This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Oscars' 9 Best Pictures Are Extras In a World of Box Office Heroes

Stocks in this article: CMCSA DIS LGF NWS SNE TWX

1. The Avengers
Studio: Walt Disney
2012 U.S. box office take: $623 million

Oscar No. 1. Lincoln
Studio: Walt Disney
2012 U.S. box office take: $176 million

We once again find ourselves with two films with more in common than they let on.

Lincoln is about as close as a historical narrative comes to a superhero film, especially with Stephen Spielberg at the helm, Daniel Day-Lewis playing yet another lanky historical figure and Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook, Jackie Earle Haley, David Strathairn and James Spader representing just a small portion of the supporting cast. Applaud Jaime Foxx blasting the bejesus out of Leo DeCaprio and his slaveholding family all you'd like, but Day-Lewis makes pushing through the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery while holding both the Union and his family together seem like a far more grisly business.

Meanwhile, balance out a CGI Hulk whipping bad guys around like rag dolls with a wisecracking Robert Downey Jr. in a rocket-propelled, weaponized suit serving as comic relief for a superhero team built from a years-long multifilm franchise, and you had a near-perfect summer blockbuster. There were no parallels to current events, no overarching allegory, no human enemies in harm's way and almost no part of the set that wasn't computer generated. Thanks to the thinking man's sci-fi director Joss Whedon taking the reins, this big chunk of popcorn fun didn't seem nearly as mindless as its release date suggested nor as long as its more than two-hour run time.

Granted, The Avengers' $220 million budget was still more than Lincoln's gross, but both came up big at the box office this year. By taking in more money than big-budget fluff such as The Bourne Legacy, Ice Age: Continental Drift, 21 Jump Street and especially Disney's John Carter, Lincoln and Disney did some serious damage to the argument that the Academy doesn't nominate films folks actually buy tickets for.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

>To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte.

>To follow the writer on Twitter, go to

>To submit a news tip, send an email to:


Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
10 of 10

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,804.80 +26.65 0.15%
S&P 500 2,070.65 +9.42 0.46%
NASDAQ 4,765.38 +16.9840 0.36%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs