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Her

(2014)

Director(s)
Spike Jonze
Stars
Joaquin Phoenix
Lynn Adrianna
Lisa Renee Pitts
Gabe Gomez
Artt Butler
May Lindstrom
Brian Johnson
Matt Letscher
Spike Jonze
Olivia Wilde
David Azar
Dr. Guy Lewis
Melanie Seacat
Pramod Kumar
Evelyn Edwards
Steve Zissis
Dane White
Nicole Grother
James Ozasky
Samantha Sarakanti
Luka Jones
Gracie Prewitt
Claudia Choi
Laura Kai Chen
Portia Doubleday
Soko
Wendy Leon
Charles Riley
Robert Benard
Lisa Cohen
Grant Samson
Brian Cox
Leo Baligaya
Joan Blair
Katherine Boecher
Kathleen Marie Carr
Hallie Marie Chaney
Lee Christian
Laura Colquhoun
Andy Dale
Sandra Daubert
Nico David
Aristotle Dreher
Mathew Dunlop
Shannon Edwards
Kim Farris
Freedom
Belinda Gosbee
Sam Jaeger
Cecily Jamelia
Alia Janine
Richard Allan Jones
Jen Kuhn
Patrick Lander
Genevieve Levin
Fiona Lincke
Akeem Mair
Carol McFadden
Laura Meadows
Alan Mueting
Rachel Ann Mullins
Brent Picha
Eric Pumphrey
Jeremy Rabb
Pamela Roylance
Jane Runnalls
Kelly Sarah
Yvette Saunders
Natasha Sims
Cassandra Starr
Alyson Stover
Caroline Jaden Stussi
Marco Tazioli
Wendy Tsang
Chuck David Willis
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News
A new trailer for Despicable Me 3, the twin brother scenario, its as old as the hills.

Al least the Minions are in it, the thing worth seeing in this getting tired series.

Catch the trailer below.

Directed by Guy Ritchie King Arthur Legend of the Sword makes its UK debut at the top of the box office, but its an unconvincing start to its box office run.

Taking £2.5 million from the weekend the film which had a massive budget and is set to start a new series of films was expected to smash its way into the box office from studio Warner Bros.

For the director this is below the debut of his top grossing films the Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jnr. which both debuted in the £3 million mark.

Falling into second place is Alien: Covenant which only just missed out on spending a second week at the top with a weekend gross of £2.1 million.

This brings the films total gross to £10 million, Prometheus at this point in its run was doing very similar business so expect this to end its run with a similar £20 million+.

Also new this week is Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn at number 4 with a debut of £842,000 and Colossal starring Anne Hathaway at number 9 with £150,000.

Historical Chart A year ago
This time last year as the summer season kicked into full swing X-Men Apocalypse entered the chart at the top knocking Captain America: Civil War down to number 4.

Five years ago
The Dictator starring Sasha Baron Cohen was the new film at the top, it knocked Avengers Assemble down to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
Spider-Man 3 stayed at the top for a third weekend, top new film of the week was Zodiac directed by David Fincher at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones was the top new film of the weekend, it knocked About a Boy down to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top.

Twenty years ago
Liar Liar remained at the top for a third weekend while the top new film was The Relic at number 2.

Twenty Five years ago
Spending a second weekend at the top was Basic Instinct, top new film of the week was Waynes World which was new at 2.

It was a weekend when everyone thought the big budget film King Arthur Legend of The Sword was going to dominate, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 still took the crown and comedy Snatched come in highest on Mothers Day weekend.

Its the second weekend of release for Chris Pratt and director James Gunn and Guardians easily holds on to the top spot with a massive $63 million, 57% drop from last weeks debut.

This brings the films total gross from 10 day in cinemas to $246.1 million, its inline with other big Marvel films and well ahead if the first Guardians film.

Highest new film honour goes to Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn about a mother and daughter who get kidnapped in a foreign country, good timing to release on Mothers Day.

The film makes its debut in second place with a weekend gross of $17.5 million, although with mediocre reviews we could see this slip away quickly.

Directed by Guy Ritchie and with a massive $200 million+ budget the studio were hoping for a mega hit on their hands, but King Arthur Legend of The Sword has limed into US cinema in third with $14.7 million.

Beauty and the Beast is once again the longest running film on the US box office, 9 weeks now, and its the highest total grossing movie with nearly half a billion pound in takings.

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 opened up is a number of major territories this week and duly remains at the top of the global box office.

The James Gunn directed film starring Chris Pratt got its US debut this week and with release in 56 countries takes $268.8 million on its second week.

This pushed the films total global gross to $427.6 million, well on its way to a billion, this first Guardians film made $774 million and this could make the extra quarter of a billion to be yet another Marvel film to make the mark.

Showing great promise is Baahubali 2 The Conclusion which this week is at number 2 with $47 million from 11 countries, this pushes the film total gross to $147 million.

Two film on the top 5 this have grossed over a billion, Fast and Furious 8 at number 3 has taken $1.158 billion and Beauty and The Beast has now taken $1,185 billion and is at 5 this week.

There are no new entries on the global box office this week, no surprise with the wider release of Guardians this week.

When there is a new Marvel film in town the all others distributers give the film a wide berth, and with the Chris Pratt and Zoe Seldana headed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 the big film nothing else stood a chance.

With an opening gross of $145 million on its debut if nothing stood in its path, the Guardians franchise has become one of Marvels biggest properties and Vol 2 opens over 50% more than the first film.

It is also the 15th consecutive film to debut at number one for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with a good roster of films going forward there will be no letup.

Falling to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top is The Fate of the Furious (Fast and Furious 8) which takes a still respectable $8.5 million this week which brings its total gross in America to $207 million.

With the release of a Marvel film nothing else dare even think about opening and so there are no other new film this week.

Longest running film and highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Beauty and the Beast which is at number 5 this week, has been released for 8 weeks and grossed $487 million.

Producing a series best with a £14 million opening weekend Fast and Furious 8 tops the UK box office easily making more than the rest of the chart added together.

This is the first instalment without the late Paul Walker and many thought the series could not continue, but number 8 in the long running series has performed better then expected.

The £14 million opening makes it the 30th best opening ever in the UK ahead ofThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and behind Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith.

After a week at the top The Boss baby falls to number 2 with £3 million bringing the films total to a rather good £16.7 million after 2 weeks.

The Handmaiden is new at number 6 with £474,752 and The Sense of an Ending is new at 10 with £329,948.

Highest total grossing movie on the chart is Beauty and The Beast with £65 million, its now the 10th top film in the UK, and the longest running film is Logan with 7 weeks.

Historical charts
A year ago
The Jungle Book hit the top of the chart on its debut while Zootopia fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Battle ship was the new film at the top of the box office while the 3D version of Titanic fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Wild Hogs flew into the top of the box office knocking Mr. Beans Holiday down to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Bend It Like Beckham was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1 while Blade II fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
The special edition of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its debut at the top, it knocked the special edition of Star Wars to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Hook made its debut at the top of the box office and with an all new top 3 Deceived fell to number 4.

There was never going to be any other result to this week US box office number 1 and without any problem at all The Fate of the Furious (Fast and Furious 8 in the UK) makes its debut at the top with a $100 million opening.

The series has gone from strength to strength and with the sad passing of one of its stars last year it cast doubt if the series would survive, but when 7 scored over a billion at the world box office a sequel was inevitable.

Fate takes $98.7 million this weekend and as you'd expect with that figure takes more than the rest of the US box office combined.

The Boss Baby falls to number 2 this week after a couple of week at the top, this week takings are $16 million over the weekend.

The films total gross after 3 weeks of play now sits at $116 million and has proved another $100 million plus film for Fox's animated studio.

Beauty and The Beast is doing fantastic business still and this week is at 3, it is currently the highest total grossing film on the chart with $454 million.

Former number 1 film Get Out is the longest running film and has been on the box office for 8 weeks now and has grossed $167 million.

There is still no stopping the live action Beaty and The Beast as it holds off Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in The Shell as the manga adaptation debuts at number 2.

On its third weekend at the top of the UK box office Beauty and The Beast takes £6.7 million, yet again another excellent weekend gross.

This brings the films total gross to a fantastic £51 million over its 3 week UK release and by far makes it the top film of the year.

Making its debut in second place this week is the live action adaptation of the 1996 Manga film Ghost in The Shell.

Taking a relatively good £2.3 million the film has done well, but with the hype and mainly positive reviews we could have been looking at higher.

Maybe the film will be a slow burner and with many teens on Easter holidays this could do well over the coming weeks.

I'm sure its not escaped your attention that the top 2 films this week are live action versions of classic animations.

Also new this week is Smurfs The Lost Village at number 3 with £1.3 million, this film will do well in the next couple of weeks and could challenge Beauty and The Beast for the top spot.

Free Fire is at number 7 and the special cinema event in aid of Comic Relief Peter Kays Car Share A Second Series Celebration lands at number 10, and it was only shown in one cinema chain.

Many long running films are not around anymore hence the longest running film this week is Logan which has been around 5 weeks while Beauty and The Beast is the top grossing movie.

Historical charts

A year ago
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice stays at the top for a second weekend while top new film is Eddie the Eagle at number 2.

Five years ago
The Hunger Games spent its second weekend at the top while he top new film was Wrath of The Titans at number 2.

Ten years ago
Mr. Beans Holiday made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked 300 down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Guillermo del Toro's franchise film Blade II was new at the top, its knocked Ali G Indahouse down to number 3 after just a week at the top.

Twenty years ago
The Star Wars special edition remained at the top for a second weekend while top new film was Dantes Peak at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Cape Fear spent its fourth weekend at the top, it kept Freejack from making its debut at number 1, it entered at number 2.

This week animated feature The Boss Baby takes a command over the box office and removes Beaty and The Beast from the top.

Making its debut this week Dreamworks new franchise film The Boss Baby which grosses $50 million on its debut.

The animations studio last release Home had an impressive run and debuted just a shade higher, if The Boss Baby can do similar numbers then were looking at close to $200 million US gross.

It was a close run race but Beaty and The Beast falls to number 2 with $47.5 million, the films total US gross is now $395 million after 3 weeks of release.

Ghost in The Shell makes its debut at number 3 this week with $19 million and much further down the box office is The Zookeepers Wife at number 10 with a debut of $3.3 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the US box office is Beaty and The Beast while the longest running film is Get Out, 6 weeks of release and this week is at number 7.

Audiences across the UK can't get enough of Belle and her beast as the Disney live action films scores a fantastic second weekend, Power rangers is the top new film at number 2.

A second weekend gross of £12.3 million for Beauty and The Beast is something most films would be happy to have as their debut weekend gross and would be in the top 100 highest grossers.

This brings the films total gross over 10 days to nearly £40 million and makes it the top grossing film of the year so far, overtaking La La Land.

With this type of momentum there is a chance it could end up being the top film of the year, although there are some big hitters coming later and a massive film at the tend of the year.

Power Rangers make their debut at number 2 this week in their revamped, re-booted, big budget incarnation to the tune of £1.5 million.

There was one other Power Rangers movie, back in 1995, based on the TV show it had the full title of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie and debuted in the UK to the tune of £1.3 million.

If we take inflation into account the 1995 film did far better and would today have debuted to the tune of £3.2 million.

Worth noting is that if the chart were counted for the whole week rather than just Friday - Sunday Power Rangers would have been at number 5 this week.

Also new this week is The Lost City of Z debuting at 7 with £0.28 million and CHiPs at number 8 with £0.2 million.

Longest running film this week is The Lego Batman Movie which has been around now for 7 weeks and the top grossing movie, after just 10 days is Beauty and The Beast.

Historical charts

A year ago
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice made its long awaited debut a the top of the box office knocking King Fu Panda to number 3.

Five years ago
The first of The Hunger Games movies was unleashed on the world and hit the top on its debut weekend, it knocked The Devil Inside down to number 4.

Ten years ago
Zack Snyder brought us his big screen cinematic style in 300 which debuted at the top knocking Norbit down to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Ali G Indahouse made its debut at the top of the box office, it knocked Ocean’s Eleven down to number 3 after 5 weeks on top.

Twenty years ago
The speacial edition of Star Wars made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked The English Patient down to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Cape fear remained at the top for a third weekend, it kept off Bugsy which debuted at number 2.

Beaty and the Beast live action is still by far the top film in the US for the films second weekend of release with the highest new film Power Rangers which manages a number 2 debut.

A drop of only 50% week on week gross for Beauty and the Beast means the film takes in its second weekend $88 million.

The film total gross therefore powers on to a massive $317 million in America which gives it the target of becoming the 4th larget film ever stateside.

Disney are powering away with hit after hit at the moment and with the likes of Star Wars, Marvel, its animation studio and live action film there is no stopping them.

Making its debut at number 2 this week is the highly anticipated re-boot of the Power Rangers franchise which has moved from cheesy TV show to bug budget movie.

The films takes $40 million on its debut and with limited appear and mediocre reviews the film could sink fast.

Other new film this week in America are Life at number 4 with $12 million and CHiPs at number 7 with $7.6 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the top 10 this week is Beauty and the Beat which the longest running film is The Lego Batman Movie with 7 week on the chart in total.

Alicia Vikander first image released of actress as Lara Croft in the 2018 Tomb Raider re-boot.

You can't keep a good franchise down, and Tomb Raider is set for a re-boot next year with a new actress, and today we get our first glimpse of her in action.

Its good to see the film makers are sticking to the original image and it looks like Lara Croft will be dressed in an outfit that resembles the original classic.

Check out the story on Vougue.com.

First trailer for Justice League due to hit cinemas this November.

Has a very similar feel to Batman V Superman, and other Zack Syner movies.

Check out the trailer below.

It was paws V claws at this weeks box office as Kong Skull Island and Logan battled it out for the top spot and the new film of Kong won the battle.

From the same production team that brought us Godzilla in 2014 Kong Skull Island is set in the same universe and is set to start a "monsters" universe similar to that of the Marvel and DC cinematic universes.

Kong opens similar to Godzilla with just over £6 million, but the film was far better received than Godzilla with the critics with a surprise amount of praise for the monster film.

Godzilla went on to gross £17 million in the UK and there is nothing to suggest this wont do similar if not better.

Logan falls into second place this week with £3.8 million after a single week at the top, this brings the films total gross to £16 million after 10 days of release.

This means that on its second weekend the film is already the best of the solo Wolverine movies and it still has plenty of milage left.

A couple of interesting things to note this week, if the chart were taken on a Monday - Sunday then Logan would have still been the top film.

Also Moulin Rouge which is on a Secret Cinema run at the moment and is number 13 on the weekend chart would have been number 4 with £2 million for the week.

There are no other new released in the top 10 this week but Elle makes a new entry at number 11 with £0.2 million and Dancer is new at 12 also with £0.2 million.

Longest run this week is Lion with 8 weeks on the chart and highest total grossing movie is Sing with £28 million.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Kung Fu Panda 3 was new at the top of the chart while London Has Fallen fell to number 3.

Five years ago
Despite poor reviews John Carter was the top new film of the week, it knocked The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to number 2.

Ten years ago
Eddie Murphy starred, twice, in Norbit which entered at the top, it knockied Hot Fuzz down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Ocean's Eleven remained at the top for a fourth week while the top new film was We Were Soldiers at number 4.

Twenty years ago
One of Tom Cruises defining moment Jerry Maguire hit the charts at the top, it knocked Mars Attacks down to number 2

Twenty five years ago
Martin Scorsese scared us all with Cape Fear which hit the top of the box office on its debut, it knocked The Last Boy Scout down to number 2.

This week making its debut at the top of the UK box office is the critically acclaimed Wolverine movie Logan starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

The solo Wolverine movies have not had the best of times at either the box office or with critics, but Logan bucks that trend and gets the 78 highest debut weekend in the UK with £9.44 million.

Compared to both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine this is far higher with those films taking £6 million and £4 million respectively, it will do better than both those films.

The Lego Batman Movie falls to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top with a £1.5 million weekend which brings the films total gross to £24.9 million and is currently the second highest grossing movie of 2017.

Also new this week are Viceroys House which is at 3 with £0.9 million and Fist Fight at 10 with £0.4 million.

La La Land is both the longest running film on the UK box office with 8 weeks so far and the highest grossing with £29.8 million, it is also the top grossing film of 2017 so far.

Historical charts

A year ago
London Has Fallen took over at the top of the UK box office on its debut while Deadpool fell to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

Five years ago
Staying at the top was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for a second weekend while the top new film was This Means War at number 3.

Ten years ago
Three weeks at the top for Hot Fuzz meant the top new film was at number 2 in the form of Ghost Rider.

Fifteen years ago
Vanilla Sky held its own at the top, just about, with the top new film making its debut at number 3, Shallow Hal.

Twenty years ago
Mars Attacks made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Ransom fell to number 2 after 3 weeks on top.

Twenty five years ago
Bruce Willis took over at the top of the box office with The Last Boy Scout on its debut while The Prince of Tides fell to number 2 after a week on top.

Were not big fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and this looks like another run of the mill version.

Here is the latest trailer for film 5, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales which promises to be the last, story at least.

Check out the trailer below.

Films often get a delayed release in China and this week Resident Evil: The Final Chapter takes the top spot at the global box office weeks after its US and European release.

The last of the Resident Evil films grosses just over $93 million on its debut in China, and with its gross in the other 50 countries it take $97 million for the week.

This brings the film world gross to $238.5 million, a figure that brings it in line with the best of the series.

Highest new film this week across the globe is American number one hit Get Out which has takes $30.5 million on its debut, in America only, it sits at number 3.

Oscar film like La La Land and Moonlight are set to do well next week on the global box office but this week only La La Land has a place, at number 8.

Highest total grossing movie on the chart this week is Sing which is at number 10 and has a total global gross of $550.4 million.

The Lego Batman Movie this week manages to hold on to the top spot at the UK box office, holding off Fifty Shades Darker, while John Wick Chapter 2 makes its debut at number 3.

With a £4.4 million weekend gross Lego Batman retains the number position in the UK for a second weekend.

The animated feature has now taken £17 million in the UK and is running just slightly behind the total gross of The Lego Movie.

Highest new film of the week is Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 2 which makes its debut at 3 with £2.2 million.

Also a sequel but this time it is doing far better the its predecessor, John Wick made its debut in 2015 with just over half a million pound, so the sequel has done more than 4 times better.

Longest running film with 6 weeks and highest grossing film with £28 million is the Oscar laden film La La Land.

Historical charts

A year ago
Deadpool remained at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was How To Be Single at number 3.

Five years ago
The Woman In Black stayed at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was the sequel movie Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance at number 3.

Ten years ago
Highly anticipated film Hot Fuzz made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Music and Lyrics fell to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Making it two weeks at the top was Monsters, Inc. while top new film was Oceans Eleven at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Ransom stayed a the top of the UK box office while Fierce Creatures was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country made its debut at the top of the box office while Father of The Bride fell to number 3.

Following on from its stablemate The Lego Movie from 3 years ago The Lego Batman Movie enters the UK box office at the top beating out Fifty Shades Darker in the process.

The Lego Movie opened this same weekend in 2014 to just over £8 million and The Lego Batman Movie has almost done exactly the same with opening to just under £8 million.

The Lego Movie went on to be the top grossing movie of 2014 with £37 million, time will tell with The Lego Batman Movie, this are looking good but we have a number of big franchise movies coming this year which could get in its way.

Fifty Shades of Grey opened in 2015 to £13.5 million over a valentines weekend, this week Fifty Shades Darker opens to £7 million at number 2, but not a valentines weekend, next week will be a tell time for the movie.

Sing falls down to number 3 this week with £2.3 million which brings the films total gross in the UK to £18 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office this week is La La Land which has now taken £26.4 million while the longest running film is Trolls which re-enters the chart and spends its 14th week in total.

Historical chart

A year ago
Deadpool wowed the audiences and made its debut at the top of the UK box office, its knocked Goosebumps down to 5.

Five years ago
Daniel Radcliffe enjoyed post Harry Potter success with The Woman In Black which debuted at the top, it knocked Chronicle down to number 5.

Ten years ago
Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore starred in romantic comedy Music and Lyrics which entered at the top while Dreamgirls fell to number 8.

Fifteen years ago
Monsters, Inc. debuted at the top of the box office, it knocked The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring off the top after 7 weeks of play.

Twenty years ago
Ransom was the top new film at number 1 on the box office, The Frighteners fell to number 5 after a couple of weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Father of The Bride was the top new film of the week at number 1 while JFK fell to number 3 after a couple of weeks at the top.

All change at the top of the US box office as Split surrenders its hold on the number 1 spot to the (sort of) follow up to The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie.

After a three week spell at the top for Split the film falls down to number 4 this week as there are 3 new films entering in the top 3 slots.

The Batman Lego Movie takes $55.6 million on its opening weekend which is a little higher than expected for this movie but lower than The Lego Movie of 3 years ago.

Fifty Shades Darker opens at number 2 with $46 million, which can be considered good, but again it is far lower than the far higher anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey from 2 years ago.

Finally new at 3 if another sequel, John Wick Chapter 2 which opens to $30 million which is double that of the original John Wick movie.

Split takes $9.3 million on its fourth weekend and has now taken $112 million on its US box office run.

Highest total grossing movie on the US top 10 box office is Hidden Figures which has not taken $131 million over 8 weeks, the longest running film is Lion now on 12 weeks.

Making its debut on the UK box office this week is Sing which lands at the top knocking off La La Land, and in a surprise move keeps of T2 Trainspotting.

Sing is an animated feature from the same stable as Despicable Me and features the voice talent from the likes of Matthew McConaughey and Reece Witherspoon.

The film makes its debut with a rather spectacular £10.4 million debut weekend which makes it the 66 top opening of all time.

Sing replaces La La Land which falls to number 3 this week with a £3.1 million 3rd weekend and a £20.9 million total UK gross.

Missing out on the top spot is the highly anticipated T2 Trainspotting which lands at number 2, the film is an 18 rating so the audience compared to Sing is limited, but £5.1 million is good and any other week would have easily seen the film enter at the top.

Also new this week is Hacksaw Ridge from director Mel Gibson at number 5 with £1.4 million and Rahm at number 7 with £521,000.

Highest total grossing film on the UK box office this week is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which after 7 weeks has grossed £65.2 million while the longest running film is Trolls with 13 weeks.

Historical charts.

A year ago
The Revenant stayed at the top for a third weekend while Dirty Grandpa was the top new film at number 2.

Five years ago
War Horse made it 3 weeks at the top as well while the top new film was The Descendants which entered at number 2.

Ten years ago
Staying at the top for a second weekend way Rocky Balboa while the top new film entered at number 2, Leonardo Di Caprio in Blood Diamond.

Fifteen years ago
Tom Cruise was at the top with Vanilla Sky which made its debut this week while The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring fell to number 2 on its 6th week of release.

Twenty years ago
Forgotten Peter Jackson classic The Frighteners made its debut at the top of the Uk box office knocking 101 Dalmatians down to number 2 on its 7th week.

Twenty five years ago JFK was the top new film on the UK box office making its debut at number 1, it knocked Freddys Dead The Final Nightmare down to number 2 after a week at the top.

The Chinese box office exploded this past week and Journey to The West The Demon Strikes Back took over at the top of global box office with release in just 7 countries.

Two other Chinese releases also did really well in the shape of Buddies In India and Kung Fu Yoga starring Jackie Chan.

The Journey to The West sequel $85 million over the week and was far and away the top film globally, a quiet week across the rest of the world helped.

Split fell from the top to number 4 this week with a weekly gross of $41 million which brings its total gross to $101.6 million from 36 countries.

Also new this week is Buddies In India which is at number 2, released in 3 countries it takes $44 million across the globe this week.

Again due to its Asian release Kung Fu Yoga lands at number 5 this week, released in 5 countries the film takes $40 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the global box office this week is Sing which has now taken $463.7 million and is still released in 62 countries.

M. Night Shyamalan returned to winning ways at the US box office this weekend back on familiar territory with a suspense thriller with a twist. Director M. Night Shyamalan has had an interesting career, taking the cinema by storm with 1999's The Sixth Sense and then after another couple of hits produced some really bad studio films.

This week he's back on form with Split and after some good reviews and star James McAvoy dominating the trailers the film makes its debut with $40 million at the US box office.

Falling to number 3 this week is Hidden Figures which takes $16 million this weekend which brings its total to $84 million after 5 weeks of release.

The film could have a bounce back at some point if it performs well at the Oscars in a months time.

Also new this week is xXx: Return of Xander Cage making its debut at number 2 with $20 million and The Founder new at 9 with $3.7 million.

Although its had a slower start than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens last year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still doing really across the globe.

Now in its third week of release, and with a slow Christmas period to contend with, the star Wars film took $95.1 million from 56 countries over the new year period which brings its total global gross to an excellent $774.9 million.

The film is on track to hit the magic $1 billion which will be the third Star Wars film to do so (although it took Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace a number of re-releases) and the 12th Disney movie to do so.

Another note of interest, the total gross of Rogue One now means that the Star Wars films and the most successful series of films ever, beating the James Bond series.

There are no new releases on the global front this week, blame Christmas, but there should be a wealth of them next week and things get back to normal.

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.

As the year comes to a close its time to reflect on the films that hit the big time in 2016 - so what were the highest grossing film at the global box office?

The top grossing film across the globe in 2016 is Captain America: Civil War - this surprised me a bit but is testament on how well established the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now.

The third in the Captain America series - although some might say it is more an Avengers movie that Captain America Movie - took $1.5 billion at the global box office.

Compared to 2015 this is far lower than Jurassic World which took $1.6 billion but is on par with the number 2 film Fast and Furious 7 with took $1.5 billion (for the record Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens took more but much of that was in 2016). Finding Dory is the second highest grossing film of 2016 with $1.027 billion while not very far behind it is Zootopia (Zootropolis) which took $1.026 billion.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Jungle Book and The Secret Life of Pets wich both took a shade under a billion each.

The top 2 films were both sequels and 6 of the top 10 films were either sequels or part of an already established franchise, and Deadpool at 7 although not part of a franchise is certainly part of the Marvel Superhero world.

Disney did very well this year with the top 4 film all being from the studio and it wouldn't surprise me if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ended up in the top five film by the time it ends its run.

Four of the top 10 are superhero movies, four of the top ten have animals as their primary cast, 3 are animations (arguably 4) and 8 have sequels and further adventures in the series already announced. Thanks 2016 at the global box office, here is the full top 10.

  1. Captain America: Civil War - $1,153,304,495
  2. Finding Dory - $1,027,771,569
  3. Zootopia - $1,023,784,195
  4. The Jungle Book - $966,550,600
  5. The Secret Life of Pets - $875,457,937
  6. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice - $873,260,194
  7. Deadpool - $783,112,979
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - $748,820,251
  9. Suicide Squad - $745,600,054
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - $687,878,705
See the top 24
A little late reporting on this weeks charts with the figures arriving the following weekend due to the Christmas break.

UK audiences were in the mood for the Galaxy Far Far Away over the Christmas week with Rogue One staying at the top, maybe a fitting tribute as we said goodbye to Princess Leah.

With the new coming in over the festive period that actress Carrie Fisher sadly passed away what better tribute to pay than keeping Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at number one with £5.6 million on its second weekend.

This brings the films total gross to £33.9 million, an excellent gross in normal circumstances but this is a star wars film and the film is falling far short of last years Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Highest new entry of the week is Passengers which after bad reviews still manages to land at number 2 with £2.4 million.

Both stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are involved with high grossing franchises so this is by no means a big opening for them and with the no so good reviews the film could sink quite quick.

Longest running film on the chart this week is Trolls which has been around for 10 weeks not and highest total grossing movie is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which has now grossed £47,469,530 after 6 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was still the top film on its second weekend while top new film was Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie which entered at 2.

Five years ago
Arthur Christmas went back to the top over the festive weekend while the top new film was Don 2 which entered at number 6.

Ten years ago
Happy Feet stayed at the top for a third week while and with a static top 10 the top new film was Bhagam Bhag at number 11.

Fifteen years ago
Kicking off one of the greatest series of all time The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring entered the box office at the top knocking off Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone after 5 weeks at the top.

Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians stayed at the top for a second weekend while Matilda was the top new film of the week at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Addams Family was the top film of the week for a second weekend while Suburban Commando was the top new film which entered at 3.

With the global release of any Star Wars films its going to feel like the world stops with baited breath watching how the film will perform, and this week is no different with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In the end Rogue One opens in the UK to £17 million, a very good opening and a shade above fellow splinter film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

When compared to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens it doesn't compare, it is about half of the opening gross from this time last year, not surprising as there is less anticipation and this is Star Wars in uncharted territory.

There can be no complaining though, like Fantastic Beasts, we are going to get more of these films and as they find their feet and get fans then the grosses will grow and grow.

Fantastic Bests falls from the top after 4 weeks at number 1 to 3 and a weekend gross of £1.4 million, it is less than £10,000 behind the number 2 film Moana.

It has now taken £45 million in the UK and is the 39th top grossing film of all time.

With the new Star Wars film there were no other new films this week hitting the chart.

Longest running film this week is Trolls which has been around for 9 weeks and highest total grossing movie is Fantastic Beasts.

Historical chart

A year ago
A theme will start to emerge in the coming years is the Star Wars film at the top on this date and this time last year Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was new at the top, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 fell hard to number 5.

Five years ago
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made its debut at the top while Arthur Christmas fell to number 3.

Ten years ago
Happy Feet made it 2 weeks at the top while the top new film was Eragon at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
There was no moving Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone as it stayed at the top for a 5th weekend while top new film was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham at number 3.

Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians made it to the top on its debut weekend while The Long Kiss Goodnight fell from the top to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Addams Family was new at the top while Point Break fell to number 4 after 3 week at number 1.

No change for the number one film on the UK home video charts this week with Suicide Squad holding film for a second week.

Highest new film of the week is at number 7 with the film version of The Office, David Brent Life On The Road.

The David Brent film was released at UK cinemas on 19th August 2016 where it entered at number 3, kept from the top by Finding Dory and Suicide Squad.

It quickly fell out of the top 10 after only 2 weeks but spent another 6 weeks in cinemas, after 8 weeks it made £ 3.6 million.

Also new this week is Swallows And Amazons a number 8 film from August 2016.

There is no other film to talk about this weekend other than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which without any problem becomes the top film of the week.

A massive opening weekend of $155 million for Rogue One was good, its not the highest of the year and not as high as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens from last year, but this is new territory for the Star Wars franchise.

Despite what way you look at it Rogue One has a good start, and like Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them from earlier in the year it shows that these worlds can survive beyond the core story.

Moana fell into the runner up spot this week with $11 million, it gives Disney the top 2 films in the US, not bad, and brings Moana's total to $161.8 million.

Collateral Beauty, new from Will Smith, also opening in the top 10, at 4, with a $7 million debut weekend.

Longest running film and highest grossing for again this week is Doctor Strange at 9 with $226 million after 7 weeks.

Dunkirk from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan.

Coming to UK cinemas mid 2017.

We are all taking a deep breath as this weekend approaches but until then Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them makes its fourth weekend at the top while top new film is Office Christmas Part which debuts at number 4.

Warner Bros. clearly released this new entry into the Wizarding World at the right time as the film adds another £2.7 million (£4.4 million across the week) to its total which now sits at £42.3 million.

Highest new film of the week if bromance comedy Office Christmas Party, it enters at number 4 with a debut gross of £1.2 million.

The film is a Christmas based movie and as such I suspect it will make a swift exit from the box office one the festive season is over.

Highest total grossing film on the chart this week is Fantastic beasts and the longest running film is Trolls which has now been around for 8 weeks.

It will be interesting to watch what happens over next week with the new entry in Star Wars, last years Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens had a £34 million debut weekend, with the reviews so far for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are we looking at even better? Historical box office

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 had its 4th weekend at the top and with the world waiting or the first Star Wars film in over a decade there were no new film inside the top 15, Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict was the top new film at number 25!

Five years ago
Puss in Boots starring Antonio Banderas was the top new film at number one, it knocked Arthur Christmas to number 2 after 4 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
George Miller directed Happy Feet which was the top new film at number 1, it knocked off Casino Royale which fell to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone remained at the top for a fourth weekend while the top new film was The 51st State starring Samuel L. Jackson at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger was all festive in Jingle All The Way which made its debut at the top of the UK box office, its knocked The Long Kiss Goodnight down to number 2 after a single week at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Point Break made it 3 weeks at the top and with a quiet week for new releases there was nothing new on the top 10.

Disney/Pixar's high profile sequel Finding Dory makes its debut at the top of the UK home video chart this week knocking off The BFG.

Finding Dory has been a massive hit for the animated coupling of Disney and Pixar this year, on its release on 29th July 2016 it hit the top of the UK box office.

It has a massive first weekend gross of £8.1 million on its first weekend, its stay at the top only lasted for a single weekend initially.

After falling to 2 it then went back to the top for 2 weeks on 19th August before finally making a slow decent down the box office.

It spent 14 weeks on the top 15 before disappearing from cinemas but in the time it took at incredible £42.6 million making it the 41st top grossing movie ever in the UK, its it currently the fourth top grossing movie of 2016.

Across the globe it is the 23rd to grossing movie of all time with a global total gross of $1.026 billion.

The BFG falls from the top of the home video chart to number 3 this week after a single week at the top.

Only one other new film this week, Jason Bourne, a number 2 film from July enters at number 2.

Reboot for The Mummy gets its first full trailer.

Excellent stuff with some real surprises, and another Cruise film set in London!

A very quiet weekend in the hangover after Thanksgiving and Black Friday which has Moana from Disney stay firmly at the top while horror Incarnate is the only new film landing at 9.

Moana has now taken a total of $119 million in the US with a second weekend take of $28 million, in such a low grossing weekend not a bad take.

The film wont scale the heights of Frozen but it will be yet another sizeable hit and it fills the gap while we wait for the next Pixar film.

With the rest of the top 10 more or less staying the same as last week the top new film landed right down at number 9 in the shape of Incarnate.

Incarnate took $2.6 million for the weekend and with this showing will most likely fall out of cinemas this week.

The week director Steven Spielberg is at the top with him adaptation of the much loved Roald Dahl book The BFG.

Hitting the heights of number one on its debut week of release the film was a big hit in UK cinemas when it was released on 22nd July 2016 where it hit number 1.

The film didn't last more than a week at the top, but it turned into a massive hit and had a slow fall down the box office.

In total the film spent 14 weeks on the official top 15 and then spent 4 weeks still pulling in audiences at cinemas, it was still in some cinemas on its week of release on home video.

The film made £30.5 million at the UK box office and it is currently number 99 on the list of all time UK box office hits.

It didn't do that well across the globe, its clearly a very British story, it only made $178 million which is very low for a Spielberg film.

Last weeks top film, The Secret Life of Pets, falls from the top to number 3 this weeks after only a single week at number 1.

Other new film this week are Star Trek Beyond at number 2, a number 2 hit released on 22nd July 2016 and Ghostbuster (the remake) a number 1 film from 15th July 2016.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them stays at the top of the UK box office for a second weekend keeping off Allied which makes its debut at number 2.

With a second weekend gross of £8.8 million Fantastic Beasts has a brilliant second weekend which brings its total gross after 2 weekends of release to £30 million.

This result is actually keeping in line with the Harry Potter series, the latter films had far better first weekends but fell to roughly the same for the second weekend.

The potential for Beasts to go on and make similar to the early Potter films at least is quite high if it keeps on this trajectory.

Landing at 2 this week if the latest Brad Pitt starring film Allied, co starring Marion Cotillard and directed by Robert Zemeckis the drama takes £1.3 million on its debut.

For both Pitt and Zemeckis this is a fairly typical opening gross, although for both this is no where near their highest grossing debuts.

Also new this week is Bad Santa 2 at 4 with &poind;.7 million and very bad reviews, A United Kingdom at 6, Dear Zindagi at 9 and Paterson at 10.

Fantastic beasts this week becomes the top total grossing movie on the chart while Storks is the longest running film at 7 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 made it 2 weeks at the top of the UK box office while The Good Dinosaur was the top new film.

Five years ago
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 stayed at the top for a second week while My Week With Marilyn was the highest new entry at 3.

Ten years ago
Casino Royale stayed at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was The Santa Clause 3 The Escape Clause at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone was at the top for another weekend, its second, while Spy Game was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty years ago
The First Wives Club stayed at the top for its second weekend of release while The Crow City of Angels was the top new film at number 5.

Twenty five years ago
Point Break was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top while What About Bob fell to number 2 on tis second weekend.

Rounding out November of 2016 with another good weekend at the global box office is Fantastic beasts and Where To Find Them which on its third week makes $177.1 million from 68 countries.

This brings the films total gross to $473.7 million and it wont be long before the film crosses the half a billion mark in global takings.

It might struggle though to make its way to the $1 billion mark though as the film is not yet climbing the heights experienced by the Harry Potter series and many die hard Potter fans are not warming to the new adventures.

Highest new film of the week is Disney's Moana which makes its debut at number 2 with $71 million from 13 countries, it hits most other countries this coming Friday.

Interestingly although the film did well in America China did not do so well with the film only taking $12 million.

Fantastic Beasts is still the film released in the most number of countries and Doctor Strange has the highest total gross on the top 10 this week with $617 million in global takings.

JK Rowling unleashes her vision of the Wizarding World beyond the mega successful life of Harry Potter in the shape of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them which enters the top with great but not excellent opening weekend.

A £15 million debut is nothing to be sniffed at, and it is the 20 top opening in the UK ever, but only 2005's Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire scored a lower opening of the Potter series.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban from 2004 was the biggest Potter opening with £23.8 million on its debut and is the 3rd top opening ever in the UK.

Fantastic Beasts has some big shoes to fill and with the very favourable reviews it could be a long and slow burner, but in less than 4 weeks Star Wars does the same and expands its universe which will have a knock on effect.

Arrival entered the box office at number 1 last week and falls to number 2 this week with £1.5 million which brings its total to £5.7 million after 10 days of play, its should overtake Prisoners as director Denis Villeneuve top film.

Only one other new entry this week, Andre Rieu Christmas With Andre, and event cinema, at number 4, it took just over £1 million.

Bridget Jones's Baby was once again the longest running film on the chart at 10 weeks and the top total grossing move with £47 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The last Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, made its debut at the top knocking off Spectre after a 3 week sting at number 1.

Five years ago
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 made its debut at the top of the box office knocking off Arthur Christmas.

Ten years ago
Casino Royale made its debut at number 1, it knocked off 2 week champ Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Fifteen years ago
The Wizarding Word started its cinematic transition with Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone making its debut at the top, its knocked The Others down to 2.

Twenty years ago
The First Wives Club took over at the top of the box office, Michael Collins fell to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
making its debut at the top was What About Bob, Dead Again fell to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

The release of a new era in the Wizarding World was always going to be a big event, and as Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them makes is cinematic debut it goes straight to number 1 at the global box office.

Released on its debut in 64 countries is takes an excellent $218 million far outstripping anything else this week and setting itself up for a very good holiday season.

Despite taking $75 million (£60 million) in America the film did very well in Europe especially here in the UK where it took $18 million (£14 million).

With most of the world going to the cinema to see how JK Rowling would continue her fantasy world Doctor Strange fell off the top to number 2 with $43.6 million (£35 million).

This brings the films total gross after 4 weeks of play to $571 million (£463 million), the film is still released in 54 countries.

Also worthy of note is I Am Not Madame Bovary from China which takes $28 million (£22 million) from 5 countries and is at number 4 this week.

Highest total grossing movie this week is Doctor Strange while the widest release is still Trolls which is out in 67 countries and this weeks sites at number 4.

This week saw Arrival make its debut at the top of the UK box office among great reviews and last weeks top film fell to number 2.

Starring Amy Adam and directed by acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve Arrival makes its UK debut at the top of the UK box office charts with just shy of £3 million pound.

This is a better opening that in many other countries like America where is could only manage a top 3 entry, although Doctor Strange is still only 10 days old over there.

Talking of Doctor Strange, in the UK it falls from the top to number 2, after 2 weeks at number 1 and a 3rd weekend of £2.3 million the films total gross is not £19.5 million.

For a second weekend the longest running film and highest total grossing film of the week is Bridget Jones's Baby, 9 weeks on the film has grossed £47.5 million, and its the second highest grossing film of the year.

Historical charts

A year ago
Spectre spent its third week at the top of the box office while top new film was The Lady In The Van at number 2.

Five years ago
Henry Cavill starred in Immortals which made its debut at the top while The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of The Unicorn fell to number 3.

Ten years ago
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was still at the top of the UK box office with the top new film coming in at 2 in the shape of The Prestige.

Fifteen years ago
The Others stayed at the top for a second weekend while top new film was Kiss of The Dragon at number 4.

Twenty years ago
Liam Neeson starred in Michael Collins which debuted at the top knocking Dragonheart down to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
The Fisher King was the top new film of the week, it knocked Dead Again down to number 2 after a couple of weeks at the top.

There were plenty of contenders this last weekend that tried to topple the Marvel film Doctor Strange but none were good enough so the good doctor spends another week at the top.

A weekend gross of £3.4 million takes the films total UK gross to £15.7 million, very good indeed and on course to be one of the better Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Coming in highest is The Accountant starring Ben Affleck, a debut weekend gross of £1.6 million brings it in at number 3.

There are 3 other new film this week, at 4 is a Street Cat Named Bob, at 5 is Nocturnal Animals and at number 6 is The Light Between Oceans.

Bridget Jones's Baby is the top total grossing film of the week with an incredible £46.1 million and its is also the longest running film at 8 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Spectre spent its second week at the top of the UK box office while Brooklyn came in highest at number 3.

Five years ago
The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of The Unicorn spent its second week at the top while In Time came in highest at number 2.

Ten years ago
Making its debut at the top of the box office was Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan while Saw III dropped to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
The Others was new at the top of the chart, it knocked off American Pie 2 which fell to number 2.

Twenty years ago
British film Brassed Off landed on the chart at the top, it knocked Dragonheart down to number 2 after 2 weeks on top.

Twenty five years ago
Dead Again remained at the top of the box office and on this week there were no new releases.

There have been many film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs creation Tarzan and this week the latest version enters at the top of the home video chart in the UK.

This version was released in cinemas on 8th July 2016 where it entered at number 2, beaten by The Secret Life of Pets on its 3rd week at the top.

The Legend of Tarzan took £3.5 million on its opening weekend and spent 5 weeks on the UK top 15, it then spent another 7 weeks in Uk cinemas before disappearing.

During that time it took a non too shabby £9.2 million, also the film didn't do too bad on the global stage taking £356.6 million.

Last weeks top film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows, falls quite hard down to number 5 this week after a single week at the top.

Also making its debut on the chart this week is: Supersonic at number 2 and Central Intelligence at number 3.

Also making a re-entry at number 4 thanks to a new version of the Blu-ray is Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Marvel and Disney continue their run of top film by taking their latest Doctor Strange to the top head of 2 other new releases.

Its a new IP for the superhero studio but these days that doesn't matter as Doctor Strange takes $84.9 million on its opening weekend of release.

Not as high as the more established series in the MCU but still a good opening and one which should see the film go up their with some of the best in the long running series.

Second on the chart this week is Troll which debuts with $45.6 million and coming in third is Hacksaw Ridge which takes $14.7 million.

Falling from the top after 2 weeks is Boo! A Madea Halloween, the film lands at 4 this week with $7.8 million, still good considering Halloween is a distant memory now.

Longest run on the UB box office this week is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children which has now been around for 6 weeks, but the highest total grosser, on its debut, is Doctor Strange.

This week marvel proved they can add new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in style by taking the latest addition to the top of the UK box office.

With a £9.2 million opening it is very good for a new IP in the Marvel series, in comparison Ant-Man made £4 million on its opening.

With Doctor Strange hitting the top, last week top film, Trolls, falls to number 2, a second weekend take of £3.5 million sees the film get to £ 14 million after 10 days.

Bridget Jones's Baby is the top total grossing film on the chart at the moment with £46.6 million and has out grossed all the other Bridget Jones films.

The BFG is the longest running film, the Steven Spielberg film has now been on the chart for 14 weeks.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Spectre made its debut at the top of the box office and because the highest debuting film of all time while Hotel Transylvania 2 fell to number 2.

Five years ago
The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of The Unicorn made its debut a the top knocking off Paranormal Activity 3 which fell to 2.

Ten years ago
Saw III was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top, it knocked off The Departed which fell to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
American Pie 2 remained at the top for a second weekend while Legally Blonde was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Dragonheart stayed at the top and with nothing of note being released Dracula Dead and Loving It was the top new film at number 6.

Twenty five years ago
Dead Again made its debut at the top of the box office, it knocked off City Slickers which fell to number 2.

Marvel continue their run of really strong hit film and introduce a new character to the MCU in the shape of Doctor Strange which this week enters the global box office at the top.

Released in 33 countries the Benedict Cumberbatch film took $86 million on its debut week, a figure which is double that of the film at number 2.

At number 2 is Inferno which this weeks gets its US release and holds firm at number 2, a $44.1 million week from 62 countries brings the total gross to $147.7 million.

Last weeks top film, Jack Reacher Never Go Back, falls to number 4 this week with $21.1 million from 47 countries, this brings the total gross to $93.8 million.

Boo! A Madea Halloween is still at number 5 and is still only released in a single country, America! Top total grossing movie on the global top 10 this week is Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children which has now grossed $243 million.

Tyler Perry keeps a grip on the top of the US box office despite some competition from Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise.

Boo! A Madea Halloween retains the number 1 position in America with a second weekend gross of $16.6 million, this brings the films total gross after 10 days of release to $52 million.

Coming in at number 2 is the third film in the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code trilogy Inferno, the film would have been expected to go to the top but Halloween was too strong a call.

Tom cruise keeps the pressure up but falls to number 3 with Jack Reacher Never Go Back, its second weekend take is $9.5 million.

Top total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Storks with $68.2 million , it is also the longest running film at 6 weeks.

This weekend Jack Reacher gave it a good go but in the end her was not good enough to stop the Trolls from hitting the top on its debut weekend.

The new IP from Dreamworks hits the top with a weekend gross of £5.4 million which is about average for an animation from the studio, Kung Fu Panda 3, the last film from them took £4.7 million on its opening.

If things go as usual Trolls could get somewhere in the £10 million mark especially with a fairly decent debut.

The Girl on The Train falls from the top this week after a couple of weekends at the top, a £2 million weekend takes the film to £17.7 million after 3 weeks of release.

Also new this week is Jack Reacher Never Go Back which lans in the runner up spot with £2.6 million, this is in the ballpark, but lower, of the first film with took £3.5 million on its debut.

Longest running film of the week is The BFG which has been around now for 13 weeks and the highest total grossing movie is Bridget Jones's Baby now on £44.5 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Hotel Transylvania 2 stayed at the top for a second week while top new film was Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension at number 3.

Five years ago
Halloween took Paranormal Activity 3 to the top of the box office on its debut while Johnny English Reborn fell to number 2 after 3 weeks.

Ten years ago
The Departed stayed at the top for a second week while highest debuting film was Barnyard at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
American Pie 2 stayed at the top while America's Sweethearts made its debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago
New at the top was the fantasy film Dragonheart while The Nutty Professor fell into the runner up spot after 2 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Making its debut at the top was City Slickers while Drop Dead Fred fell to number 3.

Tom Cruise releases his latest action film this week in the shape of Jack Reacher Never Go Back and tops the global box office with ease.

Its a very quiet time for big new releases at the moment and Jack Reacher manages to top the global box office with a weekly gross of $54 million from 31 countries.

After a week at the top Inferno falls into second place this week with $28.9 million, this brings the films total gross after 2 weeks of release to $64.8 million from 58 countries.

Also released this week making an impact on the global box office is US number 1 Boo! A Madea Halloween which is at 3 with $27.6 million from just the one country.

Ouija: Origin Of Evil is also new at number 5 and has taken $21 million and is released in 23 countries.

Highest total grossing movie on the global box office this week is Miss Peregrine' Home For Peculiar Children which has now taken $224 million and is still out in 65 countries.

At the US box office this week Tyler Perry's Boo! A Medea Halloween does the unthinkable and beats Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher Never Go Back to the top.

The Medea series has never taken off here in the UK but in America each film does well at the box office and Tyler Perry is a massive star.

Boo! goes the to the top on a very quiet weekend at the box office with a weekend gross of $27.6 million.

Falling from the top is The Accountant, now at number 3 with a weekend take of $14 million which brings the films total US gross to $47.9 million.

Also entering the chart this week is Jack Reacher Never Go Back at number 2 and Ouija Origin of Evil at number 3.

Its been a very quiet period on the US box office recently and the top total grossing film on the chart this week is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children with $74 million while the longest running film is Storks at 5 weeks.

With a new Tom Hanks film in cinemas and a Dan Brown adaptation at that it was assumed that The Girl on The Train would be a one week wonder, but Inferno was not strong enough.

Emily Blunt thus makes it 2 weeks at the top with The Girl on The Train with a second weekend gross of £3.4 million.

This brings the total gross of the film in the UK to £13.6 million, if you compare this to last years Gone Girl it is actually head of that films £9 million after 2 weeks.

Highest new entry of the week comes in at number 2 in the shape of Inferno from the book by Dan Brown and a sequel to The De Vinci Code and Angela and Demons.

Inferno makes in debut with £2.9 million which is the lowest of the series so far, The De Vinci Code and Angela and Demons made £9 million and £6 million respectively on their debuts.

Also new this week is Storks at number 3 and event movie Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance which was a one off performance in Saturday night.

Longest running film this week is Finding Dory with 12 weeks, it is also the highest total grossing movie with £42 million, this is far higher that Finding Nemo even if you take inflated ticket prices into account.

Historical charts

A year ago
Hotel Transylvania 2 was the film making its debut at the top, it knocked The Martian down to number 2.

Five years ago
Johnny English Reborn stayed at the top for a second weekend while top new film was The Three Musketeers at number 3.

Ten years ago
The Departed went to the top of the box office after making its debut at number 2 the previous week think Open Season was the top new film.

Fifteen years ago
American Pie 2 was new at the top while Moulin Rouge slipped down to number 2 after going back to the top.

Twenty years ago
The Nutty Professor stayed at the top for a second week while top new film was Robin Williams in Jack.

Twenty five years ago
Drop Dead Fred was the new film at the top while Out For Justice fell from the top to number 6.

This week Ben Affleck scores his second number one film of 2016 with The Accounts which knocks off The Girl on The Train.

Seemingly man of the moment the Oscar winning Affleck takes over at the top with a relatively low $24.7 million weekend, but still its another top film this year after superhero film Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

In fact strictly speaking this is his third top film of the year after the very extended cameo he had as Batman in Suicide Squad, but lets not give him too much credit.

Falling off the top after only one week is thriller The Girl on The Train, a second weekend of $11.9 million brings the films total gross to $46.5 million after 10 days of play.

Also new this week is Kevin Hart: What Now? at number 3 with $11.9 million, this is the same of The Girl on The Train and if correct after final tallies there is a tie for number 2 and 3.

Longest running film and highest total grossing film on the top 10 in America this week is Sully, 6 weeks on the chart and a total of $118.3 million.

On the UK box office this week Emily Blunt knocks off Renee Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones is no match for The Girl on The Train.

Making its debut with just under £7 million The Girl on The Train is aiming for a similar target audience as Gone Girl which was released early October of 2014 and did very well.

This film which is also based on a bestselling novel has managed to come in £2 million higher despite reviews not being as favourable.

After 3 weeks at the top is it time for Bridget Jones's Baby to surrender the top spot and with a £2.9 million weekend falls to number 2.

The film cant be too sorry for itself as it has grossed £37.8 million so far and at the current pace will most likely become the most successful of the series.

Also new this week are War On Everyone at number 7 and Tristan und Isolde from the Metropolitan Opera which is new at 8.

