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Highest chart position: 2
Weeks on box office: 4
1st April 2020
With the box office chart currently on hold until further notice lets take a look at the home entertainment sector where for the second week running Frozen II is the top selling DVD, Blu-ray or streamed film.
The smash hit follow up to Disneys Frozen was a hit at the UK box office from Mid November 2019 where the film entered the chart at the top until Mid February 2020.
The animated movie took an amazing £53 Million in the UK and $1.5 Billion globally.
The Oscar nominated film starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon hit the UK box office in November 2019 when it made number 2.
It finished it theatrical run in mid December when it had taken just under £6 Million.
Rian Johnsons love letter to the murder mystery was a critical hit at the box office at the end of November 2019 where it was a number 2 hit.
The movie made £13 Million over an 8 week run at the cinema.
The first casualty of the coronavirus shutdown the Vin Diesel superhero movie spent a single week on the box office the weekend before things closed down where it made half a million pound.
The movie was fast tracked to streaming at is the number 4 film this week.
The 2019 reboot of the female private investigators who work for a mysterious billionaire was a bit of a flop at the end of last year when it spent just 2 weeks on the box office taking £1.1 Million.
Here is the full top 10 movies available to watch at home as compiled by officialcharts.com
24th January 2020
At the UK box office this weekend, Friday, 24th January 2020, there are 4 new releases looking to take your attention at the local multiplex and knock 1917 from the top of the UK box office chart next week.
First up at cinemas this week is The Grudge, a movie directed by Nicolas Pesce who also directed Eyes Of My Mother in 2017 which grossed £2 Thousand in the UK.
It stars Tara Westwood who is making a feature film debut.
The film also stars Junko Bailey who is making a feature film debut.
Next on this weeks new release schedule is The Turning.
This new movie stars Mackenzie Davis who's last film was Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
It also stars Finn Wolfhard who also appeared in The Addams Family (2019).
The film is brought to us by 2 time director Floria Sigismondi.
Next up this week is The Personal History Of David Copperfield which is directed by Armando Iannucci who directed The Death Of Stalin in 2017.
It stars Dev Patel and Peter Capaldi.
Also this week there is The Public from director Emilio Estevez who also directed Men At Work in 1991.
The film features Alec Baldwin and Taylor Schilling in starring roles.
Check back on Monday to see where these cinema releases end up on the Weekend Box Office Chart.
Come back next week when there are 5 new releases.
The original Terminator film came out of no-where, it was the second film by the young fledgeling director James Cameron and it was fresh and exciting and had a story that was clever and captivated audiences.
The follow up came 6 years later and with the hype and incredible (for the time) special effects the film was going to be a hit, Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the height of his fame.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a massive box office hit, which had a good story, despite some plot holes, with over the top exciting action and it went on to gross over $500 Million globally which adjusted for inflation would be about $1.2 Billion today.
After that the rights to the franchise moved all over the place, then in 2003 we suddenly got Terminator 3: Rise Of THe Machine, and despite the film having fairly good reviews, starring Schwarzenegger and grossing over $400 Million globally it felt more like a stand alone movie than part of the series.
Then the big trouble started and we got Terminator Salvation in 2009, directed by McG and starring Christian Bale the film reportedly had a very troubled shoot and with Schwarzenegger on California Governor duties he didn't star just appearing as a computer generated Terminator towards the end for a brief second or 2.
Despite this negativity of both the film and the plot it still grossed nearly $400 Million, but the series was stagnating and each film was grossing less and less as each film went on.
The series needed a reboot and in 2015 Schwarzenegger came back and director Alan Taylor tried to get a feeling of the origin film in a reboot that mixed the story from The Terminator changing the time line and creating a new path for the series, but things were too confusing and the film flopped and talk of a followup ended.
It must have seemed like the ideal situation, bring back Schwarzenegger, bring back Linda Hamilton as the original Sarah Connor, and to top it off bring back the original creator James Cameron to write the story and produce the movie, he's too busy directing Avatar 2 so passed that duty off to Deadpool director Tim Miller.
What we have here then is series fatigue, after the 2015 reboot promise the paying public and fans have simply lost hope in trying to get a film which brings back the memory of the first 2 films, Dark Fate does not do this.
Then we have the talent, Arnold Schwarzenegger is no where near the star he was in 1991, arguably the biggest, and he is no longer the mean looking muscle machine he once was, then Linda Hamilton who rarely appears in films these days so do audiences know who she is or connect with her? Then James Cameron, after Avatar, which granted was the biggest film ever until this year, is hardly a household name anymore, these elements don't make for a must see movie.
