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Will

(2011)

Director(s)
Ellen Perry
Stars
Bob Hoskins
Alice Krige
Jane March
Rebekah Staton
Branko Tomovic
Canan Erguder
Mark Dymond
Neil Fitzmaurice
Giles Alderson
Malcolm Storry
Steven Gerrard
Brandon Robinson
Shaun Lucas
Charlotte Asprey
Joe Ferrara
Yesim Tomay
Kristian Kiehling
George Antoni
Paul McGrattan
Kenny Dalglish
Nicolas Chagrin
Glenn Wrage
Ralph Amoussou
Freya Berry
Ravi Aujla
Mary Robinson
Liz Daniels
Perry Eggleton
Jamie Carragher
Mick Slaney
Suat Oktay Senocak
Kieran Wallbanks
John May
Roarke Alexander
Zina Badran
Jim Sturgeon
Henry Monk
Julia Saint Paul
Hugo Culverhouse
Ihsan Ilhan
Karen Crean
Steven Thrift
Aaron Ellis
David Frost
Lee Nicholas Harris
Gino Picciano
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The third re-boot of the popular Spider-Man swings onto the top of the US box office this week with one major difference from the previous series of the character.

Spider-Man Homecoming unlike the previous films is a Marvel film and part of the Disney MCU which allow it to feature Iron Man and Captain America, and it would seem audience are enjoy it.

Taking $117 million at the US box office this weekend it is the first time since the Sam Raimi Spider-Man that the series will make big money.

After making its debut at number 1 last week Despicable Me 3 falls to number 2 with a $34 million weekend, more than 50% drop from last week.

This brings the films total US gross to about $150 from its first 10 days of release, it will be the lowest grossing of the series.

Wonder Woman is the longest running film on the US box office this week with 6 weeks, it is also the highest total grossing with $368 million.

After a release last week in some smaller location Despicable Me 3 gets its wider global release and tops the chart in the process.

Diminishing returns for the series means the third film gets the lowest wide release of the series but it still manages a $171 million for the week from 53 countries.

This brings the films total global gross to $192.3 million, well below the other films in the series and with Despicable Me 2 grossing just under a billion dollars and Minions taking $1.1 billion this one could fall way short.

Transformers: The Last Knight made its debut at the top last week but this week falls to number 2, small $85 million week gross from 45 countries takes the films total to $429.9 million.

Baby Driver this week goes to 17 countries sits at number 4 with $27.8 million which brings the films total gross to $36.8 million.

Highest new film of the week is The House starring Will Farrell and Amy Poehler which debuts at 9 with $11.7 million from 21 countries.

Wonder Woman is the top total grossing film of the week, currently at number 3 its taken $707.9 million in world grosses.

Jurassic World 2 gets a title, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, make of that what you want.

Does this suggest that the theme park in the original Jurassic World is now abandoned with dinosaurs running riot?

Time will tell and its probably more about the fall of the dinosaur kingdom and the way they were wiped out millions of years ago.

Also reveleaed is the teaser poster, see below.

News hit yesterday that Phil Lord And Chris Miller had left as directors of the untitled Han Solo movie.

Today news hits that Ron Howard will finish off directing the movie, so what does this mean.

Lucafilms have worked with the director before with the fantasy hit Willow from 1988.

He is a very good director and has great vision and know how to tell a story, this might mean re-writes of the story, and more importantly is will mean a very different sytle.

Production was half way through but Ron Howard will want to put his stamp on the film, he is not a director for hire and I think there will be many re-shoots and we will get a very different movie.

Better? Who know, we never will, but it is good news.

At the US box office this weekend Pixar released its latest offering Cars 3 and although it took the top spot is was a relatively low opening for the animation studio at $53.5 million.

For a Cars film it was lower than either Cars or Cars 2, for a Pixar movie it was lower than all their films but Ratatouille.

Lightning McQueen and the gang have never been one of Pixar’s popular characters despite this being the third film and they have a themed area at Disneys California Adventure. so clearly someone at Pixar likes them.

Wonder Woman slips to second place on its third week of release, although it is still performing well with a $40.7 million weekend.

The total US gross of the film now sits at $274 million and will easily get to $300 million and has $400 million in its sights.

Also new this week is All Eyez On Me at number 3 with $27 million and 47 Meters Down at number 5 with $11.5 million, Rough Night also makes a new entry at number 7, the film had high hopes.

Longest running film and highest grossing film this week is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, 7 weeks and $374 million.

The release of a new Tom Cruise film its bound to make some waves and The Mummy makes its debut at the top of the global box office this week with a $175 million opening.

Domestically (in America) the film has not gone down that well with a $32.2 million debut, but internationally the film has and takes $141.8 million, the film is opened in 64 countries this week.

Compared to previous Cruise movies this is a low take, the reviews have not been that favourable and it must be a bit worrying to Universal as this is supposed to be the first of a new universe of movies.

Wonder Woman slips to number 2 this week, still doing good business it takes $115.2 million from 58 countries which brings the Gal Gadot film to $435.2 million in global takings.

The film is still getting good word of mouth and it has really kicked the DC Universe into gear, it will be interesting to see for Justice League performs later this year.

The rest of the top 5 has Pirates of the Caribbean 5 at number 3 with $45 million, Baywatch at number 4 with $15 million and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie at number 5 with $14 million.

As Warner Bros. unleash the next film in its expanding DC Universe hopes are high that Wonder Woman will kick it into high gear, and with a $223 million opening from 56 countries it can be considered a success.

With man of Steel and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice not really setting the box office alight the way many had hoped we now have the DC movie the fans have been longing for as Wonder Woman pleases critics and fans alike.

After a week atop the global box office last week Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge falls to number 2 with $95.4 million from 55 countries, the films tepid reception with critics and fans has done the film no favours and it cant compete with a superhero juggernaut.

We will have to see if this means a slow down or end to the series, Disney has got used to $1 billion plus grosses for the series and this will most likely come no-where near that figure at the film reaches the half billion mark globally.

Making a decent debut at number 4 is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, $24.2 million from 9 countries isn't bad for a film with little hype.

Final trailer for War For The Planet of The apes, Caesar didn't start the war but will finish it.

Action heavy and Woody Harrelson aplenty in this trailer, prepare for Planet of The Apes.

Marvel are a power house not to be messed with, although this weekend Warner Bros. though it would have a go and failed miserably and King Arthur Legend of The Sword couldn’t tough Guardians of The Galaxy at the global box office.

With $115.2 million from 57 countries this week Guardians easily retains its position as top film, this gross means that the film has gone past the half billion mark and has now taken $630.5 million after 3 weeks.

King Arthur did manage second place, although only just, with $43.8 million from 52 countries, but considering the amount of hype the film has had Warner would have been hoping for far more.

Released in 34 countries Alien Covenant marks its debut at number 3, the hotly anticipated film from Ridley Scott didn't get a US release but did make a show in much of Europe.

Nearly beating King Arthur the film takes $42 million for the week despite getting for less than favourable reviews from critics, its US release is this coming weekend which will be a big test.

There is a bit of a battle going on between Fast and Furious 8 and Beauty and The Beast for top film of the spring season and at the moment Beast is winning with $1.2 Billion total gross.

Check out all the clues to the amazing looking story in the new trailer for Blade Runner 2049.

Who is Ryan Gosling and why is he looking for Harrison Ford? All the answers will be revealed on October 6th 2017.

When there is a new Marvel film in town the all others distributers give the film a wide berth, and with the Chris Pratt and Zoe Seldana headed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 the big film nothing else stood a chance.

With an opening gross of $145 million on its debut if nothing stood in its path, the Guardians franchise has become one of Marvels biggest properties and Vol 2 opens over 50% more than the first film.

It is also the 15th consecutive film to debut at number one for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with a good roster of films going forward there will be no letup.

Falling to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top is The Fate of the Furious (Fast and Furious 8) which takes a still respectable $8.5 million this week which brings its total gross in America to $207 million.

With the release of a Marvel film nothing else dare even think about opening and so there are no other new film this week.

Longest running film and highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Beauty and the Beast which is at number 5 this week, has been released for 8 weeks and grossed $487 million.

New trailer for the hotly anticipated Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower.

Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey the trailer shows plenty of what the film promises but doesn't give too much away.

Set for release on 18th August this will be one to watch.

The Marvel unsung heroes (outside of Deadpool) have gained a massive following since the release of the first film and the inevitable sequel was always going to be a massive blockbuster.

Landing at the top of this weeks UK box office Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 takes a fantastic £13 million making it the 41 highest debut ever, behind The Inbetweeners Movie and head of The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers.

The original Guardians of The Galaxy opened to £6.3 million in 2014, good for an untried new franchise, this film had bigger hype and has gained a loyal following and more than doubles the debut gross.

With favourable reviews and stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana at the top of their games, and with the best hero at the cinema in Baby Groot were looking at a £40 - £50 million total gross.

Falling from the top after 2 weeks if Fast and Furious 8, a £1.7 million 3rd weekend means that the film has now taken £26 million, it will struggle now to catch up with Fast and Furious 7.

Also new this week is Baahubali 2 The Conclusion at number 6 with £0.4 million, The Promise at number 9 with £178,000 and Lady McBeth at number 10 with £174,000.

Sing re-entered the chart this week and at 9 weeks is the longest running film while Beauty and The Beast is the highest total grossing movie with £70 million, its the 8th UK top film ever.

Historical Charts A year ago
Captain America: Civil War from Marvel was the top new film of the week, it knocked The Jungle Book from Disney from the top.

Five years ago
Avengers Assemble from Marvel took over at the top, it knocked Salmon Fishing In The Yemen down to number 2.

Ten years ago
Next starring Nicholas Cage was new at the top, it knocked Wild Hogs down to number 2 after a couple of weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
About A Boy starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Holt was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top, it knocked Bend It Like Beckham to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Finishing off the release of Star Wars Special Editions Star Wars: Return of The Jedi made its debut at the top, it knocked Scream down to 2.

Twenty five years ago
Staying at the top was The Hand The Rocks The Cradle for a second weekend while Denzel Washington starred in the top new film Ricochet at number 3.

Lots of release date juggling for Disney today as they update the next 4 years of released from the Mouse House.

Despite many untitled reelase there were still some highlights.

Wrinkle in Time is set for 9th March 2018, Avengers Infinity War is on for 5th April 2018.

The Han Solo movie is set for 25th May next year, expect to movie but I sure as hell hope not.

Star Wars Episode IX broke as 24th May 2019 and Toy Story 4 is coming on 21st June 2019(US date so expect late summer in the UK).

Frozen 2 is coming on (WED) 27th November 2019 and Indianan Jones 5 will hit cinemas on 10th July 2020.

These are all US release date so expect some UK juggling, check out the full list below.

The live action films continue with the release date of The Lion King announced as July 19th 2019.

Directed by Jon Favreau expect there to be lots on CGI, so how 'live' it will be remains to be seen.

Fast and Furious 8 stays at the top of the global box office for a second weekend as it edges closer to the billion dollar mark while the top new film is Unforgettable at number 7.

By next weekend the 8th in the Fast series will have joined number 7 and grossed over a billion while this week the film took $202 million at the global box office from 66 countries.

The films lead country is China where Fast 8 is now the second highest grossing American movie ever after Fast 7, the films total gross now sits at $908 million after 10 days of release .

The Boss Baby is still at number 2 this weekend with $42 million from 79 countries while Beauty and the Beast is still pulling in the punters after 6 weeks and this week pushes its total global gross to $1.1 billion with a $32 million weekend from 51 countries.

The highest new global film this week is Unforgettable which enters at number 7 with $6.5 million from its 17 countries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is still no stopping the live action Beaty and The Beast as it holds off Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in The Shell as the manga adaptation debuts at number 2.

On its third weekend at the top of the UK box office Beauty and The Beast takes £6.7 million, yet again another excellent weekend gross.

This brings the films total gross to a fantastic £51 million over its 3 week UK release and by far makes it the top film of the year.

Making its debut in second place this week is the live action adaptation of the 1996 Manga film Ghost in The Shell.

Taking a relatively good £2.3 million the film has done well, but with the hype and mainly positive reviews we could have been looking at higher.

Maybe the film will be a slow burner and with many teens on Easter holidays this could do well over the coming weeks.

I'm sure its not escaped your attention that the top 2 films this week are live action versions of classic animations.

Also new this week is Smurfs The Lost Village at number 3 with £1.3 million, this film will do well in the next couple of weeks and could challenge Beauty and The Beast for the top spot.

Free Fire is at number 7 and the special cinema event in aid of Comic Relief Peter Kays Car Share A Second Series Celebration lands at number 10, and it was only shown in one cinema chain.

Many long running films are not around anymore hence the longest running film this week is Logan which has been around 5 weeks while Beauty and The Beast is the top grossing movie.

Historical charts

A year ago
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice stays at the top for a second weekend while top new film is Eddie the Eagle at number 2.

Five years ago
The Hunger Games spent its second weekend at the top while he top new film was Wrath of The Titans at number 2.

Ten years ago
Mr. Beans Holiday made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked 300 down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Guillermo del Toro's franchise film Blade II was new at the top, its knocked Ali G Indahouse down to number 3 after just a week at the top.

Twenty years ago
The Star Wars special edition remained at the top for a second weekend while top new film was Dantes Peak at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Cape Fear spent its fourth weekend at the top, it kept Freejack from making its debut at number 1, it entered at number 2.

New trailer for the 2017 re-boot of The Mummy, this time starring Tom Cruise, and this time a little more serious.

Plenty of action in the new trailer, and plenty of mummies/zombies, including Tom himself? All will become clear when the film is released come 9th June.

For the second week in a row Beauty and the Beast from Disney is the top film across the globe beating off competition from highest new film Power Rangers.

With a second weekend gross of an incredible $207.5 million from 51 countries the live action version of Beauty and The Beast stays at the top.

After 10 days of play the film has well and truly passed the half a billion dollar mark with $690.2 million in total grosses.

Highest new film of the week is Power Rangers which gets a massively wide release in 63 countries and takes $59.2 million.

Also new this week is Life at number 4 with $28.7 million from 57 countries, The Baby Boss at 6 with $16.3 million from 5 countries and CHiPs at 8 with $9.5 million from 32 countries.

Highest total grossing film of the week is Beauty and the Beast which being at the top will be he top grossing movie for a few weeks to come.

Alicia Vikander first image released of actress as Lara Croft in the 2018 Tomb Raider re-boot.

You can't keep a good franchise down, and Tomb Raider is set for a re-boot next year with a new actress, and today we get our first glimpse of her in action.

Its good to see the film makers are sticking to the original image and it looks like Lara Croft will be dressed in an outfit that resembles the original classic.

Check out the story on Vougue.com.

Disney have done well in recent years with their live action versions of classic cartoons and this week the best of all animations gets the treatment and Beauty and The Beast opens to a massive debut.

Taking nearly £20 million on its first weekend of release it is the 8th top weekend in the UK of all time and is the highest opening outside of a franchise film.

It will be interesting to see if this is just that the animation is considered one of Disneys ultimate classics, or if the public are simply enjoying these live conversions.

Its hard comparing this to the 1992 original as its been 25 years but that film took £8.4 million on its opening, and took £20 million in total.

Adjusting for inflation the 1992's opening would be about £22 million with a total of about £52 million, potentially very similar to this live action remake.

Falling to number 2 this week is Kong: Skull Island, a £2.7 million second weekend brigs the films total to £11 million, the film is running just above its stablemate Godzilla.

Also new this week is American horror hit Get Out which lands at number 3 this week with a better than expected £2.1 million.

Longest running film on the UK box office this week is Lion starring Dev Patel which has now been around for 9 weeks while the highest total grossing movie is Sing which is still at 7 and has now grossed £28 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Staying at the top was Kung Fu Panda 3 while to the top new film of the week was 10 Cloverfield Lane at number 2.

Five years ago
Horror film The Devil Inside was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1 while John Carter fell from the top to number 4.

Ten years ago
Norbit stayed at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was Premonition which landed at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Ocean's Eleven spent its fifth weekend at the top while the highest new film was Thir13en Ghosts which made its debut at number .

Twenty years ago
Oscar winning The English Patient was the top new film at number 1 while Jerry Maguire fell to number 2 after a week at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Cape Fear spent a second week at the top while Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Café was the top new film entering at number 2.

This week making its debut at the top of the UK box office is the critically acclaimed Wolverine movie Logan starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

The solo Wolverine movies have not had the best of times at either the box office or with critics, but Logan bucks that trend and gets the 78 highest debut weekend in the UK with £9.44 million.

Compared to both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine this is far higher with those films taking £6 million and £4 million respectively, it will do better than both those films.

The Lego Batman Movie falls to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top with a £1.5 million weekend which brings the films total gross to £24.9 million and is currently the second highest grossing movie of 2017.

Also new this week are Viceroys House which is at 3 with £0.9 million and Fist Fight at 10 with £0.4 million.

La La Land is both the longest running film on the UK box office with 8 weeks so far and the highest grossing with £29.8 million, it is also the top grossing film of 2017 so far.

Historical charts

A year ago
London Has Fallen took over at the top of the UK box office on its debut while Deadpool fell to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

Five years ago
Staying at the top was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for a second weekend while the top new film was This Means War at number 3.

Ten years ago
Three weeks at the top for Hot Fuzz meant the top new film was at number 2 in the form of Ghost Rider.

Fifteen years ago
Vanilla Sky held its own at the top, just about, with the top new film making its debut at number 3, Shallow Hal.

Twenty years ago
Mars Attacks made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Ransom fell to number 2 after 3 weeks on top.

Twenty five years ago
Bruce Willis took over at the top of the box office with The Last Boy Scout on its debut while The Prince of Tides fell to number 2 after a week on top.

This third and reported last of the Wolverine stand alone movies makes its US box office debut at the top this weekend with a fantastic $85 million.

The Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart starring film has got excellent reviews across the board for its daring move away from the traditional super hero movie and has benefited in the process.

For an R rated movie it is the fourth highest opening in the US ever and most likely will go on to be the highest grossing stand alone Wolverine movie.

Falling down to 2 this week, but still holing its own is last week top film Get Out which takes $26.1 on its second weekend of release.

The little known horror film has now taken $76 million after 10 days of release in the US.

Also new this week is The Shack which is at 3 with $16 million and Before I Fall which is at 5 with $5 million.

Longest running film on the US box office is La La Land which has now been around for 13 weeks and the highest total grossing is Hidden Figures with $158 million.

Mention must go to Moonlight which after the Oscar fiasco with La La Land this week goes national and increases its gross by 260%, this week it is at 12 with $2.5 million.

Dethroning the The Lego Batman Movie this week is horror film Get Out which makes its debut with a very good $30.5 million weekend.

The film is a debut for writer/director Jordan Peele and makes its debut over the Oscar weekend where Moonlight and La La Land made all the headlines.

Batman in his Lego took a small tumble down to number 2 this weekend with a good $20 million gross, this brings the films total US gross to $133 million.

Very little else happened on the US box office this weekend with a couple of Oscar hopefuls still hanging on waiting to see if the award boost will give them a little more life.

Longest running film this week is La La Land with 12 weeks to date and the highest total grossing film is Hidden Figures which is now on $152.8 million after 10 weeks.

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.

Following on from its stablemate The Lego Movie from 3 years ago The Lego Batman Movie enters the UK box office at the top beating out Fifty Shades Darker in the process.

The Lego Movie opened this same weekend in 2014 to just over £8 million and The Lego Batman Movie has almost done exactly the same with opening to just under £8 million.

The Lego Movie went on to be the top grossing movie of 2014 with £37 million, time will tell with The Lego Batman Movie, this are looking good but we have a number of big franchise movies coming this year which could get in its way.

Fifty Shades of Grey opened in 2015 to £13.5 million over a valentines weekend, this week Fifty Shades Darker opens to £7 million at number 2, but not a valentines weekend, next week will be a tell time for the movie.

Sing falls down to number 3 this week with £2.3 million which brings the films total gross in the UK to £18 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office this week is La La Land which has now taken £26.4 million while the longest running film is Trolls which re-enters the chart and spends its 14th week in total.

Historical chart

A year ago
Deadpool wowed the audiences and made its debut at the top of the UK box office, its knocked Goosebumps down to 5.

Five years ago
Daniel Radcliffe enjoyed post Harry Potter success with The Woman In Black which debuted at the top, it knocked Chronicle down to number 5.

Ten years ago
Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore starred in romantic comedy Music and Lyrics which entered at the top while Dreamgirls fell to number 8.

Fifteen years ago
Monsters, Inc. debuted at the top of the box office, it knocked The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring off the top after 7 weeks of play.

Twenty years ago
Ransom was the top new film at number 1 on the box office, The Frighteners fell to number 5 after a couple of weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Father of The Bride was the top new film of the week at number 1 while JFK fell to number 3 after a couple of weeks at the top.

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.

Disney make a live action version of our favourite animated film ever, so the stakes are as high as ever.

THhs final trailer did move us quite a bit but we will hold judgement until we see the film.

