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Big

(1988 )

Director(s)
Penny Marshall
Stars
Elizabeth Perkins
Robert Loggia
John Heard
Jared Rushton
David Moscow
Jon Lovitz
Mercedes Ruehl
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9th November 2017

Kenneth Branagh this week scores another number one film with his take on the Agatha Christie classic Murder On The Orient Express, and in turn knock an old friend from the top of the box office.

Directed by and starring Branagh along with a whole host of other big names like Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp the film makes its debut with a respectable £4.9 million.

This already makes it his 4th most successful film as a director and by the end of its run it will be most likely 3rd with just Thor and Cinderella out doing it.

As just mentioned Branagh directed the first in the Thor series of films as by coincidence his new film knocks the latest Thor from the top spot.

Thor Ragnorak this week falls only to number 2, and it gave Murder On The Orient Express a good run for its money as it comes in with £4.6 million which brings the total gross to £20 million and its now the most successful Thor film in the UK.

Thor Ragnorak is still pulling in the audience and on a Monday to Sunday bases it would have by a long distance been the top film of the week taking in £8.1 million.

Also new this week is A Bad Moms Christmas which despite trying to celebrate Christmas in November, far too early, takes in £1.7 million at number 3.

Pokmon The Movie I Choose You and The Killing of the Sacred Deer are also new at numbers 9 and 10 respectively.

Kingsman The Golden Circle is the top total grossing movie this week with £24 million and the longest running film with 7 weeks on the chart.

Historical charts

A year ago
Doctor Strange kept its hold on the box office by staying at the top while top new film was the Ben Affleck starring The Accountant.

Five years ago
Skyfall was still the top film of the week while the top new film was Silent Hill Revelation (in 3D, it was Halloween!) which entered at 3.

Ten years ago
Ratatouille spent a 4th week at the top while 30 Days of Night from director David Slade was the top new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Sequel movie 28 Days Later was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1, it knocked off XXX which fell to 2 after 2 weeks on top.

Twenty years ago
The Full Monty remained at the top on its 10th weekend, although not all of them had been at the top, highest new entry was LA Confidential at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Beauty And The Beast spent its fourth weekend at the top while the highest new film was Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy at number 2.

31st October 2017

Two big franchises chose this weekend to release their latest episodes and despite Jigsaw which is part of the Saw series doing well Thor: Ragnarok was the clear winner.

The Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a mammoth series of films that simply cant be matched at the moment and the all star Avengers cars in Thor 3 (try saying that fast) debuts with an incredible £12.3 million making it the 47th top opening in the UK ever.

The film which stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor and is directed by exciting newcomer Taika Waititi joins the ever increasing lineup of Marvel movies and the ever increasing gross for Disney.

The future for the film looks good and, this is nearly double the opening of Thor: The Dark World which went on to gross £20 million so we could have a £35 - 40 million total UK gross.

New in the runner up position is the latest Saw film, this time by the name go Jigsaw, its actually the 8th Saw movie, and opens with £1.8 million.

This is a bit of a low for the series as the average opening for a Saw movie is about £2 - 3 million, but with Halloween this week it will see a boost, but then a big slump after, it could get to £5 million in total.

After a jump back to the top Blade Runner 2049 falls to number 5 with week with £0.6 million over the weekend, after 4 weeks of release this brings the films total to £17.4 million.

Also new this weekend was Breathe, a directorial debut from Andy Serkis starring former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, it enters at number 8.

With Despicable Me 3 making a reappearance on the UK box office it is once again the longest running film with 17 weeks and the highest total grossing movie with £47.5 million .

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1 while Trolls fell to number 2 after a week on top.

Five years ago
The latest James Bond film Skyfall made an incredible debut at the top of the Uk box office, it knocked Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted from the top after a week.

Ten years ago
Ratatouille spent its third week on top while the top new film was Saw IV at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
XXX starring Vin Diesel spent a second weekend at the top while the top new film was Halloween Resurrection right down at number 5.

Twenty years ago
With The Full Monty staring on top of the box office for another weekend the top new film was The Pacemaker with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Beauty And The Beast stayed at the top for a third weekend while the top new film was 1492 Conquest Of Paradise starring Gerard Depardieu at number 2.

18th October 2017

With the slow box office of Blade Runner 2049 the UK chart sees a new number 1 in the shape of The Lego Ninjago Movie, but it was a battle for the top.

Its the third movie based on the lego franchise and each one has made its debut at the top, but The Lego Ninjago Movie has done so with the lowest opening.

With £3.6 million there is the feeling that the general public are starting to get used to seeing the Lego franchise on the big screen and are maybe waiting for home video before watching.

Regardless this is still a number one film and with a sequel to the original Lego Movie coming soon you can imagine that being a box office hit as well.

Blade Runner 2049 falls from the top to number 2 this week, but with a £3 million weekend it fought hard to stay on top.

The full week gross was £6.1 million so it easily was the top film of the week, the total gross currently sits at £12.1 million.

Also new this week is The Snowman at number 3 with a weekend gross of £1.3 million and Botoks is new at 5 with nearly £0.8 million.

The Ritual is new at number 7 with and the highly acclaimed movie Loving Vincent is new at number 9, Sally Potter just creeps into the top 10 at 10 as The Party makes its debut.

Despicable Me 3 has now been on the box office for 16 weeks and has a total gross of £47 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Girl on the Train stays at the top of the box office for a second weekend while Inferno starring Tom hanks and directed by Ron Howard is the top new film at 2.

Five years ago
Liam Neeson and Taken 2 hold onto the top spot for a second weekend while the top new film was Hotel Transylvania at number 2.

Ten years ago
Pixars Ratatouille was the top new film of the weekend at number 1 while The Heartbreak Kid fell from the top to number 3 after just 1 weekend.

Fifteen years ago
The last of the Hannibal Lecter films starring Anthony Hopkins made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Disney's Lilo and Stitch fell to number 2 after a week on top.

Twenty years ago
Disney's Hercules made its debut at the top of the box office knocking The Full Monty down to number 2 after 6 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
The original animated version of Disney's Beauty and The Beast made its debut at the top while Patriot Games fell to number 3 after a couple of weeks at the top.

27th September 2017

IT has a good run at the US box office, and continues to do well, but it gave up the crown to Kingsman The Golden Circle this weekend.

Not a fantastic opening weekend for the British secret agent sequel but its $39 million was enough to see it open bigger than the first film.

As we enter the winter season with a number of big film on the horizon this will effect Kingsman 2s long term appeal, but for now its on a roll.

IT falls off the top after a couple of weeks at number 1 to number 2 with a weekend gross of around $30 million.

This pushed the films total gross after 3 weeks in the US to $266 million, and it is this week top total grossing movie on the US box office.

Also new this week are The LEGO Ninjago Movie which enters at number 3, after Batman and the Lego movie maybe a little disappointing, Friend Request at number 7 and Stronger at number 9.

Longest running film on the US chart this week is Wind River which this week notches up its 8th weekend.

6th September 2017

In a summer of superheroes, Apes and Pirates it was a was film which out grossed everything with few stars but a visionary director who is a master of storytelling.

Christopher Nolan has become one of the most prolific directors in modern cinema and he took the moving story of Dunkirk to the top over the summer to the tune of £53 million.

It was by far the top film of the summer season with the closest competitor at number 2 Spider-Man Homecoming which brought home just why of £30 million.

Next up is the highest grossing film ever from a female director in the shape of Wonder Woman which grossed £22 million while the apes rules at number 4 with War For The Planet of The Apes grossing £20 million.

IN recent years a new Pirates of the Caribbean film would have meant big money but Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge came in at 5 with under £20 million, far less than previous entries.

Looking further down the top films of the summer in the UK Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 was the sixth top film while Alien: Covenant was the seventh and Baby Driver the eight.

Rounding out the top 10 is The Emoji Movie at nine and finally Cars 3 at number ten, another film which is suffering from series fatigue and has done far worse than the others in the series.

Looking forward to the holiday season ahead we can expect top film from IT to Kingsman The Golden Circle, Blade Runner 2049 to Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League to Star Wars: The LAst Jedi.

6th September 2017

When directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller departed the Han Solo movie earlier this year it was a bit of a shock, not 'history' is repeating and today Lucasfilms have announced the departure of Colin Trevorrow from Episode IX.

See the announcement on starwars.com.

The film is very much is pre-production so nothing has been filmed yet which, unlike the Han Solo movie, is a blessing, saying that the Solo movie got big time Hollywood director Ron Howard in to finish the film off.

With that in mind who could come in to direct Episode IX?

How about Ron Howard? He's already in the fold, or even better Steven Spielberg, he's always said he'd like to do a Star Wars movie?

JJ Abrams must be in with a show after the fantastic job on The Last Jedi, or how about Guillermo del Toro to bring a dark twist to perhaps a darker movie, and talking of dar how about Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve.

Ridley Scott could do a good job and bring an interesting twist to the series and finally a man who has been in the Star Wars universe for many years how about giving Lawrence Kasdan a shot.

I am sure it wont be long before we hear who will take the Episode IX directors chair.

5th September 2017

The USA had a long weekend and with no new released The Hitmans Bodyguard remained at the top of the chart with a little over $10 million.

Following on from the last couple of weekends, and with nothing in the way of big new films the US box office is seeing very little action giving The Hitmans Bodyguard the chance to spend a third week on top.

For a film with this much time at the top it has only taken $54 million in total.

The biggest news of the week is that this should all end next week with the release of the highly praised and scary IT, and with little pulling in audiences the film could get a bigger than normal opening.

Highest total grossing film of the week on the US box office is Spider-Man Homecoming which has now grossed $323 million while the longest running film is Despicable Me 3 which has been around for 10 weeks.

29th August 2017

The Hitmans Bodyguard may have retained its hold on the box office but it was the lowest grossing list in the last 16 years.

Grossing a little over $10 million Hitmans Bodyguard raised its gross to nearly $40 million, not really much for a film which has spent 2 weeks at the top.

Highest new film of the week was the animated tale leap (called Balletina in the UK and released at the end of 2016) which grossed just over $5 million and came in at number 3.

Also new this week is Birth of the Dragon which made its debut at number 7 with $2.5 million.

There is little more to say about the US box office this week with little new film released, a big spring event on TV and a major hurricane hitting Texas, people chose to stay away from multiplexes.

25th August 2017

In the US last weekend Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson head up with The Hitmans Bodyguard and a small $21 million on their debut weekend.

Not many punters went to the cinema in the US this last weekend, probably all traveling to The Great American Eclipse that happened on Monday, so the top film has the smallest opening in many a week.

The end of August is never a big time for releases with the school returning after the summer and many big name blockbusters waiting for the lucrative holiday season.

Falling to number 2 is Annabelle Creation with a weekend take of $15.5 million, this brings the horror films total to $64 million from 2 weekends of release.

Also new this week was Daniel Craig in Lucky Logan which made its debut at 3 with $8 million.

Spider-Man Homecoming was the top total grossing film of the weekend with the film now having taken $314 million and also the longest running film with 7 weeks on the chart.

15th August 2017

Christopher Nolan's War epic Dunkirk makes it an incredible 4 weeks at the top of the UK charts leaving Annabelle Creation to make its debut at number 2.

With a less than 50% drop in weekend grosses to £2.6 million Dunkirk has had an incredible journey so far at the box office, especially as the big money was on Annabelle taking the top spot this week.

This has brought the war dramas total gross in the UK to £ 44.7 million and it is now easily the second top grossing film of 2017, it won't get to the top as Beauty and The Beast is on £77.3 million.

The sequel and spin off series Annabelle Creation makes its debut at number 2, the film is a sequel to Annabelle but is part of the Conjuring series of films.

The aggressive marketing push has given the film a £1.9 million opening weekend, this is almost identical to the original film which went on to gross £7 million in the UK.

Also new this week is Atomic Blonde at number 3 with £8 million and The Nut Job 2 Nutty by Nature at number 10 with just over £354 thousand.

Longest run on the box office is Baby Driver which has been around for 7 weeks now while the top grossing film this week is Dunkirk.

Historical charts

A year ago
Suicide Squad remained at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates right down at 5.

Five years ago
Ted stayed at the top of the box office while the top new film was Step Up 4 Miami Heat which was new at 3.

Ten years ago
Rush Hour 3 was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1, it knocked The Simpsons Movie down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Men in Black II remained at the top for a second weekend with the top new film Eight Legged Freaks making its debut at 3.

Twenty years ago
Men In Black was the top film again while the top new film was Grosse Point Blank at number 4.

Twenty five years ago
Far and Away remained the top film for a second, there were no new films this week twenty five years ago!

8th August 2017

Still selling enough tickets to keep it on top for a third week is Dunkirk which holds off a strong debut from The Emoji Movie.

War film Dunkirk from director Christopher Nolan keeps pulling in the punters and stays on top for an incredible third weekend with a gross of £4.6 million.

This brings the films total to £28 million with no sign of slowing down yet, and with a weak load of new releases next week we could see a fourth weekend on top.

Coming in at number 2 this week is The Emoji Movie which takes a very good £2.7 million on its debut.

With the summer holidays in full swing this is a timely release and it could mean the film stays in the upper reaches of the chart for a while to come.

Big budget movie Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets from Luc Besson should have been a massive hit but we have a bit of a flop on our hands as the film debuts at number 3 with £1.8 million.

With 6 weeks on the chart Baby Driver is this week longest running film and with nearly £40 million in total grosses Despicable Me 3 is the highest total grossing film.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year the excellent Suicide Squad debuted at the top knocking off Finding Dory after a single week at the top.

Five years ago
Ted from Seth Mcfarlane made its debut at the top knocking The Dark Knight Rises down to number 2 after a couple of weeks on top.

Ten years ago
The Simpsons Movie held on to the top of the box office while top new film Evan Almighty made its debut at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Men in Black II made its debut at the top knocking off Austin Powers in Goldmember from the top after a single week.

Twenty years ago
The first Men in Black film made its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking The Lost World: Jurassic park down to number 3 after 2 weeks on top.

Twenty five years ago
Far and Away with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman was the top film of the week, it knocked Universal Soldier down to 2 after a week on top.

16th July 2017

Disney held their big bi-annual conference this weekend and there was plenty of Star Wars goodness to be seen.

As well as a 50 foot model of the new Star Wars lands being built in California and Florida these new Star Wars The Last Jedi posters were revealed.

Picturing each of the main characters the deep red is very dominant throughout.

Check them out below and long for the December 15th release.

10th July 2017

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.

26th June 2017

This week a new Transformers film was released, Transformers The Last Knight starring Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and it easily beats all others to the top.

With diminishing returns happening for the series across the world the big champion for the series is China where the previous Transformers film was the top grossing American film ever and this film opened big.

Transformers The Last Knight takes $241.5 million on its debut of which over 75% comes from a non US market, the film is released in 42 countries.

Cars 3 falls to number 3 on its second weekend of release, and like Transformers the series is seeing diminishing returns for the successful series of films.

The film weekly take is $37 million from 27 countries which brings its total to $141 million, on a positive note it is not yet released in many countries who have not yet hit their school summer holidays.

The top total grossing movie on this weeks global top 10 is Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazars Revenge which is still released in 56 countries and has a global gross of $677.8 million.

22nd May 2017

In a closely fought battle for the week number one film new comer Alien: Covenant takes over from the top ending Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 at the top after 2 weeks.

Ridley Scott brings his second Alien prequel to the big screen this week and despite reviews being a bit lacklustre the film still makes a number one debut.

A weekend take of $36 million just about managed to take over at the top, it was a closely fought battle with Guardians.

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 move to one side after 2 weeks at the top and on its third week of release goes to number 2 with $35.062 million.

This brings the films total to $301.7 million and with a unconvincing debut of the Alien movie it still doesnt have much competition and could go back to the top next week.

Also new this week is Everything, Everything at number 3 with a $12 million debut and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at number 5 with $7.2 million.

Longest running and highest total grossing movie on the US chart this week is once again Beauty and The Beast, 10 weeks and $497.7 million.

15th May 2017

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 couldnt 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.

15th May 2017

It was a weekend when everyone thought the big budget film King Arthur Legend of The Sword was going to dominate, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 still took the crown and comedy Snatched come in highest on Mothers Day weekend.

Its the second weekend of release for Chris Pratt and director James Gunn and Guardians easily holds on to the top spot with a massive $63 million, 57% drop from last weeks debut.

This brings the films total gross from 10 day in cinemas to $246.1 million, its inline with other big Marvel films and well ahead if the first Guardians film.

Highest new film honour goes to Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn about a mother and daughter who get kidnapped in a foreign country, good timing to release on Mothers Day.

The film makes its debut in second place with a weekend gross of $17.5 million, although with mediocre reviews we could see this slip away quickly.

Directed by Guy Ritchie and with a massive $200 million+ budget the studio were hoping for a mega hit on their hands, but King Arthur Legend of The Sword has limed into US cinema in third with $14.7 million.

Beauty and the Beast is once again the longest running film on the US box office, 9 weeks now, and its the highest total grossing movie with nearly half a billion pound in takings.

8th May 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.

28th March 2017

Audiences across the UK can't get enough of Belle and her beast as the Disney live action films scores a fantastic second weekend, Power rangers is the top new film at number 2.

A second weekend gross of £12.3 million for Beauty and The Beast is something most films would be happy to have as their debut weekend gross and would be in the top 100 highest grossers.

This brings the films total gross over 10 days to nearly £40 million and makes it the top grossing film of the year so far, overtaking La La Land.

With this type of momentum there is a chance it could end up being the top film of the year, although there are some big hitters coming later and a massive film at the tend of the year.

Power Rangers make their debut at number 2 this week in their revamped, re-booted, big budget incarnation to the tune of £1.5 million.

There was one other Power Rangers movie, back in 1995, based on the TV show it had the full title of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie and debuted in the UK to the tune of £1.3 million.

If we take inflation into account the 1995 film did far better and would today have debuted to the tune of £3.2 million.

Worth noting is that if the chart were counted for the whole week rather than just Friday - Sunday Power Rangers would have been at number 5 this week.

Also new this week is The Lost City of Z debuting at 7 with £0.28 million and CHiPs at number 8 with £0.2 million.

Longest running film this week is The Lego Batman Movie which has been around now for 7 weeks and the top grossing movie, after just 10 days is Beauty and The Beast.

Historical charts

A year ago
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice made its long awaited debut a the top of the box office knocking King Fu Panda to number 3.

Five years ago
The first of The Hunger Games movies was unleashed on the world and hit the top on its debut weekend, it knocked The Devil Inside down to number 4.

