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Next

(2007)

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Jessica Biel
Thomas Kretschmann
Tory Kittles
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Fast and Furious 8 stays at the top of the global box office for a second weekend as it edges closer to the billion dollar mark while the top new film is Unforgettable at number 7.

By next weekend the 8th in the Fast series will have joined number 7 and grossed over a billion while this week the film took $202 million at the global box office from 66 countries.

The films lead country is China where Fast 8 is now the second highest grossing American movie ever after Fast 7, the films total gross now sits at $908 million after 10 days of release .

The Boss Baby is still at number 2 this weekend with $42 million from 79 countries while Beauty and the Beast is still pulling in the punters after 6 weeks and this week pushes its total global gross to $1.1 billion with a $32 million weekend from 51 countries.

The highest new global film this week is Unforgettable which enters at number 7 with $6.5 million from its 17 countries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical charts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edgar Write's next film Baby Driver gets a new trailer.

Plenty of action with cars and gangsters an stuff.

Check out the trailer below.

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

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

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

Check out the story on Vougue.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical chart

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

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

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

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

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

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

M. Night Shyamalan must be pleased to be back in favour again, a fantastic start to his career and apart from a couple of bad moments hes had a critic bashed run of films until now.

Split spends its third consecutive weekend at the top of the US box office although hit was the Super Bowl weekend which means Sunday had little to no impact on the box office.

This weekend the film took $14.6 million which brings its total gross to $98.7 million, it will reach $100 million before next weekend.

Highest new film of the weekend is the reboot of the gone stale Rings franchise, the last film was The Ring Two released in 2005.

The new take brings the film up to date and takes $13 million on its opening weekend of release, 14 years after The Ring this is a lower opening gross which doesnt bode well for the film.

Highest total grossing film on the US top 10 this week is Sing, at number 7 this week with $262 million in total gross.

Star Wars Red Cup, or Han Solo A Star Wars Story (not the official title) has started shooting today.

Directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord the film is set for release next May, although we expect that to change.

Director Michael Bay brings us a new trailer for the next Trasnsformers movie, Transformers The Last Knight.

A long voice over from Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins brings up bang up to date with how we got here.

Watch below.

Its been a long time coming but finally Lucasfilms has released the title of the next Star Wars film.

Episode VIII will go by the title The Last Jedi - make of that what you will - is it Luke Skywalker, is it Rey, we'll find out on December 15th.

The global box office is still being dominated by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is now in its fourth week of release.

Still playing in 58 countries the film takes $78 million this week which brings the film total gross to $914 million.

It should now reach the magic Billion mark before next week which means it will be the third Star Wars film to do so.

With the awards ceremonies happening at the moment most film got a release, if only minor, before the end of 2016 so there are no new released this week, although Hidden Figures which is still only out in America makes a massive jump up to 6 this week.

Rogue One is by far the highest total grossing film across the globe this week while Assassin's Creed which is at number 2 this week with $48.8 million is the widest release in 69 countries.

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

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

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

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

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

Summing up the top grossing movies of 2016 brings up some interesting data as the top film of the year is a film from 2015, and a huge film of 2016 at that.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens despite being released at the very end of 2015 took £57 million in 2016 and thus becomes the highest grossing film of the year.

The long awaited Star Wars saga sequel also took £65 million in 2015 and was the second highest grossing film last year and is also the highest grossing film ever in the UK.

Taking The Force Awakens out of the equation for a moment the highest grossing film of the year, films that were released in 2016, is Bridget Jones's Baby.

The return of Bridget Jones to our cinemas struck a good note with a British audience to the tune of £47.8 million, although its still £10 million below The Force Awakens.

Next is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which has taken £47.4 million and with the film still in the UK top 10 I would guess this will overtake Bridget Jones in the new year.

Next up is the Disney live action version of The Jungle Book which has a Uk gross of £46 million, we then have Finding Dory with £42 million and Deadpool with £37 million.

Of the top 10 of 2016 5 of the films are Disney movies or franchises - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has just crept into the top 10 after 2 weeks of release.

Seven of the film are franchise films and 2 of the top 5 and film which are considered British although 4 of the film were made in the UK.

Here is the full UK top 10 films of 2016.

  1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens - £57,101,335
  2. Bridget Jones's Baby - £47,826,849
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - £47,469,530
  4. The Jungle Book - £46,191,905
  5. Finding Dory - £42,604,905
  6. Deadpool - £37,616,432
  7. Captain America: Civil War - £36,771,782
  8. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice - £36,495,828
  9. The Secret Life of Pets - £34,649,738
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - £33,943,482
We are all taking a deep breath as this weekend approaches but until then Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them makes its fourth weekend at the top while top new film is Office Christmas Part which debuts at number 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It genuinely feels like the cinema going world is holding its breath for the new Star Wars film which is released this coming week as Fantastic beasts holds onto the top spot for a fourth week.

A very low $43.8 million world gross, from 68 countries, has the film just about beat Moana (which is out in 33 countries) to the number 1 spot, that brings the films total world gross to $680 million.

The new Star Wars film is tapping into a very similar audience which will mean Beasts gets knocked for 6 next week but there can be no complaints as the film has done well.

Highest new film of the week is Office Christmas Party which gets a wide release in 50 countries and takes $33.9 million for the week.

Highest total grossing movie on the world top 10 this week is Fantastic Beasts which also has the wides release.

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

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

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

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

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

First poster for Cars 3, film gets its release next July.

Disney threw their latest film hoping to hit the heights of Frozen at US audiences this weekend in the shape of Moana, they are hoping that the long holiday weekend would give it a boost.

With a debut weekend of $55 million over the Friday to Sunday they can't complain, and the long weekend from Wednesday night saw the film gain over $80 million.

With many families out shopping on the big retail weekend that includes black Friday this isn't such a bad debut, and with good reviews this could well go on and on for Disney.

Next weekend will be the big test, no new child friendly film are set for a release in the coming weeks which is good for Moana but then they get the Galaxy Far Far away to deal with, but who from, yes Disney, the Mouse House should have a good holiday.

Last weeks top film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fell to number 2 this weekend and gained $45 million, this brings the films US total to $156 million, not the heights of Harry Potter.

Also new this week is America is Allied starring Brad Pitt at number 4 with $13 million and Bad Santa 2 at number 7 with $6 million and very bad reviews.

Longest stay on the US box office is split between 3 films, Doctor Strange, Trolls and Hacksaw Ridge all on 4 weeks, although the highest total grossing by a long margin is Doctor Strange with $205 million.

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 a fourth week now Captain America Civil War holds on to the top of the UK video chart, something that hasn't happened since 2013/14 and Frozen.

This most likely means that this adventure in the Captain America and Marvel Cinematic Universe will be the biggest selling video of the year, although we still have 3 months to go.

Highest new film comes in at 2 in the form of The Nice Guys, a film released in 3rd June 2016 and hit number 3 on its debut weekend.

Starring Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling the it made just over a million pound on its debut weekend if release.

The film went on to have a fairly health 6 weeks on the box office before leaving cinemas and in that time made just over £3.7 million.

Also new this week, at 4 is animated tale Robinson Crusoe, a number 6 hit from May 2016 and Love and Friendship, a number 5 cinema hit from August 2016.

Come back next week to find out is Me Before You or Warcraft can topple Captain America from the top.

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.

Animation aimed at a more adult audience lands at the top of the box office chart this week as Sausage Party makes its UK debut at number 1.

With lead vocals from Seth Rogan the innuendoes fly fas in this 15 rated comedy as its grosses a good, but not great, £2.6 million.

Finding Dory has had a fantastic run at the box office, 2 spells at the top but this week falls down to number 3.

Its not a sad story thought and an excellent 6th week gross of £1.5 million brongs the films total gross in the UK to a fantastic £38 million, it has not out grossed Finding Nemo in the UK.

Also making their debut on the box office chart this week are Brotherhood at number 2 with £1.9 million and Cafe Society at number 9 with £0.5 million.

Highest grossing film on the box office this week is Finding Dory and longest run is The BFG which has spent 7 weeks on the top 10.

Next week sees the release of Ben-Hur (a remake) and Captain Fantastic as well as Don't Breathe the current American number 1.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Straight Outta Compton kept its grip at the top of the UK box office with No Escape the highest new film at 3.

Five years ago
The Inbetweeners Movie remained at the top and with a strong top 4 the highest new film was the Indian film Bodyguard at number 5.

Ten years ago
You, Me and Dupree remained at the top and with 3 new releases in the top 5 Little Man was the highest of them.

Fifteen years ago
Heath Ledger starred in A Knights Tale which made its debut at the top while Planet of The Apes fell to number 2 on its 3rd week.

Twenty years ago
There was no moving for Independence Day which kept its vice grip on the top while top new film Phenomenon landed at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Mega hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day was still at the top of the box office while top new film Dying Young landed at number 3.

The very last weekend of the summer season and there is very little movement with the scare fest of Dont Breathe remaining in pole position.

Figures are low this weekend and Dont Breathe manages to remain at the top with $15.7 million which brings its total US gross to a nice but unremarkable $51.1 million.

Little else is happening this week and the highest new film limps in at number 6, The Light Between Oceans takes just shy of $5 million on its debut.

This basically means there are lots of films yo-yoing up and down the chart with Suicide Squad remaining at number 2 and Petes Dragon going back up to number 3.

Suicide Squad is the top total grossing movie this week with $297.4 and Bad Moms and Jason Bourne share the honour of longest running with 6 weeks each.

Next week sees the kick off of the Autumn season with some exciting new film coming in the next 4 months.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Like him or not there is something about M. Night Shyamalan that keeps us coming back.

Great first trailer for his new film Split, out next year.

Its still unusual that a film will climb to the top of the box office, but this week with many people otherwise occupied with the start of the Euro 2016 championships Me Before You climbs to the top.

Last week the film entered at number 3 but this week manages to top the chart, and is the only film this week to take over £1 million in weekend grosses.

The film not has a total UK gross of £4.4 million and with the Euro's with us for the next 3 weeks who knows what could happen?

With a lot of studio's not willing to release new film at the moment the rest of the chart reads very similar to last week, the highest new film is the Melissa McCarthy vehicle at number 7 which manages just below £600,000 for the weekend.

Highest total grossing movie is The Jungle book which has taken £45.1 million after 10 weeks and longest run on the chart is 11 weeks for Zootopia.

Worthy or not this week is that this week's cinema had the lowest total take of 2016 and the lowest since September last year.

Historical charts

A year ago
Jurassic world made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Spy down to number 2.

Five years ago
Kung Fu Panda 2 swung into the top giving The Hangover Part 2 the shove down to 2nd place.

Ten years ago
The Omen remake made its debut at the top of the box office knocking X-Men The Last Stand down to 2.

Fifteen years ago
Pearl Harbour stayed at the top for a second weekend leaving highest new entry Get Over It to land at number 3.

Twenty years ago
The mighty Toy Story was unmovable at the top while Now and Then entered highest at number 2.

Twenty Five years ago
The Silence of The Lambs went on limited release for the weekend but still managed to make its debut at the top leaving Problem Child to fall to number 5.

At the world box office this week Captain America: Civil War kept is reign on things and stayed at the top with $158.8 million from 55 countries.

The latest Marvel film has now been on release for just shy of 3 weeks and is heading for the $1 billion mark which is should do by next weekend.

This far outstrips any of the previous Captain America films and is becoming one of the most successful Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Highest new film of the week is The Angry Birds Movie which was released in 74 countries and took and fairly respectable $43 million.

This will hit the right notes with children and maybe adults which got adicted to the game a few years ago so it could have great legs going forward.

This week on the world box office the live action version of The Jungle Book retains its place at the top amid little competition, the film is out in 54 countries.

The Disney movie has taken $153 million this week across the globe which brings its world gross to and incredible $528.4 million.

In anticipation of a major new release this week there were no new releases on the world box office this week.

Highest total grossing move on release across the globe this week is Zootopia which has now passed the $900 million mark with $907.1 million, a billion is not far away now.

  1. The Jungle Book - $156,803,000
  2. Huntsman: Winter's War - $52,180,250
  3. Zootopia - $17,411,000
  4. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $13,820,000
  5. Barbershop: The Next Cut - $10,830,000
  6. The Boss - $9,375,675
  7. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $4,870,000
  8. Criminal - $4,100,000
  9. Eye In The Sky - $3,118,990
  10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $2,827,465
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.

There was only one film in contention this week across the globe as Disney's live remake of their classic animation The Jungle Book smashes its way to the top.

