The 10 Lowest Grossing Best Picture Winners of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)
At any rate, when people think of Oscar winners, they often think of pretentious, critical favorites that don't often do well with general audiences. But that's not entirely true: While most are not blockbusters by Michael Bay standards, Best Picture winners typically do fairly well at the box office. I don't know what the average is, but if you take a look at the Best Picture Winners over the last 30 years, they'd probably average at least $150 million at the box office, and at least $200 million adjusted for inflation.
That's not true, however, of two of the last three years, which have seen the two lowest grossing films ever win Best Picture (adjusted for inflation). What does this suggest? Beats me, but it's worth noting. Here's the bottom ten (adjusted for inflation).
10. The Last Emperor ($89 million)
9. It Happened One Night ($86 million)
8. No Country for Old Men ($85 million)
7. Marty ($70 million)
6. Crash ($67 million)
5. An American in Paris ($65 million)
4. Hamlet (1948) ($61 million)
3. All the King's Men (1949) ($60 million)
2. The Artist ($32 million so far)
1. The Hurt Locker($17 million)