Ten years ago
Zack Snyder brought us his big screen cinematic style in 300 which debuted at the top knocking Norbit down to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Ali G Indahouse made its debut at the top of the box office, it knocked Oceans Eleven down to number 3 after 5 weeks on top.

Twenty years ago
The speacial edition of Star Wars made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked The English Patient down to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Cape fear remained at the top for a third weekend, it kept off Bugsy which debuted at number 2.

14th March 2017

The Mighty Kong conquers all at the top of the US box office this weekend as Kong Skull Island takes over at number one from Logan.

Starring a host of big Hollywood names including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson the film opens in the US to a great $61 million.

Considered a re-boot the last time Kong appeared on screen was the Peter Jackson directed film from 2005 which was not received well.

Falling to number 2 this week after a week at the top is Logan, a $37 million second weekend brings the films total gross to $152.6 million.

Hidden Figures is yet again the highest total grossing movie on the US box office while La La Land is the longest running movie with 14 weeks on the chart.

3rd March 2017

Were not big fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and this looks like another run of the mill version.

Here is the latest trailer for film 5, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales which promises to be the last, story at least.

Check out the trailer below.

28th February 2017

One last trailer before its March release for Kong Skull Island.

Lots of Brie Larson and plenty of big animal action in the Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed movie.

20th February 2017

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.

15th February 2017

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.

25th January 2017

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.

10th January 2017

A quiet time of year with no major blockbusters newly released on home video has Mechanic Resurrection climbing to the top of the chart and Dog Eat Dog the highest new film at number 17!

Its unusual for films to climb to the top of the video charts, and when they do they are usually big box office hits, so to have Mechanic Resurrection do the feat us unusual, but from an entry at number 2 last week it climbs.

Jason Statham must have a strong following as the film which was released on 26th August 2016 entered the box office at number 10 with just over half a million on its debut.

The film only laster 2 weeks before falling from the chart and it took £1.1 million during its cinema run.

Sausage Party falls from the top of the chart where it made its debut last week to number 3 this week.

Highest, and only, new entry is the Nicholas cage film Dog Eat Dog, a minor hit that was released November 2016 it didn't chart and took £1,152.

31st December 2016

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the top selling home video in the UK during 2016 followed by the Bond film Spectre.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a massive hit at the UK box office during the latter part of 2015 and is the highest grossing movie of 2016, despite being released in 2015! On the same note Spectre was a massive hit at the UK box office in 2015, in fact it was the highest grossing movie of 2015.

Surprise hit Deadpool is the third best selling movie of 2016 with the independent film Legend based on the story of the Krays being the fourth.

Finishing off the top 5 is The Lady in The Van, based on the life of writer Alan Bennett and starring Maggie Smith the film was a big hit at the UK box office although not across the globe.

Here is the top 10 best selling home videos of 2016 in the UK.

  1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  2. Spectre
  3. Deadpool
  4. Legend
  5. The Lady in The Van
  6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  7. The Martian
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. The Revenant
  10. The Jungle Book

31st December 2016

As the year comes to a close its time to reflect on the films that hit the big time in 2016 - so what were the highest grossing film at the global box office?

The top grossing film across the globe in 2016 is Captain America: Civil War - this surprised me a bit but is testament on how well established the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now.

The third in the Captain America series - although some might say it is more an Avengers movie that Captain America Movie - took $1.5 billion at the global box office.

Compared to 2015 this is far lower than Jurassic World which took $1.6 billion but is on par with the number 2 film Fast and Furious 7 with took $1.5 billion (for the record Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens took more but much of that was in 2016). Finding Dory is the second highest grossing film of 2016 with $1.027 billion while not very far behind it is Zootopia (Zootropolis) which took $1.026 billion.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Jungle Book and The Secret Life of Pets wich both took a shade under a billion each.

The top 2 films were both sequels and 6 of the top 10 films were either sequels or part of an already established franchise, and Deadpool at 7 although not part of a franchise is certainly part of the Marvel Superhero world.

Disney did very well this year with the top 4 film all being from the studio and it wouldn't surprise me if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ended up in the top five film by the time it ends its run.

Four of the top 10 are superhero movies, four of the top ten have animals as their primary cast, 3 are animations (arguably 4) and 8 have sequels and further adventures in the series already announced. Thanks 2016 at the global box office, here is the full top 10.

  1. Captain America: Civil War - $1,153,304,495
  2. Finding Dory - $1,027,771,569
  3. Zootopia - $1,023,784,195
  4. The Jungle Book - $966,550,600
  5. The Secret Life of Pets - $875,457,937
  6. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice - $873,260,194
  7. Deadpool - $783,112,979
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - $748,820,251
  9. Suicide Squad - $745,600,054
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - $687,878,705
See the top 24

31st December 2016

A little late reporting on this weeks charts with the figures arriving the following weekend due to the Christmas break.

UK audiences were in the mood for the Galaxy Far Far Away over the Christmas week with Rogue One staying at the top, maybe a fitting tribute as we said goodbye to Princess Leah.

With the new coming in over the festive period that actress Carrie Fisher sadly passed away what better tribute to pay than keeping Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at number one with £5.6 million on its second weekend.

This brings the films total gross to £33.9 million, an excellent gross in normal circumstances but this is a star wars film and the film is falling far short of last years Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Highest new entry of the week is Passengers which after bad reviews still manages to land at number 2 with £2.4 million.

Both stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are involved with high grossing franchises so this is by no means a big opening for them and with the no so good reviews the film could sink quite quick.

Longest running film on the chart this week is Trolls which has been around for 10 weeks not and highest total grossing movie is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which has now grossed £47,469,530 after 6 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was still the top film on its second weekend while top new film was Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie which entered at 2.

Five years ago
Arthur Christmas went back to the top over the festive weekend while the top new film was Don 2 which entered at number 6.

Ten years ago
Happy Feet stayed at the top for a third week while and with a static top 10 the top new film was Bhagam Bhag at number 11.

Fifteen years ago
Kicking off one of the greatest series of all time The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring entered the box office at the top knocking off Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone after 5 weeks at the top.

Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians stayed at the top for a second weekend while Matilda was the top new film of the week at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Addams Family was the top film of the week for a second weekend while Suburban Commando was the top new film which entered at 3.

7th December 2016

Marvel release the first teaser for Spider-Man Homecoming.

Iron Man is going to be big in this movie, John Favreau features in the trailer.

Film released July 2017.

30th November 2016

The week director Steven Spielberg is at the top with him adaptation of the much loved Roald Dahl book The BFG.

Hitting the heights of number one on its debut week of release the film was a big hit in UK cinemas when it was released on 22nd July 2016 where it hit number 1.

The film didn't last more than a week at the top, but it turned into a massive hit and had a slow fall down the box office.

In total the film spent 14 weeks on the official top 15 and then spent 4 weeks still pulling in audiences at cinemas, it was still in some cinemas on its week of release on home video.

The film made £30.5 million at the UK box office and it is currently number 99 on the list of all time UK box office hits.

It didn't do that well across the globe, its clearly a very British story, it only made $178 million which is very low for a Spielberg film.

Last weeks top film, The Secret Life of Pets, falls from the top to number 3 this weeks after only a single week at number 1.

Other new film this week are Star Trek Beyond at number 2, a number 2 hit released on 22nd July 2016 and Ghostbuster (the remake) a number 1 film from 15th July 2016.

28th November 2016

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.

22nd November 2016

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.

21st November 2016

The release of a new era in the Wizarding World was always going to be a big event, and as Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them makes is cinematic debut it goes straight to number 1 at the global box office.

Released on its debut in 64 countries is takes an excellent $218 million far outstripping anything else this week and setting itself up for a very good holiday season.

Despite taking $75 million (£60 million) in America the film did very well in Europe especially here in the UK where it took $18 million (£14 million).

With most of the world going to the cinema to see how JK Rowling would continue her fantasy world Doctor Strange fell off the top to number 2 with $43.6 million (£35 million).

This brings the films total gross after 4 weeks of play to $571 million (£463 million), the film is still released in 54 countries.

Also worthy of note is I Am Not Madame Bovary from China which takes $28 million (£22 million) from 5 countries and is at number 4 this week.

Highest total grossing movie this week is Doctor Strange while the widest release is still Trolls which is out in 67 countries and this weeks sites at number 4.

21st November 2016

The Wizarding World has moved on from Harry Potter and a new era is here with Fantastic beasts and Where To Find Them, which this weeks predictably hits the top in America.

The film may not have hits the heights that were expected as the film makes its debut with with $75 million dollars (£60 million) but still is a fantastic debut.

This debut is no where near as big as any of the Harry Potter film, but to many that series of films defined the Wizarding World, but this new series has had better reviews so may last longer, Potter films tended to be front loaded.

Still doing well is last weeks top film, Doctor Strange, which only falls into second place this week with $17.6 million and a total gross of $181.5 million, this also makes it the highest total grossing film on the US box office.

Also new this week in America are The Edge of Seventeen at number 7 with $4 million and Bleed for This at number 8 with $2.3 million.

Longest running film on the box office this week is The Accountant which has been on the box office for 6 weeks and this week is at number 9.

24th October 2016

Tom Cruise releases his latest action film this week in the shape of Jack Reacher Never Go Back and tops the global box office with ease.

Its a very quiet time for big new releases at the moment and Jack Reacher manages to top the global box office with a weekly gross of $54 million from 31 countries.

After a week at the top Inferno falls into second place this week with $28.9 million, this brings the films total gross after 2 weeks of release to $64.8 million from 58 countries.

Also released this week making an impact on the global box office is US number 1 Boo! A Madea Halloween which is at 3 with $27.6 million from just the one country.

Ouija: Origin Of Evil is also new at number 5 and has taken $21 million and is released in 23 countries.

Highest total grossing movie on the global box office this week is Miss Peregrine' Home For Peculiar Children which has now taken $224 million and is still out in 65 countries.

9th October 2016

After 4 weeks at the top of the UK home video chart Captain America is toppled by Alice Through The Looking Glass which makes its debut.

Alice Through The Looking Glass is the sequel to Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland and was released on 5th August 2016. The film entered the UK box office at number 2 with a debut gross of £2.2 million, it failed to remove X Men Apocalypse which remained at the top.

The film did reasonably well on the box office hand hung around for 7 weeks on the top 15 before spending another 15 weeks hanging around the lower reaches of the box office.

The film made an excellent £9.9 million is total UK grosses, although compared to Alice in Wonderland which made £42 million its relatively small.

This is the first week os Disney having a big video sale and as always they have a bog impact on the video chart with 5 re-entries inside the top 10, and if you count Marvel and live action remakes they have 8 of the top 10 films.

Also new this week is Money Monster at number 9, When Marnie Was There at number 13 and Mothers Day at number 14.

3rd October 2016

Tim Burton is no stranger to the top of the US box office and this week takes his latest directorial film there with Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.

The imaginatively titled film takes Burton back to the more surreal films that started his career and takes a low but impressive $28.5 million for the weekend.

The Magnificent Seven falls from the top of the chart after only one week and after a second weekend of $15.7 million its total US gross is now $61.6 million.

Also new this week is Deepwater Horizons making its debut at number 2 with $20.6 million, Masterminds is also new at 6 with $6.6 million.

All of the summer big hitters have now left the top 10 so the longest staying film on the US box office is Don't Breathe at number 8 with 6 weeks.

Highest total grossing movie with Sully which has just gone over the $100 million mark and sits at number 5 this week.

27th September 2016

On this weeks UK box office Bridget Jones's baby stays at the top for a second weekend and makes a big impact on its total UK gross, The Magnificent Seven is the top new film.

A second weekend of release brings in £6.2 million for Bridge Jones and with a very healthy weekly gross of nearly £13 million the films total gross is now £21 million.

This just nudges the film past the previous film in the series, Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason and its well ahead of the film film.

Highest new film of the week was no challenge for Jones as it lands at 2, The Magnificent Seven takes £2.1 million on its debut weekend.

For star Denzel Washington this is pretty much an average opening for his film and likewise for director Antoine Fuqua.

Longest running film on the top 15 this week is The BFG which is 10 week old now and highest total grossing movie is Finding Dory which now sits at over £41 million.

Historical Chart

A year ago
Last weeks top film Everest help on for a second weekend while top new film was Miss You Already at number 4.

Five years ago
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy held on to the top for a second weekend with top new film Crazy, Stupid, Love. coming in at number 2.

Ten years ago
Children and Men entered at the top of the box office while Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby fell to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Steven Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence entered the box office at the top knocking Moulin Rouge down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Demi Moore took it all off in Striptease which entered at the top on its debut weekend knocking Emma to the number 2 spot.

Twenty five years ago
Terminator 2: Judgment Day was still at the top of the box office for the 6th week while sequel F/X2 was the top new film at 2.

12th September 2016

Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks dominate the world box office this week as their true life drama Scully easily dominates.

A very quiet week at the global box office as Scully manages to top with just $45 million from 40 counties, $35 of that from America.

For such an American centric film thats not a surprise and it is still to be released in many countries, Europe is a big Hanks fan to expect a big boost when released there.

Last weeks top film Star Trek Beyond falls to number 2 with only $17 million from 41 countries with China is still doing well on its second week of release.

At number 5 Chinese film The Age Of Shadows makes its debut with $16 million, very good consider the single territory it is released in. Also new at number 7 this week is When The Bow Breaks which grosses $15 million from its US release.

Still the top grossing film on the global top 10 is The Secret Life of Pets which has now taken $789 million during its box office run.

30th August 2016

Disney have had some big hits in recent years and the live action version of The Jungle Book is one of them and has become a children's favourite.

The film was released into cinemas on 15th April 2016 and went directly to the top of the box office where it spent 2 weeks.

It then went on to spend a total of 14 weeks on the official top 15 and then, so far, another 5 weeks still in UK cinemas, the film is still on release currently.

The Jungle Books total gross in the UK, so far, is an amazing £46.1 million, it is the second highest grossing film of the year and the 33rd top film ever in the UK.

The film also did very well across the globe where it has grossed $947.6 million and is the 34th highest grossing film ever, it is still on release in many countries.

The Huntsman: Winters War which entered the chart at the top last week falls to number 2 on its second week of release.

Also landing on the video chart this week is: Jane Got a Gun at number 9 and The Colony at number 13.

Released this week is Rachet and Clank and Gods Not Dead 2 which should have an impact on the chart next week.

25th August 2016

In an unusual event for the box office charts and old favourite returns to the top of the box office, Disney/Pixars Finding Dory replaces Suicide Squad after 4 weeks of release.

We are coming to the end of the School holidays in the UK and its a time when a lot of families are back from their time away so its perhaps no suprise that the box kids film of the moment returns to the top.

A fantastic 4th weekend gross of £2.8 million takes the total gross to £32.3 million, this puts the film on a level with the original Finding Nemo.

Falling into second place is 2 week champion Suicide Squad, a £2.5 million weekend brings the total gross to an fantastic £27.6 million.

This puts the DC anti-hero film ahead of the DC superhero film Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice from earlier in the year.

Highest new film of the week is a British institution making its debut, David Brent Life On The Road, and although it hasn't done nearly as well as Absolutely Fabulous The Movie from this year is debuts at 3 with £1.4 million.

The Office was such a big hit from over10 years ago, was of its time, and is still loved its a challenge to get that feeling back, and this only looks at one of the characters so it could sink fast.

The Secret Life of Pets is still the top total grossing movie of the week with £33.7 million and the longest running film with 9 weeks.

Interesting note this week, if the chart were calculated from the full weeks taking it would have been a very different picture, Suicide Squad would have retained the top, The BFG would have been 3rd and David Brent Life on the Road would have been 6th

Historical charts

A year ago
Paper Towns made its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking Pixels off the top right down to number 6.

Five years ago
After a massive success on TV The Inbeetweeners Movie took the box office by storm making its debut at the top knocking Rise of The Planet of The Apes to number 2.

Ten years ago
After much internet hype the crowd source scripted movie Snakes On A Plane debuted at the top knocking Cars to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Tim Burtons Planet of The Apes remake debuted at the top knocking Cats and Dogs down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Independence Day kept a strong hold of the box office and with very little in the way of new release highest debut was Nick of Time starring Johnny Depp at 7.

Twenty five years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger had his cinematic finest moment in Terminator 2: Judgment Day which made its debut at the top knocking Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves down to number 2.

19th August 2016

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.

9th August 2016

There was just one major release this week there which basically means there was inevitably going to be a new film making its debut at the top, and as predicted Warner Bros. Suicide Squad does just that.

Continuing the DC Cinematic Universe that was started in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice this film does something the Marvel/Disney have not yet dared, put the bad guys front and centre.

And audiences have lapped this up with Suicide Squad topping the UK box office with an excellent £11.2 million, nearly as big as the much more anticipated Batman V Superman from March.

That superhero movie sank quickly at the box office so we'll be watching things closely to see if it does similar.

Worth noting is that if the chart listing was taken over the whole week then Finding Dory would sit at the top with £12 million.

Highest total grossing on this weeks top 10 is The Secret Life of Pets which has now grossed over £32 million, while longest stay on the box office is The Angry Birds Movie with 11 weeks.

Historical charts.

A year ago
The Fantastic Four reboot made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation down to number 2.

Five years ago
Four weeks in and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was still number 1 leaving JJ Abrams Super 8 to debut at number 2.

Ten years ago
TV show turned movie Miami Vice made its debut at the top knocking Cars down to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Cats and Dogs made its debut a the top of the box office knocking Jurassic Park III from the top which fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Twister remained at the top for a second week leaving James and The Giant Peach to make its debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was at top for another week while the top new film came in at number 2 in the shape of Backdraft.

8th August 2016

This week at the global box office Warner Bros. Suicide Squad makes a fantastic debut raking in $267.1 million.

The film had a very wide release showing up in 58 countries, one of the largest of any film at the moment, and the US led the way with nearly half that gross, the UK was second.

Normally with such a large opening we would be looking at a long term run and large gross, but this year has proved that big opening weeks don't necessarily mean long cinema runs.

Jason Bourne falls from the top this week quite hard and from 51 counties has a weekly gross of $43 million, the total gross is now $195 million.

Worthy of a mention is Chinese film Time Raiders which opens in just 1 country, China, and manages to land at 3 with $64.6 million.

Finding Dory is still the top total grossing movie on the global box office having taken a total of $870.2 million to date, the billion mark is looking unlikely, but Disney now have the top 4 grossing film of 2016.

  1. Suicide Squad - $267,105,000
  2. The Secret Life Of Pets - $80,164,305
  3. Time Raiders - $64,600,000
  4. Jason Bourne - $43,604,780
  5. Bad Moms - $17,104,000

8th August 2016

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice may have had a disappointing cinema run but when the film came out on home video it was going to hit the top.

