U films should be set within a positive framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror. If a work is particularly suitable for pre-school children, this will be indicated in the ratings info.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is number 4 on the UK box office this week.
Weeks on box office: 43
4th August 2020
As the UK box office starts to show signs of recovering fro the 3 month closure the Russel Crowe starrring Unhinged is the top new film at number 1.
It was a busy weekend for the box office as alongside the 'catalogue' re-releases there were 5 new released and the ususal spattering of older hang over movies.
Here is a break down of the top 5 movies in the UK 31st July - 2nd August 2020.
Russel Crowe stars in this dramatic thriller about a man who terrorises a woman after a seemingly innocent altercation, the movie takes £175.2K on its debut weekend.
Pixars latest animated movie drops to number 2 this week after 8 weeks on the box office with £58.9K which gives the film a total UK gross of £5.6 Million.
A new animated tale from Australia about a young boy from a werewolf family who wants to become a most fearsome creature ever.
The Alexs Stadermann directed movie takes £33.1K on its debut weekend.
Still holding its head high on its 40th anniversary re-release the Star Wars sequel takes £31.1K this weekend pushing its total to £22.9 Million in the UK.
Finally in the top 5 is this horror film directed by Keith Thomas which makes its debut on the UK box office with £30.3K.
20th July 2020
With cinemas in the UK opening very slowly, and with little in the shape of new releases Pixar's Onward goes back to the top of the box office replacing the 40 year old The Empire Strikes Back.
Here is a rundown of the top 6 movies 17th - 19th July 2020
It gave up the number 1 spot last weekend to allow the Star Wars sequel a week of glory but the Pixar movie goes back to the top this week with £49.2K.
The movie has seen 6 weeks on the box office now and has a total UK gross of £5.4 Million.
After making a glorious return to the top of the box office (I wonder if it would have done it under normal circumstances?) and the Star Wars sequel falls to number 2 this week with £33.3K.
The movie has now spent 41 weeks on the box office and taken £22.9 Million.
The animated sequel is at number 3 this week with £23.4K for a £115.3K over 3 weeks.
Highest new film last week falls to number 4 this week with £16K and a £60K total.
30 years on and the popular dance movie is at number 5 this week with £14.3K, with 15 weeks on the chart over that time the movie has taken a total of £3.9 Million.
Highest new film of the week is an animated feature at number 6, directed by Kim Hagen Jensen and Tonni Zinck the movie takes £12.4K on its debut weekend.
16th July 2020
With the spike in COVID-19 cases in the US climbing higher than ever most states have decided to delay the opening of movie theatres so there is still no official chart and drive-ins are still a majority of the takings.
With that said the top film, for the second weekend running, is a classic re-release, this time it is the Star Wars sequel which is celebrating 40 years this year.
Here is a rundown of the top 5 film in the US 10th - 12th July 2020.
First released back in 1980 the highly praised sequel, which to this day and 11 movies is still considered the best movie in the Star Wars world, hits the top of the box office again.
The movie takes $611K from its 611 theatre count, the movie has made ove $200 Million since release.
Getting another shot at a cinema release after its successful 2018 cinema run the Marvel movie takes $367K which boosts its US gross to just over $700 Million.
Pixars 2015 movie about the inner workings of the mind is at 3 this week with $340K and a $356 Million total.
Another re-released movie hitting the movie theatre is the 1993 mega smash from Steven Spielberg which amazingly still holds up nearly 30 years later.
The movie takes $224K which pushes its total gross to $405.1 Million.
Rounding out the top 5 is another classic movie this time from 1985 which takes $215K over the weekend to push its total US gross to $66.2 Million.
14th July 2020
With cinemas slowly going back to normal in the UK 20th Century Fox (Disney) re-release The Empire Strikes Back on its 40th anniversary and it goes to the top of the chart.
There is a single new release in the shape of Black Water: Abyss at number 3.
Here is a rundown of this weeks top 5 movies in the UK.
Celebrating its 40th year of release the Star Wars sequel hits the top of the box office with a weekend £50.4K.
After this many years, multiple re-releases including the special edition in 1997 and the Secret Cinema in 2015 the movie has spent 40 weeks on the chart and taken £22.8 Million.
Falling to number 2 this week after being the first number one of the re-opening, Pixars latest movie takes £35K pushing its total to £5.3 Million after 5 weeks on the chart.
First new release in some months is this horror movie directed by Andrew Traucki which land at number 3 with a weekend take of £28k.
Falling to number 4 this week is the controversial sequel with takes £19K on its second weekend, the movies total box office gross is £64.8K.
The 33 year old favourite starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze is on re-release to encourage people back to cinemas and this week is at 5 with £15K for a total of £3.9 Million after 14 weeks on the chart, not consecutively!
25th June 2020
As cinemas reopen the big new films will be a while before they are released, so studios are re-releasing classic movies, and on its 40th Anniversary the BBFC have reclassified the movie a PG.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (PG) moderate violence, mild threat https://t.co/kK2yBabcG6— BBFC (@BBFC) June 25, 2020
The movie, released in 1980, has been a U age rating, even on its many home entertainment released and cinema rereleased.
As guidelines the BBFC uses have changed the British classification body has reclassified the movie a PG.
At the moment Star Wars and Star Wars: The Return Of The Jedi are still U rated, but to be fair Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has always been the darkest movie, and the nightmare cave scene and the hand cutting off scene MAY justify the new rating.
The movie is rereleased when UK cinemas reopen on July 4th, and as the 27 year old Jurassic park is currently the top movie in America who knows what will happen to the UK box office in a couple of weeks.