A very wide world release in its second week of 50 countries gives the film, directed by Jon Favreau, a fantastic $239.6 million.

Although this is the films second week of global release it was out a week early in some countries, but the full global release mean the film has now made $290.9 million globally.

Falling into second place is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice, although being considered a disappointment the film has now made a massive $827.3 million, it could still make a billion.

Highest new film is Barbershop: The Next Cut which entered the global box office at number 3, not bad considering the film is only out in America, it takes $20.2 million on its debut.

Highest total grossing film is Zootopia which has a world gross of $882.2 million and is currently at number 4, if the film can hang around until summer it could see a billion.

Here is the full top 10 across the globe:

  1. The Jungle Book - $239,667,000
  2. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice - $24,110,000
  3. Barbershop: The Next Cut - $20,210,000
  4. Zootopia - $19,035,000
  5. Huntsman: Winter's War - $17,600,000
  6. The Boss - $12,672,535
  7. London Has Fallen - $9,304,000
  8. Criminal - $7,850,000 $2,000,000
  9. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $7,768,000
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $5,050,000
This week in the US the live action version of The Jungle Book from Disney dominates the box office with a higher than expected debut.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is this week top 10 world grossing movies:

  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $57,435,000
  2. Zootopia - $37,053,000
  3. The Jungle Book - $28,900,000
  4. London Has Fallen - $26,958,000
  5. The Boss - $24,481,195
  6. Huntsman: Winter's War - $20,000,000
  7. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $11,870,000
  8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $9,721,535
  9. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $9,200,000
  10. Visiteurs La Revolution - $7,250,000
After a very successful debut a the top of the box office last week Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice makes a dramatic 70% drop this week but retains its position with little competition.

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

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

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

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

Historical charts

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

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

Ten years ago
Inside Man kept itself at the top of the chart for another week Failure to Launch debuted highest at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Miss Congeniality remained at the top keeping off Save The Last Dance which debuted at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story stayed at the top leaving Oscar winning Dead Man Walking to debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
King Ralph made its debut a the top knocking Look Who's Talking Too down to number 2 after a week at the top.

King Fu Panda 3 stays on top of the UK box office for a second week as not much of a challenge enters the market in preparation for an explosion this coming weekend. Panda 3 only needed £1.7 over the weekend in order to stay on top, although the threequel is behind the other 2 in the series at this point.

After 10 days of play the film has a total gross of just over £7 million, the easter holidays are next week so it could hold up well again, although Zootopia will bring major competition.

Highest new film of the week enters at number 2, 10 Clover Field Lane is an odd successor to Cloverfield, but not a sequel.

£1.6 million for the weekend is not a bad entry although opened to £3 million+, this will struggle to meet even that.

Also new this week is: The boy at number 5, High-Rise at number 6 and Kapoor and Sons at number 10.

Highest total grossing film of the week is Deadpool at number 7 with £36 million over a 6 week run.

Historical charts

A year ago
Home had a great first week and debuted at the top knocking The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel down to number 3.

Five years ago
Rango stayed at the top and in a very quiet week of new releases Chalet Girl entered highest at number 4.

Ten years ago
The Pink Panther was the highest new film of the week at number 1 knocking chicken little down to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Enemy At The Gates entered at the top and it knocked Chocolat down to number 2 after a week at the top.

Twenty years ago
Get Shorty was the top new film of the week entering at the top while Trainspotting fell to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Godfather Part III remained at the top of the box office while Awakenings was the top new film making its debut at number 2.

Still at the top for a third week is Disney's Zootopia which is on track to becoming the next toon to take over $1 billion and the top animated movie! Frozen had staying power and a killer song which kids loved, Zootopia may not beat the Let It Go movie but its become another massive hit for the mouse house with an excellent $102.8 million third week from 50 countries.

The films total now sits at an excellent $591 million with no sign of letup yet, and with the spring holiday looming and no real competition who know where that could go?

A fairly quiet week on the film front with nothing wanting to open so close to the expected massive opening of Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

The highest new film of the week on a global platform is Kapoor and Sons, and Indian movie opened in 12 countries and takes $.6.8 million and opens at number 10.

Here is the full top 10 world grossing movies this week:

  1. Zootopia - $102,842,000
  2. Divergent Series Allegiant - $51,050,000
  3. The Revenant - $37,625,000
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $32,785,000
  5. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $17,500,000
  6. London Has Fallen - $16,894,000
  7. Miracles From Heaven - $15,000,000
  8. Deadpool - $14,100,000
  9. Gods Of Egypt - $7,350,000
  10. Kapoor and Sons - $6,865,000
In what is a quiet week compared to recent weeks Jack Black takes his latest film Goosebumps to the top of the UK box office beating Dads Army in the process.

The children's fantasy film enters at the top of the box office on its debut with £2.7 million pound which is low for both star Jack Black and director Rob Letterman.

Black has his next film Kung Fu Panda 3 about to be released in the UK which will most likely debut much higher and be a bigger hit.

British favourite Dads Army gets a big screen remake this week and enters the box office at number 2 with just over £2 million.

The World War 2 film starring Toby Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as a whole host of British talent, has maybe performed below expectations but will most likely hang around for a fair few weeks.

Last week top film, The Revenant, fall to number 3 this week after 3 weeks at the top, but with Oscar just round the corner there could be a resurgent later in February.

Highest total grossing film on the box office is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has now taken an incredible $120 million in the UK and is at number 6 this week.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Big Hero 6 remained at the top of the box office while fellow animated feature Shaun The Sheep was new at 3.

Five years ago
Tangled stayed at the top or another week with the highest new film The Fighter entering at number 3.

Ten years ago
Zathura A Space Adventure made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Fun With Dick and Jane down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Mel Gibson was starring in What Women Want which right in at the top of the box office knocking Cast Away from Robert Zemeckis down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Action super film Heat made its debut at the top of the box office knocking thriller super film Seven down to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Arnie took his latest film Kindergarten Cop to the top of the box office knocking Rocky V down to number 2.

In a record amount of time JJ Abrams and Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the top grossing film ever in the American market.

The previous holder, Avatar, has been there since 2010 and prior to that it was another James Cameron film Titanic which held the title from 1999.

The Force Awakens is still the number 1 film at the weekly box office and is showing no signs of slowing down, it has taken just 3 and a half weeks for the film to take the top grossing crown.

Also by this weekend the film should be come the top grossing film in the UK, and much of the world will likely follow in the coming weeks and months.

The next big mile stone will be the top film of all time globally, its getting there and at the current rate it will do it, the film is not out in China yet, a massive movie going market, this weekend when it is released should give an indication to if and when the film will conquer the world.

Keep an eye on 25thframe.co.uk and we'll let you know when it happens.

As with the previous 2 week Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the top film across the UK with a weekend gross, slight above the previous week, of £10 million.

The incredible gross of The Force Awakens has now reached £97 million and is the second highest grossing film of all time in the UK sandwiched between 2 Bond films.

At the current rate of ticket sales the seventh Star Wars will become the biggest grossing film of all time in the UK by next weekend beating the £102.8 million of Skyfall.

Elsewhere there are still new films entering the box office and this week the Jennifer Lawrence/Robert De Niro double header Joy is the top new film.

Entering at number 3 the debut weekend gross of the movie is a little over £1.5 million.

Also new on this weeks box office top 10 is Eddie Raymond's new film The Danish Girl at 4 with £1.3 million.

The Force Awakens is understandably the highest total grossing film on the box office while Spectre is the longest running film on the charts clocking up 10 weeks so far.

Historical Charts
A year ago
The Theory of Everything saw the new year in with a debut at the top knocking The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies down to number 2.

Five years ago
Gullivers Travels was the first number 1 of the new making its debut there knocking Little Fockers down to 2.

Ten years ago
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe stayed at the top for a second week while Cheaper by The Dozen 2 was the highest new film at 3.

Fifteen years ago
Unbreakable was the top new film of the week at number 1 knocking Meet The PArents down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Ace Ventura When Nature Calls made its debut at number one leaving Babe to fall down to number 2.

The week between Christmas and New Year is a quiet one with many people taking a break from work which gives them time to catch up with films at the cinema, but nothing new was released so older film did well.

Still at the top is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which this week is only $20 million away from becoming the top grossing film in the US ever, beating Avatar.

This weekend the film made another $88 million, the highest 3rd weekend ever, to bring its total to $740.2 million after 17 days of release.

Biggest impact on the chart is The Hateful Eight which after an initial quiet release, to make it eligible for Oscar, it increases its release and makes $16.2 million bringing its total to $29.5 million.

A full release schedule this Friday should see more movement in the US box office next weekend as the world returns to normal after Christmas.

All quiet on the box office front in America this week as no studios dare release new movies near what will be one of the biggest films of the year, thus The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 stays on top for a fourth week.

Mockingjay Part 2 has not got the best record of all The Hunger Games movies at the box office in America, although it will not has a good a gross as the previous films.

To stay at the top this week Mockingjay took just $11.3 million bringing its total to $244.4 million, this will be its last week at the top.

Highest new film of the week is In the Heart of The Sea which enters the US box office at number 2 with $11 million, only $0.3 million behind the top film.

Highest total grossing film in the US at the moment is Mockingjay, will be fun to see if next weeks new film outgrosses that in a single leap.

Mixed fortunes were had over the Thanksgiving weekend at the US box office, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 retained the top spot, The Good Dinosaur entered at 2.

Mockingjay retained the top spot with $51.6 million the best second week retention of any of The Hunger Games films with just 50%, the film as grossed just over $100 million now in the US.

Coming in at second place was Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, a $40 million opening weekend is one of the weakest that Disney has seen.

Despite the mostly positive reviews the film has not had the excitement and anticipation around it that a Disney or Pixar film usually has, and its the second Pixar movie of 2015.

With this opening it will most likely end up as Pixar's first film which has essentially flopped, Pixar will be betting big on next years Finding Dory to restore their faith.

Also opening this week is Creed at 3, a spin off from the Rocky film about Apollo Creeds son getting in the ring, and Victor Frankenstein at 12, a very surprisingly low opening for a major blockbuster.

The new Bond movie Spectre opened on Monday night at 8.15pm, only allowing one showing that day and managed a £4.1 million gross.

The last bond movie, Skyfall, took £6.7 million on opening day but it had all day to take that.

The film is now on general release so what effect this has on its first weekend is to be seen, but expect a big, if not record breaking, weekend.

Skyfall is the current top grossing film ever in the UK, with this result it is possible Spectre could overtake it.

The film has had positive reviews with some giving the film top marks in their publication.

Skyfall took just over £20 million on its debut weekend, check back next week to see how the latest Bond does.

This week there are no less than 5 news film on the top 10 with animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 landing at the top.

HT2 tops the Uk box office with weekend gross of £6.3 million, this far outstrips the original movie in the series which entered at 2 with £1.7 million.

Hotel Transylvania went on to gross £7.8 million at the UK box office which this sequel should manage by next weekend.

Last weeks top film, The Martian, falls to number 4 this week after a all new top 3 entered the box office.

At number 2 is the true life drama Suffragettes starring Carey Mulligan and at 3 is Pan the Peter pan origins story starring Hugh Jackman.

Also new this week is: Crimson Peak at number 5 and The lobster at number 9.

Historical charts

A year ago
The 2014 re-image of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was new at number 1 knocking Gone Girl down to number 2.

Five years ago
Despicable Me made its debut at the top of the box office and with a whole new top 3 Wall Street Money Never Sleeps slips from the top to 4.

Ten years ago
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit enters at the top of the chart knocking Pride and Prejudice down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Dinosaur from Disney made its debut a the top knocking Billy Elliott down to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Pocahontas kept its hold on the top of the chart and in an unusual move there was no new film that entered the chart.

Twenty five years ago
Ghost held on at the top for yet another week leaving The Little Mermaid to enter highest at number 2.

This weeks top 3 is unchanged from last week meaning that the true story of an expedition to the summit of Everest is still the number one film.

It was a quiet weekend with Everest only taking £1.9 million during it's second weekend of release, this brings it's total gross after 10 days to £6.8 million.

The static top 3 means the highest new film of the week comes in at 4, Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette star the the romantic comedy Miss You Already.

Surprisingly positive reviews haven't helped the film that much and the film debuts with only £487,247.

By far the biggest total grossing film on the box office this week is Minions which just about hangs onto the top 15 and has grossed to date £46.3 million, its still not reached Despicable Me's total gross of £47 million but its not far behind.

