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The End

(1978 )

Director(s)
Burt Reynolds
Stars
Burt Reynolds
Dom DeLuise
Strother Martin
Joanne Woodward
Norman Fell
Myrna Loy
Kristy McNichol
Pat O'Brien
Robby Benson
Carl Reiner
Louise LeTourneau
Bill Ewing
Robert Rothwell
Harry Caesar
James Best
Peter Gonzales Falcon
Connie Fleming
Janice Carroll
Ken Johnson
Frank McRae
Alfie Wise
Jerry Fujikawa
Jock Mahoney
Patrick Moody
Carolyn Martini
Queenie Smith
Jean Coulter
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News
The Hitmans Bodyguard may have retained its hold on the box office but it was the lowest grossing list in the last 16 years.

Grossing a little over $10 million Hitmans Bodyguard raised its gross to nearly $40 million, not really much for a film which has spent 2 weeks at the top.

Highest new film of the week was the animated tale leap (called Balletina in the UK and released at the end of 2016) which grossed just over $5 million and came in at number 3.

Also new this week is Birth of the Dragon which made its debut at number 7 with $2.5 million.

There is little more to say about the US box office this week with little new film released, a big spring event on TV and a major hurricane hitting Texas, people chose to stay away from multiplexes.

In the US last weekend Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson head up with The Hitmans Bodyguard and a small $21 million on their debut weekend.

Not many punters went to the cinema in the US this last weekend, probably all traveling to The Great American Eclipse that happened on Monday, so the top film has the smallest opening in many a week.

The end of August is never a big time for releases with the school returning after the summer and many big name blockbusters waiting for the lucrative holiday season.

Falling to number 2 is Annabelle Creation with a weekend take of $15.5 million, this brings the horror films total to $64 million from 2 weekends of release.

Also new this week was Daniel Craig in Lucky Logan which made its debut at 3 with $8 million.

Spider-Man Homecoming was the top total grossing film of the weekend with the film now having taken $314 million and also the longest running film with 7 weeks on the chart.

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.

Historical charts

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.

With the release of the fifth in the now long running Transformers series we were bound to get a new film at the top of the UK box office.

Transformers The Last Knight makes its way to the top of the Uk box office on its debut weekend of release with a gross of £4.6 million, a low for the series.

In fact the other 4 films have made between £8 and £11 million on their opening, it could not surprise me if this one struggles to make that during its entire run.

Wonder Woman spent three weeks at the top of the box office before this week falling to number 2, still a &poound;1.5 million weekend is not too bad.

The films total gross has not crossed the &poound;18 million mark and it should go past the £20 million before the end of its run.

Also new this week is Hampsted at number 6 and Tubelight at number 7 with half a million and £300,000+ respectively.

Longest running film this week is The Boss Baby with 12 weeks on the charts and highest total grossing is Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 which has now takes £40.7 million.

Historical chart

A year ago
The Secret Life of pets landed at the top, it knocked off The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case which spent just a week at the top.

Five years ago
As odd as it seemed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter made its debut at the top knocking off Prometheus which fell to 4.

Ten years ago
Staying at the top for a second weekend was 4: Rise of The Silver Surfer while the top new film was Captivity at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Spider-Man stayed at the top of the box office while top new film was The Musketeer right down at number 8.

Twenty years ago
The Devils Own found its way to the top on its debut while The Fifth Element fell to number 3 after two weeks on top.

Twenty five years ago
spending a third week at the top was The Lawnmower Man, it kept The Lover at bay which made its debut at number 2.

Tom Cruise has always been a film favourite at the UK box office having scored hit film after hit film, but his latest film The Mummy which must have seemed like a sure fire hit falls at number 2 this week.

It was a very close call in the end with The Mummy pulling in £3.3 million on its debut, if you compare this to Cruises last film Jack Reacher Never Go Back it is a million higher, but compared to his last franchise film Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation it is a couple of million shy.

Despite if this means the actor is starting to loose his sure fire hit status if you compare this The Mummy to the 1999 Brendan Fraser version of the film its about equal, and that nearly 20 years ago.

Remaining at the top for a second week, and by the thinest of margins is Wonder Woman which takes £3.4 million this weekend.

This brings the films total gross after 10 days of play to £12.8 million and well on track to be one of the highest grossing movies of the year.

Also new this week at number 5 is the Live Cinema event Take That Wonderland Live From The O2 with £1 million.

New at 6 is My Cousin Rachel while another event movie Peter Pan: NT Live 2017 is new at 11.

With Beauty and The Beast returning to the top 15 this week it becomes once again the top grossing movie with £72 million and the longest running film at 12 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Me Before You remained at the top of the box office for a second weekend and with a strong upper chart the top new film was The Boss at number 7.

Five years ago
Prometheus stayed at the top for a second weekend with The Pact the highest new film at 4.

Ten years ago
Oceans Thirteen was the new film making its debut a the top, its knocked Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End down to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Four weeks at number one for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones while the top new film was Unfaithful at number 2.

Twenty years ago
The fifth Element made its debut at the top knocking Liar Liar down to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Lawnmower Man was the top new film at number one knocking Waynes World down to number 2 after 2 weeks on top.

We all though we were going to have to look at the new Star Wars film at the end of the year to see the world debut gross record broken, but this week Fast and Furious 8 manages to do it.

Star Wars; The Force Awakens made its debut with $529 million at the global box office, thats without a Chinese release, this week Fast and Furious 8 debuts with $532 million, but with a massive Chinese release.

The series has grown in strength over the years and now like the Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Wizzarding World films (to name a few) these film are expected to go over the billion dollar make at the world box office.

F8 will go one to match number 7 and make a billion in the coming weeks and with 9 and 10 around the corner the Fast and Furious series is a force to be reckoned with.

Last weeks top film falls to number 2 this week as The Boss baby takes $52 million over the week and has now grossed $287 million in total globally.

Beauty and The Beast live action has now gone well over a billion globally and this week is at number 3 with a total gross of $1.04 billion.

Disney now have 13 films which have grossed over a billion dollars at the global box office.

Its all a little too serious in the first trailer for Thor Ragnorak, then Hulk turns up and we see the humour shine through.

Great first trailer for the new Thor movie out towards the end of the year.

Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence climbs to the top of the Global box office during a slow week due to its release in China.

The film got released during the end of 2016 and with a delayed release in China makes it to the top with a weekly gross of $38 million from 66 countries.

Passengers global gross has now reached $237.1 million after 4 weeks of release.

Topping the charts last week Assasins Creed falls down to number 5 this week with a weekly gross of $24.6 million which brings its total gross to $185.4 million.

Highest new entry this week is The Bye Bye Man which lands at 8 from 13 countries and takes $14.6 million on its opening weekend.

Highest total grossing movie on the global chart this week is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story wiht $979.9 million and is still out in 54 countries.

Assasins creed is the film with the widest release with 77 countries.

As the awards ceremonies continue across the world, and America, 2 of the top contenders hook themselves to the top of the US box office with Hidden Figures staying at the top and La La Land climbing to number 2.

After its close call with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last week Hidden Figures holds on to the top with ease this week.

The film out 3 black women who's achieves in the NASA programme were hidden from public knowledge took $20.4 million over the weekend bringing the total gross to $54.8 million.

Climbing to number 2 after success at the Golden Globes and a lot of Oscar buzz La La Land this week takes $14.5 million.

Highest new film this week, remember that many of the Oscar contenders will have had limited release before the end of the year, is The Bye Bye Man at number 6 with $13.3 million.

Patriots Day, a film about the Boston Marathon bombing, climbs to number 6 with $12 million after 3 weeks in only 3 cinemas.

Longest running film at the US box office is La La Land with 6 weeks, although 5 of those were on limited release, while the top total grossing movie is Rogue One which is just a shade off half a billion.

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.

With the global release of any Star Wars films its going to feel like the world stops with baited breath watching how the film will perform, and this week is no different with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In the end Rogue One opens in the UK to £17 million, a very good opening and a shade above fellow splinter film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

When compared to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens it doesn't compare, it is about half of the opening gross from this time last year, not surprising as there is less anticipation and this is Star Wars in uncharted territory.

There can be no complaining though, like Fantastic Beasts, we are going to get more of these films and as they find their feet and get fans then the grosses will grow and grow.

Fantastic Bests falls from the top after 4 weeks at number 1 to 3 and a weekend gross of £1.4 million, it is less than £10,000 behind the number 2 film Moana.

It has now taken £45 million in the UK and is the 39th top grossing film of all time.

With the new Star Wars film there were no other new films this week hitting the chart.

Longest running film this week is Trolls which has been around for 9 weeks and highest total grossing movie is Fantastic Beasts.

Historical chart

A year ago
A theme will start to emerge in the coming years is the Star Wars film at the top on this date and this time last year Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was new at the top, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 fell hard to number 5.

Five years ago
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made its debut at the top while Arthur Christmas fell to number 3.

Ten years ago
Happy Feet made it 2 weeks at the top while the top new film was Eragon at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
There was no moving Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone as it stayed at the top for a 5th weekend while top new film was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham at number 3.

Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians made it to the top on its debut weekend while The Long Kiss Goodnight fell from the top to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Addams Family was new at the top while Point Break fell to number 4 after 3 week at number 1.

This weekend Jack Reacher gave it a good go but in the end her was not good enough to stop the Trolls from hitting the top on its debut weekend.

The new IP from Dreamworks hits the top with a weekend gross of £5.4 million which is about average for an animation from the studio, Kung Fu Panda 3, the last film from them took £4.7 million on its opening.

If things go as usual Trolls could get somewhere in the £10 million mark especially with a fairly decent debut.

The Girl on The Train falls from the top this week after a couple of weekends at the top, a £2 million weekend takes the film to £17.7 million after 3 weeks of release.

Also new this week is Jack Reacher Never Go Back which lans in the runner up spot with £2.6 million, this is in the ballpark, but lower, of the first film with took £3.5 million on its debut.

Longest running film of the week is The BFG which has been around now for 13 weeks and the highest total grossing movie is Bridget Jones's Baby now on £44.5 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Hotel Transylvania 2 stayed at the top for a second week while top new film was Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension at number 3.

Five years ago
Halloween took Paranormal Activity 3 to the top of the box office on its debut while Johnny English Reborn fell to number 2 after 3 weeks.

Ten years ago
The Departed stayed at the top for a second week while highest debuting film was Barnyard at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
American Pie 2 stayed at the top while America's Sweethearts made its debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago
New at the top was the fantasy film Dragonheart while The Nutty Professor fell into the runner up spot after 2 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Making its debut at the top was City Slickers while Drop Dead Fred fell to number 3.

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood kept pleasing audiences this weekend as sully proved to popular for all the new films and stayed at the top.

A second weekend gross of $22 million easily outstrips all the new film and allows the films total gross to reach $70 million after 10 days of play.

