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(2015)

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Jim Parsons
Rihanna
Jennifer Lopez
Matt Jones
Brian Stepanek
April Lawrence
Stephen Kearin
April Winchell
Derek Blankenship
Nigel W. Tierney
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With the slow box office of Blade Runner 2049 the UK chart sees a new number 1 in the shape of The Lego Ninjago Movie, but it was a battle for the top.

Its the third movie based on the lego franchise and each one has made its debut at the top, but The Lego Ninjago Movie has done so with the lowest opening.

With £3.6 million there is the feeling that the general public are starting to get used to seeing the Lego franchise on the big screen and are maybe waiting for home video before watching.

Regardless this is still a number one film and with a sequel to the original Lego Movie coming soon you can imagine that being a box office hit as well.

Blade Runner 2049 falls from the top to number 2 this week, but with a £3 million weekend it fought hard to stay on top.

The full week gross was £6.1 million so it easily was the top film of the week, the total gross currently sits at £12.1 million.

Also new this week is The Snowman at number 3 with a weekend gross of £1.3 million and Botoks is new at 5 with nearly £0.8 million.

The Ritual is new at number 7 with and the highly acclaimed movie Loving Vincent is new at number 9, Sally Potter just creeps into the top 10 at 10 as The Party makes its debut.

Despicable Me 3 has now been on the box office for 16 weeks and has a total gross of £47 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Girl on the Train stays at the top of the box office for a second weekend while Inferno starring Tom hanks and directed by Ron Howard is the top new film at 2.

Five years ago
Liam Neeson and Taken 2 hold onto the top spot for a second weekend while the top new film was Hotel Transylvania at number 2.

Ten years ago
Pixars Ratatouille was the top new film of the weekend at number 1 while The Heartbreak Kid fell from the top to number 3 after just 1 weekend.

Fifteen years ago
The last of the Hannibal Lecter films starring Anthony Hopkins made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Disney's Lilo and Stitch fell to number 2 after a week on top.

Twenty years ago
Disney's Hercules made its debut at the top of the box office knocking The Full Monty down to number 2 after 6 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
The original animated version of Disney's Beauty and The Beast made its debut at the top while Patriot Games fell to number 3 after a couple of weeks at the top.

After a few weeks of non performances at the US box office this week a major blockbuster in the shape of IT not only brings it back to life but does so in record breaking style.

Director Andres Muschietti who previously directed Mama, brings to the screen Stephen Kings IT, and break the US September record for opening film in style.

After a few weeks of nothing to go and see at the movies the American public came out to the tune of $117 million, this is more double the previous highest September opening film.

Warner Bros. who distributed the film pumped a lot of marketing dollars into the film and it worked, although with little else in competition it was not hard to get people to realise the film was being released, and it worked.

Also new this week is Reese Witherspoon in Home Again which opened in the number 2 spot, little hype for this film meant a $9 million opening.

The Hitmans Bodyguard fell to number 3 this week with $4.8 million, now in its 4th weekend the film has grossed a total of $64 million.

Longest running film on the chart is Spider-Man Homecoming which has now spent 10 weeks on the chart, its also the highest total grossing film with $327 million.

In a summer of superheroes, Apes and Pirates it was a was film which out grossed everything with few stars but a visionary director who is a master of storytelling.

Christopher Nolan has become one of the most prolific directors in modern cinema and he took the moving story of Dunkirk to the top over the summer to the tune of £53 million.

It was by far the top film of the summer season with the closest competitor at number 2 Spider-Man Homecoming which brought home just why of £30 million.

Next up is the highest grossing film ever from a female director in the shape of Wonder Woman which grossed £22 million while the apes rules at number 4 with War For The Planet of The Apes grossing £20 million.

IN recent years a new Pirates of the Caribbean film would have meant big money but Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge came in at 5 with under £20 million, far less than previous entries.

Looking further down the top films of the summer in the UK Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 was the sixth top film while Alien: Covenant was the seventh and Baby Driver the eight.

Rounding out the top 10 is The Emoji Movie at nine and finally Cars 3 at number ten, another film which is suffering from series fatigue and has done far worse than the others in the series.

Looking forward to the holiday season ahead we can expect top film from IT to Kingsman The Golden Circle, Blade Runner 2049 to Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League to Star Wars: The LAst Jedi.

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.

A quiet time of year with no major blockbusters newly released on home video has Mechanic Resurrection climbing to the top of the chart and Dog Eat Dog the highest new film at number 17!

Its unusual for films to climb to the top of the video charts, and when they do they are usually big box office hits, so to have Mechanic Resurrection do the feat us unusual, but from an entry at number 2 last week it climbs.

Jason Statham must have a strong following as the film which was released on 26th August 2016 entered the box office at number 10 with just over half a million on its debut.

The film only laster 2 weeks before falling from the chart and it took £1.1 million during its cinema run.

Sausage Party falls from the top of the chart where it made its debut last week to number 3 this week.

