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2012

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Amanda Peet
Oliver Platt
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Liam James
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Zlatko Buric
Beatrice Rosen
Alexandre Haussmann
Philippe Haussmann
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John Billingsley
Chin Han
Osric Chau
Chang Tseng
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This week marks a bit of a mile stone in film global grosses, Despicable Me 3 goes over $1 billion, the first of the series to do so, this means now the top 30 top global grossing movies have all grossed over $1 Billion.

The first movie to do so was Titanic back in 1998 and was the only film to do so for a long time, that film had another bite of the cherry in 2012 and its gross is now over $2 billion.

The next film to do it was The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King in 2003, since then we have had at least one film a year do the fate.

The oldest film to go over $1 Billion is Jurassic Park from 1993, but again that had another go in 2011 which pushed it over the mark, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace similarly did the same.

To date only 3 film have gone to $2 Billion, Avatar (the top grossing movie of all time), Titanic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The next milestone will be the top 50 all over a billion, which at the current rate will be some time in 2020/21, and then of course we look forward to the next Star Wars film going over the $2 Billion mark!.

We've looked at the films to be released in 2017 and found it a tough year to narrow down to 10 films, hence there are many potentially excellent films missed off this list.

After much debate and arguing, and some falling out and fist fighting, here is our list of films the 25thFrame staff are hoping will be the best of the bunch in 2017.

Blade Runner 2049
Its 35 years later, 35 years where a sequel has been promised many time, but here we are, the trailer released only a few weeks ago was a tantalising sample of what is to come.

No Ridley Scott this time but director Denis Villeneuve looks like he can deliver the good, and with Harrison Ford back and Ryan Gosling starring we could be in for a treat.

Star Wars Episode VIII
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivered but didn't wow but the follow up to 2015's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens should deliver in spades and its possibly our most anticipated film of the year, and we have to wait until December!

Rian Johnson has directed this instalment which is no bad thing, and as with all Star Wars films the ensemble cast all return, with the recent passing of Carrie Fisher it will be a sad moment if they complete the story arc of Princess Leah, but one which is necessary.

T2 Trainspotting
20 years after Trainspotting the guys are back for another dose of hard hitting, drug taking antics that will have us transfixed again.

Danny Boyle returns to direct with original stars Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner all returning.

Ghost In The Shell
Scarlett Johansson controversially stars in this live action version of the acclaimed manga animation, but judging from the trailer they have hit the right note.

Rupert Sanders directs what promises to be one hell of a ride in the special effects heavy take that potentially no one will understand.

War For The Planet of The Apes
The third in the excellent prequel films which tells the story of how earth became The Planet of The Apes.

Special effects and motion capture are now at a point where we can truly believe that these apes have personalities and intelligence.

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2
Just from the trailer alone you know you want to see this and Baby Groot will be the highlight of the cinema year, and the film actually looks really good.

James Gunn returns to direct Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper in this Marvel franchise film.

Alien Covenant
Sequel to Prometheus and prequel to Alien, directed by Ridley Scott, not too much riding on this then.

Prometheus was Alien enough to be part of the series but individual enough to be a film in its own right, looking at the fist trailer for Alien Covenant this could bridge the gap really well, we hope so.

Fifty Shades Darker
The original film delivered far more than the source material dictated, and it was actually a good film, worryingly this time Sam Taylor-Johnson is not returning to direct.

James Foley is directing this instalment but Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are returning so the chemistry should still be there in this much darker tale.

The Mummy
A reboot of the 1999 franchise which spawned 3 movies, but got worse with each film, this time Tom Cruise stars and the first trailer looks like we could have a winner on our hands.

Pitch Perfect 3
Our guilty pleasure, the first film was one of the highlights of 2012 and although not nearly as good part 2 was still a lot of fun, time will tell if the idea is getting a little thin now.

After 3 weeks of Batman V Superman Dawn of justice at the top of the video charts sequel movie The Huntsman Winters War takes over on its debut week of release.

Released on 8th April 2016 the sequel to Snow White and The Huntsman from 2012 landed on the chart at the top, but it didn't last much after that! A 3 week run saw it disappear quickly from the box office top 10, although it did hang around cinemas for another 6 weeks after that.

The films total gross was £5.2 million , 10 million below that of its predecessor.

