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5. “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Oscar bump: 30.4%
Box office post-award: $43 million
Box office pre-award: $98.3 million

Total box office gross (inflation adjusted): $168.3 million
Limited release date: Nov .12, 2008
Wide release date: Dec. 26, 2008

A film from Fox Searchlight, “Slumdog Millionaire” tells the story of a young teen accused of cheating on India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” The movie follows the character as he recounts how he learned the answers while growing up in the slums of Mumbai. The story is filled with tales of forced labor, gang run-ins, oppressive conditions, and love.

“Slumdog” saw its wide release only a month before its nomination, and two months before the awards. It was nominated for 10 awards, winning eight, including best picture and director. Over 30 percent of its total gross came after the awards, and 68 percent came after the Oscar nominations. The film screened in over 2,000 theaters after the nominations, as opposed to only 600 beforehand.

Photo: AP