Highest, and only, new entry is the Nicholas cage film Dog Eat Dog, a minor hit that was released November 2016 it didn't chart and took £1,152.

After last weeks almost static home video chart this week we have 5 in the top 10 alone with Sausage Party leading the way by landing at number 1 with £2.7 million on its debut.

Sausage Party was released in the UK on 2nd September 2015 where it landed at number 1, a good debut for an 18 rated animated movie.

After a couple of weeks at he top it then took a sharp decline down the box office spending just 5 weeks in cinemas in total.

Despite this relatively short box office run it actually did really well and ended up with a total gross of £7.5 million.

Also new this week, at number 2 is Mechanic Resurrection a number 10 film from August, Bad Moms at number 3 a number 2 film from August and finishing off the top 5 is Brotherhood a number 2 films from early September.

Also making their debut this week are The Purge Election Year at number 8 a number 5 film from August and finally War Dogs at 13 a number 4 film from August.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the top selling home video in the UK during 2016 followed by the Bond film Spectre.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a massive hit at the UK box office during the latter part of 2015 and is the highest grossing movie of 2016, despite being released in 2015! On the same note Spectre was a massive hit at the UK box office in 2015, in fact it was the highest grossing movie of 2015.

Surprise hit Deadpool is the third best selling movie of 2016 with the independent film Legend based on the story of the Krays being the fourth.

Finishing off the top 5 is The Lady in The Van, based on the life of writer Alan Bennett and starring Maggie Smith the film was a big hit at the UK box office although not across the globe.

Here is the top 10 best selling home videos of 2016 in the UK.

  1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  2. Spectre
  3. Deadpool
  4. Legend
  5. The Lady in The Van
  6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  7. The Martian
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. The Revenant
  10. The Jungle Book
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.

All the summer blockbusters are hitting home video at the moment and this week its the turn of the bad guy superhero film Suicide Squad which knocks off Finding Dory.

Suicide Squad hit UK cinemas on 5th August 2016, it made its debut at the top and stayed there for 2 weeks, it took an excellent £11.2 million on its debut the 55th highest ever in the UK.

The film has a good 6 week run at the box office where its final UK gross was £33 million making it the 83rd highest grossing film ever.

It also did well globally, in America it took $325 million and globally it took $745.6 million making it the 74th highest grossing film ever.

Finding Dory, after a single week at the top falls to number 2 this week.

Also new on the home video chart are: Absolutely Fabulous The Movie at number 3, a number 2 box office hit from July 2016, Petes Dragon at 8, it hit number 6 on he box office in August and The Shallows at number 19, a low budget film that hit number 8 in August.

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.

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.

This week on the UK home video charts animated hit The Secret Life of Pets takes over from X-Men Apocalypse at the top.

The Secret Life of Pets was a massive hit for Universal that was released on 24th June 2016 and it hit the top of the box office on its debut with £9.5 million, the 74th best UK opening.

The film spent 3 weeks at the top before making a very slow decent down the box office, it spent an incredible 14 weeks in total on the top 15.

The total gross for the film in the UK is £35.8 million which makes it the 68th top grossing film while globally it took $864.2 million (£696 million) and is the 50th top film across the world.

Last weeks top film, X-Men Apocalypse, fell down to number 3 this week after a week at the top.

Also new this week is Independence Day Resurgence, sequel to the 1996 hit film it made number 2 on the box office on 24th June.

Worth noting is the flurry of Christmas films that are starting to pop up in the home video charts, this week we have Arthur Christmas at 9, How The Grinch Stole Christmas at 10 and Elf at 11.

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.

The sequel no one wanted in the shape of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows karate chops its way to the top of the UK video chart on its debut week.

The second in the rebooted Turtles films made its UK cinema debut on the 3rd June 2016 in the runner up position, beaten to the top by Warcraft.

The film made £3.5 million on its cinematic debut, it then dropped down the chart over the following 5 weeks.

Over its cinema run in the UK it grossed a shade under £6 million, comparing it to the 2014 original its about half of the takings.

Last weeks top film, The Angry Birds Movie, falls down to number 4 this week, its second week of release.

Also new on the home video charts is Gods of Egypt, minor hit that spent 2 weeks on the box offie in June, at 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.

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.

This weeks home video charts has a new number one film enter in the shape of the Duncan Jones directed video game adaptation Warcraft.

Warcraft was released into cinemas in the UK on 3rd June 2016 to tepid reviews, but despite this it still managed a debut at the top with a £3.6 million opening.

The audience was very front loaded and in its second weekend the film fell to number 4 and over the next couple of weeks fell from the box office altogether.

In the Uk the films total gross was £5.9 million, looking at the global box office the film did quite well and, largely led by China, it grossed £413 million and is the 210th top grossing movie.

Alice Through The Looking Glass made its debut at the top last week and this week falls down to number 4.

Also making its debut on the home video chart is Me Before You which comes in strong at number 2 and DTV film The Guv'nor which is new at number 10.

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard climb to the top of the global box office this week despite not having a US release.