Batman V Superman falls from the top into 3rd place this week but is still selling in good number.

Also new on the home video charts this week is Eye in The Sky number 2 and Criminal at number 7.

This week sees the release of Disney's massive hit The Jungle Book which should swing into the top of the home video charts.

Repeating the record setting achievement of it's predecessor on this weekend in 2012 Hotel Transylvania 2 becomes the top debut for a September weekend.

The original Hotel Transylvania grossed just over $42 million while the new film has this weekend grossed $47.5 million.

HT2 knocks last weeks top film down to number 3 after just one week, Maze Runner The Scorch Trials this week takes $14 million for a 10 day total of $51.6 million.

Highest grossing film on the US box office this week is Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation which after 9 weeks has taken $193.5 million.

This week At the UK box office the little yellow Minions held off the highest new film quite comfortably to gain a second week a the top.

With a £4.15 million weekend the Minions has brought its total gross to £27.6 million, which ahead of both of the Despicable Me film from the same series.

Rolling into second place is Ted 2, Ted was a massive surprise hit back in 2012 taking nearly £12 million on it's opening weekend, Ted 2 has taken £3.8 on it's debut and will struggle to get over £10 million in total.

Other new films this week are Love and Mercy at number 9 and Song of The Sea at number 10.

Historical Charts

A Year ago
Transformers: Age of Extinction took over at the top of the UK box office on its debut knocking down Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie to number 3.

Five years ago
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse entered the chart at the top knocking Shrek Forever After down to number 2.

Ten years ago
War of The Worlds held its own at the top while the highest new film was The Descent which enters at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Chicken Run continued to dominate the box office at the top while this highest new entry was at number 3 in the shape of The Patriot.

Twenty years ago
The Batman franchise was still thriving and Batman Forever entered the box office at the top, First Knight fell to number 2.

Twenty Five years ago
Back to The Future Part III was entering at the top while Dick tracy fell to number 2.

This week sequel movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel makes its debut at the top of the UK box office chart.

The original cast returns for the sequel to the 2012 movie with the help of American star Richard Gere who is added to the cast to give it an ‘American' appeal.

The film takes £3.7 million on it's debut weekend which is far better than the £2.2 million of the original, that film had long lasting appeal, time will tell if this follows.

Falling into the runner up spot after 2 weeks at the top is Fifty Shades Of Grey, a third weekend gross of £2.5 million brings the total to £30.4 million making it by far not the best grossing film of 2015 to date.

Worth mentioning, if the chart were based on the full week ticket sales and not just the weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey would have retained it's position at the top with £5 million.

Other new films to enter the box office this week are: Focus at 3, The Boy Next Door at 7 and It Follows at 8.

Historical charts

A Year ago
The Logo Movie was still riding high at the top of the box office which Liam Neeson starred in the highest new film at 2 Non-Stop.

Five years ago
Avatar was still the top film in the UK while the highest new film was The Crazies which entered at number 3.

Ten years ago
Robert De Nero starred in the chiller Hide and Seek which entered at the top knocking Meet The Fockers down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
There was no moving Toy Story 2 which spent another week at the top while the highest new film of the week was The Talented Mr. Ripley which entered at number 3.

As if there was any doubt about what would be at the top of the UK box office charts this week, and without any hassle The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 1 has a terrific first week of release.

Taking over £12 million on it's debut weekend this is the third in The Hunger Games series, which has grown in strength as each film has been released.

The previous film in the series took almost exactly the same on it's opening weekend, but the first film, which was introducing a new franchise to cinema, took far less at just under £5 million.

Last weeks top film, Interstellar, falls to third place this week with The Imitation Game staying put in second place.

Historical Charts

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took over at the top of the chart knocking Gravity down to second place.

Five years ago
Another franchise, The Twilight Saga had it's second film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, enter at the top of the box office knocking 2012 down to second place.

Ten years ago
Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason kept it's hold on the top of the box office with the highest new film entering at 3, After The Sunset directed by Brett Ratner and starring Pierce Brosnan.

Fifteen years ago
The Sixth Sense was still enjoying it's run at the top of the box office with Harrison Ford starring in the Sydney Pollack directed film Random Hearts being the highest new film right down at seven.

At the UK box office over the weekend there was no doubt which film was going to be the biggest, and in the process a new franchise is born in the superhero stable.