In the mean time enjoy this final trailer.

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.

The UK is still Ga Ga for La La Land and on its second weekend of release the film manages to keep hold of the number 1 spot holding off new film Split.

A fantastic second weekend gross of £4.3 million is enough to keep the film at the top which brings the films total gross to a very good £14.9 million.

Making its debut in the UK is Split which enters the UK at number 2 with a weekend gross of £2.5 million.

Its been a while since director M. Night Shyamalan had a big hit at the box office and it looks like he may have one here.

Favourable reviews will keep the film bringing in cinema goers and despite the fact that the film missed the top it will still do well.

Also new this week is xXx The Return of Xander Cage at number 3 with £1.6 million and Lion which makes its debut at number 4 with £1.2 million.

Longest running film this week is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which has now been on the box office for 10 weeks and the highest grossing film is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is now on £64.3 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Revenant stayed at the top for a second weekend while Ride Along 2 made its debut at number 2.

Five years ago
War Horse remained at the top of the UK box office while Haywire was the top new film at number 2.

Ten years ago
Rocky Balboa was the top new film which debuted at number 1 while The Pursuit of Happyness dropped to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring spent its 5th week at the top of the box office, it held off Black Hawk Down which debuted at 2.

Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians stayed at the top again while The Ghost and The Darkness was the top new film at 2.

Twenty five years ago
Freddys Dead The Final Nightmare debuted at the top while Bill and Teds Bogus Journey fell to 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Its been a long time coming but finally Lucasfilms has released the title of the next Star Wars film.

Episode VIII will go by the title The Last Jedi - make of that what you will - is it Luke Skywalker, is it Rey, we'll find out on December 15th.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The debut of video game adaptation Assasins Creed produces the first new number one film of 2017 knocking off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after 3 weeks at the top.

Starring Michael Fassbender as the time travelling assassin the film based on a video game debuts at the top with £5.2 million including previews.

As a star one one of the biggest movie franchises around this is by no means the highest debut gross for Fassbender, but it is good for a non franchise debut, for director Justin Kurzel it is his best grossing film to date.

Its unclear if Assassins Creed will continue to do well, it got bad reviews from the press and the audience for these films is usually front loaded so it could drop sharp in the coming weeks.

Falling from the top after 3 weeks is Rogue One although the film enjoyed a decent fourth week gross of £3.2 million which brings its total gross in the UK to £59.6.

The film wont reach the heights of The Force Awakens but this is still a great total gross, also worth a note is that the Monday - Sunday gross of £7.6 million would have put it at number 1.

Also making its debut this week is A Monster Calls at 3 with £2 million and Silence at number 4 with £1.5 million.

Rogue One is the highest total grossing film around at the moment and the longest running film this week is Storks at number 15 which has been around now for 10 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens made it four weeks at the top and by this point was the top grossing film in the UK ever while The Hateful Eight was the top new film at 2.

Five years ago
Mission:Impossible Ghost Protocol stayed at the top for a second weekend while Oscar winning film The Iron Lady was new at 3.

Ten years ago
Staying at the top for a second weekend was Night At The Museum while Miss Potter was the top new film at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring stayed at the top for the new year while top new film was Behind Enemy Lines at number 3.

Twenty years ago
Evita made its debut at the top of the box office knocking 101 Dalmatians down to number 2 after 3 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Bill and Teds Bogus Journey entered the box office at the top while Curly Sue fell to number 3 after debuting at the top.

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.

Although its had a slower start than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens last year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still doing really across the globe.

Now in its third week of release, and with a slow Christmas period to contend with, the star Wars film took $95.1 million from 56 countries over the new year period which brings its total global gross to an excellent $774.9 million.

The film is on track to hit the magic $1 billion which will be the third Star Wars film to do so (although it took Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace a number of re-releases) and the 12th Disney movie to do so.

Another note of interest, the total gross of Rogue One now means that the Star Wars films and the most successful series of films ever, beating the James Bond series.

There are no new releases on the global front this week, blame Christmas, but there should be a wealth of them next week and things get back to normal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical chart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

We are all taking a deep breath as this weekend approaches but until then Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them makes its fourth weekend at the top while top new film is Office Christmas Part which debuts at number 4.

Warner Bros. clearly released this new entry into the Wizarding World at the right time as the film adds another £2.7 million (£4.4 million across the week) to its total which now sits at £42.3 million.

Highest new film of the week if bromance comedy Office Christmas Party, it enters at number 4 with a debut gross of £1.2 million.

The film is a Christmas based movie and as such I suspect it will make a swift exit from the box office one the festive season is over.

Highest total grossing film on the chart this week is Fantastic beasts and the longest running film is Trolls which has now been around for 8 weeks.

It will be interesting to watch what happens over next week with the new entry in Star Wars, last years Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens had a £34 million debut weekend, with the reviews so far for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are we looking at even better? Historical box office

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 had its 4th weekend at the top and with the world waiting or the first Star Wars film in over a decade there were no new film inside the top 15, Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict was the top new film at number 25!

Five years ago
Puss in Boots starring Antonio Banderas was the top new film at number one, it knocked Arthur Christmas to number 2 after 4 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
George Miller directed Happy Feet which was the top new film at number 1, it knocked off Casino Royale which fell to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone remained at the top for a fourth weekend while the top new film was The 51st State starring Samuel L. Jackson at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger was all festive in Jingle All The Way which made its debut at the top of the UK box office, its knocked The Long Kiss Goodnight down to number 2 after a single week at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Point Break made it 3 weeks at the top and with a quiet week for new releases there was nothing new on the top 10.

It genuinely feels like the cinema going world is holding its breath for the new Star Wars film which is released this coming week as Fantastic beasts holds onto the top spot for a fourth week.

A very low $43.8 million world gross, from 68 countries, has the film just about beat Moana (which is out in 33 countries) to the number 1 spot, that brings the films total world gross to $680 million.

The new Star Wars film is tapping into a very similar audience which will mean Beasts gets knocked for 6 next week but there can be no complaints as the film has done well.

Highest new film of the week is Office Christmas Party which gets a wide release in 50 countries and takes $33.9 million for the week.

Highest total grossing movie on the world top 10 this week is Fantastic Beasts which also has the wides release.

The final chart in America before the movie event of the year (well it will be for many!) has Moana from Disney staying at the top for a 3rd straight weekend.

A relatively small drop in weekend takings means the animated feature takes $18.8 million which brings its total to $145 million.

The film wont go down as an absolute Disney classic but it will be one of their good grossing films in the same vein as say Tangled.

Office Christmas Party comes in at 2 this week, maybe bette than expected for a brain out comedy. It takes $17.5 million for the weekend.

Highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Doctor Strange which is still in the top 5, at 5, and has taken $222.3 million.

Longest total running film of the week is split 3 way between Doctor Strange, Trolls and Hacksaw Ridge all having spent 6 weeks.

Like Fast 7, Fast 8 might be getting a different name in the UK to America, at least we hope so.

The Fate of the Furious is the title in America, as just announced, we don't like it too much so were hoping it will be called Fast & Furious 8 in the UK.

A new trailer is coming Monday - check out the teaser below.

Fifty Shades Darker new trailer.

Is there a problem between Christian and Anastasia? Those who have read the book will know.

Film gets its release on valentines 2017.

A very quiet weekend in the hangover after Thanksgiving and Black Friday which has Moana from Disney stay firmly at the top while horror Incarnate is the only new film landing at 9.

Moana has now taken a total of $119 million in the US with a second weekend take of $28 million, in such a low grossing weekend not a bad take.

The film wont scale the heights of Frozen but it will be yet another sizeable hit and it fills the gap while we wait for the next Pixar film.

With the rest of the top 10 more or less staying the same as last week the top new film landed right down at number 9 in the shape of Incarnate.

Incarnate took $2.6 million for the weekend and with this showing will most likely fall out of cinemas this week.

Disney threw their latest film hoping to hit the heights of Frozen at US audiences this weekend in the shape of Moana, they are hoping that the long holiday weekend would give it a boost.

With a debut weekend of $55 million over the Friday to Sunday they can't complain, and the long weekend from Wednesday night saw the film gain over $80 million.

With many families out shopping on the big retail weekend that includes black Friday this isn't such a bad debut, and with good reviews this could well go on and on for Disney.

Next weekend will be the big test, no new child friendly film are set for a release in the coming weeks which is good for Moana but then they get the Galaxy Far Far away to deal with, but who from, yes Disney, the Mouse House should have a good holiday.

Last weeks top film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fell to number 2 this weekend and gained $45 million, this brings the films US total to $156 million, not the heights of Harry Potter.

Also new this week is America is Allied starring Brad Pitt at number 4 with $13 million and Bad Santa 2 at number 7 with $6 million and very bad reviews.

Longest stay on the US box office is split between 3 films, Doctor Strange, Trolls and Hacksaw Ridge all on 4 weeks, although the highest total grossing by a long margin is Doctor Strange with $205 million.

JK Rowling unleashes her vision of the Wizarding World beyond the mega successful life of Harry Potter in the shape of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them which enters the top with great but not excellent opening weekend.

A £15 million debut is nothing to be sniffed at, and it is the 20 top opening in the UK ever, but only 2005's Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire scored a lower opening of the Potter series.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban from 2004 was the biggest Potter opening with £23.8 million on its debut and is the 3rd top opening ever in the UK.

Fantastic Beasts has some big shoes to fill and with the very favourable reviews it could be a long and slow burner, but in less than 4 weeks Star Wars does the same and expands its universe which will have a knock on effect.

Arrival entered the box office at number 1 last week and falls to number 2 this week with £1.5 million which brings its total to £5.7 million after 10 days of play, its should overtake Prisoners as director Denis Villeneuve top film.

Only one other new entry this week, Andre Rieu Christmas With Andre, and event cinema, at number 4, it took just over £1 million.

Bridget Jones's Baby was once again the longest running film on the chart at 10 weeks and the top total grossing move with £47 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The last Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, made its debut at the top knocking off Spectre after a 3 week sting at number 1.

Five years ago
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 made its debut at the top of the box office knocking off Arthur Christmas.

Ten years ago
Casino Royale made its debut at number 1, it knocked off 2 week champ Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Fifteen years ago
The Wizarding Word started its cinematic transition with Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone making its debut at the top, its knocked The Others down to 2.

Twenty years ago
The First Wives Club took over at the top of the box office, Michael Collins fell to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
making its debut at the top was What About Bob, Dead Again fell to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

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.

Ghost in The Shell trailer to debut this Sunday.

It will be Saturday night for the UK due to the time difference between us and Tokyo.

On the UK box office this week Emily Blunt knocks off Renee Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones is no match for The Girl on The Train.

Making its debut with just under £7 million The Girl on The Train is aiming for a similar target audience as Gone Girl which was released early October of 2014 and did very well.

This film which is also based on a bestselling novel has managed to come in £2 million higher despite reviews not being as favourable.

After 3 weeks at the top is it time for Bridget Jones's Baby to surrender the top spot and with a £2.9 million weekend falls to number 2.

The film cant be too sorry for itself as it has grossed £37.8 million so far and at the current pace will most likely become the most successful of the series.

Also new this week are War On Everyone at number 7 and Tristan und Isolde from the Metropolitan Opera which is new at 8.

Highest total grossing movie this week id Finding Dory with £41 million and longest run is The Secret Life of Pets which has now been around for 11 weeks.

Historical chart

A year ago
The Martian remained at the top for a second week while top new film Sicario entered at number 2.

Five years ago
Johnny English Reborn made its debut at the top of the box office with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy falling to number 3.

Ten years ago
The Devil Wears Prada was the new film at the top while Click slipped down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Moulin Rouge made its way back to the top of the box office after Artificial Intelligence: AI spend 2 weeks there. Artificial Intelligence: AI fell to number 2.

Twenty years ago
The Nutty Professor was the top new film on the UK box office, it knocked off Last Man Standing.

Twenty five years ago
Out For Justice debuted at the top, knocking off Terminator 2: Judgement Day after 7 weeks at the top, it fell to number 3.

For a fourth week now Captain America Civil War holds on to the top of the UK video chart, something that hasn't happened since 2013/14 and Frozen.

This most likely means that this adventure in the Captain America and Marvel Cinematic Universe will be the biggest selling video of the year, although we still have 3 months to go.

Highest new film comes in at 2 in the form of The Nice Guys, a film released in 3rd June 2016 and hit number 3 on its debut weekend.

Starring Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling the it made just over a million pound on its debut weekend if release.

The film went on to have a fairly health 6 weeks on the box office before leaving cinemas and in that time made just over £3.7 million.

Also new this week, at 4 is animated tale Robinson Crusoe, a number 6 hit from May 2016 and Love and Friendship, a number 5 cinema hit from August 2016.

Come back next week to find out is Me Before You or Warcraft can topple Captain America from the top.

The US box office this week is dominated by the true life drama of airline pilot Sully who landed a plane on the Hudson River in New York and saved the plane of passengers and crew.

Starring Tom Hanks as the pilot the film is directed by Clint Eastwood and with good reviews sees the pair return to the top with a $35.5 million debut.

After a couple of weeks at the top Dont Breathe falls to number 3 this week with $8.2 million over the weekend, this brings the films US gross to $66.8 million.

Also making their US debuts this week are When the Bough Breaks at number 2 with $15 million and The Wild Life (or Robinson Crusoe as it will be else where) at number 5.

Highest total grossing movie on the top 10 this week is Suicide Squad which has now taken $307 million ver 6 weeks and longest run is Bad Moms which has now been a hit for 7 weeks.

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.

Despite there being 7 new releases hitting the top 15 films this week the top five films in the UK remain unchanged from last week with Suicide Squad remaining at the top.

On its second weekend of release the DC comics anti-hero picture took £4.2 million, down just over 66% from the previous weekend.

The film has now taken £22 million during its 10 days of release and is not that far behind stable mate Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

With the rest of the top 4 remaining fairly static the highest new film of the week is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates starring Zak Efron and Anna Kendrick.

The comedy film took just over a million pound on its debut weekend in the UK, but the suspicion is it will fall fast in the coming weeks ready for a home video release.

Big suprise of the week is the Disney remake of Petes Dragon landing at number 6 with £844,090, one of the Mouse Houses smallest hits in a while.

Other new films this week are Newrve at number 7, The Shallows at number 8, Mohenjo Daro at number 11, Rustom at number 12 and finally Wiener Dog at number 14.

Longest running film this week and highest total gross is The Secret Life of Pets, 8 weeks on the chart and £33 million.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Pixels made its debut at the top of the box office smashing Fantastic Four down to number 6 after a single week at the top.

Five years ago
Rise of The Planet of The Apes took over the top spot on its debut knocking off Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 which fell to number 3.

Ten years ago
Cars remained at the top of the box office for a third week while highest new entry was Monster House right down at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Cats and Dogs remained at the top of the box office for another week with The Parole Officer entering highest at number 5.

Twenty years ago
Independence Day was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top with Twister falling to number 2 on its third week of release.

This weekend in the US we see Star Trek toppled from the top of the box office after only a week and Jason Bourne come storing into its place.

Nine years after Matt Damon left the series, and four years after the last movie Jason Bourne, directed by Paul Greengrass, is the top film in America.

The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner wasn't that well received in America taking just $113 million but The Bourne Ultimatum, the last film staring Damon, was and took $227 million.

This new chapter takes $60 million on its debut so if off to a good start and will join the top grossing movies in the series.

Star Trek Beyond falls from the top after only a week taking $24 million on its second weekend on release and grosses $105.7 million after 10 days.

Also new this week is Bad Moms starring Mila Kunis at number 3 and Nerve starring Emma Roberts at number 8.

Longest run on the box office and highest total grossing movie this week is Finding Dory, 7 weeks and $469 million.

There were two new big entries on the box office this week and the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters was the highest of them.

Directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig the new take on the classic 1984 film tops the UK box office with £4.3 million.

The original movie took a total of £12 million in the UK and time will tell if this will climb to those height.

The Secret Life of Pets falls to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top with a weekend gross of £2 million gross which brings the films total gross to £25.7 million.

The Secret Life of Pets is also the highest total grossing film on this weeks box office.

Also new this week at number 2 is the 5th in the Ice Age series Ice Age Collision Course, its debut gross is £3.7 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Marvels smallest hero Ant-Man made its debut at the top of the box office with Minions falling into second place.

Five years ago
The last Harry Potter film Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made its debut at the top while Transformers: Dark of The Moon falls into second place.

Ten years ago
Holding on to the top spot was Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest leaving Superman Returns to debut at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Shrek went back to the top of the box office knocking off Lara Croft Tomb Raider while the highest new film was as low as 5 in the shape of Pokémon 3 The Movie.

Twenty years ago
Mission:Impossible held on to the top spot keeping The Cable Guy off the top and leaving it to debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago Thelma and Louise made its debut at the top knocking off The Naked Gun 2 ½ The Smell of Fear after a couple of weeks at the top.

On the UK video chart this week The Divergent Series Allegiant makes its debut at the top moving Grimsby well and truly out of the way.

Allegiant was released in the UK on 11th March 2016 and made its debut at number 2 of that week with Kung Fu Panda 3 beating it to the top.

Ironically it is the other way round on the video charts, Kung Fu Panda 3 is also released this week on video and makes its debut at number 2.

The Divergent Series Allegiant was a small hit at the box office only staying for 4 weeks with a total UK gross of £4.3 million.

This is a poor showing for the series, the first 2 films made £6 and £7 million respectively so this is a low.

Last weeks top film Grimsby falls from the top to number 4 after only one week and will most likely continue on a fast face out of the chart.

Other new film this week are: as already mentioned Kung Fu Panda 3 is at 2, The Boy is new at number 6 and Hail, Ceasar! is at 7 and finally Forsaken is new at 9.

This weekend the Sasha Baron Cohen movie Grimsby makes its home video debut a the top of the chart knocking off Deadpool after 2 weeks.

Grimsby was released at the UK box office on 26th February 2016 after a massive marketing campaign it made its debut at number 2.<> The film was not received that well with critics or the public alike and it only managed a 4 week run on the UK box office, but did manage another 8 weeks in cinemas before it ended its run.

Its UK box office gross was £5.2 million which isn't too bad and is fairly typical of a british box office comedy thats not a gigantic hit.

Falling to number 2 this week is the fan favourite Marvel superhero that Disney turned down Deadpool.

The film has had a great run at the top of the video chart and will most likely hang around for quite a while and get another boost when shops discount the film.

Also new this week is Zoolander No 2, the sequel everyone wanted, then no one wanted at number 5, direct to video Underworld Legend of The Jinn at 17 and Secret In Their Eyes at 18.

Despite competition from the British beloved comedy that is Ab Fab, The Life of Pets remains at the top of the UK box office for a second weekend.

In its second weekend The Life of Pets takes a gross of £4.7 million, this brings the films total gross to an very good £16.6 million after 2 weeks, the films weekly gross is over £7 million.

Highest new entry of the week in Absolutely Fabulous The Move which makes its debut at number 2, a weekend gross of £4.02 million.

The film version of the British comedy comes nearly 25 years after the TV series started on BBC and amazingly it still has all the original cast including leads Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders.

A good run should be in order for the film although as is often the case with TV to movie adaptation it will probably spend a lot of time in cinemas but out of the charts.

Also new this week is Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence which is new at 3.

Highest total grossing and longest running movie on the box office this week once again is The Jungle Book which over 12 weeks has grossed £47 million.

Historical charts

A years ago
The Minions remained at the top of the box office while highest new film was Terminator Genisys at number 2.

Five years ago
Transformers: Dark of The Moon is the highest new film at the top of the box office while falling to number 2 is Bridesmaids.

Ten years ago
New at the top of Dreamworks Over The Hedge while The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift falls down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Shrek was the new film at the top of the box office while Evolution falls to number 2.

Twenty years ago
The Rock remains firm at the top of the box office while highest new film is Moonlight and Valentino at number 4.

Twenty five years ago
The Naked Gun 2 ½ The Smell of Fear makes its box office debut at the top knocking Silence of The Lambs down to number 2.

Half of 2016 is over, were into the summer season at the box office, so what has happened during the first part of the year at the UK box office.

Like the rest of the work Disney has well and truly ruled, although on the strong superhero front although its Marvel who have dominated its not a Disney Marvel.

Oddly the highest grossing movie of the year so far is a 2015 release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has grossed £57 million in 2016.

Out of interest the film was the second highest grossing film in 2015 with a total gross of £65.9 million, the film has made a shed load of money.

Disney's live action version of The Jungle Book is the second highest grossing movie of the year so far with £45.6 million.

Now comes the superhero movie taking their turn.

The third highest grossing film of the year so far is a Marvel superhero movie but not a Disney one, Deadpool has taken £37.6 million.

Captain America Civil War is fourth with £36.4 million and maybe the biggest disappointment in terms of expectation is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which is the fifth top film of the year so far with £36.4 million.

The rest of the top 10 film of the year so far are, Zootopia, The Revenant, X-Men Apocalypse, Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip and Daddys Home.