With a global take of around $50 million Inferno easily ranks as the top film globally on its debut around the world where it has been released in 53 countries.

The US release is due next week which could keep the film at the top for a second week and the US debut could easily double the box office so far.

Falling from the top to number 5 this week is The Girl On The Train, a $20 million dollar second weekend from 21 countries sees the total gross grow to $75 million.

Highest total grossing film on the global box office this week is Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children which this week is at 2 with $32 million from 73 countries and has grossed $196.7 million.

For the second week running Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is the top film across the globe, this week its beats off The Girl on The Train.

Having the widest release across the globe with 70 countries, Miss Peregrine manages a very respectable $57.5 million weekend bringing the films total global gross to $145 million.

With these figures the film is looking to be one of Tim Burtons top films in a very long time.

Highest new film of the week is The Girl on The Train when makes its debut at number 2 with $41.1 million from 21 countries.

Worth of a mention is the film at number 3, Oporation Mekong which shoots up the global chart with $26.5 million this week.

Highest total grossing film on the top 10 this week is Finding Dory which crosses the $1 billion threshold and is the second Pixar movie to do so and the third this year.

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.

This week Emily Blunt stars in The Girl on The Train which takes over from Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children at the top of the US box office.

The Girl on The Trains debut is no record breaker taking only $24.6 million on its debut, but it is enough to out gross all in its path.

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children falls from the top to number 2 this week with a second weekend gross of just $15 million.

Also new this week is hotly tipped Oscar movie The Brith of a Nation which enters at 6 and comedy Middle School which is new at 7.

Longest running film on the US top 10 this week is Sully with 5 weeks on the chart, it is also the highest total grossing movie with $113.4 million.

Tim Burton is no stranger to the top of the US box office and this week takes his latest directorial film there with Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.

The imaginatively titled film takes Burton back to the more surreal films that started his career and takes a low but impressive $28.5 million for the weekend.

The Magnificent Seven falls from the top of the chart after only one week and after a second weekend of $15.7 million its total US gross is now $61.6 million.

Also new this week is Deepwater Horizons making its debut at number 2 with $20.6 million, Masterminds is also new at 6 with $6.6 million.

All of the summer big hitters have now left the top 10 so the longest staying film on the US box office is Don't Breathe at number 8 with 6 weeks.

Highest total grossing movie with Sully which has just gone over the $100 million mark and sits at number 5 this week.

A slow week in the build up before the Christmas releases start to come out has Captain America Civil War staying at the top for a 3rd week.

With the rest of the home video charts recent top films just bouncing around the highest new film this week is Green Room at number 7.

Green Room starring Patrick Stewart was released in cinemas on 13th May 2016 where is entered the UK box office at number 10.

The film was not really a hit and after a single release dropped out of the chart making £144,517 in the process.

Also new this week is DTV film Viking Legacy at number 13 and Tom Hanks indie film A Hologram For The King, a number 6 box office film for May 2016, at 14.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice may have had a disappointing cinema run but when the film came out on home video it was going to hit the top.

The film was released as one of the early spring releases on 25th March 2016 where is scored a £14.6 million opening weekend and of course hit the top on its debut.

The incredible hype for the film maybe made the end product a little disappointing as the film only had a chart run of 6 weeks, sinking fast once it left the top.

The film took a UK gross of £36 million, relatively low for a superhero film, and is the 61st highest grossing movie in the UK.

Globally the film took $872.6 million, missing out on the billon mark by quite some margin, and is the 46th highest grossing film across the world.

Disney's Zootopia falls from the top where it debuted to number 2 this week.

Also new this week at number 4 is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, released the same weekend as Batman V Superman.

Hardcore Henry also makes its video chart debut at number 10.

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.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens wont be shifted from the top of the video charts and is still outselling for the third week in a row all in its path.

The last time we saw this king of dominance of video charts was back in 2013 when Disney released Frozen for sale, they sure are hitting the right note.

Highest new film of the week is new at 2, Daddys Home which was released at UK cinemas on 25th December last year.

The film was a relatively big hit considering it was up agains The Force Awakens and manages an acceptable 7 week run on the box office.

In that time it grossed a nice £16.3 million which in terms of stars Ferrell and Wahlberg isn't bad.

For Farrell it is his 3rd biggest film and for Wahlberg it is his 4th biggest film in the UK.

Also new this week is In The Heart of The Sea which lands at number 3.

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.

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.

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.

This week in the world of home video The Lady In The Van manages to stay on top for a second week, but it not all what it seems.

The bestselling video of the week is actually Game of Thrones Season 5, but the best selling video of the week if The Lady In The Van again as this is a film website.

Highest new film of the week, given these circumstances, is Dragon Blade, a film from earlier in the year starring John Cusack and directed by Daniel Lee.

The film spent a single week in cinemas and made just over £700.

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children first trailer.

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.

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.

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 2015 Bond was back, and the resulting film starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mandes was the top grossing film in the UK for 2015.

