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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child.

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.

BBFC


1980
 124 minutes (2 hours 04 minutes)
UK release date Released: 21st May 1980  |  BBFC Age Rating:  U
US release date Released: 20th June 1980  |  MPAA Age Rating:  Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back PG age rating 
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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Starring

Actor
Character
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams
Lando Calrissian
David Prowse
Darth Vader
Peter Mayhew
Chewbacca
Kenny Baker
R2-D2
Frank Oz
Yoda
Alec Guinness
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Jeremy Bulloch
Boba Fett
John Hollis
Lando's Aide
Jack Purvis
Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb
Snow Creature
Clive Revill
Emperor
Kenneth Colley
Admiral Piett
Julian Glover
General Veers
Michael Sheard
Admiral Ozzel
Michael Culver
Captain Needa
John Dicks
Imperial Officer
Milton Johns
Imperial Officer
Mark Jones
Imperial Officer
Oliver Maguire
Imperial Officer
Robin Scobey
Imperial Officer
Bruce Boa
Rebel Force General Rieekan
Christopher Malcolm
Rebel Force Zev (Rogue 2)
Denis Lawson
Rebel Force Wedge (Rogue 3)
Richard Oldfield
Rebel Force Hobbie (Rogue 4)
John Morton
Rebel Force Dak (Luke's Gunner)
Ian Liston
Rebel Force Janson (Wedge's Gunner)
John Ratzenberger
Rebel Force Major Derlin
Jack McKenzie
Rebel Force Deck Lieutenant
Jerry Harte
Rebel Force Head Controller
Norman Chancer
Other Rebel Officer
Norwich Duff
Other Rebel Officer
Ray Hassett
Other Rebel Officer
Brigitte Kahn
Other Rebel Officer
Burnell Tucker
Other Rebel Officer
Bob Anderson
Imperial Officer
Alan Austen
Stormtrooper
Lightning Bear
Stormtrooper
Richard Bonehill
Stormtrooper / Snowtrooper / Rebel Soldier / Tauntaun Handler
Stephen Buchanan
Holographic Officer
Chris Bunn
Stormtrooper
Mercedes Burleigh
Female Hoth Control Room Tech
Jane Busby
Ugnaught
Maurice Bush
Dengar
Trevor Butterfield
Imperial Officer / Stormtrooper
John Cannon
Holographic Imperial Officer
Mark Capri
Officer M'kae (Captain Needa's Communications Officer)
Tony Clarkin
Storm Trooper
Shaun Curry
Hoth Rebel Commander
Martin Dew
Cloud City Guard
Peter Diamond
Snowtrooper Gunner
Jim Dowdall
Bespin Guard in Cell
Ian Durrant
Stormtrooper / Hoth Rebel
Marjorie Eaton
Emperor
Mike Edmonds
Ugnaught
Tom Egeland
Hoth Trooper
Stephanie English
Hoth Rebel Technician
Stuart Fell
Snowtrooper
Tom Flood
Imperial Officer
Alan Flyng
Stormtrooper
Michael A. Frandy
Imperial Shuttle Mechanic
Patrick Ginter
Stormtrooper / Commander Desanne
Alan Harris
Bossk / Bespin Security Guard
Walter Henry
Rebel Technician on Hoth
Susie Hudson
Bespin Woman
Paul Jerricho
AT-AT Driver
Joe Johnston
Captain Shawn Valdez - Hoth Rebel
James Earl Jones
Darth Vader
Arve Juritzen
Rebel Soldier
Paul Klein
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter Droid)
Emperor (2004 DVD version)
Mac McDonald
Rebel Pilot
Ralph McQuarrie
General McQuarrie
Steve Meek
Stormtrooper / Chewbacca / Treva Horme / Solomahal
Temuera Morrison
Boba Fett (2004 DVD version)
Ralph G. Morse
Stormtrooper / Imperial Comms Officer / Rebel Soldier
Cathy Munroe
Zuckuss / Wiokettle
C. Andrew Nelson
Darth Vader (special edition)
Chris Parsons
4-LOM / K-3PO / Stormtrooper
Quentin Pierre
Edian - Bespin Guard arresting Storm Troopers
Mike Reynell
Imperial Officer
Terry Richards
Wampa
Doug Robinson
Snowtrooper
Peter Ross-Murray
Stormtrooper
Peter Roy
Snowtrooper
Richard Sidoli
Rebel Soldier
Tony Smart
Snowtrooper
David Stone
X-Wing Pilot
Alan Swaden
Hoth Rebel
Marolyn Turk
Hoth Rebel
Harold Weed
Wampa (special edition)
Treat Williams
Echo Base Trooper
Jason Wingreen
Boba Fett
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It's great to see this classic film back at the top of the UK box office. After 40 years, it’s still a great movie to watch.
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Top Grossing Movie Chart Position
UK total gross
£23,028,986
211
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
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US total gross
$292,753,960
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Global total gross
$550,992,836
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UK Age Rating
UK BBFC Certificate: U
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UK Box Office Release Breakdown
UK release date:

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 46

UK Box Office Chart History
Date
Place
Week
Total
1N
£4,925,796
£4,925,796
1▲▼
£1,838,162
£6,763,958
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£1,294,358
£8,058,316
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£1,125,796
£9,184,112
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£1,022,538
£10,206,650
1▲▼
£972,151
£11,178,801
1▲▼
£861,342
£12,040,143
1▲▼
£579,197
£12,619,340
1▲▼
£375,265
£12,994,605
3
£150,810
£13,145,415
2
£88,429
£13,233,844
3
£75,796
£13,309,640
3▲▼
£63,162
£13,372,802
2
£37,898
£13,410,700
2▲▼
£50,531
£13,461,231
1
£25,266
£13,486,497
4
£12,633
£13,499,130
6
£10,420
£13,509,550
1
£1,550,000
£15,059,550
4
£850,000
£15,909,550
4▲▼
£450,000
£16,359,550
10
£150,000
£16,509,550
8
£304,115
£16,813,665
7
£261,525
£17,175,890
9
£284,590
£17,564,415
5
£275,875
£17,924,565
7
£293,275
£18,302,765
7▲▼
£287,225
£18,696,840
11
£303,625
£19,108,940
9
£304,900
£19,519,015
8
£295,275
£19,906,265
8▲▼
£261,750
£20,262,490
12
£289,000
£20,635,655
12▲▼
£278,575
£21,017,135
12▲▼
£274,625
£21,377,805
11
£262,425
£21,709,615
9
£254,125
£22,019,955
7
£281,600
£22,381,695
8
£294,775
£22,825,910
1
£50,406
£22,876,316
2
£33,343
£22,909,659
6
£20,259
£22,929,918
4
£31,136
£22,961,054
5
£27,617
£22,988,671
14
£12,116
£23,000,787
11
£28,199
£23,028,986
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With cinemas in the US having a hard time with a mixture of closures and re-openings in different states not to mention the lack of big new releases its good to see a new number 1 movie and one starring a big name.

Robert De Niro stars in the kids movie The War With Grandpa which quite easily tops the US box office this weekend pushing Tenet down to the runner up spot.

With no big blockbuster movies hitting cinemas until Christmas there is a chance we could see a lot of yo-yo'ing on the box office iver the coming weeks, and a ot of smaller independent movies doing better than expected.

Here is this weeks US box office Quickview.

  • Number 1 - War With Grandpa (1st Week)
  • Highest debut - War With Grandpa (@1)
  • Longest run - Unhinged (9 weeks)
  • Highest total gross - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ($292,674,960)

Here is the US box office top 5 breakdown 9th - 11th October 2020

The War With Grandpa

Director Tim Hill's new movie gets released during a period when there is very little in the way of competition and coupled with its high profile star Robert De Niro the movie takes over at the top with a weekend gross of $3.6 Million.

The movie is squarely aimed at children and time will tell if it has enough for a long run at the top and with Tenet a continuous threat to reclaim the top and a new Liam Neeson action movie out this weekend it could be a short spell.

Tenet

Christopher Nolans mind bending movie falls from the top after 5 weeks with a weekend gross of $2.1 Million this weekend, 22% down from last weekend.

