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No Angelina Jolie this time as the Tomb Raider franchise reboot gets its first poster.
Where as the first two movies from 2001/2003 had an air of old Lara Croft about them, this definitely has a Square Enix feel.
To explain Core Design developed the games until 2003 when Square Enix took over development.
The games reboot had a very different look and feel with a younger looking Lara, the new film starring Alicia Vikander has that, check out the poster below.
This week marks a bit of a mile stone in film global grosses, Despicable Me 3 goes over $1 billion, the first of the series to do so, this means now the top 30 top global grossing movies have all grossed over $1 Billion.
The first movie to do so was Titanic back in 1998 and was the only film to do so for a long time, that film had another bite of the cherry in 2012 and its gross is now over $2 billion.
The next film to do it was The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King in 2003, since then we have had at least one film a year do the fate.
The oldest film to go over $1 Billion is Jurassic Park from 1993, but again that had another go in 2011 which pushed it over the mark, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace similarly did the same.
To date only 3 film have gone to $2 Billion, Avatar (the top grossing movie of all time), Titanic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The next milestone will be the top 50 all over a billion, which at the current rate will be some time in 2020/21, and then of course we look forward to the next Star Wars film going over the $2 Billion mark!.
The was a battle at the top of the Uk box office this week between The Hitmans Bodyguard and Dunkirk and with a gap of less than £50,000 Bodyguard won.
The comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson took £1.9 million on its debut weekend to reach the top, this is the lowest opening for a film to reach number 1 since Billy Elliot The Musical Live took the top spot in September 2014.
This means that the total gross for the top 15 films is also at a low with just £10 million taken.
Falling from the top is Dunkirk, although it held on tight and in the end lost to by a narrow margin taking to second place with £1.8 million.
Dunkirk is still showing strong figures from the week and took £4 million Monday - Sunday to brings its total to nearly £50 million, it is easily the second top grossing film of 2017.
Interestingly the Monday - Sunday figures puts The Hitmans Bodyguard at number 4 with Annabelle Creation and The Emoji Movie coming second and third.
Highest grossing film on the UK box office this week is Dunkirk while the longest running film is Despicable Me 3 with 8 weeks on the chart, its currently number 6.
A year ago
Finding Dory Went back to the top of the box office knocking Suicide Squad to number 2 while David Brent Life On The Road was the top new film at 3.
Five years ago
After a limited launch seeing it reach number 6 then number 5 Brave reached the top when it went wide on its third week, it knocked off Ted to number 3, The Bourne Legacy was the top new film at 2.
Ten years ago
The Bourne Ultimatum was the top new film of the week at number 1, it knocked off Rush Hour 3 to number 3.
Fifteen years ago
Men In Black II remained at the top of the box office for a third weekend while the top new film was The Sum of All Fears at number 2.
Twenty years ago
Men in Black remained at the top for a third weekend while the top new film was Speed 2 Cruise Control at number 3.
Twenty five years ago
Lethal Weapon 4 was the top new film of the week making its debut at the top while Far And Away fell to number 2.
News hit yesterday that Phil Lord And Chris Miller had left as directors of the untitled Han Solo movie.
Today news hits that Ron Howard will finish off directing the movie, so what does this mean.
Lucafilms have worked with the director before with the fantasy hit Willow from 1988.
He is a very good director and has great vision and know how to tell a story, this might mean re-writes of the story, and more importantly is will mean a very different sytle.
Production was half way through but Ron Howard will want to put his stamp on the film, he is not a director for hire and I think there will be many re-shoots and we will get a very different movie.
Better? Who know, we never will, but it is good news.
Second week of release for the Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 keeps it at the top with A Dogs Purpose coming in at 2 as the highest new film.
With a 50%+ drop in its weekend gross Guardians this week takes £6 million in its box office takings.
This takes the Chris Pratt starring movie to £27.4 million after 10 days of release, the film is current doing almost double the business of the original Guardians movie at this point.
Highest new film of the week is a little known comedy film called A Dogs Purpose, starring Dennis Quaid and directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
It was a US hit a month or so back and after taking £1.3 million on its debut is set to become a hit on this side of the Atlantic as well.
Also new this week is Sleepless at number 6, MIndhorn at number 8 and Unlocked at number 10, a low grossing top 10 this week means all these film took less than half a million on their debut.
This weeks longest stay on the chart is Get Out which has been around for 8 week while top new film is once again Beauty and The Beast which has now taken £71 million and is the 8th top film ever in the UK.
A year ago
Captain America: Civil War spent its second week at the top of the Uk box office while the top new film was Bad Neighbours 2 at number 3.
Five years ago
Avengers Assemble stayed at the top for a second weekend, it kept off American Pie: Reunion which made its debut at number 2.
Ten years ago
Spider-Man 3 made its debut at the top of the box office, it knocked Next down to number 3 after only a week at the top.
Fifteen years ago
Making it two weeks at the top was About A Boy while the top new film was panic Room at number 2.
Twenty years ago
Jim Carey was the top star of the era and him new film Liar Liar was the top new film at number 1, the Special Edition of Star WarsL Return of The Jedi fell to number 2.
Twenty five years ago
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle made it 3 weeks at the top while Howards End was the top new film, at number 2.
With the global release of any Star Wars films its going to feel like the world stops with baited breath watching how the film will perform, and this week is no different with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In the end Rogue One opens in the UK to £17 million, a very good opening and a shade above fellow splinter film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
When compared to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens it doesn't compare, it is about half of the opening gross from this time last year, not surprising as there is less anticipation and this is Star Wars in uncharted territory.
There can be no complaining though, like Fantastic Beasts, we are going to get more of these films and as they find their feet and get fans then the grosses will grow and grow.
Fantastic Bests falls from the top after 4 weeks at number 1 to 3 and a weekend gross of £1.4 million, it is less than £10,000 behind the number 2 film Moana.
It has now taken £45 million in the UK and is the 39th top grossing film of all time.
With the new Star Wars film there were no other new films this week hitting the chart.
Longest running film this week is Trolls which has been around for 9 weeks and highest total grossing movie is Fantastic Beasts.
A year ago
A theme will start to emerge in the coming years is the Star Wars film at the top on this date and this time last year Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was new at the top, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 fell hard to number 5.
Five years ago
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made its debut at the top while Arthur Christmas fell to number 3.
Ten years ago
Happy Feet made it 2 weeks at the top while the top new film was Eragon at number 4.
Fifteen years ago
There was no moving Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone as it stayed at the top for a 5th weekend while top new film was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham at number 3.