There are obviously some big films to come this year but with The Force Awakens so far ahead already will it really take another Star Wars film to challenge it?

Not sure this is too much of a suprise but EW magazine has confirmed that Darth Vader will be in Rogue One.

The film which is due to be released the December - official title Rogue One A Star Wars Story - is set to finish 10 minutes before the start of the original Star Wars movie.

What capacity The Dark Lord of Sith will appear is not yet known.

Its still unusual that a film will climb to the top of the box office, but this week with many people otherwise occupied with the start of the Euro 2016 championships Me Before You climbs to the top.

Last week the film entered at number 3 but this week manages to top the chart, and is the only film this week to take over £1 million in weekend grosses.

The film not has a total UK gross of £4.4 million and with the Euro's with us for the next 3 weeks who knows what could happen?

With a lot of studio's not willing to release new film at the moment the rest of the chart reads very similar to last week, the highest new film is the Melissa McCarthy vehicle at number 7 which manages just below £600,000 for the weekend.

Highest total grossing movie is The Jungle book which has taken £45.1 million after 10 weeks and longest run on the chart is 11 weeks for Zootopia.

Worthy or not this week is that this week's cinema had the lowest total take of 2016 and the lowest since September last year.

Historical charts

A year ago
Jurassic world made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Spy down to number 2.

Five years ago
Kung Fu Panda 2 swung into the top giving The Hangover Part 2 the shove down to 2nd place.

Ten years ago
The Omen remake made its debut at the top of the box office knocking X-Men The Last Stand down to 2.

Fifteen years ago
Pearl Harbour stayed at the top for a second weekend leaving highest new entry Get Over It to land at number 3.

Twenty years ago
The mighty Toy Story was unmovable at the top while Now and Then entered highest at number 2.

Twenty Five years ago
The Silence of The Lambs went on limited release for the weekend but still managed to make its debut at the top leaving Problem Child to fall to number 5.

Video game adaptation Warcraft once again wins the global box office with out much of an issue, mainly from China when the film has become the biggest opening movie of all time.

The Duncan Jones film is released in 53 countries and this weekend takes $210.1 million of which $185.8 of that was outside North America.

The total gross of the film now sits at a not too bad $286 million, it will pass £300 this week but might struggle after that.

Highest new film of the week lands at number 2 in the shape of horror sequel The Conjuring 2.

Released in 45 countries the film takes $90.3 million led by its number 1 debut in North America.

Highest total grossing film across the globe this week is Captain America: Civil war at number 11 which has to date grossed $1.15 billion.

Here is the global top 5

  1. Warcraft - $210,155,975
  2. The Conjuring 2 - $90,350,000
  3. Now You See Me 2 - $43,125,000
  4. X-Men: Apocalypse - $35,000,000
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows - $28,100,000
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical charts

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the world box office this week Captain America: Civil War kept is reign on things and stayed at the top with $158.8 million from 55 countries.

The latest Marvel film has now been on release for just shy of 3 weeks and is heading for the $1 billion mark which is should do by next weekend.

This far outstrips any of the previous Captain America films and is becoming one of the most successful Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Highest new film of the week is The Angry Birds Movie which was released in 74 countries and took and fairly respectable $43 million.

This will hit the right notes with children and maybe adults which got adicted to the game a few years ago so it could have great legs going forward.

As expected with the release of the latest cinematic Marvel instalment Disney scores another massive debut.

Captain America: Civil War scores the 4th highest grossing debut ever in the US, the others are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Avengers Age of Ultron.

Disney just keep hitting the right note with the Marvel films, and with Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice not going down as well they will continue for the foreseeable future.

This is of course the kick off for the summer season and this is a great start, last year was a record year and this year could be a bog one too.

With such a massive new release there were no other new film, The Jungle Book fell to number 2 making a Disney 1/2 double header.

A fairly uneventful video charts this week - probably while the world waits for The Force Awakens - sees The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 stay at the top.

This is the third week, non consecutive, that the film has spent at the top of the UK video charts.

With no films moving in the top 4 the highest new film on this weeks chart is at number 5 in the shape of Victor Frankenstein.

There were high hopes for the film which was released on December 4th 2016 but despite the stars Daniel Radcliffe and James Mcavoy the film only entered the box office at number 8 with £431,125.

After 2 weeks the film was pulled from cinemas when it sunk to 11 on the box office and making less than a million pound, the film has probably already done better on home video.

Only one other new film this week, A Warriors Tale at number 15.

Roll on next week when there will be a little more to talk about with Mondays video release.

It may not have Snow White this time but The Huntsman Winters War makes its debut at the top of the UK box office.

A prequel to 2012's Snow White and The Huntsman this new film has gone one better by making to top of the box office, but has not matched the debut gross.

Huntsman has taken £3.02 million on its debut, half a million less that its predecessor, but its still in the same ball park and could have a similar pattern of release.

Falling to number 3 this week is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which takes £2.2 million from the weekend.

The film has failed to ignite the box office in the way the Marvel film have but still the total gross to date is £33.3 million and the highest on the box office.

Also new this week on the top 10 are: Midnight Special at 6 and Hardcore Henry at number 10.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Fast and Furious 7 stayed at the top while The DUFF was the highest bew film at number 4.

Five years ago
Rio made its debut at the top ahead of the Easter holidays while Source Code slipped to number 2.

Ten years ago
Ice Age: The Meltdown makes its debut at the top of the box office and will a brand new top 3 Inside Man drops to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Rugrats In Paris The Movie makes its debut at the top while Miss Congeniality falls into second place.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story held on firm at the top while the highest new film was Billy Madison at number 4.

Twenty five years ago
Quigley Down Under made its debut on top while King Ralph fell into second place.

Spider-Man will have his own stand alone movie after his appearace in Capatain America Civil War.

The film will be titled Spider-Man Homecoming.

This week in the US comedy favourite Melissa McCarthy debuts at the top of the box office with her latest film The Boss.

It was a very tight fought battle with Batman v Superman but The Boss's £23.48 million was just enough to will the battle.

The Boss has been hit bad by critics and this certainly won't go down as one of the actresses better grossing film, that will probably go to her offering later in the year.

With The Boss taking over at the top Batman V Superman Daw of Justice fell to number 2, but only by $45,000, almost to close to call.

After 3 weeks the superhero film has taken $296.6 million but it is slowing down far faster than expected and hasn't been the hit most thought it might.

Highest total grossing film on the US box office, and likely its last is Deadpool with $358.4 million after 9 weeks.

After a very successful debut a the top of the box office last week Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice makes a dramatic 70% drop this week but retains its position with little competition.

A £4.6 million second weekend was probably bigger than was ever expected but the film after 10 days has grossed £27.8 million, but will likely start its decent next week.

Highest new film of the week is the semi bio-pic Eddie The Eagle which makes its debut at number 2.

The film about the much loved British ski jumping star takes £2.8 million for the weekend, although it did make its debut on Monday night so this is a full weeks takings.

Deadpool is still the highest total grossing film on the box office having now taken £37.6 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Fast and Furious 7 made its stunning debut at the top of the box office knocking Cinderella from the top to number 2.

Five years ago
Hop made its very timely Easter debut at the top of the box office while Limitless fell to number 3 after a week at the top.

Ten years ago
Inside Man kept itself at the top of the chart for another week Failure to Launch debuted highest at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Miss Congeniality remained at the top keeping off Save The Last Dance which debuted at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story stayed at the top leaving Oscar winning Dead Man Walking to debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
King Ralph made its debut a the top knocking Look Who's Talking Too down to number 2 after a week at the top.

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.

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.

A new Indiana Jones film is on its way for release in 2019 an announcement from Disney confirms.

Naturally it will be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford, it would not be an Indy movie if not.

Other cast members have yet to be announced, Shia LaBeouf starred in the last film, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Indy's kid, but the actor has gone off the rails of late.

Karen Allen was also in the last movie which saw her character and Indy get married so there is room for her to appear as well.

The last film, despite being not that bad, was received with unfavourable reviews and split opinion between fans, but Disney reunited Star Wars fans with The Force Awakens so they could do the same here.

2019 is a ways away yet so expect more details to dribble out between now and closer to the time.

Disney this week unleash its latest film on the world box office on wide release and take over at the top.

The film was at number 3 last week with $30 million but goes into more countries this week including North America and takes $137.1 million from 46 countries.

This brings its total world box office gross to $232.5 million after a couple of weeks on release, and is on track to be another massive hit for Disney, positive reviews will have helped.

Deadpool this week falls from the top where it has been since release down to number 3 with $37.6 million this week from 74 countries, its total is now $673.1 million.

Deadpool is also the highest total grossing grossing film on the world box office.

Also new this week is: London Has Fallen at number 4 and Whisky Tango Foxtrot at number 7 after a quiet American release.

  1. Zootopia - $137,100,000
  2. Ip Man 3 - $75,000,000
  3. Deadpool - $37,600,000
  4. London Has Fallen - $33,714,000
  5. Gods Of Egypt - $20,700,000
  6. The Revenant - $15,825,000
  7. Mei Ren Yu - $10,865,000
  8. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - $7,600,000
  9. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $6,625,000
  10. How To Be Single - $6,615,000
In America this weekend, Oscar weekend, Deadpool was unmovable for a third weekend at the top.

Taking $31.5 million on its third weekend of release the Marvel superhero film has now taken $285 million in the US.

Coming in at number 2, but with 50% less takings than Deadpool, is Gods of Egypt which takes $14.4 million on its debut weekend.

Highest total grossing movie this week is, possibly for the last time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has taken a massive $926 million.

The Force Awakens is of course the highest grossing movie ever in the US, it will miss $1 billion but maybe one of the sequels can make that.

In what is a quiet week compared to recent weeks Jack Black takes his latest film Goosebumps to the top of the UK box office beating Dads Army in the process.

The children's fantasy film enters at the top of the box office on its debut with £2.7 million pound which is low for both star Jack Black and director Rob Letterman.

Black has his next film Kung Fu Panda 3 about to be released in the UK which will most likely debut much higher and be a bigger hit.

British favourite Dads Army gets a big screen remake this week and enters the box office at number 2 with just over £2 million.

The World War 2 film starring Toby Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as a whole host of British talent, has maybe performed below expectations but will most likely hang around for a fair few weeks.

Last week top film, The Revenant, fall to number 3 this week after 3 weeks at the top, but with Oscar just round the corner there could be a resurgent later in February.

Highest total grossing film on the box office is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has now taken an incredible $120 million in the UK and is at number 6 this week.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Big Hero 6 remained at the top of the box office while fellow animated feature Shaun The Sheep was new at 3.

Five years ago
Tangled stayed at the top or another week with the highest new film The Fighter entering at number 3.

Ten years ago
Zathura A Space Adventure made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Fun With Dick and Jane down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Mel Gibson was starring in What Women Want which right in at the top of the box office knocking Cast Away from Robert Zemeckis down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Action super film Heat made its debut at the top of the box office knocking thriller super film Seven down to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Arnie took his latest film Kindergarten Cop to the top of the box office knocking Rocky V down to number 2.

Traditionally a quiet weekend in the US Kung Fu Panda 3 retains the top spot over the coveted Super-bowl weekend.

Panda 3 adds $21 million on its second weekend which is nearly a 50% drop from its debut its total gross in the US to $69 million.

The Cohen Brothers latest film Hail, Caesar! makes its debut at number 2 with $11.4 million.

The highest total grossing film on the US box office this week is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has taken $905 million after 8 weeks of release, it will struggle to make $1 billion in the US on a single release but who knows?

Also new are The Choice at number 5 and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at number 6.

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

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

Despite the fact that it is very slowly starting to slow down The Force Awakens manages another week at the top without too much of a challenge.

Its lowest weekend gross since release the seventh Star Wars film takes $72.4 million across the globe which brings its total to $1.8 billion dollars, $2 billion is just around the corner.

The film is the number 3 top grossing film and on current form could even struggle to become the second top grossing film, it has Avatar and Titanic in its way and the $2.8 billion of Avatar seems out of reach now.

Top new film is Ride Along 2 which is new at 3 with a $42 million opening weekend from 12 countries, the USA being the best of those.

Top grossing film on the world box office this weekend is The Force Awakens, and lets face it it will be until it leaves the chart.

Here is the full world box office for this week

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $72,420,000
  2. The Revenant - $61,000,000
  3. Ride Along 2 - $42,200,000
  4. Daddys Home - $17,100,000
  5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - $16,000,000
  6. Boonie Bears III - $16,000,000
  7. Creed - $15,305,000
  8. The Big Short - $12,200,000
  9. Royal Treasure - $11,500,000
  10. The Hateful Eight - $10,947,000
Making it four weeks at the top of the box office chart this week, and becoming the top grossing film ever in the UK in that time Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The seventh Star Wars film has not taken just about every honour the box office can give, except for highest grossing film across the globe, which it will probably leave where it is.

The figure for The Force Awakens this week are, £6 million for the weekend, £11 million for the week and £108 million total gross, it is of course the highest total grossing film on the chart.

Highest new film of the week is the 8th Quentin Tarantino film (have directors ever promoted film before by how many they have made!) The Hateful Eight which enters the chart at number 2.

The film takes £2.7 million for the weekend, £4 million behind The Force Awakens showing how popular that film still is.

The are no other new films on the box office top 10 this week.

Historical charts

A year ago
Tak3n (Taken 3) was the highest new film of the week knocking The Theory of Everything down to number 3.

Five years ago
Oscar winner The Kings Speech entered that box office at the top knocking Little Fockers down to number 3.

Ten years ago
King Kong remained at the top of the chart and with a static top 2 the highest new film was Just Friends at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Unbreakable was unmovable at number 1 with the highest new film coming in at number 4 in the shape of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, good for an oriental movie.

Twenty years ago
Seven (or Se7en) was the highest new film at the top of the box office knocking Ace Ventura When Nature Calls down to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Arachnophobia came in at the top and knocked Home Alone to number 2.

The Force Awakens this week opened in the last of the worlds major territories and broken records in that country too.

China is the last of the major cinema going nations, and like in almost all other countries it is now the highest grossing opening film.

The last record the film has to get now is that of the highest grossing movie of all time, currently held by Avatar with $2.8 billion dollars, can it get there, its actually looking unlikely.

Despite all the records that The Force Awakens has broken, and the fact that most of the world is still showing the film it still needs to make another billion dollars, this could be out of its reach.

I am certain that it will be the first film since Avatar to go over $2 billion, and I suspect it has a good chance of beating Titanic which is number 2 with $2.1 billion but there will have to be a lot of repeat viewing to get to $2.8 billion, but who knows at this point?

Highest new film of the week is The Forest which has grossed $13.5 million from 5 territories and sits at number 6 this week.

Worth a mention is The Revenant which is out in 11 countries and went in general release this week and sits at number 2 this week with $58.2 million.

This week top 10 looks like this

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $145,930,000
  2. The Revenant - $58,200,000
  3. Daddys Home - $25,200,000
  4. The Hateful Eight - $18,351,000
  5. The Good Dinosaur - $13,644,000
  6. The Forest - $13,538,000
  7. Joy - $12,000,000
  8. Detective Chinatown - $11,800,000
  9. Quo Vado? - $11,500,000
  10. Alvin And The Chipmunks The Road Chip - $11,300,000
On Friday Star Wars: The Force Awakens because the highest grossing film ever at the UK box office.

It beat out the previous holder Skyfall which had a total gross in the UK of £103 million, Skyfall was the first film to make over £100 million at the UK box office.

This is just the latest in a long line of records the latest Star Wars film have managed to achieve, but highest grossing film in the world still alludes it.<> That record is held by Avatar with $2.8 billion, the Chinese market is key to the film coming close to Avatars total, it is released there this weekend.

Keep an eye on 25thframe.co.uk and we will be letting you know what The Force Awakens UK gross is and how well it did in China.

Thank you for making The Force Awakens the biggest film in UK history!

Posted by Star Wars on Friday, 8 January 2016

In a record amount of time JJ Abrams and Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the top grossing film ever in the American market.

The previous holder, Avatar, has been there since 2010 and prior to that it was another James Cameron film Titanic which held the title from 1999.

The Force Awakens is still the number 1 film at the weekly box office and is showing no signs of slowing down, it has taken just 3 and a half weeks for the film to take the top grossing crown.

Also by this weekend the film should be come the top grossing film in the UK, and much of the world will likely follow in the coming weeks and months.

The next big mile stone will be the top film of all time globally, its getting there and at the current rate it will do it, the film is not out in China yet, a massive movie going market, this weekend when it is released should give an indication to if and when the film will conquer the world.

Keep an eye on 25thframe.co.uk and we'll let you know when it happens.

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.

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.

2015 is over and while Star Wars will try its hardest to dominate 2016, the film that grossed more than any other in 2015 was Jurassic World.

A total gross of $1.6 billion across the globe ensured that the continuation of the Jurassic Park series was as big a hit as the original was back in the 90s.

Second on the list is Fast and Furious 7, as well as fans of the series it seems everyone else also wanted to give Paul Walker a big $1.5 billion send off, RIP.

Avengers Age of Ultron was the 3rd top film of the year and late release The Force Awakens was 4th with the Minions finishing off the top 5.

For the first time in chart history the full top 5 made over a billion dollars each, still no film has made over $2 billion like 2009 when Avatar did this, although I wouldn't bet on The Force Awakens making over that in time.

Here is 2015's world top 10 grossing films

  1. Jurassic World = $1,668,912,312
  2. Fast and Furious 7 = $1,520,032,910
  3. Avengers Age of Ultron = $1,402,750,552
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens = $1,228,349,526
  5. Minions = $1,157,275,017
  6. Inside Out = $851,602,426
  7. Spectre = $850,604,955
  8. Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation = $682,142,377
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 = $619,444,461
  10. The Martian = $594,161,725
In 2015 Bond was back, and the resulting film starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mandes was the top grossing film in the UK for 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the top 10 film in the UK of 2015

  1. Spectre = £93,444,460
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens = £65,911,544
  3. Jurassic World = £63,674,773
  4. Avengers Age of Ultron = £48,334,257
  5. Minions = £47,091,449
  6. Inside Out = £39,114,257
  7. Fast and Furious 7 = £38,385,021
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey = £34,662,255
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 = £27,482,402
  10. Home = £25,092,083
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues on its path to become the biggest grossing film ever in the US this week as it adds another $153 million to its US gross.

Incredibly this is only a 38% drop on the previous record braking weekend and bring the film to $544 million in the US, the $760 million total of Avatar is not that far away.

New comedy Daddys Home with Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg comes in at 2 this week, the Christmas cheer giving it a decent $28.8 million opening weekend.

There were a whole host of other new film trying to take some Christmas market, Joy is new at 3, Concussion is new at 6 and the pointless remake of Point Break is new at 8, finally in only 100 theatres The Hateful Eight is new at 11.

Unsurprising The Force Awakens is the top total grossing film on the list this week with its $544.5 million gross.

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.

All quiet on the box office front in America this week as no studios dare release new movies near what will be one of the biggest films of the year, thus The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 stays on top for a fourth week.

Mockingjay Part 2 has not got the best record of all The Hunger Games movies at the box office in America, although it will not has a good a gross as the previous films.

To stay at the top this week Mockingjay took just $11.3 million bringing its total to $244.4 million, this will be its last week at the top.

Highest new film of the week is In the Heart of The Sea which enters the US box office at number 2 with $11 million, only $0.3 million behind the top film.

Highest total grossing film in the US at the moment is Mockingjay, will be fun to see if next weeks new film outgrosses that in a single leap.

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.

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.

Prometheus sequel to be called Alien Covenant

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
Its been an interesting week in the UK with the release of the latest James Bond movie Spectre, most unusual of all is that the film got its release after its UK premiere on Monday night rather than the usual Friday.

This opening meant that its weekend figures, although fantastic, were not a true reflection of the usual take on a debut weekend.

To cut a long story short Spectre has done amazingly well, it has the largest UK opening of any film, beating Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban 10 year record by nearly double, it also has the biggest single day gross for any film in the UK, Tuesday and in fact Wednesday.

The films weekly take, from its opening on Monday through to Sunday was £41.3 million, not only the highest ever but also higher than the previous Bond outing Skyfall, which is the highest grossing film ever in the UK.

Its Friday to Sunday total is just shy of £20 million which puts it just behind Skyfall, but that film opened on a Friday, its hard not to believe that Spectre wouldn't have beaten all these figure had it opened on the traditional Friday.

Spectre thus makes its debut at the top of the UK box office with an incredible weekly gross and with no film daring to compete with it, it is also the only new entry on the box office this week, and with very few new film in the coming weeks it will stay a while.

All thats left now is for it to become the top grossing film ever in the UK, it needs over £102 million to achieve this, but with the debut it is entirely possible.

Historical box office

A year ago
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held onto the top of the box office for another week which meant Ouija had to make to with a number 2 debut.

Five years ago
The Saw franchise continued it Halloween releases and debuted at number 1 with Saw 3D, Despicable Me fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit made it another week at the top of the box office with Saw II debuting at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Disneys Dinosaur went back to the top of the box office meaning What Lies Beneath fell to number 2, highest new film was Book of Shadows Blair Witch 2.

