Dissecting the Oscar Nominated Films

Just how mainstream are the films nominated by the Academy for Best Picture? Well, not very. TDI scrounged up how much all the movies have grossed to-date, and it’s not very impressive. Sure, most of the studio’s have gotten their money’s back from these smaller, more “intellectual” films. But this chart reads like an opening weekend in June, not like an overall gross listing!

Brokeback Mountain:
$78,906,000
Crash: $53,404,817
Munich: $46,785,000
Good Night, and Good Luck: $30,574,542
Capote: $25,898,000
Total Oscar Nominated Film Intake: $235,568,359

Divide $235,568,359 by the average ticket price of $6.21, and you get: 37,933,713 people who’ve actually seen these films. That’s about 12.8% of the population that has actually seen these films.

Now, I have not seen any of these films, so I can’t comment on if they deserve to be nominated or not. For all I know, all of them are – as movies go – exceptionally brilliant (horribly immoral lifestyles not withstanding). But evidentially, most people didn’t find it worth their while to see these films. If the ratings are low for the telecast again this year, the Academy better not try to blame the host again; they should first look at the batch of films that they nominated.

Related: TDI Affiliate “In God We Trust” asked: Did Anyone See The Oscar Nominated Movies?
Related: TDI Predicts the Oscar Winners

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