What were the big movies hitting the UK box office over the last 30 year?
Each week we present a rundown of the UK box office chart headlines on this same week from last year thru to 1990.
The film with the longest run was The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part which had been on the box office for 9 weeks.
The top total grossing film of the week was Avengers: Endgame which had taken £85.6 Million after 5 weeks of release.
The number one film was Pitch Perfect 2 which had been at the top for 2 weeks.
The film with the longest run was Home which had been on the box office for 10 weeks.
The top total grossing film of the week was Avengers: Age Of Ultron which had taken £45 Million after 5 weeks of release.
Another film making its debut at the top was StreetDance 3D starring Charlotte Rampling and Rachel McDowall and directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini
The film with the longest run was How To Train Your Dragon which had been on the box office for 8 weeks.
The top total grossing film of the week was Iron Man 2 which had taken £19.1 Million after 4 weeks of release.
The number one film was Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith which had been at the top for 1 weeks and with a total gross of £14.4 Million it was also the top total grossing film.
The film with the longest run was Robots which had been on the box office for 10 weeks.
The number one film was Gladiator which had been at the top for 2 weeks.
The film with the longest run was Erin Brockovich which had been on the box office for 7 weeks.
The top total grossing film of the week was Pokémon: The First Movie which had taken £10.2 Million after 6 weeks of release.
Making its debut at the top was Rob Roy starring Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange and directed by Michael Caton-Jones
The longerst run on the box office and the top total grossing film was Star Trek Generations which had taken £20.3 Million over 15 weeks of release.
Making its debut at the top was Harlem Nights starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by Eddie Murphy
The film with the longest run was The War Of The Roses which had been on the box office for 12 weeks.
The top total grossing film of the week was Look Who's Talking which had taken £10.1 Million after 8 weeks of release.
Star Wars fans around the world have their opinion of what is the best lighsaber battle in the Star Wars movie franchise, so on this Star Wars day at 25thframe.co.uk we though we would give our opinion of what we think is the best battle seen on screen in the ever growing list of movies.
There had been a Star Wars drought for a number of years (10 years) and with the buyout of Lucasfilms still fresh in everyones minds as well as the (at the time) badly received prequel trilogy the fan base wanted a good Star Wars movie.
JJ Abrahams was put in charge of directing the film, a life long fan of the series, and he delivered in spades, bringing arguably the best Star Wars film to date.
We instantly took to the new characters of the Rebel Alliances Rey and the First Orders Kylo Ren, and with Rey's force powers hinted at throughout, the dual between the two was inevitable, and at the end of the film Abrahams delivered, set within a forest of the Star Killer Base while the planet explodes around them.
We knew Yoda was a Jedi Master and that he had fought in the Clone Wars that started at the end of the second part of prequel trilogy, and George Lucas knew he had to deliver.
As Yoda walks into the hanger where Count Dooku was trying to board his ship you simply knew what was about to happen, and as he pulls across his robes to reveal a small lightsaber this was the moment, he force pulls his weapon to his hand and turns it on.
The battle doesn't last long, but seeing the small green Jedi Master who usually finds it hard to walk bouncing around the walls during the fight is a joy.
The original movie introduces us to the legendary weapon, something not really seen on the big screen before but throught the stories Ben Kenobi tells Luke during the movie we know that the weapon is elegant and the Jedi are lethal with it.
We also believe at this time that Darth Vader is the arch enemy of Ben Kenobi, and by the end of the movie there has to be a metting of the two, and while trying to escape the Death Star the two come face to face.
Despite the technological abilities in special effects at the time this thrilled fans of a generation and when the inevitable happens at the end we are shocked at the loss of our new hero.
This battle comes as no surprise, we have seen Luke go through the training, and go off to rescue his friends, and we get the foreshadowing fof things to come on Dagobah.
When Luke goes into the carbon freeze chamber and the two enemies ignight their sabers in low light we get the almighty battle between the two enemies.
The style and technology used in this film is so much greater than that of the original Star Wars that it feels fresh and thrilling, and at the end of the battle we get one of cinemas greatest reveals, so good to this day it is celebrated as THE movie twist of all times.
The movie gets a lot of criticism, but over the last 20 years time has been kind and in the grander scheme of the saga the fan base is looking at this film more favourably, and it has the best lighsaber battle of all time.