Twenty years ago
To Die For made its debut at the top of the box office leaving Clueless to fall into second place.

Twenty five years ago
Ghost extended its run at the top of the box office by another week with the highest new film at number 4 in the shape of Goodfellas.

We still have just under 3 months to go before we reach the end of the year but already the top 6 movies of 2015 have made more than 2014's top movie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be the must have toy come this Christmas.

Sphero the company behind the actual robot used in the filming of the Star Wars film thinks they have produced something fans will love.

Check out the video from bbc.co.uk below.

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.

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.

Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation stays the top film across the globe for another week although in comparison it is released in 63 countries whereas Straight Outta Compton shows strong figures from America alone.

Rogue Nation takes $63 million globally this week and is starting to slow down, it's global take is now $373.4 which should put it ahead of part 3 but it will struggle to beat the others.

Compton makes an impressive debut at number 2 with $56 million from America alone, it gets released across the globe in the coming weeks but its home territory is where the audience is.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. makes it's debut this week at number 3 from 24 countries with $25.5 million, it will be seen as a disappointment.

Here is the full global top 10

  1. Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation - $63,100,000
  2. Straight Outta Compton - $56,106,165
  3. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - $25,535,000
  4. Fantastic Four - $24,200,000
  5. Go Away Mr. Tumor - $21,500,000
  6. Minions - $20,161,200
  7. Veteran - $18,250,000
  8. Pixels - $15,415,000
  9. Inside Out - $13,435,000
  10. Brothers Blood Against Blood - $13,040,000
We've waited a long time and here we have the first poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and do we see a spoiler?

First off Han Solo is very prominent on the poster, does he have a bigger role than expected in the movie?

Next, Finn is holding a lightsaber, and as we all know, only Jedi Knights have lightsabers, what does that mean, we think we know he's a renegade Stormtrooper.

All will be revealed come December 18th.

Pixar didn't release a cinematic film in 2014 so the new film from the animated studio was going to be a big deal, and Inside Out is critically one of their best and makes an impressive UK box office debut.,p> Entering the chart at the top Inside Out takes in £7.3 million on it's debut, compared to their last film Monsters University this was over double its debut.

It is though way behind the leader in the Pixar crown, Toy Story 3 which took an incredible £21 million on it's debut and went on to become one of the highest grossing animation of all time.

Inside Out has a good start and is inline with Finding Nemo from 2003, it will easily go over the £30 million mark in the coming days.

Last weeks top film, Ant-Man, falls to number 2 this week with a £2.5 million weekend gross raising its total to £9.6.

One other new entry on the top 10 this week is Southpaw new at 4 with £1.6 million.

Historical Box Office

A year ago
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes extended its stay at the top of the box office by another week leaving Hercules to debut at number 2.

Five years ago
Toy Story 3 made its very impressive debut at the top moving aside Inception which fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Fantastic Four over took the number one spot on its debut week of release while Madagascar fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Stuart Little moved to the top of the box office after 3 weeks on the chart knocking Chicken Run down to number 2, High Fidelity was the highest new film at number 4.

Twenty years ago
Stallone's Judge Dredd was the top new film making its debut at number 1 knocking Batman Forever down to number 2

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.

This week At the UK box office the little yellow Minions held off the highest new film quite comfortably to gain a second week a the top.

With a £4.15 million weekend the Minions has brought its total gross to £27.6 million, which ahead of both of the Despicable Me film from the same series.

Rolling into second place is Ted 2, Ted was a massive surprise hit back in 2012 taking nearly £12 million on it's opening weekend, Ted 2 has taken £3.8 on it's debut and will struggle to get over £10 million in total.

Other new films this week are Love and Mercy at number 9 and Song of The Sea at number 10.

Historical Charts

A Year ago
Transformers: Age of Extinction took over at the top of the UK box office on its debut knocking down Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie to number 3.

Five years ago
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse entered the chart at the top knocking Shrek Forever After down to number 2.

Ten years ago
War of The Worlds held its own at the top while the highest new film was The Descent which enters at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Chicken Run continued to dominate the box office at the top while this highest new entry was at number 3 in the shape of The Patriot.

Twenty years ago
The Batman franchise was still thriving and Batman Forever entered the box office at the top, First Knight fell to number 2.

Twenty Five years ago
Back to The Future Part III was entering at the top while Dick tracy fell to number 2.

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.

No surprise really that Jurassic World is still the top film across the world considering the massif start to it's box office run it had.

This week the film takes another $136.7 million dollars from 67 countries to bring its world gross to $1.2 Billion, the fastest film to do this.

With Japan still to get the film Jurassic World will easily become the third highest grossing movie of all time, and on this trajectory it could challenge Titanic as the second highest grossing, although it has got a bot to go.

Pixar are sticking solid in second place where Inside Out remains for another week, a $78.5 million dollar weekend, from 43 countries, brings it's world gross to $266.4 on its second weekend of release.

With most of Europe still to see a release of the film it still has some dollars to rake in giving it the potential to be one of the most successful animations of all time, although it wont touch Frozen, the biggest or Toy Story 3 which both made over a billion.

Highest new film of the week with a release in 27 countries of the sequel movie Ted 2, taking a non too shabby $53.2 million on it;s debut weekend.

Here is the top 10 world film weekending 29th June:

  1. Jurassic World - $136,717,170
  2. Inside Out - $78,528,000
  3. Ted 2 - $53,222,730
  4. Minions - $36,000,000
  5. Hollywood Adventures - $26,000,000
  6. San Andreas - $15,675,000
  7. Spy - $14,200,000
  8. Max - $12,210,000
  9. SPL 2 A Time for Consequences - $11,000,000
  10. NLL - Battle of Yeonpyeong - $8,700,000
Jurassic World is still there dominating the world box office chart and this week very nearly made it to the magic $1 Billion mark.

It will make it there in the coming days and in doing so will be the fastest film to make the mark in box office history, the current holder being Avengers.

A decline in box office of nearly 50% means Jurassic World takes $262 million from 67 countries over the last week, with some more countries to come this could start to challenge Avatar as the top film of all time.

Pixar release Inside Out, their first film in a couple of years, this week to great review and a world take of $132 million from 38 countries.

With many more countries to go Inside Out could be one of Pixar's biggest hits, Pixar films tend to have good milage and with the school holidays on us this could get repeat viewing.

With Inside Out and Jurassic World taking a large bulk of the world grosses this week for a film to come in 3rd with $29 million is great, and from only 3 countries, but SPL 2 has done just that.

Here is the world box office top 10 this week.

  1. Jurassic World - $262,518,525
  2. Inside Out - $132,056,000
  3. SPL 2 A Time for Consequences - $29,000,000
  4. San Andreas - $27,040,000
  5. Spy - $20,100,000
  6. Minions - $12,300,000
  7. The Classified File - $8,500,000
  8. Mad Max Fury Road - $7,715,000
  9. Insidious Chapter 3 - $7,112,000
  10. Dragon Ball Z Resurrection of F - $7,000,000
No other film mattered this week as Jurassic World stormed the world box office and left the competition behind.

Taking a staggering $511 million from 67 countries the dinosaur film has become the second biggest opening film of all time, behind Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 from 2011.

Time will tell how well the film will ultimately do but it's half way to the magic billion dollar mark and almost quarter of the way to beating Titanic, Avatar with $2.7 billion may be a little out of its reach.

Last week top film across the globe fell into second place this week, San Andreas takes $53 million from 69 countries and has now grossed $373.3 million.

Worthy of a mention this week is Indian film Hamari Adhuri Kahaani which is number 10 this week from just 1 country.

Here is the full world box office top 10:

  1. Jurassic World - $511,796,380
  2. San Andreas - $53,510,000
  3. Spy - $29,500,000
  4. Insidious Chapter 3 - $14,000,000
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road - $9,530,000
  6. Tomorrowland - $8,017,000
  7. Pitch Perfect 2 - $7,969,710
  8. Entourage - $6,170,000
  9. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $5,641,000
  10. Hamari Adhuri Kahaani - $4,100,000
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.

We all knew it was going to be big, but Jurassic Wold has beaten expectations by grossing about $511 million worldwide on its opening weekend.

This is higher than any or the Jurassic films and is the second highest of all time, behind 2012's Avengers Assemble.

This film is now on to fight Fast and Furious 7 and Avengers Age of Ultron as the top film of the year.

Also remember we have the Star Wars sequel coming later in the year, although that gross will be spread over 2015 and 2016.

Stay with 25thframe.co.uk to find out the confirmed total grosses in the coming days.

A hot weekend meant that business at the UK box office was slow hence the top 15 in the UK took just under £10 million in total.

Paul Feig directs Melissa McCarthy is the number 1 film this week which makes it's debut on the UK box office.

The critically acclaimed comedy from the same director and star as Bridesmaids from 2011 this weekend took £2.5 million, low for this time of year.

Last weeks top film, San Andreas, falls a single place to number 2 with a weekend gross of £1.7 million, this gives the film a 10 day gross of £8.3 million and it will be the highest grossing Dwayne Johnson starring film.

Interesting note: If the chart had been based on Monday - Sunday ticket sales San Andreas would have been the top film.

Other new film to hit the chart this week are: Insidious Chapter 3 which is new at 3 and Dil Dhadakne Do which is new at number 9.

Also worth a mention is The Empire Strikes Back which is “new” at 8, the reason being, like Back To The Future last year, Secret Cinema have a couple of month of event showing for the film and this weekend took £304,115.

Historical Charts

A year ago
This time last year 22 Jump Street made it's debut in the UK at the top of the Box office knocking Maleficent down to the number 2 spot.

Five years ago
Sex and The City 2 retained it's hold at the top while the highest new film was Death At A Funeral right down at number 4.

Ten years ago
Still holding on at the top was Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith, it held off Sin City which entered the box office at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Oscar winner Gladiator was still at number 1 while the highest new film of the week was at number 3 in the shape of Maybe Baby.

Twenty years ago
Jack and Sarah was the top new film across the country knocking Street Fighter from the top into second place.

Twenty five years ago
Back in 1990 the top film of the month of June was Back to The Future Part III was the top film while Pretty Woman was still doing good numbers as was Dick Tracy.

Two films this year have made it past $1 billion in world box office grosses, Avengers Age of Ultron and Fast and Furious 7, which brings the total number of films to go past the threshold to 20.

The first film to do the feat was Titanic back in 1997, that held on as the only film to do so until The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King did it in 2004.

Since then we have had the likes of a Harry Potter film, a Transformers film, a Star Wars film after a re-release and a couple of Pirates of the Caribbean films do it.

Two animated films have also done the feat, Toy Story 3 and of course Disney's biggest hit to date Frozen.

The top film of all time, and the previously mentioned Titanic have gone over the $2 billion mark, although it did take Titanic a 3D re-release to do the $2B feat. Were looking at the first $3 Billion film now, Avengers Age of Ultron is doing well but will fall short, will Star Wars: The Force Awakens manage it, 2016 will tell us.

Avengers Age of Ultron has become the highest grossing film of the year to date in the UK with just over £40 million gross.

Last week Fast and Furious 7 took over from long standing Fifty Shades of Grey, but that only lasted a week.

Avengers should hold on for the rest of the year and we'll see if Star Wars Episode VII will take over, but with a December 16th release date much of it's business could spill into 2016.

With all the big releases still to come one film to watch out for which could rock the boat and challenge Avengers is Minions, a £50 million+ gross could be on the cards!

Stay with 25thframe.co.uk to find out later this year.

Making it a third week on the trop Fast and Furious 7 retains the top of the box office taking £3.03 million for the weekend, bringing it's total to a fantastic £32 million.

Furious 7 should overtake Fifty Shades of Grey as the highest grossing film of the year by next weekend, it continues to dominate across the globe as well and had now taken over $1 Billion.

Without much doubt this will be the last week it spends a the top as the next is the successful Marvel universe films is released this Thursday.

Highest new film of the week enters the box office at number 4 in the form of Child 44 which grosses just over half a million pound.

Also new this week is the Alan Rickman directed A Little Chaos which enters at 7.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the highest new film of the week at the top which removed Rio 2 which fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Debuting at the top was Roman tearjerker Dear John, it removed Clash of The Titans with fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Nicole Kidman starred in The Interpreter which debuted at the top of the box office sending The Amityville Horror down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Pokémon The First Movie was the highest new film which made its debut at the top, Erin Brockovich fell from the top to the number 2 spot.

Twenty years ago
Muriels Wedding was the top new film of the week with Dumb and Dumber falling down to number 2 from the top spot.

This years Star Wars Celebration, which kicks off this Thursday, 16th April, will be the biggest ever.

JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, director and producers of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens are having a panel to the kicks the event off, and of you cant make it watch it online.

Star Wars fans may be a little interested as rumours are currently circulating that a teaser poster for the film will be shown as well as the first full trailer.

Here is the full press release, and can be seen at the starwars.com website.

WATCH STAR WARS CELEBRATION ANAHEIM LIVE ON STARWARS.COM, POWERED BY VERIZON! CAN'T MAKE IT TO ANAHEIM? DON'T WORRY -- STARWARS.COM IS HERE TO RESCUE YOU!

For the first time ever, highlights and more than 30 hours of exclusive video content from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will be officially live streamed to a worldwide community of fans on StarWars.com, all powered by Verizon.

Launching with a live stream of the highly-anticipated kickoff panel featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, the StarWars.com Celebration live stream powered by Verizon will continue providing coverage throughout the four-day event from a specially-designed Star Wars Cantina set located in the middle of the action on the convention floor.

Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday's Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. Additionally, StarWars.com and Verizon will be live streaming the Star Wars Fan Film Awards; the Smuggler's Bounty radio drama; EA's new Battlefront videogame; and several other exclusive Celebration events that might otherwise be missed by members from Star Wars' global fan community.

Between the live, on-stage events, StarWars.com will feature live interviews with celebrity guests within the Star Wars Cantina set specially built to capture the mood and atmosphere of the infamous Mos Eisley watering hole from A New Hope. These segments will have a fun, variety show flavor to them that brings a bit of the Star Wars Celebration vibe to those enjoying the event from afar.

Exclusive clips from throughout Star Wars Celebration event will also be available on demand from Verizon, allowing fans to celebrate Star Wars long after the live streams are over.

The live streaming begins at 10:00 a.m. PST, Thursday, April 16, on StarWars.com with the Celebration kickoff panel and continues with 30-plus hours of coverage through the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST. Watch exclusive highlights and on-demand clips from Verizon on Twitter, @VerizonWireless, and at Facebook.com/Verizon.

StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.

In what became fantastic weekend gross Fast and Furious 7 makes it's debut at the top of the UK box office with ease, although last weeks top film still does decent numbers.

Furious 7 took an excellent £12.7 million over the Easter weekend and in the process not only became the top film in the motoring franchise but is also the 31st highest film debut in the UK.

Having a debut similar to that of a Hunger games film or Inbetweener Movie will see the film gross over £30 million in the UK, and in comparison it's near the debut of Fifty Shades of Grey which has so far made £34 million.

Last weeks top film, Cinderella, takes nearly £3 million for the weekend placing at 2 with it's total UK gross now at just over £10 million.

Also new this week are The Water Diviner at 7 and While We're Young at number 8.

Also making an appearance due to screening by the BFI is the 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi classic Blade Runner which has taken £267,452 over the weekend.

Historical Box Office

A year ago
This time last year Rio 2 stormed the box office on it's debut and made number 1 knocking Captain America: The Winter Soldier down to number 2.

Five years ago
It was all change at the top with an all new top 3, highest of which at number 1 was Clash of t he Titans, the previous number 1 Nanny Mcphee and The Big Bang fell to 4.

Ten years ago
Horror sequel The Ring Two took over from Hitch at the top of the box office, which fell to number 3 after 3 weeks on the chart.

Fifteen years ago
Lake Placid was the top new film which entered at the top, it knocked Toy Story 2 down to 3rd place after 7 weeks at the top.

Twenty years ago Dumb and Dumber as the top film of April while twenty five years ago Pretty Woman was the top film of the month.

Ignoring the theory of diminishing returns the Fast and the Furious series goes from strength to strength as the Fast and Furious 7 has not only the largest opening of them all but the largest April opening ever in the US.

Anticipation for the film has been growing since the tragic death of series original Paul Walker in 2013, and the $147 million debut of the film has shown that the fans just love this franchise.

whether this is the last or not remains to be seen, but it;s the last film with the original cast and will go on to the the highest grossing of the series.

Falling into second place this week with a $27 million second weekend gross is Dreamworks Home, it's total gross is now $95 million.

Also new in the US this weekend is Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold which lands at 7 with a $2 million opening.

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 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.

Across the world box office this week Will Smith's starring vehicle Focus becomes the top film across the globe with a gross of $27 million.

It replaces Fifty Shades of Grey which has been at the top for the last couple of weeks, it falls to fifth with a gross of $23 million.

Chappie is the top new film of the week, a slither behind Focus with $27 million has it enter at number 2.

The rest of the top 5 has Jupiter Ascending at 3, thanks to a big opening in China, with $26 million and Kingsman The Secret Service at 4 with $25 million.

Here is the full top 10 film at the global box office

  1. Focus - $27,720,000
  2. Chappie - $27,000,000
  3. Jupiter Ascending - $26,455,000
  4. Kingsman The Secret Service - $25,300,000
  5. Fifty Shades Of Grey - $23,303,880
  6. Big Hero 6 - $19,925,000
  7. American Sniper - $19,110,000
  8. The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water - $16,600,000
  9. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $14,200,000
  10. From Vegas to Macau 2 - $10,000,000
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.

At the box office across the world this week Fifty Shades of Grey continues to reign as the highest grossing film.

It's third week of release has seen it gross $36 million, which brings it's global gross to $417 million.

With little in the way of new releases this week, Will Smith managed to get the top new film across the globe with Focus grossing $12.2 million.

Here is this weeks top 10 cinema films across the world

**Update 3rd March with top 10**

  1. Fifty Shades Of Grey - $46,927,090
  2. Kingsman: The Secret Sevice - $37,550,000
  3. Focus - $31,300,000
  4. American Sniper - $27,200,000
  5. The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water - $25,400,000
  6. Big Hero 6 - $22,123,000
  7. From Vegas to Macau 2 - $22,000,000
  8. Wolf Totem - $17,000,000
  9. Dragon Blade - $12,500,000
  10. The Lazarus Effect - $10,600,000
Will Smith is a con artist this week in Focus which makes it debuts at the top of the US box office charts, the actors first number 1 film since Men In Black 3 hit cinemas back in 2012. In a quiet week for the US box office Focus takes a very light $19.1 million dollars, only one Will Smith film has scored a lowed debut, The Legend of Bagger Vance from 2001.

The only other new film to make it's debut this week is The Lazarus Effect at 5

As expected Fifty Shades of Grey is starting to fall with quite a thump as it falls from the top to number 4 this week with a $10.9 million weekend gross, it's total stands at a none too bad $148 million.

The other films on the top 5 are Kingsman The Secret Service at 2, The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water at 3.

As the film was already one of the most pre-book films in UK cinema history before it was released on Friday it should come as no surprise that Fifty Shades of Grey debuts at the top of the UK box office.

Taking a debut weekend gross of £13.5 million Fifty Shades has the 26 highest grossing opening weekend in the UK nesting in between The Simpsons Movie and Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End.

The lasting appeal of Fifty Shades will be interesting to see as the film has been so front loaded with sales, and the mixed reviews, many being really bad, could hurt the future gross of the film.

Last weeks top film, Big Hero 6, falls just the one place this week, taking £1.8 million on it's third week of release, Big Hero 6 currently has a total gross of £9.9 million.

Nothing dares challenge Fifty Shades this week but there were a couple of other new releases on the box office: Peppa Pig The Golden Boots is at 6 and right down at 14 is Love Is Strange.

Historical Charts

A year ago
The Lego Movie debut by some margin at the top of the chart knocking Mr. Peabody and Sherman down to fourth.

Five years ago
Valentines Day starring Bradley Cooper made it's debut at the top and finally knocked Avatar from the top spot to number 2.

Ten years ago
Meet the Fockers retained it's position at the top while the highest new film came in at 3 in the shape of The Magic Roundabout (Sprung in America).

Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 kept it's hold of the number 1 spot while Danny Boyle's The Beach was the highest new film at number 2.

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.

New Will Smith film Focus gets a trailer.

Released in the UK on 27th February.

Clearly there were no no releases of not this week as entering at the top of the video chart is Nicholas Cage in a film called Left Behind.

Left Behind was badly received by critics in the US when released on October 3rd and made only $2 million at the box office so the distributers decided not to give it a UK theatrical release.

That decision may have paid off as it sells well on video in the UK, although it is on one of the quietest periods of sale in the UK, the test will be where it is next week.

Last weeks top sale falls to number 2 this week, Frozen from Disney spending yet another week high on the chart.

Other new videos this week are:
Deliver Us From Evil at number 7
The Rover at number 17

Taken is now a trilogy of films and this the third in that trilogy, and apparently the last, takes the US top spot at the box office with ease this weekend.

