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(2009)

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Edward Asner
John Ratzenberger
Delroy Lindo
Paul Eiding
Jordan Nagai
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First trailer for killer clown film IT written by horror maestro Stephen King.

This trailer, in good horror tradition, build up from innocence to really scary.

Check it out below.

Audiences across the UK can't get enough of Belle and her beast as the Disney live action films scores a fantastic second weekend, Power rangers is the top new film at number 2.

A second weekend gross of £12.3 million for Beauty and The Beast is something most films would be happy to have as their debut weekend gross and would be in the top 100 highest grossers.

This brings the films total gross over 10 days to nearly £40 million and makes it the top grossing film of the year so far, overtaking La La Land.

With this type of momentum there is a chance it could end up being the top film of the year, although there are some big hitters coming later and a massive film at the tend of the year.

Power Rangers make their debut at number 2 this week in their revamped, re-booted, big budget incarnation to the tune of £1.5 million.

There was one other Power Rangers movie, back in 1995, based on the TV show it had the full title of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie and debuted in the UK to the tune of £1.3 million.

If we take inflation into account the 1995 film did far better and would today have debuted to the tune of £3.2 million.

Worth noting is that if the chart were counted for the whole week rather than just Friday - Sunday Power Rangers would have been at number 5 this week.

Also new this week is The Lost City of Z debuting at 7 with £0.28 million and CHiPs at number 8 with £0.2 million.

Longest running film this week is The Lego Batman Movie which has been around now for 7 weeks and the top grossing movie, after just 10 days is Beauty and The Beast.

Historical charts

A year ago
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice made its long awaited debut a the top of the box office knocking King Fu Panda to number 3.

Five years ago
The first of The Hunger Games movies was unleashed on the world and hit the top on its debut weekend, it knocked The Devil Inside down to number 4.

Ten years ago
Zack Snyder brought us his big screen cinematic style in 300 which debuted at the top knocking Norbit down to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Ali G Indahouse made its debut at the top of the box office, it knocked Ocean’s Eleven down to number 3 after 5 weeks on top.

Twenty years ago
The speacial edition of Star Wars made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked The English Patient down to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Cape fear remained at the top for a third weekend, it kept off Bugsy which debuted at number 2.

It may have a been a close call last weekend with The Lego Batman Movie winning but this week the movie with bricks is the clear winner of the week.

Beating out Fifty Shades Darker for a second weekend The Lego Batman Movie takes $34 million on the Friday to Sunday chart which boosts its total to $53 million.

This is behind The Lego Movie from 2014 but is still a great total and the film should end up as one of the top grossing of the year.

Highest new film of the week is The Great Wall which enters at number 3 this week with a gross of $16.5 million over the weekend.

The Matt Damon starring movie has had plenty of hype on the build up to its release but this will be considered a relatively low opening for the big budget movie.

Also new this week is Fist Fight which lands at number 5 with an opening gross of $12 million.

All change at the top of the US box office as Split surrenders its hold on the number 1 spot to the (sort of) follow up to The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie.

After a three week spell at the top for Split the film falls down to number 4 this week as there are 3 new films entering in the top 3 slots.

The Batman Lego Movie takes $55.6 million on its opening weekend which is a little higher than expected for this movie but lower than The Lego Movie of 3 years ago.

Fifty Shades Darker opens at number 2 with $46 million, which can be considered good, but again it is far lower than the far higher anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey from 2 years ago.

Finally new at 3 if another sequel, John Wick Chapter 2 which opens to $30 million which is double that of the original John Wick movie.

Split takes $9.3 million on its fourth weekend and has now taken $112 million on its US box office run.

Highest total grossing movie on the US top 10 box office is Hidden Figures which has not taken $131 million over 8 weeks, the longest running film is Lion now on 12 weeks.

M. Night Shyamalan must be pleased to be back in favour again, a fantastic start to his career and apart from a couple of bad moments he’s had a critic bashed run of films until now.

Split spends its third consecutive weekend at the top of the US box office although hit was the Super Bowl weekend which means Sunday had little to no impact on the box office.

This weekend the film took $14.6 million which brings its total gross to $98.7 million, it will reach $100 million before next weekend.

Highest new film of the weekend is the reboot of the gone stale Rings franchise, the last film was The Ring Two released in 2005.

The new take brings the film up to date and takes $13 million on its opening weekend of release, 14 years after The Ring this is a lower opening gross which doesn’t bode well for the film.

Highest total grossing film on the US top 10 this week is Sing, at number 7 this week with $262 million in total gross.

Thriller Split manages to spend a second weekend at the top of the US box office this week despite competition from some new comers and Oscar tipped Hidden Figures.

Two weeks at the top is a good result for director M. Night Shyamalan and Split will most likely prove to be his most successful film in some time, this week it took $26.3 million over the weekend.

The total gross for the film in America now is now up to $78 million from 10 days of release.

Highest new film of the week enters the chart at number 2 in the shape of A Dogs Purpose, it enters with a weekend gross of $18.3 million.

Hidden Figures hold its own at number 3 this week after its Oscar nominations and takes $14 million on its 6th week.

Also making debuts on the US box office this week are Resident Evil: The Final Chapter which is new at 4 and Gold which is new at number 10.

Director Michael Bay brings us a new trailer for the next Trasnsformers movie, Transformers The Last Knight.

A long voice over from Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins brings up bang up to date with how we got here.

Watch below.

The world is going mad for La La Land as the strong Oscar contender conquers the UK box offfice on its debut weekend of release removing Assasins Creed in the process.

Its cleaning up at the awards ceremonies and is expected to do well at both the Oscars and the BAFTA's this month, and the UK takes it to the top of the box office with a very good gross of £6.5 million.

Taking a bit of a hit is last weeks top film Assasins Creed which falls from its top slot debut down to number 4 this week, a weekend gross of £0.9 million brings the total to just shy of £10 million.

Also new this week is Machester By The Sea starring Casey Affleck at 6 and Live by Night directed by and starring Ben Affleck at number 7.

Also new at number 9 is The Bye Bye Man and perhaps a little dissapointing at number 11 is Underworld Blood Wars.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the longest running film on the chart with a 9 week run and highest total grossing film is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with £62.7 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Taking over at the top was soon to be Oscar winner The Revenant on its debut, it knocked off Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to number 2 after 4 weeks on top.

Five years ago
War Horse took over at the top on its first week on release, it knocked Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol down to number 4 after 2 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
Will Smith starred in The Pursuit of Happyness which made its debut at the top while Night at The Museum fell to number 2 after 2 weeks on top.

Fifteen years ago
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring made it 4 weeks on top of the box office while the top new film was Rat Race which entered at number 3.

Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians went back to the top of the box office on its 5th week of release while the top new film was The Mirror Has Two Faces at number 7.

Twenty five years ago
Bill and Teds Bogus Journey stayed at the top and in a quiet week of releases there was nothing new on the box office.

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.

After last weeks almost static home video chart this week we have 5 in the top 10 alone with Sausage Party leading the way by landing at number 1 with £2.7 million on its debut.

Sausage Party was released in the UK on 2nd September 2015 where it landed at number 1, a good debut for an 18 rated animated movie.

After a couple of weeks at he top it then took a sharp decline down the box office spending just 5 weeks in cinemas in total.

Despite this relatively short box office run it actually did really well and ended up with a total gross of £7.5 million.

Also new this week, at number 2 is Mechanic Resurrection a number 10 film from August, Bad Moms at number 3 a number 2 film from August and finishing off the top 5 is Brotherhood a number 2 films from early September.

Also making their debut this week are The Purge Election Year at number 8 a number 5 film from August and finally War Dogs at 13 a number 4 film from August.

We've looked at the films to be released in 2017 and found it a tough year to narrow down to 10 films, hence there are many potentially excellent films missed off this list.

After much debate and arguing, and some falling out and fist fighting, here is our list of films the 25thFrame staff are hoping will be the best of the bunch in 2017.

Blade Runner 2049
Its 35 years later, 35 years where a sequel has been promised many time, but here we are, the trailer released only a few weeks ago was a tantalising sample of what is to come.

No Ridley Scott this time but director Denis Villeneuve looks like he can deliver the good, and with Harrison Ford back and Ryan Gosling starring we could be in for a treat.

Star Wars Episode VIII
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivered but didn't wow but the follow up to 2015's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens should deliver in spades and its possibly our most anticipated film of the year, and we have to wait until December!

Rian Johnson has directed this instalment which is no bad thing, and as with all Star Wars films the ensemble cast all return, with the recent passing of Carrie Fisher it will be a sad moment if they complete the story arc of Princess Leah, but one which is necessary.

T2 Trainspotting
20 years after Trainspotting the guys are back for another dose of hard hitting, drug taking antics that will have us transfixed again.

Danny Boyle returns to direct with original stars Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner all returning.

Ghost In The Shell
Scarlett Johansson controversially stars in this live action version of the acclaimed manga animation, but judging from the trailer they have hit the right note.

Rupert Sanders directs what promises to be one hell of a ride in the special effects heavy take that potentially no one will understand.

War For The Planet of The Apes
The third in the excellent prequel films which tells the story of how earth became The Planet of The Apes.

Special effects and motion capture are now at a point where we can truly believe that these apes have personalities and intelligence.

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2
Just from the trailer alone you know you want to see this and Baby Groot will be the highlight of the cinema year, and the film actually looks really good.

James Gunn returns to direct Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper in this Marvel franchise film.

Alien Covenant
Sequel to Prometheus and prequel to Alien, directed by Ridley Scott, not too much riding on this then.

Prometheus was Alien enough to be part of the series but individual enough to be a film in its own right, looking at the fist trailer for Alien Covenant this could bridge the gap really well, we hope so.

Fifty Shades Darker
The original film delivered far more than the source material dictated, and it was actually a good film, worryingly this time Sam Taylor-Johnson is not returning to direct.

James Foley is directing this instalment but Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are returning so the chemistry should still be there in this much darker tale.

The Mummy
A reboot of the 1999 franchise which spawned 3 movies, but got worse with each film, this time Tom Cruise stars and the first trailer looks like we could have a winner on our hands.

Pitch Perfect 3
Our guilty pleasure, the first film was one of the highlights of 2012 and although not nearly as good part 2 was still a lot of fun, time will tell if the idea is getting a little thin now.

Summing up the top grossing movies of 2016 brings up some interesting data as the top film of the year is a film from 2015, and a huge film of 2016 at that.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens despite being released at the very end of 2015 took £57 million in 2016 and thus becomes the highest grossing film of the year.

The long awaited Star Wars saga sequel also took £65 million in 2015 and was the second highest grossing film last year and is also the highest grossing film ever in the UK.

Taking The Force Awakens out of the equation for a moment the highest grossing film of the year, films that were released in 2016, is Bridget Jones's Baby.

The return of Bridget Jones to our cinemas struck a good note with a British audience to the tune of £47.8 million, although its still £10 million below The Force Awakens.

Next is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which has taken £47.4 million and with the film still in the UK top 10 I would guess this will overtake Bridget Jones in the new year.

Next up is the Disney live action version of The Jungle Book which has a Uk gross of £46 million, we then have Finding Dory with £42 million and Deadpool with £37 million.

Of the top 10 of 2016 5 of the films are Disney movies or franchises - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has just crept into the top 10 after 2 weeks of release.

Seven of the film are franchise films and 2 of the top 5 and film which are considered British although 4 of the film were made in the UK.

Here is the full UK top 10 films of 2016.

  1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens - £57,101,335
  2. Bridget Jones's Baby - £47,826,849
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - £47,469,530
  4. The Jungle Book - £46,191,905
  5. Finding Dory - £42,604,905
  6. Deadpool - £37,616,432
  7. Captain America: Civil War - £36,771,782
  8. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice - £36,495,828
  9. The Secret Life of Pets - £34,649,738
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - £33,943,482
As the year comes to a close its time to reflect on the films that hit the big time in 2016 - so what were the highest grossing film at the global box office?

The top grossing film across the globe in 2016 is Captain America: Civil War - this surprised me a bit but is testament on how well established the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now.

The third in the Captain America series - although some might say it is more an Avengers movie that Captain America Movie - took $1.5 billion at the global box office.

Compared to 2015 this is far lower than Jurassic World which took $1.6 billion but is on par with the number 2 film Fast and Furious 7 with took $1.5 billion (for the record Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens took more but much of that was in 2016). Finding Dory is the second highest grossing film of 2016 with $1.027 billion while not very far behind it is Zootopia (Zootropolis) which took $1.026 billion.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Jungle Book and The Secret Life of Pets wich both took a shade under a billion each.

The top 2 films were both sequels and 6 of the top 10 films were either sequels or part of an already established franchise, and Deadpool at 7 although not part of a franchise is certainly part of the Marvel Superhero world.

Disney did very well this year with the top 4 film all being from the studio and it wouldn't surprise me if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ended up in the top five film by the time it ends its run.

Four of the top 10 are superhero movies, four of the top ten have animals as their primary cast, 3 are animations (arguably 4) and 8 have sequels and further adventures in the series already announced. Thanks 2016 at the global box office, here is the full top 10.

  1. Captain America: Civil War - $1,153,304,495
  2. Finding Dory - $1,027,771,569
  3. Zootopia - $1,023,784,195
  4. The Jungle Book - $966,550,600
  5. The Secret Life of Pets - $875,457,937
  6. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice - $873,260,194
  7. Deadpool - $783,112,979
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - $748,820,251
  9. Suicide Squad - $745,600,054
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - $687,878,705
See the top 24
There is no other film to talk about this weekend other than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which without any problem becomes the top film of the week.

A massive opening weekend of $155 million for Rogue One was good, its not the highest of the year and not as high as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens from last year, but this is new territory for the Star Wars franchise.

Despite what way you look at it Rogue One has a good start, and like Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them from earlier in the year it shows that these worlds can survive beyond the core story.

Moana fell into the runner up spot this week with $11 million, it gives Disney the top 2 films in the US, not bad, and brings Moana's total to $161.8 million.

Collateral Beauty, new from Will Smith, also opening in the top 10, at 4, with a $7 million debut weekend.

Longest running film and highest grossing for again this week is Doctor Strange at 9 with $226 million after 7 weeks.

This week on the UK home video charts animated hit The Secret Life of Pets takes over from X-Men Apocalypse at the top.

The Secret Life of Pets was a massive hit for Universal that was released on 24th June 2016 and it hit the top of the box office on its debut with £9.5 million, the 74th best UK opening.

The film spent 3 weeks at the top before making a very slow decent down the box office, it spent an incredible 14 weeks in total on the top 15.

The total gross for the film in the UK is £35.8 million which makes it the 68th top grossing film while globally it took $864.2 million (£696 million) and is the 50th top film across the world.

Last weeks top film, X-Men Apocalypse, fell down to number 3 this week after a week at the top.

Also new this week is Independence Day Resurgence, sequel to the 1996 hit film it made number 2 on the box office on 24th June.

Worth noting is the flurry of Christmas films that are starting to pop up in the home video charts, this week we have Arthur Christmas at 9, How The Grinch Stole Christmas at 10 and Elf at 11.

The release of a new era in the Wizarding World was always going to be a big event, and as Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them makes is cinematic debut it goes straight to number 1 at the global box office.

Released on its debut in 64 countries is takes an excellent $218 million far outstripping anything else this week and setting itself up for a very good holiday season.

Despite taking $75 million (£60 million) in America the film did very well in Europe especially here in the UK where it took $18 million (£14 million).

With most of the world going to the cinema to see how JK Rowling would continue her fantasy world Doctor Strange fell off the top to number 2 with $43.6 million (£35 million).

This brings the films total gross after 4 weeks of play to $571 million (£463 million), the film is still released in 54 countries.

Also worthy of note is I Am Not Madame Bovary from China which takes $28 million (£22 million) from 5 countries and is at number 4 this week.

Highest total grossing movie this week is Doctor Strange while the widest release is still Trolls which is out in 67 countries and this weeks sites at number 4.

There is no stopping Doctor Strange across the globe at the moment as the Marvel film notches up a third week at the top of the global box office.

A third week gross of $103.2 million from 54 territories brings its total gross to nearly half a billion dollars, the film is still top in America and most of Europe and will get close to a billion before its run ends.

Highest new film of the week is Arrival which lands at number 3 on the global box office, Trolls stays at number 2 this week.

Arrival on its debut takes $34 million from 26 countries, after the hype and the very good reviews and audience feedback a bigger opening might have been expected, but this could be a grower and hang around for a while.

Doctor Strange is the highest total grossing movie on the box office this week but Trolls at number 2 is the widest release in 69 countries.

Keeping a strong hold of the US box office on its second week of release is Doctor Strange which held off not only smash animated film Trolls but top new film Arrival.

A second weekend gross of $43 million brings the US gross of the Marvel film to $153 million after 10 days of release.

This is keeping the film well in line with many of the Marvel film and its looking good for the Benedict Cumberbatch film going forward.

Highest new film of the week is the Denis Villeneuve directed Arrival, which lands on the US box office at number 3.

The high brow drama of aliens arriving on earth with no communication with anyone stars Amy Adams and takes $24 million on its opening weekend.

Doctor Strange is the highest total grossing film on the US box office this week but the longest running film is The Accountant which notches up 5 weeks this week and is at number 6

Marvel and Disney continue their run of top film by taking their latest Doctor Strange to the top head of 2 other new releases.

Its a new IP for the superhero studio but these days that doesn't matter as Doctor Strange takes $84.9 million on its opening weekend of release.

Not as high as the more established series in the MCU but still a good opening and one which should see the film go up their with some of the best in the long running series.

Second on the chart this week is Troll which debuts with $45.6 million and coming in third is Hacksaw Ridge which takes $14.7 million.

Falling from the top after 2 weeks is Boo! A Madea Halloween, the film lands at 4 this week with $7.8 million, still good considering Halloween is a distant memory now.

Longest run on the UB box office this week is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children which has now been around for 6 weeks, but the highest total grosser, on its debut, is Doctor Strange.

The sequel no one wanted in the shape of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows karate chops its way to the top of the UK video chart on its debut week.

The second in the rebooted Turtles films made its UK cinema debut on the 3rd June 2016 in the runner up position, beaten to the top by Warcraft.

The film made £3.5 million on its cinematic debut, it then dropped down the chart over the following 5 weeks.

Over its cinema run in the UK it grossed a shade under £6 million, comparing it to the 2014 original its about half of the takings.

Last weeks top film, The Angry Birds Movie, falls down to number 4 this week, its second week of release.

Also new on the home video charts is Gods of Egypt, minor hit that spent 2 weeks on the box offie in June, at number 2.

Tyler Perry keeps a grip on the top of the US box office despite some competition from Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise.

Boo! A Madea Halloween retains the number 1 position in America with a second weekend gross of $16.6 million, this brings the films total gross after 10 days of release to $52 million.

Coming in at number 2 is the third film in the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code trilogy Inferno, the film would have been expected to go to the top but Halloween was too strong a call.

Tom cruise keeps the pressure up but falls to number 3 with Jack Reacher Never Go Back, its second weekend take is $9.5 million.

Top total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Storks with $68.2 million , it is also the longest running film at 6 weeks.

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.

For the second week running Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is the top film across the globe, this week its beats off The Girl on The Train.

Having the widest release across the globe with 70 countries, Miss Peregrine manages a very respectable $57.5 million weekend bringing the films total global gross to $145 million.

With these figures the film is looking to be one of Tim Burtons top films in a very long time.

Highest new film of the week is The Girl on The Train when makes its debut at number 2 with $41.1 million from 21 countries.

Worth of a mention is the film at number 3, Oporation Mekong which shoots up the global chart with $26.5 million this week.

Highest total grossing film on the top 10 this week is Finding Dory which crosses the $1 billion threshold and is the second Pixar movie to do so and the third this year.

Across the globe this week Miss Peregrines School for Peculiar Children took over the top of the global box office charts on its debut week of release.

Taking a fairly average $65 million over the week from a wide 60 country release it is still good enough to double the takings of the number 2 film of the week.

Falling quite hard down to number 4 this week is last weeks top film The Magnificent Seven, the western takes $30 million for the weekend from 69 countries which brings its total gross to $108 million.

Also worth a mention this week is the film at number 2, climbing up this week after a wider release in 2 other countries I Belong To You takes $33.9 million for a total of $44.9 million.

Highest total grossing film on the global top 10 is Bridget Jones's Baby, despite a slow burn in most countries apart from the UK the film has taken $120 million and is still out in 51 countries.

A slow week in the build up before the Christmas releases start to come out has Captain America Civil War staying at the top for a 3rd week.

With the rest of the home video charts recent top films just bouncing around the highest new film this week is Green Room at number 7.

Green Room starring Patrick Stewart was released in cinemas on 13th May 2016 where is entered the UK box office at number 10.

The film was not really a hit and after a single release dropped out of the chart making £144,517 in the process.

Also new this week is DTV film Viking Legacy at number 13 and Tom Hanks indie film A Hologram For The King, a number 6 box office film for May 2016, at 14.

There was never going to be any other outcome this weekend as the countries favourite unlucky in love and life Bridget Jones returns to our screens after 12 years away.

Bridget Jones's baby flies into the top on its debut weekend after a fairly aggressive marketing push and the best September weekend ever.

An £8.1 million debut took the film to the top of the box office which is highest than the first film in the series but a couple of million why of the follow up.

With the holiday season coming up and good work of mouth and reviews this could give the film a good run although the other 2 film came in at over £35 million and over £40 million which could be a tough ask.

Sausage party falls to number 4 this week after 2 weeks at the top, a £0.6 million weekend gross brings the total UK takings to £6.6 million.

For the first time in a while only one film on the box office takes over a million pound, although with Jones's gross the box office is on a fairly even total gross to other weeks.

Highest total grossing film of the week is Finding Dory, now on over £40 million, and longest run is The BFG, now around for 8 week.

Historical charts

A year ago
Movie goers had vertigo as Everest took over the top of the charts knocking Legend down to number 2.

Five years ago
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy made its debut at the top of the box office knocking The Indetweeners down to number 2 after 4 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby made its debut at the top and with an all new top 3 You, Me and Dupree fell to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Moulin Rouge stayed at the top of the box office keeping off the highest new film at number 2 The Fast and The Furious.

Twenty years ago
Emma took over at the top of the box office on its debut weekend knocking Independence Day off the top after a fantastic 6 week run.

Twenty five yeas ago
Terminator 2: Judgment Day was still at the top of the box office, 5 weeks and counting, while Regarding Henry was the top new film landing at 2.

After a fairly lacklustre summer season of 2016 where the highlight was a bunch of anti-heroes in the shape of the Suicide Squad, will the Autumn schedule deliver?

We had high hopes but had few thrills, out side of the DC movie Suicide Squad Ghostbusters gave us a good laugh but didn't deliver as expected Finding Dory pulled in the audiences but left us flat.

The rest of the year has some highlights but there is caution as the 2 biggest films are both sequels outside of their parent film series.

Before we even get to them in the latter part of the year we have a number of promises, Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen looks promising and American hit Kubo and The Two String gives a refreshing animation outside Disney.

Of course we have British favourite Bridget Jones's Baby which is getting good reviews at the moment and a bit after that the recently announced Blair Witch remake/reboot/sequel.

Getting a lot of marketing hype is the remake/retelling of The Magnificent Seven and the looking promising, and a return to form for Tim Burton is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.

Tom Hanks returns to detective mode for a third time in Inferno, although I didn't like the previous 2 films and then another sequel emerges mid October with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher Never Go Back.

Marvel return to their cinematic universe with a new hero in the shape of Doctor Strange and another sequel/reboot come in early November with Rings, the next in (surprise) The Ring series.

After the hotly anticipated Arrival starring Amy Adams arrives the season kicks up a gear with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first move into the Wizarding World outside Harry Potter.

The film, penned by J. K. Rowling, is being hyped to death and not surprisingly, the 8 Potter films did fantastic business at the box office and this is directed by series expert David Yates whic just seems to get the ideas Rowling writes about.

Warner Bros. will be hoping this shows there is still life in the seemingly dormant series and please fans of the original and set up a new generation, 2 more film are already planned.

After that injection things go quiet with unwanted sequel Bad Santa 2 and Tom Hanks (again) in Scully the story of the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson River.

Then to finish the year off another much lover series goes off piste with Rogue One A Star Wars Story, taking place just before the events of the original Star Wars.

The trailer have looked good and after the excellence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens expectation are massive.

This is a massive risk for Lucasfilms and Disney, and it will either boost the series to height never imagined or will do to the series what Episodes I - III did and nearly kill it, fortunately it has recovered!

To round the rear off we have Michael Fassbender trying to do what many other have failed to do and bring a video game series to the screen in Assassins Creed.

The very last weekend of the summer season and there is very little movement with the scare fest of Dont Breathe remaining in pole position.

Figures are low this weekend and Dont Breathe manages to remain at the top with $15.7 million which brings its total US gross to a nice but unremarkable $51.1 million.

Little else is happening this week and the highest new film limps in at number 6, The Light Between Oceans takes just shy of $5 million on its debut.

This basically means there are lots of films yo-yoing up and down the chart with Suicide Squad remaining at number 2 and Petes Dragon going back up to number 3.

Suicide Squad is the top total grossing movie this week with $297.4 and Bad Moms and Jason Bourne share the honour of longest running with 6 weeks each.

Next week sees the kick off of the Autumn season with some exciting new film coming in the next 4 months.

For the second weekend Disney and Pixar hold on to the top with Finding Dory which returned to number 1 last week after a 2 week drop to number 2.

The fishy tale of the forgetful fish is having a fantastic UK box office run with a £1.5 million 5th weekend bringing its total gross to £35.8 million.

With another week to go of the School summer holidays Dory could well make another weekend at the top of the box office.

Not far behind if the highest new entry of the week, comedy Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis of Family Guy fame.

The film takes £1.4 million from the weekend, only £400,000 behind the top film.

Also new this week is War Dogs at number 4, The Purge Election Year at number 5 and Lights Out at number 8.

Highest total grossing movie this week is Finding Dory while the longest running movie on the box office is Star Trek Beyond and The BFG with 6 weeks each.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Suprise hit Straight Outta Compton made its debut a the top knocking off Paper Town which fell right down to number 8.

Five years ago
Staying at number one was The Inbetweeners Movie on its second week while the highest new film was One Day in at number 2.

Ten years ago
You, Me and Dupree was the new film at the top of the box office while Snakes On A Plane fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Planet of The Apes didn't move off the top spot while highest new film of the week was Heartbreakers at number 3.

Twenty years ago
There was no moving Independence Day from the top of the box office, even for Arnold Schwarzenegger which took Eraser in at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the top of the box office for a second weekend with Terminator 2: Judgment Day and with a static top 3 Pump Up The Volume was the highest new film at 4.

Across the globe this week Jason Bourne expands its territories to 63 countries on release, including China now, and goes to the top of the global box office.

The Matt Damon starring film made $63 million over the week and has to date made $347 million globally.

Also benefitting from a Chinese release is Ice Age: Collision Course, still on release in 38 countries the film took $50 million over the week to bring its total gross to $367 million.

Highest new film of the week is Don't Breath, released in 8 countries and headed up by its US release the film took $28 million over the week.

Top total grossing film across the gross this week is The Secret Life of Pets, still riding high at number 4 it has grossed $724.4 million.

The global top 5 looks like this:

  1. Jason Bourne - $62,029,490
  2. Ice Age: Collision Course - $50,480,000
  3. Suicide Squad - $31,710,000
  4. The Secret Life Of Pets - $28,359,810
  5. Don't Breathe - $28,015,000
There was just one major release this week there which basically means there was inevitably going to be a new film making its debut at the top, and as predicted Warner Bros. Suicide Squad does just that.

Continuing the DC Cinematic Universe that was started in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice this film does something the Marvel/Disney have not yet dared, put the bad guys front and centre.

And audiences have lapped this up with Suicide Squad topping the UK box office with an excellent £11.2 million, nearly as big as the much more anticipated Batman V Superman from March.

That superhero movie sank quickly at the box office so we'll be watching things closely to see if it does similar.

Worth noting is that if the chart listing was taken over the whole week then Finding Dory would sit at the top with £12 million.

Highest total grossing on this weeks top 10 is The Secret Life of Pets which has now grossed over £32 million, while longest stay on the box office is The Angry Birds Movie with 11 weeks.

Historical charts.

A year ago
The Fantastic Four reboot made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation down to number 2.

Five years ago
Four weeks in and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was still number 1 leaving JJ Abrams Super 8 to debut at number 2.

Ten years ago
TV show turned movie Miami Vice made its debut at the top knocking Cars down to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Cats and Dogs made its debut a the top of the box office knocking Jurassic Park III from the top which fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Twister remained at the top for a second week leaving James and The Giant Peach to make its debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was at top for another week while the top new film came in at number 2 in the shape of Backdraft.

This week at the global box office Warner Bros. Suicide Squad makes a fantastic debut raking in $267.1 million.

The film had a very wide release showing up in 58 countries, one of the largest of any film at the moment, and the US led the way with nearly half that gross, the UK was second.

Normally with such a large opening we would be looking at a long term run and large gross, but this year has proved that big opening weeks don't necessarily mean long cinema runs.

Jason Bourne falls from the top this week quite hard and from 51 counties has a weekly gross of $43 million, the total gross is now $195 million.

Worthy of a mention is Chinese film Time Raiders which opens in just 1 country, China, and manages to land at 3 with $64.6 million.

Finding Dory is still the top total grossing movie on the global box office having taken a total of $870.2 million to date, the billion mark is looking unlikely, but Disney now have the top 4 grossing film of 2016.

  1. Suicide Squad - $267,105,000
  2. The Secret Life Of Pets - $80,164,305
  3. Time Raiders - $64,600,000
  4. Jason Bourne - $43,604,780
  5. Bad Moms - $17,104,000
In the US this week DC comics and Warner Bros. took their anti-hero movie Suicide Squad to the top of the box office in record style on its debut.

For a movie released in August Suicide Squad has now become the first film to take over $100 on its debut, its total gross for the weekend (including Thursday previews) is $135 million.

Last weeks top film, Jason Bourne, takes a tumble to number 2 this week with $22.7 million, its total over the 10 days since release is $103 million.

Putting themselves up against Suicide Squad this week was Nine Lives which enters at number 6 with $6.5 million.

Highest grossing movie and longest run on the US box office this week is The Secret Life of Pets which has now made $319 million over 5 weeks.

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 André 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.

Despite a number of new releases this week Finding Dory still manages to dominate the global box office now after 3 weeks of release.

Dory this week grossed $76.3 million globally, now released in 41 countries, this brings its total gross now over the half billion mark to $538.2 million.

There are still many countries where the film has not had a release so the film making it to billion mark is probably at this stage a certainty.

Highest new film of the week is The Legend of Tarzan which shows up in 20 countries and has a debut gross of $56.9 million.

