This year so far has been pretty slow at the Box Office up until this weekend. Granted last year at this time we had AVATAR and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. It is hard to compete with those films. May officially begins the summer movie season. FAST 5 has had the biggest opening so far this year at around $84 million. The biggest opening ever in April and the biggest opening for the FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise.
The animated movies RIO and RANGO have both done well so far and both have a shot at an Animated Feature nomination. Other than that there hasn't been a real stand out film this year. There were good reviews for CEDAR RAPIDS and WIN WIN, both are unlikely to be mentioned during awards season.
August 22nd is when the Oscar films really start coming out to coincide with all of the film festivals.