There was going to be a fight for the highest new film of the week, 2 old franchises against a true life docudrama, in the end it wasn't that close and a new film in the Blair Witch series is the top new film.

Billed as a true sequel to 1999's original The Blair Witch Project the film called simply Blair Witch lands at number 2 with $9.6 million, far lower than the origin which was a true sleeper hit.

Highest total grossing and longest run on the box offie this week is Suicide Squad which has grossed in the US $313 million over 7 weeks.

It was a relatively close race at the UK box office this week, and one with low figures, but in the end Sausage Party remained at the top for a second week.

The Seth Rogan written film took £1.2 million on its second weekend of release which brings its total gross in the UK to £5.3 million.

Highest new film of the week is the remake of Ben-Hur which lands at number 2 this week with a debut gross on £1.05 million.

It hard to judge how this compares to the 1959 classic as attendance figures are hard to come by but it is considered a classic and it would have grossed nearly £100 million in todays money.

Also new this week is the US smash hit Don't Breathe at number 4 and Kubo and The Two Strings at number 5, Hell or High Water at number 7.

The BFG is the longest stay on the box office this week having been around for 8 weeks while Finding Dory is the highest total grossing movie with £40.8 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Legend made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Straight Outta Compton down to number 4.

Five years ago
The Inbetweeners Movie made it 4 weeks at the top while the top new film entered at number 2 in the shape of Friends With Benefits.

Ten years ago
You Me and Dupree made it 3 at the top while top new film was Right At Your Door at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Moulin Rouge made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked A Knights Tale down to number 3 after only a week at the top.

Twenty years ago
There was no stopping mega blockbuster Independence Day which stayed at the top on its 5th week of release while top new film was Chain Reaction at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Terminator 2 Judgement Day was still at the top of the box office while top new film was Jungle Fever at number 3.

As we approach the end of the year all the Spring hits start to get released ready for Christmas and so this week has the release of Captain America Civil War hit the top on its debut.

The film was released into UK cinemas on 4th May 2016 where it easily hit the top of the box offie on its debut with a £14.4 million opening weekend, the 25th highest in the UK.

After an excellent 3 week run at the top the film started dropping, but it dropped hard and had a 7 week box office run in total.

During that time the film managed an excellent £36.7 million in total grosses making it the 60th top grossing film in the UK.

Globally, as is the norm with Marvel films, Civil War too £1.1 billion and is the 12th top grossing movie across the world.

The jungle Book falls after a couple of weeks at the top to number 2 this week but is still selling well.

Other new film this week are Florence Foster Jenkins at number 3, Thomas and Friends The Great Race at number 4 and further down Bruce Willis in Precious Cargo at 12.

In an unusual event for the box office charts and old favourite returns to the top of the box office, Disney/Pixars Finding Dory replaces Suicide Squad after 4 weeks of release.

We are coming to the end of the School holidays in the UK and its a time when a lot of families are back from their time away so its perhaps no suprise that the box kids film of the moment returns to the top.

A fantastic 4th weekend gross of £2.8 million takes the total gross to £32.3 million, this puts the film on a level with the original Finding Nemo.

Falling into second place is 2 week champion Suicide Squad, a £2.5 million weekend brings the total gross to an fantastic £27.6 million.

This puts the DC anti-hero film ahead of the DC superhero film Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice from earlier in the year.

Highest new film of the week is a British institution making its debut, David Brent Life On The Road, and although it hasn't done nearly as well as Absolutely Fabulous The Movie from this year is debuts at 3 with £1.4 million.

The Office was such a big hit from over10 years ago, was of its time, and is still loved its a challenge to get that feeling back, and this only looks at one of the characters so it could sink fast.

The Secret Life of Pets is still the top total grossing movie of the week with £33.7 million and the longest running film with 9 weeks.

Interesting note this week, if the chart were calculated from the full weeks taking it would have been a very different picture, Suicide Squad would have retained the top, The BFG would have been 3rd and David Brent Life on the Road would have been 6th

Historical charts

A year ago
Paper Towns made its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking Pixels off the top right down to number 6.

Five years ago
After a massive success on TV The Inbeetweeners Movie took the box office by storm making its debut at the top knocking Rise of The Planet of The Apes to number 2.

Ten years ago
After much internet hype the crowd source scripted movie Snakes On A Plane debuted at the top knocking Cars to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Tim Burtons Planet of The Apes remake debuted at the top knocking Cats and Dogs down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Independence Day kept a strong hold of the box office and with very little in the way of new release highest debut was Nick of Time starring Johnny Depp at 7.

Twenty five years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger had his cinematic finest moment in Terminator 2: Judgment Day which made its debut at the top knocking Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves down to number 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There became a bit of a battle for the top of the box office this week as the much loved children's classic The BFG went up agains the much loved Star Trek franchise.

In the end Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg won with The BFG as it takes the number 1 spot on its debut weekend of release with a very respectable £5.3 million

The film was considered a flop in the US but the stories are considered classics in the UK and parents have passed down books from generation to generation and this is reflected in the box office.

Almost as much loved, and celebrating 50 years this year is Star Trek, and to celebrate we have Star Trek Beyond which this week makes its debut at 2.

A weekend take of £4.7 million wasn't enough to see it debut at the top, and even more worrying is this is half as much as Star Trek Into Darkness, and lower than the original reboot.

The positive reviews may help the path ahead but this is definitely a diminishing series and with a fourth film already planned who knows what the future holds.

Also new this week are Andr Rieu's 2016 Maastricht Concert which had a couple of shows this last weekend is new at 3.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Pixars Inside Out made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Ant-Man into second place.

