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May


(2002)

May
Director(s)
Lucky McKee
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Angela Bettis
Jeremy Sisto
James Duval
Nichole Hiltz
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25th May 2018

Following on from the Oscar winning director Sam Mandes double turn as director of James Bond it has been confirmed that Oscar Winning director Danny Boyle will direct the next 007 movie.

This was rumoured some time ago and today we get the official word that the 5th Daniel Craig starring Bond movie will be in safe hands.

The release date of the film is set for 25th October 2019 and the production is due to start filming on 3rd December 2018.

15th May 2018

Its had a troubled shoot changing director from Bryan Singer to Dexter Fletcher but lets hope that doesn't ruin the film spectacle of one of Britains greatest bands.

Released over Christmas of 2018 the film will follow the exploits of the band and in particular Freddy Mercury who died of AIDS in 1991.

The lead singer lead an interesting life and one which should work well on the big screen, the film culminates at Live Aid in 1985, perhaps one of their greatest ever performances.

Check out the trailer below

15th May 2018

Released on 25th May Solo A Star Wars Story has been granted a 12A certificate in the UK by the BBFC.

12AGiven for moderate violence the film is the story of a young Han Solo from the Star Wars saga showing how he met Chewbacca and got the Millennium Falcon.

This is the second film from the long running series set outside the main saga and early word on the film is good after a very troubled production.

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.

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.

19th April 2018

Another trailer drops for Deadpool 2 today and as always its funny and very self aware.

Released on May 15th the film is highly anticipated after the success of the first movie.

This final trailer is more focused on Deadpool himself and is perhaps showing a more serious dark nature.

Check out the trailer below.

9th April 2018

Only a month to go now until the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and today we get a full length trailer.

Its time to get excited because suddenly this film looks good, and as well as a Solo story it looks like its a Chewie story and a Millennium Falcon story.

The film will be shown at Cannes this year then to the world on May 25th, watch the trailer below.

21st March 2018

After a very good 4 weeks at the top of the Uk box office Black Panther givers up this week and falls down to number 2 leaving Peter Rabbit and Tomb Raider to fight it out.

The Will Gluck directed Peter Rabbit starring the voice of James Cordon easily made it to the top in the end with a weekend gross of £7 million.

Also making its debut is Alicia Vikander in the reboot of Tomb Raider which make a decent weekend gross of £3 million.

In comparison the Angelina Jolie first outing from 2001 took £3.8 million on its debut, with inflation the reboot is a bit of a let down.

Black Panther may have fallen to number 3 this week but a £1.8 million 5th weekend takes the film total UK gross to £42 million, its global gross is now nearly $1.2 billion.

The Greatest Showman continues to do really well and a 12 weekend gross of just over £1 million brings the films total gross to nearly £39 million.

Red Sparrow finished off the top 5 this week.

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.

21st December 2017

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.

29th November 2017

Its the third film in the MCU Avengers series, titled Avengers Infinity War, and the first trailer is a check sheet of who is present.

You can count them all except Hawkeye! Is he not in the movie? Time will tell. You can see Spider-Man in his new outfit and see how the Guardians get introduced into the greater universe.

Check out the trailer below, Avengers Infinity War is released May 2018.

29th August 2017

The Hitmans Bodyguard may have retained its hold on the box office but it was the lowest grossing list in the last 16 years.

Grossing a little over $10 million Hitmans Bodyguard raised its gross to nearly $40 million, not really much for a film which has spent 2 weeks at the top.

Highest new film of the week was the animated tale leap (called Balletina in the UK and released at the end of 2016) which grossed just over $5 million and came in at number 3.

Also new this week is Birth of the Dragon which made its debut at number 7 with $2.5 million.

There is little more to say about the US box office this week with little new film released, a big spring event on TV and a major hurricane hitting Texas, people chose to stay away from multiplexes.

5th July 2017

This week the animated series of Despicable Me in its third incarnation, imaginatively titled Despicable me 3, removed Transformers from the top after just a week.

Taking a decent £11 million from the weekend the third film, or fourth if you count Minions, in the series comes in under the second film but way above the first.

Worth a note last years Minions debuted with almost the exact same gross as this so the series is on a stable keel at the moment.

Transformers: The Last Knight falls down to number 3 this week with a weekend gross of £1.06 million bringing the films total gross to £8 million.

Transformers leap frogs over Baby Driver which makes its debut at number 2 this week, the much hyped film makes £3.6 million on its debut.

Directed by Edgar Write Baby Driver does better than nearly all other Write directed movies other than Hot Fuzz which was his follow up movie to the excellent Shaun of The Dead and was much hyped as well.

Also new this week is All Eyez On Me which us new at 4 with just under a million pound and quite disappointingly so The House which is new at 6 with Half a million pound.

The Boss Baby is this week the longest running film on the box office with 13 weeks and the highest total grossing with £28.5 million.

Historical charts A year ago
The Secret Life of Pets made it two weeks at the top of the Uk box office while Absolutely Fabulous The Movie was the top new film at two.

Five years ago
Ice Age: Continental Drift was the top new film which made its debut at the top while Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter fell to number 6 after a week on top.

Ten years ago
Shrek The Third made a splash on the box office and debuted at number one while 4: Rise of The Silver Surfer fell to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Spider-Man spent its third week at the top while the top new film was Murder by Numbers at number 2.

Twenty years ago
Batman and Robin may have been panned by critics but it made its debut at the top of the box office while the Devils own fell to number 2 after a week on top.

Twenty five years ago
The Player debuted at the top of the box office while the Lawnmower Man fell from the top to number 2 on its second weekend of release.

3rd July 2017

This weekend the powerhouse animated series Despicable Me takes over on its debut weekend in the form of its third, or is that fourth, movie.

Despicable Me 3 is the third in the series although the much loved Minion characters did have their own solo outing last year.

This latest chapter opens to a $75 million US opening and like many of the series films this year so far it is suffering and is lower than previous films.

Maybe even more worrying it that this opens lower than last years spin off film which mean it may be a while before we see more films in the Despicable Me series.

Coming in at number 2 is the much hyped and critical darling Baby Driver, a $21 million opening for the British director Edgar Wright film is not bad at all and promising things could be ahead.

Transformers: The Last Knight falls from the top spot and falls 62% in its weekend takings which is worrying for the rotob bashing franchise, this weekend the film took $17 million for a total of $102.1 million.

This weeks longest running film on the US chart is Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge at 6 weeks and the highest total grossing film is Wonder Woman with $346 million.

12th June 2017

Tom Cruise launches his latest vehicle this weekend in the US but it is no match for the mammoth Wonder Woman which spends a second weekend at the top.

Tom Cruise spent the early part of his career avoiding franchise films but since starring and producing the Mission:Impossible series of film he has become more seduced by the idea.

With Another Jack Reacher film released earlier this year and another Top Gun film promised Cruise here starts with The Mummy which promises to kick off a Dark Universe franchise.

The Mummy kicks off its US box office run with a number 2 debut and $32.2 million, really not the sort of business Universal were expecting, add to that bad reviews and Cruise may start worrying.

Wonder Woman holds onto the top spot this week with a $57.1 million second weekend, easily beating The Mummy, this brings the films total gross to $205 million.

Also new this week is It Comes At Night, $6 million and number 6 and Megan Leavey, new at 8 with $3.7 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is this weeks longest running film with 6 weeks on the chart and the highest total grossing movie with $366 million.

24th May 2017

Final trailer for Luc Bessons Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets - looking absolutely stunning.

A visual successor to The Fifth Element this could be Luc Bessons best film, and possibly the film event of the summer.

Check out the trailer below.

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.

5th May 2017

Good news to end the week, Blade Runner 2049 get a new trailer on Monday, only the weekend to wait?

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!

23rd February 2017

Alien Covenant gets a prologue from director Ridley Scott.

Look out for the James Franco cameo and look out for the nod to Alien.

The film is out on May 19th.

20th February 2017

King Arthur Legend of the Sword second trailer.

20th February 2017

The Lego Batman Movie may be beating Fifty Shades Darker in America and Europe but across the globe the latter is doing far better.

For a second week Fifty Shades Darker is the top movie of the week with a weekly gross of $64.6 million from 60 countries.