The film was released as one of the early spring releases on 25th March 2016 where is scored a £14.6 million opening weekend and of course hit the top on its debut.

The incredible hype for the film maybe made the end product a little disappointing as the film only had a chart run of 6 weeks, sinking fast once it left the top.

The film took a UK gross of £36 million, relatively low for a superhero film, and is the 61st highest grossing movie in the UK.

Globally the film took $872.6 million, missing out on the billon mark by quite some margin, and is the 46th highest grossing film across the world.

Disney's Zootopia falls from the top where it debuted to number 2 this week.

Also new this week at number 4 is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, released the same weekend as Batman V Superman.

Hardcore Henry also makes its video chart debut at number 10.

1st August 2016

When Disney release a new video it is normally a big deal, and with the release of their spring hit Zootopia this week is is no exception and the film debuts at the top of the UK video chart.

The film was a massive hit for the Mouse House when it was released on 25th March 2016, but it did not make the top of the cinema box office, beaten by Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

It did bubble around the top for 4 weeks before making a slow decent down the box office spending an impressive 13 week in total in the top 15.

The film took a very nice £23 million pound in the UK which makes it the 138th top grossing movie of all time, it also took £1.02 billion globally making it the 24th highest grossing movie ever.

London Has Fallen falls from the top into second place on its second week on the chart.

Also new this week are: 10 Cloverfield Lane at 3, a number 2 hit from March and Risen at number 10 a not chart hit from March.

26th July 2016

There became a bit of a battle for the top of the box office this week as the much loved children's classic The BFG went up agains the much loved Star Trek franchise.

In the end Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg won with The BFG as it takes the number 1 spot on its debut weekend of release with a very respectable £5.3 million

The film was considered a flop in the US but the stories are considered classics in the UK and parents have passed down books from generation to generation and this is reflected in the box office.

Almost as much loved, and celebrating 50 years this year is Star Trek, and to celebrate we have Star Trek Beyond which this week makes its debut at 2.

A weekend take of £4.7 million wasn't enough to see it debut at the top, and even more worrying is this is half as much as Star Trek Into Darkness, and lower than the original reboot.

The positive reviews may help the path ahead but this is definitely a diminishing series and with a fourth film already planned who knows what the future holds.

Also new this week are Andr Rieu's 2016 Maastricht Concert which had a couple of shows this last weekend is new at 3.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Pixars Inside Out made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Ant-Man into second place.

Five years ago
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made it a second week at the top while the top new film was Cars 2 at number 2.

Ten years ago
For a second weekend Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest was the top film while the highest new film was The Break UP at number 2.

Fifteen years ago

New at the top was Jurassic Park III while Shrek fell from the top into second place.

Twenty year ago

Disneys The Hunchback of Notre Dame made its debut at the top leaving Mission:Impossible to fall into second place.

Twenty five years ago
Kevin Coster was the big star of the era and debuted Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves at the top of the charts after lots of hype, while Thelma and Louise fell to number 3.

26th July 2016

This week saw the release of a new Star Trek movie at the global box office and as with all the others in the new' universe created by JJ Abrahams it is the top film globally.

Its a softer debut than Star Trek or sci-fi is used to despite good reviews and seemingly a better film then the last one but a $89.6 million debut from 38 countries is strong enough to see it dominate.

The legend of Tarzan is at 2 this week and is getting stronger across the globe as it has a staggered release, its not performing in the US but it is globally.

The film took $51 million from 62 countries for a total global gross of $260 million to date.

Biggest news of the week is the string debut for Skiptrace, the Jackie Chan action film had a big release in Asia and from 3 countries took $44 million on its debut.

Independence Day: Resurgence is the top total grossing movie on the weeks top ten global box office with $361.2 million.

Here is the global top 5.

  1. Star Trek Beyond - $89,600,000
  2. The Legend Of Tarzan - $51,130,000
  3. Ice Age: Collision Course - $51,000,000
  4. Skiptrace - $44,000,000
  5. The Secret Life Of Pets - $39,330,275

24th July 2016

The Lego Batman Movie trailer - looking to be as successful as The Logo Movie.

19th July 2016

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 Pokmon 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 The Smell of Fear after a couple of weeks at the top.

19th July 2016

A change at the top of the world box office charts has the Ghostbusters reboot taking over from The Secret Life of Pets.

On its debut week of release the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot takes $65.1 million dollars from just 4 countries.

An excellent result for the female led Ghostbusters movie, although good reviews have helped and the marketing push to banish the negativity has certainly helped.

The Secret Life of Pets is still doing big numbers across the globe and this week despite falling to number 2 grosses $54.9 million bringing its total gross to $253.9 from 10 countries.

Highest total grossing film on the global box office this week is Finding Dory, the Disney/Pixar movie has to date grossed $721.7 million.

Widest release of the week id Now You See Me 2 which is currently out in 78 countries although the film has only grossed $267 million.

Here is the global top 5 for this week

  1. Ghostbusters - $65,100,000
  2. The Secret Life Of Pets - $54,964,425
  3. Ice Age: Collision Course - $53,500,000
  4. Finding Dory - $47,540,000
  5. The Legend Of Tarzan - $33,120,000

11th July 2016

At the global box office this week The Secret Life of Pets is still the top film while Chinese crime drama Cold War 2 is the highest new film.

Despite competition from a number of other films on the top 5 The Secret Life of Pets managed to take another $110 million from 10 territories over the week.

The film now has a global gross of $145,772,440 but has many more territories to open in so expect that to climb.

Finding Dory is holding strong at number 2 with $50 million this week, its global gross has risen to 624.1 million from 41 countries, it is also the highest total grossing movie on the top 10.

China is one of the largest cinema going countries in the world and this week from its release in a single territory - China - Cold War 2 takes an amazing $44 million and is at number 4 this week.

Also just as impressive is the Chinese animated film at number 6 this week - Big Fish & Chinese Flowering Crabapple - a $32 million gross from just 1 country.

Here is the top 5 global grossing films this week

  1. The Secret Life Of Pets - 110,972,440
  2. Finding Dory - $50,051,000
  3. The Legend Of Tarzan - $47,615,000
  4. Cold War 2 - $44,165,500
  5. Ice Age: Collision Course - $32,200,000

1st July 2016

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?

28th June 2016

New trailer for Bridget Jones's Baby, its actually funny!

28th June 2016

The UK box office this weeks has a new number one film in the shape of The Secret Life of Pets. the latests film from the makers of Despicable Me and Minions.

An excellent weekend gross of £9.5 million sees the film enter ahead of the weeks other big film Independence Day Resurgence.

Despite having the connection to the Despicable Me franchise The Secret Life of Pets for a new franchise makes an very good debut, in comparison it is far higher that the first Despicable Me but lower than the franchises other films.

With the summer holidays in the coming weeks this could have staying power, and there is little competition until mid July.

Also new this week is Independence Day Resurgence which makes its debut at number 2 with just over £5 million, its been 20 years but the original debuted to £16 million.

Last weeks top film, The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case, falls to number 3 with a total gross of £7.7 million after a £1.5 million second weekend.

The Jungle Book is once again the top total grossing film on the box office with £45.6 million and the longest run on the box office with 11 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Minions made its debut at the top knocking Jurassic World to the runner up spot.

Five years ago
Paul Feig's Bridesmaids was the new film making its debut at the top while Kung Fu Panda 2 fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift stayed at the top of the box office and The Lake House was the top new film at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Evolution was the top new film at number 1, it knocked Pearl Harbour down to number 2.

Twenty years ago
New at the top was The Rock with Spy Hard being knocked off the top right down to number 4.

Twenty five years ago
The Silence of The Lambs stayed at the top of the box office while The Pope Must Die came in new at number 2.

16th June 2016

Wicked comes to the big screen in 2019.

14th June 2016

Petes Dragon remake gets a great new trailer.

5th June 2016

Another big week for new releases and for the second week in a row an all new top 3 on the video chart with Goosebumps leading the way.

Starring Jack Black the film was released at the UK cinema on 5th February 2016 where it entered the UK box office at number 1.

The following week the film fell to number 5 and had a relatively short 6 week stay on the UK box office before disappearing.

In that time though the film did manage to gross a fairly reasonable £8.5 million although this is quite low for a Jack Black film for which King Kong is his highest grossing movie.

Also for director Rob Letterman it is his lowest grossing movie to date.

The rest of the top 3 reads like: Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie is new at number 2 and Ride Along 2 is new at number 3.

Last weeks top film Spotlight falls right down to number 8 this week.

Soccer documentary Bobby is also new this week at number 12.

10th May 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens wont be shifted from the top of the video charts and is still outselling for the third week in a row all in its path.

The last time we saw this king of dominance of video charts was back in 2013 when Disney released Frozen for sale, they sure are hitting the right note.

Highest new film of the week is new at 2, Daddys Home which was released at UK cinemas on 25th December last year.

The film was a relatively big hit considering it was up agains The Force Awakens and manages an acceptable 7 week run on the box office.

In that time it grossed a nice £16.3 million which in terms of stars Ferrell and Wahlberg isn't bad.

For Farrell it is his 3rd biggest film and for Wahlberg it is his 4th biggest film in the UK.

Also new this week is In The Heart of The Sea which lands at number 3.

29th April 2016

There was only ever going to be one winner on this week video chart and that is the massive phenomenon that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The seventh film in the Star Wars saga was a world wide smash when it was released in December of 2016, we knew it would be big but not how big.

On its release in the UK The Force Awaken became the second highest opening gross of all time in the UK, beaten by Spectre which had a 5 day opening compared to The Force Awakens 4 day.

A four week spell at the top of the box office saw the film take over £60 million in that time, a total of 11 weeks on the box office saw the film become the biggest grossing film in the UK ever with over £122 million.

The film is still on release and has to date grossed nearly £123 million.

Across the globe the film did amazingly well and was the fast film to gross $500 million, then $1 billion and even $1.5 billion.

Bets were on that is might become the top grossing film of all time and take over Avatar but it didn't have the legs and is currently the second highest grossing film ever with $2.07 million.

In its fourth week of release The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 falls from the top into second place.

One other new film this week in the shape of The Survivalist which enters the video chart at number 17.

26th April 2016

This week on the world box office the live action version of The Jungle Book retains its place at the top amid little competition, the film is out in 54 countries.

The Disney movie has taken $153 million this week across the globe which brings its world gross to and incredible $528.4 million.

In anticipation of a major new release this week there were no new releases on the world box office this week.

Highest total grossing move on release across the globe this week is Zootopia which has now passed the $900 million mark with $907.1 million, a billion is not far away now.

  1. The Jungle Book - $156,803,000
  2. Huntsman: Winter's War - $52,180,250
  3. Zootopia - $17,411,000
  4. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $13,820,000
  5. Barbershop: The Next Cut - $10,830,000
  6. The Boss - $9,375,675
  7. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $4,870,000
  8. Criminal - $4,100,000
  9. Eye In The Sky - $3,118,990
  10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $2,827,465

11th April 2016

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is still the top grossing film across the world after 3 weeks of release.

The superhero film takes another $57.4 million dollars from 68 countries, by far the widest release of all the film this week.

Although the film has not performed in the was that was expected the film has taken $783.4 million in total.

Highest new film of the week is The Jungle Book which makes its debut at number 3 this week making $28.9 million.

The film is only out in a few territories and so should do even better next week after releases in Europe and America.

Highest total grossing film this week is Zootopia which has now notched up $852,5 million.

Here is this week top 10 world grossing movies:

  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $57,435,000
  2. Zootopia - $37,053,000
  3. The Jungle Book - $28,900,000
  4. London Has Fallen - $26,958,000
  5. The Boss - $24,481,195
  6. Huntsman: Winter's War - $20,000,000
  7. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $11,870,000
  8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $9,721,535
  9. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $9,200,000
  10. Visiteurs La Revolution - $7,250,000

4th April 2016

At the world box office this week Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice retained its lead for a second weekend with a weekly gross of $137.4.

The film has a massively wide release of 68 countries, althoug not the highest on the chart, that goes to The Divergent Series Allegiant which is released in 80 countries.

Batman V Superman has now taken $682.8 million after its 2 weeks of release, the film may struggle to get to $1 billion as this is quite a hefty drop from last week.

Highest new film on the world box office is The Bodyguard, not the 1992 film with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner but a Hong Kong Chinese film directed by Sammo Hung.

The film makes its debut at number number 3 with $25 million from the 6 countries its released in.

highest total grossing film on the box office this week is Zootopia, at number 2 this week with an incredible $787.6 million.

Here is the full world top 10 for this week.

  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $137,485,000
  2. Zootopia - $50,000,000
  3. The Bodyguard - $25,000,000
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $19,720,000
  5. Chongqing Hot Pot - $19,197,000
  6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $16,725,460
  7. Divergent Series Allegiant - $10,025,000
  8. Who Sleeps My Bro - $10,000,000
  9. Miracles From Heaven - $9,850,000
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $9,350,000

29th March 2016

There was no other film that would be beaten this weekend in the US as the superhero titan that is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice makes a successful debut at the top.

Beating the all time record debut for March or for Q1 of any year, BvS debuts with an incredible $170.1 million over the Easter weekend.

Still doing good number Disney's Zootopia falls from the top into second place this weekend, a weekend gross of $23 million brings the animal cartoon to $241 million in the US.

Also making its debut this weekend is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 which enters at number 3, the followup the the biggest sleeper hit of all time has done better than expected with a debut of $17.8 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the US box office is Deadpool at number 7 which has now grossed nearly $350 million.

29th March 2016

There was never going to be any other outcome this week as we see Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice take over at the top with little competition.

The superhero movie that is to kick off the Justice League movies from Warner Bros. took the top with an amazing weekly world gross of $424.1 million from 67 countries.

Not a record to highest total grossing debut but certainly a record fot the pre-summer season.

Zootopia has had a good run but this week falls down to number 2 with $65 million and has a total world gross of $696.7 million, and is on track to become Disney's highest grossing film.

Highest total grossing film on the world top 10 box office this week is Deadpool at number 9 this week which has now grossed $745.9 million.

Here is the full world grossing top 10:

  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $424,100,000
  2. Zootopia - $65,638,000
  3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $26,116,075
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $22,056,000
  5. The Divergent Series Allegiant - $19,000,000
  6. Miracles From Heaven - $9,500,000
  7. The Revenant - $9,135,000
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $8,500,000
  9. Deadpool - $8,000,000
  10. London Has Fallen - $6,926,000

2nd March 2016

Making it a cool 3 weeks in a row if Fox's Marvel superhero adaptation Deadpool, while the highest new film of the week enters at 2 in the shape of Grimsby.

A £2.9 million weekend is good enough to keep Deadpool at the top of the UK box office making it 3 weeks in a row now.

The big Marvel hit has now taken an incredible £31.1 million in the UK and is set to become one of Fox's biggest entries in their Marvel superhero cannon.

Highest new film of the week is Grimsby which enters the chart at number 2, maybe a little disappointing with all the press but the Sasha Baron Cohen film takes £1.9 million for the weekend.

For Cohen this is the lowest of all his film, Borat (or to give it a full title - Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan) is his highest with over £6 million on its debut.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still holding on in their and is one again the highest total grossing film of the week, not with £122.6 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Fifty Shades of Grey to second after a couple of weeks at the top.

Five years ago
Gnomeo and Juliet remained at the top for another week with I Am Number Four entering the highest at number 3.

Ten years ago
Date Movie was the highest new film knocking Disney's Chicken Little into the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago
Hannibal remain at the top of the box office, and in an unusual move the highest new film of the week was at number 6 with Finding Forrester.

Twenty years ago
There was an all new top 3 headed by Sense and Sensibility, Jumanji fell to number 4.

Twenty five years ago
Dances With Wolves remained at the top for another week after its Oscar glory with Pacific Heights the highest new film at number 2.

17th February 2016

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.

Historical charts
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.

9th February 2016

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.

1st February 2016

At the world box office this week King Fu Panda 3 makes an impressive debut at the top of the box office from 7 countries.

making a world wide debut of $116 million the film leads the pack by quite a considerable margin with the US being the top market the film was released in.

Falling a single place this week is The Revenant which falls to number 2 with $36 million, this brings the Oscar nominated films world gross to $274.7 million, and Oscar is still to come.

Highest total grossing film is still Star Wars: The Force Awakens which this weeks adds $23.3 million bringing its total gross now to over $2 Billion, only the third film ever to do so.

Avatar was the first with Titanic following, interestingly both these film took a second release to do it, although with Titanic it was years later unlike Avatar which was a year later.

Here is the full world wide box office top 10:

  1. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $116,700,000
  2. The Revenant - $36,700,000
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $23,382,000
  4. The 5th Wave - $20,000,000
  5. Ride Along 2 - $13,445,520
  6. Alvin And The Chipmunks The Road Chip - $13,235,000
  7. Dirty Grandpa - $13,075,000
  8. The Finest Hours - $11,927,000
  9. The Boy - $11,394,000
  10. The Big Short - $9,800,000

18th January 2016

After 4 week Star Wars: The Force Awakens ends its run at the top and drops down the third place making room for Ride Along 2.

The sequel comedy makes its US debut at the top with a gross os $34 million from just over 3,000 cinemas and a screen average of $10.721.

Top Oscar nominated The Revenant remains at 2 this week with the award ceremony certanly giving the film a boost, and with the film destined to win big this film could stay for a bit.

The Force Awakens fall to number 3 this wee with $25.1 million which increases it total to gross to $851 in the US, far and away making to top grossing film ever there.

Also new is 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi at number 4 and Norm of The North at number 6.

18th January 2016

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

7th 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.

3rd January 2016

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.

1st January 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

21st December 2015

Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars, it is quite simply all about Star Wars this week, as if anyone of surprised by that! The highly anticipated newest instalment, called Star Wars: The Force Awakens made its debut across the world this week and simply blew everyone away with how good the film is, and how much money it took.

In America it now holds the record for the highest grossing opening day and opening weekend, first day ticket sales were $120 million, incredible.

The previous record holder for opening weekend was only achieved in the summer of this year, Jurassic World opened to $209 million, The Force Awakens opened to nearly $240 million.

The film was always going to be a big opener but the film has far outstripped expectation and the world is now looking to see if it can out perform Avatars total world gross of $2.8 million to be the biggest grossing film of all time.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 after an incredible 4 weeks at the top falls to number 4 this week having made $254.4 million to date.

As odd as it seems Star Wars The Force Awakens wasn't the only new film released this week, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip was new at 2 and Sisters was new at 3.

30th November 2015

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.

23rd November 2015

The last instalment in The Hunger Games series makes its debut at the top of the global box office thanks largely to big debuts from the UK and China.