Five years ago
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made it a second week at the top while the top new film was Cars 2 at number 2.

Ten years ago
For a second weekend Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest was the top film while the highest new film was The Break UP at number 2.

Fifteen years ago

New at the top was Jurassic Park III while Shrek fell from the top into second place.

Twenty year ago

Disneys The Hunchback of Notre Dame made its debut at the top leaving Mission:Impossible to fall into second place.

Twenty five years ago
Kevin Coster was the big star of the era and debuted Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves at the top of the charts after lots of hype, while Thelma and Louise fell to number 3.

It was a close run thing this week between Captain America: Civil War and The Angry Birds Movie making its debut but in the end the Marvel film won.

Civil War now makes it three weeks at the top and this week adds £2.7 million to its gross which has now soared to £32.1 million.

The film is now the 5th highest grossing of the year and before it finishes its run it should beat Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice and Deadpool, currently at 4 and 3 respectively.

The Angry Birds Movie is the highest new film at number 2 which on its debut takes £2.1 million.

Aiming squarely at kids but also appealing to adults that hooked on the game the film loosely follows the plot of the games.

The film should do well over the coming half term but will have limited appeal after that.

Longest stay by a film on the box office this week is Zootopia with 8 weeks and the highest grossing movie is The Jungle Book at £39.3 million after 5 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Pitch Perfect made its debut at the top pushing Avengers Age of Ultron donw to number 3.

Five years ago
Thor remained at the top of the chart leaving Attack The Block as the highest new film to enter at number 3.

Ten years ago
Mission:Impossible III stayed at the top for a second week while Prime made a new enter at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary spent yet another week at the top of the chart while The Dish was the highest new film at number five.

Twenty years ago
Steven Segal starred in Executive Decision which entered the box office at the top knocking Toy Story to number 3

Twenty five years ago
Oscar winning Misery was the top new film entering at the top, it knocked Predator 2 down to number 2.

Final trailer for X-Men Apocalypse, no new suprises, well maybe at the end but we all knew he would be in there somewhere!.

The success of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakes has been too good for Disney.

Not surprising but annoyingly they have announced that Star Wars Episode VII will be released at the end of 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the top 10 film in the UK of 2015

  1. Spectre = £93,444,460
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens = £65,911,544
  3. Jurassic World = £63,674,773
  4. Avengers Age of Ultron = £48,334,257
  5. Minions = £47,091,449
  6. Inside Out = £39,114,257
  7. Fast and Furious 7 = £38,385,021
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey = £34,662,255
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 = £27,482,402
  10. Home = £25,092,083
As we come to the end of 2015 it has been revealed by Excipio, a company who tracks data like this, which film got pirated the most.

The film is 2014's Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey about space travel to another galaxy.

In the UK the film was the 13 highest grossing film of 2014 and the 10th highest grossing movie across the world in the same year.

The film was downloaded an estimated 47 million times, shockingly this is 17 million higher than last years top illegally downloaded film Wolf of Wall Street.

Here are the top 10 most illegally downloaded film of 2015

  1. Interstellar
  2. Fast and Furious 7
  3. Avengers Age of Ultron
  4. Jurassic World
  5. Mad Max Fury Road
  6. American Sniper
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey
  8. The Hobbit Battle Of The Five Armies
  9. Terminator Genesis
  10. Kingsman The Secret Service
As the year comes to a close the last blockbuster of the year, The Force Awakens, is making a challenge for top film of the year, despite its late release.

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

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

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

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

Here is the full world top grossing box office.

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $286,822,000
  2. Devil And Angel - $55,000,000
  3. Mojin: The Lost Legion - $44,000,000
  4. Daddy's Home - $43,200,000
  5. Mr. Six - $27,286,847
  6. Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie - $25,470,000
  7. Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip - $20,800,000
  8. Joy - $19,500,000
  9. The Himalayas - $14,500,000
  10. Sisters - $14,176,970
This week, as predicted, the last film the in The Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, flies to the top of the box office.

Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 both debuted with almost the same figure around £12 million, the first film in the series debuted with £4 million while this last part enters the box office with £11 million.

Although not the lowest debut this certainly shows a demising interest in the series, the luke warm reviews haven't helped the film either.

Spectre falls to number 2 this week despite still grossing good number, this weeks £3.8 million brings the total gross in the UK to £84.6 million, this places the film at number 3 on the UK all time box office grosses.

Other new films this week has The Dressmaker making its debut at number 7 and The Perfect Guy entering at number 10.

Highest total grossing film of the box office is, no surprise, Sprectre.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 made its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking Intersteller from the top to number 3.

Five years ago
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 started the end of the Harry Potter series by debuting at the top, it knocked Due Date down to number 2.

Ten years ago
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was the film making its debut at the top while In Her Shoes fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
What Lies Beneath remains at the top for another week leaving Little Nicky to enter at number 3.

Twenty years ago
A Walk In The Clouds was the highest new film knocking Crimson Tide down to number 2.

With the film now is 78 countries, and in particular America, Bonds latest film Spectre increases its lead on the global box office, more than doubling last weeks gross.

A second weekend world gross of $190 million brings its total world gross to just why of $300 million, it has now been in cinemas for 14 days.

It still has a way to go to beat Skyfall's $1.1 billion gross but it is on tract to do so but may struggle, it is well on track to beat Quantum of Solace $570 million.

Box office wise Daniel Craig has been far and away the most successful Bond and his 4 outings will have out grossed all other Bonds, even taking inflation into consideration, by the end of Spectres run.

