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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!.
Although its had a slower start than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens last year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still doing really across the globe.
Now in its third week of release, and with a slow Christmas period to contend with, the star Wars film took $95.1 million from 56 countries over the new year period which brings its total global gross to an excellent $774.9 million.
The film is on track to hit the magic $1 billion which will be the third Star Wars film to do so (although it took Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace a number of re-releases) and the 12th Disney movie to do so.
Another note of interest, the total gross of Rogue One now means that the Star Wars films and the most successful series of films ever, beating the James Bond series.
There are no new releases on the global front this week, blame Christmas, but there should be a wealth of them next week and things get back to normal.
The UK movie goer this week kept Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson in the top position with a number of weaker new releases in the market.
The Luc Besson directed film took just under £2 million during it's second weekend of release and now sits with a total gross of £8 million.
Highest new entry of the week is the buddy cop comedy Lets Be Cops starring Damon Wayans Jr., as you'd expect from a film of this kind it's a slap stick comedy.
Lets Be Cops takes £1.6 million for the weekend, but I suspect it may sink and disappear from the box office quickly.
Other new films to hit the box office this week are
Sin City A Dame To Kill For at 4 (with previews grosses)
If I Stay at 6 - the new Daniel Radcliffe so maybe a little disappointing
As Above so Below at 8
Million Dollar Arm at 15
A year ago this week One Direction This is Us took the top slot on it's debut weekend of release pushing Elysium to 2.
Five years ago The Final Destination took the top of the box office on it's first weekend taking over from Inglourious Basterds.
Ten years ago Dodgeball entered the chart at the top and knocked The Village down to 2 after it's single week at the top.
Fifteen years ago Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was toppled from the top of the box office by South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut on it's debut.
At the UK box office this week Luc Besson's directed Lucy about a woman using 100% of her brain takes over at the top.
Starring Scarlett Johansson Lucy tops the box office on it's debut week of release with a weekend gross of £3.07 million.
Compared to Luc Bessons previous films this is by far the best opening he has had, Arthur and the Invisibles is his highest grossing British release which took just over a million on it's release in 2007.
Scarlett Johansson is part of the Marvel Avengers universe so has seen some astronomical releases over the past few years and so it's a little unfair to compare!
Falling into second place is last weeks top film The Inbetweeners 2 which has now grossed £27.6 million after 3 weeks of release.
There is a few other new entries this week which are
Into the Storm at 4 Deliver Us From Evil at 5
What if at 6
Doctor Who: Deep Breath at 8, from a single day special showing on Saturday
Two Days, One Night at 14
Last year Matt Damon was starring in Elysium which entered at the top of the box office knocking Kick-Ass 2 right down to 7.
Five years ago Inglourious Basterds was the new top film in the UK knocking The Time Travers Wife down to the runner up spot.
Ten years ago M. Night Shyamalan released The Village which hit the top spot on it's debut with The Bourne Supremacy falling a single place to number 2.
Fifteen years ago Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace reclaimed the top spot knocking Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged me to number 2, highest new film was Micky Blue Eys at 3.
At the UK box office over the weekend there was no doubt which film was going to be the biggest, and in the process a new franchise is born in the superhero stable.
The Marvel/Disney stable bring another franchise to the big screen in the shape of Guardians of the Galaxy, and unlike their Avengers counterparts these are a bunch of misfits.
Guardians took a very respectable £6.3 million to make number 1, comparing Guardians to Avenger (called Avengers Assemble in the UK) that film released in 2012 had a £15.7 million opening, nearly double that of Guardians.
Although Avengers was not a sequel as such it did have a number of high grossing companion films before it including Iron Man and Thor.
Last weeks top film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, falls a single place to 2 this week after 3 weeks of release, its total gross is £23.4 million.
Also worth a mention this week; Secret Cinema are showing a months worth of Back to the Future screening in surroundings based on the films Hill Valley, this took the nearly 30 year old film back to number 7 this week.
Also new is
The Nut Job at 6
This time last year The Smurfs 2 hit the top of the box office on it's debut knocking The Wolverine to number 4.
Five years ago Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was still at the top keeping the highest new entry at 2, G-Force.
Ten years ago King Arthur took the top spot on it's debut which left Spider-Man 2 to tumble to second place.
Fifteen years ago Mike Myers stared in Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me which knocked Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace into second place.
Twenty years ago in the month of August Jim Carey was on a wave after Ace Ventura and The Mask was sitting as the top film of the month.
Twenty Five years ago Lethal Weapon 2 was the biggest film of August.
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