A debut weekend of $247 million globally is on par with the rest of the series and the film should end the series on a strong note, despite lacklustre reviews.

Ending its run at the top after 4 weeks is Spectre which this week adds $80.3 million to its global gross.

A runaway hit for the Bond franchise Spectre has now taken $677.8 million globally, this is on par with Skyfall but that film had good legs unlike Spectre which seems to be tailoring off, $1 billion could be tough.

Spectre is also the highest grossing total gross on the chart this week.

The Night Before is also new on the global stage making its debut at number 6 with $10.1 million.

Here is the full global box office:

  1. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 - $247,025,000
  2. Spectre - $80,300,000
  3. Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie - $14,100,000
  4. Our Times - $12,000,000
  5. Inside Men - $10,200,000
  6. The Night Before - $10,100,000
  7. The Transporter Refueled - $9,800,000
  8. The Secret In Their Eyes - $8,133,000
  9. Spanish Affair 2 - $7,400,000 $7,400,000
  10. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $6,575,000

16th November 2015

In the US this week the latest Bond movie Spectre continued to do big business and in the process remained at number 1 for a second weekend.

Dropping nearly 50% from its debut weekend Spectre managed to gross $35.4 million which brings its total gross to $130.7 million in the US.

Highest new entry of the week is Love the Coopers (Christmas with the Coopers) which makes its debut at number 3.

The Christmas comedy wasn't good enough the remove The Peanuts Movie from the number 2 spot and makes $8.4 million over the weekend.

Also new this week is: The 33 at number 5, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo at number 8 and My All American at number 12.

14th October 2015

This week on the American box office Ridley Scott's well received film The Martian retains the top spot to make it 2 weeks at number 1.

The film $37 million dollars over its second weekend of release which now brings its total gross to $108 million.

Highest new film of the week is Pan which comes in at number 3 with $15.5 million, a little disappointing for a film which has been heavily marketed.

The Peter Pan origins story might struggle to stay that long considering in forthcoming big hitters with such a weak opening.

Highest total grossing film on the American top 10 is Hotel Transylvania 2 which after 3 weeks has grossed $116 million.

1st October 2015

This weeks top 3 is unchanged from last week meaning that the true story of an expedition to the summit of Everest is still the number one film.

It was a quiet weekend with Everest only taking £1.9 million during it's second weekend of release, this brings it's total gross after 10 days to £6.8 million.

The static top 3 means the highest new film of the week comes in at 4, Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette star the the romantic comedy Miss You Already.

Surprisingly positive reviews haven't helped the film that much and the film debuts with only £487,247.

By far the biggest total grossing film on the box office this week is Minions which just about hangs onto the top 15 and has grossed to date £46.3 million, its still not reached Despicable Me's total gross of £47 million but its not far behind.

There should be a big change in next weeks chart with Ridley Scotts The Martian opening, Robert De Niro in The Intern and a new adaptation of Macbeth with Michael Fassbender.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Billy Elliot The Musical Live became the first event movie to go to the top of the box office, it knocked off The Boxtrolls from the top.

Five years ago
The Other Guys held onto the top of the box office with Julia Roberts vehicle Eat Pray love the top new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Pride and Prejudice retained its hold at the top while Guy Ritchies Revolver was the top new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Jim Carey was still a big box office star and his latest film Me Myself and Irene made its debut a the top knocking Scary Movie into second.

Twenty years ago
Apollo 13 was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1, Braveheart fell to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Another 48 Hrs took over at the top film while Memphis Belle felling into number 2.

28th September 2015

This week on the global box office stage Chinese film Lost In Hong Kong is the top film with a global gross of $100.5 million from just 6 countries.

Released in China where it has made big numbers, a $32 million opening day and $100 million opening weekend, has seen enough to make it a global smash.

Last weeks top film across the world, Everest, falls to number 3 this week with $46.8 million with Hotel Transylvania 2 entering in second place with $76 million.

biggest total gross on the global top 10 this week is Inside Out which has a total of $774.5 to date, it is still showing in 35 countries.

Here is the top 10 global films of the last 7 days:

  1. Lost In Hong Kong - $100,558,900
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $76,700,000
  3. Everest - $46,891,130
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - $42,400,000
  5. The Intern - $30,005,000
  6. The Visit - $11,749,925
  7. Black Mass - $11,510,000
  8. Inside Out - $8,382,000
  9. The Throne - $7,900,000
  10. Fack ju Gohte 2 - $7,500,000

28th September 2015

This week Pitch Perfect 2 makes the right note at the top of the UK video chart and makes its debut at number 1.

The acapella music film was released at the UK box office on 15th May 2015 hitting the top spot on its debut week of release, it stayed at the top for 2 weeks.

the film had a relatively shot run at the box office lasting for only 6 weeks but it's audience was front loaded, it opened with a gross of £5 million and went on to take £17 million.

It is the 236th top grossing film in the UK but worldwide is failed to make a massive mark across the world, although in America it did take $183 million.

Other new films this week are: Keanu Reeves on form in John Wick new at 3, Samuel L. Jackson new at 5 with Big Game and Arthur and Merlin new at number 17.

2nd September 2015

Following the path laid down by its US box office release, Straight Outta Compton this week climbs to the top of the UK box office on its debut.

A low week overall for the box office grosses and Compton's weekend take is £2.4 million, it is higher than last weeks top film.

Last weeks top film was Paper Town which this week takes a big shove down the box office and ends up at number 8 this week.

A £452,953 second weekend gross brings the film to £3.4 in total with the prospect of a very short 3 week run.

Worth noting is the run of Inside Out which once again is at 2 and again topps the chart if we count Monday - Sunday figures.<> Also new this week is Hitman Agent 47 at number 3 and 45 Years new at number 10, Zak Efrons We Are Your Friends is considered a flop with a number 13 entry.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Lucy retained its position at the top of the box office while the top new film was Lets Be Cops at number 2.

Five years ago
Adam Sandler continued his box office run with Grown Ups which made its debut at the top knocking off The Expendables which fell to number 4.

Ten years ago
New at the top was of TV remake The Dukes of Hazzard which knocked of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory which was at 2.

Fifteen years ago
X-Men held film at the top of the box office stopping Shanghai Noon from topping the chart, it had to make do with a number 2 debut.

Twenty years ago
Sandra Bullock hit the top with While You Were Sleeping on its debut weekend knocking Die Hard With A Vengeance down to 2.

Twenty five years ago
Die Hard 2 Die Harder stayed at the top leaving Wild At Heart to debut at number 2.

1st September 2015

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.

31st August 2015

Across the global box office this week Terminator Genisys gets a return to the top thanks to big numbers from its Chinese release.

The film was a relatively big hit earlier in the year on its western release and now gets a big boost and goes back on top, from 26 countries it takes $23.7 million for a global $409 million.

Highest new film of the week if War Room which is new at number 9, the faith based film take $11.3 million from just 11 countries.

Top grossing film on the chart is Minions which break the $ 1 Billion barrier this week and becomes the fourth film in 2015 to do so.

Here is the full global top 10.

  1. Terminator Genisys - $23,790,000
  2. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - $23,600,000
  3. Straight Outta Compton - $19,743,530
  4. Minions - $17,824,480
  5. Hitman Agent 47 - $16,950,000
  6. Hundred Regiments Offensive - $16,200,000
  7. The Dead End - $14,000,000 $14,000,000
  8. Inside Out - $12,256,000
  9. War Room - $11,325,000
  10. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - $9,970,000

24th August 2015

Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation manages to hold onto the world box office for another week with $36.9 million from 64 countries, one of the wides release at the moment.

The Tom Cruise film has had a very successful run at the world box office and has to date made $438 million in global takings.

Having a big boost this week thanks to a massive opening in China is Terminator Genisys which goes back up to number 2 with $26.2 million from 2 countries, global to date is $353 million.

Highest new film of the week if the Chinese film Bride Wars, not to be mistaken with the American film of the same name from 2009.

Bride Wars (or ????? to give it the proper title!) takes $23.6 million from just the single country it has been released in, China.

Here if the full top 10 global films this week.

  1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - $36,900,000
  2. Terminator Genisys - $27,610,000
  3. Straight Outta Compton - $26,876,125
  4. Bride Wars - $23,600,000
  5. Fantastic Four - $19,850,000
  6. Hitman Agent 47 - $16,700,000
  7. Man From U.N.C.L.E. - $15,420,000
  8. Sinister 2 - $13,633,000
  9. Go Away Mr. Tumor - $13,000,000
  10. Minions - $12,506,290

3rd August 2015

This week there was no moving the box office hit Home from the top of the chart making it 2 in a row for the animated favourite.

Highest new entry of the week fell on the video chart at number 2 in the shape of the mediocre box office hit Seventh Son.

Seventh Son entered the box office back on March 27th of 2015, it entered the box office at number 7.

Only a 2 week spell at cinemas meant that the film went almost as soon as it appeared, it took just less than a million pound during it's stay.

A few other new entries this week meant that the top 5 had a big change around, 3 saw a new entry for Wild Card starring Jason Statham while 4 sam Kristin Scott Thomas starring in Suite Francaise.

Check out the full list of DVD sales.

28th July 2015

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

27th July 2015

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.

20th July 2015

Marvel continues it's dominating streak of superheroes movie this week and introduces the movie world to a new charter in the shape of Ant-Man.

The smallest of the superheroes enters the chart at the top on it's debut week with a $58 million weekend which is in-line with expectations but not up there with the big guns of Thor or Ironman.

This is still a very good opening weekend and is bound to start another franchise in the Marvel/Disney cannon and could see Ant-Man join the other Avengers in their next movie.

Falling into second place after a single week at the top is the lovable yellow characters of the Minions, a second weekend gross of $50 million sees it's 10 days total rise to $216.7 million.

Trainwreck this week enters the chart at 3 as the female slapstick gross out comedy opens with $30 million while British film starring Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes opens at 10 with $2.5 million.

13th July 2015

The little yellow Minions opened in the US this week and became the second highest grossing animated debut film behind Shrek The Third.

With nothing else opening big in the US market the Minions simply stole the show with it's $115 million opening.

A fantastic opening and the appeal of the characters which started with the Despicable Me films sets in in good stead to become one of the highest grossing animations and a $1 billion+ gross.

Falling into second place is Jurassic World after its 4 week run at the top of the box office, although it cant complain, it is the highest grossing film of the year in the US having grossed $590 million so far.

Other new film in America this week are: The Gallows at number 5 and Self/Less at number 8.

6th July 2015

After a quiet release last week in a couple of countries and falling just outside the top 10, this week Terminator Genisys flies to the top of the world box office.

Expanding its release to 47 countries this week the 5th Terminator film takes $102 million across the globe, this brings its world wide gross to $129 million.

Falling from the top is Jurassic World which is still pulling in big number but this weeks drop to second place has its gross at $72.9 million for the week and $1.4 billion in total.

There were no new films to appear inside the top 10 this week, although Terminator Genisys has a small release last week as did Magic Mike XXL which lands in 16 countries with $18.2 million.

Chinese comedy Monk Comes Down the Mountain is playing in 3 countries this week and has a gross of $28 million at number 5.

Here is the full world box office top 10:

  1. Terminator Genisys - $102,700,000
  2. Jurassic World - $72,942,360
  3. Minions - $54,300,000
  4. Inside Out - $48,705,000
  5. Monk Comes Down the Mountain - $28,000,000
  6. Ted 2 - $19,816,360
  7. Magic Mike XXL - $18,240,000
  8. Spy - $8,900,000
  9. NLL - Battle of Yeonpyeong - $8,000,000
  10. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $7,352,000

2nd July 2015

This week Jurassic World lost its 2 week hold at the top of the UK box office and made way for those little yellow people as Minions makes its debut.

Taking over the number 1 spot with a very good weekend gross of £11.5 million and it is clearly looking to repeat the success of Despicable me 2 for which the Minions became famous.

Despicable Me 2 was released at about the same time in 2013 and took £14 million on it's opening weekend, it did become the top grossing film of that year.

Jurassic World fell a single place on it's third weekend of release but the film is still going great guns and is now the top grossing film of the year with £48.9 million.

Other new films this week are Knock Knock from Eli Routh at number 7 and Slow West at number 10.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie made it's debut on the box office at the top of the chart and knocked The Fault In Our Stars to number 2 after only a week at the top.

Five years ago
Get Him to The Greek entered at the top of the box office while Killers fell from the top into number 2 after a week.

Ten years ago
Batman Begins held its place at the top of the box office for a second week while the top new film was Kung Fu Hustle at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
There was no shifting Gladiator as it spent yet another week at the top of the box office, Big Mommas House made it's debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Bad Boys held on the top spot for a second week while the top new film was Tank Girl which made its debut at number 3.

22nd June 2015

Pixar must be kicking themselves this week as their new film Inside Out makes a fantastic debut on the US box office, but there is no stopping Jurassic World at the moment.

A second week gross of $102 million which means that the dinosaur film was $11 million ahead of the number 2 film, but when were talking figures this big thats a small margin really.

Jurassic World has become the fastest grossing film of all time in the US with it's total gross at slightly under $400 million after 10 days of release.

Pixar''s first film in 2 years makes a massive debut at number 2 this week with a weekend gross of $91 million, a phenomenal weekend take which normally would have seen it debut at the top.

Fantastic reviews for Inside Out have given the film a boost and I wouldn't rule out a just to the top next week, Pixar film usually have strong staying power.

The only other new film in the US this week was the Pharrell Williams produced Dope at number 5.

15th June 2015

Kingsman The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth, takes over at the top of the UK video chart this week on it's debut week of sales.

Kingsman The Secret Service was released in the UK on 30th January of 2015 where it entered the UK box office at number 2, heated to the top by Big Hero 6.

The film spent a successful 9 weeks on the official top 15, but was still floating around in some cinemas a couple of weeks ago and hence still taking box office grosses.

To date the film has grossed £16.5 million in the UK making it the 247th highest grossing film, wordwide it has grossed $403.3 million making it the 197th top grossing film worldwide.

Last weeks top film, American Sniper, falls just a single place this week to number 2.

Also new on the UK video charts this week are: Kajaki at number 7, controversial The Interview at number 8, Mortdecai at number 9 and Vice, starring Bruce Willis at number 19.

8th June 2015

New at the top of the UK video chart this week is the Clint Eastwood directed American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper.

The film was release on 16th January 2015 at Uk cinemas in a flurry of Oscar hype at number 2 to the tune of £2.5 million, but as the hype got greater the film hit the top spot the following week.

In a run lasting 7 weeks the film grossed a very reasonable £13.4 million at the UK box office, in America it took and incredible $350 million making it one of Eastwoods biggest films.

In the UK the film is the 329th highest grossing of all time and worldwide with a gross of $539 million it's the 121st highest grossing.

There was a whole flurry of new releases this week, with almost the whole top 5 changing, last weeks top film, Big Hero 6, fell to number 3 this week.

Other new film then are: Shaun The Sheep Movie at number 2, Ex Machina at number 4, Whiplash at number 5, Forbidden Kingdom at number 14 and The Gambler down at number 18.

1st June 2015

Big Hero 6 takes the crown as the biggest selling video in the UK this week, removing single week winner Into The Woods from the top, although it's not all bad news as Disney are behind both films.

Big Hero 6 was released in the UK on 30th January 2015 and hit the top spot on it's debut week with a UK gross os £4.2 million.

It remained at the top of the box office for a couple of weeks before being knocked off by Fifty Shades of Grey.

The film spent a total of 10 weeks on the top 15 and in that time took a total of £20 million which makes it the 179th highest grossing film in the UK.

Across the world it took $652 million making it the 82nd highest grossing film ever.

Into the Woods falls to number 2 this week.

Other new film this week are: Testament of Youth at number 5 and Wild at number 9.

14th May 2015

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.

14th May 2015

Now in its third week Avengers Age of Ultron is totally dominent on the UK box office, this weekend taking another £3 million.

The total gross for the laters Marvel superhero film in the UK is £40 million which takes it above Fast and Furious 7 as the highest grossing film of the year, an accolade Furious 7 held for 1 week.

Age of Ultron is more or less running at a par with Avengers Assemble and should end up with a similar total UK gross, across the work Ultron has grossed just over $880 million.

Making its debut on the box office this week is British film [spooks] The Greater Good - based on the TV show Spooks.

Entering in the runner up spot the film takes just over a million pound.

Other new film to enter the box office this week are: The Age of Adaline at 5 and Big Game at number 7.

Historical charts
A year ago
Bad Neighbours took over from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at the top of the chart on it's debut week of release.

Five years ago
Iron Man 2 held on strong at the top of the box office which the highest new film of the week was Furry Vengeance which came in at 2.

Ten years ago
Kingdom of Heaven made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy down to the number 2 slot.

Fifteen years ago
Kevin and Perry Go Large was still riding high at the top of the UK box office while the highest new film was right down at 6 in the shape of Man On The Moon starring Jim Carrey.

Twenty years ago
Outbreak held onto the top of the box office and there were no new entries on the chart for this week.

11th May 2015

After 3 weeks of release The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is still the top selling video film in the UK.

Highest new film of the week is down at 3 in the shape of Birdman or to give it the full title Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Birdman was release in UK cinemas on 2nd January of this year and was a big Oscar hopeful although it only debuted at number 7 with £1.5 million which was its highest position.

A 6 week stay on the UK box office saw the film take a total gross of £'5.6 million, in the US it took $42 million.

There are 2 other new film on the video chart this week are Unbroken at 4 and Automata at 8.

20th April 2015

With it's global gross now reaching over a billion dollars across the globe Fast and Furious 7 makes it a third week as the top film.

A world gross of $196.9 million from 68 territories ensures is placing for most likely one more week as the first of the big summer blockbusters hits much of the globe next week.

Paul Blart Mall Cop is the highest new film coming in at 2 with $31.1 million from 42 countries, not a big it in many place but with little else on release to challenge this has ensured the numbers.

With Home at 3 another new film is Unfriended at 4 with $16 million from just the single location, North America, Cinderella completes the top 5.

Here is the full global top 10 for 19th April

  1. Fast and Furious 7 - $196,956,120
  2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop - $31,100,000
  3. Home - $20,700,000 $10,400,000
  4. Unfriended - $16,023,150
  5. Cinderella - $11,371,000
  6. Ever Since We Love - $10,400,000
  7. The Longest Ride - $8,950,000
  8. The Divergent Series Insurgent - $8,250,000
  9. Run All Night - $6,300,000
  10. Woman In Gold - $5,687,000

13th April 2015

There is a switch around at the top of the UK video chart this week with paddington going back to the top after dipping down to 2nd last week.