Also doing well this week is Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie which is the highest new film of the week at 2, from 12 countries it grosses just shy of $50 million.

Highest total grossing film across the world this week is The Martian which after 6 weeks has now grossed $458 million.

Here is the top 10 world gross gin this week

  1. Spectre - $190,800,000
  2. Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie - $49,600,000
  3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - $21,900,000
  4. The Martian - $18,600,000 $9,300,000
  5. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $18,600,000
  6. Ex Files 2: The Back Up Strikes Back - $17,000,000
  7. The Last Witch Hunter - $13,350,000
  8. Everest - $13,346,375
  9. The Priests - $11,500,000
  10. Goosebumps - $10,800,000
We still have just under 3 months to go before we reach the end of the year but already the top 6 movies of 2015 have made more than 2014's top movie.

Here is the comparison of 2014's top 6 and 2015's top 6, so far:

    2014
  1. The Lego Movie £34,133,383
  2. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes £33,764,545
  3. The Inbetweeners 2 £33,387,932
  4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 £29,517,393
  5. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies £28,759,574
  6. Guardians of The Galaxy £28,536,999
    2015
  1. Jurassic World £63,674,773
  2. Avengers Age of Ultron £48,334,257
  3. Minions £46,735,377
  4. Fast and Furious 7 £38,385,021
  5. Inside Out £38,375,834
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey £34,662,255
With still just under 3 month of the year to go we could see the full top 10 of 2015 beating 2014's top film.

The Martian is still doing very well at the UK box office and could reach 2014's The Lego Movies figure, Spectre has just been released and will give 2015's Jurassic World a run for its money.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is released in a couple of weeks and stands a good chance of making over £35 million.

As if leaving the best to last we have of course Disney/Lucasfilms will release Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18th.

An interesting scenario with this film, being released so late in the year much of its gross will come in 2016, but I fully expect it to break various records during its first couple of weeks and it will make over £35 million before the end of the year.

Check back each week to see how these and other new films perform at the UK box office.

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.

Clint Eastwood scores his biggest every weekend gross with American Sniper now on wide release in America, and on the back of major award success.

American Sniper has been on limited release since the end of last year and on it's first weekend in 3,555 screen takes nearly $90 million.

Last weeks top film, Tak3n, fall right down to number 4 this week, it's $17.4 million gross is 55% down from it's debut weekend.

Also new this week is Padding at number 2, The Wedding Ringer at number 3, Selma is at number 5 after 4 weeks of release.

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

Despite the still dominant Disney films on the video chart this week, Tom Cruise debutes at the top with his last film Edge of Tomorrow.

Edge of Tomorrow was released at the box office at the end of May this year among a flurry of positive reviews, it entered the chart at number 3.

The film stayed at the box office for 7 weeks making a reasonable £7.7 million at the box office. It also made $364 million across the world and is the 217th highest grossing movie.

Last weeks top film, the evergreen Frozen, falls into second place this week, having now been on the chart for 6 months.

The only other new video film on this weeks chart is The Other Woman at 3, while Tangled re-enters at ten.

Unsurprising this week that the comedy smash The Inbetweeners 2 stays at the top of the UK box office for another week, also no strong new releases helped it's cause.

Proving to be as popular as the original, The Inbetweeners stayed at the top of the tree with a weekend take of £3.4 million which brings its 10 day total gross to £22.3 million.

The first movie had taken £25 million by this point in it's run so this movie is a tiny bit behind but should end up at about the same figure by the end of it's cinema run.

Holding steady at 2 is Guardians of the Galaxy which means that the highest new film is The Expendables 3 at number 3.

This is the lowest grossing film in the (current) trilogy with the first film taking £3 million on it's opening and the followup taking £2 million.

Also worth mentioning this week is Disneys frozen which despite having had a few months on home video now makes a re-appearance on the box office at number 15 with a nearly £100,000 take.

Back to the Future keeps it's appearance in the top 10 due to it's Secret Cinema event showings in London.

One year ago this week Kick-Ass 2 made it's debut on the chart with an entry at number 1 knocking Grown Ups 2 to 4th.

Five years ago The Time Travelers Wife took the number 1 spot on it's debut knocking Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince to number 4.

Ten years ago I, Robot surrendered the top spot to new entry The Bourne Supremacy.

Fifteen years ago Will Smith and Kevin Klein hit the top spot with Wild Wild West on it's debut week knocking Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me to number 3.

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?

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.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tops the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart this week on its debut week on sale.

Released at cinemas at the end of November last year this film proved that The Hunger Games series had become a phenomenon.

Spending 9 weeks on the box office it grossed £33.8 million dollars and is the 58th top film ever at the UK.

It also grossed $828.3 million worldwide and is the 33rd highest grossing film ever.

Last week best selling disk, Gravity, fell to 3 this week after Escape Plan enter in the runner up position.

No move for Gravity at the top of the DVD/Blu-ray sales chart, no doubt the Oscars help it out no end, highest new film is at 2 this week.

With Gravity holding its own at the top, Enders Game had to settle for the runner up spot to debut. The Harrison Ford starring film was meant to be a big sci-fi film released at the end of October last year, but a weak entry at 5 on the box office saw the film sink after 4 weeks taking just shy of £3 million.

It's an interesting week for movie sales, Disney has its annual sale on currently and this has seen 9 Disney disks enter the top 20. The highest of these is Monsters University from last year, but The Little Mermaid has also made a high entry at 7, incredible for a 25 year old film.

