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9 Movie Blockbusters Compared With Best Picture Oscar Nominees

9. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Studio:
Warner Brothers
2013 U.S. box office take:
$213.4 million

Oscar No. 9. Her
Studio:
Warner Brothers
2013 U.S. box office take: $2.3 million

Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro were working with a $225 million budget for the second film in their latest J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy. Keep in mind, this is the second installment of a film based on a 310-page slim novel that most U.S. readers finish in grade school.

Spike Jonze, meanwhile, wrote Her from scratch and had $23 million to make it a reality. That's no small chunk of change, especially when you're casting Joaquin Phoenix as the lead and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of your sentient OS love interest, but it's little more than a 10th of The Hobbit's Smaug-sized budget.

The Hobbit has gone on to make $256.6 million here in the U.S. In wider, post-nomination release in 2014, Her boosted its take to nearly $24 million. Each has fared well, considering their starting points, but this is a fine example of the scaled difference between a star-heavy CGI blockbuster and even a fairly well-funded niche work.

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