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A History Of Violence No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

Adults should be free to choose their own entertainment. Exceptions are most likely in the following areas:

  • where the material is in breach of the criminal law, or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence
  • where material or treatment appears to us to risk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society. For example, the detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals. This may include portrayals of sadistic violence, rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour
  • which make this violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities
  • where there are more explicit images of sexual activity in the context of a sex work (see right) In the case of video works, which may be more accessible to younger viewers, intervention may be more frequent than for cinema films.


30th September
A History Of Violence

Directed by


Maria Bello
Ed Harris
William Hurt
Ashton Holmes

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A History Of Violence

UK BBFC Certificate: 18

Popular in: United Kingdom

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Highest chart position: 2

Weeks on box office: 4

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7th October 2015

Ripley Scott's latest film The Martian has been by far the biggest release of the week in the UK, and across the globe.

The film starring Matt Damon has made a great £6.5 million on its debut week of release in the UK.

This marks Scott's highest grossing UK debut just piping Prometheus and Hannibal which both debuted with over £6 million.

For Matt Damon its his second highest debut in the UK as The Bourne Ultimatum just just over £6.5 million.

Last weeks top film Everest falls to number 3 this week with under £1 million on its third week, it has grossed £8.7 million.

Also new this week are: The Intern new at 4, Macbeth new at 5, Il Trovatore Met Opera 2015 new at 7 from it's single day showing in cinemas and Singh Is Bling new at 9.

Historical charts

A year ago
Gone Girl made its debut at the top of the box office knocking The Boxtrolls down to 4.

Five years ago
The Other Guys stay at the top with the top new film entering at 3 in the shape of Buried.

Ten years ago
Pride and Prejudice stays at the top for another week while A History of Violence is the highest new entry at 2.

Fifteen years ago Hollow Man debutes at the top of the box office knocking off Me Myself and Irene off.

Twenty years ago
Apollo 13 stays at the top while Species is the highest new entry coming in at 2.

Twenty five years ago
Presumed Innocent comes in at at the top knocking off Another 48 Hours from the top.