Highest total grossing movie this week id Finding Dory with £41 million and longest run is The Secret Life of Pets which has now been around for 11 weeks.

Historical chart

A year ago
The Martian remained at the top for a second week while top new film Sicario entered at number 2.

Five years ago
Johnny English Reborn made its debut at the top of the box office with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy falling to number 3.

Ten years ago
The Devil Wears Prada was the new film at the top while Click slipped down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Moulin Rouge made its way back to the top of the box office after Artificial Intelligence: AI spend 2 weeks there. Artificial Intelligence: AI fell to number 2.

Twenty years ago
The Nutty Professor was the top new film on the UK box office, it knocked off Last Man Standing.

Twenty five years ago
Out For Justice debuted at the top, knocking off Terminator 2: Judgement Day after 7 weeks at the top, it fell to number 3.

After 4 weeks at the top of the UK home video chart Captain America is toppled by Alice Through The Looking Glass which makes its debut.

Alice Through The Looking Glass is the sequel to Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland and was released on 5th August 2016. The film entered the UK box office at number 2 with a debut gross of £2.2 million, it failed to remove X Men Apocalypse which remained at the top.

The film did reasonably well on the box office hand hung around for 7 weeks on the top 15 before spending another 15 weeks hanging around the lower reaches of the box office.

The film made an excellent £9.9 million is total UK grosses, although compared to Alice in Wonderland which made £42 million its relatively small.

This is the first week os Disney having a big video sale and as always they have a bog impact on the video chart with 5 re-entries inside the top 10, and if you count Marvel and live action remakes they have 8 of the top 10 films.

Also new this week is Money Monster at number 9, When Marnie Was There at number 13 and Mothers Day at number 14.

Across the globe this week Miss Peregrines School for Peculiar Children took over the top of the global box office charts on its debut week of release.

Taking a fairly average $65 million over the week from a wide 60 country release it is still good enough to double the takings of the number 2 film of the week.

Falling quite hard down to number 4 this week is last weeks top film The Magnificent Seven, the western takes $30 million for the weekend from 69 countries which brings its total gross to $108 million.

Also worth a mention this week is the film at number 2, climbing up this week after a wider release in 2 other countries I Belong To You takes $33.9 million for a total of $44.9 million.

Highest total grossing film on the global top 10 is Bridget Jones's Baby, despite a slow burn in most countries apart from the UK the film has taken $120 million and is still out in 51 countries.

There was never going to be any other outcome this weekend as the countries favourite unlucky in love and life Bridget Jones returns to our screens after 12 years away.

Bridget Jones's baby flies into the top on its debut weekend after a fairly aggressive marketing push and the best September weekend ever.

An £8.1 million debut took the film to the top of the box office which is highest than the first film in the series but a couple of million why of the follow up.

With the holiday season coming up and good work of mouth and reviews this could give the film a good run although the other 2 film came in at over £35 million and over £40 million which could be a tough ask.

Sausage party falls to number 4 this week after 2 weeks at the top, a £0.6 million weekend gross brings the total UK takings to £6.6 million.

For the first time in a while only one film on the box office takes over a million pound, although with Jones's gross the box office is on a fairly even total gross to other weeks.

Highest total grossing film of the week is Finding Dory, now on over £40 million, and longest run is The BFG, now around for 8 week.

Historical charts

A year ago
Movie goers had vertigo as Everest took over the top of the charts knocking Legend down to number 2.

Five years ago
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy made its debut at the top of the box office knocking The Indetweeners down to number 2 after 4 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby made its debut at the top and with an all new top 3 You, Me and Dupree fell to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Moulin Rouge stayed at the top of the box office keeping off the highest new film at number 2 The Fast and The Furious.

Twenty years ago
Emma took over at the top of the box office on its debut weekend knocking Independence Day off the top after a fantastic 6 week run.

Twenty five yeas ago
Terminator 2: Judgment Day was still at the top of the box office, 5 weeks and counting, while Regarding Henry was the top new film landing at 2.

No change at the top of the UK home video chart this week as Captain America stays for a second week and with The Jungle Book going back to number 2 the highest new film lands at 3.

Bad Neighbours 2 is the film which lands at number 2, the sequel to Bad Neighbours from 2014 which grossed £16 million.

This film was released on 6th May 2016 to £1.6 million and it landed at number 3 on the box office, ironically with Captain America Civil War and The Jungle Book above it.

The film hung around for 5 weeks before disappearing from cinemas after grossing £6.2 million, less than half that of the original.

Only one other new film this week are Our Kind of Traitor at number 4.

As we approach the end of the year all the Spring hits start to get released ready for Christmas and so this week has the release of Captain America Civil War hit the top on its debut.

The film was released into UK cinemas on 4th May 2016 where it easily hit the top of the box offie on its debut with a £14.4 million opening weekend, the 25th highest in the UK.

After an excellent 3 week run at the top the film started dropping, but it dropped hard and had a 7 week box office run in total.

During that time the film managed an excellent £36.7 million in total grosses making it the 60th top grossing film in the UK.

Globally, as is the norm with Marvel films, Civil War too £1.1 billion and is the 12th top grossing movie across the world.

The jungle Book falls after a couple of weeks at the top to number 2 this week but is still selling well.

Other new film this week are Florence Foster Jenkins at number 3, Thomas and Friends The Great Race at number 4 and further down Bruce Willis in Precious Cargo at 12.

After a fairly lacklustre summer season of 2016 where the highlight was a bunch of anti-heroes in the shape of the Suicide Squad, will the Autumn schedule deliver?

We had high hopes but had few thrills, out side of the DC movie Suicide Squad Ghostbusters gave us a good laugh but didn't deliver as expected Finding Dory pulled in the audiences but left us flat.

The rest of the year has some highlights but there is caution as the 2 biggest films are both sequels outside of their parent film series.

Before we even get to them in the latter part of the year we have a number of promises, Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen looks promising and American hit Kubo and The Two String gives a refreshing animation outside Disney.

Of course we have British favourite Bridget Jones's Baby which is getting good reviews at the moment and a bit after that the recently announced Blair Witch remake/reboot/sequel.

Getting a lot of marketing hype is the remake/retelling of The Magnificent Seven and the looking promising, and a return to form for Tim Burton is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.

Tom Hanks returns to detective mode for a third time in Inferno, although I didn't like the previous 2 films and then another sequel emerges mid October with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher Never Go Back.

Marvel return to their cinematic universe with a new hero in the shape of Doctor Strange and another sequel/reboot come in early November with Rings, the next in (surprise) The Ring series.

After the hotly anticipated Arrival starring Amy Adams arrives the season kicks up a gear with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first move into the Wizarding World outside Harry Potter.

The film, penned by J. K. Rowling, is being hyped to death and not surprisingly, the 8 Potter films did fantastic business at the box office and this is directed by series expert David Yates whic just seems to get the ideas Rowling writes about.

Warner Bros. will be hoping this shows there is still life in the seemingly dormant series and please fans of the original and set up a new generation, 2 more film are already planned.

After that injection things go quiet with unwanted sequel Bad Santa 2 and Tom Hanks (again) in Scully the story of the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson River.

Then to finish the year off another much lover series goes off piste with Rogue One A Star Wars Story, taking place just before the events of the original Star Wars.

The trailer have looked good and after the excellence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens expectation are massive.

This is a massive risk for Lucasfilms and Disney, and it will either boost the series to height never imagined or will do to the series what Episodes I - III did and nearly kill it, fortunately it has recovered!

To round the rear off we have Michael Fassbender trying to do what many other have failed to do and bring a video game series to the screen in Assassins Creed.

It may have had its run in much of the world but the late summer release of Star Trek Beyond in China catapults the film back to the top.

As with last week last weeks chart a Chinese opening if a film does wonders and a $31 million opening has the film take $39 million from 40 countries for the weekend and a quiet market takes it back to the top.

The late summer has proved to be a difficult time for the box office and with little other movement the whole top 10 this week across the globe is the same as last week.

You actually have to go down to the 17th film on this weeks global box office to find a new film, The Light Between Oceans takes $5 million from 1 country.

Tp total grossing movie on the chart this week is The Secret Life of Pets, and incredible run sees it still at 4 and its total world gross is now $761.5 million.

  1. Star Trek Beyond - $39,450,000
  2. Suicide Squad - $21,805,000
  3. Don't Breathe - $21,000,000
  4. The Secret Life Of Pets - $20,848,335
  5. Jason Bourne - $15,991,520
For the second weekend Disney and Pixar hold on to the top with Finding Dory which returned to number 1 last week after a 2 week drop to number 2.

The fishy tale of the forgetful fish is having a fantastic UK box office run with a £1.5 million 5th weekend bringing its total gross to £35.8 million.

With another week to go of the School summer holidays Dory could well make another weekend at the top of the box office.

Not far behind if the highest new entry of the week, comedy Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis of Family Guy fame.

The film takes £1.4 million from the weekend, only £400,000 behind the top film.

Also new this week is War Dogs at number 4, The Purge Election Year at number 5 and Lights Out at number 8.

Highest total grossing movie this week is Finding Dory while the longest running movie on the box office is Star Trek Beyond and The BFG with 6 weeks each.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Suprise hit Straight Outta Compton made its debut a the top knocking off Paper Town which fell right down to number 8.

Five years ago
Staying at number one was The Inbetweeners Movie on its second week while the highest new film was One Day in at number 2.

Ten years ago
You, Me and Dupree was the new film at the top of the box office while Snakes On A Plane fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Planet of The Apes didn't move off the top spot while highest new film of the week was Heartbreakers at number 3.

Twenty years ago
There was no moving Independence Day from the top of the box office, even for Arnold Schwarzenegger which took Eraser in at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the top of the box office for a second weekend with Terminator 2: Judgment Day and with a static top 3 Pump Up The Volume was the highest new film at 4.

Disney have had some big hits in recent years and the live action version of The Jungle Book is one of them and has become a children's favourite.

The film was released into cinemas on 15th April 2016 and went directly to the top of the box office where it spent 2 weeks.

It then went on to spend a total of 14 weeks on the official top 15 and then, so far, another 5 weeks still in UK cinemas, the film is still on release currently.

The Jungle Books total gross in the UK, so far, is an amazing £46.1 million, it is the second highest grossing film of the year and the 33rd top film ever in the UK.

The film also did very well across the globe where it has grossed $947.6 million and is the 34th highest grossing film ever, it is still on release in many countries.

The Huntsman: Winters War which entered the chart at the top last week falls to number 2 on its second week of release.

Also landing on the video chart this week is: Jane Got a Gun at number 9 and The Colony at number 13.

Released this week is Rachet and Clank and Gods Not Dead 2 which should have an impact on the chart next week.

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.

Once again the Warner Bros. Anti-Hero ensemble tops the global box office chart, but it does loose ground to The Secret Life of Pets, Ben-Hur is the top new film.

With $58.7 million, from 65 countries, in global takings over the week Suicide Squad keeps itself ahead of the pack, this brings the films total gross over half a billion now to $572.6 million.

Coming in new at 3 is the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur which takes $22 million on its debut week of release from 24 countries.

The film has got very low keys reviews in America which could effect its gross in other countries when released and might sink quite fast.

Other new film this week are War Dogs at 4 and Kubo And The Two Strings at 10 from 9 countries .

Highest total grossing film on this weeks global box office is The Secret Life Of Pets, still at 2 with $674 million and still released in 54 countries.

Here is the global top 5.

  1. Suicide Squad - $58,710,000
  2. The Secret Life Of Pets - $50,772,240
  3. Ben-Hur - $22,050,000
  4. War Dogs - $20,800,000
  5. Jason Bourne - $19,275,865
No change at the top of the US box office this week as the Anti-heroes of Suicide Squad make it 3 weeks at the top, while at number 3 War Dogs is the highest new film.

In a relatively quiet week for new releases Harley Quinn and co. take another $20 million over the 3 day weekend with their total gross now pushed to $262.2 million.

Highest new film of the week if the Jonah Hill starring War Dogs which takes $14.3 million, it comes in ahead of Kubo and the Two Strings and the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur.

The quiet late summer weekend also sees little movement in the lower end of the chart with the longest stay being The Secret Life of Pets again, it is also once again the highest total gross with $346.7 million.

Despite there being 7 new releases hitting the top 15 films this week the top five films in the UK remain unchanged from last week with Suicide Squad remaining at the top.

On its second weekend of release the DC comics anti-hero picture took £4.2 million, down just over 66% from the previous weekend.

The film has now taken £22 million during its 10 days of release and is not that far behind stable mate Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

With the rest of the top 4 remaining fairly static the highest new film of the week is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates starring Zak Efron and Anna Kendrick.

The comedy film took just over a million pound on its debut weekend in the UK, but the suspicion is it will fall fast in the coming weeks ready for a home video release.

Big suprise of the week is the Disney remake of Petes Dragon landing at number 6 with £844,090, one of the Mouse Houses smallest hits in a while.

Other new films this week are Newrve at number 7, The Shallows at number 8, Mohenjo Daro at number 11, Rustom at number 12 and finally Wiener Dog at number 14.

Longest running film this week and highest total gross is The Secret Life of Pets, 8 weeks on the chart and £33 million.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Pixels made its debut at the top of the box office smashing Fantastic Four down to number 6 after a single week at the top.

Five years ago
Rise of The Planet of The Apes took over the top spot on its debut knocking off Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 which fell to number 3.

Ten years ago
Cars remained at the top of the box office for a third week while highest new entry was Monster House right down at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Cats and Dogs remained at the top of the box office for another week with The Parole Officer entering highest at number 5.

Twenty years ago
Independence Day was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top with Twister falling to number 2 on its third week of release.

The UK video chart this week has Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice stay at the top for a second week.

With the film not performing as well as expected at the box office and Warner Bros. releasing an extended version of video the film is selling really well.

Highest new film then lands at number 2 in the shape of Eddie the Eagle, a film released in the UK on April 8th 2016.

The film loosely based on the life of British Olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards landed at number 2 on the box office help off the top spot by the Batman V Superman film.

A 5 week run on the box office top 15 and another 7 weeks at UK cinemas saw the film take £8.6 million in box office takings.

The film took $46 million is global grosses.

Also new this week is Batman The Killing Joke at number 5, although the film has been bubbling away in the lower regions of the chart for a couple of weeks.

Midnight Special enters at number 6 and Tale of Tales is new at number 16, finally Sing Street makes a debut at number 20.

On the US box office charts this week the bad guys of Suicide Squad managed to stay at the top despite competition from Disneys Petes Dragon and Sausage Party.

Proving to be a success for the DC Cinema Universe (and Warner Bros.) the super anti-hero film takes $43.7 million on its second weekend of release, down nearly 75% from its debut.

The film has now taken $222 million in 10 days and is on course to be one of the bigger film of the year.

Entering the chart highest, and in second place, is the Seth Rogans voiced Sausage Party, an adult animation which also starts the voices of Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill.

With a debut of $34 million its not quite Disney but for an R rated cartoon its a very good debut.

Talking of Disney they unleashed their 2016 remake/retelling of Petes Dragon this week and it perhaps hasn't quite done the numbers expected.

Landing at number 3 the film takes $21 million, considering the talent involved and the advertising a higher debut would have been expected.

Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Street is also new at 8.

There was just one major release this week there which basically means there was inevitably going to be a new film making its debut at the top, and as predicted Warner Bros. Suicide Squad does just that.

Continuing the DC Cinematic Universe that was started in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice this film does something the Marvel/Disney have not yet dared, put the bad guys front and centre.

And audiences have lapped this up with Suicide Squad topping the UK box office with an excellent £11.2 million, nearly as big as the much more anticipated Batman V Superman from March.

That superhero movie sank quickly at the box office so we'll be watching things closely to see if it does similar.

Worth noting is that if the chart listing was taken over the whole week then Finding Dory would sit at the top with £12 million.

Highest total grossing on this weeks top 10 is The Secret Life of Pets which has now grossed over £32 million, while longest stay on the box office is The Angry Birds Movie with 11 weeks.

Historical charts.

A year ago
The Fantastic Four reboot made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation down to number 2.

Five years ago
Four weeks in and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was still number 1 leaving JJ Abrams Super 8 to debut at number 2.

Ten years ago
TV show turned movie Miami Vice made its debut at the top knocking Cars down to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Cats and Dogs made its debut a the top of the box office knocking Jurassic Park III from the top which fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Twister remained at the top for a second week leaving James and The Giant Peach to make its debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was at top for another week while the top new film came in at number 2 in the shape of Backdraft.

On the UK video charts the sequel movie London Has Fallen makes its debut at the top knocking off The Divergent Series Allegiant.

London Has Fallen how UK cinemas on 4th March 2016 as a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen from 2013, the film hit the top of the box office on its debut weekend.

A sizeable hit the film was on the box office for 5 weeks and then hung around cinemas for another 8 weeks after that.

A £10.9 million total gross in the UK isn't bad for a disaster movie of this kind, but hte film did perform far better in the UK than in other countries, possibly the setting being part of the reason.

After a debut at the top last week The Divergent Series Allegiant falls to number 3 this week with Kung Fu Panda 3 holding firm at number 2.

Other new film this week are The Witch at number 5 and High Rise at number 7, Norm of The North is new at 11 and The Trust debuts at number 12.

On the UK video chart this week The Divergent Series Allegiant makes its debut at the top moving Grimsby well and truly out of the way.

Allegiant was released in the UK on 11th March 2016 and made its debut at number 2 of that week with Kung Fu Panda 3 beating it to the top.

Ironically it is the other way round on the video charts, Kung Fu Panda 3 is also released this week on video and makes its debut at number 2.

The Divergent Series Allegiant was a small hit at the box office only staying for 4 weeks with a total UK gross of £4.3 million.

This is a poor showing for the series, the first 2 films made £6 and £7 million respectively so this is a low.

Last weeks top film Grimsby falls from the top to number 4 after only one week and will most likely continue on a fast face out of the chart.

Other new film this week are: as already mentioned Kung Fu Panda 3 is at 2, The Boy is new at number 6 and Hail, Ceasar! is at 7 and finally Forsaken is new at 9.

Star Wars Celebration kicks off in London, UK this weekend and there promises to be a lot of new information about Episode VIII, Rogue One A Star Wars Story and all other things Star Wars.

Many of the conference events are being live streamed so check out the schedule on the link below, and I'd trade my Millennium Falcon if there isn't a new Rogue One trailer.

http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-celebration-europe-2016-live-stream-schedule

At the global box office this week The Secret Life of Pets is still the top film while Chinese crime drama Cold War 2 is the highest new film.

Despite competition from a number of other films on the top 5 The Secret Life of Pets managed to take another $110 million from 10 territories over the week.

The film now has a global gross of $145,772,440 but has many more territories to open in so expect that to climb.

Finding Dory is holding strong at number 2 with $50 million this week, its global gross has risen to 624.1 million from 41 countries, it is also the highest total grossing movie on the top 10.

China is one of the largest cinema going countries in the world and this week from its release in a single territory - China - Cold War 2 takes an amazing $44 million and is at number 4 this week.

Also just as impressive is the Chinese animated film at number 6 this week - Big Fish & Chinese Flowering Crabapple - a $32 million gross from just 1 country.

Here is the top 5 global grossing films this week

  1. The Secret Life Of Pets - 110,972,440
  2. Finding Dory - $50,051,000
  3. The Legend Of Tarzan - $47,615,000
  4. Cold War 2 - $44,165,500
  5. Ice Age: Collision Course - $32,200,000
This weekend the Sasha Baron Cohen movie Grimsby makes its home video debut a the top of the chart knocking off Deadpool after 2 weeks.

Grimsby was released at the UK box office on 26th February 2016 after a massive marketing campaign it made its debut at number 2.<> The film was not received that well with critics or the public alike and it only managed a 4 week run on the UK box office, but did manage another 8 weeks in cinemas before it ended its run.

Its UK box office gross was £5.2 million which isn't too bad and is fairly typical of a british box office comedy thats not a gigantic hit.

Falling to number 2 this week is the fan favourite Marvel superhero that Disney turned down Deadpool.

The film has had a great run at the top of the video chart and will most likely hang around for quite a while and get another boost when shops discount the film.

Also new this week is Zoolander No 2, the sequel everyone wanted, then no one wanted at number 5, direct to video Underworld Legend of The Jinn at 17 and Secret In Their Eyes at 18.

The American box office saw a massive boost this week with The Secret Life of Pets making its debut on the box office with over 100 million.

To put this in context. most Pixar films have massive opening weekend and this beat last year Inside Out which took 90 million on its debut.

The actual figure is $103 million which put it in the top 20 of the highest debut weekend of all time in America.

The film has had mediocre reviews but this doesn't seem to have harmed the debut at all, and with not much competition except the ageing Finding Dory.

Falling from the top is Finding Dory which falls to 3 this week, The LEgend of Tarzan just about holding on at 2.

Dory has now grossed $422 million in American with a $20 million take this last weekend, the film is still to be released in many other countries.

Also new this week is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates which lands at 4 with a $16 million debut weekend.

Three weeks in a row at the top now for Marvels Deadpool, the most since Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier in the year.

Highest new film of the week is the romantic comedy How to Be Single starting Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson.

How to Be Single was released at the box office on 19th February 2016 where is entered the box office at number 3.

On its debut the film took a fairly respectable £1.8 million, for Johnson this is a bit below average for her film, but for Wilson its about bang on the money.

The film hung around the box office for 5 week and during that time it took £5.7 million is grosses, fairly average for a film of this type.

Also making their video debut this week are: Triple 9 at 4 and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at number 6.

Despite a number of new releases this week Finding Dory still manages to dominate the global box office now after 3 weeks of release.

Dory this week grossed $76.3 million globally, now released in 41 countries, this brings its total gross now over the half billion mark to $538.2 million.

There are still many countries where the film has not had a release so the film making it to billion mark is probably at this stage a certainty.

Highest new film of the week is The Legend of Tarzan which shows up in 20 countries and has a debut gross of $56.9 million.

The week had a number of new releases but with the good weather and holidays throughout the world nothing managed to capture the market, or maybe it was the lack of summer blockbuster? The rest of the new releases are as follows: The Purge Election Years at 5, The BFG at 8, Ice Age Collision Course at 9, although it must be said that these film all had single digit country release and are no where near saturation yet.

Here is the top 5 global box office for this week.

  1. Finding Dory - $76,300,542
  2. The Legend Of Tarzan - $56,935,000
  3. Independence Day Resurgence - $56,700,000
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows - $31,265,000
  5. The Purge Election Year - $30,997,840
It's the weekend of Independence Day in America which has historically been a strong weekend o#for new releases as people often have a longer weekend, but this year seems reletively week.

Heading the chart for a third weekend is Disney and Pixars Finding Dory which adds another $41 million to its now impressive total.

That total in America is $372.2 million and the film is proving to be another runnaway hit for Pixar and Disney, Diney dont seem to be able to hit a duff note at the moment!

Hihgest new film of hte week lands at number 2, The Legend of Tarzan, which looking at all the promo material is more about monkeys than tarzan, not suprising with the success of the recent Apes movies.

Tarzan debuts with a weekend gross of $38.1 million, a sign of a weaker debut showing than would normally be expected over the long weekend.

Also new this week are The Purge: Election Year which debuts at number 3 and surisingly, and from Disney is Spielbergs The BFG which debuts at number 4 with less than $20 million.

Highest total grossing film on the US chart this week, and by a massive margin is Finding Dory, longest runners are The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Project and Now You See Me 2 both on 4 weeks.

Half of 2016 is over, were into the summer season at the box office, so what has happened during the first part of the year at the UK box office.

Like the rest of the work Disney has well and truly ruled, although on the strong superhero front although its Marvel who have dominated its not a Disney Marvel.

Oddly the highest grossing movie of the year so far is a 2015 release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has grossed £57 million in 2016.

Out of interest the film was the second highest grossing film in 2015 with a total gross of £65.9 million, the film has made a shed load of money.

Disney's live action version of The Jungle Book is the second highest grossing movie of the year so far with £45.6 million.

Now comes the superhero movie taking their turn.

The third highest grossing film of the year so far is a Marvel superhero movie but not a Disney one, Deadpool has taken £37.6 million.

Captain America Civil War is fourth with £36.4 million and maybe the biggest disappointment in terms of expectation is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which is the fifth top film of the year so far with £36.4 million.

The rest of the top 10 film of the year so far are, Zootopia, The Revenant, X-Men Apocalypse, Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip and Daddys Home.

There are obviously some big films to come this year but with The Force Awakens so far ahead already will it really take another Star Wars film to challenge it?

The UK box office this weeks has a new number one film in the shape of The Secret Life of Pets. the latests film from the makers of Despicable Me and Minions.

An excellent weekend gross of £9.5 million sees the film enter ahead of the weeks other big film Independence Day Resurgence.

Despite having the connection to the Despicable Me franchise The Secret Life of Pets for a new franchise makes an very good debut, in comparison it is far higher that the first Despicable Me but lower than the franchises other films.

With the summer holidays in the coming weeks this could have staying power, and there is little competition until mid July.

Also new this week is Independence Day Resurgence which makes its debut at number 2 with just over £5 million, its been 20 years but the original debuted to £16 million.

Last weeks top film, The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case, falls to number 3 with a total gross of £7.7 million after a £1.5 million second weekend.

The Jungle Book is once again the top total grossing film on the box office with £45.6 million and the longest run on the box office with 11 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Minions made its debut at the top knocking Jurassic World to the runner up spot.

Five years ago
Paul Feig's Bridesmaids was the new film making its debut at the top while Kung Fu Panda 2 fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift stayed at the top of the box office and The Lake House was the top new film at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Evolution was the top new film at number 1, it knocked Pearl Harbour down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
New at the top was The Rock with Spy Hard being knocked off the top right down to number 4.

Twenty five years ago
The Silence of The Lambs stayed at the top of the box office while The Pope Must Die came in new at number 2.

On the UK video chart this week there was no moving any of the top 3 as Deadpool, Dads Arm and The Revenant all stayed in the same positions.

This makes it a 2 week stay at the top for Deadpool and of course in the process Marvel (but not Disney) showing an ever strong fan base.

With a static top 3 it means that the highest new film of the week comes in at number 4, Alvin and his Chipmunks starring in Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip.

The film made its debut on 12th February 2016 and entered the UK box office at number 2, kept off the top spot by Deadpool.

As with the other films in the series it enjoyed a relatively successful box office chart run staying for 8 weeks in total.

During that time it grossed a very nice £16.5 million in ticket sales, and could see the film get a 5th entry! In the UK it is the 262nd highest grossing movie, across the globe it didn't have quite the same impact and made $234.7 million.

The only other new film on the video chart this week is The Forest, a small hit from late February 2016.

This week 2 sequels battled it out for the top spot, but despite already having a week on release Finding Dory beats Independence Day Resurgence with ease. Finding Dory, from Pixar and Disney, very easily makes it a second weekend at the top of the US box office with $73 million weekend gross.

The film has now takes $286 million in the US during its first 10 days of release and with the summer now in full swing the film could have great staying power.

20 years after the original film hit cinemas in 1996 Independence Day Resurgence gets a release, but rather than the first film being a massive hit this limps into second place with $41 million.

Independence Day took $50 million on its opening weekend so not only is this film $10 million lower but there is 20 years of inflation to take into consideration.

The summer might not be kind for this sequel and with bad reviews it could have a speedy exit in the coming weeks.

Also new this weekend in America are: The Shallows at number 4 and Free State of Jones at number 5.

This week scare fest The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case debuts on the box office in the top spot.

A weekend take of £4.3 million easily has the film taking over at the top with no film coming anywhere near in terms of weekend take.

In comparison the first of the series took half this on its opening with £2.1 million although that film had an August debut and didn't have the British themed story.

Last weeks top film Me Before You falls to number 3 this week, a weekend take of £979,126 gives it a total gross of £6.9 million.

The Jungle Book this week is the top total grossing movie with £45.4 million and the longest stay with 10 weeks.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Jurassic World made it 2 weeks at the top while the top new film was Take That Live broadcast from the O2 arena in London.

Five years ago
The Green Lantern made its debut at the top of the list knocking Kung Fu Panda 2 down to number 2.

Ten years ago
The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift was the top new film at the top, it knocked X-Men The Last Stand down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Pearl Harbour continued its reign at the top of the box office for a third week while the top new film was right down at number 6, Dracula 2000.

Twenty years ago
Spy Hard was the top new film of the week knocking Fargo down to number 4.

Twenty five years ago
The Silence of The Lambs remained at the top for another week with A Kiss Before Dying new at number 2.

This weekend Pixar returned to the ocean it first introduced us to in 2003 when Nemo got lost and his father found a new friend to find him.

This time that friend needs to be found and in the process Finding Dory opens to the tune of $136 million, the highest ever for an animated film.

It also managed the highest ever single day openeing with nearly $55 million and you have one hell of a hit film on your hands.

Critics have been favourable although the general thought is the film is not as good as its predecessor Finding Nemo.

Last weeks top film The Conjuring 2 falls quite hard this week to number 3 with a weekend take of $15.5 million and a total gross of $71 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the US box office is Captain America: Civil War with $401 million, and it is also the longest running movie with 7 weeks on the top 10.

This week the Oscar winning film starring Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant, takes over at the top on its debut week on sale.

The film was released in the UK on 15th January this year while winning awards all over the place and with Oscar buzz galore.

On its debut week of release it managed a very respectable £5.2 million which is just about average for a film starring Leo.

His highest grossing film is of course Titanic but this is his 3rd highest grossing movie with a total Uk gross of £22.4 million.

After a number 1 debut it spent 2 more weeks at the top before a slow decent where is spent a total of 9 weeks on the UK box office.

The film is the 141st highest grossing movie in the UK and with a world gross of $531.6 is the 140th highest grossing film across the globe.

Last weeks top film, Goosebumps, fell to the runner up spot this week.

There is one other new entry on this weeks video chart, Will Smith stars in Concussion new at number 16.

It was a summer fright at the US box office this week and sequel The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case made its way to the top of the American box office on its first week.

The film had a fantastic first day of release which put it in good stead to top the box office, and it finally took over $40 million from the weekend.

Compared to the 2013 original this film is just a shade below but it is certainly in the same ballpark which gives it every opportunity to finally gross about the same $137 million.

The Conjuring 2 comes in ahead of the weeks other new releases in the shape of, Warcraft at number 2 and Now You See Me 2 at number 3.

Highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week is The Jungle Book which has now taken $353 million at the US box office.

This weekend the video game adaptation Warcraft is the top film for the weekend, but Alice Through The Looking Glass is the top film over the week.

Opening on Friday Warcraft took £3.6 million from the 3 days making it the top film over that period.

The Duncan Jones directed film in fact only just made it to the top as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows was a very close debut at number 2 with £3.4 million.

Alice Through The Looking Glass which debuted at number 2 last week falls to number 4 this week with £1.3 million but over the week Monday - Sunday it grossed £4.7 million, higher than any other film.

Last weeks top film X-Men Apocalypse falls to number 5 this week with £1.2 million for the weekend and £15.8 million in total after 3 weeks.

Longest stay on this weeks chart is Zootopia which has been around for 10 week while the highest total grossing film on the chart is The Jungle Book which has taken £44.5 million over 8 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Spy was the top new film of the week entering at number 1 knocking San Andreas down to number 2.

Five years ago
X-Men First Class was the top new film of the week at number 1 while The Hangover Part II fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
X-Men The Last Stand was still at the top for a second week while the top new film was Poseidon at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Pearl Harbour entered the box office at the top knocking The mummy Returns into the runner up spot.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story went back to the top of the box office leaving From Dusk Till Dawn to enter the chart in the runner up spot.

Twenty five years ago
Problem Child remained at the top of the box office with Sibling Rivalry to enter highest at number 2.

This week at the global box office X-Men Apocalypse well and truely out grossed all other films to become the top film across the world.

A weekly take of $106 million ensured that it moved ahead of the crowd and its massive opening in China was largely the reason.

X-Men Apocalypse total weekly gross comes from 69 countries in total.

Openeing in second and thus the highest new entry of the week is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, it took $69 million for the week.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows was released in 41 countries this week.

Higest total grossing film on release worldwide at the moment is Captain America: Civil War which has a world gross now of $1.1 billion.

Captain America: Civil War in still on general release in 50 countries.

Here is the top 5 film across the globe for 5th June 2016:

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse - $106,725,000
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows - $69,250,000
  3. Alice Through The Looking Glass - $41,591,000
  4. Warcraft - $29,900,000
  5. The Angry Birds Movie - $26,475,000
Another big week for new releases and for the second week in a row an all new top 3 on the video chart with Goosebumps leading the way.

Starring Jack Black the film was released at the UK cinema on 5th February 2016 where it entered the UK box office at number 1.

The following week the film fell to number 5 and had a relatively short 6 week stay on the UK box office before disappearing.

In that time though the film did manage to gross a fairly reasonable £8.5 million although this is quite low for a Jack Black film for which King Kong is his highest grossing movie.

Also for director Rob Letterman it is his lowest grossing movie to date.

The rest of the top 3 reads like: Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie is new at number 2 and Ride Along 2 is new at number 3.

Last weeks top film Spotlight falls right down to number 8 this week.

Soccer documentary Bobby is also new this week at number 12.

This week across the world the latest X-Men film X-Men Apocalypse made its debut and took over at the top but it wasn't all bad news for Captain America: Civil War.

X-Men took $106.6 million dollars with its launch in 76 countries, but not America, and took over as the top film.

In the world of cinema it is becoming quite common for one Marvel franchise to take over from another Marvel franchise, especially when from competing studios.

With 41% of the non American market and topping the X-Men debuts in many of them this latest version of the X-Men films could be one of the biggest to date.

Captain America: Civil War has now become the first movie of 2016 to break the $1 billion mark (although The Force Awakens did it in 2016) and the film now stands at $1.05 billion and is number 3 this week.

It is also of course the highest total grossing movie on the world box office and is still showing in 55 countries, although with this and Batman V Superman slowing later in their run are we starting to see a letup in the superhero dominance of the box office? Here is the world box office top 5

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse - $101.6 million
  2. The Angry Birds Movie - $94 million
  3. Captain America: Civil War - $30.7 million
  4. The Divergent Series: Allegiant - $9.9 million
  5. The Jungle Book - $7.4 million
It was a close run thing this week between Captain America: Civil War and The Angry Birds Movie making its debut but in the end the Marvel film won.

Civil War now makes it three weeks at the top and this week adds £2.7 million to its gross which has now soared to £32.1 million.

The film is now the 5th highest grossing of the year and before it finishes its run it should beat Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice and Deadpool, currently at 4 and 3 respectively.

The Angry Birds Movie is the highest new film at number 2 which on its debut takes £2.1 million.

Aiming squarely at kids but also appealing to adults that hooked on the game the film loosely follows the plot of the games.

The film should do well over the coming half term but will have limited appeal after that.

Longest stay by a film on the box office this week is Zootopia with 8 weeks and the highest grossing movie is The Jungle Book at £39.3 million after 5 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Pitch Perfect made its debut at the top pushing Avengers Age of Ultron donw to number 3.

Five years ago
Thor remained at the top of the chart leaving Attack The Block as the highest new film to enter at number 3.

Ten years ago
Mission:Impossible III stayed at the top for a second week while Prime made a new enter at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary spent yet another week at the top of the chart while The Dish was the highest new film at number five.

Twenty years ago
Steven Segal starred in Executive Decision which entered the box office at the top knocking Toy Story to number 3

Twenty five years ago
Oscar winning Misery was the top new film entering at the top, it knocked Predator 2 down to number 2.

As expected with the release of the latest cinematic Marvel instalment Disney scores another massive debut.

Captain America: Civil War scores the 4th highest grossing debut ever in the US, the others are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Avengers Age of Ultron.

Disney just keep hitting the right note with the Marvel films, and with Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice not going down as well they will continue for the foreseeable future.

This is of course the kick off for the summer season and this is a great start, last year was a record year and this year could be a bog one too.

With such a massive new release there were no other new film, The Jungle Book fell to number 2 making a Disney 1/2 double header.

No surprise to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens remain at the top of the video sales chart this week.

Destined to be one of the top selling films of the year, the home video release of the top film ever in the UK is still selling is large quantities.

Highest new film of the week is the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co starring film Sisters.

Sisters was released at the UK box office the same weekend as The Force Awakens, and did quite well considering with an opening weekend of £1.2 million.

The film did only hang around for 4 weeks in total and during that time took a small £2.6 million.

Despite the good reviews the film did do that well, but it was in a time when the world was gripped in Star Wars fever and nothing else really mattered.

Also new this week are 2 other new releases: Joy is new at 3, Exposed is new at number 7, IP Man 3 enters at number 10 and Krampus is new at number 12.

Marvel unleash their first blockbuster of the year to the delight of fans and like every year for the last few years it smashed into the top of the UK box office.

Captain American Civil War is the biggest assemble of Marvel superhero characters outside of an Avengers movie and takes over at the top with a weekend take just shy of £20 million.

Compared to the previous Marvel films this is fairly normal but the is by far the highest grossing Captain America movie.

Projection for the movie should be high, but Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice gave a wake up call last month as to how a superhero movie can perform below average.

The Jungle Book falls down to number 2 this week on its 3rd week of release with £5.7 million, its total is £33.2 million to date.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which has taken £36.5 million to date.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Avengers Age of Ultron remained at the top while Far From The Madding Crowd was the highest new film at number 2.

Five years ago
Thor was the top new film of the week entering at number 1 knocking Fast Five down to number 2.

Ten years ago
Ice Age: The Meltdown stayed put at the top of the box office leaving highest new film 16 Block to enter at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary stayed for another week at the top while The Mexican made its debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Comedy The Birdcage was the top new film across the country at number 1, finally shifting Top Story from the top, it slid to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Biopic The Doors made its debut at the top of the box office while Highlander II The Quickening fell into the runner up spot.

There was only ever going to be one winner on this week video chart and that is the massive phenomenon that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The seventh film in the Star Wars saga was a world wide smash when it was released in December of 2016, we knew it would be big but not how big.

On its release in the UK The Force Awaken became the second highest opening gross of all time in the UK, beaten by Spectre which had a 5 day opening compared to The Force Awakens 4 day.

A four week spell at the top of the box office saw the film take over £60 million in that time, a total of 11 weeks on the box office saw the film become the biggest grossing film in the UK ever with over £122 million.

The film is still on release and has to date grossed nearly £123 million.

Across the globe the film did amazingly well and was the fast film to gross $500 million, then $1 billion and even $1.5 billion.

Bets were on that is might become the top grossing film of all time and take over Avatar but it didn't have the legs and is currently the second highest grossing film ever with $2.07 million.

In its fourth week of release The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 falls from the top into second place.

One other new film this week in the shape of The Survivalist which enters the video chart at number 17.

Disney and Jon Favreau live action version of the classic Rudyard Kipling book makes in incredible showing at the box office this week.

Making it debut at the top with a £9.9 million weekend the film has become the 63rd highest opening weekend in the UK ever, in 2016 Batman V Superman and Deadpool opened higher.

With such a strong opening the film is sure to follow in the footsteps of Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland and be a massive live action film for Disney.

Falling from the top in dramatic style this week is The Huntsman: Winters War which drops to, a second weekend of £0.6 million brings the total to £4.4 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office this week is former number 1 film Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which has now grossed £35.3 million after 4 weeks of play.

Historical chart

A year ago
Fast and Furious 7 retained its hold on the top and with a strong top 4 Child 44 was the top new film at 4.

Five years ago
Scream 4 took over at the top on its debut weekend leaving Rio to fall to number 2.

Ten years ago
Ice Age: The Meltdown stayed at the top for another weekend leaving Scary Movie 4 to enter the chart at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary made its debut at the top while Rugrats In Paris The Movie fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Broken Arrow was new at the top while Toy Story fell into the runner up position after 3 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Highlander II The Quickening was the top new film of the week with Quigley Down Under falling into number 3.

A fairly uneventful video charts this week - probably while the world waits for The Force Awakens - sees The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 stay at the top.

This is the third week, non consecutive, that the film has spent at the top of the UK video charts.

With no films moving in the top 4 the highest new film on this weeks chart is at number 5 in the shape of Victor Frankenstein.

There were high hopes for the film which was released on December 4th 2016 but despite the stars Daniel Radcliffe and James Mcavoy the film only entered the box office at number 8 with £431,125.

After 2 weeks the film was pulled from cinemas when it sunk to 11 on the box office and making less than a million pound, the film has probably already done better on home video.

Only one other new film this week, A Warriors Tale at number 15.

Roll on next week when there will be a little more to talk about with Mondays video release.

This week in the US the live action version of The Jungle Book from Disney dominates the box office with a higher than expected debut.

The film was released in a massive 4,028 cinemas across North America and took and incredible $103.5 million dollars including Thursday night previews.

The Disney live action versions of their classic cartoon are really setting the cinema alive, last year Kenneth Branagh brought us Cinderella which was a massive hit not Jon Favreau brings us The Jungle Book.

As expected last weeks top film The Boss fall quite heavily to number 3 with $10.1 million which brings its total gross to $40.3 million.

Also new in America this week is Barbershop: The Next Cut at number 2 and Criminal new at number 6.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is still the top grossing film across the world after 3 weeks of release.

The superhero film takes another $57.4 million dollars from 68 countries, by far the widest release of all the film this week.

Although the film has not performed in the was that was expected the film has taken $783.4 million in total.

Highest new film of the week is The Jungle Book which makes its debut at number 3 this week making $28.9 million.

The film is only out in a few territories and so should do even better next week after releases in Europe and America.

Highest total grossing film this week is Zootopia which has now notched up $852,5 million.

Here is this week top 10 world grossing movies:

  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $57,435,000
  2. Zootopia - $37,053,000
  3. The Jungle Book - $28,900,000
  4. London Has Fallen - $26,958,000
  5. The Boss - $24,481,195
  6. Huntsman: Winter's War - $20,000,000
  7. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $11,870,000
  8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $9,721,535
  9. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $9,200,000
  10. Visiteurs La Revolution - $7,250,000
This week in the US comedy favourite Melissa McCarthy debuts at the top of the box office with her latest film The Boss.

It was a very tight fought battle with Batman v Superman but The Boss's £23.48 million was just enough to will the battle.

The Boss has been hit bad by critics and this certainly won't go down as one of the actresses better grossing film, that will probably go to her offering later in the year.

With The Boss taking over at the top Batman V Superman Daw of Justice fell to number 2, but only by $45,000, almost to close to call.

After 3 weeks the superhero film has taken $296.6 million but it is slowing down far faster than expected and hasn't been the hit most thought it might.

Highest total grossing film on the US box office, and likely its last is Deadpool with $358.4 million after 9 weeks.

After a very successful debut a the top of the box office last week Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice makes a dramatic 70% drop this week but retains its position with little competition.

A £4.6 million second weekend was probably bigger than was ever expected but the film after 10 days has grossed £27.8 million, but will likely start its decent next week.

Highest new film of the week is the semi bio-pic Eddie The Eagle which makes its debut at number 2.

The film about the much loved British ski jumping star takes £2.8 million for the weekend, although it did make its debut on Monday night so this is a full weeks takings.

Deadpool is still the highest total grossing film on the box office having now taken £37.6 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Fast and Furious 7 made its stunning debut at the top of the box office knocking Cinderella from the top to number 2.

Five years ago
Hop made its very timely Easter debut at the top of the box office while Limitless fell to number 3 after a week at the top.

Ten years ago
Inside Man kept itself at the top of the chart for another week Failure to Launch debuted highest at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Miss Congeniality remained at the top keeping off Save The Last Dance which debuted at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story stayed at the top leaving Oscar winning Dead Man Walking to debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
King Ralph made its debut a the top knocking Look Who's Talking Too down to number 2 after a week at the top.

On the UK video chart this week the Osacar nominated film Bridge of Spies makes its debut at the top.

Bridge of Spies was released at the UK cinemas on 27th November 2015 and made its debut at number 4 of that week with a £1.6 million weekend.

The film had a rather good 8 week run on box office top 15 before dropping out the chart during its awards buzz.

The film managed to make £7.4 million at the UK box office during its run, worldwide the film managed to gross $160.9 million.

Last weeks top film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 falls in to second place after a couple of weeks at the top.

Also new this week is Fall of The Krays at number 6 and The Lion Guard Return of The Roar at number 19.

There was no other film that would be beaten this weekend in the US as the superhero titan that is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice makes a successful debut at the top.

Beating the all time record debut for March or for Q1 of any year, BvS debuts with an incredible $170.1 million over the Easter weekend.

Still doing good number Disney's Zootopia falls from the top into second place this weekend, a weekend gross of $23 million brings the animal cartoon to $241 million in the US.

Also making its debut this weekend is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 which enters at number 3, the followup the the biggest sleeper hit of all time has done better than expected with a debut of $17.8 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the US box office is Deadpool at number 7 which has now grossed nearly $350 million.

There was never going to be any other outcome this week as we see Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice take over at the top with little competition.

The superhero movie that is to kick off the Justice League movies from Warner Bros. took the top with an amazing weekly world gross of $424.1 million from 67 countries.

Not a record to highest total grossing debut but certainly a record fot the pre-summer season.

Zootopia has had a good run but this week falls down to number 2 with $65 million and has a total world gross of $696.7 million, and is on track to become Disney's highest grossing film.

Highest total grossing film on the world top 10 box office this week is Deadpool at number 9 this week which has now grossed $745.9 million.

Here is the full world grossing top 10:

  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $424,100,000
  2. Zootopia - $65,638,000
  3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $26,116,075
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $22,056,000
  5. The Divergent Series Allegiant - $19,000,000
  6. Miracles From Heaven - $9,500,000
  7. The Revenant - $9,135,000
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $8,500,000
  9. Deadpool - $8,000,000
  10. London Has Fallen - $6,926,000
King Fu Panda 3 stays on top of the UK box office for a second week as not much of a challenge enters the market in preparation for an explosion this coming weekend. Panda 3 only needed £1.7 over the weekend in order to stay on top, although the threequel is behind the other 2 in the series at this point.

After 10 days of play the film has a total gross of just over £7 million, the easter holidays are next week so it could hold up well again, although Zootopia will bring major competition.

Highest new film of the week enters at number 2, 10 Clover Field Lane is an odd successor to Cloverfield, but not a sequel.

£1.6 million for the weekend is not a bad entry although opened to £3 million+, this will struggle to meet even that.

Also new this week is: The boy at number 5, High-Rise at number 6 and Kapoor and Sons at number 10.

Highest total grossing film of the week is Deadpool at number 7 with £36 million over a 6 week run.

Historical charts

A year ago
Home had a great first week and debuted at the top knocking The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel down to number 3.

Five years ago
Rango stayed at the top and in a very quiet week of new releases Chalet Girl entered highest at number 4.

Ten years ago
The Pink Panther was the highest new film of the week at number 1 knocking chicken little down to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Enemy At The Gates entered at the top and it knocked Chocolat down to number 2 after a week at the top.

Twenty years ago
Get Shorty was the top new film of the week entering at the top while Trainspotting fell to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Godfather Part III remained at the top of the box office while Awakenings was the top new film making its debut at number 2.

Still at the top for a third week is Disney's Zootopia which is on track to becoming the next toon to take over $1 billion and the top animated movie! Frozen had staying power and a killer song which kids loved, Zootopia may not beat the Let It Go movie but its become another massive hit for the mouse house with an excellent $102.8 million third week from 50 countries.

The films total now sits at an excellent $591 million with no sign of letup yet, and with the spring holiday looming and no real competition who know where that could go?

A fairly quiet week on the film front with nothing wanting to open so close to the expected massive opening of Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

The highest new film of the week on a global platform is Kapoor and Sons, and Indian movie opened in 12 countries and takes $.6.8 million and opens at number 10.

Here is the full top 10 world grossing movies this week:

  1. Zootopia - $102,842,000
  2. Divergent Series Allegiant - $51,050,000
  3. The Revenant - $37,625,000
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $32,785,000
  5. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $17,500,000
  6. London Has Fallen - $16,894,000
  7. Miracles From Heaven - $15,000,000
  8. Deadpool - $14,100,000
  9. Gods Of Egypt - $7,350,000
  10. Kapoor and Sons - $6,865,000
Stopping London Has Fallen in its tracks after only one week at the top King Fu Panda 3 flies in with a high kick that no one could stop.

Taking a reasonable £4.7 million from the weekend this is the lowest debuting film for the series to date.

Kung Fu Panda 2 and the original broth managed to gross in the region of £6 million on their debuts.

With Disney's Zootopia just round the corner and getting great reviews Kung Fu Panda 3 could well struggle to bring in decent numbers.

Falling from the top spot to number 3 after its debut at the top is London Has Fallen, a second week gross of £1.8 million brings its total to £6.4 million after 10 days.

Highest total grossing movie on the box offie this week is Deadpool which after 5 weeks has taken £35.7 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was still at the top of the box office leaving Liam Neeson's Run All Night to enter highest at 2.

Five years ago
Battle: Los Angeles made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Rango fell into second place.

Ten years ago
Horror remake The Hills Have Eyes entered at the top of the chart knocking Date Movie down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Hannibal stayed at the top of the box office leaving the highest new entry to debut at number 7 in the shape of The Watcher.

Twenty years ago
Trainspotting remained at the top of the box office and in a quiet week for new releases there was nothing entering the box office this week.

Twenty five years ago
The Godfather Part III made its debut at the top knocking Dances With Wolves down to number 2 after a four weeks at the top

A new Indiana Jones film is on its way for release in 2019 an announcement from Disney confirms.

Naturally it will be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford, it would not be an Indy movie if not.

Other cast members have yet to be announced, Shia LaBeouf starred in the last film, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Indy's kid, but the actor has gone off the rails of late.

Karen Allen was also in the last movie which saw her character and Indy get married so there is room for her to appear as well.

The last film, despite being not that bad, was received with unfavourable reviews and split opinion between fans, but Disney reunited Star Wars fans with The Force Awakens so they could do the same here.

2019 is a ways away yet so expect more details to dribble out between now and closer to the time.

Ending the 3 week run of Deadpool this week is London Has Fallen which takes over on its debut weekend of release.

The sequel to the 2013 film about the White House takes over at the top with a debut weekend gross of £3.2 million.

It could be the location of course but London debuts with a £1 million gross higher than the original film, plenty of competition down the line to see this disappear quite quickly.

Deadpool falls to number 2 this week, the superhero film is still doing good numbers at the box office and this week does £1.5 million to brings its total to £34.1 million.

Deadpool is also the highest total grossing film on the box office this week.

Also new this week is Hail, Caesar! from The Coen Brother at number 3, The Other Side of The Door at number 9 and The Choice at number 10.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Staying on top for a second week was The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel while the highest new film of the week was Chappie at number 4.

Five years ago
Rango entered the box office at the top and with a all new top 3 Paul fell from the top to 4.

Ten years ago
Comedy Date Movie stayed for another week at the top while Syriana entered the highest at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Hannibal managed to stay another week at the top while Chocolat made its entry at number 2 as the highest new film.

Twenty years ago
Trainspotting and Sense and Sensibility traded places on the box office in the number 1 and number 2 spots while the highest new film was Strange Days right down at 7.

Twenty five years ago
Dances With Wolves remained at the top for a fifth week while Green Card was the highest new film at number 2.

On the UK video chart this week Spectre manages to hold on to the top spot for a second week while war time drama Suffragette is the highest new film.

After a fantastic showing on the video chart last week there was no move for the latest Bond movie this week with sales too strong for any of the new releases.

Suffragette was the highest new film at 2, the film was released into UK cinemas on 16th October 2016 where it has a debut week at number 2.