The original 1984 story has now been told again and again in the Terminator movies, how many time can the story of a robot sent from the future to kill someone who is in turn protected by another person/machine sent from the same future, despite how much you mix things up, audiences are clearly bored of this rehashing in each reboot.
Special effects today have to have the WOW factor to sell a movie, Terminator 2 had it, but its harder to do in a day and age when almost anything is possible and sadly Dark Fate simply fails to have it.
The film reportedly had a troubled post production with director Miller and writer/producer Cameron disagreeing over the edit, and it shows, it leaves you feeling like you have just watched a disjointed movie when you leave the cinema.
Finally, and maybe this is a personal thing, the title, Dark Fate is a bit cheesy and doesn't come close to Judgment Day or even Salvation, Rise of the Machines was even a good sub title. A title shouldn't matter but it has got to sell the film, Genisys was not good and Dark Fate is even worse.
The movie will struggle to make $300 Million at the global box office, this in a day and age when tentpole movie are expected to take over a Billion is not good enough, the series future is looking bleak and it could be this is the last nail in the coffin.
There is one last hope that might bring the series back! If James Cameron can find a story somewhere within that is different but keeps within the Terminator universe, and if he decides to direct the movie himself we may just get a 7th movie, its a big ask with his involvement in the Avatar films, but this might mean we get a good few year before another movie, no bad thing.
Like many other long running series, Alien for example, the series won't just lie back and enjoy the success it's had, we most likely will see another movie in the series but it will be for another generation, and once we have forgotten the bad box office run of Terminator: Dark Fate.
18th November 2019
Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in the racing drama Ford V Ferrari this week which makes its way to the top of the global box office which the Charlie's Angels Reboot also makes a high debut while Terminator: Dark Fate takes a heavy fall.
The film got decent reviews from critics which will have helped although during a very quite November for the global box office its a lot total for a number one film.
The movie reboot no-one asked for directed by Elizabeth Banks makes its debut at number 2 on the global box office with $27.9 Million from only 27 countries.
The film didn;t set the box office alight and with mixed reviews from critics we could see this disappear quickly.
The DC villain movie starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro is at 3 this week and takes $18.6 Million over its 7th weekend of release from a large 80 countries.
This pushes the film past the incredible $1 Billion mark at the global box office, a feat which before release seemed very unlikely.
Disney's tentpose sequel movie has been a slow burner but the Angelina Jolie movie this week takes $17 Million from 54 countries on its 5th weekend for a total gross of $458 Million.
The Christmas movie directed by Paul Feig falls to number 5 on its 2nd weekend with $15.3 Million from 22 countries for a $35.5 Million total.
Rebooting movies with original stars clearly does not always work and the Terminator series is a prime example as the new movie falls from the top where it spent 2 weeks to number 6, the film total take is just $233.6 Million after 3 weeks.
12th November 2019
The US box office is having the quietest November in many years and this weekend an all new top 4 has Midway topping the chart on its debut albeit with one of the lowest takes for a top film, last weeks number 1, Terminator: Dark Fate, fell to number 5 on its second weekend.
Directed by Roland Emmerich the World Way II drama hits the top of the US box office with a very low for America $6.4 Million.
The film has performed better than expected for the studio and with little in the way of positive reviews once the late November and December big hitters are released the film will disappear quickly.
Not performing as expected the sequel to 1980's The Shining enters the US box office with $5.2 Million.
With Halloween well out of the way and a busy period coming this will make its way onto home video quite quickly and unfortunately will slip out of the box office.
A lot of publicity has hit this Christmas hit and the new film from director Paul Feig lands at number 3 this weekend with a gross of $4 Million.
The movie is being heavily publicised for its use of music from Wham! and the late George Micheal, especially the track Last Christmas which the film shares a title, this could see a boost more towards Christmas itself but it may as easily burn out quickly.
Starring John Cena a former WWE star the makers of this film must be looking for the kind of success that Dwayne Johnson has had but the film lands at number 4 this week with $3.5 Million.
There is no denying that the new Terminator movie, which had large expectations, simply hasn't re-ignited the once mighty franchise despite bringing back Linda Hamilton.
The film falls this week to number 5 with a weekend gross of $2.8 Million with a total gross in America now $40.4 Million.
The movie is falling fast and it will be lucky if it gets to $100 Million at the US market.
The DC Villain movie falls out of the top 5 this weekend but its the highest total grossing movie on the US top 10 with an amazing $306.8 Million after 6 weeks of release.