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are reunited for a third film this week in new release The Worlds End, about pubs, drinking and the end of the world.

Their first film together Shaun of the Dead was a big hit back in 2004, and has since achieved a cult status and it's fair to say it is a British classic.

2007 saw them re-unite in Hot Fuzz which become a bigger than hit than Shaun achieving a UK gross of £20 million, it also made big stars of the 2 principle actors and director Wright.

This one completes the trilogy that has become known by the writers, Wright and Pegg, as the Cornetto trilogy, and is destined to be an even bigger hit.

I fully expect The Worlds End to be an even bigger hit, the two stars have been doing the press rounds and have been funny and likeable. A top place debut is very likely, although with Monsters University not doing that well last weekend because of the hot UK weather it might make that guarantee an uncertainty as Monsters could still rake in the audience, although the 2 films are pitched at a very different market.

Despicable Me 2 tops the UK box office on it's opening weekend and has the best weekend of the year so far, and grossing more than the rest of the top 10 combined.

Displacing Man of Steel from the top after 2 weeks, Despicable Me 2 came close to grossing £15 million on it's opening weekend beating the year best of Iron Man 3 by more than a million pound.

Also new this week in the top 10 are This is the End at 4 and Hummingbird at 5.

Inline with my predictions for the weekend Despicable Me 2 did indeed top the charts and This is the End had a top 5 entry. Hummingbird entered in the top 5 and although I predicted that I thought a top 10 was more likely.

Last year new at the top of the box office, and knocking Prometheus from the top was Ice Age 2, on limited release it still managed to top the chart with £800,000.

Five years ago it was all change, The Hulk sunk to third place as The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian topped the chart and Wanted landed at two.

Ten years ago there was also a change as Jim Carey starred in Bruce Almighty knocking 2 Fast 2 Furious into the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago there was no change at the top as City of Angels hung on, the highest new film at 3 was Mimic.

Opening in UK cinemas this week we have Seth Rogan and gang in This is the End, Animated sequel Despicable Me 2 and Jason Statham in Hummingbird.

It's the end of the world as we know it and there is a gang of comedians to take us there. Seth Rogan co-directs with Evan Goldberg in This is the End. Emma Watson co-stars along with James Franco and Paul Rudd.

Not a lot of buzz about this film but the star potential, especially Watson will take this film into the top 5 especially as it's strongest competing at the moment is The Hangover Part III and that on it's way out.

Despicable Me 2 opens to a lot of media attention which has really focused on the comedy, and on the back of 2010's Despicable Me which grossed £20 million and spent 10 week on the chart.

With a built in audience and an appeal to kids this could well dislodge Superman from the top, if it doesn't it will certainly land at number 2.

Hummingbird sees hard man Jason Statham as an alcoholic ex-soldier suffering from the effects of way. Directed by first time director Steve Knight, writer of Dirty Pretty Things this will struggle to get a large audience but Statham does have a cult following, although as an out and out action hero.

Expect a 10 ten entry and possibly a top 5, but with a strong marketplace with Superman still doing numbers and the new films it may struggle.

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

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.

In a record breaking week where it becomes the top movie in the UK ever, Skyfall reclaims the number 1 spot at the UK box office.

After spending 2 week at the top, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 is dislodged by the return of the 50th anniversary Bond movie. It was a close call in the end with Breaking Dawn 2 grossing £2,180,909 and Skyfall taking £2,275,469 bringing their totals in the UK to £31,373,440 and £93,769,331 repectively.

Highest new film this week is the Dreamworks animated film Rise of the Guardians which took £1,968,984, a good number in most weeks but not with the two powerhouse films that have dominated in recent weeks.

This time last year Arthur Christmas was still holding onto the top spot in the UK and £1,896,595 over the weekend, highest new film of the week was Happy Feet Two.

The festive theme continued five years ago when Fred Clause was the top new film at number one, staring Vince Vaughn the film grossed £2,275,469 on it's opening.

Ten years ago it was another year when it was all Bond, this time with Die Another Day, it was holding the top spot with a take of £5,364,433 over the weekend, and Santa Clause 2 was the highest film at number 3.

Despite the surprise yesterday that Disney is buying LucasFilms from George Lucas for 2 1/2 billion, which will include the license to all the franchises that the production company owns, it wasn't really that much of a surprise, and it could have been predicted.

Not long ago it was reported that Lucas wanted to retire, to leave the Hollywood blockbuster behind and maybe concentrate on smaller budget films like his recently produced film Red Tails, this is a large chunk of change to do that.

Lucas has always had a good relationship with Disney, just go to a theme park and see the level of Star Wars merchandise for sale, and the infamous Star Tours ride which was opened in 1987 and got a major revamp in 2010.

So in the end it was Disney who have purchased LucasFilms rather than maybe the more obvious studio, 20th Century Fox but the real question has to be the continuing production of it's most loved franchises, well both of them anyway.

First off is the Indiana Jones franchise, directed by Steven Spielberg and funded and released by Paramount, will future episodes 1) still have the involvement of Paramount, not really a big issue, or 2) be directed by Spielberg? Or star Harrison Ford? Disney are know for cashing in on big film names, see Aladdin, Cars, Beauty and the Beast to name a few, and maybe fans have something to worry about.

Now lets address the one on all our minds. At the press conference it was almost instantly announced that there will be a Star Wars Episode VII (7) released in 2015, oooh, that's big, and scary, and with Lucas taking an back seat, although he has an advisory role, what will happen.

