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Highest chart position: 1
Weeks on box office: 18
29th July 2020
An agreement between cinema chain AMC and film distribution giant Universal Studios has seen cinema release window shrink to 17 days after release.
Before the coronavirus pandemic the release window was 75 days, but the cinema closures gave Universal an opportunity to test direct to VOD which they did with Trolls World Tour and it would seem it was a success.
Universal threatened to release new movies simultaneously on VOD and cinema for which AMC, who owns UK cinema chain ODEON, threatened to no longer show their films.
As the two have a synergy of sorts they have come to an agreement and the window has shrunk from 75 days to 17, so the cinema chains have about 2 and a half weeks to make their money.
It will be interesting to see how this works in reality as the film on VOD, or box office VOD, it changes per platform, will be in the £20+ ($19+) region, and for a movie to watch at home when the normal rental price is in the £6 ($5) region.
The boundaries can be moved but clearly Universal in in control and they will do whatever brings them the most amount of money.
Watch this space, but lets hope the movie theatre will still be with us in the future, Steven Spielberg famously claimed home video tapes would kill the cinema experience and refused to release E.T. for many years on VHS, it ended up helping to boost the industry, lets hope the same can happen here and the two can find their space in the market.
25th June 2020
With cinemas still closed across the UK the home video market is still doing well and this week Birds Of Prey re-enters the chart at the top after getting the traditional Blu-Ray and digital to own release.
Here is a rundown of the top 5 movie you can view at home.
Starring Margot Robbie the DC supervillain movie re-enters the video chart at the top after its initial release earlier in the year.
The movie as hit at the box office back in February of 2020 where it made nearly £9 Million.
Despite being panned by critics the Robert Downey Jr. movie has turned into a bit of a hit at the box office and now on home video.
The movie goes back up to number 3 this week on its third week of release.
The top grossing movie of 2020 so far falls to number 3 this week on its seventh week of release.
Another film which had a "home box office" release earlier in the year and now goes back up the chart on its blu-ray and digital to own release.
The Dev Patel starring movie is at number 4 this week.
The speedy blue hedgehog falls from the top to number 5 this week on its 11th week of release.
25th June 2020
As cinemas reopen the big new films will be a while before they are released, so studios are re-releasing classic movies, and on its 40th Anniversary the BBFC have reclassified the movie a PG.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (PG) moderate violence, mild threat https://t.co/kK2yBabcG6— BBFC (@BBFC) June 25, 2020
The movie, released in 1980, has been a U age rating, even on its many home entertainment released and cinema rereleased.
As guidelines the BBFC uses have changed the British classification body has reclassified the movie a PG.
At the moment Star Wars and Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi are still U rated, but to be fair Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has always been the darkest movie, and the nightmare cave scene and the hand cutting off scene MAY justify the new rating.
The movie is rereleased when UK cinemas reopen on July 4th, and as the 27 year old Jurassic park is currently the top movie in America who knows what will happen to the UK box office in a couple of weeks.
18th June 2020
Sonic The Hedgehog gets a physical and digital to own release and tops the home entertainment charts taking a massive leap in the process, top new film is Emma at number 17!
Here is a rundown of the top 5 home entertainment charts this week.
The speedy blue hedgehog tops the home entertainment chart making a leap from number 37 on its 10th week of release, it is available to own this week.
Despite the original controversy when the original trailer was release the film was a big box office hit in mid February when it was release, it hit the top on its debut with £4 Million.
The movie then spent 5 weeks on the box office before cinemas closed and took £18 Million during that time.
Sam Mendes World War movie is bouncing around the home entertainment charts and this week goes back to number 2 on its 6th week.
Falling from its debut position at the top last week the Robert Downey Jr. movie falls to number 3 on its second week of release.
Pixar movies have always done well on the home entertainment front and their latest is no exception, it falls to number 4 this week, its 6th week of release.
The Vin Diesel starring movie also goes from early access to physical and digital owned this week and makes a leap from 28 to number 5 in the process on its 5th weekend of release.
The top new movie of the week is at number 17, the Jane Austen novel adaptation hit movie theatres mid February taking £7 Million over 5 weeks of release.
13th June 2020
As movie theatres remain closed the home video and streaming charts remain the only was to consume movies and this week Bad Boys For Life falls hard from the top as Dolittle makes its debut on pole position.
Here is a deeper look at the top 5 movies on home entertainment this week.
The Robert Downey Jr. starring vehicle was met with a lot of criticism on release in early February but the movie turned into a sizeable hit at the Uk box office landing at number 1 on its debut with £5 Million.
It did fall to number 3 on its second weekend but during half-term it rebounded to number 2 and became a box office hit taking £15.8 Million over 6 weeks and only stopped its run because of the cinema closures.
Pixars latest hit may have had a shortened run but it is doing well in the home and this weeks rebounds back to number 2 on its 5th week.
The smash hit war movie which is the biggest box office film of the year so far falls to number 3 on its 5th weekend of release.
The Oscar winning movie from director Bong Joon Ho became the highest grossing foreign language film in the UK during its 7 week box office run.
The film was released early February in the UK and landed at number 4 on the box office with £1.4 Million on its way to £12 Million.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence fall to number 5 this week from the top spot on their 4th week of release.