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I

2015
I
Directed by
S. Shankar
Starring
Vikram
Amy Jackson
Suresh Gopi
Upen Patel
Santhanam
Ramkumar Ganesan
Powerstar Srinivasan
Mohan Kapoor
Ojas Rajani
Syed Siddiq
Sajid Bubere
Kamaraj
Alfred Hsing
Sarath Kumar
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17th January 2019

The next chapter in the John Wick series is set for release on 17th May 2019 and we get the first trailer today.

As you'd expect from a trailer from this series there is plenty of action and lots of Keanu Reeves.

This time round Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston come along for the ride and the film is directed by Chad Stahelski again.

Check out the trailer below.

16th January 2019

Despite the positive reaction to the 2016 Ghostbustes reboot the film did not do well at the box office and the studio lost faith in the series, but director Jason Reitman has just been confirmed to write and direct a new film in the franhise.

The director, son of Ivan who directed the originals, has a number of acclaimed films under his belt and has been a fan for as long as their have been Ghostbuster.

The film will be a direct sequel to 1989's Ghostbusters II and will have no connection to the 2016 female led movie by director Paul Feig.

We hope the reboot does get a sequel at some point as that was a good film despite he reviews and box office receipts, but a Ghostbusters movie in any form is a good thing and we look forward to this.

Summer of 2020 is the expected release date so not long to wait.

15th January 2019

The first major trailer of 2019 is here as Marvel/Disney release the first glimpse of Spider-Man Far From Home.

The trailer sees Peter Parker and his gang go to Europe on a school trip where things go wrong and Spider-Man is needed, thats all we get from the trailer really.

we also get to see Jon Favreau as Happy, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Jake Gyllenhaal Mysterio, we also get to see Samual L. Jackson as Nick Fury who actually steals the trailer.

There is also a new poster for the movie, you can check them both out below.

Spider-Man Far From Home

14th January 2019

A milestone was reached on the global box office this week and DC's Aquaman reaches the $i Billion mark for Warner Bros. and goes back to the top.

The Upside

Aquaman

The DC Universe film goes back to the top of the global box office this week under much hype that the film has passed the $1 Billion mark.

This also means that for director James Wan he joins James Cameron as the only directors to have $1 Billion films that are not from the same franchise, a bigger feat than initially seems.

The superhero movie this week takes $45 million from a massive 80 countries which boosts the total global gross to $1.02 Billion.

Bumblebee

Falling from the top spot this week the Transformers movie takes $42 million from 65 countries to push its total gross to $364.7 million.

The film has performed well outside America and een this week only just misses out on the top spot, the good reviews and breath of fresh air from a new director on the series has helped the flagging robot franchise.

The Upside

The comedy drama is the top new film of the week, hitting number 1 in the US, the film takes $20.8 million from 18 countries.

For Nicole Kidman who has a starring role in this film its good news as she is also at the top of the global box office with a pivotal role in Aquaman.

Dragon Ball Z Super Broly

The manga cartoon hits 17 countries this week and goes to number 4 with a global weekend gross of $20.3 million, this pushed to films total gross to $54.3 million.

Spider-Man Into The Spider Verse

The hit animated superhero movie is at 5 this week and takes $18.4 million from 66 countries to push its total to $302.3 million.

19th December 2018

There have been many adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes character, but I suspect not many like this.

12A certificate

Starring Will Farrell and John C. Reilly this is a slapstick version of the famous British detective.

Released on 26th December 2018 the film has been given a 12A rating by the BBFC for moderate sex references, drug references, infrequent strong language and it has a run time of 90 minutes (1hour 30 minutes).

13th December 2018

There were no new releases on the US box office top 10 this week hence Ralph Breaks The Internet remains at the top of a totally static top 5.

The Grinch

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Making it a third weekend at the top the Disney movie takes $16.2 million for a new total gross of $140.9 million

The Grinch

Five weeks on and the Dr. Seuss movie is still at number 2 with a weekend gross of $15 million which elevates its total to a very nice $223.2 million.

Creed II

The boxing sequel movie takes just shy of $10 million on its third weekend of release, the film has now take $96.1 million in total.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Despite performing below par the Fantastic Beasts sequel movie takes $7 million on its fourth weekend to bring its US total to $145 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Freddy Mercury film takes $6.1 million on its sixth weekend of release for a good $173.7 million total gross.

13th December 2018

With little in the way of new releases the top spot remains the same as Ralph Break The Internet stays at the top, highest new film of the week is The Old Man And The Gun at number 7.

The Old Man And The Gun

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Spending a second weekend at the top Disneys Internet inspired sequel movie takes £2.4 million to boost its total gross to £7.4 million.

The Grinch

As we get deeper into the Christmas season audiences have started to take notice of the animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book.

This weekend, its 5th, the film goes up to number 2 with a £2 million weekend boosting its total to £19.4 million.

Creed II

The boxing sequel drops to number 3 on its second weekend with a £1.7 million weekend to increase its total UK gross to £5.9 million.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Hanging onto a place on the top 5 at number 4 this week the Wizarding World film takes £1.4 million over its 4th weekend, the film has now taken £29.2 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Finishing off the top 5 the Queen film which has enchanted audiences and on its seventh week tales just under a million pound for a £43.9 million total.

5th December 2018

After 2 weeks at the top Fantastic Beasts 2 gives up the number one spot so Ralph Breaks The Internet can make its debut at the top.

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Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Making its debut at the top of the UK box office is Disney's latest film starring Wreck-It Ralph from the 2013 movie that bears his name.

Also starring his best friend Venelope the film makes its debut with £4 million which is marginally lower than the originals debut in February of 2013.

Creed II

Also making its debut this week is another sequel movie, this time its the follow up to 2016's Creed which also starred Micheal B. Jordan and Sylester Stallone.

Taking nearly £3 million on its debut this is above the debut of the original film which on to make over £5.5 million.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Three weeks on and the Wizarding film falls to number 3 with a still respectable £2.7 million which boosts the films total to £26.7 million.

The Grinch

The Dr Seuss animation takes £2.3 million this week to increase its UK gross to £17 million after 4 weeks of release.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Finishing off the top 5 is the Queen bio-pic which this week takes £1.5 million.

Six weeks on and tes film has now grossed £42 million which makes it the 5th top grossing movie in the UK for 2018.

3rd December 2018

Fantastic Beasts 2 is still doing well at the box office, especially outside the US, but Disney's Ralph Breaks The Internet was too strong this week and (just) tops the global box office.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Expanding to 28 countries this week the Disney property takes $59.4 million globally for the weekend which boosts its total global cume to $206.9 million after 2 weeks.

There are still a lot of countries to open in so expect this to hand around for much of Christmas and into the new year.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Not too far behind is the Wizarding World film which this week takes $51.4 million from a massive 81 countries to boost its total global cume to $519.6 million.

The film is behind the first movie of the series in the UK but slightly ahead in the rest of the world.

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Bryan Singer directed movie has done far better than expected across the globe and this week passes a new milestone of passing the half billion mark.

The film takes an excellent $45 million over the weekend from 73 countries to push ots total global take to $539.5 million.

The Grinch

The Dr Seuss animation drops to 4 this week with $44.8 million from 55 countries, this bbosts the films global gross to $268.3 million.

Creed II

The boxing sequel expands to 30 countries this week and takes $26.8 million to boost its total gross to $92.5 million, it will pass $100 million by next weekend.

3rd December 2018

Not a lot of movement on the US box office this week as the Wreck-Ir Ralph sequel hangs onto the top spot and The Possession Of Hannah Grace is the top new film at 7.

The Possession Of Hannah Grace

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

A second weekend at the top for the Disney movie as it takes $25.7 million for the weekend which brings the film total US gross to $119.2 million.

The Grinch

Still doing well on the US box office as we officially enter the Christmas season, the Dr Seuss movie takes $17.7 million for a $203.5 million total gross.

Creed II

The Rocky universe film drops to number 3 this week with a $16.8 million weekend which takes the films total US gross $81.1 million on its second weekend.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Although not doing as well as expected the Wizarding World film hangs onto its place in the top 5 at number 4 this week with $11.2 million boosting its total gross to $134.3 million.

The film is well below the first film take at this point which was running at over $180 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Still performing well on the US box office the bio-pic add $8.1 million to its US gross which is now at $164.4 million.

The Possession Of Hannah Grace

With the top five films in the US still performing really well and no big new film the highest new entry comes in down at number 7 with a $6.5 million debut.

27th November 2018

On 9th August next year Disney bring their adaptation of author Eoin Colfer for Artemis Fowl book to the big screen and here they deliver the first trailer.

The film is in good hands being directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring the likes of Judi Dench so we should get a faithful adaptation of the books.

There are 8 books in the series and Disney will be hoping to get a franchise going to rival the likes of Harry Potter and join Disney's Marvel and Star Wars franchises.

Check out the first trailer and poster below.

Artemis Fowl

26th November 2018

This week globally Fantastic Beasts 2 gave a good show on the international scene, especially in countries like China, Japan, Australia and UK to keep it at number one for a second weekend stopping Wreck-It Ralph 2 fro making its debut at the top.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

The Harry Potter prequel sequel manages a second weekend at the top of the global box office with a weekly take of $113 million from a very wide 81 countries.

This brings the film total global gross after 2 weekends of release to $439 million, the film isn't that far behind Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

The new Disney film is only released in 19 countries and hence opens at number 2 this week with a global weekly gross of $97 million.

With the film set top open much wider this coming weekend expect to see the film at the top next week.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Having done amazingly well on the internation market the Queen bio-pic is at number 3 this week with $52 million from 70 countries.

The Grinch

Still performing well is the retelling of the Dr Seuss classic which this week is at 4 with $37 million from 35 countries.

Creed II

Entering at number 5 this week the Creed/Rocky sequel takes $35 million from just 1 location which bodes well for the film going forward.

26th November 2018

Disney release their big holiday animation Ralph Breaks The Internet over the American Thanksgiving weekend and along with Creed II also making its debut and strong holdovers it makes for a record weekly take with the top 10 grossing over $200 million.

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Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

The latest Disney movie had plenty of hype and hence opens at the top of the US box office with a $55 million 3 day weekend and an $85 million 5 day weekend which includes the Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving

This means that the new Ralph film is running $15 million ahead of its 2012 predecessor over the same period and should end up grossing far more in the long run.

Creed II

The follow up to Creed from 2015 and spiritual follow up to Rocky IV from 1986 the Micheal B. Jordan starring movie opens at number 2 with a $35 million opening 3 days and a $55 million 5 day Thanksgiving.

This is far higher than the original movies opening by $14 million.

The Grinch

The Grinch drops to number 3 this week after 3 weeks of release with a $30 million weekend gross, the film now has a total US gross of $180.5 million.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

After opening big last weekend the new Fantastic Beasts film runs into trouble this week and falls hard to number 4 with a weekend gross of just $29.6 million which brings the films 10 gross to a relatively poor $117 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody

One film which has done better than expected and this week sits at number 5 is the Queen bio-pic which this week takes $13 million for a $152 million total US gross.

Robin Hood

One film that has not done too well on its debut weekend is the new Robin Hood movie starring Taron Egerton which limps onto the box office chart at number 7 with a poor $9.1 million gross.

14th November 2018

Looking like a true sequel to 1986's Rocky IV this sequel to 2016's Creed puts Apollo Creed's Son against Ivan Drago's son.

12A Certificate

For those who don't remember Ivan Drago killed Apollo Creed in the ring before being defeated by Rocky Balboa at the end of the film.

The BBFC have given Creed II a 12A rating for moderate violence, language and the film has a run time of 130 minutes (2hrs 10 Minutes).

30th October 2018

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.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

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.

A Star Is Born

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.

Halloween

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.

Smallfoot

Hanging on for another weekend the family animation takes £1.5 million for a UK gross of £7.7 million.

Johnny English Strikes Again

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.

14th October 2018

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.

First Man

Venom

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.

A Star Is Born

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.

First Man

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.

Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween

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.

Smallfoot

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.

8th October 2018

Fighting it out for a place at the top of the box office were two film that couldn't be more different, Venom is a super villain movie from Sony and A Star Is Born is a romantic drama from Warner

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Venom

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.

A Star Is Born

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.

Smallfoot

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.

Night School

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 House With A Clock In Its Walls

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.

4th October 2018

There will come a day when Disney have remade all their films as live action features, and after the success of The Jungle Book and Beauty And The Beast Lilo and Stitch is on the way.

Stitch

The Animation is set in Hawaii and sees Lilo finding an becoming friends with Stitch an illegally-made, genetically-engineered, extraterrestrial lifeform.

Details are light on the ground at the moment with no release date or director but the script is being written by Mike Van Waes.

27th September 2018

Queen are arguably one of the greatest bands ever with one of the most flamboyant lead singers in Freddy Mercury, Bryan Singer directs the story of Queen released on October 24th.

12A certificate

The film stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in a performance which is exciting critics.

The BBFC have given the film a 12A rating in the UK for moderate sex references, drug references, infrequent strong language and the film has a running time of 134 minutes.

25th September 2018

The big film of the week is from director Eli Roth who is more known for his gore slasher and violent movies, but here delivers a family friendly tale of magic and wonder.

A Simple Favour

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

The film stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchet and makes its debut on the UK box office with £3.3 million, for Black and Blanchet who have starred in some big profile movies this is a low gross but for Roth this is a good opening weekend.

A Simple Favour

Also new this weekend is A Simple Favour from director Paul Feig, it is his first directing outing since the critically panned Ghostbusters reboot from 2016.

Opening to £1.6 million it does well for the director, the film stars Anna Kendrick and Linda Cardellini.

King Of Thieves

Doing well at number 3 is King Of Thieves which takes £1.5 million on its second weekend to bring the Michael Cain film to £3.7 million total.

Crazy Rick Asians

Crazy Rick Asians has a good second weekend at number 4 on the box office and takes £1.1 million, down only a small amount from last weeks debut, this brings the film to £3.5 million total gross.

The Nun

Finally at number 5 is horror film The Nun which takes £1 million for the weekend taking its total gross to just under the 10 million pound mark.

The Predator

Last weeks number 1 film takes a massive tumble down the chart this week to number 7, its total gross is now £3.8 million after a £0.6 million weekend.

25th September 2018

Calling it the Harry Potter world is old hat now, the Wizarding World as its known is now growing beyond the boy wizard and we have a new series of films.

The Fantastic Beasts series reaches its second film this November and today Warner Bros. release the final trailer.

Were not a big fan of the Harry Potter series but we loved Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and judging from this trailer the mystery and wonder as well as the sheer epic spectacle are all in place.

I cant help thinking that after a great first movie in the series this film is just going to fall to type and be a good guy versus bad guy like Harry Potter.

Decide for yourself and and check out the trailer below.

25th September 2018

It let go of the top spot for a week but The Nun is back on top this week as it holds off competition from Jack black.

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The horror film took $45.6 million from a huge 81 countries over the week which boosted its total global gross to a very good $292.5 million over its 3 week run.

Highest new entry of the week is at number 2, The House With A clock In Its Walls, the film directed by Eli Roth and starring Jack Black made its debut with $35.5 million from 23 countries.

Falling from the top to number 3 this week is The Predator which managed a global gross of $24 million from a massive 83 countries on its second weekend which boosts its total gross to $94.9 million.

New this week at number 4 is Chinese film Golden Job which makes its debit with $23.2 million from just 6 countries.

Finally in the top 5 is Johnny English Strikes Again which takes $17.2 million from 33 counties to bring its total global gross to $22.1 million.

24th September 2018

All change at the top of the US box office again this week as Eli Roth has the biggest debut of his career with The House With A Clock In Its Walls.

A Simple Favour

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in the kids magical fantasy witch takes $26 million on its debut weekend.

Also new this week and coming in at number 2 is Paul Feig's new directorial movie A Simple Favour, the film takes $10 million on its debut.

Still performing well at number 3 is The Nun which takes $10.2 million this weekend to brings its total US gross to just over $100 million on its third week of release.

Falling hard this week is The Predator which made its debut at the top last week, this week it falls to 4 with a $8 million weekend to brings its total to $40 million.

To finish off the top 5 is Crazy Rich Asians which has done incredibly well in the US having a total gross of $159 million after a $ 6.5 million sixth weeeknd.

21st August 2018

Danny Boyle has left as director of the next James Bond movie in an announcement today on the official James Bond Twitter page.

Daniel Craig is still set to play the British secret agent despite stating during the Spectre press circuit that he would be leaving, although this is due to be his last film in the role.

It is a real shame Boyle is leaving as his unique directing style would be good for the long running series, but this may be why he is leaving as producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have cited creative differences for his departure.

Maybe they should be looking to previous director Sam Mandes to come back one more time or look to Gurinder Chadha or Sarah Gavron to creatively change things.

Lets hope Boyle comes back in the future to direct a film in the long running series as his Bond would be a good movie.

21st August 2018

Debuting at the top of the UK box office this week is Christopher Robin although for the 3rd weekend Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again only just misses out.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

A £2.5 million debut gross is just enough to ensure that the Ewan McGregor starring film gets to the top.

The film directed by Marc Foster and has CGI animated versions of your favourite Pooh characters has been met with positive reviews which could give it a good run on the UK box office.

Coming in at number 2 again is the Mamma Mia! sequel which again only just misses out on going back to the top with a £2.2 million weekend gross.

The film is yes again the highest grossing film on the full Monday - Sunday chart with £6.2 million, its total UK gross is now £54 million and its the second highest grossing film of the year, behing Avengers Infinity War.

The Meg falls from the top to number 3 this week with £2.1 million for a total gross of £8.5,million.

New at number 4 is sequel The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington with a £1.9 million debut weekend.

Also new at number 5 is The Festival from the makers of The Inbetweeners which takes £1.4 million on its debut.

This is a far cry from the heights of the two Inbetweeners movies which took £13 million and £12 million respectively on their debuts.

Highest total grossing movie on the UK box office this week is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

21st August 2018

The House With A Clock In Its Walls is directed by Eli Roth and stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black.

It is released on the 21st September in the UK and has been given a 12A certificate by the BBFC for moderate threat, scary scenes.

6th August 2018

The Tom Cruise franchise movie Mission:Impossible Fallout is still pulling in the crowds at the world box office this week as it holds of competition from Chinese films Hello Mr. Billionaire and Along With The Gods The Last 49 Days.

Hello Mr. Billionaire

This weeks global gross for the 6th Mission:Impossible movie is $111 million from 57 countries which brings the films total gross globally to $329.4 million.

This means the film has nearly made as much as the lowest grossing of the series Mission:Impossible III and halfway to the top grossing film in the series Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation.

China's Hello Mr. Billionaire holds strong at number 2 this week with $65 million dollars from just China, this brings the films total gross to $289.9 million.

Highest new global hit of the week is Along With The Gods The Last 49 Days which takes $37.6 million from just 5 countries.

Disneys Christopher Robin is also new this week at number 4, it takes $29 million on its global debut from 19 countries while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again drops to number 5 with $28 million from 54 countries bringing the films total global gross to $230.5 million.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the highest total grossing film on the global box office this week with $1.2 billion and is still on release in 64 countries.

8th May 2018

With Avengers Infinity War proving too strong to be removed from the top of the UK box office, comedy I Feel Pretty makes its debut at number 2 this week.

<span class='highlight-purple'><i>I</i></span> Feel PrettyAfter its 3rd top grossing debut of all time last week the film drops by 57% this week with a weekend gross of just over £10 million.

This brings the films total gross in the UK to nearly £52 million and its now the top grossing film of 2018 overtaking the other Marvel film Black Panther.

Amy Schumer stars in I Feel Pretty which makes its debut at number 2 this week.

Maybe its a brave move to open the week after a Marvel film but the love yourself comedy takes £1.2 million for the weekend.

A Quiet Place is still doing really well for itself and this week is at number 3 with a weekend gross of £395,335 which brings the total gross to over £10 million.

Finishing off the top 5 is The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society at 4 with has now taken £4 million and Rampage which has now taken £8 million.

8th May 2018

With the biggest opening in the US of all time its no surprise that Avengers Infinity War hangs on for a second weekend with the remake of Overboard coming in at number 2 as the highest new film.

OverboardAvengers manages a second weekend on the box office grossing $112 million, a 50%+ drop from its debut, but this does bring the film total gross to $450 million after just 10 days of release.

Coming in at number 2 is the unwanted remake of the 1987 Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn movie of the same name.

This remake stars Eugenio Derbez and nna Faris and takes $14.7 million on its debut.

The rest of the top 5 is filled with holdovers that are still doing well, A Quiet Place is at 3 which has now grossed $160 million in the US and at number 4 is I Feel Pretty which has now grossed $38 million.

Finally at number 5 is Rampage which has now taken $84 million in the US and could be the first Dwayne Johnson film not to take over $100 million in many years.

7th May 2018

Released on 15th May in the UK Deadpool 2 has been given a 15 certificate by the BBFC for strong bloody violence, sex references, very strong language.

15 certificateIf thsi film is anything like the original then it will be very violent and full of bad language, but it has a very comic book feel which probably kept it below the 18 rating.

The sequel stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in this offbeat Marvel film, that Disney wanted nothing to do with, and after the success of the first film we have high hopes for this.

2nd May 2018

Marvel are living the good life on the box office at the moment with mega hits Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War, later this year comes Ant-Man And The Wasp and here is a new trailer.

The new trailer is action packed and shows Ant-Man in both his mini and giant variety.

The Wasp also gets some good screen time and the relationship between the two looks like it could be the highlight of the film.

Check out the trailer below.

30th April 2018

It is with absolutely no suprise at all the Avengers Infinity War is the top film in the US (and just about everywhere) this weekend, but with the high expectation given to the film it actually outperformed.

A Quiet PlaceEarly estimation are coming in with a weekend gross of $250 million, which would beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening weekend of $248 million making it the highest grossing opening ever.

These figures are with a Sunday estimate and Disney are thinking they may have this about $5 million lower than the true figure so we could see an opening weekend of $255 million - either way it is a massive record breaking figure for the film.

Avengers aside A Quite Place drops down to number 2 this weekend, the film has done incredibly well for a low budget horror, it has grossed $10.6 million this weekend bringing the total to $148 million.

At third is the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty which grosses $8.1 million over the weekend for a $30 million total.

Rampage sits at 4 this weekend with a $7 million weekend and an $80 million total and Black Panther shoots back up to number 5 with the release of Avengers Infinity War, the film this weeks takes $4.3 million which brings the total to an incredible $688 million.

23rd April 2018

There was a very tight race at the top of the US box office this week with A Quiet Place retaking the top spot with a million dollar margin.

The critically praised horror movie went back to the top after a week away with a $22 million weekend which brings the film total gross to $132 million after 3 weeks.

Rampage falls to number 2 after a week at the top but it was with the tightest of margins and only just misses out on a second weekend at the top.

$21 million for the weekend means the Dwayne Johnson film has taken $66 million after 2 weeks of release.

Highest new film of the week is the Amy Schumer vehicle I Feel Pretty which lands at number 3 with $16 million.

To finish off the US box office top 5 is a new entry from Super Trooper 2 at 4 with $14 million and Truth or Dare which falls to 5 with $8 million.

16th April 2018

After an incredible 4 weeks at the top of the UK box office Rampage come knocks Peter Rabbit down to number 2.

Starring Dwayne Johnson the video game adaptation lands at the top with a weekend gross of £4 million.

After the success of Johnson last film Jumanji he is a box office pull at the moment and this could have good legs and go on to gross over £20 million in the UK.

Peter Rabbit falls to number 2 this week with £2 million which after 5 weeks brings the films total gross to and excellent £38 million.

After entering the chart at 2 last week A Quiet Place falls to number 3 this week with £2 million bringing the film UK gross to £6 million.

Ready Player One falls to 4 this week with just over a million bringing the total gross to £14 million while new at 5 is Truth or Dare which lands with just shy of a million.

16th April 2018

With a very narrow margin the Dwayne Johnson starring Rampage knocks A Quiet Place off the top spot after just one week.

Rampage, loosely based on the video game, takes over at the top with a weekend gross of $34.5 million.

Johnson's star is shining bright at the moment and after the success of Jumanji last Christmas it's no surprise this has become a big hit.

With a very small drop in takings form last weekend A Quiet Place falls to number 2, but with $32.6 million over the weekend it was a close call and the film is very close to a US total gross of $100 million.

New at 3 is Truth or Dare which takes $19 million for the weekend which at 4 is Ready Player One which takes $11 million for the weekend and brings the films total gross to $111 million in the US.

FInally in the top 5 is Blockers which takes $10 million for the weekend bringing the films total gross to $36 million.

10th April 2018

Peter Rabbit follows in the footsteps of the previous top film Black Panther and makes is 4 weeks at the top in a row.

The film this weeks takes £3.2 million which brings the film total to £32.2 million.

Staying at number 2 this week is Ready Player One which looses ground on Peter Rabbit this week taking £2.4 million from the weekend.

This pushes the Spielberg directed film to a total UK gross of £11.5 million after 2 weekends of release.

Highest new film of the week is A Quiet Place directed by John Krasinski and starring himself and his wife Emily Blunt.

The critically acclaimed film takes £2.7 million on its opening weekend.

Love, Simon is a new entry at number 4 this week and Isle of Dogs from Wes Anderson falles to number 5 this weekend.

9th April 2018

At the US box office this week John Krasinski directs himself and his wife Emily Blunt in the new number one film A Quiet Place.

The Film opens strong at the top of the US box office with a $50 million opening weekend which is one of the top openings for the horror genre.

A Quiet Place removed Ready Player One from the top after a single weekend, the Steven Spielberg film takes $25 million on its second weekend of release.

The VR sci-fi has now taken nearly $100 million in the US and will pass this milestone probably on Monday.

New at 3 is Blockers, the teen sex comedy which takes $21 million from the weekend.

Finishing off the top 5 is Black Panther at 4 which is now the third highest grossing movie in the US ever with $665 million and I Can Only Imagine at 5.

5th April 2018

With the release of a new Steven Spielberg film your expect a new number 1 film, but Peter Rabbit kept the film at bay for a second weekend at the top.

It was a tight race with only half a million in it but Peter Rabbit raking £5.6 million for the weekend to boost its total UK gross to £21.6 million.

Director Steven Spielberg gave us Ready Player One this week which was released to great reviews and public demand but it failed to reach the top on its debut hitting number 2 with £5.1 million.

Also new this week at number 3 is the Wes Anderson directed animation Isle Of Dogs which takes a better than expected £1.6 million over the weekend.

Another new entry in the top 5 has Blockers hitting number 4 with £1.3 million.

Finishing off the top 5 is Black Panther with takes just over a million for the weekend, this brings the film total UK gross to £46 million and it is by far the top film of 2018 so far.

There are still some big film to be released this year but it will take potentially the other Marvel movie Avengers Infinity War to beat this total as I think the likes of Solo A Star Wars Story wont have the legs to beat it.

5th April 2018

The third outing for the anti Bond English hero gets its first trailer for the September film Johnny English Strikes Again.

Once again Rowan Atkinson is the bumbling British Secret Agent who is out to save the work, and has no idea how he does it!

Released in September 2018 check out the trailer below.

27th March 2018

After a 5 week run at the top of the US box office Back panther this week gets knocked down to number 2 with the new entry of pacific Rim Uprising.

It was a relatively low debut for the Pacific Rim sequel as it takes $28 million, compared to the original its well down as that film took $37 million on its debut.

Despite falling to number 2 Black Panther still manager a $16 million 6th weekend which brings the films total US gross to $630 million.

I Can Only Imagine stays at number 3 this weekend while new at number 4 is the animated sequel Sherlock Gnomes which takes $10 million.

Finally Tomb Raider falls to number 5 this week on its second weekend of release with a gross of $10 million bringing the films total to $41 million.

19th March 2018

Despite a good attempt by Tomb Raider to derail Black Panther from the top of the US box office the Marvel mega smash manages a fifth weekend at the top.

No film in the US has spent this long at the top since Avatar in 2009 so this is kind of a big deal.

This weekend Panther takes $27 million which takes its total US gross to $605 million.

Coming in at number 2 this week, and the highest new film, is Tomb Raider, the new reboot following on from the rebooted games from a few years back.

Despite mainly positive reviews the film still only manages to gross half that of the Angelina Jolie movie from 2001.

The Alice Vikander version of the video game heroin takes $23.5 million on its opening weekend.

Faith based movie I Can Only Imagine is new at 3 and gets the highest per screen average on the charts and has far outstripped expectation, the film takes $17 million for the weekend.

Finishing off the top 5 is A Wrinkle in time at number 4 and sinking fast and Love, Simon which is new at number 5 this weekend.

14th March 2018

Not a lot of movement on the UK box office this week as Black Panther stays at the top for a fourth weekend and the top new film is at number 12.

The last time a film spent four consecutive weekends at the top was July 2017 when Dunkirk did it, Black panther has followed a very similar path and that film went on to make £44 million.

Black panther this weekend takes £2.9 million which brings the films total UK gross to £39.8 million, it is the top grossing film of the year, it has also just passed the $1 billion mark globally.

Breaking outside the top 10 briefly, with a lack of any big blockbusters this weekend the top new film of the week is You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix which is new at 12 with a weekend gross of £288,344.

Climbing to 2 this weekend is The Greatest Showman which is having one of the greatest box office runs ever, 11 weeks in and its not left the top 5 and its grossed over £1 million on each of those weeks.

This week it takes £1.5 million, an increase on last week, which brings its total gross to an incredible £37 million.

The rest of the top 5 is filled with Red Sparrow, last weeks top new entry falls to 3, and then hold overs Game Night at number 4 and lady Bird at number 5.

Worth noting is the 2 big Oscar winning film saw mixed fortunes this week, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri dropper from last week while The Shape Of Water saw a very slight increase.

5th March 2018

Steven Spielberg's new Sci-Fi drama is released on 30th March 2018 and has been give a 12A certificate by the UK's BBFC.

The board has given the rating for moderate violence, horror, infrequent strong language, 12A means no-one under the age of 12 can be admitted without and adult.