This brings the films total gross after a couple of weeks of release to $276.8 million, not too far behind the series first film.

The Lego Batman Movie remains in second place this week with $55 million and it is released in 63 countries, 3 more that Fifty Shades.

Highest new film of the week is right down at number 10, Fist Fight is only released in 1 country with a gross of $12 million.

20th February 2017

It may have a been a close call last weekend with The Lego Batman Movie winning but this week the movie with bricks is the clear winner of the week.

Beating out Fifty Shades Darker for a second weekend The Lego Batman Movie takes $34 million on the Friday to Sunday chart which boosts its total to $53 million.

This is behind The Lego Movie from 2014 but is still a great total and the film should end up as one of the top grossing of the year.

Highest new film of the week is The Great Wall which enters at number 3 this week with a gross of $16.5 million over the weekend.

The Matt Damon starring movie has had plenty of hype on the build up to its release but this will be considered a relatively low opening for the big budget movie.

Also new this week is Fist Fight which lands at number 5 with an opening gross of $12 million.

12th February 2017

Short video from Marvel Studios to kick off production of Avengers Infinity War.

The film is due for release May 2018.

25th January 2017

The UK is still Ga Ga for La La Land and on its second weekend of release the film manages to keep hold of the number 1 spot holding off new film Split.

A fantastic second weekend gross of £4.3 million is enough to keep the film at the top which brings the films total gross to a very good £14.9 million.

Making its debut in the UK is Split which enters the UK at number 2 with a weekend gross of £2.5 million.

Its been a while since director M. Night Shyamalan had a big hit at the box office and it looks like he may have one here.

Favourable reviews will keep the film bringing in cinema goers and despite the fact that the film missed the top it will still do well.

Also new this week is xXx The Return of Xander Cage at number 3 with £1.6 million and Lion which makes its debut at number 4 with £1.2 million.

Longest running film this week is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which has now been on the box office for 10 weeks and the highest grossing film is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is now on £64.3 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Revenant stayed at the top for a second weekend while Ride Along 2 made its debut at number 2.

Five years ago
War Horse remained at the top of the UK box office while Haywire was the top new film at number 2.

Ten years ago
Rocky Balboa was the top new film which debuted at number 1 while The Pursuit of Happyness dropped to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring spent its 5th week at the top of the box office, it held off Black Hawk Down which debuted at 2.

Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians stayed at the top again while The Ghost and The Darkness was the top new film at 2.

Twenty five years ago
Freddys Dead The Final Nightmare debuted at the top while Bill and Teds Bogus Journey fell to 2 after 2 weeks at the top.

24th November 2016

Due for release on 4th April 2017 here is the first poster for Alien: Covenant.

**UPDATE**
Looks like the release date for the film has been moved to 16th May 2017.

21st November 2016

The Wizarding World has moved on from Harry Potter and a new era is here with Fantastic beasts and Where To Find Them, which this weeks predictably hits the top in America.

The film may not have hits the heights that were expected as the film makes its debut with with $75 million dollars (£60 million) but still is a fantastic debut.

This debut is no where near as big as any of the Harry Potter film, but to many that series of films defined the Wizarding World, but this new series has had better reviews so may last longer, Potter films tended to be front loaded.

Still doing well is last weeks top film, Doctor Strange, which only falls into second place this week with $17.6 million and a total gross of $181.5 million, this also makes it the highest total grossing film on the US box office.

Also new this week in America are The Edge of Seventeen at number 7 with $4 million and Bleed for This at number 8 with $2.3 million.

Longest running film on the box office this week is The Accountant which has been on the box office for 6 weeks and this week is at number 9.

24th October 2016

Those loveable but very annoyed birds take over at the top of the UK video chart on their debut week of release.

The Angry Birds Movie was released on 13th May 2016 and hit the number 2 spot on its debut with £2.1 million it was kept off the top spot by Captain America: Civil War.

The film was a massive hit at the box office and on its second weekend of release grossed £2 million, tis very rare for a film to have such a small drop on its second weekend.

An 11 week run on the box office gave the film an incredible £10.4 million gross in the UK and its the 487th top grossing film in the UK.

Globally the film took $346.4 million and is the 293rd top grossing film, these numbers almost guarantee a sequel.

Warcraft falls from the top last week down to the number 3 slot this week after a single week.

Also new is The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case at number 2, The Take at number 6 and Cell at number 11.

4th October 2016

For a fourth week now Captain America Civil War holds on to the top of the UK video chart, something that hasn't happened since 2013/14 and Frozen.

This most likely means that this adventure in the Captain America and Marvel Cinematic Universe will be the biggest selling video of the year, although we still have 3 months to go.

Highest new film comes in at 2 in the form of The Nice Guys, a film released in 3rd June 2016 and hit number 3 on its debut weekend.

Starring Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling the it made just over a million pound on its debut weekend if release.

The film went on to have a fairly health 6 weeks on the box office before leaving cinemas and in that time made just over £3.7 million.

Also new this week, at 4 is animated tale Robinson Crusoe, a number 6 hit from May 2016 and Love and Friendship, a number 5 cinema hit from August 2016.

Come back next week to find out is Me Before You or Warcraft can topple Captain America from the top.

27th September 2016

A slow week in the build up before the Christmas releases start to come out has Captain America Civil War staying at the top for a 3rd week.

With the rest of the home video charts recent top films just bouncing around the highest new film this week is Green Room at number 7.

Green Room starring Patrick Stewart was released in cinemas on 13th May 2016 where is entered the UK box office at number 10.

The film was not really a hit and after a single release dropped out of the chart making £144,517 in the process.

Also new this week is DTV film Viking Legacy at number 13 and Tom Hanks indie film A Hologram For The King, a number 6 box office film for May 2016, at 14.

19th September 2016

No change at the top of the UK home video chart this week as Captain America stays for a second week and with The Jungle Book going back to number 2 the highest new film lands at 3.

Bad Neighbours 2 is the film which lands at number 2, the sequel to Bad Neighbours from 2014 which grossed £16 million.

This film was released on 6th May 2016 to £1.6 million and it landed at number 3 on the box office, ironically with Captain America Civil War and The Jungle Book above it.

The film hung around for 5 weeks before disappearing from cinemas after grossing £6.2 million, less than half that of the original.

Only one other new film this week are Our Kind of Traitor at number 4.

12th September 2016

As we approach the end of the year all the Spring hits start to get released ready for Christmas and so this week has the release of Captain America Civil War hit the top on its debut.

The film was released into UK cinemas on 4th May 2016 where it easily hit the top of the box offie on its debut with a £14.4 million opening weekend, the 25th highest in the UK.

After an excellent 3 week run at the top the film started dropping, but it dropped hard and had a 7 week box office run in total.

During that time the film managed an excellent £36.7 million in total grosses making it the 60th top grossing film in the UK.

Globally, as is the norm with Marvel films, Civil War too £1.1 billion and is the 12th top grossing movie across the world.

The jungle Book falls after a couple of weeks at the top to number 2 this week but is still selling well.

Other new film this week are Florence Foster Jenkins at number 3, Thomas and Friends The Great Race at number 4 and further down Bruce Willis in Precious Cargo at 12.

5th September 2016

It may have had its run in much of the world but the late summer release of Star Trek Beyond in China catapults the film back to the top.

As with last week last weeks chart a Chinese opening if a film does wonders and a $31 million opening has the film take $39 million from 40 countries for the weekend and a quiet market takes it back to the top.

The late summer has proved to be a difficult time for the box office and with little other movement the whole top 10 this week across the globe is the same as last week.

You actually have to go down to the 17th film on this weeks global box office to find a new film, The Light Between Oceans takes $5 million from 1 country.

Tp total grossing movie on the chart this week is The Secret Life of Pets, and incredible run sees it still at 4 and its total world gross is now $761.5 million.

  1. Star Trek Beyond - $39,450,000
  2. Suicide Squad - $21,805,000
  3. Don't Breathe - $21,000,000
  4. The Secret Life Of Pets - $20,848,335
  5. Jason Bourne - $15,991,520

8th August 2016

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice may have had a disappointing cinema run but when the film came out on home video it was going to hit the top.