The film put in 6 weeks inside the top 15 films in the UK before hanging around the box office for another 12 weeks and was still in some cinemas last weekend.

The film didn't bust any balls at the box office but did manage to rake in a fairly good £9.9 million over its run.

Also new on the video chart this week is: Brooklyn entering at number 3, The Intern new at number 8 and finally Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension at number 9.

Disney this week unleash its latest film on the world box office on wide release and take over at the top.

The film was at number 3 last week with $30 million but goes into more countries this week including North America and takes $137.1 million from 46 countries.

This brings its total world box office gross to $232.5 million after a couple of weeks on release, and is on track to be another massive hit for Disney, positive reviews will have helped.

Deadpool this week falls from the top where it has been since release down to number 3 with $37.6 million this week from 74 countries, its total is now $673.1 million.

Deadpool is also the highest total grossing grossing film on the world box office.

Also new this week is: London Has Fallen at number 4 and Whisky Tango Foxtrot at number 7 after a quiet American release.

  1. Zootopia - $137,100,000
  2. Ip Man 3 - $75,000,000
  3. Deadpool - $37,600,000
  4. London Has Fallen - $33,714,000
  5. Gods Of Egypt - $20,700,000
  6. The Revenant - $15,825,000
  7. Mei Ren Yu - $10,865,000
  8. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - $7,600,000
  9. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $6,625,000
  10. How To Be Single - $6,615,000
Making it a cool 3 weeks in a row if Fox's Marvel superhero adaptation Deadpool, while the highest new film of the week enters at 2 in the shape of Grimsby.

A £2.9 million weekend is good enough to keep Deadpool at the top of the UK box office making it 3 weeks in a row now.

The big Marvel hit has now taken an incredible £31.1 million in the UK and is set to become one of Fox's biggest entries in their Marvel superhero cannon.

Highest new film of the week is Grimsby which enters the chart at number 2, maybe a little disappointing with all the press but the Sasha Baron Cohen film takes £1.9 million for the weekend.

For Cohen this is the lowest of all his film, Borat (or to give it a full title - Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan) is his highest with over £6 million on its debut.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still holding on in their and is one again the highest total grossing film of the week, not with £122.6 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Fifty Shades of Grey to second after a couple of weeks at the top.

Five years ago
Gnomeo and Juliet remained at the top for another week with I Am Number Four entering the highest at number 3.

Ten years ago
Date Movie was the highest new film knocking Disney's Chicken Little into the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago
Hannibal remain at the top of the box office, and in an unusual move the highest new film of the week was at number 6 with Finding Forrester.

Twenty years ago
There was an all new top 3 headed by Sense and Sensibility, Jumanji fell to number 4.

Twenty five years ago
Dances With Wolves remained at the top for another week after its Oscar glory with Pacific Heights the highest new film at number 2.

With the release of the latest Bond movie on home video there was never really any doubt as to what would be at the top this week, and Spectre reaches number one on its debut.

Spectre was released at UK cinemas as 26th October 2015, an unusual day for a film release as it was a Monday, but it gave it a full week release.

This full week gave the film a £41.2 million pound opening which is the highest ever in the UK, but with most film opening on a Friday this is a bit misleading, although arguably the built up speculation from Skyfall meant it may well have done the feat anyway.

Of course the film entered at the top of the box office where it stayed for 3 weeks, its second and third weeks grosses being more than most film make in either a week or a full run.

Unlike Skyfall though the film did burn quick and bright then fade, for a film of this size an 11 week run is good but not great although it has spent 5 weeks in cinemas outside the top of the box office.

The total gross to date in the UK is £95.1 million and it was the highest grossing film in the UK in 2015, although Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highest grossing film released in 2015.

It is the 3rd highest grossing film in the UK ever. In comparison to Skyfall is fell short, the previous Bond film was the first film in Britain to make over £100 million and is the 2nd highest grossing film.

Worldwide the film has taken $879.9 million and is the 40th top grossing film ever, compared to Skyfall it again falls short, that film took over $1 billion across the world and is the 14th highest grossing.

Hotel Transylvania 2 falls to number 2 this week after a couple of weeks at the top.

Deadpool makes it 2 weeks at the top of the UK box office this week with yet another decent weekend gross.

£5.6 million is enough to keep it at the top of the tree which brings its total UK gross to £25 million after 10 days in cinemas.

Repeating last weeks top 2 Alving and the Chipmunks The Road Chip hangs on in the runner up spot for a second week.

Highest new film of the week is the female let comedy How To Be Single staring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson.

The valentines day/date movie has an appeal for men but has a strong female appeal in direct competition to Deadpool, although that film does have a strong female appeal.

How To Be Single makes 3rd place on its debut with a fairly solid £1.8 million, although no-where near either leads last film of Fifty Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2.

The only other new film on the top 10 is Triple 9 at number 6.

Highest total grossing film on the box office is still Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is at number 9 this week and has now taken £122 million.

Historical charts

A Year Ago
Fifty Shades of Grey held onto the top of the box office for a second week and with little strong competition The Wedding Ringer was the highest new film at 5.

Five years ago
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starred in their self penned Paul which entered at number 1 knocking Gnomeo and Juliet down to 2.

Ten years ago
Chicken Little held on for another week at the top of the chart with Heath Ledger starring in Casanova the highest new film at number 5.

Fifteen years ago
Ridley Scott directed Hannibal which entered the box office at the top knocking Mel Gibson in What Women Want into second place.

Twenty years ago
Smash hot Jumanji entered the box office at the top of the chart knocking Heat down to second place.

Twenty Five Years ago
Dances With Wolves was still riding at the top of the box office after major Oscar success and Men At Work entered the chart at number 5.

Higher production values are evident in this remake of Petes Dragon.

Marvels latest superhero goes to the top of the UK box office with an incredibly good opening weekend, far better than could have been predicted.

Ryan Reynolds stars in Deadpool which makes its UK box office debut at the top with an incredible £13.6 million debut.

The film which is being distributed by 20th Century Fox rather than Disney beat all expectation and becomes a new franchise for Marvel, a sequel is in the works.

Falling from the top down to number 5 after a single week is Goosebumps which takes just over £1 million pound bringing its total to £4.1.

Also new this week is Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip at number 2 and maybe a little disappointing Zoolander No 2 at number 2.

Highest grossing film on the box office is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has not taken an amazing £121 million.

Historical charts
A year ago
Valentines day favourite Fifty Shades of Grey made its debut at the top knocking Big Hero 6 into second place.

Five years ago
Gnomeo and Juliet took over the top spot on its debut from The Kings Speech which fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Chicken Little from Disney was the top film on its debut and with a top 3 of new releases Zathura A Space Adventure fell from the top to number 5.

Fifteen years ago
What Women Want stayed at the top of the box office for a second week while Dude, Where's My Car? was the highest new film at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Heat stayed at the top for a second week while highest new film was Loch Ness at number 4.

Twenty Five years ago
Oscar winning Dances With Wolves was the highest new film at the top while Kindergarten Cop fell to number 2.

In what is a quiet week compared to recent weeks Jack Black takes his latest film Goosebumps to the top of the UK box office beating Dads Army in the process.

The children's fantasy film enters at the top of the box office on its debut with £2.7 million pound which is low for both star Jack Black and director Rob Letterman.

Black has his next film Kung Fu Panda 3 about to be released in the UK which will most likely debut much higher and be a bigger hit.

British favourite Dads Army gets a big screen remake this week and enters the box office at number 2 with just over £2 million.

The World War 2 film starring Toby Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as a whole host of British talent, has maybe performed below expectations but will most likely hang around for a fair few weeks.

Last week top film, The Revenant, fall to number 3 this week after 3 weeks at the top, but with Oscar just round the corner there could be a resurgent later in February.

Highest total grossing film on the box office is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has now taken an incredible $120 million in the UK and is at number 6 this week.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Big Hero 6 remained at the top of the box office while fellow animated feature Shaun The Sheep was new at 3.

Five years ago
Tangled stayed at the top or another week with the highest new film The Fighter entering at number 3.

Ten years ago
Zathura A Space Adventure made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Fun With Dick and Jane down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Mel Gibson was starring in What Women Want which right in at the top of the box office knocking Cast Away from Robert Zemeckis down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Action super film Heat made its debut at the top of the box office knocking thriller super film Seven down to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Arnie took his latest film Kindergarten Cop to the top of the box office knocking Rocky V down to number 2.

The Biopic of the Kray twins, Legend, takes over at the top of the UK video charts on its first week of release.

The British film topped the UK box office on its release on 11h September 2015 where it spent a single week, on its debut it took £5 million.

The film did however stay at number 2 for a further 3 weeks before starting its decent down the box office.

It spent 8 weeks on the official chart and another 6 weeks bubbling under the radar still showing at a number of cinemas.

The film grossed £18.3 million in the UK and is the 219th top grossing film and it was the 17th top grossing film in the UK in 2015.

Last weeks top film, Everest, falls down to number 2 on its second week of release.

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens starting to loose its grip, and another few weeks before Oscar night so The Revenant has a slow week Kung Fu Panda 3 storms in at the top.

Taking a reasonable $41million on its debut the 3rd Panda movie comes in the lowest of the 3 with Kung Fu Panda 2 debuting with $46million and the first movie debuting with $60million.

The Revenant falls down to number 2 this week although with Oscar just around the corner who knows what could happen, especially as Leo is hot tipped to win.

The Force Awakens has now taken $895million, the film adds $10million this weekend, the film could break $900million but it could also struggle.

Also new on the US box office are The Finest Hour at 4 and 50 Shade of Black, a parody of the Grey movie, at 9.

Despite the fact that it is very slowly starting to slow down The Force Awakens manages another week at the top without too much of a challenge.

Its lowest weekend gross since release the seventh Star Wars film takes $72.4 million across the globe which brings its total to $1.8 billion dollars, $2 billion is just around the corner.

The film is the number 3 top grossing film and on current form could even struggle to become the second top grossing film, it has Avatar and Titanic in its way and the $2.8 billion of Avatar seems out of reach now.

Top new film is Ride Along 2 which is new at 3 with a $42 million opening weekend from 12 countries, the USA being the best of those.

Top grossing film on the world box office this weekend is The Force Awakens, and lets face it it will be until it leaves the chart.

Here is the full world box office for this week

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $72,420,000
  2. The Revenant - $61,000,000
  3. Ride Along 2 - $42,200,000
  4. Daddys Home - $17,100,000
  5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - $16,000,000
  6. Boonie Bears III - $16,000,000
  7. Creed - $15,305,000
  8. The Big Short - $12,200,000
  9. Royal Treasure - $11,500,000
  10. The Hateful Eight - $10,947,000
Making it four weeks at the top of the box office chart this week, and becoming the top grossing film ever in the UK in that time Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The seventh Star Wars film has not taken just about every honour the box office can give, except for highest grossing film across the globe, which it will probably leave where it is.

The figure for The Force Awakens this week are, £6 million for the weekend, £11 million for the week and £108 million total gross, it is of course the highest total grossing film on the chart.

Highest new film of the week is the 8th Quentin Tarantino film (have directors ever promoted film before by how many they have made!) The Hateful Eight which enters the chart at number 2.

The film takes £2.7 million for the weekend, £4 million behind The Force Awakens showing how popular that film still is.

The are no other new films on the box office top 10 this week.

Historical charts

A year ago
Tak3n (Taken 3) was the highest new film of the week knocking The Theory of Everything down to number 3.

Five years ago
Oscar winner The Kings Speech entered that box office at the top knocking Little Fockers down to number 3.

Ten years ago
King Kong remained at the top of the chart and with a static top 2 the highest new film was Just Friends at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Unbreakable was unmovable at number 1 with the highest new film coming in at number 4 in the shape of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, good for an oriental movie.

Twenty years ago
Seven (or Se7en) was the highest new film at the top of the box office knocking Ace Ventura When Nature Calls down to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Arachnophobia came in at the top and knocked Home Alone to number 2.

In an odd move for the UK video charts this week Rise of The Footsoldier Part II climbs a couple of places to take over at the top of the video charts.

In actual fact the top selling DVD of the week us in fact a Davina McCall but we only report on film here, just an interesting point to make.

Rise of The Footsoldier Part II was released at cinemas on 11th December 2015 and was put on a very limited release.

During its single week at the box office it managed to make £5,354 from the single cinema that showed it, it made number 65 that week.

Other new films this week are American Ultra at number 5 and The Runner at number 6.

The Force Awakens this week opened in the last of the worlds major territories and broken records in that country too.

China is the last of the major cinema going nations, and like in almost all other countries it is now the highest grossing opening film.

The last record the film has to get now is that of the highest grossing movie of all time, currently held by Avatar with $2.8 billion dollars, can it get there, its actually looking unlikely.

Despite all the records that The Force Awakens has broken, and the fact that most of the world is still showing the film it still needs to make another billion dollars, this could be out of its reach.

I am certain that it will be the first film since Avatar to go over $2 billion, and I suspect it has a good chance of beating Titanic which is number 2 with $2.1 billion but there will have to be a lot of repeat viewing to get to $2.8 billion, but who knows at this point?

Highest new film of the week is The Forest which has grossed $13.5 million from 5 territories and sits at number 6 this week.

Worth a mention is The Revenant which is out in 11 countries and went in general release this week and sits at number 2 this week with $58.2 million.

This week top 10 looks like this

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $145,930,000
  2. The Revenant - $58,200,000
  3. Daddys Home - $25,200,000
  4. The Hateful Eight - $18,351,000
  5. The Good Dinosaur - $13,644,000
  6. The Forest - $13,538,000
  7. Joy - $12,000,000
  8. Detective Chinatown - $11,800,000
  9. Quo Vado? - $11,500,000
  10. Alvin And The Chipmunks The Road Chip - $11,300,000
In a record amount of time JJ Abrams and Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the top grossing film ever in the American market.

The previous holder, Avatar, has been there since 2010 and prior to that it was another James Cameron film Titanic which held the title from 1999.

The Force Awakens is still the number 1 film at the weekly box office and is showing no signs of slowing down, it has taken just 3 and a half weeks for the film to take the top grossing crown.

Also by this weekend the film should be come the top grossing film in the UK, and much of the world will likely follow in the coming weeks and months.

The next big mile stone will be the top film of all time globally, its getting there and at the current rate it will do it, the film is not out in China yet, a massive movie going market, this weekend when it is released should give an indication to if and when the film will conquer the world.

Keep an eye on 25thframe.co.uk and we'll let you know when it happens.

We're into the new year and the first video release after christmas makes it way to number 1 in the shape of Hitman Agent 47.

The film was a small hit at the box office being released on 28th August 2015 where it entered the chart at number 3 with a debut gross of £0.9 million.

Not wanting to hang around for too long the film slid down to number 10 the following week where is then left cinemas.

Largely considered a bomb the film make just shy of £2 million in total at the UK box office, the film didn't fare much better on the world stage where it made $22 million worldwide.

Inside Out fell from the top of the box office, where it stayed for 3 weeks, to number 4 this week.

Other new film this week are: Rise of The Footsoldier Part II which is new at 3, The Transporter Refuelled new at number 10 and Sinister 2 new at 13.

The week between Christmas and New Year is a quiet one with many people taking a break from work which gives them time to catch up with films at the cinema, but nothing new was released so older film did well.

Still at the top is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which this week is only $20 million away from becoming the top grossing film in the US ever, beating Avatar.

This weekend the film made another $88 million, the highest 3rd weekend ever, to bring its total to $740.2 million after 17 days of release.

Biggest impact on the chart is The Hateful Eight which after an initial quiet release, to make it eligible for Oscar, it increases its release and makes $16.2 million bringing its total to $29.5 million.

A full release schedule this Friday should see more movement in the US box office next weekend as the world returns to normal after Christmas.

2015 proves to be a big year for films, with some genuinely great movies, The Force Awakens proved to be better than expected while Spectre proved to be not as good as Skyfall.

Looking at the films coming out in 2016 one thing for sure that I notice, although there are some big films this early in the year I'm not as excited as I was this time last year.

I've missed out some big films here, mainly because they are just another superhero movie, or just another comedy, the 10 film here are the films us here at 25thframe.co.uk are most excited about.

  1. Star Wars Rogue One
  2. After 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens we were all really excited for the Star Wars universe again and although Disney are taking a big risk by producing what is essentially a prequel to the original film, and sequel to Revenge of the Sith, this should be excellent even if it has an ounce of the greatness of The Force Awakens.

  3. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice
  4. We loved The Man of Steel, and this pairing, and start of The League of Justice is something to look forward to, the trailer look great so we should be in for a great film.

  5. Ghostbusters
  6. The original is still one of our all time favourite movies, McCarthy as a leading lady is a joy to watch and will be great with a proton pack, Paul Feig (director) just needs to do a really good job of directing, we have full faith in him!

  7. Suicide Squad
  8. The first trailer got us really pumped for this, if the final product is as crazy as the comic book and the promise this could be one to look out for.

  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. Tarantino back in the Western arena, his early career promised more than his latter career has delivered but he is still one of the few directors that can make us want to see a film.

  11. How to Be Single
  12. We are always up for a laugh and female led comedies are the flavour of the time, We loved both Pitch Perfect films and Rebel Wilson is always good for a laugh, Dakota Johnson won us over in Fifty Shades of Grey.

  13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  14. Not a massive Harry Potter fans here, but we are intrigued by the universe, the rides and areas at Universal Theme Parks in Florida are amazing and thats the feeling we had when watching the trailer.

  15. Finding Dory
  16. Finding Nemo is the greatest Pixar film to date, so can this go wrong? The idea and the teaser don't do it for us so were scared!

  17. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  18. Mixing Jane Austin with a zombie apocalypse is just a genius move, cant wait!

  19. Dads Army
  20. We don't like the TV series, but you cant argue that when the first trailer was released it just oozed with Britishness of a by gone era, the cast is also inspired, hence this just makes the list.

Let us know what you think of the list and what your looking forward to in 2016.

2015 is over and while Star Wars will try its hardest to dominate 2016, the film that grossed more than any other in 2015 was Jurassic World.

A total gross of $1.6 billion across the globe ensured that the continuation of the Jurassic Park series was as big a hit as the original was back in the 90s.

Second on the list is Fast and Furious 7, as well as fans of the series it seems everyone else also wanted to give Paul Walker a big $1.5 billion send off, RIP.

Avengers Age of Ultron was the 3rd top film of the year and late release The Force Awakens was 4th with the Minions finishing off the top 5.

For the first time in chart history the full top 5 made over a billion dollars each, still no film has made over $2 billion like 2009 when Avatar did this, although I wouldn't bet on The Force Awakens making over that in time.

Here is 2015's world top 10 grossing films

  1. Jurassic World = $1,668,912,312
  2. Fast and Furious 7 = $1,520,032,910
  3. Avengers Age of Ultron = $1,402,750,552
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens = $1,228,349,526
  5. Minions = $1,157,275,017
  6. Inside Out = $851,602,426
  7. Spectre = $850,604,955
  8. Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation = $682,142,377
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 = $619,444,461
  10. The Martian = $594,161,725
As we come to the end of 2015 it has been revealed by Excipio, a company who tracks data like this, which film got pirated the most.

The film is 2014's Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey about space travel to another galaxy.

In the UK the film was the 13 highest grossing film of 2014 and the 10th highest grossing movie across the world in the same year.

The film was downloaded an estimated 47 million times, shockingly this is 17 million higher than last years top illegally downloaded film Wolf of Wall Street.

Here are the top 10 most illegally downloaded film of 2015

  1. Interstellar
  2. Fast and Furious 7
  3. Avengers Age of Ultron
  4. Jurassic World
  5. Mad Max Fury Road
  6. American Sniper
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey
  8. The Hobbit Battle Of The Five Armies
  9. Terminator Genesis
  10. Kingsman The Secret Service
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues on its path to become the biggest grossing film ever in the US this week as it adds another $153 million to its US gross.

Incredibly this is only a 38% drop on the previous record braking weekend and bring the film to $544 million in the US, the $760 million total of Avatar is not that far away.

New comedy Daddys Home with Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg comes in at 2 this week, the Christmas cheer giving it a decent $28.8 million opening weekend.

There were a whole host of other new film trying to take some Christmas market, Joy is new at 3, Concussion is new at 6 and the pointless remake of Point Break is new at 8, finally in only 100 theatres The Hateful Eight is new at 11.

Unsurprising The Force Awakens is the top total grossing film on the list this week with its $544.5 million gross.

You would think there isn't much to talk about this week other than the amazing debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as it happens there were a couple of, albeit much smaller, new releases.

First of all with the dust settling on Star Wars tis time to reflect on its debut, a massive first day and first weekend takes it to the top of the UK box office with £34 million, not the highest, that still is with Spectre but that had a 7 day opening as opposed to this 4 day opening.

The Force Awakens did have a better Friday - Sunday opening though, although its not like for like as these event films are generally front loaded.

The Force Awakens should go on to challenge Skyfall as the top film ever in the UK and could still become the highest grossing film of 2015 should it continue on current track.

Coming in new at 2 is Sisters, good reviews have increased the popularity of the film and the debut of £1.2 million is non too shabby considering it came up against such a massive tour de force.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 falls from number 1 after 4 week in that position to number 5 with £0.5 million and a total UK gross of £26.6 million.

Highest total grossing film on the box office this week is Spectre, at number 6 this week, with £92.7 million, it will not overtake Skyfall as the top film in the UK now.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies stayed at the top of the box office for another week with Night At The Museum Secret of The Tomb the highest new film at 3.

Five years ago
TRON Legacy debuted on the chart at number 1 knocking The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader down to number 2 after a single week.

Ten years ago
King Kong was the top new film making its debut at the top while The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe fell to number 2.

A new number one enters the UK video chart this week in the shape of Disney/Mavels Ant-Man.

Ant-Man was released at the UK box office on 17th July 2015, it entered the box office at the top of the chart with a gross of £4 million.

The film only spent 6 week on the chart but spent another 10 weeks at UK cinemas outside the chart.

In total the film grossed £16.3 million in the UK making it the 264th highest grossing UK film, world wide it grossed $518.5 million and it the 138th top film.

Inside Out fell from the top to number 2 this week.

Also new this week is Magic Mike XXL at number 6 and little known film Joe and Casper Hit The Road at number 15.

The last Hunger Games film is still ruling the world box office this week taking another $51 million, although it does have a very wide release in 93 countries.

Highest new film of the week is Christmas horror film Krampus which is released in 25 counties, the film is new at 4 with $19 million.

Also new this week is In the Heart of the Sea at number 5 which gets a release in 38 countries and the Point Break remake gets a quiet release in 4 countries and is new at 8.

Highest total grossing movie on the world stage is Spectre which has now grossed $792 million and is still on release in 95 countries.

Here is the top 10 world box office:

  1. The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 2 - $51,000,000
  2. The Good Dinosaur - $34,912,000
  3. Spectre - $28,425,000
  4. Krampus - $19,319,040
  5. In The Heart Of The Sea - $17,100,000
  6. Creed - $16,940,000
  7. The Martian - $15,115,000
  8. Point Break - $12,000,000
  9. Fall In Love Like A Star - $11,130,000
  10. Bridge Of Spies - $10,715,000
With little strong competition, and none due for a week or so, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 makes it another week at the top os the US box office.

The final Hunger Games film is ticking along nicely a third weekend gross of $18, million puts the film in the frame to end up in the same ball park as the previous 2 films.

Highest new film of the week is at number 2 in the shape of scare film Krampus. The new take on a christmas theme takes $16 million over its debut.

In a quiet post Thanksgiving weekend, and dangerously close to one of the more anticipated films of the year, Krampus was the only new entry.

Highest total grossing film is the number 1 film of the week which has to date grossed $227 million.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 retains its position at the top of the UK box office this week despite some strong competition entering the chart.

The last of The Hunger Games films adds £4.5 million on its second weekend of release which brings its total to £19.3 million after 10 days of release.

The film is almost mirroring the take of the second and third film in the series and will most likely end up grossing somewhere is the region of £30 million which is the same as part 1.

Highest new film of the week is The Good Dinosaur at number 2, the new film from Pixar takes a debut gross of £2.9 million, not quite but certainly one of the lowest gross from a Pixar film.

Also new this week are: Spielberg and Hanks double header Bridge of Spies is new at 4 while the new Johnny Depp film Black Mass is new at 5. New at 7 is Carol and Tamasha is new at number 8.

Highest total grossing film on the Uk box office this week is Spectre which after 5 weeks has grossed £88.3 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Paddington was new at the top of the box office which knocked The HUnger Games Mockingjay Part 1 down to number 2.

Five years ago
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 stayed at the top for another week while Unstoppable was the highest new film at number 2.

Ten years ago
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was still holsing onto the top spot while Jodie Foster was the star of Flightplan which debuted at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Charlies Angels spent its debut week at the top of the box office, it knocked off What Lies Beneath from the top spot.

Twenty years ago
The Bond film Goldeneye made its debut a the top of the box office knocking Pocahontas down to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Home Alone stayed at the top while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original version) entered at number 2.

On this week UK video chart Pixar's hit comedy Inside Out makes its debut at the top the same week they release their latest film at the box office.

Inside Out was a massive cinema hit that was released in the UK on 24th July 2015 entering the box office at number one with a £7.3 million debut weekend.

The film hung around the box office for 15 week grossing an amazing £39.1 million in the process and was still at the box office last week.

The film is the 46th highest grossing film ever in the UK while across the globe it racked up $851.5 million (to date) and is the 43rd highest grossing film.

Minions fell from its debut a the top into the runner up position making a double top for animated movies.

Other new films this week: Ted comes in at number 3 while Southpaw is new at number 5.

This week, as predicted, the last film the in The Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, flies to the top of the box office.

Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 both debuted with almost the same figure around £12 million, the first film in the series debuted with £4 million while this last part enters the box office with £11 million.

Although not the lowest debut this certainly shows a demising interest in the series, the luke warm reviews haven't helped the film either.

Spectre falls to number 2 this week despite still grossing good number, this weeks £3.8 million brings the total gross in the UK to £84.6 million, this places the film at number 3 on the UK all time box office grosses.

Other new films this week has The Dressmaker making its debut at number 7 and The Perfect Guy entering at number 10.

Highest total grossing film of the box office is, no surprise, Sprectre.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 made its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking Intersteller from the top to number 3.

Five years ago
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 started the end of the Harry Potter series by debuting at the top, it knocked Due Date down to number 2.

Ten years ago
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was the film making its debut at the top while In Her Shoes fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
What Lies Beneath remains at the top for another week leaving Little Nicky to enter at number 3.

Twenty years ago
A Walk In The Clouds was the highest new film knocking Crimson Tide down to number 2.

The UK video chart this week has the yellow creatures from Despicable Me, the Minions, make their home video debut at the top.

Minions was release as one of the tentpole film releases of the summer on 26th June 2015 and on its debut weekend took £11.5 million, and of course debuted at the top.

The film spent an incredible 16 on the box office and has only really just left cinemas, its last appearance being October 30th.

Over the course of its 16 weeks in the UK Minions grossed a total of £47 million, it is the fourth highest grossing film of 2015 and the 31st highest grossing in the UK ever.

Across the globe it also did really well grossing $1.1 billion and is only the third animated film to go over the billion mark after Frozen and Toy Story 3.

Spy which was the top film last week falls down to number 3 this week.

With such a strong selling film released this week there were no other films on home video to his the chart.

In North America this week the final instalment of the lucrative and successful The Hunger Games series finished with a number 1 debut for The Hinger Games Mockingly part 1.

With a $101 million debut it is the lowest debuting film of the series if only by a tiny amount, the poor reviews of the films haven't helped, this all means the film may have a short chart life.

Mockingjay ends the 2 week run at the top for Spectre which this week falls into the runner up spot with $14.6 million.

The total US gross for the latest Bond film now sits at $153.7 million, its a bit drop for the film in its third week which will make the film struggle to get past the US gross of Skyfall.

Other new films on the US box office this week are: Christmas film The Night Before at number 4 and The Secret in Their Eyes at number 5.

Last weekend on the UK box office the latest Bond film Spectre was far too strong during its second week of release to be knocked from the top.

Still pulling in the audiences during its second weekend Spectre scores £13 million which brings its total UK gross after 2 weekends of release to £64 million.

The film is still on track with the previous Bond movie Skyfall and could potentially give the film a run for its money as the top grossing UK film ever, despite less favourable reviews.

Although by Sunday Spectre has not quite become the top UK film of 2015 by Monday night it will have out grossed Jurassic World.

Highest new film of the week is the low budget Brooklyn which enters the UK box office at number 3 with a debut gross of £1.04 million.

Top total grossing film on the box office, after just 2 weeks of play, is Spectre.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Christopher Nolan's Interstellar hit the top spot on its debut week of release knocking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles down to number 3.

Five years ago
Due Date hot the top of the box office on its first week of release while the previous number 1, Saw 3D, fell to number 4.

Ten year ago
Nanny Mcphee went up to the top of the box office on its 3rd week of release knocking Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit from the top.

Fifteen years ago
What Lies Beneath spent another week at the top while the highest new film was right down at number 8 in the shape of Purely Belter.

Twenty years ago
Crimson Tide made its debut at the top of the box office knocking To Die For down to number 5.

Twenty five years ago
Ghost remained at the top of the box office leaving the highest new film, Young Guns II, to enter at number 2.

With the film now is 78 countries, and in particular America, Bonds latest film Spectre increases its lead on the global box office, more than doubling last weeks gross.

A second weekend world gross of $190 million brings its total world gross to just why of $300 million, it has now been in cinemas for 14 days.

It still has a way to go to beat Skyfall's $1.1 billion gross but it is on tract to do so but may struggle, it is well on track to beat Quantum of Solace $570 million.

Box office wise Daniel Craig has been far and away the most successful Bond and his 4 outings will have out grossed all other Bonds, even taking inflation into consideration, by the end of Spectres run.

Also doing well this week is Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie which is the highest new film of the week at 2, from 12 countries it grosses just shy of $50 million.

Highest total grossing film across the world this week is The Martian which after 6 weeks has now grossed $458 million.

Here is the top 10 world gross gin this week

  1. Spectre - $190,800,000
  2. Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie - $49,600,000
  3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - $21,900,000
  4. The Martian - $18,600,000 $9,300,000
  5. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $18,600,000
  6. Ex Files 2: The Back Up Strikes Back - $17,000,000
  7. The Last Witch Hunter - $13,350,000
  8. Everest - $13,346,375
  9. The Priests - $11,500,000
  10. Goosebumps - $10,800,000
Released a week after the UK release Spectre this week blew away the cobwebs built over the last few weeks in the US to record a $73 million opening.

A good as this may seem its down from the series best US opening of Skyfall which opened to $88 million.

Also giving a boost to the US box office is American staple Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie which opens at 2 this week with $42 million.

Last weeks top film, The Martian, falls to 3rd this week and is still doing good business, it has now taken nearly $200 million after 6 weeks of play.

The Martian is also the top total grossing film on the US box office this week.

There are no other new film on the American box office this week.

Its been an interesting week in the UK with the release of the latest James Bond movie Spectre, most unusual of all is that the film got its release after its UK premiere on Monday night rather than the usual Friday.

This opening meant that its weekend figures, although fantastic, were not a true reflection of the usual take on a debut weekend.

To cut a long story short Spectre has done amazingly well, it has the largest UK opening of any film, beating Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban 10 year record by nearly double, it also has the biggest single day gross for any film in the UK, Tuesday and in fact Wednesday.

The films weekly take, from its opening on Monday through to Sunday was £41.3 million, not only the highest ever but also higher than the previous Bond outing Skyfall, which is the highest grossing film ever in the UK.

Its Friday to Sunday total is just shy of £20 million which puts it just behind Skyfall, but that film opened on a Friday, its hard not to believe that Spectre wouldn't have beaten all these figure had it opened on the traditional Friday.

Spectre thus makes its debut at the top of the UK box office with an incredible weekly gross and with no film daring to compete with it, it is also the only new entry on the box office this week, and with very few new film in the coming weeks it will stay a while.

All thats left now is for it to become the top grossing film ever in the UK, it needs over £102 million to achieve this, but with the debut it is entirely possible.

Historical box office

A year ago
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held onto the top of the box office for another week which meant Ouija had to make to with a number 2 debut.

Five years ago
The Saw franchise continued it Halloween releases and debuted at number 1 with Saw 3D, Despicable Me fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit made it another week at the top of the box office with Saw II debuting at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Disneys Dinosaur went back to the top of the box office meaning What Lies Beneath fell to number 2, highest new film was Book of Shadows Blair Witch 2.

Twenty years ago
To Die For made its debut at the top of the box office leaving Clueless to fall into second place.

Twenty five years ago
Ghost extended its run at the top of the box office by another week with the highest new film at number 4 in the shape of Goodfellas.

America this weekend sees no move at the top as The Martian retains the number spot for another weekend.

A very low grossing weekend has The Martian taking just $11.4 million to retain the box office which now after 5 weeks of play has made $182.8 million in America .

Highest new film of the week is Bradley Cooper's new film Burnt which enters at number 5 with a very lacklustre $5 million.

Faring even worse is Sandra Bullocks new film Our Brand is Crisis which enters at number 8 this week with a $3.4 million opening.

Last new entry of the week is at number 12, the imaginatively titled Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse which manages $1.7 million for the weekend.

We still have just under 3 months to go before we reach the end of the year but already the top 6 movies of 2015 have made more than 2014's top movie.

Here is the comparison of 2014's top 6 and 2015's top 6, so far:

    2014
  1. The Lego Movie £34,133,383
  2. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes £33,764,545
  3. The Inbetweeners 2 £33,387,932
  4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 £29,517,393
  5. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies £28,759,574
  6. Guardians of The Galaxy £28,536,999
    2015
  1. Jurassic World £63,674,773
  2. Avengers Age of Ultron £48,334,257
  3. Minions £46,735,377
  4. Fast and Furious 7 £38,385,021
  5. Inside Out £38,375,834
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey £34,662,255
With still just under 3 month of the year to go we could see the full top 10 of 2015 beating 2014's top film.

The Martian is still doing very well at the UK box office and could reach 2014's The Lego Movies figure, Spectre has just been released and will give 2015's Jurassic World a run for its money.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is released in a couple of weeks and stands a good chance of making over £35 million.

As if leaving the best to last we have of course Disney/Lucasfilms will release Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18th.

An interesting scenario with this film, being released so late in the year much of its gross will come in 2016, but I fully expect it to break various records during its first couple of weeks and it will make over £35 million before the end of the year.

Check back each week to see how these and other new films perform at the UK box office.

This week on the UK video chart Jurassic World stomps its way in and takes over a the top of the chart.

Jurassic World was the summer hit of 2015, released on the 12th of June it came 14 years after the previous instalment if the series.

On its debut weekend the film made £19.3 million at the UK box office placing it well and truly on the top spot.

The film hung around for a reasonable 10 weeks on the UK box office and managed to make an incredible £63.6 million in UK cinemas.

This total means its the 8th top grossing film ever in the UK behind Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone and in front of The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.

The film also did amazingly well across the globe and is currently the 3rd highest grossing film of all time with a $1.6 billion gross, behind Titanic and infant of this years Fast and Furious 7.

With such a massive film being released on video no other studio dared to go up against it so there are no other new films o the video chart this week.

There is no stopping Ridley Scotts The Martian as once again it becomes the top film across the globe.

Now in its fifth week of release the film is still playing in 73 countries, the film adds another $45.9 million to it's global total which now stands at $385.1 million.

Highest new film of the week is Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension which makes its global debut at number 3 with $26.2 million.

Highest global total gross on this weeks chart is Ant-Man which after its successful Chinese run now sits at $493.8 million.

Here is the full global box office:

  1. The Martian - $45,900,000
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $37,700,000
  3. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension - $26,200,000
  4. The Last Witch Hunter - $24,225,000
  5. Ant-Man - $22,230,000
  6. Goosebumps - $21,300,000
  7. Bridge Of Spies - $16,465,000
  8. Pan - $14,840,000
  9. Crimson Peak - $13,363,260
  10. The Intern - $11,655,000
With no strong new releases in the US this week Ridley Scotts The martian makes its way back to the top of the box office on its fourth week of release.

The Martian adds another $15 million to its total US gross which now brings the space drama to $166 million from its American release.

Goosebumps falls from the top to the number 2 spot this week and has now taken $43 million after 2 weekends of release.

Highest new film is The Last Witch Hunter which makes its debut at number 4 with $10.8 million, disappointing for a Vin Diesel film.

The new release all had disappointing debut weekends, the rest of the new films are - Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension which is new at number 6 and going on full release is Steve Jobs new at 7.

This week there are no less than 5 news film on the top 10 with animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 landing at the top.

HT2 tops the Uk box office with weekend gross of £6.3 million, this far outstrips the original movie in the series which entered at 2 with £1.7 million.

Hotel Transylvania went on to gross £7.8 million at the UK box office which this sequel should manage by next weekend.

Last weeks top film, The Martian, falls to number 4 this week after a all new top 3 entered the box office.

At number 2 is the true life drama Suffragettes starring Carey Mulligan and at 3 is Pan the Peter pan origins story starring Hugh Jackman.

Also new this week is: Crimson Peak at number 5 and The lobster at number 9.

Historical charts

A year ago
The 2014 re-image of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was new at number 1 knocking Gone Girl down to number 2.

Five years ago
Despicable Me made its debut at the top of the box office and with a whole new top 3 Wall Street Money Never Sleeps slips from the top to 4.

Ten years ago
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit enters at the top of the chart knocking Pride and Prejudice down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Dinosaur from Disney made its debut a the top knocking Billy Elliott down to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Pocahontas kept its hold on the top of the chart and in an unusual move there was no new film that entered the chart.

Twenty five years ago
Ghost held on at the top for yet another week leaving The Little Mermaid to enter highest at number 2.

The US Box office this weekend saw Jack Black at the top for the first time in a while as the kids friendly franchise took $23.5 million.

Goosebumps is a well known brand of children books which should see it have a long cinema run especially with the holiday season coming just round the corner, the UK release is not until February 5th 2016.

Falling from the top after a couple of week stay is The Martian, only a couple of million shy of the top with $21.5 million.

Now in its third week of release the Ridley Scott Sci-Fi drama has now taken $143.7 million at the US box office.

Other new film in America this week are: Bridge of Spies from Steven Spielberg at 3, Crimson Peak from Guillermo del Toro at number 4 and Woodlawn at number 9.

Top total grossing film in American this week is Hotel Transylvania 2 with $136 million over 4 weeks.

Ripley Scott's latest film The Martian has been by far the biggest release of the week in the UK, and across the globe.

The film starring Matt Damon has made a great £6.5 million on its debut week of release in the UK.

This marks Scott's highest grossing UK debut just piping Prometheus and Hannibal which both debuted with over £6 million.

For Matt Damon its his second highest debut in the UK as The Bourne Ultimatum just just over £6.5 million.

Last weeks top film Everest falls to number 3 this week with under £1 million on its third week, it has grossed £8.7 million.

Also new this week are: The Intern new at 4, Macbeth new at 5, Il Trovatore Met Opera 2015 new at 7 from it's single day showing in cinemas and Singh Is Bling new at 9.

Historical charts

A year ago
Gone Girl made its debut at the top of the box office knocking The Boxtrolls down to 4.

Five years ago
The Other Guys stay at the top with the top new film entering at 3 in the shape of Buried.

Ten years ago
Pride and Prejudice stays at the top for another week while A History of Violence is the highest new entry at 2.

Fifteen years ago Hollow Man debutes at the top of the box office knocking off Me Myself and Irene off.

Twenty years ago
Apollo 13 stays at the top while Species is the highest new entry coming in at 2.

Twenty five years ago
Presumed Innocent comes in at at the top knocking off Another 48 Hours from the top.

This week British produced film [Spooks] The Greater Good makes its home video debut at the top of the chart.

The film was released at UK cinemas on 8th May 2015 where it debuted at number 2, behind Avengers Age of Ultron, with a debut gross of just over £1 million.

A small 4 week run on the official top 15 was a small part of its cinema total with it spending a further 8 weeks bouncing around the underbelly of the chart.

After 12 weeks in cinemas it managed a total UK gross of £3.2 million, the film didn't make an impact on the world box office scene.

Pitch Perfect 2 falls from the top where it made its debut into third place.

Other new films making their debut this week are: Thomas and Friends Sodors Legend of The Lost Treasure at number 6, Man Up at number 7 and Ruth and Alex right down at number 20.

This weeks top 3 is unchanged from last week meaning that the true story of an expedition to the summit of Everest is still the number one film.

It was a quiet weekend with Everest only taking £1.9 million during it's second weekend of release, this brings it's total gross after 10 days to £6.8 million.

The static top 3 means the highest new film of the week comes in at 4, Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette star the the romantic comedy Miss You Already.

Surprisingly positive reviews haven't helped the film that much and the film debuts with only £487,247.

By far the biggest total grossing film on the box office this week is Minions which just about hangs onto the top 15 and has grossed to date £46.3 million, its still not reached Despicable Me's total gross of £47 million but its not far behind.

There should be a big change in next weeks chart with Ridley Scotts The Martian opening, Robert De Niro in The Intern and a new adaptation of Macbeth with Michael Fassbender.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Billy Elliot The Musical Live became the first event movie to go to the top of the box office, it knocked off The Boxtrolls from the top.

Five years ago
The Other Guys held onto the top of the box office with Julia Roberts vehicle Eat Pray love the top new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Pride and Prejudice retained its hold at the top while Guy Ritchies Revolver was the top new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Jim Carey was still a big box office star and his latest film Me Myself and Irene made its debut a the top knocking Scary Movie into second.

Twenty years ago
Apollo 13 was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1, Braveheart fell to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Another 48 Hrs took over at the top film while Memphis Belle felling into number 2.

This week Pitch Perfect 2 makes the right note at the top of the UK video chart and makes its debut at number 1.

The acapella music film was released at the UK box office on 15th May 2015 hitting the top spot on its debut week of release, it stayed at the top for 2 weeks.

the film had a relatively shot run at the box office lasting for only 6 weeks but it's audience was front loaded, it opened with a gross of £5 million and went on to take £17 million.

It is the 236th top grossing film in the UK but worldwide is failed to make a massive mark across the world, although in America it did take $183 million.

Other new films this week are: Keanu Reeves on form in John Wick new at 3, Samuel L. Jackson new at 5 with Big Game and Arthur and Merlin new at number 17.

This week saw the true event film Everest climb to the summit of the box office charts on its debut week of release.

A £3.1 million opening gross, including previews, saw the film get to the top of the box office, although previews saw a large proportion of this.

Last weeks top film, Legend, had a small fall this week into the number 2 spot with £2.4 million over the weekend and nearly £10 million in total after 10 days of release.

Also making a first appearance on the chart this week is A Walk in the Woods at number 7 and Bill at number 8.

Highest total grossing film on the chart this week is Inside Out which has now grossed an incredible £37.6 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Boxtrolls retained its position at the top of the box office while A Walk Among The Tombstones was highest at 2.

Five years ago
The Other Guys was the top new film of the week at the top knocking Resident Evil: Afterlife down to number 3.

Ten years ago
Pride and Prejudice made its debut at the top of the box office leaving The Longest Yard to fall from the top to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Scary Movie stayed on top of the chart while Shaft was the highest new film making its debut at number 3.

Twenty years ago
Braveheart was too strong to be knocked off the top on its second week on the chart meaning highest new film was at number 2 for The Bridges of Madison County.

Twenty Five years ago
Memphis Belle remained on top of the box office while Robocop 2 was the top film entering at number 2.

This week mega hit Avengers Age of Ultron storms its way to the top of the UK video charts on it's debut week of release.

Age of Ultron was released at the UK cinemas on April 24th 2015 and flew in at the top of the box office chart taking £18 million on it's debut, the 9th biggest in UK cinema history.

It spent an excellent 9 weeks on the box office top 15 and another 8 bubbling around cinemas after the fuss dies down.

Over its cinema run in the UK the film managed a total gross of £48.3 million, the 25th highest grossing in the UK, and 3 million behind Avengers Assemble, not bad though.

Across the globe the film took an amazing $1.4 billion and is currently the 6th biggest film of all time, 1 place below it's predecessor.

Fast and Furious 7 falls from the top spot down to number 2 this week, its second week of release.

Also make a fresh appearance this week are: The Age of Adaline a number 5 box office hit from May and War Pigs which is a DTV movie starring Dolph Lundgren.

After 3 weeks of no change at the top of the US box office The Perfect Guy comes in and takes over on it's debut weekend of release.

The Perfect Guy enters the box office after one of the worst weekends for the American cinema, $26.7 million sees it reach the top.

Falling from the top is 3 time champ Straight Outta Compton which has its fourth week of release at number 6.

The Trip Hop film took another $4 million over the weekend bringing its total US gross to $155.7 million over it's 4 week run.

Highest total grossing film on the US box office is Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation which has not spent 7 weeks on the box office, all inside the top 5 and has grossed $188.1 million.

Following the path laid down by its US box office release, Straight Outta Compton this week climbs to the top of the UK box office on its debut.

A low week overall for the box office grosses and Compton's weekend take is £2.4 million, it is higher than last weeks top film.

Last weeks top film was Paper Town which this week takes a big shove down the box office and ends up at number 8 this week.

A £452,953 second weekend gross brings the film to £3.4 in total with the prospect of a very short 3 week run.

Worth noting is the run of Inside Out which once again is at 2 and again topps the chart if we count Monday - Sunday figures.<> Also new this week is Hitman Agent 47 at number 3 and 45 Years new at number 10, Zak Efrons We Are Your Friends is considered a flop with a number 13 entry.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Lucy retained its position at the top of the box office while the top new film was Lets Be Cops at number 2.

Five years ago
Adam Sandler continued his box office run with Grown Ups which made its debut at the top knocking off The Expendables which fell to number 4.

Ten years ago
New at the top was of TV remake The Dukes of Hazzard which knocked of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory which was at 2.

Fifteen years ago
X-Men held film at the top of the box office stopping Shanghai Noon from topping the chart, it had to make do with a number 2 debut.

Twenty years ago
Sandra Bullock hit the top with While You Were Sleeping on its debut weekend knocking Die Hard With A Vengeance down to 2.

Twenty five years ago
Die Hard 2 Die Harder stayed at the top leaving Wild At Heart to debut at number 2.

The Divergent Series Insurgent gets dethroned from the top after 3 weeks and gets replaced by Disney's live action Cinderella on its debut.

Cinderella hit UK cinemas on 27th March this year, it entered the box office at number 1 and had an incredible 11 run on the official chart then another 11 outside.

The film took an excellent £21.1 million at the UK box office making it the 163rd highest grossing film ever in the UK.

Globally the film has to date taken $542 million which makes is the 125th highest grossing film of all time.

Insurgent falls from the top to number 3 although it did have an unprecedented 3 weeks at the top.

Also new this week is: Child 44 which enters at number 2, Two by Two which is new at number 5, A Little Chaos which is new at 8 and The Falling which is new at 18.

Straight Outta Compton took a 3rd straight week on the US box office, although in the US it was the lowest grossing box office weekend of 2015.

Compton this week takes just $13 million to retain its top spot and the film has now taken $134 million over it's 3 week run.

Highest new film of the week is War Room which enters in second place with $11 million.

The faith based drama only played in 1135 cinemas and took the highest per screen average of the weekend with $9,692 per screen average.

One other new film this week in the shape of the Own Wilson drama No Escape which is new at number 4.

All change at the top of the UK box office this week with drama Paper Towns taking over at the top leaving last weeks top film to take a huge tumble.

Paper Town is from the same author as last years hit The Fault in Our Stars which topped the UK box office in June of 2014.

Paper Town hasn't debuted as impressively as the £3 million plus of The Fault in Our Stars with a £2 million debut weekend.

Last weeks top film takes a huge tumble down to 6 this week with an £800,000 second weekend which brings it's total to £4.7 million.

Although Paper Towns is the top film of the weekend once again Inside Out, at number 2, is the top film of the week with a Monday - Sunday total or £3.2 million.

Top grossing film on the box office this week is Minions with a total gross of £44 million over 9 weeks of release.

Historical box office

A year ago
Lucy was on top of the box office on it's debut weekend knocking The Inbetweeners 2 down to 2nd.

Five years ago
The Expendables is the top new film of the week making number 1 while Toy Story 3 falls from the top to number 3.

Ten years ago
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory remained at the top of the box office for another week while the top new film was Bewitched which entered at 2.

Fifteen years ago
The first X-Men movie made its debut at the top knocking Gone In 60 Seconds down to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Die Hard With A Vengeance, the third Die Hard film, was new at the top knocking Waterworld down to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Another Die Hard film, Die Hard 2 Die Harder was at the top on its debut knocking Days of Thunder into the number 2 spot.

Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation manages to hold onto the world box office for another week with $36.9 million from 64 countries, one of the wides release at the moment.

The Tom Cruise film has had a very successful run at the world box office and has to date made $438 million in global takings.

Having a big boost this week thanks to a massive opening in China is Terminator Genisys which goes back up to number 2 with $26.2 million from 2 countries, global to date is $353 million.

Highest new film of the week if the Chinese film Bride Wars, not to be mistaken with the American film of the same name from 2009.

Bride Wars (or ????? to give it the proper title!) takes $23.6 million from just the single country it has been released in, China.

Here if the full top 10 global films this week.

  1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - $36,900,000
  2. Terminator Genisys - $27,610,000
  3. Straight Outta Compton - $26,876,125
  4. Bride Wars - $23,600,000
  5. Fantastic Four - $19,850,000
  6. Hitman Agent 47 - $16,700,000
  7. Man From U.N.C.L.E. - $15,420,000
  8. Sinister 2 - $13,633,000
  9. Go Away Mr. Tumor - $13,000,000
  10. Minions - $12,506,290
Achieving something which hasn't been done in a fair while this week The Divergent Series Insurgent holds onto the top spot for a third week in a row.

The last film to achieve this was Disney Frozen well over a year ago, that film went on the spend most of 2014 inside the top 3 and made many trips to the top.

Highest new film of the week if The Duff which enters the Uk video chart at number 2.

The Duff was released at UK cinemas on 10th April of this year where it made its debut at number 4 of that week, although it was the highest new film.

A 4 week run saw it gross a total of £1.9 million at the UK box office.

There is only one other new film this week in the shape of Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 which enters at number 4.

In a mixed up week at the UK box office, using figures including 2 days of previews Adam Sandlers Pixels takes over a the top, the true winner is Inside Out.

If you take away the 2 days of previews Pixar's Inside Out is by far the biggest film of the weekend, and indeed of the week with only a 3% drop from the previous weeks takings.

But lets not take away from the given champion and Pixels duly takes over at the top of the UK box office with a weekend gross of £2.7 million.

After a slamming from critics last weeks top film, Fantastic Four, makes a dramatic fall from the top and lands at number 6 this week with a total gross after 2 weekends of £4.8 million.

The re-image of the superhero franchise simply hasn't worked and the new film will come no-where near the 2005 version which took £12.4 million or it's sequel 4: Rise of The Silver Surfer which took almost the same amount.

Other new film this week include The Man From U.N.C.L.E. at number 4 and Trainwreck, on a limited release, at number 5, Simon Pegg's new film Absolutely Anything enters at number 9.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Inbetweeners 2 continued their run at the top of the box office while The Expendables 3 was new at 3.

Five years ago
Toy Story 3 continued to rule the box office at the top while the critically panned The Last Airbender was new at 3.

Ten years ago
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory was still the top film in the UK while new at 2 was The Island with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson

Fifteen years ago
Gone In 60 Seconds stayed at the top for another week while, no new entries inside the top 5 so Rules of Engagement entered highest at number 6.

Twenty years ago
Batman Forever gave up the top spot to the much criticised Waterworld starring Kevin Costner and directed by Kevin Reynolds.