Twenty years ago
101 Dalmatians made it to the top on its debut weekend while The Long Kiss Goodnight fell from the top to number 3.
Twenty five years ago
The Addams Family was new at the top while Point Break fell to number 4 after 3 week at number 1.
No change for the number one film on the UK home video charts this week with Suicide Squad holding film for a second week.
Highest new film of the week is at number 7 with the film version of The Office, David Brent Life On The Road.
The David Brent film was released at UK cinemas on 19th August 2016 where it entered at number 3, kept from the top by Finding Dory and Suicide Squad.
It quickly fell out of the top 10 after only 2 weeks but spent another 6 weeks in cinemas, after 8 weeks it made £ 3.6 million.
Also new this week is Swallows And Amazons a number 8 film from August 2016.
Like Fast 7, Fast 8 might be getting a different name in the UK to America, at least we hope so.
The Fate of the Furious is the title in America, as just announced, we don't like it too much so were hoping it will be called Fast & Furious 8 in the UK.
A new trailer is coming Monday - check out the teaser below.
On the UK box office this week Emily Blunt knocks off Renee Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones is no match for The Girl on The Train.
Making its debut with just under £7 million The Girl on The Train is aiming for a similar target audience as Gone Girl which was released early October of 2014 and did very well.
This film which is also based on a bestselling novel has managed to come in £2 million higher despite reviews not being as favourable.
After 3 weeks at the top is it time for Bridget Jones's Baby to surrender the top spot and with a £2.9 million weekend falls to number 2.
The film cant be too sorry for itself as it has grossed £37.8 million so far and at the current pace will most likely become the most successful of the series.
Also new this week are War On Everyone at number 7 and Tristan und Isolde from the Metropolitan Opera which is new at 8.
Highest total grossing movie this week id Finding Dory with £41 million and longest run is The Secret Life of Pets which has now been around for 11 weeks.
A year ago
The Martian remained at the top for a second week while top new film Sicario entered at number 2.
Five years ago
Johnny English Reborn made its debut at the top of the box office with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy falling to number 3.
Ten years ago
The Devil Wears Prada was the new film at the top while Click slipped down to number 3.
Fifteen years ago
Moulin Rouge made its way back to the top of the box office after Artificial Intelligence: AI spend 2 weeks there. Artificial Intelligence: AI fell to number 2.
Twenty years ago
The Nutty Professor was the top new film on the UK box office, it knocked off Last Man Standing.
Twenty five years ago
Out For Justice debuted at the top, knocking off Terminator 2: Judgement Day after 7 weeks at the top, it fell to number 3.
After a fairly lacklustre summer season of 2016 where the highlight was a bunch of anti-heroes in the shape of the Suicide Squad, will the Autumn schedule deliver?
We had high hopes but had few thrills, out side of the DC movie Suicide Squad Ghostbusters gave us a good laugh but didn't deliver as expected Finding Dory pulled in the audiences but left us flat.
The rest of the year has some highlights but there is caution as the 2 biggest films are both sequels outside of their parent film series.
Before we even get to them in the latter part of the year we have a number of promises, Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen looks promising and American hit Kubo and The Two String gives a refreshing animation outside Disney.
Of course we have British favourite Bridget Jones's Baby which is getting good reviews at the moment and a bit after that the recently announced Blair Witch remake/reboot/sequel.
Getting a lot of marketing hype is the remake/retelling of The Magnificent Seven and the looking promising, and a return to form for Tim Burton is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.
Tom Hanks returns to detective mode for a third time in Inferno, although I didn't like the previous 2 films and then another sequel emerges mid October with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher Never Go Back.
Marvel return to their cinematic universe with a new hero in the shape of Doctor Strange and another sequel/reboot come in early November with Rings, the next in (surprise) The Ring series.
After the hotly anticipated Arrival starring Amy Adams arrives the season kicks up a gear with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first move into the Wizarding World outside Harry Potter.
The film, penned by J. K. Rowling, is being hyped to death and not surprisingly, the 8 Potter films did fantastic business at the box office and this is directed by series expert David Yates whic just seems to get the ideas Rowling writes about.
Warner Bros. will be hoping this shows there is still life in the seemingly dormant series and please fans of the original and set up a new generation, 2 more film are already planned.
After that injection things go quiet with unwanted sequel Bad Santa 2 and Tom Hanks (again) in Scully the story of the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson River.
Then to finish the year off another much lover series goes off piste with Rogue One A Star Wars Story, taking place just before the events of the original Star Wars.
The trailer have looked good and after the excellence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens expectation are massive.
This is a massive risk for Lucasfilms and Disney, and it will either boost the series to height never imagined or will do to the series what Episodes I - III did and nearly kill it, fortunately it has recovered!
To round the rear off we have Michael Fassbender trying to do what many other have failed to do and bring a video game series to the screen in Assassins Creed.
Animation aimed at a more adult audience lands at the top of the box office chart this week as Sausage Party makes its UK debut at number 1.
With lead vocals from Seth Rogan the innuendoes fly fas in this 15 rated comedy as its grosses a good, but not great, £2.6 million.
Finding Dory has had a fantastic run at the box office, 2 spells at the top but this week falls down to number 3.
Its not a sad story thought and an excellent 6th week gross of £1.5 million brongs the films total gross in the UK to a fantastic £38 million, it has not out grossed Finding Nemo in the UK.
Also making their debut on the box office chart this week are Brotherhood at number 2 with £1.9 million and Cafe Society at number 9 with £0.5 million.
Highest grossing film on the box office this week is Finding Dory and longest run is The BFG which has spent 7 weeks on the top 10.
Next week sees the release of Ben-Hur (a remake) and Captain Fantastic as well as Don't Breathe the current American number 1.
A year ago
Straight Outta Compton kept its grip at the top of the UK box office with No Escape the highest new film at 3.
Five years ago
The Inbetweeners Movie remained at the top and with a strong top 4 the highest new film was the Indian film Bodyguard at number 5.
Ten years ago
You, Me and Dupree remained at the top and with 3 new releases in the top 5 Little Man was the highest of them.
Fifteen years ago
Heath Ledger starred in A Knights Tale which made its debut at the top while Planet of The Apes fell to number 2 on its 3rd week.
Twenty years ago
There was no moving for Independence Day which kept its vice grip on the top while top new film Phenomenon landed at number 2.
Twenty five years ago
Mega hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day was still at the top of the box office while top new film Dying Young landed at number 3.
In an unusual event for the box office charts and old favourite returns to the top of the box office, Disney/Pixars Finding Dory replaces Suicide Squad after 4 weeks of release.