The film was released as one of the early spring releases on 25th March 2016 where is scored a £14.6 million opening weekend and of course hit the top on its debut.

The incredible hype for the film maybe made the end product a little disappointing as the film only had a chart run of 6 weeks, sinking fast once it left the top.

The film took a UK gross of £36 million, relatively low for a superhero film, and is the 61st highest grossing movie in the UK.

Globally the film took $872.6 million, missing out on the billon mark by quite some margin, and is the 46th highest grossing film across the world.

Disney's Zootopia falls from the top where it debuted to number 2 this week.

Also new this week at number 4 is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, released the same weekend as Batman V Superman.

Hardcore Henry also makes its video chart debut at number 10.

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 Andr 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.

23rd May 2016

Live action version of Beauty and The Beast gets a teaser.

13th April 2016

It may not have Snow White this time but The Huntsman Winters War makes its debut at the top of the UK box office.

A prequel to 2012's Snow White and The Huntsman this new film has gone one better by making to top of the box office, but has not matched the debut gross.

Huntsman has taken £3.02 million on its debut, half a million less that its predecessor, but its still in the same ball park and could have a similar pattern of release.

Falling to number 3 this week is Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice which takes £2.2 million from the weekend.

The film has failed to ignite the box office in the way the Marvel film have but still the total gross to date is £33.3 million and the highest on the box office.

Also new this week on the top 10 are: Midnight Special at 6 and Hardcore Henry at number 10.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Fast and Furious 7 stayed at the top while The DUFF was the highest bew film at number 4.

Five years ago
Rio made its debut at the top ahead of the Easter holidays while Source Code slipped to number 2.

Ten years ago
Ice Age: The Meltdown makes its debut at the top of the box office and will a brand new top 3 Inside Man drops to number 4.

Fifteen years ago
Rugrats In Paris The Movie makes its debut at the top while Miss Congeniality falls into second place.

Twenty years ago
Toy Story held on firm at the top while the highest new film was Billy Madison at number 4.

Twenty five years ago
Quigley Down Under made its debut on top while King Ralph fell into second place.

4th April 2016

At the world box office this week Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice retained its lead for a second weekend with a weekly gross of $137.4.

The film has a massively wide release of 68 countries, althoug not the highest on the chart, that goes to The Divergent Series Allegiant which is released in 80 countries.

Batman V Superman has now taken $682.8 million after its 2 weeks of release, the film may struggle to get to $1 billion as this is quite a hefty drop from last week.

Highest new film on the world box office is The Bodyguard, not the 1992 film with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner but a Hong Kong Chinese film directed by Sammo Hung.

The film makes its debut at number number 3 with $25 million from the 6 countries its released in.

highest total grossing film on the box office this week is Zootopia, at number 2 this week with an incredible $787.6 million.

Here is the full world top 10 for this week.

  1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - $137,485,000
  2. Zootopia - $50,000,000
  3. The Bodyguard - $25,000,000
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $19,720,000
  5. Chongqing Hot Pot - $19,197,000
  6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - $16,725,460
  7. Divergent Series Allegiant - $10,025,000
  8. Who Sleeps My Bro - $10,000,000
  9. Miracles From Heaven - $9,850,000
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $9,350,000

21st March 2016

Still at the top for a third week is Disney's Zootopia which is on track to becoming the next toon to take over $1 billion and the top animated movie! Frozen had staying power and a killer song which kids loved, Zootopia may not beat the Let It Go movie but its become another massive hit for the mouse house with an excellent $102.8 million third week from 50 countries.

The films total now sits at an excellent $591 million with no sign of letup yet, and with the spring holiday looming and no real competition who know where that could go?

A fairly quiet week on the film front with nothing wanting to open so close to the expected massive opening of Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice.

The highest new film of the week on a global platform is Kapoor and Sons, and Indian movie opened in 12 countries and takes $.6.8 million and opens at number 10.

Here is the full top 10 world grossing movies this week:

  1. Zootopia - $102,842,000
  2. Divergent Series Allegiant - $51,050,000
  3. The Revenant - $37,625,000
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 - $32,785,000
  5. 10 Cloverfield Lane - $17,500,000
  6. London Has Fallen - $16,894,000
  7. Miracles From Heaven - $15,000,000
  8. Deadpool - $14,100,000
  9. Gods Of Egypt - $7,350,000
  10. Kapoor and Sons - $6,865,000

1st March 2016

With the release of the latest Bond movie on home video there was never really any doubt as to what would be at the top this week, and Spectre reaches number one on its debut.

Spectre was released at UK cinemas as 26th October 2015, an unusual day for a film release as it was a Monday, but it gave it a full week release.

This full week gave the film a £41.2 million pound opening which is the highest ever in the UK, but with most film opening on a Friday this is a bit misleading, although arguably the built up speculation from Skyfall meant it may well have done the feat anyway.

Of course the film entered at the top of the box office where it stayed for 3 weeks, its second and third weeks grosses being more than most film make in either a week or a full run.

Unlike Skyfall though the film did burn quick and bright then fade, for a film of this size an 11 week run is good but not great although it has spent 5 weeks in cinemas outside the top of the box office.

The total gross to date in the UK is £95.1 million and it was the highest grossing film in the UK in 2015, although Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highest grossing film released in 2015.

It is the 3rd highest grossing film in the UK ever. In comparison to Skyfall is fell short, the previous Bond film was the first film in Britain to make over £100 million and is the 2nd highest grossing film.

Worldwide the film has taken $879.9 million and is the 40th top grossing film ever, compared to Skyfall it again falls short, that film took over $1 billion across the world and is the 14th highest grossing.

Hotel Transylvania 2 falls to number 2 this week after a couple of weeks at the top.

30th December 2015

As the year comes to a close the last blockbuster of the year, The Force Awakens, is making a challenge for top film of the year, despite its late release.

This week Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes $286,822,000 which brings its total to just over $1 billion, it has taken about 10 days to do this, the fastest ever.

It needs to beat the year total of Jurassic World to become the top film of the year, $1.6 billion byt the end of the week may prove too much.

Highest new film of the week is Daddys Home which takes $43.2 million from 5 countries on its debut and sits at number 4.

Star Wars is also the top total grossing film on the chart this week and the only film on the chart to have a total gross over $1 billion.

Here is the full world top grossing box office.

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $286,822,000
  2. Devil And Angel - $55,000,000
  3. Mojin: The Lost Legion - $44,000,000
  4. Daddy's Home - $43,200,000
  5. Mr. Six - $27,286,847
  6. Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie - $25,470,000
  7. Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip - $20,800,000
  8. Joy - $19,500,000
  9. The Himalayas - $14,500,000
  10. Sisters - $14,176,970

11th December 2015

X-Men Apocalypse tailer.

23rd November 2015

In North America this week the final instalment of the lucrative and successful The Hunger Games series finished with a number 1 debut for The Hinger Games Mockingly part 1.

With a $101 million debut it is the lowest debuting film of the series if only by a tiny amount, the poor reviews of the films haven't helped, this all means the film may have a short chart life.

Mockingjay ends the 2 week run at the top for Spectre which this week falls into the runner up spot with $14.6 million.

The total US gross for the latest Bond film now sits at $153.7 million, its a bit drop for the film in its third week which will make the film struggle to get past the US gross of Skyfall.

Other new films on the US box office this week are: Christmas film The Night Before at number 4 and The Secret in Their Eyes at number 5.

9th November 2015

With the film now is 78 countries, and in particular America, Bonds latest film Spectre increases its lead on the global box office, more than doubling last weeks gross.

A second weekend world gross of $190 million brings its total world gross to just why of $300 million, it has now been in cinemas for 14 days.

It still has a way to go to beat Skyfall's $1.1 billion gross but it is on tract to do so but may struggle, it is well on track to beat Quantum of Solace $570 million.

Box office wise Daniel Craig has been far and away the most successful Bond and his 4 outings will have out grossed all other Bonds, even taking inflation into consideration, by the end of Spectres run.

Also doing well this week is Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie which is the highest new film of the week at 2, from 12 countries it grosses just shy of $50 million.

Highest total grossing film across the world this week is The Martian which after 6 weeks has now grossed $458 million.

