It’s easy to say that the Oscars are out of touch with the regular moviegoer, but when you dive into the numbers, it’s scary how correct that general thought is.
We looked back at the lifetime domestic gross for the last 16 best-picture Oscar winners and matched those with the lifetime gross for the movies that topped those years at the box office. And only once did they match up (2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”).
In fact, most of the best picture Oscar winners didn’t crack the $100 million at the box office and only two crossed the $200 million mark — and that’s counting inflation!
We were close to that changing at this year’s Oscars, as a “Black Panther” best picture win would be the first time since “Return of the King” that the domestic box-office winner took home the big prize. But “Green Book” got the win — and the streak continues.
Here we compare the best picture Oscar winners to the top box office earners of those years for the last 16 years.
Note: All figures are domestic grosses only from Box Office Mojo and are added for inflation.