Tak3n, which I don't think it will be called but will call it for now took $40.4 million at the North American box office, thats slightly less than part 2 but double that of 2009's original hit.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies which was the top film last week falls right down to number 4 this week.

Selma climbs to number 2 this week as it goes on general release and Into The Wood is at 3.

Taken 3 was the only new release this week.

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.

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.

Today Sam Mendes announced, on the 007 stage in Pinewood Studios the title of the new Bond film.

The title will be Spectre, released in 2015, a year from now. Shooting starts on Monday, 8th December at Pinewood, and will film across the world.

What is SPECTRE? SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Robotics and Extortion, check out the wikipedia page.

Daniel Craig will return as Bond for a 4th time.

Also presume the rumours about Blofeld returning to be true.

As is the norm these days, the guys behind Bond have made an announcement, that there will be an announcement tomorrow on the new films.

Expect a title and list of stars, and maybe even a clue or two of the story.

Another week where there is a highly fought battle for the top, albeit not at tight as last week, where Interstellar battles with Disney's Big Hero 6.

In the end the winner is Big Hero 6 which takes $56.2 million for the weekend, small in comparison to Frozen which was Disney's last film, but still good and the film has had good reviews.

Coming into second place is the Christopher Nolan film, his first since his outing with the Batman franchise, which takes $50 million for the weekend.

Going down to fourth this week is Ouija, the hangover fro the Halloween weekend keeping it going, but it will most probably sink next week.

Check out the full US top 12

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.

Last weekend The Boxtrolls managed to keep a very slender lead ahead of Liam Neeson in a tightly fought battle for the top.

The Boxtrolls makes it 2 weeks at the top, this week with no advanced screenings, but it still manages to retain a £1.33 million weekend and £3.6 million from 10 days of release.

Highest new entry for the week is A Walk Among the Tombstones starring Liam Neeson reprising a role for which he seems to have found a nice since his starring in Taken.

Tombstones narrowly missed out the the top spot by about £15 million, taking £1.31 for the weekend, with The Equaliser being released on Friday it will likely not get it's day at the top.

Also new this week are

  • The Riot Club at 5
  • 20,000 Days On Earth at 8
  • Magic In The Moonlight at 12
  • The Giver at 14
  • Khoobsurat at 15

Historical box office

This time last year Ron Howard's Rush was still topping the box office with the highest new film right down at 5 in the shape of Diana.

Five years ago Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was the new film at the top knocking District 9 down to second place.

Ten years ago Tom Cruise went serious in Collateral knocking Open Water down to second after a single week on top.

Fifteen years ago The Generals Daughter entered in second place while Eyes Wide Shut stayed at the top for a second week.

The summer movie season is over now and it's the long slide to Christmas now. To start off the Autumn schedule we have Sex Tape, Before I go to Sleep and Life of Crime hitting cinemas this weekend.

Sex Tape stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a married couple who film a night of sex which then “accidentally” gets put online.

Fair reviews and few other rom coms out at the moment will see this get a high entry, and with Diaz and Segel both likeable stars this could even hit number one on a quiet weekend.

Before I go to Sleep is directed by the acclaimed Rowan Joffe and stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth with support from Mark Strong.

With an excellent pedigree the hard hitting drama should see itself enter in the top 5, maybe as high as 3.

Adapted from a Elmore Leonard book Life of Crime has it's work cut out for it as he's one hard author to adapt for the screen.

A strong acting pedigree in the shape of Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins should boost the films appeal and could see it just about get into the top 5.

Let us know your thoughts below and if you agree with me and come back next week to see how the box office shapes up.

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.

No problem this week for the Channel 4 show The Inbetweeners as their second film hits the right comedy spot with British audiences and goes to the top.

The Inbetweeners 2 which debuted on Thursday did in fact the the best ever first day gross for a comedy in the UK, beating it's predecessor in the process.

The comedy hit the top on it's debut weekend and took a box office gross just a little below that of the first film, but coming in with £12.5 million it will go on to be a big hit like the first.

Guardians of the Galaxy falls to number 2 this week but still gets a very good £3.3 million taking it's 2 week total to £13.8 million.

Also hitting the Uk box office chart are:
Planes Fire and Rescue at 4
Gods Pocket at 15

Last year Alan Partridge Alpha Papa hit the top on it's debut weekend of realise knocking The Smurfs 2 right down to 7 after only a week at the top. It was a massive week for new films with 4 new releases in the top 5.

Five years ago The Ugly Truth was the new film at the top finally knocking off Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince which fell to 3.

Ten years ago Will Smith starred in I, Robot which debuted at the top of the box office with King Arthur taking a tumble down to 3rd place.

Fifteen years ago we had a fairly static chart with Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me staying at the top for a second week, the highest new film was Dougs 1st Movie at 8.

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.

With one massive new release this week there is little else to talk about but the kids during their catered for as well.

Guardians of the Galaxy, the long awaited sci-fi adventure from the Marvel/Disney stable, opens with much hype and expectation. This will attract the fans from the Avengers universe and should get a bit opening weekend.

Reviews for the film has been very good with most critics enjoying the misfits in space story and this could get one of the biggest opening of the year, the top spot is almost guaranteed.

The Nut Job makes it's UK debut this weekend, with the school holidays in full swing this will give the film a better opening then at other times of the year.

A tale of squeals with voices by Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser this will be a big hit this weekend, top 5 definitely and could be a slow burner over the rest of the summer holiday period.

Come back on Tuesday to find out how these and other films perfumed at the 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.

The ever busy Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) is back on the big screen this weekend with the action film Hercules, based on the story of the Greek God and son of Zeus.

Probably not sticking to the legend too closely this is an all out action film that should do well at the UK box office, probably wont have the power to interrupt Apes or Transformers but a healthy top 3 might be in order.

Earth to Echo is the story of a small alien robot that comes to earth and is found by a trio of boys, the rest is predicable and their lives will change forever.

This is aimed squarely at the kids, but with the fantastic weather currently being experienced in the UK this could just get a top 5 entry.

Other new films this week
The Purge: Anarchy
Joe
The House of Magic
Believe

Comic Con in San Diego has become a great source of new films and information and this week Peter Jackson and shared the poster of his The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies film.

Check it out below, the poster looks great but we've had one good Hobbit film and one not so good, time will tell on this one.

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.

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.

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie holds on for a second week on top of the UK box office, this week with little competition from the new realises.

Brendan O'Carroll transvestite creation takes a second week gross of £2.2 million which gives it a 10 day gross (2 weekends) of £9.3 million, not bad really.

With little movement on the box office worth mentioning is How To Train Your Dragon 2, still on previews it took £475,270 over the weekend, it has now taken £1.5 million before it's official release on Friday.

Another film doing this is Transformers: Age of Extinction which had previews from Saturday evening and took £s;4.7 million and would have been the top film, this will be added to the opening gross next week so the film WILL be number 1.

Highest new film of the week is Tammy which we all had high hopes for but in the end struggled to get a top 5 entry with £471,429 over the weekend.

The only other new film this week is The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared at 11.

Looking back

A Year ago Despicable Me was still a the top of the UK box office keeping Now You See Me from the top meaning it debuted at 2.

Five years ago Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was the new top film which it did on it's debut week of release.

Ten years ago number one and highest new film was Shrek 2 which knocked Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban from the top.

Fifteen years ago The Mummy was still the top film in the UK while Sean Connery was the highest new entry at 2 with Entrapment.

Twenty yeas ago the original The Flintstones movie was the top film in the country for the month of July knocking Four Weddings and a Funeral from the top.

Twenty five years ago Batman was still the top film for the month of July but Indianan Jones and the Last Crusade and Licence to Kill were doing well.

This week we see the release of Melissa McCarthy's new film Tammy and another teen horror/drama/fantasy film in the shape of Vampire Academy.

Melissa McCarthy has become a big star over the last few year with her turn in Bridesmaids and The Heat, this looks set to be another good comedy with McCarthy and co-star Susan Sarandon in to for, this could be the top film of the weekend.

Based on the novels by Richard Mead Vampire Academy boils down to St. Trinian's with vampires. This has a good teen following which could see it get into the top 5 but a limited following and little hype will see it disappear quickly.

Other new films this weekend are: Saturday sees preview showing in some cinemas for the much anticipated new Transformers: Age of Extinction before it's full release next weekend.

Look out for a new teaser trailer from Peter Jackson for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Peter Jackson updates his Facebook Page with some details.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is released in the UK on 17th December this year and will complete not only The Hobbit Trilogy of films but also the Tolkien Middle Earth saga.

This weekend in the US it was a simple case of The Transformers conquers all as it takes the highest Friday to Sunday gross of the year so far.

The fourth in the Michael Bay directed Transformers films, Transformers: Age of Extinction, hot US cinemas this weekend and took an incredible $100 million, the highest of the year to date.

The Transformers massive gross was as much as the rest of the box office combined, last weeks top film Think Like a Man Too takes a big tumble to number 4 this week.

Next week comedy Tammy and horror Deliver Us From Evil make their debut's, Transformers will get some competition but should stay at the top.

This week there is a trio of new releases which will battle it out for box office supremacy but they may have a battle on their hands with this weeks top film The Fault in Our Stars.

Biggest film of the week is Mrs Browns Boys D'Movie. The big screen debut of the BBC smash hit comedy series sees Agnes Brown and her family doing things on a bigger scale. A cult in Great Britain this could do big business and hit the top spot for a single week.

Chef is from director Jon Favreau and unlike his previous films Iron Man and Cowboys and Aliens this is a low budget low scale movie about life in a foot truck. This should see a top 5 entry on the box office.

Following on from the success of Mama Mia! and Sunshine on Leith, Walking on Sunshine is a feel good movie with lots of song performances throughout, directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini this could see a top 5 entry.

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

It's doom and gloom for the human race as this viral video from 20th Century Fox, via MSN, shows.

Plotting the events that take place in the aftermath of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and what we will see at the start of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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

Frozen from Disney has scaled heights that the Mouse House could have in no way imagined on it's release at the back end of last year, and now it's the 3rd highest grossing film of all time.

All that stands in it's way is the two James Cameron Juggernaut's of Avatar and Titanic which with over $2 billion in world takings will be hard to shift.

Frozen has to date done $1.8 Billion of business across the globe and with Titanic on $2.2 Billion it'll find it hard to match that.

Still for an animated film it's just toppled Iron Man 3 from the number 3 spot with ease and Disney have their biggest film for a number of years on their hands, with merchandise takings as well this has been massive.

Its already been announced that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first of the stand alone star films, and now the announcement comes that Josh Trank who directed Chronicle fron 2012 will direct another.

The stand alone films will be origin stories from characters from the Star Wars universe, Yoda and Bobba Fett and hot favourites of fans, that will be released between the sage episodes 7 - 9.

Although the films wont be directly related to the core saga they will inevitable have links to the series.

JJ Abrams is currently filming Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in England, and today posted an amusing tweet asking people not to post leaked pictures!

No release date so far for the splinter films but 2016 is most likely for the first.

From the Press release on starwars.com

"JOSH TRANK TO DIRECT STAND-ALONE STAR WARS FILM
June 04, 2014

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."

Trank states, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox."

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.

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.

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."

New at UK cinemas this week there are four new releases, although only one of them is destined to do big business and take the majority share of the box office gross.

X-Men Days of Future Past, which sees the merging of both eras of the X-Men series in one film, is set to take over at the top from Godzilla.

The massively hyped film has a huge following across the globe and is set for a big world wide release. The strong British cash including Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will help it no so expect a UK debut of £10 million plus.

The previous films for the X-Men, First Class (2011) and The Last Stand (2006) grossed £5 million and £7 million respectively.

Blended is the latest film from Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and is their first pairing in 10 years. The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates were both big films so expect this to get into the top 3 and gross somewhere in the £2 million mark.

Postman Pat makes it to the big screen this week in Postman Pat The Movie, a timely release over the UK half term holiday could see this gross higher than expected, a top 5 hit for sure? Also out this weekend is
Finding Gigolo - the latest film starring and directed by John Turturro.

The first film from the Harry Potter franchise not based on the main novels, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is scheduled to hit cinemas in November 2016, the 18th to be exact.

For the first time the screenplay will be written by Rowling herself, unlike any of the Potter series.

Frozen releases its grip on the Blu-ray/DVD charts this week to allow Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues to enter the chart at the top on its debut week of release.

Anchorman 2 which stars Will Farrell was, after much hype, released at the box office on 20th December last year, not performing as well as expected the film entered the box office at 2, behind The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, with a £4.5 million weekend gross. It spent 5 weeks on the chart taking £14 million in UK grosses.

Last week's top film, Frozen, falls just a single place to 2 this week.

Other new releases this week are
American Hustle (3)
Mandela Long Walk to Freedom (5)
All Is Lost (11)

Lots of new films this week, a couple came out on Wednesday the rest due in UK cinemas on Friday (the proper day).

Pompeii came out on Wednesday, the story of the ill fated Italian city built under Mount Vesuvius which erupted suddenly and wiped out the whole city in 79AD. Like Noah from a few weeks back this has been given the Hollywood treatment, it stars Kit Harington and Emily Browning and is directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, a top 3 opening could be on the cards.

Plastic also came out on Wednesday, a British comedy film directed by Julian Gilbey about credit card fraud. Because it's a British film expect it to enter at about 5, mage a little lower.

Brick Mansions has had a lot of hype because it is the last film Paul Walker completed before his early death last year. Interest will be high and because of this a possible top 5 entry is likely.

Tarzan is an animated CGI film which incredibly realistic looking animation. No big names and little hype, this could miss the top 10 altogether.

Out on Saturday is Bad Neighbours, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron star in this comedy about neighbours who don't quite see eye to eye, one is a family man one a college graduate. It misses out on Fridays takings but may still do well on Saturday and Sunday for a top 10 entry.

After many rumours and fan debate Lucasfilm (and Disney) have announced the cast list for next years Star Wars Episode VII.

As if we didn't know already original cast members Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Lia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are all involved.

Also nice to see the likes of Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow involved.

With JJ Abrams behind the camera all we are looking for now is the full title of the film and poster art.

The press release on the starwars.com website reads as follows:

"The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015."

At UK cinemas this weekend it's mad scientists messing with the fabric of humanity verses women out for revenge.

Johnny Depp stars in Transcendence, a technology gone mad tale of a scientist trying to create a super human being and experimenting on himself. This will have a hard time against The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but it will chart in the top 5.

Cameron Diaz stars in The Other Woman, the three woman in a mans life, wife and 2 mistresses meet they plot to get their revenge on the man. The Love Punch charted low this week which demands a similar audience, but Diaz is a box office puller so this could go low top 5.

Come back next week to find out where they landed on the Uk box office chart.

It was announced back in September 2013 that the Harry Potter universe book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be turned into a movie. The book which was released in 2001 was a special paperback that went on sale to benefit the Comic Relief charity.

The book first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone as one of Harry's required books for study, it is supposedly written by magizoologist Newt Scamander and based 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series so unless it is done in some sort of narrative fashion it's unlikely that Potter and the gang will appear.

J.K. Rowling, although overseeing the mega successful Potter series of films didn't write any of the screen plays, but she has done for this, and as this New York Times article points out, it was a favour for CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

No word on any details so far except for the trilogy aspect of the film, another multi billion dollar series of films in the making? Lets just say The Hobbit!

There is a lot of excitement building for the new Star Wars: Episode VII Film, a continuation of the original Trilogy, and today Lucasfilms and Disney have posted that filming will start in May.

The filming location, like 1977s Star Wars, will be Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath near London.

Disney head Bob Igor stated in a recent earnings call that the new film would be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, there would be 3 new leads and of course there is room for some "familiar faces" to pop up.

JJ Abrams is directing and a release date of December 18th 2015 is currently earmarked.

Checkout the full news page on starwars.com

Many intersting things come up for sale on eBay, and now there is a movie prop that may be worth owning, if you have the money and space.

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!

Check out the item and get bidding if you have the dosh.

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.

American Hustle gives way to the big award contender 12 Years A Slave at the top of the UK box office this week.

Winning big at the weekends Golden Globe awards will help 12 Years a Slave retain the top spot next week, but this week it's the highest new film at the top with £2.5 million. American Hustle slips to two with £2 million.

This time last year Les Miserable took over at the top of the box office with The Hobbit sliding right down to number 4.

Five years ago comedy film Role Models hit the top in it's first week of release with Yes Man sliding to 5. A big week of releases with Slumdog Millionaire at 2, Bride Wars at 3 and Defiance at 4.

Ten years ago The Return of the King was still holding out at the top with Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago Star Trek Insurrection was still at the top with The Siege entering at 3.

It's been 10 years since 25thframe.co.uk started, it's been hard keeping up with everything in the film world in that time, especially as all the people who have been involved over the years have all had full time jobs as well, but we've tried our best.

2014 will be a time for change and I intend to keep the site more up to date, bring regular reviews and chart news to you and best of all start a podcast, look out for it soon.

If your interested in helping out with the site, reviews, views, news, podcasting, let me know at editor@25thframe.co.uk, lets start something big.

In a very slow and quiet week at the UK box office X-Factor rejects One Direction top the box office in a behind the stage documentary.

Directed by Supersize Me's Morgan Spurlock (and American which shows where the band are most popular) One Direction: This is Us follows the band on their recent tour. The documentary takes the top spot with £3.4 million. Last weeks top film, Elysium, falls to number 2 after a week at the top.

This time last year the remake of Total Recall was at the top of the UK chart knocking Brave from the top spot to number 3, Neighborhood Watch took the number 2 spot.

Five years ago Step Brothers starring Will Farrell and John C. Reilly took the top from Hellboy II which fell to number 4, Mama Mia held onto the number 2 spot and The Strangers entered at 3.

Ten years ago Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl remained the top film with Jeepers Creepers 2 entering at 3.

Fifteen years ago The X-Files was the top film still with the highest new film Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels entering at 3.

It's got Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson so it should be fantastic right? Alarmbells ring when you realise it's the trailer for the Robocop remake due in 2014.

Why the skepticism? Fresh in our minds still is the Total recall remake which despite it modern gritty look and feel seemed to ignore the essence of the Verhoven original and left a bad taste in the mouth.

The trailer for this remake seems to do nothing to suggest it will do anything different for the other Verhoven classic. It looks grittier and more “real World” but from what I can tell seems to ignore the essence of the original, the fear that machine is taking over from man.

Maybe the human race has come a long way since the ‘90's and we no longer fear The Machine, it that's the case then maybe we should get a simple action based remake?

Check out the trailer over at apple or below.

Four main new releases should battle for attention at cinemas in the UK this weekend with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster leading the way but Jennifer Anniston not too far behind.

From the director Neill Blomkamp who brought us the critically acclaimed South African film District 9 back in 2009 comes his follow up. This time he hits Hollywood getting Damon and Foster involved.

The film has been received well by critics and Blomkamp has again used sci-fi to “hide” a political message.

I expect Elysium to debut at the top of the box office over the weekend with nothing else to challenge, expect a debut in the region of £4 million.

Were the Millers starring Jennifer Anniston will challenge Elysium for the top spot. The wacky comedy has had surprisingly good reviews especially for Aniston.

The friends actress is always a big pull in the UK but the film doesn't have the special effects spectacle that will wow on the big screen, I expect a debut in the region of £2 million and probably debut at 2.

Also out this week is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones have which will probably do better than I'm expect, becoming a teen favourite and having a cult following this will appeal to the Harry Potter and Twilight audience and could do big numbers, I'm expecting somewhere around the £1 million mark and a top 5 entry. Finally this week is Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried as fames 70's porn actress Linda Lovelace. Lovelace will debut in the top 10 but I'm expecting under a £1 million debut.

It has been announced that Ben Affleck will wear the Batman outfit in the Superman/Batman film crossover which was announced during Comic Con 2013.

The film will be a sequel to the recent Superman reboot Man of Steel, but with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan producing it has a relationship with the recent Batman films.

Fans were hoping that Christian Bale who played the superhero in those recent Dark Knight films would play Batman but he recently ruled himself out.

This isn't the first time Affleck has dipped his toes in a superhero franchise, he took the lead role in 2003‘s Daredevil which was panned by critics and fans alike.

This isn't the best casting, Affleck is a decent actor, and a decent dramatic actor, his Oscar wins this year were deserved, but I just cant see him in the Batman role, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy and I don't get that when I think of Affleck.

The new film is set for a 2015 release, July 17th in the US so expect a UK release either the same time or there about.

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?

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.

Despicable Me 2 easily keeps away all newcomers to stay at the top of the UK box office by a strong margin during it's second week of release.

The animated sequel took close to £4 million pound over the weekend, and despite a drop of £10 million from it's debut it stayed comfortably.

The strongest challenge of the week was from Now You See Me, debuting at 2 with a take of just under £3 million for the 3 day weekend.

According to my prediction Now You See Me did much better than I expected, I predicted a top 5 entry and didn't expect it to debut at number 2

The other new film I predicted last weekend to enter the box office chart was The Internship, which debuted at 3. I expected this to be the big challenge for Despicable Me 2.