Here is the top 10 world gross gin this week

  1. Spectre - $190,800,000
  2. Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie - $49,600,000
  3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - $21,900,000
  4. The Martian - $18,600,000 $9,300,000
  5. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $18,600,000
  6. Ex Files 2: The Back Up Strikes Back - $17,000,000
  7. The Last Witch Hunter - $13,350,000
  8. Everest - $13,346,375
  9. The Priests - $11,500,000
  10. Goosebumps - $10,800,000

9th November 2015

Released a week after the UK release Spectre this week blew away the cobwebs built over the last few weeks in the US to record a $73 million opening.

A good as this may seem its down from the series best US opening of Skyfall which opened to $88 million.

Also giving a boost to the US box office is American staple Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie which opens at 2 this week with $42 million.

Last weeks top film, The Martian, falls to 3rd this week and is still doing good business, it has now taken nearly $200 million after 6 weeks of play.

The Martian is also the top total grossing film on the US box office this week.

There are no other new film on the American box office this week.

19th October 2015

Brand new at the top of the video charts on it's debut week of release is the Dwayne Johnson starring vehicle San Andreas.

The film was released into UK cinemas on May 29th 2015 where it debuted at the top after The Rock did a whirlwind of publicity around the film.

A £4.6 million debut was greeted with a 60% drop the following week, a 6 week run on the box office was it gross £11.3 million in the UK.

Not a massive UK hit it did very well across the globe grossing $470.4 million and sits as the 155th top grossing movie of all time.

Mad Max Fury Road falls from the top where it debuted last week into number 2 this week.

Also new on the UK video charts this week are: Insidious Chapter 3 getting ready for the Halloween season at number 3 and Pierce Bronson in Survivor which was a small hit from earlier this year.

5th October 2015

This week British produced film [Spooks] The Greater Good makes its home video debut at the top of the chart.

The film was released at UK cinemas on 8th May 2015 where it debuted at number 2, behind Avengers Age of Ultron, with a debut gross of just over £1 million.

A small 4 week run on the official top 15 was a small part of its cinema total with it spending a further 8 weeks bouncing around the underbelly of the chart.

After 12 weeks in cinemas it managed a total UK gross of £3.2 million, the film didn't make an impact on the world box office scene.

Pitch Perfect 2 falls from the top where it made its debut into third place.

Other new films making their debut this week are: Thomas and Friends Sodors Legend of The Lost Treasure at number 6, Man Up at number 7 and Ruth and Alex right down at number 20.

28th September 2015

This week Pitch Perfect 2 makes the right note at the top of the UK video chart and makes its debut at number 1.

The acapella music film was released at the UK box office on 15th May 2015 hitting the top spot on its debut week of release, it stayed at the top for 2 weeks.

the film had a relatively shot run at the box office lasting for only 6 weeks but it's audience was front loaded, it opened with a gross of £5 million and went on to take £17 million.

It is the 236th top grossing film in the UK but worldwide is failed to make a massive mark across the world, although in America it did take $183 million.

Other new films this week are: Keanu Reeves on form in John Wick new at 3, Samuel L. Jackson new at 5 with Big Game and Arthur and Merlin new at number 17.

21st September 2015

This week mega hit Avengers Age of Ultron storms its way to the top of the UK video charts on it's debut week of release.

Age of Ultron was released at the UK cinemas on April 24th 2015 and flew in at the top of the box office chart taking £18 million on it's debut, the 9th biggest in UK cinema history.

It spent an excellent 9 weeks on the box office top 15 and another 8 bubbling around cinemas after the fuss dies down.

Over its cinema run in the UK the film managed a total gross of £48.3 million, the 25th highest grossing in the UK, and 3 million behind Avengers Assemble, not bad though.

Across the globe the film took an amazing $1.4 billion and is currently the 6th biggest film of all time, 1 place below it's predecessor.

Fast and Furious 7 falls from the top spot down to number 2 this week, its second week of release.

Also make a fresh appearance this week are: The Age of Adaline a number 5 box office hit from May and War Pigs which is a DTV movie starring Dolph Lundgren.

8th September 2015

There is no move at the top of the UK video chart this week as Disney's Cinderella keeps a tight hold of the number 1 spot for a second week. Highest new film is at number 2, a DTV (direct to video) film about the Kray brothers called Rise of the Krays.

Released to coincide with the cinematic release of Legend starring Tom Hardy as the twin brothers. Rise of the Krays stars Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie as the twins and documents their early life before their infamy as gangsters.

The film was released in 16th May 2015 but made no impact on the box office.

Also new this week are: Far From The Madding Crowd and number 3, Monsters Dark Continent at 4.

1st September 2015

The summer is over and so comes to an end the summer blockbuster season where the big money for films is made.

As with many years sequels and series is where the big money is and leading the way in 2015 is the return of the Jurassic Dinosaur series after 14 years away in the form of Jurassic World.

Jurassic World took £63.6 million over the summer and will probably end up being the top film of the year as well, although there is still one film which may burst its bubble.

Animation scores big again this year and the second and third biggest movies are Minions which takes £44 million and Pixar's return Inside Out which has taken £30.6 million to date.

This years sequel to Avengers Assemble may not have made the numbers that Disney were hoping but it still did very well and is the 4th top film of the summer with £30 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is a bit of a surprise with Mad Max Fury Road taking £17.1 million, the return to the Mad Max world after 30 years proving a hit with critics and the public alike.

Biggest losers of the season are Terminator Genisys which didn't excite a modern audience, Ted 2 which simple didn't bring on the laughs of the original and Magic Mike XXL which didn't live up to the erotic expectations of its core market.

Check out all the top summer films at the UK box office.

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

31st May 2015

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19th May 2015

14th April 2015

This years Star Wars Celebration, which kicks off this Thursday, 16th April, will be the biggest ever.

JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, director and producers of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens are having a panel to the kicks the event off, and of you cant make it watch it online.

Star Wars fans may be a little interested as rumours are currently circulating that a teaser poster for the film will be shown as well as the first full trailer.

Here is the full press release, and can be seen at the starwars.com website.

WATCH STAR WARS CELEBRATION ANAHEIM LIVE ON STARWARS.COM, POWERED BY VERIZON! CAN'T MAKE IT TO ANAHEIM? DON'T WORRY -- STARWARS.COM IS HERE TO RESCUE YOU!

For the first time ever, highlights and more than 30 hours of exclusive video content from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will be officially live streamed to a worldwide community of fans on StarWars.com, all powered by Verizon.

Launching with a live stream of the highly-anticipated kickoff panel featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, the StarWars.com Celebration live stream powered by Verizon will continue providing coverage throughout the four-day event from a specially-designed Star Wars Cantina set located in the middle of the action on the convention floor.

Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday's Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. Additionally, StarWars.com and Verizon will be live streaming the Star Wars Fan Film Awards; the Smuggler's Bounty radio drama; EA's new Battlefront videogame; and several other exclusive Celebration events that might otherwise be missed by members from Star Wars' global fan community.

Between the live, on-stage events, StarWars.com will feature live interviews with celebrity guests within the Star Wars Cantina set specially built to capture the mood and atmosphere of the infamous Mos Eisley watering hole from A New Hope. These segments will have a fun, variety show flavor to them that brings a bit of the Star Wars Celebration vibe to those enjoying the event from afar.

Exclusive clips from throughout Star Wars Celebration event will also be available on demand from Verizon, allowing fans to celebrate Star Wars long after the live streams are over.

The live streaming begins at 10:00 a.m. PST, Thursday, April 16, on StarWars.com with the Celebration kickoff panel and continues with 30-plus hours of coverage through the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 19, beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST. Watch exclusive highlights and on-demand clips from Verizon on Twitter, @VerizonWireless, and at Facebook.com/Verizon.

StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.

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.

11th March 2015

12th January 2015

Clearly there were no no releases of not this week as entering at the top of the video chart is Nicholas Cage in a film called Left Behind.

Left Behind was badly received by critics in the US when released on October 3rd and made only $2 million at the box office so the distributers decided not to give it a UK theatrical release.

That decision may have paid off as it sells well on video in the UK, although it is on one of the quietest periods of sale in the UK, the test will be where it is next week.

Last weeks top sale falls to number 2 this week, Frozen from Disney spending yet another week high on the chart.