We are coming to the end of the School holidays in the UK and its a time when a lot of families are back from their time away so its perhaps no suprise that the box kids film of the moment returns to the top.
A fantastic 4th weekend gross of £2.8 million takes the total gross to £32.3 million, this puts the film on a level with the original Finding Nemo.
Falling into second place is 2 week champion Suicide Squad, a £2.5 million weekend brings the total gross to an fantastic £27.6 million.
This puts the DC anti-hero film ahead of the DC superhero film Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice from earlier in the year.
Highest new film of the week is a British institution making its debut, David Brent Life On The Road, and although it hasn't done nearly as well as Absolutely Fabulous The Movie from this year is debuts at 3 with £1.4 million.
The Office was such a big hit from over10 years ago, was of its time, and is still loved its a challenge to get that feeling back, and this only looks at one of the characters so it could sink fast.
The Secret Life of Pets is still the top total grossing movie of the week with £33.7 million and the longest running film with 9 weeks.
Interesting note this week, if the chart were calculated from the full weeks taking it would have been a very different picture, Suicide Squad would have retained the top, The BFG would have been 3rd and David Brent Life on the Road would have been 6th
A year ago
Paper Towns made its debut at the top of the UK box office knocking Pixels off the top right down to number 6.
Five years ago
After a massive success on TV The Inbeetweeners Movie took the box office by storm making its debut at the top knocking Rise of The Planet of The Apes to number 2.
Ten years ago
After much internet hype the crowd source scripted movie Snakes On A Plane debuted at the top knocking Cars to number 2.
Fifteen years ago
Tim Burtons Planet of The Apes remake debuted at the top knocking Cats and Dogs down to number 2.
Twenty years ago
Independence Day kept a strong hold of the box office and with very little in the way of new release highest debut was Nick of Time starring Johnny Depp at 7.
Twenty five years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger had his cinematic finest moment in Terminator 2: Judgment Day which made its debut at the top knocking Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves down to number 2.
A mixed bag on the UK box office this week, Monday - Friday saw The Secret Life of pets tops the charts but Absolutely Fabulous was the top film from Monday to Sunday and The legend of Tarzan is the highest new film.
The Life of Pets makes it three weeks at the top with a £3.6 million gross over the weekend, this brings the films total gross to £22.6 million.
Absolutely Fabulous The Movie, not on its second week takes £5.7 million over the whole week, just slightly better that Pets, clearly showing when the 2 different audiences go to the cinema.
Highest debut this week lands at number 2 this week in the shape of a new take on the Tarzan story, The Legend of Tarzan, the film grosses £3.5 million.
Also new this week: Now You See Me 2 lands at number 3, Indian film Sultan has the best debut ever for an Indian film at number 6 with just over a million pound and The Neon Demon lands at 9.
Highest total grossing movie on the box office if The Secret Life of Pets and the longest run on the chart is Me Before You now on 6 weeks.
A year ago
Minions stayed at the top of the box office for a second week with Ted 2 debuting at number 2.
Five years ago
No move for Transformers: Dark of The Moon at the top while the top new film was The Guard entering at 5.
Ten years ago
Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest made its debut at the top of the box office with Over The Hedge falling to number 2.
Fifteen years ago
Video game adaptation Lara Croft Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie made its way to the top of the box office on its debut knocking Shrek down to number 2.
Twenty years ago
Tom Cruise starred in Mission:Impossible which was new at the top with Toy Story falling down to number 2.
Twenty five years ago
The Naked Gun 2 ½ The Smell of Fear remained at the top for a second weekend with the Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin film Too Hot To Handle new at number 3.
David Brent Life on The Road gets a new trailer - not as good as the first though.
David Brent Life on The Road - actually looks good - and funny.
All change at the top of the US box office chart this week as 2 strong new releases enter in the top two places in the shape of Zootopia and London Has Fallen.
Disney do it yet again with their latest animated feature as Zootopia enters strong at the top with an excellent $73.3 million debut.
For Disney (not Pixar they are a different studio who Disney distribute for) this is their highest ever debut for an animated feature (yes even stronger than Frozen!) fuelled no doubt the the excellent reviews the film has got.
Falling from the top this week is Deadpool after three weeks at the top, a $16 million weekend brings the films total to $311 million after 4 weeks of play.
Highest total grossing film, and probably it last week on the US box office, is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has now taken a massive and record breaking $928.8 million in America.
Despite the fact that it is very slowly starting to slow down The Force Awakens manages another week at the top without too much of a challenge.
Its lowest weekend gross since release the seventh Star Wars film takes $72.4 million across the globe which brings its total to $1.8 billion dollars, $2 billion is just around the corner.
The film is the number 3 top grossing film and on current form could even struggle to become the second top grossing film, it has Avatar and Titanic in its way and the $2.8 billion of Avatar seems out of reach now.
Top new film is Ride Along 2 which is new at 3 with a $42 million opening weekend from 12 countries, the USA being the best of those.
Top grossing film on the world box office this weekend is The Force Awakens, and lets face it it will be until it leaves the chart.
Here is the full world box office for this week
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.
As with the previous 2 week Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the top film across the UK with a weekend gross, slight above the previous week, of £10 million.
The incredible gross of The Force Awakens has now reached £97 million and is the second highest grossing film of all time in the UK sandwiched between 2 Bond films.
At the current rate of ticket sales the seventh Star Wars will become the biggest grossing film of all time in the UK by next weekend beating the £102.8 million of Skyfall.
Elsewhere there are still new films entering the box office and this week the Jennifer Lawrence/Robert De Niro double header Joy is the top new film.
Entering at number 3 the debut weekend gross of the movie is a little over £1.5 million.
Also new on this weeks box office top 10 is Eddie Raymond's new film The Danish Girl at 4 with £1.3 million.
The Force Awakens is understandably the highest total grossing film on the box office while Spectre is the longest running film on the charts clocking up 10 weeks so far.
A year ago
The Theory of Everything saw the new year in with a debut at the top knocking The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies down to number 2.
Five years ago
Gullivers Travels was the first number 1 of the new making its debut there knocking Little Fockers down to 2.
Ten years ago
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe stayed at the top for a second week while Cheaper by The Dozen 2 was the highest new film at 3.
Fifteen years ago
Unbreakable was the top new film of the week at number 1 knocking Meet The PArents down to number 2.
Twenty years ago
Ace Ventura When Nature Calls made its debut at number one leaving Babe to fall down to number 2.
You would think there isn't much to talk about this week other than the amazing debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as it happens there were a couple of, albeit much smaller, new releases.