It had been 16 years since we'd had any proper Star Wars to enjoy and despite the film not getting the critical reaction Lucas wanted the Dual Of Fates was spectacular.
The highlight is at the start of the battle as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face the Sith Lord Darth Maul, as the John Williams music 'Duel Of Fates' starts to get more intense Maul ignites a single blade on his lightsaber, then the money shot happens and another blade appears from the other side, every Star Wars Fan looked on in amazement as the incredible battle unfolds between the 3 warriors.
The only real shame is that, inevitably, Darth Maul dies at the end of the movie, although in quiet spectacular style, but with little screen time fans wanted more, although as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story they have brought him back and who knows if he'll appear in another movie or not?
22nd April 2020
With the lockdown still effecting the UK and keeping cinemas closed the home video industry is doing very well and this week the release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker makes a big impact at the top.
The last movie in the Skywalker sage and presented by Lucasfilms and Disney was a controversial movie on its release in December of 2019.
The film did well at the box office in the UK taking £58.2 Million over a 7 week period, the lowest of the Disney produced sequels.
The film hits the home entertainment market last week and took over the top slot.
After taking over a the top last week the Dwayne Johnson starring Fantasy/Comedy movie falls to number 2 on its 3rd week.
The highest new film last week and the speedy blue hedgehog remains in the same place at number 3 this week.
Still doing well on the home entertainment front but the Disney sequel movie falls to number 4 this week on its 5th week of release.
An independent movie directed by Andrew Onwubolu and released in November of 2019 this was a sizeable hit at the box office making its debut at number 3 and going on to take £4.5 Million over 6 weeks.
The movie makes its home entertainment debut at number 5 this week.
Here is the full home entertainment top 10 for week 22nd - 28th April 2020
Hollywood magazine Variety is reporting that Steven Spielberg will not direct the upcoming Indiana Jones movie and will hand over duties to James Mangold.
Steven Spielberg has to date directed all the Indiana Jones films, and its always been thought he would always directed the movies, especially as his friend George Lucas has written the movies especially for the fames director to make.
The big question is has James Mangold been hand picked by Spielberg? His directing duties to date are 2019's Ford V. Ferrari (Le Mans '66 in the UK) which was nominated for a number of awards and he was the executive producer on The Greatest Showman.
With this in mind the big question is should be have a new Indiana Jones movie? The last film in the franchise is considered the worst, and without the Spielberg/Lucas/Ford magic can it ever live up to the franchises best moments?
Or maybe its time to hand over to a new director and get some new life in the flagging series, although Harrison Ford will certainly play Indiana Jones despite the fact he is pushing 80.
Time will tell and the release date for the movie is currently set for sometime in mid 2021.
Steven Spielberg Won’t Direct ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ James Mangold in Talks to Replace (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/hS2h64Qyji— Variety (@Variety) February 26, 2020
21st January 2020
Bad Boys For Life tops the global box office in its debut week of release with a far better than expected weekend gross while 1917 drops to number 2.
It's been 17 years since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence lance teamed up in a Bad Boys movie but it looks like the cinema going public have not forgotten the fun as the movie takes $97.7 Million from 40 countries on its debut.
A fourth movie has already been green lit by Sony and this debut must be giving them a lot of faith and potentially the franchise could go further.
Will Smith has had plenty of hits in the last 17 years but Martin Lawrence hasn't but with Smith's last film Gemini Man bombing at the box office this will be good news for both leads.
Sam Mendes much praised war movie falls from the top to number 2 this weekend with $48.2 Million from 27 countries.
As the movie soaks up awards across the board this puts the movies total global gross at $138.6 Million after 2 weeks and with Oscars still to come this could climb a lot higher.
The Robert Downey Jr. post Avengers: Endgame movie got its US release this weekend, among others, but sits at number 3 on the box office in what is perhaps a disappointing movie for the expensive comedy.
The movie makes $39.7 Million on its second weekend from 47 countries wich pushes its total global gross to $49.8 Million.
The smash hit sequel falls to number 4 this weekend with $26.5 Million from 66 countries which pushes the movies total to $708.4 Million after 7 weeks.
The movie will not go near the $1 Billion mark which its predecessor came so close to crossing.
The final Star Wars movie in the saga falls to number 5 this weekend with a gross of $19.2 Million from 54 countries.
The movie has passes the $1 Billion mark at the global box office but it is the lowest grossing of the sequel trilogy and is being seen as a failure by Lucasfilms and Disney.