The week had a number of new releases but with the good weather and holidays throughout the world nothing managed to capture the market, or maybe it was the lack of summer blockbuster? The rest of the new releases are as follows: The Purge Election Years at 5, The BFG at 8, Ice Age Collision Course at 9, although it must be said that these film all had single digit country release and are no where near saturation yet.

Here is the top 5 global box office for this week.

  1. Finding Dory - $76,300,542
  2. The Legend Of Tarzan - $56,935,000
  3. Independence Day Resurgence - $56,700,000
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows - $31,265,000
  5. The Purge Election Year - $30,997,840
The UK box office this weeks has a new number one film in the shape of The Secret Life of Pets. the latests film from the makers of Despicable Me and Minions.

An excellent weekend gross of £9.5 million sees the film enter ahead of the weeks other big film Independence Day Resurgence.

Despite having the connection to the Despicable Me franchise The Secret Life of Pets for a new franchise makes an very good debut, in comparison it is far higher that the first Despicable Me but lower than the franchises other films.

With the summer holidays in the coming weeks this could have staying power, and there is little competition until mid July.

Also new this week is Independence Day Resurgence which makes its debut at number 2 with just over £5 million, its been 20 years but the original debuted to £16 million.

Last weeks top film, The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case, falls to number 3 with a total gross of £7.7 million after a £1.5 million second weekend.

The Jungle Book is once again the top total grossing film on the box office with £45.6 million and the longest run on the box office with 11 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Minions made its debut at the top knocking Jurassic World to the runner up spot.

Five years ago
Paul Feig's Bridesmaids was the new film making its debut at the top while Kung Fu Panda 2 fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift stayed at the top of the box office and The Lake House was the top new film at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Evolution was the top new film at number 1, it knocked Pearl Harbour down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
New at the top was The Rock with Spy Hard being knocked off the top right down to number 4.

Twenty five years ago
The Silence of The Lambs stayed at the top of the box office while The Pope Must Die came in new at number 2.

This week the Oscar winning film starring Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant, takes over at the top on its debut week on sale.

The film was released in the UK on 15th January this year while winning awards all over the place and with Oscar buzz galore.

On its debut week of release it managed a very respectable £5.2 million which is just about average for a film starring Leo.

His highest grossing film is of course Titanic but this is his 3rd highest grossing movie with a total Uk gross of £22.4 million.

After a number 1 debut it spent 2 more weeks at the top before a slow decent where is spent a total of 9 weeks on the UK box office.

The film is the 141st highest grossing movie in the UK and with a world gross of $531.6 is the 140th highest grossing film across the globe.

Last weeks top film, Goosebumps, fell to the runner up spot this week.

There is one other new entry on this weeks video chart, Will Smith stars in Concussion new at number 16.

This weekend the video game adaptation Warcraft is the top film for the weekend, but Alice Through The Looking Glass is the top film over the week.

Opening on Friday Warcraft took £3.6 million from the 3 days making it the top film over that period.

The Duncan Jones directed film in fact only just made it to the top as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows was a very close debut at number 2 with £3.4 million.

Alice Through The Looking Glass which debuted at number 2 last week falls to number 4 this week with £1.3 million but over the week Monday - Sunday it grossed £4.7 million, higher than any other film.

Last weeks top film X-Men Apocalypse falls to number 5 this week with £1.2 million for the weekend and £15.8 million in total after 3 weeks.

Longest stay on this weeks chart is Zootopia which has been around for 10 week while the highest total grossing film on the chart is The Jungle Book which has taken £44.5 million over 8 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Spy was the top new film of the week entering at number 1 knocking San Andreas down to number 2.

Five years ago
X-Men First Class was the top new film of the week at number 1 while The Hangover Part II fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
X-Men The Last Stand was still at the top for a second week while the top new film was Poseidon at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Pearl Harbour entered the box office at the top knocking The mummy Returns into the runner up spot.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story went back to the top of the box office leaving From Dusk Till Dawn to enter the chart in the runner up spot.

Twenty five years ago
Problem Child remained at the top of the box office with Sibling Rivalry to enter highest at number 2.

This week across the world the latest X-Men film X-Men Apocalypse made its debut and took over at the top but it wasn't all bad news for Captain America: Civil War.

X-Men took $106.6 million dollars with its launch in 76 countries, but not America, and took over as the top film.

In the world of cinema it is becoming quite common for one Marvel franchise to take over from another Marvel franchise, especially when from competing studios.

With 41% of the non American market and topping the X-Men debuts in many of them this latest version of the X-Men films could be one of the biggest to date.

Captain America: Civil War has now become the first movie of 2016 to break the $1 billion mark (although The Force Awakens did it in 2016) and the film now stands at $1.05 billion and is number 3 this week.

It is also of course the highest total grossing movie on the world box office and is still showing in 55 countries, although with this and Batman V Superman slowing later in their run are we starting to see a letup in the superhero dominance of the box office? Here is the world box office top 5

  1. X-Men: Apocalypse - $101.6 million
  2. The Angry Birds Movie - $94 million
  3. Captain America: Civil War - $30.7 million
  4. The Divergent Series: Allegiant - $9.9 million
  5. The Jungle Book - $7.4 million
This week on the UK video charts Quentin Tarantino latest film hits the top on its debut week of release.

The Hateful Eight was released in cinemas on 8th January 2016 to critical praise as one of maverick director's best films in years.

Never hitting the promotional highs that perhaps a film of this calibre should get this film did enter at number 2 on its debut with £2.7 million.

The film only hung around for 4 weeks though and took a reasonable £6.8 million in that time - although for Tarantino this is not a good performance.

Last weeks top film Star Wars: The Force Awakens falls into the runner up spot this week, although it's probably just making way for The Hateful Eight for the week.

Also new on the video chart this week is Room which makes it debut at number 4.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens wont be shifted from the top of the video charts and is still outselling for the third week in a row all in its path.

The last time we saw this king of dominance of video charts was back in 2013 when Disney released Frozen for sale, they sure are hitting the right note.

Highest new film of the week is new at 2, Daddys Home which was released at UK cinemas on 25th December last year.

The film was a relatively big hit considering it was up agains The Force Awakens and manages an acceptable 7 week run on the box office.

In that time it grossed a nice £16.3 million which in terms of stars Ferrell and Wahlberg isn't bad.

For Farrell it is his 3rd biggest film and for Wahlberg it is his 4th biggest film in the UK.

Also new this week is In The Heart of The Sea which lands at number 3.

Marvel unleash their first blockbuster of the year to the delight of fans and like every year for the last few years it smashed into the top of the UK box office.

Captain American Civil War is the biggest assemble of Marvel superhero characters outside of an Avengers movie and takes over at the top with a weekend take just shy of £20 million.

Compared to the previous Marvel films this is fairly normal but the is by far the highest grossing Captain America movie.

Projection for the movie should be high, but Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice gave a wake up call last month as to how a superhero movie can perform below average.

The Jungle Book falls down to number 2 this week on its 3rd week of release with £5.7 million, its total is £33.2 million to date.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which has taken £36.5 million to date.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Avengers Age of Ultron remained at the top while Far From The Madding Crowd was the highest new film at number 2.

Five years ago
Thor was the top new film of the week entering at number 1 knocking Fast Five down to number 2.

Ten years ago
Ice Age: The Meltdown stayed put at the top of the box office leaving highest new film 16 Block to enter at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary stayed for another week at the top while The Mexican made its debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Comedy The Birdcage was the top new film across the country at number 1, finally shifting Top Story from the top, it slid to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Biopic The Doors made its debut at the top of the box office while Highlander II The Quickening fell into the runner up spot.

Disney and Jon Favreau live action version of the classic Rudyard Kipling book makes in incredible showing at the box office this week.

Making it debut at the top with a £9.9 million weekend the film has become the 63rd highest opening weekend in the UK ever, in 2016 Batman V Superman and Deadpool opened higher.

With such a strong opening the film is sure to follow in the footsteps of Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland and be a massive live action film for Disney.

Falling from the top in dramatic style this week is The Huntsman: Winters War which drops to, a second weekend of £0.6 million brings the total to £4.4 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office this week is former number 1 film Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which has now grossed £35.3 million after 4 weeks of play.

Historical chart

A year ago
Fast and Furious 7 retained its hold on the top and with a strong top 4 Child 44 was the top new film at 4.

Five years ago
Scream 4 took over at the top on its debut weekend leaving Rio to fall to number 2.

Ten years ago
Ice Age: The Meltdown stayed at the top for another weekend leaving Scary Movie 4 to enter the chart at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary made its debut at the top while Rugrats In Paris The Movie fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Broken Arrow was new at the top while Toy Story fell into the runner up position after 3 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Highlander II The Quickening was the top new film of the week with Quigley Down Under falling into number 3.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is still the top grossing film across the world after 3 weeks of release.

The superhero film takes another $57.4 million dollars from 68 countries, by far the widest release of all the film this week.

Although the film has not performed in the was that was expected the film has taken $783.4 million in total.

Highest new film of the week is The Jungle Book which makes its debut at number 3 this week making $28.9 million.

The film is only out in a few territories and so should do even better next week after releases in Europe and America.

Highest total grossing film this week is Zootopia which has now notched up $852,5 million.

Here is this week top 10 world grossing movies:

  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $57,435,000
  2. Zootopia - $37,053,000
  3. The Jungle Book - $28,900,000
  4. London Has Fallen - $26,958,000
  5. The Boss - $24,481,195
  6. Huntsman: Winter's War - $20,000,000
  7. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $11,870,000
  8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $9,721,535
  9. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $9,200,000
  10. Visiteurs La Revolution - $7,250,000
Although it had quite a drop in its weekend takings Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice managed to retain its hold on the top of the US box office for a second week.

The superhero mash up took $52 million during its second weekend of release to bring its total to $261 million, not a bad total but it won't be going anywhere near the Marvel super hero films.

Highest new film of the week is Gods Not Dead 2, a sequel to the 2014 film which was a bit of a suprise hit, although this sequel will not gross naywhere near the originals total.

Top total grossing film on the US box office this week is Deadpool which after 8 weeks of release has now grossed $355 million.

There was no other film that would be beaten this weekend in the US as the superhero titan that is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice makes a successful debut at the top.

Beating the all time record debut for March or for Q1 of any year, BvS debuts with an incredible $170.1 million over the Easter weekend.

Still doing good number Disney's Zootopia falls from the top into second place this weekend, a weekend gross of $23 million brings the animal cartoon to $241 million in the US.

Also making its debut this weekend is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 which enters at number 3, the followup the the biggest sleeper hit of all time has done better than expected with a debut of $17.8 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the US box office is Deadpool at number 7 which has now grossed nearly $350 million.

King Fu Panda 3 stays on top of the UK box office for a second week as not much of a challenge enters the market in preparation for an explosion this coming weekend. Panda 3 only needed £1.7 over the weekend in order to stay on top, although the threequel is behind the other 2 in the series at this point.

After 10 days of play the film has a total gross of just over £7 million, the easter holidays are next week so it could hold up well again, although Zootopia will bring major competition.

Highest new film of the week enters at number 2, 10 Clover Field Lane is an odd successor to Cloverfield, but not a sequel.

£1.6 million for the weekend is not a bad entry although opened to £3 million+, this will struggle to meet even that.

Also new this week is: The boy at number 5, High-Rise at number 6 and Kapoor and Sons at number 10.

Highest total grossing film of the week is Deadpool at number 7 with £36 million over a 6 week run.

Historical charts

A year ago
Home had a great first week and debuted at the top knocking The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel down to number 3.

Five years ago
Rango stayed at the top and in a very quiet week of new releases Chalet Girl entered highest at number 4.

Ten years ago
The Pink Panther was the highest new film of the week at number 1 knocking chicken little down to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Enemy At The Gates entered at the top and it knocked Chocolat down to number 2 after a week at the top.

Twenty years ago
Get Shorty was the top new film of the week entering at the top while Trainspotting fell to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Godfather Part III remained at the top of the box office while Awakenings was the top new film making its debut at number 2.

Still at the top for a third week is Disney's Zootopia which is on track to becoming the next toon to take over $1 billion and the top animated movie! Frozen had staying power and a killer song which kids loved, Zootopia may not beat the Let It Go movie but its become another massive hit for the mouse house with an excellent $102.8 million third week from 50 countries.

The films total now sits at an excellent $591 million with no sign of letup yet, and with the spring holiday looming and no real competition who know where that could go?

A fairly quiet week on the film front with nothing wanting to open so close to the expected massive opening of Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

The highest new film of the week on a global platform is Kapoor and Sons, and Indian movie opened in 12 countries and takes $.6.8 million and opens at number 10.

Here is the full top 10 world grossing movies this week:

  1. Zootopia - $102,842,000
  2. Divergent Series Allegiant - $51,050,000
  3. The Revenant - $37,625,000
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $32,785,000
  5. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $17,500,000
  6. London Has Fallen - $16,894,000
  7. Miracles From Heaven - $15,000,000
  8. Deadpool - $14,100,000
  9. Gods Of Egypt - $7,350,000
  10. Kapoor and Sons - $6,865,000
Making it a cool 3 weeks in a row if Fox's Marvel superhero adaptation Deadpool, while the highest new film of the week enters at 2 in the shape of Grimsby.

A £2.9 million weekend is good enough to keep Deadpool at the top of the UK box office making it 3 weeks in a row now.

The big Marvel hit has now taken an incredible £31.1 million in the UK and is set to become one of Fox's biggest entries in their Marvel superhero cannon.

Highest new film of the week is Grimsby which enters the chart at number 2, maybe a little disappointing with all the press but the Sasha Baron Cohen film takes £1.9 million for the weekend.

For Cohen this is the lowest of all his film, Borat (or to give it a full title - Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan) is his highest with over £6 million on its debut.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still holding on in their and is one again the highest total grossing film of the week, not with £122.6 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Fifty Shades of Grey to second after a couple of weeks at the top.

Five years ago
Gnomeo and Juliet remained at the top for another week with I Am Number Four entering the highest at number 3.

Ten years ago
Date Movie was the highest new film knocking Disney's Chicken Little into the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago
Hannibal remain at the top of the box office, and in an unusual move the highest new film of the week was at number 6 with Finding Forrester.

Twenty years ago
There was an all new top 3 headed by Sense and Sensibility, Jumanji fell to number 4.

Twenty five years ago
Dances With Wolves remained at the top for another week after its Oscar glory with Pacific Heights the highest new film at number 2.

With the release of the latest Bond movie on home video there was never really any doubt as to what would be at the top this week, and Spectre reaches number one on its debut.

Spectre was released at UK cinemas as 26th October 2015, an unusual day for a film release as it was a Monday, but it gave it a full week release.

This full week gave the film a £41.2 million pound opening which is the highest ever in the UK, but with most film opening on a Friday this is a bit misleading, although arguably the built up speculation from Skyfall meant it may well have done the feat anyway.

Of course the film entered at the top of the box office where it stayed for 3 weeks, its second and third weeks grosses being more than most film make in either a week or a full run.

Unlike Skyfall though the film did burn quick and bright then fade, for a film of this size an 11 week run is good but not great although it has spent 5 weeks in cinemas outside the top of the box office.

The total gross to date in the UK is £95.1 million and it was the highest grossing film in the UK in 2015, although Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highest grossing film released in 2015.

It is the 3rd highest grossing film in the UK ever. In comparison to Skyfall is fell short, the previous Bond film was the first film in Britain to make over £100 million and is the 2nd highest grossing film.

Worldwide the film has taken $879.9 million and is the 40th top grossing film ever, compared to Skyfall it again falls short, that film took over $1 billion across the world and is the 14th highest grossing.

Hotel Transylvania 2 falls to number 2 this week after a couple of weeks at the top.

Deadpool makes it 2 weeks at the top of the UK box office this week with yet another decent weekend gross.

£5.6 million is enough to keep it at the top of the tree which brings its total UK gross to £25 million after 10 days in cinemas.

Repeating last weeks top 2 Alving and the Chipmunks The Road Chip hangs on in the runner up spot for a second week.

Highest new film of the week is the female let comedy How To Be Single staring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson.

The valentines day/date movie has an appeal for men but has a strong female appeal in direct competition to Deadpool, although that film does have a strong female appeal.

How To Be Single makes 3rd place on its debut with a fairly solid £1.8 million, although no-where near either leads last film of Fifty Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2.

The only other new film on the top 10 is Triple 9 at number 6.

Highest total grossing film on the box office is still Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is at number 9 this week and has now taken £122 million.

Historical charts

A Year Ago
Fifty Shades of Grey held onto the top of the box office for a second week and with little strong competition The Wedding Ringer was the highest new film at 5.

Five years ago
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starred in their self penned Paul which entered at number 1 knocking Gnomeo and Juliet down to 2.

Ten years ago
Chicken Little held on for another week at the top of the chart with Heath Ledger starring in Casanova the highest new film at number 5.

Fifteen years ago
Ridley Scott directed Hannibal which entered the box office at the top knocking Mel Gibson in What Women Want into second place.

Twenty years ago
Smash hot Jumanji entered the box office at the top of the chart knocking Heat down to second place.

Twenty Five Years ago
Dances With Wolves was still riding at the top of the box office after major Oscar success and Men At Work entered the chart at number 5.

It was half term in the UK last week and as often during a school holiday an animated feature hits the top of the video chart in a well times release by its studio.

This week its Hotel Transylvania 2 which makes its video chart debut at number 1 knocking The Martian down to number 2.

HT2 was released on 16th October 2015 where it entered the UK box office at the top with a first weekend gross of £6 million, a very good debut.

It saw a second weekend at the top the following week before it descended and in total spent 9 weeks on the box office.

Worth a mention is the original Hotel Transylania film which flies back up the chart this week to number 3 this week.

After just a single week at the top The Martian falls to number 2 this week.

Also new on the video chart is: Crimson Peak at number 5 and The Program at number 20.

In a groundbreaking week for Star Wars: The Force Awakens the seventh Star Wars film spends its 4th week at the top of the US box office.

Groundbreaking because this week it becomes the highest grossing film ever in North America, beating out 2009's Avatar.

The first film in American box office history to take over $800 million dollars the film takes $41.6 million for the weekend for a total of $812 million in total, can it be the first film to go over $1 billion in the US?

Oscar tipped and Golden Globe winning The Revenant goes on general release this week and flies for out of the chart up to number 2 this week.

Essentially a new release the film has been on limited release where it took $.4 million to take $38 million this week.

Highest fresh new entry is The Forest which enters the box office at number 4 with $13 million.

Top grossing film on the box office, no suprise, is The Force Awakens with its $812 million total gross.

As with the previous 2 week Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the top film across the UK with a weekend gross, slight above the previous week, of £10 million.

The incredible gross of The Force Awakens has now reached £97 million and is the second highest grossing film of all time in the UK sandwiched between 2 Bond films.

At the current rate of ticket sales the seventh Star Wars will become the biggest grossing film of all time in the UK by next weekend beating the £102.8 million of Skyfall.

Elsewhere there are still new films entering the box office and this week the Jennifer Lawrence/Robert De Niro double header Joy is the top new film.

Entering at number 3 the debut weekend gross of the movie is a little over £1.5 million.

Also new on this weeks box office top 10 is Eddie Raymond's new film The Danish Girl at 4 with £1.3 million.

The Force Awakens is understandably the highest total grossing film on the box office while Spectre is the longest running film on the charts clocking up 10 weeks so far.

Historical Charts
A year ago
The Theory of Everything saw the new year in with a debut at the top knocking The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies down to number 2.

Five years ago
Gullivers Travels was the first number 1 of the new making its debut there knocking Little Fockers down to 2.

Ten years ago
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe stayed at the top for a second week while Cheaper by The Dozen 2 was the highest new film at 3.

Fifteen years ago
Unbreakable was the top new film of the week at number 1 knocking Meet The PArents down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Ace Ventura When Nature Calls made its debut at number one leaving Babe to fall down to number 2.

The week between Christmas and New Year is a quiet one with many people taking a break from work which gives them time to catch up with films at the cinema, but nothing new was released so older film did well.

Still at the top is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which this week is only $20 million away from becoming the top grossing film in the US ever, beating Avatar.

This weekend the film made another $88 million, the highest 3rd weekend ever, to bring its total to $740.2 million after 17 days of release.

Biggest impact on the chart is The Hateful Eight which after an initial quiet release, to make it eligible for Oscar, it increases its release and makes $16.2 million bringing its total to $29.5 million.

A full release schedule this Friday should see more movement in the US box office next weekend as the world returns to normal after Christmas.

2015 proves to be a big year for films, with some genuinely great movies, The Force Awakens proved to be better than expected while Spectre proved to be not as good as Skyfall.

Looking at the films coming out in 2016 one thing for sure that I notice, although there are some big films this early in the year I'm not as excited as I was this time last year.

I've missed out some big films here, mainly because they are just another superhero movie, or just another comedy, the 10 film here are the films us here at 25thframe.co.uk are most excited about.

  1. Star Wars Rogue One
  2. After 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens we were all really excited for the Star Wars universe again and although Disney are taking a big risk by producing what is essentially a prequel to the original film, and sequel to Revenge of the Sith, this should be excellent even if it has an ounce of the greatness of The Force Awakens.

  3. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice
  4. We loved The Man of Steel, and this pairing, and start of The League of Justice is something to look forward to, the trailer look great so we should be in for a great film.

  5. Ghostbusters
  6. The original is still one of our all time favourite movies, McCarthy as a leading lady is a joy to watch and will be great with a proton pack, Paul Feig (director) just needs to do a really good job of directing, we have full faith in him!

  7. Suicide Squad
  8. The first trailer got us really pumped for this, if the final product is as crazy as the comic book and the promise this could be one to look out for.

  9. The Hateful Eight
  10. Tarantino back in the Western arena, his early career promised more than his latter career has delivered but he is still one of the few directors that can make us want to see a film.

  11. How to Be Single
  12. We are always up for a laugh and female led comedies are the flavour of the time, We loved both Pitch Perfect films and Rebel Wilson is always good for a laugh, Dakota Johnson won us over in Fifty Shades of Grey.

  13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  14. Not a massive Harry Potter fans here, but we are intrigued by the universe, the rides and areas at Universal Theme Parks in Florida are amazing and thats the feeling we had when watching the trailer.

  15. Finding Dory
  16. Finding Nemo is the greatest Pixar film to date, so can this go wrong? The idea and the teaser don't do it for us so were scared!

  17. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  18. Mixing Jane Austin with a zombie apocalypse is just a genius move, cant wait!

  19. Dads Army
  20. We don't like the TV series, but you cant argue that when the first trailer was released it just oozed with Britishness of a by gone era, the cast is also inspired, hence this just makes the list.

Let us know what you think of the list and what your looking forward to in 2016.

You would think there isn't much to talk about this week other than the amazing debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as it happens there were a couple of, albeit much smaller, new releases.

First of all with the dust settling on Star Wars tis time to reflect on its debut, a massive first day and first weekend takes it to the top of the UK box office with £34 million, not the highest, that still is with Spectre but that had a 7 day opening as opposed to this 4 day opening.

The Force Awakens did have a better Friday - Sunday opening though, although its not like for like as these event films are generally front loaded.

The Force Awakens should go on to challenge Skyfall as the top film ever in the UK and could still become the highest grossing film of 2015 should it continue on current track.

Coming in new at 2 is Sisters, good reviews have increased the popularity of the film and the debut of £1.2 million is non too shabby considering it came up against such a massive tour de force.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 falls from number 1 after 4 week in that position to number 5 with £0.5 million and a total UK gross of £26.6 million.

Highest total grossing film on the box office this week is Spectre, at number 6 this week, with £92.7 million, it will not overtake Skyfall as the top film in the UK now.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies stayed at the top of the box office for another week with Night At The Museum Secret of The Tomb the highest new film at 3.

Five years ago
TRON Legacy debuted on the chart at number 1 knocking The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader down to number 2 after a single week.

Ten years ago
King Kong was the top new film making its debut at the top while The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe fell to number 2.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has it's last week at the top of the world box office this week before we all get engulfed in the phenominon that sill be Star Wars.

Mockingjay Part 2 took $26 million over the week from 93 countries and is still playing strong in Europe and North America, its total world gross is $564.5 million.

We have to look to China to find the highest new film of the week in the shape of Surprise - Journey To The West - it is only released in the one territory which makes the entry at 4 even more impressive.

HIghest total grossing film across the globe this week is, still, Spectre who's gross is now up to $820.5 million, it is still showing in 95 counties the highest at the moment.

Here is the full top 10 world box office this week:

  1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 - $26,700,000
  2. The Good Dinosaur - $24,797,000
  3. In The Heart Of The Sea - $23,605,000
  4. Surprise - Journey To The West - $17,000,000
  5. Spectre - $16,900,000
  6. Point Break - $12,300,000
  7. Krampus - $11,612,655
  8. Creed - $10,120,000
  9. The Martian - $9,500,000
  10. Bridge Of Spies - $7,295,000
A third week at the top for The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 2 in the wake of little in the way of new releases in the UK.

The box office is on hold at the moment waiting for one of the biggest releases of the year which left room for Mockingly to make £2.2 million.

This brings the total UK gross for the last of The Hunger Games films to £23.3 million after 3 weeks of release.

Highest new film of the week is Christmas with the Coopers, an all American movie about family meeting up for the holiday season.

A very low debut gross of nearly £700,000 puts the film at number 5, little chance of this film having longevity at the box office though.

Highest total grossing film on the box office is Spectre which has to date grossed over £90 million and this week is at number 3.

Historical charts

A year ago
Padding retained its position at the top of the box office while the top new film was Penguins of Madagascar at 3.

Five years ago
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 stayed put at the top with Megamind the highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was still the top film, a quiet week saw the highest new film at number 4 with Keeping Mum.

Fifteen years ago
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (look out for the remake in the coming years) was the top new film debuting at number 1, it knocked off Charlies Angels which fell to 2.

Twenty years ago
Goldeneye was riding the top of the box office while Murder in the First was the highest new film coming in at 2.

Twenty five years ago
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was still at the top with Repossessed the highest new film at number 2.

With little strong competition, and none due for a week or so, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 makes it another week at the top os the US box office.

The final Hunger Games film is ticking along nicely a third weekend gross of $18, million puts the film in the frame to end up in the same ball park as the previous 2 films.

Highest new film of the week is at number 2 in the shape of scare film Krampus. The new take on a christmas theme takes $16 million over its debut.

In a quiet post Thanksgiving weekend, and dangerously close to one of the more anticipated films of the year, Krampus was the only new entry.

Highest total grossing film is the number 1 film of the week which has to date grossed $227 million.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 retains its position at the top of the UK box office this week despite some strong competition entering the chart.

The last of The Hunger Games films adds £4.5 million on its second weekend of release which brings its total to £19.3 million after 10 days of release.

The film is almost mirroring the take of the second and third film in the series and will most likely end up grossing somewhere is the region of £30 million which is the same as part 1.

Highest new film of the week is The Good Dinosaur at number 2, the new film from Pixar takes a debut gross of £2.9 million, not quite but certainly one of the lowest gross from a Pixar film.

Also new this week are: Spielberg and Hanks double header Bridge of Spies is new at 4 while the new Johnny Depp film Black Mass is new at 5. New at 7 is Carol and Tamasha is new at number 8.

Highest total grossing film on the Uk box office this week is Spectre which after 5 weeks has grossed £88.3 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Paddington was new at the top of the box office which knocked The HUnger Games Mockingjay Part 1 down to number 2.

Five years ago
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 stayed at the top for another week while Unstoppable was the highest new film at number 2.

Ten years ago
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was still holsing onto the top spot while Jodie Foster was the star of Flightplan which debuted at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Charlies Angels spent its debut week at the top of the box office, it knocked off What Lies Beneath from the top spot.

Twenty years ago
The Bond film Goldeneye made its debut a the top of the box office knocking Pocahontas down to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Home Alone stayed at the top while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original version) entered at number 2.

On this week UK video chart Pixar's hit comedy Inside Out makes its debut at the top the same week they release their latest film at the box office.

Inside Out was a massive cinema hit that was released in the UK on 24th July 2015 entering the box office at number one with a £7.3 million debut weekend.

The film hung around the box office for 15 week grossing an amazing £39.1 million in the process and was still at the box office last week.

The film is the 46th highest grossing film ever in the UK while across the globe it racked up $851.5 million (to date) and is the 43rd highest grossing film.

Minions fell from its debut a the top into the runner up position making a double top for animated movies.

Other new films this week: Ted comes in at number 3 while Southpaw is new at number 5.

This week world box office chart has The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 staying at the top for a second week.

The last of The Hunger Games series takes $113 million from 93 countries this week which brings its total to $440 million in total world grosses.

This total is pushing the film to end its run as the lowest of the series but only a little.

None of the film on the top ten this week are new film but highest improved film is The Good Dinosaur which sits at number 2 this week with $67.9 million from 40 countries, the film has taken $84.2 million in total.

The Good Dinosaur has not had the best start to its cinematic run and will end up one of the lowest grossing Pixar movies.

The highest total grossing film on the box office this week is Spectre, $43 million this week and still released in 94 countries the film has grossed $750 million worldwide.

Here is the full top 10 -

  1. The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 2 - $113,600,000
  2. The Good Dinosaur - $67,892,000
  3. The Martian - $54,650,000
  4. Spectre - $43,200,000
  5. Creed - $32,380,000
  6. Our Times - $13,000,000
  7. Victor Frankenstein - $12,350,000
  8. Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie - $9,700,000
  9. Inside Men - $9,700,000
  10. Bridge Of Spies - $8,376,000
Mixed fortunes were had over the Thanksgiving weekend at the US box office, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 retained the top spot, The Good Dinosaur entered at 2.

Mockingjay retained the top spot with $51.6 million the best second week retention of any of The Hunger Games films with just 50%, the film as grossed just over $100 million now in the US.

Coming in at second place was Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, a $40 million opening weekend is one of the weakest that Disney has seen.

Despite the mostly positive reviews the film has not had the excitement and anticipation around it that a Disney or Pixar film usually has, and its the second Pixar movie of 2015.

With this opening it will most likely end up as Pixar's first film which has essentially flopped, Pixar will be betting big on next years Finding Dory to restore their faith.

Also opening this week is Creed at 3, a spin off from the Rocky film about Apollo Creeds son getting in the ring, and Victor Frankenstein at 12, a very surprisingly low opening for a major blockbuster.

In North America this week the final instalment of the lucrative and successful The Hunger Games series finished with a number 1 debut for The Hinger Games Mockingly part 1.

With a $101 million debut it is the lowest debuting film of the series if only by a tiny amount, the poor reviews of the films haven't helped, this all means the film may have a short chart life.

Mockingjay ends the 2 week run at the top for Spectre which this week falls into the runner up spot with $14.6 million.

The total US gross for the latest Bond film now sits at $153.7 million, its a bit drop for the film in its third week which will make the film struggle to get past the US gross of Skyfall.

Other new films on the US box office this week are: Christmas film The Night Before at number 4 and The Secret in Their Eyes at number 5.