There should be a big change in next weeks chart with Ridley Scotts The Martian opening, Robert De Niro in The Intern and a new adaptation of Macbeth with Michael Fassbender.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Billy Elliot The Musical Live became the first event movie to go to the top of the box office, it knocked off The Boxtrolls from the top.

Five years ago
The Other Guys held onto the top of the box office with Julia Roberts vehicle Eat Pray love the top new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Pride and Prejudice retained its hold at the top while Guy Ritchies Revolver was the top new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Jim Carey was still a big box office star and his latest film Me Myself and Irene made its debut a the top knocking Scary Movie into second.

Twenty years ago
Apollo 13 was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1, Braveheart fell to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Another 48 Hrs took over at the top film while Memphis Belle felling into number 2.

Marvel continues it's dominating streak of superheroes movie this week and introduces the movie world to a new charter in the shape of Ant-Man.

The smallest of the superheroes enters the chart at the top on it's debut week with a $58 million weekend which is in-line with expectations but not up there with the big guns of Thor or Ironman.

This is still a very good opening weekend and is bound to start another franchise in the Marvel/Disney cannon and could see Ant-Man join the other Avengers in their next movie.

Falling into second place after a single week at the top is the lovable yellow characters of the Minions, a second weekend gross of $50 million sees it's 10 days total rise to $216.7 million.

Trainwreck this week enters the chart at 3 as the female slapstick gross out comedy opens with $30 million while British film starring Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes opens at 10 with $2.5 million.

For the first time in who knows how many weeks the top film of the week remains the same as last week with The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel holding into the top spot.

With Fifty Shades of Grey also holding on at number 2 the highest new film enters the chart at number 3 in the shape of the Will Smith starring Focus.

Focus was released into UK cinemas on 27th February of this year entering the chart at number 3 that week and making £1.9 million in weekend takings.

The rolling week it went up to number 2 but then slipped down the chart staying on the top 15 for a 6 week stint during which time it grossed £7.3 million.

Also new this week is Still Alice at number 5, Chappie at number 6, The Boy Next Door at number 12 and The Wedding Ringer at number 13, all of which had small chart runs this year.

Director Justin Lin seems to suggest so in a tweet!

Commanding the box office in even greater fashion than last week Jurassic World scores the second highest second weekend gross in the UK, the holder being Skyfall from 2012.

With £11 million Jurassic World takes it's total gross to £38.5 million and should see it become the highest grossing film of the year by next weekend.

Rolling into second place on it's debut is the event film Take That Live, recoded earlier this year at the O2 arena in London the film grosses £965,000 on its Saturday only showing.

Highest new film' of the week is new at number 4, the ever popular charter of Sherlock Holmes is played by Ian McKellen in Mr. Holes which debuts with £741.080.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Fault In Our Stars made its debut at the top of the box office knocking 22 Jump Street from the top to number 2.

Five years ago
Killers starring Aston Kutcher debuted at the top finally knocking Sex and The City 2 down to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
The Batman revamp Batman Begins made it's debut at the top while the previous weeks top film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, fell into second place.

Fifteen years ago
Gladiator was still holding onto the top position while the top new film of the week was Frequency.

Twenty years ago
Action film Bad Boys was the top film across the country which knocked The Brady Bunch Movie down to number 2.

Pixar must be kicking themselves this week as their new film Inside Out makes a fantastic debut on the US box office, but there is no stopping Jurassic World at the moment.

A second week gross of $102 million which means that the dinosaur film was $11 million ahead of the number 2 film, but when were talking figures this big thats a small margin really.

Jurassic World has become the fastest grossing film of all time in the US with it's total gross at slightly under $400 million after 10 days of release.

Pixar''s first film in 2 years makes a massive debut at number 2 this week with a weekend gross of $91 million, a phenomenal weekend take which normally would have seen it debut at the top.

Fantastic reviews for Inside Out have given the film a boost and I wouldn't rule out a just to the top next week, Pixar film usually have strong staying power.

The only other new film in the US this week was the Pharrell Williams produced Dope at number 5.

This week in America Furious 7 (Fast and Furious 7) becomes the first film to register 4 weeks at number 1 for 3 years, that film being The Hunger Games from 2012.

The run of Furious 7 has been incredible across the world, and in the US the film has now grossed $320.5 million.

The run is likely to end next week when Avengers Age of Ultron is released in the America and start making box office records of it's own.

Coming in as the highest new film of the week is The Age of Adaline, starring Harrison Ford the film makes it's debut at number 3 with $11.3 million.

Making it a third week on the trop Fast and Furious 7 retains the top of the box office taking £3.03 million for the weekend, bringing it's total to a fantastic £32 million.

Furious 7 should overtake Fifty Shades of Grey as the highest grossing film of the year by next weekend, it continues to dominate across the globe as well and had now taken over $1 Billion.

Without much doubt this will be the last week it spends a the top as the next is the successful Marvel universe films is released this Thursday.

Highest new film of the week enters the box office at number 4 in the form of Child 44 which grosses just over half a million pound.

Also new this week is the Alan Rickman directed A Little Chaos which enters at 7.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the highest new film of the week at the top which removed Rio 2 which fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Debuting at the top was Roman tearjerker Dear John, it removed Clash of The Titans with fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Nicole Kidman starred in The Interpreter which debuted at the top of the box office sending The Amityville Horror down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Pokmon The First Movie was the highest new film which made its debut at the top, Erin Brockovich fell from the top to the number 2 spot.

Twenty years ago
Muriels Wedding was the top new film of the week with Dumb and Dumber falling down to number 2 from the top spot.

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
It's proving to be the runaway hit of moment as Fast and Furious 7 speeds ahead of the rest of the field as it produces another £5.4 million over the weekend.

This gives Furious 7 a total UK gross after 2 weekends of £26.2 million, the film is fast catching the years highest grossing movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, which has taken £34.6 million.

With little in the way of new releases next week Furious 7 could well stay at the top until the release of Avengers Age Of Ultron at the end of April.

Highest new film of the week is American teen comedy/drama The DUFF, new at 4 with £891,691, not a great start!

The other new films this week maybe underperformed and all entered at the lower end of the chart, John Wick at 6, Woman In Gold at 7 and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 at 8.

Historical chart

A year ago
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was holding still at the top of the box office with The Quiet Ones the highest new film down at 5.

Five years ago
Clash of The Titans was still the top film in the UK while the highest new film was all the way down at 8 in the shape of Whip It.

Ten years ago
The Matthew McConaughey film Sahara was the highest new film and entered at the top of the box office knocking The Ring Two down to number 2 after a week on top.

Fifteen years ago
Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar winning Erin Brockovich which entered at the top of the box office knocking Lake Placid down to number 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical charts

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

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

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

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

Um... So I think it's officially my next film. #alien

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With Paul Feig on board to direct and an all female cast including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy is the next Ghostbusters going to be a sequel or a remake?

And the proposed cast for the 4 principles

US box office results 22nd January 2015: American Sniper still retains top spot Clint Eastwood's American Sniper has stayed at the top of the US box office for another weekend taking another $64 million in it's 5th weekend of release.

The heavily Oscar nominated film has now taken a total of over $200 million in the US, in his long film career it is not Eastwood's highest grossing movie.

The film still has plenty of milage to go and if it wins big at the Oscars the film could see another massive boost to it's US takings.

Highest new film of the week is Jennifer Lopez (jLo) in The Boy Next Door which takes $15 million on it's debut, one of the highest grosses she has had in a number of years.

Other new film this week are: George Lucas's animated take Strange Magic at 7 and Johnny Depps offbeat comedy Mortdecai at 9.

Clearly there were no no releases of not this week as entering at the top of the video chart is Nicholas Cage in a film called Left Behind.

Left Behind was badly received by critics in the US when released on October 3rd and made only $2 million at the box office so the distributers decided not to give it a UK theatrical release.

That decision may have paid off as it sells well on video in the UK, although it is on one of the quietest periods of sale in the UK, the test will be where it is next week.

Last weeks top sale falls to number 2 this week, Frozen from Disney spending yet another week high on the chart.

Other new videos this week are:
Deliver Us From Evil at number 7
The Rover at number 17

At the US box office this week The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is still reigning at the top of box office charts after a very poor weekend.

This is now the third weekend the Mockingjay has spent at the top and despite a 61% drop in takings from the previous weekend not has a US total gross of $258 million.

Holding firm at two and three is Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 taking $25 and $15 million respectively.

Highest new film of the week, and with the next Hobbit film out this week there was little to choose from, is The Pyramid at 9 with a weekend gross of $1.3 million.

Longest stay on the box office is Gone Girl which has now been on release for 10 weeks.

Another week where there is a highly fought battle for the top, albeit not at tight as last week, where Interstellar battles with Disney's Big Hero 6.

In the end the winner is Big Hero 6 which takes $56.2 million for the weekend, small in comparison to Frozen which was Disney's last film, but still good and the film has had good reviews.

Coming into second place is the Christopher Nolan film, his first since his outing with the Batman franchise, which takes $50 million for the weekend.

Going down to fourth this week is Ouija, the hangover fro the Halloween weekend keeping it going, but it will most probably sink next week.

Check out the full US top 12

New films out this week are Denzel Washington in The Equalizer doing battle with Julianne Moore in Map to the Stars.

Having done the media rounds during the week the Antoine Fuqua directed The Equalizer will no doubt hit the top spot over the weekend. The film stars a popular Hollywood figure and has the built in audience of the original 80's TV show.

Map to the Stars is set to make a smaller splash this week, but given the female cast and the male dominated Equalizer this could easily get a top 5 entry, Pride is a challenge but on it's way out already.

The Boxtrolls is bound to loose it's place at the top this weekend and Liam Neesons A Walk Among the Tombstones will most likely stay in the runner up spot behind Mr Washington.

Check back next week for a breakdown of the weekend chart.

The Boxtrolls hit the number 1 spot at the UK box office this week, but it had a little help from previews screenings the previous week.

In a similar vein to Bad Neighbours from earlier in the year, The Boxtrolls' official gross for the weekend is £2 million, but £600,000 was achieved with the previous weeks previews.

A £1.6 million weekend would have still seen it at the top but with a much reduced opening, last weeks top film, Lucy falls to second place £811,936, still £800,000 behind.

Regardless of how figures are worked out it was still a very quiet weekend at UK cinemas, only one film over a million and film number 15 under £100,000.

With no major blockbuster out this week either, we might see a similar picture this time next week.

Historical box office.

This time last year things looked far better at the box office, Insidious Chapter 2 topped the box office knocking About Time down to 4th, Rush and White House Down also debuting at 2 and 3.

Five years ago District 13 was still at the top while the highest new film was Dorian Gray which entered at 3.

Ten years ago low budget factual drama Open Water took over at the top of the chart, The Terminal few from 1 to 2 on it;s second week of release.

Fifteen years ago Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starred in Stanley Kubrick final film before his death which entered at the top knocking South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut from the top.

The summer movie season is over now and it's the long slide to Christmas now. To start off the Autumn schedule we have Sex Tape, Before I go to Sleep and Life of Crime hitting cinemas this weekend.

Sex Tape stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a married couple who film a night of sex which then accidentally gets put online.

Fair reviews and few other rom coms out at the moment will see this get a high entry, and with Diaz and Segel both likeable stars this could even hit number one on a quiet weekend.

Before I go to Sleep is directed by the acclaimed Rowan Joffe and stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth with support from Mark Strong.

With an excellent pedigree the hard hitting drama should see itself enter in the top 5, maybe as high as 3.

Adapted from a Elmore Leonard book Life of Crime has it's work cut out for it as he's one hard author to adapt for the screen.

A strong acting pedigree in the shape of Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins should boost the films appeal and could see it just about get into the top 5.

Let us know your thoughts below and if you agree with me and come back next week to see how the box office shapes up.

With very little in the way of new films this weekend the Daniel Radcliffe starring What If seems to have the biggest potential with Lucy and Into The Storm also on release. The former Harry Potter star has really built up a following since his days as the boy wizard and he has had big success outside the series with The Woman in Black.

A fairly simple love story What If should see a top 5 entry, especially for the Potter fans wanting to see how Radcliffe does as a romantic lead.

Possibly out to spoil What If's party is Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Luc Besson, the French director who brought us Le Femme Nikita and Leon.

With a top hollywood star, Morgan Freeman in for good measure and good pre-word this could easily out perform What If this weekend.

Into The Storm is also out, but no star appeal and a tried and tested them of weather elements gone wrong this should limp into the top 10.

Also worth a mention is Doctor Who, a special event screening of the first episode of the new series is happening on Saturday night, the previous Doctor Who event screen took Day of the Doctor to number 3 with £1.8 million.