First of all with the dust settling on Star Wars tis time to reflect on its debut, a massive first day and first weekend takes it to the top of the UK box office with £34 million, not the highest, that still is with Spectre but that had a 7 day opening as opposed to this 4 day opening.
The Force Awakens did have a better Friday - Sunday opening though, although its not like for like as these event films are generally front loaded.
The Force Awakens should go on to challenge Skyfall as the top film ever in the UK and could still become the highest grossing film of 2015 should it continue on current track.
Coming in new at 2 is Sisters, good reviews have increased the popularity of the film and the debut of £1.2 million is non too shabby considering it came up against such a massive tour de force.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 falls from number 1 after 4 week in that position to number 5 with £0.5 million and a total UK gross of £26.6 million.
Highest total grossing film on the box office this week is Spectre, at number 6 this week, with £92.7 million, it will not overtake Skyfall as the top film in the UK now.
A year ago
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies stayed at the top of the box office for another week with Night At The Museum Secret of The Tomb the highest new film at 3.
Five years ago
TRON Legacy debuted on the chart at number 1 knocking The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader down to number 2 after a single week.
Ten years ago
King Kong was the top new film making its debut at the top while The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe fell to number 2.
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.
Despite being released in only 6 European countries, and having its release date on a Monday night, there was never going to be a bigger film than the new Bond movie on its opening week.
Hence the new outing for James Bond, Spectre, outperforms all in its path and is the biggest film across the world this week with a massive $80.4 million from 6 countries.
Good new for the franchise is that this outstrips the previous movie Skyfall and the film is currently on tract to be the biggest film in the franchise.
With the film opening in America this coming Friday it should see the film comfortably sit at the top for the coming weeks.
Falling to number 3 this week with $28.4 is The Martian, which surrenders the top spot and is also outgrossed by Hotel Transylvania 2 which hangs on to number 2, it does have the widest release with 83 countries.
The Martian has done amazingly well at the world box office and has current taken $428,4 million over its 6 week run and is still playing in 56 countries.
Highest total grossing movie this week is Ant-Man with has to date grossed $513,7 million during its cinema run.
Here is the full top 10 world grossing movies this week:
After last weeks biggest selling debut of the year for Jurassic World and its subsequent move to the top of the UK Video chart there was no stopping it and it makes it a second week this week.
Jurassic World is not only the biggest box office hit of the year but it looks to be the biggest selling video of the year outselling the current top video Fifty Shades of Grey.
Top new entry for the week is Mr. Homes which enters the video chart at number 2 on its debut week of sale.
Starring Ian McKellen Mr. Holes was released at the UK box office on 19th June 2015 and entered the chart at number 4 that week.
The film managed a 4 week run on the official chart but also had a massive extra 11 weeks in cinemas which boosted its total gross, the film made £2.6 million over 15 weeks.
Also new this week: The 2015 remake of Poltergeist enters the chart on Halloween weekend at number 4 and little known Nicolas Cage film Pay the Ghost enters at 8.
The new Bond movie Spectre opened on Monday night at 8.15pm, only allowing one showing that day and managed a £4.1 million gross.
The last bond movie, Skyfall, took £6.7 million on opening day but it had all day to take that.
The film is now on general release so what effect this has on its first weekend is to be seen, but expect a big, if not record breaking, weekend.
Skyfall is the current top grossing film ever in the UK, with this result it is possible Spectre could overtake it.
The film has had positive reviews with some giving the film top marks in their publication.
Skyfall took just over £20 million on its debut weekend, check back next week to see how the latest Bond does.
Jurassic World is still there dominating the world box office chart and this week very nearly made it to the magic $1 Billion mark.
It will make it there in the coming days and in doing so will be the fastest film to make the mark in box office history, the current holder being Avengers.
A decline in box office of nearly 50% means Jurassic World takes $262 million from 67 countries over the last week, with some more countries to come this could start to challenge Avatar as the top film of all time.
Pixar release Inside Out, their first film in a couple of years, this week to great review and a world take of $132 million from 38 countries.
With many more countries to go Inside Out could be one of Pixar's biggest hits, Pixar films tend to have good milage and with the school holidays on us this could get repeat viewing.
With Inside Out and Jurassic World taking a large bulk of the world grosses this week for a film to come in 3rd with $29 million is great, and from only 3 countries, but SPL 2 has done just that.
Here is the world box office top 10 this week.
Opening to a massive global gross of $384 million from the 64 countries it was released in, Furious 7 (or Fast and Furious 7 as it's called in some countries) made it's mark and out grossed the rest of the top 10 combined.
Home fell to second with $48 million while the live action version of Cinderella is still doing well grossing £34 million across the globe.
The Divergent Series Insurgent is at 4 with $25 million, and finishing off the top five is Wolf Warrior from director Jacky Wu which grossed $22 million from just a single territory.
Here is the current top 10 world grossing films:
This weekend there was one clear winner in the box office race, it was in the shape of a sponge, the second Spongebob movie, The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out of Water.
The first Spongebob movie was released 10 years ago but all this time later and the follow up takes the franchise in a whole different direction for the popular cartoon character.
The Spongebob Movie takes an excellent $56 million on it's debut weekend.
Getting knocked down to number 2 is American Sniper which takes $24 million this weekend bringing it's US total to $282 million.
Also new this week is: Jupiter Ascending at 3 which at $19 million debut is the lowest for a Wachowskis film since they hit the big time, also Seventh Son is new at 4.
All change at the top this week as Disney take over with their animated blockbuster Big Hero 6 making it's debut.
Like it's predecessor from the Mouse House Big Hero 6 makes it's debut at the top of the box office, and like Frozen which debuted with £4.7 million Big Hero 6 takes takes £4.2.
The release is just before the Uk school half term holiday which will see a massive boost in it's takings, and although it will do well it wont do as well as the juggernaut that has been Frozen.
Falling from the top spot this week is American Sniper which is this week at 3 and a total gross just shy of £10 million.
Making it's debut at 2, and only why of the top spot by £50,000, is Kingsman The Secret Service.
Other new films this week are: Inherent Vice at 9 and Les Contes Dhoffmann Met Opera 2015 at 10.
A year ago
The Wolf of Wall Street was holding onto the top spot for another week while the highest new film was That Awkward Moment which came in at 3.
Five years ago
There was still no move for Avatar as it held onto the top spot while the highest new film was Mel Gibsons try at a comeback movie in Edge of Darkness at 3.
Ten years ago
Meet The Fockers was the highest new film which debuted at the top of the box office knocking Closer down to the runner up spot.
Fifteen years ago
Double Jeopardy made it's debut at the top of the chart knocking Angelas Ashes down to the number 2 spot.
A selection of the 2015 Oscar nomination, to see the full list visit Oscars.com
Here the list of the "main" nominations:
Best PictureAmerican Sniper
Best DirectorAlejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Best ActorSteve Carell, Foxcatcher
Best ActressMarion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Supporting ActressPatricia Arquette, Boyhood
Supporting ActorRobert Duvall, The Judge
Foreign Language FilmIda
Adapted ScreenplayAmerican Sniper
Animated FeatureBig Hero 6
American movie goers went to the cinema in droves this weekend to see two very different film, Ben Affleck in Gone Girl and horror film Annabelle.
Winning the race was the highly anticipated book adaptation Gone Girl. Directed by acclaimed director David Fincher who brought us films like Seven, Gone Girl takes an estimated $38 million over the weekend.
Very close behind is the horror film Annabelle about a satanic doll that terrorises a couple in their house. Developed by the team behind 2013 The Conjuring Annabelle took $37.2 million over the weekend.
Last weeks top film, The Equalizer falls to 3rd place this week with $19 million on it's second week of release.
See the full US top film at 25thframe.co.uk
The biggest of the weeks new releases hits the top of the box office with no current releases able to challenge it.
The 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street debuts at the top of the box office this week with a weekend take of around £4.8 million.
21 Jump Street was released in March 2012, a tougher time of year for a films release, it debuted at 2 taking £1.5 on it's debut going on to take nearly 10 million over 7 weeks. With better reviews this time around 22 should do better.
Jump Street removes last week top film Maleficent down to the runner up position although it still manages a £2 million weekend with a 10 day gross of £11 million.
Little else doing well on the box office this week, especially Grace of Monaco with enters the box office at 9 with just over £200,000 is takings, the one off D-Day concert did better from far less screens.
This time last year and despite the terrible reviews Will Smith and son debuted at the top with After Earth knocking The Hangover Part III to second place.
Five years ago the Terminator saga continued with Terminator Salvation taking over at the top on it's debut knocking Night at the Museum 2 down to second place.
Ten years ago Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took over from The Day After Tomorrow at the top which fell to second place.
Fifteen years ago Notting Hill retained it's place at the top for a second week leaving Human Traffic to debut at 3 at the highest new film.
Twenty years ago Four Weddings and a Funeral was still the top film around with Beverly Hills Cop III and Bad Girls debuting well.
Twenty Five years ago Indianan Jones and the Last Crusade was still the top film in June with the Bond film Licence to Kill and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels debuting well.
After the success of his latest movie Godzilla Gareth Edwards has been offered, and taken up the challenge of directing one of the many Star Wars universe spin off films.
Gary Whitta will write the screenplay, Who is Garry Whitta? He used to be a PC magazine journalist who turned screen writer with The book of Eli.
Here is the press release
"GARETH EDWARDS AND GARY WHITTA ONBOARD FOR STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM
May 22, 2014
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016. Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla. "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life -- join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," said Edwards. Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010's The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead. Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."
StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time."
It's got Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson so it should be fantastic right? Alarmbells ring when you realise it's the trailer for the Robocop remake due in 2014.
Why the skepticism? Fresh in our minds still is the Total recall remake which despite it modern gritty look and feel seemed to ignore the essence of the Verhoven original and left a bad taste in the mouth.
The trailer for this remake seems to do nothing to suggest it will do anything different for the other Verhoven classic. It looks grittier and more “real World” but from what I can tell seems to ignore the essence of the original, the fear that machine is taking over from man.
Maybe the human race has come a long way since the ‘90's and we no longer fear The Machine, it that's the case then maybe we should get a simple action based remake?
Check out the trailer over at apple or below.
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are reunited for a third film this week in new release The Worlds End, about pubs, drinking and the end of the world.
Their first film together Shaun of the Dead was a big hit back in 2004, and has since achieved a cult status and it's fair to say it is a British classic.
2007 saw them re-unite in Hot Fuzz which become a bigger than hit than Shaun achieving a UK gross of £20 million, it also made big stars of the 2 principle actors and director Wright.
This one completes the trilogy that has become known by the writers, Wright and Pegg, as the Cornetto trilogy, and is destined to be an even bigger hit.
I fully expect The Worlds End to be an even bigger hit, the two stars have been doing the press rounds and have been funny and likeable. A top place debut is very likely, although with Monsters University not doing that well last weekend because of the hot UK weather it might make that guarantee an uncertainty as Monsters could still rake in the audience, although the 2 films are pitched at a very different market.
This week The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey nudges it's way past the $1 Billion world box office taking mark making it 15th film that has made it past the milestone.
This is an interesting group of films but the group is becoming less and less elite as time goes on, like the magic $100 million mark of time past.
The first film to manage the feat was Titanic back in 1998, and it held the record as the only film to have done it until 2003 when The Return of the King managed it. Since then, and with the introduction of 3D where you are charged more for your ticket, we have had 13 other films make the grade.
Of the 15, 8 had a 3D releases as well as a 2D release, 4 were released in 2012, 2 have made over $2 Billion, 1 made it over the billion mark after it's 3D re-release last year, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and 1 was released in about 6 different formats.
The $1 Billion club is bound to grow and grow so chart watchers are now looking for the next flurry of films to make over $2 Billion, a hard task of which only 1 film has truly made it without a re-release, but that had a 3D tax, Avatar.
These figures are not adjusted for inflation in ticket prices, this is a hotly debated subject, but it is generally accepted that the highest grossing film of all time if ticket sales had always been at today's prices would be Gone With the Wind, whic would today gross $3.2 Billion at the box office, in fact the top 15 would look something more like this
The days of local video shops where you would rent out a video/DVD after browsing the shelves for hours, and had a good chance of socialising is well and truly over, today if you want to rent a film it is usually via Netflix, Love films or your XBox 360/PS3.
Films for rental are usually cinema blockbusters or films which don't get a cinematic release do they go straight to DVD. This is now changing, in a move not dissimilar to the recent House of Cards series being available on Netflix first an independent British film called Pulp is going to debut on the XBox 360.
In recent years there has been a decline in smaller independent films getting decent distribution, and with these films not having shelf space and relying on digital content distribution this seems like a good idea. The music industry has been working on a similar model now for a while.
This could mean a surge in people making movies themselves with the possibility of people seeing their movies, which could in turn lead to a healthier film industry, win win all round really.
A new trailer has been released for next years Superman reboot Man of Steel, and unlike the previous effort this one shows promise.