Last weekend on the UK box office the latest Bond film Spectre was far too strong during its second week of release to be knocked from the top.

Still pulling in the audiences during its second weekend Spectre scores £13 million which brings its total UK gross after 2 weekends of release to £64 million.

The film is still on track with the previous Bond movie Skyfall and could potentially give the film a run for its money as the top grossing UK film ever, despite less favourable reviews.

Although by Sunday Spectre has not quite become the top UK film of 2015 by Monday night it will have out grossed Jurassic World.

Highest new film of the week is the low budget Brooklyn which enters the UK box office at number 3 with a debut gross of £1.04 million.

Top total grossing film on the box office, after just 2 weeks of play, is Spectre.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Christopher Nolan's Interstellar hit the top spot on its debut week of release knocking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles down to number 3.

Five years ago
Due Date hot the top of the box office on its first week of release while the previous number 1, Saw 3D, fell to number 4.

Ten year ago
Nanny Mcphee went up to the top of the box office on its 3rd week of release knocking Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit from the top.

Fifteen years ago
What Lies Beneath spent another week at the top while the highest new film was right down at number 8 in the shape of Purely Belter.

Twenty years ago
Crimson Tide made its debut at the top of the box office knocking To Die For down to number 5.

Twenty five years ago
Ghost remained at the top of the box office leaving the highest new film, Young Guns II, to enter at 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
This week on the UK video chart Jurassic World stomps its way in and takes over a the top of the chart.

Jurassic World was the summer hit of 2015, released on the 12th of June it came 14 years after the previous instalment if the series.

On its debut weekend the film made £19.3 million at the UK box office placing it well and truly on the top spot.

The film hung around for a reasonable 10 weeks on the UK box office and managed to make an incredible £63.6 million in UK cinemas.

This total means its the 8th top grossing film ever in the UK behind Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone and in front of The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.

The film also did amazingly well across the globe and is currently the 3rd highest grossing film of all time with a $1.6 billion gross, behind Titanic and infant of this years Fast and Furious 7.

With such a massive film being released on video no other studio dared to go up against it so there are no other new films o the video chart this week.

This week British produced film [Spooks] The Greater Good makes its home video debut at the top of the chart.

The film was released at UK cinemas on 8th May 2015 where it debuted at number 2, behind Avengers Age of Ultron, with a debut gross of just over £1 million.

A small 4 week run on the official top 15 was a small part of its cinema total with it spending a further 8 weeks bouncing around the underbelly of the chart.

After 12 weeks in cinemas it managed a total UK gross of £3.2 million, the film didn't make an impact on the world box office scene.

Pitch Perfect 2 falls from the top where it made its debut into third place.

Other new films making their debut this week are: Thomas and Friends Sodors Legend of The Lost Treasure at number 6, Man Up at number 7 and Ruth and Alex right down at number 20.

This week British film Legend starring Tom Hardy crashes in at the top of the UK box office in its debut weekend of release replacing Compton after a couple of weeks.

Legend is based on the story of the Kray twins and details their rise to infamy, the film takes £5.1 million on it's debut.

Falling from the top spot to number 4 this week is Straight Outta Compton, now on its 3rd week of release it has grossed a very respectable £7.1 million.

Also new on the chart this week is Maze Runner The Scorch Trials which enters at number 2 and M. Night Shyamalan The Visit which is new at 3, this makes a whole new top 3 at the UK.

Woody Allen's Irrational Man also enters the chart this week at number 9, low for a new Woody Allen film.

Highest grossing film on the box office this week is Inside Out which now sits at £36.8 million after 8 weeks of release.

Historical charts

A year ago
Boxtrolls made its debut at the top of the box office replacing Lucy which fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Resident Evil: Afterlife was the new film at the top, it replace The Last Exorcism which tumbled to number 4 after one week.

Ten years ago
The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler took over at the top, it replaced The 40 Year Old Virgin which fell to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Scary Movie debuted at the top of the box office with Snatch falling into the runner up spot.

Twenty years ago
Mel Gibsons multi Oscar winning Braveheart made its debut at the top leaving Batman Forever to fall into second.

Twenty five years ago
Memphis Belle debuted at the top leaving Die Hard 2 Die Harder to tumble to second place.

With figures for global box office falling quite low this week the Trip Hop hit Straight Outta Compton bounces back to the top.

Now released in 14 countries Compton took $16.7 million last week to bring it's global total to $168 million, most of that business being in the US.

Last week top film Terminator Genisys takes a tumble this week after its better than expected showing in China and ends up at 6 with $11.6 million from 8 countries, global total is now $435.8 million.

Highest new film of the week is The Transporter Refueled which enters at number 7 with $11.1 million from 19 countries.

The reboot of the popular Transporter series has not set the world alight and sill struggle to stay with the pending holiday season coming.

Highest total grossing film on the global box office this week is Minions which has not taken just over $1 Billion and is still playing in 58 countries, this week is sits at number 4.

Here is the full global top 10:

  1. Straight Outta Compton - $16,748,840
  2. Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation - $16,550,000
  3. Minions - $13,617,070
  4. Hitman: Agent 47 - $13,575,000
  5. Ant-Man - $12,887,000
  6. Terminator Genisys - $11,635,000
  7. The Transporter Refueled - $11,130,000
  8. Inside Out - $10,246,000
  9. The Dead End - $9,900,000
  10. Man From U.N.C.L.E. - $9,645,000
The US box office this week saw a massive slump in tickets sold and was the worst labor Day weekend at the cinema for 15 years.

The number 1 spot was taken over by faith film The War Room which entered last week at 2 and climbs up to the top this week as it goes on wide release, it takes $9.3 million this weekend.

Falling to number 2 this week is the 3 times champion Straight Outta Compton which takes $8.8 million on its fourth week, the film has now taken $147.7 million.

Highest new film of the week is at number 3, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte A Walk in the Woods takes $8.1 million over the weekend.

Also new this week are: The Transporter Refueled which enters at 5 and Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos which is new at 8.

Following the path laid down by its US box office release, Straight Outta Compton this week climbs to the top of the UK box office on its debut.

A low week overall for the box office grosses and Compton's weekend take is £2.4 million, it is higher than last weeks top film.

Last weeks top film was Paper Town which this week takes a big shove down the box office and ends up at number 8 this week.

A £452,953 second weekend gross brings the film to £3.4 in total with the prospect of a very short 3 week run.

Worth noting is the run of Inside Out which once again is at 2 and again topps the chart if we count Monday - Sunday figures.<> Also new this week is Hitman Agent 47 at number 3 and 45 Years new at number 10, Zak Efrons We Are Your Friends is considered a flop with a number 13 entry.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Lucy retained its position at the top of the box office while the top new film was Lets Be Cops at number 2.

Five years ago
Adam Sandler continued his box office run with Grown Ups which made its debut at the top knocking off The Expendables which fell to number 4.

Ten years ago
New at the top was of TV remake The Dukes of Hazzard which knocked of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory which was at 2.

Fifteen years ago
X-Men held film at the top of the box office stopping Shanghai Noon from topping the chart, it had to make do with a number 2 debut.

Twenty years ago
Sandra Bullock hit the top with While You Were Sleeping on its debut weekend knocking Die Hard With A Vengeance down to 2.

Twenty five years ago
Die Hard 2 Die Harder stayed at the top leaving Wild At Heart to debut at number 2.

The summer is over and so comes to an end the summer blockbuster season where the big money for films is made.

As with many years sequels and series is where the big money is and leading the way in 2015 is the return of the Jurassic Dinosaur series after 14 years away in the form of Jurassic World.

Jurassic World took £63.6 million over the summer and will probably end up being the top film of the year as well, although there is still one film which may burst its bubble.

Animation scores big again this year and the second and third biggest movies are Minions which takes £44 million and Pixar's return Inside Out which has taken £30.6 million to date.

This years sequel to Avengers Assemble may not have made the numbers that Disney were hoping but it still did very well and is the 4th top film of the summer with £30 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is a bit of a surprise with Mad Max Fury Road taking £17.1 million, the return to the Mad Max world after 30 years proving a hit with critics and the public alike.

Biggest losers of the season are Terminator Genisys which didn't excite a modern audience, Ted 2 which simple didn't bring on the laughs of the original and Magic Mike XXL which didn't live up to the erotic expectations of its core market.

Check out all the top summer films at the UK box office.

Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation manages to hold onto the world box office for another week with $36.9 million from 64 countries, one of the wides release at the moment.

The Tom Cruise film has had a very successful run at the world box office and has to date made $438 million in global takings.

Having a big boost this week thanks to a massive opening in China is Terminator Genisys which goes back up to number 2 with $26.2 million from 2 countries, global to date is $353 million.

Highest new film of the week if the Chinese film Bride Wars, not to be mistaken with the American film of the same name from 2009.

Bride Wars (or ????? to give it the proper title!) takes $23.6 million from just the single country it has been released in, China.

Here if the full top 10 global films this week.

  1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - $36,900,000
  2. Terminator Genisys - $27,610,000
  3. Straight Outta Compton - $26,876,125
  4. Bride Wars - $23,600,000
  5. Fantastic Four - $19,850,000
  6. Hitman Agent 47 - $16,700,000
  7. Man From U.N.C.L.E. - $15,420,000
  8. Sinister 2 - $13,633,000
  9. Go Away Mr. Tumor - $13,000,000
  10. Minions - $12,506,290
In a mixed up week at the UK box office, using figures including 2 days of previews Adam Sandlers Pixels takes over a the top, the true winner is Inside Out.

If you take away the 2 days of previews Pixar's Inside Out is by far the biggest film of the weekend, and indeed of the week with only a 3% drop from the previous weeks takings.

But lets not take away from the given champion and Pixels duly takes over at the top of the UK box office with a weekend gross of £2.7 million.

After a slamming from critics last weeks top film, Fantastic Four, makes a dramatic fall from the top and lands at number 6 this week with a total gross after 2 weekends of £4.8 million.

The re-image of the superhero franchise simply hasn't worked and the new film will come no-where near the 2005 version which took £12.4 million or it's sequel 4: Rise of The Silver Surfer which took almost the same amount.

Other new film this week include The Man From U.N.C.L.E. at number 4 and Trainwreck, on a limited release, at number 5, Simon Pegg's new film Absolutely Anything enters at number 9.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Inbetweeners 2 continued their run at the top of the box office while The Expendables 3 was new at 3.

Five years ago
Toy Story 3 continued to rule the box office at the top while the critically panned The Last Airbender was new at 3.

Ten years ago
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory was still the top film in the UK while new at 2 was The Island with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson

Fifteen years ago
Gone In 60 Seconds stayed at the top for another week while, no new entries inside the top 5 so Rules of Engagement entered highest at number 6.

Twenty years ago
Batman Forever gave up the top spot to the much criticised Waterworld starring Kevin Costner and directed by Kevin Reynolds.

Twenty five years ago
Tom Cruise was at the top with Days of Thunder on its debut weekend knocking Total Recall into second place.

D23 has shaped up nicely with plenty of new info about the forthcoming star Wars films.

Check out this excellent first photo from Rogue One A Star Wars Story, and a new logo revealing the anthology film as a Star Wars Story.

At the world box office this week Fantastic Four tried its best to be the top film of the week but very poor reviews meant it made its debut at 2 keeping Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation at the top.

Rogue Nation took $94 million across the globe last week from 59 countries and to date has made $265.3 million in global takings.

Criticised from almost all critics the re-imaged Fantastic Four film could inly muster up $60.3 million from 44 countries, one of the lowest ever openings from a superhero movie.

Top grossing film on the list this week is Jurassic World which has taken an incredible $1.5 billion during its cinema run and the demand for the film still has it released in 64 countries.

Most impressive feat of the week is South Korean movie Veteran at number 7 with $15.2 million in global taking from just 1 country.

Here is the full global top 10.

  1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - $94,900,000
  2. Fantastic Four - $60,300,000
  3. Minions - $25,570,280
  4. Jurassic World - $17,030,000
  5. Ant-Man - $17,026,000
  6. Monster Hunt - $16,400,000
  7. Veteran - $15,200,000
  8. Pixels - $14,630,000
  9. Inside Out - $13,489,000
  10. The Gift - $12,909,000
Box office hit Home makes its debut at the top of the UK video this week on its debut knocking last weeks number one for six.

Home was released at the UK box office back on March 20th and had an incredible 17 week run. It made it's debut at the top where it spent a single week but then floated up and down over the following weeks.

The film took a UK gross of £24.6 million making it the 126th highest grossing film in the UK, but as it only left the charts last week and school holidays are here we could see it again!

Home also did well at the world box office taking $369.3 million and is the 226th highest grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film The Woman In Black Angel of Death takes a big tumble down the chart to number 8 this week and will most likely disappear in the coming weeks.

One other new film this week, The Gunman which enters the chart at number 2.

Ant-Man managed to beat off the new comedy from Adam Sandler this week in a fairly tight battle for the top of the US box office, Ant-Man makes it 2 weeks at number 1.

The tiny superhero movie takes just shy of $25 million on its second weekend at the box office and brings the total after 10 days to $106 million, low for a Marvel movie but still a good take.

Pixels is the latest off beat comedy from Sandler who's grosses have been slipping of late, this latest vehicle has him mixing 80's nostalgia into the mix for good measure.

A $24 million weekend sees it slip into the runner up position, but it's not a convincing weekend and the film could slip out of the box office quite quickly.

Other new film which opened in the US this week are - Southpaw at number 5 and Paper Towns at number 6.

This week in the UK Marvel/Disney's new franchise made its mark by debuting at the top of the box office at the top.

The tiny superhero had a debut weekend gross of £4 million from 555 sites, below other Marvel superhero films but for one of the less known characters and a new franchise a good opening.

A decent run over the school summer holidays could see a total gross in the high 20's into low 30 million region.

Falling into second place are the Minions, a £2.7 million gross has extended their total to £32 million, with plenty more to go over the summer this could be one of the highest grossers of the year.

André Rieu's 2015 Maastricht Concert also makes an appearance in the top 5 this week with a followup to the 2014 concert of the same name.

Indian film Bajrangi Bhaijaan and The Gallows also make appearances in the top 10 at 7 and 9 respectively.

Historical charts

A year ago
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes made it's debut on the UK box office at the top knocking down How to Train Your Dragon 2 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago
Christoper Nolan's Inception made it's mark on the box office debuting at the top while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse fell to number 3

Ten years ago
Madagascar made its way to the top of the UK box office knocking War of The Worlds to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Chicken Run continued its run at the top while The Patriot made its debut at number 3.

Marvel continues it's dominating streak of superheroes movie this week and introduces the movie world to a new charter in the shape of Ant-Man.

The smallest of the superheroes enters the chart at the top on it's debut week with a $58 million weekend which is in-line with expectations but not up there with the big guns of Thor or Ironman.

This is still a very good opening weekend and is bound to start another franchise in the Marvel/Disney cannon and could see Ant-Man join the other Avengers in their next movie.

Falling into second place after a single week at the top is the lovable yellow characters of the Minions, a second weekend gross of $50 million sees it's 10 days total rise to $216.7 million.

Trainwreck this week enters the chart at 3 as the female slapstick gross out comedy opens with $30 million while British film starring Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes opens at 10 with $2.5 million.

For the first time in who knows how many weeks the top film of the week remains the same as last week with The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel holding into the top spot.

With Fifty Shades of Grey also holding on at number 2 the highest new film enters the chart at number 3 in the shape of the Will Smith starring Focus.

Focus was released into UK cinemas on 27th February of this year entering the chart at number 3 that week and making £1.9 million in weekend takings.

The rolling week it went up to number 2 but then slipped down the chart staying on the top 15 for a 6 week stint during which time it grossed £7.3 million.

Also new this week is Still Alice at number 5, Chappie at number 6, The Boy Next Door at number 12 and The Wedding Ringer at number 13, all of which had small chart runs this year.

All change yet again at the top of the UK video chart with sequel movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel makings its debut.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was released at UK cinemas on 27th February of 2015 and made it's debut at number 1 with a weekend gross of £3.7 million.

A successful run saw the film stay at the top for a total of 3 week, but it's chart run didn't last much longer and it only lasted 6 weeks on the top 15.

The film took £15.5 million at the Uk box office making it the 278th highest grossing film ever. Compared to it's predecessor The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel it was about £5 million behind.

Last weeks top film, Fifty Shades of Grey, fell to the runner up spot this week.

Other new film of the video chart include Jupiter Ascending which enters at number 3, Last Knights which enters at number 5 and It Follows which enters at number 8.

As with the rest of the world Jurassic World took the Uk box office by storm over the weekend just gone and scored a huge debut.

Taking over the number 1 spot with ease with a £19 million opening it makes Jurassic World the 6th highest opening ever in the UK.

Jurassic World's predecessor from 2001, Jurassic Park III, only manage £4 million on its opening weekend, in fact it only took £18.3 million on it's entire run, World has beaten it already.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the second film in the series, did better with a £8.4 million opening and £30.5 million total gross while Jurassic Park took a total of £47 million, World could beat all these.

Last weeks top film, Spy, fell only to second place with £1.5 million, it's total gross is £5.5 million.

The only other new film on the box office chart this week was London Road starring Tom Hardy which debuted at number 8.

Historical charts

A Year ago
22 Jump Street retained it's position on the box office while the highest new film of the week was Oculus which debuted at number 5.

Five years ago
Sex and the City 2 was still at the top while the highest new film was Letters to Juliet at number 2

Ten years ago
Mr. & Mrs. Smith was the highest new film which finally knocked Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith from the top spot, it ended up at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Gladiator was still at the top of the charts while Drive Me Crazy was the highest new film at number 5.

Twenty years ago
The Brady Bunch Movie made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Jack and Sarah fell down to number 2.

There is little more to talk about this week other than the return of the Jurassic series to the world and how clearly the franchise holds a lot of love as it smashes the US box office to pieces.

The weekend saw it take $204 million at the US box office, the second highest opening weekend of all time over the pond and just a shade below the $207 million of Avengers from 2012.

**UPDATE**
With final figures out Jurassic World has broken the record and now has the highest grossing opening weekend in America with $208 million.

The film looks likely to be the highest grossing film of the year in America as this will have a lot of milage and potential repeat viewing as audience like the thrill of a disaster movie.

Last weeks top film, Spy, still does well in it's second weekend taking $16 million for a $57 million 10 day take.

Due to Jurassic World opening and the expectation it would clean up there were no other new releases this weekend.

Across the globe at the box office this week there is no move for the Dwayne Johnson starring San Andreas on it's second week at the top.

The earthquake picture this week takes $124 million in global tickets from 69 countries which brings it's global total gross to $287 million.

Moving up to second place is Spy which expands it's release across the globe. The Melissa McArthy starring film is out now in 55 countries and $55.6 million.

Highest new film of the week is at 3, Insidious Chapter 3 is released in 43 countries and takes $37 million across the world on it's debut.

Here is the full top 10 films across the globe.

  1. San Andreas - $124,240,000
  2. Spy - $55,600,000
  3. Insidious Chapter 3 - $37,300,000
  4. Tomorrowland - $20,822,000
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road - $18,970,000
  6. Entourage - $13,420,000
  7. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $13,201,000
  8. Stand by Me Doraemon - $12,500,000
  9. Pitch Perfect 2 - $12,341,825
  10. Poltergeist - $6,000,000
In North America this weekend Melissa McCarthy kept up her run of number 1 debuting films by taking her latest film Spy to the top of the box office.

Following in the footsteps of Identity Thief, The Heat and Tammy the top funny woman makes her latest and most critically acclaimed film debut with $30 million.

Last weeks top US film, San Andreas, falls down a single place to number 2 this week with $26 million, taking it's total to $99 million after 10 days.

Also new in the US this week is: Insidious Chapter 3 at number 3, Entourage at number 4 and right down outside to top 10, at 11, is Love and Mercy.

The actor formally known as The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, takes his starring vehicle San Andreas to the top of the UK box office on it's debut weekend of release.

Taking an acceptable, if low, £4.6 million over the Friday - Sunday weekend San Andreas is by far the biggest hit for the actor in a primary role.

The biggest film he has appeared in, although as an ensemble cast of many stars is Fast and Furious 7 from this year which is still doing well at the box office.

Pitch Perfect 2 falls to number 2 this week after 2 weeks at the top, to date the film has taken £14 million in the UK.

Also new this week is Man Up starring Simon Pegg at 7 and Danny Collins starring Al Pacino at number 10.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Maleficent made its debut at the top of the charts knocking X-Men Days of Future Past down to number 2 after a week at the top.

Five years ago
The critically panned Sex and The City 2 made it's way to the top while StreetDance 3D fell into second.

Ten years ago
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith was still the the top film in the country while House of Was was the highest new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Oscar winning Gladiator was still topping the charts and with a fairly static top 3 the highest new film was Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo at 4.

Twenty years ago
Street Fighter remained at the top with the highest new film Richie Rich at number 2.

This week Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's movie vehicle San Andreas storms to the top of the US box office charts with ease.

Taking an acceptable $53.2 million the film takes over from the lacklustre opening of last weeks top film Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland falls just a down to number 3 and leapfrogs over Pitch Perfect 2 which remains in the runner up spot, both films are at $14 and $13 million respectively this weekend.

Tomorrowland has taken a total gross of $63 million after 10 days of release.

The only other new release on the US box office this week was the Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone starring Aloha which enters at number 6.

On the UK video chart this week the Oscar winning bio-pic movie The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne makes its debut at the top.

The Theory of Everything made its debut on the UK box office chart on 2nd January this year making a debut at the top.

On its debut weekend of release it took £3.7 million, on the back of the awards it was getting and the fantastic reviews it got.

The film spent an incredible 11 weeks on the top 15 with almost as many after if left with its last appearance being 8th May, in that time it took £21.5 million.

It is the 155th highest grossing movie in the UK of all time.

Falling to the runner up spot is last weeks top film The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies.

Other new film on the video chart this week are: Mythica A Quest For Heroes at number 19 and Wyrmwood Road of The Dead at number 20, both direct to video films.

Now in its third week Avengers Age of Ultron is totally dominent on the UK box office, this weekend taking another £3 million.

The total gross for the laters Marvel superhero film in the UK is £40 million which takes it above Fast and Furious 7 as the highest grossing film of the year, an accolade Furious 7 held for 1 week.

Age of Ultron is more or less running at a par with Avengers Assemble and should end up with a similar total UK gross, across the work Ultron has grossed just over $880 million.

Making its debut on the box office this week is British film [spooks] The Greater Good - based on the TV show Spooks.

Entering in the runner up spot the film takes just over a million pound.

Other new film to enter the box office this week are: The Age of Adaline at 5 and Big Game at number 7.

Historical charts
A year ago
Bad Neighbours took over from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at the top of the chart on it's debut week of release.

Five years ago
Iron Man 2 held on strong at the top of the box office which the highest new film of the week was Furry Vengeance which came in at 2.

Ten years ago
Kingdom of Heaven made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy down to the number 2 slot.

Fifteen years ago
Kevin and Perry Go Large was still riding high at the top of the UK box office while the highest new film was right down at 6 in the shape of Man On The Moon starring Jim Carrey.

Twenty years ago
Outbreak held onto the top of the box office and there were no new entries on the chart for this week.

At the American box office this week Avengers Age of Ultron held onto the top spot on it's second week of release with ease taking in $77.2 million dollars.

Despite being slightly behind it's predecessor in it's second week Ultron has still managed an incredible $312.5 million so far.

Making it's debut in the runner up spot this week is Hot Pursuit, a female cop comedy starring Sofia Vergara and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon.

Hot Pursuit takes $13.3 million on it's debut, some $63 million behind the top film of the week.

There are no other new film on the American box office this week.

On the final day of Star Wars Celebration during a panel including Gareth Edwards (director of Rogue One) and Kathleen Kennedy (producer) the plot line for Star Wars Rogue One was revealed.

Set before the events of the original Star Wars the film follows a group of Rebel fighters on their mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.

The same plans were then inserted onto R2-D2 by Princess Lia at the start of Star Wars.

A short teaser was also shown that showed a lush green forrest which finally reveals the Death Star hovering over the planet.

The film is set for release on 16th December with shooting set to start this summer, Felicity Jones is the only cast member announced so far.

Dreamwork's latest animated movie Home makes it's American debut at the top of the North American box office this week with a very nice $54 million opening weekend.

The film also opened at the top of the Uk box office last week and is set to make a splash worldwide, and with the spring break holiday is the US happening this could ride big for a few weeks.

Missing out on the top spot is Will Farrell's latest wacky comedy Get Hard which lands at number 2 with a $34.6 million debut weekend.

Falling from the top and ending up a 3 this week is The Divergent Series Insurgent, after it's second week of release it gas a US gross of $86.3 million.

Finishing off the top 5 are Cinderella and It Follows.

Dreamworks latest animated tale hits the top in the UK this week on it's debut taking in more money than the rest of the top 15 combined.

Grossing a very good £6 million Home become an instant hit and a children's favourite with a likely sequel to come.

Struggling a little and debuting in second place is the sequel Insurgent, full title The Divergent Series Insurgent, with an opening gross of £2.9 million, although hit is ahead of the £1.7 million Divergent took on it's opening.

Falling into 3rd after 3 weeks at the top is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which has taken £13 million to date.

The gunman is also new this week at 5 and Wild Card is new at 10.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Grand Budapest Hotel was still the top film in the country and with a fairly static top 5 the highest new film was Starred Up at 6.

Five years ago
Alice In Wonderland was still at the top with the top new film coming in at 2 in the shape of The Bounty Hunter.

Ten years ago
Robots made it's debit at the top of the box office knocking Will Smith's Hitch down to second place.

Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 was still at number 1 after 7 weeks weeks at the top, the highest new entry of the week was the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, released after the death of it's director Stanley Kubrick, and the fist time it has been in cinemas in the UK since 1971.

The Divergent Series Insurgent opened up in 77 countries this last weekend and without too much of a challenge becomes the top film across the globe.

Taking a world grossing $101 million the film easily knocks Cinderella down to second place after a single week as the global top film.

New animated film Home is 3rd this week with a global gross of $19.2 million and Tak3n gets a new surge of life after opening in China and takes $18.6 million.

Finally on the top 5 this week is Lost and Love from China which takes $16.2 million from just 5 countries os release so far.

Here is the full top 10 global films this week

  1. The Divergent Series Insurgent - $101,025,000
  2. Cinderella - $75,592,000
  3. Home - $19,200,000
  4. Tak3n - 18,600,000
  5. Lost And Love - $16,285,000
  6. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $13,100,000
  7. Focus - $11,200,000
  8. Run All Night - $10,120,000
  9. Chappie - $7,750,000
  10. Big Hero 6 - $6,775,000
The young adult drama is big business at the moment and The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 1 this week enters the video chart at the top.

Released in UK cinemas on 21st November 2014 the film had a massive £12.6 million debut weekend, the 31 highest ever in the UK.

The film was on the box office chart for 8 weeks taking a total gross of £20.8 million during it's run.

In the UK it is the 78th highest grossing film ever while worldwide it is the 65th highest grossing movie with $807.5 million.

The Imitation Game fell from the top into the runner up spot on it's second week of release.

Other new film on the video chart this week are: Halo Nightfall at 4, Horns at 5 and Extraterrestrial at 13.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel makes it 3 weeks at the top in a very quiet weekend at the UK box office.

A third weekend take of £1.4 million sees The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel bring it's total up to 1£1.7 million which is keeping it in-line (a little ahead in fact) to it's predecessor.

Highest new film of the week is Run All Night starring Liam Neeson and Ed harris which enters the box office at number 2.

A relatively low opening gross of just over £800,00 will probably see the film disappear quite quickly from the box office chart.

The only other new film opening on the top 10 this week is Suite Francaise at number 4 with a half a million debut.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year a video game adaptation of Need For Speed hit the top of the box office on it's debut knocking 300 Rise of an Empire down to 3rd.

Five years ago
Alice in Wonderland was still riding the top of the box office with the highest new film at 2 in the shape of Shutter Island.

Ten years ago
Hitch made it's way to the top on it's debut weekend knocking Boogeyman from the top to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 retained it's lead at the top of the box office and in a very quiet week for new releases the highest new film was The insider at number 7.

Lucasfilms and Disney have today firmed up some more details on their forth coming Star Wars films.

The first spin off film, directed by Gareth Edwards is called Rogue One and will be released worldwide on December 16th 2016.

Star Wars Episode VIII will be released May 26th 2017, not long after the previous Star Wars film.

Here is the full press release courtesy of starwars.com

ROGUE ONE IS THE FIRST STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM, RIAN JOHNSON TO WRITE AND DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII THE TITLE FOR DIRECTOR GARETH EDWARDS' STAND-ALONE MOVIE, FEATURING ACTRESS FELICITY JONES, IS REVEALED, AND RIAN JOHNSON IS CONFIRMED FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII -- COMING TO THEATERS MAY 26, 2017.

“Always in motion is the future,” Yoda said. The future of the Star Wars cinematic galaxy, however, is taking shape.

This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

In addition, Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema's most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce.

Making it 2 weeks at the top, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel retains it's lead over the rest of the box office with £2 million over the weekend, 33% down on last week, not bad.

In an unusual move the Will Smith starring Focus moves up to second place despite a drop to £ 1.3 million in weekend gross, showing what a low grossing weekend it was.

Highest new film of the frame is Neill Blomkamp Chappie at 4, despite the hype the movie only managed a £1.015 million opening weekend, the lowest of the directors career.

Other new films this weekend are: Still Alice at 8 but from only 86 screen showing and Unfinished Business at 9, Vince Vaughn's career worst.

Historical charts

Last year
300 Rise of an Empire replaced The Lego Movie at the top of the box office on it's debut week, The Lego Movie fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland made a huge debut at the top of the box office, finally dislodging Avatar which fell a single place to 2.

Ten years ago
Horror film Boogeyman went in at the top despite it very low opening of less than a million pound, it replaces Hide and Seek which fell to 2.

Fifteen years ago
Some stability at the top with Toy Story 2 remaining at number 1, highest new film was at 2 in the shape of Three Kings starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

Twenty and twenty five years ago
Twenty years ago Dumb and Dumber was still the big film in March with The Madness of King George making waves as a new film, twenty five years ago saw Look Who's Talking making an impressive debut in March as the top film.

Director Mike Leigh's latest film starring Timothy Spall about the painter J.M.W. Turner takes over at the top of the video chart on it's first week of release.

The film was released on 31st October 2015 and on it's first week entered the box office chart at number 7, after a flurry of good reviews and release in more cinemas the film ir number 2 the following week.

The film as a 5 week run inside the top 15 but has continued to pull in movie goers in the weeks following right up to it's release on home video.

During it's time at the box office it has taken a total gross (to date) of £7.7 million. In America it came out February 2015 and has taken $3.3 million so far.

Fury falls just the single place to number 2 this week after it's debut at the top.

A flurry of other new film this week include: Nightcrawler at 3, Pride at 4, Dying of The Light at 8 and Love Rosie at 12 .