Spectre has to date taken an incredible £93.4 million but it is still on general release in the UK so this might grow, although it's declining fast so it could get to £95 million at best.

Coming in hard is Star Wars The Force Awakens which so far has taken nearly £66 million at the UK box office, although it will not beat Spectre in 2015 it will beat it by the end of its run.

I also suspect that The Force Awakens will eventually become the highest grossing film ever in the UK, but that will have to wait until 2016.

Also featuring as the top films of 2015 are Jurassic Wold, Avengers Age of Ultron and Minions who all too over £40 million in the UK.

He top five were all sequels (of sorts) and the top 2 were long awaited returns of massively successful franchises, James Bond and Star Wars.

Here is the top 10 film in the UK of 2015

  1. Spectre = £93,444,460
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens = £65,911,544
  3. Jurassic World = £63,674,773
  4. Avengers Age of Ultron = £48,334,257
  5. Minions = £47,091,449
  6. Inside Out = £39,114,257
  7. Fast and Furious 7 = £38,385,021
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey = £34,662,255
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 = £27,482,402
  10. Home = £25,092,083
As the year comes to a close the last blockbuster of the year, The Force Awakens, is making a challenge for top film of the year, despite its late release.

This week Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes $286,822,000 which brings its total to just over $1 billion, it has taken about 10 days to do this, the fastest ever.

It needs to beat the year total of Jurassic World to become the top film of the year, $1.6 billion byt the end of the week may prove too much.

Highest new film of the week is Daddys Home which takes $43.2 million from 5 countries on its debut and sits at number 4.

Star Wars is also the top total grossing film on the chart this week and the only film on the chart to have a total gross over $1 billion.

Here is the full world top grossing box office.

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $286,822,000
  2. Devil And Angel - $55,000,000
  3. Mojin: The Lost Legion - $44,000,000
  4. Daddy's Home - $43,200,000
  5. Mr. Six - $27,286,847
  6. Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie - $25,470,000
  7. Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip - $20,800,000
  8. Joy - $19,500,000
  9. The Himalayas - $14,500,000
  10. Sisters - $14,176,970
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.

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.

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.

Filming is currently taking place at Leavesden Film Studios, the spiritual home of Harry Potter, with David Yates at the help.

Here is the first bit of news for the film in the shape of a logo/poster.

Losts of interesting things to see here, film out in the UK 18th November 2016.

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.

The latest in the long running Fast and Furious series enters at the top of the video chart this week on its debut week of release on home video.

Fast and Furious 7 was released at the UK box office on 3rd April 2015, a delay in its release due to the untimely death of its star Paul Walker.

The film entered the box office at the top with an opening weekend of £12.7 million, the highest of the series.

A 3 week spell at the top gave it a total chart run of 8 weeks and netted it £38 million at the UK box office, it is currently the 45th highest grossing film ever in the UK and the fourth highest of 2015.

The film did phenomenal business across the world as well and is currently the 4th highest grossing film of all time with a global gross of $1.5 billion.

Cinderella falls from the top into second place on its 3rd week of release.

Also new this week is Unfriended at 4, John travolta in The Forger which enters at 6 and A Royal Night Out which is new at 7.

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
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.

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.

San Andreas this week becomes the top grossing film across the world on it's debut weekend of release.

Released in 61 countries the film rakes in $113.2 million, far outstripping the rest of the completion, it's nearest film is last weeks top film Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland falls to to number 2 and is keeping Mad Max Fury Road at bay which is at number 3.

Doing very well in just 1 country, Japan, is the 3D animated film Stand by Me Doraemon which takes $30 million.

Avengers Age of Ultron finished the top 5.

Here is the full World Gross top 10:

  1. San Andreas - $113,215,000
  2. Tomorrowland - $43,103,000
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road - $35,225,000
  4. Stand by Me Doraemon - $30,000,000
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $28,520,000
  6. Pitch Perfect 2 - $25,241,300
  7. Poltergeist - $14,400,000
  8. Aloha - $10,000,000
  9. Spy - $9,000,000
  10. Home - $3,850,000
The Avengers sequel remains as the top film in the world this week with a world gross of $66 million from 92 countries, the world gross of the film is now $1.2 billion.

Highest new film is Tomorrowland which enters at 3 taking $59 million from 66 countries.

Also worth a note is Melissa McCarthy's new film makes it's debut at 6 with $12.5 million from 10 countries on release.

Here is the full world top 10:

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $66,695,000
  2. Mad Max Fury Road - $62,085,000
  3. Tomorrowland - $58,859,000
  4. Pitch Perfect 2 - $45,549,000
  5. Poltergeist - $31,300,000
  6. Spy - $12,500,000
  7. Home - $6,080,000
  8. Fast and Furious 7 - $5,124,105
  9. P.K. - $4,500,000
  10. Hot Pursuit - $3,475,000
Despite the release of 2 strong competing films this week Avengers Age of Ultron retains its position as the top film across the world with $223 million, it has the widest release with 92 territories.

