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($960m)
2007 – “The Departed” ($ 291.5m ) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1.066bn)
2006 – “Crash” ($ 101.2m) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($896m)
2005 – “Million Dollar Baby” ($ 216.8m) Shrek 2 ($928m)
2004 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” ($1.142bn)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.142bn)
2003 – “Chicago” ($ 306.8m) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($951m)
2002 – “A Beautiful Mind” ($ 313 m) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($978m)
2001 – “Gladiator” ($ 460.5m ) Mission: Impossible II ($546m)
2000 – “American Beauty” ($ 356.3m ) Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace ($924m)
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers
Happiness is…when you suddenly understand the meaning of a song
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
What did the artist draw before she went to bed?
Love is…a little bit of give and take
©2020 Phil M Robinson