This time last year The Amazing Spider-man took the box office by story, the reboot film flew into the top spot with a debut of £11 million and left the rest of the box office dead.

Five years ago Will Smith starred in the superhero movie Hancock and debuted at the top with just under £10 million knocking Prince Caspian from the top.

Ten years ago Charlies Angels: Full Throttle debuted at the top knocking Jim Carey in Bruce Almighty from the top.

Fifteen years ago there was a fairly static box office with Six Days Seven Nights retaining to box office crown.

Twenty years ago Jurassic Park was the big film of the summer and although Arnie was challenging with Last Action Hero it was never a threat to the dinosaur film.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

After a bad reception and opening weekend in America the UK shows more love for Will Smith and son by taking After Earth to the top.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, once the talk of Hollywood, After Earth stars the two Smith boys in a film set 1000 years from now in a time when there are no people left on earth. A quiet week for new releases mean that a £2.2 million gross saw off last weeks top film, Hangover Part III which slips to second place.

Last year Prometheus was still at the top of the box office while horror film The Pact was the highest new film at 4 with just £900,000 for the weekend.

Five years ago Sex and the City was still keeping the top spot warm which slapstick comedy Superhero The Movie was the highest new film at 3 with £800,000. Ten year ago The Matrix Reloaded was still at the top as Anger Management crept into number 2 with £1.7 million.

Fifteen years ago Adam Sandler was there again hitting the top spot with The Wedding Singer which debuted at the top with £1 million.

I feel not only a big week coming for fans of The Hobbit but also the start of a seemingly never ending stream of news and tidbits appearing between now and December.

The first I don't mind in the least, the second I have to just live with.

Peter Jackson has revealed the first poster for his net Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug on Facebook, and in it we see Bilbo (Martin Freeman) looking at the entrance to The Lonely Mountain.

It is also announced that the first teaser trailer will be released on Tuesday of this week, I can hardly wait.

Two new releases lead the way this week, Will Smith and his son in After Earth and Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind The Candelabra.

It's not the first time Will and Jaden Smith have starred in the film together but it's the first time they have both taken top billing, and like the film it very much a case of father showing son the ropes.

It's been kept quiet but M. Night Shyamalan directed this film, after a number of major flops Shyamalan's pull in the cinemas has fallen so the Smiths have done all the publicity for this film.

Unlike in the US, the bio-pic of Liberace is getting a theatrical release in the UK. Starring Michael Douglas and the flamboyant entertainer and Matt Damon as his lover the film has got good reviews.

Also this week we have The Iceman and The Last Exorcism Part II.

At the UK box office this week Sam Raimi has his latest film turn into a blockbuster for Disney with Oz The Great and Powerful debuting at number 1.

A weekend gross of £3.7 million is enough for Oz to knock last weeks top film, Hansel and Gretel right down to the 6th place, the Witch Hunter film suffering a massive drop in it's second weekend of release.

Oz, a prequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz, had a strong opening but did not manage one of the top opening of all time.

Last year Disney was celebrating with a top spot debut for John Carter, it was no where near as strong as Oz, and terrible reviews killed it quickly, but the opening weekend was just why of £2 million.

Five years ago the Dennis Quaid vehicle Vantage point was the top film, making it's debut there with £1.4 million.

Ten years ago Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes were doing the romantic thing at the top with Maid In Manhattan which took £2.5 million on it's debut.

Fifteen years ago it was still all about Titanic at the top, having made £44.5 million by now with the highest new film Oscar winning Good Will Hunting debuting at 2.

Twenty years ago Dracula was still the top film while Steven Segal was fighting terrorists on a boat in Under Siege.

The original Hangover film was a sleeper hit back in 2009 grossing to the tune of $450 million worldwide, and when a film does that well sequels will follow.

The second film didn't hit the mark as well as the first, which although stupid was fun all the same, now the team are going back to Vegas, hopefully recreating the fun of the first.

The trailer is out for Part III and there is fun to be had, and although slightly cringe worthy the final segment of the trailer is very funny, it shouldn't be, but it is!

Check it out below

In some of the best casting news in a while (well since the last Harrison Ford casting news) the Star Wars actor has signed on to play Ron Burgundy's rival in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Ford who also recently committed to the next Star Wars film, that Episode VII, will star alongside Will Farrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd will play the main rival. The cast is building up now with John C. Reilly, James Marsden and Krisina Wiig also on board.

The sequel is out at the end of the year with original director Adam McKay back at the helm.

Someone at New Line cinema has seen sense and push the release date of the third Hobbit film back to December 17th 2014 instead of the original release date of July 18th.

I cant tell how much better this will make the Rings community feel, having a film from this series released during he summer just felt wrong, they are end of year releases, period.

Now we can look forward to 2 more Christmases of Hobbit/Rings magic (not that The Hobbit was that good a film, but I have high hopes for the second) before we can put middle earth to bed forever!

New films this week in the UK that will try and shift Les Miserables hold of the box office are - I Give it a Year, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph and the Alfred Hitchcock bio-pic Hitchcock. The week before Valentines Day we get a rom com that looks at how much trouble a marriage can be, and if it can last more than a year. Starring a strong British cast among the Americans the film stars Rose Bryne, Anna Faris and Rafe Spall along with Minnie Driver, Stephen Merchant, Olivia Colman and Jane Asher.

Disney release another computer generated animated movie that Pixar had nothing to do with. Based on video games and boasting cameos from top video game characters Wreck-It Ralph is about a bad guy in a video game that no longer want to be the bad guy!

Hitchcock is the story of Alfred Hitchcock and his wife during the period he was making Psycho, it concentrates on the dynamics between him and his wife and gives in insight to how driven he was during the making of his films, Anthony Hopkins stars as the famed director with Helen Mirren as his wife with support from Scarlett Johanson, Toni Colette and Jessica Biel.

Die Hard actor Bruce Willis was on BBC's The One Show on Wednesday promoting his new Die Hard film, A Good Day to Die Hard, and when asked said he would do a sixth film.

Throughout Willis appeared very awkward and the BBC received complaints about his conduct, personally I think he just came across as very tired, jet lagged, and was struggling to think straight, he came across as very charming.

Despite not being that chatty, and not really giving away a great deal about anything, when female presenter Alex Jones asked if he would do a sixth film he simply replied yes, like were all surprised at that.

Willis will have to win round the studio mind after basically admitting that he didn't like the title of the new movie, claiming it was confusing, A Good Day to Die Hard, it's never a good day to die, what do you do, go and do some shopping and have some tea before you Die, Hard?

The titles of the Die Hard films have never follow the conventional 1, 2, 3 etc moniker although the fourth film was Die Hard 4.0 (except in the US where is was Live Free ot Die Hard) so a sixth film could be Six degrees of Die Hard or something!

The new film is set in Russia and has protagonist John McClain traveling the globe to rescue his son who is in some kind of trouble with the Russian mafia, it is out on Valentines Day.

With the announcement that Disney would release films within the Star Wars Universe based around specific characters, 25thframe.co.uk has asked which loved characters would make the best films? Here are some ideas, but let me know which characters youd like to see in their own film.

The initial news was that the first film would be based on Yoda. One option for a film would be around his time on Dagoba between Episode III and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but he spent many years alone here so not sure how much excitement there is there! More interesting would be a movie based nearly 900 years into the Star Wars past explaining where Yoda came from, and maybe how he became the Jedi Master.

The latest news suggest that the first film will be based on Han Solo, another fan favourite, and one were all keen to see, How did Han meet Chewbacca, we think it was some time after Episode III, but clearly before Star Wars. When did he get the Millennium Falcon, this would have to include Lando Calrissian as the Falcon once belonged to him, and when did Solo do the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs?

Bobba Fett is another character that fans simply want to know more about, we know so little, he has very brief appearances in Empire and Jedi, the film in which he is killed, despite which he became one of the most popular characters, but is a major character in Episode II. We see him as a child and see his dad get killed by the Jedi's, we also know that the Clone Troopers/Storm Troopers are him.

Biggs Darklighter would make an interesting charter to base a film on, he appears on Star Wars and is killed during the batttle, and he appears on one of the more famous cut scenes from that film. There is a whole life on Tattooine to explore, and of course a very close friendship with Luke Sykwalker.

In Star Wars we see Darth Vadar's boss (of sorts) on the Death Star as Grand Moff Tarkin, he must have an interesting back story, what made him so evil, how did he get to commmand the Death Star and the Imperial Outland Regions? We know when he died what what are this vaguely Hitler like characters origins?

The back story of Jabba the Hutt has also been touted as future film, he's a resident of Tatooine and is over 800 years old, he runs a crime organisation that hires bounty hunters and is clearly rich and buys respect. A Godfather type story could be a must for this.

Admiral Ackbar has despite only a brief appearence in Return of the Jedi become a very popular character, he has appeared in The Clone Wars cartoon which has given some insight to his character, but going through his academy days would be an interesting film.

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.

It has been announced that the Star Trek/Mission: Impossible 4 director J.J. Abrams is going to be directing the upcoming Star Wars sequel.

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilms, and the Star Wars franchise in the process, announcing that there would be an episodes 7, 8 and 9 of the long running saga, the main question has been, who will direct?

Abrams name has been one of the front runners, either is fans hoping for a decent director or in leaked information, but is not suprise, and of great relief that he will be at the helm.

Also confirmed is that the production (or leadership duties as the starwars.com website calls it) will be Kathleen Kennedy and the screen play will be done by Michael Arndt, who is also a life long Star Wars fan.

Good news all round really? In a word yes, Abrams has the ability to turn things around, and is a brilliant director. The transformation he has done with Star Trek is nothing short of amazing, he taken the pure essence of the franchise, turned it full circle on it's head and allowed it to live a new life BUT he has kept it pure to the original. Also he took the flagging franchise of Mission:Impossible and produced possibly the best film of the series.

I think largely fan concerns that Disney would turn the series into a money spinning load on nonsense has been largely laid to rest, and quite possible the series will be given a new lease of life after the prequel trilogy tried to kill it.

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.

After an almost never ending saga of setbacks and 9 years after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, director Peter Jackson takes his vision of J. R. R. Tolkien The Hobbit to the top of the box office.

Maybe because of the slightly less than favorable reviews are the reason but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey debuts this week with a less than expected £11,601,538, still excellent but for best opening weekends that gross places it only at 33, between Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and 2, still an excellent gross but I don't think it will have a dominance over the box office like Skyfall has.

The Hobbit was nearly the only film released this week, but Disney did release Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings which landed at 5 with £528,82

Falling to number 2 this week is Rise of the Guardians which grossed £1,250,469 over the weekend.

A year ago Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took the top spot with £3,827,697 on it's debut weekend knocking Arthur Christmas into third.

Five years ago The Golden Compass was still at the top with £3,002,951 while Enchanted entered at number 2 with £2,547,975.

Ten years ago Bond was still the top film with a weekend gross of £2,220,351 taking it's total to £27,078,158 while the top film was Like Mike at 4 with £246,169.

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.

After a few weeks of dominance from Skyfall and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 we have a new number 1, rising to the top is the animated film Rise of the Guardians.

Maybe this is a little bit of a shock, and it will of course be for 1 week only due to the onslaught of The Hobbit next week, we see Rise of the Guardians take the top spot after it was highest new entry last week.

Taking £1,602,689 from the weekend it easily knocked the Bond top earner to second place, in total now Guardians has taken £4,062,292.

Skyfalls total is now £96,333,036 and it may struggle to make the £100 million mark.

Highest new film of the week is Seven Psychopaths at 3 with a weekend take of £1,121,679.

A year ago the Shrek franchise went off in another direction and hit big as Puss in Boots took the top spot in it's opening weekend with just shy of £2 million.

Five years ago we all hoped it would be the start of a Lord of the Rings style franchise, but alas no, as The Golden Compass took the top spot on it's debut weekend with an incredible £7,243,984.

Ten years ago it was still all Bond at the top with Die Another Day and the top new film was Jamie Bell in Deathwatch at 4 with £334,657.

Fifteen years ago it was also Bond with Tomorrow Never Dies although Spice World The Movie was doing well in the midst of Girl Power.

The first poster hit last week for Oblivion which was a great looking one sheeter and got us intrigued for this new Tom Cruise film, now the first trailer hits and gives us some clue to the story and tone of the film.

This is Cruise back in sci-fi territory for the first time since he was directed by Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds back in 2005.

Take a look at the trailer below, it looks like Cruise will be in full action mode for 2013, starting with Jack Reacher out soon (actually just about has a 2012 release date of 26th December) and Oblivion released April 12th 2013.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Jackson has treated us to a new The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trailer today, and it's well worth checking out.

I am really looing forward to this film, and it will be absolutely fantastic, and more importantly a great addition to a film series he started with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but I have to say that despite the lush settings, amazing photography, and mind blowing scenery, this is no where near as good as the original trailer.

Check it out below and let us know what you think.

Also worth checking out is the website, you can create your own The Hobbit trailer!

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.

Peter Jackson has officially announced that his Hobbit films will now be 3 rather than just 2.

Be cynical if you like but I actually think this is a great idea, it worked so well with The Lord of the Rings, and for 3 exciting year we had 3 excellent films, and I truly believe that Jackson can do the same again.

On that more cynical note, each of the Rings films took close to or over a billion dollars in box office grosses, and over the years created a massive buzz that probably drove merchandising sales through the roof, as well as creating DVD sales in standard forem and extended form.

You can see why it makes sense to turn this into a trilogy, New Line Cinema (and all other studios involved) have probably just made themselves another couple of billion dollars in revenue, as I'm sure, unless the first film is an absolute turkey, that these films will make over a billion at the box office each, and thats before you consider everything else. With no release date or title the details are still sketchy, but at the moment lets presume that this will take The Hobbit into 2014, thats this December, December 2013 and then December 2014 for the next film.

The good news in all this is that we should get to see the entire book turned into a film and any un-filmed stuff from the Middle Earth universe that has so far been untouched. Roll on this December when we find out if the wait has been worth it.

The San Diego Comic-Con starts at the end of next week and runs over the weekend, one of the big films to be shown will The Hobbit. The film has just finished shooting, and to tease us all is this new poster featuring Gandolf.

Set in Hobbiton and showing a strolling Gandolf this is a great poster which will have fans knowing at the bit to see whatever new footage Peter Jackson will be showing at the event.

The new poster can be seen below

Columbia pictures have released a new trailer for the Total Recall remake due for release later this summer. I have to admit that although it's actually a very good trailer don't watch if your a fan of the original?

The reason is that there is far too many key points from the original film in the trailer, I'm hoping that there will be a few twists and turns in this new re-image, but if there is not then I've almost seen the key moments.

One other note, were the film makers actually wanting to remake Blade Runner but had to settle for Total Recall? This trailer has a look, feel and style of the Ridley Scott classic, and there is even one scene in the trailer that is very reminiscent of a classic Blade Runner scene.

Check out the trailer below

This week director Ridley Scott takes his prequel\non-prequel Prometheus to the top of the UK box office. The film has had mixed reviews that may have effected it's box office performance but cinema goers were still keen to see the potential start of the Alien universe and flooded cinemas to the tune of a £6,236,580 weekend.

Last weeks top film Men in Black 3 falls harder than expected to number 3 this week, although it was 2 strong new films in Prometheus and Snow White and The Huntsman at 2 that effected it's position, the Will Smith film still manages a good £3,032,053 second weekend.

Avengers Assemble is still raking in the money this week and now has a total gross of £48,367,585 after 6 weeks making it the 20th top film in the UK, worldwide it's the 3rd top film.

This time last year X-Men First Class was the top film on it's debut weekend knocking The Hangover Part II from the top.

Five years ago Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End was still at the top keeping off Wedding Daze which was the highest new film at 2.

And ten years ago there was no stopping Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones as it kept Josh Hartnetts 40 Days and 40 Nights from the top.

As with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be shown to the public for the first time at the Embassy Theatre Wellington in New Zealand, the date, 28th November 2012 with the world premiere of the film.

The prequel to the Rings trilogy has been a long time coming due to legal problems. Peter Jackson is directing although Guillermo del Toro was originally due to take the helm.

Another taster of the production from Peter Jackson has been released as a new video diary/blog which can be seen in HD on The Hobbit Facebook page.

It may have been 10 years since the Men in Black had their last big screen outing but Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are still busting aliens together and this week take their 3rd trip to the top of the box office. Taking £ 2,935,736 the film is a little lower than maybe expected.

The Dictator duly falls into second place with a weekend take of £1,078,155 and a second weekend total gross of £7,563,554

Highest grossing film on the chart this week is Avengers Assemble with a total gross of £46,891,709 after 5 weeks, it's also the highest grossing film of the year and probably will remain so unless The Dark Knight Rises can out do it.

This time last year The Hangover Part II took the top of the chart debuting at number one with a very promising £10,409,017.

Five years ago the last of the original trilogy of Pirates film, Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End, debuted at the top of the chart with an excellent £13,412,294.

Ten years ago Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones was still riding the top of the charts with a weekend take of £5,955,017 while the satirical Not Another Teen Movie was the highest new film with £635,805.

2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has gained a large following since it's release, and with that pressure there was bound to be a sequel, well next year we get our wish.

Check out the teaser below, all the cast are back on board, and it looks like there will be some humour in there too.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 simply did big business across the world in 2011 taking an incredible $1,327,655,619 in world wide box office takings.

The final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise made sure that no other franchise will come close to it for a while and it was the only film in the saga to break the billion pound mark in world grosses, although the 3D tax will have helped.

Coming in a healthy second is Transformers: Dark of the Moon which took $1,114,558,779, this is also the highest grossing film it's series, although to date there are only 3, more will follow. With Transformers taking over a billion it completed a top 10 of world box office films with over a billion.

Also worth a mention are Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with just over a billion dollars, Kung Fu Panda with $659,230,261 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 with $648,079,401.

It was not a great year for film at the box office this year despite the high taking of 3 films, they were exceptions. Next year is a good year for films and could well see box office takings increase with the likes of Batman, Spider-Man and The Hobbit.

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
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.

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

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

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

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

As reported in many many places to name of the next Bond film, the 23rd in the series, will indeed be called Skyfall.

Daniel Craig will star in his 3rd outing as 007 and Dame Judi Dench returns again as M while the film is to be directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes.

Making their mark as Bond girls will be Naomie Harris and French actress Berenice Marlohe. Location for the film include China and Turkey as well as places a little closer to home in Scotland and of course London.

Despite recent reports that the film would forfeit action for drama in a hope to be an Oscar contender were laid to rest with both Mandes and producer Barbara Broccoli maintaining that the story involved lots of action.

A release date of October 26 2012 has been set for the UK and will follow close in the rest of the world.

The filming of this episode has been delayed due to financial woes at owner MGM, but the delay does mean that it will get a release in the year of the first Bond movie, Dr. No's first appearance in cinemas, what better way to celebrate.

"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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Remember the film Back to the Future Part II (I know it wasn't the best)? Then do you remember the self tying trainers that Doc Brown gave Marty Mcfly to put on when they first arrive in 2015, no? Well you will soon be able to own a pair for real.

Nike have made a limited edition set of 1500 pairs of the shoes for which they are auctioning off 150 pairs at a time over at ebay.com (the current set are at over $8,000 already) and the net proceeds are going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Fox being the star of Back to the Future and suffers from the condition himself.

There are a number of videos that have been produced to promote the shoes and the auctions which I have posted below. The auction is only available in America, but if you are lucky enough to live there, or indeed be visiting then this is a great chance to own a bit of the future, and 4 years early.

(Please note that these shoes do not actually self tie!)

The UK weekend box office had a small surprise this last weekend, a home grown TV phenomenon has tuned into a genuine box office hit. The Inbetweeners Movie, a tale of 4 obnoxious school kids of their first "lads" holiday together has become grabbed the crown as the highest grossing debut comedy, beating this years The Hangover Part 2.

The Inbetweeners Movie took just over £13 million from it's debit weekend (including Wednesday and Thursday previews) beating the likes of Bridget Jones and Wallace and Gromit and American blockbusters like Sex and the City. Very good for a little comedy from Channel 4.

Time will tell if the momentum will continue during its run at the box office and it still needs to go world wide, the US audience may not get the very British humour and crudeness of the central characters.

A great first weekend for the boys and beating James Bond and Indiana Jones in a movie together will be something to tell the grandchildren about.

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.

One of the big films that will be released this Christmas has today had it's first trailer released, the Tom Cruise staring next installment of the Mission: Impossible series gives us a taste of what we'll be enjoying this yuletide.

The trailer ticks all the right boxes, world famous buildings exploding, Your Mission should you choose etc., more explosions, fighting, Simon Pegg, lots of mystery, Eminem soundtrack, the famous music and our Tom hanging of the tallest building in the world.

The series has proved itself so far (even with a dodgy second installment) and this should fit in nicely.

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol is out on December 16th this year.