3rd March 2018

The annual tradition of The Razzie Awards being announced the night before the Oscars continued Saturday as The Emoji Movie wins big.

Picking up the most awards including worst picture Fifty Shades Darker also did well.

Check out the 8 minute video below with all the winners.

19th February 2018

Marvel released their latest superhero this weekend into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the shape of Black Panther and became the studios second best debut behind Avengers Age of Ultron the second Avengers movie.

A weekend gross of £17.7 million means the film is less than a million behind the multi superhero film.

The second Avengers movie went of to make just shy of £50 million so Black Panther could well go over that mark in the coming weeks, the first Avengers movie, Avengers Assemble is the top grossing Marvel movie at £51 million.

Falling to number 2 this week is Fifty Shades Freed which takes £2.7 million in its second weekend for a £13.3 million total so far.

New at number 3 is the critically praised The Shape of Water from Guillermo del Toro, a £2.4 million debut isn't hit top debut, Hellboy II: The Golden Army did better, but its right up there.

Holding on at number 4 is The Greatest Showman which has now been around for 8 week and is the top grossing film of 2018, so far, and has taken an amazing £30 million.

Finally Coco from Disney Pixar is still in the top 5 and has now taken £15 million over 5 weeks.

19th February 2018

Directed by Eli Roth and starring Bruce Willis the remake/reboot of Death Wish has been given an 18 certificate by the BBFC in the UK.

Released on 6th April 2018 the classification has been given for strong violence, scene of torture.

5th February 2018

The surprise hit of the year so far, Jumaji: Welcome To The Jungle, goes back to the top of the US box office after a week away to make it 4 weeks in total.

It was a quiet weekend for the box office as it was Superbowl weekend and that tends to take over everything but Jumanji managed an $11 million gross which brings its total to $352.6 million.

Falling into second place is Maze Runner: The Death Cure which took $10.2 million in its second weekend bringing the total to $39.7 million.

Highest new film of the week is Winchester starring Helen Mirren which lands at number 3 with $9.2 million.

Finishing off the top 5 is The Greatest Showman which has a total US gross of $137.4 million and Hostiles which now has $21.2 in total.

30th January 2018

Doing a yoyo back up the charts this week is the award laden and Oscar hopeful Darkest Hour which goes back to the top after a week away.

The whole of the top 5 was actually very close and all took over £2 million, not something you see that often, Darkest Hour took £2.6 million to brings its total to £15 million.

Falling to number 2 this week is Coco after a week at number 2, a £2.3 million weekend brings the total to £8 million.

Highest new entry of the week comes in at number 3 in the shape of threequel Maze Runner The Death Cure which takes £2.2 million over the weekend.

This is a very similar gross to both the other 2 films in the series and so should end up around the £8 million mark.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Greatest Showman which is doing great business and the biggest shock of the week Early Man which makes its debut at 5.

A new film from Aardman and directed by the great Nick Park should have challenged for the top spot, but a close top 5 gives it a £2 Million debut.

Worth noting, if the chart were counted on a weeks Monday - Sunday bases it would have been quite different, Darkest Hour would still have been the top film but The Greatest Showman would have been second The Post third with Coco fourth and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri fifth.

25th January 2018

Its been a while coming but the title of the 6th Mission:Impossible film has finally been released as Mission:Impossible Fallout.

Not sure if this is a reference to how the team get on, or the attitude governments have towards the team or even what happens every time Tom Cruise gets in an air bound vehicle?

The film is set for a July 2018 release, so not long to wait and see how Impossible the 6th mission realy is.

Get ready. #MissionImpossible

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24th January 2018

Considering the original was an alright sci-fi movie that was immediately forgettable the sequel is getting a lot of hype.

Maybe its because it stars man of the moment John Boyega but anyway here is the new trailer for the film.

Released in the UK on 23rd March we don't have long to wait to see if its worth the hype.

23rd January 2018

At this weeks UK box office Coco from Disney/Pixar tops the list on its debut weekend of release with £5.2 million.

The film has been a smash hit worldwide and continues the success that Pixar has had with the likes of the Toy Story series and Finding Nemo.

Falling to second place this week after a single week at the top is Darkest Hour, but a £3.3 million weekend boosts the total to £10.1 million.

Steven Spielberg lets loose the first of 2 film for the first half of the year with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep starring in The Post, debuting to the tune of £2.1 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Greatest Showman at 4 and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle at 5.

Worth a mention is Star Wars: The Last Jedi which although falling to 9 this week boosts its total to £81.4 million, its now in the top 5 grossing UK films of all time.

22nd January 2018

Steven Spielberg may have The Post currently in cinemas but he also has a new sci-fi film coming out in March called Ready Player One.

Check out this 3 minute featurette from Warner Bros. featuring Spielberg and author Ernest Cline.

15th January 2018

Making its debut this weekend is the awards favourite Darkest Hours Starring Gary Oldman.

The film makes its debut at number 1 with a weekend gross of £4 million.

Falling to number 2 this week after a week at the top, but on its fourth weekend is Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle with takes £2.4 million for a £29 million total gross.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri makes its debut at number 3, and with a good Golden Globes showing it takes £2.3 million for the weekend.

Finishing off the top 5 is The Greatest Showman at number 4 and Insidious: The Last Key at number 5.

Worth mentioning is Star Wars: The Last Jedi which this week takes over Beaty And The Beast at the top grossing film released in 2017.

8th January 2018

At this weeks UK box office Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle steps up and takes over at the top of the box office.

A Critical and now audience success the films takes £3.8 million over the weekend to boost the total to £26 million.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi falls to number 2 with £3.5 million (it was a close call) to boost the total to £76 million, its now the top grossing film released in 2017.

The Greatest Showman is at number 3 this week with Molly's Game the highest new film at number 4.

Rounding out the top 5 is Pitch Perfect 3.

8th January 2018

The reign of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is over as American audiences this week have preferred the comedy of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

Now in its 3rd Weekend the Dwayne Johnson film has not only won over critics but audiences alike.

Highest new film of the week of Insidious The Last Key, early January horror has done well in the last few years and is becoming a staple of the cinema calendar.

The Last Jedi falls to 3 this week and is starting to tumble fast and will only just out gross Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and not even come close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The top 5 is finished off with The Greatest Showman and Pitch Perfect 3.

2nd January 2018

2018 has kicked in and as always we take time to reflect on what is coming to the cinema in the coming 12 months and list the 10 films were looking forward to.

Normally this is an easy list to conceive, but this year we have had to narrow it down from a short list of 20 movie, so some films like All The Money In The World and The Press have missed the list, not because were not looking forward to them but these 10 films we are really looking forward to.

So here we are, in release order, the list of 10 films we are looking forward to in 2018.

Coco
The new film from Pixar, and although it doesn't capture us initially as much as say Finding Nemo or Toy Story it has things about it that cant be ignored, mainly its a Pixar movie.

Fifty Shades Freed
The last in the Fifty Shades series, we loved Fifty Shades of Grey, but hated Fifty Shades Darker, but were looking forward to this although we know it will have bad dialogue and probably flop!

The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro latest film and one which has had the critics overly excited, could be the directors best film since Pan Labyrinth.

Tomb Raider
Were old enough to remember the original video game and still have the memory of Angelina Jole in out heads, but this is a reboot and looks gritty and exciting.

Ready Player One
You cant ignore a good sci-fi films and you certainly can ignore it when Steven Spielberg has directed the film, this has the potential for highest grossing film of the year.

Avengers Infinity War
But then there is the third Avengers movie to think about, and with the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemingly doing no wrong with audiences eager to spend money this could be a massive grossing film in 2018.

Solo A Star Wars Story
And then there is the annual (despite it only being a few months since the last one) Star Wars movie which although not part of the main saga is a film which will pull on the nostalgia of many fans and hopefully answer quite a few questions.

Deadpool 2
There is no denying the popularity of the original Deadpool film and the inevitable sequel will pull a similar crowd, lets hope its no Kick Ass 2!

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
Audiences love dinosaurs and all the time these films are making big bucks Universal will deliver, follow up the 2016 origianl and fifth in the series in total, expect big money if nothing else.

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes Of Grindelwald
Suprisingly we though the original Fantastic Beasts was better than all the Harry Potter films so we have high hopes for this, and written by J.K. Rowling herself she knows this universe and how the please the fans better than anyone.

31st December 2017

Top films globally in 2017: Beauty and the Beast top the global box office in 2017

2017 at the global box office was a story of remakes, sequels and superheroes where a beauty and a beast in live action was the top film of the year while the 8th Furious film wasn't far behind.

Beauty and the Beast, the live action version, was the top at the global box office during 2017 helping Disney to be, by a long way, the biggest studio of 2017 with 6 of the top 10 films coming from the mouse house.

Universal also did well in the runner up spot with Fast and Furious 8 and Despicable Me 3 at 2 and 3 as the long established series bucked a trend of diminished returns for sequels throughout the year.

Warner did well with the DC cinematic universe and the horror hit IT filling in the lower end of the list although Justice League failed to make the top 10 (although it is still on general release at the end of 2017).

Here is the top 10 films of 2017 across the globe.

  1. Beauty and the Beast - $1.2 billion
  2. Fast and Furious 8 - $1.23 billion
  3. Despicable Me 3 - $1.03 billion
  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - $953.36 million
  5. Spider-Man Homecoming - $880.16 million
  6. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 - $863.73 million
  7. Thor: Ragnorak - $847.32 million
  8. Wonder Woman - $821.84 million
  9. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge - $794.86
  10. IT - $698.06

19th December 2017

No Surprise on this weeks UK box office that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the top film, its more of a case of what numbers did it manage.

With less anticipation it didn't do as well at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it did better than last years offshoot Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

A £28 million opening is the 3rd highest in the UK evert after the previous Star Wars and Spectre, time will tell what the final gross will be but with mixed reviews it will most likely be around the £90 million mark and be a top 5 top film in the UK.

Paddington 2 falls to number 2 while Daddys Home 2 is at number 3.

Wonder is still doing well at number 4 with Justice League falling to number 5 this week.

UK top 10 box office weekend 15th - 17th December 2017

1 Star Wars: The Last Jedi £28,010,841
2 Paddington 2 £1,357,273
3 Daddys Home 2 £1,032,977
4 Wonder £467,987
5 Justice League £222,698
6 Murder On The Orient Express £196,186
7 The Disaster Artist £118,044
8 A Bad Moms Christmas £97,840
9 The Star £93,775
10 Thor: Ragnarok £92,665

30th November 2017

Due out this Christmas Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle is given a 12A certificate for the UK certification board BBFC.

Given for moderate violence, infrequent moderate sex references, language the films stars Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black.

28th November 2017

Not long not before we get the next instalment of the Star Wars saga in the shape of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The BBFC have given it a 12A rating for moderate violence.

15th November 2017

Deadpool 2 gets its first trailer, and in true Deadpool style is just plain weird.

Nothing is normal in the world of the Ryan Reynold starring film and this trailer sure as hell falls into that category.

Released June 1st 2018 expect a full, more tailer like trailer soon.

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.

Pokémon 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.

11th October 2017

Its taken 35 years to produce a sequel to one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time and Blade Runner 2049 does what its predecessor couldn't and tops the box office.

Its hard to draw comparisons when there is such a gap between two parts but Blade Runner was considered a flop on release and only later was considered a classic, although not setting the box office alight as expected the sequel does manage a £6 million debut.

The reviews and the anticipation should have perhaps demanded a £10 million plus opening, but perhaps the long running time and stylised cinematography put people off.

Falling to number 2 after 2 weeks on top is Kingsman The Golden Circle which still manages a very respectable £2.1 million.

This brings the films total to date to £19.4 million, this means the film has in 3 weeks outgrossed the originals 9 week gross of £16 million.

Also new this week is The Mountain Between Us at number 4 with £0.7 million and the event feature Nora from the Met Opera (Norma Met Opera 2017) at number 7.

For the first time in 8 weeks there is a new highest total grossing movie, although it is Despicable Me 3 which is also the longest running film with 15 weeks, it has grossed £47 million.

Historical Charts

A year ago
The Girl on the train starring Emily Blunt was the top film making its debut while Bridget Jones's Baby fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Making its debut at the top was Taken 2 starring Liam Neeson while Looper fell to number 2 after a week on top.

Ten years ago
Ben still starred in the Heartbreak Kid which debuted at number 1 while Run Fatboy Run fell from the top after 4 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Disneys Lilo and Stitch took over at the top while signs fell to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

Twenty years ago
The Full Monty spent its 6th week at the top while the top new film was Volcano starring Tommy Lee Jones at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Patriot Games spent its second weekend at the top while the return on the Carry On films after 14 years away was the top new film at 2.

9th October 2017

There was never any doubt that the highly anticipated new Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, was going to top the box office, but expectation were a little higher than was achieved.

Starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford the film has garnered fantastic reviews with a true sequel storyline and fantastic cinematography.

With a debut gross of just over $31 million on an expectation of $50 million maybe the sci-fi epic was a little too much for movie goers.

Falling to number 3 this week is last weeks top film IT which takes just shy of $10 million on its 6th weekend of release for a total US gross of $304 million.

Coming in at number 2 is The Mountain Between Us starring Kate Winslet and Idris Alba with a US weekend gross of $10 million.

Also new this week is animated film My Little Pony with an $8 million debut.

It is the longest longest running film and well os t he top total grossing film on the top 10 this week.

22nd September 2017

The power of IT at the UK box office was far to strong this week and with ease it remains at the top of the box office while Judy Dench stars in the highest new entry.

Warner Bros. continue to market the horror film IT to great effect as the film takes £6 million which is only a 40% drop from its debut.

This brings the films total gross to an excellent £21.1 million from 10 days of release which is putting the film on for easily a £35 million total take in the UK.

Highest new film of the week is Victoria and Abdul directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench.

The film takes £1.8 million for the weekend which places it at number 2 on this weeks chart.

Also new this week is Mother! which enters at number 3, and with rave reviews and much publicity takes a quite disappointing £0.8 million.

American Assassin is also new at 4 and The Jungle Bunch makes a new entry at number 6.

For the fifth straight week the longest running film is Despicable Me 3 now with 12 weeks while Dunkirk is the highest total grossing movie with £55 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Bridget Joneses baby hit the top spot on its debut while Sausage Party fell from the top to number 4 with an all new top 3.

Five years ago
The Sweeney hit the top of the chart on its debut while Dredd fell to number 5, a heavy fall in its second weekend.

Ten years ago
Run Fatboy Run remained at the top for a second weekend while Superbad was the top new film at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Signs hit the top on its debut while falling to number 2 after a week on top was The Bourne Identity.

Twenty years ago
Spending its third weekend at the top was The Full Monty while Air Force One was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Lethal Weapon 3 was the top film for a fifth weekend while the top new film Housesitter at number 2.

20th September 2017

Second trailer for the upcoming remake of Jumanji, well sort of remake.

Its a sort of sequel as well to the 1996 film starring Robin Williams.

Taking a more modern slant as a video game the Jumanji game once again pulls people in to have an adventure.

Spot the Karen Gillan Lara Croft look that has her running through a jungle, seen that before somewhere?

20th September 2017

Out with the old, in with the new, its happened about 10 years after the game series got it but Tomb raider gets a much needed reboot.

Starring Alicia Vikander the film gets its first trailer today, check it out below.

And is it just me or does this look like a better version of the Jumanji reboot due Christmas 2017?

Tomb Raider is due march 2018.

12th September 2017

After a few weeks of non performances at the US box office this week a major blockbuster in the shape of IT not only brings it back to life but does so in record breaking style.

Director Andres Muschietti who previously directed Mama, brings to the screen Stephen Kings IT, and break the US September record for opening film in style.

After a few weeks of nothing to go and see at the movies the American public came out to the tune of $117 million, this is more double the previous highest September opening film.

Warner Bros. who distributed the film pumped a lot of marketing dollars into the film and it worked, although with little else in competition it was not hard to get people to realise the film was being released, and it worked.

Also new this week is Reese Witherspoon in Home Again which opened in the number 2 spot, little hype for this film meant a $9 million opening.

The Hitmans Bodyguard fell to number 3 this week with $4.8 million, now in its 4th weekend the film has grossed a total of $64 million.

Longest running film on the chart is Spider-Man Homecoming which has now spent 10 weeks on the chart, its also the highest total grossing film with $327 million.

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.

30th August 2017

It was a quiet weekend at the UK box office as top 15 total gross reaches a level not seen since December 2015 with Tom Cruises new film American Made takes the crown.

Grossing a little over 1 million pound the film had little to no competition for the top spot and takes nearly £900,000 less than last week number 1 film.

Ironically what American Made has done that Cruises last film didn't do is go to number 1, The Mummy released in early June could only manage a number 2 debut, although it did it with £3.3 million.

Of interest is this weeks full weekly breakdown, if the chart was based on Monday - Sunday figures this week chart would have been as follows: Dunkirk, The Hitmans Bodyguard, The Emoji Movie, Annabelle Creation, Despicable Me 3.

American Made is the only film this week to take over a million is takings, Dunkirk which is at number 2 this week is just shy and yet again nearly took the top spot.

The Hitmans Bodyguard fell from the top to number 3 this week with a weekend gross of just over £800,000 which is 4% drop from last week.

The films total gross after 2 weekend of play is now £4 million.

Also new this week are Logan Lucky directed by Steven Soderbergh at number 4 and Detroit starring John Boyega and directed by Kathryn Bigelow at number 7.

Dunkirk is this weeks top total grossing film with a total that is now over £50 million while Despicable Me 3 has now been on the chart for a run of 9 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Finding Dory stayed at the top of the box office while the top new film was Bad Moms at number 2.

Five years ago
Brave stayed at the top for a second weekend while the top new film of the week was Keith Lemon The Film at number 5.

Ten years ago
The Bourne Ultimatum spent a second weekend at the top while Knocked Up was the top new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Hitting the top spot on its debut was The Guru, it knocked Men In Black II down to number 2 after 3 weeks on top.

Twenty years ago
Men In Black spent its fourth week on top while the top new film was the excellent horror movie Event Horizons at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Alien 3 was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1 while Lethal Weapon 3 fell down to number 2 after a single week at the top.

25th August 2017

The was a battle at the top of the Uk box office this week between The Hitmans Bodyguard and Dunkirk and with a gap of less than £50,000 Bodyguard won.

The comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson took £1.9 million on its debut weekend to reach the top, this is the lowest opening for a film to reach number 1 since Billy Elliot The Musical Live took the top spot in September 2014.

This means that the total gross for the top 15 films is also at a low with just £10 million taken.

Falling from the top is Dunkirk, although it held on tight and in the end lost to by a narrow margin taking to second place with £1.8 million.

Dunkirk is still showing strong figures from the week and took £4 million Monday - Sunday to brings its total to nearly £50 million, it is easily the second top grossing film of 2017.

Interestingly the Monday - Sunday figures puts The Hitmans Bodyguard at number 4 with Annabelle Creation and The Emoji Movie coming second and third.

Highest grossing film on the UK box office this week is Dunkirk while the longest running film is Despicable Me 3 with 8 weeks on the chart, its currently number 6.

Historical charts

A year ago
Finding Dory Went back to the top of the box office knocking Suicide Squad to number 2 while David Brent Life On The Road was the top new film at 3.

Five years ago
After a limited launch seeing it reach number 6 then number 5 Brave reached the top when it went wide on its third week, it knocked off Ted to number 3, The Bourne Legacy was the top new film at 2.

Ten years ago
The Bourne Ultimatum was the top new film of the week at number 1, it knocked off Rush Hour 3 to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Men In Black II remained at the top of the box office for a third weekend while the top new film was The Sum of All Fears at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Men in Black remained at the top for a third weekend while the top new film was Speed 2 Cruise Control at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Lethal Weapon 4 was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top while Far And Away fell to number 2.

16th August 2017

Actor Daniel Craig has confirmed that he will play James Bond in the new movie which will be his fifth time.

After production of Spectre, the last Bond movie, he was unsure if he would return.

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.

1st August 2017

China ruled the global box office this week as the mega hit Wolf Warrior II had one of the biggest openings in China this year, second only to Fat and Furious 8.

With $125.9 million from only 5 countries, Wolf Warrior II directed by and starring Wu Jing, has a country average of an incredible $25.1 million.

The films total global gross so far is $142 million after a soft launch last week.

Dunkirk falls to second place this week with $73.7 million from 64 countries for a country average of $1.1 million.

This brings the films global total to a respectable $234.1, it should break the $300 million by next weekend.

Highest new film of the week is The Emoji Movie which lands at number 6 with $25.6 million from just the one country, America, which on a country average would put it ahead of the number 1 film by half a million dollars.

Despicable me 3 is the highest total grossing global hit on the top 10 with $819.2 million so far and is at number 3 this week.

1st August 2017

After a strong debut last weekend the Christopher Nolan war epic Dunkirk remains at the top despite a strong showing from The Emoji Movie.

A weekend gross of $26 million was enough to secure a second weekend on top for Dunkirk with a 44% drop in weekend grosses.

This brings the total gross after 10 days to $102 million, another hit for Nolan after the Batman trilogy, Interstellar and Inception.

A strong debut for The Emoji Movie has brought the film into the box office at number 2, it narrowly missed out on the top spot with a $25.6 million debut.

Animated features do well these days from the likes of Disney and Dreamworks and with kids using Emojis on a daily bases and the kids holidays coming to an end, so parents treat the kids this could have a way to go.

Also new this week is Atomic Blonde, the R rated movie makes its debut at 4 with $18.5 million.

Wonder Woman is once again the longest running film and the highest total grossing with 9 weeks on the chart and $396.4 million in grosses.

23rd July 2017

Spielberg goes back to the sci-fi arena with Ready Player One.

Set in a futuristic world where were all addicted to and live in Virtual Reality.

Looks amazing - and check out the cameo from Iron Giant and a certain time traveling car.

Check out the excellent trailer below.

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.

29th June 2017

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are all present for sequel movie A Bad Moms Christmas.

The original Bad moms was a sizeable hit from a small budget so I suppose this is a no brainer.

A the title suggests its a Christmas movie and is out early November!

Check out the trailer below.

22nd June 2017

News hit yesterday that Phil Lord And Chris Miller had left as directors of the untitled Han Solo movie.

Today news hits that Ron Howard will finish off directing the movie, so what does this mean.

Lucafilms have worked with the director before with the fantasy hit Willow from 1988.

He is a very good director and has great vision and know how to tell a story, this might mean re-writes of the story, and more importantly is will mean a very different sytle.

Production was half way through but Ron Howard will want to put his stamp on the film, he is not a director for hire and I think there will be many re-shoots and we will get a very different movie.

Better? Who know, we never will, but it is good news.

21st June 2017

Making it a trio of weeks at the top this week Wonder Woman beats again The Mummy while the top new film is Churchill at number 5.

The DC Universe from Warner Bros. really has kicked into gear now with Wonder Woman taking £1.8 million on its third weekend of release.

This puts the films total gross in the UK at £16.2 million, although last years Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice made more it was very front loaded and by this point in its run had really slowed down.

The Mummy has done better in the UK than in other territories where it sunk on the second weekend, this week its still at 2 with £1.1 million for a total of £4.9 million.

Highest new film of the week is Churchill which enters the UK box office at number 5 with £392,732.

The film starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson has been praised critically but as a small independent film doesn’t get the reach of a high budget blockbuster and was only screened in 345 sites.

The film has done well to take this much and as is often the case with British film it is sure to hang around for many weeks to come.

Other films making their debut this weekend are Gifted starring Chris Evans and the Nick Broomfield documentary Whitney Can I Be Me at number 10.

Longest running film this weekend is The Boss Baby with 11 weeks on the chart while the top grossing movie is Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 which has now grossed £40 million in total.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case was the top new film making its debut at number 1 while Me Before You fell to number 2 after 2 weeks on top.

Five years ago
Prometheus retained the top slot for a third weekend while the top new film was Rock of Ages at number 4.

Ten years ago
4: Rise of The Silver Surfer topped the charts on its debut knocking Ocean’s Thirteen down to number 2 after a week of release.

Fifteen years ago
Spider-Man (the original Sam Raimi version) made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones down to number 2 after 4 weeks on top.

Twenty years ago
remaining at the top was The Fifth Element while the top new film was Whoopy Goldberg in The Associate at number 7.

Twenty five years ago
The Lawnmower Man held onto the top for a second weekend with Dolly Pardon in Straight Talk the top new film at number 4.

24th May 2017

I suppose with Tony Stark supplying the suite for Disney/Marvels Spider-Man incarnation it was inevitable that it would have Ironman type abilities.

Not sure it sits well with us, but it looks like the new film picks up the action from what Sony offered and has slicker production.

We liked the Toby Maguire Spidey personally but check out the Tom Holland version in the trailer below.

16th May 2017

Final trailer for War For The Planet of The apes, Caesar didn't start the war but will finish it.

Action heavy and Woody Harrelson aplenty in this trailer, prepare for Planet of The Apes.

9th May 2017

Second week of release for the Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 keeps it at the top with A Dogs Purpose coming in at 2 as the highest new film.

With a 50%+ drop in its weekend gross Guardians this week takes £6 million in its box office takings.

This takes the Chris Pratt starring movie to £27.4 million after 10 days of release, the film is current doing almost double the business of the original Guardians movie at this point.

Highest new film of the week is a little known comedy film called A Dogs Purpose, starring Dennis Quaid and directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

It was a US hit a month or so back and after taking £1.3 million on its debut is set to become a hit on this side of the Atlantic as well.

Also new this week is Sleepless at number 6, MIndhorn at number 8 and Unlocked at number 10, a low grossing top 10 this week means all these film took less than half a million on their debut.

This weeks longest stay on the chart is Get Out which has been around for 8 week while top new film is once again Beauty and The Beast which has now taken £71 million and is the 8th top film ever in the UK.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Captain America: Civil War spent its second week at the top of the Uk box office while the top new film was Bad Neighbours 2 at number 3.

Five years ago
Avengers Assemble stayed at the top for a second weekend, it kept off American Pie: Reunion which made its debut at number 2.

Ten years ago
Spider-Man 3 made its debut at the top of the box office, it knocked Next down to number 3 after only a week at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Making it two weeks at the top was About A Boy while the top new film was panic Room at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Jim Carey was the top star of the era and him new film Liar Liar was the top new film at number 1, the Special Edition of Star WarsL Return of The Jedi fell to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle made it 3 weeks at the top while Howards End was the top new film, at number 2.

8th May 2017

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 opened up is a number of major territories this week and duly remains at the top of the global box office.

The James Gunn directed film starring Chris Pratt got its US debut this week and with release in 56 countries takes $268.8 million on its second week.

This pushed the films total global gross to $427.6 million, well on its way to a billion, this first Guardians film made $774 million and this could make the extra quarter of a billion to be yet another Marvel film to make the mark.

Showing great promise is Baahubali 2 The Conclusion which this week is at number 2 with $47 million from 11 countries, this pushes the film total gross to $147 million.

Two film on the top 5 this have grossed over a billion, Fast and Furious 8 at number 3 has taken $1.158 billion and Beauty and The Beast has now taken $1,185 billion and is at 5 this week.

There are no new entries on the global box office this week, no surprise with the wider release of Guardians this week.

2nd May 2017

The Marvel unsung heroes (outside of Deadpool) have gained a massive following since the release of the first film and the inevitable sequel was always going to be a massive blockbuster.

Landing at the top of this weeks UK box office Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 takes a fantastic £13 million making it the 41 highest debut ever, behind The Inbetweeners Movie and head of The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers.

The original Guardians of The Galaxy opened to £6.3 million in 2014, good for an untried new franchise, this film had bigger hype and has gained a loyal following and more than doubles the debut gross.

With favourable reviews and stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana at the top of their games, and with the best hero at the cinema in Baby Groot were looking at a £40 - £50 million total gross.

Falling from the top after 2 weeks if Fast and Furious 8, a £1.7 million 3rd weekend means that the film has now taken £26 million, it will struggle now to catch up with Fast and Furious 7.

Also new this week is Baahubali 2 The Conclusion at number 6 with £0.4 million, The Promise at number 9 with £178,000 and Lady McBeth at number 10 with £174,000.

Sing re-entered the chart this week and at 9 weeks is the longest running film while Beauty and The Beast is the highest total grossing movie with £70 million, its the 8th UK top film ever.

Historical Charts A year ago
Captain America: Civil War from Marvel was the top new film of the week, it knocked The Jungle Book from Disney from the top.

Five years ago
Avengers Assemble from Marvel took over at the top, it knocked Salmon Fishing In The Yemen down to number 2.

Ten years ago
Next starring Nicholas Cage was new at the top, it knocked Wild Hogs down to number 2 after a couple of weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
About A Boy starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Holt was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top, it knocked Bend It Like Beckham to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Finishing off the release of Star Wars Special Editions Star Wars: Return of The Jedi made its debut at the top, it knocked Scream down to 2.

Twenty five years ago
Staying at the top was The Hand The Rocks The Cradle for a second weekend while Denzel Washington starred in the top new film Ricochet at number 3.

1st May 2017

As the film pushed itself over the billion mark at the global box office Fast and Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious in America) hold the top spot for a third weekend.

Fast 8 drops nearly 50% of its taking from last week and this week manages ‘just’ $19.4 million to bring its US total to $192.7 million.

Highest new film of the week is How To Be A Latin Lover which is new at number 2 with a good $12 million debut.

For a smaller independent film this is a great opening, it did play to a largely latin American audience which is to be expected.

Also new this week is Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which is new at 3 with $10 million and Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in The Circle which disappoints with a number 4 debut and $9.3 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Beauty and The Beast which has now grosses nearly $500 million, it is also the longest running film with 7 weeks on the chart.

25th April 2017

Lots of release date juggling for Disney today as they update the next 4 years of released from the Mouse House.

Despite many untitled reelase there were still some highlights.

Wrinkle in Time is set for 9th March 2018, Avengers Infinity War is on for 5th April 2018.

The Han Solo movie is set for 25th May next year, expect to movie but I sure as hell hope not.