Mad Max Fury Road is the top new film of the week with a world gross of $109.4 million, it opened in 69 territories including the UK and America.

A second week of release across the world and released in some major territories Pitch Perfect 2 is at 3 with $97 million, Fast and Furious 7 is still strong at 4 and Home is still pulling in the audiences at 5.

The full world top 10 looks like this:

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $223,837,000
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road - $109,400,000
  3. Pitch Perfect 2 - $97,228,250
  4. Fast and Furious 7 - $10,247,940
  5. Home - $7,200,000
  6. Chronicles of Evil - $6,300,000
  7. Hot Pursuit - $5,780,000
  8. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - $5,300,000
  9. The Age Of Adaline - $4,700,000
  10. Cinderella - $3,928,000
Avengers Age of Ultron is still dominating the world this week on it's third week of release help in no small part by it having a very good second weekend in America.

A world gross of $145 million saw it very comfortably retain its lead over the rest, although it does have by far the greatest territory release with 91 countries.

Furious 7 is still the second film with a world gross of $24 million for the week and with a world total of $1.4 billion to looks set to overtake the original Avengers Assemble film as the third highest of all time.

The rest of the top 5 is filled out with Hot Pursuit at 3, Chappie at 4 and Home at 5.

Highest new film is Pitch Perfect 2 which had a early release in 2 territories and makes number 6 with $8.8 million putting it in good shape when it has a full release this week.

The full top ten looks like this

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $145,503,000
  2. Fast and Furious 7 - $24,872,020
  3. Hot Pursuit - $14,700,000
  4. Chappie - $9,800,000
  5. Home - $9,000,000
  6. Pitch Perfect 2 - $8,800,000
  7. The Age Of Adaline - $8,200,000
  8. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - $8,190,000
  9. Cinderella - $5,574,000
  10. Silent Separation - $5,500,000
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
At the world box office this week Fast and Furious 7 is still street ahead of the crowd as it's gross for it's second weekend of release hits $255.5 million.

This now gives the film an $800 million world gross and it is certain to hit the $1 billion mark in the coming weeks.

Highest new film is The Longest Ride at number 5, a total weekend gross of $16.5 million from 29 territories, the film is yet to open in much of Europe.

2nd this week is Home with $34 million and 3rd is Cinderella with just shy of $20 million.

Wolf Warrior this week takes $18 million, still doing strong numbers at 4 despite only being released in China.

Here is the full World box office top 10 this week

  1. Fast and Furious 7 - $255,591,430
  2. Home - $34,200,000
  3. Cinderella - $19,825,000
  4. Wolf Warriors - $18,000,000
  5. The Longest Ride - $16,500,000
  6. Divergent Series: Insurgent - $14,750,000
  7. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $10,325,000
  8. Get Hard - $10,035,000
  9. Let's Get Married - $8,587,400
  10. Woman In Gold - $7,252,000
Opening to a massive global gross of $384 million from the 64 countries it was released in, Furious 7 (or Fast and Furious 7 as it's called in some countries) made it's mark and out grossed the rest of the top 10 combined.

Home fell to second with $48 million while the live action version of Cinderella is still doing well grossing 34 million across the globe.

The Divergent Series Insurgent is at 4 with $25 million, and finishing off the top five is Wolf Warrior from director Jacky Wu which grossed $22 million from just a single territory.

Here is the current top 10 world grossing films:

  1. Fast and Furious 7 - $384,023,480
  2. Home - $48,100,000
  3. Cinderella - $34,589,000
  4. Divergent Series: Insurgent - $25,500,000
  5. Wolf Warriors - $22,000,000
  6. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $21,700,000
  7. Let's Get Married - $16,180,000
  8. Get Hard - $15,525,000
  9. The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water - $6,030,000
  10. Focus - $5,330,000
  11. Twenty - $5,300,000
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

Home is still the top film for the second week at the world box office.

Taking $78 million across the globe Home is proving to be a global smash hit, it has now grossed $102 million in total.

With Cinderella 2nd and The Divergent Series Insurgent 3rd the top new film is Get Hard, only released in 9 countries the film takes $39 million on it't debut.

Kingsman The Secret Service rounds out the top 5 films.

Here is the top ten:

  1. Home - $78,000,000
  2. Cinderella - $56,215,000
  3. Divergent Series: Insurgent - $51,975,000
  4. Get Hard - $39,210,000 $4,600,000
  5. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $28,050,000
  6. Focus - $9,570,000
  7. Twenty - $6,900,000
  8. Taken 3 - $6,100,000
  9. Spongebob Squarepants Sponge Out Of Water - $6,010,000
  10. Lost And Love - $5,232,000
Dreamwork's latest animated movie Home makes it's American debut at the top of the North American box office this week with a very nice $54 million opening weekend.

The film also opened at the top of the Uk box office last week and is set to make a splash worldwide, and with the spring break holiday is the US happening this could ride big for a few weeks.

Missing out on the top spot is Will Farrell's latest wacky comedy Get Hard which lands at number 2 with a $34.6 million debut weekend.

