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We're fast approaching the Christmas period and despite it still only being early in December the UK public are clearly in the mood as they take The Grinch to the top of the box office on its debut weekend.
Taking the box office on its debut weekend with a gross of £5.09 million the Dr Seuss favourite only just beat out last weeks top film Bohemian Rhapsody
The last time The Grinch appeared on the box office was back in 2000 in the shape of Jim Carey in a live action version directed by Ron Howard which took £3 million on its debut weekend which is about £5.2 million when adjusted for inflation.
Both films have hence sold in the same ball park as far as tickets are concerned, time will tell is this new animated version will out gross the 2000 film.
After a very successful couple of weeks at the top of the box office the Queen bio-pic falls to number 2 with a weekend gross of £4.5 million, not far behind The Grinch.
This boosts the films total Uk gross to £28.9 million and its the 10th best film of the year to date.
Acclaimed director Steve McQueen brings his latest movie which lands at 3 on its debut weekend with a gross of £2.4 million.
The film starring Viola Davis and Liam Neeson is getting a lot of positive buzz and Oscar talk to expect it to hang around until the new year and awards season.
The Bradley Cooper film is starting to fall down the chart after a very successful run and this week is at 4 with £1.2 million boosing its total to £25.4 million.
Finishing off the top 5 this week is last weeks highest new film which falls hard in its second weekend, the Diney film takes £1.1 million for a £3.14 million total.
The bio-pic of Freddy Mercury and Queen makes its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking A Star Is Born to the runner up spot after 2 weeks at number 1.
Taking over at the top with a fantastic opening weekend of £9.5 the film starring Rami Malek wowed UK audiences but didn't please all critics.
This opening puts the film in the top 100 opening weekends in the UK ever at number 90, one below The Secret Life Of Pets and one above Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
For the stars this will be by far their biggest movie to date, for director Bryan Singer it needs to beat all the X-Men movies he has directed the highest of which is X-Men Days Of Future Past, but don't rule it our just yet.
Being dumped down from the top to the number 2 position is the Lady Gaga starring movie which takes £2.1 million on its 4th weekend of release.
This brings the films total UK gross to and very good £19.2 million, the 14th highest grossing movie of 2018.
The Jamie Lee Curtis starring movie topped the charts in many places around the globe last week, except in the UK where it landed at number 2, this week it falls to number 3 with £1.6 million to brings its total to £5.8 million after 2 weeks.
Hanging on for another weekend the family animation takes £1.5 million for a UK gross of £7.7 million.
The Rowan Atkinson comedy closes out the top 5 at the film beins to fall down the chart but takes £1.5 million on its 3rd weekend for a £14.1 million total.
There were three new entries at the top of this weeks UK box office in the shape of Venom, A Star Is Born and Johnny English Strikes Again, but it was Sony's Villain Hero film which took top honors.
The Tom Hardy starring film dominated what was a busy weekend at the UK box office with an £8 million debut which is good for a Marvel movie in the Spider-Man universe, and only a million off that of Spider-Man Homecoming from last year.
This of course is not from the MCU despite leaning heavily on the look and feel of a typical Marvel film, but as with Suicide Squad from last year this proves that villains can hold their own in a movie despite poor reviews.
The third in the Johnny English series of film and it looks like the Rowan Atkinson starring James Bond Spoof has lost none of its appeal as it makes its debut with £4.1 million which is in the same ball park as the other 2.
Both the other 2 films went on to make in the £20 million region and we would expect this one to do very similar business as its appealing to the same audience, this film has got less favourable reviews though.
It was a very fine margin but Johnny English just beat out A Star Is Born as the Bradley Cooper directed and starring film takes the third spot this week with a £4.1 million debut.
Three weeks on the box office now and the Jack Black starring film takes £900,00 over the weekend to boost its total UK gross to £6.8 million.
Taking a large tumble this week and finishing off the top 5 the Kevin Hart romantic comedy takes £860,000 to boost its 2 week UK gross to £3.1 million.