The top 2 films of The Inbetweeners 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy should stay in place but maybe there will be a swap around with Guardians going back to the top?

Come back next week to find out the final weekend results.

This week we see the return of the veteran tough men in their 3rd outing together in the collective movie The Expendables 3, also out is The Rover.

Sylvester Stallone heads the cast again with the likes of Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwartzenegger and Harrison Ford all making appearances in the testosterone filled movie the the 80's heavyweights.

The previous 2 films in the series did well at the box office, with the first doing the best, a number 1 debut and a total UK gross of £10 million.

This film has had a lot of hype but probably wont have the power to topple The Inbetweeners 2 from number 1, a number 2 could be on the cards.

Also out is The Rover starring Guy Pearce and directed by David Michod, this had it's first showing at Cannes, has had little hype but could well see a top 5 entry.

Check back next week to see the final UK box office figures

This week we see the under sexed Inbetweeners going head to head with Disney trying to make cash from one of it's many franchises.

The Inbetweeners have become a pop culture phenomenon, there is no doubt, what started out as a adolescent comedy on Channel 4 turned into a £45 million grossing movie.

This week they are back for more of the same, only in Australia, and if the opening day gross of £2.75 million is setting the trend for this film then it will knock Guardians of the Galaxy from the top in style.

Make no mistake, this will be the number one film this week, it's simply a case of how much it can gross on it's debut.

Also out is Disney trying to milk their Planes franchise. One for the kids and one that should have been a video debut, Planes: Fire and Rescue will be a modest hit.

Released timely in the holidays it goes up agains How To Train Your Dragon 2 and The Nut Job, both old now, but should be a top 5 hit, if only for the familiarity and the Disney name.

Come back next week to see how well they did at the weekend box office.

With a membership that is getting ever longer by each year the latest Transformers movie has now taken over $1 Billion in global box office takings.

Transformers Age of Extinction has performed well in Europe and America where most of the films on the list make their money, but where it has really shone is in China where it has become the biggest film ever.

There are now 18 films that have made over a billion but still only 2 that have taken over $2 Billion, the James Cameron duo of Avatar and Titanic.

Of the other 16 most notable are Frozen which is the top animated movie Batman which has 2 films on the list, Middle earth which has 2, one of the Lord of the Rings films and the first Hobbit film, Skyfall which the is top British film, unless you count Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Possibly by the end of the year we'll have a top 20 of $1 Billion grossing movies, although the films with the best possibilities, The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 could miss the mark and we'll have to wait for Avengers Age of Ultron and Jurassic World next year?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes holds off the challenge of Hercules, The Purge Anarchy and Earth to Echo to keep the top spot at the UK box office for another week.

Now in it's second weekend of release Dawn of the Apes easily hangs on to the top spot with a weekend take of £3.7 million, this brings it's total gross to £17 million after 10 days of release.

Highest new film of the week is Dwayne Johnson in a retelling of Hercules, an all out action film rather than historical retelling of the Greek myth it's directed by Brett Ratner.

Hercules took a gross of £1.5 million on it's opening weekend, it has a long was to go to even be one of Johnson's best films as he's been part of the Fast and Furious series and The Mummy series.

Likewise Brett Ratner has been part of the X-Men series and directed the 2 Rush Hour movies, and also directed a Hannibal Lector film, all high grossing franchises.

Hercules could sink quite fast especially with some of the new releases coming in the next few weeks which will be ultimately bigger box office hits.

There are plenty of other new releases this week in the form of
The Purge Anarchy at 3
Earth to Echo at 6
Kickat 8
The House of Magic at 10

This time last year new at the top was The Wolverine based on the X-Men universe which topped on it's debut knocking Monsters University into 2nd.

Five years ago Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was still at the top in it's second week and The Proposal with Sandra Bullock was new at 2.

Ten years ago Spider-Man 2 held onto the top spot for a second week with the highest new film being Thunderbirds at 3.

Fifteen years ago it was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace holding onto the top spot for a second week, and with nothing daring to open up in the wake of such a big film the highest new film was Hindustan Ki Kasam at 10.

UK new film analysis 18th July: Apes set to dominate the box office, Douglas and Keaton also make a show This weekend it's time for the apes to show how well they can do in the British market as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes makes it's UK debut.

Dominating much of the world box office last weekend the apes sequel waited until the World Cup was over before being released across Europe.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be the top film after mostly good reviews, it may have a chance of beating last weeks Transformers: Age of Extinction £11 million opening, Apes has had no pre shows though.

Also out this week sees Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in And So It Goes, directed by Rob Reiner this is a typical film of life, love and not getting on with relative.

The stars and director all have their followings but this will chart in the top 5 and go quickly, out on DVD in the next few months.

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie holds on for a second week on top of the UK box office, this week with little competition from the new realises.

Brendan O'Carroll transvestite creation takes a second week gross of £2.2 million which gives it a 10 day gross (2 weekends) of £9.3 million, not bad really.

With little movement on the box office worth mentioning is How To Train Your Dragon 2, still on previews it took £475,270 over the weekend, it has now taken £1.5 million before it's official release on Friday.

Another film doing this is Transformers: Age of Extinction which had previews from Saturday evening and took £s;4.7 million and would have been the top film, this will be added to the opening gross next week so the film WILL be number 1.

Highest new film of the week is Tammy which we all had high hopes for but in the end struggled to get a top 5 entry with £471,429 over the weekend.

The only other new film this week is The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared at 11.

Looking back

A Year ago Despicable Me was still a the top of the UK box office keeping Now You See Me from the top meaning it debuted at 2.

Five years ago Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was the new top film which it did on it's debut week of release.

Ten years ago number one and highest new film was Shrek 2 which knocked Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban from the top.

Fifteen years ago The Mummy was still the top film in the UK while Sean Connery was the highest new entry at 2 with Entrapment.

Twenty yeas ago the original The Flintstones movie was the top film in the country for the month of July knocking Four Weddings and a Funeral from the top.

Twenty five years ago Batman was still the top film for the month of July but Indianan Jones and the Last Crusade and Licence to Kill were doing well.

This week we see the release of Melissa McCarthy's new film Tammy and another teen horror/drama/fantasy film in the shape of Vampire Academy.

Melissa McCarthy has become a big star over the last few year with her turn in Bridesmaids and The Heat, this looks set to be another good comedy with McCarthy and co-star Susan Sarandon in to for, this could be the top film of the weekend.

Based on the novels by Richard Mead Vampire Academy boils down to St. Trinian's with vampires. This has a good teen following which could see it get into the top 5 but a limited following and little hype will see it disappear quickly.

Other new films this weekend are: Saturday sees preview showing in some cinemas for the much anticipated new Transformers: Age of Extinction before it's full release next weekend.

This weekend in the US it was a simple case of The Transformers conquers all as it takes the highest Friday to Sunday gross of the year so far.

The fourth in the Michael Bay directed Transformers films, Transformers: Age of Extinction, hot US cinemas this weekend and took an incredible $100 million, the highest of the year to date.

The Transformers massive gross was as much as the rest of the box office combined, last weeks top film Think Like a Man Too takes a big tumble to number 4 this week.

Next week comedy Tammy and horror Deliver Us From Evil make their debut's, Transformers will get some competition but should stay at the top.

New trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy which is coming to UK cinemas on 1st August.

Directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana this is the next comic book franchise to hit the big screen.

Were looking forward to this one, are you? Let us know in the comments below.

After many rumours and fan debate Lucasfilm (and Disney) have announced the cast list for next years Star Wars Episode VII.

As if we didn't know already original cast members Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Lia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are all involved.

Also nice to see the likes of Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow involved.

With JJ Abrams behind the camera all we are looking for now is the full title of the film and poster art.

The press release on the starwars.com website reads as follows:

"The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015."

At UK cinemas this weekend it's mad scientists messing with the fabric of humanity verses women out for revenge.

Johnny Depp stars in Transcendence, a technology gone mad tale of a scientist trying to create a super human being and experimenting on himself. This will have a hard time against The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but it will chart in the top 5.

Cameron Diaz stars in The Other Woman, the three woman in a mans life, wife and 2 mistresses meet they plot to get their revenge on the man. The Love Punch charted low this week which demands a similar audience, but Diaz is a box office puller so this could go low top 5.

Come back next week to find out where they landed on the Uk box office chart.

Biggest new release of the week and most likely to be the biggest grosser over the Friday - Sunday weekend is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans this is the latest film is the ever expanding Marvel Universe.

Also released, and which should make a fairly big impact on the box office is Muppets Most Wanted. Starring kermit the Frog and Miss piggy this is the next film is the ever expanding Muppets Universe.

In the US this week lego bricks ruled the box office as the Danish company take the popularity of their plastic to the US cinemas.

With a weekend take of $69 million The Lego Movie had no real contenders and easily beat the next new entry at two, The Monument Men which took $23 million.

Last weeks top film, Ride Along, falls to number 3.

American Hustle gives way to the big award contender 12 Years A Slave at the top of the UK box office this week.

Winning big at the weekends Golden Globe awards will help 12 Years a Slave retain the top spot next week, but this week it's the highest new film at the top with £2.5 million. American Hustle slips to two with £2 million.

This time last year Les Miserable took over at the top of the box office with The Hobbit sliding right down to number 4.

Five years ago comedy film Role Models hit the top in it's first week of release with Yes Man sliding to 5. A big week of releases with Slumdog Millionaire at 2, Bride Wars at 3 and Defiance at 4.

Ten years ago The Return of the King was still holding out at the top with Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago Star Trek Insurrection was still at the top with The Siege entering at 3.

Another slow week at the UK box office as the British bask in the summer sun which resulted in small box office takings and Monsters University retaining the top spot.

10 days on release and a second weekend as the number one film in Great Britain Monsters University takes £2.7 million pushing it's total UK gross to £8.6 million.

Highest new film of the weekend is The Worlds End, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on a bender that sees the world end, directed by long time collaborator Edgar Wright.

The Worlds end took £2.1 million at the box office, much lower that I would have expected for an anticipated film, but like last weekend the weather has clearly kept people outside.

In accordance with my expectations The Worlds End didn't take the top spot from Monsters University, it was way off by nearly £700,000 and also the box office taking stayed quite stagnant, although with the summer holidays now upon us next week could be different.

Last year at this time The Dark Knight Rises took the box office by storm taking £14.3 million on it's opening weekend, knocking Ice Age Continental Drift from the top and also becoming the highest new film of the week.

Five years ago Mamma Mia was still at the top slowly raking in the money, and also keeping Wall-E from debuting at the top, the Pixar film has to settle for number 2.

Ten years ago The Hulk starring Eric Bana and directed by Ang Lee debuted at the top knocking Charlie's Angels Full Throttle down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago Godzilla took the top spot on it's debut weekend from Six Days Seven Knights.

A couple of big new releases this week hit UK cinemas, both actually opened before Friday but will impact the weekend box office chart.

Now You See Me has a host of big names, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg and not forgetting our own Michael Caine. The story is a bank heist, of sorts, by a group of magicians.

Not much buzz or excitement around this film, it opens on a Wednesday but with little excitement it will probably have a top 5 entry.

The Internship is a Google based film about a couple of old people who win an internship at the search giants. Everyone who works there is very young and the 2 older guys do their best to win favour and do a good job.

Starring 2 massive comedy names in Vince Vaughn and Own Wilson, and a massive advertising campaign this could see a good opening weekend, not strong enough to displace Despicable Me 2 and I think it may struggle with Man of Steel but 3rd place entry.

Come back next week to see if I came close to predicting the entries of these 2 films.

We've been drip fed Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer since the end of last year, now check out the best so far.

The last trailer was to be honest a little boring, but Abrams has redeemed himself now (as if directing Star Wars Episode VII wouldn't do that!) by giving us a blindingly good trailer.

This new trailer just makes we want the next few weeks to disappear so I can go and see this film on 10th May.

Check out the trailer below

This week The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey nudges it's way past the $1 Billion world box office taking mark making it 15th film that has made it past the milestone.

This is an interesting group of films but the group is becoming less and less elite as time goes on, like the magic $100 million mark of time past.

The first film to manage the feat was Titanic back in 1998, and it held the record as the only film to have done it until 2003 when The Return of the King managed it. Since then, and with the introduction of 3D where you are charged more for your ticket, we have had 13 other films make the grade.

Of the 15, 8 had a 3D releases as well as a 2D release, 4 were released in 2012, 2 have made over $2 Billion, 1 made it over the billion mark after it's 3D re-release last year, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and 1 was released in about 6 different formats.