Other new videos this week are:
Deliver Us From Evil at number 7
The Rover at number 17

3rd January 2015

What are the films were looking forward to the most in 2015? Here is our list of the 15 films were most excited about this year.

Do you agree? Have we missed something off? Let us know what you think of this list.

So in order of release date here it is.

Big Hero 6 - Disney always have a place in cinema and here is their latest effort, released last year in America it got great reviews.

Fifty Shades of Grey - Despite the trashy nature of the novel the trailer for this have made it look, if nothing else, intriguing.

Chappie - Neill Blomkamp delivered with District 9 and brought the interesting Elysium to the screen, the trailer looks good.

The Divergent Series Insurgent - Divergent was surprisingly good and has whetted the appetite for this sequel.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Avengers was simply brilliant and this should deliver action and drama in ample doses, Joss Whedon can do no wrong!

Pitch Perfect 2 - The real surprise feel good movie of all time, Pitch Perfect get it's deserved sequel.

Pixels - it may have Adam Sandler in it but the concept just makes us want to see this big time.

Tomorrowland - Fascinating concept and with George Clooney, it will be either great or just terrible!

Jurassic World - 14 years later the world of dinosaurs has evolved to a fully working theme park as visualised in the original, of course things go wrong!

Terminator: Genisys - Love or hate the idea behind this it will either revive or kill the series, and how else could they have brought an ageing Arnie back?

Minions - The best of the Despicable Me series gets their own film, the trailer have the laughing out loud.

Inside Out - Pixar are back with a take on the Hermans Head idea, even Pixars worst and really great so high expectations for this.

Suffragette - Maybe its because we know someone in this film, or maybe it's because of the all star line up but were really looking forward to this.

Spectre - It's Bond, it's the follow up the the Uk's highest grossing film ever, it will be great, nothing more to say.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The year ends with the most anticipated film of them all and the most anticipated film since Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, lets hope this one live up to expectations.

4th November 2014

All change at the top of the UK video chart this week with 2 big new entries going in at 1 and 2 in the run up to the big Christmas selling season.

The Winner was Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie which takes over from Maleficent as the top selling DVD/Blu-ray of the week.

Mrs Brown was released at cinemas on 27th June to much anticipation and hit the top spot on it's opening weekend with a gross of £4.3 million.

It hung around the box office for 6 weeks raking in a quite respectable £14.5 million in the process, a good amount for a low budget movie.

It currently sits at the 289th highest grossing movie in the UK, across the world it didn't get a release date which isn't much of a surprise as it's very my a British phenomenon.

Also doing well is the 2014 version of the Godzilla legend which lands at number 2 this week, a number 1 film from mid May which grossed £17 million at ht box office.

The only other new film this week is the direct to DVD film Adventurer The Curse of The Midas Box.

20th October 2014

Despite the still dominant Disney films on the video chart this week, Tom Cruise debutes at the top with his last film Edge of Tomorrow.

Edge of Tomorrow was released at the box office at the end of May this year among a flurry of positive reviews, it entered the chart at number 3.

The film stayed at the box office for 7 weeks making a reasonable £7.7 million at the box office. It also made $364 million across the world and is the 217th highest grossing movie.

Last weeks top film, the evergreen Frozen, falls into second place this week, having now been on the chart for 6 months.

The only other new video film on this weeks chart is The Other Woman at 3, while Tangled re-enters at ten.

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

15th September 2014

This week in the UK Seth Rogan and Zac Efron hit the top spot with their comedy Bad Neighbours which outsells The Amazing Spider-man 2.

Bad Neighbours was released at the UK box office on 9th May this year, and after some controversy over box office taking for advance screenings took a very good £8.4 million on it's debut.

The controversy was down to 2 weeks of preview screening being added to the opening weekend take, so the film was actually released 2 weeks earlier and only took about £2 million on it;s debut weekend proper.

Despite this the film hung around the box office for 6 weeks and had a nice steady drop down the chart and took just why of £16 million during it's box office run, it is the 249th highest grossing film in the UK ever!

Falling into second place is The Amazing Spider-man 2 which topped the video chart last week.

Other new film this week are

Brick Mansions at 7
Survivor at 9
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn at 15

Quite interesting that we have 2 Posthumous films on the UK video chart this week in the shape of Paul Walkers Brick Mansions and Robin Williams The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.

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.

18th July 2014

UK new film analysis 18th July: Apes set to dominate the box office, Douglas and Keaton also make a show This weekend it's time for the apes to show how well they can do in the British market as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes makes it's UK debut.

Dominating much of the world box office last weekend the apes sequel waited until the World Cup was over before being released across Europe.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be the top film after mostly good reviews, it may have a chance of beating last weeks Transformers: Age of Extinction £11 million opening, Apes has had no pre shows though.

Also out this week sees Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in And So It Goes, directed by Rob Reiner this is a typical film of life, love and not getting on with relative.

The stars and director all have their followings but this will chart in the top 5 and go quickly, out on DVD in the next few months.

14th July 2014

There was do doubt this week that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes would be the top film in America, and it does so with ease over the rest of the box office.

A very good $73 million dollars assured that the new apes film would be big and it not only far out grossed the rest of the box office but out grossed it predecessor.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes $55 million on it's American opening, it was a (nearly) new franchise so that may have effected it, Dawn has had very positive reviews and Rise was considered a big hit in the end.

Falling into the runner up spot this week is Transformers: Age of Extinction, two weeks at the top has earned it over $200 million in the US.

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.

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.

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."
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16th May 2014

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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.

10th March 2014

After a good haul at last weeks Oscars Gravity debuts as the top selling DVD/Blu-ray this week.

Starring Sandra Bullock and (for half the film) George Clooney, there was no stopping Gravity this week.

Gravity was released at the UK box office in November last year, debuting at the top of the Box Office, where it spent 2 weeks.

After 16 weeks the film is still in cinemas as may well stay for a few more weeks after it's success at the Oscars.

Last weeks top film, Thor The Dark World, falls down to 2 this week.

28th January 2014

Many intersting things come up for sale on eBay, and now there is a movie prop that may be worth owning, if you have the money and space.

The Velociraptor cage as seen in the opening sequence of the 1993 film Jurassic Park is for sale on eBay, currently at $100,000 (about £60,000).

If you want it then you will need to pick it up from the LA area and get it shipped back to the UK, a small price to pay for something like this!

Check out the item and get bidding if you have the dosh.

26th September 2013

In an unusual move this week, and maybe due to little in the way of new releases, Ron Howards Rush moves 1 place UP to the top of the box office chart.

Taking £1.3 million from the weekend Rush takes over at the top, simply swapping places with last weeks top film Insidious Chapter 2.

There was little in the way of new films, the biggest of which is the critically panned film Diana, about the life of the late Princess which landed at 5 with a small take of $pound;600,000.

A small side note, the latest Grand Theft Auto Game was released last Monday which may have kept the young and middle aged men from cinemas, as reflected in the new releases.

One year ago ParaNorman was still at the top with Killing them softly a way behind at 2 being the highest new film.

Five years ago Tropic Thunder was the top film new film of the week smashing the previous weeks number 1, Pinapple Express, down to 4.

Ten years ago the remake of The Italian Job was at the highest new film of the week entering at the top and knocking Calendar Girls down to 2.

And fifteen years ago there was no shifting Saving Private Ryan from the top although highest new film of the week Lethal Weapon 4 had a good go and came within a whisker, it landed at 2.

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.

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.

21st June 2013

Released this week at UK cinemas, Brad Pitt is fighting Zombies in World Was Z, an apocalyptic set movie based on the novel by Max Brooks.

There has been some buzz surrounding this film in the run up to it's release and Brad Pitt is always a major box office potential but Superman will seriously effects it's box office and probably stop being a number one hit.

Ethan Hawk and Julie Delpy continue their relationship onscreen on Before Midnight, the third film to feature these characters. Again directed by Richard Linklater.

The series has a fan base, but it's small and the film will have the same impact on home video so a top 10 hit is probably on the cards.

Finally Dwayne Johnson stars as a desperate father searching for the truth in Snitch.

Johnson has a fan base but the subject matter may turn people off, this may miss out on the top 10 altogether.

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

After a few weeks of dominance from Skyfall and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 we have a new number 1, rising to the top is the animated film Rise of the Guardians.

Maybe this is a little bit of a shock, and it will of course be for 1 week only due to the onslaught of The Hobbit next week, we see Rise of the Guardians take the top spot after it was highest new entry last week.

Taking £1,602,689 from the weekend it easily knocked the Bond top earner to second place, in total now Guardians has taken £4,062,292.

Skyfalls total is now £96,333,036 and it may struggle to make the £100 million mark.

Highest new film of the week is Seven Psychopaths at 3 with a weekend take of £1,121,679.

A year ago the Shrek franchise went off in another direction and hit big as Puss in Boots took the top spot in it's opening weekend with just shy of £2 million.

Five years ago we all hoped it would be the start of a Lord of the Rings style franchise, but alas no, as The Golden Compass took the top spot on it's debut weekend with an incredible £7,243,984.

Ten years ago it was still all Bond at the top with Die Another Day and the top new film was Jamie Bell in Deathwatch at 4 with £334,657.

Fifteen years ago it was also Bond with Tomorrow Never Dies although Spice World The Movie was doing well in the midst of Girl Power.

3rd December 2012

The first teaser poster for the forthcoming Star Trek reboot sequel Into Darkness has been release, and what a fantastic poster.

Featuring a sole figure looking out onto a city from inside a hole in side of some wreckage. What is the weckage, is it a building, is it the enterprise? Who is the figure, is it Kirk? Look closer at the hole, it's in the shape of the famous starfleet logo. Is that a futuristic London you can see in the distence? The Gherkin is there and the London Eye, are we in for a more grounded film this time, and based in London, the bad guy is British? Is that who's standing on the pile of rubble?

To see the a bigger poster, check below or for a really big one check here.

Many many question, what is known if that this is a great poster and if this lives up to the origianl reboot it'll be a great film.

The full cast and director JJ Abrams return next year on May 17th, although there will be a nine minute trailer with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

22nd November 2012

No suprise this week, The Twilight: Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 knocks Skyfall from its perch at the top of the UK box office to become the highest grosing fim of the weekend.

Breaking Dawn 2 took a very good £15,850,825 over the weekend which is by far the best of the series, the others taking in the £13 million area except for the first film, Twilight, which amazingly only took £2,508,422 during its openeing back in December 2008.

Skyfall may have fallen to 2 this week but the film had another good weekend and raises its gross to £82,836,559 in the UK. It is now the second highest grossing film ever in the UK beating Titanic, and now only has Avatar to beat. Skyfall is now by far the most sucessful Bond movie ever in the UK, beating the previous best Casino Royale from 2006 which took a total of £55,287,027.

Interestingly Daniel Craigs Bond now has a UK box office gross of nearly £190 million, far more that any other actors reign as bond, not adjusted for inflation.

This time last year The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 was eating up the box office on its first week of release £13,910,877.

Five years ago American Gangster was the top new film at number 1 with £2,564,853

Ten years ago we were in the midst of Harry Potter fever with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets debuting at the top with £18,871,829.

And twenty years ago Whoopy Goldberg was getting hit film after hit film and was smashing the box office in the UK with Sister Act.

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?

7th June 2012

This week director Ridley Scott takes his prequel\non-prequel Prometheus to the top of the UK box office. The film has had mixed reviews that may have effected it's box office performance but cinema goers were still keen to see the potential start of the Alien universe and flooded cinemas to the tune of a £6,236,580 weekend.

Last weeks top film Men in Black 3 falls harder than expected to number 3 this week, although it was 2 strong new films in Prometheus and Snow White and The Huntsman at 2 that effected it's position, the Will Smith film still manages a good £3,032,053 second weekend.

Avengers Assemble is still raking in the money this week and now has a total gross of £48,367,585 after 6 weeks making it the 20th top film in the UK, worldwide it's the 3rd top film.

This time last year X-Men First Class was the top film on it's debut weekend knocking The Hangover Part II from the top.

Five years ago Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End was still at the top keeping off Wedding Daze which was the highest new film at 2.

And ten years ago there was no stopping Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones as it kept Josh Hartnetts 40 Days and 40 Nights from the top.

30th May 2012

It may have been 10 years since the Men in Black had their last big screen outing but Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are still busting aliens together and this week take their 3rd trip to the top of the box office. Taking £ 2,935,736 the film is a little lower than maybe expected.

The Dictator duly falls into second place with a weekend take of £1,078,155 and a second weekend total gross of £7,563,554

Highest grossing film on the chart this week is Avengers Assemble with a total gross of £46,891,709 after 5 weeks, it's also the highest grossing film of the year and probably will remain so unless The Dark Knight Rises can out do it.

This time last year The Hangover Part II took the top of the chart debuting at number one with a very promising £10,409,017.

Five years ago the last of the original trilogy of Pirates film, Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End, debuted at the top of the chart with an excellent £13,412,294.

Ten years ago Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones was still riding the top of the charts with a weekend take of £5,955,017 while the satirical Not Another Teen Movie was the highest new film with £635,805.

11th January 2012

A report is due to be released next week suggesting that the UK should make more commercially successful films, this is after a year where the British film industry contributed £4 Billion to the UK economy.

Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Pinewood Studios on Wednesday (11th Jan) and has said himself that he British film industry should support "commercially successful pictures", but in doing this does it mean film makers loosing their artistic integrity?

In my mind this begs the question, do film makers make films for person reasons, it may be to make art, to make a statement or because the maker has a story they just have to tell, and despite it's commercial success if its going to be seen and enjoyed or acknowledged by the public, despite how small that group might be, it's worth making the film. Or is the making of a film an industry and if the product won't make a profit then why bother to produce it? In reality the films, which make the money, are (generally) big blockbuster.

Last year Britain produced The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners, Johnny English Reborn and finish off the Harry Potter series (which can arguably be credited to Britain), all successful films which made money at the box office and have continued to make money in the home market (DVD, Blu-ray, downloads). But outside of this there were plenty of films that were lower grossing movies that probably didn't make money.

The "independent" films that Britain produces are often what separates it, and forms the identity of the film industry, India and France also have massive films industries and can be identified by these films which are loved by people in their native countries as well as other nationalities. In the UK we love American (Hollywood) blockbuster for what they are, and it just so happens they make money, maybe it's the marketing push of millions of dollars but they make money, much of which is pumped back into the American economy.

Of course this is the attraction, American mainstream films make money the world over, British films tend to make money only in the UK, the marketing pounds aren't there to promote the film to the same extent abroad. Despite The Kings Speech which won Oscars doing well in the US, The Inbetweeners and Johnny English didn't.

It must be argues that if Britain makes more 'mainstream' films there is a fear of the British film industry just becoming a Little Hollywood, and although it's no bad thing to produce movies that make money (and hence having a larger audience) we shouldn't and can't stop making films which can be truly identifies as British and which probably wont make millions.

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.

23rd August 2011

The UK weekend box office had a small surprise this last weekend, a home grown TV phenomenon has tuned into a genuine box office hit. The Inbetweeners Movie, a tale of 4 obnoxious school kids of their first "lads" holiday together has become grabbed the crown as the highest grossing debut comedy, beating this years The Hangover Part 2.

The Inbetweeners Movie took just over £13 million from it's debit weekend (including Wednesday and Thursday previews) beating the likes of Bridget Jones and Wallace and Gromit and American blockbusters like Sex and the City. Very good for a little comedy from Channel 4.

Time will tell if the momentum will continue during its run at the box office and it still needs to go world wide, the US audience may not get the very British humour and crudeness of the central characters.

A great first weekend for the boys and beating James Bond and Indiana Jones in a movie together will be something to tell the grandchildren about.

12th August 2011

You go away for a couple of weeks and something incredible happens, in last weeks world box office figures 2 films entered the $1 billion club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: The Dark of the Moon which now brings the total number of film which have grossed over a billion dollars to 10.

The incredible thing about this is that Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the first of the Harry Potter franchise to manage this, the 3D tax clearly helping to bring it over the magic figure, previous to this the closest was the first film so it's taken the entire series to beat the first films gross.

So far this year 3 films have taken over a billion, one more than last year and the most is a single calendar year, it may be no surprise then that all 3 of these films are presented in 3D and thus have the extra charge, although Pirates of The Caribbean reportedly has had a higher box office return in 2D.

12th July 2011

The latest Pirates of the Caribbean film has this week joined the movie Billionaire club, a figure that for many years only Titanic held the honor.

This is now the 7th film to reach the mark, and more impressively the Pirates saga is the first film series to have 2 entries, although a uniqueness that will most likely only least a 12 month, The Dark Knight Rises, out next July, may join The Dark Knight, then, if you count the new Hobbit movies as part of The Lord of the Rings Saga, another Rings movie may join Return of the King.

Currently only one director has 2 film up there, and they happen to be in the top 2 slots, James Cameron's Avatar at the top and Titanic in the runner up spot, but again he could be joined next year by Chris Nolan and Peter Jackson, infact Jackson could be the first director to manage 3 film in the club then the second Hobbit film is released in 2013, only time will tell.

Giving an unfair advantage to this is the 3D tax being paid for these movies, of the 8 billion dollar films 4 were 3D so ticket prices had an unfair advantage, and despite the public decline in 3D it's still enough to give them a boost.

All these billion dollar movies still fall well short of Avatar which not only managed to get over 2 billion dollars but came close to the 3 billion dollar mark.

27th June 2011

Go back just over a year and the biggest film in the world (by box office gross) had been established, that film was James Cameron's Avatar, a film built from the ground up to show what 3D can achieve.

This weekend in the US Cars 2 has hit the top spot with a weekend gross of $68 million of which only 40% of that take was from 3D screening, so is the public finally realisd that 3D is just a gimmick?

If you listen to Sony they would have you believe that 3D is the future, we'll be watching all out broadcast TV and home movies in 3D, Nintendo are another company who have invested a lot of money in 3D, producing the 3DS, there is certainly no shortage of temptation for us to embrace the 3D age.

Not lets look at the numbers, Cars 2 isn't a first, King Fu Panda 2 and Rio both took more money in 2D rather than 3D, and most people who saw Pixar's top grossing film last year Toy Story 3 seemed to agree that the 3D did nothing for the film. In Japan the 3DS has been struggling, being outsold by the 7 year old PSP, a device for which the successor has already been announced and is reducing in sales.

Is there a future for 3D? Who knows at the moment, but 3D is starting to show it's colours at the cinema, the surcharge on the glasses certainly cant be helping, Sky TV are struggling with the uptake of 3D subscribers, again there is a surcharge, and gamers seem to be rejecting the notion as well.

There are a couple of high profile catalogue 3D film that have been retrofitted with 3D, the Star Wars Saga and Titanic, this may well be a test as to how the public is embracing 3D, but on current evidence we don't want it, the novelty has warn off.

25th January 2011

Keanu Reeves has been doing the full media circus of late to promote his new film Henry's Crime, which unfortunately failed to chart in the top 15 this week with a relatively low weekend gross of £64, 508, but while doing the rounds there was inevitable questions about the rumours of a new Bill and Teds movie, it's been 20 years now and according to Reeves there is a script although he's not seen it yet, but it may well happen.

It's also being reported that during a talk at the London School of Performing Arts Reeves said that he had met with the Wachowskis and discussed a possible return to the Matrix franchise. Reports say that the action will blow the mind in a similar way that the original, and best no argument, did back in 1999.

Throwing all this into confusion now is that reports are appearing that Reeves in fact didn't make any such statement, so what gives? One this that is for certain though is that with the amount of buzz that this possible untrue rumours has created means that there is certainly an appetite still out there for The Matrix, and although the 2 sequels never came anywhere near matching the original the series still has fans.

If the Wachowskis have noticed all this hype maybe they and Warner would sit round a table and work out a way to, successfully, bring this series back to the big screen, and yes it was rumoured to be in 3D.

12th January 2011

Like a bad migraine that simple wont go away, after the release of a new Bond movie the rumour mill starts on the next, until such a time that lead actor, Villain, Bond girl, director and script writer has been confirmed, and to make it all the more "interesting" Bond 23 has been hit with the bankruptcy of MGM, opening it up even more to the gossip.

With fears that Daniel Craig might leave and attached director Sam Mandes might also abandon the project Bond 23 looked like it may have to take a whole different turn, and with seemingly no money to make it, would it actually be made at all, well that was never going to happen.

With all the legal ramblings over MGM out of the way, Deadline are now reporting that the film is well on track and even give a release date of November 9th 2012 (isn't Peter Jackson releasing a film around then as well?) in theaters. Craig will be on board as Bond and Mandes will direct, all good so far.

And the cream on the cake, and this is clearly just a coincidence, is that 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the release of a certain DR. No, or the first Bond movie to all those unfamiliar.

22nd December 2010

It's that funny time of year again and the top earning films the weekend before Christmas makes the Christmas chart? TRON: Legacy takes the honors with a decent weekend take.

A weekend gross of £1,970,692 is non too shabby for the TRON sequel, although with the hype surrounding the film a little more may have been hoped, but with the bad weather and Christmas shopping maybe it means that the film will hang around a while and be a slow burner.

Falling from the top after just one week is the latest Narnia movie, taking £1,231,568 over it's second weekend after 10 days the film has taken £4,780,624, it will be the smallest of the Narnia films to date.

Still hanging around, but slowing down considerably if Part 1 of the last Harry Potter film, this week at 3 on the chart with a weekend take of £ 875,898 in it's 5th week for a total gross of £ 44,443,734.

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp are at 4 with The Tourist while at 5 is Megamind.

15th December 2010

It's had a troublesome time in production but the new Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Trader, is the highest grossing movie over it's launch weekend.

That said it's debut gross is half that of the previous film in the series, Price Caspian, and only a quarter of the first film, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Dawn Trader rakes in a fair £2,460,118 to topple the latest Harry Potter movie from the top of the chart. The series is starting to really loose steam and don't expect this one to go much past Christmas.

Harry Potter topples to the runner up spot this week after a couple of weeks at the top. A £1,905,368 keeps it going well but the film is starting to struggle already and it may not be the big earner people were expecting, although another push is bound to happen when part 2 is released next week. The film has grossed £42,570,440 so far in the UK.

Angelina Jolie and and Johnny Depp make their presence known at 3 this week as their new collaboration, The Tourist, takes £1,341,143 for the weekend, maybe a little less than was expected for these 2 a-list actors.

3rd June 2010

It may have stumbled in the US but the ladies of Sex and the City had no trouble conquering the UK box office over the weekend with a mighty haul of just over £6 million.

Still doing well is the British dance film StreetDance 3D which fell one place to number 2, but it didn't really stand a chance against the might of Sex and the City, but the film has still grossed a total over £5 million.

And following suite Prince of Persia also fell one place to 3rd in it's second week taking a little over £4 million in total.

See the full list.

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.

3rd March 2010

Tivo have announced that they are releasing what they call the Next Generation of PVR to market later this year in the US and UK, but unlike last time the PVR giants tried the UK market and got crushed by Sky they are joining forces with Virgin Media.

What the fuss about Next Generation all boils down to is that the new boxes will be more user centric and be able to not only show broadcast programmes on standard TV channels but also show internet based video from the likes of YouTube and iPlayer.

Making this even more powerful is the ability to use one search for all the internet channels and broadcast channels, so you could search for Eastenders and it would not only return results for iPlayed but any other outlet broadcasting Eastenders related material.

Tivo are also claiming that it will learn while you watch and start suggesting what programmes you may like based on what you have watched in the past, this is also a continual learning process.

The new boxes will be higher specked than the current boxes with larger hard drives and wireless internet connections that will be able to broadcast in full 1080p.

I'm not sure this is the future of PVR's or simply an natural evolution but it's good to see Tivo trying the UK market again even if it is through Virgin Media.

Check out more information on the Tivo website.

11th February 2010

When you think that The Terminator stands of one of the best cinematic series of all time, and despite part 3 not being great the rights to Terminator and all that may have it's name attached have just been sold for as little as $30 million.

What's also surprising is that despite 2 big film studios/distribution companies bidding for the right, Sony and Lionsgate, the sale goes to holdings company Pacificor, but this seems more like a financial agreement rather than a purchase.

