Oscar bump: 24.9%
Box office post-award: $34.5 million
Box office pre-award: $104.1 million
Total box office gross (inflation adjusted): $284.3 million
Limited release date: Dec. 19, 1986
Wide release date: Feb. 6, 1987
Directed by Oliver Stone, and starring Charlie Sheen, “Platoon” tells the story of a young recruit in Vietnam. In addition to best picture, the movie took home three other Oscars, including best director, among its eight nominations.
The film had a limited opening in six theaters in December 1986, and then opened to a wide release on Feb. 6, 1987. Coincidence or not, Oscar nominations were announced four days later.