Falling into second place after a week at the top is Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, the Easter holiday doing the film no favours in the sales department.

Highest new film of the week is the Ethan Hawk starring Predestination, a little know film from earlier in the year.

Predestination didn't make a dent on the box office instead having a very small release in just 10 cinemas on 20th February.

The film only hung around for a week and made £1,758 from the 10 cinemas, or about 475 tickets sold.

Not a big week for new releases as the only other new film is Fall of an Empire at number 17.

8th April 2015

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.

1st April 2015

At the UK box office this weekend the Kenneth Branagh directed live action version of Cinderella from Disney makes it's debut at the top.

Cinderella took a reasonable £3.8 million over the weekend to see it to number 1, in comparison to last years Maleficent also from Disney based on a much loved animation it half the debut gross.

The film should do well in the next couple of weeks as its the school Easter holidays, but with Home still on release and Spongebob also out there it has competition.

Home falls from the top to number 2 this week in it's second weekend of release, a £2.6 million Monday to Friday sees it's gross now stand at nearly £10 million.

Other new film hitting the box office chart this week are: The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water which lands at 3 but should do well over the Easter break, Get Hard which lands at 4, Seventh Son which has a disappointing debut at 7 and Wild Tales which enters at 9.

Historical Charts

A Year Ago
Captain America: The Winter Soldier enters the box office at the top of the chart knocking The Grand Budapest Hotel down to number 3.

Five years ago
Nanny Mcphee and The Big Bang is the new film taking over from Alice In Wonderland at the top which falls down to number 2.

Ten years Ago
Hitch goes back to the top after surrendering the number 1 spot to Robots for a week, Robots falls to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Another week at the top for Toy Story 2 while the top new film of the week was at number 5 in the shape of Magnolia

30th March 2015

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.

23rd March 2015

The Divergent Series Insurgent opened up in 77 countries this last weekend and without too much of a challenge becomes the top film across the globe.

Taking a world grossing $101 million the film easily knocks Cinderella down to second place after a single week as the global top film.

New animated film Home is 3rd this week with a global gross of $19.2 million and Tak3n gets a new surge of life after opening in China and takes $18.6 million.

Finally on the top 5 this week is Lost and Love from China which takes $16.2 million from just 5 countries os release so far.

Here is the full top 10 global films this week

  1. The Divergent Series Insurgent - $101,025,000
  2. Cinderella - $75,592,000
  3. Home - $19,200,000
  4. Tak3n - 18,600,000
  5. Lost And Love - $16,285,000
  6. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $13,100,000
  7. Focus - $11,200,000
  8. Run All Night - $10,120,000
  9. Chappie - $7,750,000
  10. Big Hero 6 - $6,775,000

23rd March 2015

The young adult drama is big business at the moment and The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 1 this week enters the video chart at the top.

Released in UK cinemas on 21st November 2014 the film had a massive £12.6 million debut weekend, the 31 highest ever in the UK.

The film was on the box office chart for 8 weeks taking a total gross of £20.8 million during it's run.

In the UK it is the 78th highest grossing film ever while worldwide it is the 65th highest grossing movie with $807.5 million.

The Imitation Game fell from the top into the runner up spot on it's second week of release.

Other new film on the video chart this week are: Halo Nightfall at 4, Horns at 5 and Extraterrestrial at 13.

17th March 2015

Cinderella not only dominated the North American box office this week is also went global taking in $132 million dollars in all territories.

The Kenneth Branagh film is yet to open in many countries but it did debut in 32, so expect it's stay to be much longer as it opens worldwide.

Inside the top 5 we have Kingsman The Secret Service is at 2 with Chappie at 3, Focus falls from the top to 4 and new at 5 is Run All Night which opened in 20 territories and opened to $17 million.

Here is the full worldwide top 10

  1. Cinderella - $132,453,000
  2. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $19,900,000
  3. Chappie - $19,350,000
  4. Focus - $19,305,000
  5. Run All Night - $17,615,000
  6. Big Hero 6 - $17,226,000
  7. Fifty Shades Of Grey - $11,195,380
  8. American Sniper - $10,930,000
  9. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $9,800,000
  10. Jupiter Ascending - $9,215,000

12th March 2015

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.

10th March 2015

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

2nd March 2015

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

25th February 2015

After such a strong debut from Fifty Shades of Grey last weekend the film was almost certain to retain it's lead at the top for a second weekend, which it does.

A weekend take of £4.6 million now brings the total gross of the film to £25.2 million, meaning it takes over from The Theory of Everything as the top film of 2015 so far.

It is also not the highest grossing 18 rated film in the UK, and the highest grossing R rated movie in America.

Half term week meant that the family and children's films on the chart had strong weeks, Big hero 6 and Shaun the Sheep Movie both had increases in takings from the previous weekend and hold the number 2 and 3 positions.

Highest new film of the week is The Wedding Ringer starring Kevin Hart and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, it enters at 4 with a debut gross of £990,000.

One other new film on the top 10 this week in the shape of time travel film Project Almanac.

Historical Charts

A year ago
A year ago saw a very static chart with The Logo Movie staying at the top and Mr. Peabody and Sherman staying at number 2.

Five years ago
Avatar went back again to the top of the box office on it's 10th week of release which the highest new film was Peter Jacksons The Lovely Bones.

Ten years ago
Meet the Fockers was still the number 1 film in the UK while the highest debut was at number 5 from Shall We Dance.

Fifteen years ago
Toy Story 2 stayed at the top of the box office for another week with the highest new film, The Bachelor, enter the chart right down at number 6.

23rd February 2015

Sunday February 22nd 2015 and its the annual awards ceremony that ends the movie award ceremonies that dominate the start of the year.

This year Birdman starring Michael Keaton won the big award of best film but missed out the the best Actor award the The Theory of Everything Eddie Redmayne.

Below is a lost of the top winners on the night.

Best Picture
Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Director
Alejandro G. Irritu for Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best actor
Eddie Redmayne for The Theory Of Everything

Best Actress
Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor
JK Simmons for Whiplash

Adapted Screenplay
The Imitation Game

Original Screenplay
Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Animated Feature
Big Hero 6

19th February 2015

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.

11th February 2015

Disney hold on to the top spot this week with their latest animated big screen movie Big Hero 6, and in a repeat of last week it only just out grosses Kingsman The Secret Service which holds at 2.

Another £2.5 million over the weekend sees the Hero 6's UK gross rise to £7.5 million from it's 11 days of release, including preview screenings.

Interestingly it was the weekend which gave Hero 6 the top spot, looking at the chart for the full week, Kingsman takes the top spot by nearly a million pound.

Highest new film of the week is from the Aardman animated studio, Shaun The Sheep Movie enters at number 4.

Shaun takes ££2 million for the weekend, not the numbers that Wallace and Gromit are used to but it's up there with other Aardman films.

Also new on the UK box office are: Jupiter Ascending from the Wachowski siblings at 4 and Selma at number 6.

Historical box office

A year ago
Mr. Peabody and Sherman entered the box office at the top on it's debut weekend of release knocking The Wolf of Wall Street from the top to number 3.

Five years ago
Avatar retained the top spot for yet another week, The Princess and The Frog from the mouse house was the highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Meet The Fockers stayed at the top for another week leaving Ocean's Twelve to land on the box office at number 2 on it's debut.

Fifteen and Twenty years ago
Oscar winner American Beauty was still at the top of the box office fifteen years ago while twenty years ago the controversial Natural Born Killers was the top film in the country.

9th February 2015

This weekend there was one clear winner in the box office race, it was in the shape of a sponge, the second Spongebob movie, The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water.

The first Spongebob movie was released 10 years ago but all this time later and the follow up takes the franchise in a whole different direction for the popular cartoon character.

The Spongebob Movie takes an excellent $56 million on it's debut weekend.

Getting knocked down to number 2 is American Sniper which takes $24 million this weekend bringing it's US total to $282 million.

Also new this week is: Jupiter Ascending at 3 which at $19 million debut is the lowest for a Wachowskis film since they hit the big time, also Seventh Son is new at 4.

5th February 2015

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.

2nd February 2015

Combined DVD and Blue-ray sales have Denzel Washington starring the the big screen remake of the TV series The Equalizer at the top.

Released on 26th December in 2014 the film entered the box office chart at the second best film of that week with a doubt gross of £1.9 million.

It never went any higher than 2 and over a 5 week run on the box office the films took a UK gross of £6.7 million.

Last weeks top film, A Walk Among The Tombstones falls this week to number 4 after 3 new entries enter at the top.

Apart from The Equalizer at the top there is The Box trolls at number 2 and What We Did On Our Holiday at number 3.

2nd February 2015

28th January 2015

Clint Eastwood is riding high on the wave of critical success and award success, and celebrates his Oscar nominated film by seeing it top the UK box office.

He now manages the double of having the top film in the UK and America at the same time, and if Oscar night is fruitful it could see American Sniper do some really big business.

This week the film, on it's 3rd week of release, takes £2.5 million giving it a UK total gross of £6.6 million, it's world gross is $252 million to date.

Tak3n falls from the top spot after 2 week in the position, a £1.8 million weekend brings it's total gross to £15,1million.

Ex Machina is the highest new film of the week at 5, a £1.1 million weekend is quite weak but the Alex Garland film has had really good reviews which could help it in future weeks.

Also new this week is: Mortdecai disappointingly at 7 and The Gambler at 8.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Wolf of Wall Street was still holding onto the number 1 spot for another week while Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit was the highest new film at 3.

Five years ago
There was still no moving the might of Avatar at the top and with a fairly static chart Brothers was the highest new film at number 9!

Ten years ago
Closer stayed at the top of the box office and again with little movement on the chart Elektra was the highest new film at number 6.

Fifteen years ago
Sleepy Hollow stayed at the top of the box office with the highest new film coming in at number 3 in the shape of Stigmata.

26th January 2015

Like there is no stopping the man Liam Neeson, not only is he top of the box office chart with Taken 3 but he is also top of the video charts with A Walk Among The Tombstones.

The film was released into UK cinemas on 19th September 2014 and was a small hit, it managed to debut at number 2 on the box office with £1.3 million but fell sharply only managing 3 weeks.

It spent another 3 weeks outside the box office top 15 ending up with a £3.7 million total gross.

Falling from the top this week, Lucy manages to still sell strongly and is at number 2 this week.

Also new this week is: Big Oscar film Boyhood at number 3, A Most Wanted Man at number 4 and The Riot Club at number 13.

26th January 2015

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.

15th January 2015

A selection of the 2015 Oscar nomination, to see the full list visit Oscars.com

Here the list of the "main" nominations:

Best Picture

American Sniper
Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory Of Everything
Whiplash

Best Director

Alejandro G. Irritu, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory Of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Emma Stone, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash

Foreign Language Film

Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Original Screenplay

Boyhood
Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Animated Feature

Big Hero 6
Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song Of The Sea
The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

9th January 2015

7th January 2015

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

Historical charts

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.

6th January 2015

After the festive buying season is over and done with and we get into the January sales the video chart usually sees little movement except for the big discounted films making moves up.

Frozen from Disney retains it's hold on the chart and seems at the moment unmovable, it's now 40 weeks after it's debut and has been a mainstay of the top end ever since.

Little more to mention really, the highest new film is right down at number 18, The Guest stars Dan Stevens and is directed by Adam Wingard.

The Guest had a cinema release from 5th September 2014 making number 8 on it's debut with £313,003 and lasted 2 weeks at the box office, it's final UK gross being £832,147.

3rd January 2015

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.

22nd December 2014

The biggest selling video of the year is staying put at the top of the video chart this week, for a second week, although it is it's fourth time there.

It's also having a resurgence at the box office in the sing along version, hundreds of kids belting Let It Go at the top of their voices, a must for any parent!

Highest new film of the week is right down at Seven, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For makes a soft entry on it's debut week.

The sequel to the 2005 film, Sin City, was released on 29th August this year and had a very soft entry at 4 with just over £1 million in weekend takings.

The film fell to 12 the following week and then left the box office after just 2 weeks of release, it took only £1.6 million on it;s whole run.

With Christmas just round the corner no big new releases to mention except for Into The Storm which enters at number 20.

16th December 2014

With no big new releases this week the video chart is left to the mercy of the ver present Frozen which duly goes back to the top of the video chart, in it's 36th week.

Last week top film, The Inbetweeners 2, falls just a single place to 2 this week after just 1 week at the top.

Highest new film of the week as it 3, The Expendables 3, starring a whole host of movie tough guys including Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Expendables 3 was release in UK cinemas on 15th August where it debuted at number 3. It had a short UK box office run of just 3 weeks.

During that time it grossed £3.7 million never climbing highest than 3. It is by far the lowest grossing of the franchise to date.

Other new film this week are: One Direction Where We Are at 15 and The Nut Job at 17

4th December 2014

At the UK cinema box office this week we have a new top film in the shape of Paddington Bear who gets a cracking start to his cinematic career.

A £5.1 million opening weekend was enough to dislodge last weeks top film, although only just, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 falls into second place with £4.9 million.

With Paddington making the move from TV to the big screen, and is likely to to gross somewhere in the £20 - £30 million region this is bound to be a new franchise in the making.

Also new at 4 this week is a sequel to 2011's Horrible Bosses, aptly named Horrible Bosses 2, a debut weekend of £1.2 million puts it week behind the originals opening.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire managed to hold onto the top of the box office with the highest new film entering at 3 in the shape of Free Birds.

Five years ago
The Twilight Saga: New Moon stayed at the top leaving Paranormal Activity to enter the chart at 2.

Ten years ago
Staying at the top was The Incredibles with the top new film The Forgotten entering the box office at 3.

Fifteen years ago
The World Is Not Enough was the big new film entering at the top of the box office, it ended The Sixth Sense's run at the top.

24th November 2014

There was never going to another outcome at the US box office this week as the third in The Hunger Games series goes direct to the top of the box office.

As is usual with big blockbusters, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 out grosses the rest of the box office by quite some margin with it's $123 million opening weekend.

Despite the huge gross on it's debut weekend this is lower than the previous Huger Games outing which opened with $158 million.

last weeks top film, Dumb and Dumber To, as expected falls quite heavily to number 4 with Big Hero 6 and Interstellar still doing well at 2 and 3 respectively.

Gone Girl which has done big business in North America completes the top five.

10th November 2014

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

4th November 2014

All change at the top of the UK video chart this week with 2 big new entries going in at 1 and 2 in the run up to the big Christmas selling season.

The Winner was Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie which takes over from Maleficent as the top selling DVD/Blu-ray of the week.

Mrs Brown was released at cinemas on 27th June to much anticipation and hit the top spot on it's opening weekend with a gross of £4.3 million.

It hung around the box office for 6 weeks raking in a quite respectable £14.5 million in the process, a good amount for a low budget movie.

It currently sits at the 289th highest grossing movie in the UK, across the world it didn't get a release date which isn't much of a surprise as it's very my a British phenomenon.

Also doing well is the 2014 version of the Godzilla legend which lands at number 2 this week, a number 1 film from mid May which grossed £17 million at ht box office.

The only other new film this week is the direct to DVD film Adventurer The Curse of The Midas Box.

4th November 2014

At the US box office this week there was a big battle for the top spot for which new movie Nightcrawler was just beating Ouija in early released figures.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the film about an independent reporter crawling the street looking for a story, the film had taken just over $10 million according to early figures which just placed it on top.

Falling to number 2 is Ouija, which is only $9,000 behind the top spot figure, but once full figures are in it could all change.

On the whole it was an incredibly weak weekend at the US box office caused by Halloween being on a weekend night and sporting events.

27th October 2014

Disney's Maleficent casts her spell over the video chart this weeks and knocks Tom Cruise off the top spot on her debut week of release.

Maleficent was one of the fist big summer films out of the stable this year being released on 30th May, on it's debut week it topped the box office chart with a weekend gross of £6.6 million.

It spent a total of 10 weeks on the Uk box office with five of those inside the top 5, it has grossed to date £20.5 million but is still showing in a few cinemas across London.

It is the 160th top grossing film in the UK and with a $710 million world gross is the 62nd top grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film, Edge of Tomorrow, falls to number 3 this week, leapfrogging over Disneys Frozen which hold firm at number 2.

There were a number of new films enter the chart this week, these include: Northern Soul at 4 and 2 Days to Kill at number 5, Walking on Sunshine enters at 7 while Oculus enters at 15. Belle is a new entry at 17.

Check out the full top 20 Blu-ray and DVD charts at 25thframe.co.uk.

15th October 2014

This week at the UK box office there was no shifting for Gone Girl as the David Fincher film retains it's hold of the top spot for a second week.

Holding on with a weekend gross of £3.06 million Gone Girl has taken £9.8 million during it's 10 days of release.

Debuting in second place is the latest teen survival movie in the shape of The Maze Runner, based on the first of James Dashner series of books.

Maze Runner takes £2.04 million from the weekend, not a bad debut although in comparison The Hunger Games took £4.9 million on it's debut while Twilight took a comparable £2.5 million.

Also new this week: Horror movie Annabelle at 3, Event film showing for one weekend One Direction Where We Are at 4, romantic comedy The Rewrite is at 9 (are we getting sick of Hugh Grant?).

Historical Charts
One year ago
Prisoners spent an incredible third week at the top of the box office and with a ver static top 5 the highest new film was The Fifth State at 6.

Five years ago
Pixars Up was debuting at the top of the box office knocking off The Invention of Lying which fell to third place.

Ten years ago
Bride and Prejudice as the new film at the top of the charts with the previous weeks number 1 dropping down to third place.

Fifteen years ago
American Pie made it's debut at the top of the box office and Big Daddy fell from the top to the number three spot.

13th October 2014

The 2 for 1 sale at the moment on Disney films means that for a second week they are absolutely dominating the UK home video chart.

With no big new releases Disney has managed to re-capture the top, and what other film has managed it but Frozen.

Frozen was released on DVD/Blu-ray back in March of this year and in that time has not dipped outside the top five best sellers for a week, and this week marks it's 4th time as best selling disk of the week.

Highest new entry of the week lands in second place in the shape of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Released in February of the year the film landed on the Uk box office at number 1 with an opening gross of £4 million.

The film stayed at the box office for an impressive 11 weeks taking a UK box office total of £13.6 million, making it the 306th highest grossing film in the UK.

Other new film this week are
A Million Ways to Die in the West at 3

7th October 2014

There was little doubt over what would be the top film this weekend at the UK box office, and with ease the David Fincher directed Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck debuts at the top.

It's weekend take of £4.1 million Gone Girl makes a very impressive October debut. It has a long way to go for it to be Ben Affleck's top grossing film which is currently Shakespeare in Love from 1999.