The film looks grittier, meaner and tougher than 2006's Superman Returns, the film is taking a very different approach than that of the classic Christopher Reeve films, unlike the 2006 effort.
This could be good news, but then the trailers for Superman Returns looked good and that was utter rubbish so maybe we'll reserve judgement until release date which is 14th June 2013, until then enjoy the trailer.
The 2 different versions are, one has a voice over from Kevin Costner, and one from Russell Crowe, Superman's 2 fathers.
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.
It had all the cast reunited from the first Fast and Furious movie and this excited movie goers so much that not only did the film make over $600 million dollars worldwide and become a DVD/Blu-ray smash hit but it was the most pirated film in 2011 according to torrentfreak.com
Fast Five starring Vin Diesel was downloaded more than 9 million times, in second place was The Hangover Part II and in third place was Thor. The argument for Pirated movies has been a long and intense once, but all 3 of these films were big hits at the cinema with each one taking over or close to half a billion dollars in box office takings.
I'm not sure what this list tells us, I'll let you make up your own minds, cinema attendances were down this year but were in the middle of a world wide financial crisis, personally I think that on the whole people who will see the film in cinemas will do and then maybe down load the movie, people who download the movie and don't see it in cinemas would never anyway. This is an interesting list so for your pleasure take a look at the top 10 most downloaded films of 2011 and by all means let me know your thoughts.
|2||The Hangover Part II||8,840,000||$581,464,305|
|5||I Am Number Four||7,670,000||$144,500,437|
|9||The King's Speech||6,250,000||$414,211,549|
|10||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2||6,030,000||$1,328,111,219|
Remember the film Back to the Future Part II (I know it wasn't the best)? Then do you remember the self tying trainers that Doc Brown gave Marty Mcfly to put on when they first arrive in 2015, no? Well you will soon be able to own a pair for real.
Nike have made a limited edition set of 1500 pairs of the shoes for which they are auctioning off 150 pairs at a time over at ebay.com (the current set are at over $8,000 already) and the net proceeds are going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Fox being the star of Back to the Future and suffers from the condition himself.
There are a number of videos that have been produced to promote the shoes and the auctions which I have posted below. The auction is only available in America, but if you are lucky enough to live there, or indeed be visiting then this is a great chance to own a bit of the future, and 4 years early.
(Please note that these shoes do not actually self tie!)
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.
All films (well I think all) must have a title, and when it comes to re-boots/remakes/reimages whatever they like to be called there is a question? Go with the originals title or make it slightly different? When that original is less than 10 years old a slightly different title is in order and so Spider-man 4 (or reboot?) is called The Amazing Spider-Man.
As the keen eyed (or geek eyes?) among you will realise this is the name of the comic strip, and taking a look at the new image of Spider-Man you will see that just maybe this new film is taking a more comic book approach to the franchise, and perhaps a darker tone as well.
So we have a title and new still, so roll on next July when we'll find out if Andrew Garfield is any good as Spidey and the mass comparisons between him and Maguire will start in earnest.
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.
The Star Wars announcement at CES 2011 yesterday was that the Saga would be released on Blu-ray in September of this year , no exact date was given but the 3 box set's that will be released are available for pre-order now.
In what was considered a relatively low key event for such a huge announcement involved Darth Vader, a handful of Stormtroopers and Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn coming out and making a short statement.
The 3 box sets that will be released are an Original Trilogy Box Set, a Prequels Trilogy Box Set and a 9 disk Saga Box set that will include 3 diska with over 30 hours of extra material, of which there was no mention of content.
Thankfully there was no mention of any Star Wars 3D, it's no secret that Lucas is working on a retrofit for the films but maybe that will be a separate release and this one will not be effected, it's a long time till September though. Also no mention of the Star Wars Holiday Special, we can live in hope that this will be cleaned, converted to HD and included.
The film are available on Amazon.co.uk with current prices at £33.99 for the two trilogy sets and £69.99 for the Saga set.
There was a press release to follow which gave far more information
THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE
THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY
IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas' epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:
- Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
- Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
- Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)
STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.
Flanked by a legion of his finest Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.''
“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”
“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”
“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon's customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”
This week is a big week in the gaming world, the annual E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference is taking place in LA, a conference when all the big players in the gaming industry boast about their year and give loose forecasts of new games coming to their platforms for the following year.
The Expo is also a platform for new hardware, and although 2 of the big players, Microsoft and Sony, only had hardware to show off in the form of additions to existing hardware or revamped current hardware, industry leader Nintendo had a small ace up it's sleeve.
Nintendo by far has and does rule the hand held market and this year they are releasing a sequel to their best selling Nintendo DS handheld gaming console. The new twist on the console it that it has a 3 inch 3D top screen as well as the small bottom touch screen, and adding another twist the 3D screen does not require glasses.
All's well so far, all game news so far, what makes this even more interesting is that Nintendo has signed a deal with the likes of Warner Bros. and Disney to release movies in 3D on the device, not that raises the game even more.
On display in LA at the expo in form of a demonstration of this is Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon, a recent 3D animated film, and although the 3D effect takes a little getting used to it works, but only for depth, which as James Cameron, director of Avatar, says is a large part of 3D, it's not all about things flying out of the screen at you.
This is exciting news, one which I expect will be used mainly by kinds, hence the studios involved and the kinds of films they are releasing. If proved successful this could pave the way for greater things, another example of the games industry leading the way of the films industry.
Anyone who has been to a Disney Park in America in the last 20 years will most likely have been on the Star Tours ride, a ride which was quite revolutionary and fun when first opened and I remember having multiple goes on when I first went to Disneyland in 1991.
Disney has announced that they are to close the ride and give it a re-imagining makeover which will open in 2011. By this they mean give it Disney 3D, improve the effects, and make the experience more thrilling.
The current ride is to have a massive send off in Florida's Disney World film park on August 14th titled Last Tour to Endor. If you happen to be in the area proceedings start at 8pm and go on till 1pm and you can but tickets at the Star Wars Celebration site.
At $75 I don't think I'll be attending but if you are a Star Wars fanatic and want to say goodbye to an old friend then this is your chance. Let me know if you happen to go.
Check out the poster below
It's an old trick used by the film distribution companies to keep a steady flow of cash coming in by re-releasing old films, and each time in a different way, whether it be in the VHS days of suddenly discovering some new footage and releasing longer or directors cuts, or the more modern way of an improved picture and more extras. When a new format come along, like Blu-ray it give a whole new life to old films, just askGeorge Lucas, he's made a mint from the idea.
