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Supervillain movie Venom goes back to the top with its excellent release in China where is grossed $102 million on its opening weekend.
Sony's film starring Tom Hardy gets its Chinese release this with a $102 million opening which gives the film a $123.5 million week after 6 weeks of release which pushes the film back to the top of the global box office.
The film has now taken a total of $673 million globally and is still released in 67 countries.
Continuing the success already gained the film about Queen and Freddy Mercury takes $94 million this week from 79 countries which boosts its total global cume to and excellent $285 million.
Materialising in animated form this time the Dr. Seuss story enters the global box office at number 3 with $78.8 million from just 24 countries.
With Christmas fast approaching the film with open in many more territories over the coming weeks which will massive boosts the films cume.
Taking a bit of a tumble this week the Disney film drops to 4th with a $23 million weekend from 46 countries to boosts its total gross to $96.6 million.
Closing out the top 5 and another new entry is this JJ Abrams presented film which takes $19.3 million from 53 countries.
Lucasfilms have today confirmed that The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams will take over writing and directing duties for Star Wars Episode IX.
The film is most likely then in safe hands after the fantastic job he did on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the film which got the franchise back on track.
The film is set for release December 20th 2019
When directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller departed the Han Solo movie earlier this year it was a bit of a shock, not 'history' is repeating and today Lucasfilms have announced the departure of Colin Trevorrow from Episode IX.
See the announcement on starwars.com.
The film is very much is pre-production so nothing has been filmed yet which, unlike the Han Solo movie, is a blessing, saying that the Solo movie got big time Hollywood director Ron Howard in to finish the film off.
With that in mind who could come in to direct Episode IX?
How about Ron Howard? He's already in the fold, or even better Steven Spielberg, he's always said he'd like to do a Star Wars movie?
JJ Abrams must be in with a show after the fantastic job on The Last Jedi, or how about Guillermo del Toro to bring a dark twist to perhaps a darker movie, and talking of dar how about Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve.
Ridley Scott could do a good job and bring an interesting twist to the series and finally a man who has been in the Star Wars universe for many years how about giving Lawrence Kasdan a shot.
I am sure it wont be long before we hear who will take the Episode IX directors chair.
There was just one major release this week there which basically means there was inevitably going to be a new film making its debut at the top, and as predicted Warner Bros. Suicide Squad does just that.
Continuing the DC Cinematic Universe that was started in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice this film does something the Marvel/Disney have not yet dared, put the bad guys front and centre.
And audiences have lapped this up with Suicide Squad topping the UK box office with an excellent £11.2 million, nearly as big as the much more anticipated Batman V Superman from March.
That superhero movie sank quickly at the box office so we'll be watching things closely to see if it does similar.
Worth noting is that if the chart listing was taken over the whole week then Finding Dory would sit at the top with £12 million.
Highest total grossing on this weeks top 10 is The Secret Life of Pets which has now grossed over £32 million, while longest stay on the box office is The Angry Birds Movie with 11 weeks.
A year ago
The Fantastic Four reboot made its debut at the top of the box office knocking Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation down to number 2.
Five years ago
Four weeks in and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was still number 1 leaving JJ Abrams Super 8 to debut at number 2.
Ten years ago
TV show turned movie Miami Vice made its debut at the top knocking Cars down to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Cats and Dogs made its debut a the top of the box office knocking Jurassic Park III from the top which fell to number 3.
Twenty years ago
Twister remained at the top for a second week leaving James and The Giant Peach to make its debut at number 2.
Twenty five years ago
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was at top for another week while the top new film came in at number 2 in the shape of Backdraft.
In the US this week the latest in the rebooted Star Trek saga, Star Trek Beyond, makes its debut at the top of the box office knocking The Secret Life Of Pets to number 2.
The Justin Lin directed movie - taking over from JJ Abrams who was in a galaxy far far away at the time - takes $59 million on its opening weekend.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the TV series debut, but unfortunately this film has fallen short of its predecessors which both took in the $70 million or above region.
The new film has got far better reviews than Star Trek Into Darkness which could carry it onto a better gross in the long run.
The Secret Life of Pets falls to number 2 this week with a weekend gross of $29.3 million which brings the animated films total gross to $260 million.
Finding Dory is this week the highest total grossing movie and the longest running movie on the US top 10 with a $460 million total gross over 6 weeks.
Disney's latest hit film Zootopia continues to dominate the world box office this week as it increases its lead on the world box office.
A weekly gross of $133 million is boosted by a massive Chinese release and a continuing strong American presence, the film is released in 46 countries so far and has a total gross of $431.3.
Highest new film of the week is 10 Cloverfield Lane from producer JJ Abrams which enters at number 4 from 7 countries.
