Can box office green lead to Oscar gold?

Oscar voters look for a lot of things when they cast their vote for the Best Picture of the year, but box office earnings has never been one of them.

Last year, “Avatar” was the top grossing picture of the year (and, indeed, of all time), but the James Cameron 3-D epic still couldn’t keep “The Hurt Locker” from crossing the Oscar finish line in first.

At the 2008 ceremony, however, the biggest money-maker in the top race was crowned Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire.” That feel-good film beat out, among others, second-place grosser “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” directed by David Fincher who may well win an Oscar of his own this year for directing “The Social Network.”

This year, Hollywood’s top experts are predicting that either “The King’s Speech” or “The Social Network” will take home the top prize. Neither of these films come close to reaching the box office success of summer blockbuster “Inception” or “Toy Story 3,” the highest-grossing animated film of all time.

How has each of this year’s 10 Best Picture nominees fared at the box office? Take a look at their current tallies below, ordered from highest domestic gross to lowest. Please note that as some of these titles are still in theaters, their final results won’t be known for a few more weeks.

1. “Toy Story 3”
Domestic Total: $415,004,880

2. “Inception”
Domestic Total: $292,576,195

3. “True Grit”
Domestic Total: $154,902,541

4. “The Social Network”
Domestic Total: $96,398,570

5. “Black Swan”
Domestic Total: $95,861,708

6. “The King’s Speech”
Domestic Total: $83,527,544

7. “The Fighter”
Domestic Total: $82,400,738

8. “The Kids Are All Right”
Domestic Total: $20,811,365

9. “127 Hours”
Domestic Total: $15,679,195

10. “Winter’s Bone”
Domestic Total: $6,308,485

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