The Marvel/Disney stable bring another franchise to the big screen in the shape of Guardians of the Galaxy, and unlike their Avengers counterparts these are a bunch of misfits.

Guardians took a very respectable £6.3 million to make number 1, comparing Guardians to Avenger (called Avengers Assemble in the UK) that film released in 2012 had a £15.7 million opening, nearly double that of Guardians.

Although Avengers was not a sequel as such it did have a number of high grossing companion films before it including Iron Man and Thor.

Last weeks top film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, falls a single place to 2 this week after 3 weeks of release, its total gross is £23.4 million.

Also worth a mention this week; Secret Cinema are showing a months worth of Back to the Future screening in surroundings based on the films Hill Valley, this took the nearly 30 year old film back to number 7 this week.

Also new is
The Nut Job at 6

This time last year The Smurfs 2 hit the top of the box office on it's debut knocking The Wolverine to number 4.

Five years ago Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was still at the top keeping the highest new entry at 2, G-Force.

Ten years ago King Arthur took the top spot on it's debut which left Spider-Man 2 to tumble to second place.

Fifteen years ago Mike Myers stared in Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me which knocked Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace into second place.

Twenty years ago in the month of August Jim Carey was on a wave after Ace Ventura and The Mask was sitting as the top film of the month.

Twenty Five years ago Lethal Weapon 2 was the biggest film of August.

Its already been announced that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first of the stand alone star films, and now the announcement comes that Josh Trank who directed Chronicle fron 2012 will direct another.

The stand alone films will be origin stories from characters from the Star Wars universe, Yoda and Bobba Fett and hot favourites of fans, that will be released between the sage episodes 7 - 9.

Although the films wont be directly related to the core saga they will inevitable have links to the series.

JJ Abrams is currently filming Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in England, and today posted an amusing tweet asking people not to post leaked pictures!

No release date so far for the splinter films but 2016 is most likely for the first.

From the Press release on starwars.com

"JOSH TRANK TO DIRECT STAND-ALONE STAR WARS FILM
June 04, 2014

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."

Trank states, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox."

This week there wasn't too much of a surprise to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 enter the box office at the very top after a much hyped and anticipated release.

A sequel to the 2012 re-boot franchise, a new generation of people have now accepted this take on the webbed hero in contrast to Sam Raimi and Toby Maguire's 2002 - 2007 series of films.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 enteres the box office with a weekend gross of £9 million, not quite enough to put it among the greats.

With only enough room for one superhero last weeks top film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier falls to four this week.

Other new films
The Love Punch
Locke
2 States

This time last year Olympus Has Fallen took over from Tom Cruise in Oblivion to become the top film on it's debut.

Five years ago Monsters Vs. Aliens was still holding the top spot with the highest new film coming from I Love You Man at four.

Ten years ago it was still Scooby Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed at the top with the highest new film The Butterfly Effect coming in at five.

Fifteen years ago saw The Faculty climb to the top knocking The Rugrats Movie down to two while the highest new film was An Ideal Husband at three.

This week Disney had a double dip on the UK box office with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppets Most Wanted hitting at one and two.

Captain America, the latest from the Marvel Avengers (Avengers Assemble as it's called in the UK) universe of films, was by far and away the better grossing film taking £6 million. The film is a sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger which took £3 million on it's July debut.

Muppets Most Wanted is the follow up to 2012 The Muppets. That film took £2.6 million on it's debut, this one took a very similar £2.2 million.

New releases this week are:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Muppets Most Wanted
The Legend of Hercules
The Past
20 Feet From Stardom

Also worth a mention is that after 2 weeks off the top 15, Frozen has returned at number 15.

This time last year The Croods held onto the top spot holding off G.I. Joe: Retaliation which entered at two.

Five years ago Nicolas Cage starred in the number one films Knowing which also debuted there nocking Marley and Me to number two.

Ten years ago The Passion of Christ stayed at the top keeping Dawn of the Dead at bay debuting at number two.

Fifteen years ago The Rugrats Movie took the number one spot on it's debut knocking Waking Ned Devine down to three with Payback entering at two.

Superheroes took the world by storm in 2012 with The Avengers (Avengers Assemble to us UK folk) taking the title of top grossing film across the world with a gross income of $1,514,279,547.