Twenty five years ago
Tom Cruise was at the top with Days of Thunder on its debut weekend knocking Total Recall into second place.

Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation stays the top film across the globe for another week although in comparison it is released in 63 countries whereas Straight Outta Compton shows strong figures from America alone.

Rogue Nation takes $63 million globally this week and is starting to slow down, it's global take is now $373.4 which should put it ahead of part 3 but it will struggle to beat the others.

Compton makes an impressive debut at number 2 with $56 million from America alone, it gets released across the globe in the coming weeks but its home territory is where the audience is.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. makes it's debut this week at number 3 from 24 countries with $25.5 million, it will be seen as a disappointment.

Here is the full global top 10

  1. Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation - $63,100,000
  2. Straight Outta Compton - $56,106,165
  3. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - $25,535,000
  4. Fantastic Four - $24,200,000
  5. Go Away Mr. Tumor - $21,500,000
  6. Minions - $20,161,200
  7. Veteran - $18,250,000
  8. Pixels - $15,415,000
  9. Inside Out - $13,435,000
  10. Brothers Blood Against Blood - $13,040,000
Starring some of the biggest names in hip hop Straight Outta Compton this week smashes into the top spot in American on it's debut week.

Directed by F. Gary Gary and starring the likes of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre the semi autobiographical film takes the top spot with a weekend gross of $56.1 million.

After a couple of weeks at the top Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation falls a single place to number 2, in America the film has to date grossed $138 million.

Also new in America is The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which rather disappointingly limps into 3rd on the box office.

Highest grossing film on the US top 12 this week is Minions at number 8 which has a US gross of $312 million so far.

Check out the full top 12 on 25thframe.co.uk

New at the top of the video chart this week is The Divergent Series Insurgent which takes over on its debut week of release.

Insurgent was released in UK cinemas on 20th March of 2015 where it debuted at number 2 being kept off the top by runaway kids film Home.

The film spent 5 weeks on the box office chart taking a moderate £7.8 million during its UK run.

Last weeks top film, Home, fell to 3 this week after 2 weeks holding onto the top position.

Other new films this week are: The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water which is new at 2, Woman In Gold which is a new film at number 6, Good Kill which is new at number 14 and Admiral Command and Conquer new at number 15.

This week there was no moving the box office hit Home from the top of the chart making it 2 in a row for the animated favourite.

Highest new entry of the week fell on the video chart at number 2 in the shape of the mediocre box office hit Seventh Son.

Seventh Son entered the box office back on March 27th of 2015, it entered the box office at number 7.

Only a 2 week spell at cinemas meant that the film went almost as soon as it appeared, it took just less than a million pound during it's stay.

A few other new entries this week meant that the top 5 had a big change around, 3 saw a new entry for Wild Card starring Jason Statham while 4 sam Kristin Scott Thomas starring in Suite Francaise.

Check out the full list of DVD sales.

As if it was in any doubt this week as we see Tom Cruise do what he does best and top the US box office week with the fifth in the Mission Impossible films.

Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation takes over the number 1 spot with a debut weekend gross of $56 million, similar numbers to the previous instalment from 2011.

The National Lampoons Vacation series starts a new generation with the Griswolds kids following in the footsteps of father at 2.

Vacation enters with a weekend gross of $14.8 million, far lower than expected.

Last weeks top film, Ant-Man, falls down to number 3 this week with $12 million, a total gross of $132 million to date.

Highest grossing film on the UK box office this week is Jurassic Park which has taken $329.6 million to date.

Pixar didn't release a cinematic film in 2014 so the new film from the animated studio was going to be a big deal, and Inside Out is critically one of their best and makes an impressive UK box office debut.,p> Entering the chart at the top Inside Out takes in £7.3 million on it's debut, compared to their last film Monsters University this was over double its debut.

It is though way behind the leader in the Pixar crown, Toy Story 3 which took an incredible £21 million on it's debut and went on to become one of the highest grossing animation of all time.

Inside Out has a good start and is inline with Finding Nemo from 2003, it will easily go over the £30 million mark in the coming days.

Last weeks top film, Ant-Man, falls to number 2 this week with a £2.5 million weekend gross raising its total to £9.6.

One other new entry on the top 10 this week is Southpaw new at 4 with £1.6 million.

Historical Box Office

A year ago
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes extended its stay at the top of the box office by another week leaving Hercules to debut at number 2.

Five years ago
Toy Story 3 made its very impressive debut at the top moving aside Inception which fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Fantastic Four over took the number one spot on its debut week of release while Madagascar fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Stuart Little moved to the top of the box office after 3 weeks on the chart knocking Chicken Run down to number 2, High Fidelity was the highest new film at number 4.

Twenty years ago
Stallone's Judge Dredd was the top new film making its debut at number 1 knocking Batman Forever down to number 2

The Minions are proving to be a massive worldwide hit and hold onto the top for another week leaving Ant-Man to sit in the wings again.

To be fair the Minions is released in more territories, 61, as opposed to Ant-Man's 49, but still the Minions have now grossed $759.3 million after a $66 Million weekend, it has now grossed more that Despicable Me and on course for Despicable Me 2.

Chinese film Monster Hunt is at 3 from just 5 territories having grossed $46 million so far, it has this week become the highest grossing Chinese film with $212 million dollars.

Highest new film of the week is Pixels the new Adam Sandler film with takes $45.4 million for the week from 57 countries.

Other new film doing well across the world are Paper Towns with $20.5 million from 38 countries and Southpaw with $20 million from 5 countries.

Here is the full worldwide top 10

  1. Minions - $66,058,050
  2. Ant-Man - $60,165,000
  3. Monster Hunt - $46,000,000
  4. Pixels - $45,400,000
  5. Inside Out - $35,656,000
  6. Jian Bing Man (Pancake Man) - $25,000,000
  7. Paper Towns - $20,500,000
  8. Southpaw - $20,000,000
  9. The Assassination - $19,500,000
  10. Trainwreck - $17,501,950
Box office hit Home makes its debut at the top of the UK video this week on its debut knocking last weeks number one for six.

Home was released at the UK box office back on March 20th and had an incredible 17 week run. It made it's debut at the top where it spent a single week but then floated up and down over the following weeks.

The film took a UK gross of £24.6 million making it the 126th highest grossing film in the UK, but as it only left the charts last week and school holidays are here we could see it again!

Home also did well at the world box office taking $369.3 million and is the 226th highest grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film The Woman In Black Angel of Death takes a big tumble down the chart to number 8 this week and will most likely disappear in the coming weeks.

One other new film this week, The Gunman which enters the chart at number 2.

Ant-Man managed to beat off the new comedy from Adam Sandler this week in a fairly tight battle for the top of the US box office, Ant-Man makes it 2 weeks at number 1.

The tiny superhero movie takes just shy of $25 million on its second weekend at the box office and brings the total after 10 days to $106 million, low for a Marvel movie but still a good take.

Pixels is the latest off beat comedy from Sandler who's grosses have been slipping of late, this latest vehicle has him mixing 80's nostalgia into the mix for good measure.

A $24 million weekend sees it slip into the runner up position, but it's not a convincing weekend and the film could slip out of the box office quite quickly.

Other new film which opened in the US this week are - Southpaw at number 5 and Paper Towns at number 6.

This week in the UK Marvel/Disney's new franchise made its mark by debuting at the top of the box office at the top.

The tiny superhero had a debut weekend gross of £4 million from 555 sites, below other Marvel superhero films but for one of the less known characters and a new franchise a good opening.

A decent run over the school summer holidays could see a total gross in the high 20's into low 30 million region.

Falling into second place are the Minions, a £2.7 million gross has extended their total to £32 million, with plenty more to go over the summer this could be one of the highest grossers of the year.

André Rieu's 2015 Maastricht Concert also makes an appearance in the top 5 this week with a followup to the 2014 concert of the same name.

Indian film Bajrangi Bhaijaan and The Gallows also make appearances in the top 10 at 7 and 9 respectively.

Historical charts

A year ago
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes made it's debut on the UK box office at the top knocking down How to Train Your Dragon 2 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago
Christoper Nolan's Inception made it's mark on the box office debuting at the top while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse fell to number 3

Ten years ago
Madagascar made its way to the top of the UK box office knocking War of The Worlds to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Chicken Run continued its run at the top while The Patriot made its debut at number 3.

This week horror sequel The Woman In Black Angel of Death makes its way to the top of the video chart on it's debut week of sale.

The Woman In Black Angel of Death was released at the UK box office on 2nd January 2015 as a sequel to the successful Daniel Radcliffe film of 2013 The Woman In Black.

The original went on to gross £21 million at the UK box office, this sequel was on the chart for 3 weeks, entered at number 4 and just about grossed £5 million, a relative failure in comparison.

Last weeks top film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel falls just single place to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Other new film this week are: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya at number 13 and The Voices at number 18.

Marvel continues it's dominating streak of superheroes movie this week and introduces the movie world to a new charter in the shape of Ant-Man.

The smallest of the superheroes enters the chart at the top on it's debut week with a $58 million weekend which is in-line with expectations but not up there with the big guns of Thor or Ironman.

This is still a very good opening weekend and is bound to start another franchise in the Marvel/Disney cannon and could see Ant-Man join the other Avengers in their next movie.

Falling into second place after a single week at the top is the lovable yellow characters of the Minions, a second weekend gross of $50 million sees it's 10 days total rise to $216.7 million.

Trainwreck this week enters the chart at 3 as the female slapstick gross out comedy opens with $30 million while British film starring Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes opens at 10 with $2.5 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.

The little yellow Minions opened in the US this week and became the second highest grossing animated debut film behind Shrek The Third.

With nothing else opening big in the US market the Minions simply stole the show with it's $115 million opening.

A fantastic opening and the appeal of the characters which started with the Despicable Me films sets in in good stead to become one of the highest grossing animations and a $1 billion+ gross.

Falling into second place is Jurassic World after its 4 week run at the top of the box office, although it cant complain, it is the highest grossing film of the year in the US having grossed $590 million so far.

Other new film in America this week are: The Gallows at number 5 and Self/Less at number 8.

The threat of the terminator posed no challenge for the Minions this week as the little green beings held on to the top spot with relative ease.

A second week at the top and a weekend gross of £6.2 million brings the total gross of the animated film to £20.9 million after 10 days of release.

Highest new entry of the week is Mr Schwarzenegger's return to the franchise which made him a star, Terminator.

Terminator Genisys enters the chart at number 2 with a weekend gross of £3.7 million, a little low maybe for a highly anticipated film such as this.

In comparison Terminator Salvation made £6.9 million on its debut, Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines took £6.08 million on its debut, so Genisys is running at half those two films.

Jurassic World continues to pull in the numbers and this week brings its total to £53 million.

Other new film this week are Magic Mike XXL at 4, documentary Amy at 5, with £523,192 the highest new entry for a documentary in the UK and Guillaume Tell Royal Opera House at 8.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie retained its position at the top while the highest new film was Tammy at number 5.

Five years ago
Shrek Forever After was the highest new film of the week and the new number 1, it knocked Killers from the top spot after only a week.

Ten years ago
Stephen Spielbergs War of The Worlds was the top film on it's debut, it knocked Batman Begins from the top spot.

Fifteen years ago
Chicken Run made its debut at the top of the box office, it finally knocked Gladiator from the top.

Twenty years ago
Congo made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking Bad Boys down to number 1 after a week at the top.

All change yet again at the top of the UK video chart with sequel movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel makings its debut.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was released at UK cinemas on 27th February of 2015 and made it's debut at number 1 with a weekend gross of £3.7 million.

A successful run saw the film stay at the top for a total of 3 week, but it's chart run didn't last much longer and it only lasted 6 weeks on the top 15.

The film took £15.5 million at the Uk box office making it the 278th highest grossing film ever. Compared to it's predecessor The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel it was about £5 million behind.

Last weeks top film, Fifty Shades of Grey, fell to the runner up spot this week.

Other new film of the video chart include Jupiter Ascending which enters at number 3, Last Knights which enters at number 5 and It Follows which enters at number 8.

There is simply no movie Jurassic World from the top of the US box office as this week it shoots part the $550 million mark and (just about) hold off Inside Out which stays in second.

A weekend gross of $30.9 million easily make sure that none of the new releases gave it any trouble to allow Jurassic World make it 4 weeks at the top.

Rolling in at the highest new film is Terminator Genisys, making it's debut at number 3 with $28 million, the July 4th weekend meant that Saturday made small negative impact on the gross.

There was one other new film in the US this week, Magic Mike XXL pleased the female crowd over the weekend and landed at 4 with $12 million.

This week Jurassic World lost its 2 week hold at the top of the UK box office and made way for those little yellow people as Minions makes its debut.

Taking over the number 1 spot with a very good weekend gross of £11.5 million and it is clearly looking to repeat the success of Despicable me 2 for which the Minions became famous.

Despicable Me 2 was released at about the same time in 2013 and took £14 million on it's opening weekend, it did become the top grossing film of that year.

Jurassic World fell a single place on it's third weekend of release but the film is still going great guns and is now the top grossing film of the year with £48.9 million.

Other new films this week are Knock Knock from Eli Routh at number 7 and Slow West at number 10.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie made it's debut on the box office at the top of the chart and knocked The Fault In Our Stars to number 2 after only a week at the top.

Five years ago
Get Him to The Greek entered at the top of the box office while Killers fell from the top into number 2 after a week.

Ten years ago
Batman Begins held its place at the top of the box office for a second week while the top new film was Kung Fu Hustle at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
There was no shifting Gladiator as it spent yet another week at the top of the box office, Big Mommas House made it's debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Bad Boys held on the top spot for a second week while the top new film was Tank Girl which made its debut at number 3.

No surprise really that Jurassic World is still the top film across the world considering the massif start to it's box office run it had.

This week the film takes another $136.7 million dollars from 67 countries to bring its world gross to $1.2 Billion, the fastest film to do this.

With Japan still to get the film Jurassic World will easily become the third highest grossing movie of all time, and on this trajectory it could challenge Titanic as the second highest grossing, although it has got a bot to go.

Pixar are sticking solid in second place where Inside Out remains for another week, a $78.5 million dollar weekend, from 43 countries, brings it's world gross to $266.4 on its second weekend of release.

With most of Europe still to see a release of the film it still has some dollars to rake in giving it the potential to be one of the most successful animations of all time, although it wont touch Frozen, the biggest or Toy Story 3 which both made over a billion.

Highest new film of the week with a release in 27 countries of the sequel movie Ted 2, taking a non too shabby $53.2 million on it;s debut weekend.

Here is the top 10 world film weekending 29th June:

  1. Jurassic World - $136,717,170
  2. Inside Out - $78,528,000
  3. Ted 2 - $53,222,730
  4. Minions - $36,000,000
  5. Hollywood Adventures - $26,000,000
  6. San Andreas - $15,675,000
  7. Spy - $14,200,000
  8. Max - $12,210,000
  9. SPL 2 A Time for Consequences - $11,000,000
  10. NLL - Battle of Yeonpyeong - $8,700,000
The domination of Jurassic World continues in the US this week as the film makes it 3 weeks at the top with nothing coming any where near it in that time.

A shade under a 50% drop in taking from last week has Jurassic World's weekend gross at $54 million which brings it's total gross now to $500 million in the US, it is the fastest film to make the landmark.

Pixar can't be forgotten in all this, under normal circumstances this would be the second week at the top for Inside Out, but it simply can't beat Jurassic World.

Highest new film of the week is Ted 2 which lands at 3, a decent weekend take of $33 million which in another week would have safely seen it get to the top.

The two headed force of Jurassic World and Inside Out could spoil the party for a number of other film in the coming weeks as well.

One other new film in the US charted this week, Max landed at 4 with $12 million.

Commanding the box office in even greater fashion than last week Jurassic World scores the second highest second weekend gross in the UK, the holder being Skyfall from 2012.

With £11 million Jurassic World takes it's total gross to £38.5 million and should see it become the highest grossing film of the year by next weekend.

Rolling into second place on it's debut is the event film Take That Live, recoded earlier this year at the O2 arena in London the film grosses £965,000 on its Saturday only showing.

Highest new ‘film' of the week is new at number 4, the ever popular charter of Sherlock Holmes is played by Ian McKellen in Mr. Holes which debuts with £741.080.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Fault In Our Stars made its debut at the top of the box office knocking 22 Jump Street from the top to number 2.

Five years ago
Killers starring Aston Kutcher debuted at the top finally knocking Sex and The City 2 down to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
The Batman revamp Batman Begins made it's debut at the top while the previous weeks top film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, fell into second place.

Fifteen years ago
Gladiator was still holding onto the top position while the top new film of the week was Frequency.

Twenty years ago
Action film Bad Boys was the top film across the country which knocked The Brady Bunch Movie down to number 2.

Pixar must be kicking themselves this week as their new film Inside Out makes a fantastic debut on the US box office, but there is no stopping Jurassic World at the moment.

A second week gross of $102 million which means that the dinosaur film was $11 million ahead of the number 2 film, but when were talking figures this big thats a small margin really.

Jurassic World has become the fastest grossing film of all time in the US with it's total gross at slightly under $400 million after 10 days of release.

Pixar''s first film in 2 years makes a massive debut at number 2 this week with a weekend gross of $91 million, a phenomenal weekend take which normally would have seen it debut at the top.

Fantastic reviews for Inside Out have given the film a boost and I wouldn't rule out a just to the top next week, Pixar film usually have strong staying power.

The only other new film in the US this week was the Pharrell Williams produced Dope at number 5.

As with the rest of the world Jurassic World took the Uk box office by storm over the weekend just gone and scored a huge debut.

Taking over the number 1 spot with ease with a £19 million opening it makes Jurassic World the 6th highest opening ever in the UK.

Jurassic World's predecessor from 2001, Jurassic Park III, only manage £4 million on its opening weekend, in fact it only took £18.3 million on it's entire run, World has beaten it already.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the second film in the series, did better with a £8.4 million opening and £30.5 million total gross while Jurassic Park took a total of £47 million, World could beat all these.

Last weeks top film, Spy, fell only to second place with £1.5 million, it's total gross is £5.5 million.

The only other new film on the box office chart this week was London Road starring Tom Hardy which debuted at number 8.

Historical charts

A Year ago
22 Jump Street retained it's position on the box office while the highest new film of the week was Oculus which debuted at number 5.

Five years ago
Sex and the City 2 was still at the top while the highest new film was Letters to Juliet at number 2

Ten years ago
Mr. & Mrs. Smith was the highest new film which finally knocked Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith from the top spot, it ended up at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Gladiator was still at the top of the charts while Drive Me Crazy was the highest new film at number 5.

Twenty years ago
The Brady Bunch Movie made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Jack and Sarah fell down to number 2.

No other film mattered this week as Jurassic World stormed the world box office and left the competition behind.

Taking a staggering $511 million from 67 countries the dinosaur film has become the second biggest opening film of all time, behind Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 from 2011.

Time will tell how well the film will ultimately do but it's half way to the magic billion dollar mark and almost quarter of the way to beating Titanic, Avatar with $2.7 billion may be a little out of its reach.

Last week top film across the globe fell into second place this week, San Andreas takes $53 million from 69 countries and has now grossed $373.3 million.

Worthy of a mention this week is Indian film Hamari Adhuri Kahaani which is number 10 this week from just 1 country.

Here is the full world box office top 10:

  1. Jurassic World - $511,796,380
  2. San Andreas - $53,510,000
  3. Spy - $29,500,000
  4. Insidious Chapter 3 - $14,000,000
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road - $9,530,000
  6. Tomorrowland - $8,017,000
  7. Pitch Perfect 2 - $7,969,710
  8. Entourage - $6,170,000
  9. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $5,641,000
  10. Hamari Adhuri Kahaani - $4,100,000
There is little more to talk about this week other than the return of the Jurassic series to the world and how clearly the franchise holds a lot of love as it smashes the US box office to pieces.

The weekend saw it take $204 million at the US box office, the second highest opening weekend of all time over the pond and just a shade below the $207 million of Avengers from 2012.

**UPDATE**
With final figures out Jurassic World has broken the record and now has the highest grossing opening weekend in America with $208 million.

The film looks likely to be the highest grossing film of the year in America as this will have a lot of milage and potential repeat viewing as audience like the thrill of a disaster movie.

Last weeks top film, Spy, still does well in it's second weekend taking $16 million for a $57 million 10 day take.

Due to Jurassic World opening and the expectation it would clean up there were no other new releases this weekend.

We all knew it was going to be big, but Jurassic Wold has beaten expectations by grossing about $511 million worldwide on its opening weekend.

This is higher than any or the Jurassic films and is the second highest of all time, behind 2012's Avengers Assemble.

This film is now on to fight Fast and Furious 7 and Avengers Age of Ultron as the top film of the year.

Also remember we have the Star Wars sequel coming later in the year, although that gross will be spread over 2015 and 2016.

Stay with 25thframe.co.uk to find out the confirmed total grosses in the coming days.

A hot weekend meant that business at the UK box office was slow hence the top 15 in the UK took just under £10 million in total.

Paul Feig directs Melissa McCarthy is the number 1 film this week which makes it's debut on the UK box office.

The critically acclaimed comedy from the same director and star as Bridesmaids from 2011 this weekend took £2.5 million, low for this time of year.

Last weeks top film, San Andreas, falls a single place to number 2 with a weekend gross of £1.7 million, this gives the film a 10 day gross of £8.3 million and it will be the highest grossing Dwayne Johnson starring film.

Interesting note: If the chart had been based on Monday - Sunday ticket sales San Andreas would have been the top film.

Other new film to hit the chart this week are: Insidious Chapter 3 which is new at 3 and Dil Dhadakne Do which is new at number 9.

Also worth a mention is The Empire Strikes Back which is “new” at 8, the reason being, like Back To The Future last year, Secret Cinema have a couple of month of event showing for the film and this weekend took £304,115.

Historical Charts

A year ago
This time last year 22 Jump Street made it's debut in the UK at the top of the Box office knocking Maleficent down to the number 2 spot.

Five years ago
Sex and The City 2 retained it's hold at the top while the highest new film was Death At A Funeral right down at number 4.

Ten years ago
Still holding on at the top was Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith, it held off Sin City which entered the box office at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Oscar winner Gladiator was still at number 1 while the highest new film of the week was at number 3 in the shape of Maybe Baby.

Twenty years ago
Jack and Sarah was the top new film across the country knocking Street Fighter from the top into second place.

Twenty five years ago
Back in 1990 the top film of the month of June was Back to The Future Part III was the top film while Pretty Woman was still doing good numbers as was Dick Tracy.

New at the top of the UK video chart this week is the Clint Eastwood directed American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper.

The film was release on 16th January 2015 at Uk cinemas in a flurry of Oscar hype at number 2 to the tune of £2.5 million, but as the hype got greater the film hit the top spot the following week.

In a run lasting 7 weeks the film grossed a very reasonable £13.4 million at the UK box office, in America it took and incredible $350 million making it one of Eastwoods biggest films.

In the UK the film is the 329th highest grossing of all time and worldwide with a gross of $539 million it's the 121st highest grossing.

There was a whole flurry of new releases this week, with almost the whole top 5 changing, last weeks top film, Big Hero 6, fell to number 3 this week.

Other new film then are: Shaun The Sheep Movie at number 2, Ex Machina at number 4, Whiplash at number 5, Forbidden Kingdom at number 14 and The Gambler down at number 18.

In North America this weekend Melissa McCarthy kept up her run of number 1 debuting films by taking her latest film Spy to the top of the box office.

Following in the footsteps of Identity Thief, The Heat and Tammy the top funny woman makes her latest and most critically acclaimed film debut with $30 million.

Last weeks top US film, San Andreas, falls down a single place to number 2 this week with $26 million, taking it's total to $99 million after 10 days.

Also new in the US this week is: Insidious Chapter 3 at number 3, Entourage at number 4 and right down outside to top 10, at 11, is Love and Mercy.

Big Hero 6 takes the crown as the biggest selling video in the UK this week, removing single week winner Into The Woods from the top, although it's not all bad news as Disney are behind both films.

Big Hero 6 was released in the UK on 30th January 2015 and hit the top spot on it's debut week with a UK gross os £4.2 million.

It remained at the top of the box office for a couple of weeks before being knocked off by Fifty Shades of Grey.

The film spent a total of 10 weeks on the top 15 and in that time took a total of £20 million which makes it the 179th highest grossing film in the UK.

Across the world it took $652 million making it the 82nd highest grossing film ever.

Into the Woods falls to number 2 this week.

Other new film this week are: Testament of Youth at number 5 and Wild at number 9.

This week Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's movie vehicle San Andreas storms to the top of the US box office charts with ease.

Taking an acceptable $53.2 million the film takes over from the lacklustre opening of last weeks top film Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland falls just a down to number 3 and leapfrogs over Pitch Perfect 2 which remains in the runner up spot, both films are at $14 and $13 million respectively this weekend.

Tomorrowland has taken a total gross of $63 million after 10 days of release.

The only other new release on the US box office this week was the Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone starring Aloha which enters at number 6.

On the UK video sales chart this week Disneys Into The Woods outsells the competition and debuts at the top.

Into The Woods was released in the UK on 9th January this year where is debuted at number 2, missing out on the top spot by new entry that week Tak3n.

The film spent 7 weeks on the chart and was still making a showing at some cinemas in the last few weeks.

The film to date has grossed £9.8 million during it's run.

Last weeks top film The Theory of Everything fell to number 2 this week.

Other new film on the video chart are: Foxcatcher at number 4 and A Most Violent Year at number 13.

In America this weekend it was a long holiday weekend, which proved very quiet and the new Disney film Tomorrowland debuted at the top with one of the lowest grossing weekends in a while.

Tomorrowland directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney took the top spot with a weekend gross of $41.7 million.

Last weeks top film, Pitch Perfect 2, fell to number 2 after a single week at the top, the total gross to date is $126 million.

There was one other new film on the US chart this week in the shape of the Poltergeist remake which entered at number 5 with $26 million.

Highly anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 2 makes it's debut at the top of the box office chart this week despite some strong competition from the Mad Max remake.

Pitch Perfect 2 took a very reasonable £5 million over the weekend which is only a million shy of the entire box office run of the previous film.

Rolling in half a million behind is Mad Max Fury Road, the sequel/remake of the Mel Gibson films received excellent reviews from the critics and was expected to get to the top but the aca-girls were simply too much.

Falling into third this week after a trio of weeks at the top is Avengers Age of Ultron, the Avengers sequel has taken an incredible £43.2 million to date and is the top film of the year so far.

Bombay Velvet at number 14 is the only other new film on the top 15 this week.

Historical charts

A year ago
Godzilla made it's debut a the top of the box office knocking Zakc Efron in Bad Neighbours from the top.

Five years ago
Robin Hood made its debut at number 1 on the chart giving Iron Man 2 a slight nudge down to number 2.

Ten years ago
Kingdom of Heaven kept its position at the top of the box office for another week while the highest new film of the week was Monster In Law at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Gladiator was the highest new film hot off the Oscar glory it got that year, it knocked Kevin and Perry Go Large down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Circle of Friends made its debut at the top of the box office while Outbreak slipped down to number 2.

On the UK video chart this week the Oscar winning bio-pic movie The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne makes its debut at the top.

The Theory of Everything made its debut on the UK box office chart on 2nd January this year making a debut at the top.

On its debut weekend of release it took £3.7 million, on the back of the awards it was getting and the fantastic reviews it got.

The film spent an incredible 11 weeks on the top 15 with almost as many after if left with its last appearance being 8th May, in that time it took £21.5 million.

It is the 155th highest grossing movie in the UK of all time.

Falling to the runner up spot is last weeks top film The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies.

Other new film on the video chart this week are: Mythica A Quest For Heroes at number 19 and Wyrmwood Road of The Dead at number 20, both direct to video films.

An almighty battle took place at the US box office this week, both films aiming to knock Avengers Age of Ultron from the top, and it was an aca-mazing win in the end.

Pitch Perfect 2 beat Mad Max Fury Road in quite convincing fashion with a weekend gross of over $70 million dollars.

This already puts the the sequel ahead of the previous film which was a slow burner and took $65 million back in 2012.

Age of Ultron slips into 3rd place on its third week on the box office having taken an American gross of $372 million.

Other new film on the US charts are: As already mentioned Mad Max Fury Road land at 2 this week with $44 million.

Now in its third week Avengers Age of Ultron is totally dominent on the UK box office, this weekend taking another £3 million.

The total gross for the laters Marvel superhero film in the UK is £40 million which takes it above Fast and Furious 7 as the highest grossing film of the year, an accolade Furious 7 held for 1 week.

Age of Ultron is more or less running at a par with Avengers Assemble and should end up with a similar total UK gross, across the work Ultron has grossed just over $880 million.

Making its debut on the box office this week is British film [spooks] The Greater Good - based on the TV show Spooks.

Entering in the runner up spot the film takes just over a million pound.

Other new film to enter the box office this week are: The Age of Adaline at 5 and Big Game at number 7.

Historical charts
A year ago
Bad Neighbours took over from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at the top of the chart on it's debut week of release.

Five years ago
Iron Man 2 held on strong at the top of the box office which the highest new film of the week was Furry Vengeance which came in at 2.

Ten years ago
Kingdom of Heaven made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy down to the number 2 slot.

Fifteen years ago
Kevin and Perry Go Large was still riding high at the top of the UK box office while the highest new film was right down at 6 in the shape of Man On The Moon starring Jim Carrey.

Twenty years ago
Outbreak held onto the top of the box office and there were no new entries on the chart for this week.

After 3 weeks of release The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is still the top selling video film in the UK.

Highest new film of the week is down at 3 in the shape of Birdman or to give it the full title Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Birdman was release in UK cinemas on 2nd January of this year and was a big Oscar hopeful although it only debuted at number 7 with £1.5 million which was its highest position.

A 6 week stay on the UK box office saw the film take a total gross of £'5.6 million, in the US it took $42 million.

There are 2 other new film on the video chart this week are Unbroken at 4 and Automata at 8.

At the American box office this week Avengers Age of Ultron held onto the top spot on it's second week of release with ease taking in $77.2 million dollars.

Despite being slightly behind it's predecessor in it's second week Ultron has still managed an incredible $312.5 million so far.

Making it's debut in the runner up spot this week is Hot Pursuit, a female cop comedy starring Sofia Vergara and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon.

Hot Pursuit takes $13.3 million on it's debut, some $63 million behind the top film of the week.

There are no other new film on the American box office this week.

This week, and there was no surprise at all, Avengers Age of Ultron takes over at the top of the UK box office with no problem at all.

Comparing Age of Ultron with its predecessor, Avengers Assemble, this has scored a higher debut weekend, with £18 million from Thursday to Sunday this is £2 million higher that the first film.

To add to the records Avengers Age of Ultron has secured it is the highest grossing debut in the month of April and the highest grossing debut for a superhero movie.

The film is also the 8th highest grossing debut film in the UK of all time, coming in between Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 from 2010 and Shrek The Third from 2007.

Fast and Furious 7 falls from the top in its fourth week of release to number 2 and has now taken an incredible £34.7 million.

Also new this week is The Falling which enters at number 10.

With it's global gross now reaching over a billion dollars across the globe Fast and Furious 7 makes it a third week as the top film.

A world gross of $196.9 million from 68 territories ensures is placing for most likely one more week as the first of the big summer blockbusters hits much of the globe next week.

Paul Blart Mall Cop is the highest new film coming in at 2 with $31.1 million from 42 countries, not a big it in many place but with little else on release to challenge this has ensured the numbers.

With Home at 3 another new film is Unfriended at 4 with $16 million from just the single location, North America, Cinderella completes the top 5.

Here is the full global top 10 for 19th April

  1. Fast and Furious 7 - $196,956,120
  2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop - $31,100,000
  3. Home - $20,700,000 $10,400,000
  4. Unfriended - $16,023,150
  5. Cinderella - $11,371,000
  6. Ever Since We Love - $10,400,000
  7. The Longest Ride - $8,950,000
  8. The Divergent Series Insurgent - $8,250,000
  9. Run All Night - $6,300,000
  10. Woman In Gold - $5,687,000
This week on DVD and Blu-ray the Ben Stiller starring franchise film Night At The Museum Secret of The Tomb makes it's debut of the top selling film of the week.

The film was released on the 19th December 2014 and made it's debut at number 3 in a busy week of the christmas period, it was on the chart for a total of 7 weeks.

During it's theatrical run in the UK it took £11 million in box office takings which is below either of it's predecessors in the series.

The film did however do well overseas and is the 243rd highest grossing film ever worldwide.

Last weeks top film, Paddington, which went back to the top for a week falls to number 2 this week.

Other new films on the video chart this week are: What We Do In The Shadows which is new at 6, Black Sea which is new at 10 and The Signal which is new at number 12.

Fast and Furious 7 spends it's third and most likely last week at the top of the US box office this week, the same week if saw it;s global box office go over $1 billion.

The film has been a massive global hit as well as US his and has now taken $294 million after a quite remarkable $29 million third weekend.

Highest new film of the week is Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 which is actually not that far behind Furious 7 with its $24 million weekend, the film struggles in the UK last week.

Other new film to hit the US box office this week are: Unfriended at number 3, Disneys earth day release Monkey Kingdom at number 7 and True Story at number 11.

This years Star Wars Celebration, which kicks off this Thursday, 16th April, will be the biggest ever.

JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, director and producers of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens are having a panel to the kicks the event off, and of you cant make it watch it online.

Star Wars fans may be a little interested as rumours are currently circulating that a teaser poster for the film will be shown as well as the first full trailer.

Here is the full press release, and can be seen at the starwars.com website.

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Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday's Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. Additionally, StarWars.com and Verizon will be live streaming the Star Wars Fan Film Awards; the Smuggler's Bounty radio drama; EA's new Battlefront videogame; and several other exclusive Celebration events that might otherwise be missed by members from Star Wars' global fan community.

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It's proving to be the runaway hit of moment as Fast and Furious 7 speeds ahead of the rest of the field as it produces another £5.4 million over the weekend.

This gives Furious 7 a total UK gross after 2 weekends of £26.2 million, the film is fast catching the years highest grossing movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, which has taken £34.6 million.

With little in the way of new releases next week Furious 7 could well stay at the top until the release of Avengers Age Of Ultron at the end of April.

Highest new film of the week is American teen comedy/drama The DUFF, new at 4 with £891,691, not a great start!

The other new films this week maybe underperformed and all entered at the lower end of the chart, John Wick at 6, Woman In Gold at 7 and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 at 8.

Historical chart

A year ago
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was holding still at the top of the box office with The Quiet Ones the highest new film down at 5.

Five years ago
Clash of The Titans was still the top film in the UK while the highest new film was all the way down at 8 in the shape of Whip It.

Ten years ago
The Matthew McConaughey film Sahara was the highest new film and entered at the top of the box office knocking The Ring Two down to number 2 after a week on top.

Fifteen years ago
Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar winning Erin Brockovich which entered at the top of the box office knocking Lake Placid down to number 2.

There is a switch around at the top of the UK video chart this week with paddington going back to the top after dipping down to 2nd last week.

Falling into second place after a week at the top is Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, the Easter holiday doing the film no favours in the sales department.

Highest new film of the week is the Ethan Hawk starring Predestination, a little know film from earlier in the year.

Predestination didn't make a dent on the box office instead having a very small release in just 10 cinemas on 20th February.

The film only hung around for a week and made £1,758 from the 10 cinemas, or about 475 tickets sold.

Not a big week for new releases as the only other new film is Fall of an Empire at number 17.

There is simply no stopping Furious 7 (Fast and Furious 7) at the moment with the film yet again outgrossing all other film combined in the US this weekend and taking a further $60 million.

The 10 day gross for Furious 7 now stands at $252 million, only one other film has ever taken more after 10 days, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Highest new film of the week is the romantic drama The Longest Ride starring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson which takes $15.5 million.

There were no other new releases on the US box office chart this week. Coming this weekend are Child 44 and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, although they probably wont challenge Furious 7.

Christopher Nolan took a risk with his 3 hour space epic Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey, but the gamble paid off and this week it hits the video top spot.

Released at cinemas on 7th November 2015 the film took £5.3 million on it's opening weekend debuting at the top of the box office in the process.

A 7 week chart run on the UK box office ended on 19th December and during that time it grossed £20.06 million making it the 178th highest grossing film ever in the UK.

The film also did well across the world, in the US it took $188 million while it's world gross stands at $665 making it the 75th highest grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film, Paddington falls just a single place to number 2 this week, despite some cinemas still showing the film!

Other new film on the Uk video chart this week are: Penguins of Madagascar at 3 and Horrible Bosses 2 at 6.

Ignoring the theory of diminishing returns the Fast and the Furious series goes from strength to strength as the Fast and Furious 7 has not only the largest opening of them all but the largest April opening ever in the US.

Anticipation for the film has been growing since the tragic death of series original Paul Walker in 2013, and the $147 million debut of the film has shown that the fans just love this franchise.

whether this is the last or not remains to be seen, but it;s the last film with the original cast and will go on to the the highest grossing of the series.

Falling into second place this week with a $27 million second weekend gross is Dreamworks Home, it's total gross is now $95 million.

Also new in the US this weekend is Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold which lands at 7 with a $2 million opening.

At the UK box office this weekend the Kenneth Branagh directed live action version of Cinderella from Disney makes it's debut at the top.

Cinderella took a reasonable £3.8 million over the weekend to see it to number 1, in comparison to last years Maleficent also from Disney based on a much loved animation it half the debut gross.

The film should do well in the next couple of weeks as its the school Easter holidays, but with Home still on release and Spongebob also out there it has competition.

Home falls from the top to number 2 this week in it's second weekend of release, a £2.6 million Monday to Friday sees it's gross now stand at nearly £10 million.

Other new film hitting the box office chart this week are: The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water which lands at 3 but should do well over the Easter break, Get Hard which lands at 4, Seventh Son which has a disappointing debut at 7 and Wild Tales which enters at 9.

Historical Charts

A Year Ago
Captain America: The Winter Soldier enters the box office at the top of the chart knocking The Grand Budapest Hotel down to number 3.

Five years ago
Nanny Mcphee and The Big Bang is the new film taking over from Alice In Wonderland at the top which falls down to number 2.

Ten years Ago
Hitch goes back to the top after surrendering the number 1 spot to Robots for a week, Robots falls to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Another week at the top for Toy Story 2 while the top new film of the week was at number 5 in the shape of Magnolia

The old British favourite Paddington hits the top of the UK video charts on it's debut week of release.

Paddington was released at the box office on November 28th 2014 to much hype and debuted at the top of the box office in that first week.

Over a 15 week stay on the box office it did amazing business and to date has made £37 million pound, it is still on general release, and still on the top 15 box office.

Although not a major hit worldwide it is the 45th highest grossing film ever in the UK, just ahead of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones and just behind Monsters, Inc. Last weeks top film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 falls just the one place this week.

Other new film on the video chart are: The Drop at number 5 and The Horseman at number 6.

The young adult drama is big business at the moment and The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 1 this week enters the video chart at the top.

Released in UK cinemas on 21st November 2014 the film had a massive £12.6 million debut weekend, the 31 highest ever in the UK.

The film was on the box office chart for 8 weeks taking a total gross of £20.8 million during it's run.

In the UK it is the 78th highest grossing film ever while worldwide it is the 65th highest grossing movie with $807.5 million.

The Imitation Game fell from the top into the runner up spot on it's second week of release.

Other new film on the video chart this week are: Halo Nightfall at 4, Horns at 5 and Extraterrestrial at 13.

With young adult dramas all the rage at the box office in recent years there was so surprise to see the sequel The Divergent Series Insurgent hit the top of the US box office.

Insurgent on it's debut weekend of release took in $54 million, just a shade behind Divergents $54.6 million opening from the same time in 2014.

Last weeks top film, Cinderella, fell a single place this week to number 2, a $34 million weekend has brought the films total US gross to $122 million.

Other new film on the US box office this week are: The Gunman at number 4 and Do You Believe at number 6.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel makes it 3 weeks at the top in a very quiet weekend at the UK box office.

A third weekend take of £1.4 million sees The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel bring it's total up to 1£1.7 million which is keeping it in-line (a little ahead in fact) to it's predecessor.

Highest new film of the week is Run All Night starring Liam Neeson and Ed harris which enters the box office at number 2.

A relatively low opening gross of just over £800,00 will probably see the film disappear quite quickly from the box office chart.

The only other new film opening on the top 10 this week is Suite Francaise at number 4 with a half a million debut.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year a video game adaptation of Need For Speed hit the top of the box office on it's debut knocking 300 Rise of an Empire down to 3rd.

Five years ago
Alice in Wonderland was still riding the top of the box office with the highest new film at 2 in the shape of Shutter Island.

Ten years ago
Hitch made it's way to the top on it's debut weekend knocking Boogeyman from the top to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 retained it's lead at the top of the box office and in a very quiet week for new releases the highest new film was The insider at number 7.

At the UK video chart this week Oscar nominated The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch is the new number 1 film.

Released at UK cinemas on 14th November 2014 it entered the box office at number 2 with a weekend gross of £2.7 million.

The film spent 9 weeks on the official top 15 and is still floating around some cinemas on it's video release.

It is the 249th highest grossing film in the UK with a total gross of £16.2 million.

Other new films this week are: The Hundred Foot Journey at number 2, '71 at number 5, Ouija at number 6 and Assasin at number 11.

Lucasfilms and Disney have today firmed up some more details on their forth coming Star Wars films.

The first spin off film, directed by Gareth Edwards is called Rogue One and will be released worldwide on December 16th 2016.

Star Wars Episode VIII will be released May 26th 2017, not long after the previous Star Wars film.

Here is the full press release courtesy of starwars.com

ROGUE ONE IS THE FIRST STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM, RIAN JOHNSON TO WRITE AND DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII THE TITLE FOR DIRECTOR GARETH EDWARDS' STAND-ALONE MOVIE, FEATURING ACTRESS FELICITY JONES, IS REVEALED, AND RIAN JOHNSON IS CONFIRMED FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII -- COMING TO THEATERS MAY 26, 2017.

“Always in motion is the future,” Yoda said. The future of the Star Wars cinematic galaxy, however, is taking shape.

This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

In addition, Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema's most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce.

Making it 2 weeks at the top, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel retains it's lead over the rest of the box office with £2 million over the weekend, 33% down on last week, not bad.

In an unusual move the Will Smith starring Focus moves up to second place despite a drop to £ 1.3 million in weekend gross, showing what a low grossing weekend it was.

Highest new film of the frame is Neill Blomkamp Chappie at 4, despite the hype the movie only managed a £1.015 million opening weekend, the lowest of the directors career.

Other new films this weekend are: Still Alice at 8 but from only 86 screen showing and Unfinished Business at 9, Vince Vaughn's career worst.

Historical charts

Last year
300 Rise of an Empire replaced The Lego Movie at the top of the box office on it's debut week, The Lego Movie fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland made a huge debut at the top of the box office, finally dislodging Avatar which fell a single place to 2.

Ten years ago
Horror film Boogeyman went in at the top despite it very low opening of less than a million pound, it replaces Hide and Seek which fell to 2.

Fifteen years ago
Some stability at the top with Toy Story 2 remaining at number 1, highest new film was at 2 in the shape of Three Kings starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

Twenty and twenty five years ago
Twenty years ago Dumb and Dumber was still the big film in March with The Madness of King George making waves as a new film, twenty five years ago saw Look Who's Talking making an impressive debut in March as the top film.

Across the world box office this week Will Smith's starring vehicle Focus becomes the top film across the globe with a gross of $27 million.

It replaces Fifty Shades of Grey which has been at the top for the last couple of weeks, it falls to fifth with a gross of $23 million.

Chappie is the top new film of the week, a slither behind Focus with $27 million has it enter at number 2.

The rest of the top 5 has Jupiter Ascending at 3, thanks to a big opening in China, with $26 million and Kingsman The Secret Service at 4 with $25 million.

Here is the full top 10 film at the global box office

  1. Focus - $27,720,000
  2. Chappie - $27,000,000
  3. Jupiter Ascending - $26,455,000
  4. Kingsman The Secret Service - $25,300,000
  5. Fifty Shades Of Grey - $23,303,880
  6. Big Hero 6 - $19,925,000
  7. American Sniper - $19,110,000
  8. The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water - $16,600,000
  9. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $14,200,000
  10. From Vegas to Macau 2 - $10,000,000
Director Mike Leigh's latest film starring Timothy Spall about the painter J.M.W. Turner takes over at the top of the video chart on it's first week of release.

The film was released on 31st October 2015 and on it's first week entered the box office chart at number 7, after a flurry of good reviews and release in more cinemas the film ir number 2 the following week.

The film as a 5 week run inside the top 15 but has continued to pull in movie goers in the weeks following right up to it's release on home video.

During it's time at the box office it has taken a total gross (to date) of £7.7 million. In America it came out February 2015 and has taken $3.3 million so far.

Fury falls just the single place to number 2 this week after it's debut at the top.

A flurry of other new film this week include: Nightcrawler at 3, Pride at 4, Dying of The Light at 8 and Love Rosie at 12 .

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.

Another week and another change at the top of the UK video charts, this week we see Brad Pitt debut at the top starring in the war film Fury.

Fury was release at UK cinemas on October 24th of 2014 with a debut at the top and £2.7 million on that debut weekend of release.

The film hung around the box office chart for 5 weeks ending it's run with a total UK gross of £8.3 million.

In America the film took $86 million and across the world it has a total gross of $208 million.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles falls a single place to number 2 after it's week stint at the top.

Also new on the UK video charts this week: Annabelle at number 3 and Serna at number 20.

Will Smith is a con artist this week in Focus which makes it debuts at the top of the US box office charts, the actors first number 1 film since Men In Black 3 hit cinemas back in 2012. In a quiet week for the US box office Focus takes a very light $19.1 million dollars, only one Will Smith film has scored a lowed debut, The Legend of Bagger Vance from 2001.

The only other new film to make it's debut this week is The Lazarus Effect at 5

As expected Fifty Shades of Grey is starting to fall with quite a thump as it falls from the top to number 4 this week with a $10.9 million weekend gross, it's total stands at a none too bad $148 million.

The other films on the top 5 are Kingsman The Secret Service at 2, The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water at 3.

After such a strong debut from Fifty Shades of Grey last weekend the film was almost certain to retain it's lead at the top for a second weekend, which it does.

A weekend take of £4.6 million now brings the total gross of the film to £25.2 million, meaning it takes over from The Theory of Everything as the top film of 2015 so far.

It is also not the highest grossing 18 rated film in the UK, and the highest grossing R rated movie in America.

Half term week meant that the family and children's films on the chart had strong weeks, Big hero 6 and Shaun the Sheep Movie both had increases in takings from the previous weekend and hold the number 2 and 3 positions.

Highest new film of the week is The Wedding Ringer starring Kevin Hart and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, it enters at 4 with a debut gross of £990,000.

One other new film on the top 10 this week in the shape of time travel film Project Almanac.

Historical Charts

A year ago
A year ago saw a very static chart with The Logo Movie staying at the top and Mr. Peabody and Sherman staying at number 2.

Five years ago
Avatar went back again to the top of the box office on it's 10th week of release which the highest new film was Peter Jacksons The Lovely Bones.

Ten years ago
Meet the Fockers was still the number 1 film in the UK while the highest debut was at number 5 from Shall We Dance.

Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 stayed at the top of the box office for another week with the highest new film, The Bachelor, enter the chart right down at number 6.

Another week and another film debut's at the top of the UK video chart, this week we have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the remake/reboot film from last year debut at number 1.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released at the UK box office on 17th October 2014 and took the number 1 spot on it's weekend of release.

It's debut gross was £4.8 million and over a 6 week box office chart run it gross a very respectable £13.8 million which makes it the 312th highest grossing film in the UK.

Globally the film did very well, in the US it took $273 million and globally it took $464 million making it the 147th highest grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film, Dracula Untold slips a single place to 2 this week.

Also new to the UK video chart is: The Book of Life at 4, The Babadook at number 6, Dolphin Tale 2 at number 9 and Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 15.

It's another week at the top of the US box office chart for Fifty Shades of Grey despite there being a 72% decline in ticket sales on it's second weekend.

Taking a weekend gross of $23.2 million compared to the $85 million from the previous week, it still out did Kingsman The Secret Service which hold on in second place.

After 10 days of release Fifty Shades has now taken a US domestic gross of $130.1 million.

Highest new film of the week is Disney's McFarland, USA starring Kevin Costner which enters at number 4 with a weekend gross of $11.3 million.

Also new is The DUFF at number 5 which took $11.02 million from it's debut weekend.

Disappointingly Hot Tub Time Machine 2 could only manager a number 7 debut with $5.8 million.

As is traditional for Hollywood in the modern era, the night before the film industry celebrates the 'best' of the year, The Razzies 'celebrates' the worst of the year.

This year a new award has been given out, to the individual who usually does really bad in movies but is now making great movies, The Redeemer Award.

Full list of 'winners' below.

Worst Actress
Cameron Diaz
Sex Tape, The Other Woman

Worst Picture
Saving Christmas

Worst Actor
Kirk Cameron
Saving Christmas

Worst Director
Michael Bay
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Worst Supporting Actress
Megan Fox
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Worst Supporting Actor
Kelsey Grammer
The Expendables 3, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Think Like a Man Too

Worst Screenplay
Saving Christmas
Darren Doane, Cheston Hervey

Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble
Saving Christmas
Kirk Cameron

Redeemer Award
Ben Affleck

As the film was already one of the most pre-book films in UK cinema history before it was released on Friday it should come as no surprise that Fifty Shades of Grey debuts at the top of the UK box office.

Taking a debut weekend gross of £13.5 million Fifty Shades has the 26 highest grossing opening weekend in the UK nesting in between The Simpsons Movie and Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End.

The lasting appeal of Fifty Shades will be interesting to see as the film has been so front loaded with sales, and the mixed reviews, many being really bad, could hurt the future gross of the film.

Last weeks top film, Big Hero 6, falls just the one place this week, taking £1.8 million on it's third week of release, Big Hero 6 currently has a total gross of £9.9 million.

Nothing dares challenge Fifty Shades this week but there were a couple of other new releases on the box office: Peppa Pig The Golden Boots is at 6 and right down at 14 is Love Is Strange.

Historical Charts

A year ago
The Lego Movie debut by some margin at the top of the chart knocking Mr. Peabody and Sherman down to fourth.

Five years ago
Valentines Day starring Bradley Cooper made it's debut at the top and finally knocked Avatar from the top spot to number 2.

Ten years ago
Meet the Fockers retained it's position at the top while the highest new film came in at 3 in the shape of The Magic Roundabout (Sprung in America).

Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 kept it's hold of the number 1 spot while Danny Boyle's The Beach was the highest new film at number 2.

This has another change at the top of the UK video chart with Dracula Untold being the biggest selling film on its debut week of release.

Dracula Untold was released at the UK box office on 3rd October of 2014 and entered at number 2 that week with a debut weekend gross of £1.7 million.

The film was a relatively small hit and hung around the chart for 4 weeks raking in a total gross of £4.7 million during that time.

New at number 2 this week is The Maze Runner which was a bigger hit at the box office than Dracula Untold, released on the 10th October 2014 it's total gross was £8.6 million over 6 weeks.

Also new this week is The Best of Me at number 5.

Worthy of a mention this week, this is the first week since it's video release that Disney's frozen has not featured on the video chart top 20, it's at number 31.

It was all about Fifty Shades of Grey at the US box office this weekend, and no other film got a look in as the country went Mr Grey crazy.

Steam rolling the charts with the highest debut ever for a February release and the second highest debut for an R rated movie Fifty Shades took an incredible $93 million.

Nothing could stand the pace Grey set and last week top film The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water falls down to number 3 this week, Kingsman The Secret Service enters at 2.