This week sequel movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel makes its debut at the top of the UK box office chart.

The original cast returns for the sequel to the 2012 movie with the help of American star Richard Gere who is added to the cast to give it an ‘American' appeal.

The film takes £3.7 million on it's debut weekend which is far better than the £2.2 million of the original, that film had long lasting appeal, time will tell if this follows.

Falling into the runner up spot after 2 weeks at the top is Fifty Shades Of Grey, a third weekend gross of £2.5 million brings the total to £30.4 million making it by far not the best grossing film of 2015 to date.

Worth mentioning, if the chart were based on the full week ticket sales and not just the weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey would have retained it's position at the top with £5 million.

Other new films to enter the box office this week are: Focus at 3, The Boy Next Door at 7 and It Follows at 8.

Historical charts

A Year ago
The Logo Movie was still riding high at the top of the box office which Liam Neeson starred in the highest new film at 2 Non-Stop.

Five years ago
Avatar was still the top film in the UK while the highest new film was The Crazies which entered at number 3.

Ten years ago
Robert De Nero starred in the chiller Hide and Seek which entered at the top knocking Meet The Fockers down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
There was no moving Toy Story 2 which spent another week at the top while the highest new film of the week was The Talented Mr. Ripley which entered at number 3.

Disney hold on to the top spot this week with their latest animated big screen movie Big Hero 6, and in a repeat of last week it only just out grosses Kingsman The Secret Service which holds at 2.

Another £2.5 million over the weekend sees the Hero 6's UK gross rise to £7.5 million from it's 11 days of release, including preview screenings.

Interestingly it was the weekend which gave Hero 6 the top spot, looking at the chart for the full week, Kingsman takes the top spot by nearly a million pound.

Highest new film of the week is from the Aardman animated studio, Shaun The Sheep Movie enters at number 4.

Shaun takes ££2 million for the weekend, not the numbers that Wallace and Gromit are used to but it's up there with other Aardman films.

Also new on the UK box office are: Jupiter Ascending from the Wachowski siblings at 4 and Selma at number 6.

Historical box office

A year ago
Mr. Peabody and Sherman entered the box office at the top on it's debut weekend of release knocking The Wolf of Wall Street from the top to number 3.

Five years ago
Avatar retained the top spot for yet another week, The Princess and The Frog from the mouse house was the highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Meet The Fockers stayed at the top for another week leaving Ocean's Twelve to land on the box office at number 2 on it's debut.

Fifteen and Twenty years ago
Oscar winner American Beauty was still at the top of the box office fifteen years ago while twenty years ago the controversial Natural Born Killers was the top film in the country.

This weekend there was one clear winner in the box office race, it was in the shape of a sponge, the second Spongebob movie, The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water.

The first Spongebob movie was released 10 years ago but all this time later and the follow up takes the franchise in a whole different direction for the popular cartoon character.

The Spongebob Movie takes an excellent $56 million on it's debut weekend.

Getting knocked down to number 2 is American Sniper which takes $24 million this weekend bringing it's US total to $282 million.

Also new this week is: Jupiter Ascending at 3 which at $19 million debut is the lowest for a Wachowskis film since they hit the big time, also Seventh Son is new at 4.

All change at the top this week as Disney take over with their animated blockbuster Big Hero 6 making it's debut.

Like it's predecessor from the Mouse House Big Hero 6 makes it's debut at the top of the box office, and like Frozen which debuted with £4.7 million Big Hero 6 takes takes £4.2.

The release is just before the Uk school half term holiday which will see a massive boost in it's takings, and although it will do well it wont do as well as the juggernaut that has been Frozen.

Falling from the top spot this week is American Sniper which is this week at 3 and a total gross just shy of £10 million.

Making it's debut at 2, and only why of the top spot by £50,000, is Kingsman The Secret Service.

Other new films this week are: Inherent Vice at 9 and Les Contes Dhoffmann Met Opera 2015 at 10.

Historical Charts

A year ago
The Wolf of Wall Street was holding onto the top spot for another week while the highest new film was That Awkward Moment which came in at 3.

Five years ago
There was still no move for Avatar as it held onto the top spot while the highest new film was Mel Gibsons try at a comeback movie in Edge of Darkness at 3.

Ten years ago
Meet The Fockers was the highest new film which debuted at the top of the box office knocking Closer down to the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago
Double Jeopardy made it's debut at the top of the chart knocking Angelas Ashes down to the number 2 spot.

Like there is no stopping the man Liam Neeson, not only is he top of the box office chart with Taken 3 but he is also top of the video charts with A Walk Among The Tombstones.

The film was released into UK cinemas on 19th September 2014 and was a small hit, it managed to debut at number 2 on the box office with £1.3 million but fell sharply only managing 3 weeks.

It spent another 3 weeks outside the box office top 15 ending up with a £3.7 million total gross.

Falling from the top this week, Lucy manages to still sell strongly and is at number 2 this week.

Also new this week is: Big Oscar film Boyhood at number 3, A Most Wanted Man at number 4 and The Riot Club at number 13.

Staying put this week, Tak3n makes it 2 weeks at the top of the UK box office despite a challenge from the new Clint Eastwood film.

Liam Neeson has become the action hero of the moment with Taken 3 taking another £3.3 million from the weekend which brings it's total to £12.2 million after 10 days.

The threequel is keeping well in line with the previous film in the series but it already double that of the first films full UK cinema run.

Debuting strong at number 2 is American Sniper which enters the Uk box office with a first weekend gross of £2.5 million, Oscar nomination are boosting it's potential and it could end up one of Eastwood's highest grossing films.

The theory of Everything, Into the Woods and Paddington wound out the top five.

Other new films this week are: Whiplash at 7, Wild at 9, The Merry Widow Met Opera 2015 at 10 and Testament of Youth at 11.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Wolf of Wall Street was the first new number 1 film of the year debuting in the top spot and knocking 12 Years A Slave into second place.

Five years ago
Avatar stayed on top for yet another week and the highest new film was Up In The Air right down at 5.

Ten years ago
Highest new film and new number 1 for the week was Closer which knocked White Noise from the top to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Sleepy Hollow kept it's hold on the top of the box office where it entered the previous week, Angelas Ashes was the highest new film of the week at 2.

After a trio of weeks at the top of the box office The Hobbits have made way for the Oscar tipped Stephen Hawking bio-pic The Theory Of Everything.

The film had previews in the last week which pushed it to the top of the tree, had it not had those previews it would have stalled at number 2 and not debuted at the top, instead it makes it way to number 1 with £3.7 million.

Falling just the one place this week is The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies which only narrowly missed out on a fourth week at the top with a £3.2 million start to the year.

Sitting comfortably at number 2 the third and final Hobbit movie has so far racked up £36.7 million in the UK, and looks likely to beat Smaugs UK total.

Also new this week are
The Woman In Black Angel of Death at 4
Birdman at 7

Historical charts

A year ago
After entering lower down the chart with preview screenings American Husle moves to the top of the box office knocking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug down to number 2, Last Vegas was the highest new film at 4.

Five years ago
After giving up the top spot for a couple of weeks Avatar makes its way back to the top knocking Alvin and The Chipmunks The Squeakquel down to 3, Did You Hear About The Morgans? was the highest new film at 4.

Ten years ago
The Incredibles regained the number 1 spot after a couple of weeks away knocking The Polar Express down to number 5, highest new film of the week was Without A Paddle at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
There was no stopping The World Is Not Enough as it spent another week at the top of the box office, very little in the way of new releases meant that Fantasia 2000 was the highest new film right down at 13, and on limited release!

Twenty years of in the Month of January Interview With The Vampire was the big film with again with Star Trek Generations making an impress debut run at number 2.

Twenty five years ago Parenthood was the top film for January while When Harry Met Sally was the big new film for the month at number 2.

What are the films were looking forward to the most in 2015? Here is our list of the 15 films were most excited about this year.

Do you agree? Have we missed something off? Let us know what you think of this list.

So in order of release date here it is.

Big Hero 6 - Disney always have a place in cinema and here is their latest effort, released last year in America it got great reviews.

Fifty Shades of Grey - Despite the trashy nature of the novel the trailer for this have made it look, if nothing else, intriguing.

Chappie - Neill Blomkamp delivered with District 9 and brought the interesting Elysium to the screen, the trailer looks good.

The Divergent Series Insurgent - Divergent was surprisingly good and has whetted the appetite for this sequel.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Avengers was simply brilliant and this should deliver action and drama in ample doses, Joss Whedon can do no wrong!

Pitch Perfect 2 - The real surprise feel good movie of all time, Pitch Perfect get it's deserved sequel.

Pixels - it may have Adam Sandler in it but the concept just makes us want to see this big time.

Tomorrowland - Fascinating concept and with George Clooney, it will be either great or just terrible!

Jurassic World - 14 years later the world of dinosaurs has evolved to a fully working theme park as visualised in the original, of course things go wrong!

Terminator: Genisys - Love or hate the idea behind this it will either revive or kill the series, and how else could they have brought an ageing Arnie back?

Minions - The best of the Despicable Me series gets their own film, the trailer have the laughing out loud.

Inside Out - Pixar are back with a take on the Hermans Head idea, even Pixars worst and really great so high expectations for this.

Suffragette - Maybe its because we know someone in this film, or maybe it's because of the all star line up but were really looking forward to this.

Spectre - It's Bond, it's the follow up the the Uk's highest grossing film ever, it will be great, nothing more to say.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The year ends with the most anticipated film of them all and the most anticipated film since … Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, lets hope this one live up to expectations.

Disney's Frozen's latest spell at the top of the video charts shows no sign of being relinquished over the festive period as it spends a third consecutive week at number one.

Not bad for a film which came out back in March of this year, and has just recently had a re-release at the cinema in a sing-a-long version.

The video chart is fairly static this week with films simply jumping up and down, not unusual for the Christmas period and present buying.

There is a re-entry this week in the shape of The Inbetweeners at number 18, and there is a single new entry at number 20 in the shape of Sex Tape.

Sex Tape was released at the cinema on 5th September where it did enter at the top of the box office with £1.4 million.

The film hung around for 5 weeks and took a UK gross of £4.4 million.

Worth noting is that the video release only just squeezes into the chart, and in fact if you add in all the TV shows and stand up comedian videos that are so popular this time of year the film would not even have been in the top 20, it would be at 27!

As if there was little doubt in the outcome of of this weeks US box office results and is time honoured tradition The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies takes the top spot on the box office.

The second trilogy in the Middle Earth saga has had a rough journey to cinema screens, but Peter Jackson tops off his epic saga in style, although the total box office for the second group of films will be below that of the first.

The Hobbit knocks Exodus Gods and Kings right down to fourth place with Night At The Museum Secret of The Tomb entering as a new film at two and Annie entering at three.

Also new this week at the American box office are Wild at six and indian blockbuster PK at ten.

The Hobbit series of movies has never quite been the box office kings that The Lord of the Rings Series was, but The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week flies in as the top film of the weekend.

Taking a very respectable £9.8 million the third and last film in The Hobbit, and The Middle Earth saga manages to beat everything else with ease, and it also beats the second of The Hobbit films but not the first.

The new number one film takes over from last weeks top film Paddington which falls a single place after two weeks at the top, it's total gross so far is £14.3 million.

Also new this week is Tinker Bell and The Legend of The Neverbeast at 7.

Historical box office

A year ago
New at the top was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on it's debut weekend, it knocked Disneys Frozen from the top.

Five years ago
A Christmas Carol went back up to the top after four week bouncing around the top three, it knocked off Paranormal Activity.

Ten years ago
Blade flew in at the top of the box office and knocked The Incredibles down to the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago
The World Is Not Enough spent it's third week at the top of the box office while Arnie starred in End of Days which was the highest new film at two.

The inbetweeners 2 takes hold of the video chart number 1 spot on it's debut week of release pushing Guardians of The Galaxy fro the top to third.

The second Inbetweeners movie was released in cinemas on 8th August this year when it broke records by having the highest first day gross for a comedy, it took £12.5 million over it's debut weekend.

It saw a couple of weeks at the top, but had a very front loaded audience as the film only spent 6 weeks on the chart, but it grossed £34.6 million in the process.

In comparison the first movie of the series was on the box office for 9 weeks and took £45 million.

The Inbetweeners 2 is the 56th highest grossing film in the UK, it's not been released in the US yet.

Frozen this week goes back up to the number 2 spot, there is simply no stopping this films sales.

Other new films include Hercules and Planes Fire and Rescue.

Another change on the UK video chart this week with tearjerking drama The Fault in Our Stars taking over at the top of the chart on it's first week of release.

The Fault in Our Stars was released at UK cinemas on 20th June this year taking £3.4 million on it's opening weekend where it entered at the top of the box office.

A six week stay on the box office saw it take a total gross of £11 million most of which happened in the first 3 weeks of release.

Falling from the top position to the runner up on it's second week of release is Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie.

The HobbitL The Desolation of Smaug was released in special extended edition last week and in turn re-enters the video chart at three.

Other new film of the video chart this week are: The Snow Queen at seven, Chef at thirteen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire re-enters at fourteen.

Despite it being Halloween new horror film Ouija could not make it's way to the top of the UK box office and instead the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles went back to the top in their third week of release.

Taking nearly £1.5 million for the weekend the Turtles have now spent 3 weeks on release and have taken a total of £11.7 million. The return of the Turtles for a new generation has been a massive success and has so far taken $434.5 million across the world.

Highest new film this week is Ouija which has taken £1.4 million, arguably because of the Halloween weekend and people looking for a fright, the film could disappear quite quickly.

Last weeks top film, Fury, falls to number 3 this week with £1.2 million. It was in reality a very tight top 3 this week with only about £200,000 separating the top films.

Historical charts

A year ago
Thor: The Dark World took the top spot on it's opening weekend knocking Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago
In the wake of his death the documentary about Michael Jacksons concerts that never happend This Is It took the top spot knocking Pixars Up down the two.

Ten years ago
Shark Tale hung onto the top spot for a second week with the highest new film coming in at 4 in the shape of Finding Neverland.

Fifteen years ago
Halloween took the box office by storm with The Blair Witch Project climbing to the top spot on it's second week of release, the highest new film was Vampires right down in seventh place.

All change at the top of the UK video chart this week with 2 big new entries going in at 1 and 2 in the run up to the big Christmas selling season.

The Winner was Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie which takes over from Maleficent as the top selling DVD/Blu-ray of the week.

Mrs Brown was released at cinemas on 27th June to much anticipation and hit the top spot on it's opening weekend with a gross of £4.3 million.

It hung around the box office for 6 weeks raking in a quite respectable £14.5 million in the process, a good amount for a low budget movie.

It currently sits at the 289th highest grossing movie in the UK, across the world it didn't get a release date which isn't much of a surprise as it's very my a British phenomenon.

Also doing well is the 2014 version of the Godzilla legend which lands at number 2 this week, a number 1 film from mid May which grossed £17 million at ht box office.

The only other new film this week is the direct to DVD film Adventurer The Curse of The Midas Box.

This week war film Fury starring Brad Pitt takes over at the top of the UK box office on it's debut week of release.

A reasonably good weekend gross of £2.7 million sees then over take Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after they spend just a single week at number 1.

Fury is already director David Ayer highest grossing film in the UK although for Brad Pitt it has a long way to go to beat the £25 million of Ocean's Eleven.

Fallling into second place after it's top spot debut last week, the Turtles manage to add £2 million to their gross bringing it to £7.9 after a second weekend of play.

Other new film on the top 15 this week are: The Book of Life at 4, Happy New Year at 8, Love Rosie at 9 and The Babadook at 10.

Historical Charts

One year ago
This time last year Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking Captain Phillips down just a single place to 2.

Five years ago
Up retained it's lead on the box office for a second week leaving the top new film to be Saw VI at two trying the capture the Halloween market.

Ten years ago
Sharks Tale spent another week at the top of the box office, AVP Alien Vs Predator was the highest new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Disney's Tarzan spent another week at the top and with a fairly static top 3 the highest new film was Steve martin and Eddie Murphy in Bowfinger at 4.

With Halloween just around the corner it's time for the horror films to come out, no Saw or Paranormal Activity this year which leaves the door open for a potential franchise.

Ouija has the honour this year and duly opens up in the top spot with a weekend take of $20 million.

Last weeks top film, Fury, falling down into third place this week after a single week at the top, it's gross to date $23.7 million.

Also having a strong debut on this weeks chart, at two, is Keanu Reeves new starring vehicle John Wick, goos review took it to second on the chart with $14.1 million.

Check out the top 12 American box office at 25thframe.co.uk.

Gone Girl gives up it's reign at the top of the box office this week allowing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to debut at the top.

Reboots being the name of the game, Michael Bay produces a new take on the Turtles story of which the first film was released back in 1990.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starring Megan Fox the new spin makes £4.7 million on it's opening weekend, there is no data for the opening weekend of the 1990 version, but an animated version came out in 2007 called TMNT which tool just less than a million pond on it's debut.

Gone Girl is still doing very well at the box office and this weeks falls into second place with a weekend gross of £2.3 million pound to bring it's total gross in the UK to £14.2 million which places it between Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Terminator Salvation as the top UK films.

Other new film at the UK are The Best of Me at 5, The Judge (a little disappointingly) at 9 and Northern Soul at 10, event feature The Metropolitan Opera Le Nozze Di Figaro 2014 is at 11.

Historical charts.

One year ago
Last year animated film Turbo was debuting a the top of the box office knocking Prisoners right down to fourth with Captain Phillips and Escape Plan also debuting in second and third.

Five years ago
Up remained at the top for another week while Couples Retreat was the highest new film debuting at two.

Ten years ago
Shark Tale made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking the previous number one, Bride and Prejudice down to fourth.

Fifteen years ago
Deep Blue Sea made a debut at the top of the box office chart meaning that American Pie took a tumble into second place.

This week at the UK box office there was no shifting for Gone Girl as the David Fincher film retains it's hold of the top spot for a second week.

Holding on with a weekend gross of £3.06 million Gone Girl has taken £9.8 million during it's 10 days of release.

Debuting in second place is the latest teen survival movie in the shape of The Maze Runner, based on the first of James Dashner series of books.

Maze Runner takes £2.04 million from the weekend, not a bad debut although in comparison The Hunger Games took £4.9 million on it's debut while Twilight took a comparable £2.5 million.

Also new this week: Horror movie Annabelle at 3, Event film showing for one weekend One Direction Where We Are at 4, romantic comedy The Rewrite is at 9 (are we getting sick of Hugh Grant?).

Historical Charts
One year ago
Prisoners spent an incredible third week at the top of the box office and with a ver static top 5 the highest new film was The Fifth State at 6.

Five years ago
Pixars Up was debuting at the top of the box office knocking off The Invention of Lying which fell to third place.

Ten years ago
Bride and Prejudice as the new film at the top of the charts with the previous weeks number 1 dropping down to third place.

Fifteen years ago
American Pie made it's debut at the top of the box office and Big Daddy fell from the top to the number three spot.

There was little doubt over what would be the top film this weekend at the UK box office, and with ease the David Fincher directed Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck debuts at the top.

It's weekend take of £4.1 million Gone Girl makes a very impressive October debut. It has a long way to go for it to be Ben Affleck's top grossing film which is currently Shakespeare in Love from 1999.

Director David Fincher also has an impressive box office record, his best film to date being 1995's Seven, his second film, and considered a classic.

Coming in quite respectably in second is Dracula Untold which debuts at number 2 with £1.7 million.

Falling a single place to number 3 this week is The Equalizer which add's £1.2 million to make a 10 day total of £4.3.

Last weeks top film was an event movie for one day only, which actually had some “encore” screenings which means it hans on and makes £114,000 this week but, as expected, tumbles down the chart this week.

Historical charts

1 year ago
Prisoners stayed at the top of the box office for a second week while the top new film was Filth at two.

5 years ago
The Fame remake stayed at the top for a second week leaving the highest new film to enter at two, The Invention of Lying.

10 years ago
Tennis film Wimbledon kept hold of the top spot leaving Layer Cake to debut in the runner up spot.

15 years ago
Adam Sandler starred in the highest new film of the week, debuting at one with Big Daddy, The Haunting fell to number two after a week at the top.

20 years ago
October 1994 saw the dominance of The Lion King keep it at the top film of the month while Pulp Fiction and Frankenstein debuted strong in the top 5.

25 years ago
The big film of October 1989 was Back to the Future Part II which was the top grossing movie, Septembers top film Shirley Valentine was still doing well.

All change on the UK video chart this week with 300 Rise of an Empire taking over at the top and Disney absolutely dominating throughout the chart.

300 Rise of an Empire was released in the Uk on 7th March this year and entered the box office at the top of the chart with a debut weekend gross of £2.8 million.

The film hung around the chart 5 weeks making a steady slide down the chart with each week, ending it's run on 4th April with a total gross of £7.7 million.

Across the world it did well taking a global gross of $331 million and is the 268th highest grossing movie of all time.

Last weeks top film, Legends of Oz Dorothys Return, makes a spectacular fall to number 13 on this week list.

Worth a strong mention this week is Disney's dominance, with a 2 for 1 sale on their disks at the moment they hold 11 places on the top 20, as well as Frozen climbing back up to number 2.

Check out the full UK video chart on 25thframe.co.uk

New films out this week are Denzel Washington in The Equalizer doing battle with Julianne Moore in Map to the Stars.

Having done the media rounds during the week the Antoine Fuqua directed The Equalizer will no doubt hit the top spot over the weekend. The film stars a popular Hollywood figure and has the built in audience of the original 80's TV show.

Map to the Stars is set to make a smaller splash this week, but given the female cast and the male dominated Equalizer this could easily get a top 5 entry, Pride is a challenge but on it's way out already.

The Boxtrolls is bound to loose it's place at the top this weekend and Liam Neesons A Walk Among the Tombstones will most likely stay in the runner up spot behind Mr Washington.

Check back next week for a breakdown of the weekend chart.

From Disney/Marvel is the the plot synopsis for Avengers Age of Ultron which is released in the UK on 25th April 2015.

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Marvel Studios presents "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

After 2 weeks at the top Lucy gets knocked down the chart by Sex Tape which makes it's debut in the Uk at number 1.

Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel this Jake Kasdan directed comedy about a couple trying to spice up their sex life by making a movie, which then gets shared to everyone debuts with £1.4 million.

Not a great opening gross especially for the 2 leads, Diaz has enjoyed great success with the Shrek franchise while Segel has seen big grosses with the likes of The Muppets, Gullivers Travels and Knocked Up.

Lucy has been having a great cinema run and after 3 weeks of release has taken a very respectable £10.46 million.

Also new this week is

Before I go to Sleep at 3
The Hundred Foot Journey at 4
The Guest at 8

Chart History
One year ago this week Richard Curtis's About Time made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking the One Direction boys to 3rd.

Five years ago District 9 was the debut film for Neill Blomkamp and it debuted at the top knocking The Final Destination into second.

Ten years ago Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks team up agin to debut the Terminal at the top knocking Dodgeball to second place.

Fifteen years ago so a very static box office with South Park Bigger Louder and Uncut staying at the top while the top new film was Go right down at six.

Finally twenty years ago this month Speed and Forest Gump where the big film at the box office while twenty five years ago Dead Poets Society and Young Einstein were the big grossing films of September.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 makes it's UK home video chart debut at the top this week, as you would have expected, replacing last weeks top film Captain America.

Spider-Man's second amazing film was released at the box office on April 18th this year with a debut week at the top of the box office chart.

It's stayed in the top position for 3 weeks before it fell quite hard out of the box office chart spending just 6 weeks at cinemas.

During it's 6 week run though it did gross a quite respectable £23.6 million making it the 119th top film in the UK, worldwide it grossed $706 million making it the 63rd top film evert.

Spider-Man's sequel performed roughly on par with it's predecessor which spent an extra week at the UK box office and grossed a little more at £25 million.

Last weeks top film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier fell just a single place this week to number 2.

I can't go a week without mentioning Disney's Frozen and this week it jumps up another place and goes back into the top 3.

Check out the full UK home video chart.

At the UK box office this week Luc Besson's directed Lucy about a woman using 100% of her brain takes over at the top.

Starring Scarlett Johansson Lucy tops the box office on it's debut week of release with a weekend gross of £3.07 million.

Compared to Luc Bessons previous films this is by far the best opening he has had, Arthur and the Invisibles is his highest grossing British release which took just over a million on it's release in 2007.

Scarlett Johansson is part of the Marvel Avengers universe so has seen some astronomical releases over the past few years and so it's a little unfair to compare!

Falling into second place is last weeks top film The Inbetweeners 2 which has now grossed £27.6 million after 3 weeks of release.

There is a few other new entries this week which are
Into the Storm at 4 Deliver Us From Evil at 5
What if at 6

Doctor Who: Deep Breath at 8, from a single day special showing on Saturday
Two Days, One Night at 14

Last year Matt Damon was starring in Elysium which entered at the top of the box office knocking Kick-Ass 2 right down to 7.

Five years ago Inglourious Basterds was the new top film in the UK knocking The Time Travers Wife down to the runner up spot.

Ten years ago M. Night Shyamalan released The Village which hit the top spot on it's debut with The Bourne Supremacy falling a single place to number 2.

Fifteen years ago Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace reclaimed the top spot knocking Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged me to number 2, highest new film was Micky Blue Eys at 3.

With very little in the way of new films this weekend the Daniel Radcliffe starring What If seems to have the biggest potential with Lucy and Into The Storm also on release. The former Harry Potter star has really built up a following since his days as the boy wizard and he has had big success outside the series with The Woman in Black.

A fairly simple love story What If should see a top 5 entry, especially for the Potter fans wanting to see how Radcliffe does as a romantic lead.

Possibly out to spoil What If's party is Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Luc Besson, the French director who brought us Le Femme Nikita and Leon.

With a top hollywood star, Morgan Freeman in for good measure and good pre-word this could easily out perform What If this weekend.

Into The Storm is also out, but no star appeal and a tried and tested them of weather elements gone wrong this should limp into the top 10.

Also worth a mention is Doctor Who, a special event screening of the first episode of the new series is happening on Saturday night, the previous Doctor Who event screen took Day of the Doctor to number 3 with £1.8 million.

The top 2 films of The Inbetweeners 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy should stay in place but maybe there will be a swap around with Guardians going back to the top?

Come back next week to find out the final weekend results.

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.

In America this week the Turtles kept at bay all new comers to hang onto the number 1 spot for a second week.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the remake/reboot) has now grossed $117 million dollars at the American box office over it's 10 day release period.

Staying in the runner up spot is Guardians of the Galaxy which means the highest new film of the week enters at 3.

Lets Be Cops directed by Luke Greenfield and starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. took $17.7 million for the weekend, beating the highly anticipated The Expendables 3 which struggles with $12 million.

Check out the US box office on 25thframe.co.uk

Selling well on DVD and Blu-ray this week, Rio 2 makes it's debut on the home entertainment chart at the top, removing The Lego Movie after it's spell as the top seller.

Rio 2 hit the UK box office during the Easter holidays this year making it's debut on the chart for April 4th, it debuted at the top with a opening weekend gross of £2.8 million.

Over a fantastic 12 week run at the UK box office it went on to a total gross of £15 million and is the 266th top grossing film ever in the UK.

On the world stage it has made $473 million making it the 135th top film ever. Compared to the first Rio film it outperformed it but only just.

With Rio 2 at the top and The Logo Movie at 2, Noah falls to 3 this week and Frozen holds steady at number 4.

Other new film on video this week
The Legend of Hercules at 5
Starred Up at 6

14 years after their first appearance on the big screen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and dominating the box office.

In a surprise move the Turtles stormed the box office beating expectation and knocking last weeks top film Guardians of the Galaxy from the top spot.

The Turtles took a $65 million (including Thursday night previews) over it's debut weekend, making it one of the biggest August debuts, it's a boon a good year for August debuts with Guardians breaking the record last week.

Guardians of the Galaxy fell to number 2 this week, taking $42 million for the weekend it has not made $176 million in the US after 2 weeks of release.

Also hitting the US box office are:
Into The Storm - number 3 with $18 million
The Hundred-Foot Journey - at number 4 with $11 million
Step up 5 All In - number 6 with $6.5 million

This week we see the under sexed Inbetweeners going head to head with Disney trying to make cash from one of it's many franchises.

The Inbetweeners have become a pop culture phenomenon, there is no doubt, what started out as a adolescent comedy on Channel 4 turned into a £45 million grossing movie.

This week they are back for more of the same, only in Australia, and if the opening day gross of £2.75 million is setting the trend for this film then it will knock Guardians of the Galaxy from the top in style.

Make no mistake, this will be the number one film this week, it's simply a case of how much it can gross on it's debut.

Also out is Disney trying to milk their Planes franchise. One for the kids and one that should have been a video debut, Planes: Fire and Rescue will be a modest hit.

Released timely in the holidays it goes up agains How To Train Your Dragon 2 and The Nut Job, both old now, but should be a top 5 hit, if only for the familiarity and the Disney name.

Come back next week to see how well they did at the weekend box office.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes holds off the challenge of Hercules, The Purge Anarchy and Earth to Echo to keep the top spot at the UK box office for another week.

Now in it's second weekend of release Dawn of the Apes easily hangs on to the top spot with a weekend take of £3.7 million, this brings it's total gross to £17 million after 10 days of release.

Highest new film of the week is Dwayne Johnson in a retelling of Hercules, an all out action film rather than historical retelling of the Greek myth it's directed by Brett Ratner.

Hercules took a gross of £1.5 million on it's opening weekend, it has a long was to go to even be one of Johnson's best films as he's been part of the Fast and Furious series and The Mummy series.

Likewise Brett Ratner has been part of the X-Men series and directed the 2 Rush Hour movies, and also directed a Hannibal Lector film, all high grossing franchises.

Hercules could sink quite fast especially with some of the new releases coming in the next few weeks which will be ultimately bigger box office hits.

There are plenty of other new releases this week in the form of
The Purge Anarchy at 3
Earth to Echo at 6
Kickat 8
The House of Magic at 10

This time last year new at the top was The Wolverine based on the X-Men universe which topped on it's debut knocking Monsters University into 2nd.

Five years ago Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was still at the top in it's second week and The Proposal with Sandra Bullock was new at 2.

Ten years ago Spider-Man 2 held onto the top spot for a second week with the highest new film being Thunderbirds at 3.

Fifteen years ago it was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace holding onto the top spot for a second week, and with nothing daring to open up in the wake of such a big film the highest new film was Hindustan Ki Kasam at 10.

It was a quiet week for new releases on UK home video front this week and so Disney's Frozen incredibly retakes the top spot.

There is no stopping the might of the Disney snow flick as it continues to sell in incredible numbers and after dipping down the chart slightly last week leaps back up to the top.

Last weeks top film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, falls to three this week on it's second week of release.

Highest new film of the week is the kids film Escape From Planet Earth, which enters the video chart at number 4.