Falling from the top and ending up a 3 this week is The Divergent Series Insurgent, after it's second week of release it gas a US gross of $86.3 million.

Finishing off the top 5 are Cinderella and It Follows.

Dreamworks latest animated tale hits the top in the UK this week on it's debut taking in more money than the rest of the top 15 combined.

Grossing a very good £6 million Home become an instant hit and a children's favourite with a likely sequel to come.

Struggling a little and debuting in second place is the sequel Insurgent, full title The Divergent Series Insurgent, with an opening gross of £2.9 million, although hit is ahead of the £1.7 million Divergent took on it's opening.

Falling into 3rd after 3 weeks at the top is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which has taken £13 million to date.

The gunman is also new this week at 5 and Wild Card is new at 10.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Grand Budapest Hotel was still the top film in the country and with a fairly static top 5 the highest new film was Starred Up at 6.

Five years ago
Alice In Wonderland was still at the top with the top new film coming in at 2 in the shape of The Bounty Hunter.

Ten years ago
Robots made it's debit at the top of the box office knocking Will Smith's Hitch down to second place.

Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 was still at number 1 after 7 weeks weeks at the top, the highest new entry of the week was the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, released after the death of it's director Stanley Kubrick, and the fist time it has been in cinemas in the UK since 1971.

The Divergent Series Insurgent opened up in 77 countries this last weekend and without too much of a challenge becomes the top film across the globe.

Taking a world grossing $101 million the film easily knocks Cinderella down to second place after a single week as the global top film.

New animated film Home is 3rd this week with a global gross of $19.2 million and Tak3n gets a new surge of life after opening in China and takes $18.6 million.

Finally on the top 5 this week is Lost and Love from China which takes $16.2 million from just 5 countries os release so far.

Here is the full top 10 global films this week

  1. The Divergent Series Insurgent - $101,025,000
  2. Cinderella - $75,592,000
  3. Home - $19,200,000
  4. Tak3n - 18,600,000
  5. Lost And Love - $16,285,000
  6. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $13,100,000
  7. Focus - $11,200,000
  8. Run All Night - $10,120,000
  9. Chappie - $7,750,000
  10. Big Hero 6 - $6,775,000
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 .

It's that time of year when we look back at the most this and that of a year.

One of the more interesting lists is that of the most pirated movies of the year.

2014 is the year where The Wolf of Wall Street has been pirate downloaded more than any other.

With Frozen at number two, both films selling really well on home video it does beg the question about piracy ruining sales!

Here is the top 10

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street: 30.035 million downloads
  2. Frozen: 29.919 million downloads
  3. Gravity: 29.357 million downloads
  4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 27.627 million downloads
  5. Thor: The Dark World: 25.749 million downloads
  6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: 25.628 million downloads
  7. The Legend of Hercules: 25.137 million downloads
  8. X-Men: Days of Future Past: 24.380 million downloads
  9. 12 Years a Slave: 23.653 million downloads
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: 23.543 million downloads
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

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

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.

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.

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

It was a quiet week for new releases on UK home video front this week and so Disney's Frozen incredibly retakes the top spot.

There is no stopping the might of the Disney snow flick as it continues to sell in incredible numbers and after dipping down the chart slightly last week leaps back up to the top.

Last weeks top film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, falls to three this week on it's second week of release.

Highest new film of the week is the kids film Escape From Planet Earth, which enters the video chart at number 4.

Escape From Planet Earth had a quiet box office release on 7th March this year, it entered the box office at number 7 making just shy of £400,000 on it's debut, it lasted 3 weeks taking just under £1 million in the process.

Also new this week is:
Under the Skin at 5
The Hooligan Factory at 9
Vampire Academy at 16

Check out the full UK video chart.

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

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

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.

White House Down takes over from Riddick as the best selling disk for home entertainment on it's first week of sale.

White House Down was in cinemas in the middle of September last year debuting at 3 and spending 5 weeks on the chart.

Riddick spends a single week at the top and this weeks falls to 2.

Post Christmas and horror film Insidious: Chapter 2 tops the home entertainment sales charts.

Taking over from the top selling film of last week Elysium, Insidious 2 went on sale last Monday.

Check out the sales chart.

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.

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.

Sales of films and TV show on a physical disk declined by 7.2% in 2011 while sales of digital media downloads rose by 12%. Despite this Blu-ray is growing with it now accounting for 18% of the market.

Rental sales for downloads are expected to get stronger and stronger as the video shop of the 90's continues to become a relic. The saviors for DVD/Blu-ray is the triple play disk set allowing for the consumer to have the Blu-ray, DVD and digital for mobile devices version of a film.

Despite this downturn in sales December saw a big increase in sales and accounted for nearly 25% of the yearly sales of physical disks, and Blu-ray saw a year on year increase of nearly 27%.

British films saw an incredible year for sales with the last 2 chapters of the Harry Potter series by far outselling everything else. The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners and Paul also did very well with British talent attached. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was also a big seller, it was made in Britain.