Having been on the box office for 13 weeks the Pixar animated comedy has taken an incredible £55.7 million making it the third highest grossing film of 2018.
Fighting it out for a place at the top of the box office were two film that couldn't be more different, Venom is a super villain movie from Sony and A Star Is Born is a romantic drama from Warner
The super villain movie based in the Spider-Man universe hit the right note with movie goers this weekend and scored an excellent $80 million debut.
The film stars Tom Hardy as the title character and is directed by Ruben Fleischer and despite mixed reviews sets records for an October debut in the US and has set up a new Marvel (not MCU) franchise.
Directed by Bradly Cooper and starring himself and Lady Ga Ga the dramatic comedy scored well with reviews but didn't quite have what it takes to beat a Marvel super villain (hero) movie and made its debut with $41.2 million, half that of Venom.
The animated comedy is at number 3 this week with a second weekend gross of $14.9 million which brings the films total US gross to $42.7 million after 2 weeks of release.
After an impressive top spot debut last weekend the romantic comedy falls hard this week to number 4 after taking $12.2 million, this brings the films total gross to $46.7 million after 2 weeks of release.
The Eli Roth directed film has done really well at the box office and on its third week takes $7.2 million which brings the films total US gross to $55 million.
Another change at he top of the US box office this week as romantic comedy Night School takes over from The House With a Clock In Its Walls on its debut weekend.
Starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Heart the Malcolm D. Lee directed movie took $28 million on its debut weekend of release wich was enough to take it to the top despite the poor critical response.
Coming in at number 2 this week the animated comedy starring the voice of Channing Tatum could quite beat Night School and took $23 million for the weekend.
Falling from the top to number 3 this week on its second weekend the film took $12.5 million boosting its total US gross to over $44 million.
Dropping to number 4 this week the Paul Feig directed film takes $6.6 million on its second weekend to take its total US gross to $43 million.
Finishing of the top five the horror film based in the Conjuring universe takes $5.4 million on its fourth weekend of release to take its total cume to $109 million making its top grossing film the the film universe.
Following suit with the rest of the globe The Nun tops the Uk box office this weekend and as part of the Conjuring series of films this is the second highest debut of the series.
The Nun doesn't quite reach debut of The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case which took £4.6 on its debut but the £4 million opening isn't that far away.
With Halloween 6 weeks away the film could stick around for a few weeks but horror films like this do have a habit of upfront box office success, the bad reviews wont help much either!
Christopher Robin surrenders the top spot after 3 weeks at the top with a weekend gross of nearly £900,000 which brings the films total gross to £12 million after 4 weeks.
After a slow start to its box office run BlackKKlansman stays at number 3 this week with just under £800,000, this brings the films total gross after 3 weeks to £4.5 million making one of director Spike Lee's top films in the UK.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has started to slow down now and this week falls to 4 with just over £700,000.
This brings the films total gross to £63.2 million and although a fantastic total gross for a sequel film is will now struggle to beat the total gross of the original Mamma Mia! and will likely not beat Avengers Infinity War as the top film of the year (so far).
Finally in the top 5 is The Meg which has far outstripped expectation and this weeks take just over £600,00 for a total of £15 million.
For the third weekend straight the top two films in the UK are Disneys Christopher Robin and the sequel movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Christopher Robin's gross for the weekend, and unlike last weekend the only film to go a million pound, is £1.1 million which brings the films total after 3 weeks to a very respectable £10 million.
Staying on the runner up spot yet again Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again takes just under a million pounds, this now brings the films total to £61.6 million.
The top film so far in 2018 is Avengers: Infinity War with £70.8 million, there is every possibility that the Mamma Mia! sequel could beat this, but it could be a very close race.
Despite taking a little less than last weekend BlackKKlansman climbs the box office this weekend to number 3 with £922,806 which brings the films total after 2 week to £3.1 million.
The Meg is at 4 this week with £0.9 million which brings the films total to £13.9 million.
Finishing off the top 5 is new entry Searching which makes its debut with £765,050.
Top total grossing film of the week is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Released on 15th May in the UK Deadpool 2 has been given a 15 certificate by the BBFC for strong bloody violence, sex references, very strong language.
If thsi film is anything like the original then it will be very violent and full of bad language, but it has a very comic book feel which probably kept it below the 18 rating.
The sequel stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in this offbeat Marvel film, that Disney wanted nothing to do with, and after the success of the first film we have high hopes for this.
DEADPOOL 2 (15) strong bloody violence, sex references, very strong language https://t.co/4RBpKwe8X9— BBFC (@BBFC) May 7, 2018
It is with absolutely no suprise at all the Avengers Infinity War is the top film in the US (and just about everywhere) this weekend, but with the high expectation given to the film it actually outperformed.
Early estimation are coming in with a weekend gross of $250 million, which would beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening weekend of $248 million making it the highest grossing opening ever.
These figures are with a Sunday estimate and Disney are thinking they may have this about $5 million lower than the true figure so we could see an opening weekend of $255 million - either way it is a massive record breaking figure for the film.
Avengers aside A Quite Place drops down to number 2 this weekend, the film has done incredibly well for a low budget horror, it has grossed $10.6 million this weekend bringing the total to $148 million.
At third is the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty which grosses $8.1 million over the weekend for a $30 million total.
Rampage sits at 4 this weekend with a $7 million weekend and an $80 million total and Black Panther shoots back up to number 5 with the release of Avengers Infinity War, the film this weeks takes $4.3 million which brings the total to an incredible $688 million.
With the release of a new Steven Spielberg film your expect a new number 1 film, but Peter Rabbit kept the film at bay for a second weekend at the top.
It was a tight race with only half a million in it but Peter Rabbit raking £5.6 million for the weekend to boost its total UK gross to £21.6 million.
Director Steven Spielberg gave us Ready Player One this week which was released to great reviews and public demand but it failed to reach the top on its debut hitting number 2 with £5.1 million.
Also new this week at number 3 is the Wes Anderson directed animation Isle Of Dogs which takes a better than expected £1.6 million over the weekend.
Another new entry in the top 5 has Blockers hitting number 4 with £1.3 million.
Finishing off the top 5 is Black Panther with takes just over a million for the weekend, this brings the film total UK gross to £46 million and it is by far the top film of 2018 so far.
There are still some big film to be released this year but it will take potentially the other Marvel movie Avengers Infinity War to beat this total as I think the likes of Solo A Star Wars Story wont have the legs to beat it.
For the second weekend IT reigned at the US box office, while the battle for highest new film went to American Assassin rather than Mother as some expected.
Grossing $60 million on its second weekend of release Warner Bros. have a true hit on their hands with IT, for a horror film, as it has been marketed, a 50% drop is fantastic.
This weekend gross takes the films total gross in the US to $218 million after 2 weekend of release, this should be enough to see the film go well over $300 million at the box office.
After much hype the Jennifer Lawrence starring Mother! could not beat American Assassin as the top new film, the former enters the chart at number 2 with $14.8 million.
Maybe this is a lesson for over hyped film as Assassin didn’t get nearly as much marketing dollars and yes outgrossed it 2 to 1 on their debuts.
Mother! did come in at number 3 with $7.5 million, although to put things into perspective IT at number 1 made more that the rest of the box office put together.
Once again Spider-Man Homecoming does the double whammy of longest running film with 11 weeks on the chart and highest total grossing movie with $330 million in US grosses to date.
Beaty and the Beast live action is still by far the top film in the US for the films second weekend of release with the highest new film Power Rangers which manages a number 2 debut.
A drop of only 50% week on week gross for Beauty and the Beast means the film takes in its second weekend $88 million.
The film total gross therefore powers on to a massive $317 million in America which gives it the target of becoming the 4th larget film ever stateside.
Disney are powering away with hit after hit at the moment and with the likes of Star Wars, Marvel, its animation studio and live action film there is no stopping them.