The runner up was another super hero movie, this time in the form of Batman in The Dark Knight Rises with took $1,078,930,642 globally.

Next up is the top British film of all time as Bond has his best film at the world box office ever and took $983,900,000 in 2012 with Skyfall.

Ice Age: Continental Drift took $877,111,391 making it the fourth best film of the year and the fifth best film is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 with $794,805,734.

It wouldn't be right to mention 2012 with thinking of The Hobbit: Am Unexpected Journey which has to date taken $686,703,000, and will probably end up near the $1 billion mark making it one of the top film released in 2012 although much of that will be taken in 2013.

No surprise at all to see that Skyfall is the top UK film of 2012, taking in a staggering £100 million pound at the box office.

Not only is the latest Bond movie the top UK film of the year but it's also the first film in the UK to go over the 100 million on box office takings.

Runner up is The Dark Knight Rises which took £55,769,510, half that of Skyfall.

The rest of the top 5 films of 2012 are Avengers Assemble with £51,614,076, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 with £35,029,721 and Ice Age: Continental Drift with £30,048,246. The top films films of the year took £271,487,628 in total grosses compared to 2011 £229,147,006, concluding that cinema attendance was up in 2012.

More fun facts for you as the year draws to a close, this time the most tweeted about films of 2012, and the winner is the Tim Story directed Think Like a Man.

The film didn't exactly set the box office alight although it did hit the top spot in America. Following on from that is the most Googled film of the year, The Hunger Games.

The full top ten most Tweeted films of 2012 is as follows

  • Think Like a Man
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Avengers (Avengers Assemble in the UK)
  • Red Tails
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Dark Knight Rises
  • Dark Shadows
  • The Devil Inside
  • Safe House
  • The Vow
And out of interest the most Tweeted film show was Family Guy, and most Tweeted about celebrity was Justin Bieber.
The first poster hit last week for Oblivion which was a great looking one sheeter and got us intrigued for this new Tom Cruise film, now the first trailer hits and gives us some clue to the story and tone of the film.

This is Cruise back in sci-fi territory for the first time since he was directed by Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds back in 2005.

Take a look at the trailer below, it looks like Cruise will be in full action mode for 2013, starting with Jack Reacher out soon (actually just about has a 2012 release date of 26th December) and Oblivion released April 12th 2013.

The Dark Knight Rises hold steady at the top as Dr Seuss The Lorax gives no serious competition for the top spot.

A second week at the top for Batman and another strong one as £7,275,558 is added to the total gross bringing it to £30,551,765, after 10 days of release it's already the second highest grossing film of the year.

In comparison, the highest grossing film of 2012 so far, Avengers Assemble, had made £29,851,680 after 10 days, so Batman is just a shade in front.

Dr Seuss The Lorax was released back in March in the US and did big numbers, maybe a little disappointing then is the UK release which only manages £1,853,294, although it has got Batman, good weather and the Olympics to content with. It is the highest new film in the UK this week.

This time last year Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 retained the top spot, now with a gross of £55,520,549 while Captain America The First Avenger was new at number 2 with £2,981,590.

Five years ago The Simpsons Movie was the highest new film with a very impressive £13,626,853 taking it to the top beating out the first Transformers movie and knocking Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to number 3.

Ten years ago Austin Powers in Goldmember was the big new film at the top and the highest new film with £5,585,978 knocking Scooby Doo down to number 2.

As with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be shown to the public for the first time at the Embassy Theatre Wellington in New Zealand, the date, 28th November 2012 with the world premiere of the film.

The prequel to the Rings trilogy has been a long time coming due to legal problems. Peter Jackson is directing although Guillermo del Toro was originally due to take the helm.

Another taster of the production from Peter Jackson has been released as a new video diary/blog which can be seen in HD on The Hobbit Facebook page.

The week of amazing trailers ends with the launch of Ridley Scotts first for Prometheus, and anyone who was worrying that the connection to Alien would be loose to non-existent then worry no more; this could be a trailer for an Alien film.

I won't go into detail as to what's in the trailer but everything from the title appearing to the look to the feel to the design of the sets, ''ll say it again, it's Alien.

I loved Alien when I was a kid and this sent goose bumps down my spine, there is enough in this trailer to suggest that the suspense is in there, the gore is in there and there might just be some answers in there as well.