Despite the recession the home video market, which includes physical and digital media was worth £2,251 billion in 2011.

Here is the top 10 films and TV sales of 2011

  1. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2
  2. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1
  3. The Inbetweeners
  4. The King's Speech
  5. Pirates Of The Caribbean - On Stranger Tides
  6. Despicable Me
  7. Paul
  8. Tangled
  9. Peter Kay - Live - The Tour That Didn't Tour
  10. Transformers - Dark Of The Moon
As reported in many many places to name of the next Bond film, the 23rd in the series, will indeed be called Skyfall.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

The Star Wars announcement at CES 2011 yesterday was that the Saga would be released on Blu-ray in September of this year , no exact date was given but the 3 box set's that will be released are available for pre-order now.

In what was considered a relatively low key event for such a huge announcement involved Darth Vader, a handful of Stormtroopers and Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn coming out and making a short statement.

The 3 box sets that will be released are an Original Trilogy Box Set, a Prequels Trilogy Box Set and a 9 disk Saga Box set that will include 3 diska with over 30 hours of extra material, of which there was no mention of content.

Thankfully there was no mention of any Star Wars 3D, it's no secret that Lucas is working on a retrofit for the films but maybe that will be a separate release and this one will not be effected, it's a long time till September though. Also no mention of the Star Wars Holiday Special, we can live in hope that this will be cleaned, converted to HD and included.

The film are available on Amazon.co.uk with current prices at £33.99 for the two trilogy sets and £69.99 for the Saga set.

There was a press release to follow which gave far more information

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE

THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY

IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever the Star Wars Saga emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas' epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:

-          Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)

-          Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)

-          Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN.  Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.

Flanked by a  legion of his finest  Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing  The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.''

The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format, Dunn said. The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.

With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish, said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.

The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon's customers, said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.

It had a format war to deal with at it's conception which created a slow start for Blu-ray, but the BVA's (British Video Association) latest figure are encouraging for the format as it sees a 50% increase in sales in Q1 2010.

HD has been a hard sell to most but with players falling in price to under 100 and good sales of the Blu-ray equipped Playstation 3 sales of the disks rose to 2.7 million for the period so far in 2010.

The total Blu-ray disks sold so far is around the 15 million mark and sales are expected to rise fast this year and should see a massive boost by year-end. Launching a new format just as a recession hits cant have helped but it looks like the UK at least is becoming HD friendly.

For all us home movie enthusiasts out there this is great news, the studios which on the whole have been great releasing catalogue films should start releasing the likes of Lord of the Rings extended editions (I know it's coming, can you believe it's nearly 10 years?), The Back to the Future Trilogy (can you believe it's 25 years?) and the holy grail of films The Star Wars Trilogy before long.

Disney are causing a bit of a storm with cinema distributors because they want to release the forthcoming Tim Burton adaptation of Alice in Wonderland on DVD/Blu-ray only 13 weeks (about 3 months) after it hits the cinemas in the UK and Netherlands.

The usual window is between 4 and 6 months depending on the film, and as Alice in Wonderland is expected to be a big hit it will most likely be 6 months which would give the multiplexes more time to make money, so chains like Vue Entertainment Ltd are threatening to pull the film altogether.

Is this window too short? The cinema's argument is that this will reduce the number of bums on seats in theatres as the cinema goes will be aware they can buy the film soon and hence reduce the money taken for a film at the box office, which also could have a knock on effect on cinema ticket prices for all.

10 years ago the window was 6 months or more, and there was a time when the window was even up to a year, although the market back then was more leaned towards the rental market and the internet was not about, hence no digital downloads, and piracy although an issue wasn't by any means as big as it is now.

Why then does the likes of Disney want such a short window? Is it to tackle piracy? Is it to cash in on the hype of a film in such a fickle here today gone tomorrow market? Or is it simply that home cinema can fulfill the movie goers as readily as an expensive visit to the cinema these days?

Just think if Avatar has a 13 week window it would be scheduled for release around 15th March during a time which it will surely be still riding high at the cinema, or maybe that would be the best time to release it?

I can see the argument for and against this, but I must admit that I did prefer it in the days when you were unable to watch a film for a period of months after leaving the cinema and then enjoy it even more when the VHS of the film was available for rent.

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 wont 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 cant 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
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 youre at home 50 inch plasma. Except for last years top film, Mamma Mia, which for some reason took on a life of its own?

It's not often that I take much notice of the Star Wars fan email that I get in my inbox on regular occasions these days, and usually wants to sell me something, but this time something caught my attention, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is about to be 30 years old!

Now apart from the sudden terror that I had of, how old does that make me, the email details the fact that this past weekend is the 30th anniversary of the screening of first images from the film in the form of a trailer.

I clicked the link and watched the trailer, first of all you start to realise how much cinema has changed in 30 years, and trailers certainly have a different job these days, but 2 things happened to me, first I thought about how people must have been amazed sitting in the cinema watching this, the trailer was attached to a re-release of Star Wars (something which rarely happens these days) and not only was this the only way could have got to see the trailer, no internet back then, and home video was for the rich, but the trailer was there to give people a taste of the movie, not market the film to the hilt.