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

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

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

Source:
Empire On Line
IMP Awards

Sony Pictures have agreed to distribute the next as yet unnamed Bond film that is in development, as it did with the last two films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The film, which will again star Daniel Craig as Bond, is to be directed by Sam Mendes.

The film has had a difficult production to date, the film studio MGM, who own the franchise copyright, went into administration (its since been bought and rescued) and the production all but collapsing within the legal wranglings that followed, it looks like things are on track now.

MGM will retain distribution in the US and some other place with Sony not only distributing here but also co-funding the film (expect the usual array of product placement in the film).

It's looking like the film should have a smooth production now, with rumors that a script is near on complete, the title will be announced in due time (as with all Bond films) and the November 9th 2012 release date will be met.

It's good to see that filming of The Hobbit has started after what seems like an endless stream of delays from copyright issues to ill health from the director.

The journey so far has been well documented and includes scripting issues, rights issues, director issues but the film is in the right hands and come Christmas 2012 we should be enjoying the first of the 2 movies.

The original films were an unknown quantity at this stage of production, and little known director Peter Jackson was spreading the word as much as he could that he was making the Lord of the Rings trilogy, no one could have anticipated how the film would re-write cinema history.

Hype for the two new films will reach fever pitch, anticipation will be higher than Star Wars Episode 1, but Jackson is a better director than Lucas and the feeling that these films will be nothing short of amazing is strong.

There is still a year and nine months until we get to see the films but expect the first production still soon and no doubt video vignettes and diary's to keep us interested. The original films had a web cam on set at the Hobbiton village; I'd like to see that return.

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.

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away a prequel to a successful franchise of films came out and on the whole massively disappointed fans, and that film was a conventional film in what has been the traditional 2D, the the film maker was unhappy with that like many of his previous films and wanted it in 3D, and in 2012 he will get his wish.

Put another was Lucasfilms has announced that the first Episode of Star Wars, as in The Phantom Menace will get its 3D theatrical debut on February 10th 2012. The press release doesn't specify location but I suspect the UK release on or around the same time.

Back in 1997, 20 years after the original Star Wars came out, Lucas pushed the cash cow back into cinemas with updated special effect that he claimed gave the vision closer to what he wanted to do in 1977. Now 12 years after the release of The Phantom Menace he has converted in to 3D, and the other 5 films are bound to follow.

As Star Wars fans now understand, we haven't seen Star Wars, any 6 of the films, in reality yet, the narrative of the film wont change again, but we will have to, about every 10 – 15 years or so, re-experience the series using greater technology.

Remember that also this year we have the Blu-ray versions of the films coming that will give us the most visually stunning version of the films to date which can go on the selves along with the original VHS release, the re-mastered video release, the ultimate box set, the special edition VHS release, the original DVD releases, the re-releases with the original theatrical versions (did I miss any) and so on and so on, actually I have already made space on my shelf for the 3D Blu-ray box set.

So for now, until we get holographic cinema, the 3D version of the 6 film saga are set to be released in cinemas starting February 10th 2012, see you there.

All films (well I think all) must have a title, and when it comes to re-boots/remakes/reimages whatever they like to be called there is a question? Go with the originals title or make it slightly different? When that original is less than 10 years old a slightly different title is in order and so Spider-man 4 (or reboot?) is called The Amazing Spider-Man.

As the keen eyed (or geek eyes?) among you will realise this is the name of the comic strip, and taking a look at the new image of Spider-Man you will see that just maybe this new film is taking a more comic book approach to the franchise, and perhaps a darker tone as well.

So we have a title and new still, so roll on next July when we'll find out if Andrew Garfield is any good as Spidey and the mass comparisons between him and Maguire will start in earnest.

Within the coming months for the people involved this will be the first of many family photos, yesterday in New Zealand the cast of the soon to start filming The Hobbit posed for a picture ahead of filming which starts on March 21st.

Front and foremost is Martin Freeman who is set to play the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. Also flying the British flas was James Nesbit who will play Bofur.

Peter Jackson was missing from the Press Conference as he's recovering from a recent operation, also the reason why filming has been delayed. Also not in the shot is Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood who all reprise roles from the Lord of the Rings movies.

Check out Stuff.co.nz for a 3 minute clip of the Hobbit get together.

This is the start of the gold rush for pics, stay tuned to the hype mill as I suspect there will be a lot more to come.

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.

Keanu Reeves has been doing the full media circus of late to promote his new film Henry's Crime, which unfortunately failed to chart in the top 15 this week with a relatively low weekend gross of £64, 508, but while doing the rounds there was inevitable questions about the rumours of a new Bill and Teds movie, it's been 20 years now and according to Reeves there is a script although he's not seen it yet, but it may well happen.

It's also being reported that during a talk at the London School of Performing Arts Reeves said that he had met with the Wachowskis and discussed a possible return to the Matrix franchise. Reports say that the action will blow the mind in a similar way that the original, and best no argument, did back in 1999.

Throwing all this into confusion now is that reports are appearing that Reeves in fact didn't make any such statement, so what gives? One this that is for certain though is that with the amount of buzz that this possible untrue rumours has created means that there is certainly an appetite still out there for The Matrix, and although the 2 sequels never came anywhere near matching the original the series still has fans.

If the Wachowskis have noticed all this hype maybe they and Warner would sit round a table and work out a way to, successfully, bring this series back to the big screen, and yes it was rumoured to be in 3D.

This is an odd one, Amazon is all set to buy LOVEFiLM, a move Amazon is making to get ahead in the European market of DVD/Blu-ray/online streaming services before the American giant Netflix gets a chance. But why is it an odd move?

There have been a number of online postal rental movie services in the UK from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM of which LOVEFiLM has eventually become the biggest, mainly by acquiring all the others, although in reality LOVEFiLM is actually Screen Select, when the merger of the two companies happened the Screen Select management team stayed in place with their systems but they thought the LOVEFiLM name was better.

Included in the many companies that offered online postal DVD rentals was Amazon, a service which was very good, much better than LOVEFiLM, but after only a couple of years LOVEFiLM bought the rental only service from Amazon, but Amazon became a major stakeholder in LOVEFiLM.

Now the whole story has gone full circle and Amazon will own the company outright, what I would like to see is the service integrated back into the Amazon website.

Amazon are making the right move, LOVEFiLM is now streaming on the PS3 and before long I can see it happening on many other devices, Apple TV maybe, Freeview HD boxes, and the killer, directly to TV's, Sony produce a lot of TV's and the relationship is already in play through the PS3.

It's a smart move for Amazon and one, which I am sure, will finally put the old high street movie rental stores into history, sorry Blockbuster we will remember you fondly but I think your time is up.

Among all the award glory that The Kings Speech is gaining it has also managed to retain it's top on the UK box office this week with a weekend gross of £4,401,926 which is higher than last week but the film was being shown in more theaters.

It's a certainty that the film will continue to gross in large numbers with the seemingly continuous awards being beset upon the film, a Golden Globe is in the bag, a number of BAFTA's are sure to follow and Oscar is definitely knocking on the door.

After 10 days of release the film has taken a total gross of £10,759,019. New this week at 2 is Green Hornet, the latest in a long run and continuing run of high budget super hero movies. Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz Green Hornet took £1,878,905 over the weekend.

Falling a single place to three this week is Danny Boyles true life drama 127 Hours which grossed £1,342,432 increasing it's total for 10 days to £4,367,411, a little less than maybe would have been expected but this is no Slumdog!

The last 2 place on the top 5 are taken by Christmas hold over movies Gulliver's Travels and Little Fockers which take £1,252,107 and £1,224,667 respectively over the weekend.

The box office this week is down on this time last year where Avatar and Sherlock Holmes were still taking good money at the box office, although for ticket sales Avatar is in line with The Kings Speech due to the 3D tax for the Cameron extravaganza.

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.

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.

As if there was ever any doubt about the involvement of the major players from The Lord of the Rings series, but Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis (Gandalf and Gollum) certainly held out, but they will reprise their roles in Peter Jacksons The Hobbit.

Martin Freeman has been on board since day 1 and former Doctor Who Sylvester Mccoy also having a role. Frodo himself Elijah Wool has also signed which is something of a mystery as Frodo is never mentioned in The Hobbit, what with this being a prequel to the Rings Trilogy, clearly Jackson is taking some artistic license.

The film has had a troubled pre-production with copyright issues stopping production for many years, and a loss of original director, but with Jackson on board and the continuing cast list 2012 will be a great year for fans of the Tolkien world.

The Star Wars announcement at CES 2011 yesterday was that the Saga would be released on Blu-ray in September of this year , no exact date was given but the 3 box set's that will be released are available for pre-order now.

In what was considered a relatively low key event for such a huge announcement involved Darth Vader, a handful of Stormtroopers and Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn coming out and making a short statement.

The 3 box sets that will be released are an Original Trilogy Box Set, a Prequels Trilogy Box Set and a 9 disk Saga Box set that will include 3 diska with over 30 hours of extra material, of which there was no mention of content.

Thankfully there was no mention of any Star Wars 3D, it's no secret that Lucas is working on a retrofit for the films but maybe that will be a separate release and this one will not be effected, it's a long time till September though. Also no mention of the Star Wars Holiday Special, we can live in hope that this will be cleaned, converted to HD and included.

The film are available on Amazon.co.uk with current prices at £33.99 for the two trilogy sets and £69.99 for the Saga set.

There was a press release to follow which gave far more information

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE

THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY

IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas' epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:

-          Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)

-          Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)

-          Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN.  Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.

Flanked by a  legion of his finest  Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing  “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.''

“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”

“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”

“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon's customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”

CES is happening in Las Vegas this week and on Wednesday an invitation went out to the press for a joint Lucasfilms and Panasonic press conference concerning the eventual release of the Star Wars films on Blu-ray.

What is CES? Every January in Las Vegas an expo called CES showcases all the new technology that the large electrical companies are working on in a hope to get us excited enough to go out and buy them when they are released to retail, and for most become affordable.

So what will the announcement be? The speculation is that there will be the announcement of a release date and maybe a showing of some footage and possibly even a dossier of features in the 6 film set.

Of note it worth mentioning that this is also a Panasonic joint announcement, and with 3D being their push at the moment, and Lucas's desire to retrofit all 6 films with 3D there is the possibility of a 3D connection to the press event, who knows maybe there will be some exclusive 3D footage?

The event kicks off at 11:30am (7:30pm UK time) where hopefully we can get excited about an October release of Star Wars on Blu-ray, unless they announce the 3D versions of the films then we can all get utterly disappointed!

Jack Black scores the first top film of the year in the re-telling of the giant movie Gulliver's travels.

Supported by a cast of many British actors including the likes of Billy Connelly, Catherine Tate and James Cordon, the giant movie takes in an excellent £7,028,747 over the New Year period, no doubt helped by the mega press that Jack Black and other members of the cast have done on British TV.

Black has had a mixed bag of success in the UK with his last film, Year One, bombing with £2,776,236, but then he's had hits like King Kong which took £26,080,026 in the UK, so Gulliver's Travels will rank among his higher grossing movies.

Falling to second this week is The Little Fockers with £2,614,802 bringing it to £11,159,635 over a ten day period.

New at 3 is Jake Gyllenhaal in a film directed by Edward Zwick, Love and Other Drugs takes £1,606,253 over the weekend.

New at 4 Peter Weir directs Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess in The Way Back to the tune of £1,327,650 and falling And finally in the top 5 falling is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader which takes £1,207,264 which brings it total gross now to £11,263,418 which is the lowest of all the Narnia films. This week the top 7 films all took over a million pound each in box office takings, very good compared to last week when only the top film took over a million, and better than last year when only the top 4 took over a million.

It's that funny time of year again and the top earning films the weekend before Christmas makes the Christmas chart? TRON: Legacy takes the honors with a decent weekend take.

A weekend gross of £1,970,692 is non too shabby for the TRON sequel, although with the hype surrounding the film a little more may have been hoped, but with the bad weather and Christmas shopping maybe it means that the film will hang around a while and be a slow burner.

Falling from the top after just one week is the latest Narnia movie, taking £1,231,568 over it's second weekend after 10 days the film has taken £4,780,624, it will be the smallest of the Narnia films to date.

Still hanging around, but slowing down considerably if Part 1 of the last Harry Potter film, this week at 3 on the chart with a weekend take of £ 875,898 in it's 5th week for a total gross of £ 44,443,734.

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp are at 4 with The Tourist while at 5 is Megamind.

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.

Now the dust has settled on the WWDC keynote speech given last night (morning?) by Steve Jobs where he announced the next version of the iPhone, aside from the new front camera, speed and iOS4 operating system, the big news was the screen and it's HD goodness.

First of all the screen uses what is being called a Retina display, Jobs claims it's better than OLED. The displays pixels are 78 micrometers wide which allows the screen to have 4x the resolution of the iPhone 3Gs. This means the screen has 326 pixels per inch, the naked eye can only see 300 pixels per inch, which means that the screen is better than human eyesight.

What this means in layman's terms is that the iPhone can handle 780p HD video, and according to reports the screen is amazing. The screen is 960x640 pixels in resolution and has a contrast ration of 800:1, pretty good for a screen so small.

This wont stop you from getting neck ache, and could possible make your eyes hurt even more when watching Lord of the Rings on the device, but at least that Blu-ray transfer you make will look absolutely amazing, and if you were to attach the iPhone to a HDTV then you could potentially have your own portable video library.

Check out the Apple website for more info.

The trailer for the video game Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has made it's debut on the internet, and although direct comparisons to the film cant be made it interesting as we can see how the film should be looking.

The trailer is dark and action packed, and Harry and friends look to be in contant danger, I'm sure the film will have some story to it as well! The game has also been split into to 2 so this is part 1 only.

Check out the trailer below.

For many fans The Lord of the Rings is the greatest trilogy of films ever and when Peter Jackson announced that we would not direct the prequel, The Hobbit, the fan based moaned, then he announced that Guillermo del Toro would be directing and the fans cheered, then the series lost del Toro and the fans are sad again.

What's happened? It seems because of the legal problems with the rights to the film with MGM and Warner it's taken so long to get the ball rolling on the film del Toro has simply run out of time and had to leave.

Jackson and his staff are naturally all on board still and fighting to get the film made but the loss of the director is a massive blow, del Toro's films like Hellboy and Pans Labyrinth have proved that the director is more than capable of handling the film and in actual fact would have given the production the perfect style to accompany Jacksons originals.

Where will the films go now? Who knows, Sam Rami has been connected, will be interesting to see where it goes with him, Spidey trilogy shows he can miss on occasions but Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell can show he has style, but maybe, just maybe Jackson will take the helm himself.

This is a big blow for the production and puts things on rocky ground; del Toro will still help with the script, which is something. Let hope a director can be found who can deliver, Neill Blomkamp anyone?

Anyone who has been to a Disney Park in America in the last 20 years will most likely have been on the Star Tours ride, a ride which was quite revolutionary and fun when first opened and I remember having multiple goes on when I first went to Disneyland in 1991.

Disney has announced that they are to close the ride and give it a re-imagining makeover which will open in 2011. By this they mean give it Disney 3D, improve the effects, and make the experience more thrilling.

The current ride is to have a massive send off in Florida's Disney World film park on August 14th titled Last Tour to Endor. If you happen to be in the area proceedings start at 8pm and go on till 1pm and you can but tickets at the Star Wars Celebration site.

At $75 I don't think I'll be attending but if you are a Star Wars fanatic and want to say goodbye to an old friend then this is your chance. Let me know if you happen to go.

Check out the poster below

Movies cost too much, and Hollywood blockbusters cost way too much, unless your name happens to be James Cameron and you can make back to back billion dollar movies the chances are your film will struggle to make big money at the box office. It makes me laugh then to see that the production budget of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has been slashed from $300 million to just $200 million!

I'm old enough to remember when the likes of Terminator 2's (there's that Cameron fellow again) production budget went over $200 million and it was a massive deal because no other movie had done that, in fact most movies back in the early ‘90s cost less than $100 million.

Because of the budget cuts it means that some of the extravagant scenes in the film have been cut completely, and shooting locations will have less time spent at them. This is all down to the new Disney boss who is trying to tighten the belt on money spent.

The last Pirates movie took over $1bn dollars in world box office takings, so is it money well spent or does even Disney think they have taken the series one step too far? I think they took it one step too far when they made the sequel.

It's an old trick used by the film distribution companies to keep a steady flow of cash coming in by re-releasing old films, and each time in a different way, whether it be in the VHS days of suddenly discovering some new footage and releasing longer or directors cuts, or the more modern way of an improved picture and more extras. When a new format come along, like Blu-ray it give a whole new life to old films, just askGeorge Lucas, he's made a mint from the idea.

Studios are now suggesting that with some of the older films it isn't financially viable to re-release them again on Blue-ray, as Bill Hunt from The Digital Bits website writes in his daily “My Two Cents” column on his site.

It seems that the public these days expecting so much from High Definition that the amount of time and money spent on the disk production doesn't justify the return resulting in many a catalogue title maybe never seeing a release in high definition.

I think many of us are in this situation, you bought the VHS version of your favourite film say, The Breakfast Club. That version cant be played with your current hardware (who has a VHS player anymore?) so you bought the DVD version and enjoy it over and over again, the pictures as crisp today as the day it was bought. You now decide to buy an HDTV and Blu-ray player and find the Blu-ray version of the film, but is it really worth another purchase when your current disk will still play in your new player, and maybe even improve it?

It's an old argument, and when it comes to big Hollywood blockbuster a really good HD remastered transfer will make a huge difference, and I as much as anyone else will be lining the pockets of Lucasfilms when the virtually announced Star Wars Blu-ray films are released, but relatively speaking the list of film I need in HD is probably quite small, although my Blu-ray collection is growing at an alarming rate.

The Bond series is no stranger to difficulties during film production and now the 23rd and latest film in the series has started to have it's own difficulties with a halt on proceedings called due to fears of the studio, MGM, being hit with a possibility of bankruptcy.

The film is due for a 2011/12 release and will star current Bond actor Daniel Craig and is slated to be directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), which to me gives the film very interesting possibilities so lets hope the halt does not stop Mandes or that or screenwrite Peter Morgan's involvement in the productions.

In a statement actor Danie Craig seemed confident in producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli's ability to get the film back on track so it seems Bond will continue.

As a British institution, and the last 2 films being such high grosser at the box office I cant see things going too long without something stepping in to save the franchise, we will see Bond again on the big screen, lets just hope it carries on in the same trend set by Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

I know this is one of those events we knew was coming, and sooner rather than later and ign.com have now got virtual confirmation from Lucasfilms Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet that a Blu-ray box set of all 6 films has been in the works for a couple of years now.

He does say that this isn't the long rumored and fast becoming legendary Ultimate box se but Sansweet says ”We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures.”, so after this we can expect even more, probably on the next media format if there is one.

So what's the date for this? Soon can mean years down the line in Blu-ray production time, but the American site The Digital Bits is reporting that it has been told by it's industry insiders of an October 2011 date has been quietly on the slate for a while.

It's no surprise that we will have a high def version of the Star Wars films sometime in the future to add to the Betamax, VHS (multiple versions) and both version on DVD, and come late 2011 seems a reasonable time scale for the films, lets hope this is it, or will the touted 3D version be with us by 2012, good job we love these films.

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.

Blu-ray sales are soaring as prices come down in price and it does look like there will be a day when it's the dominant format and take over from DVD.

A bold statement I know, but many people never thought that DVD would take over from the might of VHS and that was a harder sell in the first place, at least with Blu-ray when you upgrade your player you can still watch all your DVD's, and they will probably look better.

Sales for Blu-ray are increasing fast, the latest figures for the US show that in the first quarter of 2010 (January – March) there was a 68.5% year on year increase amounting to over $330 million in Blu-ray sales.

Blu-ray accounted for 12.3% of packaged media in the same quarter (packaged media meaning not digital distribution) which is a big increase on the 7% from this time last year.

Looks like Blu-ray will be here to stay in the immediate at least, Sony must be happy, as should the future of the Playstation 3, it's certainly how I view my Blu-ray disks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tivo have announced that they are releasing what they call the Next Generation of PVR to market later this year in the US and UK, but unlike last time the PVR giants tried the UK market and got crushed by Sky they are joining forces with Virgin Media.

What the fuss about Next Generation all boils down to is that the new boxes will be more user centric and be able to not only show broadcast programmes on standard TV channels but also show internet based video from the likes of YouTube and iPlayer.

Making this even more powerful is the ability to use one search for all the internet channels and broadcast channels, so you could search for Eastenders and it would not only return results for iPlayed but any other outlet broadcasting Eastenders related material.

Tivo are also claiming that it will learn while you watch and start suggesting what programmes you may like based on what you have watched in the past, this is also a continual learning process.

The new boxes will be higher specked than the current boxes with larger hard drives and wireless internet connections that will be able to broadcast in full 1080p.

I'm not sure this is the future of PVR's or simply an natural evolution but it's good to see Tivo trying the UK market again even if it is through Virgin Media.

Check out more information on the Tivo website.