The surprise announcement of the film only a couple of weeks ago have made a short but effective marketing campaign, although having The Force Awakens director involved cant have helped.
A $26 million opening is low but for the low budget film it is a good sign and we could see the film get much bigger numbers as it opens in more countries.
Highest total grossing movie across the world this week is Deadpool at number 7, still open in 82 countries, the highest of any film this week, the total gross now sits at $708 million.
Here is the full world grossing top 10 this week:
At the US box office this week Disney score a second week at the top of the tree with their latest animated feature Zootopia.
Taking a very good $50 million on its second weekend of release the well received film has now taken $142.6 million after 2 weeks of release.
Coming in new at number 2 this week is the JJ Abrams produced film 10 Cloverfield Lane, a sequel of sorts to 2008's Cloverfield.
The films debut did not come anywhere near Cloverfield's $40 million opening with $25 million this weekend but the film has done well and for a low budget movie has done well.
Highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week is Deadpool at 3 which has now grossed $328 million after 5 weeks.
In a record amount of time JJ Abrams and Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the top grossing film ever in the American market.
The previous holder, Avatar, has been there since 2010 and prior to that it was another James Cameron film Titanic which held the title from 1999.
The Force Awakens is still the number 1 film at the weekly box office and is showing no signs of slowing down, it has taken just 3 and a half weeks for the film to take the top grossing crown.
Also by this weekend the film should be come the top grossing film in the UK, and much of the world will likely follow in the coming weeks and months.
The next big mile stone will be the top film of all time globally, its getting there and at the current rate it will do it, the film is not out in China yet, a massive movie going market, this weekend when it is released should give an indication to if and when the film will conquer the world.
Keep an eye on 25thframe.co.uk and we'll let you know when it happens.
JJ Abrams continuation of the Star Wars saga this week completely dominated the world box office in every country it was released in.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens took on its opening weekend $517 million, the highest opening gross ever beating this years Jurassic World by a comfortable margin.
It took the current highest grossing movie Avatar 11 days to get to this figure, and with the massively positive reviews the Star Wars film has had its possible that it could become the higerst grossing film in time.
Last weeks top film across the world, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 2, falls to number 6 this week, although it did spend 4 weeks at the top.
A surprisingly active chart for new releases also sees Mojin The Lost Legend new at 2, Sisters new at 4 and Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip new at 5.
Highest total grossing film on the world box office this week Spectre who's world gross now stands at $836.1 million.
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.
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Its already been announced that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first of the stand alone star films, and now the announcement comes that Josh Trank who directed Chronicle fron 2012 will direct another.
The stand alone films will be origin stories from characters from the Star Wars universe, Yoda and Bobba Fett and hot favourites of fans, that will be released between the sage episodes 7 - 9.
Although the films wont be directly related to the core saga they will inevitable have links to the series.
JJ Abrams is currently filming Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in England, and today posted an amusing tweet asking people not to post leaked pictures!
No release date so far for the splinter films but 2016 is most likely for the first.
From the Press release on starwars.com
"JOSH TRANK TO DIRECT STAND-ALONE STAR WARS FILM
June 04, 2014
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.
"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."
Trank states, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."
Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox."
After many rumours and fan debate Lucasfilm (and Disney) have announced the cast list for next years Star Wars Episode VII.
As if we didn't know already original cast members Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Lia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are all involved.
Also nice to see the likes of Andy Serkis and Max von Sydow involved.
With JJ Abrams behind the camera all we are looking for now is the full title of the film and poster art.
The press release on the starwars.com website reads as follows:
"The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Director J.J. Abrams says, "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015."
There is a lot of excitement building for the new Star Wars: Episode VII Film, a continuation of the original Trilogy, and today Lucasfilms and Disney have posted that filming will start in May.
The filming location, like 1977s Star Wars, will be Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath near London.
Disney head Bob Igor stated in a recent earnings call that the new film would be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, there would be 3 new leads and of course there is room for some "familiar faces" to pop up.
JJ Abrams is directing and a release date of December 18th 2015 is currently earmarked.
Checkout the full news page on starwars.com
All change this week as The Logo Movie starts it's decent down the box office chart and is taken over by the slightly more adult 300 Rise of an Empire.
The sequel to 2007's 300 takes £2.7 million during it's debut weekend of release, taking over from The Lego movie which sinks just one place to number 2 this week.
Also worth a mention is The Grand Budapest Hotel which debut's at 3 this week.
This time last year Oz The Great and Powerful was the highest new film which debuted at the top knocking Wreck-It Ralph down to 3.
Five years ago Watchmen was the top film in the country which debuted at the top, in the process it knocked Slumdog Millionaire into 2nd place.