Escape From Planet Earth had a quiet box office release on 7th March this year, it entered the box office at number 7 making just shy of £400,000 on it's debut, it lasted 3 weeks taking just under £1 million in the process.

Also new this week is:
Under the Skin at 5
The Hooligan Factory at 9
Vampire Academy at 16

Check out the full UK video chart.

UK new film analysis 18th July: Apes set to dominate the box office, Douglas and Keaton also make a show This weekend it's time for the apes to show how well they can do in the British market as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes makes it's UK debut.

Dominating much of the world box office last weekend the apes sequel waited until the World Cup was over before being released across Europe.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be the top film after mostly good reviews, it may have a chance of beating last weeks Transformers: Age of Extinction £11 million opening, Apes has had no pre shows though.

Also out this week sees Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in And So It Goes, directed by Rob Reiner this is a typical film of life, love and not getting on with relative.

The stars and director all have their followings but this will chart in the top 5 and go quickly, out on DVD in the next few months.

There was do doubt this week that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes would be the top film in America, and it does so with ease over the rest of the box office.

A very good $73 million dollars assured that the new apes film would be big and it not only far out grossed the rest of the box office but out grossed it predecessor.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes $55 million on it's American opening, it was a (nearly) new franchise so that may have effected it, Dawn has had very positive reviews and Rise was considered a big hit in the end.

Falling into the runner up spot this week is Transformers: Age of Extinction, two weeks at the top has earned it over $200 million in the US.

An interesting weekend of releases, Transformers: Age of Extinction and How to Train Your Dragon 2 go on general release after a couple of weeks of previews, and Boyhood and Begin Again are fresh to cinemas.

The fourth Transformers film is going to be the top film of the weekend, last weeks previews will be added to the gross meaning it will open in the £10 million mark and it could be the biggest opening of the franchise.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been on pre-release for a while now and has been on the box office chart for a couple of weeks, it's wider release will push it up the chart and it should go to number 2 this weekend.

Boyhood is a film from Richard Linklater and has been 12 years in the making, following the life of a young lad Linklater film in realtime with the boy growing up. Good reviews means it should get at least a top 10 entry.

Also out is Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again.

As expected the movie version of Mrs. Browns Boys took the top spot at the UK box office, and with quite a strong margin over the rest.

On it's debut weekend Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie took an incredible £4.3 million, far higher than expected and proving that the Irish sit-com has quite a following.

I suspect that this is a fairly front loaded event and we could see it fall quite sharply, I dont think it has the lasting appeal of movie like The Inbetweeners Movie.

Falling to the runner up spot this week is The Fault in our stars which made £1.7 million from the weekend bringing it's 10 day gross to £6.7 million.

Other new film to chart this week are:
Chef at 5
How to Train Your Drans 2 (still only on previews) at 6
Walking on Sunshine at 7
Cold in July at 11
Ek Villain at 12
Punjab 1984 at 13

This time last year Despicable Me 2 hit the top of the box office on it's debut week of release, it would go on to be the top film in the UK of 2013, it knocked Man of Steel into 2nd place.

Five years ago Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was still the top film in the UK and Year One with Jack Black was the highest new film at 3.

Ten years ago it was still Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the top while the top new film of the week was Tom Hanks on Lady Killers at 4.

Fifteen years ago Brendan Fraser made a big screen comeback in The Mummy which debuted at the top of the box office knocking The Matrix into the runner up spot after only a week.

This week Disney prove their sales force by taking the top two slots on the video charts with Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy debuting at the top and Frozen hiding still at 2 for another week inside the top 3.

Disney released the 5th Tinker Bell feature film at UK cinemas on February 14th this year, over a 6 week period if debuted at 6 with £966,920 but then flew up to number 6 the following week taking £1,207,245.

It took a total gross of £5,459,408 which is by far the highest of the Tinker Bell films, the previous high being £3,798,612 from Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings in 2012.

Frozen continues it run on the video chart with a 13th week none of them being lower than 3.

Last weeks top film, Robocop falls to 3 this week.

There were a trio of big new releases this week and as expected The Fault in Our stars hit the top, the other two didn't perform any where near expectations.

Based on the novel of the same name The Fault in Our Stars is a teenage love story and a tragedy. Directed by Josh Boone who previously directed Stuck in Love from 2003 and starring Shailene Woodley.

Taking £3.4 million from the weekend it knocks 22 Jump Street into the number 2 spot after 2 weeks at the top, Jump Street has taken £12.7 million to date.

Under performing and new at 6 this week is the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys. Taking just £415,608 on it's debut this could be set to be one of Eastwood's worst performing films.

Also not doing as well as expected is Kevin Costner's return to the big screen in 3 Days to Kill. The McG directed film only managed £324,560 over the weekend.

This time last year Man of Steel kept it's place at the top leaving World War Z to debut in the runner up spot.

Five years ago Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen made a debut at the top knocking off The Hangover from it's debut position at the top.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban stayed at the top leaving Mean Girls to make it's debut at three with The Day After Tomorrow staying at 2.

Fifteen years ago The Matrix was refusing to shift off the top and the highest new film was Cruel Intentions at three.

This week there is very little to talk about on the DVD/Blu-ray chart. Last weeks top film Robocop is still the top film of the week and the highest new entry is right down the chart at number 16.

Other things of note on the chart is that Frozen has jumped back up to number 2 and has spent 12 weeks as one of the 3 best selling disks in all that time.

As for the highest new entry this week, Endless Love enters the chart at 16.

The film was released on 14th February this year entering the chart at number 8. A two week spell saw is fall out of the chart grossing £1,534,618.

There were no other new film this week.

A number of new releases are out this week, it's almost as if the studios predicted that most British people would loose interest in the Wold Cup by this point!

Leading the way is The Fault in Our Stars a romantic comedy/tragedy where the romance can only have one inevitable end.

The film didn't do as well as expected in the US, which could have an impact here, but in the UK there has been a heavy media buzz and positive reviews which could see this take over at the top this weekend, I expect a number 1 debut.

Based on the Stage show of the same name, Clint Eastwood directs the screen version of Jersey Boys, the story of how the The Four Seasons came together.

A massive hit on the stage but can it translate to the screen? Reviews have been mixed but with Eastwood at the helm this could have a top 3 entry easily.

Kevin Costner returns after his successful turn as Superman's dad in this action drama 3 Days to Kill. A Dying CIA agent is given a miracle drug in exchange for one last assignment, This might well go top 5 on it's debut.

Other new films this week
The Art of the Steal
Lilting

It was a largely static week this week at the Uk box office, no surprise as there was no big new release and the FIFA World Cup started with England's first game on Saturday night.

With all that going on it was a surprise to see 22 Jump Street retain the top spot with a weekend gross of £2.2 million, this brings the films total to £9.8 million after 10 days of release.

Maleficent, X-Men Days of Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow all stayed in their respective places for another week with only Maleficent taking over a million pound from those 3.

Highest new film of the week goes to Oculus which took a less than expected £413 thousand, although there were previews of How to Train Your Dragon 2 which beat it with £519 thousand, this wont count on this chart and go to their debut in a few weeks.

Other new films this week are
Belle at 7
Devils Knot at 10

This time last year Man of Steel too the top spot on it;s debut weekend of release knocking After Earth to the runner up spot.

Five years ago The Hangover surprised all and hot the top spot on it's debut and knocked Terminator Salvation into second place.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was still the top film and with a fairly still top 5 Connie and Carla was the top new film at 5.

Fifteen years ago The Matrix was the top new film of the week making it's debut at the top knocking Notting Hill into second place.

A very quiet week for releases on this Friday 13th, with only one new release of note that has a fairly niche market it should leave the field open for some old film shine.

The supernatural thriller Oculus starring former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan is the biggest new release of the week, opening on Friday 13th as a marketing mechanism.

A strong advertising campaign and the clear interest from Doctor Who fans who want to know what Gillan has been unto in the last year should see it appear at least top 3 with a 1 million plus opening.

22 Jump Street could hold on at the top, but it a male buddy movie and with the World Cup in Brazil having a big England match on Saturday night (that has a bigger male interest) Maleficent could well see itself go back to the top.

It could be the slowest weekend of the year for multiplexes as the forecast good weather and World Cup will have a major impact on box office takings.

Other new film this week are
Belle
The Hooligan Factory

The biggest of the weeks new releases hits the top of the box office with no current releases able to challenge it.

The 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street debuts at the top of the box office this week with a weekend take of around £4.8 million.

21 Jump Street was released in March 2012, a tougher time of year for a films release, it debuted at 2 taking £1.5 on it's debut going on to take nearly 10 million over 7 weeks. With better reviews this time around 22 should do better.

Jump Street removes last week top film Maleficent down to the runner up position although it still manages a £2 million weekend with a 10 day gross of £11 million.

Little else doing well on the box office this week, especially Grace of Monaco with enters the box office at 9 with just over £200,000 is takings, the one off D-Day concert did better from far less screens.

This time last year and despite the terrible reviews Will Smith and son debuted at the top with After Earth knocking The Hangover Part III to second place.

Five years ago the Terminator saga continued with Terminator Salvation taking over at the top on it's debut knocking Night at the Museum 2 down to second place.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took over from The Day After Tomorrow at the top which fell to second place.

Fifteen years ago Notting Hill retained it's place at the top for a second week leaving Human Traffic to debut at 3 at the highest new film.

Twenty years ago Four Weddings and a Funeral was still the top film around with Beverly Hills Cop III and Bad Girls debuting well.

Twenty Five years ago Indianan Jones and the Last Crusade was still the top film in June with the Bond film Licence to Kill and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels debuting well.

Two new releases will hit UK cinemas this week with the biggest of the two being 22 Jump Street, the follow up to 21 Jump Street from 2010.

21 Jump Street was based on the TV show of the same name and was a surprise hit of 2012, it was a tongue in cheek film and lots of fun, it grossed just shy of £10 million in the UK.

With little competition at the moment, but four big summer action film still doing well in cinemas this could struggle but it could be a hit alongside the summer epics.

There is an outside chance it could hit the top with a £6 million opening but a top 3 is more likely.

Grace of Monaco is also out this week, a recent showing at Cannes didn't go down well and the film was largely criticised despite the talent of Nicole Kidman in the lead role.

This will most likely have a quiet week, top 10 maybe with less than a million on it's debut weekend, I also expect it to disappear quite quick.

Also in cinemas this weekend
Fruitvale Station
The Sacrament
The Dirties
Cheap Thrills
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

Despite a crowded weekend of releases at the box office when the figures came in it was clear that there was a big winner and the Disney Hype machine had worked yet again.

Angelina Jolie takes her first big budget role in a number of years in Maleficent and with ease becomes the biggest film of the week with a £6.6 million take.

Disney are on a roll, it looks like Maleficent will be a sizeable hit and their last film, Frozen, has become one of the biggest film of all time taking over $1 Billion world wide.

After a single week at the top X-Men Days of Future Past drops a single place to the runner up spot with £3.5 million for the weekend and £19.5 million in total.

Also released this week and charted were
Edge of Tomorrow
A Million Ways to Die In The West
Jimmys Hall

A year ago there was little move at the box office as The Hangover Part III held on for a second week and the highest new film was The Purge starring Ethan Hawke at number 6.

Five years ago Night at the Museum 2 held on for another week keeping Drag Me To Hell from Sam Raimi to debut at 2.

Ten years ago The Day After Tomorrow debuted strong at the top of the box office leaving Troy to fall down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago Notting climbed up to the top after a number 6 debut from a limited release knocking She's All That to the number 2 spot.

The Wolf of Wall Street retains it's lead at the top of the DVD/Blu-ray charts this week as there were no big new releases to challenge the top.

Despite no new releases the film at number 2 could have re-taken the top for a 3rd time, Disney monster smash Frozen moves back up the chart this week.

Highest new film of the week is I, Frankenstein from director Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart.

The film was released at UK cinemas on 31st January this year, making a small ripple on the charts at number 4 where it took £811,365 on it's debut.

It only lasted 2 weeks dropping to 13 following it's debut and grossed a total of £1.27 million in the UK.

Also new this week
August Ostage County
Inside Llewyn Davis
Top Dog

New at your local cinema this week is Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow and Seth McFarlane in A Million Ways Tt Die in the West.

released on Wednesday to give it a bit of a head start Maleficent from Disney has Miss Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty bad witch showing she's not as bad as you think she may have been.

Plenty of hype for this film and it will have a fight with Tom Cruise for the top, we could see a good £6 million opening.

Tom Cruise flexes his sci-fi muscle in Edge of Tomorrow, based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka the plot is a sort of cross between Groundhog day and the video game Halo.

Also starring Emily Blunt both are box office big hitters and this could beat Angelina to the top, but it will be tight and a £6 million or so opening could also be on the cards.

Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth McFarlane brings us his follow up to the hit Ted. A harder sell this time in the guise of A million Ways to Die in the West, a western in the Blazing Saddles stable of slapstick.

McFarlane has a big following so this could get a decent 3 or 4 million pound opening and a top 5 entry definitely and maybe come in right behind the two bigger films of the week.

Other new films out this week are
Heaven is for Real
Venus in Fur.

This week, as expected, there was no stopping the might of X-Men Days of Future Past as they easily made their way to the top of the box office in their debut week of release in the UK.

Days of Future Past is now the 4th, or 2nd, or 8th film in the series depending on which way you look at it, and over the bank holiday weekend took and impressive £9.1 million.

Compared to previous film on their debut weekend, X-Men First Class earned £5.4 on it's debut, 3.7 million below, X-Men The Last Stand earned £7.1 million, 2 million below and just for completion The Wolverine took £4.7 million, nearly 4.3 million below.

Last weeks top film, Godzilla fell to number two this week, the monster film has taken £11.8 million in 10 days of release.

Other new film this week are
Postman Pat The Movie at 4
Blended at 5
Fading Gigolo at 11
Legends of Oz Dorothys Return at 13
Kochadaiiyaan at 14

This time last year The Hangover Part III was riding the top of the box office on it's debut weekend knocking Fast and Furious 6 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago Night at the Museum 2 hit the number one spot also on it's debut and knocked Angels and Demons to number two.

Ten years ago Troy moved up to the top spot after it's debut the previous week knocking Van Helsing into the runner up spot, the highest new film was Bad Education at five.

Fifteen years ago debuting at the top was She's All That knocking Forces of Nature to number 3.

In the US this week X-Men Days of Future Past proved itself too big a release for all, leaving last week's top film, Godzilla, to only have a single week at the top.

The time travel mutant film took $91.5 million over the three day weekend and $111 million over the memorial day weekend which includes Monday.

Godzilla falls to the runner up spot with a 4 day weekend take of $40 million.

The only other new film in the US to chart this weekend was Blended starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore

After the success of his latest movie Godzilla Gareth Edwards has been offered, and taken up the challenge of directing one of the many Star Wars universe spin off films.

Gary Whitta will write the screenplay, Who is Garry Whitta? He used to be a PC magazine journalist who turned screen writer with The book of Eli.

Here is the press release

"GARETH EDWARDS AND GARY WHITTA ONBOARD FOR STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM
May 22, 2014
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016. Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla. "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life -- join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," said Edwards. Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010's The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead. Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."
StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time."

At the UK box office this week Godzilla stomped on all in its path to become the nation's top film on its debut week of release.

It was a hot weekend in the UK with many annual events happening which more than likely had an effect on the takings of Godzilla, but the monster flick, directed by Britain's own Gareth Edwards still managed a stomping £6.4 million.

If you compare this to the 1998 film of the same name that's £2.3 million higher but taking inflation into account this is almost an identical debut gross, although the 1998 film did open mid July.

Last weeks top film, Bad Neighbours, falls a single place this week to number 2 having grossed £11.3 million over 10 days, although much of this was in preview showings a week before the official release.

One other new film charted this week
The Two Faces of January

This time last year Fast and Furious 6 opened at the top of the box office, keeping The Great Gatsby to open at 2, the previous top film, Star Trek Into Darkness, fell to 3.

Five years ago Angels and Demons made its debut at the top knocking Star Trek into the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Van Helsing held the top for a 3rd week while the top new film was The Football Factory at 4.

Fifteen years ago Forces of Nature climbed to the top knocking I Still Know What You Did Last Summer to the number 2 spot.

Due out later this year check the teaser trailer for The Inbetweeners 2, followup to the successful first movie.

This time the hapless quartet of school leavers head for Australia for more sun, sea and I bet their hoping for a little sex as well.

No move at the top of the box office this week for a third consecutive week give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the top film of the week. The summer season has started.

The follow up Spider-Man film added another £2 million over the weekend bringing it's total UK gross to just why of £ 20 million.

With The Other Woman staying put at 2 the highest new film was the Paul W.S. Anderson directed Pompeii which entered at 3. Based on the historical events surrounding the Italian village Pompeii took £1.2 million over the weekend.

Other new films this week are:
Tarzan (4)
Plastic (10)
Blue Ruin (15)

This time last year there was still no moving Iron Man 3 as he spent another week at the top with the highest new film 21 and Over entering at 2.

Five years ago X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuted on the chart at the top leaving Hannah Montana The Movie to land at 2. State of Play fell from the top to 3.

Ten years ago Kill Bill Volume 2 was still riding the top slot keeping Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind from debuting at number 1, it had to settle for 2.

Fifteen years ago The Waterboy starring Adam Sandler was the new film at the top of the box office, knocking 8MM down to second place.

Twenty years ago Four Wedding and a Funeral was the big film for May with The Naked Gun 33 1/3 The Final Insult and The Crow also doing well while twenty five years ago Warlock starring Julian Sands was the big film with Mississippi Burning and Beaches also doing well.

Nothing stood a chance again The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend in America as the web slinger records a good, but not record breaking weekend.

As expected the follow up to 2012's Spider-Man re-book took over at the top with a very good $91.6 million over the weekend, this does include Thursday night previews as well.

The Spider-Man movie grossed more than the rest of the box office combined, last weeks top film The Other Woman falls to second place after a week at the top.

There were no other new releases at the US box office.

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

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

Here's what the twitterverse is saying about the day

With no massive new releases on Friday The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was able to claim the top spot at the box office for a second consecutive week.

Adding a weekend gross of £3.4 million the Spider-Man follow-up has got a 10 day UK box office taking of £16.5 million. This is lower than it's predecessor which had taken £18.8 million during the same period, although that film had a July Opening.

Highest new film of the week is the Cameron Diaz starring The Other Woman. The rom com starring one of the biggest female leads at the moment grossed £2.7 million on it's debut landing at 2.

Other new film this week
Transcendence
Cosi Fan Tutte Met Opera 2014

This time last year the big Marvel tentpole Iron Man 3 hit UK cinemas at the top with an incredible £13.7 million gross, it knocked Olympus Has Fallen for 6 into second place.

Five years ago State of Play hit the top on it's debut weekend in the UK knocking Monsters Vs Aliens into second place.

Ten years ago Quentin Tarantino took his Kill Bill Volume 2 to the top of the box office on it;s debut which knocked 50 First Dates into second place.

Fifteen years ago Nicholas Cage hit number one with 8mm on it's opening weekend and knocked The Faculty down to 2.

Sorry about the late report this week, Easter holidays has delayed things.

This week Captain America: The Winter Soldier returns to the top of the UK box office, surprisingly knocking Rio 2 down to third, surprisingly because it's the Uk Easter holidays and the one big kids film seems to have died at the box office, although Captain America does have teenage appeal.

Highest new film this week is a return from Hammer Horror. The film The Quiet Ones is Hammers first film since the Daniel Radcliffe hit The Woman in Black, and although being no where near as big a hot as that film still does well landing at 6 with £681,305.

Other new films on this weeks chart are:
Calvary
The Raid 2: Berabdal
Khumba a Zebras Tale
The Lunchbox

One year ago Oblivion starring Tom Cruise entered the chart at the top knocking The Croods down to second place.

Five years ago Fast and Furious hit the top spot on it's debut knocking Monsters Vs. Aliens into the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Scooby Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed held the top spot keeping 50 First Dates from debuting at 2

Fifteen years ago The Rugrats Movie spent it's 3rd week at the top while The Faculty debuted at 2.

This week Disney had a double dip on the UK box office with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppets Most Wanted hitting at one and two.

Captain America, the latest from the Marvel Avengers (Avengers Assemble as it's called in the UK) universe of films, was by far and away the better grossing film taking £6 million. The film is a sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger which took £3 million on it's July debut.

Muppets Most Wanted is the follow up to 2012 The Muppets. That film took £2.6 million on it's debut, this one took a very similar £2.2 million.

New releases this week are:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Muppets Most Wanted
The Legend of Hercules
The Past
20 Feet From Stardom

Also worth a mention is that after 2 weeks off the top 15, Frozen has returned at number 15.

This time last year The Croods held onto the top spot holding off G.I. Joe: Retaliation which entered at two.

Five years ago Nicolas Cage starred in the number one films Knowing which also debuted there nocking Marley and Me to number two.

Ten years ago The Passion of Christ stayed at the top keeping Dawn of the Dead at bay debuting at number two.

Fifteen years ago The Rugrats Movie took the number one spot on it's debut knocking Waking Ned Devine down to three with Payback entering at two.

With no new releases making much of an impact at the box office this week there is a climber to the top, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel which was at 2 last week.

It's third week of general release, and a window with few new films results in a £1.2 million weekend taking Budapest Hotel to the top, and its the only film this week to gross over a million pound.

Last weeks top film, Need for Speed, falls to two in it's second week of release.

Highest new film of the week is at 6, Starred Up directed by David Mackenzie which grosses nearly £500,000 over the weekend.

This weeks new films: Starred Up
A Long Way Down
Labor Day
About Last Night
Yves Saint Laurent

This time last year animated tale The Croods took the number one spot on it's debut weekend knocking Oz The Great and Powerful to 3.

Five years ago Marley and Me was still riding the top spot while Paul Blart Mall Cop came in at the runner up spot.

Ten years ago it was still Starsky and Hutch at number 1, a strong hold with the whole top 4 meant the highest new film was at 4, Open Range.

Fifteen years ago Waking Ned Devine was the top new film entering the box office, knocking A Bugs Life into second place.

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.

All change again this week as the Aaron Paul racing film Need for Speed takes over at the top of the UK box office.

An adaptation of a popular video game, Need for Speed enters the chart at the top with a £2 million Friday - Sunday gross.

In an unusual move the Wes Anderson directed The Grand Budapest Hotel moves up one place to 2 this week taking £1.3 million over the weekend.

Last weeks top film, 300 Rise of an Empire, falls to three this week.

This weeks new films:

  • Need For Speed
  • Under the Skin
  • Werther Met Opera 2014
This time last year Oz The Great and Powerful stayed at the top of the box office while the highest new film was Welcome to the Punch.

Five years ago Wilson and Aniston starred in Marley and Me and was the highest new film entering at the top of the box office knocking Watchmen into second place.

Ten years ago Julia Roberts starred in Mona Lisa Smile entering the box office at the top knocking Along Came Polly right down to third place.

Fifteen years ago Robin Williams was starring in Patch Adams which took the top spot knocking A Bugs Life down to two.

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.

No move at the top of the box office chart this week for The Lego Movie which makes it 3 in a row now for the little plastic bricks.

Keeping a still solid weekend gross of £3.2 million The Lego Movie was able to keep all pretenders to the throne at bay. the total now for Lego is £26.7 million.

Highest new film of the week is the Liam Neeson action film Non-Stop which debuts at 2 with £2.6 million.

A year ago Hansel and Gretel was the highest new film of the week debuting at the top of the chart, knocking Wreck-It Ralph down to the runner up spot.

Five years ago Slumdog Millionaire was still at the top off the back of big Oscar success while highest new film was Unborn at number 3.

Ten years ago Along Came Poly entered the chart at number one moving School of Rock down to number three.

Fifteen years ago A Bugs Life held firm at the top leaving highest new film You've Got Mail to enter at two.

Twenty years ago Schindler's List stayed at the top on the back of it's Oscar glory while Beethoven's 2nd was the highest new film at four.

Finally Twenty-Five years ago Rain Man was doing big business as the top film for March.

With the school half term being a wet and miserable time in most parts of the UK the cinema was clearly a good option for parents as 3 animated features dominate the charts.

At the top there is no change as The Lego Movie stays for a second week taking £6 million, climbing back up a place is Mr Peabody and Sherman, while climbing to third is Disney's Tinkerbelle and the Pirate Fairy.

You have to look outside the top ten to find the highest new film, Winter's Tale enters at thirteen this week, taking £258 thousand for the weekend.

A year ago Disney was at the top with Wreck-It Ralph was still at the top of the box office while horror film Mama took the highest new position at three.

Five years ago Disney was at the top with Bolt retaining the position while new film Shopaholic entered at two. Ten years ago The Haunted Mansion stayed at the top, from, you guessed it, Disney. Entering the highest right down at nine was Sex Lives of the Potato Man.

Fifteen years ago Disney were at the top (again) this time with the help of Pixar with A Bugs Life, while highest new film was at three, This Years Love.

In conclusion, Disney does well this time of year!

After an impressive 3 week run at the top Wolf of Wall Street this week surrenders to animated feature Mr Peabody and Sherman.

An early half term treat for the kids, Mr Peabody makes a splash at the top with £3.9 million over the weekend beating out quite easily a challenge from the Robocop reboot which lands at 2 with £2.4 million.

The Wolf of Wall Street dips to number 3 with a weekend take of £1.6 million bringing it's total to £17 million.

New films this week:

  • Mr Peabody and Sherman
  • Robocop (2014)
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Rusalka Met Opera 2014

This time last year Disney's Wreck-It Ralph made a good debut at the top of the box office knocking the 4 week champion Les Mis from the top.

Five years ago there was also a change at the top with Brad Pitt starring in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button making it's debut knocking Slumdog Millionaire down to number 3.

Ten years ago it was a similar story when Jet Black's starring School of Rock took over at the top on it's debut knocking the previous weeks top film Scary Movie 3 to number 4.

Fifteen years ago (and not to sound too receptive) A Bugs Life took over at the top on it's debut week knocking Shakespeare In Love into the runner up spot.

Finally twenty years ago Mrs Doubtfire was still the big film of February with Free Willy proving to be the big new film of the month.

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The Velociraptor cage as seen in the opening sequence of the 1993 film Jurassic Park is for sale on eBay, currently at $100,000 (about £60,000).

If you want it then you will need to pick it up from the LA area and get it shipped back to the UK, a small price to pay for something like this!

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese top the charts this week as they debut their new collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street.

The film takes over at the top taking a reasonable £4,655,984 from it's opening weekend. Sliding to the runner up spot after a week at the top is fellow Oscar contender 12 years a Slave.

This time last year Les Miserables was still at the top of the chart with Django Unchained coming in as a new entry at two.

Five years ago Slumdog Millionaire was still riding the Oscar wave at the top while Will Smith debuted his latest film Seven Pounds at two.

Ten years ago The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was still the top film in the UK with sci-fi drama Paycheck making it's debut at four.

Fifteen years ago Meet Joe Black took over the top spot at the box office on it's debut with the previous weeks top film Star trek: Insurrection falling to four.

There is a new number one on the US box office this week in the shape of Lone Survivor, it tops the box office as it goes on wide release across America.

The films stars Mark Wahlberg and is based on a true story set during the war in Afghanistan about a group of Navy SEALS.

The film replaces Disney's Frozen at the top.

US Box Office

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In an unusual move this week, and maybe due to little in the way of new releases, Ron Howards Rush moves 1 place UP to the top of the box office chart.

Taking £1.3 million from the weekend Rush takes over at the top, simply swapping places with last weeks top film Insidious Chapter 2.

There was little in the way of new films, the biggest of which is the critically panned film Diana, about the life of the late Princess which landed at 5 with a small take of $pound;600,000.

A small side note, the latest Grand Theft Auto Game was released last Monday which may have kept the young and middle aged men from cinemas, as reflected in the new releases.

One year ago ParaNorman was still at the top with Killing them softly a way behind at 2 being the highest new film.

Five years ago Tropic Thunder was the top film new film of the week smashing the previous weeks number 1, Pinapple Express, down to 4.

Ten years ago the remake of The Italian Job was at the highest new film of the week entering at the top and knocking Calendar Girls down to 2.

And fifteen years ago there was no shifting Saving Private Ryan from the top although highest new film of the week Lethal Weapon 4 had a good go and came within a whisker, it landed at 2.

Neill Blomkamp this week scores his second number 1 film with his second film, Elysium, which smashes last weeks top film from the top spot, We're the Millers and The Mortal Instruments also debut in the top 5.

With a weekend gross of £3.1 million Elysium easily takes over at the top of the UK box office making it the 21st number 1 film this year.

Following behind in the runner up spot is We're the Millers.

Last weeks top film, Kick-Ass 2, falls all the way to number 7 this week with a weekend take of just over £600,000.

Compared to my predictions Elysium did open in the top spot and was just shy of my £4 million suggestion. We're the Millers opened where I suggested at 2 and was just a little shy of the £2 million I predicted. The Mortal Instruments performed as I expected opening in the top 5 and with around £1 million. Lovelace opened well outside the top 15 (20) and only took £86,000, it was only in 80 cinemas though.

Last year Brave contunued to perform well in the top spot with the highest new film right down at 5 being Keith Lemon: The Movie.

5 years ago Hellboy II debuted at number 1 knocking The Dark Knight down to number 4.

10 years ago American Pie: The Wedding remained at the top with Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life debuting at 3 as the highest new film.

15 years ago The X-Files movie took over at the top on it's debut weekend taking over from Armageddon which fell to number 2.

Alan Partridge Alpha Papa was only strong enough for a single week at the top and this week we have, for a second week, an all new top 3 with Kick-Ass 2 leading the way.

The superhero film, the follow up to 2010's Kick-Ass, takes the top spot with a weekend box office of £2.4 million, in comparison to it's predecessor which has an early April release instead, it's over a million lower, Kick-Ass making £3.8 million on it's opening.

Also opening strong in the top 3 are Disney's Planes and the US hit 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg at 2 and 3 respectively.

Making a massive tumble at the box office is Alan Partridge, who falls to 7 this week with £852,967 after a fairly successful debut last week.

This time last year Brave was still at the top and doing big numbers holding off The Bourne Legacy which opened in second place.

Five years ago The Dark Knight went back to the top of the box office in it's fourth week of release, the highest new release was the Adam Sandler comedy You Don't Mess with the Zohan, hairdressing at it's best!

Ten years ago American Pie: The Wedding was debuting at the top knocking off Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl after a single week.

Fifteen years ago Bruce Willis was still stopping astroids at hte top with Armageddon while the British The Avengers (not to be mistaken with the superhero film) was the highest new film at 3.

New to UK cinemas this weekend are Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat, The Smurfs return in a sequel, the old guys all return in Red 2 and a little bit of summer horror in The Conjuring.

A buddy cop movie with 2 women in the starring roles, and two of the biggest female stars of the moment join forces as Bullock and McCarthy join forces in the top US romp.

