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Woody Allen has never been an excessively successful director (especially in the States) but it is striking that his quintessential film, winner of four Oscars (Film, Direction, Actress and Screenplay) only grossed 38 million. Not only that, the only Oscar that 'Annie Hall' did not win, was Best Actor for Woody Allen himself.
Nominated for 9 Oscars, it won all 9 statuettes, including Best Picture in 1958 and Best Director for Vincent Minnelli. Despite its resounding success and being one of the most awarded films in history, it grossed a meagre $7 million, which, with inflation, would be just over $60 million today.
Frank Capra's classic is one of the best and best-known films in history, yet it didn't win a single Oscar out of six nominations. It failed at the box office, where it grossed just over $9 million in 1946. It had cost $3.6 million to make.
59 million dollars seems too little income for the sporting epic. It won four Oscars and its soundtrack is pure Hollywood history but it did not replicate the same kind of success at the box office. It was, however, profitable, having cost a mere $5 million to make.
Milos Forman's film won 8 of the 11 Oscars it was up for back in 1984. Despite being so critically acclaimed, it seems that audiences were not so interested in the life of the legendary composer. The film's worldwide box office gross was only $52 million.
Two years before Amadeus, another biopic had matched its results with 8 Oscars out of 11 nominations. And something similar happened at the box office, as Gandhi's life barely managed to gross 53 million dollars. The cost? $22 million.
In 1988, Bernardo Bertolucci's film literally swept the board with 9 out of 9 at the Oscars. It didn't do much for the film's box-office success, however, and it grossed only 44 million dollars. It cost $24m to make.
'Moonlight' accumulated eight nominations in 2016, taking home three of them (Film, Supporting Actor and Adapted Screenplay). A committed, vindictive and visually marvellous story that, nevertheless, only earned a meagre 55 million dollars globally.
A cult film, with Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman giving audiences some of the best on-screen chemistry ever seen - but who also missed out on an Oscar for their performance. It grossed 44 million dollars worldwide. Not much for a legendary film that did take the Oscars for Picture, Direction and Screenplay. Of course, it didn't help that in some countries the film was X-rated.
Along with the Matrix, for which it lost the Oscar for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing, the only one for which it was nominated, it was the most talked-about film at the end of the 20th century. A cult film of undeniable quality. And yet, despite this, it barely made more than 100 million dollars. Production had cost more than 63 million.
This film raked in a modest 28 million dollars for a film that won six Oscars, as well as gained two other nominations. And we are talking about Oscars for Film, Direction, Actor, Screenplay, Cinematography and Costumes. Not much of a haul, even if the film only cost 2 million dollars.
It made history with 6 Oscars in 2009, including Best Picture, Directing and Screenplay. Still, it did not reach 50 million dollars worldwide. But it did only cost 15 million.
The classic that won four Oscars, crowned Laurence Olivier Best Actor and was the Best Picture of 1948 grossed only $3 million. At today's exchange rate, it would be around $30 million.