With such a strong film making it's debut this weekend no other studio dare go against it which means there are nothing else new on the chart other than those already mentioned.

Disney hold on to the top spot this week with their latest animated big screen movie Big Hero 6, and in a repeat of last week it only just out grosses Kingsman The Secret Service which holds at 2.

Another £2.5 million over the weekend sees the Hero 6's UK gross rise to £7.5 million from it's 11 days of release, including preview screenings.

Interestingly it was the weekend which gave Hero 6 the top spot, looking at the chart for the full week, Kingsman takes the top spot by nearly a million pound.

Highest new film of the week is from the Aardman animated studio, Shaun The Sheep Movie enters at number 4.

Shaun takes ££2 million for the weekend, not the numbers that Wallace and Gromit are used to but it's up there with other Aardman films.

Also new on the UK box office are: Jupiter Ascending from the Wachowski siblings at 4 and Selma at number 6.

Historical box office

A year ago
Mr. Peabody and Sherman entered the box office at the top on it's debut weekend of release knocking The Wolf of Wall Street from the top to number 3.

Five years ago
Avatar retained the top spot for yet another week, The Princess and The Frog from the mouse house was the highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Meet The Fockers stayed at the top for another week leaving Ocean's Twelve to land on the box office at number 2 on it's debut.

Fifteen and Twenty years ago
Oscar winner American Beauty was still at the top of the box office fifteen years ago while twenty years ago the controversial Natural Born Killers was the top film in the country.

A change at the top of the UK video chart sees box office smash hit Gone Girl go to number 1 on it's debut week of sales.

Gone Girl was released at the UK box office on 3rd October in 2014 and took the top spot on its debut weekend taking a very reasonable £4.1 million.

The film was on the box office chart for a total of 9 weeks and took a total UK gross of £22.1 million during it's run which makes it the 141st highest grossing movie ever in the UK.

On the world stage it was a relatively bit hit grossed $368 million which is not too bad and makes it the 217th highest grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film, The Equalizer, only falls a single place on it's second week of release to number 2.

Only 1 other new release this week in the shape of If I Stay which makes it debut at number 7.

All change at the top this week as Disney take over with their animated blockbuster Big Hero 6 making it's debut.

Like it's predecessor from the Mouse House Big Hero 6 makes it's debut at the top of the box office, and like Frozen which debuted with £4.7 million Big Hero 6 takes takes £4.2.

The release is just before the Uk school half term holiday which will see a massive boost in it's takings, and although it will do well it wont do as well as the juggernaut that has been Frozen.

Falling from the top spot this week is American Sniper which is this week at 3 and a total gross just shy of £10 million.

Making it's debut at 2, and only why of the top spot by £50,000, is Kingsman The Secret Service.

Other new films this week are: Inherent Vice at 9 and Les Contes Dhoffmann Met Opera 2015 at 10.

Historical Charts

A year ago
The Wolf of Wall Street was holding onto the top spot for another week while the highest new film was That Awkward Moment which came in at 3.

Five years ago
There was still no move for Avatar as it held onto the top spot while the highest new film was Mel Gibsons try at a comeback movie in Edge of Darkness at 3.

Ten years ago
Meet The Fockers was the highest new film which debuted at the top of the box office knocking Closer down to the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago
Double Jeopardy made it's debut at the top of the chart knocking Angelas Ashes down to the number 2 spot.

Combined DVD and Blue-ray sales have Denzel Washington starring the the big screen remake of the TV series The Equalizer at the top.

Released on 26th December in 2014 the film entered the box office chart at the second best film of that week with a doubt gross of £1.9 million.

It never went any higher than 2 and over a 5 week run on the box office the films took a UK gross of £6.7 million.

Last weeks top film, A Walk Among The Tombstones falls this week to number 4 after 3 new entries enter at the top.

Apart from The Equalizer at the top there is The Box trolls at number 2 and What We Did On Our Holiday at number 3.

It was Superbowl weekend in America which is usually bad news for the box office but American Sniper still manages to bring in a good weekend gross to stay at the top.

It's third weekend at the top adds another $31.8 million to it's now massive total which is now running at $248.9 million making it by far the biggest movie of the year to date.

With Paddington staying in second place the highest new film of the week is at 3, Project Almanac, which on it's debut weekend takes $8.5 million, it is only $5,000 behind Paddington.

Also new this week is: Black and White at 4 and The loft at 10.

February 2nd is the day when Punxsutawney Phil pops his out from hibernation and if he sees his shadow then were in for a harsh winter and he pops back in for another 6 weeks.

Harold Ramis directed the excellent Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell in 1993 and immortalised the story forever.

Lets all celebrate this day together and hope that Phil doesn't see his shadow later today in Punxsutawney USA.

Clint Eastwood is riding high on the wave of critical success and award success, and celebrates his Oscar nominated film by seeing it top the UK box office.

He now manages the double of having the top film in the UK and America at the same time, and if Oscar night is fruitful it could see American Sniper do some really big business.

This week the film, on it's 3rd week of release, takes £2.5 million giving it a UK total gross of £6.6 million, it's world gross is $252 million to date.

Tak3n falls from the top spot after 2 week in the position, a £1.8 million weekend brings it's total gross to £15,1million.

Ex Machina is the highest new film of the week at 5, a £1.1 million weekend is quite weak but the Alex Garland film has had really good reviews which could help it in future weeks.

Also new this week is: Mortdecai disappointingly at 7 and The Gambler at 8.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Wolf of Wall Street was still holding onto the number 1 spot for another week while Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit was the highest new film at 3.

Five years ago
There was still no moving the might of Avatar at the top and with a fairly static chart Brothers was the highest new film at number 9!

Ten years ago
Closer stayed at the top of the box office and again with little movement on the chart Elektra was the highest new film at number 6.

Fifteen years ago
Sleepy Hollow stayed at the top of the box office with the highest new film coming in at number 3 in the shape of Stigmata.

Like there is no stopping the man Liam Neeson, not only is he top of the box office chart with Taken 3 but he is also top of the video charts with A Walk Among The Tombstones.

The film was released into UK cinemas on 19th September 2014 and was a small hit, it managed to debut at number 2 on the box office with £1.3 million but fell sharply only managing 3 weeks.

It spent another 3 weeks outside the box office top 15 ending up with a £3.7 million total gross.

Falling from the top this week, Lucy manages to still sell strongly and is at number 2 this week.

Also new this week is: Big Oscar film Boyhood at number 3, A Most Wanted Man at number 4 and The Riot Club at number 13.

US box office results 22nd January 2015: American Sniper still retains top spot Clint Eastwood's American Sniper has stayed at the top of the US box office for another weekend taking another $64 million in it's 5th weekend of release.

The heavily Oscar nominated film has now taken a total of over $200 million in the US, in his long film career it is not Eastwood's highest grossing movie.

The film still has plenty of milage to go and if it wins big at the Oscars the film could see another massive boost to it's US takings.

Highest new film of the week is Jennifer Lopez (jLo) in The Boy Next Door which takes $15 million on it's debut, one of the highest grosses she has had in a number of years.

Other new film this week are: George Lucas's animated take Strange Magic at 7 and Johnny Depps offbeat comedy Mortdecai at 9.

Staying put this week, Tak3n makes it 2 weeks at the top of the UK box office despite a challenge from the new Clint Eastwood film.

Liam Neeson has become the action hero of the moment with Taken 3 taking another £3.3 million from the weekend which brings it's total to £12.2 million after 10 days.

The threequel is keeping well in line with the previous film in the series but it already double that of the first films full UK cinema run.

Debuting strong at number 2 is American Sniper which enters the Uk box office with a first weekend gross of £2.5 million, Oscar nomination are boosting it's potential and it could end up one of Eastwood's highest grossing films.

The theory of Everything, Into the Woods and Paddington wound out the top five.

Other new films this week are: Whiplash at 7, Wild at 9, The Merry Widow Met Opera 2015 at 10 and Testament of Youth at 11.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Wolf of Wall Street was the first new number 1 film of the year debuting in the top spot and knocking 12 Years A Slave into second place.

Five years ago
Avatar stayed on top for yet another week and the highest new film was Up In The Air right down at 5.

Ten years ago
Highest new film and new number 1 for the week was Closer which knocked White Noise from the top to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Sleepy Hollow kept it's hold on the top of the box office where it entered the previous week, Angelas Ashes was the highest new film of the week at 2.

This week a new release takes over at the top of the chart in the shape of the Luc Besson directed Lucy.

Starring Scarlett Johansson the film was released at UK cinemas in August of 2014 where it entered the box office chart at number 1 and stayed there for 2 weeks.

It took £ 3.07 million on it's debut week of release and stuck around the box office chart for 7 weeks in the top 15 and then another 3 outside.

During it's release it made a total gross of £14.6 million making it the 292nd highest grossing film of all time in the UK.

Last weeks top film, Left Behind, falls to number 3 this week after a single week at the top.

Also new this week is Before I Go to Sleep at 2.

Worthy of a mention also, for another week, is Frozen which this week slips down from number 2 to number 7, after 42 weeks inside the top 5 this is it's first time this low.

And heres the full list

35th Annual Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards
Nominees

WORST PICTURE

Kirk Camerons Saving Christmas
Left Behind
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

WORST ACTOR

Nicolas Cage / Left Behind
Kirk Cameron / Kirk Camerons Saving Christmas
Kellan Lutz / The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways To Die in the West
Adam Sandler / Blended

WORST ACTRESS

Drew Barrymore / Blended
Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Melissa McCarthy / Tammy
Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Gaia Weiss / The Legend of Hercules

THE RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD (New Category!)

Ben Affleck (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Gigli to Oscar Darling for Argo and Gone Girl)
Jennifer Aniston (From 4-Time RAZZIE Nominee to SAG Award Nominee for Cake)
Mike Myers (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Love Guru to Documentary Director of Supermensch)
Keanu Reeves (From 6-Time RAZZIE Nominee to Critically Acclaimed John Wick)
Kristen Stewart (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Twilight to the Art House Hit Camp X-Ray)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cameron Diaz / Annie
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nicola Peltz / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Brigitte Ridenour (Kirk's Sister) / Kirk Camerons Saving Christmas
Susan Sarandon / Tammy

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mel Gibson/ Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer / Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Think Like a Man Too and Trannies #4
Shaquille O'Neal / Blended
Ah-Nuld Schwarzenegger / Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland/ Pompeii

WORST DIRECTOR

Michael Bay / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Darren Doane / Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Renny Harlin / The Legend of Hercules
Jonathan Liebesman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways To Die in the West

WORST SCREEN COMBO

Any Two Robots, Actors (or Robotic Actors) Trannies #4
Kirk Cameron & His Ego / Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel / Sex Tape
Kellan Lutz & Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes / The Legend of Hercules
Seth McFarland & Charlize Theron / A Million Ways To Die in the West

WORST SCREENPLAY

Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas, Written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey
Left Behind, Screenplay by Paul LaLonde and John Patus
Based on the Novel by Tim LaHaye andJerry B. Jenkins
Sex Tape, Screenplay by Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Written by Evan Daugherty and Andre Nemec & Josh Applebaum
Based on Characters Created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman
Transformers: Age of Extinction, Written by Ehren Kruger, Based on Hasbro's Transformers Action Figures

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL

Annie
Atlas Shrugged #3: Who Is John Galt?
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

©2015, The Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards LLC

Like it's predecessor Taken 3, or Tak3n as it's known, debuts at the top of the box office on it's debut week of release.

Tak3n's debut in the UK makes an excellent £6.7 on it's debut weekend, it's predecessor, Taken 2, took £7.3 million on it's debut while Taken, a sleeper hit, took £1.1 million.

Tak3n knocks last week top film, The theory of Everything down to number 3 this week, the Stephen Hawkins bio-pic has now taken nearly £8 million.

Entering at 2 is Disney's latest film Into The Woods while The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Paddington finish of the top 5.

Historical box office

A year ago
12 Years A Slave was the debut top film of the week among major Oscar buzz, it knocked American Hustle down to number 2.

Five years ago
Avatar spent yet another week at the top of the box office while the top new film of the week was Daybreakers at number 3.

Ten years ago
White Noise made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking The Incredibles from the top to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Tim Burtons Sleepy Hollow made it's debut at the top of the box office, it finally knocked long running number 1 film The World Is Not Enough off the top spot, it was at number 2.

Clearly there were no no releases of not this week as entering at the top of the video chart is Nicholas Cage in a film called Left Behind.

Left Behind was badly received by critics in the US when released on October 3rd and made only $2 million at the box office so the distributers decided not to give it a UK theatrical release.

That decision may have paid off as it sells well on video in the UK, although it is on one of the quietest periods of sale in the UK, the test will be where it is next week.

Last weeks top sale falls to number 2 this week, Frozen from Disney spending yet another week high on the chart.

Other new videos this week are:
Deliver Us From Evil at number 7
The Rover at number 17

After a trio of weeks at the top of the box office The Hobbits have made way for the Oscar tipped Stephen Hawking bio-pic The Theory Of Everything.

The film had previews in the last week which pushed it to the top of the tree, had it not had those previews it would have stalled at number 2 and not debuted at the top, instead it makes it way to number 1 with £3.7 million.

Falling just the one place this week is The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies which only narrowly missed out on a fourth week at the top with a £3.2 million start to the year.

Sitting comfortably at number 2 the third and final Hobbit movie has so far racked up £36.7 million in the UK, and looks likely to beat Smaugs UK total.

Also new this week are
The Woman In Black Angel of Death at 4
Birdman at 7

Historical charts

A year ago
After entering lower down the chart with preview screenings American Husle moves to the top of the box office knocking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug down to number 2, Last Vegas was the highest new film at 4.

Five years ago
After giving up the top spot for a couple of weeks Avatar makes its way back to the top knocking Alvin and The Chipmunks The Squeakquel down to 3, Did You Hear About The Morgans? was the highest new film at 4.

Ten years ago
The Incredibles regained the number 1 spot after a couple of weeks away knocking The Polar Express down to number 5, highest new film of the week was Without A Paddle at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
There was no stopping The World Is Not Enough as it spent another week at the top of the box office, very little in the way of new releases meant that Fantasia 2000 was the highest new film right down at 13, and on limited release!

Twenty years of in the Month of January Interview With The Vampire was the big film with again with Star Trek Generations making an impress debut run at number 2.

Twenty five years ago Parenthood was the top film for January while When Harry Met Sally was the big new film for the month at number 2.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies holds on to the top of the US box office charts for a third week, as did all the films in the Middle Earth saga on their releases.

The last Hobbit film fetched $22 million for the weekend which now brings it's total US gross to $220.7 million.

Highest new film of the week is the sequel movie Woman in Black Angel of Death with debuts with a weekend gross of $15.1 million, despite no Radcliffe this time.

There were no other new film in the US this week.

What are the films were looking forward to the most in 2015? Here is our list of the 15 films were most excited about this year.

Do you agree? Have we missed something off? Let us know what you think of this list.

So in order of release date here it is.

Big Hero 6 - Disney always have a place in cinema and here is their latest effort, released last year in America it got great reviews.

Fifty Shades of Grey - Despite the trashy nature of the novel the trailer for this have made it look, if nothing else, intriguing.

Chappie - Neill Blomkamp delivered with District 9 and brought the interesting Elysium to the screen, the trailer looks good.

The Divergent Series Insurgent - Divergent was surprisingly good and has whetted the appetite for this sequel.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Avengers was simply brilliant and this should deliver action and drama in ample doses, Joss Whedon can do no wrong!

Pitch Perfect 2 - The real surprise feel good movie of all time, Pitch Perfect get it's deserved sequel.

Pixels - it may have Adam Sandler in it but the concept just makes us want to see this big time.

Tomorrowland - Fascinating concept and with George Clooney, it will be either great or just terrible!

Jurassic World - 14 years later the world of dinosaurs has evolved to a fully working theme park as visualised in the original, of course things go wrong!

Terminator: Genisys - Love or hate the idea behind this it will either revive or kill the series, and how else could they have brought an ageing Arnie back?

Minions - The best of the Despicable Me series gets their own film, the trailer have the laughing out loud.

Inside Out - Pixar are back with a take on the Hermans Head idea, even Pixars worst and really great so high expectations for this.

Suffragette - Maybe its because we know someone in this film, or maybe it's because of the all star line up but were really looking forward to this.

Spectre - It's Bond, it's the follow up the the Uk's highest grossing film ever, it will be great, nothing more to say.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The year ends with the most anticipated film of them all and the most anticipated film since … Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, lets hope this one live up to expectations.

The festive period of 2014 has arrived and like each year where we have had a Middle Earth film, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is the top film for the week.

A weekend gross of £4.2 million has pushed it's total gross to £28.8 million for it's UK run.

Highest new film of the week the Ridley Scott directed Exodus Gods and Kings, entering the box office chart at number 2 with a £2.6 million take.

Not a bad opening gross but a long way off some of Scotts other films, his highest of which is Hannibal which took £6.4 on it's debut weekend.

Other new films this week are Annie at 4 and Unbroken at 7.

Historical charts

One year ago
Last year The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was still holding the top slot while The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was the highest new film at 4.

Five years ago
Avatar left the top spot and fell into second place making way for Alvin and The Chipmunks The Squeakquel which debuted at number one.

Ten years ago
The Polar Express goes back to the top knocking Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events down to number two, the highest new film was National Treasure at four.

Fifteen years ago
The World Is Not Enough hung to the top of the box office like glue and the highest new film was Dogma which entered at three.

The final US box office chart of the year and The Hobbit: The Battle of the five armies holds strong in the number one spot for a second week.

A $41 million weekend, high for a Christmas weekend, sees the film's total gross climb to $168.5 million in America, thats head of the previous film in the series.

Highest new film of the week is the Angelina Jolie directed Unbroken which enters in second place with a weekend gross of $31.7 million.

Other new films at the US box office are: Into The Woods at 3 and The Gambler at 7.

Sony Pictures has made the decision to cancel the release of controversial film The Interview after threats of another cyber attack.

The film which was due out around Christmas has not got a new release date, if indeed it ever does.

With no big new releases this week the video chart is left to the mercy of the ver present Frozen which duly goes back to the top of the video chart, in it's 36th week.

Last week top film, The Inbetweeners 2, falls just a single place to 2 this week after just 1 week at the top.

Highest new film of the week as it 3, The Expendables 3, starring a whole host of movie tough guys including Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Expendables 3 was release in UK cinemas on 15th August where it debuted at number 3. It had a short UK box office run of just 3 weeks.

During that time it grossed £3.7 million never climbing highest than 3. It is by far the lowest grossing of the franchise to date.

Other new film this week are: One Direction Where We Are at 15 and The Nut Job at 17

Directed by Ridley Scott an starring Christian Bale, Exodus Gods and Kings takes over at the top of the US box office on it's debut week.

Exodus took a weekend gross of $24.5 million, a good debut weekend, especially in a weekend which saw another weak grossing weekend.

Last weeks top film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, falls to number 2 this week.

Also new on the US box office chart this week is: Top Five at 4.

Paddington stays at the top of the UK box office for a second week leaving The Hunger Games in it's wake and leaving the highest new film to come in at three.

The children's favourite, which has had decent reviews, retains it's lead at the top with a second weekend of nearly £4 million, which brings it's 10 day gross to £10.3 million.

Staying at two is The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1 now with a £25.2 million total gross.

Highest new film of the weekend is Penguins of Madagascar, entering at three with £1.6 million, the Madagascar spinoff film should hang around for the holidays to improve on it's gross.

Other new films this week: Get Santa at 7, St Vincent at 9, Black Sea at 10, The Pyramid at 11 and Men Women and Children at 14.

Historical charts

A year ago
The biggest animated comedy of all time, Frozen, hit the top on it's opening weekend leaving The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to fall to second after a single week.

Five years ago
Paranormal Activity climbed to the top of the box office leaving The Twilight Saga: New Moon to fall to third while highest new film was Planet 51 at four.

Ten years ago
The Incredibles stayed at the top while the highest new film was at three, Christmas With The Kranks.

Fifteen years ago
The World Is Not Enough was still unmovable at the top of the box office while the highest new film was Gust House Paradiso at three.

Finally twenty years ago saw The Specialist starring Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone at the top of the box office and twenty five years ago Ghostbusters II was at the top still with When Harry Met Sally a high new entry.

The inbetweeners 2 takes hold of the video chart number 1 spot on it's debut week of release pushing Guardians of The Galaxy fro the top to third.

The second Inbetweeners movie was released in cinemas on 8th August this year when it broke records by having the highest first day gross for a comedy, it took £12.5 million over it's debut weekend.

It saw a couple of weeks at the top, but had a very front loaded audience as the film only spent 6 weeks on the chart, but it grossed £34.6 million in the process.

In comparison the first movie of the series was on the box office for 9 weeks and took £45 million.

The Inbetweeners 2 is the 56th highest grossing film in the UK, it's not been released in the US yet.

Frozen this week goes back up to the number 2 spot, there is simply no stopping this films sales.

Other new films include Hercules and Planes Fire and Rescue.

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.

Transformers: Age of Extinction tops the UK video chart on it's first week of release on Blu-ray and DVD.

The fourth in the Transformers films was released at the UK box office on 11th June of this year taking £11.7 million on it's debut week of release.

The film was on the box office chart for only 5 weeks taking £19 million in the process, and is only the 187th highest grossing film of all time in the UK, it is the lowest of the series.

World wide the film fared slightly better, it grossed $1.07 billion and is the 11th highest grossing film of all time, much of that was from Japan where it is the highest grossing film in that territory.

Falling from the top to fifth is X-Men: Days of Future Past after it debuted at the top last week.

Other new film this week are
How to Train Your Dragon 2 at 2
22 Jump Street at 4
Earth to Echo at 9
The Purge Anarchy at 10
The House of Magic at 18
Pudsey The Dog The Movie at 19

There was never going to another outcome at the US box office this week as the third in The Hunger Games series goes direct to the top of the box office.

As is usual with big blockbusters, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 out grosses the rest of the box office by quite some margin with it's $123 million opening weekend.

Despite the huge gross on it's debut weekend this is lower than the previous Huger Games outing which opened with $158 million.

last weeks top film, Dumb and Dumber To, as expected falls quite heavily to number 4 with Big Hero 6 and Interstellar still doing well at 2 and 3 respectively.

Gone Girl which has done big business in North America completes the top five.

Another change on the UK video chart this week with tearjerking drama The Fault in Our Stars taking over at the top of the chart on it's first week of release.

The Fault in Our Stars was released at UK cinemas on 20th June this year taking £3.4 million on it's opening weekend where it entered at the top of the box office.

A six week stay on the box office saw it take a total gross of £11 million most of which happened in the first 3 weeks of release.

Falling from the top position to the runner up on it's second week of release is Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie.

The HobbitL The Desolation of Smaug was released in special extended edition last week and in turn re-enters the video chart at three.

Other new film of the video chart this week are: The Snow Queen at seven, Chef at thirteen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire re-enters at fourteen.

Another week where there is a highly fought battle for the top, albeit not at tight as last week, where Interstellar battles with Disney's Big Hero 6.

In the end the winner is Big Hero 6 which takes $56.2 million for the weekend, small in comparison to Frozen which was Disney's last film, but still good and the film has had good reviews.

Coming into second place is the Christopher Nolan film, his first since his outing with the Batman franchise, which takes $50 million for the weekend.

Going down to fourth this week is Ouija, the hangover fro the Halloween weekend keeping it going, but it will most probably sink next week.

Check out the full US top 12

All change at the top of the UK video chart this week with 2 big new entries going in at 1 and 2 in the run up to the big Christmas selling season.

The Winner was Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie which takes over from Maleficent as the top selling DVD/Blu-ray of the week.

Mrs Brown was released at cinemas on 27th June to much anticipation and hit the top spot on it's opening weekend with a gross of £4.3 million.

It hung around the box office for 6 weeks raking in a quite respectable £14.5 million in the process, a good amount for a low budget movie.

It currently sits at the 289th highest grossing movie in the UK, across the world it didn't get a release date which isn't much of a surprise as it's very my a British phenomenon.

Also doing well is the 2014 version of the Godzilla legend which lands at number 2 this week, a number 1 film from mid May which grossed £17 million at ht box office.

The only other new film this week is the direct to DVD film Adventurer The Curse of The Midas Box.

This week war film Fury starring Brad Pitt takes over at the top of the UK box office on it's debut week of release.

A reasonably good weekend gross of £2.7 million sees then over take Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after they spend just a single week at number 1.

Fury is already director David Ayer highest grossing film in the UK although for Brad Pitt it has a long way to go to beat the £25 million of Ocean's Eleven.

Fallling into second place after it's top spot debut last week, the Turtles manage to add £2 million to their gross bringing it to £7.9 after a second weekend of play.

Other new film on the top 15 this week are: The Book of Life at 4, Happy New Year at 8, Love Rosie at 9 and The Babadook at 10.

Historical Charts

One year ago
This time last year Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking Captain Phillips down just a single place to 2.

Five years ago
Up retained it's lead on the box office for a second week leaving the top new film to be Saw VI at two trying the capture the Halloween market.

Ten years ago
Sharks Tale spent another week at the top of the box office, AVP Alien Vs Predator was the highest new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Disney's Tarzan spent another week at the top and with a fairly static top 3 the highest new film was Steve martin and Eddie Murphy in Bowfinger at 4.

Disney's Maleficent casts her spell over the video chart this weeks and knocks Tom Cruise off the top spot on her debut week of release.

Maleficent was one of the fist big summer films out of the stable this year being released on 30th May, on it's debut week it topped the box office chart with a weekend gross of £6.6 million.

It spent a total of 10 weeks on the Uk box office with five of those inside the top 5, it has grossed to date £20.5 million but is still showing in a few cinemas across London.

It is the 160th top grossing film in the UK and with a $710 million world gross is the 62nd top grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film, Edge of Tomorrow, falls to number 3 this week, leapfrogging over Disneys Frozen which hold firm at number 2.

There were a number of new films enter the chart this week, these include: Northern Soul at 4 and 2 Days to Kill at number 5, Walking on Sunshine enters at 7 while Oculus enters at 15. Belle is a new entry at 17.

Check out the full top 20 Blu-ray and DVD charts at 25thframe.co.uk.

Gone Girl gives up it's reign at the top of the box office this week allowing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to debut at the top.

Reboots being the name of the game, Michael Bay produces a new take on the Turtles story of which the first film was released back in 1990.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starring Megan Fox the new spin makes £4.7 million on it's opening weekend, there is no data for the opening weekend of the 1990 version, but an animated version came out in 2007 called TMNT which tool just less than a million pond on it's debut.

Gone Girl is still doing very well at the box office and this weeks falls into second place with a weekend gross of £2.3 million pound to bring it's total gross in the UK to £14.2 million which places it between Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Terminator Salvation as the top UK films.

Other new film at the UK are The Best of Me at 5, The Judge (a little disappointingly) at 9 and Northern Soul at 10, event feature The Metropolitan Opera Le Nozze Di Figaro 2014 is at 11.

Historical charts.

One year ago
Last year animated film Turbo was debuting a the top of the box office knocking Prisoners right down to fourth with Captain Phillips and Escape Plan also debuting in second and third.

Five years ago
Up remained at the top for another week while Couples Retreat was the highest new film debuting at two.

Ten years ago
Shark Tale made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking the previous number one, Bride and Prejudice down to fourth.

Fifteen years ago
Deep Blue Sea made a debut at the top of the box office chart meaning that American Pie took a tumble into second place.

Despite the still dominant Disney films on the video chart this week, Tom Cruise debutes at the top with his last film Edge of Tomorrow.

Edge of Tomorrow was released at the box office at the end of May this year among a flurry of positive reviews, it entered the chart at number 3.

The film stayed at the box office for 7 weeks making a reasonable £7.7 million at the box office. It also made $364 million across the world and is the 217th highest grossing movie.

Last weeks top film, the evergreen Frozen, falls into second place this week, having now been on the chart for 6 months.

The only other new video film on this weeks chart is The Other Woman at 3, while Tangled re-enters at ten.

In the US this week war picture Fury starring Brad Pitt takes over at the top of the box office on it's debut week of release.

Having a wide release in 3,173 America cinemas the R rated film took a reasonable $23.5 million over the weekend.

Last weeks top US film fell to number 2 this week, Gone Girl has done incredibly well at the box office and now in it's third week has a total US gross of $107 million.

Other new film at the US box office: Animated tale The Book of Life is new at 3 and The Best of Me is new at 5. Lower down the chart, and from only 4 screen is Birdman starring Michael Keaton, which grosses $415,000.

Check out the US top 12

This week at the UK box office there was no shifting for Gone Girl as the David Fincher film retains it's hold of the top spot for a second week.

Holding on with a weekend gross of £3.06 million Gone Girl has taken £9.8 million during it's 10 days of release.

Debuting in second place is the latest teen survival movie in the shape of The Maze Runner, based on the first of James Dashner series of books.

Maze Runner takes £2.04 million from the weekend, not a bad debut although in comparison The Hunger Games took £4.9 million on it's debut while Twilight took a comparable £2.5 million.

Also new this week: Horror movie Annabelle at 3, Event film showing for one weekend One Direction Where We Are at 4, romantic comedy The Rewrite is at 9 (are we getting sick of Hugh Grant?).

Historical Charts
One year ago
Prisoners spent an incredible third week at the top of the box office and with a ver static top 5 the highest new film was The Fifth State at 6.

Five years ago
Pixars Up was debuting at the top of the box office knocking off The Invention of Lying which fell to third place.

Ten years ago
Bride and Prejudice as the new film at the top of the charts with the previous weeks number 1 dropping down to third place.

Fifteen years ago
American Pie made it's debut at the top of the box office and Big Daddy fell from the top to the number three spot.

The 2 for 1 sale at the moment on Disney films means that for a second week they are absolutely dominating the UK home video chart.

With no big new releases Disney has managed to re-capture the top, and what other film has managed it but Frozen.

Frozen was released on DVD/Blu-ray back in March of this year and in that time has not dipped outside the top five best sellers for a week, and this week marks it's 4th time as best selling disk of the week.

Highest new entry of the week lands in second place in the shape of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Released in February of the year the film landed on the Uk box office at number 1 with an opening gross of £4 million.

The film stayed at the box office for an impressive 11 weeks taking a UK box office total of £13.6 million, making it the 306th highest grossing film in the UK.

Other new film this week are
A Million Ways to Die in the West at 3

At the US box office this week David Finchers Gone Girl retains it's position at the top despite some heavy competition from Dracula Untold.

On it's second week of release Gone Girl takes $26.8 million in box office takings to give it a 10 day, 2 weekend, total gross of $78.3 million.

Dracula Untold made a good attempt at beating it but it only managed to enter the box office at 2 this week after taking $23.5 million in box office takings.

Other new film on the American box office are
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day which enters at 3 with $19.1 million.
The Judge which surprisingly for a Robert Downey Jr. film enters at 5 with $13.3 million.
Addicted which enters at 7 with $7.6 million.
Meet the Mormons entering at 11 with $2.9 million.

There was little doubt over what would be the top film this weekend at the UK box office, and with ease the David Fincher directed Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck debuts at the top.

It's weekend take of £4.1 million Gone Girl makes a very impressive October debut. It has a long way to go for it to be Ben Affleck's top grossing film which is currently Shakespeare in Love from 1999.

Director David Fincher also has an impressive box office record, his best film to date being 1995's Seven, his second film, and considered a classic.

Coming in quite respectably in second is Dracula Untold which debuts at number 2 with £1.7 million.

Falling a single place to number 3 this week is The Equalizer which add's £1.2 million to make a 10 day total of £4.3.

Last weeks top film was an event movie for one day only, which actually had some “encore” screenings which means it hans on and makes £114,000 this week but, as expected, tumbles down the chart this week.

Historical charts

1 year ago
Prisoners stayed at the top of the box office for a second week while the top new film was Filth at two.

5 years ago
The Fame remake stayed at the top for a second week leaving the highest new film to enter at two, The Invention of Lying.

10 years ago
Tennis film Wimbledon kept hold of the top spot leaving Layer Cake to debut in the runner up spot.

15 years ago
Adam Sandler starred in the highest new film of the week, debuting at one with Big Daddy, The Haunting fell to number two after a week at the top.

20 years ago
October 1994 saw the dominance of The Lion King keep it at the top film of the month while Pulp Fiction and Frankenstein debuted strong in the top 5.

25 years ago
The big film of October 1989 was Back to the Future Part II which was the top grossing movie, Septembers top film Shirley Valentine was still doing well.

American movie goers went to the cinema in droves this weekend to see two very different film, Ben Affleck in Gone Girl and horror film Annabelle.

Winning the race was the highly anticipated book adaptation Gone Girl. Directed by acclaimed director David Fincher who brought us films like Seven, Gone Girl takes an estimated $38 million over the weekend.

Very close behind is the horror film Annabelle about a satanic doll that terrorises a couple in their house. Developed by the team behind 2013 The Conjuring Annabelle took $37.2 million over the weekend.

Last weeks top film, The Equalizer falls to 3rd place this week with $19 million on it's second week of release.

See the full US top film at 25thframe.co.uk

At the UK box office this week there is a first for UK cinema, the single day screening of Billy Elliot the musical, screened live at cinemas across the country tops the box office.

Event cinema has become bigger and bigger in the UK over the last couple of years, Back to the Future this August was massive and Doctor Who has had a couple, none so far have come close to Billy Elliot's £1.9 million gross.

Surprisingly it beats into second place the much anticipated The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, it was a close race but the 80's TV show remake's gross of £1.89 million was just shy of the number 1 film.

Two other film entered the box office this week inside the top 15
What We Did On Our Holiday at 4
Maps to the Stars at number 15

Historical Charts

This time last year Prisoners took over at the top from Ron Howard's Rush which went back to number 2 after a single week at the top.

Five years ago the remake of 70's classic Fame hit the box office summit on it's debut week knocking Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs after a week at the top.

Ten years ago it was all change at the top end of the box office with Wimbledon taking the number 1 spot knocking Collateral down to 3.

Fifteen years ago The Haunting made it's debut at the top while Eyes Wide Shut fell to the 3rd positon after a couple of weeks at the top.

Here's something I wasn't expecting on this weeks UK video charts, Legends of Oz Dorothys Return enters as the number one selling dvd/Blu-ray.

Due to nothing big being released this week and a lack of big releases in the last few week has allowed a small film from May to hit the top.

The animated feature hit cinemas on 23rd May this year, it didn't hot the top 10 but spent a single week at number 13 taking £93,469.

Last weeks top film, Pompeii falls a single place to number 2 this week, it's second week of release on home video.

There is only one other new film this week, Tokarev at 7 which stars Nicholas Cage

Out selling everything else on the home video front in the UK this week is the historical drama Pompeii which replaces Bad Neighbours at the top.

Pompeii hit UK cinemas on 2nd May this years and on it's debut weekend of release hit number 3 on the box office with £1.1 million, it was the highest new film of that week though.

The film only stayed on the chart for 3 weeks falling to 5 then 8 before leaving, it gross a total of £2.6 million in the UK.

Last weeks top film, the previously mentioned Bad Neighbours, fall to second place after a single week at the top.

Other new films this week are
Sabotage at 3
The Two Faces of January at 10
Wolf Creek 2 at 11
Check out the full UK video charts on 25thframe.co.uk

From Disney/Marvel is the the plot synopsis for Avengers Age of Ultron which is released in the UK on 25th April 2015.

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Marvel Studios presents "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

This week in the UK Seth Rogan and Zac Efron hit the top spot with their comedy Bad Neighbours which outsells The Amazing Spider-man 2.

Bad Neighbours was released at the UK box office on 9th May this year, and after some controversy over box office taking for advance screenings took a very good £8.4 million on it's debut.

The controversy was down to 2 weeks of preview screening being added to the opening weekend take, so the film was actually released 2 weeks earlier and only took about £2 million on it;s debut weekend proper.

Despite this the film hung around the box office for 6 weeks and had a nice steady drop down the chart and took just why of £16 million during it's box office run, it is the 249th highest grossing film in the UK ever!

Falling into second place is The Amazing Spider-man 2 which topped the video chart last week.

Other new film this week are

Brick Mansions at 7
Survivor at 9
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn at 15

Quite interesting that we have 2 Posthumous films on the UK video chart this week in the shape of Paul Walkers Brick Mansions and Robin Williams The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 makes it's UK home video chart debut at the top this week, as you would have expected, replacing last weeks top film Captain America.

Spider-Man's second amazing film was released at the box office on April 18th this year with a debut week at the top of the box office chart.

It's stayed in the top position for 3 weeks before it fell quite hard out of the box office chart spending just 6 weeks at cinemas.

During it's 6 week run though it did gross a quite respectable £23.6 million making it the 119th top film in the UK, worldwide it grossed $706 million making it the 63rd top film evert.

Spider-Man's sequel performed roughly on par with it's predecessor which spent an extra week at the UK box office and grossed a little more at £25 million.

Last weeks top film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier fell just a single place this week to number 2.

I can't go a week without mentioning Disney's Frozen and this week it jumps up another place and goes back into the top 3.

Check out the full UK home video chart.

The summer movie season is over now and it's the long slide to Christmas now. To start off the Autumn schedule we have Sex Tape, Before I go to Sleep and Life of Crime hitting cinemas this weekend.

Sex Tape stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a married couple who film a night of sex which then “accidentally” gets put online.

Fair reviews and few other rom coms out at the moment will see this get a high entry, and with Diaz and Segel both likeable stars this could even hit number one on a quiet weekend.

Before I go to Sleep is directed by the acclaimed Rowan Joffe and stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth with support from Mark Strong.

With an excellent pedigree the hard hitting drama should see itself enter in the top 5, maybe as high as 3.

Adapted from a Elmore Leonard book Life of Crime has it's work cut out for it as he's one hard author to adapt for the screen.

A strong acting pedigree in the shape of Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins should boost the films appeal and could see it just about get into the top 5.

Let us know your thoughts below and if you agree with me and come back next week to see how the box office shapes up.

The UK movie goer this week kept Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson in the top position with a number of weaker new releases in the market.

The Luc Besson directed film took just under £2 million during it's second weekend of release and now sits with a total gross of £8 million.

Highest new entry of the week is the buddy cop comedy Lets Be Cops starring Damon Wayans Jr., as you'd expect from a film of this kind it's a slap stick comedy.

Lets Be Cops takes £1.6 million for the weekend, but I suspect it may sink and disappear from the box office quickly.

Other new films to hit the box office this week are
Sin City A Dame To Kill For at 4 (with previews grosses)
If I Stay at 6 - the new Daniel Radcliffe so maybe a little disappointing
As Above so Below at 8
Million Dollar Arm at 15

A year ago this week One Direction This is Us took the top slot on it's debut weekend of release pushing Elysium to 2.

Five years ago The Final Destination took the top of the box office on it's first weekend taking over from Inglourious Basterds.

Ten years ago Dodgeball entered the chart at the top and knocked The Village down to 2 after it's single week at the top.

Fifteen years ago Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was toppled from the top of the box office by South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut on it's debut.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier makes it two weeks at the top with strong sales to keep Johnny Depp in Transcendence at number 2.

Transcendence was released in cinemas on 25th April this year, entering the box office chart at number 3 with a £1.2 million debut weekend.

After only 3 weeks on the charts it disappeared taking a UK gross of £1.9 million and became one of Depp's lowest grossing movies in recent years, world wide it took $56 million. Frozen is still inside the top 5 best selling videos, since it's release it has not left the top 5, never actually going lower than 4, that 5 months of release.

Other new video entries this week are
Tarzan (not the Disney film) at 6
Locke (starring Tom Hardy) at 8
Alien Abduction at 12

Running away with the summer box office Guardians of the Galaxy stays on top for another week and becomes the highest grossing film of 2014 in America.

A second week in it's second spell at he top and a $16.3 million gross for the weekend Guardians has now taken $274.6 million nudging it ahead of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Staying in second place and doing well is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, highest new film of the week is As Above, So Below, based in Paris it's a found footage survival horror film, it takes $8.3 million over the weekend.

Also new on the US box office
The November Man at 6
Cantinflas at 12

At the UK box office this week Luc Besson's directed Lucy about a woman using 100% of her brain takes over at the top.

Starring Scarlett Johansson Lucy tops the box office on it's debut week of release with a weekend gross of £3.07 million.

Compared to Luc Bessons previous films this is by far the best opening he has had, Arthur and the Invisibles is his highest grossing British release which took just over a million on it's release in 2007.

Scarlett Johansson is part of the Marvel Avengers universe so has seen some astronomical releases over the past few years and so it's a little unfair to compare!

Falling into second place is last weeks top film The Inbetweeners 2 which has now grossed £27.6 million after 3 weeks of release.

There is a few other new entries this week which are
Into the Storm at 4 Deliver Us From Evil at 5
What if at 6

Doctor Who: Deep Breath at 8, from a single day special showing on Saturday
Two Days, One Night at 14

Last year Matt Damon was starring in Elysium which entered at the top of the box office knocking Kick-Ass 2 right down to 7.

Five years ago Inglourious Basterds was the new top film in the UK knocking The Time Travers Wife down to the runner up spot.

Ten years ago M. Night Shyamalan released The Village which hit the top spot on it's debut with The Bourne Supremacy falling a single place to number 2.

Fifteen years ago Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace reclaimed the top spot knocking Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged me to number 2, highest new film was Micky Blue Eys at 3.

On the UK video chart this week Captain America: The Winter Soldier tops the chart on it's first week of sale knocking Divergent down to second.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released at the UK box office on 28th March this year where it entered at the top with a £6 million opening weekend.

It was at the box office for 8 weeks in total with all those sent inside the top 10, it took a UK gross of £19 million which makes it the 183rd top film in the UK.

On the world stage it took $714 million which makes it the 61st highest grossing world box office film and continues to prove that Disney/Marvels films prove big box office films.

Other new films on the UK video chart are:
The Love Punch at 5
The Quiet Ones at 7

There is a change around at the top of the US box office this weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles falls a single place to number 2 while Guardians of the Galaxy bounces from number 2 to the top.

The Turtles fall into second place after a 2 week spell at the top during which they made a very good $145.6 million from 3 week of release.

It has now become the highest grossing film of the summer and Guardians of the Galacy goes back to the top with a $17.6 million weekend and a $251.9 million total.

It was a very slow weekend at the US box office, the highest new film being the R.J. Cutler directed If I Stay starring Chloë Grace Moretz which debuted at 3 with $16.4 million.

Other new film on the US box office this week are
When the Game Stands Tall at 5
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For at (perhaps disappointingly) 8

With very little in the way of new films this weekend the Daniel Radcliffe starring What If seems to have the biggest potential with Lucy and Into The Storm also on release. The former Harry Potter star has really built up a following since his days as the boy wizard and he has had big success outside the series with The Woman in Black.

A fairly simple love story What If should see a top 5 entry, especially for the Potter fans wanting to see how Radcliffe does as a romantic lead.

Possibly out to spoil What If's party is Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Luc Besson, the French director who brought us Le Femme Nikita and Leon.

With a top hollywood star, Morgan Freeman in for good measure and good pre-word this could easily out perform What If this weekend.

Into The Storm is also out, but no star appeal and a tried and tested them of weather elements gone wrong this should limp into the top 10.

Also worth a mention is Doctor Who, a special event screening of the first episode of the new series is happening on Saturday night, the previous Doctor Who event screen took Day of the Doctor to number 3 with £1.8 million.

The top 2 films of The Inbetweeners 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy should stay in place but maybe there will be a swap around with Guardians going back to the top?

Come back next week to find out the final weekend results.

Unsurprising this week that the comedy smash The Inbetweeners 2 stays at the top of the UK box office for another week, also no strong new releases helped it's cause.

Proving to be as popular as the original, The Inbetweeners stayed at the top of the tree with a weekend take of £3.4 million which brings its 10 day total gross to £22.3 million.

The first movie had taken £25 million by this point in it's run so this movie is a tiny bit behind but should end up at about the same figure by the end of it's cinema run.

Holding steady at 2 is Guardians of the Galaxy which means that the highest new film is The Expendables 3 at number 3.

This is the lowest grossing film in the (current) trilogy with the first film taking £3 million on it's opening and the followup taking £2 million.

Also worth mentioning this week is Disneys frozen which despite having had a few months on home video now makes a re-appearance on the box office at number 15 with a nearly £100,000 take.

Back to the Future keeps it's appearance in the top 10 due to it's Secret Cinema event showings in London.

One year ago this week Kick-Ass 2 made it's debut on the chart with an entry at number 1 knocking Grown Ups 2 to 4th.

Five years ago The Time Travelers Wife took the number 1 spot on it's debut knocking Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince to number 4.

Ten years ago I, Robot surrendered the top spot to new entry The Bourne Supremacy.

Fifteen years ago Will Smith and Kevin Klein hit the top spot with Wild Wild West on it's debut week knocking Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me to number 3.

This week we see the return of the veteran tough men in their 3rd outing together in the collective movie The Expendables 3, also out is The Rover.

Sylvester Stallone heads the cast again with the likes of Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwartzenegger and Harrison Ford all making appearances in the testosterone filled movie the the 80's heavyweights.

The previous 2 films in the series did well at the box office, with the first doing the best, a number 1 debut and a total UK gross of £10 million.

This film has had a lot of hype but probably wont have the power to topple The Inbetweeners 2 from number 1, a number 2 could be on the cards.

Also out is The Rover starring Guy Pearce and directed by David Michod, this had it's first showing at Cannes, has had little hype but could well see a top 5 entry.

Check back next week to see the final UK box office figures

Selling well on DVD and Blu-ray this week, Rio 2 makes it's debut on the home entertainment chart at the top, removing The Lego Movie after it's spell as the top seller.

Rio 2 hit the UK box office during the Easter holidays this year making it's debut on the chart for April 4th, it debuted at the top with a opening weekend gross of £2.8 million.

Over a fantastic 12 week run at the UK box office it went on to a total gross of £15 million and is the 266th top grossing film ever in the UK.

On the world stage it has made $473 million making it the 135th top film ever. Compared to the first Rio film it outperformed it but only just.

With Rio 2 at the top and The Logo Movie at 2, Noah falls to 3 this week and Frozen holds steady at number 4.

Other new film on video this week
The Legend of Hercules at 5
Starred Up at 6

With a membership that is getting ever longer by each year the latest Transformers movie has now taken over $1 Billion in global box office takings.

Transformers Age of Extinction has performed well in Europe and America where most of the films on the list make their money, but where it has really shone is in China where it has become the biggest film ever.

There are now 18 films that have made over a billion but still only 2 that have taken over $2 Billion, the James Cameron duo of Avatar and Titanic.

Of the other 16 most notable are Frozen which is the top animated movie Batman which has 2 films on the list, Middle earth which has 2, one of the Lord of the Rings films and the first Hobbit film, Skyfall which the is top British film, unless you count Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Possibly by the end of the year we'll have a top 20 of $1 Billion grossing movies, although the films with the best possibilities, The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 could miss the mark and we'll have to wait for Avengers Age of Ultron and Jurassic World next year?

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.

DVD and Blu-ray sales this week saw The Lego Movie hold onto the top spot as the biggest seller for a second week despite a challenge from Russell Crowe in Noah.

Noah did it's best to out sell the bricks this week but came in at number 2. The film was released in UK cinemas on April 4th of this year, it failed to be the biggest film of the week debuting at number 2 with a gross of £2.5 million.

It did go one better the following week climbing to number 2 but Captain America: The Winter Soldier kept if from topping the box office chart.

Over a 7 week period Noah managed to take a UK gross of just under £10 million, while on the world stage it is the 231st best grossing movie with a total of $352 million.

Other new film of the video chart this week are
Khumba A Zebras Tale at number 8

Check out the full UK video chart on 25thframe.co.uk

In the US this weekend there was only really one film in the shape of Marvel/Disney's latest franchise Guardians of the Galaxy.

From the same studio that has broken box office takings over the past years as Avengers Assemble, Iron Man and Captain America to name a few, Guardians of the Galaxy posts the highest August gross ever.

There was speculation over the new franchise and is there was room in an already crowded superhero market, but it looks like there is still room for good entertaining films, and the positive reviews wont have hurt at all.

Audience reaction was positive as well, and pitch at older teenagers during the holiday period this could have lasting appeal and another Billion dollar film from Marvel could be on the cards.

Also out his week, and making a solid debut at 3 is Get on Up, a biographic film of James Brown, the film debut's with a $14 million weekend.

Check out the US box office on 25thframe.co.uk

With one massive new release this week there is little else to talk about but the kids during their catered for as well.

Guardians of the Galaxy, the long awaited sci-fi adventure from the Marvel/Disney stable, opens with much hype and expectation. This will attract the fans from the Avengers universe and should get a bit opening weekend.

Reviews for the film has been very good with most critics enjoying the misfits in space story and this could get one of the biggest opening of the year, the top spot is almost guaranteed.

The Nut Job makes it's UK debut this weekend, with the school holidays in full swing this will give the film a better opening then at other times of the year.

A tale of squeals with voices by Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser this will be a big hit this weekend, top 5 definitely and could be a slow burner over the rest of the summer holiday period.

Come back on Tuesday to find out how these and other films perfumed at the box office.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes holds off the challenge of Hercules, The Purge Anarchy and Earth to Echo to keep the top spot at the UK box office for another week.

Now in it's second weekend of release Dawn of the Apes easily hangs on to the top spot with a weekend take of £3.7 million, this brings it's total gross to £17 million after 10 days of release.

Highest new film of the week is Dwayne Johnson in a retelling of Hercules, an all out action film rather than historical retelling of the Greek myth it's directed by Brett Ratner.

Hercules took a gross of £1.5 million on it's opening weekend, it has a long was to go to even be one of Johnson's best films as he's been part of the Fast and Furious series and The Mummy series.

Likewise Brett Ratner has been part of the X-Men series and directed the 2 Rush Hour movies, and also directed a Hannibal Lector film, all high grossing franchises.

Hercules could sink quite fast especially with some of the new releases coming in the next few weeks which will be ultimately bigger box office hits.

There are plenty of other new releases this week in the form of
The Purge Anarchy at 3
Earth to Echo at 6
Kickat 8
The House of Magic at 10

This time last year new at the top was The Wolverine based on the X-Men universe which topped on it's debut knocking Monsters University into 2nd.

Five years ago Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was still at the top in it's second week and The Proposal with Sandra Bullock was new at 2.

Ten years ago Spider-Man 2 held onto the top spot for a second week with the highest new film being Thunderbirds at 3.

Fifteen years ago it was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace holding onto the top spot for a second week, and with nothing daring to open up in the wake of such a big film the highest new film was Hindustan Ki Kasam at 10.

The ever busy Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) is back on the big screen this weekend with the action film Hercules, based on the story of the Greek God and son of Zeus.

Probably not sticking to the legend too closely this is an all out action film that should do well at the UK box office, probably wont have the power to interrupt Apes or Transformers but a healthy top 3 might be in order.

Earth to Echo is the story of a small alien robot that comes to earth and is found by a trio of boys, the rest is predicable and their lives will change forever.

This is aimed squarely at the kids, but with the fantastic weather currently being experienced in the UK this could just get a top 5 entry.

Other new films this week
The Purge: Anarchy
Joe
The House of Magic
Believe

As expected this week there was no stopping Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as it very easily and without competition took to the top of the charts on it;s debut weekend.

Grossing £8.7 million from Thursday to Sunday it took more than the rest of the box office combined.

Dawn well and truly out preformed it predecessor Rise of the planet of the Apes which took £5.8 million on it's debut weekend in August 2011, it went on to gross £20.5 in total.

Dawn should go on to out-gross that film and could come close to £25 - 30 million in the UK.

