Only three Best Picture nominees have ever been number one for 3 consecutive weeks, and no black writer/director is among them. This film should hit $100 million without blinking. Here is how dominance at the box office has helped a film get a Best Picture nod, at the very least. Three weeks at number one: Unforgiven (winner) Erin Brockovich The Help A Few Good Men Inception Fellowship of the Ring Two Towers Four weeks at number one: Terms of Endearment (winner) Platoon (winner) Apollo 13 Saving Private Ryan Return of the King (winner) Five weeks at number one: The Silence of the Lambs (winner) The Sixth Sense Rain Man (winner) Six weeks at number one: The Fugitive E.T. Seven weeks at number one: On Golden Pond Avatar Eight weeks at number one: Fatal Attraction Thirteen weeks at number one: Tootsie Fifteen weeks at number one: Titanic (winner) If The Butler manages to take a fourth number one slot it could definitely get a boost towards winning the Best Picture Oscar. Many of my colleagues doubt this but the numbers don’t lie. Let’s see how it plays out.