Lucas may have tarnished the Star Wars franchise with the prequel trilogy, but above anything else he was very true to the franchise, and the universe he has created, he clearly has a lot of affection for all things Star Wars and despite not doing the best job possible a lot of love and attention went into the films, that in difficult narrative circumstances tied the films into the original series, and the characters were also true to it.

Star Wars Episode VII possibly isn't the concern, Disney also announced there will be an Episode VIII in 2017 and Episode IX in 2019 this is more worrying and anything beyond that are clearly frightening.

Star Wars has been with us since 1977, there has been 6 films of varying degrees of quality, but it has millions and millions of fans worldwide who still love the series, Lucas shattered some of our dreams in 1999 with Episode I, but those dreams have been repaired over time, we either forget them or learn to love them, is Disney about to totally destroy our dreams? When all has been said and done what I really want to know is, did Disney get the 1977 Star Wars Holiday Special in the deal and will they now release it onto Blu-ray?

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

The company was started in the US in 1997 specialising in mailing DVD's to it's customers rather than having them go to a Video Shop to rent them, utilising the internet it revolutionised the industry and was the first nail in the Blockbuster coffin. Today the company still deals with mail order but also does big business with streaming video, and from today the service has come to Britain, over 10 years later!

Does the UK need Netflix? LoveFilm has no strong competition, so in the mail order sector, but streaming/downloaded video, maybe not. I can stream films from my PS3, my Xbox 360, my iTunes account, my Apple TV (OK technically thats through iTunes as well), my TV itself, even Blockbuster if I so choose, so Netflix I think is 10 years late.

So why launch Netflix now? It has the brand recognition, despite it being US only many many UK people know the name, in fact many probably thought the service was already available in the UK. Netflix are also a massive company making billions of dollars a year, expansion was only a matter of time.

I remember working for the biggest video rental company in Britain many years ago, the company was called Ritz Video Film Hire, Blockbuster Video had been trying to crack the UK for a couple of years, they were a massive American company at the time and thought they could bring the American business model to the UK, it didn't work and Blockbuster Video was failing, so what did they do? They bought Ritz Video Film Hire and overnight the staff who had grown to hate Blockbuster were suddenly working for them, I know LoveFilm is owned by Amazon.co.uk but I can seriously see them selling to Netflix sometime down the line.

At the end of the day as long as the customer wins who cares? Already LoveFilm have reduced their prices by a pound, but LoveFilm don't offer HD yet, Netflix had that advantage for the extra pound. I'm going to sound off now, I know these services are good value, £4.99 or £5.99 for unlimited streaming films is very good, but, this thing that annoys me is they don't have the latest releases, I want to see film when they are out on DVD/Blu-ray, not weeks later, I'd even pay a pound or 2 extra so i could stream Breaking Dawn Part 1 from the day it's released, I wont get that yet with Netflix or LoveFilm, for that I'd need to stick iTunes, PS3 etc.

I'm sure these services will get there, and for rental at least the future is in digital distribution, but for me Netflix isn't there yet, but still it is a welcome addition that I may use when they get same day as disk releases.

Men in Black was great, Men in Black 2 starts great but get silly towards the end, so you can imagine, a 3rd could lie either way in my book, couple this with the reports of problems on set and there is a fear of trouble brewing in the MIB franchise for a third film.

Sony have now delivered a trailer, and although I went in skeptical I have to say by the end of the trailer I was won over and I'm now looking forward to this film.

OK the premise seems a little old, time travel, and it seems like Tommy Lee Jones wasn't as willing as Will Smith to be in the film, but it looks great, Emma Thompson has a brilliant fleeting appearance in the trailer and from there I just sat back and enjoyed.

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

The end has come and Harry Potter has had his last (at least for the foreseeable future) opening weekend at the box office, and it turns out to be one hell of a weekend, although in the UK not the best ever.

In the UK the film opened to a phenomenal £23,753,171 which now sits as the second highest opening weekend ever in the UK, a slither behind The Prisoner of Azkaban for 2004 which opened to £23,882,688, which did so with less screens showing the film and no 3D so all round better.

Despite this the film has had a good world opening, it has broken the US record for opening weekend which was previously held by The Dark Knight, it has also had the greatest world wide opening weekend with very close to half a billion dollars.

Deathly Hallows part 2 could go on to be the highest grosser or the 8 films domestically and across the world, and who know could be the first Potter to cross the world gross landmark of $1 billion.

I'm a huge sucker for anything Spielberg, but I'm not a huge fan of Tintin so you can imagine how torn I am over the new Tintin movie directed by Spielberg, and to make it worse he has managed to get Peter Jackson involved, oh well there will be some magic in there somewhere.

Anyway the new CGI motion capture film will be out at the end of this year and we now get the first trailer for the film, not a lot is given away, there are some nice effects shots, the ship on the desert in particular is very nice, and the realism looks astounding, but it's till Tintin.

You can catch the trailer below, and to coincide there are also a couple of new, very moody, posters for the film. What do you think, let us know below.

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Despite rumblings from many a commentator about maybe Colin Firth not getting an Oscar, or Natalie Portman being piped at the post by Annette Benning, in the end the Oscar evening went as predictably as you could imagine with just about everyone predicting all the major winners.

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman got their statues, while Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (both for The Fighter) got awarded. Maybe the most unpredictable award for the night was best film and director, most thought that The Social Network and its director David Fincher might clinch it, but The Kings Speech and director Tom Hooper took home the glory.

