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In a time when superhero movies and special effects extravagansas rule its good to see a story driven Drama/Comedy hot the top spot with The Upside beating Aquaman this weekend.
Film fans went for the Kevin Heart and Bryan Cranston starring comedy this weekend directed by Neil Burger in a pleasant surprise for the post holiday box office.
In a low taking box office the new release takes $19.5 million on its debut weekend.
Falling to number 2 this weekend the new memeber of the global $1 Billion club takes $17.2 million to boost its total US gross to $287.8 million.
Also new this week at number 3 is this dog based film starring Bryce Dallas Howard and directed by Charles Martin Smith which manages a debut weekend of $11.3 million.
Sony's animated hit falls to number 4 this week this a weekend of $9 million bringing the US gross to $147.7 million.
Finishing off the top 5 is last weeks top new film which takes $8.9 million on its second weekend which brings the films total of $32.4 million.
It was a claws out at this weekends box office as Kong Skull Island and Logan fought it out for the top spot and the new relese of Kong won the battle.
From the same production team that brought us Godzilla in 2014 Kong Skull Island is set in the same universe and is set to start a "monsters" universe similar to that of the Marvel and DC cinematic universes.
Kong opens similar to Godzilla with just over £6 million, but the film was far better received than Godzilla with the critics with a surprise amount of praise for the monster film.
Godzilla went on to gross £17 million in the UK and there is nothing to suggest this wont do similar if not better.
Logan falls into second place this week with £3.8 million after a single week at the top, this brings the films total gross to £16 million after 10 days of release.
This means that on its second weekend the film is already the best of the solo Wolverine movies and it still has plenty of milage left.
A couple of interesting things to note this week, if the chart were taken on a Monday - Sunday then Logan would have still been the top film.
Also Moulin Rouge which is on a Secret Cinema run at the moment and is number 13 on the weekend chart would have been number 4 with £2 million for the week.
There are no other new released in the top 10 this week but Elle makes a new entry at number 11 with £0.2 million and Dancer is new at 12 also with £0.2 million.
Longest run this week is Lion with 8 weeks on the chart and highest total grossing movie is Sing with £28 million.
A year ago
Kung Fu Panda 3 was new at the top of the chart while London Has Fallen fell to number 3.
Five years ago
Despite poor reviews John Carter was the top new film of the week, it knocked The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to number 2.
Ten years ago
Eddie Murphy starred, twice, in Norbit which entered at the top, it knockied Hot Fuzz down to number 2.
Fifteen years ago
Ocean's Eleven remained at the top for a fourth week while the top new film was We Were Soldiers at number 4.
Twenty years ago
One of Tom Cruises defining moment Jerry Maguire hit the charts at the top, it knocked Mars Attacks down to number 2
Twenty five years ago
Martin Scorsese scared us all with Cape Fear which hit the top of the box office on its debut, it knocked The Last Boy Scout down to number 2.
Martin Scorsese directs Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson in Silence, first poster released.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars with Martin Scorsese directing in The Wolf of Wall Street which makes its home entertainment debut as the best seller this week.
The Wolf of Wall Street was released at the box office on 17th January this year where after much hype and Oscar buzz it debuted with £4.6 million at the top, it stayed there for 3 weeks.
With a total of 8 weeks on the chart it grossed just over £22 million and is the 129th highest grossing UK film and is also Martin Scoursese's top grossing film in the UK.
Last weeks top film, 12 Years a Slave, falls to 2 this week.
There were no other new film this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As expected, mainly because it was pre-announced, the first trailer, and true glimpse, of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has gone live on iTunes today. The Hobbit in case you don't know is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy that director Peter Jackson brought to the big screen in the early 2000's.
The production has had a difficult time but destiny chose Peter Jackson to direct the movies which are shooting in New Zealand probably as we speak. The first of the 2 films is probably the most anticipated film of next year (sorry Batman).
Of course the good thing about Jackson returning as director is that the connection between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings couldn't be stronger and most of the cast from the original films are back, and to open up this teaser we have Ian Holm, the original Bilbo Baggins doing a voice over. The trailer certainly ticks all the boxes, we see Frodo (Elija Wood), we see Bilbo young and old (young played by Martin Freeman who looks incredible) we see Gandolf (Ian McKellen) looking the same as he did in the Rings Trilogy. We get introduced to all the gang that will be in the new film, accompanied by a song!
What astounds me the most is that besides some clear productions values what will get sorted before release this just simply looks like it could have been part of the original Trilogy, it simply loks that good. To top things off we get to see briefly the Ring from the original series and Golum. Watch it, it's great, and there is only a year before we get to see the full feature. Also scroll down the page as the first poster for the film has also been released. Oh and check out the trailer here on iTunes.
This week the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost written film Paul tops the UK box office chart with a weekend take of £5,517,121. The film from the producers of Hot Fuzz have taken their craft to America to make a film about a couple of geeks seeking out aliens in Area 51, only to find one that sounds like Seth Rogan.
Dropping a single place after one week is Gnomeo and Juliet which has another impressive weekend with £2,223,978 taking its total gross to £6,373,301.
Still riding a high on its award buzz, and it wont stop anytime soon with the big one coming this weekend, is The Kings Speech, another million plus weekend with £1,685,180 which brings it's total now to £37,127,599.
True Grit this week falls to number 4 with £1,466,979 while Martin Lawrence flogs a dead horse at 5 with a new Big Mommas House film, this time dragging his poor son into the equation with a weekend take of £1,433,778.
A stella weekend last week has meant that the top 7 films on the chart all took above £1 million.
Compared to this time last year the chart is much higher is grosses. Last year Avatar was still doing massive business at the box office as the 3D tax was really starting to show how far it can take the gross of a film while The Princess and the Frog from Disney was still doing well at 2, highest new entry was Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones at 3.
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.
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.
As if there was ever any doubt about the involvement of the major players from The Lord of the Rings series, but Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis (Gandalf and Gollum) certainly held out, but they will reprise their roles in Peter Jacksons The Hobbit.
Martin Freeman has been on board since day 1 and former Doctor Who Sylvester Mccoy also having a role. Frodo himself Elijah Wool has also signed which is something of a mystery as Frodo is never mentioned in The Hobbit, what with this being a prequel to the Rings Trilogy, clearly Jackson is taking some artistic license.
The film has had a troubled pre-production with copyright issues stopping production for many years, and a loss of original director, but with Jackson on board and the continuing cast list 2012 will be a great year for fans of the Tolkien world.
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.