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Weeks on box office: 10
25th November 2020
The US box office has just passed the $2 Billion mark, its November, for the past few years this has happened in March.
When the pandemic spread around the world, cinemas globally started closing down, in the US this is still ongoing.
This biggest movie of the year in the US is Bad Boys For Life which has taken over $204 Million in the US, and no film will overtake that total this year, the film was released in January of 2020 and had a good run at the box office.
In context of this the biggest movie in the US was Avengers: Endgame which took over $850 Million.
To start with all blockbusters started putting their release dates to later in the year or to 2021, but as it became clear that the pandemic would last far longer than originally expected movies started to appear on streaming services.
The effect of this is all those big Hollywood blockbusters that could have, and would have, grossed close a billion either took far less on basically limited release, or nothing due to a DVOD release.
Tenet was the first movie with blockbuster potential to be release during the pandemic and although it grossed over $50 Million in the US it was a potential $800 million plus grosser.
Drive-in theatres gave a small lifeline but even a blockbuster in this arena was worth just over a Million.
With a vaccine being likely by year out to hopefully go into mass production for 2021 we can hope that 2020 will go down in history as a one off, although with companies like Disney suggesting it will release future movies on Disney+ as exclusives or day and date releases it could be bad news for the cinema industry.
4th November 2020
With what could be the last UK box office chart in the UK for at least the next 4 weeks the animated feature Two By Two: Overboard! hangs on to the top spot for a second weekend.
Making an incredible Halloween leap up the chart is Hocus Pocus and the top new movie of the week is a remake/reboot in the shape of The Craft: Legacy.
Here is the UK box office Quickview.
Here is a breakdown of the UK box office top 5 30th October - 1st November 2020.
The animated feature from directors Toby Genkel and Sean McCormack spends a second weekend at the top of the UK box office with £190,761 down 42% from last weekend.
This leaves the movie with a total gross just shy of 1 million, £955,370, the movie could go over the million mark if can survive cinema closures.
Making an incredible leap up the box office from 8 to 2 and with a 71% increase from last week with £186,063 giving the movie £3.6 Million since release in 1993.
The reason for this box office run seems to be the classic status the movie has gained in the last 25+ years and that their is a hunger for movies on the big screen and with no big blockbusters this is filling the need.
The Liam Neeson starring revenge thriller falls to number 2 this week with £152,555, 40% down, for a total UK gros of £573,598 after 2 weeks of release.
The classic novel adaptation starring Julie Walters and Colin Firth falls to number 4 this week with £142,101, down just 8% from last week.
The movie is actually doing quite well in the COVID-19 era and has taken £615,981 after 2 weeks of release.
The teen gothic remake makes its debut this week at number 5 with a debut gross of £119,680.
Comparing it to the original movie from 1996 is unfair mainly because of the pandemic, but out of interest it was release in 1996 at the same time of year and took £1.16 Million on its debut for a total UK gross of £2.7 Million.
Despite the favourable reviews this remake will come nowhere near those figures.
1st November 2020
Due to restriction enforcement in England set by the Government due to large increases in COVID-19 cases cinemas in the UK will be closing their doors for the second time in 2020 from November 5th.
The restrictions, at the moment, are to be set in place until 2nd December, but there is every possibility that when it comes to public places like shops, bars and yes cinemas, it will take a bit longer to open up.
This means that there will likely be no box office to report in the coming weeks, and the reopening which could take a couple of weeks, will be slow with very few blockbuster film released.
Which films is this going to effect? It has been mainly small indie film which have enjoyed the exposure over the last couple of months, and in the coming week there were no sizeable film scheduled.
Ryan Reynolds next movie Free Guy is coming on 11th December, things may have re-opened by a week by then but this could be sent to 2021, also there is every possibility that it could see a digital release
On the 18th of December there is Death On The Nile from Kenneth Branagh, which may see a schedule change and just as easily it could go direct to streaming.
Coming 2 America has been sold to Amazon Prime and will make its debut on that platform around the same time frame.
Wonder Woman 1984 is the next big blockbuster due for release and there is every possibility that this will be pushed to spring 2021 , altohugh if this happens then there will be another round of schedule changes as we have Raya And The Last Dragon, Morbius and the much delayed No Time To Die all set around to debut around Spring.
Its yet another blow for the cinema industry and with many major companies already struggling how many closures can cinemas handle before going down.
Streaming is not the way most people want to see big blockbusters, but we also want to feel safe when we go out to enjoy a new movie, time will tell but lets hope this closure controls the virus and cinemas make the necessary safety measures so we can enjoy what could be a blockbuster packed 2021.
Disappointed to confirm that @Cinema_UK members in England - who like cinemas across the UK have done so much to deliver a safe and enjoyable big screen experience - will now be required to close from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December. #LoveCinema— Cinema UK (@Cinema_UK) November 1, 2020
21st October 2020
Sony have announced that the release date of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is moving to June 11th 2021, in other schedule change news Candyman is now set for am August 27th 2021 release.
There will be a time when a movies release date wont change, other than the odd film here and there, but the world needs to control the COVID-19 pandemic first so cinemas can open safely for their customers.
The change for the next Ghostbusters film is not too bad only shifting by a couple of months unlike many recent changes which have moved anything from 12 - 19 months.
For Candyman at least when the removed it from its previous October opening they didn't set a new date so the new August 27th release is news.
There is a suspicion that there will be more changes to come, Wonder Woman 1984 currently set for 25th/26th December 2020 a likely candidate, so keep with 25thframe.co.uk for up to the minute news.
20th October 2020
The first poster has been released for upcoming movie Raya And The Last Dragon which can seen on the right.
The movie is directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins and has a cast including the likes of Awkwafina and Cassie Steele.
After all the recent moving around of big blockbuster release dates the movie has settled for 12th March 2021 to hit cinemas.
This poster is released ahead of the first trailer which is going to make its debut on GMA Wednesday 21st October.
In a fantasy land called Kumandra, split into five different regions, a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world.
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