Making its debut at number 2 this week is the highly anticipated re-boot of the Power Rangers franchise which has moved from cheesy TV show to bug budget movie.
The films takes $40 million on its debut and with limited appear and mediocre reviews the film could sink fast.
Other new film this week in America are Life at number 4 with $12 million and CHiPs at number 7 with $7.6 million.
Highest total grossing movie on the top 10 this week is Beauty and the Beat which the longest running film is The Lego Batman Movie with 7 week on the chart in total.
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.
This week on the US box office The Secret Life of Pets managed to make it 2 weeks at the top of the box office, this week beating the Ghostbusters re-boot on its debut.
Pets made $50,5 million on its second weekend of release which brings its total after 10 days of release to $203.1 million.
The film is looking very strong and with the American school holidays in full swing this could be the one to beat this summer season.
Paul Feigs Ghostbusters reboot couldn't quite make it to the top on its debut and fell into second place with $46 million including preview shows on Thursday night.
This isn't at all bad and would have topped had it not been for the strength of Pets, good reviews have helped and it should hang around for the summer season.
Also new this week is The Infiltrator at number 8 which debuts with $5.2 million.
Highest total grossing film in America on the top 10 is Finding Dory which is at number 4 this week with a gross of $445.5 million while the longest running film is shared with Dory and Central Intelligence.
The American box office saw a massive boost this week with The Secret Life of Pets making its debut on the box office with over 100 million.
To put this in context. most Pixar films have massive opening weekend and this beat last year Inside Out which took 90 million on its debut.
The actual figure is $103 million which put it in the top 20 of the highest debut weekend of all time in America.
The film has had mediocre reviews but this doesn't seem to have harmed the debut at all, and with not much competition except the ageing Finding Dory.
Falling from the top is Finding Dory which falls to 3 this week, The LEgend of Tarzan just about holding on at 2.
Dory has now grossed $422 million in American with a $20 million take this last weekend, the film is still to be released in many other countries.
Also new this week is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates which lands at 4 with a $16 million debut weekend.
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.
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.
Still at the top for a third week is Disney's Zootopia which is on track to becoming the next toon to take over $1 billion and the top animated movie! Frozen had staying power and a killer song which kids loved, Zootopia may not beat the Let It Go movie but its become another massive hit for the mouse house with an excellent $102.8 million third week from 50 countries.
The films total now sits at an excellent $591 million with no sign of letup yet, and with the spring holiday looming and no real competition who know where that could go?
A fairly quiet week on the film front with nothing wanting to open so close to the expected massive opening of Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.
The highest new film of the week on a global platform is Kapoor and Sons, and Indian movie opened in 12 countries and takes $.6.8 million and opens at number 10.
Here is the full top 10 world grossing movies this week:
Marvels latest superhero goes to the top of the UK box office with an incredibly good opening weekend, far better than could have been predicted.
Ryan Reynolds stars in Deadpool which makes its UK box office debut at the top with an incredible £13.6 million debut.
The film which is being distributed by 20th Century Fox rather than Disney beat all expectation and becomes a new franchise for Marvel, a sequel is in the works.
Falling from the top down to number 5 after a single week is Goosebumps which takes just over £1 million pound bringing its total to £4.1.
Also new this week is Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip at number 2 and maybe a little disappointing Zoolander No 2 at number 2.
Highest grossing film on the box office is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has not taken an amazing £121 million.
A year ago
Valentines day favourite Fifty Shades of Grey made its debut at the top knocking Big Hero 6 into second place.
Five years ago
Gnomeo and Juliet took over the top spot on its debut from The Kings Speech which fell to number 2.
Ten years ago
Chicken Little from Disney was the top film on its debut and with a top 3 of new releases Zathura A Space Adventure fell from the top to number 5.
Fifteen years ago
What Women Want stayed at the top of the box office for a second week while Dude, Where's My Car? was the highest new film at number 2.
Twenty years ago
Heat stayed at the top for a second week while highest new film was Loch Ness at number 4.