There has been a lot of buzz about this film, and Bullock has done the press rounds, even if it was a few weeks ago, I expect this film to do well at the box office, maybe even a number one film. The Smurfs return in, The Smurfs 2, this weekend and this time they are in Paris and meet up with a new creation that the evil Gargamel has. Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris star again.

The first film was a bigger than expected hit and a timely release over the school holidays could give this a good opening weekend.

Three films fighting for the top spot this week, I think they will for the top 3, in order I think it will be The Heat, The Smurfs 2 and finally The Wolverine will fall to 3rd place.

Also out this week is Red 2 which will get a top 5 placing, probably at 4 and The Conjuring, which despite little known about the film will probably get a top 5 place also, just!

I'm not too much looking forward to the reboot of Robocop, the original is a classic of it's time, and more to the point it's of it's time.

The Total Recall remake (also a Paul Verhoeven film) was a complete dud and really missed the point, but lets judge when we see the finished product.

A OmniCorp website has been setup to start promoting the film and a short video, very similar to the original films, has also been released, check it our below, and while your there check out the new ED-209.

August 2014 is when the film will get a UK release, can we wait?

The heat wave the UK is experiencing largely kept audiences away from cinemas over the weekend and for a week with 2 big releases nothing did that well at the box office.

Monsters University was the champion debuting in the top spot but it's £3.46 million gross is way lower than expected.

Despicable Me 2 drops to second place with £2.22 million and second highest new entry Pacific Rim has come up very close behind with £2.19 million. Inline with my predictions Monsters University debut at the top, although I predicted the highest debut weekend of the year and it fell short by £8 million and Pacific Rim did debut in third.

Last year Ice Ace Continental Drift finally for a national release after a couple of weeks on limited and went back to the top of the box office with £10 million knocking The Amazing Spider-Man from the top after a single week.

Highest new film (of sorts) was Magic Mike at 3.

Five years ago Mamma Mia stormed the box office on it's debut weekend taking the top spot from Hancock which fell to runner up spot. Mamma Mia would go on to be the highest grossing film in the UK for a short time.

Ten years ago Charlie's Angels Full Throttle was still at the top with Daddy Daycare being the highest new film at 3.

Fifteen years ago Six Days Seven Nights was the top film with Mad City the highest debut at 6.

A duo of big releases will this weekend try and knock Despicable Me 2 from the top spot in the UK with both in with a chance.

Monsters University, the new film from Pixar and the sequel to 2002's Monsters Inc. is the film most likely to dislodge the Despicable Me sequel from the top.

There is such good buzz about for this film that I fully expect it to have the highest opening weekend of the year to date and could even have a debut weekend in the £20 million mark.

The original film in comparison had a £9.2 million opening and went on to gross £38 million in the UK, that was over 10 years ago.

Pacific Rim is the new film from Guillermo del Toro and despite never having had a major hit at the box office has a growing and loyal fan base, and this being a high budget Hollywood sci-fi film he will see bigger numbers that usual.

A top 5 placing is almost guaranteed, but beating Despicable Me 2 is a long shot and I suspect third place is where is will land, but runner up to Monsters University wouldn't surprise me.

A couple of big new releases this week hit UK cinemas, both actually opened before Friday but will impact the weekend box office chart.

Now You See Me has a host of big names, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg and not forgetting our own Michael Caine. The story is a bank heist, of sorts, by a group of magicians.

Not much buzz or excitement around this film, it opens on a Wednesday but with little excitement it will probably have a top 5 entry.

The Internship is a Google based film about a couple of “old people” who win an internship at the search giants. Everyone who works there is very young and the 2 older guys do their best to win favour and do a good job.

Starring 2 massive comedy names in Vince Vaughn and Own Wilson, and a massive advertising campaign this could see a good opening weekend, not strong enough to displace Despicable Me 2 and I think it may struggle with Man of Steel but 3rd place entry.

Come back next week to see if I came close to predicting the entries of these 2 films.

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.

Despite the threat of World War Z at UK multiplexes last weekend the Man of Steel manages to hold himself at the top.

Superman entered it's second weekend of release in a good position with after a strong opening weekend and managed a good £5 million take which not only kept it at the top but also brings it's total to over £21 million.

Entering this week in the runner up spot is Brad Pitt fighting Zombies in World War Z which took £4.5 million, coming close to Superman.

As I predicted World War Z wasn't strong enough to knock Man of Steel from the top spot.

Last year Lincoln was new at the top, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter that is, debuting on it's first week of release knocking Men in Black 3 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago The Hulk was still the top film on it's second week of release while British indie film Adulthood was the top new film at 4.

Ten years ago sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious was new at the top of the chart knocking The Matrix Reloaded into second place.

Fifteen years ago Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan were at the top with City of Angels displacing The Wedding Singer from the top.

Released this week at UK cinemas, Brad Pitt is fighting Zombies in World Was Z, an apocalyptic set movie based on the novel by Max Brooks.

There has been some buzz surrounding this film in the run up to it's release and Brad Pitt is always a major box office potential but Superman will seriously effects it's box office and probably stop being a number one hit.

Ethan Hawk and Julie Delpy continue their relationship onscreen on Before Midnight, the third film to feature these characters. Again directed by Richard Linklater.

The series has a fan base, but it's small and the film will have the same impact on home video so a top 10 hit is probably on the cards.

Finally Dwayne Johnson stars as a desperate father searching for the truth in Snitch.

Johnson has a fan base but the subject matter may turn people off, this may miss out on the top 10 altogether.

New films to hit the UK multiplexes this week and the Superman reboot Man of Steel and Joss Whedon's follow up to Avengers Assemble, Much Ado About Nothing.

A firm favorite with comic book fans, the all American hero is back in cinemas this week with Man of Steel. Zack Snyder reboot of the franchise moves away from the comic book idea portrayed by Christopher Reeves and the attempted revival by Bryan Singer and give the story a grittier real feel.

After Buffy, Firefly and the mega film Avengers Assemble Joss Whedon has turn his attention to Shakespeare, and Black and White. This modern re-telling of the classic has been well received by critics but has a small release this weekend.

The top 5 on the UK box office this week was almost static with The Wolf Pack leading the way in their 3rd Hangover outing.

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.

Tom Cruise returns to chart topping with Oblivion which replaces The Croods at the top of the UK box office.

After appearing in a couple of films, specifically Jack Reacher, that failed to be big hits, his new film Oblivion becomes the top film in the UK this week.

Taking a solid £5 million over the weekend the film easily displaced the animated film from DreamWorks which falls to second place. The Croods has done really well and has a total gross of over £22 million to date.

This time last year Battleship was the top film, which also debuted at the top with a weekend gross of £3.7 million. It replaced the re-release of Titanic.

Five years ago casino flick 21 debuted in the top spot with £1.6 million, knocking the previous top film, 27 Dresses to number 3, Son on Rainbow held the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Rowan Atkinson took his James Bond spoof Johnny English to the top on if's first week with £3.4 million replacing the previous number 1 film The Recruit which fell to 3rd.

Fifteen years ago it was still Titanic at the top , it's 12th week at the top. Studios rescheduled most of their films in the wake of Titanic so there were no new films.

After a couple of weeks at the top of the UK box office for Oz we now have a full change with The Croods leading the way.

Dreamworks animated comedy The Croody debuted at the top this week with £5.4 million. Last weeks top film, Oz the Great and Powerful fell to number 3, as Jack the Giant Slayer debuted in the runner up spot.

A year ago The Hunger Games made it's chart debut with a lot of hype and £4.9 million is takings. It knocked 21 Jump Street to number 2.

Five years ago there was a huge change in the chart with the whole top 4 was new, heading the pack was Horton Hears a Who! Which debuted with £2.9 million. The previous weeks top film, 10,000 BC fell to 5.

Ten years ago just Married hit the top spot, although the takings from the weekend were very low and it didn't even make $pound;1 million. The previus weeks top film, Maid in Manhattan fell to 2.

Fifteen years ago it was still Titanic, by which point it has by far become the biggest film in the UK ever and it's total was running at £51 million. In this week Leonardo DiCaprio hit a double whammy at the top as he was also the star of the highest new film, at 2, The Man in the Iron Mask.

Sam Raimi's Oz prequel is still at the top of the UK box office with Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects holding firm in the runner up spot.

Oz The Great and Powerful is proving to be a huge hit for Disney at it hold the UK box office top spot for a second weekend on the trot. A weekend gross of £2.6 million has meant that after 10 days the film has taken £7.6 million in total.

Side Effects holds it's own at 2 leaving the highest new film, Welcome to the Punch, to land at 3. With only £460,250 for the weekend it's a weak opening for the highest new film. Doing even worse is the new Jim Carey film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone which land at with only just over £300,000.

This time last year The Devil Inside was the debut film at the top with just why of £2 million. John Carter was the film knocked from the top spot after bad reviews and a single week.

Five years ago Roland Emmerich's 10,000 BC was the top film with just shot of £2 million on it's opening weekend. Vantage Point was the film it knocked off after only a week.

Ten years ago Maid in Manhattan was still the top film, a weekend of £1.2 million took it's total gross to £4.6 million. Highest new film was The Life of David Gale which landed at 2 with £725,000.

Fifteen years ago it was still Titanic at the top, enough said, highest new film was As Good As It Gets at 3 with just why of a million pound.

This week The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey nudges it's way past the $1 Billion world box office taking mark making it 15th film that has made it past the milestone.

This is an interesting group of films but the group is becoming less and less elite as time goes on, like the magic $100 million mark of time past.

The first film to manage the feat was Titanic back in 1998, and it held the record as the only film to have done it until 2003 when The Return of the King managed it. Since then, and with the introduction of 3D where you are charged more for your ticket, we have had 13 other films make the grade.

Of the 15, 8 had a 3D releases as well as a 2D release, 4 were released in 2012, 2 have made over $2 Billion, 1 made it over the billion mark after it's 3D re-release last year, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and 1 was released in about 6 different formats.

The $1 Billion club is bound to grow and grow so chart watchers are now looking for the next flurry of films to make over $2 Billion, a hard task of which only 1 film has truly made it without a re-release, but that had a 3D tax, Avatar.

These figures are not adjusted for inflation in ticket prices, this is a hotly debated subject, but it is generally accepted that the highest grossing film of all time if ticket sales had always been at today's prices would be Gone With the Wind, whic would today gross $3.2 Billion at the box office, in fact the top 15 would look something more like this

  1. Gone with the Wind
  2. Avatar
  3. Titanic
  4. Star Wars
  5. The Lion King
  6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
  7. Jurassic Park
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  9. Jaws
  10. The Exorcist
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  12. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  13. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  15. Independence Day
It's not Hansel and Gretel as I remember from the fairy tale, but the Witch Hunting duo debut at the top.

Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters knocks Disneys Wreck-It Ralph into the runner up spot on it's debut. Witch Hunters took £1.5 million for the weekend.

This time last year The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was sitting at the top of the UK charts while This Means War was the highest new film at 3.

Five years ago Jason Statham took over at the at the top with the true story film The Bank Job on it's debut week.

Ten years ago The Ring was still at the top with the highest new film at 2 being Jackass The Movie.

Fifteen years ago Titanic was a way into it's record breaking run at the cinema and Spielberg's Amistad was the highest new film at 3.

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.

Olly Moss has created an incredible poster picturing the Oscar statue as a representation of all the best pictures awarded films.

It's incredibly simple but an incredible but of artwork and it's so much fun to try and work ou what each statue is before looking up the answer.

Check out the full poster at the Oscars website, or checkout the Olly Moss website which is more that worth a visit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This weeks UK Box Office has Les Miserables making it four weeks as the most popular film in the country, not since Avatar in 2010 has a film spent more than 3 weeks at the top.

In early figures for last weekend the Tom Hooper musical took £2.8 million taking it's total to around to £30 million mark.

The top new film landed (pun intended) at 3, Denzel Washington stars and is Oscar nominated for his portrayal of an airline pilot with a drinking problem. Flight takes £1.7 million over the weekend.

Flight is having a battle with Lincoln for 3rd place and might end up in fourth by the time final figures are counted.

This time last year Chronicle was the top film of the week and the highest new film debuting at number 1 with £2.2 million, the previous weeks top film, War Horse was knocked to 4th place.

Five years ago it was all change as well as man of the moment, director J.J. Abram's this time on production duties, took Clover field to the top on it's debut with £3.4 million.

Ten years ago Spielberg was a the top with Hanks and DiCaprio and Catch Me If You can with debuted with £3.7 million.

Fifteen years ago Titanic was on the second week of its mammoth run on the chart and took £4.7 million, there was unusually no new films at the box office this week.

Middle Earths 4 week dominance of the Box Office ends this week with Les Misérables takes over at the top knocking The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey down to fourth.

Ang Lee's Life of Pi holds firm as the number 2 film and Gangster Squad is a new entry at 3.

The Tom Hooper directed film, based on the stage play musical, debuts at the top with a brilliant £8.1 million pound weekend gross. The highest debut for all involved except Anne Hathaway who scored a bigger opening weekend with last years The Dark Knight Rises.

Life of Pi continues to do well as the awards start to pile in and increases it's total gross to £21.9 million while Gangster Squad is new at 4 with an opening weekend of £2.1 million.

This time last year Spielberg was hitting number 1 with War Horse on it's debut weekend taking nearly £4 million and knocking The Iron Lady from the top.

Five years ago I Am Legend was still doing good numbers at the top with £2 million after 3 weeks while Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks was the highest new film at 3.

Ten years ago The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers still dominated the Uk box office and Martin Scorsese had the top new film with Gangs of New York at 2.

Fifteen years ago The Jackal with Bruce Willis was at the top on it's debut weekend with a gross of £1.4 million. Twenty years ago Bram Stokers Dracula from Francis Ford Coppola was hitting the top spot on it's opening knocking The Bodyguard into the runner up spot.

The nominations for this years Academy Awards ceremony have been announced with Spielberg's Lincoln leading the way with 12 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.

Ang Lee's Life of Pi is then closest to that with 11 nominations, also that film is up for Best Film and Best Director.

British Favorite Skyfall, the 50th anniversary Bond film, manages 5 nominations mainly in the music categories , Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Sond and Best Score and Cinematography.

There will be a section of this years ceremony that will celebrate the Bond franchise and appreciate 50 years of Bond success, something that is unique in cinema history.

The ceremony takes place this year on Sunday Feb 24th in Hollywood and is presented for the first time by Family Guy creator Seth Rogan.

For a full list of the nominations go the to Oscars website.

The perfect antidote to the film industry award season, were talking The Oscars, is The Razzie awards which each year are presented the night before the glam and glitter of that more glamorous award ceremony.

The Razzie committee have taken no chances this year and nominated the last of the Twilight Saga movies, or Twilight S.B.D. #2 as they like to call it, in every category, I'm surprised they didn't even made up some just to rubbish the film even more.

The ceremony takes place on 23rd February and I suspect that Twilight S.B.D. #2 will be walking away with a number of the little $4.79 golden raspberry statues, although unlike previous years when the likes of Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock turned up to receive their awards I suspect the cast of Twilight will stay well away.

For more details and a rundown of the nomination go the Razzies website., or check out the video below.

Keeping hold of the box office number one over the festive period is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which over the weekend starting 28th December took £6,850,728, up nearly a million from the previous weekend.

In total the Hobbit film has now taken just shy of 36 million pounds.

Highest new entry of the week is the Tom Cruise film Jack Reacher at number 3. A bit of a surprise this for a new Cruise action film, but there has been little publicity for the film and the adult theme has maybe kept some of the audience away, Reacher took £3,575,066.

Worthy of note this week, Skyfall has now become the first film in UK box office history to take over 100 million pounds, this far outstrips the 92 million pound gross of Avatar which had a 3D sales boosts.

This time last year Tom Cruise did have the top film, this time with his franchise movie Mission:Impossible Ghost Protocol which debuted at the top with £8,188,209.

Five years ago Will Smith had one of the biggest hits of his movie career to date with I Am Legend which debuted at the top grossing a quite brilliant £11,009,365.

Ten years ago we were in Middle Earth for the second time with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers which held the top spot with £8,177,801, while musical Chicago debuted the highest at 8 with £113,386 on limited release.

Superheroes took the world by storm in 2012 with The Avengers (Avengers Assemble to us UK folk) taking the title of top grossing film across the world with a gross income of $1,514,279,547.

The runner up was another super hero movie, this time in the form of Batman in The Dark Knight Rises with took $1,078,930,642 globally.

Next up is the top British film of all time as Bond has his best film at the world box office ever and took $983,900,000 in 2012 with Skyfall.

Ice Age: Continental Drift took $877,111,391 making it the fourth best film of the year and the fifth best film is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 with $794,805,734.

It wouldn't be right to mention 2012 with thinking of The Hobbit: Am Unexpected Journey which has to date taken $686,703,000, and will probably end up near the $1 billion mark making it one of the top film released in 2012 although much of that will be taken in 2013.

No surprise at all to see that Skyfall is the top UK film of 2012, taking in a staggering £100 million pound at the box office.

Not only is the latest Bond movie the top UK film of the year but it's also the first film in the UK to go over the 100 million on box office takings.

Runner up is The Dark Knight Rises which took £55,769,510, half that of Skyfall.

The rest of the top 5 films of 2012 are Avengers Assemble with £51,614,076, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 with £35,029,721 and Ice Age: Continental Drift with £30,048,246. The top films films of the year took £271,487,628 in total grosses compared to 2011 £229,147,006, concluding that cinema attendance was up in 2012.

It was teasered last week, and there is a 9 minute prologue infront of the IMAX version of new The Hobbit movie, so the hype is well and truly in top gear, and today we get the first trailer.

It's an annoying trailer and I hope the film is better. The teaser was great, and the poster is excellent, but this trailer is a little cheesy.

It starts with a very bad voice over telling (I presume) kirk, (maybe) about the events (I presume) that will take place in him life (the film). Or is the voice referring to someone else.

The trailer is I think tedious for the first minute, then although it's get more exciting after that there are far too many money shots! What do I mean by money shots, shots that are in there just to make you say, oooh what happens there.

The best thing by far is Benedict Cumberbatch who displays a look that is genuinely chilling, and lets hope he'll make the best vilain since Khan, who many fans think he is playing, why? Another of those money shots which look suspiciously like the Spock death scene in Star Trek 2 (check out the image below).

I have full faith in JJ Abrams to deliver a fantastic film, so lets drink from the hype cup till then and enjoy the film on May 17th.

The first teaser poster for the forthcoming Star Trek reboot sequel Into Darkness has been release, and what a fantastic poster.

Featuring a sole figure looking out onto a city from inside a hole in side of some wreckage. What is the weckage, is it a building, is it the enterprise? Who is the figure, is it Kirk? Look closer at the hole, it's in the shape of the famous starfleet logo. Is that a futuristic London you can see in the distence? The Gherkin is there and the London Eye, are we in for a more grounded film this time, and based in London, the bad guy is British? Is that who's standing on the pile of rubble?

To see the a bigger poster, check below or for a really big one check here.

Many many question, what is known if that this is a great poster and if this lives up to the origianl reboot it'll be a great film.

The full cast and director JJ Abrams return next year on May 17th, although there will be a nine minute trailer with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

No suprise this week, The Twilight: Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 knocks Skyfall from its perch at the top of the UK box office to become the highest grosing fim of the weekend.

Breaking Dawn 2 took a very good £15,850,825 over the weekend which is by far the best of the series, the others taking in the £13 million area except for the first film, Twilight, which amazingly only took £2,508,422 during its openeing back in December 2008.

Skyfall may have fallen to 2 this week but the film had another good weekend and raises its gross to £82,836,559 in the UK. It is now the second highest grossing film ever in the UK beating Titanic, and now only has Avatar to beat. Skyfall is now by far the most sucessful Bond movie ever in the UK, beating the previous best Casino Royale from 2006 which took a total of £55,287,027.

Interestingly Daniel Craigs Bond now has a UK box office gross of nearly £190 million, far more that any other actors reign as bond, not adjusted for inflation.

This time last year The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 was eating up the box office on its first week of release £13,910,877.

Five years ago American Gangster was the top new film at number 1 with £2,564,853

Ten years ago we were in the midst of Harry Potter fever with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets debuting at the top with £18,871,829.

And twenty years ago Whoopy Goldberg was getting hit film after hit film and was smashing the box office in the UK with Sister Act.

Not too much of a surprise to see Bond still the top film in the UK with Skyfall with no strong releases distributers were leaving the immediate path after release clear.

Skyfall broke a record during the week, the fastest film to £50 million pound, beating the preious record holder of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The exact figure after it's second weekend of release is £53,440,685 and it will during this week become the top grossing film of the year so far.

With nothing of any strength being given a release the highest new film is Silent Hill Revelation, the second in the series with a Friday – Sunday total of £1,043,068.

This time last year The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of The Unicorn retained the nuber one spot while Justin Timberlake entered high at number 2 with In Time.

Five years ago Ratatouille kept hold of the op spot with horror film 30 Days of Night entering in the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Danny Boyle took 28 Days Later to the top of the chart during it's first week of release with a debut weekend of £1,500,079.

Fifteen years ago The Full Monty was still doing big business in November despite having a summer release and twenty years ago Beauty and the Beast was happily keeping Disney in pocket as a follow up film the the amazing The Little Mermaid.

For those that missed the news on Friday/Saturday Peter Jackson has named and dated the 3rd Hobbit film, but it's not that straightforward

The new film will actually be inserted into the middle of the trilogy and so become the second film and the once second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again will now be the third film.

The title of the new film will be The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and will be released in December 2013, as was always the case with part 2 albeit previously with the old title.

Now part 3 will be release, not in December 2014 as many had thought, but on July 18 2014 and will be a big summer film instead. This is the thing that is actually causing the most controversy.

I actually agree, to have a Middle Earth film in July will feel wrong, the beauty of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was the build up and excitement through the year and the seasonal release of the films added to the splendor, this July release will seem odd, and out of character.

Despite this and the fact that the bit Hobbit fans are claiming that there simply isn't enough material for 3 films and he's using a lot of material that is not directly The Hobbit, I am really looking forward to these films so roll on July 18th 2014 when they will all be released.

Brave continues to dominate the top of the box office while it's target audience enjoys a long wet summer.

Brave's weekend take is £2,371,691 in it's 4th week of release which brings it's total gross now to £13,259,610. We have to go a long way down the chart to find the highest new film this week, Keith Lemon The Film is that movie coming in at number 5 with £1,196,310.

This time last year The Inbetweeners Movie was still raking it in and at number 1 with a weekend take of £5,696,848. Highest new film was One Day with £2,208,724

Five years ago The Bourne Ultimatum was holding onto the top spot with the best challenge coming from new release Knock Up which landed at number 2. Bourne took £2,864,804 over the weekend while Knocked Up took £1,583,998

Ten years ago little known indie film The Guru was new at the top taking £1,521,984 and knocking Men in Black II from the top.

After being around on limited release for a couple of weeks, Brave tops the UK box office in it's first week nationwide.

Giving up the top spot this week Ted falls to third place as the whole country gets a chance to see Pixar/Disneys latest film. The scottish set animation had already taken a couple of million pounds from 2 weeks of release on 150 screen, but expanding to over 500 screens sees the film take £5,269,402 this weekend. Brave has taken £8,270,546 in total.

Highest new film of the week is The Bourne Legacy, the first without Matt Damon in the lead, it has debuted with £4,620,289.

A year ago the Channel 4 show based The Inbetweeners Movie smashed it's way to the top of the UK box office with £13,216,736 making it the top film and highest new film.

Five years ago The Bourne Ultimatum took the top slot and was the highest new film with a weekend take of £6,553,704.

Ten years ago Men in Black II was still at the top having taken a a weekend gross of £1,403,344 and total gross of £16,174,430.

Fifteen years ago the original Men in Black was at the top while twenty years ago Lethal Weapon 3 was the big movie.

The Amazing Spider-man could only manage a single week at number 1 as Ice Age: Continental Drift climbs back up to the top.

Previously Ice Age 4 managed to get to the top in a very quiet week in only 134 screens across the UK, this week the film has expanded to 522 screens and take an amazing £10,087,052, so in actual fact the film has taken more in it's 3rd weekend of release than most films make in their first weekend. To date Ice Age 4 has taken £13,051,881.

With Spider-Man's takings falling by 65% it falls to number 2, the longest stay in the chart this week is Men in Black 3 which has so far grossed £21,539,847

This time last year Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made it's debut at the top of the chart with £23,753,171 and was in the process the highest new film.

Five years ago another Harry Potter film was at the top on it's opening weekend, this time it was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which opened with a £16,493,305, no 3D this time see!

Ten years ago, a time before any Harry Potter films, Scooby Doo debuted at the top with £5,129,109, knocking Minority Report from the top.

And 15 years ago The Lost World: Jurassic park was riding high, while 20 years ago, ironically, Batman Returns was the big film, and what big film is released this weekend?

At the UK box office chart this week the fourth Ice Age films takes the number one spot. It was a bad week though as no film in the UK grosses over a million pound in box office takings.

Ice Age: Continental Drift continues the success of the Ice Age series, but with only £853,226 for its opening weekend it's set to be the lowest grossing. Also this week Prometheus continues it's good run and goes back up to number 2 but last weeks top film, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, falls 5 places to number 6.

This weeks top 15 films marks the lowest top 15 since 25th June 2010 when Get Him to the Greek topped the chart and the combined chart took only £ 3,460,985, although the last time no film in the UK took over a million was way back on 28th September 2007 when Run Fatboy Run was in it's 4th week at the top.

This time last year fared much better that last weekend when the 3rd Transformers film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, took the top spot with an incredible £10,728,503 and also was the top new film of the week.

Five years ago Shrek The Third topped the chart in its opening weekend with and amazing £16,671,727 and it also was the highest new film of the week. And ten year ago Spider-Man was still at the top of the chart having taken it's total gross to £20,953,100 while Murder by Numbers with Sandra Bullock was the highest new film at 2.

One of the most unlikely film subjects makes it debut at the top of the UK box office this week in the shape of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. With virtually no competition in the marketplace except for some old hangover films the vampire hunting film a gross of £1,119,117 over the weekend.

Last weeks top film drops 3 places to number 4. Prometheus is now at 4 taking £1,029,758 over the weekend and £21,641,986 in total.

Longest stay on the box office is Avengers Assemble which has now taken £51,344,770 over 9 weeks. A year ago Bridesmaids was another surprise hit at the top of the chart on it's first week with £3,445,395 knocking Kung Fu Panda 2 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer was still at the top of the chart with a total take of £7,914,450 while Captivity from director Roland Joffé was the highest new film at 4 with £329,193

Ten years ago there were a couple of power house films in the top places, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones at 2 and Spider-Man at the top meaning the top new film was The Musketeer starring Catherine Deneuve which took £131,338 over the weekend.

This week Ridley Scotts Prometheus stays at the top of the Uk box office chart. It was a week with not much in the way of new releases so movie goers who didn't catch the Alien universe film last week took their chance this week to the tune of £3,135,504. The total gross for the film is now £15,471,936 after 2 weeks of release.

The highest new release of the week is right down at number 4, The Pact enters with a weekend gross of £932,325. In a rare move Men in Black 3 goes back up one place to number 2.

Avengers Assemble keeps is chart run in tact and with a 7 week run is not only the longest runner on the chart but the highest grossing film with a total so far of £50,338,151.

This time last year Kung Fu Panda 2 was the highest new film of the week and also the number 1 film, taking £6,188,897 on it's debut.

Similarly five years ago Oceans Thirteen was the highest new film and also the top film with a debut of £3,021,302.

Ten years ago there was no stopping Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones as it spent it's 4th week at the top leaving Unfaithful as the highest new film at 2.

Daniel Radcliffe, for the immediate future anyway, is always going to be Harry Potter, for 10 years he lived and breathed the character and to millions of adoring fans he is the image of the boy wizard, which is why it is an achievement that while watching The Woman in Black Harry Potter hardly crossed my mind.

The story, set in an Edwardian era, centers around Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) who is a solicitor sent to clear up the paperwork of a recently deceased woman. Kipps himself has a 4 year old child and is a widow, his wife having died during child birth.

Kipps arrives in the village of Crythin Gifford where he is to spend the next couple of days working before his son arrives to join him for a holiday. During his train journey Kipps meets the local wealthy man who he befriends and then is given a lift in his car (noted as being the first car in the village) to the inn where he is booked in to stay.

The welcome Kipps gets from everyone else is far from friendly, and as he goes about his business the next day he is more or less told to leave town. What ensues from there is a traditional ghost story with scares and jumps at every opportunity.

As I first mentioned Radcliffe, fresh from the Potter franchise where he IS the boy wizard, manages to detach himself from that completely, not sure if it's the side burns or the fact that his character spends a lot of time alone and doesn't say a lot, or maybe it's the low budget film not being laden with special effect but it's a good move.

I'm showing my age now but I remember the Hammer Horror films of the 70's and 80's which at the time were scary as hell, and the TV show had me hiding behind the sofa more than Doctor Who did, and this film, which is produced by Hammer and filmed in the UK captures the spirit of the old Hammer perfectly.

The film is jumpy if a little corny in places, not too long and has a story which is acceptable for a horror film of this type. I started the question things when a seemingly normal guy decides to spend the night in the creepiest looking house in England that is cut from mainland during for large part of the day and he'd already experienced minor paranormal activity (I'd never have gone anywhere near the house in the first place) and some of the jumpy scenes were far too predictable and came off as amusing but on the whole it's an enjoyable scary horror harking back to the glory days of Hammer.

Good: Decent screenplay from Jane Goldman and some genuinely scary moments. Well directed by James Watkins and a good supporting cast.

Bad: Does get predictable and some of the scares are funny. Too many unanswered things happen and the ending although good could have been better.

25thframe.co.uk rating:

Today looks to be a day that should be celebrated as it mark the time that casting on The Hobbit is finally complete, Billy Connolly will be taking on the role of Dain Ironfoot who is a great drawf warrior in the story. Here we are 6 months into production, the first trailer released 6 weeks ago and casting is complete!

The anticipation for The Hobbit is building up to such an extent that I for one am starting to feel like this year can't be over with quick enough, and in the mean time we have a number of great films to enjoy.

In case you haven't been keeping up The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again is the 2 part screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit, a prequel to The Lord of the Ring Trilogy the Peter Jackson brought to life in 3 spectacular films starting back in 2001.

Normally with a film getting this much hype and anticipation I'd be nervous that it could never live up to the hype, but watching the rings trilogy today is still as enjoyable and judging from the trailer for The Hobbit this will absolutely great.

Roll on December 14th when we'll finally be able to judge for ourselves whether Peter Jackson still have that gift or not.

This week Steven Spielberg's War Horse notches up another week at the top of the UK box office making it 3 in a row, while the highest new film is George Clooney in The Descendants at 2

Check out the top 15 box office.

This time last year Disney's Tangled debuted at the top of the charts.

Five years ago Rocky Balboa stayed at the top while Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Blood Diamond which had the highest debut at number 2

Ten years ago Vanilla Sky went straight in at number 1 on the box office finally ending The Lord of the Rings reign at the top.