Also worth a mention this weekend is two even movies that got themselves inside the top 5 on the box office chart, Monty Python Live (Mostly) made number 4 with £1.8 million which Andre Rieu took him Maastricht concert to number 5 with £830,000.

Other new film to debut this week are:
Pudsey The Dog The Movie at 7

This time last year Monsters University held on to the top spot which mean The Worlds End debuted at 2.

Five years ago Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking the previous number 1, Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs, to number 2.

Ten years ago say Spider-Man 2 make it's cinematic debut at the top of the box office knocking Shrek 2 into the number 2 spot.

Fifteen years ago was an historical time in cinema as the much anticipated, and to an extent much hated, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace made it's UK debut at the top, 2 months after it's US debut. The Mummy fell to number 2.

This week we finally see the full release of Transformers: Age of Extinction and How to Train Your Dragon 2, and predictable they dominate the upper end of the box office chart.

Taking the top spot is the 4th in the Transformers series of movies from director Michael. The film had previews last weekend and takes the number 1 position with ease this week grossing £11.7 million in the process, it is the biggest grossing opening weekend of the year so far.

It's interesting to note this opening gross does include the £8 million from last weeks preview screenings, a £3 - 4 million is a closer opening weekend figure.

Opening in second place after going on general release is How to Train Your Dragon 2 which also includes money from it's previews over the last 3 or 4 weeks.

Falling to third this week is last weeks top film Mrs. Brown's Boy's D'Movie which after 3 weeks has grossed £11.8 million.

There were a number of other new film this which included
Begin Again at 5
Boyhood at 7
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania at 12

Last year at the box office Monsters University opened at the top of the chart knocking Despicable Me 2 into second place after 2 weeks at the top.

Five years ago Sasha Baron Cohen opened at the top with Bruno which knocked Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs to second place.

Ten years ago Shrek 2 held on tight at the top for another week keeping Around the World in 80 Days in second place for it's debut.

Fifteen years ago there was little change at the top with The Mummy retaining it's lead for a second week, highest new film was 10 Things I Hate About You at 5.

Knocking Non-Stop from the top of the UK video charts, The Grand Budapest Hotel is the best selling video of the week on it's debut.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was released into UK cinemas on March 7th this year and made number 3 on it's debut which was on limited release.

The film was released wide on 21st March when it made number 1 on the Uk box office. Over an 8 week period it grossed £10 million in the UK.

In America it it grossed $58 million while worldwide it grossed $162 million.

Last weeks top film, Non-Stop was dumped into second place after a single week at the top.

The only other new film to chart this week is:
The Book Thief at 3

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie holds on for a second week on top of the UK box office, this week with little competition from the new realises.

Brendan O'Carroll transvestite creation takes a second week gross of £2.2 million which gives it a 10 day gross (2 weekends) of £9.3 million, not bad really.

With little movement on the box office worth mentioning is How To Train Your Dragon 2, still on previews it took £475,270 over the weekend, it has now taken £1.5 million before it's official release on Friday.

Another film doing this is Transformers: Age of Extinction which had previews from Saturday evening and took £s;4.7 million and would have been the top film, this will be added to the opening gross next week so the film WILL be number 1.

Highest new film of the week is Tammy which we all had high hopes for but in the end struggled to get a top 5 entry with £471,429 over the weekend.

The only other new film this week is The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared at 11.

Looking back

A Year ago Despicable Me was still a the top of the UK box office keeping Now You See Me from the top meaning it debuted at 2.

Five years ago Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was the new top film which it did on it's debut week of release.

Ten years ago number one and highest new film was Shrek 2 which knocked Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban from the top.

Fifteen years ago The Mummy was still the top film in the UK while Sean Connery was the highest new entry at 2 with Entrapment.

Twenty yeas ago the original The Flintstones movie was the top film in the country for the month of July knocking Four Weddings and a Funeral from the top.

Twenty five years ago Batman was still the top film for the month of July but Indianan Jones and the Last Crusade and Licence to Kill were doing well.

This week Liam Neeson proves he's still a massive home cinema hit with his starring vehicle Non-Stop hitting the top.

Non-Stop was released at UK cinemas on 1st March this year where it debuted at number 2, being kept off the top spot by the years biggest film so far The Lego Movie.

On it's debut weekend it grossed £2.6 million, it was at the box office for 7 weeks and grossed a total of £9.3 million pounds during that time.

Last weeks top film, Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy takes a big fall down the chart this week to number 5.

Worth mentioning this week, yet again, is Disney's Frozen which spends yet another week at number 2, thats 14 weeks in the top 3 most of which have been at the top or in second place.

Other new video to chart this week
Ride Along at 3

This week Transformers: Age of Extinction was the top film in America for the second week running and again far out grossed the rest of the box office.

In it's second weekend of release the battling robots took $36,400,000 and has now grossed $174,746,000 over it's 10 day run so far.

Not content with making a big slash in the US it has made nearly $400 million worldwide and is still to open in many countries including the UK where it's released this Friday.

Highest new film of the week is Melissa McCarthy in Tammy, opening with a gross of $21.2 million, thats $15 million behind Transformers.

Other new film on the US box office
Deliver Us from Evil at 3
Earth to Echo at 6

Check out the US box office

This week we see the release of Melissa McCarthy's new film Tammy and another teen horror/drama/fantasy film in the shape of Vampire Academy.

Melissa McCarthy has become a big star over the last few year with her turn in Bridesmaids and The Heat, this looks set to be another good comedy with McCarthy and co-star Susan Sarandon in to for, this could be the top film of the weekend.

Based on the novels by Richard Mead Vampire Academy boils down to St. Trinian's with vampires. This has a good teen following which could see it get into the top 5 but a limited following and little hype will see it disappear quickly.

Other new films this weekend are: Saturday sees preview showing in some cinemas for the much anticipated new Transformers: Age of Extinction before it's full release next weekend.

As expected the movie version of Mrs. Browns Boys took the top spot at the UK box office, and with quite a strong margin over the rest.

On it's debut weekend Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie took an incredible £4.3 million, far higher than expected and proving that the Irish sit-com has quite a following.

I suspect that this is a fairly front loaded event and we could see it fall quite sharply, I dont think it has the lasting appeal of movie like The Inbetweeners Movie.

Falling to the runner up spot this week is The Fault in our stars which made £1.7 million from the weekend bringing it's 10 day gross to £6.7 million.

Other new film to chart this week are:
Chef at 5
How to Train Your Drans 2 (still only on previews) at 6
Walking on Sunshine at 7
Cold in July at 11
Ek Villain at 12
Punjab 1984 at 13

This time last year Despicable Me 2 hit the top of the box office on it's debut week of release, it would go on to be the top film in the UK of 2013, it knocked Man of Steel into 2nd place.

Five years ago Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was still the top film in the UK and Year One with Jack Black was the highest new film at 3.

Ten years ago it was still Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the top while the top new film of the week was Tom Hanks on Lady Killers at 4.

Fifteen years ago Brendan Fraser made a big screen comeback in The Mummy which debuted at the top of the box office knocking The Matrix into the runner up spot after only a week.

This week Disney prove their sales force by taking the top two slots on the video charts with Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy debuting at the top and Frozen hiding still at 2 for another week inside the top 3.

Disney released the 5th Tinker Bell feature film at UK cinemas on February 14th this year, over a 6 week period if debuted at 6 with £966,920 but then flew up to number 6 the following week taking £1,207,245.

It took a total gross of £5,459,408 which is by far the highest of the Tinker Bell films, the previous high being £3,798,612 from Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings in 2012.

Frozen continues it run on the video chart with a 13th week none of them being lower than 3.

Last weeks top film, Robocop falls to 3 this week.

This week there is a trio of new releases which will battle it out for box office supremacy but they may have a battle on their hands with this weeks top film The Fault in Our Stars.

Biggest film of the week is Mrs Browns Boys D'Movie. The big screen debut of the BBC smash hit comedy series sees Agnes Brown and her family doing things on a bigger scale. A cult in Great Britain this could do big business and hit the top spot for a single week.

Chef is from director Jon Favreau and unlike his previous films Iron Man and Cowboys and Aliens this is a low budget low scale movie about life in a foot truck. This should see a top 5 entry on the box office.

Following on from the success of Mama Mia! and Sunshine on Leith, Walking on Sunshine is a feel good movie with lots of song performances throughout, directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini this could see a top 5 entry.

There were a trio of big new releases this week and as expected The Fault in Our stars hit the top, the other two didn't perform any where near expectations.

Based on the novel of the same name The Fault in Our Stars is a teenage love story and a tragedy. Directed by Josh Boone who previously directed Stuck in Love from 2003 and starring Shailene Woodley.

Taking £3.4 million from the weekend it knocks 22 Jump Street into the number 2 spot after 2 weeks at the top, Jump Street has taken £12.7 million to date.

Under performing and new at 6 this week is the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys. Taking just £415,608 on it's debut this could be set to be one of Eastwood's worst performing films.

Also not doing as well as expected is Kevin Costner's return to the big screen in 3 Days to Kill. The McG directed film only managed £324,560 over the weekend.

This time last year Man of Steel kept it's place at the top leaving World War Z to debut in the runner up spot.

Five years ago Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen made a debut at the top knocking off The Hangover from it's debut position at the top.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban stayed at the top leaving Mean Girls to make it's debut at three with The Day After Tomorrow staying at 2.

Fifteen years ago The Matrix was refusing to shift off the top and the highest new film was Cruel Intentions at three.

At the US box office this week is the Tim story directed Think Like A Man Too, starring Kevin Heart it takes over at the top on it's debut weekend.

A sequel to 2012's Think Like A Man, Think Too grosses $30 million on it's debut, a similar ball park as the original which took $33 million two years ago, although that was an April time frame.

Falling into second place this week, and after just one week at the top, is 22 Jump Street, it's total gross after 10 days is $111.5 million.

Other new films on the US chart this week
Jersey Boys at 4

This week there is very little to talk about on the DVD/Blu-ray chart. Last weeks top film Robocop is still the top film of the week and the highest new entry is right down the chart at number 16.

Other things of note on the chart is that Frozen has jumped back up to number 2 and has spent 12 weeks as one of the 3 best selling disks in all that time.

As for the highest new entry this week, Endless Love enters the chart at 16.

The film was released on 14th February this year entering the chart at number 8. A two week spell saw is fall out of the chart grossing £1,534,618.

There were no other new film this week.

A number of new releases are out this week, it's almost as if the studios predicted that most British people would loose interest in the Wold Cup by this point!

Leading the way is The Fault in Our Stars a romantic comedy/tragedy where the romance can only have one inevitable end.

The film didn't do as well as expected in the US, which could have an impact here, but in the UK there has been a heavy media buzz and positive reviews which could see this take over at the top this weekend, I expect a number 1 debut.

Based on the Stage show of the same name, Clint Eastwood directs the screen version of Jersey Boys, the story of how the The Four Seasons came together.

A massive hit on the stage but can it translate to the screen? Reviews have been mixed but with Eastwood at the helm this could have a top 3 entry easily.

Kevin Costner returns after his successful turn as Superman's dad in this action drama 3 Days to Kill. A Dying CIA agent is given a miracle drug in exchange for one last assignment, This might well go top 5 on it's debut.

Other new films this week
The Art of the Steal
Lilting

It was a largely static week this week at the Uk box office, no surprise as there was no big new release and the FIFA World Cup started with England's first game on Saturday night.

With all that going on it was a surprise to see 22 Jump Street retain the top spot with a weekend gross of £2.2 million, this brings the films total to £9.8 million after 10 days of release.

Maleficent, X-Men Days of Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow all stayed in their respective places for another week with only Maleficent taking over a million pound from those 3.

Highest new film of the week goes to Oculus which took a less than expected £413 thousand, although there were previews of How to Train Your Dragon 2 which beat it with £519 thousand, this wont count on this chart and go to their debut in a few weeks.

Other new films this week are
Belle at 7
Devils Knot at 10

This time last year Man of Steel too the top spot on it;s debut weekend of release knocking After Earth to the runner up spot.

Five years ago The Hangover surprised all and hot the top spot on it's debut and knocked Terminator Salvation into second place.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was still the top film and with a fairly still top 5 Connie and Carla was the top new film at 5.

Fifteen years ago The Matrix was the top new film of the week making it's debut at the top knocking Notting Hill into second place.

Taking over at the top of the UK home entertainment big sellers this week is the 2014 remake of Robocop.

Robocop 2014 was released at UK cinemas early February this year making the number 2 spot on it's debit week, beaten by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, when it grossed £2.4 million.

Over a 4 week period on the box office it grossed £7.7 million and never climbed higher than it's number 2 debut spot.

Last weeks top film, Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, has a hefty fall down the chart to number 8 this week after it's debut last week.

There are 5 other new releases this week
The Monuments Men at 2
Lone Survivor at 3
Last Vegas at 5
Delivery Man at 9
Cuban Fury at 13

A very quiet week for releases on this Friday 13th, with only one new release of note that has a fairly niche market it should leave the field open for some old film shine.

The supernatural thriller Oculus starring former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan is the biggest new release of the week, opening on Friday 13th as a marketing mechanism.

A strong advertising campaign and the clear interest from Doctor Who fans who want to know what Gillan has been unto in the last year should see it appear at least top 3 with a 1 million plus opening.

22 Jump Street could hold on at the top, but it a male buddy movie and with the World Cup in Brazil having a big England match on Saturday night (that has a bigger male interest) Maleficent could well see itself go back to the top.

It could be the slowest weekend of the year for multiplexes as the forecast good weather and World Cup will have a major impact on box office takings.

Other new film this week are
Belle
The Hooligan Factory

The biggest of the weeks new releases hits the top of the box office with no current releases able to challenge it.

The 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street debuts at the top of the box office this week with a weekend take of around £4.8 million.

21 Jump Street was released in March 2012, a tougher time of year for a films release, it debuted at 2 taking £1.5 on it's debut going on to take nearly 10 million over 7 weeks. With better reviews this time around 22 should do better.

Jump Street removes last week top film Maleficent down to the runner up position although it still manages a £2 million weekend with a 10 day gross of £11 million.

Little else doing well on the box office this week, especially Grace of Monaco with enters the box office at 9 with just over £200,000 is takings, the one off D-Day concert did better from far less screens.

This time last year and despite the terrible reviews Will Smith and son debuted at the top with After Earth knocking The Hangover Part III to second place.

Five years ago the Terminator saga continued with Terminator Salvation taking over at the top on it's debut knocking Night at the Museum 2 down to second place.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took over from The Day After Tomorrow at the top which fell to second place.

Fifteen years ago Notting Hill retained it's place at the top for a second week leaving Human Traffic to debut at 3 at the highest new film.

Twenty years ago Four Weddings and a Funeral was still the top film around with Beverly Hills Cop III and Bad Girls debuting well.

Twenty Five years ago Indianan Jones and the Last Crusade was still the top film in June with the Bond film Licence to Kill and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels debuting well.

Despite a crowded weekend of releases at the box office when the figures came in it was clear that there was a big winner and the Disney Hype machine had worked yet again.

Angelina Jolie takes her first big budget role in a number of years in Maleficent and with ease becomes the biggest film of the week with a £6.6 million take.

Disney are on a roll, it looks like Maleficent will be a sizeable hit and their last film, Frozen, has become one of the biggest film of all time taking over $1 Billion world wide.

After a single week at the top X-Men Days of Future Past drops a single place to the runner up spot with £3.5 million for the weekend and £19.5 million in total.

Also released this week and charted were
Edge of Tomorrow
A Million Ways to Die In The West
Jimmys Hall

A year ago there was little move at the box office as The Hangover Part III held on for a second week and the highest new film was The Purge starring Ethan Hawke at number 6.

Five years ago Night at the Museum 2 held on for another week keeping Drag Me To Hell from Sam Raimi to debut at 2.

Ten years ago The Day After Tomorrow debuted strong at the top of the box office leaving Troy to fall down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago Notting climbed up to the top after a number 6 debut from a limited release knocking She's All That to the number 2 spot.

Americans were spellbound by Angelina Jolie this week as she takes her Disney film Maleficent to the top.

Disney hyped the film to hell and the marketing dollars have paid off as the Sleeping Beauty villain goes right to the top in it;s debut week with a comfortable $70 million.

Falling a single place to number 2 this week is X-Men Days of Future Past which grosses $32.6 million over the weekend.

There were no other new films on the US box office this week.

New at your local cinema this week is Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow and Seth McFarlane in A Million Ways Tt Die in the West.

released on Wednesday to give it a bit of a head start Maleficent from Disney has Miss Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty bad witch showing she's not as bad as you think she may have been.

Plenty of hype for this film and it will have a fight with Tom Cruise for the top, we could see a good £6 million opening.

Tom Cruise flexes his sci-fi muscle in Edge of Tomorrow, based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka the plot is a sort of cross between Groundhog day and the video game Halo.

Also starring Emily Blunt both are box office big hitters and this could beat Angelina to the top, but it will be tight and a £6 million or so opening could also be on the cards.

Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth McFarlane brings us his follow up to the hit Ted. A harder sell this time in the guise of A million Ways to Die in the West, a western in the Blazing Saddles stable of slapstick.

McFarlane has a big following so this could get a decent 3 or 4 million pound opening and a top 5 entry definitely and maybe come in right behind the two bigger films of the week.

Other new films out this week are
Heaven is for Real
Venus in Fur.

This week, as expected, there was no stopping the might of X-Men Days of Future Past as they easily made their way to the top of the box office in their debut week of release in the UK.

Days of Future Past is now the 4th, or 2nd, or 8th film in the series depending on which way you look at it, and over the bank holiday weekend took and impressive £9.1 million.

Compared to previous film on their debut weekend, X-Men First Class earned £5.4 on it's debut, 3.7 million below, X-Men The Last Stand earned £7.1 million, 2 million below and just for completion The Wolverine took £4.7 million, nearly 4.3 million below.

Last weeks top film, Godzilla fell to number two this week, the monster film has taken £11.8 million in 10 days of release.

Other new film this week are
Postman Pat The Movie at 4
Blended at 5
Fading Gigolo at 11
Legends of Oz Dorothys Return at 13
Kochadaiiyaan at 14

This time last year The Hangover Part III was riding the top of the box office on it's debut weekend knocking Fast and Furious 6 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago Night at the Museum 2 hit the number one spot also on it's debut and knocked Angels and Demons to number two.

Ten years ago Troy moved up to the top spot after it's debut the previous week knocking Van Helsing into the runner up spot, the highest new film was Bad Education at five.

Fifteen years ago debuting at the top was She's All That knocking Forces of Nature to number 3.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars with Martin Scorsese directing in The Wolf of Wall Street which makes its home entertainment debut as the best seller this week.

The Wolf of Wall Street was released at the box office on 17th January this year where after much hype and Oscar buzz it debuted with £4.6 million at the top, it stayed there for 3 weeks.

With a total of 8 weeks on the chart it grossed just over £22 million and is the 129th highest grossing UK film and is also Martin Scoursese's top grossing film in the UK.

Last weeks top film, 12 Years a Slave, falls to 2 this week.

There were no other new film this week.

In the US this week X-Men Days of Future Past proved itself too big a release for all, leaving last week's top film, Godzilla, to only have a single week at the top.

The time travel mutant film took $91.5 million over the three day weekend and $111 million over the memorial day weekend which includes Monday.

Godzilla falls to the runner up spot with a 4 day weekend take of $40 million.

The only other new film in the US to chart this weekend was Blended starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore

After the success of his latest movie Godzilla Gareth Edwards has been offered, and taken up the challenge of directing one of the many Star Wars universe spin off films.

Gary Whitta will write the screenplay, Who is Garry Whitta? He used to be a PC magazine journalist who turned screen writer with The book of Eli.

Here is the press release

"GARETH EDWARDS AND GARY WHITTA ONBOARD FOR STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM
May 22, 2014
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016. Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla. "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life -- join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," said Edwards. Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010's The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead. Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."
StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time."

New at UK cinemas this week there are four new releases, although only one of them is destined to do big business and take the majority share of the box office gross.

X-Men Days of Future Past, which sees the merging of both eras of the X-Men series in one film, is set to take over at the top from Godzilla.

The massively hyped film has a huge following across the globe and is set for a big world wide release. The strong British cash including Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will help it no so expect a UK debut of £10 million plus.

The previous films for the X-Men, First Class (2011) and The Last Stand (2006) grossed £5 million and £7 million respectively.

Blended is the latest film from Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and is their first pairing in 10 years. The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates were both big films so expect this to get into the top 3 and gross somewhere in the £2 million mark.

Postman Pat makes it to the big screen this week in Postman Pat The Movie, a timely release over the UK half term holiday could see this gross higher than expected, a top 5 hit for sure? Also out this weekend is
Finding Gigolo - the latest film starring and directed by John Turturro.

At the UK box office this week Godzilla stomped on all in its path to become the nation's top film on its debut week of release.

It was a hot weekend in the UK with many annual events happening which more than likely had an effect on the takings of Godzilla, but the monster flick, directed by Britain's own Gareth Edwards still managed a stomping £6.4 million.

If you compare this to the 1998 film of the same name that's £2.3 million higher but taking inflation into account this is almost an identical debut gross, although the 1998 film did open mid July.

Last weeks top film, Bad Neighbours, falls a single place this week to number 2 having grossed £11.3 million over 10 days, although much of this was in preview showings a week before the official release.

One other new film charted this week
The Two Faces of January

This time last year Fast and Furious 6 opened at the top of the box office, keeping The Great Gatsby to open at 2, the previous top film, Star Trek Into Darkness, fell to 3.

Five years ago Angels and Demons made its debut at the top knocking Star Trek into the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Van Helsing held the top for a 3rd week while the top new film was The Football Factory at 4.

Fifteen years ago Forces of Nature climbed to the top knocking I Still Know What You Did Last Summer to the number 2 spot.

No move at the top of the box office this week for a third consecutive week give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the top film of the week. The summer season has started.

The follow up Spider-Man film added another £2 million over the weekend bringing it's total UK gross to just why of £ 20 million.

With The Other Woman staying put at 2 the highest new film was the Paul W.S. Anderson directed Pompeii which entered at 3. Based on the historical events surrounding the Italian village Pompeii took £1.2 million over the weekend.

Other new films this week are:
Tarzan (4)
Plastic (10)
Blue Ruin (15)

This time last year there was still no moving Iron Man 3 as he spent another week at the top with the highest new film 21 and Over entering at 2.

Five years ago X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuted on the chart at the top leaving Hannah Montana The Movie to land at 2. State of Play fell from the top to 3.

Ten years ago Kill Bill Volume 2 was still riding the top slot keeping Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind from debuting at number 1, it had to settle for 2.

Fifteen years ago The Waterboy starring Adam Sandler was the new film at the top of the box office, knocking 8MM down to second place.

Twenty years ago Four Wedding and a Funeral was the big film for May with The Naked Gun 33 1/3 The Final Insult and The Crow also doing well while twenty five years ago Warlock starring Julian Sands was the big film with Mississippi Burning and Beaches also doing well.

Frozen releases its grip on the Blu-ray/DVD charts this week to allow Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues to enter the chart at the top on its debut week of release.

Anchorman 2 which stars Will Farrell was, after much hype, released at the box office on 20th December last year, not performing as well as expected the film entered the box office at 2, behind The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, with a £4.5 million weekend gross. It spent 5 weeks on the chart taking £14 million in UK grosses.

Last week's top film, Frozen, falls just a single place to 2 this week.

Other new releases this week are
American Hustle (3)
Mandela Long Walk to Freedom (5)
All Is Lost (11)

Nothing stood a chance again The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend in America as the web slinger records a good, but not record breaking weekend.

As expected the follow up to 2012's Spider-Man re-book took over at the top with a very good $91.6 million over the weekend, this does include Thursday night previews as well.

The Spider-Man movie grossed more than the rest of the box office combined, last weeks top film The Other Woman falls to second place after a week at the top.

There were no other new releases at the US box office.

With no massive new releases on Friday The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was able to claim the top spot at the box office for a second consecutive week.

Adding a weekend gross of £3.4 million the Spider-Man follow-up has got a 10 day UK box office taking of £16.5 million. This is lower than it's predecessor which had taken £18.8 million during the same period, although that film had a July Opening.

Highest new film of the week is the Cameron Diaz starring The Other Woman. The rom com starring one of the biggest female leads at the moment grossed £2.7 million on it's debut landing at 2.

Other new film this week
Transcendence
Cosi Fan Tutte Met Opera 2014

This time last year the big Marvel tentpole Iron Man 3 hit UK cinemas at the top with an incredible £13.7 million gross, it knocked Olympus Has Fallen for 6 into second place.

Five years ago State of Play hit the top on it's debut weekend in the UK knocking Monsters Vs Aliens into second place.

Ten years ago Quentin Tarantino took his Kill Bill Volume 2 to the top of the box office on it;s debut which knocked 50 First Dates into second place.

Fifteen years ago Nicholas Cage hit number one with 8mm on it's opening weekend and knocked The Faculty down to 2.

After many rumours and fan debate Lucasfilm (and Disney) have announced the cast list for next years Star Wars Episode VII.

As if we didn't know already original cast members Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Lia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are all involved.

Also nice to see the likes of Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow involved.

With JJ Abrams behind the camera all we are looking for now is the full title of the film and poster art.

The press release on the starwars.com website reads as follows:

"The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015."

No change at the top of the Blu-ray/DVD chart this week as Disney's Frozen continues to out sell everything. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hangs in at number 2 and the highest new film is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at3.

Starring and directed by Ben Stiller the film was released at UK cinemas at the very end of last year. During a very short cinematic run of just 4 weeks it debuted at number 4 but grossed a reasonable £6.5 million in box office takings.

There were no other new films that charted this week.

The battle of the sexes raged at the US box office this week, and the women won by a clear margin.

Cameron Diaz stars along with Leslie Mann and Kate Upton is the top film across the US this week The Other Woman.

Falling from the top spot after a three week run as the champion is Captain America: The Winter Soldier which this weeks is at 2.

The male led Brick Mansion (Paul Walkers last completed film) fails to make a massive impact and debuts in the US at 5.

At UK cinemas this weekend it's mad scientists messing with the fabric of humanity verses women out for revenge.

Johnny Depp stars in Transcendence, a technology gone mad tale of a scientist trying to create a super human being and experimenting on himself. This will have a hard time against The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but it will chart in the top 5.

Cameron Diaz stars in The Other Woman, the three woman in a mans life, wife and 2 mistresses meet they plot to get their revenge on the man. The Love Punch charted low this week which demands a similar audience, but Diaz is a box office puller so this could go low top 5.

Come back next week to find out where they landed on the Uk box office chart.

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.

Sorry about the late report this week, Easter holidays has delayed things.

This week Captain America: The Winter Soldier returns to the top of the UK box office, surprisingly knocking Rio 2 down to third, surprisingly because it's the Uk Easter holidays and the one big kids film seems to have died at the box office, although Captain America does have teenage appeal.

Highest new film this week is a return from Hammer Horror. The film The Quiet Ones is Hammers first film since the Daniel Radcliffe hit The Woman in Black, and although being no where near as big a hot as that film still does well landing at 6 with £681,305.

Other new films on this weeks chart are:
Calvary
The Raid 2: Berabdal
Khumba a Zebras Tale
The Lunchbox

One year ago Oblivion starring Tom Cruise entered the chart at the top knocking The Croods down to second place.

Five years ago Fast and Furious hit the top spot on it's debut knocking Monsters Vs. Aliens into the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Scooby Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed held the top spot keeping 50 First Dates from debuting at 2

Fifteen years ago The Rugrats Movie spent it's 3rd week at the top while The Faculty debuted at 2.

With only a single week as the top selling disk in the country Frozen surrenders the crown to another Christmas blockbuster in the shape of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The second in the Hobbit trilogy from Peter Jackson was released at cinemas on December 8th last year. it Debuted at number 1 where it stayed for 3 weeks, it was around for 8 week and made a collective UK gross of £42.6 million.

Although the film didn't perform as well as the previous film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, it was still a huge hit, it is currently the 33rd highest grossing film in the UK and the 23rd in the world having grossed nearly $950 million.

Frozen falls to second place this week despite it being the Easter Holidays, although the sales figures were still very high.

There were no other new releases this week.

This week in the UK Rio 2 makes the big step and flies to the top of the box office chart on it's debut weekend.

It was actually quite quiet this week and Rio 2 takes the crown with a relatively small £2.9 million. The sequel to 2011's Rio, the film enters the top just as the Easter holidays start so expect it to stay for a couple of week.

Last weeks top film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier falls down to 2 this week with £2.8 million taking it's 10 day total to £10.9 million.

Other new films this week are
Noah
Divergent
La Boheme Met Opera 2014
The Double
Main Tera Hero

This time last year The Croods was still at the top with the highest new film, Dark Skies, entering at 3.

Five years ago Monsters Vs Aliens entered the box office at the top with The Boat that Rocks not far behind at 2, the previous weeks number 1, Knowing, fell to 3.

Ten years ago Scooby Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed debuted at the top knocking The Passion of Christ to number 4.

Fifteen years ago The Rugrats Movie was still riding the top keeping Plunkett and Macleane to debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago for the month of April Jim Carey was the big new name on the block with his smash hit movie Ace Ventura Pet Detective taking the monthly top spot.

Frozen hits the top spot on it's debut week of release knocking Philomena down to number 4. Frozen was released in UK cinema's on December 6th last year and became an instant hit for Disney.

The film to date has made nearly £40 million at the UK box office and is still in cinemas and this week is number 14 having spent 16 weeks on the box office chart. The film has grossed nearly $1.1 billion world wide and is the 10th highest grossing movie.

Other new films this week include:
Homefront
The Family
Carrie (2013)

It was announced back in September 2013 that the Harry Potter universe book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be turned into a movie. The book which was released in 2001 was a special paperback that went on sale to benefit the Comic Relief charity.

The book first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone as one of Harry's required books for study, it is supposedly written by magizoologist Newt Scamander and based 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series so unless it is done in some sort of narrative fashion it's unlikely that Potter and the gang will appear.

J.K. Rowling, although overseeing the mega successful Potter series of films didn't write any of the screen plays, but she has done for this, and as this New York Times article points out, it was a favour for CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

No word on any details so far except for the trilogy aspect of the film, another multi billion dollar series of films in the making? Lets just say The Hobbit!

After just a single week at the top The Hunger Games: Catching Fire falls a single place and Philomena takes over at the top.

Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan this quirky British film was released at the box office at the beginning of November last year and spent 7 weeks on the box office.

The film entered at 4 but did climb to 3 for a couple of weeks, it was kept from the top by Thor: The Dark World and Gravity.

Other new Video releases on the chart this week:
Saving Mr Banks
Diana
Free Birds

Biblical re-telling, with a Hollywood edge, hits the top of the US box office this week as Russell Crowe stars in Noah.

Starring alongside Emma Watson and Ray Winston the epic hits the top with an estimated $44 million.

Last weeks top film Divergence falls a single place to number 2 this week with a box office gross of $26.5 million.

Other new film in the US this week:
Sabotage at number 7.

All change again this week as the Aaron Paul racing film Need for Speed takes over at the top of the UK box office.

An adaptation of a popular video game, Need for Speed enters the chart at the top with a £2 million Friday - Sunday gross.

In an unusual move the Wes Anderson directed The Grand Budapest Hotel moves up one place to 2 this week taking £1.3 million over the weekend.

Last weeks top film, 300 Rise of an Empire, falls to three this week.

This weeks new films:

  • Need For Speed
  • Under the Skin
  • Werther Met Opera 2014
This time last year Oz The Great and Powerful stayed at the top of the box office while the highest new film was Welcome to the Punch.

Five years ago Wilson and Aniston starred in Marley and Me and was the highest new film entering at the top of the box office knocking Watchmen into second place.

Ten years ago Julia Roberts starred in Mona Lisa Smile entering the box office at the top knocking Along Came Polly right down to third place.

Fifteen years ago Robin Williams was starring in Patch Adams which took the top spot knocking A Bugs Life down to two.

The US box office chart this week has a climber to the number one spot, Mr Peabody and Sherman takes over from 300 Rise of an Empire beating all new films in the process.

After only 1 week, the 300 sequel surrenders to the Dreamworks animated film, Mr Peabody this week beats Need For speed which debuted at number 3.

Other new films inside the US top 5 are The Single Mums Club which debuted at number 5.

After 3 weeks at the top of the US box office The Lego Movie makes way for Non-Stop.

Starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore Non-Stop took $30 million over the 3 day weekend.

In second place is another new film, Son of God, which took $26 million over the weekend.

The Lego Movie falls to third place.

For a third straight week there is no change at the top of the box office with The Wolf of Wall Street still proving too dominant and with little in the way of big new releases.

Wolf adds another £2.4 million to bring it's total to £14.9 million and looking to be Scorsese's biggest film, his previous best was Oscar winning The Departed from 2006.

Highest new film is at 3 with That Awkward Moment with took a relatively low £961,167 over the weekend.

Long running films Frozen, Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug are still doing well but this could be the last weekend for The Hobbit and Gravity, although The Oscars could change that.

Last year Les Miserable Was still holding the top spot with highest new film Flight starring Denzel Washington entering at 3.

Five years ago Slumdog Millionaire was still doing well at the top with highest new film Revolutionary Road entering at 3.

Ten years ago the as also no move with Scary Movie 3 staying at the top, no new films in the top 10, highest new film was Cold Creek Manor at 14!

Fifteen years ago Shakespeare in Love entered the box office at the top knocking Little Voice down to 3.

After a limited early release for 2 weeks American Hustle tops the UK box office chart.

Ending a 3 week run at the top for The Hobbit, American Hustle takes over with a weekend box office gross of £3.4 million.

Just a slither away is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, at two, with £3.2 million.

Highest new film is Last Vegas with £1.8 million.

A year ago the first hobbit films was still at the top with highest new film of the week The Impossible coming in at two.

Five years ago Yes Man stayed at the top with the highest new film right down at six, The Spirit.

Ten yeas ago The Return of the King was still riding high at the top of the box office while Stuck on you was the top film at Four.

Fifteen years ago Star Trek Insurrection was the big new film at the top knocking Enemy of the State to number two.

Twenty years ago Mrs. Doubtfire was the big film of January.

It's got Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson so it should be fantastic right? Alarmbells ring when you realise it's the trailer for the Robocop remake due in 2014.

Why the skepticism? Fresh in our minds still is the Total recall remake which despite it modern gritty look and feel seemed to ignore the essence of the Verhoven original and left a bad taste in the mouth.

The trailer for this remake seems to do nothing to suggest it will do anything different for the other Verhoven classic. It looks grittier and more “real World” but from what I can tell seems to ignore the essence of the original, the fear that machine is taking over from man.

Maybe the human race has come a long way since the ‘90's and we no longer fear The Machine, it that's the case then maybe we should get a simple action based remake?

Check out the trailer over at apple or below.

Nothing of real note this week in the UK which could lead to a fairly static box office chart this weekend, leading the way is the Michael bay low budget film Pain and Gain and indie film The Way Way Back with Steve Carell and Toni Collette.

Pain and Gain has not been getting much in the way of good reviews, infact it's been getting terrible reviews. Michael Bay who usually directs big budget films like Transformers brings us this films about body building and kidnapping, starring Mark Wahlberg.

Very little is known of this film and I suspect a low entry, top 10 at least and around the £800,000 mark over the weekend.

THe other new release is The Way Way Back, the coming of age story centers around a young boy in a dysfunctional family who befriends the owner of a water park.

Despite the good reviews and 'A' list stars little is known of this film and a quick release to DVD and limited cinema release might get this film in £100,000 but no entry in the box office top 15.

It has been announced that Ben Affleck will wear the Batman outfit in the Superman/Batman film crossover which was announced during Comic Con 2013.

The film will be a sequel to the recent Superman reboot Man of Steel, but with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan producing it has a relationship with the recent Batman films.

Fans were hoping that Christian Bale who played the superhero in those recent Dark Knight films would play Batman but he recently ruled himself out.

This isn't the first time Affleck has dipped his toes in a superhero franchise, he took the lead role in 2003‘s Daredevil which was panned by critics and fans alike.

This isn't the best casting, Affleck is a decent actor, and a decent dramatic actor, his Oscar wins this year were deserved, but I just cant see him in the Batman role, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy and I don't get that when I think of Affleck.

The new film is set for a 2015 release, July 17th in the US so expect a UK release either the same time or there about.

Continuing a year of superhero movies doing well at the box office, the much loved character of The Wolverine in his 5th film takes over at the top in the UK from Monsters University.

Hugh Jackman one again plays Wolverine in the tale set in modern day Japan, based on one of the best comic strip Wolverine stories. The Wolverine opens to £4.6 million which is lower than the previous stand alone Wolverine film which did £6.6 million.

Monsters University falls from the top this week after 3 weeks to number 2.

This time last year The Dark Knight Rises was still the top film with another fantastic week at the UK taking £7.2 million. The Lorax was the top new film, at 2 with £1.8 million.

Five years ago The Dark Knight burst into the top of the chart with £11.2 million knocking Mamma Mia from the top while coming of age teen drama Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging was the new at 4.

Ten years ago The Hulk was still the top film with £1.3 million and animated tale Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas was the top new film with £800,000.

Fifteen years ago Godzilla was still the top film with £2.1 million and with a fairly static top 5 the highest new entry of the week was The Gingerbread Man at 7 with £171,120.

Another slow week at the UK box office as the British bask in the summer sun which resulted in small box office takings and Monsters University retaining the top spot.

10 days on release and a second weekend as the number one film in Great Britain Monsters University takes £2.7 million pushing it's total UK gross to £8.6 million.

Highest new film of the weekend is The Worlds End, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on a bender that sees the world end, directed by long time collaborator Edgar Wright.

The Worlds end took £2.1 million at the box office, much lower that I would have expected for an anticipated film, but like last weekend the weather has clearly kept people outside.

In accordance with my expectations The Worlds End didn't take the top spot from Monsters University, it was way off by nearly £700,000 and also the box office taking stayed quite stagnant, although with the summer holidays now upon us next week could be different.

Last year at this time The Dark Knight Rises took the box office by storm taking £14.3 million on it's opening weekend, knocking Ice Age Continental Drift from the top and also becoming the highest new film of the week.

Five years ago Mamma Mia was still at the top slowly raking in the money, and also keeping Wall-E from debuting at the top, the Pixar film has to settle for number 2.

Ten years ago The Hulk starring Eric Bana and directed by Ang Lee debuted at the top knocking Charlie's Angels Full Throttle down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago Godzilla took the top spot on it's debut weekend from Six Days Seven Knights.

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are reunited for a third film this week in new release The Worlds End, about pubs, drinking and the end of the world.

Their first film together Shaun of the Dead was a big hit back in 2004, and has since achieved a cult status and it's fair to say it is a British classic.

2007 saw them re-unite in Hot Fuzz which become a bigger than hit than Shaun achieving a UK gross of £20 million, it also made big stars of the 2 principle actors and director Wright.

This one completes the trilogy that has become known by the writers, Wright and Pegg, as the Cornetto trilogy, and is destined to be an even bigger hit.

I fully expect The Worlds End to be an even bigger hit, the two stars have been doing the press rounds and have been funny and likeable. A top place debut is very likely, although with Monsters University not doing that well last weekend because of the hot UK weather it might make that guarantee an uncertainty as Monsters could still rake in the audience, although the 2 films are pitched at a very different market.

Despicable Me 2 easily keeps away all newcomers to stay at the top of the UK box office by a strong margin during it's second week of release.

The animated sequel took close to £4 million pound over the weekend, and despite a drop of £10 million from it's debut it stayed comfortably.

The strongest challenge of the week was from Now You See Me, debuting at 2 with a take of just under £3 million for the 3 day weekend.

According to my prediction Now You See Me did much better than I expected, I predicted a top 5 entry and didn't expect it to debut at number 2

The other new film I predicted last weekend to enter the box office chart was The Internship, which debuted at 3. I expected this to be the big challenge for Despicable Me 2.

This time last year The Amazing Spider-man took the box office by story, the reboot film flew into the top spot with a debut of £11 million and left the rest of the box office dead.

Five years ago Will Smith starred in the superhero movie Hancock and debuted at the top with just under £10 million knocking Prince Caspian from the top.

Ten years ago Charlies Angels: Full Throttle debuted at the top knocking Jim Carey in Bruce Almighty from the top.

Fifteen years ago there was a fairly static box office with Six Days Seven Nights retaining to box office crown.

Twenty years ago Jurassic Park was the big film of the summer and although Arnie was challenging with Last Action Hero it was never a threat to the dinosaur film.

Released this week at UK cinemas, Brad Pitt is fighting Zombies in World Was Z, an apocalyptic set movie based on the novel by Max Brooks.

There has been some buzz surrounding this film in the run up to it's release and Brad Pitt is always a major box office potential but Superman will seriously effects it's box office and probably stop being a number one hit.

Ethan Hawk and Julie Delpy continue their relationship onscreen on Before Midnight, the third film to feature these characters. Again directed by Richard Linklater.

The series has a fan base, but it's small and the film will have the same impact on home video so a top 10 hit is probably on the cards.

Finally Dwayne Johnson stars as a desperate father searching for the truth in Snitch.

Johnson has a fan base but the subject matter may turn people off, this may miss out on the top 10 altogether.

New films to hit the UK multiplexes this week and the Superman reboot Man of Steel and Joss Whedon's follow up to Avengers Assemble, Much Ado About Nothing.

A firm favorite with comic book fans, the all American hero is back in cinemas this week with Man of Steel. Zack Snyder reboot of the franchise moves away from the comic book idea portrayed by Christopher Reeves and the attempted revival by Bryan Singer and give the story a grittier real feel.

After Buffy, Firefly and the mega film Avengers Assemble Joss Whedon has turn his attention to Shakespeare, and Black and White. This modern re-telling of the classic has been well received by critics but has a small release this weekend.

Two new releases lead the way this week, Will Smith and his son in After Earth and Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind The Candelabra.

It's not the first time Will and Jaden Smith have starred in the film together but it's the first time they have both taken top billing, and like the film it very much a case of father showing son the ropes.

It's been kept quiet but M. Night Shyamalan directed this film, after a number of major flops Shyamalan's pull in the cinemas has fallen so the Smiths have done all the publicity for this film.

Unlike in the US, the bio-pic of Liberace is getting a theatrical release in the UK. Starring Michael Douglas and the flamboyant entertainer and Matt Damon as his lover the film has got good reviews.

Also this week we have The Iceman and The Last Exorcism Part II.

This week The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey nudges it's way past the $1 Billion world box office taking mark making it 15th film that has made it past the milestone.

This is an interesting group of films but the group is becoming less and less elite as time goes on, like the magic $100 million mark of time past.

The first film to manage the feat was Titanic back in 1998, and it held the record as the only film to have done it until 2003 when The Return of the King managed it. Since then, and with the introduction of 3D where you are charged more for your ticket, we have had 13 other films make the grade.

Of the 15, 8 had a 3D releases as well as a 2D release, 4 were released in 2012, 2 have made over $2 Billion, 1 made it over the billion mark after it's 3D re-release last year, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and 1 was released in about 6 different formats.

The $1 Billion club is bound to grow and grow so chart watchers are now looking for the next flurry of films to make over $2 Billion, a hard task of which only 1 film has truly made it without a re-release, but that had a 3D tax, Avatar.

These figures are not adjusted for inflation in ticket prices, this is a hotly debated subject, but it is generally accepted that the highest grossing film of all time if ticket sales had always been at today's prices would be Gone With the Wind, whic would today gross $3.2 Billion at the box office, in fact the top 15 would look something more like this

  1. Gone with the Wind
  2. Avatar
  3. Titanic
  4. Star Wars
  5. The Lion King
  6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
  7. Jurassic Park
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  9. Jaws
  10. The Exorcist
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  12. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  13. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  15. Independence Day
Sam Raimi gives us a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Jason Statham is in full action form again and Barbara Streisand mothers Seth Rogan at the box office this weekend.

In Oz The Great and Powerful Sam Raimi directs James Franco and Mila Kunis in a origins story for 1939's The Wizard of Oz.

Parker, based on the 9th book in the Flashfire series, has Jason Statham joined by Jennifer Lopez in this crime drama.

The guilt Trip has Barbara Streisand being the overbearing mother to Seth Rogan in this light hearted comedy.

A single week at the top was all Bruce Willis could manage as Wreck-It Ralph jumps back to the top with a strong weekend after the school half term.

3 weeks of release and Disney recapture the top spot with their video game inspired film. A weekend gross of £3,420,196 takes it's total to £18,624,692 making another big hit for the House of Mouse.

A Good Day to Die Hard only slipped to second place which made the highest new film of the week land at 3, horror spookfest Mama took £1.5 million for the weekend.

This time last year another spooky horror film was still at number 1, The Woman in Black was spending it's 3rd week at the top with £2.4 million. Highest new films was Denzel Washington in Safe House with £2.1 million.

Five years ago Jumper was holding the top spot while whacky comedy starring Jack Black and Mos Def Be Kind Rewind was the highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago it was yet another scary horror film, the US remake of The Ring, which debuted in the top spot with £2.2 million.

And fifteen years ago Titanic was continuing it's record breaking surge at the top of the box office, 5 weeks in, still the top film and £34.1 million in the bank.

Opening across the UK this weekend are The Wachowski's Cloud Atlas, Horror film Mama which is presented by respected director Guillermo del Toro and famed director Terrence Malick's latest To The Wonder.

Cloud Atlas is Andy and Lana Wachowski's return to film making after 5 years out of the game. Their most famous film to date is The Matrix from 1999. Their new film stars a host of Hollywood A-Listers including Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and is based on the surreal novel from David Mitchell, the story following characters spanning across decades of time.

Mama is a scare fest horror movie from director Andres Muschietti and is the story of 2 young girls who are found apparently living alone in the woods and brought back to live with a young couple, only to find their dead mother wants them back.

Finally Terrence Mallick releases his latest film To The Wonder that follows a young couple in love on their journey through life after a visit to Mont Saint-Michel.

The Die Hard series continues to pull in audiences 25 years after the original film hit cinemas.

Bruce Willis, the undisputed star of the series, plays John Mclain again, the New York cop who seems to always find him self in difficult situations with guns! A Good Day to Die Hard is the highest new film and the new number one film with an opening gross of £4.5 million.

Other new films this week are This is 40 at 3, Beautiful Creatures at 5 and Sammy Great Escape, a sequel to 2010's A Turtles Tale, is new at 8.

A year ago The Woman in Black was still riding the top of the chart while Nicholas Cage was the star of the highest new film at 3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence.

Five years ago Jumper debuted at the top of the box office becoming the highest new film and the number one film.

Ten years ago Hugh Grant was able to hang onto the top spot in Two Weeks Notice keeping Daredevil from the top which was the highest new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago Titanic was still at the top of the UK chart with the Kevin Klein starring In and Out the highest new film at 3.

Disney end the 4 week run of Les Miserables with their latest animation, the video game inspired Wreck-It Ralph which tops the box office during it's debut week.

Ralph debuted with a £4.5 million weekend beating all in it's path with nothing coming any where near. Les Miserables fell to second place with a £1.6 million weekend on it's 5th week of release.

A year ago Daniel Radcliffe was starring in his first film post Potter and debuted with The Woman in Black at the top with £3.1 million knocking Chronicle to 5th.

Five years ago National Treasure: Book of Secrets debuted at the top with £2.5 million knocking Cloverfield to 3rd.

Ten years ago Two Weeks Notice with Hugh Grand and Sandra Bullock was the top film on it's debit with £2.6 million knocking Catch Me If You Can to second.

Fifteen years ago saw the only number one holder as Titanic spend another weekend as the top film with £4.2 million.

New films this week in the UK that will try and shift Les Miserables hold of the box office are - I Give it a Year, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph and the Alfred Hitchcock bio-pic Hitchcock. The week before Valentines Day we get a rom com that looks at how much trouble a marriage can be, and if it can last more than a year. Starring a strong British cast among the Americans the film stars Rose Bryne, Anna Faris and Rafe Spall along with Minnie Driver, Stephen Merchant, Olivia Colman and Jane Asher.

Disney release another computer generated animated movie that Pixar had nothing to do with. Based on video games and boasting cameos from top video game characters Wreck-It Ralph is about a bad guy in a video game that no longer want to be the bad guy!

Hitchcock is the story of Alfred Hitchcock and his wife during the period he was making Psycho, it concentrates on the dynamics between him and his wife and gives in insight to how driven he was during the making of his films, Anthony Hopkins stars as the famed director with Helen Mirren as his wife with support from Scarlett Johanson, Toni Colette and Jessica Biel.

With the announcement that Disney would release films within the Star Wars Universe based around specific characters, 25thframe.co.uk has asked which loved characters would make the best films? Here are some ideas, but let me know which characters youd like to see in their own film.

The initial news was that the first film would be based on Yoda. One option for a film would be around his time on Dagoba between Episode III and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but he spent many years alone here so not sure how much excitement there is there! More interesting would be a movie based nearly 900 years into the Star Wars past explaining where Yoda came from, and maybe how he became the Jedi Master.

The latest news suggest that the first film will be based on Han Solo, another fan favourite, and one were all keen to see, How did Han meet Chewbacca, we think it was some time after Episode III, but clearly before Star Wars. When did he get the Millennium Falcon, this would have to include Lando Calrissian as the Falcon once belonged to him, and when did Solo do the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs?

Bobba Fett is another character that fans simply want to know more about, we know so little, he has very brief appearances in Empire and Jedi, the film in which he is killed, despite which he became one of the most popular characters, but is a major character in Episode II. We see him as a child and see his dad get killed by the Jedi's, we also know that the Clone Troopers/Storm Troopers are him.

Biggs Darklighter would make an interesting charter to base a film on, he appears on Star Wars and is killed during the batttle, and he appears on one of the more famous cut scenes from that film. There is a whole life on Tattooine to explore, and of course a very close friendship with Luke Sykwalker.

In Star Wars we see Darth Vadar's boss (of sorts) on the Death Star as Grand Moff Tarkin, he must have an interesting back story, what made him so evil, how did he get to commmand the Death Star and the Imperial Outland Regions? We know when he died what what are this vaguely Hitler like characters origins?

The back story of Jabba the Hutt has also been touted as future film, he's a resident of Tatooine and is over 800 years old, he runs a crime organisation that hires bounty hunters and is clearly rich and buys respect. A Godfather type story could be a must for this.

Admiral Ackbar has despite only a brief appearence in Return of the Jedi become a very popular character, he has appeared in The Clone Wars cartoon which has given some insight to his character, but going through his academy days would be an interesting film.

Disney have announces that as part of their ongoing continuation of the Star Wars film franchise they are to make films that expand the universe and concentrate on individual main characters, Yoda being the first.

Clearly inspired by the success, and probable continued success, of the series of films inspired from the Avengers comics, Disney will produce the films based in the star wars universe that look at the individual characters so we can look forward to Han Solo The Movie, Luke and Lia The Movie, and one a number of fans might like, Boba Fett The Movie.

These will be alongside the sequel trilogy that will be made, the first of which will be directed by J.J. Abrams and the first will be released in 2015.

Yoda will be the first to get the stand alone treatment, although there is no word on where this will fit into the overall picture, or during what time line it will take.

Best guesses are a couple of ideas, one to fill in the gap between Episode III and when we first meet him in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back which means the whole film wil be based on the swamp plant of Dagobah.

There is no reason why there couldn't be a few flash back in the film, but for all intense and purposes Yoda was supposed to be alone on this planet before Luke turned up for training, so it could be hard to fill in a full 2 hour movie?

The other is more inline with the X-Men origins style and look at where Yoda came from and how he came into existence, this would be a more interesting movie, and as he's meant to be in his mid 800's in Episode 1 this would be going way back into Star Wars history, and possible leave more a blank sheet for what to do.

