We all saw it coming, like a speeding bullet perhaps, the re-imagined Superman franchise achieved big numbers last weekend. During it's opening weekend it took £11.2 million in Britain making it the 36 best opening weekend ever in the UK. After Earth falls into second place, not bad considering the bad reviews it's had.
Last year Prometheus was still at the top of the UK box office and during a quiet week for new releases Rocks of Ages was the highest new film at 4.
Five years go Sex and the City got knocked from the top spot into 2nd as The Incredible Hulk took over during it's opening weekend.
Ten years ago it was still all about The Matrix Reloaded riding the top spot while the highest new film was Identity at 3.
Fifteen years ago it was still The Wedding Singer at the top, and with almost no new films out that week the highest new film was Stiff Upper Lips right down at 10.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, once the talk of Hollywood, After Earth stars the two Smith boys in a film set 1000 years from now in a time when there are no people left on earth. A quiet week for new releases mean that a £2.2 million gross saw off last weeks top film, Hangover Part III which slips to second place.
Last year Prometheus was still at the top of the box office while horror film The Pact was the highest new film at 4 with just £900,000 for the weekend.
Five years ago Sex and the City was still keeping the top spot warm which slapstick comedy Superhero The Movie was the highest new film at 3 with £800,000. Ten year ago The Matrix Reloaded was still at the top as Anger Management crept into number 2 with £1.7 million.
Fifteen years ago Adam Sandler was there again hitting the top spot with The Wedding Singer which debuted at the top with £1 million.
The Hangover Part III stayed at the top for a second weekend in a row this week with no competition from any new releases meaning the only movement in the top 5 was Star Trek into Darkness climbing 1 place and The Great Gatsby dropping a place.
Longest stay in the chart this week is The Croods which is now on an 11 week run and the highest grossing film is Iron Man 3 which has to date grossed £ 36,358,709 A year ago Ridley Scott brought his new Alien film to cinemas in the shape of Prometheus which debut at the top and was hence the highest new film knocking Men in Black 3 from the top.
Five years ago the first Sex and the City movie made it's debut at the top of the UK box office knocking the fourth instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise, The Kingdom of the Chrystal Skull from the top.
Ten years ago The Matrix Reloaded was still riding the wave of expectation at the top keeping Steve Martin at bay in the runner up spot in Bringing Down the House which debuted at 2.
Fifteen year ago meteor disaster movies were all the rage and Deep Impact was still at the top while horror film Wishmaster was the highest new film at 3.
Twenty years ago Indecent Proposal was proving to be the top grossing film of May.
Check out this weeks UK box office.
UK release date: 23rd May 2003
Highest chart position: 1
Weeks on box office: 10
Total UK gross £32,510,686 and the 90th top grossing film in the UK
Total World gross $735,600,000 and the 81st top grossing film globally
UK BBFC Certificate: 15Genres: