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UK audiences were spellbound by the Fantastic Beasts sequel this week, but is the love for the Wizarding World starting to wane a bit?
This weeks top movie in the UK took an excellent £12.3 million at the UK box office on its debut and although this makes it the 54th top opening film in the UK its £3 million lower than Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Its only natural that after nearly 20 years of magical films audiences have seen it all before and don't rush to the cinema to see new films from the Wizarding World.
As we have seen this year with Star Wars movies and in the past with film series like The Hobbit even die hard fans can get too much of a good thing and will wait to see a movie.
Making its debut at the top last week the animated retelling of the Dr. Seuss story falls to 2 this week with a £3.9 million weekend pushing its total to £10 million.
Still wowing audiences in the UK is the Queen bio-pic which after 4 weeks of release still manages a £3 million weekend which brings the films total UK gross to £34.8 million.
The film is now the 8th top film of 2018 and the 90th top grossing film ever in the UK.
The Steve McQueen directed movie is at number 4 this weeks with a weekend gross of £882,243 which brings the films total takings to £4.3 million.
There has been no stopping this Bradley Cooper directed film in the UK as the film has a 7th weekend in the top 5 with £0.7 million which brings the films total to £27 million.
We're fast approaching the Christmas period and despite it still only being early in December the UK public are clearly in the mood as they take The Grinch to the top of the box office on its debut weekend.
Taking the box office on its debut weekend with a gross of £5.09 million the Dr Seuss favourite only just beat out last weeks top film Bohemian Rhapsody
The last time The Grinch appeared on the box office was back in 2000 in the shape of Jim Carey in a live action version directed by Ron Howard which took £3 million on its debut weekend which is about £5.2 million when adjusted for inflation.
Both films have hence sold in the same ball park as far as tickets are concerned, time will tell is this new animated version will out gross the 2000 film.
After a very successful couple of weeks at the top of the box office the Queen bio-pic falls to number 2 with a weekend gross of £4.5 million, not far behind The Grinch.
This boosts the films total Uk gross to £28.9 million and its the 10th best film of the year to date.
Acclaimed director Steve McQueen brings his latest movie which lands at 3 on its debut weekend with a gross of £2.4 million.
The film starring Viola Davis and Liam Neeson is getting a lot of positive buzz and Oscar talk to expect it to hang around until the new year and awards season.
The Bradley Cooper film is starting to fall down the chart after a very successful run and this week is at 4 with £1.2 million boosing its total to £25.4 million.
Finishing off the top 5 this week is last weeks highest new film which falls hard in its second weekend, the Diney film takes £1.1 million for a £3.14 million total.
The power of Bohemian Rhapsody was too strong for any new comers as the Queen film stays at the top of the UK box office for a second weekend.
After the excellent £9 million debut last weekend there is no surprise that it manages a second weekend at the box office summit.
Posting a second weekend gross of £5.7 million the Bryan Singer directed film may not have been a hit with the critics but is proving to be popular with the paying public.
The films total UK gross now sits at an incredible £20.4 million after 10 days of release.
The Lady Gaga starring film is proving to be a bigger hit in the UK than many other parts of the world as the film spends another week at number 2 taking £1.8 million after 5 weeks of release.
The film which currently has the number single in the UK and the number 1 album has now taken £22.9 million.
Disney gets Christmas stared with the release of the popular story often performed as a ballet this time of year and it snaggs the highest new film at number 3.
The film takes a reasonable £1.7 million on its debut weekend of release.
The animated family film stays at number 4 this weekend £1.1 million which brings its total UK gross to £10.1 million.
Still holding strong at number 5 this week the film has a 5th weekend gross of just over £1 million which brings its total to £16.3 million.
Still hanging onto the charts as we enter the holiday season the film has notched up 15 week on the UK box office.
Further down the chart at number 9 is the new Simon Pegg starring movie which makes its debut this weekend with a £400,00 gross.
Another film worth mentioning makes its debut at number 3 this week in the shape of Mike leigh's latest which opens with £350,000.
Freddie Mercury and the band Queen dominated the global box offie this week as they take their bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody to the top of the world box office with Halloween falling to number 3.
The film expanded wide this week with a terretory count of 65 and took an incredible $122.5 million in global grosses.
This takes the Bryan Singer directed films total world gross to a very respectable $141.7 million after 2 weeks of release.
Disney get the Christmas season off to an early start with their film adaptation The Nutcracker And The Four Realms which lands this week at number 2.
Released in 46 countries the film took a very respectable $58.5 million on its debut week of release.
After a very successful Halloween season for the horror film it drops to number 3 this week with $230 million from 67 countries.
This brings the films total global gross to $294 million.
The slow burning romantic drama directed by and starring Bradley Cooper is at number 4 this week with a $25 million gross from 74 countries to boosts its global cume to $294 million.
Closing out this weeks global box office the Sony movie takes $23.4 million from 66 countries to boost its total world gross to an excellent $541.5 million.
This weekend the Freddie Mercury/Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody got its North American release and took the top spot with ease on its debut weekend.
Making an impressive debut at the top of the US box office the bio-pic took $50 million over its debut weekend.
The film is directed by Bryan Singer so wont come near to being his top film at the US box office as he had major success with the X-Men movies.
With such a good debut for the film we could see a far bigger total gross than studio expectations.
Second new entry of the week comes in at number 2 in the form of Disney new film based on the short story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
The film starring Keira Knightley and Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston takes $20 million on its debut weekend.
Completing a trio of new released at the top of the US box office this Tyler Perry directed film comes in at number 3 with a debut weekend gross of $14 million.
This film has turned out to be a bit of a slow burner as the Lady Gaga starring film spends a 5th week onside the top 5, this week at number 4 with $11.5 million.
The film has now taken an excellent $165.6 million at the US box office.
With the scare season over for another year the horror film takes a tumble down the chart from the top to number 5 this week.
An $11 million weekend boosts the films total US gross to $150.4 million.
The bio-pic of Freddy Mercury and Queen makes its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking A Star Is Born to the runner up spot after 2 weeks at number 1.
Taking over at the top with a fantastic opening weekend of £9.5 the film starring Rami Malek wowed UK audiences but didn't please all critics.
This opening puts the film in the top 100 opening weekends in the UK ever at number 90, one below The Secret Life Of Pets and one above Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
For the stars this will be by far their biggest movie to date, for director Bryan Singer it needs to beat all the X-Men movies he has directed the highest of which is X-Men Days Of Future Past, but don't rule it our just yet.
Being dumped down from the top to the number 2 position is the Lady Gaga starring movie which takes £2.1 million on its 4th weekend of release.
This brings the films total UK gross to and very good £19.2 million, the 14th highest grossing movie of 2018.
The Jamie Lee Curtis starring movie topped the charts in many places around the globe last week, except in the UK where it landed at number 2, this week it falls to number 3 with £1.6 million to brings its total to £5.8 million after 2 weeks.
Hanging on for another weekend the family animation takes £1.5 million for a UK gross of £7.7 million.
The Rowan Atkinson comedy closes out the top 5 at the film beins to fall down the chart but takes £1.5 million on its 3rd weekend for a £14.1 million total.
With the fright season upon us now the world wanted to be scared and took in Halloween to keep it at the top for a second week with Bohemian Rhapsody the top new film
For the second week running the Jamie Lee Curtis starring film tops the global box office, released in 63 countries the film takes $57.6 million this week.
This boosts the films total global gross to $172.3 million and it is by far the most successful film in the series.
Still hanging in there is the Bradly Cooper directed and starring film which this week takes $31.7 million from 76 countries, this boosts the film global gross to $253.3 million.
The Sony villain film is still at number 3 this week and takes $28.1 million from 66 countries to boost its total cume to $508 million, taking another Marvel film past the half billion mark.
The animated family comedy is still holding onto a top 5 spot and this week takes $22 million from 79 countries for a $167 million global gross.
The film has the biggest country count on this week global box office.
The alien hunter movie moves back to number 5 this week with a global gross of $20.7 million from just 21 countries, the films total gross is now $62.5 million.
Highest new film of the week is the Queen/Freddy Mercury bio-pic which has been released in just 2 countries and takes $12.2 million.
The Bryan Singer directed movie expands this weekend in the US market where Queen had a big following.
For a second weekend the 2018 Halloween stays at the top of the US box office ahead of A Star Is Born with the highest new film coming in at number 5 with Hunter Killer.
The Jamie Lee Curtis starring film manages to stay at the top of the US box office for a second weekend ahead of the scare festivities that will take place on October 31st.
The horror film manages a second weekend take of $23 million which brings the films total US gross to $126.7 million after 10 days of release.
Now on its fourth week of release the Lady Gaga starring remake takes $14.1 million which gives its total US gross a boost to $148.7 million.
The Spiderverse villain movie has proved to be a big hit for Sony and on its fourth weekend of release takes $10.8 million to bring its total gross to $187.2 million.
The film is the highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week.
Three weeks in and the kids halloween film takes $7.5 million to bring its total gross to $38.3 million.
Finishing off the top 5 this week is the highest new film of the week, directed by Donovan Marsh the submarine movie takes $6.6 million on its debut weekend.
Worth noting this week is the appearance of the latest Johnny English film in US cinemas, the film enters at number 12 this week with $1.6 million.
There was another tight battle fought at the top of the UK box office this week with A Star Is Born just about holding onto the number 1 spot despite the challenge from Halloween.
The Bradley Cooper directed movie is proving to be a big pull with British audiences as the movie manges to stay at the top of the box office for a second week, on its third week of release.
Pulling in £2.8 million for a film in its third week of release is very good, this brings the films total gross to £14.8 million.
Highest new movie of the week is the sequel movie Halloween which is released 40 years after the original John Carpenter directed film and is being billed as a true sequel.
Starring original star Jamie Lee Curtis the film takes an excellent £2.6 million over the weekend, missing the number one spot by just over 200,000 pound.
Being October the Halloween based films are coming thick and fast and a more kid friendly film makes its debut at number 3 with a sequel to the 2015 film Goosebumps starring jack Black.
The original took £2.6 million on its debut and this sequel comes in just lower with £2.1 million.
The inept spy hangs around for a third week taking £1.6 million boosting its total UK gross to £10.9 million, this is lower than the other 2 films in the series at this stage of release.
Sony's Marvel anti-hero movie spends most likely its last week on the top 5 taking £1.5 million takings its UK gross to £16.6 million.
The film is the highest total grossing movie on the box offie this week.
The Disney movie makes a reappearance on the box office this week and by doing so becomes the longest running film on the top 15 with 9 weeks.
There was no stopping Michael Myers attacking Jamie Lee curtis across the globe the week and the Halloween sequel dominates the global box office on its debut week of release.
40 years afte the events of the original Halloween Micheal Myers has come back to haunt Jamie Lee Curtis, and this time he drags her family along for the ride.
The horror film makes its global debut with $91.8 million and it was released in 24 countries making a per terretory average of $3.8 million.
Sony's Marvel connection is still proving strong and their anti-hero is still showing his teeth across the globe at number 2 where the parasite takes $50.4 million from 66 countries, the film has now taken $461 globally.
Bradly Cooper and Lady Gaga just can't get a break and fall to number 3 this week with $42.1 million from 76 countries pushing the films global gross to $201 million.
The film about Neil Armstrong takes $22 million this week from 48 countries, the film starring Ryan Gosling has now taken $55 million.
Holding onto the number 5 slot for one more week the animated comedy takes $20.6 million this week from 72 countries for a total global gross of $137 million.
With the press tour and good reviews the new 2018 Halloween sequel dominates the US nox office on its debut weekend while A Star Is Born has to stay at 2 and Venom tumbles to 3.
Its been 40 years since the first Halloween directed by John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis stared in that film as a school girl terrorised by Micheal Myers, this film shows Myers coming back to terrorise her again and dragas her family along for the ride.
The film has had great reviews and makes its US debut at number 1 with $77.5 million, becoming the highest grossing debut for a horror film.
This will by far become the top grossing film in the series for which this is the 9th entry.
The film just can't make it to the top of the US box office and this week stays at number 3 for a third straight weekend.
This week it takes $19.3 million which boosts its total US gross to $126.3 million.
After 2 weeks at the top the Sony marvel movie falls to number 3 this week with 18.1 million to boosts its total to $171.1 million.
The Jack Black starring film falls to number 4 this week with $9.7 million which brings its total gross after 2 weeks to $28.8 million.
Perhaps performing not as well as expected the film falls to number 5 this week with $8.5 million, this brings the films total gross to $30 million.
This week the top 2 films flip round and A Star Is Born takes over at the top from Venom on their second weekends while First man has to settle for fourth on its debut.
The Oscar contender was unable to makes its debut at the top of the UK box office last weekend but after a tight fought battle manages to knock Venom off the top spot.
The films weekend gross is £3.08 million which takes the films total gross to £9.6 million
The Marvel film was not quite strong enough to hold on to the top spot for a second weekend as it falls to number 2 this week with £3 million.
This brings the Tom Hardy starring films total UK gross after 2 weekends of release to £13.7 million.
Its worth noting that across the week Monday - Sunday Venom is the top film with just £5.7 million compared to £5.5 million.
The British comedy starring Rowan Atkinson stays at 3 this week with a weekend gross of £2.9 million, this brings the films total gross after 2 weeks to £8.3 million.
It was in all a very tight fought battle at the box office for the top 3 places with less than £200,00 between the 3 movies.
Highest new entry of the week is First Man, set around the American space race to put the first man on the moon starring Ryan Gosling at Neil Armstring.
The film makes its debut with £2.4 million in the UK putting it this week at number 4, with Oscar buzz already in full swing for the film we could see this have a lengthy run.
Finally in the top 5 is a new animated family film from Warner Bros. which makes its debut taking £2.3 million over the weekend.
Worth noting is that the top five films in the UK all take over £2 million this weekend as the bad weather sets in after a very good summer and people look for indoor things to do.
Also interesting this week is that positions 4 down to 8 are all new entries, and the weeks only new entries
The Disney Pixar film has now been arounf for 14 weeks and has taken an incredible £55.9 million.
Venom makes is a second week as the top film in the world despite the release of First Man and continued attention on the Oscar potential A Star Is born.
Another week as the top film for the Marvel bad guy movie as it takes an excellent $105.4 million from 55 countries to boost its international cume to $235.3 million after 10 days of release.
Bradly Coopers directorial film is performing well at the global box office and from 66 countries this week takes a very good $48 million to be at number 2.
This increases the films global gross to a very respectable $94.1 million and it will go over $100 million by next weekend.
Starring Ryan Gosling the film about the NASA race to have America be the first country to get a man on the moon is at number 3 and takes a fairly tepid $16.5 million from 23 countries on its debut.
There is a big Oscar buzz around the film and if it picks up some Academy Awards it could mean the film hangs around for a good few months.
Warner Bros. have another animated hit on their hands as the family comedy falls to 4 and takes $23 million from 58 countries on its third week of release which boosts its global gross to $110.2 million.
The Chinese film is still only released in 6 countries and this week is at number 5 and takes $22 million for the week which boosts its international cume to $138.6 million.
Venom stays at the top of the US box office this week with A Star Is Born staying at number 2, while new entries First Man and Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween follow at 3 and 4.
The Tom Hardy starring super villain movie manages to stay ahead of the crowd for a second weekend and remain at the top with a $35 million gross.
This brings the Reuben Fleischer directed Marvel films total gross after 10 days of release to $142.8 million.
Remaining in the runner up spot this week is the Bradley Cooper directed remake starring Lady Gaga which takes $28 million on its second weekend.
The film is just shy of the $100 million mark after 10 days with a US gross of $94.1 million.
Highest new entry of the week comes in at 3, the potential Oscar glory film starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film about the first man on the moon takes $16.5 million on its debut.
lighthearted spooks is the order of the day at 4 with the sequel new entry starring Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jack Black.
The film from the successful series of books of the same name takes $16.2 million on its debut weekend.
The lighthearted family comedy has been on the chart now for 3 weeks and takes $9.3 million to boost its total US gross to $57.6 million.
There were three new entries at the top of this weeks UK box office in the shape of Venom, A Star Is Born and Johnny English Strikes Again, but it was Sony's Villain Hero film which took top honors.
The Tom Hardy starring film dominated what was a busy weekend at the UK box office with an £8 million debut which is good for a Marvel movie in the Spider-Man universe, and only a million off that of Spider-Man Homecoming from last year.
This of course is not from the MCU despite leaning heavily on the look and feel of a typical Marvel film, but as with Suicide Squad from last year this proves that villains can hold their own in a movie despite poor reviews.
The third in the Johnny English series of film and it looks like the Rowan Atkinson starring James Bond Spoof has lost none of its appeal as it makes its debut with £4.1 million which is in the same ball park as the other 2.
Both the other 2 films went on to make in the £20 million region and we would expect this one to do very similar business as its appealing to the same audience, this film has got less favourable reviews though.
It was a very fine margin but Johnny English just beat out A Star Is Born as the Bradley Cooper directed and starring film takes the third spot this week with a £4.1 million debut.
Three weeks on the box office now and the Jack Black starring film takes £900,00 over the weekend to boost its total UK gross to £6.8 million.
Taking a large tumble this week and finishing off the top 5 the Kevin Hart romantic comedy takes £860,000 to boost its 2 week UK gross to £3.1 million.
Having been on the box office for 13 weeks the Pixar animated comedy has taken an incredible £55.7 million making it the third highest grossing film of 2018.
This week Sony unleashed its villain movie Venom from the Spider-Man universe onto the world against Warner Bros. A Star Is Born and the black slime movie knocked it out of the park.
With a weekly gross of over $200 million Venom was far and away the biggest film of the week, but it was also one of the widest releases being released into 59 markets.
The Tom Hardy starring movie joins a long line of Marvel movies although this isn't from the Disney MCU it still has a similar look and feel, especially since the MCU has got a bit darker.
The Bradly Cooper directed and starring movie is at number 2 this week with a global gross of $55.2 million from 32 countries.
The movie also stars Lady Ga Ga and is widely being tipped for Oscar recognition so could hang around for quite a while and the positive reviews will only help as well.
Now open in 6 countries the Chinese movie takes an incredible $28 million this week to take it to number 3 on the global box office, the films total global gross is $98.5 million.
The animated family movie falls to number 4 this week and it looks like the movie might sink faster than expected. released in 58 countries it took $26.6 million this week for a $75 million total gross.
Still only available in 1 country this Chinese film takes up the number 5 position this week with an $18 million weekly global gross which takes the film to $65 million total.
Fighting it out for a place at the top of the box office were two film that couldn't be more different, Venom is a super villain movie from Sony and A Star Is Born is a romantic drama from Warner
The super villain movie based in the Spider-Man universe hit the right note with movie goers this weekend and scored an excellent $80 million debut.
The film stars Tom Hardy as the title character and is directed by Ruben Fleischer and despite mixed reviews sets records for an October debut in the US and has set up a new Marvel (not MCU) franchise.
Directed by Bradly Cooper and starring himself and Lady Ga Ga the dramatic comedy scored well with reviews but didn't quite have what it takes to beat a Marvel super villain (hero) movie and made its debut with $41.2 million, half that of Venom.
The animated comedy is at number 3 this week with a second weekend gross of $14.9 million which brings the films total US gross to $42.7 million after 2 weeks of release.
After an impressive top spot debut last weekend the romantic comedy falls hard this week to number 4 after taking $12.2 million, this brings the films total gross to $46.7 million after 2 weeks of release.
The Eli Roth directed film has done really well at the box office and on its third week takes $7.2 million which brings the films total US gross to $55 million.
With a massive opening last weekend no studio was going to try and compete with The Fate of the Furious for a couple of week and hence the film stays at the top for a second weekend.
Dropping a considerable 60% from last week the Fast and Furious 8 (to give it the UK name) takes $38 million on its second weekend of release.
This brings the films total to a fantastic $163.6 million in the US and it keeps it on tract to s very similar gross to the previous films.
Highest new film of the week is Disney’s wild life documentary Born in Chine, about pandas, which is released to coincide with the global Earth Day celebration.
The House of Mouse has released similar wildlife documentaries each year around this time for the last few years and this years entry takes just over $5 million on its opening.
Also new this week is Unforgettable at number 7 with $4.8 million and The promise which debuts at number 9 with $4 million.
Beauty and the Beast is once again the top total grossing movie this week with $472 million and with 6 weeks on the chart is also the longest running film.
This weekend Jack Reacher gave it a good go but in the end her was not good enough to stop the Trolls from hitting the top on its debut weekend.
The new IP from Dreamworks hits the top with a weekend gross of £5.4 million which is about average for an animation from the studio, Kung Fu Panda 3, the last film from them took £4.7 million on its opening.
If things go as usual Trolls could get somewhere in the £10 million mark especially with a fairly decent debut.
The Girl on The Train falls from the top this week after a couple of weekends at the top, a £2 million weekend takes the film to £17.7 million after 3 weeks of release.
Also new this week is Jack Reacher Never Go Back which lans in the runner up spot with £2.6 million, this is in the ballpark, but lower, of the first film with took £3.5 million on its debut.
Longest running film of the week is The BFG which has been around now for 13 weeks and the highest total grossing movie is Bridget Jones's Baby now on £44.5 million.
A year ago
Hotel Transylvania 2 stayed at the top for a second week while top new film was Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension at number 3.
Five years ago
Halloween took Paranormal Activity 3 to the top of the box office on its debut while Johnny English Reborn fell to number 2 after 3 weeks.
Ten years ago
The Departed stayed at the top for a second week while highest debuting film was Barnyard at number 3.
Fifteen years ago
American Pie 2 stayed at the top while America's Sweethearts made its debut at number 2.
Twenty years ago
New at the top was the fantasy film Dragonheart while The Nutty Professor fell into the runner up spot after 2 weeks at the top.
Twenty five years ago
Making its debut at the top was City Slickers while Drop Dead Fred fell to number 3.
With a new Tom Hanks film in cinemas and a Dan Brown adaptation at that it was assumed that The Girl on The Train would be a one week wonder, but Inferno was not strong enough.
Emily Blunt thus makes it 2 weeks at the top with The Girl on The Train with a second weekend gross of £3.4 million.
This brings the total gross of the film in the UK to £13.6 million, if you compare this to last years Gone Girl it is actually head of that films £9 million after 2 weeks.
Highest new entry of the week comes in at number 2 in the shape of Inferno from the book by Dan Brown and a sequel to The De Vinci Code and Angela and Demons.
Inferno makes in debut with £2.9 million which is the lowest of the series so far, The De Vinci Code and Angela and Demons made £9 million and £6 million respectively on their debuts.
Also new this week is Storks at number 3 and event movie Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance which was a one off performance in Saturday night.
Longest running film this week is Finding Dory with 12 weeks, it is also the highest total grossing movie with £42 million, this is far higher that Finding Nemo even if you take inflated ticket prices into account.
A year ago
Hotel Transylvania 2 was the film making its debut at the top, it knocked The Martian down to number 2.
Five years ago
Johnny English Reborn stayed at the top for a second weekend while top new film was The Three Musketeers at number 3.
Ten years ago
The Departed went to the top of the box office after making its debut at number 2 the previous week think Open Season was the top new film.
Fifteen years ago
American Pie 2 was new at the top while Moulin Rouge slipped down to number 2 after going back to the top.
Twenty years ago
The Nutty Professor stayed at the top for a second week while top new film was Robin Williams in Jack.
Twenty five years ago
Drop Dead Fred was the new film at the top while Out For Justice fell from the top to number 6.
On the UK box office this week Emily Blunt knocks off Renee Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones is no match for The Girl on The Train.
Making its debut with just under £7 million The Girl on The Train is aiming for a similar target audience as Gone Girl which was released early October of 2014 and did very well.
This film which is also based on a bestselling novel has managed to come in £2 million higher despite reviews not being as favourable.
After 3 weeks at the top is it time for Bridget Jones's Baby to surrender the top spot and with a £2.9 million weekend falls to number 2.
The film cant be too sorry for itself as it has grossed £37.8 million so far and at the current pace will most likely become the most successful of the series.
Also new this week are War On Everyone at number 7 and Tristan und Isolde from the Metropolitan Opera which is new at 8.
Highest total grossing movie this week id Finding Dory with £41 million and longest run is The Secret Life of Pets which has now been around for 11 weeks.
A year ago
The Martian remained at the top for a second week while top new film Sicario entered at number 2.
Five years ago
Johnny English Reborn made its debut at the top of the box office with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy falling to number 3.
Ten years ago
The Devil Wears Prada was the new film at the top while Click slipped down to number 3.
Fifteen years ago
Moulin Rouge made its way back to the top of the box office after Artificial Intelligence: AI spend 2 weeks there. Artificial Intelligence: AI fell to number 2.
Twenty years ago
The Nutty Professor was the top new film on the UK box office, it knocked off Last Man Standing.
Twenty five years ago
Out For Justice debuted at the top, knocking off Terminator 2: Judgement Day after 7 weeks at the top, it fell to number 3.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.