Toy Story 3 deservedly gained the best animated feature Oscar and in maybe a surprise move Banks diod not get the best documentary Oscar, so no stunt appearance, instead that went to Inside Job, a film from director Charles Ferguson about the financial crisis of 2008.

In all I suppose it was a predictable night, but one where all the Oscars went to deserved winners, something which rarely happens. The awards season is now over, a season which I used to get very excited about, and although I still look at the winners with interest I don't get nearly as excited as I did 10 years ago, maybe Oscar is no longer relevant?

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.

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)

Sony and online DVD/Blu-ray rental company Lovefilm have today announced that it will be delivering movies via the internet to owners of Sony internet TV's.

In the same week that bricks and mortar video rental company Blockbuster announce that unless they have an injection of cash they will go bankrupt, one of the more successful online rental companies announce a deal that could amount to the final nail in the video shop coffin.

Movie rentals via the likes of the Playstation Network via a Playstation 3 or XBox Live via an XBox 360 have been with us for a while and proved successful, the internet TV delivers is in essence an extenuation of this.

Samsung are also in negations to offer a similar service and as people replace their TV's the replacement will most likely be internet enabled allowing the service to grow in time.

Is this another example of the physical media being a thing of the past, in the future will our film collection be in the "cloud" and we stream the movie when we want to watch it, will our film collections be Lovefilms catalogue?

I personally still like the idea of physical media, it's still fun and exciting, maybe I'm just an old fossil that needs to accept the future?

Whatever happens it looks like the video shop is going to be a thing of the past, no-one knows this more that Blockbuster Video the once king of the rental market who didn't move with the times and will go bust by the end of the year. As a former employee of the company I cant help but feel sad about that.

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.

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"

I'm really looking forward to the new Alice in Wonderland from Tim Burton which is out in a few months, and I'm also a bit of an Avril Lavigne fan, so the fact the she sings the main song for Burtons new film is a bit of a bonus for me, and today you can hear the new song.

The song is called Alice (Underground) and is written by Lavigne and produced by Butch Walker, it will be played over the end credits of the film.

I think the song sticks to Lavigne tried and tested sound and is actually rather good, if this is a sample of what the new album will sound like then lets look forward to it.

Check it out in the video below and let me know what you think?

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2010 is kicking off in Las Vegas tomorrow with the Microsoft CEO (Steve Balmer at the moment) being the traditional first Keynote speaker at 6.30pm (PST) on 6th January.

The show always gives a good showcase as what we can expect in the future of technology from the likes of Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and other manufacturers of home entertainment equipment with TV's and film media always having a good showing.

This year Blu-ray and high definition is expected to have a show as the format goes from strength to strength in sales and knocks on the door of DVD in a similar fashion to DBD to VHS 10 years ago.

TV's are on the dawn of a new technology going mainstream, althoug hseen last year OLED is expected to make a bog splash this year. OLED screens are very think and light and give better definition pictures to that of either LCD or plasma, the prices are falling and sizes coming up, expect many TV's PC monitors and other screen devices to be announced.

3D movies made a big impact in cinemas is 2009, and with Avatar doing so well at the box office at the moment studios are keen to push the idea into the home and it's thought that there will be a big display of 3D home movies and TV on display although the technology is new. 3D does have it's doubters who think it's a gimmick and will not catch on.

Also set to make a big impact at CES is tablet PC's, it is widely thought that Apple are on the verge of a big tablet announcement, although we will most likely have to wait until the end of January for that, but there are others who want to enter this market. Tablet PC's could mark a change to the way people view movies on the go, and with Windows 7 touch technology being so good, and probably the excellent iPhone OS being on any Apple device which will allow apps to run on it we could be at the dawn of something big for mobile movies, and in HD of course. Whatever the show has to offer it's always interesting to see what we may have in our homes in the coming years, and what new development in the pipeline, you can follow some of the best coverage, like me, at these site.

engadget.com

When Spiderman 4 was released back in May 2007 I distinctly remember reading and hearing that the cast would not be returning for anymore and this was the end of the story and end of the road for Sam Raimi and his cast. After the amount of money that the franchise has made it seems not that Raimi and Toby Maguire and on board for a fourth instalment.

When I think back at how good and fresh the original was and then how good and action packed its sequel was I sort of forgive the film maker for the under exciting and run of the mill 3rd instalment, lets face it, it wasn't that good, in fact in places it was just terrible, but it was the close of the trilogy.

Lets now leave the franchise alone, maybe let another group revisit it down the line, maybe find a new angle or something, but lets leave it alone. But no, no no no, Sony being in the business for the money, the trilogy has made a ton of that and comic book heroes raking in big bucks at the box office a fourth is going to be with us by about 2010 I'd say.

Lets just hope that a new story is devised and a fresh new group of characters are brought into play and we dont have baddie overkill which ruined the 3rd film. It's in good hands lets just hope its not used just to bring in the bucks for Sony on the back of the good name of Spiderman.

I was watching TV last night and during the commercial break of whatever programme I was watching the oddest advert came on!

Now I recognised Daniel Craig instantly as well as recognising that this clearly had something to do with the new Bond film that out at the end of the month (can we wait?) but as the commercial went on it was clear that it wasn't a trailer of anything.

In the advert Bond is just standing there looking fairly beaten up while everything around him explodes, the only time he moves is if some rubble from the exploding building hits him.

And in the end can you guess what the advert was for? It was simply advertising Sony HD, using bond is no gimmick mind, Casino Royale was in its day the best Blu-ray disk on the market by far.

Check the YouTube steam out below for the full advert.

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

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

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

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

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

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