Ten years ago Along Came Polly was still the top film with the highest new film coming from 21 Grams at 2. Fifteen years ago A Bugs Life was still at the top holding off everything else. There was no new films to speak of with the highest coming outside the top 10, Beloved entered at 12.
We've been drip fed Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer since the end of last year, now check out the best so far.
The last trailer was to be honest a little boring, but Abrams has redeemed himself now (as if directing Star Wars Episode VII wouldn't do that!) by giving us a blindingly good trailer.
This new trailer just makes we want the next few weeks to disappear so I can go and see this film on 10th May.
Check out the trailer below
Disney have announces that as part of their ongoing continuation of the Star Wars film franchise they are to make films that expand the universe and concentrate on individual main characters, Yoda being the first.
Clearly inspired by the success, and probable continued success, of the series of films inspired from the Avengers comics, Disney will produce the films based in the star wars universe that look at the individual characters so we can look forward to Han Solo The Movie, Luke and Lia The Movie, and one a number of fans might like, Boba Fett The Movie.
These will be alongside the sequel trilogy that will be made, the first of which will be directed by J.J. Abrams and the first will be released in 2015.
Yoda will be the first to get the stand alone treatment, although there is no word on where this will fit into the overall picture, or during what time line it will take.
Best guesses are a couple of ideas, one to fill in the gap between Episode III and when we first meet him in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back which means the whole film wil be based on the swamp plant of Dagobah.
There is no reason why there couldn't be a few flash back in the film, but for all intense and purposes Yoda was supposed to be alone on this planet before Luke turned up for training, so it could be hard to fill in a full 2 hour movie?
The other is more inline with the X-Men origins style and look at where Yoda came from and how he came into existence, this would be a more interesting movie, and as he's meant to be in his mid 800's in Episode 1 this would be going way back into Star Wars history, and possible leave more a blank sheet for what to do.
Whatever happens lets hope that Disney stay true to the universe, at least as much as Lucas has, and we start getting films that fans as much as , well the original trilogy at least.
It has been announced that the Star Trek/Mission: Impossible 4 director J.J. Abrams is going to be directing the upcoming Star Wars sequel.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilms, and the Star Wars franchise in the process, announcing that there would be an episodes 7, 8 and 9 of the long running saga, the main question has been, who will direct?
Abrams name has been one of the front runners, either is fans hoping for a decent director or in leaked information, but is not suprise, and of great relief that he will be at the helm.
Also confirmed is that the production (or leadership duties as the starwars.com website calls it) will be Kathleen Kennedy and the screen play will be done by Michael Arndt, who is also a life long Star Wars fan.
Good news all round really? In a word yes, Abrams has the ability to turn things around, and is a brilliant director. The transformation he has done with Star Trek is nothing short of amazing, he taken the pure essence of the franchise, turned it full circle on it's head and allowed it to live a new life BUT he has kept it pure to the original. Also he took the flagging franchise of Mission:Impossible and produced possibly the best film of the series.
I think largely fan concerns that Disney would turn the series into a money spinning load on nonsense has been largely laid to rest, and quite possible the series will be given a new lease of life after the prequel trilogy tried to kill it.
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.
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
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.
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, let‚Äôs 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?
Tonight I attended the UK premiere of the new Star Trek movie at the Empire Leicester Square on the heart of the West End in London, and what a night it was.
Although there was a wait of over an hour once I took my seat in the theatre and got chatting to a very nice couple sitting behind me, the wait was well worth it as JJ. Abrams and the full cast of the movie came in to introduce the film.
Simon Pegg who plays Scotty in the movie came in dressed in a kilt and took the mike to give a speach to his fellow Brits on how honored he was to be in the movie.
As for the film itself, WOW, what a film, action from start to finish, this is what so many other Star Trek movies have lacked in the past but this film piles on the action right from the word go.
Despite enjoying this film to the full I do still have some reservations, the story, although good and honour the Star Trek 40 year legacy it does take some liberties, the opening is really well done and I think true Trek Fans will love it, but, and I hope this isn't too much of a spoiler, the time travel aspect of the film can be a little difficult to swallow.
I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying that original Spock Leonard Nimoy make an extended cameo in the film, but after the initial appearance I found his presence a little uncomfortable, and the final scene in the film although fascinating I found a little odd.
That said the new cast a just superb and Abrams has stayed true to the legend while giving non hard core fans enough reasons to go, there are some in joke which the true fans will roll around on the floor at, but they are well placed and are additions to the film and don't drive it.
Lets hope this film can reignite the series and in 4 or 5 films time we can explore the origins of The Next Generation crew.