Disney hit the right note this year with the hand drawn The Princess and the Frog, a time honored traditional story that went against the current form and used drawing rather than computers to animate. Disney have released a trailer for their next drawn animation called Tangled, but why the change of name from Repunzel?

Every one is familiar with the original story of a girl locked in a tower by her wicker step mother and her only outlet to the world is a prince who gets to her by climbing her amazingly long hair.

Now I can see where Disney is coming from with the name change, it must be a nightmare keeping so much hair from not getting in a bit of a knot, but were all familiar with the original title and the fairy tale why change it.

At the end of the day simple put Disney can change the title if they wish and check out the trailer below, it does look promising, and it goes without saying that it will be in 3D.

The cinema chain Odeon has changed it's mind on the idea of not showing the Tim Burton directed Alice in Wonderland after apparently holding talks with the distributer, Disney, over the DVD window.

Odeon had been holding out on Disney deciding not to show the new Alice film which is in 3D claiming that the window to DVD of 12 weeks (it's normally 17 - 24 weeks) was not long enough to allow them to make substantial money, especially considering the outlay the company had spent on digital projection upgrades.

After a length talk with Disney Odeon have now backed down on the boycott and will show the film on it's cinemas, I suppose some money is better than no money.

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.

When you think that The Terminator stands of one of the best cinematic series of all time, and despite part 3 not being great the rights to Terminator and all that may have it's name attached have just been sold for as little as $30 million.

What's also surprising is that despite 2 big film studios/distribution companies bidding for the right, Sony and Lionsgate, the sale goes to holdings company Pacificor, but this seems more like a financial agreement rather than a purchase.

Previous rights holders Halcyon have been having money troubles, probably because of Terminator Salvation, and this sale will clear their debts, although they will still get $5 million from and further Terminator movies made and revenue from Terminator 3 and Salvation sales.

Ironically it seems that Sony, who have had international distribution on Terminator movies, are not out of the picture just yet as it's been reported that Pacificor may yet sell the rights to them?

Salvation was supposed to have been the start of a new trilogy, and there are still stories to tell in this series, but like other films that Orion Films made in the 80's and 90's copyright has been an issue getting in the way.

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.

He was the first writer/director to get a film past the $1 Billion world gross mark with a single film and this week James Cameron becomes the first writer/director to pass the $2 Billion dollar mark in world box office takings, with a single film.

James Cameron must be having a good year, his return to film making after a 12 year break has beaten his own box office landmark film Titanic, all in the same week that 12 years after he won his first Oscar, he's nominated for another, although he has tougher competition this time (his ex-wife!).

In 1998 he set the box office alight and Titanic took $1.8 Billion in box office grosses, passing a milestone figure that took another 5 years before a film would pass it again, and this week another milestone is set as Avatars gross reaches $2 Billion, but unlike Titanic in 1998 Avatar still has some mileage left in it.

With the rate of tickets being sold the possibility of Avatar reaching $2.5 Billion is not out of the question, $3 Billion could be a stretch thought.

To look at this correctly though we need to take into consideration inflation, cinema tickets cost nearly half the price in 1998 as they do in 2010, which means that per head watching Titanic on the big screen it's probably still ahead of Avatar, but the gap is certainly closing fast.

Titanic of course isn't by a long shot the biggest film by the number of tickets sold, that honor goes to Gone With the Wind, which may never be beaten. Another thing to remember, boosting Avatar's box office takings is the appalling extra charge for the glasses if you choose to see the film in 3D. So until Cameron's next film Avatar will probably sit pretty as the only film to gross anywhere near $3 Billion pound?

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"

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

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

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

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

Mark this week down in cinema history, James Camerons 3D movie Avatar has becomes the highest grossing film ever, beating the directors previous film Titanic.

13 years ago when Titanic became the highest grossing film ever no-one could have even thought how the next 13 years in cinema were going to pan out, and the history of cinema that has unfolded this week is quite unique.

First of all the headline news is that after 6 weeks of release Avatar has, with ease, toppled Titanic as the biggest box office movie of all time, and strangely in a battle with himself James Cameron is the writer/director of both films.

What is even stranger is that Cameron hasn?ït made another film in the past 13 years to try and beat Titanic, so his last 2 films are not the top 2 biggest grossing films. There have been other pretenders to the throne over the years like The Lord of the Rings films, The Pirates of the Caribbean films and the Harry Potter films but no, Cameron come back after his sabbatical and hits the top again. Does this make Cameron the most commercially successful director ever? 2 films making over a billion dollars in the worldwide box office, no other director has come even close to this. One last note on James Cameron, he was the first director to make a film which took over $1 Billion worldwide and it now looks like he will be the first to have a movie make over $2 Billion at the box office, it really is just a matter of time.

I suppose we should have seen it coming, and really it's as no real surprise in the current cinema trend, and box office, that Warner Bros. announce that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part I and II) will be in 3D.

2010 really is going to be the year that 3D took hold of the world cinema market with many films being announced as being made in 3D, only yesterday it was Gremlins and there are rumors of Ghostbusters as well.

Who knows this could all work, it's being limited to big Hollywood blockbusters which in their nature are big special effects extravaganza that can maybe lend themselves to 3D market.

Is it a phase or will it all end by the middle of the century, only time will tell, but we could look on this in 10 years are know that those 3D films in your collection are from the 2010 - 2012 period of cinema history, and you can view them on the expensive 3D equipment that you bought. Or maybe not?

Looks like there are rumblings around, this time from blog site marketsaw, that talks are afoot to produce a sequel to the Gremlins films in 3D.

Now I know that Avatar is set to be the biggest grossing film ever within the next few weeks, and this is something that cant be ignored, and there is certainly an argument that the reason is because it's the best example of 3D yet, but do all new Hollywood blockbusters need to be in 3D?

There has also been the odd rumor here and there of another 80's franchise being resurrected in 3D, that of Ghostbusters, so all the new 're-boots' are going to be in 3D are they, actually all 2011 big Hollywood blockbusters will be I think.

Personally it's nice to have a film in 3D, but the industry is in fear making this the norm, and eventually we'll either expect 3D or just ignore it.

There are plenty of arguments out there for there not to be 3D, is it a gimmick? It certainly doesn't improve the narrative and isn't cinema and film all about telling a story? Avatar works just as well when you see it in 2D.

Of course time will tell, but I sincerely hope 3D is here to stay, but lets limit it's use to films which will benefit from the effect, rather than making the film fit the 3D effect.

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.

Of all the TV manufacturers that sell sets in the UK Samsung sold more than any other in 2009, in fact they have a very impressive 23% of the TV marker above the likes of Panasonic and Sony.

Is this any surprise? Probably not, they make good quality, very good looking TV's, and they always sit very prominently in showrooms, and look better than many of the others.

I'd argue that Pioneer, Panasonic and maybe even Sony make better sets, but they are not as good looking as the Samsung sets.

2010 will be an interesting to watch as there are 2 major advancements in TV technology on the way, first and probably more important is OLED which allows for ultra thin TV's with fantastic picture quality and low energy use. The other is 3D TV which is a matter of opinion, I personally don't see it catching on, but if this years CES show was anything to go by, it'll hit big this year.

I personally hope we get larger screens, my 42 inch is great but a nice 60 inch that I can easily mount onto the wall with a wireless connection built in that I can get full 1080p streaming video on would be nice.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

engadget.com

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
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.

As may have expected, Warner Bros's Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the top grossing movie of 2009 across the world in box office recipts.

The sixth Harry Potter movie topped out at $925,948,049 (£573,244,896) in world grosses, which also makes it the 8th highest grossing film of all time right behind Order of the Phoenix.

Behind Potter was the computer animated film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs which took $882,673,705 (£546,263,204) with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen coming in 3rd with $832,076,689 (£514,953,924).

Disaster movie 2012 did well coming in 4th with $745,190,680 (£461,182,780) and finalising the top 5 for the year was the continuing saga of Twilight, New Moon, with $671,228,000 (£415,363,712).

Also making strong appearances for the year are animated tale Up, Angels and Demons and most surprising of all The Hangover.

James Cameron’s Avatar is doing big business at the tail end of 2009 and will no doubt be a top earner of films released in 2009, but much of its takings will be in 2010.

In what seems like a bit of an ironic pun the new Kevin Smith directed film A Couple of Dicks get a new title because it was deemed too rude for American audiences, and the new title is a Cop Out!

I am sure the pun is intended in more ways than one. Bruce Willis stars alongside Tracy Morgan as a couple of Dicks, as in Private Detectives, hence the original title, and a better title at that.

That said the first trailer for the film does nothing to show that this will be more than an average comedy and nothing which shows off the directorial or writing talent that Smith has, or for that fact show the comic tallent Bruce Willis has?

Check out the trailer at Apple.com's website and let me know what you think.

One of the more interesting books to be released in 2009 is a retelling of the Jane Austin novel from the 1800's Pride and Prejudice, given a different slant by inject a good dose of zombies into the mix.

I suppose it was only going to be a matter of time before we had a movie adaptation and Star Wars actress Natalie Portman has taken the challenge and will star in and produce the said movie.

As long as the script sticks to the vein of the book then this should be a rollercoaster of a ride that may well appeal to a wider audience than you'd normally think, maybe Portman should get Emma Thompson and George A. Romero on board and script writers!

If the film is a success than next we will be having the great works or Shakespeare injected with a light touch of Zombieland, do you think it will work?

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?

Yes it's corny but then the whole premise behind the show is getting a little bit like that! Today Warner and HBO reveal the first of what will no doubt be many Sex and the City 2 poster.

So you're wondering what the story line will be, take a quick peek in the reflection in the sun glasses SJP is wearing and you might get a small clue.

From this poster I guess the film will be a lot brighter than the first, but Carrie looks a lot more sensibly dressed that some of the outfits worn in the first movie, maybe this will be a coming of age film.

What do you think?

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.

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to be in New Zealand very soon after I had seen the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while there I went to a small town called Mata Mata and when on a tour of he farm where the Hobbiton scenes in the film were filmed.

The village itself was barely still standing other that the area where the actual Hobbit houses themselves were, but he trip was well worth it as many of the workers who were on the farm had good stories to tell and despite the appearance of disrepair you could still get a good sense of being in Hobbiton. Unfortunately the weather and roaming sheep had not been kind and things were deteriorating fast.

The good news this week is that the set builders are back on the farm and are re-building the village ready for work of Guillermo del Toro The hobbit which starts filming next year. This really is exciting news as hopefully the owner of the farm will have a better say on things being removed this time and next time I go to New Zealand I can visit a fully realised village which would be wonderful.

The Hobbit is being readied for a 2011 release so there is still a lot of time before we get to see this but as you can imagine as Tolkien film produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Guillermo del Toro is a tasty prospect.

For some great pictures check out theonering.net.

This one could have been predicted, and it seems that the love of Harry Potter has not been lost by the world in the 2 years since the last film as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price breaks opening weekend records across the world.

With a world taking of nearly $400 million which beats former record holder Spider-Man by a good $20 million dollars. This figure further cements the Potter series of films as the most successfull series in history with each film performing as if it could have been the first in the series proving interest just isn't waning.

In the US the film took just shy of $160 million since it's opening last Wednesday to Sunday. Uk figures are yet to come in but there is good money on it breaking the opening weekend record set by previous Potter film The Prisoner of Azkaban which took £23,882,688 in 2004.

With Warner Bros. splitting the last book of the series into 2 film to milk the series just a little further this little cash cow is coming to an end, but the shame is the quality of the films is increasing and like The Lord of the Rings I think that cinema will miss this series of films when it's gone.

I have to admit that I have used and enjoyed the Xbox 360 Live movie rentals of a number of occasions and enjoyed the service, my only issue being the download time to get the film.

When renting a standard def movie the download time isn't all that bad, but download a high Def movie and forget it, especially over wireless, I'm talking days even not hours, and that's only 720?

In their E3 conference yesterday Microsoft announced that they would be changing the system soon to have 1080p high def movies, not you may be thing that would take weeks to download, but no, Microsoft are going to off instantly available movies.

No work yet on pricing or exact availability, or if this will be good over wireless as I'm sure many users will have on their Xbox, but this could be the start of something good for movie rentals, this country needs it with the lack of a good rental service available.

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!

It's like it was 1991 again and there is a new Robin Hood film in production, this time it wont star an American with a fake British accent, it'll star an Australian with a fake British accent.

That Aussie will be Russell Crowe, and today USA Today has the first image of the man in his "Hood" gear, check out the image below.

The BBC currently has a TV series of Robin Hood running on Saturday night, it's now in it's 3rd series, I;m not a fan of the show but this could be what has ignited the reason for this film. Now don't get me wrong the film is being directed by Ridley Scott who is one of the best British directors alive and I usually love his movies, but the image of Robin Hood in the BBC promos is how I imagine Robin Hood to be.

The publicity still of Robin Hood looks more like someone caught Russell Crowe out on a Sunday afternoon taking the dog for a walk and he thought he would take a bow and arrow in case he saw some deer to shoot.

I'm not quite sure what different angle this film can have on the legend but I can tell you that I was more excited about Kevin Costner's Prince of Thieves back in 1991 than I am this.

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.

You can tell the new Terminator Salvation movie is getting close to release, we had a new poster (glance to your left) the other day and now a new trailer, a juicy trailer with plenty of action.

The film isn't released until June but with few big summer movies out this year there is no harm in hyping the ones we do have.

Terminator is one of my all time favourite film series (even number 3) so the thought of this film just send shivers down my spine with excitement, only one thing that for me is a letdown, Christian Bale of one of my least favourite actors, lets hope the rumoured Arnie cameo is true.

Lets hope that I can get past this and enjoy what I hope will be one of the summer highlights, there is still another robot movie that I’m curious about but the pedigree of that is nowhere near as good as this.

Check out this trailer below, it’s enjoyable but I think I preferred the previous trailer, it got me more pumped for the movie, let me know what you think though.

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?

A new trailer for the upcoming film star Trek has hit the web today, and finally this is the trailer I've been wanting to see, I'm now convinced that this is going to be a great film.

It's been worrying me ever since I heard that JJ Abrams was going to re-image Star Trek that he was somehow going to change things, a little tweak is OK, but change things, Star Trek has a rich history behind it and you just have to respect that history.

I'm a big Star Trek fan, The Next Generation is my personal favourite but the Original Series is great and if it hadn't been for that we'd never have had the afore mentioned series, so I love it for the history. The first trailer for the new film did nothing to convince me that this was going to be a good Star Trek film, a good sci-fi film maybe, but this is Star Trek.

Now things have changed, the new trailer has hit the web and I'm convinced now that this is not only a film to look forward to, but it will be a good Star Trek film. If Abrams can inject the same pasion into the full film as spills over in this trailer then we've got a good addition to the Star Trek franchise on our hands, and who knows it may even revive the virtually dead series.

I won't go on any long head over to Apple for the full HD glory.

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?

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.

We all agree that the PSP is a smart little device and watching film on it can he handy for when your away from home, like on holiday. At the moment the only way to watch films is on UMD or by cracking the DVD and putting the film on a memory stick.

Sony have now revealed plans to release some films on Blu-ray what also includes a version encoded and shrunk to it fits on a memory stick, and more to the point is legal.

This is a very interesting experiment and its good to see that Sony is trying different ways of getting people using the PSP as more than a gaming device.

I hope that the compression brings the file size down enough that you can fit a couple of movies on a 1gb memory stick, although carrying 5 memory stick is certainly preferable to 5 UMD, and they can be reused.

I don’t think Sony are going to abandon movies on the UMD format just yet but it's the first sign and with a PSP2 inevitable at some point possible in the next few years maybe it will be UMD free.

It is of course another reason to go the Blu-ray route rather than HD-DVD and another sign that HD-DVD really has no way back.

Let me know your thought below.

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.

Like many films before it Star Wars is being adapted for the stage as a musical, although rather than an all singing all dancing stage play like Billy Elliot or Hairspary, instead this is more a celebration of the music of John Williams.

The production which has been co-written by Williams and LucasFilms staff with be a two hour journey through the six film saga showing edited highlights from the films along with props and consumes from the films.

Titled Star Wars: A Musical Journey the stage show will open at The O2 Arena (formally the Millennium Dome) next April, with tickets going on sale on Monday, read the BBC news story here or visit The O2 Arena site for more info.

When it was announced that a 4th Terminator film was being produced I was a little sceptical, after all the 3rd film wasn't all that good and I felt the franchise had run its natural course. I’m not a big fan of Christian Bale and McG I can take or leave so the foundation didn't set me alight. Then the teaser trailer whet my appetite and now the latest trailer has got me really excited.

There was one moment at the very end of Terminator 3 that for me made the who film worthwhile and really made it slot into the whole terminator mythology, now with 4 it looks like the makers have taken the essence of the franchise, turned it on its head and produced something I hope will do the rest of the series justice and set the scene for the following 2 movies.

No sign from the trailer if Arnie is involved, although there are loads of robots and the T800 is to make an appearance, Will Arnies face be attached, time will tell. Christian bale looks set to be a good John Connor and thoes niggling gaps that have been in your head since you saw the first Terminator film may start to get answered.

Until then sit back enjoy this trailer

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?

There is a bit of controversy circulating around the internet that early adopters of blu-ray disks will lack features of future Blu-ray disks, and although this is true some claims are being made that the early players will not play future disks.

Although the former statement is true, feature on some future disks will not be accessible on certain players, the latter is simply not true.

Lets put this into context, Blu-ray players have a profile, 1.0, 1.1 and in the near future 2.0. Features are categorised in these profiles so for example picture in picture on future disks are part of profile 1.1. If you have an early player that is only capable of 1.0 you will be able to play a 1.1 disk and get the full experience but you wont be able to access the picture in picture feature.

What impact does this have on the current blu-ray player owners? It seems for a majority it will have little impact. One of the reasons why early players are not future proof is that they cannot connect to the internet and so cant be upgraded, this is where the most popular Blu-ray player sold to date has the advantage.

By quite a large margin the best selling player with the largest install base is the Playstation 3 and this is a wireless device which connects to the internet no problem and has already been upgraded to profile 1.1 and the upgrade to 2.0 is just around the corner.

Good news in all this is that one of the standards being introduced for profile 2.0 is the ability to connect to the internet which means that any future upgrades wont be a problem.

If you have been a little bit of an early adopter and you bought a player after November last year then you are probably already set and any player bought then or after that date had to be at least profile 1.1. If you bought one before then just remember you can still watch the film without any loss of picture.

Early adopter generally know that by being the first person on the street to have the latest technology they will probably have an out dated device quicker than the guy next door who waited 2 years before taking the plunge.

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.

Tonight I attended the UK premiere of the new Star Trek movie at the Empire Leicester Square on the heart of the West End in London, and what a night it was.

Although there was a wait of over an hour once I took my seat in the theatre and got chatting to a very nice couple sitting behind me, the wait was well worth it as JJ. Abrams and the full cast of the movie came in to introduce the film.

Simon Pegg who plays Scotty in the movie came in dressed in a kilt and took the mike to give a speach to his fellow Brits on how honored he was to be in the movie.

As for the film itself, WOW, what a film, action from start to finish, this is what so many other Star Trek movies have lacked in the past but this film piles on the action right from the word go.

Despite enjoying this film to the full I do still have some reservations, the story, although good and honour the Star Trek 40 year legacy it does take some liberties, the opening is really well done and I think true Trek Fans will love it, but, and I hope this isn't too much of a spoiler, the time travel aspect of the film can be a little difficult to swallow.

I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying that original Spock Leonard Nimoy make an extended cameo in the film, but after the initial appearance I found his presence a little uncomfortable, and the final scene in the film although fascinating I found a little odd.

That said the new cast a just superb and Abrams has stayed true to the legend while giving non hard core fans enough reasons to go, there are some in joke which the true fans will roll around on the floor at, but they are well placed and are additions to the film and don't drive it.

Lets hope this film can reignite the series and in 4 or 5 films time we can explore the origins of The Next Generation crew.

Today marks, for some, a sad day in home entertainment, Pioneer have announced that they will stop making laserdisk players this month.

Initially brought to market in 1978 under the name of Discovision the 12 inch disks were going to revolutionise home entertainment and bring that cinema quality high definition picture to the home.

Although the technology inside the huge players was far superior to that of it's magnetic tape (VHS and Beta) equivalents the lack of storage (60 minutes on each side) and high price stopped them from becoming a mainstream purchase.

American video enthusiasts took to the devices as did the Japanese, but Europe never really embraced the devices. VHS had a strong hold, and by the time people realised that their £15 film on the fragile tape was a bad idea and looked for alternatives the 5 inch DVD was hitting the market.

Despite it's hard life the format has laser 30 years and sold a quite respectable 360 million units. Disks didn't shift that many, Star Wars was one of the biggest sellers with 100,000 sold and The Lion King not far behind, although exact sales data is hard to find.

Check out the wikipedia page and an article on the demise at hometheatermag.com.

Chart info

UK release date:

Non-chart history
4 November 2011
£10,334
11 November 2011
£1,748
Finer details

Total UK gross £17,272 and the 6050th top grossing film in the UK

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