The $1 Billion club is bound to grow and grow so chart watchers are now looking for the next flurry of films to make over $2 Billion, a hard task of which only 1 film has truly made it without a re-release, but that had a 3D tax, Avatar.

These figures are not adjusted for inflation in ticket prices, this is a hotly debated subject, but it is generally accepted that the highest grossing film of all time if ticket sales had always been at today's prices would be Gone With the Wind, whic would today gross $3.2 Billion at the box office, in fact the top 15 would look something more like this

  1. Gone with the Wind
  2. Avatar
  3. Titanic
  4. Star Wars
  5. The Lion King
  6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
  7. Jurassic Park
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  9. Jaws
  10. The Exorcist
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  12. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  13. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  15. Independence Day
In some of the best casting news in a while (well since the last Harrison Ford casting news) the Star Wars actor has signed on to play Ron Burgundy's rival in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Ford who also recently committed to the next Star Wars film, that Episode VII, will star alongside Will Farrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd will play the main rival. The cast is building up now with John C. Reilly, James Marsden and Krisina Wiig also on board.

The sequel is out at the end of the year with original director Adam McKay back at the helm.

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

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

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

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

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

After a few weeks of dominance from Skyfall and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 we have a new number 1, rising to the top is the animated film Rise of the Guardians.

Maybe this is a little bit of a shock, and it will of course be for 1 week only due to the onslaught of The Hobbit next week, we see Rise of the Guardians take the top spot after it was highest new entry last week.

Taking £1,602,689 from the weekend it easily knocked the Bond top earner to second place, in total now Guardians has taken £4,062,292.

Skyfalls total is now £96,333,036 and it may struggle to make the £100 million mark.

Highest new film of the week is Seven Psychopaths at 3 with a weekend take of £1,121,679.

A year ago the Shrek franchise went off in another direction and hit big as Puss in Boots took the top spot in it's opening weekend with just shy of £2 million.

Five years ago we all hoped it would be the start of a Lord of the Rings style franchise, but alas no, as The Golden Compass took the top spot on it's debut weekend with an incredible £7,243,984.

Ten years ago it was still all Bond at the top with Die Another Day and the top new film was Jamie Bell in Deathwatch at 4 with £334,657.

Fifteen years ago it was also Bond with Tomorrow Never Dies although Spice World The Movie was doing well in the midst of Girl Power.

A new trailer has been released for next years Superman reboot Man of Steel, and unlike the previous effort this one shows promise.

The film looks grittier, meaner and tougher than 2006's Superman Returns, the film is taking a very different approach than that of the classic Christopher Reeve films, unlike the 2006 effort.

This could be good news, but then the trailers for Superman Returns looked good and that was utter rubbish so maybe we'll reserve judgement until release date which is 14th June 2013, until then enjoy the trailer.

The first teaser poster for the forthcoming Star Trek reboot sequel Into Darkness has been release, and what a fantastic poster.

Featuring a sole figure looking out onto a city from inside a hole in side of some wreckage. What is the weckage, is it a building, is it the enterprise? Who is the figure, is it Kirk? Look closer at the hole, it's in the shape of the famous starfleet logo. Is that a futuristic London you can see in the distence? The Gherkin is there and the London Eye, are we in for a more grounded film this time, and based in London, the bad guy is British? Is that who's standing on the pile of rubble?

To see the a bigger poster, check below or for a really big one check here.

Many many question, what is known if that this is a great poster and if this lives up to the origianl reboot it'll be a great film.

The full cast and director JJ Abrams return next year on May 17th, although there will be a nine minute trailer with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Peter Jackson has officially announced that his Hobbit films will now be 3 rather than just 2.

Be cynical if you like but I actually think this is a great idea, it worked so well with The Lord of the Rings, and for 3 exciting year we had 3 excellent films, and I truly believe that Jackson can do the same again.

On that more cynical note, each of the Rings films took close to or over a billion dollars in box office grosses, and over the years created a massive buzz that probably drove merchandising sales through the roof, as well as creating DVD sales in standard forem and extended form.

You can see why it makes sense to turn this into a trilogy, New Line Cinema (and all other studios involved) have probably just made themselves another couple of billion dollars in revenue, as I'm sure, unless the first film is an absolute turkey, that these films will make over a billion at the box office each, and thats before you consider everything else. With no release date or title the details are still sketchy, but at the moment lets presume that this will take The Hobbit into 2014, thats this December, December 2013 and then December 2014 for the next film.

The good news in all this is that we should get to see the entire book turned into a film and any un-filmed stuff from the Middle Earth universe that has so far been untouched. Roll on this December when we find out if the wait has been worth it.

The San Diego Comic-Con starts at the end of next week and runs over the weekend, one of the big films to be shown will The Hobbit. The film has just finished shooting, and to tease us all is this new poster featuring Gandolf.

Set in Hobbiton and showing a strolling Gandolf this is a great poster which will have fans knowing at the bit to see whatever new footage Peter Jackson will be showing at the event.

The new poster can be seen below

2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has gained a large following since it's release, and with that pressure there was bound to be a sequel, well next year we get our wish.

Check out the teaser below, all the cast are back on board, and it looks like there will be some humour in there too.

Daniel Radcliffe, for the immediate future anyway, is always going to be Harry Potter, for 10 years he lived and breathed the character and to millions of adoring fans he is the image of the boy wizard, which is why it is an achievement that while watching The Woman in Black Harry Potter hardly crossed my mind.

The story, set in an Edwardian era, centers around Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) who is a solicitor sent to clear up the paperwork of a recently deceased woman. Kipps himself has a 4 year old child and is a widow, his wife having died during child birth.

Kipps arrives in the village of Crythin Gifford where he is to spend the next couple of days working before his son arrives to join him for a holiday. During his train journey Kipps meets the local wealthy man who he befriends and then is given a lift in his car (noted as being the first car in the village) to the inn where he is booked in to stay.

The welcome Kipps gets from everyone else is far from friendly, and as he goes about his business the next day he is more or less told to leave town. What ensues from there is a traditional ghost story with scares and jumps at every opportunity.

As I first mentioned Radcliffe, fresh from the Potter franchise where he IS the boy wizard, manages to detach himself from that completely, not sure if it's the side burns or the fact that his character spends a lot of time alone and doesn't say a lot, or maybe it's the low budget film not being laden with special effect but it's a good move.

I'm showing my age now but I remember the Hammer Horror films of the 70's and 80's which at the time were scary as hell, and the TV show had me hiding behind the sofa more than Doctor Who did, and this film, which is produced by Hammer and filmed in the UK captures the spirit of the old Hammer perfectly.

The film is jumpy if a little corny in places, not too long and has a story which is acceptable for a horror film of this type. I started the question things when a seemingly normal guy decides to spend the night in the creepiest looking house in England that is cut from mainland during for large part of the day and he'd already experienced minor paranormal activity (I'd never have gone anywhere near the house in the first place) and some of the jumpy scenes were far too predictable and came off as amusing but on the whole it's an enjoyable scary horror harking back to the glory days of Hammer.

Good: Decent screenplay from Jane Goldman and some genuinely scary moments. Well directed by James Watkins and a good supporting cast.

Bad: Does get predictable and some of the scares are funny. Too many unanswered things happen and the ending although good could have been better.

25thframe.co.uk rating:

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.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 simply did big business across the world in 2011 taking an incredible $1,327,655,619 in world wide box office takings.

The final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise made sure that no other franchise will come close to it for a while and it was the only film in the saga to break the billion pound mark in world grosses, although the 3D tax will have helped.

Coming in a healthy second is Transformers: Dark of the Moon which took $1,114,558,779, this is also the highest grossing film it's series, although to date there are only 3, more will follow. With Transformers taking over a billion it completed a top 10 of world box office films with over a billion.

Also worth a mention are Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with just over a billion dollars, Kung Fu Panda with $659,230,261 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 with $648,079,401.

It was not a great year for film at the box office this year despite the high taking of 3 films, they were exceptions. Next year is a good year for films and could well see box office takings increase with the likes of Batman, Spider-Man and The Hobbit.

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

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

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

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

As expected, mainly because it was pre-announced, the first trailer, and true glimpse, of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has gone live on iTunes today. The Hobbit in case you don't know is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy that director Peter Jackson brought to the big screen in the early 2000's.

The production has had a difficult time but destiny chose Peter Jackson to direct the movies which are shooting in New Zealand probably as we speak. The first of the 2 films is probably the most anticipated film of next year (sorry Batman).

Of course the good thing about Jackson returning as director is that the connection between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings couldn't be stronger and most of the cast from the original films are back, and to open up this teaser we have Ian Holm, the original Bilbo Baggins doing a voice over. The trailer certainly ticks all the boxes, we see Frodo (Elija Wood), we see Bilbo young and old (young played by Martin Freeman who looks incredible) we see Gandolf (Ian McKellen) looking the same as he did in the Rings Trilogy. We get introduced to all the gang that will be in the new film, accompanied by a song!

What astounds me the most is that besides some clear productions values what will get sorted before release this just simply looks like it could have been part of the original Trilogy, it simply loks that good. To top things off we get to see briefly the Ring from the original series and Golum. Watch it, it's great, and there is only a year before we get to see the full feature. Also scroll down the page as the first poster for the film has also been released. Oh and check out the trailer here on iTunes.

Were going to be treated to a lot of mouth watering trailers over the next couple of days for some of the most hotly anticipated films of next year, and here to kick us off is a full trailer for The Dark Knight Rises.

The hype for the film over the past few months has been immense, so nothing in the trailer really comes as a surprise, but there is a lot of Anne Hathaway and enough Bane in there to whet the appetite.

Check out the trailer over at iTunes, or below, and don't forget to select the HD version, it's worth doing so. The Dark Knight Rises gets a UK release on July 20, 2012


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I just checked out the site for next years revamp/restart of the Spider-Man series, and was pleasantly surprised, not only is there plenty of content but it's good quality what is there.

The site has been recently updated with a wealth of information. There is a big gallery and the so so trailer, there is also rich information about the filmmakers, the cast, a cool breakdown of the characters and brief breakdown of the story (not too much is given away so no spoilers)

I've been sceptical about this "reboot" (I love the first two Sam Raimi films), I still am sceptical but this is a reassuring site that lets me know that just maybe this is a new twist on the familiar story.

Check the site out at The Amazing Spider-Man site.

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.

"We need this like a hole in the head" comes to mind when I think of the Star Wars Saga in 3D but George Lucas has felt the necessity to release the once loved film in yet another format at the cinema to try and get more money from the franchise.

Thinking about it maybe the prequels will be better with a 3D make over (seriously they weren't that bad were they?).

Hands up those who wanted this next incarnation, well next February you get your wish when Episode 1 of the saga gets re-released in theaters in 3D, you can both put your hands down now.

For those interested here is the trailer.

We love a bit of American Pie don't we? And we all know that there is one more slice that's about to be released in cinemas, and here we have the first teaser for that next slice of pie.

All the American Pie films have been funny, and I even think the spin offs have been worth watching, to me they are like to comedies of the '80's that I used to enjoy so much brought bang up to date.

Over the series of films cast members have dropped out with the only thread of continuity being Jim's father played by Eugene Levy, but reunion brings all the cast from the original back together since American Pie 2 hit our screens, to be fair there has only been one other theatrical American Pie, American Wedding.

Despite this we have the fully assembled original cast back together all grown up and probably married and having children and doing similar things but in a more grown up way, it should lead to laughs galore, although if Finch is still chasing his MILF surely he's now chasing a GILF!!! Only time will tell.

Check out the teaser trailer below, which manages to be funny with absolutely no film footage at all, good start I think.

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The latest Pirates of the Caribbean film has this week joined the movie Billionaire club, a figure that for many years only Titanic held the honor.

This is now the 7th film to reach the mark, and more impressively the Pirates saga is the first film series to have 2 entries, although a uniqueness that will most likely only least a 12 month, The Dark Knight Rises, out next July, may join The Dark Knight, then, if you count the new Hobbit movies as part of The Lord of the Rings Saga, another Rings movie may join Return of the King.

Currently only one director has 2 film up there, and they happen to be in the top 2 slots, James Cameron's Avatar at the top and Titanic in the runner up spot, but again he could be joined next year by Chris Nolan and Peter Jackson, infact Jackson could be the first director to manage 3 film in the club then the second Hobbit film is released in 2013, only time will tell.