As if I've not said it enough already it's Alien and I simply can't wait for this prequel to hit our screen next year on June 1st. 2012 sure as hell is going to be a good year if only the 3 films trailered this week live up to expectation.

As reported in many many places to name of the next Bond film, the 23rd in the series, will indeed be called Skyfall.

Daniel Craig will star in his 3rd outing as 007 and Dame Judi Dench returns again as M while the film is to be directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes.

Making their mark as Bond girls will be Naomie Harris and French actress Berenice Marlohe. Location for the film include China and Turkey as well as places a little closer to home in Scotland and of course London.

Despite recent reports that the film would forfeit action for drama in a hope to be an Oscar contender were laid to rest with both Mandes and producer Barbara Broccoli maintaining that the story involved lots of action.

A release date of October 26 2012 has been set for the UK and will follow close in the rest of the world.

The filming of this episode has been delayed due to financial woes at owner MGM, but the delay does mean that it will get a release in the year of the first Bond movie, Dr. No's first appearance in cinemas, what better way to celebrate.

Sony Pictures have agreed to distribute the next as yet unnamed Bond film that is in development, as it did with the last two films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The film, which will again star Daniel Craig as Bond, is to be directed by Sam Mendes.

The film has had a difficult production to date, the film studio MGM, who own the franchise copyright, went into administration (its since been bought and rescued) and the production all but collapsing within the legal wranglings that followed, it looks like things are on track now.

MGM will retain distribution in the US and some other place with Sony not only distributing here but also co-funding the film (expect the usual array of product placement in the film).

It's looking like the film should have a smooth production now, with rumors that a script is near on complete, the title will be announced in due time (as with all Bond films) and the November 9th 2012 release date will be met.

It's good to see that filming of The Hobbit has started after what seems like an endless stream of delays from copyright issues to ill health from the director.

The journey so far has been well documented and includes scripting issues, rights issues, director issues but the film is in the right hands and come Christmas 2012 we should be enjoying the first of the 2 movies.

The original films were an unknown quantity at this stage of production, and little known director Peter Jackson was spreading the word as much as he could that he was making the Lord of the Rings trilogy, no one could have anticipated how the film would re-write cinema history.

Hype for the two new films will reach fever pitch, anticipation will be higher than Star Wars Episode 1, but Jackson is a better director than Lucas and the feeling that these films will be nothing short of amazing is strong.

There is still a year and nine months until we get to see the films but expect the first production still soon and no doubt video vignettes and diary's to keep us interested. The original films had a web cam on set at the Hobbiton village; I'd like to see that return.

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away a prequel to a successful franchise of films came out and on the whole massively disappointed fans, and that film was a conventional film in what has been the traditional 2D, the the film maker was unhappy with that like many of his previous films and wanted it in 3D, and in 2012 he will get his wish.

Put another was Lucasfilms has announced that the first Episode of Star Wars, as in The Phantom Menace will get its 3D theatrical debut on February 10th 2012. The press release doesn't specify location but I suspect the UK release on or around the same time.

Back in 1997, 20 years after the original Star Wars came out, Lucas pushed the cash cow back into cinemas with updated special effect that he claimed gave the vision closer to what he wanted to do in 1977. Now 12 years after the release of The Phantom Menace he has converted in to 3D, and the other 5 films are bound to follow.

As Star Wars fans now understand, we haven't seen Star Wars, any 6 of the films, in reality yet, the narrative of the film wont change again, but we will have to, about every 10 – 15 years or so, re-experience the series using greater technology.

Remember that also this year we have the Blu-ray versions of the films coming that will give us the most visually stunning version of the films to date which can go on the selves along with the original VHS release, the re-mastered video release, the ultimate box set, the special edition VHS release, the original DVD releases, the re-releases with the original theatrical versions (did I miss any) and so on and so on, actually I have already made space on my shelf for the 3D Blu-ray box set.

So for now, until we get holographic cinema, the 3D version of the 6 film saga are set to be released in cinemas starting February 10th 2012, see you there.

The moment that many a Spider-man fan has been looking forward to finally arrived yesterday and we have the first glimpse of Andrew Garfield in his outfit, even if it's a blood stained and ripped costume.

I for one don't think that the Spider-man series needed a re-boot, the Sam Raimi film is only 10 years old, it was a good film that had a raw edge to it that just worked, the second film was a more polished and better produced film and still good, the third film, well less said about that the better.

