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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

(1980)

Director(s)
Irvin Kershner
Stars
Billy Dee Williams
Anthony Daniels
David Prowse
Peter Mayhew
Kenny Baker
Frank Oz
Alec Guinness
Jeremy Bulloch
John Hollis
Jack Purvis
Des Webb
Clive Revill
Kenneth Colley
Julian Glover
Michael Sheard
Michael Culver
John Dicks
Milton Johns
Mark Jones
Oliver Maguire
Robin Scobey
Bruce Boa
Christopher Malcolm
Denis Lawson
Richard Oldfield
John Morton
Ian Liston
John Ratzenberger
Jack McKenzie
Jerry Harte
Norman Chancer
Norwich Duff
Ray Hassett
Brigitte Kahn
Burnell Tucker
Bob Anderson
Elaine Baker
Lightning Bear
Richard Bonehill
Stephen Buchanan
Morris Bush
John Cannon
Mark Capri
Shaun Curry
Martin Dew
Peter Diamond
Tom Egeland
Stuart Fell
Michael A. Frandy
Alan Harris
Susie Hudson
James Earl Jones
Arve Juritzen
Paul Klein
Tiffany L. Kurtz
Mac McDonald
Ralph McQuarrie
Temuera Morrison
Ralph Morse
Cathy Munroe
C. Andrew Nelson
Chris Parsons
Terry Richards
Doug Robinson
Michael Santiago
Tony Smart
Harold Weed
Treat Williams
Jason Wingreen
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News
In a week where not a lot has changed on the box office and the top 3 are the same headed up by Fast and Furious 8 the highest new entry is Their Finest at number 4.

Proving that the series is still well and truly alive Fast 8 takes £3.5 million on its second weekend of release, this is below the previous films second weekend.

The action drama is doing great guns in the UK and its total UK gross now sits at £23 million.

Highest new film of the week is Their Finest starring Gemma Arterton which makes its debut at number 4 with £0.8 million.

Also new this week is Unforgettable at number 7 which takes a very low £270,000 debut for star Katherine Heigl.

Longest running film of the week is Get Out which has been on the chart for 6 weeks now and highest total grossing film is Beauty and The Beast which is still at number 3 this week and has taken an incredible £68 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Jungle Book kept its hold on the chart for a second weekend while Bastile Day was the top new film at 3.

Five years ago
Battleship retained its grip on the chart and stayed at the top while Salmon Fishing in The Yeman was the top new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Wild Hogs spent a second weekend at the top while Anthony Hopkins starred in Fracture which was new at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bend It Like Beckham remained as the top film of the week while Dwayne Johnson starred in The Scorpion King which was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Taking over at the top on its debut as Wes Cravens Scream while Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back fell from the top to 4 in its Special Edition release.

Twenty five years ago
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle was the new film of the week making its debut at the top while Hook fell to number 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kick back, fire up the Blu-ray player and slap on Star Wars, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

This year seems to be the first year that Lucasfilm has recognised the day and it's mentioned on their website, is this the Disney influence, if so, good on them.

Here's what the twitterverse is saying about the day

Disney have announces that as part of their ongoing continuation of the Star Wars film franchise they are to make films that expand the universe and concentrate on individual main characters, Yoda being the first.

Clearly inspired by the success, and probable continued success, of the series of films inspired from the Avengers comics, Disney will produce the films based in the star wars universe that look at the individual characters so we can look forward to Han Solo The Movie, Luke and Lia The Movie, and one a number of fans might like, Boba Fett The Movie.

These will be alongside the sequel trilogy that will be made, the first of which will be directed by J.J. Abrams and the first will be released in 2015.

Yoda will be the first to get the stand alone treatment, although there is no word on where this will fit into the overall picture, or during what time line it will take.

Best guesses are a couple of ideas, one to fill in the gap between Episode III and when we first meet him in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back which means the whole film wil be based on the swamp plant of Dagobah.

There is no reason why there couldn't be a few flash back in the film, but for all intense and purposes Yoda was supposed to be alone on this planet before Luke turned up for training, so it could be hard to fill in a full 2 hour movie?

The other is more inline with the X-Men origins style and look at where Yoda came from and how he came into existence, this would be a more interesting movie, and as he's meant to be in his mid 800's in Episode 1 this would be going way back into Star Wars history, and possible leave more a blank sheet for what to do.

Whatever happens lets hope that Disney stay true to the universe, at least as much as Lucas has, and we start getting films that fans as much as , well the original trilogy at least.

The American Library of congress has added Airplane! and what is arguably the best of the Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back, to the National Film Registry in a year where both films lost key legendary figures

The great Lesley Nielsen turned from a serious actor into a legendary comic actor in Airplane! who died at the end of November and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was directed Irvin Kershner who died just one day before.

These 2 additions are joined by 23 other film which includes classics such as The Exorcist, The Pink Panther, which also lost its director, Blake Edwards, this year and Saturday Night Fever.

The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, has two connection with the list, The Empire Strikes Back which he wrote and produced and THX1138 which was his feature film debut.

The full list of additions is as follows:
Airplane! (1980)
All the President's Men (1976)
The Bargain (1914)
Cry of Jazz (1959)
Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Front Page (1931)
Grey Gardens (1976)
I Am Joaquin (1969)
It's a Gift (1934)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Lonesome (1928)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Malcolm X (1992)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Newark Athlete (1891)
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
The Pink Panther (1964)
Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Study of a River (1996)
Tarantella (1940)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

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

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

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

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

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

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Chart history
Date
Place
Week
Total
1N
£4,925,796
£4,925,796
1▼▲
£1,838,162
£6,763,958
1▼▲
£1,294,358
£8,058,316
1▼▲
£1,125,796
£9,184,112
1▼▲
£1,022,538
£10,206,650
1▼▲
£972,151
£11,178,801
1▼▲
£861,342
£12,040,143
1▼▲
£579,197
£12,619,340
1▼▲
£375,265
£12,994,605
2
£150,810
£13,145,415
2▼▲
£88,429
£13,233,844
2▼▲
£75,796
£13,309,640
1
£63,162
£13,372,802
1▼▲
£37,898
£13,410,700
2
£50,531
£13,461,231
2▼▲
£25,266
£13,486,497
2▼▲
£12,633
£13,499,130
2▼▲
£10,420
£13,509,550
1
£1,550,000
£15,059,550
4
£850,000
£15,909,550
4▼▲
£450,000
£16,359,550
10
£150,000
£16,509,550
8
£304,115
£16,813,665
7
£261,525
£17,175,890
9
£284,590
£17,564,415
5
£275,875
£17,924,565
7
£293,275
£18,302,765
7▼▲
£287,225
£18,696,840
11
£303,625
£19,108,940
9
£304,900
£19,519,015
8
£295,275
£19,906,265
8▼▲
£261,750
£20,262,490
12
£289,000
£20,635,655
12▼▲
£278,575
£21,017,135
12▼▲
£274,625
£21,377,805
11
£262,425
£21,709,615
9
£254,125
£22,019,955
7
£281,600
£22,381,695
8
£294,775
£22,825,910
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £22,825,910 and the 178th top grossing film in the UK

Total World gross $533,800,000 and the 157th top grossing film globally

UK BBFC Certificate: U

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