Star Wars Episode IX broke as 24th May 2019 and Toy Story 4 is coming on 21st June 2019(US date so expect late summer in the UK).

Frozen 2 is coming on (WED) 27th November 2019 and Indianan Jones 5 will hit cinemas on 10th July 2020.

These are all US release date so expect some UK juggling, check out the full list below.

25th April 2017

Lucasfilms and taking Star wars back to its roots, by giving the last episode of the new trilogy a release date of may 24th 2019.

To me the Christmas releases of Star Wars have never felt right and the May release date feels better.

With the Star Wars: The Last Jedi set for this December, we get the (UNTITLED) Han Solo movie May 2018, they Episode IX the following May, 2019, Star Wars overload? Never!

19th April 2017

Producing a series best with a £14 million opening weekend Fast and Furious 8 tops the UK box office easily making more than the rest of the chart added together.

This is the first instalment without the late Paul Walker and many thought the series could not continue, but number 8 in the long running series has performed better then expected.

The £14 million opening makes it the 30th best opening ever in the UK ahead ofThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and behind Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith.

After a week at the top The Boss baby falls to number 2 with £3 million bringing the films total to a rather good £16.7 million after 2 weeks.

The Handmaiden is new at number 6 with £474,752 and The Sense of an Ending is new at 10 with £329,948.

Highest total grossing movie on the chart is Beauty and The Beast with £65 million, its now the 10th top film in the UK, and the longest running film is Logan with 7 weeks.

Historical charts
A year ago
The Jungle Book hit the top of the chart on its debut while Zootopia fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Battle ship was the new film at the top of the box office while the 3D version of Titanic fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Wild Hogs flew into the top of the box office knocking Mr. Beans Holiday down to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Bend It Like Beckham was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1 while Blade II fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
The special edition of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its debut at the top, it knocked the special edition of Star Wars to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Hook made its debut at the top of the box office and with an all new top 3 Deceived fell to number 4.

4th April 2017

There is still no stopping the live action Beaty and The Beast as it holds off Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in The Shell as the manga adaptation debuts at number 2.

On its third weekend at the top of the UK box office Beauty and The Beast takes £6.7 million, yet again another excellent weekend gross.

This brings the films total gross to a fantastic £51 million over its 3 week UK release and by far makes it the top film of the year.

Making its debut in second place this week is the live action adaptation of the 1996 Manga film Ghost in The Shell.

Taking a relatively good £2.3 million the film has done well, but with the hype and mainly positive reviews we could have been looking at higher.

Maybe the film will be a slow burner and with many teens on Easter holidays this could do well over the coming weeks.

I'm sure its not escaped your attention that the top 2 films this week are live action versions of classic animations.

Also new this week is Smurfs The Lost Village at number 3 with £1.3 million, this film will do well in the next couple of weeks and could challenge Beauty and The Beast for the top spot.

Free Fire is at number 7 and the special cinema event in aid of Comic Relief Peter Kays Car Share A Second Series Celebration lands at number 10, and it was only shown in one cinema chain.

Many long running films are not around anymore hence the longest running film this week is Logan which has been around 5 weeks while Beauty and The Beast is the top grossing movie.

Historical charts

A year ago
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice stays at the top for a second weekend while top new film is Eddie the Eagle at number 2.

Five years ago
The Hunger Games spent its second weekend at the top while he top new film was Wrath of The Titans at number 2.

Ten years ago
Mr. Beans Holiday made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked 300 down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Guillermo del Toro's franchise film Blade II was new at the top, its knocked Ali G Indahouse down to number 3 after just a week at the top.

Twenty years ago
The Star Wars special edition remained at the top for a second weekend while top new film was Dantes Peak at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
Cape Fear spent its fourth weekend at the top, it kept Freejack from making its debut at number 1, it entered at number 2.

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 Ocean’s 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.

6th March 2017

This third and reported last of the Wolverine stand alone movies makes its US box office debut at the top this weekend with a fantastic $85 million.

The Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart starring film has got excellent reviews across the board for its daring move away from the traditional super hero movie and has benefited in the process.

For an R rated movie it is the fourth highest opening in the US ever and most likely will go on to be the highest grossing stand alone Wolverine movie.

Falling down to 2 this week, but still holing its own is last week top film Get Out which takes $26.1 on its second weekend of release.

The little known horror film has now taken $76 million after 10 days of release in the US.

Also new this week is The Shack which is at 3 with $16 million and Before I Fall which is at 5 with $5 million.

Longest running film on the US box office is La La Land which has now been around for 13 weeks and the highest total grossing is Hidden Figures with $158 million.

Mention must go to Moonlight which after the Oscar fiasco with La La Land this week goes national and increases its gross by 260%, this week it is at 12 with $2.5 million.

1st March 2017

A very quiet weekend on the UK box office and The Lego Batman Movie hold onto the top spot for a third consecutive week, and with a virtually static top 6 Patriots Day is the top new film at 7.

On its third weekend at the top Lego Batman takes £2.8 million which brings its total gross in the UK to £23 million, compared the The Lego Movie this is still running a shade under.

The film took over £5 million for the period Monday - Sunday which made it the top film for the week as well.

A third weekend at number 2 is therefore in order for Fifty Shades Darker with £1.5 million for the weekend and £20.3 million in total.

With Sing, John Wick Chapter 2, Hidden Figures and The Great Wall all holding tight in the top 6 the highest new film is Patriots Day at number 7.

The Mark Wahlberg starring film about the Boston Marathon bombing took £843,380 for the weekend and is one of the actors lowest debuting movies.

La La Land, which had a good, if confusing night at the Oscars this year, takes the honour of being the top total grossing movie this weekend with a total gross of £29 million and the longest running movie with a 7 week run.

Historical charts.

A year ago
Deadpool held on strong at the top of the box office while top new film was Grimsby which entered at number 2.

Five years ago
Spending a third week at the top was The Woman in Black while the top new film was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which made its debut at number 2.

Ten years ago
Remaining at the top was Hot Fuzz while the top new film was The Number 23 staring Jim Carey which entered at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Monsters, Inc. spent its third week at the top and with a strong top 5 the highest new film was Don’t Say A Word down at number 6.

Twenty years ago
On its third weekend of release Ransom remained at the top while top new film was Michael starring John Travolta at number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Prince of Tides made its debut at the top of the box office knocking off Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country after only a week at the top.

28th February 2017

Appearing on the Ghost in The Shell twitter account are these motion posters for the upcoming movie starring Scarlett Johansson.

21st February 2017

The Lego Batman Movie this week manages to hold on to the top spot at the UK box office, holding off Fifty Shades Darker, while John Wick Chapter 2 makes its debut at number 3.

With a £4.4 million weekend gross Lego Batman retains the number position in the UK for a second weekend.

The animated feature has now taken £17 million in the UK and is running just slightly behind the total gross of The Lego Movie.

Highest new film of the week is Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 2 which makes its debut at 3 with £2.2 million.

Also a sequel but this time it is doing far better the its predecessor, John Wick made its debut in 2015 with just over half a million pound, so the sequel has done more than 4 times better.

Longest running film with 6 weeks and highest grossing film with £28 million is the Oscar laden film La La Land.

Historical charts

A year ago
Deadpool remained at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was How To Be Single at number 3.

Five years ago
The Woman In Black stayed at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was the sequel movie Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance at number 3.

Ten years ago
Highly anticipated film Hot Fuzz made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Music and Lyrics fell to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Making it two weeks at the top was Monsters, Inc. while top new film was Oceans Eleven at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Ransom stayed a the top of the UK box office while Fierce Creatures was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country made its debut at the top of the box office while Father of The Bride fell to number 3.

1st February 2017

Making its debut on the UK box office this week is Sing which lands at the top knocking off La La Land, and in a surprise move keeps of T2 Trainspotting.

Sing is an animated feature from the same stable as Despicable Me and features the voice talent from the likes of Matthew McConaughey and Reece Witherspoon.

The film makes its debut with a rather spectacular £10.4 million debut weekend which makes it the 66 top opening of all time.

Sing replaces La La Land which falls to number 3 this week with a £3.1 million 3rd weekend and a £20.9 million total UK gross.

Missing out on the top spot is the highly anticipated T2 Trainspotting which lands at number 2, the film is an 18 rating so the audience compared to Sing is limited, but £5.1 million is good and any other week would have easily seen the film enter at the top.

Also new this week is Hacksaw Ridge from director Mel Gibson at number 5 with £1.4 million and Rahm at number 7 with £521,000.

Highest total grossing film on the UK box office this week is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which after 7 weeks has grossed £65.2 million while the longest running film is Trolls with 13 weeks.

Historical charts.

A year ago
The Revenant stayed at the top for a third weekend while Dirty Grandpa was the top new film at number 2.

Five years ago
War Horse made it 3 weeks at the top as well while the top new film was The Descendants which entered at number 2.

Ten years ago
Staying at the top for a second weekend way Rocky Balboa while the top new film entered at number 2, Leonardo Di Caprio in Blood Diamond.

Fifteen years ago
Tom Cruise was at the top with Vanilla Sky which made its debut this week while The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring fell to number 2 on its 6th week of release.

Twenty years ago
Forgotten Peter Jackson classic The Frighteners made its debut at the top of the Uk box office knocking 101 Dalmatians down to number 2 on its 7th week.

Twenty five years ago
JFK was the top new film on the UK box office making its debut at number 1, it knocked Freddys Dead The Final Nightmare down to number 2 after a week at the top.

23rd January 2017

Its been a long time coming but finally Lucasfilms has released the title of the next Star Wars film.

Episode VIII will go by the title The Last Jedi - make of that what you will - is it Luke Skywalker, is it Rey, we'll find out on December 15th.

31st December 2016

Summing up the top grossing movies of 2016 brings up some interesting data as the top film of the year is a film from 2015, and a huge film of 2016 at that.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens despite being released at the very end of 2015 took £57 million in 2016 and thus becomes the highest grossing film of the year.

The long awaited Star Wars saga sequel also took £65 million in 2015 and was the second highest grossing film last year and is also the highest grossing film ever in the UK.

Taking The Force Awakens out of the equation for a moment the highest grossing film of the year, films that were released in 2016, is Bridget Jones's Baby.

The return of Bridget Jones to our cinemas struck a good note with a British audience to the tune of £47.8 million, although its still £10 million below The Force Awakens.

Next is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which has taken £47.4 million and with the film still in the UK top 10 I would guess this will overtake Bridget Jones in the new year.

Next up is the Disney live action version of The Jungle Book which has a Uk gross of £46 million, we then have Finding Dory with £42 million and Deadpool with £37 million.

Of the top 10 of 2016 5 of the films are Disney movies or franchises - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has just crept into the top 10 after 2 weeks of release.

Seven of the film are franchise films and 2 of the top 5 and film which are considered British although 4 of the film were made in the UK.

Here is the full UK top 10 films of 2016.

  1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens - £57,101,335
  2. Bridget Jones's Baby - £47,826,849
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - £47,469,530
  4. The Jungle Book - £46,191,905
  5. Finding Dory - £42,604,905
  6. Deadpool - £37,616,432
  7. Captain America: Civil War - £36,771,782
  8. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice - £36,495,828
  9. The Secret Life of Pets - £34,649,738
  10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - £33,943,482

20th December 2016

With the global release of any Star Wars films its going to feel like the world stops with baited breath watching how the film will perform, and this week is no different with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

In the end Rogue One opens in the UK to £17 million, a very good opening and a shade above fellow splinter film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

When compared to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens it doesn't compare, it is about half of the opening gross from this time last year, not surprising as there is less anticipation and this is Star Wars in uncharted territory.

There can be no complaining though, like Fantastic Beasts, we are going to get more of these films and as they find their feet and get fans then the grosses will grow and grow.

Fantastic Bests falls from the top after 4 weeks at number 1 to 3 and a weekend gross of £1.4 million, it is less than £10,000 behind the number 2 film Moana.

It has now taken £45 million in the UK and is the 39th top grossing film of all time.

With the new Star Wars film there were no other new films this week hitting the chart.

Longest running film this week is Trolls which has been around for 9 weeks and highest total grossing movie is Fantastic Beasts.

Historical chart

A year ago
A theme will start to emerge in the coming years is the Star Wars film at the top on this date and this time last year Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was new at the top, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 fell hard to number 5.

Five years ago
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made its debut at the top while Arthur Christmas fell to number 3.

Ten years ago
Happy Feet made it 2 weeks at the top while the top new film was Eragon at number 4.

Fifteen years ago
There was no moving Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone as it stayed at the top for a 5th weekend while top new film was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham at number 3.

Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians made it to the top on its debut weekend while The Long Kiss Goodnight fell from the top to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Addams Family was new at the top while Point Break fell to number 4 after 3 week at number 1.

13th December 2016

We are all taking a deep breath as this weekend approaches but until then Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them makes its fourth weekend at the top while top new film is Office Christmas Part which debuts at number 4.

Warner Bros. clearly released this new entry into the Wizarding World at the right time as the film adds another £2.7 million (£4.4 million across the week) to its total which now sits at £42.3 million.

Highest new film of the week if bromance comedy Office Christmas Party, it enters at number 4 with a debut gross of £1.2 million.

The film is a Christmas based movie and as such I suspect it will make a swift exit from the box office one the festive season is over.

Highest total grossing film on the chart this week is Fantastic beasts and the longest running film is Trolls which has now been around for 8 weeks.

It will be interesting to watch what happens over next week with the new entry in Star Wars, last years Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens had a £34 million debut weekend, with the reviews so far for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are we looking at even better? Historical box office

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 had its 4th weekend at the top and with the world waiting or the first Star Wars film in over a decade there were no new film inside the top 15, Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict was the top new film at number 25!

Five years ago
Puss in Boots starring Antonio Banderas was the top new film at number one, it knocked Arthur Christmas to number 2 after 4 weeks at the top.

Ten years ago
George Miller directed Happy Feet which was the top new film at number 1, it knocked off Casino Royale which fell to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone remained at the top for a fourth weekend while the top new film was The 51st State starring Samuel L. Jackson at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger was all festive in Jingle All The Way which made its debut at the top of the UK box office, its knocked The Long Kiss Goodnight down to number 2 after a single week at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Point Break made it 3 weeks at the top and with a quiet week for new releases there was nothing new on the top 10.

29th November 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them stays at the top of the UK box office for a second weekend keeping off Allied which makes its debut at number 2.

With a second weekend gross of £8.8 million Fantastic Beasts has a brilliant second weekend which brings its total gross after 2 weekends of release to £30 million.

This result is actually keeping in line with the Harry Potter series, the latter films had far better first weekends but fell to roughly the same for the second weekend.

The potential for Beasts to go on and make similar to the early Potter films at least is quite high if it keeps on this trajectory.

Landing at 2 this week if the latest Brad Pitt starring film Allied, co starring Marion Cotillard and directed by Robert Zemeckis the drama takes £1.3 million on its debut.

For both Pitt and Zemeckis this is a fairly typical opening gross, although for both this is no where near their highest grossing debuts.

Also new this week is Bad Santa 2 at 4 with &poind;.7 million and very bad reviews, A United Kingdom at 6, Dear Zindagi at 9 and Paterson at 10.

Fantastic beasts this week becomes the top total grossing movie on the chart while Storks is the longest running film at 7 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 made it 2 weeks at the top of the UK box office while The Good Dinosaur was the top new film.

Five years ago
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 stayed at the top for a second week while My Week With Marilyn was the highest new entry at 3.

Ten years ago
Casino Royale stayed at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was The Santa Clause 3 The Escape Clause at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone was at the top for another weekend, its second, while Spy Game was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty years ago
The First Wives Club stayed at the top for its second weekend of release while The Crow City of Angels was the top new film at number 5.

Twenty five years ago
Point Break was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top while What About Bob fell to number 2 on tis second weekend.

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.

13th November 2016

Film adaptation of Ghost in The Shell gets a trailer and a poster.

9th November 2016

There were plenty of contenders this last weekend that tried to topple the Marvel film Doctor Strange but none were good enough so the good doctor spends another week at the top.

A weekend gross of £3.4 million takes the films total UK gross to £15.7 million, very good indeed and on course to be one of the better Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Coming in highest is The Accountant starring Ben Affleck, a debut weekend gross of £1.6 million brings it in at number 3.

There are 3 other new film this week, at 4 is a Street Cat Named Bob, at 5 is Nocturnal Animals and at number 6 is The Light Between Oceans.

Bridget Jones's Baby is the top total grossing film of the week with an incredible £46.1 million and its is also the longest running film at 8 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Spectre spent its second week at the top of the UK box office while Brooklyn came in highest at number 3.

Five years ago
The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of The Unicorn spent its second week at the top while In Time came in highest at number 2.

Ten years ago
Making its debut at the top of the box office was Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan while Saw III dropped to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
The Others was new at the top of the chart, it knocked off American Pie 2 which fell to number 2.

Twenty years ago
British film Brassed Off landed on the chart at the top, it knocked Dragonheart down to number 2 after 2 weeks on top.

Twenty five years ago
Dead Again remained at the top of the box office and on this week there were no new releases.

1st November 2016

This week marvel proved they can add new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in style by taking the latest addition to the top of the UK box office.

With a £9.2 million opening it is very good for a new IP in the Marvel series, in comparison Ant-Man made £4 million on its opening.

With Doctor Strange hitting the top, last week top film, Trolls, falls to number 2, a second weekend take of £3.5 million sees the film get to £ 14 million after 10 days.

Bridget Jones's Baby is the top total grossing film on the chart at the moment with £46.6 million and has out grossed all the other Bridget Jones films.

The BFG is the longest running film, the Steven Spielberg film has now been on the chart for 14 weeks.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Spectre made its debut at the top of the box office and because the highest debuting film of all time while Hotel Transylvania 2 fell to number 2.

Five years ago
The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of The Unicorn made its debut a the top knocking off Paranormal Activity 3 which fell to 2.

Ten years ago
Saw III was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top, it knocked off The Departed which fell to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
American Pie 2 remained at the top for a second weekend while Legally Blonde was the top new film at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Dragonheart stayed at the top and with nothing of note being released Dracula Dead and Loving It was the top new film at number 6.

Twenty five years ago
Dead Again made its debut at the top of the box office, it knocked off City Slickers which fell to number 2.

31st October 2016

Tyler Perry keeps a grip on the top of the US box office despite some competition from Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise.

Boo! A Madea Halloween retains the number 1 position in America with a second weekend gross of $16.6 million, this brings the films total gross after 10 days of release to $52 million.

Coming in at number 2 is the third film in the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code trilogy Inferno, the film would have been expected to go to the top but Halloween was too strong a call.

Tom cruise keeps the pressure up but falls to number 3 with Jack Reacher Never Go Back, its second weekend take is $9.5 million.

Top total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Storks with $68.2 million , it is also the longest running film at 6 weeks.

18th October 2016

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.

Historical charts

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.

12th October 2016

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.

Historical chart

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.

3rd October 2016

Across the globe this week Miss Peregrines School for Peculiar Children took over the top of the global box office charts on its debut week of release.

Taking a fairly average $65 million over the week from a wide 60 country release it is still good enough to double the takings of the number 2 film of the week.

Falling quite hard down to number 4 this week is last weeks top film The Magnificent Seven, the western takes $30 million for the weekend from 69 countries which brings its total gross to $108 million.

Also worth a mention this week is the film at number 2, climbing up this week after a wider release in 2 other countries I Belong To You takes $33.9 million for a total of $44.9 million.

Highest total grossing film on the global top 10 is Bridget Jones's Baby, despite a slow burn in most countries apart from the UK the film has taken $120 million and is still out in 51 countries.

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.

7th September 2016

After a fairly lacklustre summer season of 2016 where the highlight was a bunch of anti-heroes in the shape of the Suicide Squad, will the Autumn schedule deliver?

We had high hopes but had few thrills, out side of the DC movie Suicide Squad Ghostbusters gave us a good laugh but didn't deliver as expected Finding Dory pulled in the audiences but left us flat.

The rest of the year has some highlights but there is caution as the 2 biggest films are both sequels outside of their parent film series.

Before we even get to them in the latter part of the year we have a number of promises, Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen looks promising and American hit Kubo and The Two String gives a refreshing animation outside Disney.

Of course we have British favourite Bridget Jones's Baby which is getting good reviews at the moment and a bit after that the recently announced Blair Witch remake/reboot/sequel.

Getting a lot of marketing hype is the remake/retelling of The Magnificent Seven and the looking promising, and a return to form for Tim Burton is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.

Tom Hanks returns to detective mode for a third time in Inferno, although I didn't like the previous 2 films and then another sequel emerges mid October with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher Never Go Back.

Marvel return to their cinematic universe with a new hero in the shape of Doctor Strange and another sequel/reboot come in early November with Rings, the next in (surprise) The Ring series.

After the hotly anticipated Arrival starring Amy Adams arrives the season kicks up a gear with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first move into the Wizarding World outside Harry Potter.

The film, penned by J. K. Rowling, is being hyped to death and not surprisingly, the 8 Potter films did fantastic business at the box office and this is directed by series expert David Yates whic just seems to get the ideas Rowling writes about.

Warner Bros. will be hoping this shows there is still life in the seemingly dormant series and please fans of the original and set up a new generation, 2 more film are already planned.

After that injection things go quiet with unwanted sequel Bad Santa 2 and Tom Hanks (again) in Scully the story of the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson River.

Then to finish the year off another much lover series goes off piste with Rogue One A Star Wars Story, taking place just before the events of the original Star Wars.

The trailer have looked good and after the excellence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens expectation are massive.

This is a massive risk for Lucasfilms and Disney, and it will either boost the series to height never imagined or will do to the series what Episodes I - III did and nearly kill it, fortunately it has recovered!

To round the rear off we have Michael Fassbender trying to do what many other have failed to do and bring a video game series to the screen in Assassins Creed.

16th August 2016

The UK video chart this week has Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice stay at the top for a second week.

With the film not performing as well as expected at the box office and Warner Bros. releasing an extended version of video the film is selling really well.

Highest new film then lands at number 2 in the shape of Eddie the Eagle, a film released in the UK on April 8th 2016.

The film loosely based on the life of British Olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards landed at number 2 on the box office help off the top spot by the Batman V Superman film.

A 5 week run on the box office top 15 and another 7 weeks at UK cinemas saw the film take £8.6 million in box office takings.

The film took $46 million is global grosses.

Also new this week is Batman The Killing Joke at number 5, although the film has been bubbling away in the lower regions of the chart for a couple of weeks.

Midnight Special enters at number 6 and Tale of Tales is new at number 16, finally Sing Street makes a debut at number 20.

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.

2nd August 2016

This weekend saw the release of two of this summers most anticipated films, and sequels, in Finding Dory and Jason Bourne, and the forgetful little fish won the weekend.

Finding Dory debut weekend in the UK stands at &pond;8.1 million, and excellent opening by all means and not only one of Pixars highest in the UK but also one of the top animation openings.

Compared to 2003s Finding Nemo, and despite the more negative reviews, the film opens higher, but compared to ticket sales Dory (1.1 million) is half a million below Nemo (1.6 million).

Jason Bourne comes in a comfortable second place this week with £7.6 million which is the highest of the series to date.

The BFG falls from the top where it debuted last week to number 3 this week, although if you take in the whole week it is the top grossing movie (Monday - Sunday) with £9.1 million, total gross for the movie is £14 million.

Highest gross and longest run on the top 10 is The Secret Life of Pets which has now grossed £30 million over 6 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation was making its debut at the top of the box office knocking Inside Out down to number 2 after a week at number 1.

Five years ago
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 made it 3 at the top leaving Captain America: The First Avenger to enter at number 2.

Ten years ago
Cars made its debut at the top of the chart knocking Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Jurassic Park III held on to the top of the box office leaving Swordfish to make its debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Twister was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1 while The Hunchback of Notre Dame fell to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
There was no moving Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves at the top while top new film of the week was Edward Scissorhands.

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 André 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

20th June 2016

Marvel's adult orientated superhero movie Deadpool is the top new film of the week on the UK video sales list.

Deadpool was released at in the UK on 12th February 2016 and entered the box office at the top after a god advertising campaign.

The film had a really good run at the box office spending 3 weeks at the top and managing an 8 week run on the box office.

The film took £37.6 million at the UK box office making it the 54th top grossing movie and it took $775.6 million across the globe making it the 61st top grossing movie globally.

The Revenant fell from the top where it entered last week to number 3 this week.

Also new this week is Dads Army at number 2 and 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi at number 6, Bone Tomahawk makes a new entry at number 8 and The Finest Hour enters at number 16, finally Point Break (the remake) is new at 20.

12th June 2016

This week the Oscar winning film starring Leonardo Di Caprio, The Revenant, takes over at the top on its debut week on sale.

The film was released in the UK on 15th January this year while winning awards all over the place and with Oscar buzz galore.

On its debut week of release it managed a very respectable £5.2 million which is just about average for a film starring Leo.

His highest grossing film is of course Titanic but this is his 3rd highest grossing movie with a total Uk gross of £22.4 million.

After a number 1 debut it spent 2 more weeks at the top before a slow decent where is spent a total of 9 weeks on the UK box office.

The film is the 141st highest grossing movie in the UK and with a world gross of $531.6 is the 140th highest grossing film across the globe.

Last weeks top film, Goosebumps, fell to the runner up spot this week.

There is one other new entry on this weeks video chart, Will Smith stars in Concussion new at number 16.

7th June 2016

This weekend the video game adaptation Warcraft is the top film for the weekend, but Alice Through The Looking Glass is the top film over the week.

Opening on Friday Warcraft took £3.6 million from the 3 days making it the top film over that period.

The Duncan Jones directed film in fact only just made it to the top as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows was a very close debut at number 2 with £3.4 million.

Alice Through The Looking Glass which debuted at number 2 last week falls to number 4 this week with £1.3 million but over the week Monday - Sunday it grossed £4.7 million, higher than any other film.

Last weeks top film X-Men Apocalypse falls to number 5 this week with £1.2 million for the weekend and £15.8 million in total after 3 weeks.

Longest stay on this weeks chart is Zootopia which has been around for 10 week while the highest total grossing film on the chart is The Jungle Book which has taken £44.5 million over 8 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
Spy was the top new film of the week entering at number 1 knocking San Andreas down to number 2.

Five years ago
X-Men First Class was the top new film of the week at number 1 while The Hangover Part II fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
X-Men The Last Stand was still at the top for a second week while the top new film was Poseidon at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Pearl Harbour entered the box office at the top knocking The mummy Returns into the runner up spot.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story went back to the top of the box office leaving From Dusk Till Dawn to enter the chart in the runner up spot.

Twenty five years ago
Problem Child remained at the top of the box office with Sibling Rivalry to enter highest at number 2.

24th May 2016

On the Uk box office this week we have the latest X-Men film taking over at the top on its debut week of release ending Captain America's 3 week run.

£7.3 million was enough to see X-Men Apocalypse reach the top of the chart, this is fairly average for an X-Men movie although it is lower than the previous entry X-Men Days of Future Past.

Interesingly the Wolverine movies have fared the same for debut grosses meaning that the average gross of a X-Men universe movie is in the £6 million region.

Last weeks top film Captain America: Civil War falls from the top quite hard to number 4 with a weekend take of £1.3 million bringing its total to £34 million.

Highest total Grossing movie on the box office this week is The Jungle Book at number 3 with £41 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Pitch Perfect 2 was still at the top of the list while the highest new film was at number 3, Tomorrowland.

Five years ago
Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth in the series, made its debut at the top while the previous weeks top film, Thor, fell to number 3.

Ten years ago
Tom Hanks starred in the adaptation of The Da Vinci Code which made its debut at number 1 knocking Mission:Impossible III to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
The Mummy Returns was the new film at the top knocking Bridget Jones's Diary down to the number 2 spot.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story made its way back to the top of the charts while Money Train was the highest new film of the week.

Twenty five years ago
Misery stayed at the top of the box office for a second week while L.A. Story starring Steve Martin was the highest new film.

24th May 2016

On the UK video front this week Stallone's Oscar nominated performance in Creed makes its debut at the top.

Creed, which is basically a Rocky sequel, made its debut on the box office chart of 15th January 2016 where it entered at number 3.

The film was critically acclaimed on its release but didn't manage to hit the high notes of the Rocky series and only spent 4 weeks on the box office.

The film managed a fairly decent £5.6 million over its run but it is low for a Rocky inspired movie which has many fans in the UK.

It's actually hard comparing this to previous Rocky films due to price inflation in cinema tickets but the last Rocky film, Rocky Balboa, spent a similar number of weeks on the chart but took £8 million.

The Hateful Eight falls from the top spot where it debuted last week to number 2 this week.

Also new this week are: The Danish Girl at number 4 and I Am Wrath, a John Travolta movie, at number 6.

20th May 2016

It was a close run thing this week between Captain America: Civil War and The Angry Birds Movie making its debut but in the end the Marvel film won.

Civil War now makes it three weeks at the top and this week adds £2.7 million to its gross which has now soared to £32.1 million.

The film is now the 5th highest grossing of the year and before it finishes its run it should beat Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice and Deadpool, currently at 4 and 3 respectively.

The Angry Birds Movie is the highest new film at number 2 which on its debut takes £2.1 million.

Aiming squarely at kids but also appealing to adults that hooked on the game the film loosely follows the plot of the games.

The film should do well over the coming half term but will have limited appeal after that.

Longest stay by a film on the box office this week is Zootopia with 8 weeks and the highest grossing movie is The Jungle Book at £39.3 million after 5 weeks.

Historical charts

A year ago
This time last year Pitch Perfect made its debut at the top pushing Avengers Age of Ultron donw to number 3.

Five years ago
Thor remained at the top of the chart leaving Attack The Block as the highest new film to enter at number 3.

Ten years ago
Mission:Impossible III stayed at the top for a second week while Prime made a new enter at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary spent yet another week at the top of the chart while The Dish was the highest new film at number five.

Twenty years ago
Steven Segal starred in Executive Decision which entered the box office at the top knocking Toy Story to number 3

Twenty five years ago
Oscar winning Misery was the top new film entering at the top, it knocked Predator 2 down to number 2.

10th May 2016

Last week Captain America kick started the summer box office in the UK, and this weekend the sun actually showed its face making people forget about the cinema for the weekend.

With the sun shining the box office saw a massive drop in taking and Captain America: Civil War war a 60%+ drop in taking to £4.06 million.

This brings the films total takings to £27.3 million on its second weekend of release, although this is still better than the previous 2 film at the same point in their release.

Highest new film of the week is Bad Neighbours 2 at number 3 which debuts with £1.69 million.

With the sun out this is way lower than the original 2014 film which scored an £8 million plus opening.

Also new this week are Florence Foster Jenkins at number 4, Robinson Crusoe at number 5 and 24 at number 10.

Historical charts

A year ago
Avengers Age of Ultron stayed at the top of the box office leaving [spooks] The Greater Good to land at number 2.

Five years ago
A fairly static chart saw Thor stay at the top with Water For Elephants the top new film at number 4.

Ten years ago
Mission:Impossible III kicked off the summer season with a number 1 debut while Ice Age: The Meltdown fell to number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary stayed put at the top with Captain Corelli's Mandolin landing new at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story was still reigning at the top of the UK box office, highest new film was right down at number 5 in the shape of Things to Do In Denver When Your Dead.

Twenty five years ago
Predator 2 made its debut at the top of the chart with The Doors falling down to number 2.

3rd May 2016

Marvel unleash their first blockbuster of the year to the delight of fans and like every year for the last few years it smashed into the top of the UK box office.

Captain American Civil War is the biggest assemble of Marvel superhero characters outside of an Avengers movie and takes over at the top with a weekend take just shy of £20 million.

Compared to the previous Marvel films this is fairly normal but the is by far the highest grossing Captain America movie.

Projection for the movie should be high, but Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice gave a wake up call last month as to how a superhero movie can perform below average.

The Jungle Book falls down to number 2 this week on its 3rd week of release with £5.7 million, its total is £33.2 million to date.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which has taken £36.5 million to date.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Avengers Age of Ultron remained at the top while Far From The Madding Crowd was the highest new film at number 2.

Five years ago
Thor was the top new film of the week entering at number 1 knocking Fast Five down to number 2.

Ten years ago
Ice Age: The Meltdown stayed put at the top of the box office leaving highest new film 16 Block to enter at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary stayed for another week at the top while The Mexican made its debut at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Comedy The Birdcage was the top new film across the country at number 1, finally shifting Top Story from the top, it slid to number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Biopic The Doors made its debut at the top of the box office while Highlander II The Quickening fell into the runner up spot.

21st April 2016

Disney and Jon Favreau live action version of the classic Rudyard Kipling book makes in incredible showing at the box office this week.

Making it debut at the top with a £9.9 million weekend the film has become the 63rd highest opening weekend in the UK ever, in 2016 Batman V Superman and Deadpool opened higher.

With such a strong opening the film is sure to follow in the footsteps of Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland and be a massive live action film for Disney.

Falling from the top in dramatic style this week is The Huntsman: Winters War which drops to, a second weekend of £0.6 million brings the total to £4.4 million.

Highest total grossing movie on the box office this week is former number 1 film Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which has now grossed £35.3 million after 4 weeks of play.

Historical chart

A year ago
Fast and Furious 7 retained its hold on the top and with a strong top 4 Child 44 was the top new film at 4.

Five years ago
Scream 4 took over at the top on its debut weekend leaving Rio to fall to number 2.

Ten years ago
Ice Age: The Meltdown stayed at the top for another weekend leaving Scary Movie 4 to enter the chart at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Bridget Jones's Diary made its debut at the top while Rugrats In Paris The Movie fell to number 3.

Twenty years ago
Broken Arrow was new at the top while Toy Story fell into the runner up position after 3 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Highlander II The Quickening was the top new film of the week with Quigley Down Under falling into number 3.

11th April 2016

This week The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 goes back to the top of the UK video chart knocking Bridge of Spies off.

Its an unusual move to have a film go back to the top of the chart but its a unusual week.

I guess its due to distribution companies leaving a clear path for Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakes but there is no new releases this week.

Last weeks top film, Bridge of Spies, falls to number 3 this week after a single week at the top.

4th April 2016

After a very successful debut a the top of the box office last week Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice makes a dramatic 70% drop this week but retains its position with little competition.

A £4.6 million second weekend was probably bigger than was ever expected but the film after 10 days has grossed £27.8 million, but will likely start its decent next week.

Highest new film of the week is the semi bio-pic Eddie The Eagle which makes its debut at number 2.

The film about the much loved British ski jumping star takes £2.8 million for the weekend, although it did make its debut on Monday night so this is a full weeks takings.

Deadpool is still the highest total grossing film on the box office having now taken £37.6 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Fast and Furious 7 made its stunning debut at the top of the box office knocking Cinderella from the top to number 2.

Five years ago
Hop made its very timely Easter debut at the top of the box office while Limitless fell to number 3 after a week at the top.

Ten years ago
Inside Man kept itself at the top of the chart for another week Failure to Launch debuted highest at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Miss Congeniality remained at the top keeping off Save The Last Dance which debuted at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story stayed at the top leaving Oscar winning Dead Man Walking to debut at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
King Ralph made its debut a the top knocking Look Who's Talking Too down to number 2 after a week at the top.

23rd March 2016

King Fu Panda 3 stays on top of the UK box office for a second week as not much of a challenge enters the market in preparation for an explosion this coming weekend. Panda 3 only needed £1.7 over the weekend in order to stay on top, although the threequel is behind the other 2 in the series at this point.

After 10 days of play the film has a total gross of just over £7 million, the easter holidays are next week so it could hold up well again, although Zootopia will bring major competition.

Highest new film of the week enters at number 2, 10 Clover Field Lane is an odd successor to Cloverfield, but not a sequel.

£1.6 million for the weekend is not a bad entry although opened to £3 million+, this will struggle to meet even that.

Also new this week is: The boy at number 5, High-Rise at number 6 and Kapoor and Sons at number 10.

Highest total grossing film of the week is Deadpool at number 7 with £36 million over a 6 week run.

Historical charts

A year ago
Home had a great first week and debuted at the top knocking The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel down to number 3.

Five years ago
Rango stayed at the top and in a very quiet week of new releases Chalet Girl entered highest at number 4.

Ten years ago
The Pink Panther was the highest new film of the week at number 1 knocking chicken little down to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Enemy At The Gates entered at the top and it knocked Chocolat down to number 2 after a week at the top.

Twenty years ago
Get Shorty was the top new film of the week entering at the top while Trainspotting fell to number 3.

Twenty five years ago
The Godfather Part III remained at the top of the box office while Awakenings was the top new film making its debut at number 2.

16th March 2016

Stopping London Has Fallen in its tracks after only one week at the top King Fu Panda 3 flies in with a high kick that no one could stop.

Taking a reasonable £4.7 million from the weekend this is the lowest debuting film for the series to date.

Kung Fu Panda 2 and the original broth managed to gross in the region of £6 million on their debuts.

With Disney's Zootopia just round the corner and getting great reviews Kung Fu Panda 3 could well struggle to bring in decent numbers.

Falling from the top spot to number 3 after its debut at the top is London Has Fallen, a second week gross of £1.8 million brings its total to £6.4 million after 10 days.

Highest total grossing movie on the box offie this week is Deadpool which after 5 weeks has taken £35.7 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was still at the top of the box office leaving Liam Neeson's Run All Night to enter highest at 2.

Five years ago
Battle: Los Angeles made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Rango fell into second place.

Ten years ago
Horror remake The Hills Have Eyes entered at the top of the chart knocking Date Movie down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Hannibal stayed at the top of the box office leaving the highest new entry to debut at number 7 in the shape of The Watcher.

Twenty years ago
Trainspotting remained at the top of the box office and in a quiet week for new releases there was nothing entering the box office this week.

Twenty five years ago
The Godfather Part III made its debut at the top knocking Dances With Wolves down to number 2 after a four weeks at the top

7th March 2016

Disney this week unleash its latest film on the world box office on wide release and take over at the top.

The film was at number 3 last week with $30 million but goes into more countries this week including North America and takes $137.1 million from 46 countries.

This brings its total world box office gross to $232.5 million after a couple of weeks on release, and is on track to be another massive hit for Disney, positive reviews will have helped.

Deadpool this week falls from the top where it has been since release down to number 3 with $37.6 million this week from 74 countries, its total is now $673.1 million.

Deadpool is also the highest total grossing grossing film on the world box office.

Also new this week is: London Has Fallen at number 4 and Whisky Tango Foxtrot at number 7 after a quiet American release.

  1. Zootopia - $137,100,000
  2. Ip Man 3 - $75,000,000
  3. Deadpool - $37,600,000
  4. London Has Fallen - $33,714,000
  5. Gods Of Egypt - $20,700,000
  6. The Revenant - $15,825,000
  7. Mei Ren Yu - $10,865,000
  8. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - $7,600,000
  9. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $6,625,000
  10. How To Be Single - $6,615,000

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.

28th February 2016

Yet again the Marvel superhero Deadpool is the top film across the world, this week with a weekly gross of $71.1 million dollars from 75 countries.

Now in its third week of release this film has taken a very impressive $609.7 million, Deadpool is also the highest total grossing film on the top 10.

Highest new film of the week is Gods of Egypt which on its debut weekend of release grosses $38.2 million from 69 countries.

Here is the full world grossing top 10 for weekending 28th February:

  1. Deadpool - $71,700,000
  2. Gods Of Egypt - $38,200,000
  3. Zootopia - $30,000,000
  4. Mei Ren Yu (The Mermaid) - $28,675,000
  5. The Revenant - $17,900,000
  6. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $13,500,000
  7. How To Be Single - $11,255,000
  8. The Monkey King 2 - $8,500,000
  9. Risen - $7,000,000
  10. Triple 9 - $6,553,096

23rd February 2016

Deadpool makes it 2 weeks at the top of the UK box office this week with yet another decent weekend gross.

£5.6 million is enough to keep it at the top of the tree which brings its total UK gross to £25 million after 10 days in cinemas.

Repeating last weeks top 2 Alving and the Chipmunks The Road Chip hangs on in the runner up spot for a second week.

Highest new film of the week is the female let comedy How To Be Single staring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson.

The valentines day/date movie has an appeal for men but has a strong female appeal in direct competition to Deadpool, although that film does have a strong female appeal.

How To Be Single makes 3rd place on its debut with a fairly solid £1.8 million, although no-where near either leads last film of Fifty Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2.

The only other new film on the top 10 is Triple 9 at number 6.

Highest total grossing film on the box office is still Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is at number 9 this week and has now taken £122 million.

Historical charts

A Year Ago
Fifty Shades of Grey held onto the top of the box office for a second week and with little strong competition The Wedding Ringer was the highest new film at 5.

Five years ago
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starred in their self penned Paul which entered at number 1 knocking Gnomeo and Juliet down to 2.

Ten years ago
Chicken Little held on for another week at the top of the chart with Heath Ledger starring in Casanova the highest new film at number 5.

Fifteen years ago
Ridley Scott directed Hannibal which entered the box office at the top knocking Mel Gibson in What Women Want into second place.

Twenty years ago
Smash hot Jumanji entered the box office at the top of the chart knocking Heat down to second place.

Twenty Five Years ago
Dances With Wolves was still riding at the top of the box office after major Oscar success and Men At Work entered the chart at number 5.

15th February 2016

This week the latest Marvel superhero makes its debut across the world at the top of the global box office.

Taking an incredible $260 million in its first week of release Deadpool storms the world box office in 62 countries.

The latest from the Marvel studio's proves that its not just Disney who can make superhero films and make money, 20th Century Fox can do it too.

Despite doing exceptionally well in China Kung Fu Panda 3 falls from the top of the world box office with a $34 million weekly gross, the film has taken $256 million to date.

Highest total grossing movie on the world box office this week, now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has dropped to number 11 is The Revenant with $361 million.

  1. Deadpool - $260,000,000
  2. Mei ren yu (The Mermaid) - $109,000,000
  3. The Monkey King 2 - $38,000,000
  4. From Vegas to Macau - $36,075,000
  5. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $34,250,000
  6. How To Be Single - $26,850,000
  7. Zoolander No 2 - $24,150,000
  8. The Revenant - $20,900,000
  9. Alvin And The Chipmunks The Road Chip - $15,647,000
  10. The Violent Prosecutor - $11,000,000

15th February 2016

Star Wars Episode VIII has started filming at Pinewood Studios.

21st January 2016

The success of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakes has been too good for Disney.

Not surprising but annoyingly they have announced that Star Wars Episode VII will be released at the end of 2017.

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

11th January 2016

In an odd move for the UK video charts this week Rise of The Footsoldier Part II climbs a couple of places to take over at the top of the video charts.

In actual fact the top selling DVD of the week us in fact a Davina McCall but we only report on film here, just an interesting point to make.

Rise of The Footsoldier Part II was released at cinemas on 11th December 2015 and was put on a very limited release.

During its single week at the box office it managed to make £5,354 from the single cinema that showed it, it made number 65 that week.

Other new films this week are American Ultra at number 5 and The Runner at number 6.

11th January 2016

The Force Awakens this week opened in the last of the worlds major territories and broken records in that country too.

China is the last of the major cinema going nations, and like in almost all other countries it is now the highest grossing opening film.

The last record the film has to get now is that of the highest grossing movie of all time, currently held by Avatar with $2.8 billion dollars, can it get there, its actually looking unlikely.

Despite all the records that The Force Awakens has broken, and the fact that most of the world is still showing the film it still needs to make another billion dollars, this could be out of its reach.

I am certain that it will be the first film since Avatar to go over $2 billion, and I suspect it has a good chance of beating Titanic which is number 2 with $2.1 billion but there will have to be a lot of repeat viewing to get to $2.8 billion, but who knows at this point?

Highest new film of the week is The Forest which has grossed $13.5 million from 5 territories and sits at number 6 this week.

Worth a mention is The Revenant which is out in 11 countries and went in general release this week and sits at number 2 this week with $58.2 million.

This week top 10 looks like this

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $145,930,000
  2. The Revenant - $58,200,000
  3. Daddys Home - $25,200,000
  4. The Hateful Eight - $18,351,000
  5. The Good Dinosaur - $13,644,000
  6. The Forest - $13,538,000
  7. Joy - $12,000,000
  8. Detective Chinatown - $11,800,000
  9. Quo Vado? - $11,500,000
  10. Alvin And The Chipmunks The Road Chip - $11,300,000

4th January 2016

We're into the new year and the first video release after christmas makes it way to number 1 in the shape of Hitman Agent 47.

The film was a small hit at the box office being released on 28th August 2015 where it entered the chart at number 3 with a debut gross of £0.9 million.

Not wanting to hang around for too long the film slid down to number 10 the following week where is then left cinemas.

Largely considered a bomb the film make just shy of £2 million in total at the UK box office, the film didn't fare much better on the world stage where it made $22 million worldwide.

Inside Out fell from the top of the box office, where it stayed for 3 weeks, to number 4 this week.

Other new film this week are: Rise of The Footsoldier Part II which is new at 3, The Transporter Refuelled new at number 10 and Sinister 2 new at 13.

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

31st December 2015

In 2015 Bond was back, and the resulting film starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mandes was the top grossing film in the UK for 2015.

Spectre has to date taken an incredible £93.4 million but it is still on general release in the UK so this might grow, although it's declining fast so it could get to £95 million at best.

Coming in hard is Star Wars The Force Awakens which so far has taken nearly £66 million at the UK box office, although it will not beat Spectre in 2015 it will beat it by the end of its run.

I also suspect that The Force Awakens will eventually become the highest grossing film ever in the UK, but that will have to wait until 2016.

Also featuring as the top films of 2015 are Jurassic Wold, Avengers Age of Ultron and Minions who all too over £40 million in the UK.

He top five were all sequels (of sorts) and the top 2 were long awaited returns of massively successful franchises, James Bond and Star Wars.

Here is the top 10 film in the UK of 2015

  1. Spectre = £93,444,460
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens = £65,911,544
  3. Jurassic World = £63,674,773
  4. Avengers Age of Ultron = £48,334,257
  5. Minions = £47,091,449
  6. Inside Out = £39,114,257
  7. Fast and Furious 7 = £38,385,021
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey = £34,662,255
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 = £27,482,402
  10. Home = £25,092,083

17th December 2015

First image from the female led Ghostbuster film, I don't like it!

3rd November 2015

Its been an interesting week in the UK with the release of the latest James Bond movie Spectre, most unusual of all is that the film got its release after its UK premiere on Monday night rather than the usual Friday.

This opening meant that its weekend figures, although fantastic, were not a true reflection of the usual take on a debut weekend.

To cut a long story short Spectre has done amazingly well, it has the largest UK opening of any film, beating Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban 10 year record by nearly double, it also has the biggest single day gross for any film in the UK, Tuesday and in fact Wednesday.

The films weekly take, from its opening on Monday through to Sunday was £41.3 million, not only the highest ever but also higher than the previous Bond outing Skyfall, which is the highest grossing film ever in the UK.

Its Friday to Sunday total is just shy of £20 million which puts it just behind Skyfall, but that film opened on a Friday, its hard not to believe that Spectre wouldn't have beaten all these figure had it opened on the traditional Friday.

Spectre thus makes its debut at the top of the UK box office with an incredible weekly gross and with no film daring to compete with it, it is also the only new entry on the box office this week, and with very few new film in the coming weeks it will stay a while.

All thats left now is for it to become the top grossing film ever in the UK, it needs over £102 million to achieve this, but with the debut it is entirely possible.

Historical box office

A year ago
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held onto the top of the box office for another week which meant Ouija had to make to with a number 2 debut.

Five years ago
The Saw franchise continued it Halloween releases and debuted at number 1 with Saw 3D, Despicable Me fell to number 2.

Ten years ago
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit made it another week at the top of the box office with Saw II debuting at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Disneys Dinosaur went back to the top of the box office meaning What Lies Beneath fell to number 2, highest new film was Book of Shadows Blair Witch 2.

Twenty years ago
To Die For made its debut at the top of the box office leaving Clueless to fall into second place.

Twenty five years ago
Ghost extended its run at the top of the box office by another week with the highest new film at number 4 in the shape of Goodfellas.

29th October 2015

We still have just under 3 months to go before we reach the end of the year but already the top 6 movies of 2015 have made more than 2014's top movie.

Here is the comparison of 2014's top 6 and 2015's top 6, so far:

    2014
  1. The Lego Movie £34,133,383
  2. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes £33,764,545
  3. The Inbetweeners 2 £33,387,932
  4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 £29,517,393
  5. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies £28,759,574
  6. Guardians of The Galaxy £28,536,999
    2015
  1. Jurassic World £63,674,773
  2. Avengers Age of Ultron £48,334,257
  3. Minions £46,735,377
  4. Fast and Furious 7 £38,385,021
  5. Inside Out £38,375,834
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey £34,662,255
With still just under 3 month of the year to go we could see the full top 10 of 2015 beating 2014's top film.

The Martian is still doing very well at the UK box office and could reach 2014's The Lego Movies figure, Spectre has just been released and will give 2015's Jurassic World a run for its money.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is released in a couple of weeks and stands a good chance of making over £35 million.

As if leaving the best to last we have of course Disney/Lucasfilms will release Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18th.

An interesting scenario with this film, being released so late in the year much of its gross will come in 2016, but I fully expect it to break various records during its first couple of weeks and it will make over £35 million before the end of the year.

Check back each week to see how these and other new films perform at the UK box office.

21st October 2015

Its Back to the Future Day, the day in Back to The Future Part II when Marty, Doc Brown and Jennifer arrive from 1985.

Celebrate by not just watching Part II but Part I and III as well.

20th October 2015

Across the globe this week Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic The Martian is still conquering the world box office, not in its fourth week of release.

The film is loosing momentum slowly but still manages a weekly global gross of $58 million bringing its total global gross to $319 million, it is now playing in 75 countries.

Having had its release across most of the world China now gets Ant-Man and gives the film a massive boost.

Now only playing in 3 countries the film takes $43.5 million last week and sits at number 2, it has now grossed $454.6 million globally.

Ant-Man is also the highest total grossing movie across the globe this week.

Here is the full global top 10 film:

  1. The Martian - $58,500,000
  2. Ant-Man - $43,573,000
  3. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $42,850,000
  4. Crimson Peak - $26,246,120
  5. Goosebumps - $23,500,000
  6. Goodbye Mr. Loser - $22,353,992
  7. Pan - $20,260,000
  8. The Intern - $16,705,000
  9. Bridge Of Spies - $15,380,000
  10. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - $11,450,000

19th October 2015

The US Box office this weekend saw Jack Black at the top for the first time in a while as the kids friendly franchise took $23.5 million.

Goosebumps is a well known brand of children books which should see it have a long cinema run especially with the holiday season coming just round the corner, the UK release is not until February 5th 2016.

Falling from the top after a couple of week stay is The Martian, only a couple of million shy of the top with $21.5 million.

Now in its third week of release the Ridley Scott Sci-Fi drama has now taken $143.7 million at the US box office.

Other new film in America this week are: Bridge of Spies from Steven Spielberg at 3, Crimson Peak from Guillermo del Toro at number 4 and Woodlawn at number 9.

Top total grossing film in American this week is Hotel Transylvania 2 with $136 million over 4 weeks.

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.

15th September 2015

This week British film Legend starring Tom Hardy crashes in at the top of the UK box office in its debut weekend of release replacing Compton after a couple of weeks.

Legend is based on the story of the Kray twins and details their rise to infamy, the film takes £5.1 million on it's debut.

Falling from the top spot to number 4 this week is Straight Outta Compton, now on its 3rd week of release it has grossed a very respectable £7.1 million.

Also new on the chart this week is Maze Runner The Scorch Trials which enters at number 2 and M. Night Shyamalan The Visit which is new at 3, this makes a whole new top 3 at the UK.

Woody Allen's Irrational Man also enters the chart this week at number 9, low for a new Woody Allen film.

Highest grossing film on the box office this week is Inside Out which now sits at £36.8 million after 8 weeks of release.

Historical charts

A year ago
Boxtrolls made its debut at the top of the box office replacing Lucy which fell to number 2.

Five years ago
Resident Evil: Afterlife was the new film at the top, it replace The Last Exorcism which tumbled to number 4 after one week.

Ten years ago
The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler took over at the top, it replaced The 40 Year Old Virgin which fell to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Scary Movie debuted at the top of the box office with Snatch falling into the runner up spot.

Twenty years ago
Mel Gibsons multi Oscar winning Braveheart made its debut at the top leaving Batman Forever to fall into second.

Twenty five years ago
Memphis Belle debuted at the top leaving Die Hard 2 Die Harder to tumble to second place.

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.

17th August 2015

Starring some of the biggest names in hip hop Straight Outta Compton this week smashes into the top spot in American on it's debut week.

Directed by F. Gary Gary and starring the likes of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre the semi autobiographical film takes the top spot with a weekend gross of $56.1 million.

After a couple of weeks at the top Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation falls a single place to number 2, in America the film has to date grossed $138 million.

Also new in America is The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which rather disappointingly limps into 3rd on the box office.

Highest grossing film on the US top 12 this week is Minions at number 8 which has a US gross of $312 million so far.

Check out the full top 12 on 25thframe.co.uk

16th August 2015

We've waited a long time and here we have the first poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and do we see a spoiler?

First off Han Solo is very prominent on the poster, does he have a bigger role than expected in the movie?

Next, Finn is holding a lightsaber, and as we all know, only Jedi Knights have lightsabers, what does that mean, we think we know he's a renegade Stormtrooper.

All will be revealed come December 18th.

4th August 2015

Now in its 5th variation Mission:Impossible hits the top spot on its debut weekend as the Tom Cruise franchise continues with more explosions than before.

Taking £5.3 million over the weekend Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation continues the run started way back in 1996, every Mission:Impossible film has debuted at the top.

In comparison hasn't done as well as the £8 million plus of the first and fourth film but is on a par with the others all in the £5 million range.

Falling into second place this week is Inside Out after a single week at the top, although it's not bad news for the Pixar film, it took and incredible £9 million is mid week taking and would by far have been the biggest film is it took Monday to Sunday figures into account.

Also new this week is Hot Pursuit, the American hit film limps into the UK box office at number 7.

Highest grossing film on the box office is Jurassic World which is currently at £62.7 million after 8 weeks of release.

Historical charts

A year ago
Guardians of The Galaxy was the new film entering the box office at the top, it knocked Dawn of The Planet of The Apes down to number 2.

Five years ago
Toy Story 3 remained at the top for a second week while the remake of The Karate Kind was the highest new film at number 2.

Ten years ago
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory made its way to the top on its debut weekend of release, Madagascar fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
The Perfect Storm was the new film at the top, on its debut weekend Stuart Little fell to number 2.

Twenty years ago
Casper was the new film making its debut at number 1, it knocked Judge Dredd down to number 3.

Twenty Five yeas ago
Gremlins 2 The New Batch made its debut at the top knocking Back to The Future Part III down to number 3.

23rd July 2015

This week in the UK Marvel/Disney's new franchise made its mark by debuting at the top of the box office at the top.

The tiny superhero had a debut weekend gross of £4 million from 555 sites, below other Marvel superhero films but for one of the less known characters and a new franchise a good opening.

A decent run over the school summer holidays could see a total gross in the high 20's into low 30 million region.

Falling into second place are the Minions, a £2.7 million gross has extended their total to £32 million, with plenty more to go over the summer this could be one of the highest grossers of the year.

André Rieu's 2015 Maastricht Concert also makes an appearance in the top 5 this week with a followup to the 2014 concert of the same name.

Indian film Bajrangi Bhaijaan and The Gallows also make appearances in the top 10 at 7 and 9 respectively.

Historical charts

A year ago
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes made it's debut on the UK box office at the top knocking down How to Train Your Dragon 2 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago
Christoper Nolan's Inception made it's mark on the box office debuting at the top while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse fell to number 3

Ten years ago
Madagascar made its way to the top of the UK box office knocking War of The Worlds to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

Fifteen years ago
Chicken Run continued its run at the top while The Patriot made its debut at number 3.

15th July 2015

This week At the UK box office the little yellow Minions held off the highest new film quite comfortably to gain a second week a the top.

With a £4.15 million weekend the Minions has brought its total gross to £27.6 million, which ahead of both of the Despicable Me film from the same series.

Rolling into second place is Ted 2, Ted was a massive surprise hit back in 2012 taking nearly £12 million on it's opening weekend, Ted 2 has taken £3.8 on it's debut and will struggle to get over £10 million in total.

Other new films this week are Love and Mercy at number 9 and Song of The Sea at number 10.

Historical Charts

A Year ago
Transformers: Age of Extinction took over at the top of the UK box office on its debut knocking down Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie to number 3.

Five years ago
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse entered the chart at the top knocking Shrek Forever After down to number 2.

Ten years ago
War of The Worlds held its own at the top while the highest new film was The Descent which enters at number 3.

Fifteen years ago
Chicken Run continued to dominate the box office at the top while this highest new entry was at number 3 in the shape of The Patriot.

Twenty years ago
The Batman franchise was still thriving and Batman Forever entered the box office at the top, First Knight fell to number 2.

Twenty Five years ago
Back to The Future Part III was entering at the top while Dick tracy fell to number 2.

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

No other film mattered this week as Jurassic World stormed the world box office and left the competition behind.

Taking a staggering $511 million from 67 countries the dinosaur film has become the second biggest opening film of all time, behind Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 from 2011.

Time will tell how well the film will ultimately do but it's half way to the magic billion dollar mark and almost quarter of the way to beating Titanic, Avatar with $2.7 billion may be a little out of its reach.

Last week top film across the globe fell into second place this week, San Andreas takes $53 million from 69 countries and has now grossed $373.3 million.

Worthy of a mention this week is Indian film Hamari Adhuri Kahaani which is number 10 this week from just 1 country.

Here is the full world box office top 10:

  1. Jurassic World - $511,796,380
  2. San Andreas - $53,510,000
  3. Spy - $29,500,000
  4. Insidious Chapter 3 - $14,000,000
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road - $9,530,000
  6. Tomorrowland - $8,017,000
  7. Pitch Perfect 2 - $7,969,710
  8. Entourage - $6,170,000
  9. Avengers: Age Of Ultron - $5,641,000
  10. Hamari Adhuri Kahaani - $4,100,000

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.

10th June 2015

A hot weekend meant that business at the UK box office was slow hence the top 15 in the UK took just under £10 million in total.

Paul Feig directs Melissa McCarthy is the number 1 film this week which makes it's debut on the UK box office.

The critically acclaimed comedy from the same director and star as Bridesmaids from 2011 this weekend took £2.5 million, low for this time of year.

Last weeks top film, San Andreas, falls a single place to number 2 with a weekend gross of £1.7 million, this gives the film a 10 day gross of £8.3 million and it will be the highest grossing Dwayne Johnson starring film.

Interesting note: If the chart had been based on Monday - Sunday ticket sales San Andreas would have been the top film.

Other new film to hit the chart this week are: Insidious Chapter 3 which is new at 3 and Dil Dhadakne Do which is new at number 9.

Also worth a mention is The Empire Strikes Back which is “new” at 8, the reason being, like Back To The Future last year, Secret Cinema have a couple of month of event showing for the film and this weekend took £304,115.

Historical Charts

A year ago
This time last year 22 Jump Street made it's debut in the UK at the top of the Box office knocking Maleficent down to the number 2 spot.

Five years ago
Sex and The City 2 retained it's hold at the top while the highest new film was Death At A Funeral right down at number 4.

Ten years ago
Still holding on at the top was Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith, it held off Sin City which entered the box office at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Oscar winner Gladiator was still at number 1 while the highest new film of the week was at number 3 in the shape of Maybe Baby.

Twenty years ago
Jack and Sarah was the top new film across the country knocking Street Fighter from the top into second place.

Twenty five years ago
Back in 1990 the top film of the month of June was Back to The Future Part III was the top film while Pretty Woman was still doing good numbers as was Dick Tracy.

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.

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.

12th March 2015

Lucasfilms and Disney have today firmed up some more details on their forth coming Star Wars films.

The first spin off film, directed by Gareth Edwards is called Rogue One and will be released worldwide on December 16th 2016.

Star Wars Episode VIII will be released May 26th 2017, not long after the previous Star Wars film.

Here is the full press release courtesy of starwars.com

ROGUE ONE IS THE FIRST STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM, RIAN JOHNSON TO WRITE AND DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII THE TITLE FOR DIRECTOR GARETH EDWARDS' STAND-ALONE MOVIE, FEATURING ACTRESS FELICITY JONES, IS REVEALED, AND RIAN JOHNSON IS CONFIRMED FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII -- COMING TO THEATERS MAY 26, 2017.

“Always in motion is the future,” Yoda said. The future of the Star Wars cinematic galaxy, however, is taking shape.

This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

In addition, Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema's most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce.

19th February 2015

Um... So I think it's officially my next film. #alien

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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

A change at the top of the UK video chart sees box office smash hit Gone Girl go to number 1 on it's debut week of sales.

Gone Girl was released at the UK box office on 3rd October in 2014 and took the top spot on its debut weekend taking a very reasonable £4.1 million.

The film was on the box office chart for a total of 9 weeks and took a total UK gross of £22.1 million during it's run which makes it the 141st highest grossing movie ever in the UK.

On the world stage it was a relatively bit hit grossed $368 million which is not too bad and makes it the 217th highest grossing film ever.

Last weeks top film, The Equalizer, only falls a single place on it's second week of release to number 2.

Only 1 other new release this week in the shape of If I Stay which makes it debut at number 7.

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

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.

20th January 2015

This week a new release takes over at the top of the chart in the shape of the Luc Besson directed Lucy.

Starring Scarlett Johansson the film was released at UK cinemas in August of 2014 where it entered the box office chart at number 1 and stayed there for 2 weeks.

It took £ 3.07 million on it's debut week of release and stuck around the box office chart for 7 weeks in the top 15 and then another 3 outside.

During it's release it made a total gross of £14.6 million making it the 292nd highest grossing film of all time in the UK.

Last weeks top film, Left Behind, falls to number 3 this week after a single week at the top.

Also new this week is Before I Go to Sleep at 2.

Worthy of a mention also, for another week, is Frozen which this week slips down from number 2 to number 7, after 42 weeks inside the top 5 this is it's first time this low.

14th January 2015

And heres the full list

35th Annual Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards
Nominees

WORST PICTURE

Kirk Camerons Saving Christmas
Left Behind
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

WORST ACTOR

Nicolas Cage / Left Behind
Kirk Cameron / Kirk Camerons Saving Christmas
Kellan Lutz / The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways To Die in the West
Adam Sandler / Blended

WORST ACTRESS

Drew Barrymore / Blended
Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Melissa McCarthy / Tammy
Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Gaia Weiss / The Legend of Hercules

THE RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD (New Category!)

Ben Affleck (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Gigli to Oscar Darling for Argo and Gone Girl)
Jennifer Aniston (From 4-Time RAZZIE Nominee to SAG Award Nominee for Cake)
Mike Myers (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Love Guru to Documentary Director of Supermensch)
Keanu Reeves (From 6-Time RAZZIE Nominee to Critically Acclaimed John Wick)
Kristen Stewart (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Twilight to the Art House Hit Camp X-Ray)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cameron Diaz / Annie
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nicola Peltz / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Brigitte Ridenour (Kirk's Sister) / Kirk Camerons Saving Christmas
Susan Sarandon / Tammy

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mel Gibson/ Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer / Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Think Like a Man Too and Trannies #4
Shaquille O'Neal / Blended
Ah-Nuld Schwarzenegger / Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland/ Pompeii

WORST DIRECTOR

Michael Bay / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Darren Doane / Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Renny Harlin / The Legend of Hercules
Jonathan Liebesman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways To Die in the West

WORST SCREEN COMBO

Any Two Robots, Actors (or Robotic Actors) Trannies #4
Kirk Cameron & His Ego / Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel / Sex Tape
Kellan Lutz & Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes / The Legend of Hercules
Seth McFarland & Charlize Theron / A Million Ways To Die in the West

WORST SCREENPLAY

Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas, Written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey
Left Behind, Screenplay by Paul LaLonde and John Patus
Based on the Novel by Tim LaHaye andJerry B. Jenkins
Sex Tape, Screenplay by Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Written by Evan Daugherty and Andre Nemec & Josh Applebaum
Based on Characters Created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman
Transformers: Age of Extinction, Written by Ehren Kruger, Based on Hasbro's Transformers Action Figures

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL

Annie
Atlas Shrugged #3: Who Is John Galt?
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

©2015, The Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards LLC

12th January 2015

Taken is now a trilogy of films and this the third in that trilogy, and apparently the last, takes the US top spot at the box office with ease this weekend.

Tak3n, which I don't think it will be called but will call it for now took $40.4 million at the North American box office, thats slightly less than part 2 but double that of 2009's original hit.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies which was the top film last week falls right down to number 4 this week.

Selma climbs to number 2 this week as it goes on general release and Into The Wood is at 3.

Taken 3 was the only new release this week.

11th December 2014

Paddington stays at the top of the UK box office for a second week leaving The Hunger Games in it's wake and leaving the highest new film to come in at three.

The children's favourite, which has had decent reviews, retains it's lead at the top with a second weekend of nearly £4 million, which brings it's 10 day gross to £10.3 million.

Staying at two is The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 1 now with a £25.2 million total gross.

Highest new film of the weekend is Penguins of Madagascar, entering at three with £1.6 million, the Madagascar spinoff film should hang around for the holidays to improve on it's gross.

Other new films this week: Get Santa at 7, St Vincent at 9, Black Sea at 10, The Pyramid at 11 and Men Women and Children at 14.

Historical charts

A year ago
The biggest animated comedy of all time, Frozen, hit the top on it's opening weekend leaving The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to fall to second after a single week.

Five years ago
Paranormal Activity climbed to the top of the box office leaving The Twilight Saga: New Moon to fall to third while highest new film was Planet 51 at four.

Ten years ago
The Incredibles stayed at the top while the highest new film was at three, Christmas With The Kranks.

Fifteen years ago
The World Is Not Enough was still unmovable at the top of the box office while the highest new film was Gust House Paradiso at three.

Finally twenty years ago saw The Specialist starring Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone at the top of the box office and twenty five years ago Ghostbusters II was at the top still with When Harry Met Sally a high new entry.

29th October 2014

This week war film Fury starring Brad Pitt takes over at the top of the UK box office on it's debut week of release.

A reasonably good weekend gross of £2.7 million sees then over take Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles after they spend just a single week at number 1.

Fury is already director David Ayer highest grossing film in the UK although for Brad Pitt it has a long way to go to beat the £25 million of Ocean's Eleven.

Fallling into second place after it's top spot debut last week, the Turtles manage to add £2 million to their gross bringing it to £7.9 after a second weekend of play.

Other new film on the top 15 this week are: The Book of Life at 4, Happy New Year at 8, Love Rosie at 9 and The Babadook at 10.

Historical Charts

One year ago
This time last year Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking Captain Phillips down just a single place to 2.

Five years ago
Up retained it's lead on the box office for a second week leaving the top new film to be Saw VI at two trying the capture the Halloween market.

Ten years ago
Sharks Tale spent another week at the top of the box office, AVP Alien Vs Predator was the highest new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago
Disney's Tarzan spent another week at the top and with a fairly static top 3 the highest new film was Steve martin and Eddie Murphy in Bowfinger at 4.

22nd October 2014

Gone Girl gives up it's reign at the top of the box office this week allowing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to debut at the top.

Reboots being the name of the game, Michael Bay produces a new take on the Turtles story of which the first film was released back in 1990.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starring Megan Fox the new spin makes £4.7 million on it's opening weekend, there is no data for the opening weekend of the 1990 version, but an animated version came out in 2007 called TMNT which tool just less than a million pond on it's debut.

Gone Girl is still doing very well at the box office and this weeks falls into second place with a weekend gross of £2.3 million pound to bring it's total gross in the UK to £14.2 million which places it between Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Terminator Salvation as the top UK films.

Other new film at the UK are The Best of Me at 5, The Judge (a little disappointingly) at 9 and Northern Soul at 10, event feature The Metropolitan Opera Le Nozze Di Figaro 2014 is at 11.

Historical charts.

One year ago
Last year animated film Turbo was debuting a the top of the box office knocking Prisoners right down to fourth with Captain Phillips and Escape Plan also debuting in second and third.

Five years ago
Up remained at the top for another week while Couples Retreat was the highest new film debuting at two.

Ten years ago
Shark Tale made it's debut at the top of the box office knocking the previous number one, Bride and Prejudice down to fourth.

Fifteen years ago
Deep Blue Sea made a debut at the top of the box office chart meaning that American Pie took a tumble into second place.

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

Out selling everything else on the home video front in the UK this week is the historical drama Pompeii which replaces Bad Neighbours at the top.

Pompeii hit UK cinemas on 2nd May this years and on it's debut weekend of release hit number 3 on the box office with £1.1 million, it was the highest new film of that week though.

The film only stayed on the chart for 3 weeks falling to 5 then 8 before leaving, it gross a total of £2.6 million in the UK.

Last weeks top film, the previously mentioned Bad Neighbours, fall to second place after a single week at the top.

Other new films this week are
Sabotage at 3
The Two Faces of January at 10
Wolf Creek 2 at 11
Check out the full UK video charts on 25thframe.co.uk

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.

9th September 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 makes it's UK home video chart debut at the top this week, as you would have expected, replacing last weeks top film Captain America.

Spider-Man's second amazing film was released at the box office on April 18th this year with a debut week at the top of the box office chart.

It's stayed in the top position for 3 weeks before it fell quite hard out of the box office chart spending just 6 weeks at cinemas.

During it's 6 week run though it did gross a quite respectable £23.6 million making it the 119th top film in the UK, worldwide it grossed $706 million making it the 63rd top film evert.

Spider-Man's sequel performed roughly on par with it's predecessor which spent an extra week at the UK box office and grossed a little more at £25 million.

Last weeks top film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier fell just a single place this week to number 2.

I can't go a week without mentioning Disney's Frozen and this week it jumps up another place and goes back into the top 3.

Check out the full UK home video chart.

5th September 2014

The summer movie season is over now and it's the long slide to Christmas now. To start off the Autumn schedule we have Sex Tape, Before I go to Sleep and Life of Crime hitting cinemas this weekend.

Sex Tape stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a married couple who film a night of sex which then “accidentally” gets put online.

Fair reviews and few other rom coms out at the moment will see this get a high entry, and with Diaz and Segel both likeable stars this could even hit number one on a quiet weekend.

Before I go to Sleep is directed by the acclaimed Rowan Joffe and stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth with support from Mark Strong.

With an excellent pedigree the hard hitting drama should see itself enter in the top 5, maybe as high as 3.

Adapted from a Elmore Leonard book Life of Crime has it's work cut out for it as he's one hard author to adapt for the screen.

A strong acting pedigree in the shape of Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins should boost the films appeal and could see it just about get into the top 5.

Let us know your thoughts below and if you agree with me and come back next week to see how the box office shapes up.

3rd September 2014

The UK movie goer this week kept Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson in the top position with a number of weaker new releases in the market.

The Luc Besson directed film took just under £2 million during it's second weekend of release and now sits with a total gross of £8 million.

Highest new entry of the week is the buddy cop comedy Lets Be Cops starring Damon Wayans Jr., as you'd expect from a film of this kind it's a slap stick comedy.

Lets Be Cops takes £1.6 million for the weekend, but I suspect it may sink and disappear from the box office quickly.

Other new films to hit the box office this week are
Sin City A Dame To Kill For at 4 (with previews grosses)
If I Stay at 6 - the new Daniel Radcliffe so maybe a little disappointing
As Above so Below at 8
Million Dollar Arm at 15

A year ago this week One Direction This is Us took the top slot on it's debut weekend of release pushing Elysium to 2.

Five years ago The Final Destination took the top of the box office on it's first weekend taking over from Inglourious Basterds.

Ten years ago Dodgeball entered the chart at the top and knocked The Village down to 2 after it's single week at the top.

Fifteen years ago Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was toppled from the top of the box office by South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut on it's debut.

25th August 2014

There is a change around at the top of the US box office this weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles falls a single place to number 2 while Guardians of the Galaxy bounces from number 2 to the top.

The Turtles fall into second place after a 2 week spell at the top during which they made a very good $145.6 million from 3 week of release.

It has now become the highest grossing film of the summer and Guardians of the Galacy goes back to the top with a $17.6 million weekend and a $251.9 million total.

It was a very slow weekend at the US box office, the highest new film being the R.J. Cutler directed If I Stay starring Chloë Grace Moretz which debuted at 3 with $16.4 million.

Other new film on the US box office this week are
When the Game Stands Tall at 5
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For at (perhaps disappointingly) 8

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.

16th July 2014

This week we finally see the full release of Transformers: Age of Extinction and How to Train Your Dragon 2, and predictable they dominate the upper end of the box office chart.

Taking the top spot is the 4th in the Transformers series of movies from director Michael. The film had previews last weekend and takes the number 1 position with ease this week grossing £11.7 million in the process, it is the biggest grossing opening weekend of the year so far.

It's interesting to note this opening gross does include the £8 million from last weeks preview screenings, a £3 - 4 million is a closer opening weekend figure.

Opening in second place after going on general release is How to Train Your Dragon 2 which also includes money from it's previews over the last 3 or 4 weeks.

Falling to third this week is last weeks top film Mrs. Brown's Boy's D'Movie which after 3 weeks has grossed £11.8 million.

There were a number of other new film this which included
Begin Again at 5
Boyhood at 7
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania at 12

Last year at the box office Monsters University opened at the top of the chart knocking Despicable Me 2 into second place after 2 weeks at the top.

Five years ago Sasha Baron Cohen opened at the top with Bruno which knocked Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs to second place.

Ten years ago Shrek 2 held on tight at the top for another week keeping Around the World in 80 Days in second place for it's debut.

Fifteen years ago there was little change at the top with The Mummy retaining it's lead for a second week, highest new film was 10 Things I Hate About You at 5.

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.

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.

20th June 2014

A number of new releases are out this week, it's almost as if the studios predicted that most British people would loose interest in the Wold Cup by this point!

Leading the way is The Fault in Our Stars a romantic comedy/tragedy where the romance can only have one inevitable end.

The film didn't do as well as expected in the US, which could have an impact here, but in the UK there has been a heavy media buzz and positive reviews which could see this take over at the top this weekend, I expect a number 1 debut.

Based on the Stage show of the same name, Clint Eastwood directs the screen version of Jersey Boys, the story of how the The Four Seasons came together.

A massive hit on the stage but can it translate to the screen? Reviews have been mixed but with Eastwood at the helm this could have a top 3 entry easily.

Kevin Costner returns after his successful turn as Superman's dad in this action drama 3 Days to Kill. A Dying CIA agent is given a miracle drug in exchange for one last assignment, This might well go top 5 on it's debut.

Other new films this week
The Art of the Steal
Lilting

11th June 2014

11th June 2014

The biggest of the weeks new releases hits the top of the box office with no current releases able to challenge it.

The 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street debuts at the top of the box office this week with a weekend take of around £4.8 million.

21 Jump Street was released in March 2012, a tougher time of year for a films release, it debuted at 2 taking £1.5 on it's debut going on to take nearly 10 million over 7 weeks. With better reviews this time around 22 should do better.

Jump Street removes last week top film Maleficent down to the runner up position although it still manages a £2 million weekend with a 10 day gross of £11 million.

Little else doing well on the box office this week, especially Grace of Monaco with enters the box office at 9 with just over £200,000 is takings, the one off D-Day concert did better from far less screens.

This time last year and despite the terrible reviews Will Smith and son debuted at the top with After Earth knocking The Hangover Part III to second place.

Five years ago the Terminator saga continued with Terminator Salvation taking over at the top on it's debut knocking Night at the Museum 2 down to second place.

Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took over from The Day After Tomorrow at the top which fell to second place.

Fifteen years ago Notting Hill retained it's place at the top for a second week leaving Human Traffic to debut at 3 at the highest new film.

Twenty years ago Four Weddings and a Funeral was still the top film around with Beverly Hills Cop III and Bad Girls debuting well.

Twenty Five years ago Indianan Jones and the Last Crusade was still the top film in June with the Bond film Licence to Kill and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels debuting well.

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
Cheap Thrills
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

4th June 2014

Its already been announced that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first of the stand alone star films, and now the announcement comes that Josh Trank who directed Chronicle fron 2012 will direct another.

The stand alone films will be origin stories from characters from the Star Wars universe, Yoda and Bobba Fett and hot favourites of fans, that will be released between the sage episodes 7 - 9.

Although the films wont be directly related to the core saga they will inevitable have links to the series.

JJ Abrams is currently filming Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in England, and today posted an amusing tweet asking people not to post leaked pictures!

No release date so far for the splinter films but 2016 is most likely for the first.

From the Press release on starwars.com

"JOSH TRANK TO DIRECT STAND-ALONE STAR WARS FILM
June 04, 2014

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."

Trank states, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."

Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox."

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.

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.

29th May 2014

This week, as expected, there was no stopping the might of X-Men Days of Future Past as they easily made their way to the top of the box office in their debut week of release in the UK.

Days of Future Past is now the 4th, or 2nd, or 8th film in the series depending on which way you look at it, and over the bank holiday weekend took and impressive £9.1 million.

Compared to previous film on their debut weekend, X-Men First Class earned £5.4 on it's debut, 3.7 million below, X-Men The Last Stand earned £7.1 million, 2 million below and just for completion The Wolverine took £4.7 million, nearly 4.3 million below.

Last weeks top film, Godzilla fell to number two this week, the monster film has taken £11.8 million in 10 days of release.

Other new film this week are
Postman Pat The Movie at 4
Blended at 5
Fading Gigolo at 11
Legends of Oz Dorothys Return at 13
Kochadaiiyaan at 14

This time last year The Hangover Part III was riding the top of the box office on it's debut weekend knocking Fast and Furious 6 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago Night at the Museum 2 hit the number one spot also on it's debut and knocked Angels and Demons to number two.

Ten years ago Troy moved up to the top spot after it's debut the previous week knocking Van Helsing into the runner up spot, the highest new film was Bad Education at five.

Fifteen years ago debuting at the top was She's All That knocking Forces of Nature to number 3.

23rd May 2014

After the success of his latest movie Godzilla Gareth Edwards has been offered, and taken up the challenge of directing one of the many Star Wars universe spin off films.

Gary Whitta will write the screenplay, Who is Garry Whitta? He used to be a PC magazine journalist who turned screen writer with The book of Eli.

Here is the press release

"GARETH EDWARDS AND GARY WHITTA ONBOARD FOR STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM
May 22, 2014
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016. Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla. "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life -- join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," said Edwards. Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010's The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead. Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."
StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time."

21st May 2014

At the UK box office this week Godzilla stomped on all in its path to become the nation's top film on its debut week of release.

It was a hot weekend in the UK with many annual events happening which more than likely had an effect on the takings of Godzilla, but the monster flick, directed by Britain's own Gareth Edwards still managed a stomping £6.4 million.

If you compare this to the 1998 film of the same name that's £2.3 million higher but taking inflation into account this is almost an identical debut gross, although the 1998 film did open mid July.

Last weeks top film, Bad Neighbours, falls a single place this week to number 2 having grossed £11.3 million over 10 days, although much of this was in preview showings a week before the official release.

One other new film charted this week
The Two Faces of January

This time last year Fast and Furious 6 opened at the top of the box office, keeping The Great Gatsby to open at 2, the previous top film, Star Trek Into Darkness, fell to 3.

Five years ago Angels and Demons made its debut at the top knocking Star Trek into the runner up spot.

Ten years ago Van Helsing held the top for a 3rd week while the top new film was The Football Factory at 4.

Fifteen years ago Forces of Nature climbed to the top knocking I Still Know What You Did Last Summer to the number 2 spot.

13th May 2014

After a successful advanced showing last week which would have put the film at the top those figures go a long way to make sure that bad Neighbours knocked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 off it's perch this week.

Starring Seth Rogan and Zac Efron Bad Neighbours had no trouble de-throning the web slinger with an £8.5 million debut.

Spider-Man 2 falls into second place with £1.3 million bringing it's total gross to £22 million after 4 weeks.

Also new this week are:
Sabotage - Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest
La Cenerentola - the latest from the Met Opera
Frank
The Wind Rises
Before The Winter Chill

Last year saw the much anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness enter at the top knocking Iron Man 3 into second place.

Five years ago saw JJ Abrahams first Star Trek film enter the box office at the top knocking X-Men Origins: Wolverine into 3rd place with Coraline entering at 2.

Ten years ago had Van Helsing debuting at the top meaning Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago had I Still Know What You Did Last Summer go to the top on it's first week leaving The Waterboy to have a single week at the top.

13th May 2014

9th May 2014

Due out later this year check the teaser trailer for The Inbetweeners 2, followup to the successful first movie.

This time the hapless quartet of school leavers head for Australia for more sun, sea and I bet their hoping for a little sex as well.

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.

29th April 2014

After many rumours and fan debate Lucasfilm (and Disney) have announced the cast list for next years Star Wars Episode VII.

As if we didn't know already original cast members Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Lia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are all involved.

Also nice to see the likes of Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow involved.

With JJ Abrams behind the camera all we are looking for now is the full title of the film and poster art.

The press release on the starwars.com website reads as follows:

"The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015."

24th April 2014

This week there wasn't too much of a surprise to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 enter the box office at the very top after a much hyped and anticipated release.

A sequel to the 2012 re-boot franchise, a new generation of people have now accepted this take on the webbed hero in contrast to Sam Raimi and Toby Maguire's 2002 - 2007 series of films.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 enteres the box office with a weekend gross of £9 million, not quite enough to put it among the greats.

With only enough room for one superhero last weeks top film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier falls to four this week.

Other new films
The Love Punch
Locke
2 States

This time last year Olympus Has Fallen took over from Tom Cruise in Oblivion to become the top film on it's debut.

Five years ago Monsters Vs. Aliens was still holding the top spot with the highest new film coming from I Love You Man at four.

Ten years ago it was still Scooby Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed at the top with the highest new film The Butterfly Effect coming in at five.

Fifteen years ago saw The Faculty climb to the top knocking The Rugrats Movie down to two while the highest new film was An Ideal Husband at three.

31st March 2014

It was announced back in September 2013 that the Harry Potter universe book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be turned into a movie. The book which was released in 2001 was a special paperback that went on sale to benefit the Comic Relief charity.

The book first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone as one of Harry's required books for study, it is supposedly written by magizoologist Newt Scamander and based 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter series so unless it is done in some sort of narrative fashion it's unlikely that Potter and the gang will appear.

J.K. Rowling, although overseeing the mega successful Potter series of films didn't write any of the screen plays, but she has done for this, and as this New York Times article points out, it was a favour for CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

No word on any details so far except for the trilogy aspect of the film, another multi billion dollar series of films in the making? Lets just say The Hobbit!

31st March 2014

After just a single week at the top The Hunger Games: Catching Fire falls a single place and Philomena takes over at the top.

Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan this quirky British film was released at the box office at the beginning of November last year and spent 7 weeks on the box office.

The film entered at 4 but did climb to 3 for a couple of weeks, it was kept from the top by Thor: The Dark World and Gravity.

Other new Video releases on the chart this week:
Saving Mr Banks
Diana
Free Birds

27th March 2014

Ugly turtles and a changes in origin story, I wait with baited breath.

18th March 2014

There is a lot of excitement building for the new Star Wars: Episode VII Film, a continuation of the original Trilogy, and today Lucasfilms and Disney have posted that filming will start in May.

The filming location, like 1977s Star Wars, will be Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath near London.

Disney head Bob Igor stated in a recent earnings call that the new film would be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, there would be 3 new leads and of course there is room for some "familiar faces" to pop up.

JJ Abrams is directing and a release date of December 18th 2015 is currently earmarked.

Checkout the full news page on starwars.com

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.

22nd January 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese top the charts this week as they debut their new collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street.

The film takes over at the top taking a reasonable £4,655,984 from it's opening weekend. Sliding to the runner up spot after a week at the top is fellow Oscar contender 12 years a Slave.

This time last year Les Miserables was still at the top of the chart with Django Unchained coming in as a new entry at two.

Five years ago Slumdog Millionaire was still riding the Oscar wave at the top while Will Smith debuted his latest film Seven Pounds at two.

Ten years ago The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was still the top film in the UK with sci-fi drama Paycheck making it's debut at four.

Fifteen years ago Meet Joe Black took over the top spot at the box office on it's debut with the previous weeks top film Star trek: Insurrection falling to four.

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.

7th January 2014

It's been 10 years since 25thframe.co.uk started, it's been hard keeping up with everything in the film world in that time, especially as all the people who have been involved over the years have all had full time jobs as well, but we've tried our best.

2014 will be a time for change and I intend to keep the site more up to date, bring regular reviews and chart news to you and best of all start a podcast, look out for it soon.

If your interested in helping out with the site, reviews, views, news, podcasting, let me know at editor@25thframe.co.uk, lets start something big.

6th September 2013

In a very slow and quiet week at the UK box office X-Factor rejects One Direction top the box office in a behind the stage documentary.

Directed by Supersize Me's Morgan Spurlock (and American which shows where the band are most popular) One Direction: This is Us follows the band on their recent tour. The documentary takes the top spot with £3.4 million. Last weeks top film, Elysium, falls to number 2 after a week at the top.

This time last year the remake of Total Recall was at the top of the UK chart knocking Brave from the top spot to number 3, Neighborhood Watch took the number 2 spot.

Five years ago Step Brothers starring Will Farrell and John C. Reilly took the top from Hellboy II which fell to number 4, Mama Mia held onto the number 2 spot and The Strangers entered at 3.

Ten years ago Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl remained the top film with Jeepers Creepers 2 entering at 3.

Fifteen years ago The X-Files was the top film still with the highest new film Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels entering at 3.

6th September 2013

It's got Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson so it should be fantastic right? Alarmbells ring when you realise it's the trailer for the Robocop remake due in 2014.

Why the skepticism? Fresh in our minds still is the Total recall remake which despite it modern gritty look and feel seemed to ignore the essence of the Verhoven original and left a bad taste in the mouth.

The trailer for this remake seems to do nothing to suggest it will do anything different for the other Verhoven classic. It looks grittier and more “real World” but from what I can tell seems to ignore the essence of the original, the fear that machine is taking over from man.

Maybe the human race has come a long way since the ‘90's and we no longer fear The Machine, it that's the case then maybe we should get a simple action based remake?

Check out the trailer over at apple or below.

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.

29th August 2013

Neill Blomkamp this week scores his second number 1 film with his second film, Elysium, which smashes last weeks top film from the top spot, We're the Millers and The Mortal Instruments also debut in the top 5.

With a weekend gross of £3.1 million Elysium easily takes over at the top of the UK box office making it the 21st number 1 film this year.

Following behind in the runner up spot is We're the Millers.

Last weeks top film, Kick-Ass 2, falls all the way to number 7 this week with a weekend take of just over £600,000.

Compared to my predictions Elysium did open in the top spot and was just shy of my £4 million suggestion. We're the Millers opened where I suggested at 2 and was just a little shy of the £2 million I predicted. The Mortal Instruments performed as I expected opening in the top 5 and with around £1 million. Lovelace opened well outside the top 15 (20) and only took £86,000, it was only in 80 cinemas though.

Last year Brave contunued to perform well in the top spot with the highest new film right down at 5 being Keith Lemon: The Movie.

5 years ago Hellboy II debuted at number 1 knocking The Dark Knight down to number 4.

10 years ago American Pie: The Wedding remained at the top with Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life debuting at 3 as the highest new film.

15 years ago The X-Files movie took over at the top on it's debut weekend taking over from Armageddon which fell to number 2.

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.

23rd August 2013

It has been announced that Ben Affleck will wear the Batman outfit in the Superman/Batman film crossover which was announced during Comic Con 2013.

The film will be a sequel to the recent Superman reboot Man of Steel, but with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan producing it has a relationship with the recent Batman films.

Fans were hoping that Christian Bale who played the superhero in those recent Dark Knight films would play Batman but he recently ruled himself out.

This isn't the first time Affleck has dipped his toes in a superhero franchise, he took the lead role in 2003‘s Daredevil which was panned by critics and fans alike.

This isn't the best casting, Affleck is a decent actor, and a decent dramatic actor, his Oscar wins this year were deserved, but I just cant see him in the Batman role, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy and I don't get that when I think of Affleck.

The new film is set for a 2015 release, July 17th in the US so expect a UK release either the same time or there about.

2nd August 2013

New to UK cinemas this weekend are Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat, The Smurfs return in a sequel, the old guys all return in Red 2 and a little bit of summer horror in The Conjuring.

A buddy cop movie with 2 women in the starring roles, and two of the biggest female stars of the moment join forces as Bullock and McCarthy join forces in the top US romp.

There has been a lot of buzz about this film, and Bullock has done the press rounds, even if it was a few weeks ago, I expect this film to do well at the box office, maybe even a number one film. The Smurfs return in, The Smurfs 2, this weekend and this time they are in Paris and meet up with a new creation that the evil Gargamel has. Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris star again.

The first film was a bigger than expected hit and a timely release over the school holidays could give this a good opening weekend.

Three films fighting for the top spot this week, I think they will for the top 3, in order I think it will be The Heat, The Smurfs 2 and finally The Wolverine will fall to 3rd place.

Also out this week is Red 2 which will get a top 5 placing, probably at 4 and The Conjuring, which despite little known about the film will probably get a top 5 place also, just!

24th July 2013

Another slow week at the UK box office as the British bask in the summer sun which resulted in small box office takings and Monsters University retaining the top spot.

10 days on release and a second weekend as the number one film in Great Britain Monsters University takes £2.7 million pushing it's total UK gross to £8.6 million.

Highest new film of the weekend is The Worlds End, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on a bender that sees the world end, directed by long time collaborator Edgar Wright.

The Worlds end took £2.1 million at the box office, much lower that I would have expected for an anticipated film, but like last weekend the weather has clearly kept people outside.

In accordance with my expectations The Worlds End didn't take the top spot from Monsters University, it was way off by nearly £700,000 and also the box office taking stayed quite stagnant, although with the summer holidays now upon us next week could be different.

Last year at this time The Dark Knight Rises took the box office by storm taking £14.3 million on it's opening weekend, knocking Ice Age Continental Drift from the top and also becoming the highest new film of the week.

Five years ago Mamma Mia! was still at the top slowly raking in the money, and also keeping Wall-E from debuting at the top, the Pixar film has to settle for number 2.

Ten years ago The Hulk starring Eric Bana and directed by Ang Lee debuted at the top knocking Charlie's Angels Full Throttle down to number 3.

Fifteen years ago Godzilla took the top spot on it's debut weekend from Six Days Seven Knights.

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.

3rd July 2013

Despicable Me 2 tops the UK box office on it's opening weekend and has the best weekend of the year so far, and grossing more than the rest of the top 10 combined.

Displacing Man of Steel from the top after 2 weeks, Despicable Me 2 came close to grossing £15 million on it's opening weekend beating the year best of Iron Man 3 by more than a million pound.

Also new this week in the top 10 are This is the End at 4 and Hummingbird at 5.

Inline with my predictions for the weekend Despicable Me 2 did indeed top the charts and This is the End had a top 5 entry. Hummingbird entered in the top 5 and although I predicted that I thought a top 10 was more likely.

Last year new at the top of the box office, and knocking Prometheus from the top was Ice Age 2, on limited release it still managed to top the chart with £800,000.

Five years ago it was all change, The Hulk sunk to third place as The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian topped the chart and Wanted landed at two.

Ten years ago there was also a change as Jim Carey starred in Bruce Almighty knocking 2 Fast 2 Furious into the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago there was no change at the top as City of Angels hung on, the highest new film at 3 was Mimic.

28th June 2013

Opening in UK cinemas this week we have Seth Rogan and gang in This is the End, Animated sequel Despicable Me 2 and Jason Statham in Hummingbird.

It's the end of the world as we know it and there is a gang of comedians to take us there. Seth Rogan co-directs with Evan Goldberg in This is the End. Emma Watson co-stars along with James Franco and Paul Rudd.

Not a lot of buzz about this film but the star potential, especially Watson will take this film into the top 5 especially as it's strongest competing at the moment is The Hangover Part III and that on it's way out.

Despicable Me 2 opens to a lot of media attention which has really focused on the comedy, and on the back of 2010's Despicable Me which grossed £20 million and spent 10 week on the chart.

With a built in audience and an appeal to kids this could well dislodge Superman from the top, if it doesn't it will certainly land at number 2.

Hummingbird sees hard man Jason Statham as an alcoholic ex-soldier suffering from the effects of way. Directed by first time director Steve Knight, writer of Dirty Pretty Things this will struggle to get a large audience but Statham does have a cult following, although as an out and out action hero.

Expect a 10 ten entry and possibly a top 5, but with a strong marketplace with Superman still doing numbers and the new films it may struggle.

26th June 2013

Despite the threat of World War Z at UK multiplexes last weekend the Man of Steel manages to hold himself at the top.

Superman entered it's second weekend of release in a good position with after a strong opening weekend and managed a good £5 million take which not only kept it at the top but also brings it's total to over £21 million.

Entering this week in the runner up spot is Brad Pitt fighting Zombies in World War Z which took £4.5 million, coming close to Superman.

As I predicted World War Z wasn't strong enough to knock Man of Steel from the top spot.

Last year Lincoln was new at the top, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter that is, debuting on it's first week of release knocking Men in Black 3 into the runner up spot.

Five years ago The Hulk was still the top film on it's second week of release while British indie film Adulthood was the top new film at 4.

Ten years ago sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious was new at the top of the chart knocking The Matrix Reloaded into second place.

Fifteen years ago Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan were at the top with City of Angels displacing The Wedding Singer from the top.

14th June 2013

After a bad reception and opening weekend in America the UK shows more love for Will Smith and son by taking After Earth to the top.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, once the talk of Hollywood, After Earth stars the two Smith boys in a film set 1000 years from now in a time when there are no people left on earth. A quiet week for new releases mean that a £2.2 million gross saw off last weeks top film, Hangover Part III which slips to second place.

Last year Prometheus was still at the top of the box office while horror film The Pact was the highest new film at 4 with just £900,000 for the weekend.

Five years ago Sex and the City was still keeping the top spot warm which slapstick comedy Superhero The Movie was the highest new film at 3 with £800,000. Ten year ago The Matrix Reloaded was still at the top as Anger Management crept into number 2 with £1.7 million.

Fifteen years ago Adam Sandler was there again hitting the top spot with The Wedding Singer which debuted at the top with £1 million.

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.

6th June 2013

The top 5 on the UK box office this week was almost static with The Wolf Pack leading the way in their 3rd Hangover outing.

The Hangover Part III stayed at the top for a second weekend in a row this week with no competition from any new releases meaning the only movement in the top 5 was Star Trek into Darkness climbing 1 place and The Great Gatsby dropping a place.

Longest stay in the chart this week is The Croods which is now on an 11 week run and the highest grossing film is Iron Man 3 which has to date grossed £ 36,358,709 A year ago Ridley Scott brought his new Alien film to cinemas in the shape of Prometheus which debut at the top and was hence the highest new film knocking Men in Black 3 from the top.

Five years ago the first Sex and the City movie made it's debut at the top of the UK box office knocking the fourth instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise, The Kingdom of the Chrystal Skull from the top.

Ten years ago The Matrix Reloaded was still riding the wave of expectation at the top keeping Steve Martin at bay in the runner up spot in Bringing Down the House which debuted at 2.

Fifteen year ago meteor disaster movies were all the rage and Deep Impact was still at the top while horror film Wishmaster was the highest new film at 3.

Twenty years ago Indecent Proposal was proving to be the top grossing film of May.

Check out this weeks UK box office.

21st March 2013

We've been drip fed Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer since the end of last year, now check out the best so far.

The last trailer was to be honest a little boring, but Abrams has redeemed himself now (as if directing Star Wars Episode VII wouldn't do that!) by giving us a blindingly good trailer.

This new trailer just makes we want the next few weeks to disappear so I can go and see this film on 10th May.

Check out the trailer below

13th March 2013

At the UK box office this week Sam Raimi has his latest film turn into a blockbuster for Disney with Oz The Great and Powerful debuting at number 1.

A weekend gross of £3.7 million is enough for Oz to knock last weeks top film, Hansel and Gretel right down to the 6th place, the Witch Hunter film suffering a massive drop in it's second weekend of release.

Oz, a prequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz, had a strong opening but did not manage one of the top opening of all time.

Last year Disney was celebrating with a top spot debut for John Carter, it was no where near as strong as Oz, and terrible reviews killed it quickly, but the opening weekend was just why of £2 million.

Five years ago the Dennis Quaid vehicle Vantage point was the top film, making it's debut there with £1.4 million.

Ten years ago Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes were doing the romantic thing at the top with Maid In Manhattan which took £2.5 million on it's debut.

Fifteen years ago it was still all about Titanic at the top, having made £44.5 million by now with the highest new film Oscar winning Good Will Hunting debuting at 2.

Twenty years ago Dracula was still the top film while Steven Segal was fighting terrorists on a boat in Under Siege.

8th March 2013

The original Hangover film was a sleeper hit back in 2009 grossing to the tune of $450 million worldwide, and when a film does that well sequels will follow.

The second film didn't hit the mark as well as the first, which although stupid was fun all the same, now the team are going back to Vegas, hopefully recreating the fun of the first.

The trailer is out for Part III and there is fun to be had, and although slightly cringe worthy the final segment of the trailer is very funny, it shouldn't be, but it is!

Check it out below

8th March 2013

Sam Raimi gives us a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Jason Statham is in full action form again and Barbara Streisand mothers Seth Rogan at the box office this weekend.

In Oz The Great and Powerful Sam Raimi directs James Franco and Mila Kunis in a origins story for 1939's The Wizard of Oz.

Parker, based on the 9th book in the Flashfire series, has Jason Statham joined by Jennifer Lopez in this crime drama.

The guilt Trip has Barbara Streisand being the overbearing mother to Seth Rogan in this light hearted comedy.

5th March 2013

It's not Hansel and Gretel as I remember from the fairy tale, but the Witch Hunting duo debut at the top.

Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters knocks Disneys Wreck-It Ralph into the runner up spot on it's debut. Witch Hunters took £1.5 million for the weekend.

This time last year The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was sitting at the top of the UK charts while This Means War was the highest new film at 3.

Five years ago Jason Statham took over at the at the top with the true story film The Bank Job on it's debut week.

Ten years ago The Ring was still at the top with the highest new film at 2 being Jackass The Movie.

Fifteen years ago Titanic was a way into it's record breaking run at the cinema and Spielberg's Amistad was the highest new film at 3.

1st March 2013

Someone at New Line cinema has seen sense and push the release date of the third Hobbit film back to December 17th 2014 instead of the original release date of July 18th.

I cant tell how much better this will make the Rings community feel, having a film from this series released during he summer just felt wrong, they are end of year releases, period.

Now we can look forward to 2 more Christmases of Hobbit/Rings magic (not that The Hobbit was that good a film, but I have high hopes for the second) before we can put middle earth to bed forever!

22nd February 2013

Opening across the UK this weekend are The Wachowski's Cloud Atlas, Horror film Mama which is presented by respected director Guillermo del Toro and famed director Terrence Malick's latest To The Wonder.

Cloud Atlas is Andy and Lana Wachowski's return to film making after 5 years out of the game. Their most famous film to date is The Matrix from 1999. Their new film stars a host of Hollywood A-Listers including Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and is based on the surreal novel from David Mitchell, the story following characters spanning across decades of time.

Mama is a scare fest horror movie from director Andres Muschietti and is the story of 2 young girls who are found apparently living alone in the woods and brought back to live with a young couple, only to find their dead mother wants them back.

Finally Terrence Mallick releases his latest film To The Wonder that follows a young couple in love on their journey through life after a visit to Mont Saint-Michel.

8th February 2013

New films this week in the UK that will try and shift Les Miserables hold of the box office are - I Give it a Year, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph and the Alfred Hitchcock bio-pic Hitchcock. The week before Valentines Day we get a rom com that looks at how much trouble a marriage can be, and if it can last more than a year. Starring a strong British cast among the Americans the film stars Rose Bryne, Anna Faris and Rafe Spall along with Minnie Driver, Stephen Merchant, Olivia Colman and Jane Asher.

Disney release another computer generated animated movie that Pixar had nothing to do with. Based on video games and boasting cameos from top video game characters Wreck-It Ralph is about a bad guy in a video game that no longer want to be the bad guy!

Hitchcock is the story of Alfred Hitchcock and his wife during the period he was making Psycho, it concentrates on the dynamics between him and his wife and gives in insight to how driven he was during the making of his films, Anthony Hopkins stars as the famed director with Helen Mirren as his wife with support from Scarlett Johanson, Toni Colette and Jessica Biel.

7th February 2013

Die Hard actor Bruce Willis was on BBC's The One Show on Wednesday promoting his new Die Hard film, A Good Day to Die Hard, and when asked said he would do a sixth film.

Throughout Willis appeared very awkward and the BBC received complaints about his conduct, personally I think he just came across as very tired, jet lagged, and was struggling to think straight, he came across as very charming.

Despite not being that chatty, and not really giving away a great deal about anything, when female presenter Alex Jones asked if he would do a sixth film he simply replied yes, like were all surprised at that.

Willis will have to win round the studio mind after basically admitting that he didn't like the title of the new movie, claiming it was confusing, A Good Day to Die Hard, it's never a good day to die, what do you do, go and do some shopping and have some tea before you Die, Hard?

The titles of the Die Hard films have never follow the conventional 1, 2, 3 etc moniker although the fourth film was Die Hard 4.0 (except in the US where is was Live Free ot Die Hard) so a sixth film could be Six degrees of Die Hard or something!

The new film is set in Russia and has protagonist John McClain traveling the globe to rescue his son who is in some kind of trouble with the Russian mafia, it is out on Valentines Day.

7th February 2013

With the announcement that Disney would release films within the Star Wars Universe based around specific characters, 25thframe.co.uk has asked which loved characters would make the best films? Here are some ideas, but let me know which characters youd like to see in their own film.

The initial news was that the first film would be based on Yoda. One option for a film would be around his time on Dagoba between Episode III and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but he spent many years alone here so not sure how much excitement there is there! More interesting would be a movie based nearly 900 years into the Star Wars past explaining where Yoda came from, and maybe how he became the Jedi Master.

The latest news suggest that the first film will be based on Han Solo, another fan favourite, and one were all keen to see, How did Han meet Chewbacca, we think it was some time after Episode III, but clearly before Star Wars. When did he get the Millennium Falcon, this would have to include Lando Calrissian as the Falcon once belonged to him, and when did Solo do the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs?

Bobba Fett is another character that fans simply want to know more about, we know so little, he has very brief appearances in Empire and Jedi, the film in which he is killed, despite which he became one of the most popular characters, but is a major character in Episode II. We see him as a child and see his dad get killed by the Jedi's, we also know that the Clone Troopers/Storm Troopers are him.

Biggs Darklighter would make an interesting charter to base a film on, he appears on Star Wars and is killed during the batttle, and he appears on one of the more famous cut scenes from that film. There is a whole life on Tattooine to explore, and of course a very close friendship with Luke Sykwalker.

In Star Wars we see Darth Vadar's boss (of sorts) on the Death Star as Grand Moff Tarkin, he must have an interesting back story, what made him so evil, how did he get to commmand the Death Star and the Imperial Outland Regions? We know when he died what what are this vaguely Hitler like characters origins?

The back story of Jabba the Hutt has also been touted as future film, he's a resident of Tatooine and is over 800 years old, he runs a crime organisation that hires bounty hunters and is clearly rich and buys respect. A Godfather type story could be a must for this.

Admiral Ackbar has despite only a brief appearence in Return of the Jedi become a very popular character, he has appeared in The Clone Wars cartoon which has given some insight to his character, but going through his academy days would be an interesting film.

6th February 2013

Disney have announces that as part of their ongoing continuation of the Star Wars film franchise they are to make films that expand the universe and concentrate on individual main characters, Yoda being the first.

Clearly inspired by the success, and probable continued success, of the series of films inspired from the Avengers comics, Disney will produce the films based in the star wars universe that look at the individual characters so we can look forward to Han Solo The Movie, Luke and Lia The Movie, and one a number of fans might like, Boba Fett The Movie.

These will be alongside the sequel trilogy that will be made, the first of which will be directed by J.J. Abrams and the first will be released in 2015.

Yoda will be the first to get the stand alone treatment, although there is no word on where this will fit into the overall picture, or during what time line it will take.

Best guesses are a couple of ideas, one to fill in the gap between Episode III and when we first meet him in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back which means the whole film wil be based on the swamp plant of Dagobah.

There is no reason why there couldn't be a few flash back in the film, but for all intense and purposes Yoda was supposed to be alone on this planet before Luke turned up for training, so it could be hard to fill in a full 2 hour movie?

The other is more inline with the X-Men origins style and look at where Yoda came from and how he came into existence, this would be a more interesting movie, and as he's meant to be in his mid 800's in Episode 1 this would be going way back into Star Wars history, and possible leave more a blank sheet for what to do.

Whatever happens lets hope that Disney stay true to the universe, at least as much as Lucas has, and we start getting films that fans as much as , well the original trilogy at least.

26th January 2013

It has been announced that the Star Trek/Mission: Impossible 4 director J.J. Abrams is going to be directing the upcoming Star Wars sequel.

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilms, and the Star Wars franchise in the process, announcing that there would be an episodes 7, 8 and 9 of the long running saga, the main question has been, who will direct?

Abrams name has been one of the front runners, either is fans hoping for a decent director or in leaked information, but is not suprise, and of great relief that he will be at the helm.

Also confirmed is that the production (or leadership duties as the starwars.com website calls it) will be Kathleen Kennedy and the screen play will be done by Michael Arndt, who is also a life long Star Wars fan.

Good news all round really? In a word yes, Abrams has the ability to turn things around, and is a brilliant director. The transformation he has done with Star Trek is nothing short of amazing, he taken the pure essence of the franchise, turned it full circle on it's head and allowed it to live a new life BUT he has kept it pure to the original. Also he took the flagging franchise of Mission:Impossible and produced possibly the best film of the series.

I think largely fan concerns that Disney would turn the series into a money spinning load on nonsense has been largely laid to rest, and quite possible the series will be given a new lease of life after the prequel trilogy tried to kill it.

14th January 2013

Middle Earths 4 week dominance of the Box Office ends this week with Les Misérables takes over at the top knocking The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey down to fourth.

Ang Lee's Life of Pi holds firm as the number 2 film and Gangster Squad is a new entry at 3.

The Tom Hooper directed film, based on the stage play musical, debuts at the top with a brilliant £8.1 million pound weekend gross. The highest debut for all involved except Anne Hathaway who scored a bigger opening weekend with last years The Dark Knight Rises.

Life of Pi continues to do well as the awards start to pile in and increases it's total gross to £21.9 million while Gangster Squad is new at 4 with an opening weekend of £2.1 million.

This time last year Spielberg was hitting number 1 with War Horse on it's debut weekend taking nearly £4 million and knocking The Iron Lady from the top.

Five years ago I Am Legend was still doing good numbers at the top with £2 million after 3 weeks while Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks was the highest new film at 3.

Ten years ago The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers still dominated the Uk box office and Martin Scorsese had the top new film with Gangs of New York at 2.

Fifteen years ago The Jackal with Bruce Willis was at the top on it's debut weekend with a gross of £1.4 million. Twenty years ago Bram Stokers Dracula from Francis Ford Coppola was hitting the top spot on it's opening knocking The Bodyguard into the runner up spot.

10th January 2013

The nominations for this years Academy Awards ceremony have been announced with Spielberg's Lincoln leading the way with 12 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.

Ang Lee's Life of Pi is then closest to that with 11 nominations, also that film is up for Best Film and Best Director.

British Favorite Skyfall, the 50th anniversary Bond film, manages 5 nominations mainly in the music categories , Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Sond and Best Score and Cinematography.

There will be a section of this years ceremony that will celebrate the Bond franchise and appreciate 50 years of Bond success, something that is unique in cinema history.

The ceremony takes place this year on Sunday Feb 24th in Hollywood and is presented for the first time by Family Guy creator Seth Rogan.

For a full list of the nominations go the to Oscars website.

9th January 2013

As if by coincidence the same day the Razzie nominations come out so do the BAFTA nominations. Speilberg's Lincoln leads the way with 10, but Ang Lee's Life of Pi and Tom Hooper's Les Miserable follow with 9 each.

Lincoln, which is not nationwide in the UK until January 25th, is Steven Speilbergs bio-pic of the life of President Abraham Lincoln and stars Daniel Day Lewis in the lead role, who is also nominated in the Actor category.

It's nice to see the Bond film Skyfall get recognised although it does miss out on best (overall) film category but does get a nod in the Special British Film category. More surprisingly Daniel Craig doesn't get an acting nod and director Sam Mendes somehow missed out on a directing nominations.

The ceremony takes place at the Royal opera house on Sunday 10th February, for more information and check out the BAFTA website.

9th January 2013

The perfect antidote to the film industry award season, were talking The Oscars, is The Razzie awards which each year are presented the night before the glam and glitter of that more glamorous award ceremony.

The Razzie committee have taken no chances this year and nominated the last of the Twilight Saga movies, or Twilight S.B.D. #2 as they like to call it, in every category, I'm surprised they didn't even made up some just to rubbish the film even more.

The ceremony takes place on 23rd February and I suspect that Twilight S.B.D. #2 will be walking away with a number of the little $4.79 golden raspberry statues, although unlike previous years when the likes of Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock turned up to receive their awards I suspect the cast of Twilight will stay well away.

For more details and a rundown of the nomination go the Razzies website., or check out the video below.

8th January 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey holds firm at the top of the UK box office this week despite very strong competition from tsunami film The Impossible.

With a 3 day weekend gross of £4,075,781 The Hobbit stays put at the top of the UK box office for an amazing fourth week. The total gross for the Middle –Earth film is now just shy of £45 million, and is the 30th top film in the UK.

The Impossible is the highest new film at 2, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts it's the true story of a family lost in the Boxing Day tsunami that happened in Thailand in 2004. With little publicity until recent weeks the film took a decent £ 4,034,470 over the weekend.

This time last year Tom Cruise was still at the top with Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Oscar winning film The Iron Lady about Margaret Thatcher's reign as British Prime Minister was the highest new entry at 3.

Five years ago I am legend was still at the top of the box office, and you had to look as far down as number 10 to get the highest new entry, Lust Caution, an Ang Lee direct film starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai.

Ten Years ago The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers wouldn't shift from the top of the box office which Star Trek Nemesis was the highest new film at 2.

Fifteen years ago Paul Verhoevens Starship Troopers was the top film in the country.

4th January 2013

We are on the dawn on the fifth Die Hard film to be released and Fox have now released a new trailer, with action, drama and Bruce Willis.

The original Die Hard movie is still to this day one of my favourite films, and I always try to get a watch over Christmas (it is the ultimate Christmas movie after all). Here we are 25 years after that release and 5 is with us nearly, do we need a fifth entry?

Maybe a discussion for another day, enjoy the trailer for A Good Day To Die Hard.

3rd January 2013

Keeping hold of the box office number one over the festive period is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which over the weekend starting 28th December took £6,850,728, up nearly a million from the previous weekend.

In total the Hobbit film has now taken just shy of 36 million pounds.

Highest new entry of the week is the Tom Cruise film Jack Reacher at number 3. A bit of a surprise this for a new Cruise action film, but there has been little publicity for the film and the adult theme has maybe kept some of the audience away, Reacher took £3,575,066.

Worthy of note this week, Skyfall has now become the first film in UK box office history to take over 100 million pounds, this far outstrips the 92 million pound gross of Avatar which had a 3D sales boosts.

This time last year Tom Cruise did have the top film, this time with his franchise movie Mission:Impossible Ghost Protocol which debuted at the top with £8,188,209.

Five years ago Will Smith had one of the biggest hits of his movie career to date with I Am Legend which debuted at the top grossing a quite brilliant £11,009,365.

Ten years ago we were in Middle Earth for the second time with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers which held the top spot with £8,177,801, while musical Chicago debuted the highest at 8 with £113,386 on limited release.

20th December 2012

After an almost never ending saga of setbacks and 9 years after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, director Peter Jackson takes his vision of J. R. R. Tolkien The Hobbit to the top of the box office.

Maybe because of the slightly less than favorable reviews are the reason but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey debuts this week with a less than expected £11,601,538, still excellent but for best opening weekends that gross places it only at 33, between Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and 2, still an excellent gross but I don't think it will have a dominance over the box office like Skyfall has.

The Hobbit was nearly the only film released this week, but Disney did release Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings which landed at 5 with £528,82

Falling to number 2 this week is Rise of the Guardians which grossed £1,250,469 over the weekend.

A year ago Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took the top spot with £3,827,697 on it's debut weekend knocking Arthur Christmas into third.

Five years ago The Golden Compass was still at the top with £3,002,951 while Enchanted entered at number 2 with £2,547,975.

Ten years ago Bond was still the top film with a weekend gross of £2,220,351 taking it's total to £27,078,158 while the top film was Like Mike at 4 with £246,169.

17th December 2012

It was teasered last week, and there is a 9 minute prologue infront of the IMAX version of new The Hobbit movie, so the hype is well and truly in top gear, and today we get the first trailer.

It's an annoying trailer and I hope the film is better. The teaser was great, and the poster is excellent, but this trailer is a little cheesy.

It starts with a very bad voice over telling (I presume) kirk, (maybe) about the events (I presume) that will take place in him life (the film). Or is the voice referring to someone else.

The trailer is I think tedious for the first minute, then although it's get more exciting after that there are far too many money shots! What do I mean by money shots, shots that are in there just to make you say, oooh what happens there.

The best thing by far is Benedict Cumberbatch who displays a look that is genuinely chilling, and lets hope he'll make the best vilain since Khan, who many fans think he is playing, why? Another of those money shots which look suspiciously like the Spock death scene in Star Trek 2 (check out the image below).

I have full faith in JJ Abrams to deliver a fantastic film, so lets drink from the hype cup till then and enjoy the film on May 17th.

13th December 2012

Although I'm not expecting much from this new X-Men spin-off film I think this motion poster is really cool.

Simple and yet utterly effective, and although it's doesn't show much motion it works. Also check out the website, its got some good stuff to do there.

10th December 2012

The first poster hit last week for Oblivion which was a great looking one sheeter and got us intrigued for this new Tom Cruise film, now the first trailer hits and gives us some clue to the story and tone of the film.

This is Cruise back in sci-fi territory for the first time since he was directed by Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds back in 2005.

Take a look at the trailer below, it looks like Cruise will be in full action mode for 2013, starting with Jack Reacher out soon (actually just about has a 2012 release date of 26th December) and Oblivion released April 12th 2013.

6th December 2012

It has all the hallmarks of a tense exciting teaser trailer, the first glimpses of the new Star Trek reboot movie, Into Darkness shows us how chaotic the film might be.

Among the highlights are a wonderful Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid moment, some excellent shots of the Starship Enterprise, and it looks like were going to get it crashing into water, and above all else every looking into the distance with a look of shock on their faces.

The narration by Benedict Cumberbatch is chilling and I think there might be a lot of explosions in this film, and as suggested by the teaser poster released earlier in the week, were going to be more grounded this time.

Check out the trailer below.

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?

19th September 2012

Peter Jackson has treated us to a new The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trailer today, and it's well worth checking out.

I am really looing forward to this film, and it will be absolutely fantastic, and more importantly a great addition to a film series he started with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but I have to say that despite the lush settings, amazing photography, and mind blowing scenery, this is no where near as good as the original trailer.

Check it out below and let us know what you think.

Also worth checking out is the website, you can create your own The Hobbit trailer!

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.

31st July 2012

Expectation are already high for Skyfall, now they are even higher with the release of a full length trailer.

I won't go on about how good it is, just watch it below, and believe me, it looks just simply brilliant.

The sooner this year is over the better with the quality of films that are on the slate, go on, just watch this trailer.

31st July 2012

Peter Jackson has officially announced that his Hobbit films will now be 3 rather than just 2.

Be cynical if you like but I actually think this is a great idea, it worked so well with The Lord of the Rings, and for 3 exciting year we had 3 excellent films, and I truly believe that Jackson can do the same again.

On that more cynical note, each of the Rings films took close to or over a billion dollars in box office grosses, and over the years created a massive buzz that probably drove merchandising sales through the roof, as well as creating DVD sales in standard forem and extended form.

You can see why it makes sense to turn this into a trilogy, New Line Cinema (and all other studios involved) have probably just made themselves another couple of billion dollars in revenue, as I'm sure, unless the first film is an absolute turkey, that these films will make over a billion at the box office each, and thats before you consider everything else. With no release date or title the details are still sketchy, but at the moment lets presume that this will take The Hobbit into 2014, thats this December, December 2013 and then December 2014 for the next film.

The good news in all this is that we should get to see the entire book turned into a film and any un-filmed stuff from the Middle Earth universe that has so far been untouched. Roll on this December when we find out if the wait has been worth it.

28th June 2012

Columbia pictures have released a new trailer for the Total Recall remake due for release later this summer. I have to admit that although it's actually a very good trailer don't watch if your a fan of the original?

The reason is that there is far too many key points from the original film in the trailer, I'm hoping that there will be a few twists and turns in this new re-image, but if there is not then I've almost seen the key moments.

One other note, were the film makers actually wanting to remake Blade Runner but had to settle for Total Recall? This trailer has a look, feel and style of the Ridley Scott classic, and there is even one scene in the trailer that is very reminiscent of a classic Blade Runner scene.

Check out the trailer below

15th February 2012

Daniel Radcliffe, for the immediate future anyway, is always going to be Harry Potter, for 10 years he lived and breathed the character and to millions of adoring fans he is the image of the boy wizard, which is why it is an achievement that while watching The Woman in Black Harry Potter hardly crossed my mind.

The story, set in an Edwardian era, centers around Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) who is a solicitor sent to clear up the paperwork of a recently deceased woman. Kipps himself has a 4 year old child and is a widow, his wife having died during child birth.

Kipps arrives in the village of Crythin Gifford where he is to spend the next couple of days working before his son arrives to join him for a holiday. During his train journey Kipps meets the local wealthy man who he befriends and then is given a lift in his car (noted as being the first car in the village) to the inn where he is booked in to stay.

The welcome Kipps gets from everyone else is far from friendly, and as he goes about his business the next day he is more or less told to leave town. What ensues from there is a traditional ghost story with scares and jumps at every opportunity.

As I first mentioned Radcliffe, fresh from the Potter franchise where he IS the boy wizard, manages to detach himself from that completely, not sure if it's the side burns or the fact that his character spends a lot of time alone and doesn't say a lot, or maybe it's the low budget film not being laden with special effect but it's a good move.

I'm showing my age now but I remember the Hammer Horror films of the 70's and 80's which at the time were scary as hell, and the TV show had me hiding behind the sofa more than Doctor Who did, and this film, which is produced by Hammer and filmed in the UK captures the spirit of the old Hammer perfectly.

The film is jumpy if a little corny in places, not too long and has a story which is acceptable for a horror film of this type. I started the question things when a seemingly normal guy decides to spend the night in the creepiest looking house in England that is cut from mainland during for large part of the day and he'd already experienced minor paranormal activity (I'd never have gone anywhere near the house in the first place) and some of the jumpy scenes were far too predictable and came off as amusing but on the whole it's an enjoyable scary horror harking back to the glory days of Hammer.