Giving an unfair advantage to this is the 3D tax being paid for these movies, of the 8 billion dollar films 4 were 3D so ticket prices had an unfair advantage, and despite the public decline in 3D it's still enough to give them a boost.

All these billion dollar movies still fall well short of Avatar which not only managed to get over 2 billion dollars but came close to the 3 billion dollar mark.

One of the big films that will be released this Christmas has today had it's first trailer released, the Tom Cruise staring next installment of the Mission: Impossible series gives us a taste of what we'll be enjoying this yuletide.

The trailer ticks all the right boxes, world famous buildings exploding, Your Mission should you choose etc., more explosions, fighting, Simon Pegg, lots of mystery, Eminem soundtrack, the famous music and our Tom hanging of the tallest building in the world.

The series has proved itself so far (even with a dodgy second installment) and this should fit in nicely.

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol is out on December 16th this year.

Production is currently underway on the two Hobbit films and as you'd maybe expected there is a video blog/diary being made following the production. The first is up at the Peter Jackson Facebook page and I really do urge you to go and watch it, it really is brilliant, http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

The video is a very generous 10 minutes of pure brilliance presented by Jackson himself, how he finds the time is anyone's guess. He takes you on a tour of some of the sets that have been reproduced from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy 12 years ago as well as teases some new sets.

We get to see a get together of the cast on the first day of filming on the Bag End set, see a dozen full sized actors gather around a Hobbit kitchen table, and we get to see returning actors Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis.

It always amazes me when I see things like this how much work clearly goes into the post production of films of this magnitude to get the sets looking so stunning, the sets looks amazing don't get me wrong, but when you see the finished product with all the lighting and post production polish they look simply stunning.

Have a look at this making of video as it really in incredible, and start praying for the rest of this year and next year to go as fast as possible because these films are going to be brilliant, and if you had any doubts about Jackson directing the films just take a moment to take in the guys enthusiasm about the production, I'm so glad he's in charge.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

What did you think? Is this a very generous 10 minutes to get us in the mood for the film? Or 10 minutes of pure hype?

UPDATE: You can now see the video on YouTube, or embedded below, enjoy

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

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

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

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

All films (well I think all) must have a title, and when it comes to re-boots/remakes/reimages whatever they like to be called there is a question? Go with the originals title or make it slightly different? When that original is less than 10 years old a slightly different title is in order and so Spider-man 4 (or reboot?) is called The Amazing Spider-Man.

As the keen eyed (or geek eyes?) among you will realise this is the name of the comic strip, and taking a look at the new image of Spider-Man you will see that just maybe this new film is taking a more comic book approach to the franchise, and perhaps a darker tone as well.

So we have a title and new still, so roll on next July when we'll find out if Andrew Garfield is any good as Spidey and the mass comparisons between him and Maguire will start in earnest.

Last weekend the Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter starrer The Kings Speech tool the top spot at the box office with a gross of £3,523,102 over Friday Sunday.

The film directed by Tom Hooper and also starring Geoffrey Rush has already won multiple awards and is being tipped for many more during the busy January/February awards season and Oscar glory is expected.

Also new this week is Oscar winner Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours. A true story of a climber who gets stuck in a craves by a bolder lodging his arm stars James Franco in an almost solo performance, and again is tipped for award glory this season. 127 Hours takes £ 2,168,570 this week.

Falling from is festive position at the top, Little Fockers falls to 3rd place this week with £ 1,798,677 bringing it's total gross in the UK to £ 15,282,292.

Jack Blacks Gulliver's Travels falls to 4th this week, taking £ 1,554,266 and bringing it's total gross to £ 10,881,583.

Last new entry in the top five this week is Russell Crowe starring in The Next Three Days, a disappointing opening for the film, although it still managed to take over a million for the weekend with £1,046,333. This years top 5, although good is down on last years top 5 where Avatar was still taking incredible weekend grosses as was the runner up film Sherlock Holmes.

It's the end of the year, and which of the many films released this year was the highest grossing movie for 2010, well it was the return of our favourite toys in Disney/Pixars Toy Story 3.

Woody and friends grossed an incredible £73,405,113 during its 13 week run in the chart from late July until mid-October.

Second this year is a film released late in 2009, Avatar which this year alone £ 60,374,665, but the film also had a good gross last year and is currently the top grossing film ever in the UK.

Third on the list is the latest Harry Potter film, lower than the other films in the series but still grossing £ 44,443,734 so far, this film still has good legs though and we could see an appearance next year as well.

Finally we have Alice in Wonderland with £ 42,169,542 and Inception, which took £ 35,264,403.

Honourable mention must go to Harry Potter and Inception which managed to take decent grosses in the UK with lower ticket prices due to them not being in 3D, it's no surprise that in the top 10 films of 2010 half of them are in 3D and have the surplus on the ticket price.

It's had a troublesome time in production but the new Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Trader, is the highest grossing movie over it's launch weekend.

That said it's debut gross is half that of the previous film in the series, Price Caspian, and only a quarter of the first film, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Dawn Trader rakes in a fair £2,460,118 to topple the latest Harry Potter movie from the top of the chart. The series is starting to really loose steam and don't expect this one to go much past Christmas.

Harry Potter topples to the runner up spot this week after a couple of weeks at the top. A £1,905,368 keeps it going well but the film is starting to struggle already and it may not be the big earner people were expecting, although another push is bound to happen when part 2 is released next week. The film has grossed £42,570,440 so far in the UK.

Angelina Jolie and and Johnny Depp make their presence known at 3 this week as their new collaboration, The Tourist, takes £1,341,143 for the weekend, maybe a little less than was expected for these 2 a-list actors.

Now the dust has settled on the WWDC keynote speech given last night (morning?) by Steve Jobs where he announced the next version of the iPhone, aside from the new front camera, speed and iOS4 operating system, the big news was the screen and it's HD goodness.

First of all the screen uses what is being called a Retina display, Jobs claims it's better than OLED. The displays pixels are 78 micrometers wide which allows the screen to have 4x the resolution of the iPhone 3Gs. This means the screen has 326 pixels per inch, the naked eye can only see 300 pixels per inch, which means that the screen is better than human eyesight.

What this means in layman's terms is that the iPhone can handle 780p HD video, and according to reports the screen is amazing. The screen is 960x640 pixels in resolution and has a contrast ration of 800:1, pretty good for a screen so small.

This wont stop you from getting neck ache, and could possible make your eyes hurt even more when watching Lord of the Rings on the device, but at least that Blu-ray transfer you make will look absolutely amazing, and if you were to attach the iPhone to a HDTV then you could potentially have your own portable video library.

Check out the Apple website for more info.

I know this is one of those events we knew was coming, and sooner rather than later and ign.com have now got virtual confirmation from Lucasfilms Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet that a Blu-ray box set of all 6 films has been in the works for a couple of years now.

He does say that this isn't the long rumored and fast becoming legendary Ultimate box se but Sansweet says We have been at work for a couple of years working onI won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuffbut, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about there are some real treasures., so after this we can expect even more, probably on the next media format if there is one.

So what's the date for this? Soon can mean years down the line in Blu-ray production time, but the American site The Digital Bits is reporting that it has been told by it's industry insiders of an October 2011 date has been quietly on the slate for a while.

It's no surprise that we will have a high def version of the Star Wars films sometime in the future to add to the Betamax, VHS (multiple versions) and both version on DVD, and come late 2011 seems a reasonable time scale for the films, lets hope this is it, or will the touted 3D version be with us by 2012, good job we love these films.

It was the big night on Sunday for the Oscars, which meant it was the big night for the Razzies on Saturday, the two ceremonies that celebrate the two end of the scale for the film industry, and in a first for the industry Sandra Bullock received one of each.

On Saturday night Sandra Bullock was announced as the worst actress of the year for her role in All About Steve, and she had the dignity to be at the ceremony to get the award, and then on Sunday night she was announced as bet actress for her role in The Blind Side, and she was there to get the Oscar.

The big winner for the Razzies though was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which took awards for worst film and worst director, and quite predictable Michael Bay was not there to get the award.

The next night, and of course the one which everyone talks about, Katherine Bigalo beat her ex-husband and scooped the best film and best director, and unbelievable is the first woman to pick up such an award.

On the Oscar front Jeff Bridges also got an award for his role in Crazy Heart while Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique won supporting Oscars for Inglourious Basterds and Precious.

In all the weekend was a predictable night for awards and makes you wonder if the whole awards things is getting a little boring?

Tivo have announced that they are releasing what they call the Next Generation of PVR to market later this year in the US and UK, but unlike last time the PVR giants tried the UK market and got crushed by Sky they are joining forces with Virgin Media.

What the fuss about Next Generation all boils down to is that the new boxes will be more user centric and be able to not only show broadcast programmes on standard TV channels but also show internet based video from the likes of YouTube and iPlayer.

Making this even more powerful is the ability to use one search for all the internet channels and broadcast channels, so you could search for Eastenders and it would not only return results for iPlayed but any other outlet broadcasting Eastenders related material.

Tivo are also claiming that it will learn while you watch and start suggesting what programmes you may like based on what you have watched in the past, this is also a continual learning process.

The new boxes will be higher specked than the current boxes with larger hard drives and wireless internet connections that will be able to broadcast in full 1080p.

I'm not sure this is the future of PVR's or simply an natural evolution but it's good to see Tivo trying the UK market again even if it is through Virgin Media.

Check out more information on the Tivo website.

Disney hit the right note this year with the hand drawn The Princess and the Frog, a time honored traditional story that went against the current form and used drawing rather than computers to animate. Disney have released a trailer for their next drawn animation called Tangled, but why the change of name from Repunzel?

Every one is familiar with the original story of a girl locked in a tower by her wicker step mother and her only outlet to the world is a prince who gets to her by climbing her amazingly long hair.

Now I can see where Disney is coming from with the name change, it must be a nightmare keeping so much hair from not getting in a bit of a knot, but were all familiar with the original title and the fairy tale why change it.

At the end of the day simple put Disney can change the title if they wish and check out the trailer below, it does look promising, and it goes without saying that it will be in 3D.

He was the first writer/director to get a film past the $1 Billion world gross mark with a single film and this week James Cameron becomes the first writer/director to pass the $2 Billion dollar mark in world box office takings, with a single film.

James Cameron must be having a good year, his return to film making after a 12 year break has beaten his own box office landmark film Titanic, all in the same week that 12 years after he won his first Oscar, he's nominated for another, although he has tougher competition this time (his ex-wife!).

In 1998 he set the box office alight and Titanic took $1.8 Billion in box office grosses, passing a milestone figure that took another 5 years before a film would pass it again, and this week another milestone is set as Avatars gross reaches $2 Billion, but unlike Titanic in 1998 Avatar still has some mileage left in it.

With the rate of tickets being sold the possibility of Avatar reaching $2.5 Billion is not out of the question, $3 Billion could be a stretch thought.

To look at this correctly though we need to take into consideration inflation, cinema tickets cost nearly half the price in 1998 as they do in 2010, which means that per head watching Titanic on the big screen it's probably still ahead of Avatar, but the gap is certainly closing fast.

Titanic of course isn't by a long shot the biggest film by the number of tickets sold, that honor goes to Gone With the Wind, which may never be beaten. Another thing to remember, boosting Avatar's box office takings is the appalling extra charge for the glasses if you choose to see the film in 3D. So until Cameron's next film Avatar will probably sit pretty as the only film to gross anywhere near $3 Billion pound?

As happens each year the night before the Oscar nominations are announced the Razzie nominations are announced which celebrated the worst in cinematic achievements through the year.

Leading the field this year is the Transformers sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, which lets face it was truly awful and in the field for worst film along with All About Steve, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Land of the Lost and Old Dogs should win quite comfortably.

As these awards are something which are not taken too seriously, even by the foundation, in the worst actor category we have all 3 Jonas brothers up for a single nomination, in the same category we have Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy (who has had his fare share of nominations) and John Travolta.

Worst actress nods go to Beyonce, Sandra Bullock, Myley Cyrus, Megan Fox and Sarah Jessica Parker, and guess which of these was in the Transformers movie that may just pip the rest at the post.

The categories are not in the usual fashion and there is a category for Worst Screen Couple for which the Jonas brothers feature again and Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, which of course the Transformers film appears in.

As we celebrated the end of a decade last year there are also categories for picture, actress and actor that were the worst of the naughties.

