Allison Schroeder was on the playground in 1986, chasing a friend around the slide, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. As a first-grader, she was confused by the blast visible from her neighborhood, just 30 minutes south of the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Fla. So she looked toward her teacher, who’d begun to cry. That’s when she realized something terrible had occurred.
After school, before the shuttle’s cabin had been been recovered, she gathered a group of her friends and organized a search party. On bicycles, they rode around their neighborhood looking for the astronauts in vacant lots.
“I was so sure I could save them,” Schroeder, now 38, recalls.
All too often, the Oscars come around and you'll overhear someone at coffee or in a restaurant or in a waiting room saying, "I've barely heard of any of these movies; does anyone actually see them?"
For only the second time in the last 10 years, none of the best picture nominees — at the time of nomination — has grossed more than $100 million domestically. And that first time was in 2015, and that's only because "American Sniper" had just opened in wide release; it would go on to gross $346.7 million in North America.
Here's how the nine films nominated for best picture for the 89th Academy Awards have fared at the box office thus far: