The Super Heroes of Avengers Infinity War and the all singing all dancing spectacular of Mamma Mia! Here we go again fought it out for the top film of 2018 at the UK box office.
The latest Avengers movie from the Disney Marvel Studios topped the yearly box offie chart on its release in April and never let go.
The film took an amazing £70 million in the UK over a 10 week stretch on the box office and is the 10th top film in the UK ever.
The Sequel to 2008's top film could only manage 2nd place 10 years later although it gave the Avengers movie a run for its money.
The Super Trooper movie took £65.6 million over its 11 week run on the box office and its the 11th top film ever in the UK.
Still in sequel territory as Pixar released a follow up to their 2004 original which took £55.9 million at the UK box office over its 14 week run.
Released at the beginning of the year before Avengers Infinity War this Marvel movie set the tone and if the 4th top film of 2018.
The film took £50 million at the UK box office over its 12 week run.
Maybe a bit of a suprise this one, the Bryan Singer directed Queen/Freddy Mercury bio-pic is the fifth top grossing film of the year.
With a UK gross of £46 million over its 9 week (and counting) box office run it is also the directors top grossing UK film.
The story of 2018 in the UK is that it bucked the trend a little from the rest of the world and we didn't just go mad for super hero movies, we like our musicals, The Greatest Showman despite being a 2017 took £41 million in 2018 and Bohemian Rhapsody has plenty of music in it.
Here is the full UK top 10 grossing films in 2018.
It was a tight fought battle at the top of the UK box office this weekend between Night School and last weeks top film The House With A Clock In Its Walls but the new comer won in the end.
Taking iver at the top the new romantic comedy starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish took the top with £1.59 million, a very slim margin of £0.05million.
Kevin Hart has appeared in some high profile film including Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle so this is a fairly low opening for him, for Tiffany Haddish who starred is the £8 million Girls Trip from 2017 this will go down as her second highest grossing film in the UK.
Taking top honors that week the Jack Black starring film nearly repeated this week but gets knocked down to 2 taking £1.54 million for the weekend, this boosts the films total to £5.5 million after 2 weeks.
The Paul Feig directed film falls to number 3 this week with just over a million pound weekend gross which takes to films UK gross to £3.4 million after 2 weeks.
The American smash hit comedy is still doing well in the UK, although not bringing in the same success as across the pond, but a £0.7 million weekend puts the film at number 4 this week and boosts the total gross to £4.8 million.
Halloween may be just around the corner but this horror film will be out the charts by then, sitting at 5 this week with a £0.6 million weekend brings it to a very respectable £10.5 million UK gross.
The sequel has done amazingly well in the UK and is the top total grossing film again this week, dropping to number 13 this week the film has a UK total gross of £65 million.
It probably wont outgross the original movie's £69 million which for a time was the UK's top film but it will be in the same ball park.
Following suit with the rest of the globe The Nun tops the Uk box office this weekend and as part of the Conjuring series of films this is the second highest debut of the series.
The Nun doesn't quite reach debut of The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case which took £4.6 on its debut but the £4 million opening isn't that far away.
With Halloween 6 weeks away the film could stick around for a few weeks but horror films like this do have a habit of upfront box office success, the bad reviews wont help much either!
Christopher Robin surrenders the top spot after 3 weeks at the top with a weekend gross of nearly £900,000 which brings the films total gross to £12 million after 4 weeks.
After a slow start to its box office run BlackKKlansman stays at number 3 this week with just under £800,000, this brings the films total gross after 3 weeks to £4.5 million making one of director Spike Lee's top films in the UK.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has started to slow down now and this week falls to 4 with just over £700,000.
This brings the films total gross to £63.2 million and although a fantastic total gross for a sequel film is will now struggle to beat the total gross of the original Mamma Mia! and will likely not beat Avengers Infinity War as the top film of the year (so far).
Finally in the top 5 is The Meg which has far outstripped expectation and this weeks take just over £600,00 for a total of £15 million.
For the third weekend straight the top two films in the UK are Disneys Christopher Robin and the sequel movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Christopher Robin's gross for the weekend, and unlike last weekend the only film to go a million pound, is £1.1 million which brings the films total after 3 weeks to a very respectable £10 million.
Staying on the runner up spot yet again Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again takes just under a million pounds, this now brings the films total to £61.6 million.
The top film so far in 2018 is Avengers: Infinity War with £70.8 million, there is every possibility that the Mamma Mia! sequel could beat this, but it could be a very close race.
Despite taking a little less than last weekend BlackKKlansman climbs the box office this weekend to number 3 with £922,806 which brings the films total after 2 week to £3.1 million.
The Meg is at 4 this week with £0.9 million which brings the films total to £13.9 million.
Finishing off the top 5 is new entry Searching which makes its debut with £765,050.
Top total grossing film of the week is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
There were no big films released this week in the UK which makes Christopher Robin spend a second weekend at the top and yet again it has Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hard on its heels.
The final figures weren't quite as close as last week with Christopher Robin taking in £2.1 million which brings the films total gross after 10 days to £7.1 million.
Staying at number 2 for the fifth weekend is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again which takes £1.7 million over the weekend, this brings the films total gross to an amazing £58.7 million.
The Meg stays at number 3 this week with £1.5 million for a £11.7 million total.
Finishing off the top 5 is Incredibles 2 and The Equalizer 2 with £1.26 million and £1.25 million which brings each films totals to £51.2 million and £4.5 million respectively.
Coming outside the top 5 the highest new film of the week is the Spike Lee directed BlackKKlansman which takes £1.24 million for the weekend meaning that there only £200,000 between number 4 and number 6.
Also new this week is The Spy Who Dumped Me at 7 with £1.05 million making the top 7 films all bring in over a million pound each and The Children Act at number 11 with £0.5 million.
Slender Man and Alpha are also new at number 14 and 14.
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.
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.
Marvel continue their streak of number 1 films this week with Ant-Man And The Wasp taking over at the top of the UK box office on its debut week of release.
The sequel movie starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly took nearly £5 million on its debut weekend which is in the same ball park as the original movie which took just over £4 million on its debut.
Holding firm at number 2 this week is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again which made a challenge for the top but fell just shy with £4.1 million, this brings the films total gross to £39.3 million after just 3 weeks.
The sequel is running ahead of the originals gross but that film had good longevity, time will tell if this film has the same staying power.
Mission:Impossible Fallout leap frogs Mamma Mia! To number 3 this week after its number 1 debut, the film takes a very good £2.4 million second weekend to bring the films total UK gross to £13.3 million.
The Tom Cruise franchise movie is running a predictable course laid out by the series and could well end up with a similar total gross.
Incredibles 2 is at number 4 this week with £2.3 million for a total gross of £39 million, this is far ahead of the original film but there is a 14 year gap with ticket price increases.
If you compare ticket sales then both films are running at very similar numbers to each other with about 4 million sales each.
Finishing off the top 5 is Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation which takes £1.4 million for a £7.7 million total after 2 weeks of release.
Highest total grossing movie of the week is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with just over £40 million after 9 weeks of release.
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.
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.
Mission:Impossible Fallout retains its lead on the US box office this weekend keeping competition from Christopher Robin and The Spy Who dumped me at bay.
A second weekend total of 435 million was enough to make sure that the Tom Cruise franchise movie was at the top for a second weekend, the film now has a domestic US total of $124.4 million after 10 days of release.
Highest new entry of the week is Disneys Christopher Robin which makes its chart debut at 2, the Ewan McGregor movie opens with $25 million.
Also making its debut inside the top 5 is The Spy Who Dumped Me which enters at number 3, the film starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon takes $12.3 million on its opening.
Dropping to number 4 this week is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with $9 million and also dropping is The Equalizer 2 which is at number 5 this week with a weekend gross of $8.8 million.
Highest total grossing movie on the US chart this week is Incredibles 2 which has now taken over $580 million on its 8 week run.
Is Meryl Streep in the film or not, we know the character has died and we know another actress plays her in the flash back, but we want to know.
Regardless the rest of the cast is back and the sequel for what was once the highest grossing film in the UK, imaginatively titled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again which as we all know is like the song lyric, now has its final trailer.
Come 27th July we'll all be singing the infamous ABBA songs, so lets see if it can match the first films UK gross, its got a tough job on its hands.
You may not remember but for a brief time Mamma Mia! was the highest grossing film of all time in the UK!
Times have changed and its currently the 9th highest grossing film in the UK, but a sequel is on its way.
Ten years later the cast are all back to sing more songs on a sun drenched island in the sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go again which is set for a summer release.
Check out the first trailer below.
Continuing a year of superhero movies doing well at the box office, the much loved character of The Wolverine in his 5th film takes over at the top in the UK from Monsters University.
Hugh Jackman one again plays Wolverine in the tale set in modern day Japan, based on one of the best comic strip Wolverine stories. The Wolverine opens to £4.6 million which is lower than the previous stand alone Wolverine film which did £6.6 million.
Monsters University falls from the top this week after 3 weeks to number 2.
This time last year The Dark Knight Rises was still the top film with another fantastic week at the UK taking £7.2 million. The Lorax was the top new film, at 2 with £1.8 million.
Five years ago The Dark Knight burst into the top of the chart with £11.2 million knocking Mamma Mia! from the top while coming of age teen drama Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging was the new at 4.
Ten years ago The Hulk was still the top film with £1.3 million and animated tale Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas was the top new film with £800,000.
Fifteen years ago Godzilla was still the top film with £2.1 million and with a fairly static top 5 the highest new entry of the week was The Gingerbread Man at 7 with £171,120.
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.
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.
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.
The summers is well and truly over now so let's look back at what were the biggest film of the summer in the UK, and the surprise hit that kept the big budget films at bay.
Before the summer started it was expected in the UK that there would be a title fight for 2008 between The Dark Knight (or the Joker movie depending on your view) and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, although these films gave a really good run for their money it was a more gentle film with a fraction of the budget which has drawn the crowds at the box office.
The year has belong to in no small part Mamma Mia!, the film based on the stage play which is basically a platform for all ABBA's hits to be sung during a love story about marriage. There are no guns or big action set pieces in the film, and Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan lend their voices to various ABBA hits during the films running time.
Although it could have been predicted that the film would do well there has simply been no stopping it, 10 weeks after release the film has not been outside the top 3 film in the UK spending most of it's time at number 2, the film has taken at least a £1 million on each of it's first 10 weeks of release.
With Mama Mia! simply clearing up at the box office who has lost out? It was a year of very little blockbuster on the slate, the biggest of which were expecting to be The Dark Knight and the new Indiana Jones movie, these did well but the bigger of these two, The Dark Knight, is going to be well over £10 million behind the ABBA sing-along.
There is every likelihood that Mamma Mia! will end up as the second biggest grossing film in the UK (behind the 10 year old Titanic) but on the world stage ité─˘s been a good ride for Mia! just not a great one. A competent performer in the US where it made $142 million dollars, which helped boost it's world gross to $498,795,370, it may well get to $500 million before it's end of life.
It's a big week for Mamma Mia! the movie this week, it has not only managed to beat Titanic as the biggest and fastest selling DVD/Video of all time but now the cinema figures are in it has now officially become the highest grossing movie in the UK, ever.
It's taken close to half a year (20 weeks of release) to do it and with this weeks DVD release cinema takings are bound to more or less dry up but with this weeks final cinema figures Mamma Mia! has grossed £68,664,524 topping Titanic's £68,532,746, that's over £100,000 more than the sinking ship epic.
Titanic was released in the UK at the beginning of 1998 to good reviews, a 3 hour running time and at the 1999 Oscar ceremony it swept the board winning Best film and Best director and Titanic is the highest grossing film of all time, Mamma Mia! in contrast opened to very mixed (mainly bad) reviews, has a 1 hour 50 minute running time and probably won't win many Oscars next year, and has no chance of even being one of the top 10 grossing films of all time.
Since Titanic James Cameron has not directed another feature film, this is Phyllida Lloyd first feature film as director.
Well done Mamma Mia!, it's taken 10 years but the ship has finally been sunk, in the UK anyway.
Mamma Mia!, the hit film based on the musical has done on DVD what it could not quite managed at the box office, it beaten a record set by titanic.
**UPDATE** Mamma Mia! did eventually outgross Titanic at the UK box office - before Titanic got a re-release in 3DMamma Mia! on its first day of release on DVD sold over 1.6 million copies, Titanic on its first day of DVD and Video tape (remember those?) release managed 1.1 million.
The phenomenal figure means that it could be the best selling DVD of the year, although competition is on its way in the shape of The Dark Knight, although at the box office Mia! out did the Batman film by some £20 million.
At the box office where Mamma Mia! is still on release despite its new release on DVD, it has grossed a total of £68,116,092 which is just under Titanic's £68,532,746, there is still a slim chance it could take the 1998 film but it's looking unlikely.
It's looking like a bumper year at the box office though as the new Bond film is racing up the UK box office chart with a current total of just over £45 million.
No surprises to see that the Batman film The Dark Knight is the top grossing film in 2008 taking a staggering $994,896,852, thats £689,395,105 at todays rate of exchange.
The hype surrounding the film was immense as we went into the year and with the sad and untimely death of one of it's stars, Heath Ledger, this gave the film and even greater must see edge, and the film didn't disappoint, Ledger especially.
With The Dark Knight the runaway success it was the second biggest film of the year across the globe was a return of an old friend in the shape of Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull took an incredible $783,011,114 (£542,544,744), not bad for an old man who's not been seen since 1989.
Third most popular film of the year is also the biggest animated feature of the year and Pixar/Disney had nothing to do with it. Jack Black lends his voice to the Kung Fu Panda which took $633,395,021 (£438,636,528) this year worldwide.
Also making strong numbers throughout the world this year were UK favorites Mamma Mia! with $568,704,210 (£393,821,544) and Quantum of Solace with $540,902,659 (£374,504,077) although both films are still plying in UK cinemas.
Not sure if sleeper hits exist these days, but if they are then this sure as hell is one, Mamma Mia! is a film adaptation of a stage show and it has becomes the biggest film of the year in the UK.
With a gross of £69,130,014 it out grossed the number 2 film by nearly £20 million. Even more remarkable is that Mamma Mia! has now become the biggest film in the UK, topping Titanic's 10 year reign.
Sliding nicely into the runner up spot for the year is the Bond film Quantum of Solace with a UK gross of £50,405,045. Although a good gross the studio may see this as a little disappointing as the last Bond film, Casino Royale, tool £5 million more.
Third on the list is The Dark Knight with £48,685,166, many thought this might have come out on top, but clearly few realised the power of the chick flick during the year.
All three of the top films of the year are in fact still showing in cinemas across the country, despite 2 of them being available on DVD/Blu-ray already.
The rest of the top films of the year are filled by the like of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull at 4, Sex and the City: The Movie at 5, High School Musical 3 at 7 and Wall-E at 8.
Check out the full list here.
The film has a UK gross of £69,166,814 and is the 11th top grossing film in the UK
UK BBFC Certificate: PGGenres:
Highest chart position: 1