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2. “Schindler’s List” (1993)

Oscar bump: 37.2%
Box office post-award: $35.8 million
Box office pre-award: $60.3 million

Total box office gross (inflation adjusted): $149.6 million
Limited release date: Dec. 15, 1993
Wide release date: Feb. 4, 1994

Liam Neeson plays Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who enlists Jews in Poland to work in his factory during World War II. As the war rages on, he expresses deepening concern for the people working in his factory as he sees the crushing policies of the Nazi party.

The movie opened with a limited release in 25 theaters in December 1993, not seeing wider release (in 764 theaters) until February 1994, just days before the Oscar nominations. Post-nomination sales accounted for 69 percent of its box office receipts, 37 percent of which came after its seven Oscar wins, including for best picture and director (Steven Spielberg), in March 1994.

Photo: Universal Pictures