Twenty Five years ago
Oscar winning Dances With Wolves was the highest new film at the top while Kindergarten Cop fell to number 2.
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.
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
As the year comes to a close the last blockbuster of the year, The Force Awakens, is making a challenge for top film of the year, despite its late release.
This week Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes $286,822,000 which brings its total to just over $1 billion, it has taken about 10 days to do this, the fastest ever.
It needs to beat the year total of Jurassic World to become the top film of the year, $1.6 billion byt the end of the week may prove too much.
Highest new film of the week is Daddys Home which takes $43.2 million from 5 countries on its debut and sits at number 4.
Star Wars is also the top total grossing film on the chart this week and the only film on the chart to have a total gross over $1 billion.
Here is the full world top grossing box office.
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
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
Ant-Man managed to beat off the new comedy from Adam Sandler this week in a fairly tight battle for the top of the US box office, Ant-Man makes it 2 weeks at number 1.
The tiny superhero movie takes just shy of $25 million on its second weekend at the box office and brings the total after 10 days to $106 million, low for a Marvel movie but still a good take.
Pixels is the latest off beat comedy from Sandler who's grosses have been slipping of late, this latest vehicle has him mixing 80's nostalgia into the mix for good measure.
A $24 million weekend sees it slip into the runner up position, but it's not a convincing weekend and the film could slip out of the box office quite quickly.
Other new film which opened in the US this week are - Southpaw at number 5 and Paper Towns at number 6.
The domination of Jurassic World continues in the US this week as the film makes it 3 weeks at the top with nothing coming any where near it in that time.
A shade under a 50% drop in taking from last week has Jurassic World's weekend gross at $54 million which brings it's total gross now to $500 million in the US, it is the fastest film to make the landmark.
Pixar can't be forgotten in all this, under normal circumstances this would be the second week at the top for Inside Out, but it simply can't beat Jurassic World.
Highest new film of the week is Ted 2 which lands at 3, a decent weekend take of $33 million which in another week would have safely seen it get to the top.
The two headed force of Jurassic World and Inside Out could spoil the party for a number of other film in the coming weeks as well.
One other new film in the US charted this week, Max landed at 4 with $12 million.
As with the rest of the world Jurassic World took the Uk box office by storm over the weekend just gone and scored a huge debut.
Taking over the number 1 spot with ease with a £19 million opening it makes Jurassic World the 6th highest opening ever in the UK.
Jurassic World's predecessor from 2001, Jurassic Park III, only manage £4 million on its opening weekend, in fact it only took £18.3 million on it's entire run, World has beaten it already.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the second film in the series, did better with a £8.4 million opening and £30.5 million total gross while Jurassic Park took a total of £47 million, World could beat all these.
Last weeks top film, Spy, fell only to second place with £1.5 million, it's total gross is £5.5 million.
The only other new film on the box office chart this week was London Road starring Tom Hardy which debuted at number 8.
A Year ago
22 Jump Street retained it's position on the box office while the highest new film of the week was Oculus which debuted at number 5.
Five years ago
Sex and the City 2 was still at the top while the highest new film was Letters to Juliet at number 2
Ten years ago
Mr. & Mrs. Smith was the highest new film which finally knocked Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith from the top spot, it ended up at number 2.
Fifteen years ago
Gladiator was still at the top of the charts while Drive Me Crazy was the highest new film at number 5.
Twenty years ago
The Brady Bunch Movie made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Jack and Sarah fell down to number 2.
An almighty battle took place at the US box office this week, both films aiming to knock Avengers Age of Ultron from the top, and it was an aca-mazing win in the end.
Pitch Perfect 2 beat Mad Max Fury Road in quite convincing fashion with a weekend gross of over $70 million dollars.
This already puts the the sequel ahead of the previous film which was a slow burner and took $65 million back in 2012.
Age of Ultron slips into 3rd place on its third week on the box office having taken an American gross of $372 million.