Because of the vast amounts of money that the franchise can bring Sony have naturally decided to make a new film, and with Sam Raimi jumping ship last year they decided to “re-boot” the series (re-boot being the latest buzz word in Hollywood) and Andrew Garfield got the coveted role of the web-slinger. This new picture shows that the new film looks maybe a little darker, and the film will be action packed to the core, Spidey is well beaten up in picture and in reality we only see glimpses of the suite, a new design was inevitable along with Spider logo.

Spider-Man (insert suitable number/sub heading here) is out on July 4th 2012 and along side Andrew Garfield are Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field with Marc Webb calling the shots.

Like a bad migraine that simple wont go away, after the release of a new Bond movie the rumour mill starts on the next, until such a time that lead actor, Villain, Bond girl, director and script writer has been confirmed, and to make it all the more "interesting" Bond 23 has been hit with the bankruptcy of MGM, opening it up even more to the gossip.

With fears that Daniel Craig might leave and attached director Sam Mandes might also abandon the project Bond 23 looked like it may have to take a whole different turn, and with seemingly no money to make it, would it actually be made at all, well that was never going to happen.

With all the legal ramblings over MGM out of the way, Deadline are now reporting that the film is well on track and even give a release date of November 9th 2012 (isn't Peter Jackson releasing a film around then as well?) in theaters. Craig will be on board as Bond and Mandes will direct, all good so far.

And the cream on the cake, and this is clearly just a coincidence, is that 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the release of a certain DR. No, or the first Bond movie to all those unfamiliar.

As if there was ever any doubt about the involvement of the major players from The Lord of the Rings series, but Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis (Gandalf and Gollum) certainly held out, but they will reprise their roles in Peter Jacksons The Hobbit.

Martin Freeman has been on board since day 1 and former Doctor Who Sylvester Mccoy also having a role. Frodo himself Elijah Wool has also signed which is something of a mystery as Frodo is never mentioned in The Hobbit, what with this being a prequel to the Rings Trilogy, clearly Jackson is taking some artistic license.

The film has had a troubled pre-production with copyright issues stopping production for many years, and a loss of original director, but with Jackson on board and the continuing cast list 2012 will be a great year for fans of the Tolkien world.

I suppose we should have seen it coming, and really it's as no real surprise in the current cinema trend, and box office, that Warner Bros. announce that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part I and II) will be in 3D.

2010 really is going to be the year that 3D took hold of the world cinema market with many films being announced as being made in 3D, only yesterday it was Gremlins and there are rumors of Ghostbusters as well.

Who knows this could all work, it's being limited to big Hollywood blockbusters which in their nature are big special effects extravaganza that can maybe lend themselves to 3D market.

Is it a phase or will it all end by the middle of the century, only time will tell, but we could look on this in 10 years are know that those 3D films in your collection are from the 2010 - 2012 period of cinema history, and you can view them on the expensive 3D equipment that you bought. Or maybe not?

As may have expected, Warner Bros's Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the top grossing movie of 2009 across the world in box office recipts.

The sixth Harry Potter movie topped out at $925,948,049 (£573,244,896) in world grosses, which also makes it the 8th highest grossing film of all time right behind Order of the Phoenix.

Behind Potter was the computer animated film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs which took $882,673,705 (£546,263,204) with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen coming in 3rd with $832,076,689 (£514,953,924).

Disaster movie 2012 did well coming in 4th with $745,190,680 (£461,182,780) and finalising the top 5 for the year was the continuing saga of Twilight, New Moon, with $671,228,000 (£415,363,712).

Also making strong appearances for the year are animated tale Up, Angels and Demons and most surprising of all The Hangover.

James Cameron’s Avatar is doing big business at the tail end of 2009 and will no doubt be a top earner of films released in 2009, but much of its takings will be in 2010.

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 7

Chart history
Date
Place
Gross
1 / N
£6,489,809
2 / 
£3,496,202
4 / 
£1,834,817
6 / 
£878,298
8 / 
£471,856
10 / 
£171,827
15 / 
£31,643
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £19,354,774 and the 239th top grossing film in the UK

Total World gross $766,702,736 and the 75th top grossing film globally

UK BBFC Certificate: 12

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