For the first time the UK box office surpass the £1 billion takings in a single calendar year, helped by big hits such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Kings Speech and The inbetweeners, all British films.

The actual figure according The British Film Institute is £1.04 billion 5% up on 2010, this amounts to a staggering 171,600,000 tickets sold (more or less), a figure which is a 1.4% increase on the previous year. The large difference in spend to tickets sold seems odd considering ticket prices went down in 2011, but then with the 3D tax you start to realize where the extra comes from.

Films shot in the UK or financed in someway in the UK amounts to just over 36%, that's a staggering 24% up on the previous year, this is an incredible statistic, especially in the wake of prime Minister David Cameron claiming the UK needs to make more blockbusters that make money, go figure!

This year looks to be another big year for movies with some great Hollywood blockbuster due in the coming months which will certainly boost to cinema figures for 2012.

A report is due to be released next week suggesting that the UK should make more commercially successful films, this is after a year where the British film industry contributed £4 Billion to the UK economy.

Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Pinewood Studios on Wednesday (11th Jan) and has said himself that he British film industry should support "commercially successful pictures", but in doing this does it mean film makers loosing their artistic integrity?

In my mind this begs the question, do film makers make films for person reasons, it may be to make art, to make a statement or because the maker has a story they just have to tell, and despite it's commercial success if its going to be seen and enjoyed or acknowledged by the public, despite how small that group might be, it's worth making the film. Or is the making of a film an industry and if the product won't make a profit then why bother to produce it? In reality the films, which make the money, are (generally) big blockbuster.

Last year Britain produced The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners, Johnny English Reborn and finish off the Harry Potter series (which can arguably be credited to Britain), all successful films which made money at the box office and have continued to make money in the home market (DVD, Blu-ray, downloads). But outside of this there were plenty of films that were lower grossing movies that probably didn't make money.

The "independent" films that Britain produces are often what separates it, and forms the identity of the film industry, India and France also have massive films industries and can be identified by these films which are loved by people in their native countries as well as other nationalities. In the UK we love American (Hollywood) blockbuster for what they are, and it just so happens they make money, maybe it's the marketing push of millions of dollars but they make money, much of which is pumped back into the American economy.

Of course this is the attraction, American mainstream films make money the world over, British films tend to make money only in the UK, the marketing pounds aren't there to promote the film to the same extent abroad. Despite The Kings Speech which won Oscars doing well in the US, The Inbetweeners and Johnny English didn't.

It must be argues that if Britain makes more 'mainstream' films there is a fear of the British film industry just becoming a Little Hollywood, and although it's no bad thing to produce movies that make money (and hence having a larger audience) we shouldn't and can't stop making films which can be truly identifies as British and which probably wont make millions.

The final instalment of Harry Potter saw the boy wizard go out with a bang, and it became the most successful film of the franchise in the process, and for 2011 it is the highest grossing film at the UK box office.

During its 10 week run it raked up £73,094,187 in UK box office takings, at todays cinema ticket prices that is about 13.5 million tickets making it the 30th top film in the UK by ticker sales. Other film to do well in 2011 were The kings Speech with £45.3 milion, The Inbetweeners with £45 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with £32.9 million and The Hangover Part II with £32.7 million.

In all a good year for British films (is Harry Potter a British film?) with Blockbusters not doing so well, Breaking Dawn and Transformers Dark of the Moon performed well enough but they were big budget blockbusters and had higher expectations.

I think the winner of the year was The Inbetweeners Movie that performed well abouve expectations, made back its budget and secured a sequel in the process, al that for a little Channel 4 show about bad mouthed undersexed teens.

It had all the cast reunited from the first Fast and Furious movie and this excited movie goers so much that not only did the film make over $600 million dollars worldwide and become a DVD/Blu-ray smash hit but it was the most pirated film in 2011 according to torrentfreak.com

Fast Five starring Vin Diesel was downloaded more than 9 million times, in second place was The Hangover Part II and in third place was Thor. The argument for Pirated movies has been a long and intense once, but all 3 of these films were big hits at the cinema with each one taking over or close to half a billion dollars in box office takings.

I'm not sure what this list tells us, I'll let you make up your own minds, cinema attendances were down this year but were in the middle of a world wide financial crisis, personally I think that on the whole people who will see the film in cinemas will do and then maybe down load the movie, people who download the movie and don't see it in cinemas would never anyway. This is an interesting list so for your pleasure take a look at the top 10 most downloaded films of 2011 and by all means let me know your thoughts.

Most Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent, 2011
rank movie downloads worldwide grosses
torrentfreak.com
1 Fast Five 9,260,000 $626,137,675
2 The Hangover Part II 8,840,000 $581,464,305
3 Thor 8,330,000 $449,326,618
4 Source Code 7,910,000 $123,278,618
5 I Am Number Four 7,670,000 $144,500,437
6 Sucker Punch 7,200,000 $89,792,502
7 127 Hours 6,910,000 $60,738,797
8 Rango 6,480,000 $245,155,348
9 The King's Speech 6,250,000 $414,211,549
10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 6,030,000 $1,328,111,219
Source: Torrent Freak
The week of amazing trailers ends with the launch of Ridley Scotts first for Prometheus, and anyone who was worrying that the connection to Alien would be loose to non-existent then worry no more; this could be a trailer for an Alien film.

I won't go into detail as to what's in the trailer but everything from the title appearing to the look to the feel to the design of the sets, ''ll say it again, it's Alien.

I loved Alien when I was a kid and this sent goose bumps down my spine, there is enough in this trailer to suggest that the suspense is in there, the gore is in there and there might just be some answers in there as well.

As if I've not said it enough already it's Alien and I simply can't wait for this prequel to hit our screen next year on June 1st. 2012 sure as hell is going to be a good year if only the 3 films trailered this week live up to expectation.

As expected, mainly because it was pre-announced, the first trailer, and true glimpse, of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has gone live on iTunes today. The Hobbit in case you don't know is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy that director Peter Jackson brought to the big screen in the early 2000's.

The production has had a difficult time but destiny chose Peter Jackson to direct the movies which are shooting in New Zealand probably as we speak. The first of the 2 films is probably the most anticipated film of next year (sorry Batman).

Of course the good thing about Jackson returning as director is that the connection between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings couldn't be stronger and most of the cast from the original films are back, and to open up this teaser we have Ian Holm, the original Bilbo Baggins doing a voice over. The trailer certainly ticks all the boxes, we see Frodo (Elija Wood), we see Bilbo young and old (young played by Martin Freeman who looks incredible) we see Gandolf (Ian McKellen) looking the same as he did in the Rings Trilogy. We get introduced to all the gang that will be in the new film, accompanied by a song!

What astounds me the most is that besides some clear productions values what will get sorted before release this just simply looks like it could have been part of the original Trilogy, it simply loks that good. To top things off we get to see briefly the Ring from the original series and Golum. Watch it, it's great, and there is only a year before we get to see the full feature. Also scroll down the page as the first poster for the film has also been released. Oh and check out the trailer here on iTunes.

"We need this like a hole in the head" comes to mind when I think of the Star Wars Saga in 3D but George Lucas has felt the necessity to release the once loved film in yet another format at the cinema to try and get more money from the franchise.

Thinking about it maybe the prequels will be better with a 3D make over (seriously they weren't that bad were they?).

Hands up those who wanted this next incarnation, well next February you get your wish when Episode 1 of the saga gets re-released in theaters in 3D, you can both put your hands down now.

For those interested here is the trailer.

We love a bit of American Pie don't we? And we all know that there is one more slice that's about to be released in cinemas, and here we have the first teaser for that next slice of pie.

All the American Pie films have been funny, and I even think the spin offs have been worth watching, to me they are like to comedies of the '80's that I used to enjoy so much brought bang up to date.

Over the series of films cast members have dropped out with the only thread of continuity being Jim's father played by Eugene Levy, but reunion brings all the cast from the original back together since American Pie 2 hit our screens, to be fair there has only been one other theatrical American Pie, American Wedding.

Despite this we have the fully assembled original cast back together all grown up and probably married and having children and doing similar things but in a more grown up way, it should lead to laughs galore, although if Finch is still chasing his MILF surely he's now chasing a GILF!!! Only time will tell.

Check out the teaser trailer below, which manages to be funny with absolutely no film footage at all, good start I think.

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The latest Pirates of the Caribbean film has this week joined the movie Billionaire club, a figure that for many years only Titanic held the honor.

This is now the 7th film to reach the mark, and more impressively the Pirates saga is the first film series to have 2 entries, although a uniqueness that will most likely only least a 12 month, The Dark Knight Rises, out next July, may join The Dark Knight, then, if you count the new Hobbit movies as part of The Lord of the Rings Saga, another Rings movie may join Return of the King.

Currently only one director has 2 film up there, and they happen to be in the top 2 slots, James Cameron's Avatar at the top and Titanic in the runner up spot, but again he could be joined next year by Chris Nolan and Peter Jackson, infact Jackson could be the first director to manage 3 film in the club then the second Hobbit film is released in 2013, only time will tell.

Giving an unfair advantage to this is the 3D tax being paid for these movies, of the 8 billion dollar films 4 were 3D so ticket prices had an unfair advantage, and despite the public decline in 3D it's still enough to give them a boost.

All these billion dollar movies still fall well short of Avatar which not only managed to get over 2 billion dollars but came close to the 3 billion dollar mark.

Go back just over a year and the biggest film in the world (by box office gross) had been established, that film was James Cameron's Avatar, a film built from the ground up to show what 3D can achieve.

This weekend in the US Cars 2 has hit the top spot with a weekend gross of $68 million of which only 40% of that take was from 3D screening, so is the public finally realisd that 3D is just a gimmick?

If you listen to Sony they would have you believe that 3D is the future, we'll be watching all out broadcast TV and home movies in 3D, Nintendo are another company who have invested a lot of money in 3D, producing the 3DS, there is certainly no shortage of temptation for us to embrace the 3D age.

Not lets look at the numbers, Cars 2 isn't a first, King Fu Panda 2 and Rio both took more money in 2D rather than 3D, and most people who saw Pixar's top grossing film last year Toy Story 3 seemed to agree that the 3D did nothing for the film. In Japan the 3DS has been struggling, being outsold by the 7 year old PSP, a device for which the successor has already been announced and is reducing in sales.

Is there a future for 3D? Who knows at the moment, but 3D is starting to show it's colours at the cinema, the surcharge on the glasses certainly cant be helping, Sky TV are struggling with the uptake of 3D subscribers, again there is a surcharge, and gamers seem to be rejecting the notion as well.

There are a couple of high profile catalogue 3D film that have been retrofitted with 3D, the Star Wars Saga and Titanic, this may well be a test as to how the public is embracing 3D, but on current evidence we don't want it, the novelty has warn off.

Production is currently underway on the two Hobbit films and as you'd maybe expected there is a video blog/diary being made following the production. The first is up at the Peter Jackson Facebook page and I really do urge you to go and watch it, it really is brilliant, http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

The video is a very generous 10 minutes of pure brilliance presented by Jackson himself, how he finds the time is anyone's guess. He takes you on a tour of some of the sets that have been reproduced from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy 12 years ago as well as teases some new sets.

We get to see a get together of the cast on the first day of filming on the Bag End set, see a dozen full sized actors gather around a Hobbit kitchen table, and we get to see returning actors Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis.

It always amazes me when I see things like this how much work clearly goes into the post production of films of this magnitude to get the sets looking so stunning, the sets looks amazing don't get me wrong, but when you see the finished product with all the lighting and post production polish they look simply stunning.

Have a look at this making of video as it really in incredible, and start praying for the rest of this year and next year to go as fast as possible because these films are going to be brilliant, and if you had any doubts about Jackson directing the films just take a moment to take in the guys enthusiasm about the production, I'm so glad he's in charge.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

What did you think? Is this a very generous 10 minutes to get us in the mood for the film? Or 10 minutes of pure hype?

UPDATE: You can now see the video on YouTube, or embedded below, enjoy

The creators of Ice Age have done it again with a new franchise as the Brazilian flightless bird Rio takes the top spot from the hopping rabbit.

It was a slow weekend at the box office with only the top film taking over a million pound and that film is new entry Rio which debuts at the top with £1,515,853, there was little else to challenge the film with the only other new release entering at nine and ten with The Roommate and Mars Needs Moms. Staying firm in second place is Source Code which raked in £848,366 taking its total gross to £2,990,826.

Limitless also hold its position from last week staying in third place with a weekend gross of £737,417 which brings its total to a fairly good £5,744,993.

Four and five and taken up by last weeks rabbit fest falling quite hard with £611,367 taking its total to £2,623,612 and at five Sucker Punch seems to be suffering from not being a summer blockbuster taking £346,399 over the weekend to a total of £1,633,285. This weeks box office is well down on this time last year when Clash of the Titans was riding high on the charts and the top five was full of high earning films How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and Alice in Wonderland.

New Superman film shaping up nicely, new cast, director and direction

We all remember the 2006 Superman movie directed by Brian Singer and starring Brandon Routh, yes that's right it was rubbish. Now the franchise is in new hands it looks like director Zach Synder has got the right idea.

In an interview with Hero Complex the director is looking at the film as if there had been no film before it, yay, maybe Singer should have done the same.

Singer tried to do a sequel to the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve film and on the whole it failed, now Synder is looking at doing a “reboot” of the franchise. I know this is a term which is bantered about a lot but this is one franchise, like Batman before it, that really needs to be looked at again, or left alone completely but that's a discussion for another day, the day after this Superman hit cinemas.

On board for the new film is British star of television series The Tudors Henry Cavill who will play the very American Superman, also on board is Kevin Costner and Diane Lane who will play Clark Kent's parents. It's also been rumoured that Viggo Mortensen will play General Zod in the film which goes a long way to revealing where the story will go.

Snyder is just wrapped Sucker Punch and is going into pre-production for The Man of Steel now with an expected release date of 2012.

Action film Battle: Los Angeles fights its way to the top of the UK box office this week de-throwning Rango in the process.

There was not a lot of hype for the film really, but Battle: Los Angeles still manages to take a fairly modest £1.8 million pound this week. The film stars Aaron Eckhart with a story about aliens invading Los Angeles, not the most original of stories but always a crowd pleaser. The film is top in the US as well.

Falling a single place this week is Rango. The Animated film with the voice of Johnny Depps takes £1.5 million bringing its 2 week gross to £ 3,615,885.

Climbing up a single place this week is the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown which adds just over a million pound to its gross so after 2 weeks it's now taken £ 3,161,588.

Falling to fourth is The Adjustment Bureau with a weekend gross of £911,863 taking its total to £3,082,693 and then new at 5 is Hall Pass which takes a lower than expected £900,936.

This week's box office chart is a lot lower than last week's where Alice in Wonderland was still riding high on number one with a weekend of £7.3 million and a total gross of nearly £23 million. Shutter Island and Green Zone took over a 2 million each and Avatar was still hanging on with over half a million pound, its total gross in the UK had reached nearly £90 million.

There was little buzz about this film other than the voice talent of Johnny Depp in the lead character role, Rango thus takes the top of the UK box office this week from another CG animated film.

Rango is the story of a lizard who winds up in the Wild West of America and you can guess what happens from there, queue many jokes based on the western genre! The film had a mediocre opening weekend in what has been a quiet week compared to recent weeks with a £1,638,613 weekend.

Runner up this week is another new entry in the shape of Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau, the George Nolfi directed film took £1,395,715 over the weekend.

Finishing a trio of new released at the top of the box office this week is the Liam Neeson starring Unknown. The thriller for which Neeson is starting to pigeon hole himself into is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and took £1,356,345.

For the top 3 it was a fairly close call all-round.

Frost and Pegg are at number 4 with their Alien film Paul which has a weekend take of £1,109,766 with a total gross of £12,207,049, and getting over the hangover of the award season if The Kings Speech which is now at 3 with a weekend of £1,076,381 which brings its total now to £41,930,117. Last weeks top film, Gnomeo and Juliet, falls all the way to 6 this week, quite a drop post school holiday, but Rango is direct competition and took much of its potential this week.

Compared to last year this weeks box office is way lower, last year Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland (3D) opened at the top of the chart with an excellent £10 million plus opening which is more than the combined top 15 this week, the rest of the top 5 last year was almost insignificant but Avatar was knocked off the top and The Crazies, The Lovely Bones and The Princess and the Frog all hang around but with diminishing returns.

With the school half term week and not so good weather hitting Britain the red and blue gnomes once again took hold of the box office chart leaving Paul having to make do with the second place.

Having already spent a week at the top Gnomeo and Juliet climb back up with a half term weekend take of £2,502,806 which boosts its takings over 3 weeks to a very health £12,901,447.

Last week top film falls to number two, clearly not being as kiddie friendly as the Gnomes with a gross of £2,073,462 giving it a 10 day total of £10,110,433.

Highest new entry of the week is the sci-fi thriller I am Number Four which should have appealed in numbers to the teen on half term but has a fairly mellow debut with £1,628,523.

Yogi Bear kept the kids happy over the school break and adds another £1,465,863 to its £7,635,574 total at 4 and Tangled completes a very kid friendly top 5 with £1,352,104 for a very impressive £19,130,723 total.

Again this week's box office was way above this time last year when Avatar was still at the top and closing in on being the first UK film to take £100 million at the box office, while Peter Jacksons The Lovely Bones climbed to number 2. Horror film The Crazies debuted at 3 and The Frog Princess and Percy Jackson hung around the top 5.

Having already done big business in the US and currently standing as the 104th all time grossing film in the world Tangled this week tops the UK box office chart.

The new traditional film, as in hand drawn rather than CGI (although computers were used in the production) is the story of Rapunzel, although I think this Rapunzel is a little less the princess in the tower type. Over the weekend is tool a respectable £5,106,612.

Falling to number 2 this week after 3 weeks on top is The King's Speech, a weekend gross of £ 3,634,265 takes it's total to £24,905,378. With many awards in the bag and many more to come expect this to hang around for a while and gross a lot more.

Also in award contention is the number 3 film Black Swan, Natalie Portman is picking up actress awards left right and center and its gross reflects this with £2,566,346 last weekend and £7,305,659 in total.

Jason Statham makes a debut at 4 this week with The Mechanic taking £921,554 and The Dilemma is at 5 taking £669,368 expanding its gross to £2,292,011. This weeks box office is quite a bit up on last years where Avatar was still at the top but slowing down and Mel Gibson was the highest new entry with Edge of Darkness.

Among all the Oscar and BAFTA buzz that is surrounding The Kings Speech at the moment it's no surprise to see it still topping the UK box office chart in it's third week of release.

Just to mention the Oscars, The Kings Speech has got more Nomination than any other film this year, 12 in Total, and it gets nods in all major categories except for Best Actress, it's up for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay to name just half of it's nominated categories.

Onto this weeks chart and the film took a very impressive £ 4,226,074 in it's 3rd week, which brings it's total to £ 18,312,482. It will be interesting to see if the award momentum can keep it at number one.

Top new release of the week is the Oscar nominated Black Swan starring Natalie Portman. The ballet drama which also stars Winona Ryder took £2,762,429 during it's first weekend.

Slipping to third this week is The Green Hornet with £1,187,652 and a total gross after 2 weeks of £ 3,830,737.

New at 4 is The Dilemma with £1,102,798, a disappointing debut for a Ron Howard film starring Vince Vaughn, and making a slow fall down is Gulliver's Travels at 5 with £992,382 making it's total £13,728,081.

This weeks chart is again lower than this time last year where Avatar and Sherlock Holmes were still pulling in the audience with Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, Up in the Air and It's Complicated also doing very good business.

The moment that many a Spider-man fan has been looking forward to finally arrived yesterday and we have the first glimpse of Andrew Garfield in his outfit, even if it's a blood stained and ripped costume.

I for one don't think that the Spider-man series needed a re-boot, the Sam Raimi film is only 10 years old, it was a good film that had a raw edge to it that just worked, the second film was a more polished and better produced film and still good, the third film, well less said about that the better.

Because of the vast amounts of money that the franchise can bring Sony have naturally decided to make a new film, and with Sam Raimi jumping ship last year they decided to “re-boot” the series (re-boot being the latest buzz word in Hollywood) and Andrew Garfield got the coveted role of the web-slinger. This new picture shows that the new film looks maybe a little darker, and the film will be action packed to the core, Spidey is well beaten up in picture and in reality we only see glimpses of the suite, a new design was inevitable along with Spider logo.

Spider-Man (insert suitable number/sub heading here) is out on July 4th 2012 and along side Andrew Garfield are Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field with Marc Webb calling the shots.

Last weekend the Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter starrer The Kings Speech tool the top spot at the box office with a gross of £3,523,102 over Friday – Sunday.

The film directed by Tom Hooper and also starring Geoffrey Rush has already won multiple awards and is being tipped for many more during the busy January/February awards season and Oscar glory is expected.

Also new this week is Oscar winner Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours. A true story of a climber who gets stuck in a craves by a bolder lodging his arm stars James Franco in an almost solo performance, and again is tipped for award glory this season. 127 Hours takes £ 2,168,570 this week.

Falling from is festive position at the top, Little Fockers falls to 3rd place this week with £ 1,798,677 bringing it's total gross in the UK to £ 15,282,292.

Jack Blacks Gulliver's Travels falls to 4th this week, taking £ 1,554,266 and bringing it's total gross to £ 10,881,583.

Last new entry in the top five this week is Russell Crowe starring in The Next Three Days, a disappointing opening for the film, although it still managed to take over a million for the weekend with £1,046,333. This years top 5, although good is down on last years top 5 where Avatar was still taking incredible weekend grosses as was the runner up film Sherlock Holmes.

Like a bad migraine that simple wont go away, after the release of a new Bond movie the rumour mill starts on the next, until such a time that lead actor, Villain, Bond girl, director and script writer has been confirmed, and to make it all the more "interesting" Bond 23 has been hit with the bankruptcy of MGM, opening it up even more to the gossip.

With fears that Daniel Craig might leave and attached director Sam Mandes might also abandon the project Bond 23 looked like it may have to take a whole different turn, and with seemingly no money to make it, would it actually be made at all, well that was never going to happen.

With all the legal ramblings over MGM out of the way, Deadline are now reporting that the film is well on track and even give a release date of November 9th 2012 (isn't Peter Jackson releasing a film around then as well?) in theaters. Craig will be on board as Bond and Mandes will direct, all good so far.

And the cream on the cake, and this is clearly just a coincidence, is that 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the release of a certain DR. No, or the first Bond movie to all those unfamiliar.

It's had a troublesome time in production but the new Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Trader, is the highest grossing movie over it's launch weekend.

That said it's debut gross is half that of the previous film in the series, Price Caspian, and only a quarter of the first film, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Dawn Trader rakes in a fair £2,460,118 to topple the latest Harry Potter movie from the top of the chart. The series is starting to really loose steam and don't expect this one to go much past Christmas.

Harry Potter topples to the runner up spot this week after a couple of weeks at the top. A £1,905,368 keeps it going well but the film is starting to struggle already and it may not be the big earner people were expecting, although another push is bound to happen when part 2 is released next week. The film has grossed £42,570,440 so far in the UK.

Angelina Jolie and and Johnny Depp make their presence known at 3 this week as their new collaboration, The Tourist, takes £1,341,143 for the weekend, maybe a little less than was expected for these 2 a-list actors.

The third Transformers movie now has a teaser trailer up at Apple.com. It's an interesting trailer which shows that clearly Michael Bay is a big Alien fan as the trailer has a definite feel of the beginning of the first Alien movie.

The movie has a sub title of The Dark of the Moon (not to be confused with the Pink Floyd album) and has a release date July 1st 2011. Shia LaBeouf stars once again although there is no Megan Fox this time around.

Is it just me or does the re-constructed footage of the first men on the moon just look wrong, the way the astronaut's move just doesn't look right. The story seems predictable and as I said earlier, there is a big lean to Alien in the footage shown. Oh did I mention the film is in 3D?

Check out the footage at the Apple site or if the YouTube video is still up press play below.

This week is a big week in the gaming world, the annual E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference is taking place in LA, a conference when all the big players in the gaming industry boast about their year and give loose forecasts of new games coming to their platforms for the following year.

The Expo is also a platform for new hardware, and although 2 of the big players, Microsoft and Sony, only had hardware to show off in the form of additions to existing hardware or revamped current hardware, industry leader Nintendo had a small ace up it's sleeve.

Nintendo by far has and does rule the hand held market and this year they are releasing a sequel to their best selling Nintendo DS handheld gaming console. The new twist on the console it that it has a 3 inch 3D top screen as well as the small bottom touch screen, and adding another twist the 3D screen does not require glasses.

All's well so far, all game news so far, what makes this even more interesting is that Nintendo has signed a deal with the likes of Warner Bros. and Disney to release movies in 3D on the device, not that raises the game even more.

On display in LA at the expo in form of a demonstration of this is Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon, a recent 3D animated film, and although the 3D effect takes a little getting used to it works, but only for depth, which as James Cameron, director of Avatar, says is a large part of 3D, it's not all about things flying out of the screen at you.

This is exciting news, one which I expect will be used mainly by kinds, hence the studios involved and the kinds of films they are releasing. If proved successful this could pave the way for greater things, another example of the games industry leading the way of the films industry.

It's still a fairly elite group with this being only the fifth film to get there, but this week Alice in Wonderland's gross takes it over the Billion mark in world takings.

The first film to get there was Titanic back in 1997 which held the honor as the ONLY film in the club until Lord of the Rinds: The Return of the King managed the feat in 2003.

Since then the flood gates opened when 2006 saw the final Pirates of the Caribbean films go over a billion and then The Dark Night just about managed the feat in 2009.

Then this year Avatar blew the book out of the water and is getting close to $3 Billion in grosses.

Avatar and Alice played the game a little unfair mind when you consider 2 factors, ticket prices are far higher now that they have ever been, and then there is the little extra (and very unfair) surcharge for the 3D and IMAX, studios stop this NOW.

Despite a bank holiday weekend and a first film which took more money than anyone could have expected, Sex and the City 2 fails to beat out either Shrek or Prince to the top of the US box office.

In it's second week Shrek Forever After continues to top the US movie going chart with Prince of Persia claiming the highest debut film in the runner up spot. It was a close fought battle though with Sex and the City 2 taking $37,145,000 and Prince of Persia just pipping it with $37,779,000. Shrek Forever After took $55,725,000.

See the full US box office.

I was unaware until now that the land that the Hollywood sign sits on is owned by a Private Investors Group, who bought the land from Howard Hughes estate in 2002. The Investment group are willing to sell the land to the City of Los Angeles who own the letters but they want $12 million for it.

The City is only just shy of this money, but in the mean time a Danish architect has come up with an idea of removing the current letters and rebuilding a bigger replica with a hotel in so people can stay in the letters.

A fascinating idea for sure, but removing the icon sign and rebuilding may be a step too far. I'm sure it would make money, and would be booked out the whole time, but the sign is what many people go to Hollywood to see and I think it would loose it's appeal if changed at all.

With all this said it will loose it's appeal even more if the money is not raised and the land is used to build luxury homes as the Investment company is planning, so if it's has to change then the hotel is the better of two evils, but I'm sure we'll be seeing the current sign for years to come.

It was the big night on Sunday for the Oscars, which meant it was the big night for the Razzies on Saturday, the two ceremonies that celebrate the two end of the scale for the film industry, and in a first for the industry Sandra Bullock received one of each.

On Saturday night Sandra Bullock was announced as the worst actress of the year for her role in All About Steve, and she had the dignity to be at the ceremony to get the award, and then on Sunday night she was announced as bet actress for her role in The Blind Side, and she was there to get the Oscar.

The big winner for the Razzies though was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which took awards for worst film and worst director, and quite predictable Michael Bay was not there to get the award.

The next night, and of course the one which everyone talks about, Katherine Bigalo beat her ex-husband and scooped the best film and best director, and unbelievable is the first woman to pick up such an award.

On the Oscar front Jeff Bridges also got an award for his role in Crazy Heart while Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique won supporting Oscars for Inglourious Basterds and Precious.

In all the weekend was a predictable night for awards and makes you wonder if the whole awards things is getting a little boring?

Disney are causing a bit of a storm with cinema distributors because they want to release the forthcoming Tim Burton adaptation of Alice in Wonderland on DVD/Blu-ray only 13 weeks (about 3 months) after it hits the cinemas in the UK and Netherlands.

The usual window is between 4 and 6 months depending on the film, and as Alice in Wonderland is expected to be a big hit it will most likely be 6 months which would give the multiplexes more time to make money, so chains like Vue Entertainment Ltd are threatening to pull the film altogether.

Is this window too short? The cinema's argument is that this will reduce the number of bums on seats in theatres as the cinema goes will be aware they can buy the film soon and hence reduce the money taken for a film at the box office, which also could have a knock on effect on cinema ticket prices for all.

10 years ago the window was 6 months or more, and there was a time when the window was even up to a year, although the market back then was more leaned towards the rental market and the internet was not about, hence no digital downloads, and piracy although an issue wasn't by any means as big as it is now.

Why then does the likes of Disney want such a short window? Is it to tackle piracy? Is it to cash in on the hype of a film in such a fickle here today gone tomorrow market? Or is it simply that home cinema can fulfill the movie goers as readily as an expensive visit to the cinema these days?

Just think if Avatar has a 13 week window it would be scheduled for release around 15th March during a time which it will surely be still riding high at the cinema, or maybe that would be the best time to release it?

I can see the argument for and against this, but I must admit that I did prefer it in the days when you were unable to watch a film for a period of months after leaving the cinema and then enjoy it even more when the VHS of the film was available for rent.

It really does look like Ghostbusters 3 is going to happen after Bill Murray gave an interview with The Mail on Sunday stating that we would return in Ghostbusters 3, even if he is a ghost.

I must admit that I really don't want there to be a Ghostbusters 3, the first film is a classic, and the second film, although not even close, is a good enough sequel, but to bring along a third one, I'm not sure after all this time is can work.

The most commonly mooted idea for the plot in recent years has been that the new film will be the start of a re-boot and we'll be introduced to a group of new recruits for the Ghostbuster agency who get trained to take over the reigns from the original 4, but again I'm not sold on this idea, although from the studios view this is still a strong brand over 25 years later and there is mileage in this idea.

From the Sunday Mail interview it looks like poor Venkman will be killed of early on in the film, then return later as a ghost, presumably to help out the busters, this does at least sound promising, and having an actual ghost working for the busters, like Slimer, could work really well.

It really does looks like the film is going to happen, probably for a 2011/12 opening with most if not all the original cast returning, even Sigourney Weaver who sort of confirmed it during the Avatar press tour.

Fingers crossed a new film works and caps off the original series with style.

It's the time of year again when the Oscar hype machine will go into overdrive in the period between the nominations being announced and the ceremony itself.

This year there are two films which are ahead of the rest, and two films which are total contrasts in style. James Cameron has continued to astound everyone by getting a nomination for best picture and best director, and his film Avatar has managed nine nomination in total with the others being in the technical department.