Previous rights holders Halcyon have been having money troubles, probably because of Terminator Salvation, and this sale will clear their debts, although they will still get $5 million from and further Terminator movies made and revenue from Terminator 3 and Salvation sales.

Ironically it seems that Sony, who have had international distribution on Terminator movies, are not out of the picture just yet as it's been reported that Pacificor may yet sell the rights to them?

Salvation was supposed to have been the start of a new trilogy, and there are still stories to tell in this series, but like other films that Orion Films made in the 80's and 90's copyright has been an issue getting in the way.

3rd February 2010

He was the first writer/director to get a film past the $1 Billion world gross mark with a single film and this week James Cameron becomes the first writer/director to pass the $2 Billion dollar mark in world box office takings, with a single film.

James Cameron must be having a good year, his return to film making after a 12 year break has beaten his own box office landmark film Titanic, all in the same week that 12 years after he won his first Oscar, he's nominated for another, although he has tougher competition this time (his ex-wife!).

In 1998 he set the box office alight and Titanic took $1.8 Billion in box office grosses, passing a milestone figure that took another 5 years before a film would pass it again, and this week another milestone is set as Avatars gross reaches $2 Billion, but unlike Titanic in 1998 Avatar still has some mileage left in it.

With the rate of tickets being sold the possibility of Avatar reaching $2.5 Billion is not out of the question, $3 Billion could be a stretch thought.

To look at this correctly though we need to take into consideration inflation, cinema tickets cost nearly half the price in 1998 as they do in 2010, which means that per head watching Titanic on the big screen it's probably still ahead of Avatar, but the gap is certainly closing fast.

Titanic of course isn't by a long shot the biggest film by the number of tickets sold, that honor goes to Gone With the Wind, which may never be beaten. Another thing to remember, boosting Avatar's box office takings is the appalling extra charge for the glasses if you choose to see the film in 3D. So until Cameron's next film Avatar will probably sit pretty as the only film to gross anywhere near $3 Billion pound?

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"

5th January 2010

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2010 is kicking off in Las Vegas tomorrow with the Microsoft CEO (Steve Balmer at the moment) being the traditional first Keynote speaker at 6.30pm (PST) on 6th January.

The show always gives a good showcase as what we can expect in the future of technology from the likes of Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and other manufacturers of home entertainment equipment with TV's and film media always having a good showing.

This year Blu-ray and high definition is expected to have a show as the format goes from strength to strength in sales and knocks on the door of DVD in a similar fashion to DBD to VHS 10 years ago.

TV's are on the dawn of a new technology going mainstream, althoug hseen last year OLED is expected to make a bog splash this year. OLED screens are very think and light and give better definition pictures to that of either LCD or plasma, the prices are falling and sizes coming up, expect many TV's PC monitors and other screen devices to be announced.

3D movies made a big impact in cinemas is 2009, and with Avatar doing so well at the box office at the moment studios are keen to push the idea into the home and it's thought that there will be a big display of 3D home movies and TV on display although the technology is new. 3D does have it's doubters who think it's a gimmick and will not catch on.

Also set to make a big impact at CES is tablet PC's, it is widely thought that Apple are on the verge of a big tablet announcement, although we will most likely have to wait until the end of January for that, but there are others who want to enter this market. Tablet PC's could mark a change to the way people view movies on the go, and with Windows 7 touch technology being so good, and probably the excellent iPhone OS being on any Apple device which will allow apps to run on it we could be at the dawn of something big for mobile movies, and in HD of course. Whatever the show has to offer it's always interesting to see what we may have in our homes in the coming years, and what new development in the pipeline, you can follow some of the best coverage, like me, at these site.

engadget.com

31st December 2009

As may have expected, Warner Bros's Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the top grossing movie of 2009 across the world in box office recipts.

The sixth Harry Potter movie topped out at $925,948,049 (£573,244,896) in world grosses, which also makes it the 8th highest grossing film of all time right behind Order of the Phoenix.

Behind Potter was the computer animated film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs which took $882,673,705 (£546,263,204) with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen coming in 3rd with $832,076,689 (£514,953,924).

Disaster movie 2012 did well coming in 4th with $745,190,680 (£461,182,780) and finalising the top 5 for the year was the continuing saga of Twilight, New Moon, with $671,228,000 (£415,363,712).

Also making strong appearances for the year are animated tale Up, Angels and Demons and most surprising of all The Hangover.

James Camerons Avatar is doing big business at the tail end of 2009 and will no doubt be a top earner of films released in 2009, but much of its takings will be in 2010.

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?

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 been announced that after 22 years a sequel to the 1987 smash hit film Wall Street is to be made, is this good news, a sequel to a landmark film? It may be a case of dragging up the old and trying to breath new life into them like many of the atrocious remakes of '80's horror films that seems to be the fashion at the moment, but the good news here is that not only is Michael Douglas back as the money obsessed ruthless Gordon Gekko but Oliver Stone is back to write ad direct.

What will be interesting, and with Stone behind the script it's highly likely, will be the contrasts the new film will have with it's predecessor, the '80's was an age of richness and greed and when ruthless men on Wall Street didn't take lunch because they were too busy making money.

The naughties (2000 - 2009) have been an age when Wall Street in particular has been struck by tragedy that has changed peoples attitudes and the world is in the midst of a recession that in particular has his the financial industry, what a difference 20 years makes.

Douglas of course won the Oscar for his his lead in the original, if they can pull off a similar fate to that of The Color of Money for Paul Newman he may just do it again, lets just hope the title is not Wall Street 2!

8th June 2009

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 its 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.

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

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, lets face it, it wasn't that good, in fact in places it was just terrible, but it was the close of the trilogy.

Lets now leave the franchise alone, maybe let another group revisit it down the line, maybe find a new angle or something, but lets 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.

Lets just hope that a new story is devised and a fresh new group of characters are brought into play and we dont have baddie overkill which ruined the 3rd film. It's in good hands lets just hope its not used just to bring in the bucks for Sony on the back of the good name of Spiderman.

7th June 2009

The updates for the new Star Trek movie are starting to come through more regularly now, and this month Empire magazine has some exclusive stills of which 3 can be seen online now.

Nothing too much is given away, but the still of Zachary Quinto as Spock is fantastic (can you look at him without seeing Sylar? Lets hope so in the movie) and just oozes with enough Star trek to carry the film, this one still makes the film look like it's something to look forward to.

The other stills are good to see and certainly whet the appetite. Check out the images now at empireonline.co.uk and the film is out in the UK on May 8th next year.

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. Im 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

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

Delayed until May of next year the new Star Trek "reboot" from director JJ Abrams is going to be a highly anticipated event. Apart from the teaser and hype surrounding the cast not much has been revealed about the film.

Comic-Con has been used to launch the first poster, and this design gives us a first glimpse of the principle actors in character. Uhuru, Spock and Kirk along with what is presumably chief bad guy played by Eric Bana feature on the poster.

Set in a period before the events of the original series the film features all the characters, and even features the original captain from the pilot episode before Captain Kirk came on board, it'll be interesting to see how Abrams handles that relationship. This will be enough to get the trekkies in a rather excited mood for the new movie, lets hope it lives up to expectations.

Check out the Star Trek page to see the new poster.

What do you think of the new poster?

7th June 2009

Despite the sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe grossing nearly $500,000,000 (Half a Billion Dollars) in world grosses Disney have decided not to follow up on the series and have declined to fund the sequel The Chronicles of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Trader.

The first of the Narnia films grosses over $700,000,000 in worldwide grosses, but despite this the sequel could only manage just over half of this, with the budget to make the film topping $200 million Disney have decided to pass on the option to fund a third film.

As this was a joint venture between Disney and Walden Media it appears that there may be hope for the continuing adventures of Narnia, if Walden can find a funder for the next film there is a chance we will see it in cinemas.

It's on the whole bad news as Disney can throw more at the film that money can buy, but there is light, although with recent kid oriented family films not performing well at the box office if they don't have the name Harry Potter attached then who can tell.

It looks like it may be a while before we see a sequel to Prince Caspian so don't hold your breath, but it seems like the next film will have to perform at the box office if we are to see the full series produced for the big screen.

7th June 2009

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.

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