Director David Fincher also has an impressive box office record, his best film to date being 1995's Seven, his second film, and considered a classic.

Coming in quite respectably in second is Dracula Untold which debuts at number 2 with £1.7 million.

Falling a single place to number 3 this week is The Equalizer which add's £1.2 million to make a 10 day total of £4.3.

Last weeks top film was an event movie for one day only, which actually had some encore screenings which means it hans on and makes £114,000 this week but, as expected, tumbles down the chart this week.

Historical charts

1 year ago
Prisoners stayed at the top of the box office for a second week while the top new film was Filth at two.

5 years ago
The Fame remake stayed at the top for a second week leaving the highest new film to enter at two, The Invention of Lying.

10 years ago
Tennis film Wimbledon kept hold of the top spot leaving Layer Cake to debut in the runner up spot.

15 years ago
Adam Sandler starred in the highest new film of the week, debuting at one with Big Daddy, The Haunting fell to number two after a week at the top.

20 years ago
October 1994 saw the dominance of The Lion King keep it at the top film of the month while Pulp Fiction and Frankenstein debuted strong in the top 5.

25 years ago
The big film of October 1989 was Back to the Future Part II which was the top grossing movie, Septembers top film Shirley Valentine was still doing well.

30th September 2014

Here's something I wasn't expecting on this weeks UK video charts, Legends of Oz Dorothys Return enters as the number one selling dvd/Blu-ray.

Due to nothing big being released this week and a lack of big releases in the last few week has allowed a small film from May to hit the top.

The animated feature hit cinemas on 23rd May this year, it didn't hot the top 10 but spent a single week at number 13 taking £93,469.

Last weeks top film, Pompeii falls a single place to number 2 this week, it's second week of release on home video.

There is only one other new film this week, Tokarev at 7 which stars Nicholas Cage

22nd September 2014

In the US this week teen survival film The Maze Runner becomes the top grossing film of the week on it's debut weekend.

It took $32,500,000 this weekend and regenerated a fairly stagnant US box office of recent weeks which has struggled to generate any big numbers.

This is the first in a series of books and a release date of September 18th 2015 has already been given for the sequel Scorch Trials.

Also out in the US this week
A Walk Among the Tombstones at 2
This Is Where I Leave You

Check out the US box office chart on 25thframe.co.uk

10th September 2014

After 2 weeks at the top Lucy gets knocked down the chart by Sex Tape which makes it's debut in the Uk at number 1.

Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel this Jake Kasdan directed comedy about a couple trying to spice up their sex life by making a movie, which then gets shared to everyone debuts with £1.4 million.

Not a great opening gross especially for the 2 leads, Diaz has enjoyed great success with the Shrek franchise while Segel has seen big grosses with the likes of The Muppets, Gullivers Travels and Knocked Up.

Lucy has been having a great cinema run and after 3 weeks of release has taken a very respectable £10.46 million.

Also new this week is

Before I go to Sleep at 3
The Hundred Foot Journey at 4
The Guest at 8

Chart History
One year ago this week Richard Curtis's About Time made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking the One Direction boys to 3rd.

Five years ago District 9 was the debut film for Neill Blomkamp and it debuted at the top knocking The Final Destination into second.

Ten years ago Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks team up agin to debut the Terminal at the top knocking Dodgeball to second place.

Fifteen years ago so a very static box office with South Park Bigger Louder and Uncut staying at the top while the top new film was Go right down at six.

Finally twenty years ago this month Speed and Forest Gump where the big film at the box office while twenty five years ago Dead Poets Society and Young Einstein were the big grossing films of September.

26th August 2014

On the UK video chart this week Captain America: The Winter Soldier tops the chart on it's first week of sale knocking Divergent down to second.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released at the UK box office on 28th March this year where it entered at the top with a £6 million opening weekend.

It was at the box office for 8 weeks in total with all those sent inside the top 10, it took a UK gross of £19 million which makes it the 183rd top film in the UK.

On the world stage it took $714 million which makes it the 61st highest grossing world box office film and continues to prove that Disney/Marvels films prove big box office films.

Other new films on the UK video chart are:
The Love Punch at 5
The Quiet Ones at 7

22nd August 2014

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.

13th August 2014

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.

11th August 2014

14 years after their first appearance on the big screen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and dominating the box office.

In a surprise move the Turtles stormed the box office beating expectation and knocking last weeks top film Guardians of the Galaxy from the top spot.

The Turtles took a $65 million (including Thursday night previews) over it's debut weekend, making it one of the biggest August debuts, it's a boon a good year for August debuts with Guardians breaking the record last week.

Guardians of the Galaxy fell to number 2 this week, taking $42 million for the weekend it has not made $176 million in the US after 2 weeks of release.

Also hitting the US box office are:
Into The Storm - number 3 with $18 million
The Hundred-Foot Journey - at number 4 with $11 million
Step up 5 All In - number 6 with $6.5 million

5th August 2014

At the UK box office over the weekend there was no doubt which film was going to be the biggest, and in the process a new franchise is born in the superhero stable.

The Marvel/Disney stable bring another franchise to the big screen in the shape of Guardians of the Galaxy, and unlike their Avengers counterparts these are a bunch of misfits.

Guardians took a very respectable £6.3 million to make number 1, comparing Guardians to Avenger (called Avengers Assemble in the UK) that film released in 2012 had a £15.7 million opening, nearly double that of Guardians.

Although Avengers was not a sequel as such it did have a number of high grossing companion films before it including Iron Man and Thor.

Last weeks top film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, falls a single place to 2 this week after 3 weeks of release, its total gross is £23.4 million.

Also worth a mention this week; Secret Cinema are showing a months worth of Back to the Future screening in surroundings based on the films Hill Valley, this took the nearly 30 year old film back to number 7 this week.

Also new is
The Nut Job at 6

This time last year The Smurfs 2 hit the top of the box office on it's debut knocking The Wolverine to number 4.

Five years ago Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was still at the top keeping the highest new entry at 2, G-Force.

Ten years ago King Arthur took the top spot on it's debut which left Spider-Man 2 to tumble to second place.

Fifteen years ago Mike Myers stared in Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me which knocked Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace into second place.

Twenty years ago in the month of August Jim Carey was on a wave after Ace Ventura and The Mask was sitting as the top film of the month.

Twenty Five years ago Lethal Weapon 2 was the biggest film of August.

1st August 2014

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.

29th July 2014

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.

25th July 2014

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

14th July 2014

There was do doubt this week that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes would be the top film in America, and it does so with ease over the rest of the box office.

A very good $73 million dollars assured that the new apes film would be big and it not only far out grossed the rest of the box office but out grossed it predecessor.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes $55 million on it's American opening, it was a (nearly) new franchise so that may have effected it, Dawn has had very positive reviews and Rise was considered a big hit in the end.

Falling into the runner up spot this week is Transformers: Age of Extinction, two weeks at the top has earned it over $200 million in the US.

7th July 2014

This week Liam Neeson proves he's still a massive home cinema hit with his starring vehicle Non-Stop hitting the top.

Non-Stop was released at UK cinemas on 1st March this year where it debuted at number 2, being kept off the top spot by the years biggest film so far The Lego Movie.

On it's debut weekend it grossed £2.6 million, it was at the box office for 7 weeks and grossed a total of £9.3 million pounds during that time.

Last weeks top film, Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy takes a big fall down the chart this week to number 5.

Worth mentioning this week, yet again, is Disney's Frozen which spends yet another week at number 2, thats 14 weeks in the top 3 most of which have been at the top or in second place.

Other new video to chart this week
Ride Along at 3

7th July 2014

This week Transformers: Age of Extinction was the top film in America for the second week running and again far out grossed the rest of the box office.

In it's second weekend of release the battling robots took $36,400,000 and has now grossed $174,746,000 over it's 10 day run so far.

Not content with making a big slash in the US it has made nearly $400 million worldwide and is still to open in many countries including the UK where it's released this Friday.

Highest new film of the week is Melissa McCarthy in Tammy, opening with a gross of $21.2 million, thats $15 million behind Transformers.

Other new film on the US box office
Deliver Us from Evil at 3
Earth to Echo at 6

Check out the US box office

4th July 2014

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.

2nd July 2014

As expected the movie version of Mrs. Browns Boys took the top spot at the UK box office, and with quite a strong margin over the rest.

On it's debut weekend Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie took an incredible £4.3 million, far higher than expected and proving that the Irish sit-com has quite a following.

I suspect that this is a fairly front loaded event and we could see it fall quite sharply, I dont think it has the lasting appeal of movie like The Inbetweeners Movie.

Falling to the runner up spot this week is The Fault in our stars which made £1.7 million from the weekend bringing it's 10 day gross to £6.7 million.

Other new film to chart this week are:
Chef at 5
How to Train Your Drans 2 (still only on previews) at 6
Walking on Sunshine at 7
Cold in July at 11
Ek Villain at 12
Punjab 1984 at 13

This time last year Despicable Me 2 hit the top of the box office on it's debut week of release, it would go on to be the top film in the UK of 2013, it knocked Man of Steel into 2nd place.

Five years ago Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was still the top film in the UK and Year One with Jack Black was the highest new film at 3.

Ten years ago it was still Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the top while the top new film of the week was Tom Hanks on Lady Killers at 4.

Fifteen years ago Brendan Fraser made a big screen comeback in The Mummy which debuted at the top of the box office knocking The Matrix into the runner up spot after only a week.

30th June 2014

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.

27th June 2014

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.

24th June 2014

There were a trio of big new releases this week and as expected The Fault in Our stars hit the top, the other two didn't perform any where near expectations.

Based on the novel of the same name The Fault in Our Stars is a teenage love story and a tragedy. Directed by Josh Boone who previously directed Stuck in Love from 2003 and starring Shailene Woodley.

Taking £3.4 million from the weekend it knocks 22 Jump Street into the number 2 spot after 2 weeks at the top, Jump Street has taken £12.7 million to date.

Under performing and new at 6 this week is the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys. Taking just £415,608 on it's debut this could be set to be one of Eastwood's worst performing films.

Also not doing as well as expected is Kevin Costner's return to the big screen in 3 Days to Kill. The McG directed film only managed £324,560 over the weekend.

This time last year Man of Steel kept it's place at the top leaving World War Z to debut in the runner up spot.

Five years ago Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen made a debut at the top knocking off The Hangover from it's debut position at the top.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban stayed at the top leaving Mean Girls to make it's debut at three with The Day After Tomorrow staying at 2.

Fifteen years ago The Matrix was refusing to shift off the top and the highest new film was Cruel Intentions at three.

17th June 2014

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.

16th June 2014

Taking over at the top of the UK home entertainment big sellers this week is the 2014 remake of Robocop.

Robocop 2014 was released at UK cinemas early February this year making the number 2 spot on it's debit week, beaten by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, when it grossed £2.4 million.

Over a 4 week period on the box office it grossed £7.7 million and never climbed higher than it's number 2 debut spot.

Last weeks top film, Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, has a hefty fall down the chart to number 8 this week after it's debut last week.

There are 5 other new releases this week
The Monuments Men at 2
Lone Survivor at 3
Last Vegas at 5
Delivery Man at 9
Cuban Fury at 13

13th June 2014

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

9th June 2014

After weeks of big hitting films taking big grosses in the US its a much quieter week this week with The Fault in Our Stars hitting the top spot.

Based on the novel by John Green hit the top with 48.2 million dollars over the weekend, although it does include Thursday night previews.

Last weeks top film, Maleficent falls a single place to number 2 which leaves Tom Cruises new film, Edge of Tomorrow to enter at 3.

6th June 2014

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
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4th June 2014

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.

2nd June 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street retains it's lead at the top of the DVD/Blu-ray charts this week as there were no big new releases to challenge the top.

Despite no new releases the film at number 2 could have re-taken the top for a 3rd time, Disney monster smash Frozen moves back up the chart this week.

Highest new film of the week is I, Frankenstein from director Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart.

The film was released at UK cinemas on 31st January this year, making a small ripple on the charts at number 4 where it took £811,365 on it's debut.

It only lasted 2 weeks dropping to 13 following it's debut and grossed a total of £1.27 million in the UK.

Also new this week
August Ostage County
Inside Llewyn Davis
Top Dog

30th May 2014

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.

28th May 2014

In the US this week X-Men Days of Future Past proved itself too big a release for all, leaving last week's top film, Godzilla, to only have a single week at the top.

The time travel mutant film took $91.5 million over the three day weekend and $111 million over the memorial day weekend which includes Monday.

Godzilla falls to the runner up spot with a 4 day weekend take of $40 million.

The only other new film in the US to chart this weekend was Blended starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore

23rd May 2014

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.

19th May 2014

New trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy which is coming to UK cinemas on 1st August.

Directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana this is the next comic book franchise to hit the big screen.

Were looking forward to this one, are you? Let us know in the comments below.

19th May 2014

The second big summer blockbuster enters American cinemas this weekend with a massive box office gross with only Captain America: The Winder Soldier doing better this year.

Godzilla managed a huge $93.2 million opening as American audiences bough the hype and spent the weekend with the big Japanese giant who is devastating San Francisco.

Last week's top film, Bad Neighbours (called Neighbors in the US) fell just a single place to 2 with a $26 million weekend gross.

Also new in the US this week
Million Dollar Arm

16th May 2014

All studios cleared the way this week as the much hyped monster film Godzilla is released in cinemas and expected to clean up.

The last Hollywood mega budget Godzilla was released back in the summer of 1998 and although big didn't do the numbers as expected. Fast forward nearly 20 years and Gareth Edwards has been put in charge and the hype machine has gone into overdrive.

Expect this film to hit the top spot by a clear margin this weekend, favourable reviews and high expectation have made it a certain for a good opening weekend.

Also out this weekend
Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal
The Two Faces of January starring Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen

9th May 2014

New at your local multiplex this week there are a number of new releases although nothing big is out due to a huge monster film coming in a weeks time.

Biggest of the new releases is Sabotage which came out on Wednesday, the once box office puller Arnold Schwarzenegger stars with Sam Worthington in this action drama from the writer of Training Day. Expect a top 5 new entry although only just.

Frank is the story of paper mashie head wearing Frank Sidebottom, in this played by Michael Fassbender who never takes off the head throughout the whole film. This could gain cult status and although not big enough to challenge the web slinger could see a top 3 entry.

The Wind Rises is from the Ghibli animated studio in Japan who have produced some of the best loved anime films of recent years. This is famed director Hayao Miyazaki's last film. A top 10 entry is for sure but a niche market could stop big numbers.

Also out this week is
Heaven Is For Real

7th May 2014

No move at the top of the box office this week for a third consecutive week give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the top film of the week. The summer season has started.

The follow up Spider-Man film added another £2 million over the weekend bringing it's total UK gross to just why of £ 20 million.

With The Other Woman staying put at 2 the highest new film was the Paul W.S. Anderson directed Pompeii which entered at 3. Based on the historical events surrounding the Italian village Pompeii took £1.2 million over the weekend.

Other new films this week are:
Tarzan (4)
Plastic (10)
Blue Ruin (15)

This time last year there was still no moving Iron Man 3 as he spent another week at the top with the highest new film 21 and Over entering at 2.

Five years ago X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuted on the chart at the top leaving Hannah Montana The Movie to land at 2. State of Play fell from the top to 3.

Ten years ago Kill Bill Volume 2 was still riding the top slot keeping Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind from debuting at number 1, it had to settle for 2.

Fifteen years ago The Waterboy starring Adam Sandler was the new film at the top of the box office, knocking 8MM down to second place.

Twenty years ago Four Wedding and a Funeral was the big film for May with The Naked Gun 33 1/3 The Final Insult and The Crow also doing well while twenty five years ago Warlock starring Julian Sands was the big film with Mississippi Burning and Beaches also doing well.

1st May 2014

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.

30th April 2014

With no massive new releases on Friday The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was able to claim the top spot at the box office for a second consecutive week.

Adding a weekend gross of £3.4 million the Spider-Man follow-up has got a 10 day UK box office taking of £16.5 million. This is lower than it's predecessor which had taken £18.8 million during the same period, although that film had a July Opening.

Highest new film of the week is the Cameron Diaz starring The Other Woman. The rom com starring one of the biggest female leads at the moment grossed £2.7 million on it's debut landing at 2.

Other new film this week
Transcendence
Cosi Fan Tutte Met Opera 2014

This time last year the big Marvel tentpole Iron Man 3 hit UK cinemas at the top with an incredible £13.7 million gross, it knocked Olympus Has Fallen for 6 into second place.

Five years ago State of Play hit the top on it's debut weekend in the UK knocking Monsters Vs Aliens into second place.

Ten years ago Quentin Tarantino took his Kill Bill Volume 2 to the top of the box office on it;s debut which knocked 50 First Dates into second place.

Fifteen years ago Nicholas Cage hit number one with 8mm on it's opening weekend and knocked The Faculty down to 2.

24th April 2014

It's not been an easy journey for The Hobbit to reach movie status, unlike The Lord of the Rings which seem to come out of nowhere and wow us.

There were legal problems, changes in director, 2 films became 3, the third film was moved to a Christmas release and now we have title change.

Peter Jackson has announced on his Facebook page that he is going to rename the last film in his trilogy The Battle of the Five Armies.

In the post he states that Tolkien (the original author) saw There and Back Again as the full adventure, "As Professor Tolkien intended, There and Back Again encompasses Bilbo's entire adventure, so don't be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies."

Anticipation is great for the third film in The Hobbit series, and probably final film from Middle Earth. The three Lord of the Rings films were huge box office hits and although The Hobbit films haven't been as big they have still earned fans across the world.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has a worldwide release on 17th December 2014.

19th April 2014

Sorry about the late report this week, Easter holidays has delayed things.

This week Captain America: The Winter Soldier returns to the top of the UK box office, surprisingly knocking Rio 2 down to third, surprisingly because it's the Uk Easter holidays and the one big kids film seems to have died at the box office, although Captain America does have teenage appeal.

Highest new film this week is a return from Hammer Horror. The film The Quiet Ones is Hammers first film since the Daniel Radcliffe hit The Woman in Black, and although being no where near as big a hot as that film still does well landing at 6 with £681,305.

Other new films on this weeks chart are:
Calvary
The Raid 2: Berabdal
Khumba a Zebras Tale
The Lunchbox

One year ago Oblivion starring Tom Cruise entered the chart at the top knocking The Croods down to second place.

Five years ago Fast and Furious hit the top spot on it's debut knocking Monsters Vs. Aliens into the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Scooby Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed held the top spot keeping 50 First Dates from debuting at 2

Fifteen years ago The Rugrats Movie spent it's 3rd week at the top while The Faculty debuted at 2.