Other new film on the US charts are: As already mentioned Mad Max Fury Road land at 2 this week with $44 million.
US box office results 22nd January 2015: American Sniper still retains top spot Clint Eastwood's American Sniper has stayed at the top of the US box office for another weekend taking another $64 million in it's 5th weekend of release.
The heavily Oscar nominated film has now taken a total of over $200 million in the US, in his long film career it is not Eastwood's highest grossing movie.
The film still has plenty of milage to go and if it wins big at the Oscars the film could see another massive boost to it's US takings.
Highest new film of the week is Jennifer Lopez (jLo) in The Boy Next Door which takes $15 million on it's debut, one of the highest grosses she has had in a number of years.
Other new film this week are: George Lucas's animated take Strange Magic at 7 and Johnny Depps offbeat comedy Mortdecai at 9.
After a trio of weeks at the top of the box office The Hobbits have made way for the Oscar tipped Stephen Hawking bio-pic The Theory Of Everything.
The film had previews in the last week which pushed it to the top of the tree, had it not had those previews it would have stalled at number 2 and not debuted at the top, instead it makes it way to number 1 with £3.7 million.
Falling just the one place this week is The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies which only narrowly missed out on a fourth week at the top with a £3.2 million start to the year.
Sitting comfortably at number 2 the third and final Hobbit movie has so far racked up £36.7 million in the UK, and looks likely to beat Smaugs UK total.
Also new this week are
The Woman In Black Angel of Death at 4
Birdman at 7
A year ago
After entering lower down the chart with preview screenings American Husle moves to the top of the box office knocking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug down to number 2, Last Vegas was the highest new film at 4.
Five years ago
After giving up the top spot for a couple of weeks Avatar makes its way back to the top knocking Alvin and The Chipmunks The Squeakquel down to 3, Did You Hear About The Morgans? was the highest new film at 4.
Ten years ago
The Incredibles regained the number 1 spot after a couple of weeks away knocking The Polar Express down to number 5, highest new film of the week was Without A Paddle at number 4.
Fifteen years ago
There was no stopping The World Is Not Enough as it spent another week at the top of the box office, very little in the way of new releases meant that Fantasia 2000 was the highest new film right down at 13, and on limited release!
Twenty years of in the Month of January Interview With The Vampire was the big film with again with Star Trek Generations making an impress debut run at number 2.
Twenty five years ago Parenthood was the top film for January while When Harry Met Sally was the big new film for the month at number 2.
The Hobbit series of movies has never quite been the box office kings that The Lord of the Rings Series was, but The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week flies in as the top film of the weekend.
Taking a very respectable £9.8 million the third and last film in The Hobbit, and The Middle Earth saga manages to beat everything else with ease, and it also beats the second of The Hobbit films but not the first.
The new number one film takes over from last weeks top film Paddington which falls a single place after two weeks at the top, it's total gross so far is £14.3 million.
Also new this week is Tinker Bell and The Legend of The Neverbeast at 7.
Historical box office
A year ago
New at the top was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on it's debut weekend, it knocked Disneys Frozen from the top.
Five years ago
A Christmas Carol went back up to the top after four week bouncing around the top three, it knocked off Paranormal Activity.
Ten years ago
Blade flew in at the top of the box office and knocked The Incredibles down to the runner up spot.
Fifteen years ago
The World Is Not Enough spent it's third week at the top of the box office while Arnie starred in End of Days which was the highest new film at two.
This week war film Fury starring Brad Pitt takes over at the top of the UK box office on it's debut week of release.
A reasonably good weekend gross of £2.7 million sees then over take Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after they spend just a single week at number 1.
Fury is already director David Ayer highest grossing film in the UK although for Brad Pitt it has a long way to go to beat the £25 million of Ocean's Eleven.
Fallling into second place after it's top spot debut last week, the Turtles manage to add £2 million to their gross bringing it to £7.9 after a second weekend of play.
Other new film on the top 15 this week are: The Book of Life at 4, Happy New Year at 8, Love Rosie at 9 and The Babadook at 10.