Kathryn Bigelow's (who happens to be Camerons ex-wife) The Hurt Locker has also managed nine nominations, best picture and best director being two of then, the picture has also got a nomination for it's star Jeremy Renner as a leading actor.

The best picture category this year include 10 films (is that too many) so we have the likes of The Blind Side and Inglourious Basterds along side British hopeful An Education as well as South African sci-fi film District 9, and a first in that Up is nominated for best film and best animated film.

Best film and director is going to be a battle between Cameron and Bigelow, but the rest of the awards are an open field, so lets wait and see what heppens on March 7th at the 82nd Academy Awards Ceremony.

Heres a list of the nominations, or check out the website.

BEST DIRECTOR

James Cameron, Avatar
Katherine Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarentino, Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up In The Air

BEST ACTOR

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up In The Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker


BEST PICTURE

Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up In the Air

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Neil Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell, District 9
Neil Hornby, An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, In The Loop
Geofrey Fletcher, Precious
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Up In The Air

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Mark Boall, The Hurt locker
Quentin Tarentino, Inglourious Basterds
Joel And Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Up

Art Direction
Avatar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Cinematography
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Costume Design
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

Documentary Feature
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Documentary Short
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of A GM Plant
Music By Prudence
Rabbit A La Berlin

Film Editing
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
INglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Foreign Language Film
Ajami
El Secreto
Desus Ojos
The Milk of Sorrow
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Make-Up
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Music: Original Score
Avatar
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up

Music: Original Song
The Princess and The Frog – Almost There
The Princess and the Frog – Down In New Orleans
Paris 36 – Loin de Panane
Nine – Take It All
Crazy Heart – The Weary Kind

Short Film: Animated
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady And The Reaper
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

Short Film: Live Action
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

Sound Editing
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

Achievement In Sound Mixing
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Visual Effects
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

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"

In an interesting turn of events the Google owned YouTube are going to experiment with renting films though their online video playing service.

Before us in the UK get too excited about this there are a couple of things you should now, first of all it's for the US market only, so we can stop here, next up is that there are no blockbusters at the moment, in fact there are just 5 films, all from this years and last years Sundance Film festival, so there is clearly limited choice.

Another small thing to mention, remember at the beginning I reminded you (not that I need to) that You Tube is owned by Google, well guess what, you have to pay for the movie via Google checkout, not a real hassle but if you haven?ït set it up yet then you have to go through that whole process as well.

For you lucky people in the US the rentals will be available from tomorrow (Friday 22nd January) and once you have bought a film you have 48 hours to watch it.

This is an interesting move, and with new television announced at the recent CES that can connect to a wireless internet connection with a main reason for watching YouTube video then this has potential, also in the UK there is little in the way of on-line rental services.

Today (Thursday 21st January) BAFTA, the British Film Association awards, has announced it's nominations for the awards ceremony taking place in London on 21st February.

The all important best film of the year award is a race between Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Precious and Up In The Air and An Education also appears in the nomination for best British film along with Fish Tank, In The loop, Moon and Nowhere Boy.

Like the Golden Globe Awards the BAFTA's are seen as a pre-curser to the Oscars and in the directing category I can see the list being very similar as James Cameron (Avatar), Neill Blomkamp (District 9), Lone Scherfig (An Education), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) all get nods, it's good to see Neill Blomkamp in there.

The best actor and actress categories are similar to the expectation for the Oscars as well with Jeff bridges who just won the Golden Globe leading the field for the men with George Clooney, Colin Firth, Jeremy Renner and Any Sirkis all getting a mention. The actress category is led by Carey Mulligan along with Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe and of course Meryl Streep.

We'll find out in a months time who walks away with the awards in a ceremony hosted by TV favourite Jonathan Ross.

For a full list of nomination check out the BAFTA website.

The first big awards ceremony of the year in the world of films happened over night for us Brits, and James Cameron, 12 years after he swept awards ceremonies with Titanic, picked up right where he left off.

I expect back in 1997 when Titanic was released James Cameron and anyone else connected to the film had a feeling that it was a powerful enough movie to get the odd award, and it did in style, Avatar is a very different type of film altogether, and maybe it wasn't though to be a big awards contender, but hey it looks like it could be.

Last night Avatar managed to pick up top honors at The Golden Globes with awards for best film and another for best director in the dramatic film category.

The Golden Globes separate dramatic films from comedy and musical films and surprise hit The Hangover took top honors for best Musical or comedy.

In acting Merly Streep and Sandra Bullock got best actress awards while Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey Jr. got actor awards.

A director who had often missed out on being awarded throughout arguable one of the best careers in the movies industry, Martin Scorsese got the Cecil B. DeMille Award for achievement in cinema.

The ceremony was presented by Ricky Gervais who brought an ambitious and edgy comedy style to the ceremony often pulling the stars apart for their habits and appearances, but the audience of stars seem to take it all in good stride.

Check out the full list of winners here.

80's nostalgia never dies, at least not yet, and the latest series that's being dug up for a modern remake is the classic A-Team which is set to hit UK cinemas at the tail end of July this year.

There are 2 things which come to mind when I think of the original series, first is the music, as with all 80's shows the music was catchy and instantly recognisable, second is one of the crazy characters, one being BA Baracas, a big muscle bound guy who has a fear of flying, it looks like the film address both these in style.

The film certainly has the feel of the series, even if the characters look like they may be a little off, Liam Neeson may be a great actor but from this trailer I'm not yet sold on his Hannibal. Rampage Jackson looks set to have BA off to a tee, as is Sharlto Copley's Howling Mad Murdoch, but I'm yet to take to Bradley Cooper's Templeton "Faceman" Peck, but it's an early trailer and time will tell.

Check out the trailer for yourself and let me know if the plane and tank scene looks like it may be taking things a little too far, and reminds me a little of what may have been in a Bond film pre Daniel Craig.

The big electronical consumer show for the year is just wrapping up in Las Vegas, Nevada and the story of the year for home cinema is the big push from electrical companies like Samsung and LG for 3D television.

3D hit the multiplexes big time in 2009 with film studios like Disney and Fox releasing big budget 3D movies like Up and the Billion dollar plus grossing Avatar. The next natural step for 3D technology is the home market, and the hardware manufactureres were there to demo this is force.

Blu-ray and high definition is certainly the right media for picture clarity to make 3D in the home a reality and with no new video format to push on the consumer this year, and also true High Definition 1080p TV's becoming mainstream 3D is the next technology being pushed on us.

There is a problem with 3D that is being asked by many, is it a gimmick? Or can this really be a serious contender for the next big thing in the home? The big problem with 3D is that you need glasses to enjoy the effect, and for a 2hour+ movie this can be a strain on the eyes.

With 3D television the like of Samsung are discussion having 3D broadcast for normal TV programs, but can you really see whole families sitting down for an evenings entertainment wearing 3D specs, and how much are these specs going to be? For a family of 4 this could get expensive, which means were into a niche market now, and to make money from 3D it has to be marketed to the mainstream.

Cost again is where there is a big problem, the hardware companies want us to upgrade all our home entertainment equipment once more for 3D. We willingly did this for DVD because we could see the advantage. We were less willing but again we did it for high def because we could see the advantage, but for 3D, where is the advantage, why should we buy new TV's and players to sit in our houses wearing a pair of silly glasses?

Personally I think there is a place for 3D in the home, but it's for children to enjoy movies like Up on their PS3 with a TV in their own rooms, or the couple sitting down for a couple of hours watching Avatar on a Saturday night, not for television broadcasts for a whole evening, I don't want, or need, Eastenders or Jonathan Ross in 3D!

Moving on the other big thing at CES was the bigger and bigger screen on the TV's that are getting thinner and thinner. There was evidence of OLED but this generally for the smaller screen devices, the bigger sets were generally LCD, and very very thin and light.

It was only going to be a matter or time and now it's done it, Avatar is now the second highest grossing film ever, and it took less than 3 weeks to do it.

This now means that director James Cameron has the top 2 highest grossing films ever, not bad going for a man who took 12 year to follow up the biggest film ever.

All that left for Avatar to do now is top Titanic, with Avatar having a gross of $1.1bn and Titanic having $1.8bn it only has $700million to go, at this rate it will do it in a couple of weeks.

One bit of news that I'm really excited about is the probability that the Back to the Future trilogy will be a Blu-ray release this year, and with some interesting new features.

This advert below was posted on a Spanish DVD site zonadvd.com, and the excellent website The Digital Bits have done the digging around to all but confirm that the poster is authentic, so it looks like we’re going to get the films this year, although the advertised dates could change.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Part 1's release in cinemas, was it that long ago? So it seems natural that it should get a re-release this year, and with the mess up of the original DVD release, this should be something special, especially is the print has been re-mastered by Robert Zemeckis himself, let's hope we get a proper widescreen this time as well.

Looking at the poster you can't help but notice the interesting special feature in the corner, Jaws 19 in 3D, what's that all about, it's an excellent in joke from the second movie, maybe Spielberg got his son to direct it as well.

Despite the fact that it took him over 10 years to follow up on Titanic, which is the highest grossing movie of all time, it seems he hasn't lost his Midas touch as Avatar reaches the magic $1 Billion mark in world grosses.

Not only has it reached the magic milestone that so few films before it have done, this is only the 5th, but it has done it in 17 days of release. It has to date taken $1,022,314,898 in world grosses, and at this rate could become the 2nd highest grossing in no time.

This must be pleasing Fox, and a sigh of relief for Cameron who gambled a lot on this film, and gave it a production cost of $230,000,000, at the current box office rate and potential home video sales it will redeem its budget easily.

Will it challenge Titanic's box office crown? There is a strong possibility, the ship disaster movie was a film that people went and saw again and again, Avatar seems to be doing the same, it must be for the stunning 3D effects rather than the story.

This is also truly a cinema film and people won’t want to wait to watch it on their home cinema system regardless of how good, or big a screen they have, the movie theatre experience can’t be beaten on this occasion.

For the record here is how the top 5, billion dollar grossing films stack up as of 5th January 2010,

  1. Titanic - $1,835,300,000
  2. The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King - $1,129,219,252
Like a British institution the series of Harry Potter films are not letting up their grip on the UK box office, and the sixth film in the series was unstoppable in 2009, and despite a 6 month delay is the highest grossing film of the year with box office takings of £50,713,404.

With Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince crowned champ the runner up for the year is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs with £34,872,218 which just about outdid the other big CG animated film of the year, Up, which came 3rd with a total gross of £34,284,193.

The multi award winning Slumdog Millionaire, which in the early part of the year was the top film, held up well and came 4th with £31,664,077, while the robots in disguise, Transformers, finished off the top 5 with £26,539,878.

The UK box office suffered a bit in the UK with the top 10 films taking a total of £287,929,402, comparing this to 2008's £340,360,259 it's far lower, in fact even 2007 had a better box office, 2006 was the last time it was this low.

Take a look at the full top 10 film for 2009.

With 2009 drawing to a close it's time to look back at the top performers of 2009, and topping the list of top grossing films in the US is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The Michael Bay directed sequel attracted a box office take of $402,076,689 which is way ahead of the crowd by $100,000 of its closest rival.

Its closest rival being Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince which took $301,956,980 and Disney's Up came close in 3rd with $292,913,068.

Biggest surprise of the year is at 4, and the highest grossing 'R' rated comedy ever in The Hangover which took $277,313,371, beating Star Trek which rounds out the top 5 with $257,704,099.

Finishing up the top 10 highest grossing films for 2009 in the US is New Moon, Avatar, Monsters vs. Aliens, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Worth mentioning is that Avatar released late in the year is on track to beat Transformers although much of its takings will be in 2010, and Sherlock Holmes which will enter the top 10 of films of 2009.

It's that time of year, it's December and just ahead of the awards ceremony the best of the years are starting to appear, and today the American Film Institute (AFI) have announced what they believe are the top films of 2009, and it makes for interesting reading.

The list is as follows:
Precious
The Hurt Locker
Coraline
The Messenger
A Serious Man
A Single Man
Sugar
Up in the Air
The Hangover
Up

A film which is possibly the most anticipated of the year, maybe not because of the film but the maker involved, had its London premiere Thursday night which was attended by stars and Director.

The film, Cameron's first since the multi award winning Titanic, which is still the highest grossing film of all time 12 years later, is a fantasy adventure set in another world and boast reportedly the best use of 3D in cinema yet.

Some critics have been hard on the film but many reviews have been very positive, Steven Spielberg himself even piping in to say he thought it was one of the most exciting films he'd seen since he saw Star Wars back in 1977. In an interview with MTV Cameron revealed that his next film would be a remake of the Classic film Fantastic Voyage. The story is of a group of doctors who are shrunk and injected into a shot diplomat to heal him from the inside before he dies. The film was in 1966 quite ground breaking in its special effects, and is also one of my favourite films.

Cameron did state that he will probably not direct the film and just produce but it would use much of the technology that he invented for Avatar, and it's a sure fire bet it will be in 3D.

Do you think this will be a worthwhile remake?

The world that occupies the internet has been absolutely a buzz with the revealing of the first trailer and footage from James Cameron's new movie Avatar which is due to hit this December and is being billed as a 3D extravaganza.

The story of a group of marines the go to a distant planet to gather resources for earth, and use Avatars, a hybrid of the planets natives and the human host, to go outside as the air is so toxic you humans can't breathe is Cameron's first film since the multi award winning Titanic from 1998.

The script has been on Cameron's list for ages as his next project, but understandably after the haul of creating the highest grossing movie of all time he took 10 years out before making his next movie.

The trailer doesn't give too much away, and some effects shots look like hey still need a little work, but it's certainly an interesting look at what could be the next best thing from the creator of Terminator.

Check the trailer out at apple.com.

With the sad passing of legendary '80's teen movie director John Hughes this week I find myself for the second time in a couple of months reflecting on my childhood, I grew up watching John Hughes movies as I did listening to Michael Jackson music.

John Hughes was a director and writer who was tapped directly into the teenage angst of the '80's, like almost no other writer of the time we demonstrated on screen and in words exactly what us teens at the time were thinking and trying to tell our parents.

It doesn't matter if it was Ferris Buellers rebelling against the school and deciding to have a day off, or 5 kids stuck in detention for crimes of simply growing up, the anguish a young boy, or girl, can go through when the object of their affection fancies someone else, these movies spoke to us and often spoke for us.

My personal favourite film of his is The Breakfast Club, as with all his films it has what is now considered a typical 80's soundtrack, but the moment you see Judd Nelson punch the air and hear Simple Minds chant "he he he" you know it's an iconic figure to last. Weird Science and Ferris Buellers Day Off of further examples of classic teen movies much loved by the kids of the generation and directed by Hughes, but it's the films he attached his name to as producer or writer which further show proof of his genius.

Although it's been nearly 20 years since his name was really in the spotlight with a big movie his legendary status has survived and he will be sorely missed.

He's been quiet for a bit clearly prepping upcoming project, but then after spending 5 years or more creating one of the greatest cinematic trilogies of all time he can be forgiven, but today we get the trailer for Peter Jacksons next directorial effort, The Lovely Bones.

Jackson has become the darling of Tinsel Town since the Lord of the Rings trilogy and he's working with the best of the best in Hollywood at the moment. Let's forget about King Kong and say that He hasn't yet set a foot wrong in cinema and judging from this trailer it looks like this trend is about to continue.

Based on the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold the story centres around a young girl who once murdered watches her family and friends from heaven. The trailer looks great and let's hope this December the film lives up to the promise.

Catch the trailer here

It's been announced that after 22 years a sequel to the 1987 smash hit film Wall Street is to be made, is this good news, a sequel to a landmark film? It may be a case of dragging up the old and trying to breath new life into them like many of the atrocious remakes of '80's horror films that seems to be the fashion at the moment, but the good news here is that not only is Michael Douglas back as the money obsessed ruthless Gordon Gekko but Oliver Stone is back to write ad direct.

What will be interesting, and with Stone behind the script it's highly likely, will be the contrasts the new film will have with it's predecessor, the '80's was an age of richness and greed and when ruthless men on Wall Street didn't take lunch because they were too busy making money.

The naughties (2000 - 2009) have been an age when Wall Street in particular has been struck by tragedy that has changed peoples attitudes and the world is in the midst of a recession that in particular has his the financial industry, what a difference 20 years makes.

Douglas of course won the Oscar for his his lead in the original, if they can pull off a similar fate to that of The Color of Money for Paul Newman he may just do it again, lets just hope the title is not Wall Street 2!

The summers is well and truly over now so let's look back at what were the biggest film of the summer in the UK, and the surprise hit that kept the big budget films at bay.

Before the summer started it was expected in the UK that there would be a title fight for 2008 between The Dark Knight (or the Joker movie depending on your view) and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, although these films gave a really good run for their money it was a more gentle film with a fraction of the budget which has drawn the crowds at the box office.

The year has belong to in no small part Mamma Mia!, the film based on the stage play which is basically a platform for all ABBA's hits to be sung during a love story about marriage. There are no guns or big action set pieces in the film, and Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan lend their voices to various ABBA hits during the films running time.

Although it could have been predicted that the film would do well there has simply been no stopping it, 10 weeks after release the film has not been outside the top 3 film in the UK spending most of it's time at number 2, the film has taken at least a £1 million on each of it's first 10 weeks of release.

With Mama Mia! simply clearing up at the box office who has lost out? It was a year of very little blockbuster on the slate, the biggest of which were expecting to be The Dark Knight and the new Indiana Jones movie, these did well but the bigger of these two, The Dark Knight, is going to be well over £10 million behind the ABBA sing-along.

There is every likelihood that Mamma Mia! will end up as the second biggest grossing film in the UK (behind the 10 year old Titanic) but on the world stage it’s been a good ride for Mia! just not a great one. A competent performer in the US where it made $142 million dollars, which helped boost it's world gross to $498,795,370, it may well get to $500 million before it's end of life.

It's a big week for Mamma Mia! the movie this week, it has not only managed to beat Titanic as the biggest and fastest selling DVD/Video of all time but now the cinema figures are in it has now officially become the highest grossing movie in the UK, ever.

It's taken close to half a year (20 weeks of release) to do it and with this weeks DVD release cinema takings are bound to more or less dry up but with this weeks final cinema figures Mamma Mia! has grossed £68,664,524 topping Titanic‚Äôs £68,532,746, that‚Äôs over £100,000 more than the sinking ship epic.

Titanic was released in the UK at the beginning of 1998 to good reviews, a 3 hour running time and at the 1999 Oscar ceremony it swept the board winning Best film and Best director and Titanic is the highest grossing film of all time, Mamma Mia! in contrast opened to very mixed (mainly bad) reviews, has a 1 hour 50 minute running time and probably won’t win many Oscars next year, and has no chance of even being one of the top 10 grossing films of all time.

Since Titanic James Cameron has not directed another feature film, this is Phyllida Lloyd first feature film as director.

Well done Mamma Mia!, it’s taken 10 years but the ship has finally been sunk, in the UK anyway.

Although retail sales on the street are looking pretty glum at the moment with retailers closing their doors by the week it's nice to see a report that sales of Blu-ray movies are up, by an incredible 400%.

The British Video Association have reveled (in a chat with pocket-lint.co.uk) that 1.5 million disk were sold in December. This is great news for Sony, the format and entertainment sales, but lets look try to examine why such a huge jump.

Blu-ray is a new(ish) home movie format, one which had a vicious and fairly long battle with Toshiba's now defunct HD DVD to be the successor to DVD in the home, so 2008 was the first Christmas that consumers had only one high-definition format to choose from, a relief for many I'm sure. Couple this with the fact that the price of the players are coming down to that which consumers beyond the film fanatic are willing to pay and the number of Blu-ray players in the home starts to increase.

HD TVs are also dropping in price and you can currently pick up a decent 1080p TV for well under £1000 if that's too much a decent "HD Ready" can be bought for as little as £300, this together with good sales of the PlayStation 3 which can play Blu-ray movies means that the high definition world is hitting more and more homes, probably by the week.

Now what was the best selling disk on Blu-ray in December, well no surprise to hear it was The Dark Knight (selling nearly 300,000) which was not only one of the more anticipated moves of the year but also one which many people would have wanted on the high-def format, summer action/sci-fi films are what will sell the format.

With all this in mind it's no wonder that sales of the Blu-ray disks are increasing at such a fantastic rate. Don't get me wrong I love Blu-ray and have the full high-def set-up and have enjoyed many films (WALL-E and The Dark Knight are particularly good) on the format, and I hope this surge in sales continues and eventually overtakes DVD, roll on Quantum of Solace it'll be great I'm sure, but it's not really a surprise is it?

Ghostbusters was unmistakably a good film and quite naturally a few years after the original a sequel can, the length of time between the original the it's follow up was 5 years and this was most likely down to getting all the original cast time in their schedule to film it, the result was a good film but not a patch on the original.

It's 20 years since the sequel and since then there has been more rumours of a third film than I can think of. Everything for storyline has been mention from a simple reunion of the original quartet most credible rumour being a story line which takes them to hell to an all new cast and one or two of the original crew appearing to "hand over" to a group of youngsters.

All rumours have mostly been quashed except now it seems Columbia Pictures have basically said that the 3rd film is good to go, the interesting twist being the script is not to be written by Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, who directed and starred in the original, but by upcoming writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky who currently have on their CV's The Office.

Who writes the script is almost irrelevant really, although it has to try and be good, but really do we want a Ghostbusters 3? Maybe in the early 90's a 3rd instalment would have been good but 20 years later should we not be remembering the films and watching the originals over again to remind us how good they are? Comebacks are the thing though, Indiana Jones has just had a successful return, despite some bad reviews, The X-Files has just returned although maybe not after quite the same length of time, Star Wars enjoyed a successful return and with a name like Ghostbusters that still holds a certain amount of excitement when someone says "who you gonna call..." maybe anytime will be a good time, lets hope the memory of the originals is retained, Star Wars anyone?

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, let’s face it, it wasn't that good, in fact in places it was just terrible, but it was the close of the trilogy.

Let’s now leave the franchise alone, maybe let another group revisit it down the line, maybe find a new angle or something, but let’s 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.

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

After 2 very successful junior years of its life happily pleasing kids on the small screen the over hyped machine know as High School Musical is this years film, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, is graduating to the big screen and getting a theatrical release, and probably bigger budget, before TV or DVD.

Disney probably didn't see this coming (or did they?) when a couple of year ago they decided to basically remake the phenomenally successful Grease for a modern day audience. It's not a direct remake, but between the 3 films there will be the essence of the Grease story in there, hidden but evident.

This isn't a bad thing of course I'm a huge fan of Grease and having an 8 year old daughter who is more than a little bit of a HSM fan I've had the "fortune" of sitting through both movies a number of times, and to be fair they are not that bad, it's good story telling with likeable characters and half decent acting, I'd rather have her watching his than a lot of the other things on telly

The trailer for the 3rd movie has just gone up at disney.co.uk, and it looks like it's more of the same, good or bad? Who knows, but it's safe to say the hype starts here.

Good on Danny Boyle and the crew behind the British/Indian film Slumdog Millionaire for doing so well at the American Golden Globe awards on Sunday night, the film took four awards including best film and best director in the drama category.

Kate Winslet also did very well taking both best actress and supporting actress in a dramatic role for Revolution Road and The Reader.

The night threw up many surprises but one surprise which wasn't had, and the fans will love was Heath Ledgers win for The Dark Knight in the supporting role, the late actor has one more film to be released and from early reports he could still have another award to come.

The Oscars are in a couple of months time with the nominations being announced next month, but although in recent years the Golden Globes haven't been such a huge indication of the Oscars, Danny Boyle and Kate Winslet must be getting the frock and suit ready for the biggest glitzy night of the year.

For a full list of winners check out the Empire story.

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.

It's good to see that the Americans still have a passion for that British favourite James Bond as the latest movie, Quantum of Slace, in the long running franchise tops the US box office.

Not only has it topped the US film chart but it did to quite convincingly taking in over $70 million dollars in its first weekend, and also it actually got slightly better reviews than it did her in the UK.

To be fair there wasn't a lot of competition for the Daniel Craig starring action film, the runner up film this week, last week's top film Madagascar Escape 2 Africa took less than half the Bond take. To check out this and the rest of the US top 10 check here.

As soon as CES started and Warner Bros. confirmed that they are going Blu-ray only we all knew it was only a matter of time before there would be only one format and this "war" would be over, and now it looks like Toshiba will announce their withdrawal from HD-DVD.

This speculation along with the Warner announcement and the many US retailers announcing either Blu-ray exclusivity or Blu-ray dominance in stores are enough to kill the format, who wants to buy a player that has little retail support.

Blu-ray is the winner and it's only a matter of days (if not hours) before it will become official. This is one in the eye for Microsoft who has reportedly pumped millions of dollars into support for the format and a big triumph for Sony who developed it.

The conspiracy around the Microsoft involvement is multilayer, but whatever the truth is I think that downloadable content for films and TV has taken a hit in the back of this move as well, people can buy a player with confidence now.

The good news for Sony now is their insistence of putting a Blu-ray player in the Playstation 3 might pay off, the gaming device is still by far one of the better players on the market and is still the cheapest certainly in the European market where the stand alone players are still not that common.

The players are sure to come down in price now and the HD-DVD format will slowly start to disappear off the shelves, for those that did buy an HD-DVD player you will soon be able to pick up the movies very cheap.

Yesterday Internet was alight with news that Paramount has announced that the release date for Transformers 3, a follow up to this years yet to be released Transformers 2: Rise of the Fallen, would be July 1, 2011, but the director Michael Bay seems to have other ideas which he's expressed on his Website.

In a statement on his Website he seems to be correcting Paramount saying he wants to take a year off and make the 3rd movie in the series for release on 2012.

Maybe planning so far ahead is a bad idea, especially for film which are not even in pre-production, your bound to get at least some information wrong.

This reminds me of an advert for a film I saw in the trade press once, the film starred Annette Benning and the advert for the film proudly announced "starring Annette Benning, Catwoman in the new Batman Movie", now we all know that Benning didn't star in that Batman movie and was off having a baby instead.

Now I know studios have to plan ahead, but do they have to shout about it and get the hype going so far in advance, especially for a film like Transformers that 1) is being hyped enough already for the film that is not even at cinemas yet and HAS been made, and 2) will generate enough buzz of it's own during the 18 months before hand.

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 that’s 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 I’m not ready for that future but I'm sure happy that Blu-ray has won this battle.

Delayed until May of next year the new Star Trek "reboot" from director JJ Abrams is going to be a highly anticipated event. Apart from the teaser and hype surrounding the cast not much has been revealed about the film.

Comic-Con has been used to launch the first poster, and this design gives us a first glimpse of the principle actors in character. Uhuru, Spock and Kirk along with what is presumably chief bad guy played by Eric Bana feature on the poster.

Set in a period before the events of the original series the film features all the characters, and even features the original captain from the pilot episode before Captain Kirk came on board, it'll be interesting to see how Abrams handles that relationship. This will be enough to get the trekkies in a rather excited mood for the new movie, let’s hope it lives up to expectations.

Check out the Star Trek page to see the new poster.

What do you think of the new poster?

Despite the sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe grossing nearly $500,000,000 (Half a Billion Dollars) in world grosses Disney have decided not to follow up on the series and have declined to fund the sequel The Chronicles of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Trader.

The first of the Narnia films grosses over $700,000,000 in worldwide grosses, but despite this the sequel could only manage just over half of this, with the budget to make the film topping $200 million Disney have decided to pass on the option to fund a third film.

As this was a joint venture between Disney and Walden Media it appears that there may be hope for the continuing adventures of Narnia, if Walden can find a funder for the next film there is a chance we will see it in cinemas.

It's on the whole bad news as Disney can throw more at the film that money can buy, but there is light, although with recent kid oriented family films not performing well at the box office if they don't have the name Harry Potter attached then who can tell.

It looks like it may be a while before we see a sequel to Prince Caspian so don't hold your breath, but it seems like the next film will have to perform at the box office if we are to see the full series produced for the big screen.

The Screen Actors Guild have given a best supporting actress award to kate Winslet and a best ensemble cast (best film) to Slumdog Millionaire. Also winning for best supporting actor is the late Heath Ledger for his role in the Batman movie The Dark Knight.

This ceremony is for actors only and voted on by actors, so for the winners they are basically being given a slap on the back by their peers, there are no technical or director awards, just actors congratulating actors.

In the usual Hollywood fashion it's a glitzy affair but still only really a warm up session for the Oscar ceremony. It's still nice to see British talent awarded in this way, and for a film which was almost unheard of a few months again, slumdog is doing very well.

Congratulation to Kate and the whole cast of Slumdog, to see the full winners list of winners check out the website here.

Mamma Mia!, the hit film based on the musical has done on DVD what it could not quite managed at the box office, it beaten a record set by titanic.

Mamma Mia! on its first day of release on DVD sold over 1.6 million copies, Titanic on its first day of DVD and Video tape (remember those?) release managed 1.1 million.

The phenomenal figure means that it could be the best selling DVD of the year, although competition is on its way in the shape of The Dark Knight, although at the box office Mia! out did the Batman film by some £20 million.

At the box office where Mamma Mia! is still on release despite its new release on DVD, it has grossed a total of £68,116,092 which is just under Titanic‚Äôs £68,532,746, there is still a slim chance it could take the 1998 film but it's looking unlikely.

It's looking like a bumper year at the box office though as the new Bond film is racing up the UK box office chart with a current total of just over £45 million.

Not sure if sleeper hits exist these days, but if they are then this sure as hell is one, Mamma Mia! is a film adaptation of a stage show and it has becomes the biggest film of the year in the UK.

With a gross of £69,130,014 it out grossed the number 2 film by nearly £20 million. Even more remarkable is that Mamma Mia! has now become the biggest film in the UK, topping Titanic's 10 year reign.

Sliding nicely into the runner up spot for the year is the Bond film Quantum of Solace with a UK gross of £50,405,045. Although a good gross the studio may see this as a little disappointing as the last Bond film, Casino Royale, tool £5 million more.

Third on the list is The Dark Knight with £48,685,166, many thought this might have come out on top, but clearly few realised the power of the chick flick during the year.

All three of the top films of the year are in fact still showing in cinemas across the country, despite 2 of them being available on DVD/Blu-ray already.

The rest of the top films of the year are filled by the like of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull at 4, Sex and the City: The Movie at 5, High School Musical 3 at 7 and Wall-E at 8.

Check out the full list here.

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 11

Chart history
Date
Place
Gross
1 / N
£6,411,836
1 / ▼▲
£5,162,325
1 / ▼▲
£3,807,003
2 / 
£3,443,130
3 / 
£1,293,662
4 / 
£985,722
5 / 
£642,134
8 / 
£327,174
12 / 
£136,872
13 / 
£73,496
15 / 
£25,526
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £34,284,193 and the 78th top grossing film in the UK

Total World gross $587,810,074 and the 119th top grossing film globally

UK BBFC Certificate: U

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