For more info check out the Razzies website and here is the nomination list

WORST PICTURE OF 2009
"All About Steve"
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"
"Old Dogs""
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (a.k.a. "Trannies, Too")
 
WORST ACTOR OF 2009 
All Three Jonas Brothers, "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience"
Will Ferrell, "Land of the Lost"
Steve Martin, "Pink Panther 2"
Eddie Murphy, "Imagine That"
John Travolta, "Old Dogs"

WORST ACTRESS Of 2009 
Beyonce, "Obsessed"
Sandra Bullock, "All About Steve" 
Myley Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" 
Megan Fox, "Jennifer’s Body" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" 
Sarah Jessica Parker, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

WORST SCREEN COUPLE OF 2009

Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, "The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience"

Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, "All About Steve" 
Will Ferrell and any co-star, Creature or "Comic Riff," "Land of the Lost"  
Shia Lebouf & Either Megan Fox or Any Transformer, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Kristin Stewart and either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang, "Twilight Saga: New Moon"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF 2009 
Candice Bergen, "Bride Wars" 
Ali Larter, "Obsessed" 
Sienna Miller, "G.I. Joe" 
Kelly Preston,"Old Dogs" 
Julie White (as Mom), "Trannies, Too"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR OF 2009  
Billy Ray Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" 
Hugh Hefner (as himself), "Miss March" 
Robert Pattinson, "Twilight Saga: New Moon" 
Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka), "Land of the Lost"  
Marlon Wayans, "G.I. Joe"

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL  (COMBINED CATEGORY FOR 2009) 
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"   
"Pink Panther 2" (A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake)
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"Twilight Saga: New Moon"

WORST DIRECTOR OF 2009 
Michael Bay, "Trannies, Too" 
Walt Becker, "Old Dogs" 
Brad Silberling, "Land of the Lost"  
Stephen Sommers, "G.I. Joe" 
Phil Traill, "All About Steve"

WORST SCREENPLAY OF 2009    
"All About Steve," screenplay by Kim Barker  
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett, based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe Characters.
"Land of the Lost," written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas, based on Sid & Marty Krofft's TV series
"Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen," written By Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures  
"Twilight Saga: New Moon," screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer

WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE (3 SPECIAL 30TH RAZZIE-VERSARY AWARDZ)
"Battlefield Earth" (2000) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, "winner" of 8 (including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years)
"Freddy Got Fingered" (2001) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five
"Gigli" (2003) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, winner of seven (including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Years)
"I Know Who Killed Me" (2007) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of eight
"Swept Away" (2002) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five

WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE 
Ben Affleck  -- (Nominated for nine "achievements,"winner" of two Razzies) "Daredevil," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Paycheck," "Pearl Harbor," "Surviving Christmas" 
Eddie Murphy -- (Nominated for 12 "achievements," "winner" of three Razzies) "Adventures of Pluto Nash," "I Spy," "Imagine That," "Meet Dave," "Norbit," "Showtime"
Mike Myers -- (Nominated for four "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies), "Cat in the Hat," "The Love Guru"
Rob Schneider -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of one Razzie) "The Animal," "Benchwarmers," "Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo," "Grandma's Boy," "The Hot Chick," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," "Little Man," "Little Nicky" 
John Travolta -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of the Razzies) "Battlefield Earth," "Domestic Disturbance," "Lucky Numbers," "Old Dogs," "Swordfish"

WORST ACTRESS OF THE DECADE 
Mariah Carey – (The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade: 70+% Of ALL Votes For Worst Actress Of 2001), "Glitter"
Paris Hilton (Nominated for five "Achievements,"  "Winner" of four Razzies) "The Hottie & The Nottie," "House of Whacks," "Repo: The Genetic Opera"
Lindsay Lohan -- (Nominated for five "achievements,"  "winner" of three Razzies) "Herbie Fully Loaded," "I Know Who Killed Me," "Just My Luck" 
Jennifer Lopez -- (Nominated for nine "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies) "Angel Eyes," "Enough," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Maid in Manhattan," "Monster-in-Law," "The Wedding Planner"
Madonna -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of four Razzies) "Die Another Day," "The Next Best Thing," "Swept Away"

It's still only January and possible the most hyped device of the year has made it's debut today (Wednesday 27th January) as Apple CEO Steve Jobs announces the release of the iPad, an oversized iPod touch, the device can play HD (720p) video.

The new iPad is running a version of the software that runs the iPhone (which also powers the iPod touch) which means this new device isn't a traditional computer and is unable to do multi-tasking or run OSX applications, but it does have a media player which when coupled with the iTunes store you can buy and rent movies that can be watched anywhere you take it, like on holiday or in the car or on a plane.

The device is very light and thin and has a 9.7 inch screen, so unlike the small 3 inch screen on the iPhone/iPod Touch watching films, or any other task the device is capable of, should be much less strain on your various body parts.

There are two other things which have sold this device for me, one is a fantastic looking case that when the lid is flipped over becomes a stand, so if you are sitting on a chair you can just pop the thing on a table and you have a stand and hey presto comfort (see picture for illustration). Next is the price, although no UK or European price has been announced the US price for the low end model of 16GB is $499, so maybe about £400 - £500 in real money, that's a bargain.

No release date for UK yet but US has 60 - 90 days to wait, so maybe get that pal in America to send one over for you.

Check out Apples website for more info.

Mark this week down in cinema history, James Camerons 3D movie Avatar has becomes the highest grossing film ever, beating the directors previous film Titanic.

13 years ago when Titanic became the highest grossing film ever no-one could have even thought how the next 13 years in cinema were going to pan out, and the history of cinema that has unfolded this week is quite unique.

First of all the headline news is that after 6 weeks of release Avatar has, with ease, toppled Titanic as the biggest box office movie of all time, and strangely in a battle with himself James Cameron is the writer/director of both films.

What is even stranger is that Cameron hasn?t made another film in the past 13 years to try and beat Titanic, so his last 2 films are not the top 2 biggest grossing films. There have been other pretenders to the throne over the years like The Lord of the Rings films, The Pirates of the Caribbean films and the Harry Potter films but no, Cameron come back after his sabbatical and hits the top again. Does this make Cameron the most commercially successful director ever? 2 films making over a billion dollars in the worldwide box office, no other director has come even close to this. One last note on James Cameron, he was the first director to make a film which took over $1 Billion worldwide and it now looks like he will be the first to have a movie make over $2 Billion at the box office, it really is just a matter of time.

Looks like there are rumblings around, this time from blog site marketsaw, that talks are afoot to produce a sequel to the Gremlins films in 3D.

Now I know that Avatar is set to be the biggest grossing film ever within the next few weeks, and this is something that cant be ignored, and there is certainly an argument that the reason is because it's the best example of 3D yet, but do all new Hollywood blockbusters need to be in 3D?

There has also been the odd rumor here and there of another 80's franchise being resurrected in 3D, that of Ghostbusters, so all the new 're-boots' are going to be in 3D are they, actually all 2011 big Hollywood blockbusters will be I think.

Personally it's nice to have a film in 3D, but the industry is in fear making this the norm, and eventually we'll either expect 3D or just ignore it.

There are plenty of arguments out there for there not to be 3D, is it a gimmick? It certainly doesn't improve the narrative and isn't cinema and film all about telling a story? Avatar works just as well when you see it in 2D.

Of course time will tell, but I sincerely hope 3D is here to stay, but lets limit it's use to films which will benefit from the effect, rather than making the film fit the 3D effect.

In an interesting turn of events the Google owned YouTube are going to experiment with renting films though their online video playing service.

Before us in the UK get too excited about this there are a couple of things you should now, first of all it's for the US market only, so we can stop here, next up is that there are no blockbusters at the moment, in fact there are just 5 films, all from this years and last years Sundance Film festival, so there is clearly limited choice.

Another small thing to mention, remember at the beginning I reminded you (not that I need to) that You Tube is owned by Google, well guess what, you have to pay for the movie via Google checkout, not a real hassle but if you haven?t set it up yet then you have to go through that whole process as well.

For you lucky people in the US the rentals will be available from tomorrow (Friday 22nd January) and once you have bought a film you have 48 hours to watch it.

This is an interesting move, and with new television announced at the recent CES that can connect to a wireless internet connection with a main reason for watching YouTube video then this has potential, also in the UK there is little in the way of on-line rental services.

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.

Re-uniting Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz for the first time since 2002's Vanilla Sky eonline has the first trailer for director James Mangold's new film Knight and day.

The film sounds like a different take on the Pitt/Jolie film Mr and Mrs Smith, but hey you can never tell from a synopsis, but the trailer does nothing to really sell the film.

Lets wait for the next trailer as both these leads are likable and having a director on board with a back catalogue that includes Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma you can expect something good.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

One of the more interesting books to be released in 2009 is a retelling of the Jane Austin novel from the 1800's Pride and Prejudice, given a different slant by inject a good dose of zombies into the mix.

I suppose it was only going to be a matter of time before we had a movie adaptation and Star Wars actress Natalie Portman has taken the challenge and will star in and produce the said movie.

As long as the script sticks to the vein of the book then this should be a rollercoaster of a ride that may well appeal to a wider audience than you'd normally think, maybe Portman should get Emma Thompson and George A. Romero on board and script writers!

If the film is a success than next we will be having the great works or Shakespeare injected with a light touch of Zombieland, do you think it will work?

A film which is possibly the most anticipated of the year, maybe not because of the film but the maker involved, had its London premiere Thursday night which was attended by stars and Director.

The film, Cameron's first since the multi award winning Titanic, which is still the highest grossing film of all time 12 years later, is a fantasy adventure set in another world and boast reportedly the best use of 3D in cinema yet.

Some critics have been hard on the film but many reviews have been very positive, Steven Spielberg himself even piping in to say he thought it was one of the most exciting films he'd seen since he saw Star Wars back in 1977. In an interview with MTV Cameron revealed that his next film would be a remake of the Classic film Fantastic Voyage. The story is of a group of doctors who are shrunk and injected into a shot diplomat to heal him from the inside before he dies. The film was in 1966 quite ground breaking in its special effects, and is also one of my favourite films.

Cameron did state that he will probably not direct the film and just produce but it would use much of the technology that he invented for Avatar, and it's a sure fire bet it will be in 3D.

Do you think this will be a worthwhile remake?

Disney/Pixar have released a trailer for the coming soon (3D) Toy Story 3, and it's funny, really funny, the time between installments hasn't lost any of the Toy Story charm.

A lot of the story is mentioned in the trailer, I wont give anything away just watch it, but this is the natural sequel to part 2 given the amount of time between episodes.

This is going to be one of the highlights of next year there is no doubt about that, until then we just have the trailer and the re-release of the original 2 in 3D.

Check out the trailer at apple.com

One of my favourite film as a kid was A Nightmare on Elm Street, it must have been one of the first horror film I watched that Iactually enjoyed and watched many times, so you can imagine my horror when I heard the Wes Craven classic was getting a remake, sorry reimage.

Today's the day that the trailer hits, and as always the trailer does look tantalising, we know the back story of Freddy Kruger and it looks like this film shows the "birth" of the nightmare monster.

One thing, it looks like director Samual Bayer has not only tried to re-image the film, which itself spawned many sequels, but has also stayed true to the original film, with many things in the trailer looking familiar. One things I didn't like, Freddy's voice and look as revealed at the end, let me know what you think?

The film is out next year, until then enjoy the trailer.

A Nightmare on Elm Street in HD

The world that occupies the internet has been absolutely a buzz with the revealing of the first trailer and footage from James Cameron's new movie Avatar which is due to hit this December and is being billed as a 3D extravaganza.

The story of a group of marines the go to a distant planet to gather resources for earth, and use Avatars, a hybrid of the planets natives and the human host, to go outside as the air is so toxic you humans can't breathe is Cameron's first film since the multi award winning Titanic from 1998.

The script has been on Cameron's list for ages as his next project, but understandably after the haul of creating the highest grossing movie of all time he took 10 years out before making his next movie.

The trailer doesn't give too much away, and some effects shots look like hey still need a little work, but it's certainly an interesting look at what could be the next best thing from the creator of Terminator.

Check the trailer out at apple.com.

He's been quiet for a bit clearly prepping upcoming project, but then after spending 5 years or more creating one of the greatest cinematic trilogies of all time he can be forgiven, but today we get the trailer for Peter Jacksons next directorial effort, The Lovely Bones.

Jackson has become the darling of Tinsel Town since the Lord of the Rings trilogy and he's working with the best of the best in Hollywood at the moment. Let's forget about King Kong and say that He hasn't yet set a foot wrong in cinema and judging from this trailer it looks like this trend is about to continue.

Based on the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold the story centres around a young girl who once murdered watches her family and friends from heaven. The trailer looks great and let's hope this December the film lives up to the promise.

Catch the trailer here

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to be in New Zealand very soon after I had seen the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while there I went to a small town called Mata Mata and when on a tour of he farm where the Hobbiton scenes in the film were filmed.

The village itself was barely still standing other that the area where the actual Hobbit houses themselves were, but he trip was well worth it as many of the workers who were on the farm had good stories to tell and despite the appearance of disrepair you could still get a good sense of being in Hobbiton. Unfortunately the weather and roaming sheep had not been kind and things were deteriorating fast.

The good news this week is that the set builders are back on the farm and are re-building the village ready for work of Guillermo del Toro The hobbit which starts filming next year. This really is exciting news as hopefully the owner of the farm will have a better say on things being removed this time and next time I go to New Zealand I can visit a fully realised village which would be wonderful.

The Hobbit is being readied for a 2011 release so there is still a lot of time before we get to see this but as you can imagine as Tolkien film produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Guillermo del Toro is a tasty prospect.

For some great pictures check out theonering.net.

It's a big week for Mamma Mia! the movie this week, it has not only managed to beat Titanic as the biggest and fastest selling DVD/Video of all time but now the cinema figures are in it has now officially become the highest grossing movie in the UK, ever.

It's taken close to half a year (20 weeks of release) to do it and with this weeks DVD release cinema takings are bound to more or less dry up but with this weeks final cinema figures Mamma Mia! has grossed £68,664,524 topping Titanics £68,532,746, thats over £100,000 more than the sinking ship epic.

Titanic was released in the UK at the beginning of 1998 to good reviews, a 3 hour running time and at the 1999 Oscar ceremony it swept the board winning Best film and Best director and Titanic is the highest grossing film of all time, Mamma Mia! in contrast opened to very mixed (mainly bad) reviews, has a 1 hour 50 minute running time and probably wont win many Oscars next year, and has no chance of even being one of the top 10 grossing films of all time.

Since Titanic James Cameron has not directed another feature film, this is Phyllida Lloyd first feature film as director.

Well done Mamma Mia!, its taken 10 years but the ship has finally been sunk, in the UK anyway.

A new trailer for the upcoming film star Trek has hit the web today, and finally this is the trailer I've been wanting to see, I'm now convinced that this is going to be a great film.

It's been worrying me ever since I heard that JJ Abrams was going to re-image Star Trek that he was somehow going to change things, a little tweak is OK, but change things, Star Trek has a rich history behind it and you just have to respect that history.

I'm a big Star Trek fan, The Next Generation is my personal favourite but the Original Series is great and if it hadn't been for that we'd never have had the afore mentioned series, so I love it for the history. The first trailer for the new film did nothing to convince me that this was going to be a good Star Trek film, a good sci-fi film maybe, but this is Star Trek.

Now things have changed, the new trailer has hit the web and I'm convinced now that this is not only a film to look forward to, but it will be a good Star Trek film. If Abrams can inject the same pasion into the full film as spills over in this trailer then we've got a good addition to the Star Trek franchise on our hands, and who knows it may even revive the virtually dead series.

I won't go on any long head over to Apple for the full HD glory.

To coin a phrase from a much loved movie, There Can Be Only One, this was true back in the midsts of time when Betamax had a fight with VHS and the same is true now, but unlike back then it looks like the better format this time has won.

So what's all this about, it's about the next generation DVD high definition format wars that has been taking place over the last year or so, two competing camps headed by Sony and Toshiba have been trying to bring a high definition successor to the DVD to market and both have been rallying to get the support of the studios to release their films on the two formats.

The various studios have been one by one taking sides, Sony of course have a large catalogue of film, from themselves and their buy out of Columbia pictures, also with large catalogues are Disney (along with Buena Vista) who have taken the Blu-Ray route and Paramount and Universal. Paramount and Universal pledged their support for HD-DVD back last year to much controversy and large amounts of money allegedly changing hands.

Warner have been on the fence about this and have been releasing films on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray, until now, Warner have now announced that they are to go Blu-ray exclusive on all their films, starting in May.

Clearly this has sent a huge shudder through the HD-DVD ranks as Paramount/Universal are now the only major studio to be backing HD-DVD, and my money is on them making a u-turn sometime this year.

To add salt to the wound New Line have also announced their allegiance to Blue-ray which means that a certain fantasy trilogy by Peter Jackson* wont be long before it's making its way to high-def.

In figures just released Blu-ray is now outselling HD-DVD by 70% so the writing was on the wall before Warner made the announcement and in truth they have just made a good business decision to go with the stronger format. This looks to have resolved the format was once and for all, this time next year HD-DVD should be a thing of the past and go in the Betamax hall of fame.

We all agree that the PSP is a smart little device and watching film on it can he handy for when your away from home, like on holiday. At the moment the only way to watch films is on UMD or by cracking the DVD and putting the film on a memory stick.

Sony have now revealed plans to release some films on Blu-ray what also includes a version encoded and shrunk to it fits on a memory stick, and more to the point is legal.

This is a very interesting experiment and its good to see that Sony is trying different ways of getting people using the PSP as more than a gaming device.

I hope that the compression brings the file size down enough that you can fit a couple of movies on a 1gb memory stick, although carrying 5 memory stick is certainly preferable to 5 UMD, and they can be reused.

I dont think Sony are going to abandon movies on the UMD format just yet but it's the first sign and with a PSP2 inevitable at some point possible in the next few years maybe it will be UMD free.

It is of course another reason to go the Blu-ray route rather than HD-DVD and another sign that HD-DVD really has no way back.

Let me know your thought below.

The updates for the new Star Trek movie are starting to come through more regularly now, and this month Empire magazine has some exclusive stills of which 3 can be seen online now.

Nothing too much is given away, but the still of Zachary Quinto as Spock is fantastic (can you look at him without seeing Sylar? Lets hope so in the movie) and just oozes with enough Star trek to carry the film, this one still makes the film look like it's something to look forward to.

The other stills are good to see and certainly whet the appetite. Check out the images now at empireonline.co.uk and the film is out in the UK on May 8th next year.

Good on Danny Boyle and the crew behind the British/Indian film Slumdog Millionaire for doing so well at the American Golden Globe awards on Sunday night, the film took four awards including best film and best director in the drama category.

Kate Winslet also did very well taking both best actress and supporting actress in a dramatic role for Revolution Road and The Reader.

The night threw up many surprises but one surprise which wasn't had, and the fans will love was Heath Ledgers win for The Dark Knight in the supporting role, the late actor has one more film to be released and from early reports he could still have another award to come.

The Oscars are in a couple of months time with the nominations being announced next month, but although in recent years the Golden Globes haven't been such a huge indication of the Oscars, Danny Boyle and Kate Winslet must be getting the frock and suit ready for the biggest glitzy night of the year.

For a full list of winners check out the Empire story.

All the best new at the moment seems to centre around the back to beginning Star Trek film being made by JJ Abrams. A couple of days ago some luck journalists were invited to a screening of some major scenes of the new film (personally I's prefer not to see them yet), and now a leaked image of the ship.

To be honest there is not many directions you can go with the look and feel of the ship, the history (is that right?) of Enterprises NCC 1701 no letter though to E is pretty much set in stone and it would take a brave person to change that, so the new look is a little retro but you can certainly see how this would evolve into the ship we came to love from the series.

Still a while to go before next May's release but take a look below for the image of the ship.

Like many films before it Star Wars is being adapted for the stage as a musical, although rather than an all singing all dancing stage play like Billy Elliot or Hairspary, instead this is more a celebration of the music of John Williams.

The production which has been co-written by Williams and LucasFilms staff with be a two hour journey through the six film saga showing edited highlights from the films along with props and consumes from the films.

Titled Star Wars: A Musical Journey the stage show will open at The O2 Arena (formally the Millennium Dome) next April, with tickets going on sale on Monday, read the BBC news story here or visit The O2 Arena site for more info.

Delayed until May of next year the new Star Trek "reboot" from director JJ Abrams is going to be a highly anticipated event. Apart from the teaser and hype surrounding the cast not much has been revealed about the film.

Comic-Con has been used to launch the first poster, and this design gives us a first glimpse of the principle actors in character. Uhuru, Spock and Kirk along with what is presumably chief bad guy played by Eric Bana feature on the poster.

Set in a period before the events of the original series the film features all the characters, and even features the original captain from the pilot episode before Captain Kirk came on board, it'll be interesting to see how Abrams handles that relationship. This will be enough to get the trekkies in a rather excited mood for the new movie, lets hope it lives up to expectations.

Check out the Star Trek page to see the new poster.

What do you think of the new poster?

There is a bit of controversy circulating around the internet that early adopters of blu-ray disks will lack features of future Blu-ray disks, and although this is true some claims are being made that the early players will not play future disks.

Although the former statement is true, feature on some future disks will not be accessible on certain players, the latter is simply not true.

Lets put this into context, Blu-ray players have a profile, 1.0, 1.1 and in the near future 2.0. Features are categorised in these profiles so for example picture in picture on future disks are part of profile 1.1. If you have an early player that is only capable of 1.0 you will be able to play a 1.1 disk and get the full experience but you wont be able to access the picture in picture feature.

What impact does this have on the current blu-ray player owners? It seems for a majority it will have little impact. One of the reasons why early players are not future proof is that they cannot connect to the internet and so cant be upgraded, this is where the most popular Blu-ray player sold to date has the advantage.

By quite a large margin the best selling player with the largest install base is the Playstation 3 and this is a wireless device which connects to the internet no problem and has already been upgraded to profile 1.1 and the upgrade to 2.0 is just around the corner.

Good news in all this is that one of the standards being introduced for profile 2.0 is the ability to connect to the internet which means that any future upgrades wont be a problem.

If you have been a little bit of an early adopter and you bought a player after November last year then you are probably already set and any player bought then or after that date had to be at least profile 1.1. If you bought one before then just remember you can still watch the film without any loss of picture.

Early adopter generally know that by being the first person on the street to have the latest technology they will probably have an out dated device quicker than the guy next door who waited 2 years before taking the plunge.

Despite the sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe grossing nearly $500,000,000 (Half a Billion Dollars) in world grosses Disney have decided not to follow up on the series and have declined to fund the sequel The Chronicles of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Trader.

The first of the Narnia films grosses over $700,000,000 in worldwide grosses, but despite this the sequel could only manage just over half of this, with the budget to make the film topping $200 million Disney have decided to pass on the option to fund a third film.

As this was a joint venture between Disney and Walden Media it appears that there may be hope for the continuing adventures of Narnia, if Walden can find a funder for the next film there is a chance we will see it in cinemas.

It's on the whole bad news as Disney can throw more at the film that money can buy, but there is light, although with recent kid oriented family films not performing well at the box office if they don't have the name Harry Potter attached then who can tell.

It looks like it may be a while before we see a sequel to Prince Caspian so don't hold your breath, but it seems like the next film will have to perform at the box office if we are to see the full series produced for the big screen.

Tonight I attended the UK premiere of the new Star Trek movie at the Empire Leicester Square on the heart of the West End in London, and what a night it was.

Although there was a wait of over an hour once I took my seat in the theatre and got chatting to a very nice couple sitting behind me, the wait was well worth it as JJ. Abrams and the full cast of the movie came in to introduce the film.

Simon Pegg who plays Scotty in the movie came in dressed in a kilt and took the mike to give a speach to his fellow Brits on how honored he was to be in the movie.

As for the film itself, WOW, what a film, action from start to finish, this is what so many other Star Trek movies have lacked in the past but this film piles on the action right from the word go.

Despite enjoying this film to the full I do still have some reservations, the story, although good and honour the Star Trek 40 year legacy it does take some liberties, the opening is really well done and I think true Trek Fans will love it, but, and I hope this isn't too much of a spoiler, the time travel aspect of the film can be a little difficult to swallow.

I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying that original Spock Leonard Nimoy make an extended cameo in the film, but after the initial appearance I found his presence a little uncomfortable, and the final scene in the film although fascinating I found a little odd.

That said the new cast a just superb and Abrams has stayed true to the legend while giving non hard core fans enough reasons to go, there are some in joke which the true fans will roll around on the floor at, but they are well placed and are additions to the film and don't drive it.

Lets hope this film can reignite the series and in 4 or 5 films time we can explore the origins of The Next Generation crew.

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 4

Chart history
Date
Place
Gross
1 / N
£795,012
3 / 
£405,001
6 / 
£270,073
9 / 
£135,204
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £2,379,903 and the 1829th top grossing film in the UK

UK BBFC Certificate: 12

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