One year ago
This time last year Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking Captain Phillips down just a single place to 2.
Five years ago
Up retained it's lead on the box office for a second week leaving the top new film to be Saw VI at two trying the capture the Halloween market.
Ten years ago
Sharks Tale spent another week at the top of the box office, AVP Alien Vs Predator was the highest new film at 2.
Fifteen years ago
Disney's Tarzan spent another week at the top and with a fairly static top 3 the highest new film was Steve martin and Eddie Murphy in Bowfinger at 4.
The Inbetweeners score a UK box office record and become the biggest opening day film ever.
The Inbetweeners 2 which opened on Wednesday beat it's predecessor which from 2011 which did hold the record.
The first movie went on the be a massive hit, in the UK at least, and grossed £45 million, there is no reason why this can't do better.
It was a largely static week this week at the Uk box office, no surprise as there was no big new release and the FIFA World Cup started with England's first game on Saturday night.
With all that going on it was a surprise to see 22 Jump Street retain the top spot with a weekend gross of £2.2 million, this brings the films total to £9.8 million after 10 days of release.
Maleficent, X-Men Days of Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow all stayed in their respective places for another week with only Maleficent taking over a million pound from those 3.
Highest new film of the week goes to Oculus which took a less than expected £413 thousand, although there were previews of How to Train Your Dragon 2 which beat it with £519 thousand, this wont count on this chart and go to their debut in a few weeks.
Other new films this week are
Belle at 7
Devils Knot at 10
This time last year Man of Steel too the top spot on it;s debut weekend of release knocking After Earth to the runner up spot.
Five years ago The Hangover surprised all and hot the top spot on it's debut and knocked Terminator Salvation into second place.
Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was still the top film and with a fairly still top 5 Connie and Carla was the top new film at 5.
Fifteen years ago The Matrix was the top new film of the week making it's debut at the top knocking Notting Hill into second place.
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.
In the US this week lego bricks ruled the box office as the Danish company take the popularity of their plastic to the US cinemas.
With a weekend take of $69 million The Lego Movie had no real contenders and easily beat the next new entry at two, The Monument Men which took $23 million.
Last weeks top film, Ride Along, falls to number 3.
It was a sizable hit back in March of this year and people took to Google to find out more as The Hunger Games is the most searched for film if 2012.
Maybe it's because it was a little unkown when the film came out, who knows but the film beat Skyfall which is second and Prometeus which is thurd.
The full list 10 ten most searched films on google is
1. The Hunger Games
4. The Avengers
5. Magic Mike
6. John Carter
7. Ek Tha Tiger
8. Paranormal Activity 4
9. Taken 2
10. Dark Shadows
An interesting array of films with no mention of Breaking Dawn, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit or Spider-Man!
Interestingly the 2 actors which got the most search queries this year were Whitney Houston and Michael Clarke Duncan who both sadly passed away this year.
What can we learn from this? Probably not a lot but it's interesting to see, what do you think? To see more go to Google's Zeitgeist site.
You go away for a couple of weeks and something incredible happens, in last weeks world box office figures 2 films entered the $1 billion club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: The Dark of the Moon which now brings the total number of film which have grossed over a billion dollars to 10.
The incredible thing about this is that Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the first of the Harry Potter franchise to manage this, the 3D tax clearly helping to bring it over the magic figure, previous to this the closest was the first film so it's taken the entire series to beat the first films gross.
So far this year 3 films have taken over a billion, one more than last year and the most is a single calendar year, it may be no surprise then that all 3 of these films are presented in 3D and thus have the extra charge, although Pirates of The Caribbean reportedly has had a higher box office return in 2D.
Despite a bank holiday weekend and a first film which took more money than anyone could have expected, Sex and the City 2 fails to beat out either Shrek or Prince to the top of the US box office.
In it's second week Shrek Forever After continues to top the US movie going chart with Prince of Persia claiming the highest debut film in the runner up spot. It was a close fought battle though with Sex and the City 2 taking $37,145,000 and Prince of Persia just pipping it with $37,779,000. Shrek Forever After took $55,725,000.