Studios are now suggesting that with some of the older films it isn't financially viable to re-release them again on Blue-ray, as Bill Hunt from The Digital Bits website writes in his daily “My Two Cents” column on his site.
It seems that the public these days expecting so much from High Definition that the amount of time and money spent on the disk production doesn't justify the return resulting in many a catalogue title maybe never seeing a release in high definition.
I think many of us are in this situation, you bought the VHS version of your favourite film say, The Breakfast Club. That version cant be played with your current hardware (who has a VHS player anymore?) so you bought the DVD version and enjoy it over and over again, the pictures as crisp today as the day it was bought. You now decide to buy an HDTV and Blu-ray player and find the Blu-ray version of the film, but is it really worth another purchase when your current disk will still play in your new player, and maybe even improve it?
It's an old argument, and when it comes to big Hollywood blockbuster a really good HD remastered transfer will make a huge difference, and I as much as anyone else will be lining the pockets of Lucasfilms when the virtually announced Star Wars Blu-ray films are released, but relatively speaking the list of film I need in HD is probably quite small, although my Blu-ray collection is growing at an alarming rate.
The Bond series is no stranger to difficulties during film production and now the 23rd and latest film in the series has started to have it's own difficulties with a halt on proceedings called due to fears of the studio, MGM, being hit with a possibility of bankruptcy.
The film is due for a 2011/12 release and will star current Bond actor Daniel Craig and is slated to be directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), which to me gives the film very interesting possibilities so lets hope the halt does not stop Mandes or that or screenwrite Peter Morgan's involvement in the productions.
In a statement actor Danie Craig seemed confident in producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli's ability to get the film back on track so it seems Bond will continue.
As a British institution, and the last 2 films being such high grosser at the box office I cant see things going too long without something stepping in to save the franchise, we will see Bond again on the big screen, lets just hope it carries on in the same trend set by Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
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.
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.
Disney hit the right note this year with the hand drawn The Princess and the Frog, a time honored traditional story that went against the current form and used drawing rather than computers to animate. Disney have released a trailer for their next drawn animation called Tangled, but why the change of name from Repunzel?
Every one is familiar with the original story of a girl locked in a tower by her wicker step mother and her only outlet to the world is a prince who gets to her by climbing her amazingly long hair.
Now I can see where Disney is coming from with the name change, it must be a nightmare keeping so much hair from not getting in a bit of a knot, but were all familiar with the original title and the fairy tale why change it.
At the end of the day simple put Disney can change the title if they wish and check out the trailer below, it does look promising, and it goes without saying that it will be in 3D.
It's still only January and possible the most hyped device of the year has made it's debut today (Wednesday 27th January) as Apple CEO Steve Jobs announces the release of the iPad, an oversized iPod touch, the device can play HD (720p) video.
The new iPad is running a version of the software that runs the iPhone (which also powers the iPod touch) which means this new device isn't a traditional computer and is unable to do multi-tasking or run OSX applications, but it does have a media player which when coupled with the iTunes store you can buy and rent movies that can be watched anywhere you take it, like on holiday or in the car or on a plane.
The device is very light and thin and has a 9.7 inch screen, so unlike the small 3 inch screen on the iPhone/iPod Touch watching films, or any other task the device is capable of, should be much less strain on your various body parts.
There are two other things which have sold this device for me, one is a fantastic looking case that when the lid is flipped over becomes a stand, so if you are sitting on a chair you can just pop the thing on a table and you have a stand and hey presto comfort (see picture for illustration). Next is the price, although no UK or European price has been announced the US price for the low end model of 16GB is $499, so maybe about £400 - £500 in real money, that's a bargain.
No release date for UK yet but US has 60 - 90 days to wait, so maybe get that pal in America to send one over for you.
Check out Apples website for more info.
I suppose we should have seen it coming, and really it's as no real surprise in the current cinema trend, and box office, that Warner Bros. announce that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part I and II) will be in 3D.
2010 really is going to be the year that 3D took hold of the world cinema market with many films being announced as being made in 3D, only yesterday it was Gremlins and there are rumors of Ghostbusters as well.
Who knows this could all work, it's being limited to big Hollywood blockbusters which in their nature are big special effects extravaganza that can maybe lend themselves to 3D market.
Is it a phase or will it all end by the middle of the century, only time will tell, but we could look on this in 10 years are know that those 3D films in your collection are from the 2010 - 2012 period of cinema history, and you can view them on the expensive 3D equipment that you bought. Or maybe not?
The first big awards ceremony of the year in the world of films happened over night for us Brits, and James Cameron, 12 years after he swept awards ceremonies with Titanic, picked up right where he left off.
I expect back in 1997 when Titanic was released James Cameron and anyone else connected to the film had a feeling that it was a powerful enough movie to get the odd award, and it did in style, Avatar is a very different type of film altogether, and maybe it wasn't though to be a big awards contender, but hey it looks like it could be.
Last night Avatar managed to pick up top honors at The Golden Globes with awards for best film and another for best director in the dramatic film category.
The Golden Globes separate dramatic films from comedy and musical films and surprise hit The Hangover took top honors for best Musical or comedy.
In acting Merly Streep and Sandra Bullock got best actress awards while Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey Jr. got actor awards.
A director who had often missed out on being awarded throughout arguable one of the best careers in the movies industry, Martin Scorsese got the Cecil B. DeMille Award for achievement in cinema.
The ceremony was presented by Ricky Gervais who brought an ambitious and edgy comedy style to the ceremony often pulling the stars apart for their habits and appearances, but the audience of stars seem to take it all in good stride.
Check out the full list of winners here.
Despite the fact that it took him over 10 years to follow up on Titanic, which is the highest grossing movie of all time, it seems he hasn't lost his Midas touch as Avatar reaches the magic $1 Billion mark in world grosses.
Not only has it reached the magic milestone that so few films before it have done, this is only the 5th, but it has done it in 17 days of release. It has to date taken $1,022,314,898 in world grosses, and at this rate could become the 2nd highest grossing in no time.
This must be pleasing Fox, and a sigh of relief for Cameron who gambled a lot on this film, and gave it a production cost of $230,000,000, at the current box office rate and potential home video sales it will redeem its budget easily.
Will it challenge Titanic's box office crown? There is a strong possibility, the ship disaster movie was a film that people went and saw again and again, Avatar seems to be doing the same, it must be for the stunning 3D effects rather than the story.
This is also truly a cinema film and people won‚Äôt want to wait to watch it on their home cinema system regardless of how good, or big a screen they have, the movie theatre experience can‚Äôt be beaten on this occasion.
For the record here is how the top 5, billion dollar grossing films stack up as of 5th January 2010,
Re-uniting Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz for the first time since 2002's Vanilla Sky eonline has the first trailer for director James Mangold's new film Knight and day.
The film sounds like a different take on the Pitt/Jolie film Mr and Mrs Smith, but hey you can never tell from a synopsis, but the trailer does nothing to really sell the film.
Let‚Äôs wait for the next trailer as both these leads are likable and having a director on board with a back catalogue that includes Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma you can expect something good.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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?
It's not often that I take much notice of the Star Wars fan email that I get in my inbox on regular occasions these days, and usually wants to sell me something, but this time something caught my attention, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is about to be 30 years old!
Now apart from the sudden terror that I had of, how old does that make me, the email details the fact that this past weekend is the 30th anniversary of the screening of first images from the film in the form of a trailer.
I clicked the link and watched the trailer, first of all you start to realise how much cinema has changed in 30 years, and trailers certainly have a different job these days, but 2 things happened to me, first I thought about how people must have been amazed sitting in the cinema watching this, the trailer was attached to a re-release of Star Wars (something which rarely happens these days) and not only was this the only way could have got to see the trailer, no internet back then, and home video was for the rich, but the trailer was there to give people a taste of the movie, not market the film to the hilt.
The second thing that happened was I remembered when I first saw footage of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, a UK programme called The South Bank Show had done a special on Star Wars and at the very end they showed a quite long clip of the film. To note is the fact hat back on those days there was a quite lengthy gap between a film being released in the UK and America.
For a moment on Saturday it was a good trip down memory lane, so check out this link and enjoy the trailer of The Empire Strikes Back.
Apple and their iTunes store has in recent years become a hot spot for renting and buying movies, mainly for playing on your portable device (iPhone or iPod Touch recommended) but these can with the right hardware be played on the TV.
Today is the start of the Apple WWDC, which traditionally kick off with a huge presentation from Apple where they announce lots of new hardware and software.
Out of all this high tech announcement came a small nugget which went almost unmissed about the new iPhone 3.0 software, Apple are introducing to their mobile iTunes store the ability to buy or rent films.
Imagine the scenario, you‚Äôre on a long car journey, or about to board a plane and you want a god movie for the journey, well soon you‚Äôll be able to get our iPhone wherever you are and buy a movie for the journey.
No great shakes but a nice addition to the mobile device.
It's like it was 1991 again and there is a new Robin Hood film in production, this time it wont star an American with a fake British accent, it'll star an Australian with a fake British accent.
That Aussie will be Russell Crowe, and today USA Today has the first image of the man in his "Hood" gear, check out the image below.
The BBC currently has a TV series of Robin Hood running on Saturday night, it's now in it's 3rd series, I;m not a fan of the show but this could be what has ignited the reason for this film. Now don't get me wrong the film is being directed by Ridley Scott who is one of the best British directors alive and I usually love his movies, but the image of Robin Hood in the BBC promos is how I imagine Robin Hood to be.
The publicity still of Robin Hood looks more like someone caught Russell Crowe out on a Sunday afternoon taking the dog for a walk and he thought he would take a bow and arrow in case he saw some deer to shoot.
I'm not quite sure what different angle this film can have on the legend but I can tell you that I was more excited about Kevin Costner's Prince of Thieves back in 1991 than I am this.
We all agree that the PSP is a smart little device and watching film on it can he handy for when your away from home, like on holiday. At the moment the only way to watch films is on UMD or by cracking the DVD and putting the film on a memory stick.
Sony have now revealed plans to release some films on Blu-ray what also includes a version encoded and shrunk to it fits on a memory stick, and more to the point is legal.
This is a very interesting experiment and its good to see that Sony is trying different ways of getting people using the PSP as more than a gaming device.
I hope that the compression brings the file size down enough that you can fit a couple of movies on a 1gb memory stick, although carrying 5 memory stick is certainly preferable to 5 UMD, and they can be reused.
I don‚Äôt think Sony are going to abandon movies on the UMD format just yet but it's the first sign and with a PSP2 inevitable at some point possible in the next few years maybe it will be UMD free.
It is of course another reason to go the Blu-ray route rather than HD-DVD and another sign that HD-DVD really has no way back.
Let me know your thought below.
There is a bit of controversy circulating around the internet that early adopters of blu-ray disks will lack features of future Blu-ray disks, and although this is true some claims are being made that the early players will not play future disks.
Although the former statement is true, feature on some future disks will not be accessible on certain players, the latter is simply not true.
Lets put this into context, Blu-ray players have a profile, 1.0, 1.1 and in the near future 2.0. Features are categorised in these profiles so for example picture in picture on future disks are part of profile 1.1. If you have an early player that is only capable of 1.0 you will be able to play a 1.1 disk and get the full experience but you wont be able to access the picture in picture feature.
What impact does this have on the current blu-ray player owners? It seems for a majority it will have little impact. One of the reasons why early players are not future proof is that they cannot connect to the internet and so cant be upgraded, this is where the most popular Blu-ray player sold to date has the advantage.
By quite a large margin the best selling player with the largest install base is the Playstation 3 and this is a wireless device which connects to the internet no problem and has already been upgraded to profile 1.1 and the upgrade to 2.0 is just around the corner.
Good news in all this is that one of the standards being introduced for profile 2.0 is the ability to connect to the internet which means that any future upgrades wont be a problem.
If you have been a little bit of an early adopter and you bought a player after November last year then you are probably already set and any player bought then or after that date had to be at least profile 1.1. If you bought one before then just remember you can still watch the film without any loss of picture.
Early adopter generally know that by being the first person on the street to have the latest technology they will probably have an out dated device quicker than the guy next door who waited 2 years before taking the plunge.
Mamma Mia!, the hit film based on the musical has done on DVD what it could not quite managed at the box office, it beaten a record set by titanic.
**UPDATE** Mamma Mia! did eventually outgross Titanic at the UK box office - before Titanic got a re-release in 3DMamma Mia! on its first day of release on DVD sold over 1.6 million copies, Titanic on its first day of DVD and Video tape (remember those?) release managed 1.1 million.
The phenomenal figure means that it could be the best selling DVD of the year, although competition is on its way in the shape of The Dark Knight, although at the box office Mia! out did the Batman film by some £20 million.
At the box office where Mamma Mia! is still on release despite its new release on DVD, it has grossed a total of £68,116,092 which is just under Titanic's £68,532,746, there is still a slim chance it could take the 1998 film but it's looking unlikely.
It's looking like a bumper year at the box office though as the new Bond film is racing up the UK box office chart with a current total of just over £45 million.