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Highest chart position: 1
Weeks on box office: 6
UK gross: £56,351,660
US gross: $474,544,677
Global gross: $1,027,044,677
UK gross: £37,235,880
US gross: $310,676,740
Global gross: $649,398,328
UK gross: £39,188,065
US gross: $380,270,577
Global gross: $848,754,768
UK gross: £123,017,325
US gross: $936,662,225
Global gross: $2,068,223,624
UK gross: £66,010,513
US gross: $532,177,324
Global gross: $1,056,057,273
UK gross: £82,676,770
US gross: $620,181,382
Global gross: $1,332,539,889
Star Wars fans around the world have their opinion of what is the best lighsaber battle in the Star Wars movie franchise, so on this Star Wars day at 25thframe.co.uk we though we would give our opinion of what we think is the best battle seen on screen in the ever growing list of movies.
There had been a Star Wars drought for a number of years (10 years) and with the buyout of Lucasfilms still fresh in everyones minds as well as the (at the time) badly received prequel trilogy the fan base wanted a good Star Wars movie.
JJ Abrahams was put in charge of directing the film, a life long fan of the series, and he delivered in spades, bringing arguably the best Star Wars film to date.
We instantly took to the new characters of the Rebel Alliances Rey and the First Orders Kylo Ren, and with Rey's force powers hinted at throughout, the dual between the two was inevitable, and at the end of the film Abrahams delivered, set within a forest of the Star Killer Base while the planet explodes around them.
We knew Yoda was a Jedi Master and that he had fought in the Clone Wars that started at the end of the second part of prequel trilogy, and George Lucas knew he had to deliver.
As Yoda walks into the hanger where Count Dooku was trying to board his ship you simply knew what was about to happen, and as he pulls across his robes to reveal a small lightsaber this was the moment, he force pulls his weapon to his hand and turns it on.
The battle doesn't last long, but seeing the small green Jedi Master who usually finds it hard to walk bouncing around the walls during the fight is a joy.
The original movie introduces us to the legendary weapon, something not really seen on the big screen before but throught the stories Ben Kenobi tells Luke during the movie we know that the weapon is elegant and the Jedi are lethal with it.
We also believe at this time that Darth Vader is the arch enemy of Ben Kenobi, and by the end of the movie there has to be a metting of the two, and while trying to escape the Death Star the two come face to face.
Despite the technological abilities in special effects at the time this thrilled fans of a generation and when the inevitable happens at the end we are shocked at the loss of our new hero.
This battle comes as no surprise, we have seen Luke go through the training, and go off to rescue his friends, and we get the foreshadowing fof things to come on Dagobah.
When Luke goes into the carbon freeze chamber and the two enemies ignight their sabers in low light we get the almighty battle between the two enemies.
The style and technology used in this film is so much greater than that of the original Star Wars that it feels fresh and thrilling, and at the end of the battle we get one of cinemas greatest reveals, so good to this day it is celebrated as THE movie twist of all times.
The movie gets a lot of criticism, but over the last 20 years time has been kind and in the grander scheme of the saga the fan base is looking at this film more favourably, and it has the best lighsaber battle of all time.
It had been 16 years since we'd had any proper Star Wars to enjoy and despite the film not getting the critical reaction Lucas wanted the Dual Of Fates was spectacular.
The highlight is at the start of the battle as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face the Sith Lord Darth Maul, as the John Williams music 'Duel Of Fates' starts to get more intense Maul ignites a single blade on his lightsaber, then the money shot happens and another blade appears from the other side, every Star Wars Fan looked on in amazement as the incredible battle unfolds between the 3 warriors.
The only real shame is that, inevitably, Darth Maul dies at the end of the movie, although in quiet spectacular style, but with little screen time fans wanted more, although as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story they have brought him back and who knows if he'll appear in another movie or not?
19th July 2019
This weekend, Friday 19th July 2019, there are 3 new films released in the UK looking to hit the box office, but can it challenge Spider-Man: Far From Home for the top spot?
First up at cinemas this week is the live action version of The Lion King from Disney, a Dramatic movie directed by Jon Favreau who also directed Chef in 2014 which grossed £1.5 Million.
It stars Donald Glover who last starred in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and Seth Rogen who last appeared in Long Shot (2019).
Next on the new release schedule is Tell It To The Bees, this new Romance stars Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger.
The film is brought to us by new director Annabel Jankel.
Next up this week is The Wedding Guest which is directed by Michael Winterbottom who directed Go Now in 1995.
It stars Dev Patel and Radhika Apte.
Check back on Monday to see where these films end up on the Weekend Box Office Chart.
Come back next week when there are 3 new releases hitting cinemas.
31st December 2018
2018 was another year at the US box office where Disney dominated with their Marvel franchise and Pixar hit while there was a sprinkling of Dinosaurs and a Deadpool for good measure.
The top film in the US in 2018 was the critically acclaimed Black Panther which was released in February and grossed over $700 million during its box office run.
As if that wasn't enough Disney also took the second spot of 2018 with Avengers Infinity War which was released in April and took an amazing $678 million at the US box office.
And again as if that wasn't enough for Disney they also managed the third highest grossing movie of 2018 with their Pixar studio film Incredibles 2 which was released in June and grossed over $608 million.
Universal took the 2018 number 4 slot in the US with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and despite the fact that it took over $400 million in the US it was far from the 3 Disney hits above it.
Finally on the top five hits of 2018 in the US is the Fox property Deadpool 2 which took $324 million, interestingly Fox's movie devision is about to be acquired by Disney, and the film had a second dip of the box office over the holiday period.
Disney's Marvel domination is set to continue into 2019 with more high profile releases, and despite the lack of any Star Wars movies (another Disney property) on this list the anticipation for 2019's Episode IX is already growing.
Here is the top 10 film of 2018 at the US box office.
Released on 25th May Solo A Star Wars Story has been granted a 12A certificate in the UK by the BBFC.
Given for moderate violence the film is the story of a young Han Solo from the Star Wars saga showing how he met Chewbacca and got the Millennium Falcon.
This is the second film from the long running series set outside the main saga and early word on the film is good after a very troubled production.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (12A) moderate violence https://t.co/dUawl03pib— BBFC (@BBFC) May 14, 2018
Only a month to go now until the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and today we get a full length trailer.
Its time to get excited because suddenly this film looks good, and as well as a Solo story it looks like its a Chewie story and a Millennium Falcon story.
The film will be shown at Cannes this year then to the world on May 25th, watch the trailer below.