10th April 2014

This week in the UK Rio 2 makes the big step and flies to the top of the box office chart on it's debut weekend.

It was actually quite quiet this week and Rio 2 takes the crown with a relatively small £2.9 million. The sequel to 2011's Rio, the film enters the top just as the Easter holidays start so expect it to stay for a couple of week.

Last weeks top film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier falls down to 2 this week with £2.8 million taking it's 10 day total to £10.9 million.

Other new films this week are
Noah
Divergent
La Boheme Met Opera 2014
The Double
Main Tera Hero

This time last year The Croods was still at the top with the highest new film, Dark Skies, entering at 3.

Five years ago Monsters Vs Aliens entered the box office at the top with The Boat that Rocks not far behind at 2, the previous weeks number 1, Knowing, fell to 3.

Ten years ago Scooby Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed debuted at the top knocking The Passion of Christ to number 4.

Fifteen years ago The Rugrats Movie was still riding the top keeping Plunkett and Macleane to debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago for the month of April Jim Carey was the big new name on the block with his smash hit movie Ace Ventura Pet Detective taking the monthly top spot.

27th March 2014

Biggest new release of the week and most likely to be the biggest grosser over the Friday - Sunday weekend is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans this is the latest film is the ever expanding Marvel Universe.

Also released, and which should make a fairly big impact on the box office is Muppets Most Wanted. Starring kermit the Frog and Miss piggy this is the next film is the ever expanding Muppets Universe.

17th March 2014

No move for Gravity at the top of the DVD/Blu-ray sales chart, no doubt the Oscars help it out no end, highest new film is at 2 this week.

With Gravity holding its own at the top, Enders Game had to settle for the runner up spot to debut. The Harrison Ford starring film was meant to be a big sci-fi film released at the end of October last year, but a weak entry at 5 on the box office saw the film sink after 4 weeks taking just shy of £3 million.

It's an interesting week for movie sales, Disney has its annual sale on currently and this has seen 9 Disney disks enter the top 20. The highest of these is Monsters University from last year, but The Little Mermaid has also made a high entry at 7, incredible for a 25 year old film.

6th March 2014

No move at the top of the box office chart this week for The Lego Movie which makes it 3 in a row now for the little plastic bricks.

Keeping a still solid weekend gross of £3.2 million The Lego Movie was able to keep all pretenders to the throne at bay. the total now for Lego is £26.7 million.

Highest new film of the week is the Liam Neeson action film Non-Stop which debuts at 2 with £2.6 million.

A year ago Hansel and Gretel was the highest new film of the week debuting at the top of the chart, knocking Wreck-It Ralph down to the runner up spot.

Five years ago Slumdog Millionaire was still at the top off the back of big Oscar success while highest new film was Unborn at number 3.

Ten years ago Along Came Poly entered the chart at number one moving School of Rock down to number three.

Fifteen years ago A Bugs Life held firm at the top leaving highest new film You've Got Mail to enter at two.

Twenty years ago Schindler's List stayed at the top on the back of it's Oscar glory while Beethoven's 2nd was the highest new film at four.

Finally Twenty-Five years ago Rain Man was doing big business as the top film for March.

12th February 2014

After an impressive 3 week run at the top Wolf of Wall Street this week surrenders to animated feature Mr Peabody and Sherman.

An early half term treat for the kids, Mr Peabody makes a splash at the top with £3.9 million over the weekend beating out quite easily a challenge from the Robocop reboot which lands at 2 with £2.4 million.

The Wolf of Wall Street dips to number 3 with a weekend take of £1.6 million bringing it's total to £17 million.

New films this week:

  • Mr Peabody and Sherman
  • Robocop (2014)
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Rusalka Met Opera 2014

This time last year Disney's Wreck-It Ralph made a good debut at the top of the box office knocking the 4 week champion Les Mis from the top.

Five years ago there was also a change at the top with Brad Pitt starring in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button making it's debut knocking Slumdog Millionaire down to number 3.

Ten years ago it was a similar story when Jet Black's starring School of Rock took over at the top on it's debut knocking the previous weeks top film Scary Movie 3 to number 4.

Fifteen years ago (and not to sound too receptive) A Bugs Life took over at the top on it's debut week knocking Shakespeare In Love into the runner up spot.

Finally twenty years ago Mrs Doubtfire was still the big film of February with Free Willy proving to be the big new film of the month.

6th February 2014

For a third straight week there is no change at the top of the box office with The Wolf of Wall Street still proving too dominant and with little in the way of big new releases.

Wolf adds another £2.4 million to bring it's total to £14.9 million and looking to be Scorsese's biggest film, his previous best was Oscar winning The Departed from 2006.

Highest new film is at 3 with That Awkward Moment with took a relatively low £961,167 over the weekend.

Long running films Frozen, Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug are still doing well but this could be the last weekend for The Hobbit and Gravity, although The Oscars could change that.

Last year Les Miserable Was still holding the top spot with highest new film Flight starring Denzel Washington entering at 3.

Five years ago Slumdog Millionaire was still doing well at the top with highest new film Revolutionary Road entering at 3.

Ten years ago the as also no move with Scary Movie 3 staying at the top, no new films in the top 10, highest new film was Cold Creek Manor at 14!

Fifteen years ago Shakespeare in Love entered the box office at the top knocking Little Voice down to 3.

3rd February 2014

In the US this week Ride Along keeps it's dominance of the box office for a 3rd straight week.

Lower than usual takings in America due to the Superbowl on Sunday the game has become a weekend long event hence there was no studio released a big film.

That Awkward Moment was the highest new film at 3 with a small box office taking.

28th January 2014

Ice Cude and Kevin Hart make it 2 weeks at the top of the US box office chart as Ride Along stays ahead with no big new releases.

Ride along takes $21.3 million over the weekend taking it's total now to over $40 million in 2 weeks of release.

Biggest new film of the week, and a little disappointing really, is I, Frankenstein which takes $8.6 million on it's debut.

15th January 2014

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.

9th January 2014

After a limited early release for 2 weeks American Hustle tops the UK box office chart.

Ending a 3 week run at the top for The Hobbit, American Hustle takes over with a weekend box office gross of £3.4 million.

Just a slither away is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, at two, with £3.2 million.

Highest new film is Last Vegas with £1.8 million.

A year ago the first hobbit films was still at the top with highest new film of the week The Impossible coming in at two.

Five years ago Yes Man stayed at the top with the highest new film right down at six, The Spirit.

Ten yeas ago The Return of the King was still riding high at the top of the box office while Stuck on you was the top film at Four.

Fifteen years ago Star Trek Insurrection was the big new film at the top knocking Enemy of the State to number two.

Twenty years ago Mrs. Doubtfire was the big film of January.

30th August 2013

Nothing of real note this week in the UK which could lead to a fairly static box office chart this weekend, leading the way is the Michael bay low budget film Pain and Gain and indie film The Way Way Back with Steve Carell and Toni Collette.

Pain and Gain has not been getting much in the way of good reviews, infact it's been getting terrible reviews. Michael Bay who usually directs big budget films like Transformers brings us this films about body building and kidnapping, starring Mark Wahlberg.

Very little is known of this film and I suspect a low entry, top 10 at least and around the £800,000 mark over the weekend.

THe other new release is The Way Way Back, the coming of age story centers around a young boy in a dysfunctional family who befriends the owner of a water park.

Despite the good reviews and 'A' list stars little is known of this film and a quick release to DVD and limited cinema release might get this film in £100,000 but no entry in the box office top 15.

23rd August 2013

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.

21st August 2013

Alan Partridge Alpha Papa was only strong enough for a single week at the top and this week we have, for a second week, an all new top 3 with Kick-Ass 2 leading the way.

The superhero film, the follow up to 2010's Kick-Ass, takes the top spot with a weekend box office of £2.4 million, in comparison to it's predecessor which has an early April release instead, it's over a million lower, Kick-Ass making £3.8 million on it's opening.

Also opening strong in the top 3 are Disney's Planes and the US hit 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg at 2 and 3 respectively.

Making a massive tumble at the box office is Alan Partridge, who falls to 7 this week with £852,967 after a fairly successful debut last week.

This time last year Brave was still at the top and doing big numbers holding off The Bourne Legacy which opened in second place.

Five years ago The Dark Knight went back to the top of the box office in it's fourth week of release, the highest new release was the Adam Sandler comedy You Don't Mess with the Zohan, hairdressing at it's best!

Ten years ago American Pie: The Wedding was debuting at the top knocking off Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl after a single week.

Fifteen years ago Bruce Willis was still stopping astroids at hte top with Armageddon while the British The Avengers (not to be mistaken with the superhero film) was the highest new film at 3.

19th July 2013

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are reunited for a third film this week in new release The Worlds End, about pubs, drinking and the end of the world.

Their first film together Shaun of the Dead was a big hit back in 2004, and has since achieved a cult status and it's fair to say it is a British classic.

2007 saw them re-unite in Hot Fuzz which become a bigger than hit than Shaun achieving a UK gross of £20 million, it also made big stars of the 2 principle actors and director Wright.

This one completes the trilogy that has become known by the writers, Wright and Pegg, as the Cornetto trilogy, and is destined to be an even bigger hit.

I fully expect The Worlds End to be an even bigger hit, the two stars have been doing the press rounds and have been funny and likeable. A top place debut is very likely, although with Monsters University not doing that well last weekend because of the hot UK weather it might make that guarantee an uncertainty as Monsters could still rake in the audience, although the 2 films are pitched at a very different market.

17th July 2013

The heat wave the UK is experiencing largely kept audiences away from cinemas over the weekend and for a week with 2 big releases nothing did that well at the box office.

Monsters University was the champion debuting in the top spot but it's £3.46 million gross is way lower than expected.

Despicable Me 2 drops to second place with £2.22 million and second highest new entry Pacific Rim has come up very close behind with £2.19 million. Inline with my predictions Monsters University debut at the top, although I predicted the highest debut weekend of the year and it fell short by £8 million and Pacific Rim did debut in third.

Last year Ice Ace Continental Drift finally for a national release after a couple of weeks on limited and went back to the top of the box office with £10 million knocking The Amazing Spider-Man from the top after a single week.

Highest new film (of sorts) was Magic Mike at 3.

Five years ago Mamma Mia stormed the box office on it's debut weekend taking the top spot from Hancock which fell to runner up spot. Mamma Mia would go on to be the highest grossing film in the UK for a short time.

Ten years ago Charlie's Angels Full Throttle was still at the top with Daddy Daycare being the highest new film at 3.

Fifteen years ago Six Days Seven Nights was the top film with Mad City the highest debut at 6.

12th July 2013

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.

11th July 2013

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.

5th July 2013

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.

20th June 2013

Nothing could stop the Man of Steel from taking the top of the UK box office this week as Zack Snyers new take on Superman enters at the top.

We all saw it coming, like a speeding bullet perhaps, the re-imagined Superman franchise achieved big numbers last weekend. During it's opening weekend it took £11.2 million in Britain making it the 36 best opening weekend ever in the UK. After Earth falls into second place, not bad considering the bad reviews it's had.

Last year Prometheus was still at the top of the UK box office and during a quiet week for new releases Rocks of Ages was the highest new film at 4.

Five years go Sex and the City got knocked from the top spot into 2nd as The Incredible Hulk took over during it's opening weekend.

Ten years ago it was still all about The Matrix Reloaded riding the top spot while the highest new film was Identity at 3.

Fifteen years ago it was still The Wedding Singer at the top, and with almost no new films out that week the highest new film was Stiff Upper Lips right down at 10.

10th June 2013

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.

16th April 2013

Tom Cruise returns to chart topping with Oblivion which replaces The Croods at the top of the UK box office.

After appearing in a couple of films, specifically Jack Reacher, that failed to be big hits, his new film Oblivion becomes the top film in the UK this week.

Taking a solid £5 million over the weekend the film easily displaced the animated film from DreamWorks which falls to second place. The Croods has done really well and has a total gross of over £22 million to date.

This time last year Battleship was the top film, which also debuted at the top with a weekend gross of £3.7 million. It replaced the re-release of Titanic.

Five years ago casino flick 21 debuted in the top spot with £1.6 million, knocking the previous top film, 27 Dresses to number 3, Son on Rainbow held the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Rowan Atkinson took his James Bond spoof Johnny English to the top on if's first week with £3.4 million replacing the previous number 1 film The Recruit which fell to 3rd.

Fifteen years ago it was still Titanic at the top , it's 12th week at the top. Studios rescheduled most of their films in the wake of Titanic so there were no new films.

26th February 2013

A single week at the top was all Bruce Willis could manage as Wreck-It Ralph jumps back to the top with a strong weekend after the school half term.

3 weeks of release and Disney recapture the top spot with their video game inspired film. A weekend gross of £3,420,196 takes it's total to £18,624,692 making another big hit for the House of Mouse.

A Good Day to Die Hard only slipped to second place which made the highest new film of the week land at 3, horror spookfest Mama took £1.5 million for the weekend.

This time last year another spooky horror film was still at number 1, The Woman in Black was spending it's 3rd week at the top with £2.4 million. Highest new films was Denzel Washington in Safe House with £2.1 million.

Five years ago Jumper was holding the top spot while whacky comedy starring Jack Black and Mos Def Be Kind Rewind was the highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago it was yet another scary horror film, the US remake of The Ring, which debuted in the top spot with £2.2 million.

And fifteen years ago Titanic was continuing it's record breaking surge at the top of the box office, 5 weeks in, still the top film and £34.1 million in the bank.

13th December 2012

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.

3rd December 2012

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.

8th November 2012

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.

31st October 2012

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?

3rd September 2012

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.

23rd August 2012

After being around on limited release for a couple of weeks, Brave tops the UK box office in it's first week nationwide.

Giving up the top spot this week Ted falls to third place as the whole country gets a chance to see Pixar/Disneys latest film. The scottish set animation had already taken a couple of million pounds from 2 weeks of release on 150 screen, but expanding to over 500 screens sees the film take £5,269,402 this weekend. Brave has taken £8,270,546 in total.

Highest new film of the week is The Bourne Legacy, the first without Matt Damon in the lead, it has debuted with £4,620,289.

A year ago the Channel 4 show based The Inbetweeners Movie smashed it's way to the top of the UK box office with £13,216,736 making it the top film and highest new film.

Five years ago The Bourne Ultimatum took the top slot and was the highest new film with a weekend take of £6,553,704.

Ten years ago Men in Black II was still at the top having taken a a weekend gross of £1,403,344 and total gross of £16,174,430.

Fifteen years ago the original Men in Black was at the top while twenty years ago Lethal Weapon 3 was the big movie.

2nd August 2012

The Dark Knight Rises hold steady at the top as Dr Seuss The Lorax gives no serious competition for the top spot.

A second week at the top for Batman and another strong one as £7,275,558 is added to the total gross bringing it to £30,551,765, after 10 days of release it's already the second highest grossing film of the year.

In comparison, the highest grossing film of 2012 so far, Avengers Assemble, had made £29,851,680 after 10 days, so Batman is just a shade in front.

Dr Seuss The Lorax was released back in March in the US and did big numbers, maybe a little disappointing then is the UK release which only manages £1,853,294, although it has got Batman, good weather and the Olympics to content with. It is the highest new film in the UK this week.

This time last year Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 retained the top spot, now with a gross of £55,520,549 while Captain America The First Avenger was new at number 2 with £2,981,590.

Five years ago The Simpsons Movie was the highest new film with a very impressive £13,626,853 taking it to the top beating out the first Transformers movie and knocking Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to number 3.

Ten years ago Austin Powers in Goldmember was the big new film at the top and the highest new film with £5,585,978 knocking Scooby Doo down to number 2.

19th July 2012

The Amazing Spider-man could only manage a single week at number 1 as Ice Age: Continental Drift climbs back up to the top.

Previously Ice Age 4 managed to get to the top in a very quiet week in only 134 screens across the UK, this week the film has expanded to 522 screens and take an amazing £10,087,052, so in actual fact the film has taken more in it's 3rd weekend of release than most films make in their first weekend. To date Ice Age 4 has taken £13,051,881.

With Spider-Man's takings falling by 65% it falls to number 2, the longest stay in the chart this week is Men in Black 3 which has so far grossed £21,539,847

This time last year Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made it's debut at the top of the chart with £23,753,171 and was in the process the highest new film.

Five years ago another Harry Potter film was at the top on it's opening weekend, this time it was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which opened with a £16,493,305, no 3D this time see!

Ten years ago, a time before any Harry Potter films, Scooby Doo debuted at the top with £5,129,109, knocking Minority Report from the top.

And 15 years ago The Lost World: Jurassic park was riding high, while 20 years ago, ironically, Batman Returns was the big film, and what big film is released this weekend?

12th July 2012

Last weekend UK cinema goers came out in big numbers for the revamp of the Spider-Man story in The Amazing Spider-man. The film which stars Britain's Andrew Garfield had an excellent opening weekend where the web slinger take was an amazing £11,091,972 and took 4-5 times more than the rest of box office combined.

The longest running film in the top 15 is Men in Black 3 with 7 weeks on the chart.

Last weeks top film, Ice Age Continental Drift, drops to number 2 taking £719,769 over the weekend, increasing its total over 2 weeks to £2,327,078.

A year ago Transformers: Dark of The Moon was still at the top having taken a total of £19,701,418 while The Guard was the top new film with £473,878 at number 5

Five years ago Shrek The Third still topped the chart taking it's total gross to £25,694,674 as Bruce Willis had a fourth outing as John McClain in Die Hard 4_0 as the highest new entry at 2 with £5,004,916

Ten years ago it was all about Tom Cruise as he shot to the top of the UK box office in the Steven Spielberg directed Minority Report taking £4,506,315 on it's debut weekend.

8th July 2012

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

30th May 2012

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.

1st February 2012

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.

11th January 2012

A report is due to be released next week suggesting that the UK should make more commercially successful films, this is after a year where the British film industry contributed £4 Billion to the UK economy.

Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Pinewood Studios on Wednesday (11th Jan) and has said himself that he British film industry should support "commercially successful pictures", but in doing this does it mean film makers loosing their artistic integrity?

In my mind this begs the question, do film makers make films for person reasons, it may be to make art, to make a statement or because the maker has a story they just have to tell, and despite it's commercial success if its going to be seen and enjoyed or acknowledged by the public, despite how small that group might be, it's worth making the film. Or is the making of a film an industry and if the product won't make a profit then why bother to produce it? In reality the films, which make the money, are (generally) big blockbuster.

Last year Britain produced The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners, Johnny English Reborn and finish off the Harry Potter series (which can arguably be credited to Britain), all successful films which made money at the box office and have continued to make money in the home market (DVD, Blu-ray, downloads). But outside of this there were plenty of films that were lower grossing movies that probably didn't make money.