Good: Decent screenplay from Jane Goldman and some genuinely scary moments. Well directed by James Watkins and a good supporting cast.

Bad: Does get predictable and some of the scares are funny. Too many unanswered things happen and the ending although good could have been better.

25thframe.co.uk rating:

9th February 2012

Today looks to be a day that should be celebrated as it mark the time that casting on The Hobbit is finally complete, Billy Connolly will be taking on the role of Dain Ironfoot who is a great drawf warrior in the story. Here we are 6 months into production, the first trailer released 6 weeks ago and casting is complete!

The anticipation for The Hobbit is building up to such an extent that I for one am starting to feel like this year can't be over with quick enough, and in the mean time we have a number of great films to enjoy.

In case you haven't been keeping up The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again is the 2 part screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit, a prequel to The Lord of the Ring Trilogy the Peter Jackson brought to life in 3 spectacular films starting back in 2001.

Normally with a film getting this much hype and anticipation I'd be nervous that it could never live up to the hype, but watching the rings trilogy today is still as enjoyable and judging from the trailer for The Hobbit this will absolutely great.

Roll on December 14th when we'll finally be able to judge for ourselves whether Peter Jackson still have that gift or not.

1st February 2012

A picture can say 1000 words, so what do you get from this first picture of Daniel Craig as Bond in a picture from Skyfall?

It's looks very high tech for a start, he's holding a gun and possibly stalking someone (a woman?)

Bond is also looking very unshaven and possibly looking like he's not slept for a couple of night? Also not sure how cold it is in that high tech looking room but he's wearing a bog old coat and gloves.

More to come in the future I suspect along with a teaser trailer in the non too distent future. Keep an eye out for it.

Skyfall is released on 26 October this year.

First image of Bond in Skyfall

25th January 2012

This has got to be one of the best things I've seen in a while, amateur film maker Casey Pugh asked people on the internet to send him 15 second clips they had made depicting scenes from the film Star Wars, and he's now strung them altogether.

The finished product is nothing short of amazing with some truly brilliant individual styles, as well as some not so brilliant it must be said.

What truly stand out for me is that all these clips are 15 seconds, and obviously a scene is longer than 15 seconds, but the way Aaron Valdez the films editor and Bryan Pugh the sound mixer has seamlessly put them together is just brilliant.

You can checkout more info at their website.

Personally I think this should get full endorsement from Lucasfilms and get a theatrical release, till that day catch it on YouTube or on the embedded video below

11th January 2012

I simply had to share this with you, the excellent Empireonline has gone to great length to explain the ever increasing complexity of movie franchises using the diagram below.

Do check out the page at Empire online as it, and the site, are well worth a regular visit, but I've posted the image below which graphically explains the mystery behind sequels.

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.

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

22nd December 2011

The week of amazing trailers ends with the launch of Ridley Scotts first for Prometheus, and anyone who was worrying that the connection to Alien would be loose to non-existent then worry no more; this could be a trailer for an Alien film.

I won't go into detail as to what's in the trailer but everything from the title appearing to the look to the feel to the design of the sets, ''ll say it again, it's Alien.

I loved Alien when I was a kid and this sent goose bumps down my spine, there is enough in this trailer to suggest that the suspense is in there, the gore is in there and there might just be some answers in there as well.

As if I've not said it enough already it's Alien and I simply can't wait for this prequel to hit our screen next year on June 1st. 2012 sure as hell is going to be a good year if only the 3 films trailered this week live up to expectation.

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.

12th December 2011

Men in Black was great, Men in Black 2 starts great but get silly towards the end, so you can imagine, a 3rd could lie either way in my book, couple this with the reports of problems on set and there is a fear of trouble brewing in the MIB franchise for a third film.

Sony have now delivered a trailer, and although I went in skeptical I have to say by the end of the trailer I was won over and I'm now looking forward to this film.

OK the premise seems a little old, time travel, and it seems like Tommy Lee Jones wasn't as willing as Will Smith to be in the film, but it looks great, Emma Thompson has a brilliant fleeting appearance in the trailer and from there I just sat back and enjoyed.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.

3rd November 2011

As reported in many many places to name of the next Bond film, the 23rd in the series, will indeed be called Skyfall.

Daniel Craig will star in his 3rd outing as 007 and Dame Judi Dench returns again as M while the film is to be directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes.

Making their mark as Bond girls will be Naomie Harris and French actress Berenice Marlohe. Location for the film include China and Turkey as well as places a little closer to home in Scotland and of course London.

Despite recent reports that the film would forfeit action for drama in a hope to be an Oscar contender were laid to rest with both Mandes and producer Barbara Broccoli maintaining that the story involved lots of action.

A release date of October 26 2012 has been set for the UK and will follow close in the rest of the world.

The filming of this episode has been delayed due to financial woes at owner MGM, but the delay does mean that it will get a release in the year of the first Bond movie, Dr. No's first appearance in cinemas, what better way to celebrate.

26th October 2011

"We need this like a hole in the head" comes to mind when I think of the Star Wars Saga in 3D but George Lucas has felt the necessity to release the once loved film in yet another format at the cinema to try and get more money from the franchise.

Thinking about it maybe the prequels will be better with a 3D make over (seriously they weren't that bad were they?).

Hands up those who wanted this next incarnation, well next February you get your wish when Episode 1 of the saga gets re-released in theaters in 3D, you can both put your hands down now.

For those interested here is the trailer.

6th October 2011

It is with much sadness to write about the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs, as an almost obsessive follower of technology he has been one of a selected few who has given me something to think about for the last 10 years.

Lets not forget also the incredible effect he has had on the film industry. Jobs in 1988 saw a computer graphics company that George Lucus was going to close down, bought it for $10 million dollars and not only created one of the greatest film studios the world has seen, but also created a studio which has brought some of the best loved characters of the last 20years.

From their first film Toy Story to their latest hit Cars 2 Pixar has continues to bring box office hits and stories we can cherish. Even kids today go to Disney and love the likes of Woody, Buzz, Nemo, Flick, WALL-E.

As a member of the Disney board Jobs also helped bring the firm back to life with Pixar a staple corner of that company, Pixar literally revolutionised animated film in the same way the iPod revolutionised the way we listed to music and the iPad revolutionized the way we use portable computers.

Lets celebrate his life, but with great sadness I say RIP Steve Jobs

10th September 2011

We love a bit of American Pie don't we? And we all know that there is one more slice that's about to be released in cinemas, and here we have the first teaser for that next slice of pie.

All the American Pie films have been funny, and I even think the spin offs have been worth watching, to me they are like to comedies of the '80's that I used to enjoy so much brought bang up to date.

Over the series of films cast members have dropped out with the only thread of continuity being Jim's father played by Eugene Levy, but reunion brings all the cast from the original back together since American Pie 2 hit our screens, to be fair there has only been one other theatrical American Pie, American Wedding.

Despite this we have the fully assembled original cast back together all grown up and probably married and having children and doing similar things but in a more grown up way, it should lead to laughs galore, although if Finch is still chasing his MILF surely he's now chasing a GILF!!! Only time will tell.

Check out the teaser trailer below, which manages to be funny with absolutely no film footage at all, good start I think.

<a href='http://video.uk.msn.com/watch/video/first-look-american-pie-the-reunion/2tamljbk?src=v5:embed::' target='_new' title='First look: American Pie The Reunion'>Video: First look: American Pie The Reunion</a>

9th September 2011

Remember the film Back to the Future Part II (I know it wasn't the best)? Then do you remember the self tying trainers that Doc Brown gave Marty Mcfly to put on when they first arrive in 2015, no? Well you will soon be able to own a pair for real.

Nike have made a limited edition set of 1500 pairs of the shoes for which they are auctioning off 150 pairs at a time over at ebay.com (the current set are at over $8,000 already) and the net proceeds are going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Fox being the star of Back to the Future and suffers from the condition himself.

There are a number of videos that have been produced to promote the shoes and the auctions which I have posted below. The auction is only available in America, but if you are lucky enough to live there, or indeed be visiting then this is a great chance to own a bit of the future, and 4 years early.

(Please note that these shoes do not actually self tie!)

17th May 2011

I'm a huge sucker for anything Spielberg, but I'm not a huge fan of Tintin so you can imagine how torn I am over the new Tintin movie directed by Spielberg, and to make it worse he has managed to get Peter Jackson involved, oh well there will be some magic in there somewhere.

Anyway the new CGI motion capture film will be out at the end of this year and we now get the first trailer for the film, not a lot is given away, there are some nice effects shots, the ship on the desert in particular is very nice, and the realism looks astounding, but it's till Tintin.

You can catch the trailer below, and to coincide there are also a couple of new, very moody, posters for the film. What do you think, let us know below.

Source:
Empire On Line
IMP Awards

14th April 2011

Production is currently underway on the two Hobbit films and as you'd maybe expected there is a video blog/diary being made following the production. The first is up at the Peter Jackson Facebook page and I really do urge you to go and watch it, it really is brilliant, http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

The video is a very generous 10 minutes of pure brilliance presented by Jackson himself, how he finds the time is anyone's guess. He takes you on a tour of some of the sets that have been reproduced from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy 12 years ago as well as teases some new sets.

We get to see a get together of the cast on the first day of filming on the Bag End set, see a dozen full sized actors gather around a Hobbit kitchen table, and we get to see returning actors Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis.

It always amazes me when I see things like this how much work clearly goes into the post production of films of this magnitude to get the sets looking so stunning, the sets looks amazing don't get me wrong, but when you see the finished product with all the lighting and post production polish they look simply stunning.

Have a look at this making of video as it really in incredible, and start praying for the rest of this year and next year to go as fast as possible because these films are going to be brilliant, and if you had any doubts about Jackson directing the films just take a moment to take in the guys enthusiasm about the production, I'm so glad he's in charge.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150223186041807&oid=141884481557&comments

What did you think? Is this a very generous 10 minutes to get us in the mood for the film? Or 10 minutes of pure hype?

UPDATE: You can now see the video on YouTube, or embedded below, enjoy

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.

18th March 2011

New Superman film shaping up nicely, new cast, director and direction

We all remember the 2006 Superman movie directed by Brian Singer and starring Brandon Routh, yes that's right it was rubbish. Now the franchise is in new hands it looks like director Zach Synder has got the right idea.

In an interview with Hero Complex the director is looking at the film as if there had been no film before it, yay, maybe Singer should have done the same.

Singer tried to do a sequel to the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve film and on the whole it failed, now Synder is looking at doing a “reboot” of the franchise. I know this is a term which is bantered about a lot but this is one franchise, like Batman before it, that really needs to be looked at again, or left alone completely but that's a discussion for another day, the day after this Superman hit cinemas.

On board for the new film is British star of television series The Tudors Henry Cavill who will play the very American Superman, also on board is Kevin Costner and Diane Lane who will play Clark Kent's parents. It's also been rumoured that Viggo Mortensen will play General Zod in the film which goes a long way to revealing where the story will go.

Snyder is just wrapped Sucker Punch and is going into pre-production for The Man of Steel now with an expected release date of 2012.

18th March 2011

I know there are a couple of people out there who are looking forward to the second part of the last part of the seven part Harry Potter saga, so to get you all excited Warner has released a little video vignette for you to watch.

The video is mainly interviews with the 3 principles, but there are also small (and I mean small) clips of the new film, so keep you eyes peeled and finger on the pause if you want to take them in full.

The last ever Harry Potter film is due for release on July 15th so not long to wait until there is no more.

Check out the video below.

10th March 2011

There was little buzz about this film other than the voice talent of Johnny Depp in the lead character role, Rango thus takes the top of the UK box office this week from another CG animated film.

Rango is the story of a lizard who winds up in the Wild West of America and you can guess what happens from there, queue many jokes based on the western genre! The film had a mediocre opening weekend in what has been a quiet week compared to recent weeks with a £1,638,613 weekend.

Runner up this week is another new entry in the shape of Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau, the George Nolfi directed film took £1,395,715 over the weekend.

Finishing a trio of new released at the top of the box office this week is the Liam Neeson starring Unknown. The thriller for which Neeson is starting to pigeon hole himself into is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and took £1,356,345.

For the top 3 it was a fairly close call all-round.

Frost and Pegg are at number 4 with their Alien film Paul which has a weekend take of £1,109,766 with a total gross of £12,207,049, and getting over the hangover of the award season if The Kings Speech which is now at 3 with a weekend of £1,076,381 which brings its total now to £41,930,117. Last weeks top film, Gnomeo and Juliet, falls all the way to 6 this week, quite a drop post school holiday, but Rango is direct competition and took much of its potential this week.

Compared to last year this weeks box office is way lower, last year Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland (3D) opened at the top of the chart with an excellent £10 million plus opening which is more than the combined top 15 this week, the rest of the top 5 last year was almost insignificant but Avatar was knocked off the top and The Crazies, The Lovely Bones and The Princess and the Frog all hang around but with diminishing returns.

4th March 2011

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away a prequel to a successful franchise of films came out and on the whole massively disappointed fans, and that film was a conventional film in what has been the traditional 2D, the the film maker was unhappy with that like many of his previous films and wanted it in 3D, and in 2012 he will get his wish.

Put another was Lucasfilms has announced that the first Episode of Star Wars, as in The Phantom Menace will get its 3D theatrical debut on February 10th 2012. The press release doesn't specify location but I suspect the UK release on or around the same time.

Back in 1997, 20 years after the original Star Wars came out, Lucas pushed the cash cow back into cinemas with updated special effect that he claimed gave the vision closer to what he wanted to do in 1977. Now 12 years after the release of The Phantom Menace he has converted in to 3D, and the other 5 films are bound to follow.

As Star Wars fans now understand, we haven't seen Star Wars, any 6 of the films, in reality yet, the narrative of the film wont change again, but we will have to, about every 10 – 15 years or so, re-experience the series using greater technology.

Remember that also this year we have the Blu-ray versions of the films coming that will give us the most visually stunning version of the films to date which can go on the selves along with the original VHS release, the re-mastered video release, the ultimate box set, the special edition VHS release, the original DVD releases, the re-releases with the original theatrical versions (did I miss any) and so on and so on, actually I have already made space on my shelf for the 3D Blu-ray box set.

So for now, until we get holographic cinema, the 3D version of the 6 film saga are set to be released in cinemas starting February 10th 2012, see you there.

2nd March 2011

With the school half term week and not so good weather hitting Britain the red and blue gnomes once again took hold of the box office chart leaving Paul having to make do with the second place.

Having already spent a week at the top Gnomeo and Juliet climb back up with a half term weekend take of £2,502,806 which boosts its takings over 3 weeks to a very health £12,901,447.

Last week top film falls to number two, clearly not being as kiddie friendly as the Gnomes with a gross of £2,073,462 giving it a 10 day total of £10,110,433.

Highest new entry of the week is the sci-fi thriller I am Number Four which should have appealed in numbers to the teen on half term but has a fairly mellow debut with £1,628,523.

Yogi Bear kept the kids happy over the school break and adds another £1,465,863 to its £7,635,574 total at 4 and Tangled completes a very kid friendly top 5 with £1,352,104 for a very impressive £19,130,723 total.

Again this week's box office was way above this time last year when Avatar was still at the top and closing in on being the first UK film to take £100 million at the box office, while Peter Jacksons The Lovely Bones climbed to number 2. Horror film The Crazies debuted at 3 and The Frog Princess and Percy Jackson hung around the top 5.

28th February 2011

Despite rumblings from many a commentator about maybe Colin Firth not getting an Oscar, or Natalie Portman being piped at the post by Annette Benning, in the end the Oscar evening went as predictably as you could imagine with just about everyone predicting all the major winners.

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman got their statues, while Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (both for The Fighter) got awarded. Maybe the most unpredictable award for the night was best film and director, most thought that The Social Network and its director David Fincher might clinch it, but The Kings Speech and director Tom Hooper took home the glory.

Toy Story 3 deservedly gained the best animated feature Oscar and in maybe a surprise move Banks diod not get the best documentary Oscar, so no stunt appearance, instead that went to Inside Job, a film from director Charles Ferguson about the financial crisis of 2008.

In all I suppose it was a predictable night, but one where all the Oscars went to deserved winners, something which rarely happens. The awards season is now over, a season which I used to get very excited about, and although I still look at the winners with interest I don't get nearly as excited as I did 10 years ago, maybe Oscar is no longer relevant?

15th February 2011

All films (well I think all) must have a title, and when it comes to re-boots/remakes/reimages whatever they like to be called there is a question? Go with the originals title or make it slightly different? When that original is less than 10 years old a slightly different title is in order and so Spider-man 4 (or reboot?) is called The Amazing Spider-Man.

As the keen eyed (or geek eyes?) among you will realise this is the name of the comic strip, and taking a look at the new image of Spider-Man you will see that just maybe this new film is taking a more comic book approach to the franchise, and perhaps a darker tone as well.

So we have a title and new still, so roll on next July when we'll find out if Andrew Garfield is any good as Spidey and the mass comparisons between him and Maguire will start in earnest.

11th February 2011

Within the coming months for the people involved this will be the first of many family photos, yesterday in New Zealand the cast of the soon to start filming The Hobbit posed for a picture ahead of filming which starts on March 21st.

Front and foremost is Martin Freeman who is set to play the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. Also flying the British flas was James Nesbit who will play Bofur.

Peter Jackson was missing from the Press Conference as he's recovering from a recent operation, also the reason why filming has been delayed. Also not in the shot is Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood who all reprise roles from the Lord of the Rings movies.

Check out Stuff.co.nz for a 3 minute clip of the Hobbit get together.

This is the start of the gold rush for pics, stay tuned to the hype mill as I suspect there will be a lot more to come.

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.

20th January 2011

This is an odd one, Amazon is all set to buy LOVEFiLM, a move Amazon is making to get ahead in the European market of DVD/Blu-ray/online streaming services before the American giant Netflix gets a chance. But why is it an odd move?

There have been a number of online postal rental movie services in the UK from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM of which LOVEFiLM has eventually become the biggest, mainly by acquiring all the others, although in reality LOVEFiLM is actually Screen Select, when the merger of the two companies happened the Screen Select management team stayed in place with their systems but they thought the LOVEFiLM name was better.

Included in the many companies that offered online postal DVD rentals was Amazon, a service which was very good, much better than LOVEFiLM, but after only a couple of years LOVEFiLM bought the rental only service from Amazon, but Amazon became a major stakeholder in LOVEFiLM.

Now the whole story has gone full circle and Amazon will own the company outright, what I would like to see is the service integrated back into the Amazon website.

Amazon are making the right move, LOVEFiLM is now streaming on the PS3 and before long I can see it happening on many other devices, Apple TV maybe, Freeview HD boxes, and the killer, directly to TV's, Sony produce a lot of TV's and the relationship is already in play through the PS3.

It's a smart move for Amazon and one, which I am sure, will finally put the old high street movie rental stores into history, sorry Blockbuster we will remember you fondly but I think your time is up.

14th January 2011

The moment that many a Spider-man fan has been looking forward to finally arrived yesterday and we have the first glimpse of Andrew Garfield in his outfit, even if it's a blood stained and ripped costume.

I for one don't think that the Spider-man series needed a re-boot, the Sam Raimi film is only 10 years old, it was a good film that had a raw edge to it that just worked, the second film was a more polished and better produced film and still good, the third film, well less said about that the better.

Because of the vast amounts of money that the franchise can bring Sony have naturally decided to make a new film, and with Sam Raimi jumping ship last year they decided to “re-boot” the series (re-boot being the latest buzz word in Hollywood) and Andrew Garfield got the coveted role of the web-slinger. This new picture shows that the new film looks maybe a little darker, and the film will be action packed to the core, Spidey is well beaten up in picture and in reality we only see glimpses of the suite, a new design was inevitable along with Spider logo.

Spider-Man (insert suitable number/sub heading here) is out on July 4th 2012 and along side Andrew Garfield are Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field with Marc Webb calling the shots.

28th December 2010

The American Library of congress has added Airplane! and what is arguably the best of the Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back, to the National Film Registry in a year where both films lost key legendary figures

The great Lesley Nielsen turned from a serious actor into a legendary comic actor in Airplane! who died at the end of November and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was directed Irvin Kershner who died just one day before.

These 2 additions are joined by 23 other film which includes classics such as The Exorcist, The Pink Panther, which also lost its director, Blake Edwards, this year and Saturday Night Fever.

The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, has two connection with the list, The Empire Strikes Back which he wrote and produced and THX1138 which was his feature film debut.

The full list of additions is as follows:
Airplane! (1980)
All the President's Men (1976)
The Bargain (1914)
Cry of Jazz (1959)
Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Front Page (1931)
Grey Gardens (1976)
I Am Joaquin (1969)
It's a Gift (1934)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Lonesome (1928)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Malcolm X (1992)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Newark Athlete (1891)
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
The Pink Panther (1964)
Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Study of a River (1996)
Tarantella (1940)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

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.

14th June 2010

It really has been the year of the remake and this week throws a little bit of a surprise for a remake of The Karate Kid which tops the chart ahead of a film version of The A-Team.

Jaden Smith (son of Will) takes the title role with Jackie Chan playing his mentor and trainer in the remake which takes $56,000,000 in the US over the weekend.

Maybe a little disappointing is the number 2 slot for the Liam Neeson headed A-Team film which can only manage a tiny $26,000,000, I really thought it would have done better on it's opening.

Shrek falls from the top to number 3 this week, and has a total US gross of $210,052,000.

8th June 2010

There have been many directors cuts of movies over the years, far too many to mention. One such movie is Star Trek: The Motion picture when it debuted on DVD, director Robert Wise was given the access and budget to improve the special effects and insert some extra scenes.

At the time of the DVD release of Star Trek V: The Undiscovered Country, director William Shatner, he who plays Kirk, wanted to give his Star Trek the same treatment, and maybe even give it a re-edit, he was refused permission.

Maybe it's because the 5th movie in the Star Trek series is considered a bit of a dud, maybe it's Shatner himself who knows, but Star Trek website TrekWeb.com is starting a petition to get this to happen.

If your interested, and I think all us Star Trek fans have a passing interest in knowing if director Shatner can make this a better movie, then head over to the site for Internet-Campaign-to-Restore-William-Shatners-Star-Trek-V-The-Final-Frontier-for-a-New-DVD-and-BluRay-Release.shtml target=”_blank”>more information.

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?

7th May 2010

Anyone who has been to a Disney Park in America in the last 20 years will most likely have been on the Star Tours ride, a ride which was quite revolutionary and fun when first opened and I remember having multiple goes on when I first went to Disneyland in 1991.

Disney has announced that they are to close the ride and give it a re-imagining makeover which will open in 2011. By this they mean give it Disney 3D, improve the effects, and make the experience more thrilling.

The current ride is to have a massive send off in Florida's Disney World film park on August 14th titled Last Tour to Endor. If you happen to be in the area proceedings start at 8pm and go on till 1pm and you can but tickets at the Star Wars Celebration site.

At $75 I don't think I'll be attending but if you are a Star Wars fanatic and want to say goodbye to an old friend then this is your chance. Let me know if you happen to go.

Check out the poster below

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.

19th April 2010

I know this is one of those events we knew was coming, and sooner rather than later and ign.com have now got virtual confirmation from Lucasfilms Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet that a Blu-ray box set of all 6 films has been in the works for a couple of years now.

He does say that this isn't the long rumored and fast becoming legendary Ultimate box se but Sansweet says ”We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures.”, so after this we can expect even more, probably on the next media format if there is one.

So what's the date for this? Soon can mean years down the line in Blu-ray production time, but the American site The Digital Bits is reporting that it has been told by it's industry insiders of an October 2011 date has been quietly on the slate for a while.

It's no surprise that we will have a high def version of the Star Wars films sometime in the future to add to the Betamax, VHS (multiple versions) and both version on DVD, and come late 2011 seems a reasonable time scale for the films, lets hope this is it, or will the touted 3D version be with us by 2012, good job we love these films.

17th April 2010

It had a format war to deal with at it's conception which created a slow start for Blu-ray, but the BVA's (British Video Association) latest figure are encouraging for the format as it sees a 50% increase in sales in Q1 2010.

HD has been a hard sell to most but with players falling in price to under £100 and good sales of the Blu-ray equipped Playstation 3 sales of the disks rose to 2.7 million for the period so far in 2010.

The total Blu-ray disks sold so far is around the 15 million mark and sales are expected to rise fast this year and should see a massive boost by year-end. Launching a new format just as a recession hits cant have helped but it looks like the UK at least is becoming HD friendly.

For all us home movie enthusiasts out there this is great news, the studios which on the whole have been great releasing catalogue films should start releasing the likes of Lord of the Rings extended editions (I know it's coming, can you believe it's nearly 10 years?), The Back to the Future Trilogy (can you believe it's 25 years?) and the holy grail of films The Star Wars Trilogy before long.

16th April 2010

I was unaware until now that the land that the Hollywood sign sits on is owned by a Private Investors Group, who bought the land from Howard Hughes estate in 2002. The Investment group are willing to sell the land to the City of Los Angeles who own the letters but they want $12 million for it.

The City is only just shy of this money, but in the mean time a Danish architect has come up with an idea of removing the current letters and rebuilding a bigger replica with a hotel in so people can stay in the letters.

A fascinating idea for sure, but removing the icon sign and rebuilding may be a step too far. I'm sure it would make money, and would be booked out the whole time, but the sign is what many people go to Hollywood to see and I think it would loose it's appeal if changed at all.

With all this said it will loose it's appeal even more if the money is not raised and the land is used to build luxury homes as the Investment company is planning, so if it's has to change then the hotel is the better of two evils, but I'm sure we'll be seeing the current sign for years to come.

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.

19th March 2010

Sony and online DVD/Blu-ray rental company Lovefilm have today announced that it will be delivering movies via the internet to owners of Sony internet TV's.

In the same week that bricks and mortar video rental company Blockbuster announce that unless they have an injection of cash they will go bankrupt, one of the more successful online rental companies announce a deal that could amount to the final nail in the video shop coffin.

Movie rentals via the likes of the Playstation Network via a Playstation 3 or XBox Live via an XBox 360 have been with us for a while and proved successful, the internet TV delivers is in essence an extenuation of this.

Samsung are also in negations to offer a similar service and as people replace their TV's the replacement will most likely be internet enabled allowing the service to grow in time.

Is this another example of the physical media being a thing of the past, in the future will our film collection be in the "cloud" and we stream the movie when we want to watch it, will our film collections be Lovefilms catalogue?

I personally still like the idea of physical media, it's still fun and exciting, maybe I'm just an old fossil that needs to accept the future?

Whatever happens it looks like the video shop is going to be a thing of the past, no-one knows this more that Blockbuster Video the once king of the rental market who didn't move with the times and will go bust by the end of the year. As a former employee of the company I cant help but feel sad about that.

11th March 2010

I haven't got round to seeing any of the Twilight Saga yet, the first film didn't interest me but the second film looked good, by this point thought I thought I'd wait until the whole Saga was out on disk. Today sees the release of the trailer for the latest film Eclipse.

The trailer must be for fans of the series as it made to sense to me, it's interesting and makes me want to see the film, but the first trailer for New Moon was much better and got me excited for the film.

The plot looks like it's more of a love story than the last film, correct me if I'm wrong, but as with the previous films there is lots of sulky looking people, and sweeping fields and mountains with a lot of greenery.

Check out the trailer at Yahoo or embedded below.

8th March 2010

I just checked out the new Iron Man 2 trailer, and for a film that I thought was going to be another Iron Man, this is actually looking good.

The first film although fun was basically just another super hero movie that ticked all the right boxes. The inevitable sequel was to follow after the amount of money it made and as always with sequels the ante had to be upped.

Bring in Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow for a bit of glamour and Mickey Rourke as the bad guy and suddenly things are starting to look a whole lot better.

The second trailer for the film shows a lot of promise, Mickey Rourke's Whiplash is quite wonderfully shown off in the trailer and there is just enough of Scarlett Johansson to seriously whet the appetite.

And this is ignoring the fact that there is also glimpses of Samuel L. Jackson which is always enough to make a trailer worth watching.

Check out the trailer at apple.com

2nd March 2010

Disney hit the right note this year with the hand drawn The Princess and the Frog, a time honored traditional story that went against the current form and used drawing rather than computers to animate. Disney have released a trailer for their next drawn animation called Tangled, but why the change of name from Repunzel?

Every one is familiar with the original story of a girl locked in a tower by her wicker step mother and her only outlet to the world is a prince who gets to her by climbing her amazingly long hair.

Now I can see where Disney is coming from with the name change, it must be a nightmare keeping so much hair from not getting in a bit of a knot, but were all familiar with the original title and the fairy tale why change it.

At the end of the day simple put Disney can change the title if they wish and check out the trailer below, it does look promising, and it goes without saying that it will be in 3D.

25th February 2010

The cinema chain Odeon has changed it's mind on the idea of not showing the Tim Burton directed Alice in Wonderland after apparently holding talks with the distributer, Disney, over the DVD window.

Odeon had been holding out on Disney deciding not to show the new Alice film which is in 3D claiming that the window to DVD of 12 weeks (it's normally 17 - 24 weeks) was not long enough to allow them to make substantial money, especially considering the outlay the company had spent on digital projection upgrades.

After a length talk with Disney Odeon have now backed down on the boycott and will show the film on it's cinemas, I suppose some money is better than no money.

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.

9th February 2010

The accolades for Avatar just keep on rolling as this weeks total gross for the movie easily takes it past Mamma Mia's gross to make it the highest grossing film in the UK ever.

It took 11 years to topple Camerons previous king of the world, Titanic, and in 2008 Mamma Mia! just edged past the 1997 epics gross of £69,025,646 with £69,166,087 but now Avatar, a mere 18 months later, passes the £70 million mark to become the UK's top grossing movie.

Now Avatar is the first film to go past the 70 million mark in the UK the race is on the become the first film to get past £100 million, although Avatar is still going well with a weekly gross in the region of about £6 million surely it cant get to the magic figure, but I wouldn't bet against it at the moment.

With half term coming and the possibilities of BAFTA and Oscar awards who knows it could just edge it's way past the milestone.

Of course the thing we need to look at for a full picture is cinema attendance and I'm afraid that's one are where Avatar lacks, about 13 million people in the UK have seen the film, Mamma Mia is just ahead with just over 13.5 million tickets sold, whereas Titanic is way ahead with over 18 million people seeing the film at the cinema, of course none come close to the champion on this list, Gone with the Wind, with around 35 million tickets sold.

No one can deny Camerons achievement with Avatar and it still has a way to go.

8th February 2010

It really does look like Ghostbusters 3 is going to happen after Bill Murray gave an interview with The Mail on Sunday stating that we would return in Ghostbusters 3, even if he is a ghost.

I must admit that I really don't want there to be a Ghostbusters 3, the first film is a classic, and the second film, although not even close, is a good enough sequel, but to bring along a third one, I'm not sure after all this time is can work.

The most commonly mooted idea for the plot in recent years has been that the new film will be the start of a re-boot and we'll be introduced to a group of new recruits for the Ghostbuster agency who get trained to take over the reigns from the original 4, but again I'm not sold on this idea, although from the studios view this is still a strong brand over 25 years later and there is mileage in this idea.

From the Sunday Mail interview it looks like poor Venkman will be killed of early on in the film, then return later as a ghost, presumably to help out the busters, this does at least sound promising, and having an actual ghost working for the busters, like Slimer, could work really well.

It really does looks like the film is going to happen, probably for a 2011/12 opening with most if not all the original cast returning, even Sigourney Weaver who sort of confirmed it during the Avatar press tour.

Fingers crossed a new film works and caps off the original series with style.

2nd February 2010

It's the time of year again when the Oscar hype machine will go into overdrive in the period between the nominations being announced and the ceremony itself.

This year there are two films which are ahead of the rest, and two films which are total contrasts in style. James Cameron has continued to astound everyone by getting a nomination for best picture and best director, and his film Avatar has managed nine nomination in total with the others being in the technical department.

Kathryn Bigelow's (who happens to be Camerons ex-wife) The Hurt Locker has also managed nine nominations, best picture and best director being two of then, the picture has also got a nomination for it's star Jeremy Renner as a leading actor.

The best picture category this year include 10 films (is that too many) so we have the likes of The Blind Side and Inglourious Basterds along side British hopeful An Education as well as South African sci-fi film District 9, and a first in that Up is nominated for best film and best animated film.

Best film and director is going to be a battle between Cameron and Bigelow, but the rest of the awards are an open field, so lets wait and see what heppens on March 7th at the 82nd Academy Awards Ceremony.

Heres a list of the nominations, or check out the website.

BEST DIRECTOR

James Cameron, Avatar
Katherine Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarentino, Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up In The Air

BEST ACTOR

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up In The Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker


BEST PICTURE

Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up In the Air

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Neil Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell, District 9
Neil Hornby, An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, In The Loop
Geofrey Fletcher, Precious
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Up In The Air

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Mark Boall, The Hurt locker
Quentin Tarentino, Inglourious Basterds
Joel And Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Up

Art Direction
Avatar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Cinematography
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Costume Design
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

Documentary Feature
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Documentary Short
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of A GM Plant
Music By Prudence
Rabbit A La Berlin

Film Editing
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
INglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Foreign Language Film
Ajami
El Secreto
Desus Ojos
The Milk of Sorrow
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Make-Up
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Music: Original Score
Avatar
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up

Music: Original Song
The Princess and The Frog – Almost There
The Princess and the Frog – Down In New Orleans
Paris 36 – Loin de Panane
Nine – Take It All
Crazy Heart – The Weary Kind

Short Film: Animated
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady And The Reaper
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

Short Film: Live Action
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

Sound Editing
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

Achievement In Sound Mixing
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Visual Effects
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

2nd February 2010

As happens each year the night before the Oscar nominations are announced the Razzie nominations are announced which celebrated the worst in cinematic achievements through the year.

Leading the field this year is the Transformers sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, which lets face it was truly awful and in the field for worst film along with All About Steve, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Land of the Lost and Old Dogs should win quite comfortably.

As these awards are something which are not taken too seriously, even by the foundation, in the worst actor category we have all 3 Jonas brothers up for a single nomination, in the same category we have Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy (who has had his fare share of nominations) and John Travolta.

Worst actress nods go to Beyonce, Sandra Bullock, Myley Cyrus, Megan Fox and Sarah Jessica Parker, and guess which of these was in the Transformers movie that may just pip the rest at the post.

The categories are not in the usual fashion and there is a category for Worst Screen Couple for which the Jonas brothers feature again and Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, which of course the Transformers film appears in.

As we celebrated the end of a decade last year there are also categories for picture, actress and actor that were the worst of the naughties.

For more info check out the Razzies website and here is the nomination list

WORST PICTURE OF 2009
"All About Steve"
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"
"Old Dogs""
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (a.k.a. "Trannies, Too")
 
WORST ACTOR OF 2009 
All Three Jonas Brothers, "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience"
Will Ferrell, "Land of the Lost"
Steve Martin, "Pink Panther 2"
Eddie Murphy, "Imagine That"
John Travolta, "Old Dogs"

WORST ACTRESS Of 2009 
Beyonce, "Obsessed"
Sandra Bullock, "All About Steve" 
Myley Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" 
Megan Fox, "Jennifer’s Body" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" 
Sarah Jessica Parker, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

WORST SCREEN COUPLE OF 2009

Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, "The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience"

Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, "All About Steve" 
Will Ferrell and any co-star, Creature or "Comic Riff," "Land of the Lost"  
Shia Lebouf & Either Megan Fox or Any Transformer, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Kristin Stewart and either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang, "Twilight Saga: New Moon"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF 2009 
Candice Bergen, "Bride Wars" 
Ali Larter, "Obsessed" 
Sienna Miller, "G.I. Joe" 
Kelly Preston,"Old Dogs" 
Julie White (as Mom), "Trannies, Too"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR OF 2009  
Billy Ray Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" 
Hugh Hefner (as himself), "Miss March" 
Robert Pattinson, "Twilight Saga: New Moon" 
Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka), "Land of the Lost"  
Marlon Wayans, "G.I. Joe"

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL  (COMBINED CATEGORY FOR 2009) 
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"   
"Pink Panther 2" (A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake)
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"Twilight Saga: New Moon"

WORST DIRECTOR OF 2009 
Michael Bay, "Trannies, Too" 
Walt Becker, "Old Dogs" 
Brad Silberling, "Land of the Lost"  
Stephen Sommers, "G.I. Joe" 
Phil Traill, "All About Steve"

WORST SCREENPLAY OF 2009    
"All About Steve," screenplay by Kim Barker  
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett, based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe Characters.
"Land of the Lost," written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas, based on Sid & Marty Krofft's TV series
"Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen," written By Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures  
"Twilight Saga: New Moon," screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer

WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE (3 SPECIAL 30TH RAZZIE-VERSARY AWARDZ)
"Battlefield Earth" (2000) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, "winner" of 8 (including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years)
"Freddy Got Fingered" (2001) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five
"Gigli" (2003) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, winner of seven (including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Years)
"I Know Who Killed Me" (2007) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of eight
"Swept Away" (2002) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five

WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE 
Ben Affleck  -- (Nominated for nine "achievements,"winner" of two Razzies) "Daredevil," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Paycheck," "Pearl Harbor," "Surviving Christmas" 
Eddie Murphy -- (Nominated for 12 "achievements," "winner" of three Razzies) "Adventures of Pluto Nash," "I Spy," "Imagine That," "Meet Dave," "Norbit," "Showtime"
Mike Myers -- (Nominated for four "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies), "Cat in the Hat," "The Love Guru"
Rob Schneider -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of one Razzie) "The Animal," "Benchwarmers," "Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo," "Grandma's Boy," "The Hot Chick," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," "Little Man," "Little Nicky" 
John Travolta -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of the Razzies) "Battlefield Earth," "Domestic Disturbance," "Lucky Numbers," "Old Dogs," "Swordfish"

WORST ACTRESS OF THE DECADE 
Mariah Carey – (The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade: 70+% Of ALL Votes For Worst Actress Of 2001), "Glitter"
Paris Hilton (Nominated for five "Achievements,"  "Winner" of four Razzies) "The Hottie & The Nottie," "House of Whacks," "Repo: The Genetic Opera"
Lindsay Lohan -- (Nominated for five "achievements,"  "winner" of three Razzies) "Herbie Fully Loaded," "I Know Who Killed Me," "Just My Luck" 
Jennifer Lopez -- (Nominated for nine "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies) "Angel Eyes," "Enough," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Maid in Manhattan," "Monster-in-Law," "The Wedding Planner"
Madonna -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of four Razzies) "Die Another Day," "The Next Best Thing," "Swept Away"

29th January 2010

I'm really looking forward to the new Alice in Wonderland from Tim Burton which is out in a few months, and I'm also a bit of an Avril Lavigne fan, so the fact the she sings the main song for Burtons new film is a bit of a bonus for me, and today you can hear the new song.

The song is called Alice (Underground) and is written by Lavigne and produced by Butch Walker, it will be played over the end credits of the film.

I think the song sticks to Lavigne tried and tested sound and is actually rather good, if this is a sample of what the new album will sound like then lets look forward to it.

Check it out in the video below and let me know what you think?

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.

21st January 2010

In an interesting turn of events the Google owned YouTube are going to experiment with renting films though their online video playing service.

Before us in the UK get too excited about this there are a couple of things you should now, first of all it's for the US market only, so we can stop here, next up is that there are no blockbusters at the moment, in fact there are just 5 films, all from this years and last years Sundance Film festival, so there is clearly limited choice.

Another small thing to mention, remember at the beginning I reminded you (not that I need to) that You Tube is owned by Google, well guess what, you have to pay for the movie via Google checkout, not a real hassle but if you haven?ït set it up yet then you have to go through that whole process as well.

For you lucky people in the US the rentals will be available from tomorrow (Friday 22nd January) and once you have bought a film you have 48 hours to watch it.

This is an interesting move, and with new television announced at the recent CES that can connect to a wireless internet connection with a main reason for watching YouTube video then this has potential, also in the UK there is little in the way of on-line rental services.

21st January 2010

Today (Thursday 21st January) BAFTA, the British Film Association awards, has announced it's nominations for the awards ceremony taking place in London on 21st February.

The all important best film of the year award is a race between Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Precious and Up In The Air and An Education also appears in the nomination for best British film along with Fish Tank, In The loop, Moon and Nowhere Boy.

Like the Golden Globe Awards the BAFTA's are seen as a pre-curser to the Oscars and in the directing category I can see the list being very similar as James Cameron (Avatar), Neill Blomkamp (District 9), Lone Scherfig (An Education), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) all get nods, it's good to see Neill Blomkamp in there.

The best actor and actress categories are similar to the expectation for the Oscars as well with Jeff bridges who just won the Golden Globe leading the field for the men with George Clooney, Colin Firth, Jeremy Renner and Any Sirkis all getting a mention. The actress category is led by Carey Mulligan along with Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe and of course Meryl Streep.

We'll find out in a months time who walks away with the awards in a ceremony hosted by TV favourite Jonathan Ross.

For a full list of nomination check out the BAFTA website.

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.

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.

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.

29th December 2009

In what seems like a bit of an ironic pun the new Kevin Smith directed film A Couple of Dicks get a new title because it was deemed too rude for American audiences, and the new title is a Cop Out!

I am sure the pun is intended in more ways than one. Bruce Willis stars alongside Tracy Morgan as a couple of Dicks, as in Private Detectives, hence the original title, and a better title at that.

That said the first trailer for the film does nothing to show that this will be more than an average comedy and nothing which shows off the directorial or writing talent that Smith has, or for that fact show the comic tallent Bruce Willis has?

Check out the trailer at Apple.com's website and let me know what you think.

11th December 2009

One of the more interesting books to be released in 2009 is a retelling of the Jane Austin novel from the 1800's Pride and Prejudice, given a different slant by inject a good dose of zombies into the mix.

I suppose it was only going to be a matter of time before we had a movie adaptation and Star Wars actress Natalie Portman has taken the challenge and will star in and produce the said movie.

As long as the script sticks to the vein of the book then this should be a rollercoaster of a ride that may well appeal to a wider audience than you'd normally think, maybe Portman should get Emma Thompson and George A. Romero on board and script writers!

If the film is a success than next we will be having the great works or Shakespeare injected with a light touch of Zombieland, do you think it will work?

11th December 2009

A film which is possibly the most anticipated of the year, maybe not because of the film but the maker involved, had its London premiere Thursday night which was attended by stars and Director.

The film, Cameron's first since the multi award winning Titanic, which is still the highest grossing film of all time 12 years later, is a fantasy adventure set in another world and boast reportedly the best use of 3D in cinema yet.

Some critics have been hard on the film but many reviews have been very positive, Steven Spielberg himself even piping in to say he thought it was one of the most exciting films he'd seen since he saw Star Wars back in 1977. In an interview with MTV Cameron revealed that his next film would be a remake of the Classic film Fantastic Voyage. The story is of a group of doctors who are shrunk and injected into a shot diplomat to heal him from the inside before he dies. The film was in 1966 quite ground breaking in its special effects, and is also one of my favourite films.

Cameron did state that he will probably not direct the film and just produce but it would use much of the technology that he invented for Avatar, and it's a sure fire bet it will be in 3D.

Do you think this will be a worthwhile remake?

10th December 2009

Yes it's corny but then the whole premise behind the show is getting a little bit like that! Today Warner and HBO reveal the first of what will no doubt be many Sex and the City 2 poster.

So you're wondering what the story line will be, take a quick peek in the reflection in the sun glasses SJP is wearing and you might get a small clue.

From this poster I guess the film will be a lot brighter than the first, but Carrie looks a lot more sensibly dressed that some of the outfits worn in the first movie, maybe this will be a coming of age film.

What do you think?

14th October 2009

Disney/Pixar have released a trailer for the coming soon (3D) Toy Story 3, and it's funny, really funny, the time between installments hasn't lost any of the Toy Story charm.

A lot of the story is mentioned in the trailer, I wont give anything away just watch it, but this is the natural sequel to part 2 given the amount of time between episodes.

This is going to be one of the highlights of next year there is no doubt about that, until then we just have the trailer and the re-release of the original 2 in 3D.

Check out the trailer at apple.com

28th September 2009

One of my favourite film as a kid was A Nightmare on Elm Street, it must have been one of the first horror film I watched that Iactually enjoyed and watched many times, so you can imagine my horror when I heard the Wes Craven classic was getting a remake, sorry reimage.

Today's the day that the trailer hits, and as always the trailer does look tantalising, we know the back story of Freddy Kruger and it looks like this film shows the "birth" of the nightmare monster.

One thing, it looks like director Samual Bayer has not only tried to re-image the film, which itself spawned many sequels, but has also stayed true to the original film, with many things in the trailer looking familiar. One things I didn't like, Freddy's voice and look as revealed at the end, let me know what you think?

The film is out next year, until then enjoy the trailer.

A Nightmare on Elm Street in HD

21st August 2009

The world that occupies the internet has been absolutely a buzz with the revealing of the first trailer and footage from James Cameron's new movie Avatar which is due to hit this December and is being billed as a 3D extravaganza.

The story of a group of marines the go to a distant planet to gather resources for earth, and use Avatars, a hybrid of the planets natives and the human host, to go outside as the air is so toxic you humans can't breathe is Cameron's first film since the multi award winning Titanic from 1998.

The script has been on Cameron's list for ages as his next project, but understandably after the haul of creating the highest grossing movie of all time he took 10 years out before making his next movie.

The trailer doesn't give too much away, and some effects shots look like hey still need a little work, but it's certainly an interesting look at what could be the next best thing from the creator of Terminator.

Check the trailer out at apple.com.

17th August 2009

It's not often that I take much notice of the Star Wars fan email that I get in my inbox on regular occasions these days, and usually wants to sell me something, but this time something caught my attention, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is about to be 30 years old!

Now apart from the sudden terror that I had of, how old does that make me, the email details the fact that this past weekend is the 30th anniversary of the screening of first images from the film in the form of a trailer.

I clicked the link and watched the trailer, first of all you start to realise how much cinema has changed in 30 years, and trailers certainly have a different job these days, but 2 things happened to me, first I thought about how people must have been amazed sitting in the cinema watching this, the trailer was attached to a re-release of Star Wars (something which rarely happens these days) and not only was this the only way could have got to see the trailer, no internet back then, and home video was for the rich, but the trailer was there to give people a taste of the movie, not market the film to the hilt.

The second thing that happened was I remembered when I first saw footage of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, a UK programme called The South Bank Show had done a special on Star Wars and at the very end they showed a quite long clip of the film. To note is the fact hat back on those days there was a quite lengthy gap between a film being released in the UK and America.

For a moment on Saturday it was a good trip down memory lane, so check out this link and enjoy the trailer of The Empire Strikes Back.

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.

25th July 2009

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to be in New Zealand very soon after I had seen the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while there I went to a small town called Mata Mata and when on a tour of he farm where the Hobbiton scenes in the film were filmed.

The village itself was barely still standing other that the area where the actual Hobbit houses themselves were, but he trip was well worth it as many of the workers who were on the farm had good stories to tell and despite the appearance of disrepair you could still get a good sense of being in Hobbiton. Unfortunately the weather and roaming sheep had not been kind and things were deteriorating fast.

The good news this week is that the set builders are back on the farm and are re-building the village ready for work of Guillermo del Toro The hobbit which starts filming next year. This really is exciting news as hopefully the owner of the farm will have a better say on things being removed this time and next time I go to New Zealand I can visit a fully realised village which would be wonderful.

The Hobbit is being readied for a 2011 release so there is still a lot of time before we get to see this but as you can imagine as Tolkien film produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Guillermo del Toro is a tasty prospect.

For some great pictures check out theonering.net.

20th July 2009

This one could have been predicted, and it seems that the love of Harry Potter has not been lost by the world in the 2 years since the last film as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price breaks opening weekend records across the world.

With a world taking of nearly $400 million which beats former record holder Spider-Man by a good $20 million dollars. This figure further cements the Potter series of films as the most successfull series in history with each film performing as if it could have been the first in the series proving interest just isn't waning.

In the US the film took just shy of $160 million since it's opening last Wednesday to Sunday. Uk figures are yet to come in but there is good money on it breaking the opening weekend record set by previous Potter film The Prisoner of Azkaban which took £23,882,688 in 2004.

With Warner Bros. splitting the last book of the series into 2 film to milk the series just a little further this little cash cow is coming to an end, but the shame is the quality of the films is increasing and like The Lord of the Rings I think that cinema will miss this series of films when it's gone.

8th June 2009

I have to admit that I have used and enjoyed the Xbox 360 Live movie rentals of a number of occasions and enjoyed the service, my only issue being the download time to get the film.

When renting a standard def movie the download time isn't all that bad, but download a high Def movie and forget it, especially over wireless, I'm talking days even not hours, and that's only 720?

In their E3 conference yesterday Microsoft announced that they would be changing the system soon to have 1080p high def movies, not you may be thing that would take weeks to download, but no, Microsoft are going to off instantly available movies.

No work yet on pricing or exact availability, or if this will be good over wireless as I'm sure many users will have on their Xbox, but this could be the start of something good for movie rentals, this country needs it with the lack of a good rental service available.

8th June 2009

It's like it was 1991 again and there is a new Robin Hood film in production, this time it wont star an American with a fake British accent, it'll star an Australian with a fake British accent.

That Aussie will be Russell Crowe, and today USA Today has the first image of the man in his "Hood" gear, check out the image below.

The BBC currently has a TV series of Robin Hood running on Saturday night, it's now in it's 3rd series, I;m not a fan of the show but this could be what has ignited the reason for this film. Now don't get me wrong the film is being directed by Ridley Scott who is one of the best British directors alive and I usually love his movies, but the image of Robin Hood in the BBC promos is how I imagine Robin Hood to be.

The publicity still of Robin Hood looks more like someone caught Russell Crowe out on a Sunday afternoon taking the dog for a walk and he thought he would take a bow and arrow in case he saw some deer to shoot.

I'm not quite sure what different angle this film can have on the legend but I can tell you that I was more excited about Kevin Costner's Prince of Thieves back in 1991 than I am this.

8th June 2009

Did you catch the new poster for The Dark Knight that came out yesterday, very clever.

The one thing I've been very impressed with during the promotional campaign if the quality of the posters and the angle they have taken, it's been great.

I have to admit though I didn't like the first of this reset Batman franchise and although I'm very curious I'm not overly bothered about this one, lets hope it proves me wrong.

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 I’m curious about but the pedigree of that is nowhere near as good as this.

Check out this trailer below, it’s 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

Although retail sales on the street are looking pretty glum at the moment with retailers closing their doors by the week it's nice to see a report that sales of Blu-ray movies are up, by an incredible 400%.

The British Video Association have reveled (in a chat with pocket-lint.co.uk) that 1.5 million disk were sold in December. This is great news for Sony, the format and entertainment sales, but lets look try to examine why such a huge jump.

Blu-ray is a new(ish) home movie format, one which had a vicious and fairly long battle with Toshiba's now defunct HD DVD to be the successor to DVD in the home, so 2008 was the first Christmas that consumers had only one high-definition format to choose from, a relief for many I'm sure. Couple this with the fact that the price of the players are coming down to that which consumers beyond the film fanatic are willing to pay and the number of Blu-ray players in the home starts to increase.

HD TVs are also dropping in price and you can currently pick up a decent 1080p TV for well under £1000 if that's too much a decent "HD Ready" can be bought for as little as £300, this together with good sales of the PlayStation 3 which can play Blu-ray movies means that the high definition world is hitting more and more homes, probably by the week.

Now what was the best selling disk on Blu-ray in December, well no surprise to hear it was The Dark Knight (selling nearly 300,000) which was not only one of the more anticipated moves of the year but also one which many people would have wanted on the high-def format, summer action/sci-fi films are what will sell the format.

With all this in mind it's no wonder that sales of the Blu-ray disks are increasing at such a fantastic rate. Don't get me wrong I love Blu-ray and have the full high-def set-up and have enjoyed many films (WALL-E and The Dark Knight are particularly good) on the format, and I hope this surge in sales continues and eventually overtakes DVD, roll on Quantum of Solace it'll be great I'm sure, but it's not really a surprise is it?

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

Ghostbusters was unmistakably a good film and quite naturally a few years after the original a sequel can, the length of time between the original the it's follow up was 5 years and this was most likely down to getting all the original cast time in their schedule to film it, the result was a good film but not a patch on the original.

It's 20 years since the sequel and since then there has been more rumours of a third film than I can think of. Everything for storyline has been mention from a simple reunion of the original quartet most credible rumour being a story line which takes them to hell to an all new cast and one or two of the original crew appearing to "hand over" to a group of youngsters.

All rumours have mostly been quashed except now it seems Columbia Pictures have basically said that the 3rd film is good to go, the interesting twist being the script is not to be written by Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, who directed and starred in the original, but by upcoming writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky who currently have on their CV's The Office.

Who writes the script is almost irrelevant really, although it has to try and be good, but really do we want a Ghostbusters 3? Maybe in the early 90's a 3rd instalment would have been good but 20 years later should we not be remembering the films and watching the originals over again to remind us how good they are? Comebacks are the thing though, Indiana Jones has just had a successful return, despite some bad reviews, The X-Files has just returned although maybe not after quite the same length of time, Star Wars enjoyed a successful return and with a name like Ghostbusters that still holds a certain amount of excitement when someone says "who you gonna call..." maybe anytime will be a good time, lets hope the memory of the originals is retained, Star Wars anyone?

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, let’s face it, it wasn't that good, in fact in places it was just terrible, but it was the close of the trilogy.

Let’s now leave the franchise alone, maybe let another group revisit it down the line, maybe find a new angle or something, but let’s 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.

Let’s just hope that a new story is devised and a fresh new group of characters are brought into play and we don’t have baddie overkill which ruined the 3rd film. It's in good hands let’s just hope it’s not used just to bring in the bucks for Sony on the back of the good name of Spiderman.

7th June 2009

We all agree that the PSP is a smart little device and watching film on it can he handy for when your away from home, like on holiday. At the moment the only way to watch films is on UMD or by cracking the DVD and putting the film on a memory stick.

Sony have now revealed plans to release some films on Blu-ray what also includes a version encoded and shrunk to it fits on a memory stick, and more to the point is legal.

This is a very interesting experiment and its good to see that Sony is trying different ways of getting people using the PSP as more than a gaming device.

I hope that the compression brings the file size down enough that you can fit a couple of movies on a 1gb memory stick, although carrying 5 memory stick is certainly preferable to 5 UMD, and they can be reused.

I don’t think Sony are going to abandon movies on the UMD format just yet but it's the first sign and with a PSP2 inevitable at some point possible in the next few years maybe it will be UMD free.

It is of course another reason to go the Blu-ray route rather than HD-DVD and another sign that HD-DVD really has no way back.

Let me know your thought below.

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. I’m 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

I was watching TV last night and during the commercial break of whatever programme I was watching the oddest advert came on!

Now I recognised Daniel Craig instantly as well as recognising that this clearly had something to do with the new Bond film that out at the end of the month (can we wait?) but as the commercial went on it was clear that it wasn't a trailer of anything.

In the advert Bond is just standing there looking fairly beaten up while everything around him explodes, the only time he moves is if some rubble from the exploding building hits him.

And in the end can you guess what the advert was for? It was simply advertising Sony HD, using bond is no gimmick mind, Casino Royale was in its day the best Blu-ray disk on the market by far.

Check the YouTube steam out below for the full advert.

7th June 2009

Fourth films in series are hard to get right, although in the terminator series the third was hard to get right, but maybe with the fourth something is going to be right.

The first glimpse can be seen in the new teaser trailer for Terminator Salvation, and although it doesn't give anything away I think Christian Bale could be quite good in the John Connor role, he has the look.

The film, as stated in the trailer, is the beginning of the end, although this is a new trilogy, and no Mr S. in these films. To be honest as long as it’s Terminator through and through, which Terminator 3 failed to be for the large part, I don’t mind. I managed to finally get round to watching the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles the other day, and the first episode was more Terminator the most of the 3rd film.

There is a bit of time to go yet before the release, currently scheduled for 5th June 2009, but this early glimpse gives hope. Check out the trailer here.

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

Yesterday Internet was alight with news that Paramount has announced that the release date for Transformers 3, a follow up to this years yet to be released Transformers 2: Rise of the Fallen, would be July 1, 2011, but the director Michael Bay seems to have other ideas which he's expressed on his Website.

In a statement on his Website he seems to be correcting Paramount saying he wants to take a year off and make the 3rd movie in the series for release on 2012.

Maybe planning so far ahead is a bad idea, especially for film which are not even in pre-production, your bound to get at least some information wrong.

This reminds me of an advert for a film I saw in the trade press once, the film starred Annette Benning and the advert for the film proudly announced "starring Annette Benning, Catwoman in the new Batman Movie", now we all know that Benning didn't star in that Batman movie and was off having a baby instead.

Now I know studios have to plan ahead, but do they have to shout about it and get the hype going so far in advance, especially for a film like Transformers that 1) is being hyped enough already for the film that is not even at cinemas yet and HAS been made, and 2) will generate enough buzz of it's own during the 18 months before hand.

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

You can call it a victory if you like but the simple fact is that in the home movie market there is only room for one format, and in the high definition future if movie watching in the home we will be doing that on a Blu-ray device.

Toshiba has today (Tuesday) announced that it will discontinue production of all things HD-DVD which basically kills the format dead. It's been a long fought battle but in the end what is widely considered the best format won.

Was it the Playstation 3 which won the battle, I doubt it, but clearly Sony had learned a lesson with the Playstation 2, which was accounted for part of the success of DVD, and delaying the launch of the PS3 to include the high definition player has certainly helped the format along.

So what now of HD-DVD, Universal have also announced that they will switch to Blu-ray and Paramount will follow suit as well that’s a given. Those who bought an HD-DVD player will be able to pick up some bargains but the releases will cease very soon and their players are destined to join the Betmax grave of home entertainment.

Blu-ray is the future of High definition disks, but some at Toshibas think that there will be no physical future for home movies, a thought shared by Microsoft who were a backer of the HD-DVD format, it'll all be downloads soon, but I’m not ready for that future but I'm sure happy that Blu-ray has won this battle.

7th June 2009

Tonight I attended the UK premiere of the new Star Trek movie at the Empire Leicester Square on the heart of the West End in London, and what a night it was.

Although there was a wait of over an hour once I took my seat in the theatre and got chatting to a very nice couple sitting behind me, the wait was well worth it as JJ. Abrams and the full cast of the movie came in to introduce the film.

Simon Pegg who plays Scotty in the movie came in dressed in a kilt and took the mike to give a speach to his fellow Brits on how honored he was to be in the movie.

As for the film itself, WOW, what a film, action from start to finish, this is what so many other Star Trek movies have lacked in the past but this film piles on the action right from the word go.

Despite enjoying this film to the full I do still have some reservations, the story, although good and honour the Star Trek 40 year legacy it does take some liberties, the opening is really well done and I think true Trek Fans will love it, but, and I hope this isn't too much of a spoiler, the time travel aspect of the film can be a little difficult to swallow.

I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying that original Spock Leonard Nimoy make an extended cameo in the film, but after the initial appearance I found his presence a little uncomfortable, and the final scene in the film although fascinating I found a little odd.

That said the new cast a just superb and Abrams has stayed true to the legend while giving non hard core fans enough reasons to go, there are some in joke which the true fans will roll around on the floor at, but they are well placed and are additions to the film and don't drive it.

Lets hope this film can reignite the series and in 4 or 5 films time we can explore the origins of The Next Generation crew.

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The film has a UK gross of £258,796 and is the 4369th top grossing film in the UK

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16 January 2015
£258,796