The second thing that happened was I remembered when I first saw footage of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, a UK programme called The South Bank Show had done a special on Star Wars and at the very end they showed a quite long clip of the film. To note is the fact hat back on those days there was a quite lengthy gap between a film being released in the UK and America.

For a moment on Saturday it was a good trip down memory lane, so check out this link and enjoy the trailer of The Empire Strikes Back.

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?

Can you believe that it's ten years today (November 18th) since the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 1 was shown in the cinema for the first time? The internet was still in its infancy, as was DVD and staggered cinema releases were still a big thing for blockbuster film releases.

The event was huge and well hyped and although the trailer was released onto the internet few people had a fast enough internet connection at home to really download the trailer or steam it in a watchable fashion so American audiences really did to get to see it ahead of the rest of the world.

I was working at the time for a well known internet company and had access to a fast T1 connection and I remember waiting patiently that afternoon to download the trailer and watch it on the tiny 14 inch monitor I used to work with, I wanted to wait and see it on the big screen, but I couldn't wait until the new year to see this new Star Wars footage.

In the US the trailer was attached to a number of films at the time, two being The Waterboy and The Siege and the teaser can probably account for much of those films total gross. These days people choose to watch trailers on the internet and you rarely, if ever get people walking out of a screening once the trailers are over.

Was the trailer any good, my god was the trailer good, in fact the trailer as it turned out was better than the film itself. After seeing the trailer I got straight on the phone to a friend of mine who lives in California and arranged to fly to the US the following May so we could go and see the movie the night of release, which I did.

Did you get goose bumps down your spine the first time you saw the trailer? Was it one of the most exciting things you had seen since the trailer for The Return of the Jedi? Let us know you thought on the trailer and what you think 10 years later.

Just to refresh your memory here is the original Star Wars Episode 1 teaser trailer.

You can call it a victory if you like but the simple fact is that in the home movie market there is only room for one format, and in the high definition future if movie watching in the home we will be doing that on a Blu-ray device.

Toshiba has today (Tuesday) announced that it will discontinue production of all things HD-DVD which basically kills the format dead. It's been a long fought battle but in the end what is widely considered the best format won.

Was it the Playstation 3 which won the battle, I doubt it, but clearly Sony had learned a lesson with the Playstation 2, which was accounted for part of the success of DVD, and delaying the launch of the PS3 to include the high definition player has certainly helped the format along.

So what now of HD-DVD, Universal have also announced that they will switch to Blu-ray and Paramount will follow suit as well thats a given. Those who bought an HD-DVD player will be able to pick up some bargains but the releases will cease very soon and their players are destined to join the Betmax grave of home entertainment.

Blu-ray is the future of High definition disks, but some at Toshibas think that there will be no physical future for home movies, a thought shared by Microsoft who were a backer of the HD-DVD format, it'll all be downloads soon, but Im not ready for that future but I'm sure happy that Blu-ray has won this battle.

Today marks, for some, a sad day in home entertainment, Pioneer have announced that they will stop making laserdisk players this month.

Initially brought to market in 1978 under the name of Discovision the 12 inch disks were going to revolutionise home entertainment and bring that cinema quality high definition picture to the home.

Although the technology inside the huge players was far superior to that of it's magnetic tape (VHS and Beta) equivalents the lack of storage (60 minutes on each side) and high price stopped them from becoming a mainstream purchase.

American video enthusiasts took to the devices as did the Japanese, but Europe never really embraced the devices. VHS had a strong hold, and by the time people realised that their £15 film on the fragile tape was a bad idea and looked for alternatives the 5 inch DVD was hitting the market.

Despite it's hard life the format has laser 30 years and sold a quite respectable 360 million units. Disks didn't shift that many, Star Wars was one of the biggest sellers with 100,000 sold and The Lion King not far behind, although exact sales data is hard to find.

Check out the wikipedia page and an article on the demise at hometheatermag.com.

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 18

Chart history
Date
Place
Week
Total
1N
£6,025,917
£6,025,917
2
£2,601,755
£9,309,731
3
£2,387,579
£14,538,641
3▼▲
£1,544,988
£18,437,033
3▼▲
£854,377
£20,207,281
4
£675,401
£21,000,549
5
£732,514
£21,822,469
8
£399,621
£22,644,534
7
£252,245
£22,933,032
8
£206,394
£23,171,342
8▼▲
£456,794
£24,062,500
13
£110,265
£24,248,282
11
£121,139
£24,378,351
14
£77,144
£24,466,922
14▼▲
£91,449
£24,570,410
14▼▲
£51,773
£24,631,626
13
£40,538
£24,685,361
15
£56,566
£25,092,083
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £25,092,083 and the 148th top grossing film in the UK

Total World gross $387,320,581 and the 255th top grossing film globally

UK BBFC Certificate: U

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