The "independent" films that Britain produces are often what separates it, and forms the identity of the film industry, India and France also have massive films industries and can be identified by these films which are loved by people in their native countries as well as other nationalities. In the UK we love American (Hollywood) blockbuster for what they are, and it just so happens they make money, maybe it's the marketing push of millions of dollars but they make money, much of which is pumped back into the American economy.

Of course this is the attraction, American mainstream films make money the world over, British films tend to make money only in the UK, the marketing pounds aren't there to promote the film to the same extent abroad. Despite The Kings Speech which won Oscars doing well in the US, The Inbetweeners and Johnny English didn't.

It must be argues that if Britain makes more 'mainstream' films there is a fear of the British film industry just becoming a Little Hollywood, and although it's no bad thing to produce movies that make money (and hence having a larger audience) we shouldn't and can't stop making films which can be truly identifies as British and which probably wont make millions.

9th January 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.

4th January 2012

Sales of films and TV show on a physical disk declined by 7.2% in 2011 while sales of digital media downloads rose by 12%. Despite this Blu-ray is growing with it now accounting for 18% of the market.

Rental sales for downloads are expected to get stronger and stronger as the video shop of the 90's continues to become a relic. The saviors for DVD/Blu-ray is the triple play disk set allowing for the consumer to have the Blu-ray, DVD and digital for mobile devices version of a film.

Despite this downturn in sales December saw a big increase in sales and accounted for nearly 25% of the yearly sales of physical disks, and Blu-ray saw a year on year increase of nearly 27%.

British films saw an incredible year for sales with the last 2 chapters of the Harry Potter series by far outselling everything else. The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners and Paul also did very well with British talent attached. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was also a big seller, it was made in Britain.

Despite the recession the home video market, which includes physical and digital media was worth £2,251 billion in 2011.

Here is the top 10 films and TV sales of 2011

  1. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2
  2. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1
  3. The Inbetweeners
  4. The King's Speech
  5. Pirates Of The Caribbean - On Stranger Tides
  6. Despicable Me
  7. Paul
  8. Tangled
  9. Peter Kay - Live - The Tour That Didn't Tour
  10. Transformers - Dark Of The Moon

31st December 2011

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.

31st December 2011

The final instalment of Harry Potter saw the boy wizard go out with a bang, and it became the most successful film of the franchise in the process, and for 2011 it is the highest grossing film at the UK box office.

During its 10 week run it raked up £73,094,187 in UK box office takings, at todays cinema ticket prices that is about 13.5 million tickets making it the 30th top film in the UK by ticker sales. Other film to do well in 2011 were The kings Speech with £45.3 milion, The Inbetweeners with £45 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with £32.9 million and The Hangover Part II with £32.7 million.

In all a good year for British films (is Harry Potter a British film?) with Blockbusters not doing so well, Breaking Dawn and Transformers Dark of the Moon performed well enough but they were big budget blockbusters and had higher expectations.

I think the winner of the year was The Inbetweeners Movie that performed well abouve expectations, made back its budget and secured a sequel in the process, al that for a little Channel 4 show about bad mouthed undersexed teens.

30th December 2011

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

21st December 2011

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.

15th December 2011

I just checked out the site for next years revamp/restart of the Spider-Man series, and was pleasantly surprised, not only is there plenty of content but it's good quality what is there.

The site has been recently updated with a wealth of information. There is a big gallery and the so so trailer, there is also rich information about the filmmakers, the cast, a cool breakdown of the characters and brief breakdown of the story (not too much is given away so no spoilers)

I've been sceptical about this "reboot" (I love the first two Sam Raimi films), I still am sceptical but this is a reassuring site that lets me know that just maybe this is a new twist on the familiar story.

Check the site out at The Amazing Spider-Man site.

29th June 2011

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.

14th April 2011

The creators of Ice Age have done it again with a new franchise as the Brazilian flightless bird Rio takes the top spot from the hopping rabbit.

It was a slow weekend at the box office with only the top film taking over a million pound and that film is new entry Rio which debuts at the top with £1,515,853, there was little else to challenge the film with the only other new release entering at nine and ten with The Roommate and Mars Needs Moms. Staying firm in second place is Source Code which raked in £848,366 taking its total gross to £2,990,826.

Limitless also hold its position from last week staying in third place with a weekend gross of £737,417 which brings its total to a fairly good £5,744,993.

Four and five and taken up by last weeks rabbit fest falling quite hard with £611,367 taking its total to £2,623,612 and at five Sucker Punch seems to be suffering from not being a summer blockbuster taking £346,399 over the weekend to a total of £1,633,285. This weeks box office is well down on this time last year when Clash of the Titans was riding high on the charts and the top five was full of high earning films How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and Alice in Wonderland.

24th March 2011

After a very quiet weekend at the UK box office Rango reclaims the top spot from Battle: Los Angeles.

In recent weeks the top 5 films (sometimes more) have been grossing over a million pound in weekend box office grosses, this week only Rango, and barely, takes a million. The weekend gross for the film is £1,045,326 which takes it total to £5,020,745 over a 3 weeks period.

Falling a single place this week is Battle: Los Angelies which takes £874,265 for the weekend bringing its total now to £3,454,350.

Keeping its grip on the number 3 spot is Liam Neeson's Unknown which takes £775,576 giving it a £4,496,496 total over 3 weeks, this could be a bit of a slow burner you know.

At number four we come to the highest new entry of the week which goes to show what a slow week it is, Chalet Girl starring Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick star in the Phil Traill directed movie about the goings on in a Ski resort. The film takes £677,716 over the weekend.

Another new entry is at 5 in the shape of the The Lincoln Lawyer, directed by Brad Furman and starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, a film about a Lawyer who uses the back of his car, a Lincoln, to do business when he gets a Beverly Hill client. The Lincoln Lawyer takes £571,836 in its opening weekend.

This week's box office was way down on this time last year when Alice in Wonderland was still at number one doing big numbers and The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Anniston was the highest new film at two.

24th February 2011

This week the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost written film Paul tops the UK box office chart with a weekend take of £5,517,121. The film from the producers of Hot Fuzz have taken their craft to America to make a film about a couple of geeks seeking out aliens in Area 51, only to find one that sounds like Seth Rogan.

Dropping a single place after one week is Gnomeo and Juliet which has another impressive weekend with £2,223,978 taking its total gross to £6,373,301.

Still riding a high on its award buzz, and it wont stop anytime soon with the big one coming this weekend, is The Kings Speech, another million plus weekend with £1,685,180 which brings it's total now to £37,127,599.

True Grit this week falls to number 4 with £1,466,979 while Martin Lawrence flogs a dead horse at 5 with a new Big Mommas House film, this time dragging his poor son into the equation with a weekend take of £1,433,778.

A stella weekend last week has meant that the top 7 films on the chart all took above £1 million.

Compared to this time last year the chart is much higher is grosses. Last year Avatar was still doing massive business at the box office as the 3D tax was really starting to show how far it can take the gross of a film while The Princess and the Frog from Disney was still doing well at 2, highest new entry was Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones at 3.

3rd February 2011

Having already done big business in the US and currently standing as the 104th all time grossing film in the world Tangled this week tops the UK box office chart.

The new traditional film, as in hand drawn rather than CGI (although computers were used in the production) is the story of Rapunzel, although I think this Rapunzel is a little less the princess in the tower type. Over the weekend is tool a respectable £5,106,612.

Falling to number 2 this week after 3 weeks on top is The King's Speech, a weekend gross of £ 3,634,265 takes it's total to £24,905,378. With many awards in the bag and many more to come expect this to hang around for a while and gross a lot more.

Also in award contention is the number 3 film Black Swan, Natalie Portman is picking up actress awards left right and center and its gross reflects this with £2,566,346 last weekend and £7,305,659 in total.

Jason Statham makes a debut at 4 this week with The Mechanic taking £921,554 and The Dilemma is at 5 taking £669,368 expanding its gross to £2,292,011. This weeks box office is quite a bit up on last years where Avatar was still at the top but slowing down and Mel Gibson was the highest new entry with Edge of Darkness.

25th January 2011

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.

15th December 2010

It's had a troublesome time in production but the new Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Trader, is the highest grossing movie over it's launch weekend.

That said it's debut gross is half that of the previous film in the series, Price Caspian, and only a quarter of the first film, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Dawn Trader rakes in a fair £2,460,118 to topple the latest Harry Potter movie from the top of the chart. The series is starting to really loose steam and don't expect this one to go much past Christmas.

Harry Potter topples to the runner up spot this week after a couple of weeks at the top. A £1,905,368 keeps it going well but the film is starting to struggle already and it may not be the big earner people were expecting, although another push is bound to happen when part 2 is released next week. The film has grossed £42,570,440 so far in the UK.

Angelina Jolie and and Johnny Depp make their presence known at 3 this week as their new collaboration, The Tourist, takes £1,341,143 for the weekend, maybe a little less than was expected for these 2 a-list actors.

9th December 2010

The third Transformers movie now has a teaser trailer up at Apple.com. It's an interesting trailer which shows that clearly Michael Bay is a big Alien fan as the trailer has a definite feel of the beginning of the first Alien movie.

The movie has a sub title of The Dark of the Moon (not to be confused with the Pink Floyd album) and has a release date July 1st 2011. Shia LaBeouf stars once again although there is no Megan Fox this time around.

Is it just me or does the re-constructed footage of the first men on the moon just look wrong, the way the astronaut's move just doesn't look right. The story seems predictable and as I said earlier, there is a big lean to Alien in the footage shown. Oh did I mention the film is in 3D?

Check out the footage at the Apple site or if the YouTube video is still up press play below.

16th June 2010

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.

8th June 2010

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.

7th June 2010

For the third week in a row Shrek Forever After hold the top spot at the US box office beating out strong competition from new comer Get Him to the Greek.

The big green ogre once again out grosses the rest of the box office, although with a really low grossing weekend all it took was $25,300,000 to manage this this, the fourth Shrek film has now taken just over $183 million in total grosses.

Our very own Russell Brand returns as the arrogant pop singer Aldous Snow in Get Him to the Greek, but it only takes $17,422,620 in a very poor debut weekend.

Rounding out the top 3 in Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl in Killers taking just over $16 million.

1st June 2010

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?

5th May 2010

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.

22nd April 2010

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.

20th April 2010

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.

8th April 2010

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.

8th March 2010

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?

16th February 2010

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.

11th February 2010

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.

3rd February 2010

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?

26th January 2010

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?

25th January 2010

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.

19th January 2010

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.

18th January 2010

The first big awards ceremony of the year in the world of films happened over night for us Brits, and James Cameron, 12 years after he swept awards ceremonies with Titanic, picked up right where he left off.

I expect back in 1997 when Titanic was released James Cameron and anyone else connected to the film had a feeling that it was a powerful enough movie to get the odd award, and it did in style, Avatar is a very different type of film altogether, and maybe it wasn't though to be a big awards contender, but hey it looks like it could be.

Last night Avatar managed to pick up top honors at The Golden Globes with awards for best film and another for best director in the dramatic film category.

The Golden Globes separate dramatic films from comedy and musical films and surprise hit The Hangover took top honors for best Musical or comedy.

In acting Merly Streep and Sandra Bullock got best actress awards while Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey Jr. got actor awards.

A director who had often missed out on being awarded throughout arguable one of the best careers in the movies industry, Martin Scorsese got the Cecil B. DeMille Award for achievement in cinema.

The ceremony was presented by Ricky Gervais who brought an ambitious and edgy comedy style to the ceremony often pulling the stars apart for their habits and appearances, but the audience of stars seem to take it all in good stride.

Check out the full list of winners here.

11th January 2010

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.

9th January 2010

The big electronical consumer show for the year is just wrapping up in Las Vegas, Nevada and the story of the year for home cinema is the big push from electrical companies like Samsung and LG for 3D television.

3D hit the multiplexes big time in 2009 with film studios like Disney and Fox releasing big budget 3D movies like Up and the Billion dollar plus grossing Avatar. The next natural step for 3D technology is the home market, and the hardware manufactureres were there to demo this is force.

Blu-ray and high definition is certainly the right media for picture clarity to make 3D in the home a reality and with no new video format to push on the consumer this year, and also true High Definition 1080p TV's becoming mainstream 3D is the next technology being pushed on us.

There is a problem with 3D that is being asked by many, is it a gimmick? Or can this really be a serious contender for the next big thing in the home? The big problem with 3D is that you need glasses to enjoy the effect, and for a 2hour+ movie this can be a strain on the eyes.

With 3D television the like of Samsung are discussion having 3D broadcast for normal TV programs, but can you really see whole families sitting down for an evenings entertainment wearing 3D specs, and how much are these specs going to be? For a family of 4 this could get expensive, which means were into a niche market now, and to make money from 3D it has to be marketed to the mainstream.

Cost again is where there is a big problem, the hardware companies want us to upgrade all our home entertainment equipment once more for 3D. We willingly did this for DVD because we could see the advantage. We were less willing but again we did it for high def because we could see the advantage, but for 3D, where is the advantage, why should we buy new TV's and players to sit in our houses wearing a pair of silly glasses?

Personally I think there is a place for 3D in the home, but it's for children to enjoy movies like Up on their PS3 with a TV in their own rooms, or the couple sitting down for a couple of hours watching Avatar on a Saturday night, not for television broadcasts for a whole evening, I don't want, or need, Eastenders or Jonathan Ross in 3D!

Moving on the other big thing at CES was the bigger and bigger screen on the TV's that are getting thinner and thinner. There was evidence of OLED but this generally for the smaller screen devices, the bigger sets were generally LCD, and very very thin and light.

5th January 2010

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.

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5th January 2010

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 wont 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 cant 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
31st December 2009

Like a British institution the series of Harry Potter films are not letting up their grip on the UK box office, and the sixth film in the series was unstoppable in 2009, and despite a 6 month delay is the highest grossing film of the year with box office takings of £50,713,404.

With Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince crowned champ the runner up for the year is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs with £34,872,218 which just about outdid the other big CG animated film of the year, Up, which came 3rd with a total gross of £34,284,193.

The multi award winning Slumdog Millionaire, which in the early part of the year was the top film, held up well and came 4th with £31,664,077, while the robots in disguise, Transformers, finished off the top 5 with £26,539,878.

The UK box office suffered a bit in the UK with the top 10 films taking a total of £287,929,402, comparing this to 2008's £340,360,259 it's far lower, in fact even 2007 had a better box office, 2006 was the last time it was this low.

Take a look at the full top 10 film for 2009.

31st December 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 Camerons 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.

29th December 2009

Who said that the box office was dead? Well Warner Bros. are set to make $4bn this year in Box Office takings, the highest a studio has ever made in a calendar year.

The big films which helped Warners hit this target were harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, their highest grosser this year, The Hangover, Yes Man, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Gran Torino which all came in over $100m in worldwide grosses.

Other films which have helped are Watchmen, Terminator Salvation and The Blind Side which is yet to see a UK release but did big business in the US. Sherlock Holmes is also sure to make big money for Warners which came out over the Christmas holiday break.

Sure ticket prices are higher today than they have ever been, but we have home cinema systems today which are more affordable than ever and make staying in and watching a video a better experience than ever, couple this with the ever growing Blu-ray and video on demand market and it's a real challenge for the multiplexes.

Looking at the top earners of recent years though and they are all films which are better experienced on a large screen rather than youre at home 50 inch plasma. Except for last years top film, Mamma Mia, which for some reason took on a life of its own?

7th August 2009

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.

8th June 2009

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 its 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.

8th June 2009

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 Im curious about but the pedigree of that is nowhere near as good as this.

Check out this trailer below, its enjoyable but I think I preferred the previous trailer, it got me more pumped for the movie, let me know what you think though.

8th June 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 Titanics £68,532,746, thats 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 wont 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!, its taken 10 years but the ship has finally been sunk, in the UK anyway.

8th June 2009

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.

8th June 2009

When Spiderman 4 was released back in May 2007 I distinctly remember reading and hearing that the cast would not be returning for anymore and this was the end of the story and end of the road for Sam Raimi and his cast. After the amount of money that the franchise has made it seems not that Raimi and Toby Maguire and on board for a fourth instalment.

When I think back at how good and fresh the original was and then how good and action packed its sequel was I sort of forgive the film maker for the under exciting and run of the mill 3rd instalment, lets face it, it wasn't that good, in fact in places it was just terrible, but it was the close of the trilogy.

Lets now leave the franchise alone, maybe let another group revisit it down the line, maybe find a new angle or something, but lets leave it alone. But no, no no no, Sony being in the business for the money, the trilogy has made a ton of that and comic book heroes raking in big bucks at the box office a fourth is going to be with us by about 2010 I'd say.

Lets just hope that a new story is devised and a fresh new group of characters are brought into play and we dont have baddie overkill which ruined the 3rd film. It's in good hands lets just hope its not used just to bring in the bucks for Sony on the back of the good name of Spiderman.

7th June 2009

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.

7th June 2009

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 wont do so well but the money is on Slumdog to beat Benjamin Button for best film but not director.

7th June 2009

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. Im 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

7th June 2009

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.

7th June 2009

Can you believe that it's ten years today (November 18th) since the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 1 was shown in the cinema for the first time? The internet was still in its infancy, as was DVD and staggered cinema releases were still a big thing for blockbuster film releases.

The event was huge and well hyped and although the trailer was released onto the internet few people had a fast enough internet connection at home to really download the trailer or steam it in a watchable fashion so American audiences really did to get to see it ahead of the rest of the world.

I was working at the time for a well known internet company and had access to a fast T1 connection and I remember waiting patiently that afternoon to download the trailer and watch it on the tiny 14 inch monitor I used to work with, I wanted to wait and see it on the big screen, but I couldn't wait until the new year to see this new Star Wars footage.

In the US the trailer was attached to a number of films at the time, two being The Waterboy and The Siege and the teaser can probably account for much of those films total gross. These days people choose to watch trailers on the internet and you rarely, if ever get people walking out of a screening once the trailers are over.

Was the trailer any good, my god was the trailer good, in fact the trailer as it turned out was better than the film itself. After seeing the trailer I got straight on the phone to a friend of mine who lives in California and arranged to fly to the US the following May so we could go and see the movie the night of release, which I did.

Did you get goose bumps down your spine the first time you saw the trailer? Was it one of the most exciting things you had seen since the trailer for The Return of the Jedi? Let us know you thought on the trailer and what you think 10 years later.

Just to refresh your memory here is the original Star Wars Episode 1 teaser trailer.

7th June 2009

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.

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