Whatever happens lets hope that Disney stay true to the universe, at least as much as Lucas has, and we start getting films that fans as much as , well the original trilogy at least.

It's 3 weeks at the top of the Box Office for Les Miserable this week with competition from 2 other Oscar contenders proving not enough to remove it.

A strong 3rd weekend gross of £4 million brings the total gross to £24.6 million for the musical.

With Django Unchained staying put at number 2 it meant that highest new film Lincoln entered the chart at 3. The Spielberg directed bio-pic of the famous president managed £s;1.7 million on it's debut.

This time last year another Spielberg film was holding firm at the top of the box office, War Horse took just over 2 million pound for the weekend. The highest new film was George Clooney in The Descendants which took £1.8 million and landed at 2.

Five years ago Tim Burtion directed Johnny Depp in the music version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street which debuted at the top with £4.5 million for the weekend.

Ten years ago it was a fairy static top five with Eminem holding the top spot with 8 Mile and £2.5 million for the weekend, you had to look as low as 5 for a new film, I, Spy with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson debuted there with £0.8 million.

Fifteeen year ago was the debut weekend for what would become the highest grossing film of all time for twelve years, Titanic debuted at number 1 with £4.8 million, interestingly not a blockbusting debut.

It has been announced that the Star Trek/Mission: Impossible 4 director J.J. Abrams is going to be directing the upcoming Star Wars sequel.

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilms, and the Star Wars franchise in the process, announcing that there would be an episodes 7, 8 and 9 of the long running saga, the main question has been, who will direct?

Abrams name has been one of the front runners, either is fans hoping for a decent director or in leaked information, but is not suprise, and of great relief that he will be at the helm.

Also confirmed is that the production (or leadership duties as the starwars.com website calls it) will be Kathleen Kennedy and the screen play will be done by Michael Arndt, who is also a life long Star Wars fan.

Good news all round really? In a word yes, Abrams has the ability to turn things around, and is a brilliant director. The transformation he has done with Star Trek is nothing short of amazing, he taken the pure essence of the franchise, turned it full circle on it's head and allowed it to live a new life BUT he has kept it pure to the original. Also he took the flagging franchise of Mission:Impossible and produced possibly the best film of the series.

I think largely fan concerns that Disney would turn the series into a money spinning load on nonsense has been largely laid to rest, and quite possible the series will be given a new lease of life after the prequel trilogy tried to kill it.

We are on the dawn on the fifth Die Hard film to be released and Fox have now released a new trailer, with action, drama and Bruce Willis.

The original Die Hard movie is still to this day one of my favourite films, and I always try to get a watch over Christmas (it is the ultimate Christmas movie after all). Here we are 25 years after that release and 5 is with us nearly, do we need a fifth entry?

Maybe a discussion for another day, enjoy the trailer for A Good Day To Die Hard.

Keeping hold of the box office number one over the festive period is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which over the weekend starting 28th December took £6,850,728, up nearly a million from the previous weekend.

In total the Hobbit film has now taken just shy of 36 million pounds.

Highest new entry of the week is the Tom Cruise film Jack Reacher at number 3. A bit of a surprise this for a new Cruise action film, but there has been little publicity for the film and the adult theme has maybe kept some of the audience away, Reacher took £3,575,066.

Worthy of note this week, Skyfall has now become the first film in UK box office history to take over 100 million pounds, this far outstrips the 92 million pound gross of Avatar which had a 3D sales boosts.

This time last year Tom Cruise did have the top film, this time with his franchise movie Mission:Impossible Ghost Protocol which debuted at the top with £8,188,209.

Five years ago Will Smith had one of the biggest hits of his movie career to date with I Am Legend which debuted at the top grossing a quite brilliant £11,009,365.

Ten years ago we were in Middle Earth for the second time with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers which held the top spot with £8,177,801, while musical Chicago debuted the highest at 8 with £113,386 on limited release.

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.

It was teasered last week, and there is a 9 minute prologue infront of the IMAX version of new The Hobbit movie, so the hype is well and truly in top gear, and today we get the first trailer.

It's an annoying trailer and I hope the film is better. The teaser was great, and the poster is excellent, but this trailer is a little cheesy.

It starts with a very bad voice over telling (I presume) kirk, (maybe) about the events (I presume) that will take place in him life (the film). Or is the voice referring to someone else.

The trailer is I think tedious for the first minute, then although it's get more exciting after that there are far too many money shots! What do I mean by money shots, shots that are in there just to make you say, oooh what happens there.

The best thing by far is Benedict Cumberbatch who displays a look that is genuinely chilling, and lets hope he'll make the best vilain since Khan, who many fans think he is playing, why? Another of those money shots which look suspiciously like the Spock death scene in Star Trek 2 (check out the image below).

I have full faith in JJ Abrams to deliver a fantastic film, so lets drink from the hype cup till then and enjoy the film on May 17th.

After a few weeks of dominance from Skyfall and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 we have a new number 1, rising to the top is the animated film Rise of the Guardians.

Maybe this is a little bit of a shock, and it will of course be for 1 week only due to the onslaught of The Hobbit next week, we see Rise of the Guardians take the top spot after it was highest new entry last week.

Taking £1,602,689 from the weekend it easily knocked the Bond top earner to second place, in total now Guardians has taken £4,062,292.

Skyfalls total is now £96,333,036 and it may struggle to make the £100 million mark.

Highest new film of the week is Seven Psychopaths at 3 with a weekend take of £1,121,679.

A year ago the Shrek franchise went off in another direction and hit big as Puss in Boots took the top spot in it's opening weekend with just shy of £2 million.

Five years ago we all hoped it would be the start of a Lord of the Rings style franchise, but alas no, as The Golden Compass took the top spot on it's debut weekend with an incredible £7,243,984.

Ten years ago it was still all Bond at the top with Die Another Day and the top new film was Jamie Bell in Deathwatch at 4 with £334,657.

Fifteen years ago it was also Bond with Tomorrow Never Dies although Spice World The Movie was doing well in the midst of Girl Power.

A new trailer has been released for next years Superman reboot Man of Steel, and unlike the previous effort this one shows promise.

The film looks grittier, meaner and tougher than 2006's Superman Returns, the film is taking a very different approach than that of the classic Christopher Reeve films, unlike the 2006 effort.

This could be good news, but then the trailers for Superman Returns looked good and that was utter rubbish so maybe we'll reserve judgement until release date which is 14th June 2013, until then enjoy the trailer.

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.

In a record breaking week where it becomes the top movie in the UK ever, Skyfall reclaims the number 1 spot at the UK box office.

After spending 2 week at the top, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 is dislodged by the return of the 50th anniversary Bond movie. It was a close call in the end with Breaking Dawn 2 grossing £2,180,909 and Skyfall taking £2,275,469 bringing their totals in the UK to £31,373,440 and £93,769,331 repectively.

Highest new film this week is the Dreamworks animated film Rise of the Guardians which took £1,968,984, a good number in most weeks but not with the two powerhouse films that have dominated in recent weeks.

This time last year Arthur Christmas was still holding onto the top spot in the UK and £1,896,595 over the weekend, highest new film of the week was Happy Feet Two.

The festive theme continued five years ago when Fred Clause was the top new film at number one, staring Vince Vaughn the film grossed £2,275,469 on it's opening.

Ten years ago it was another year when it was all Bond, this time with Die Another Day, it was holding the top spot with a take of £5,364,433 over the weekend, and Santa Clause 2 was the highest film at number 3.

No suprise this week, The Twilight: Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 knocks Skyfall from its perch at the top of the UK box office to become the highest grosing fim of the weekend.

Breaking Dawn 2 took a very good £15,850,825 over the weekend which is by far the best of the series, the others taking in the £13 million area except for the first film, Twilight, which amazingly only took £2,508,422 during its openeing back in December 2008.

Skyfall may have fallen to 2 this week but the film had another good weekend and raises its gross to £82,836,559 in the UK. It is now the second highest grossing film ever in the UK beating Titanic, and now only has Avatar to beat. Skyfall is now by far the most sucessful Bond movie ever in the UK, beating the previous best Casino Royale from 2006 which took a total of £55,287,027.

Interestingly Daniel Craigs Bond now has a UK box office gross of nearly £190 million, far more that any other actors reign as bond, not adjusted for inflation.

This time last year The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 was eating up the box office on its first week of release £13,910,877.

Five years ago American Gangster was the top new film at number 1 with £2,564,853

Ten years ago we were in the midst of Harry Potter fever with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets debuting at the top with £18,871,829.

And twenty years ago Whoopy Goldberg was getting hit film after hit film and was smashing the box office in the UK with Sister Act.

Despite the surprise yesterday that Disney is buying LucasFilms from George Lucas for £2 1/2 billion, which will include the license to all the franchises that the production company owns, it wasn't really that much of a surprise, and it could have been predicted.

Not long ago it was reported that Lucas wanted to retire, to leave the Hollywood blockbuster behind and maybe concentrate on smaller budget films like his recently produced film Red Tails, this is a large chunk of change to do that.

Lucas has always had a good relationship with Disney, just go to a theme park and see the level of Star Wars merchandise for sale, and the infamous Star Tours ride which was opened in 1987 and got a major revamp in 2010.

So in the end it was Disney who have purchased LucasFilms rather than maybe the more obvious studio, 20th Century Fox but the real question has to be the continuing production of it's most loved franchises, well both of them anyway.

First off is the Indiana Jones franchise, directed by Steven Spielberg and funded and released by Paramount, will future episodes 1) still have the involvement of Paramount, not really a big issue, or 2) be directed by Spielberg? Or star Harrison Ford? Disney are know for cashing in on big film names, see Aladdin, Cars, Beauty and the Beast to name a few, and maybe fans have something to worry about.

Now lets address the one on all our minds. At the press conference it was almost instantly announced that there will be a Star Wars Episode VII (7) released in 2015, oooh, that's big, and scary, and with Lucas taking an back seat, although he has an advisory role, what will happen.

Lucas may have tarnished the Star Wars franchise with the prequel trilogy, but above anything else he was very true to the franchise, and the universe he has created, he clearly has a lot of affection for all things Star Wars and despite not doing the best job possible a lot of love and attention went into the films, that in difficult narrative circumstances tied the films into the original series, and the characters were also true to it.

Star Wars Episode VII possibly isn't the concern, Disney also announced there will be an Episode VIII in 2017 and Episode IX in 2019 this is more worrying and anything beyond that are clearly frightening.

Star Wars has been with us since 1977, there has been 6 films of varying degrees of quality, but it has millions and millions of fans worldwide who still love the series, Lucas shattered some of our dreams in 1999 with Episode I, but those dreams have been repaired over time, we either forget them or learn to love them, is Disney about to totally destroy our dreams? When all has been said and done what I really want to know is, did Disney get the 1977 Star Wars Holiday Special in the deal and will they now release it onto Blu-ray?

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.

Expectation are already high for Skyfall, now they are even higher with the release of a full length trailer.

I won't go on about how good it is, just watch it below, and believe me, it looks just simply brilliant.

The sooner this year is over the better with the quality of films that are on the slate, go on, just watch this trailer.

Peter Jackson has officially announced that his Hobbit films will now be 3 rather than just 2.

Be cynical if you like but I actually think this is a great idea, it worked so well with The Lord of the Rings, and for 3 exciting year we had 3 excellent films, and I truly believe that Jackson can do the same again.

On that more cynical note, each of the Rings films took close to or over a billion dollars in box office grosses, and over the years created a massive buzz that probably drove merchandising sales through the roof, as well as creating DVD sales in standard forem and extended form.

You can see why it makes sense to turn this into a trilogy, New Line Cinema (and all other studios involved) have probably just made themselves another couple of billion dollars in revenue, as I'm sure, unless the first film is an absolute turkey, that these films will make over a billion at the box office each, and thats before you consider everything else. With no release date or title the details are still sketchy, but at the moment lets presume that this will take The Hobbit into 2014, thats this December, December 2013 and then December 2014 for the next film.

The good news in all this is that we should get to see the entire book turned into a film and any un-filmed stuff from the Middle Earth universe that has so far been untouched. Roll on this December when we find out if the wait has been worth it.

Absolutely no surprise at all that The Dark Knight Rises is the biggest film of the week, and the £14 Million debut weekend is as expected.

The tragedy that took place in America on Thursday night at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises does not seem to have affected the box office over here with a weekend take of £ 14,362,443 it is very close to to 2008's The Dark Knight which opened just north of £11 million. The best opener of the year is still Avengers Assemble nearly £16 Million.

With the release of the new Batman film there were no other new films this week but last weeks top film Ice Age Continental Drift still does the numbers and has a weekend of £ 2,112,021.

This time last year Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was still at the top having taken £ 44,271,997 in 2 weeks while Pixars Cars 2 was the top new release with £3,541,664 at 2.

Five years ago Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was still at the top with a total gross of £30,062,094 after 2 weeks and the remake of John Walters Hairspray was the highest new film at 2 with £2,045,912.

Ten years ago Scooby Doo was still top with a gross of £9,420,817 and with the top 2 staying the same the highest new film was Stuart Little 2 at 3 with a take of £1,343,398.

The Amazing Spider-man could only manage a single week at number 1 as Ice Age: Continental Drift climbs back up to the top.

Previously Ice Age 4 managed to get to the top in a very quiet week in only 134 screens across the UK, this week the film has expanded to 522 screens and take an amazing £10,087,052, so in actual fact the film has taken more in it's 3rd weekend of release than most films make in their first weekend. To date Ice Age 4 has taken £13,051,881.

With Spider-Man's takings falling by 65% it falls to number 2, the longest stay in the chart this week is Men in Black 3 which has so far grossed £21,539,847

This time last year Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made it's debut at the top of the chart with £23,753,171 and was in the process the highest new film.

Five years ago another Harry Potter film was at the top on it's opening weekend, this time it was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which opened with a £16,493,305, no 3D this time see!

Ten years ago, a time before any Harry Potter films, Scooby Doo debuted at the top with £5,129,109, knocking Minority Report from the top.

And 15 years ago The Lost World: Jurassic park was riding high, while 20 years ago, ironically, Batman Returns was the big film, and what big film is released this weekend?

One of the most unlikely film subjects makes it debut at the top of the UK box office this week in the shape of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. With virtually no competition in the marketplace except for some old hangover films the vampire hunting film a gross of £1,119,117 over the weekend.

Last weeks top film drops 3 places to number 4. Prometheus is now at 4 taking £1,029,758 over the weekend and £21,641,986 in total.

Longest stay on the box office is Avengers Assemble which has now taken £51,344,770 over 9 weeks. A year ago Bridesmaids was another surprise hit at the top of the chart on it's first week with £3,445,395 knocking Kung Fu Panda 2 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer was still at the top of the chart with a total take of £7,914,450 while Captivity from director Roland Joffé was the highest new film at 4 with £329,193

Ten years ago there were a couple of power house films in the top places, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones at 2 and Spider-Man at the top meaning the top new film was The Musketeer starring Catherine Deneuve which took £131,338 over the weekend.

Columbia pictures have released a new trailer for the Total Recall remake due for release later this summer. I have to admit that although it's actually a very good trailer don't watch if your a fan of the original?

The reason is that there is far too many key points from the original film in the trailer, I'm hoping that there will be a few twists and turns in this new re-image, but if there is not then I've almost seen the key moments.

One other note, were the film makers actually wanting to remake Blade Runner but had to settle for Total Recall? This trailer has a look, feel and style of the Ridley Scott classic, and there is even one scene in the trailer that is very reminiscent of a classic Blade Runner scene.

Check out the trailer below

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.

It may have been 10 years since the Men in Black had their last big screen outing but Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are still busting aliens together and this week take their 3rd trip to the top of the box office. Taking £ 2,935,736 the film is a little lower than maybe expected.

The Dictator duly falls into second place with a weekend take of £1,078,155 and a second weekend total gross of £7,563,554

Highest grossing film on the chart this week is Avengers Assemble with a total gross of £46,891,709 after 5 weeks, it's also the highest grossing film of the year and probably will remain so unless The Dark Knight Rises can out do it.

This time last year The Hangover Part II took the top of the chart debuting at number one with a very promising £10,409,017.

Five years ago the last of the original trilogy of Pirates film, Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End, debuted at the top of the chart with an excellent £13,412,294.

Ten years ago Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones was still riding the top of the charts with a weekend take of £5,955,017 while the satirical Not Another Teen Movie was the highest new film with £635,805.

It's 35 years since Star Wars made it debut in the US, it opened in Manns Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles (and actually 31 other locations across America), and people queued around the block to see it.

The legacy of the original has been immense and still to this day the Star Wars series of 6 films is one of the highest grossing movie series of all time, behind only Harry Potter and James Bond.

1977 opening of Star Wars in LA

The franchise hit mass criticism and lost some of it's appeal after the 1999 release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace which was to explain the back story of the popular villain Darth Vader, but all it really did was anger fans because it was frankly quite naff.

The disappointment of the new trilogy of films angered fans more because a few years previously Lucas had messed with the loved original trilogy adding new special effects and scenes, fans preferred the original theatrical release, especially the changed Jaba The Hut scene and the now infamous Gredo shoots first scene.

Despite all this Star Wars is alive and well, and in truth us fans still love the series, the new films got better as the series went on and we all hope and prey for the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special to be released on Blu-ray some time.

Daniel Radcliffe's first film after the Harry Potter franchise opens in the top spot on its opening weekend, although the opening gross is nowhere near that of a Potter franchise film, The Woman in Black takes £3,153,020 the weekend.

Last year the animated film Gnomeo and Juliet took the top spot in its opening weekend with £2,945,627.

Five years ago Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore were at the top in their opening weekend when Music and Lyrics took £1,929,058.

Ten years ago it was another new film at the top as Pixar's Monsters Inc. took a very respectable £9,200,257 during its opening weekend.

Today looks to be a day that should be celebrated as it mark the time that casting on The Hobbit is finally complete, Billy Connolly will be taking on the role of Dain Ironfoot who is a great drawf warrior in the story. Here we are 6 months into production, the first trailer released 6 weeks ago and casting is complete!

The anticipation for The Hobbit is building up to such an extent that I for one am starting to feel like this year can't be over with quick enough, and in the mean time we have a number of great films to enjoy.

In case you haven't been keeping up The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again is the 2 part screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit, a prequel to The Lord of the Ring Trilogy the Peter Jackson brought to life in 3 spectacular films starting back in 2001.

Normally with a film getting this much hype and anticipation I'd be nervous that it could never live up to the hype, but watching the rings trilogy today is still as enjoyable and judging from the trailer for The Hobbit this will absolutely great.

Roll on December 14th when we'll finally be able to judge for ourselves whether Peter Jackson still have that gift or not.

This week Steven Spielberg's War Horse notches up another week at the top of the UK box office making it 3 in a row, while the highest new film is George Clooney in The Descendants at 2

Check out the top 15 box office.

This time last year Disney's Tangled debuted at the top of the charts.

Five years ago Rocky Balboa stayed at the top while Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Blood Diamond which had the highest debut at number 2

Ten years ago Vanilla Sky went straight in at number 1 on the box office finally ending The Lord of the Rings reign at the top.

For the first time the UK box office surpass the £1 billion takings in a single calendar year, helped by big hits such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Kings Speech and The inbetweeners, all British films.

The actual figure according The British Film Institute is £1.04 billion 5% up on 2010, this amounts to a staggering 171,600,000 tickets sold (more or less), a figure which is a 1.4% increase on the previous year. The large difference in spend to tickets sold seems odd considering ticket prices went down in 2011, but then with the 3D tax you start to realize where the extra comes from.

Films shot in the UK or financed in someway in the UK amounts to just over 36%, that's a staggering 24% up on the previous year, this is an incredible statistic, especially in the wake of prime Minister David Cameron claiming the UK needs to make more blockbusters that make money, go figure!

This year looks to be another big year for movies with some great Hollywood blockbuster due in the coming months which will certainly boost to cinema figures for 2012.

This has got to be one of the best things I've seen in a while, amateur film maker Casey Pugh asked people on the internet to send him 15 second clips they had made depicting scenes from the film Star Wars, and he's now strung them altogether.

The finished product is nothing short of amazing with some truly brilliant individual styles, as well as some not so brilliant it must be said.

What truly stand out for me is that all these clips are 15 seconds, and obviously a scene is longer than 15 seconds, but the way Aaron Valdez the films editor and Bryan Pugh the sound mixer has seamlessly put them together is just brilliant.

You can checkout more info at their website.

Personally I think this should get full endorsement from Lucasfilms and get a theatrical release, till that day catch it on YouTube or on the embedded video below

A report is due to be released next week suggesting that the UK should make more commercially successful films, this is after a year where the British film industry contributed £4 Billion to the UK economy.

Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Pinewood Studios on Wednesday (11th Jan) and has said himself that he British film industry should support "commercially successful pictures", but in doing this does it mean film makers loosing their artistic integrity?

In my mind this begs the question, do film makers make films for person reasons, it may be to make art, to make a statement or because the maker has a story they just have to tell, and despite it's commercial success if its going to be seen and enjoyed or acknowledged by the public, despite how small that group might be, it's worth making the film. Or is the making of a film an industry and if the product won't make a profit then why bother to produce it? In reality the films, which make the money, are (generally) big blockbuster.

Last year Britain produced The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners, Johnny English Reborn and finish off the Harry Potter series (which can arguably be credited to Britain), all successful films which made money at the box office and have continued to make money in the home market (DVD, Blu-ray, downloads). But outside of this there were plenty of films that were lower grossing movies that probably didn't make money.

The "independent" films that Britain produces are often what separates it, and forms the identity of the film industry, India and France also have massive films industries and can be identified by these films which are loved by people in their native countries as well as other nationalities. In the UK we love American (Hollywood) blockbuster for what they are, and it just so happens they make money, maybe it's the marketing push of millions of dollars but they make money, much of which is pumped back into the American economy.

Of course this is the attraction, American mainstream films make money the world over, British films tend to make money only in the UK, the marketing pounds aren't there to promote the film to the same extent abroad. Despite The Kings Speech which won Oscars doing well in the US, The Inbetweeners and Johnny English didn't.

It must be argues that if Britain makes more 'mainstream' films there is a fear of the British film industry just becoming a Little Hollywood, and although it's no bad thing to produce movies that make money (and hence having a larger audience) we shouldn't and can't stop making films which can be truly identifies as British and which probably wont make millions.

The company was started in the US in 1997 specialising in mailing DVD's to it's customers rather than having them go to a Video Shop to rent them, utilising the internet it revolutionised the industry and was the first nail in the Blockbuster coffin. Today the company still deals with mail order but also does big business with streaming video, and from today the service has come to Britain, over 10 years later!

Does the UK need Netflix? LoveFilm has no strong competition, so in the mail order sector, but streaming/downloaded video, maybe not. I can stream films from my PS3, my Xbox 360, my iTunes account, my Apple TV (OK technically thats through iTunes as well), my TV itself, even Blockbuster if I so choose, so Netflix I think is 10 years late.

So why launch Netflix now? It has the brand recognition, despite it being US only many many UK people know the name, in fact many probably thought the service was already available in the UK. Netflix are also a massive company making billions of dollars a year, expansion was only a matter of time.

I remember working for the biggest video rental company in Britain many years ago, the company was called Ritz Video Film Hire, Blockbuster Video had been trying to crack the UK for a couple of years, they were a massive American company at the time and thought they could bring the American business model to the UK, it didn't work and Blockbuster Video was failing, so what did they do? They bought Ritz Video Film Hire and overnight the staff who had grown to hate Blockbuster were suddenly working for them, I know LoveFilm is owned by Amazon.co.uk but I can seriously see them selling to Netflix sometime down the line.

At the end of the day as long as the customer wins who cares? Already LoveFilm have reduced their prices by a pound, but LoveFilm don't offer HD yet, Netflix had that advantage for the extra pound. I'm going to sound off now, I know these services are good value, £4.99 or £5.99 for unlimited streaming films is very good, but, this thing that annoys me is they don't have the latest releases, I want to see film when they are out on DVD/Blu-ray, not weeks later, I'd even pay a pound or 2 extra so i could stream Breaking Dawn Part 1 from the day it's released, I wont get that yet with Netflix or LoveFilm, for that I'd need to stick iTunes, PS3 etc.

I'm sure these services will get there, and for rental at least the future is in digital distribution, but for me Netflix isn't there yet, but still it is a welcome addition that I may use when they get same day as disk releases.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 simply did big business across the world in 2011 taking an incredible $1,327,655,619 in world wide box office takings.

The final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise made sure that no other franchise will come close to it for a while and it was the only film in the saga to break the billion pound mark in world grosses, although the 3D tax will have helped.

Coming in a healthy second is Transformers: Dark of the Moon which took $1,114,558,779, this is also the highest grossing film it's series, although to date there are only 3, more will follow. With Transformers taking over a billion it completed a top 10 of world box office films with over a billion.

Also worth a mention are Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with just over a billion dollars, Kung Fu Panda with $659,230,261 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 with $648,079,401.

It was not a great year for film at the box office this year despite the high taking of 3 films, they were exceptions. Next year is a good year for films and could well see box office takings increase with the likes of Batman, Spider-Man and The Hobbit.

The final instalment of Harry Potter saw the boy wizard go out with a bang, and it became the most successful film of the franchise in the process, and for 2011 it is the highest grossing film at the UK box office.

During its 10 week run it raked up £73,094,187 in UK box office takings, at todays cinema ticket prices that is about 13.5 million tickets making it the 30th top film in the UK by ticker sales. Other film to do well in 2011 were The kings Speech with £45.3 milion, The Inbetweeners with £45 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with £32.9 million and The Hangover Part II with £32.7 million.

In all a good year for British films (is Harry Potter a British film?) with Blockbusters not doing so well, Breaking Dawn and Transformers Dark of the Moon performed well enough but they were big budget blockbusters and had higher expectations.

I think the winner of the year was The Inbetweeners Movie that performed well abouve expectations, made back its budget and secured a sequel in the process, al that for a little Channel 4 show about bad mouthed undersexed teens.

Men in Black was great, Men in Black 2 starts great but get silly towards the end, so you can imagine, a 3rd could lie either way in my book, couple this with the reports of problems on set and there is a fear of trouble brewing in the MIB franchise for a third film.

Sony have now delivered a trailer, and although I went in skeptical I have to say by the end of the trailer I was won over and I'm now looking forward to this film.

OK the premise seems a little old, time travel, and it seems like Tommy Lee Jones wasn't as willing as Will Smith to be in the film, but it looks great, Emma Thompson has a brilliant fleeting appearance in the trailer and from there I just sat back and enjoyed.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.

"We need this like a hole in the head" comes to mind when I think of the Star Wars Saga in 3D but George Lucas has felt the necessity to release the once loved film in yet another format at the cinema to try and get more money from the franchise.

Thinking about it maybe the prequels will be better with a 3D make over (seriously they weren't that bad were they?).

Hands up those who wanted this next incarnation, well next February you get your wish when Episode 1 of the saga gets re-released in theaters in 3D, you can both put your hands down now.

For those interested here is the trailer.

Sorry about the pun! To mark the release of the full Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray for the first time BT turned the BT Tower into a giant Lightsaber, and pretty cool it looked too.

As luck would have it the body of the tower does resemble the handle of a Star Wars Light Saber, so they then projected a very powerful light from the top to get the effect.

Turning on the Lightsaber was the man behind C-3PO Anthony Daniels and the party that took place at the top of the tower was attended by many other stars from the saga.

If you feel you need to get the Blu-ray version of the films, with all the new changes that have happened over the past 40 years then you can buy it via Amazon.co.uk.

Check out the picture and video below to see the tower in action.

We love a bit of American Pie don't we? And we all know that there is one more slice that's about to be released in cinemas, and here we have the first teaser for that next slice of pie.

All the American Pie films have been funny, and I even think the spin offs have been worth watching, to me they are like to comedies of the '80's that I used to enjoy so much brought bang up to date.

Over the series of films cast members have dropped out with the only thread of continuity being Jim's father played by Eugene Levy, but reunion brings all the cast from the original back together since American Pie 2 hit our screens, to be fair there has only been one other theatrical American Pie, American Wedding.

Despite this we have the fully assembled original cast back together all grown up and probably married and having children and doing similar things but in a more grown up way, it should lead to laughs galore, although if Finch is still chasing his MILF surely he's now chasing a GILF!!! Only time will tell.

Check out the teaser trailer below, which manages to be funny with absolutely no film footage at all, good start I think.

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At the UK box office this week the very British The Inbetweeners movie continues is run at the top of the box office chart making it 3 weeks in a row.

Another good weekend for the boys adding £ 3,679,555 to its total gross, the film has done far better than expected to date and now sits with a UK gross at £34,992,321 making it the 3rd highest grossing film of the year in the UK.

In the rest of the chart, Rise of the Planet of the apes reverses it's decline of the chart and pops back to number 2 with £ 1,083,091.

Last week's highest entry slips just one place this week, One Day falls to 3 with a total weekend take of £ 1,048,343.

The Little blue men of The Smurfs continue their successful run staying at 4 with a take of £ 1,043,353.

Finally in the top five is the highest new film of the week, an Indian action film Bodyguard which takes just under the million mark at £ 839,695.

This week's top 15 is running higher than last year's where The Last Exorcism was a new entry at the top of the tree, and the only film to take over a million, and Avatar was still proving a popular hit 9 months after release.

Miramax have launch an app for Facebook which allows you to watch a number of their films on the social networking site at a cost of 30 Facebook Credits ($3 or about £2.60) per rental.

The films are streamed so there is no downloading involved, and can also be watched full screen on your computer, iPad or a GoogleTV device (finally a use for the Google set top box.

The streaming is good and the definition is of a good quality. Naturally there is a social aspect to it all and you can arrange to watch films with friends if you desire and there is a game in the app as well based around casting and your friends list.

There are 20 movies available in the US, there are some movies available in the UK but not all 20. Like other online rentals the films are available for 30 days and then 48 hours after you start watching.

Check out the app on the Miramax section of the Facebook website.

The UK weekend box office had a small surprise this last weekend, a home grown TV phenomenon has tuned into a genuine box office hit. The Inbetweeners Movie, a tale of 4 obnoxious school kids of their first "lads" holiday together has become grabbed the crown as the highest grossing debut comedy, beating this years The Hangover Part 2.

The Inbetweeners Movie took just over £13 million from it's debit weekend (including Wednesday and Thursday previews) beating the likes of Bridget Jones and Wallace and Gromit and American blockbusters like Sex and the City. Very good for a little comedy from Channel 4.

Time will tell if the momentum will continue during its run at the box office and it still needs to go world wide, the US audience may not get the very British humour and crudeness of the central characters.

A great first weekend for the boys and beating James Bond and Indiana Jones in a movie together will be something to tell the grandchildren about.

You go away for a couple of weeks and something incredible happens, in last weeks world box office figures 2 films entered the $1 billion club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: The Dark of the Moon which now brings the total number of film which have grossed over a billion dollars to 10.

The incredible thing about this is that Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the first of the Harry Potter franchise to manage this, the 3D tax clearly helping to bring it over the magic figure, previous to this the closest was the first film so it's taken the entire series to beat the first films gross.

So far this year 3 films have taken over a billion, one more than last year and the most is a single calendar year, it may be no surprise then that all 3 of these films are presented in 3D and thus have the extra charge, although Pirates of The Caribbean reportedly has had a higher box office return in 2D.

The end has come and Harry Potter has had his last (at least for the foreseeable future) opening weekend at the box office, and it turns out to be one hell of a weekend, although in the UK not the best ever.

In the UK the film opened to a phenomenal £23,753,171 which now sits as the second highest opening weekend ever in the UK, a slither behind The Prisoner of Azkaban for 2004 which opened to £23,882,688, which did so with less screens showing the film and no 3D so all round better.

Despite this the film has had a good world opening, it has broken the US record for opening weekend which was previously held by The Dark Knight, it has also had the greatest world wide opening weekend with very close to half a billion dollars.

Deathly Hallows part 2 could go on to be the highest grosser or the 8 films domestically and across the world, and who know could be the first Potter to cross the world gross landmark of $1 billion.

The latest Pirates of the Caribbean film has this week joined the movie Billionaire club, a figure that for many years only Titanic held the honor.

This is now the 7th film to reach the mark, and more impressively the Pirates saga is the first film series to have 2 entries, although a uniqueness that will most likely only least a 12 month, The Dark Knight Rises, out next July, may join The Dark Knight, then, if you count the new Hobbit movies as part of The Lord of the Rings Saga, another Rings movie may join Return of the King.

Currently only one director has 2 film up there, and they happen to be in the top 2 slots, James Cameron's Avatar at the top and Titanic in the runner up spot, but again he could be joined next year by Chris Nolan and Peter Jackson, infact Jackson could be the first director to manage 3 film in the club then the second Hobbit film is released in 2013, only time will tell.

Giving an unfair advantage to this is the 3D tax being paid for these movies, of the 8 billion dollar films 4 were 3D so ticket prices had an unfair advantage, and despite the public decline in 3D it's still enough to give them a boost.

All these billion dollar movies still fall well short of Avatar which not only managed to get over 2 billion dollars but came close to the 3 billion dollar mark.

Go back just over a year and the biggest film in the world (by box office gross) had been established, that film was James Cameron's Avatar, a film built from the ground up to show what 3D can achieve.

This weekend in the US Cars 2 has hit the top spot with a weekend gross of $68 million of which only 40% of that take was from 3D screening, so is the public finally realisd that 3D is just a gimmick?

If you listen to Sony they would have you believe that 3D is the future, we'll be watching all out broadcast TV and home movies in 3D, Nintendo are another company who have invested a lot of money in 3D, producing the 3DS, there is certainly no shortage of temptation for us to embrace the 3D age.

Not lets look at the numbers, Cars 2 isn't a first, King Fu Panda 2 and Rio both took more money in 2D rather than 3D, and most people who saw Pixar's top grossing film last year Toy Story 3 seemed to agree that the 3D did nothing for the film. In Japan the 3DS has been struggling, being outsold by the 7 year old PSP, a device for which the successor has already been announced and is reducing in sales.

Is there a future for 3D? Who knows at the moment, but 3D is starting to show it's colours at the cinema, the surcharge on the glasses certainly cant be helping, Sky TV are struggling with the uptake of 3D subscribers, again there is a surcharge, and gamers seem to be rejecting the notion as well.

There are a couple of high profile catalogue 3D film that have been retrofitted with 3D, the Star Wars Saga and Titanic, this may well be a test as to how the public is embracing 3D, but on current evidence we don't want it, the novelty has warn off.

Production is currently underway on the two Hobbit films and as you'd maybe expected there is a video blog/diary being made following the production. The first is up at the Peter Jackson Facebook page and I really do urge you to go and watch it, it really is brilliant, http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

The video is a very generous 10 minutes of pure brilliance presented by Jackson himself, how he finds the time is anyone's guess. He takes you on a tour of some of the sets that have been reproduced from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy 12 years ago as well as teases some new sets.

We get to see a get together of the cast on the first day of filming on the Bag End set, see a dozen full sized actors gather around a Hobbit kitchen table, and we get to see returning actors Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis.

It always amazes me when I see things like this how much work clearly goes into the post production of films of this magnitude to get the sets looking so stunning, the sets looks amazing don't get me wrong, but when you see the finished product with all the lighting and post production polish they look simply stunning.

Have a look at this making of video as it really in incredible, and start praying for the rest of this year and next year to go as fast as possible because these films are going to be brilliant, and if you had any doubts about Jackson directing the films just take a moment to take in the guys enthusiasm about the production, I'm so glad he's in charge.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

What did you think? Is this a very generous 10 minutes to get us in the mood for the film? Or 10 minutes of pure hype?

UPDATE: You can now see the video on YouTube, or embedded below, enjoy

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.

The creators of Ice Age have done it again with a new franchise as the Brazilian flightless bird Rio takes the top spot from the hopping rabbit.

It was a slow weekend at the box office with only the top film taking over a million pound and that film is new entry Rio which debuts at the top with £1,515,853, there was little else to challenge the film with the only other new release entering at nine and ten with The Roommate and Mars Needs Moms. Staying firm in second place is Source Code which raked in £848,366 taking its total gross to £2,990,826.

Limitless also hold its position from last week staying in third place with a weekend gross of £737,417 which brings its total to a fairly good £5,744,993.

Four and five and taken up by last weeks rabbit fest falling quite hard with £611,367 taking its total to £2,623,612 and at five Sucker Punch seems to be suffering from not being a summer blockbuster taking £346,399 over the weekend to a total of £1,633,285. This weeks box office is well down on this time last year when Clash of the Titans was riding high on the charts and the top five was full of high earning films How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and Alice in Wonderland.

After a very quiet weekend at the UK box office Rango reclaims the top spot from Battle: Los Angeles.

In recent weeks the top 5 films (sometimes more) have been grossing over a million pound in weekend box office grosses, this week only Rango, and barely, takes a million. The weekend gross for the film is £1,045,326 which takes it total to £5,020,745 over a 3 weeks period.

Falling a single place this week is Battle: Los Angelies which takes £874,265 for the weekend bringing its total now to £3,454,350.

Keeping its grip on the number 3 spot is Liam Neeson's Unknown which takes £775,576 giving it a £4,496,496 total over 3 weeks, this could be a bit of a slow burner you know.

At number four we come to the highest new entry of the week which goes to show what a slow week it is, Chalet Girl starring Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick star in the Phil Traill directed movie about the goings on in a Ski resort. The film takes £677,716 over the weekend.

Another new entry is at 5 in the shape of the The Lincoln Lawyer, directed by Brad Furman and starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, a film about a Lawyer who uses the back of his car, a Lincoln, to do business when he gets a Beverly Hill client. The Lincoln Lawyer takes £571,836 in its opening weekend.

This week's box office was way down on this time last year when Alice in Wonderland was still at number one doing big numbers and The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Anniston was the highest new film at two.

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.

New Superman film shaping up nicely, new cast, director and direction

We all remember the 2006 Superman movie directed by Brian Singer and starring Brandon Routh, yes that's right it was rubbish. Now the franchise is in new hands it looks like director Zach Synder has got the right idea.

In an interview with Hero Complex the director is looking at the film as if there had been no film before it, yay, maybe Singer should have done the same.

Singer tried to do a sequel to the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve film and on the whole it failed, now Synder is looking at doing a “reboot” of the franchise. I know this is a term which is bantered about a lot but this is one franchise, like Batman before it, that really needs to be looked at again, or left alone completely but that's a discussion for another day, the day after this Superman hit cinemas.

On board for the new film is British star of television series The Tudors Henry Cavill who will play the very American Superman, also on board is Kevin Costner and Diane Lane who will play Clark Kent's parents. It's also been rumoured that Viggo Mortensen will play General Zod in the film which goes a long way to revealing where the story will go.

Snyder is just wrapped Sucker Punch and is going into pre-production for The Man of Steel now with an expected release date of 2012.

There was little buzz about this film other than the voice talent of Johnny Depp in the lead character role, Rango thus takes the top of the UK box office this week from another CG animated film.

Rango is the story of a lizard who winds up in the Wild West of America and you can guess what happens from there, queue many jokes based on the western genre! The film had a mediocre opening weekend in what has been a quiet week compared to recent weeks with a £1,638,613 weekend.

Runner up this week is another new entry in the shape of Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau, the George Nolfi directed film took £1,395,715 over the weekend.

Finishing a trio of new released at the top of the box office this week is the Liam Neeson starring Unknown. The thriller for which Neeson is starting to pigeon hole himself into is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and took £1,356,345.

For the top 3 it was a fairly close call all-round.

Frost and Pegg are at number 4 with their Alien film Paul which has a weekend take of £1,109,766 with a total gross of £12,207,049, and getting over the hangover of the award season if The Kings Speech which is now at 3 with a weekend of £1,076,381 which brings its total now to £41,930,117. Last weeks top film, Gnomeo and Juliet, falls all the way to 6 this week, quite a drop post school holiday, but Rango is direct competition and took much of its potential this week.

Compared to last year this weeks box office is way lower, last year Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland (3D) opened at the top of the chart with an excellent £10 million plus opening which is more than the combined top 15 this week, the rest of the top 5 last year was almost insignificant but Avatar was knocked off the top and The Crazies, The Lovely Bones and The Princess and the Frog all hang around but with diminishing returns.

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.

With the school half term week and not so good weather hitting Britain the red and blue gnomes once again took hold of the box office chart leaving Paul having to make do with the second place.

Having already spent a week at the top Gnomeo and Juliet climb back up with a half term weekend take of £2,502,806 which boosts its takings over 3 weeks to a very health £12,901,447.

Last week top film falls to number two, clearly not being as kiddie friendly as the Gnomes with a gross of £2,073,462 giving it a 10 day total of £10,110,433.

Highest new entry of the week is the sci-fi thriller I am Number Four which should have appealed in numbers to the teen on half term but has a fairly mellow debut with £1,628,523.

Yogi Bear kept the kids happy over the school break and adds another £1,465,863 to its £7,635,574 total at 4 and Tangled completes a very kid friendly top 5 with £1,352,104 for a very impressive £19,130,723 total.

Again this week's box office was way above this time last year when Avatar was still at the top and closing in on being the first UK film to take £100 million at the box office, while Peter Jacksons The Lovely Bones climbed to number 2. Horror film The Crazies debuted at 3 and The Frog Princess and Percy Jackson hung around the top 5.

Despite rumblings from many a commentator about maybe Colin Firth not getting an Oscar, or Natalie Portman being piped at the post by Annette Benning, in the end the Oscar evening went as predictably as you could imagine with just about everyone predicting all the major winners.

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman got their statues, while Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (both for The Fighter) got awarded. Maybe the most unpredictable award for the night was best film and director, most thought that The Social Network and its director David Fincher might clinch it, but The Kings Speech and director Tom Hooper took home the glory.

Toy Story 3 deservedly gained the best animated feature Oscar and in maybe a surprise move Banks diod not get the best documentary Oscar, so no stunt appearance, instead that went to Inside Job, a film from director Charles Ferguson about the financial crisis of 2008.

In all I suppose it was a predictable night, but one where all the Oscars went to deserved winners, something which rarely happens. The awards season is now over, a season which I used to get very excited about, and although I still look at the winners with interest I don't get nearly as excited as I did 10 years ago, maybe Oscar is no longer relevant?

This week the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost written film Paul tops the UK box office chart with a weekend take of £5,517,121. The film from the producers of Hot Fuzz have taken their craft to America to make a film about a couple of geeks seeking out aliens in Area 51, only to find one that sounds like Seth Rogan.

Dropping a single place after one week is Gnomeo and Juliet which has another impressive weekend with £2,223,978 taking its total gross to £6,373,301.

Still riding a high on its award buzz, and it wont stop anytime soon with the big one coming this weekend, is The Kings Speech, another million plus weekend with £1,685,180 which brings it's total now to £37,127,599.

True Grit this week falls to number 4 with £1,466,979 while Martin Lawrence flogs a dead horse at 5 with a new Big Mommas House film, this time dragging his poor son into the equation with a weekend take of £1,433,778.

A stella weekend last week has meant that the top 7 films on the chart all took above £1 million.

Compared to this time last year the chart is much higher is grosses. Last year Avatar was still doing massive business at the box office as the 3D tax was really starting to show how far it can take the gross of a film while The Princess and the Frog from Disney was still doing well at 2, highest new entry was Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones at 3.

Tangled maintained its position at the top of the UK box office chart this week with a non-too shabby weekend gross of £4,569,135 which is only down just over half a million on the previous week, not bad, this means also that the overall gross over 10 days stands at £ 10,742,265.

Retaining it number 2 spot is The Kings Speech which is still managing to impress, not only at the box office but at the continuous awards ceremonies at this time of year, a weekend take of £2,739,204 brings its gross of 5 weeks to £30,014,606.

Highest new entry of the week The Fighter, another Oscar contender for many awards the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and is directed by David O. Russell. A weekend take of £ 2,118,140 is good considering the competition.

Black Swan drops a single place to 4 with £1,725,630 while new at 5 is the James Cameron presented Sanctum, it's not doing the same numbers as a Cameron directed film and is maybe a little disappointing with £ 859,064.

Again this weeks box office is a little higher than this time last year where Avatar was still the top film and still raking in a weekend take of over £4million. Highest new entry was Disney's The Frog Princess with Astro Boy following and Invictus not far behind. Sherlock Holmes was still hanging onto the top 5.

Having already done big business in the US and currently standing as the 104th all time grossing film in the world Tangled this week tops the UK box office chart.

The new traditional film, as in hand drawn rather than CGI (although computers were used in the production) is the story of Rapunzel, although I think this Rapunzel is a little less the princess in the tower type. Over the weekend is tool a respectable £5,106,612.

Falling to number 2 this week after 3 weeks on top is The King's Speech, a weekend gross of £ 3,634,265 takes it's total to £24,905,378. With many awards in the bag and many more to come expect this to hang around for a while and gross a lot more.

Also in award contention is the number 3 film Black Swan, Natalie Portman is picking up actress awards left right and center and its gross reflects this with £2,566,346 last weekend and £7,305,659 in total.

Jason Statham makes a debut at 4 this week with The Mechanic taking £921,554 and The Dilemma is at 5 taking £669,368 expanding its gross to £2,292,011. This weeks box office is quite a bit up on last years where Avatar was still at the top but slowing down and Mel Gibson was the highest new entry with Edge of Darkness.

Among all the Oscar and BAFTA buzz that is surrounding The Kings Speech at the moment it's no surprise to see it still topping the UK box office chart in it's third week of release.

Just to mention the Oscars, The Kings Speech has got more Nomination than any other film this year, 12 in Total, and it gets nods in all major categories except for Best Actress, it's up for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay to name just half of it's nominated categories.

Onto this weeks chart and the film took a very impressive £ 4,226,074 in it's 3rd week, which brings it's total to £ 18,312,482. It will be interesting to see if the award momentum can keep it at number one.

Top new release of the week is the Oscar nominated Black Swan starring Natalie Portman. The ballet drama which also stars Winona Ryder took £2,762,429 during it's first weekend.

Slipping to third this week is The Green Hornet with £1,187,652 and a total gross after 2 weeks of £ 3,830,737.

New at 4 is The Dilemma with £1,102,798, a disappointing debut for a Ron Howard film starring Vince Vaughn, and making a slow fall down is Gulliver's Travels at 5 with £992,382 making it's total £13,728,081.

This weeks chart is again lower than this time last year where Avatar and Sherlock Holmes were still pulling in the audience with Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, Up in the Air and It's Complicated also doing very good business.

This is an odd one, Amazon is all set to buy LOVEFiLM, a move Amazon is making to get ahead in the European market of DVD/Blu-ray/online streaming services before the American giant Netflix gets a chance. But why is it an odd move?

There have been a number of online postal rental movie services in the UK from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM of which LOVEFiLM has eventually become the biggest, mainly by acquiring all the others, although in reality LOVEFiLM is actually Screen Select, when the merger of the two companies happened the Screen Select management team stayed in place with their systems but they thought the LOVEFiLM name was better.

Included in the many companies that offered online postal DVD rentals was Amazon, a service which was very good, much better than LOVEFiLM, but after only a couple of years LOVEFiLM bought the rental only service from Amazon, but Amazon became a major stakeholder in LOVEFiLM.

Now the whole story has gone full circle and Amazon will own the company outright, what I would like to see is the service integrated back into the Amazon website.

Amazon are making the right move, LOVEFiLM is now streaming on the PS3 and before long I can see it happening on many other devices, Apple TV maybe, Freeview HD boxes, and the killer, directly to TV's, Sony produce a lot of TV's and the relationship is already in play through the PS3.

It's a smart move for Amazon and one, which I am sure, will finally put the old high street movie rental stores into history, sorry Blockbuster we will remember you fondly but I think your time is up.

Among all the award glory that The Kings Speech is gaining it has also managed to retain it's top on the UK box office this week with a weekend gross of £4,401,926 which is higher than last week but the film was being shown in more theaters.

It's a certainty that the film will continue to gross in large numbers with the seemingly continuous awards being beset upon the film, a Golden Globe is in the bag, a number of BAFTA's are sure to follow and Oscar is definitely knocking on the door.

After 10 days of release the film has taken a total gross of £10,759,019. New this week at 2 is Green Hornet, the latest in a long run and continuing run of high budget super hero movies. Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz Green Hornet took £1,878,905 over the weekend.

Falling a single place to three this week is Danny Boyles true life drama 127 Hours which grossed £1,342,432 increasing it's total for 10 days to £4,367,411, a little less than maybe would have been expected but this is no Slumdog!

The last 2 place on the top 5 are taken by Christmas hold over movies Gulliver's Travels and Little Fockers which take £1,252,107 and £1,224,667 respectively over the weekend.

The box office this week is down on this time last year where Avatar and Sherlock Holmes were still taking good money at the box office, although for ticket sales Avatar is in line with The Kings Speech due to the 3D tax for the Cameron extravaganza.

Jack Black scores the first top film of the year in the re-telling of the giant movie Gulliver's travels.

Supported by a cast of many British actors including the likes of Billy Connelly, Catherine Tate and James Cordon, the giant movie takes in an excellent £7,028,747 over the New Year period, no doubt helped by the mega press that Jack Black and other members of the cast have done on British TV.

Black has had a mixed bag of success in the UK with his last film, Year One, bombing with £2,776,236, but then he's had hits like King Kong which took £26,080,026 in the UK, so Gulliver's Travels will rank among his higher grossing movies.

Falling to second this week is The Little Fockers with £2,614,802 bringing it to £11,159,635 over a ten day period.

New at 3 is Jake Gyllenhaal in a film directed by Edward Zwick, Love and Other Drugs takes £1,606,253 over the weekend.

New at 4 Peter Weir directs Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess in The Way Back to the tune of £1,327,650 and falling And finally in the top 5 falling is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader which takes £1,207,264 which brings it total gross now to £11,263,418 which is the lowest of all the Narnia films. This week the top 7 films all took over a million pound each in box office takings, very good compared to last week when only the top film took over a million, and better than last year when only the top 4 took over a million.

It's the end of the year, and which of the many films released this year was the highest grossing movie for 2010, well it was the return of our favourite toys in Disney/Pixars Toy Story 3.

Woody and friends grossed an incredible £73,405,113 during its 13 week run in the chart from late July until mid-October.

Second this year is a film released late in 2009, Avatar which this year alone £ 60,374,665, but the film also had a good gross last year and is currently the top grossing film ever in the UK.

Third on the list is the latest Harry Potter film, lower than the other films in the series but still grossing £ 44,443,734 so far, this film still has good legs though and we could see an appearance next year as well.

Finally we have Alice in Wonderland with £ 42,169,542 and Inception, which took £ 35,264,403.

Honourable mention must go to Harry Potter and Inception which managed to take decent grosses in the UK with lower ticket prices due to them not being in 3D, it's no surprise that in the top 10 films of 2010 half of them are in 3D and have the surplus on the ticket price.

Who says that video pirating is killing the film industry? A report has come out claiming that Avatar is the top pirated film on DVD in 2010, and that's with it's nearly $3 Billion world wide box office gross.

Were not advocating the pirating of films here mind, just pointing out that despite the increase in piracy on DVD a film can still make a substantial amount of money in box office grosses, and if a punter is going to see a movie at the cinema, they will.

Avatar is a rare case in as much as is was ground breaking and to get the full 3D effect you essentially had to go and see it at the cinema, but clearly people liked the film enough to try and get it on DVD before the official release.

Piracy has many other more terrifying motives to it than the amount of money that the film industry looses, so rather than the studios piping on about how much they loose per year lets try and tackle the organized crime that is funded by all piracy.

