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The was a battle at the top of the Uk box office this week between The Hitmans Bodyguard and Dunkirk and with a gap of less than £50,000 Bodyguard won.
The comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson took £1.9 million on its debut weekend to reach the top, this is the lowest opening for a film to reach number 1 since Billy Elliot The Musical Live took the top spot in September 2014.
This means that the total gross for the top 15 films is also at a low with just £10 million taken.
Falling from the top is Dunkirk, although it held on tight and in the end lost to by a narrow margin taking to second place with £1.8 million.
Dunkirk is still showing strong figures from the week and took £4 million Monday - Sunday to brings its total to nearly £50 million, it is easily the second top grossing film of 2017.
Interestingly the Monday - Sunday figures puts The Hitmans Bodyguard at number 4 with Annabelle Creation and The Emoji Movie coming second and third.
Highest grossing film on the UK box office this week is Dunkirk while the longest running film is Despicable Me 3 with 8 weeks on the chart, its currently number 6.
A year ago
Finding Dory Went back to the top of the box office knocking Suicide Squad to number 2 while David Brent Life On The Road was the top new film at 3.
Five years ago
After a limited launch seeing it reach number 6 then number 5 Brave reached the top when it went wide on its third week, it knocked off Ted to number 3, The Bourne Legacy was the top new film at 2.
Ten years ago
The Bourne Ultimatum was the top new film of the week at number 1, it knocked off Rush Hour 3 to number 3.
Fifteen years ago
Men In Black II remained at the top of the box office for a third weekend while the top new film was The Sum of All Fears at number 2.
Twenty years ago
Men in Black remained at the top for a third weekend while the top new film was Speed 2 Cruise Control at number 3.
Twenty five years ago
Lethal Weapon 4 was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top while Far And Away fell to number 2.
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel makes it 3 weeks at the top in a very quiet weekend at the UK box office.
A third weekend take of £1.4 million sees The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel bring it's total up to 1£1.7 million which is keeping it in-line (a little ahead in fact) to it's predecessor.
Highest new film of the week is Run All Night starring Liam Neeson and Ed harris which enters the box office at number 2.
A relatively low opening gross of just over £800,00 will probably see the film disappear quite quickly from the box office chart.
The only other new film opening on the top 10 this week is Suite Francaise at number 4 with a half a million debut.
A year ago
This time last year a video game adaptation of Need For Speed hit the top of the box office on it's debut knocking 300 Rise of an Empire down to 3rd.
Five years ago
Alice in Wonderland was still riding the top of the box office with the highest new film at 2 in the shape of Shutter Island.
Ten years ago
Hitch made it's way to the top on it's debut weekend knocking Boogeyman from the top to number 3.
Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 retained it's lead at the top of the box office and in a very quiet week for new releases the highest new film was The insider at number 7.
After 2 weeks at the top Lucy gets knocked down the chart by Sex Tape which makes it's debut in the Uk at number 1.
Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel this Jake Kasdan directed comedy about a couple trying to spice up their sex life by making a movie, which then gets shared to everyone debuts with £1.4 million.
Not a great opening gross especially for the 2 leads, Diaz has enjoyed great success with the Shrek franchise while Segel has seen big grosses with the likes of The Muppets, Gullivers Travels and Knocked Up.
Lucy has been having a great cinema run and after 3 weeks of release has taken a very respectable £10.46 million.
Also new this week is
Before I go to Sleep at 3
The Hundred Foot Journey at 4
The Guest at 8
One year ago this week Richard Curtis's About Time made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking the One Direction boys to 3rd.
Five years ago District 9 was the debut film for Neill Blomkamp and it debuted at the top knocking The Final Destination into second.
Ten years ago Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks team up agin to debut the Terminal at the top knocking Dodgeball to second place.
Fifteen years ago so a very static box office with South Park Bigger Louder and Uncut staying at the top while the top new film was Go right down at six.
Finally twenty years ago this month Speed and Forest Gump where the big film at the box office while twenty five years ago Dead Poets Society and Young Einstein were the big grossing films of September.
All change again this week as the Aaron Paul racing film Need for Speed takes over at the top of the UK box office.
An adaptation of a popular video game, Need for Speed enters the chart at the top with a £2 million Friday - Sunday gross.
In an unusual move the Wes Anderson directed The Grand Budapest Hotel moves up one place to 2 this week taking £1.3 million over the weekend.
Last weeks top film, 300 Rise of an Empire, falls to three this week.
This weeks new films:
Five years ago Wilson and Aniston starred in Marley and Me and was the highest new film entering at the top of the box office knocking Watchmen into second place.
Ten years ago Julia Roberts starred in Mona Lisa Smile entering the box office at the top knocking Along Came Polly right down to third place.
Fifteen years ago Robin Williams was starring in Patch Adams which took the top spot knocking A Bugs Life down to two.
The US box office chart this week has a climber to the number one spot, Mr Peabody and Sherman takes over from 300 Rise of an Empire beating all new films in the process.
After only 1 week, the 300 sequel surrenders to the Dreamworks animated film, Mr Peabody this week beats Need For speed which debuted at number 3.
Other new films inside the US top 5 are The Single Mums Club which debuted at number 5.
The Star Wars announcement at CES 2011 yesterday was that the Saga would be released on Blu-ray in September of this year , no exact date was given but the 3 box set's that will be released are available for pre-order now.
In what was considered a relatively low key event for such a huge announcement involved Darth Vader, a handful of Stormtroopers and Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn coming out and making a short statement.
The 3 box sets that will be released are an Original Trilogy Box Set, a Prequels Trilogy Box Set and a 9 disk Saga Box set that will include 3 diska with over 30 hours of extra material, of which there was no mention of content.
Thankfully there was no mention of any Star Wars 3D, it's no secret that Lucas is working on a retrofit for the films but maybe that will be a separate release and this one will not be effected, it's a long time till September though. Also no mention of the Star Wars Holiday Special, we can live in hope that this will be cleaned, converted to HD and included.
The film are available on Amazon.co.uk with current prices at £33.99 for the two trilogy sets and £69.99 for the Saga set.
There was a press release to follow which gave far more information
THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE
THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY
IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas' epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:
- Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
- Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
- Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)
STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.
Flanked by a legion of his finest Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.''
“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”
“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”
“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon's customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”
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.
UK release date: 30th September 1994
Highest chart position: 2
Weeks on box office: 3
Total UK gross £10,752,912 and the 498th top grossing film in the UK
Total World gross $350,448,145 and the 310th top grossing film globally
UK BBFC Certificate: 15Genres: