The Academy Award-nominated film for Best Picture, Whiplash, is about a young jazz drummer (Miles Teller) and the abuse of power his teacher/maestro (J.K. Simmons) unleashes. Whiplash was filmed in 19 days for $3.3 million. So far it’s earned just over $6 million. With an Oscar nomination, the film will likely receive a nationwide release and box office number should rise. But even with a big push, the indie drama probably won’t get above the $10 million mark. Whiplash is one of the lowest grossing movies ever to be nominated for Best Picture.
Kathryn Bigelow’s drama The Hurt Locker was the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner of all time. The 2009 film’s domestic gross earnings were $12.6 million at the time of its nomination. At the time of winning, its earnings were $14.7M.