See the full US box office.
It was the big night on Sunday for the Oscars, which meant it was the big night for the Razzies on Saturday, the two ceremonies that celebrate the two end of the scale for the film industry, and in a first for the industry Sandra Bullock received one of each.
On Saturday night Sandra Bullock was announced as the worst actress of the year for her role in All About Steve, and she had the dignity to be at the ceremony to get the award, and then on Sunday night she was announced as bet actress for her role in The Blind Side, and she was there to get the Oscar.
The big winner for the Razzies though was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which took awards for worst film and worst director, and quite predictable Michael Bay was not there to get the award.
The next night, and of course the one which everyone talks about, Katherine Bigalo beat her ex-husband and scooped the best film and best director, and unbelievable is the first woman to pick up such an award.
On the Oscar front Jeff Bridges also got an award for his role in Crazy Heart while Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique won supporting Oscars for Inglourious Basterds and Precious.
In all the weekend was a predictable night for awards and makes you wonder if the whole awards things is getting a little boring?
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.
With 2009 drawing to a close it's time to look back at the top performers of 2009, and topping the list of top grossing films in the US is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The Michael Bay directed sequel attracted a box office take of $402,076,689 which is way ahead of the crowd by $100,000 of its closest rival.
Its closest rival being Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince which took $301,956,980 and Disney's Up came close in 3rd with $292,913,068.
Biggest surprise of the year is at 4, and the highest grossing 'R' rated comedy ever in The Hangover which took $277,313,371, beating Star Trek which rounds out the top 5 with $257,704,099.
Finishing up the top 10 highest grossing films for 2009 in the US is New Moon, Avatar, Monsters vs. Aliens, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Worth mentioning is that Avatar released late in the year is on track to beat Transformers although much of its takings will be in 2010, and Sherlock Holmes which will enter the top 10 of films of 2009.
It's a big week for Mamma Mia! the movie this week, it has not only managed to beat Titanic as the biggest and fastest selling DVD/Video of all time but now the cinema figures are in it has now officially become the highest grossing movie in the UK, ever.
It's taken close to half a year (20 weeks of release) to do it and with this weeks DVD release cinema takings are bound to more or less dry up but with this weeks final cinema figures Mamma Mia! has grossed £68,664,524 topping Titanic's £68,532,746, that's over £100,000 more than the sinking ship epic.
Titanic was released in the UK at the beginning of 1998 to good reviews, a 3 hour running time and at the 1999 Oscar ceremony it swept the board winning Best film and Best director and Titanic is the highest grossing film of all time, Mamma Mia! in contrast opened to very mixed (mainly bad) reviews, has a 1 hour 50 minute running time and probably won't win many Oscars next year, and has no chance of even being one of the top 10 grossing films of all time.
Since Titanic James Cameron has not directed another feature film, this is Phyllida Lloyd first feature film as director.
Well done Mamma Mia!, it's taken 10 years but the ship has finally been sunk, in the UK anyway.
The annual BAFTA awards for film took place in the Royal Opera House on Sunday night with many stars attending including Kate Winslet, Danny Boyle and Brad Pitt.
The ceremony is the UK's equivalent of the Oscars and has taken place 2 weeks before the American ceremony. Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were the two films expected to take the big awards before the ceremony began.
The winners were fairly predictable with Winslet winning for The Reader, Mickey Rouke winning for The Wrestler, Penelope Cruz winning supporting actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and of course the late Heath Ledger winning for Supporting Actor.
As the evening unfolded is became clear, predictably, that Slumdog was going to be top dog for the evening, a British film in a British ceremony, what did you expect?
Benjamin Button got a couple of awards but it was Slumdogs evening wining best film and director for Danny Boyle.
The attention for those interested turns to the Oscars now where Slumdog won‚Äôt do so well but the money is on Slumdog to beat Benjamin Button for best film but not director.