The American Library of congress has added Airplane! and what is arguably the best of the Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back, to the National Film Registry in a year where both films lost key legendary figures

The great Lesley Nielsen turned from a serious actor into a legendary comic actor in Airplane! who died at the end of November and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was directed Irvin Kershner who died just one day before.

These 2 additions are joined by 23 other film which includes classics such as The Exorcist, The Pink Panther, which also lost its director, Blake Edwards, this year and Saturday Night Fever.

The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, has two connection with the list, The Empire Strikes Back which he wrote and produced and THX1138 which was his feature film debut.

The full list of additions is as follows:
Airplane! (1980)
All the President's Men (1976)
The Bargain (1914)
Cry of Jazz (1959)
Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Front Page (1931)
Grey Gardens (1976)
I Am Joaquin (1969)
It's a Gift (1934)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Lonesome (1928)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Malcolm X (1992)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Newark Athlete (1891)
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
The Pink Panther (1964)
Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Study of a River (1996)
Tarantella (1940)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

It's that funny time of year again and the top earning films the weekend before Christmas makes the Christmas chart? TRON: Legacy takes the honors with a decent weekend take.

A weekend gross of £1,970,692 is non too shabby for the TRON sequel, although with the hype surrounding the film a little more may have been hoped, but with the bad weather and Christmas shopping maybe it means that the film will hang around a while and be a slow burner.

Falling from the top after just one week is the latest Narnia movie, taking £1,231,568 over it's second weekend after 10 days the film has taken £4,780,624, it will be the smallest of the Narnia films to date.

Still hanging around, but slowing down considerably if Part 1 of the last Harry Potter film, this week at 3 on the chart with a weekend take of £ 875,898 in it's 5th week for a total gross of £ 44,443,734.

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp are at 4 with The Tourist while at 5 is Megamind.

It's had a troublesome time in production but the new Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Trader, is the highest grossing movie over it's launch weekend.

That said it's debut gross is half that of the previous film in the series, Price Caspian, and only a quarter of the first film, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Dawn Trader rakes in a fair £2,460,118 to topple the latest Harry Potter movie from the top of the chart. The series is starting to really loose steam and don't expect this one to go much past Christmas.

Harry Potter topples to the runner up spot this week after a couple of weeks at the top. A £1,905,368 keeps it going well but the film is starting to struggle already and it may not be the big earner people were expecting, although another push is bound to happen when part 2 is released next week. The film has grossed £42,570,440 so far in the UK.

Angelina Jolie and and Johnny Depp make their presence known at 3 this week as their new collaboration, The Tourist, takes £1,341,143 for the weekend, maybe a little less than was expected for these 2 a-list actors.

This week is a big week in the gaming world, the annual E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference is taking place in LA, a conference when all the big players in the gaming industry boast about their year and give loose forecasts of new games coming to their platforms for the following year.

The Expo is also a platform for new hardware, and although 2 of the big players, Microsoft and Sony, only had hardware to show off in the form of additions to existing hardware or revamped current hardware, industry leader Nintendo had a small ace up it's sleeve.

Nintendo by far has and does rule the hand held market and this year they are releasing a sequel to their best selling Nintendo DS handheld gaming console. The new twist on the console it that it has a 3 inch 3D top screen as well as the small bottom touch screen, and adding another twist the 3D screen does not require glasses.

All's well so far, all game news so far, what makes this even more interesting is that Nintendo has signed a deal with the likes of Warner Bros. and Disney to release movies in 3D on the device, not that raises the game even more.

On display in LA at the expo in form of a demonstration of this is Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon, a recent 3D animated film, and although the 3D effect takes a little getting used to it works, but only for depth, which as James Cameron, director of Avatar, says is a large part of 3D, it's not all about things flying out of the screen at you.

This is exciting news, one which I expect will be used mainly by kinds, hence the studios involved and the kinds of films they are releasing. If proved successful this could pave the way for greater things, another example of the games industry leading the way of the films industry.

It's still a fairly elite group with this being only the fifth film to get there, but this week Alice in Wonderland's gross takes it over the Billion mark in world takings.

The first film to get there was Titanic back in 1997 which held the honor as the ONLY film in the club until Lord of the Rinds: The Return of the King managed the feat in 2003.

Since then the flood gates opened when 2006 saw the final Pirates of the Caribbean films go over a billion and then The Dark Night just about managed the feat in 2009.

Then this year Avatar blew the book out of the water and is getting close to $3 Billion in grosses.

Avatar and Alice played the game a little unfair mind when you consider 2 factors, ticket prices are far higher now that they have ever been, and then there is the little extra (and very unfair) surcharge for the 3D and IMAX, studios stop this NOW.

For the third week in a row Shrek Forever After hold the top spot at the US box office beating out strong competition from new comer Get Him to the Greek.

The big green ogre once again out grosses the rest of the box office, although with a really low grossing weekend all it took was $25,300,000 to manage this this, the fourth Shrek film has now taken just over $183 million in total grosses.

Our very own Russell Brand returns as the arrogant pop singer Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek, but it only takes $17,422,620 in a very poor debut weekend.

Rounding out the top 3 in Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl in Killers taking just over $16 million.

Despite a bank holiday weekend and a first film which took more money than anyone could have expected, Sex and the City 2 fails to beat out either Shrek or Prince to the top of the US box office.

In it's second week Shrek Forever After continues to top the US movie going chart with Prince of Persia claiming the highest debut film in the runner up spot. It was a close fought battle though with Sex and the City 2 taking $37,145,000 and Prince of Persia just pipping it with $37,779,000. Shrek Forever After took $55,725,000.

See the full US box office.

Movies cost too much, and Hollywood blockbusters cost way too much, unless your name happens to be James Cameron and you can make back to back billion dollar movies the chances are your film will struggle to make big money at the box office. It makes me laugh then to see that the production budget of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has been slashed from $300 million to just $200 million!

I'm old enough to remember when the likes of Terminator 2's (there's that Cameron fellow again) production budget went over $200 million and it was a massive deal because no other movie had done that, in fact most movies back in the early ‘90s cost less than $100 million.

Because of the budget cuts it means that some of the extravagant scenes in the film have been cut completely, and shooting locations will have less time spent at them. This is all down to the new Disney boss who is trying to tighten the belt on money spent.

The last Pirates movie took over $1bn dollars in world box office takings, so is it money well spent or does even Disney think they have taken the series one step too far? I think they took it one step too far when they made the sequel.

It's an old trick used by the film distribution companies to keep a steady flow of cash coming in by re-releasing old films, and each time in a different way, whether it be in the VHS days of suddenly discovering some new footage and releasing longer or directors cuts, or the more modern way of an improved picture and more extras. When a new format come along, like Blu-ray it give a whole new life to old films, just askGeorge Lucas, he's made a mint from the idea.

Studios are now suggesting that with some of the older films it isn't financially viable to re-release them again on Blue-ray, as Bill Hunt from The Digital Bits website writes in his daily “My Two Cents” column on his site.

It seems that the public these days expecting so much from High Definition that the amount of time and money spent on the disk production doesn't justify the return resulting in many a catalogue title maybe never seeing a release in high definition.

I think many of us are in this situation, you bought the VHS version of your favourite film say, The Breakfast Club. That version cant be played with your current hardware (who has a VHS player anymore?) so you bought the DVD version and enjoy it over and over again, the pictures as crisp today as the day it was bought. You now decide to buy an HDTV and Blu-ray player and find the Blu-ray version of the film, but is it really worth another purchase when your current disk will still play in your new player, and maybe even improve it?

It's an old argument, and when it comes to big Hollywood blockbuster a really good HD remastered transfer will make a huge difference, and I as much as anyone else will be lining the pockets of Lucasfilms when the virtually announced Star Wars Blu-ray films are released, but relatively speaking the list of film I need in HD is probably quite small, although my Blu-ray collection is growing at an alarming rate.

I know this is one of those events we knew was coming, and sooner rather than later and ign.com have now got virtual confirmation from Lucasfilms Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet that a Blu-ray box set of all 6 films has been in the works for a couple of years now.

He does say that this isn't the long rumored and fast becoming legendary Ultimate box se but Sansweet says ”We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures.”, so after this we can expect even more, probably on the next media format if there is one.

So what's the date for this? Soon can mean years down the line in Blu-ray production time, but the American site The Digital Bits is reporting that it has been told by it's industry insiders of an October 2011 date has been quietly on the slate for a while.

It's no surprise that we will have a high def version of the Star Wars films sometime in the future to add to the Betamax, VHS (multiple versions) and both version on DVD, and come late 2011 seems a reasonable time scale for the films, lets hope this is it, or will the touted 3D version be with us by 2012, good job we love these films.

Sony and online DVD/Blu-ray rental company Lovefilm have today announced that it will be delivering movies via the internet to owners of Sony internet TV's.

In the same week that bricks and mortar video rental company Blockbuster announce that unless they have an injection of cash they will go bankrupt, one of the more successful online rental companies announce a deal that could amount to the final nail in the video shop coffin.

Movie rentals via the likes of the Playstation Network via a Playstation 3 or XBox Live via an XBox 360 have been with us for a while and proved successful, the internet TV delivers is in essence an extenuation of this.

Samsung are also in negations to offer a similar service and as people replace their TV's the replacement will most likely be internet enabled allowing the service to grow in time.

Is this another example of the physical media being a thing of the past, in the future will our film collection be in the "cloud" and we stream the movie when we want to watch it, will our film collections be Lovefilms catalogue?

I personally still like the idea of physical media, it's still fun and exciting, maybe I'm just an old fossil that needs to accept the future?

Whatever happens it looks like the video shop is going to be a thing of the past, no-one knows this more that Blockbuster Video the once king of the rental market who didn't move with the times and will go bust by the end of the year. As a former employee of the company I cant help but feel sad about that.

I just checked out the new Iron Man 2 trailer, and for a film that I thought was going to be another Iron Man, this is actually looking good.

The first film although fun was basically just another super hero movie that ticked all the right boxes. The inevitable sequel was to follow after the amount of money it made and as always with sequels the ante had to be upped.

Bring in Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow for a bit of glamour and Mickey Rourke as the bad guy and suddenly things are starting to look a whole lot better.

The second trailer for the film shows a lot of promise, Mickey Rourke's Whiplash is quite wonderfully shown off in the trailer and there is just enough of Scarlett Johansson to seriously whet the appetite.

And this is ignoring the fact that there is also glimpses of Samuel L. Jackson which is always enough to make a trailer worth watching.

Check out the trailer at apple.com

It was the big night on Sunday for the Oscars, which meant it was the big night for the Razzies on Saturday, the two ceremonies that celebrate the two end of the scale for the film industry, and in a first for the industry Sandra Bullock received one of each.

On Saturday night Sandra Bullock was announced as the worst actress of the year for her role in All About Steve, and she had the dignity to be at the ceremony to get the award, and then on Sunday night she was announced as bet actress for her role in The Blind Side, and she was there to get the Oscar.

The big winner for the Razzies though was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which took awards for worst film and worst director, and quite predictable Michael Bay was not there to get the award.

The next night, and of course the one which everyone talks about, Katherine Bigalo beat her ex-husband and scooped the best film and best director, and unbelievable is the first woman to pick up such an award.

On the Oscar front Jeff Bridges also got an award for his role in Crazy Heart while Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique won supporting Oscars for Inglourious Basterds and Precious.

In all the weekend was a predictable night for awards and makes you wonder if the whole awards things is getting a little boring?

Tivo have announced that they are releasing what they call the Next Generation of PVR to market later this year in the US and UK, but unlike last time the PVR giants tried the UK market and got crushed by Sky they are joining forces with Virgin Media.

What the fuss about Next Generation all boils down to is that the new boxes will be more user centric and be able to not only show broadcast programmes on standard TV channels but also show internet based video from the likes of YouTube and iPlayer.

Making this even more powerful is the ability to use one search for all the internet channels and broadcast channels, so you could search for Eastenders and it would not only return results for iPlayed but any other outlet broadcasting Eastenders related material.

Tivo are also claiming that it will learn while you watch and start suggesting what programmes you may like based on what you have watched in the past, this is also a continual learning process.

The new boxes will be higher specked than the current boxes with larger hard drives and wireless internet connections that will be able to broadcast in full 1080p.

I'm not sure this is the future of PVR's or simply an natural evolution but it's good to see Tivo trying the UK market again even if it is through Virgin Media.

Check out more information on the Tivo website.

Disney hit the right note this year with the hand drawn The Princess and the Frog, a time honored traditional story that went against the current form and used drawing rather than computers to animate. Disney have released a trailer for their next drawn animation called Tangled, but why the change of name from Repunzel?

Every one is familiar with the original story of a girl locked in a tower by her wicker step mother and her only outlet to the world is a prince who gets to her by climbing her amazingly long hair.

Now I can see where Disney is coming from with the name change, it must be a nightmare keeping so much hair from not getting in a bit of a knot, but were all familiar with the original title and the fairy tale why change it.

At the end of the day simple put Disney can change the title if they wish and check out the trailer below, it does look promising, and it goes without saying that it will be in 3D.

When you think that The Terminator stands of one of the best cinematic series of all time, and despite part 3 not being great the rights to Terminator and all that may have it's name attached have just been sold for as little as $30 million.

What's also surprising is that despite 2 big film studios/distribution companies bidding for the right, Sony and Lionsgate, the sale goes to holdings company Pacificor, but this seems more like a financial agreement rather than a purchase.

Previous rights holders Halcyon have been having money troubles, probably because of Terminator Salvation, and this sale will clear their debts, although they will still get $5 million from and further Terminator movies made and revenue from Terminator 3 and Salvation sales.

Ironically it seems that Sony, who have had international distribution on Terminator movies, are not out of the picture just yet as it's been reported that Pacificor may yet sell the rights to them?

Salvation was supposed to have been the start of a new trilogy, and there are still stories to tell in this series, but like other films that Orion Films made in the 80's and 90's copyright has been an issue getting in the way.

He was the first writer/director to get a film past the $1 Billion world gross mark with a single film and this week James Cameron becomes the first writer/director to pass the $2 Billion dollar mark in world box office takings, with a single film.

James Cameron must be having a good year, his return to film making after a 12 year break has beaten his own box office landmark film Titanic, all in the same week that 12 years after he won his first Oscar, he's nominated for another, although he has tougher competition this time (his ex-wife!).

In 1998 he set the box office alight and Titanic took $1.8 Billion in box office grosses, passing a milestone figure that took another 5 years before a film would pass it again, and this week another milestone is set as Avatars gross reaches $2 Billion, but unlike Titanic in 1998 Avatar still has some mileage left in it.

With the rate of tickets being sold the possibility of Avatar reaching $2.5 Billion is not out of the question, $3 Billion could be a stretch thought.

To look at this correctly though we need to take into consideration inflation, cinema tickets cost nearly half the price in 1998 as they do in 2010, which means that per head watching Titanic on the big screen it's probably still ahead of Avatar, but the gap is certainly closing fast.

Titanic of course isn't by a long shot the biggest film by the number of tickets sold, that honor goes to Gone With the Wind, which may never be beaten. Another thing to remember, boosting Avatar's box office takings is the appalling extra charge for the glasses if you choose to see the film in 3D. So until Cameron's next film Avatar will probably sit pretty as the only film to gross anywhere near $3 Billion pound?

As happens each year the night before the Oscar nominations are announced the Razzie nominations are announced which celebrated the worst in cinematic achievements through the year.

Leading the field this year is the Transformers sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, which lets face it was truly awful and in the field for worst film along with All About Steve, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Land of the Lost and Old Dogs should win quite comfortably.

As these awards are something which are not taken too seriously, even by the foundation, in the worst actor category we have all 3 Jonas brothers up for a single nomination, in the same category we have Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy (who has had his fare share of nominations) and John Travolta.

Worst actress nods go to Beyonce, Sandra Bullock, Myley Cyrus, Megan Fox and Sarah Jessica Parker, and guess which of these was in the Transformers movie that may just pip the rest at the post.

The categories are not in the usual fashion and there is a category for Worst Screen Couple for which the Jonas brothers feature again and Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, which of course the Transformers film appears in.

As we celebrated the end of a decade last year there are also categories for picture, actress and actor that were the worst of the naughties.

For more info check out the Razzies website and here is the nomination list

WORST PICTURE OF 2009
"All About Steve"
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"
"Old Dogs""
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (a.k.a. "Trannies, Too")
 
WORST ACTOR OF 2009 
All Three Jonas Brothers, "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience"
Will Ferrell, "Land of the Lost"
Steve Martin, "Pink Panther 2"
Eddie Murphy, "Imagine That"
John Travolta, "Old Dogs"

WORST ACTRESS Of 2009 
Beyonce, "Obsessed"
Sandra Bullock, "All About Steve" 
Myley Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" 
Megan Fox, "Jennifer’s Body" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" 
Sarah Jessica Parker, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

WORST SCREEN COUPLE OF 2009

Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, "The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience"

Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, "All About Steve" 
Will Ferrell and any co-star, Creature or "Comic Riff," "Land of the Lost"  
Shia Lebouf & Either Megan Fox or Any Transformer, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Kristin Stewart and either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang, "Twilight Saga: New Moon"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF 2009 
Candice Bergen, "Bride Wars" 
Ali Larter, "Obsessed" 
Sienna Miller, "G.I. Joe" 
Kelly Preston,"Old Dogs" 
Julie White (as Mom), "Trannies, Too"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR OF 2009  
Billy Ray Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" 
Hugh Hefner (as himself), "Miss March" 
Robert Pattinson, "Twilight Saga: New Moon" 
Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka), "Land of the Lost"  
Marlon Wayans, "G.I. Joe"

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL  (COMBINED CATEGORY FOR 2009) 
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"   
"Pink Panther 2" (A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake)
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"Twilight Saga: New Moon"

WORST DIRECTOR OF 2009 
Michael Bay, "Trannies, Too" 
Walt Becker, "Old Dogs" 
Brad Silberling, "Land of the Lost"  
Stephen Sommers, "G.I. Joe" 
Phil Traill, "All About Steve"

WORST SCREENPLAY OF 2009    
"All About Steve," screenplay by Kim Barker  
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett, based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe Characters.
"Land of the Lost," written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas, based on Sid & Marty Krofft's TV series
"Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen," written By Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures  
"Twilight Saga: New Moon," screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer

WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE (3 SPECIAL 30TH RAZZIE-VERSARY AWARDZ)
"Battlefield Earth" (2000) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, "winner" of 8 (including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years)
"Freddy Got Fingered" (2001) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five
"Gigli" (2003) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, winner of seven (including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Years)
"I Know Who Killed Me" (2007) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of eight
"Swept Away" (2002) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five

WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE 
Ben Affleck  -- (Nominated for nine "achievements,"winner" of two Razzies) "Daredevil," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Paycheck," "Pearl Harbor," "Surviving Christmas" 
Eddie Murphy -- (Nominated for 12 "achievements," "winner" of three Razzies) "Adventures of Pluto Nash," "I Spy," "Imagine That," "Meet Dave," "Norbit," "Showtime"
Mike Myers -- (Nominated for four "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies), "Cat in the Hat," "The Love Guru"
Rob Schneider -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of one Razzie) "The Animal," "Benchwarmers," "Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo," "Grandma's Boy," "The Hot Chick," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," "Little Man," "Little Nicky" 
John Travolta -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of the Razzies) "Battlefield Earth," "Domestic Disturbance," "Lucky Numbers," "Old Dogs," "Swordfish"

WORST ACTRESS OF THE DECADE 
Mariah Carey – (The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade: 70+% Of ALL Votes For Worst Actress Of 2001), "Glitter"
Paris Hilton (Nominated for five "Achievements,"  "Winner" of four Razzies) "The Hottie & The Nottie," "House of Whacks," "Repo: The Genetic Opera"
Lindsay Lohan -- (Nominated for five "achievements,"  "winner" of three Razzies) "Herbie Fully Loaded," "I Know Who Killed Me," "Just My Luck" 
Jennifer Lopez -- (Nominated for nine "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies) "Angel Eyes," "Enough," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Maid in Manhattan," "Monster-in-Law," "The Wedding Planner"
Madonna -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of four Razzies) "Die Another Day," "The Next Best Thing," "Swept Away"

I'm really looking forward to the new Alice in Wonderland from Tim Burton which is out in a few months, and I'm also a bit of an Avril Lavigne fan, so the fact the she sings the main song for Burtons new film is a bit of a bonus for me, and today you can hear the new song.

The song is called Alice (Underground) and is written by Lavigne and produced by Butch Walker, it will be played over the end credits of the film.

I think the song sticks to Lavigne tried and tested sound and is actually rather good, if this is a sample of what the new album will sound like then lets look forward to it.

Check it out in the video below and let me know what you think?

It's still only January and possible the most hyped device of the year has made it's debut today (Wednesday 27th January) as Apple CEO Steve Jobs announces the release of the iPad, an oversized iPod touch, the device can play HD (720p) video.

The new iPad is running a version of the software that runs the iPhone (which also powers the iPod touch) which means this new device isn't a traditional computer and is unable to do multi-tasking or run OSX applications, but it does have a media player which when coupled with the iTunes store you can buy and rent movies that can be watched anywhere you take it, like on holiday or in the car or on a plane.

The device is very light and thin and has a 9.7 inch screen, so unlike the small 3 inch screen on the iPhone/iPod Touch watching films, or any other task the device is capable of, should be much less strain on your various body parts.

There are two other things which have sold this device for me, one is a fantastic looking case that when the lid is flipped over becomes a stand, so if you are sitting on a chair you can just pop the thing on a table and you have a stand and hey presto comfort (see picture for illustration). Next is the price, although no UK or European price has been announced the US price for the low end model of 16GB is $499, so maybe about £400 - £500 in real money, that's a bargain.

No release date for UK yet but US has 60 - 90 days to wait, so maybe get that pal in America to send one over for you.

Check out Apples website for more info.

Mark this week down in cinema history, James Camerons 3D movie Avatar has becomes the highest grossing film ever, beating the directors previous film Titanic.

13 years ago when Titanic became the highest grossing film ever no-one could have even thought how the next 13 years in cinema were going to pan out, and the history of cinema that has unfolded this week is quite unique.

First of all the headline news is that after 6 weeks of release Avatar has, with ease, toppled Titanic as the biggest box office movie of all time, and strangely in a battle with himself James Cameron is the writer/director of both films.

What is even stranger is that Cameron hasn?ït made another film in the past 13 years to try and beat Titanic, so his last 2 films are not the top 2 biggest grossing films. There have been other pretenders to the throne over the years like The Lord of the Rings films, The Pirates of the Caribbean films and the Harry Potter films but no, Cameron come back after his sabbatical and hits the top again. Does this make Cameron the most commercially successful director ever? 2 films making over a billion dollars in the worldwide box office, no other director has come even close to this. One last note on James Cameron, he was the first director to make a film which took over $1 Billion worldwide and it now looks like he will be the first to have a movie make over $2 Billion at the box office, it really is just a matter of time.

Looks like there are rumblings around, this time from blog site marketsaw, that talks are afoot to produce a sequel to the Gremlins films in 3D.

Now I know that Avatar is set to be the biggest grossing film ever within the next few weeks, and this is something that cant be ignored, and there is certainly an argument that the reason is because it's the best example of 3D yet, but do all new Hollywood blockbusters need to be in 3D?

There has also been the odd rumor here and there of another 80's franchise being resurrected in 3D, that of Ghostbusters, so all the new 're-boots' are going to be in 3D are they, actually all 2011 big Hollywood blockbusters will be I think.

Personally it's nice to have a film in 3D, but the industry is in fear making this the norm, and eventually we'll either expect 3D or just ignore it.

There are plenty of arguments out there for there not to be 3D, is it a gimmick? It certainly doesn't improve the narrative and isn't cinema and film all about telling a story? Avatar works just as well when you see it in 2D.

Of course time will tell, but I sincerely hope 3D is here to stay, but lets limit it's use to films which will benefit from the effect, rather than making the film fit the 3D effect.

In an interesting turn of events the Google owned YouTube are going to experiment with renting films though their online video playing service.

Before us in the UK get too excited about this there are a couple of things you should now, first of all it's for the US market only, so we can stop here, next up is that there are no blockbusters at the moment, in fact there are just 5 films, all from this years and last years Sundance Film festival, so there is clearly limited choice.

Another small thing to mention, remember at the beginning I reminded you (not that I need to) that You Tube is owned by Google, well guess what, you have to pay for the movie via Google checkout, not a real hassle but if you haven?ït set it up yet then you have to go through that whole process as well.

For you lucky people in the US the rentals will be available from tomorrow (Friday 22nd January) and once you have bought a film you have 48 hours to watch it.

This is an interesting move, and with new television announced at the recent CES that can connect to a wireless internet connection with a main reason for watching YouTube video then this has potential, also in the UK there is little in the way of on-line rental services.

Of all the TV manufacturers that sell sets in the UK Samsung sold more than any other in 2009, in fact they have a very impressive 23% of the TV marker above the likes of Panasonic and Sony.

Is this any surprise? Probably not, they make good quality, very good looking TV's, and they always sit very prominently in showrooms, and look better than many of the others.

I'd argue that Pioneer, Panasonic and maybe even Sony make better sets, but they are not as good looking as the Samsung sets.

2010 will be an interesting to watch as there are 2 major advancements in TV technology on the way, first and probably more important is OLED which allows for ultra thin TV's with fantastic picture quality and low energy use. The other is 3D TV which is a matter of opinion, I personally don't see it catching on, but if this years CES show was anything to go by, it'll hit big this year.

I personally hope we get larger screens, my 42 inch is great but a nice 60 inch that I can easily mount onto the wall with a wireless connection built in that I can get full 1080p streaming video on would be nice.

The first big awards ceremony of the year in the world of films happened over night for us Brits, and James Cameron, 12 years after he swept awards ceremonies with Titanic, picked up right where he left off.

I expect back in 1997 when Titanic was released James Cameron and anyone else connected to the film had a feeling that it was a powerful enough movie to get the odd award, and it did in style, Avatar is a very different type of film altogether, and maybe it wasn't though to be a big awards contender, but hey it looks like it could be.

Last night Avatar managed to pick up top honors at The Golden Globes with awards for best film and another for best director in the dramatic film category.

The Golden Globes separate dramatic films from comedy and musical films and surprise hit The Hangover took top honors for best Musical or comedy.

In acting Merly Streep and Sandra Bullock got best actress awards while Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey Jr. got actor awards.

A director who had often missed out on being awarded throughout arguable one of the best careers in the movies industry, Martin Scorsese got the Cecil B. DeMille Award for achievement in cinema.

The ceremony was presented by Ricky Gervais who brought an ambitious and edgy comedy style to the ceremony often pulling the stars apart for their habits and appearances, but the audience of stars seem to take it all in good stride.

Check out the full list of winners here.

The big electronical consumer show for the year is just wrapping up in Las Vegas, Nevada and the story of the year for home cinema is the big push from electrical companies like Samsung and LG for 3D television.

3D hit the multiplexes big time in 2009 with film studios like Disney and Fox releasing big budget 3D movies like Up and the Billion dollar plus grossing Avatar. The next natural step for 3D technology is the home market, and the hardware manufactureres were there to demo this is force.

Blu-ray and high definition is certainly the right media for picture clarity to make 3D in the home a reality and with no new video format to push on the consumer this year, and also true High Definition 1080p TV's becoming mainstream 3D is the next technology being pushed on us.

There is a problem with 3D that is being asked by many, is it a gimmick? Or can this really be a serious contender for the next big thing in the home? The big problem with 3D is that you need glasses to enjoy the effect, and for a 2hour+ movie this can be a strain on the eyes.

With 3D television the like of Samsung are discussion having 3D broadcast for normal TV programs, but can you really see whole families sitting down for an evenings entertainment wearing 3D specs, and how much are these specs going to be? For a family of 4 this could get expensive, which means were into a niche market now, and to make money from 3D it has to be marketed to the mainstream.

Cost again is where there is a big problem, the hardware companies want us to upgrade all our home entertainment equipment once more for 3D. We willingly did this for DVD because we could see the advantage. We were less willing but again we did it for high def because we could see the advantage, but for 3D, where is the advantage, why should we buy new TV's and players to sit in our houses wearing a pair of silly glasses?

Personally I think there is a place for 3D in the home, but it's for children to enjoy movies like Up on their PS3 with a TV in their own rooms, or the couple sitting down for a couple of hours watching Avatar on a Saturday night, not for television broadcasts for a whole evening, I don't want, or need, Eastenders or Jonathan Ross in 3D!

Moving on the other big thing at CES was the bigger and bigger screen on the TV's that are getting thinner and thinner. There was evidence of OLED but this generally for the smaller screen devices, the bigger sets were generally LCD, and very very thin and light.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2010 is kicking off in Las Vegas tomorrow with the Microsoft CEO (Steve Balmer at the moment) being the traditional first Keynote speaker at 6.30pm (PST) on 6th January.

The show always gives a good showcase as what we can expect in the future of technology from the likes of Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and other manufacturers of home entertainment equipment with TV's and film media always having a good showing.

This year Blu-ray and high definition is expected to have a show as the format goes from strength to strength in sales and knocks on the door of DVD in a similar fashion to DBD to VHS 10 years ago.

TV's are on the dawn of a new technology going mainstream, althoug hseen last year OLED is expected to make a bog splash this year. OLED screens are very think and light and give better definition pictures to that of either LCD or plasma, the prices are falling and sizes coming up, expect many TV's PC monitors and other screen devices to be announced.

3D movies made a big impact in cinemas is 2009, and with Avatar doing so well at the box office at the moment studios are keen to push the idea into the home and it's thought that there will be a big display of 3D home movies and TV on display although the technology is new. 3D does have it's doubters who think it's a gimmick and will not catch on.

Also set to make a big impact at CES is tablet PC's, it is widely thought that Apple are on the verge of a big tablet announcement, although we will most likely have to wait until the end of January for that, but there are others who want to enter this market. Tablet PC's could mark a change to the way people view movies on the go, and with Windows 7 touch technology being so good, and probably the excellent iPhone OS being on any Apple device which will allow apps to run on it we could be at the dawn of something big for mobile movies, and in HD of course. Whatever the show has to offer it's always interesting to see what we may have in our homes in the coming years, and what new development in the pipeline, you can follow some of the best coverage, like me, at these site.

engadget.com

Despite the fact that it took him over 10 years to follow up on Titanic, which is the highest grossing movie of all time, it seems he hasn't lost his Midas touch as Avatar reaches the magic $1 Billion mark in world grosses.

Not only has it reached the magic milestone that so few films before it have done, this is only the 5th, but it has done it in 17 days of release. It has to date taken $1,022,314,898 in world grosses, and at this rate could become the 2nd highest grossing in no time.

This must be pleasing Fox, and a sigh of relief for Cameron who gambled a lot on this film, and gave it a production cost of $230,000,000, at the current box office rate and potential home video sales it will redeem its budget easily.

Will it challenge Titanic's box office crown? There is a strong possibility, the ship disaster movie was a film that people went and saw again and again, Avatar seems to be doing the same, it must be for the stunning 3D effects rather than the story.

This is also truly a cinema film and people won’t want to wait to watch it on their home cinema system regardless of how good, or big a screen they have, the movie theatre experience can’t be beaten on this occasion.

For the record here is how the top 5, billion dollar grossing films stack up as of 5th January 2010,

  1. Titanic - $1,835,300,000
  2. The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King - $1,129,219,252
Like a British institution the series of Harry Potter films are not letting up their grip on the UK box office, and the sixth film in the series was unstoppable in 2009, and despite a 6 month delay is the highest grossing film of the year with box office takings of £50,713,404.

With Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince crowned champ the runner up for the year is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs with £34,872,218 which just about outdid the other big CG animated film of the year, Up, which came 3rd with a total gross of £34,284,193.

The multi award winning Slumdog Millionaire, which in the early part of the year was the top film, held up well and came 4th with £31,664,077, while the robots in disguise, Transformers, finished off the top 5 with £26,539,878.

The UK box office suffered a bit in the UK with the top 10 films taking a total of £287,929,402, comparing this to 2008's £340,360,259 it's far lower, in fact even 2007 had a better box office, 2006 was the last time it was this low.

Take a look at the full top 10 film for 2009.

Who said that the box office was dead? Well Warner Bros. are set to make $4bn this year in Box Office takings, the highest a studio has ever made in a calendar year.

The big films which helped Warners hit this target were harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, their highest grosser this year, The Hangover, Yes Man, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Gran Torino which all came in over $100m in worldwide grosses.

Other films which have helped are Watchmen, Terminator Salvation and The Blind Side which is yet to see a UK release but did big business in the US. Sherlock Holmes is also sure to make big money for Warners which came out over the Christmas holiday break.

Sure ticket prices are higher today than they have ever been, but we have home cinema systems today which are more affordable than ever and make staying in and watching a video a better experience than ever, couple this with the ever growing Blu-ray and video on demand market and it's a real challenge for the multiplexes.

Looking at the top earners of recent years though and they are all films which are better experienced on a large screen rather than you’re at home 50 inch plasma. Except for last year’s top film, Mamma Mia, which for some reason took on a life of its own?

A film which is possibly the most anticipated of the year, maybe not because of the film but the maker involved, had its London premiere Thursday night which was attended by stars and Director.

The film, Cameron's first since the multi award winning Titanic, which is still the highest grossing film of all time 12 years later, is a fantasy adventure set in another world and boast reportedly the best use of 3D in cinema yet.

Some critics have been hard on the film but many reviews have been very positive, Steven Spielberg himself even piping in to say he thought it was one of the most exciting films he'd seen since he saw Star Wars back in 1977. In an interview with MTV Cameron revealed that his next film would be a remake of the Classic film Fantastic Voyage. The story is of a group of doctors who are shrunk and injected into a shot diplomat to heal him from the inside before he dies. The film was in 1966 quite ground breaking in its special effects, and is also one of my favourite films.

Cameron did state that he will probably not direct the film and just produce but it would use much of the technology that he invented for Avatar, and it's a sure fire bet it will be in 3D.

Do you think this will be a worthwhile remake?

The world that occupies the internet has been absolutely a buzz with the revealing of the first trailer and footage from James Cameron's new movie Avatar which is due to hit this December and is being billed as a 3D extravaganza.

The story of a group of marines the go to a distant planet to gather resources for earth, and use Avatars, a hybrid of the planets natives and the human host, to go outside as the air is so toxic you humans can't breathe is Cameron's first film since the multi award winning Titanic from 1998.

The script has been on Cameron's list for ages as his next project, but understandably after the haul of creating the highest grossing movie of all time he took 10 years out before making his next movie.

The trailer doesn't give too much away, and some effects shots look like hey still need a little work, but it's certainly an interesting look at what could be the next best thing from the creator of Terminator.

Check the trailer out at apple.com.

With the sad passing of legendary '80's teen movie director John Hughes this week I find myself for the second time in a couple of months reflecting on my childhood, I grew up watching John Hughes movies as I did listening to Michael Jackson music.

John Hughes was a director and writer who was tapped directly into the teenage angst of the '80's, like almost no other writer of the time we demonstrated on screen and in words exactly what us teens at the time were thinking and trying to tell our parents.

It doesn't matter if it was Ferris Buellers rebelling against the school and deciding to have a day off, or 5 kids stuck in detention for crimes of simply growing up, the anguish a young boy, or girl, can go through when the object of their affection fancies someone else, these movies spoke to us and often spoke for us.

My personal favourite film of his is The Breakfast Club, as with all his films it has what is now considered a typical 80's soundtrack, but the moment you see Judd Nelson punch the air and hear Simple Minds chant "he he he" you know it's an iconic figure to last. Weird Science and Ferris Buellers Day Off of further examples of classic teen movies much loved by the kids of the generation and directed by Hughes, but it's the films he attached his name to as producer or writer which further show proof of his genius.

Although it's been nearly 20 years since his name was really in the spotlight with a big movie his legendary status has survived and he will be sorely missed.

He's been quiet for a bit clearly prepping upcoming project, but then after spending 5 years or more creating one of the greatest cinematic trilogies of all time he can be forgiven, but today we get the trailer for Peter Jacksons next directorial effort, The Lovely Bones.

Jackson has become the darling of Tinsel Town since the Lord of the Rings trilogy and he's working with the best of the best in Hollywood at the moment. Let's forget about King Kong and say that He hasn't yet set a foot wrong in cinema and judging from this trailer it looks like this trend is about to continue.

Based on the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold the story centres around a young girl who once murdered watches her family and friends from heaven. The trailer looks great and let's hope this December the film lives up to the promise.

Catch the trailer here

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to be in New Zealand very soon after I had seen the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while there I went to a small town called Mata Mata and when on a tour of he farm where the Hobbiton scenes in the film were filmed.

The village itself was barely still standing other that the area where the actual Hobbit houses themselves were, but he trip was well worth it as many of the workers who were on the farm had good stories to tell and despite the appearance of disrepair you could still get a good sense of being in Hobbiton. Unfortunately the weather and roaming sheep had not been kind and things were deteriorating fast.

The good news this week is that the set builders are back on the farm and are re-building the village ready for work of Guillermo del Toro The hobbit which starts filming next year. This really is exciting news as hopefully the owner of the farm will have a better say on things being removed this time and next time I go to New Zealand I can visit a fully realised village which would be wonderful.

The Hobbit is being readied for a 2011 release so there is still a lot of time before we get to see this but as you can imagine as Tolkien film produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Guillermo del Toro is a tasty prospect.

For some great pictures check out theonering.net.

This one could have been predicted, and it seems that the love of Harry Potter has not been lost by the world in the 2 years since the last film as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price breaks opening weekend records across the world.

With a world taking of nearly $400 million which beats former record holder Spider-Man by a good $20 million dollars. This figure further cements the Potter series of films as the most successfull series in history with each film performing as if it could have been the first in the series proving interest just isn't waning.

In the US the film took just shy of $160 million since it's opening last Wednesday to Sunday. Uk figures are yet to come in but there is good money on it breaking the opening weekend record set by previous Potter film The Prisoner of Azkaban which took £23,882,688 in 2004.

With Warner Bros. splitting the last book of the series into 2 film to milk the series just a little further this little cash cow is coming to an end, but the shame is the quality of the films is increasing and like The Lord of the Rings I think that cinema will miss this series of films when it's gone.

You can tell the new Terminator Salvation movie is getting close to release, we had a new poster (glance to your left) the other day and now a new trailer, a juicy trailer with plenty of action.

The film isn't released until June but with few big summer movies out this year there is no harm in hyping the ones we do have.

Terminator is one of my all time favourite film series (even number 3) so the thought of this film just send shivers down my spine with excitement, only one thing that for me is a letdown, Christian Bale of one of my least favourite actors, lets hope the rumoured Arnie cameo is true.

Lets hope that I can get past this and enjoy what I hope will be one of the summer highlights, there is still another robot movie that I’m curious about but the pedigree of that is nowhere near as good as this.

Check out this trailer below, it’s enjoyable but I think I preferred the previous trailer, it got me more pumped for the movie, let me know what you think though.

It's a big week for Mamma Mia! the movie this week, it has not only managed to beat Titanic as the biggest and fastest selling DVD/Video of all time but now the cinema figures are in it has now officially become the highest grossing movie in the UK, ever.

It's taken close to half a year (20 weeks of release) to do it and with this weeks DVD release cinema takings are bound to more or less dry up but with this weeks final cinema figures Mamma Mia! has grossed £68,664,524 topping Titanic‚Äôs £68,532,746, that‚Äôs over £100,000 more than the sinking ship epic.

Titanic was released in the UK at the beginning of 1998 to good reviews, a 3 hour running time and at the 1999 Oscar ceremony it swept the board winning Best film and Best director and Titanic is the highest grossing film of all time, Mamma Mia! in contrast opened to very mixed (mainly bad) reviews, has a 1 hour 50 minute running time and probably won’t win many Oscars next year, and has no chance of even being one of the top 10 grossing films of all time.

Since Titanic James Cameron has not directed another feature film, this is Phyllida Lloyd first feature film as director.

Well done Mamma Mia!, it’s taken 10 years but the ship has finally been sunk, in the UK anyway.

Although retail sales on the street are looking pretty glum at the moment with retailers closing their doors by the week it's nice to see a report that sales of Blu-ray movies are up, by an incredible 400%.

The British Video Association have reveled (in a chat with pocket-lint.co.uk) that 1.5 million disk were sold in December. This is great news for Sony, the format and entertainment sales, but lets look try to examine why such a huge jump.

Blu-ray is a new(ish) home movie format, one which had a vicious and fairly long battle with Toshiba's now defunct HD DVD to be the successor to DVD in the home, so 2008 was the first Christmas that consumers had only one high-definition format to choose from, a relief for many I'm sure. Couple this with the fact that the price of the players are coming down to that which consumers beyond the film fanatic are willing to pay and the number of Blu-ray players in the home starts to increase.

HD TVs are also dropping in price and you can currently pick up a decent 1080p TV for well under £1000 if that's too much a decent "HD Ready" can be bought for as little as £300, this together with good sales of the PlayStation 3 which can play Blu-ray movies means that the high definition world is hitting more and more homes, probably by the week.

Now what was the best selling disk on Blu-ray in December, well no surprise to hear it was The Dark Knight (selling nearly 300,000) which was not only one of the more anticipated moves of the year but also one which many people would have wanted on the high-def format, summer action/sci-fi films are what will sell the format.

With all this in mind it's no wonder that sales of the Blu-ray disks are increasing at such a fantastic rate. Don't get me wrong I love Blu-ray and have the full high-def set-up and have enjoyed many films (WALL-E and The Dark Knight are particularly good) on the format, and I hope this surge in sales continues and eventually overtakes DVD, roll on Quantum of Solace it'll be great I'm sure, but it's not really a surprise is it?

When Spiderman 4 was released back in May 2007 I distinctly remember reading and hearing that the cast would not be returning for anymore and this was the end of the story and end of the road for Sam Raimi and his cast. After the amount of money that the franchise has made it seems not that Raimi and Toby Maguire and on board for a fourth instalment.

When I think back at how good and fresh the original was and then how good and action packed its sequel was I sort of forgive the film maker for the under exciting and run of the mill 3rd instalment, let’s face it, it wasn't that good, in fact in places it was just terrible, but it was the close of the trilogy.

Let’s now leave the franchise alone, maybe let another group revisit it down the line, maybe find a new angle or something, but let’s leave it alone. But no, no no no, Sony being in the business for the money, the trilogy has made a ton of that and comic book heroes raking in big bucks at the box office a fourth is going to be with us by about 2010 I'd say.

Let’s just hope that a new story is devised and a fresh new group of characters are brought into play and we don’t have baddie overkill which ruined the 3rd film. It's in good hands let’s just hope it’s not used just to bring in the bucks for Sony on the back of the good name of Spiderman.

After 2 very successful junior years of its life happily pleasing kids on the small screen the over hyped machine know as High School Musical is this years film, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, is graduating to the big screen and getting a theatrical release, and probably bigger budget, before TV or DVD.

Disney probably didn't see this coming (or did they?) when a couple of year ago they decided to basically remake the phenomenally successful Grease for a modern day audience. It's not a direct remake, but between the 3 films there will be the essence of the Grease story in there, hidden but evident.

This isn't a bad thing of course I'm a huge fan of Grease and having an 8 year old daughter who is more than a little bit of a HSM fan I've had the "fortune" of sitting through both movies a number of times, and to be fair they are not that bad, it's good story telling with likeable characters and half decent acting, I'd rather have her watching his than a lot of the other things on telly

The trailer for the 3rd movie has just gone up at disney.co.uk, and it looks like it's more of the same, good or bad? Who knows, but it's safe to say the hype starts here.

We all agree that the PSP is a smart little device and watching film on it can he handy for when your away from home, like on holiday. At the moment the only way to watch films is on UMD or by cracking the DVD and putting the film on a memory stick.

Sony have now revealed plans to release some films on Blu-ray what also includes a version encoded and shrunk to it fits on a memory stick, and more to the point is legal.

This is a very interesting experiment and its good to see that Sony is trying different ways of getting people using the PSP as more than a gaming device.

I hope that the compression brings the file size down enough that you can fit a couple of movies on a 1gb memory stick, although carrying 5 memory stick is certainly preferable to 5 UMD, and they can be reused.

I don’t think Sony are going to abandon movies on the UMD format just yet but it's the first sign and with a PSP2 inevitable at some point possible in the next few years maybe it will be UMD free.

It is of course another reason to go the Blu-ray route rather than HD-DVD and another sign that HD-DVD really has no way back.

Let me know your thought below.

The updates for the new Star Trek movie are starting to come through more regularly now, and this month Empire magazine has some exclusive stills of which 3 can be seen online now.

Nothing too much is given away, but the still of Zachary Quinto as Spock is fantastic (can you look at him without seeing Sylar? Let’s hope so in the movie) and just oozes with enough Star trek to carry the film, this one still makes the film look like it's something to look forward to.

The other stills are good to see and certainly whet the appetite. Check out the images now at empireonline.co.uk and the film is out in the UK on May 8th next year.

Good on Danny Boyle and the crew behind the British/Indian film Slumdog Millionaire for doing so well at the American Golden Globe awards on Sunday night, the film took four awards including best film and best director in the drama category.

Kate Winslet also did very well taking both best actress and supporting actress in a dramatic role for Revolution Road and The Reader.

The night threw up many surprises but one surprise which wasn't had, and the fans will love was Heath Ledgers win for The Dark Knight in the supporting role, the late actor has one more film to be released and from early reports he could still have another award to come.

The Oscars are in a couple of months time with the nominations being announced next month, but although in recent years the Golden Globes haven't been such a huge indication of the Oscars, Danny Boyle and Kate Winslet must be getting the frock and suit ready for the biggest glitzy night of the year.

For a full list of winners check out the Empire story.

Like many films before it Star Wars is being adapted for the stage as a musical, although rather than an all singing all dancing stage play like Billy Elliot or Hairspary, instead this is more a celebration of the music of John Williams.

The production which has been co-written by Williams and LucasFilms staff with be a two hour journey through the six film saga showing edited highlights from the films along with props and consumes from the films.

Titled Star Wars: A Musical Journey the stage show will open at The O2 Arena (formally the Millennium Dome) next April, with tickets going on sale on Monday, read the BBC news story here or visit The O2 Arena site for more info.

It's good to see that the Americans still have a passion for that British favourite James Bond as the latest movie, Quantum of Slace, in the long running franchise tops the US box office.

Not only has it topped the US film chart but it did to quite convincingly taking in over $70 million dollars in its first weekend, and also it actually got slightly better reviews than it did her in the UK.

To be fair there wasn't a lot of competition for the Daniel Craig starring action film, the runner up film this week, last week's top film Madagascar Escape 2 Africa took less than half the Bond take. To check out this and the rest of the US top 10 check here.

Fourth films in series are hard to get right, although in the terminator series the third was hard to get right, but maybe with the fourth something is going to be right.

The first glimpse can be seen in the new teaser trailer for Terminator Salvation, and although it doesn't give anything away I think Christian Bale could be quite good in the John Connor role, he has the look.

The film, as stated in the trailer, is the beginning of the end, although this is a new trilogy, and no Mr S. in these films. To be honest as long as it’s Terminator through and through, which Terminator 3 failed to be for the large part, I don’t mind. I managed to finally get round to watching the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles the other day, and the first episode was more Terminator the most of the 3rd film.

There is a bit of time to go yet before the release, currently scheduled for 5th June 2009, but this early glimpse gives hope. Check out the trailer here.

As soon as CES started and Warner Bros. confirmed that they are going Blu-ray only we all knew it was only a matter of time before there would be only one format and this "war" would be over, and now it looks like Toshiba will announce their withdrawal from HD-DVD.

This speculation along with the Warner announcement and the many US retailers announcing either Blu-ray exclusivity or Blu-ray dominance in stores are enough to kill the format, who wants to buy a player that has little retail support.

Blu-ray is the winner and it's only a matter of days (if not hours) before it will become official. This is one in the eye for Microsoft who has reportedly pumped millions of dollars into support for the format and a big triumph for Sony who developed it.

The conspiracy around the Microsoft involvement is multilayer, but whatever the truth is I think that downloadable content for films and TV has taken a hit in the back of this move as well, people can buy a player with confidence now.

The good news for Sony now is their insistence of putting a Blu-ray player in the Playstation 3 might pay off, the gaming device is still by far one of the better players on the market and is still the cheapest certainly in the European market where the stand alone players are still not that common.

The players are sure to come down in price now and the HD-DVD format will slowly start to disappear off the shelves, for those that did buy an HD-DVD player you will soon be able to pick up the movies very cheap.

Yesterday Internet was alight with news that Paramount has announced that the release date for Transformers 3, a follow up to this years yet to be released Transformers 2: Rise of the Fallen, would be July 1, 2011, but the director Michael Bay seems to have other ideas which he's expressed on his Website.

In a statement on his Website he seems to be correcting Paramount saying he wants to take a year off and make the 3rd movie in the series for release on 2012.

Maybe planning so far ahead is a bad idea, especially for film which are not even in pre-production, your bound to get at least some information wrong.

This reminds me of an advert for a film I saw in the trade press once, the film starred Annette Benning and the advert for the film proudly announced "starring Annette Benning, Catwoman in the new Batman Movie", now we all know that Benning didn't star in that Batman movie and was off having a baby instead.

Now I know studios have to plan ahead, but do they have to shout about it and get the hype going so far in advance, especially for a film like Transformers that 1) is being hyped enough already for the film that is not even at cinemas yet and HAS been made, and 2) will generate enough buzz of it's own during the 18 months before hand.

Delayed until May of next year the new Star Trek "reboot" from director JJ Abrams is going to be a highly anticipated event. Apart from the teaser and hype surrounding the cast not much has been revealed about the film.

Comic-Con has been used to launch the first poster, and this design gives us a first glimpse of the principle actors in character. Uhuru, Spock and Kirk along with what is presumably chief bad guy played by Eric Bana feature on the poster.

Set in a period before the events of the original series the film features all the characters, and even features the original captain from the pilot episode before Captain Kirk came on board, it'll be interesting to see how Abrams handles that relationship. This will be enough to get the trekkies in a rather excited mood for the new movie, let’s hope it lives up to expectations.

Check out the Star Trek page to see the new poster.

What do you think of the new poster?

Tonight I attended the UK premiere of the new Star Trek movie at the Empire Leicester Square on the heart of the West End in London, and what a night it was.

Although there was a wait of over an hour once I took my seat in the theatre and got chatting to a very nice couple sitting behind me, the wait was well worth it as JJ. Abrams and the full cast of the movie came in to introduce the film.

Simon Pegg who plays Scotty in the movie came in dressed in a kilt and took the mike to give a speach to his fellow Brits on how honored he was to be in the movie.

As for the film itself, WOW, what a film, action from start to finish, this is what so many other Star Trek movies have lacked in the past but this film piles on the action right from the word go.

Despite enjoying this film to the full I do still have some reservations, the story, although good and honour the Star Trek 40 year legacy it does take some liberties, the opening is really well done and I think true Trek Fans will love it, but, and I hope this isn't too much of a spoiler, the time travel aspect of the film can be a little difficult to swallow.

I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying that original Spock Leonard Nimoy make an extended cameo in the film, but after the initial appearance I found his presence a little uncomfortable, and the final scene in the film although fascinating I found a little odd.

That said the new cast a just superb and Abrams has stayed true to the legend while giving non hard core fans enough reasons to go, there are some in joke which the true fans will roll around on the floor at, but they are well placed and are additions to the film and don't drive it.

Lets hope this film can reignite the series and in 4 or 5 films time we can explore the origins of The Next Generation crew.

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 11

Weeks on box office: 2

Chart history
Date
Place
Gross
11 / N
£449,307
14 / 
£215,501
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £939,541 and the 2782th top grossing film in the UK

UK BBFC Certificate: 15

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