This gives the movie a 6 week total gross of $48.3 Million and is by a wide margin the top movie of recent months despite the fact it is being seen as a flop, but during the current time of closures what is a decent gross.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

The 27 year old Halloween favourite drop to number 3 this weekend with $1.1 Million, the movie has now taken $42.6 Million since its release in 1993.

This weekends gross is 40% down from last weeeknd.

The New Mutants

The mutant movie from Disney starring Maisie Williams falls to number 3 this weekend with $685K, 34% down from last weekend, taking its gross to $21.9 Million after 7 weeks of release.

Unhinged

Falling to number 5 this weekend is the Russell Crowe starring movie which takes $660K this weekend, 22% down from last weekend, for a very nice $19.3 Million over 9 weeks of release.

As cinema doors remain closed and those which do open are have very limit capacity the need for a big hit is groweing ever more evident as Tenet remains at the top of the US box office for a 4th weekend.

There was a major shift in release dates last week with many Marvel film moving to 2021 and it looks like the next big hit will be the Bond movie No Time To Die in mid November, unless that moves as well!

With little to excite consumers here is the mini breakdown of the US box office.

  • Number 1 - Tenet
  • Highest debut - Break The Silence: The Movie (@3)
  • Longest run - Unhinged (7 Weeks)
  • Highest total gross - Tenet ($41,200,000)

Here is the top 5 breakdown weekend 25th - 27th September 2020.

Tenet

Christopher Nolan's movie that should have saved cinema after the COVID-19 shutdown spends a 4th weekend at the top with its latest gross of $3.4 Million, 28% down from last weekend.

The movie has now taken a quite reasonable $41.2 Million and should go over $50 quite easily, and if it can keep going into December maybe even $60 Million.

The New Mutants

Still doing well in the current climate is ill fated Disney mutant movie which remains at number 2 this weekend with $1.1 Million, down 37% from last weekend.

A five week run has given the movie $19.4 Million in total grosses in the US.

Break The Silence: The Movie

Break The Silence: The Movie

South Korean pop sensation BTS bring their concert movie to the big screen this week and is the top new movie at 3 with $1 Million.

Unhinged

The movie is has the longest run on the box office this week and takes $1 Million on its 7th weekend of release.

The low budget movie has now taken $17 Million in the US and could potentially take $20 Million before it run ends.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Celebrating its 40th anniversary the original Star Wars sequel gets a re-release on the big screen and lands at 5 with $908K, it has grossed $292.1 Million in the US since its 1980 release.

With Britain on the verge of having a major re-opening of cinemas with the release of Christopher Nolans Tenet last weeks top film Unhinged remains at the top.

There is still no sign of any movies grossing anywhere near the million pound mark in a single weekend but the country is not that far away now from the first major cinema event in nearly 6 months.

Here is the top 5 movies in the UK 7th - 9th August 2020.

Unhinged

Russell Crowe stars in director Derrick Borte movie about a driver who goes a bit off the rails when bumped in his car by an innocent driver, the movie take a little less than on its debut last week with a £115.1K gross over the weekend.

This takes the movies total to £440.8K over its 2 weeks of release.

Onward

Disney's Onward is still in the number 2 position and has been the one staple on the box office before and after the pandemic closures.

This weekend the movie takes £46.5K which pushes the movies total gross after 9 weeks on the box office to £5.8 Million.

100 Wolf

Alexs Stadermann's animated tale of a family of werewolves stays put at number 3 this week with £42.5K over the weekend and £128.5K over its 2 weeks of release.

An American Pickle

An American Pickle

Highest new movie of the week is the latest comedy/drama starring Seth Rogen who has a duel role in the film when a man meets his relative thats been pickled for 100 years.

The movie takes £27.7K over the week and makes its debut at number 4.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

The 40 year old Star Wars sequel falls to number 5 this week with a weekend gross of £27.6K, it has spent a total of 44 weeks on the chart since its 1980 release and has taken £22.9 Million.

For fun the movie has sold since release in the region of 11 million cinema tickets in the UK and adjusted for inflation if release today would have made about £80.2 Million.

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.

Unhinged

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.

Onward

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.

100% Wolf

100% Wolf

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.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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.

The Vigil

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.

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

Onward

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.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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.

Trolls World Tour

The animated sequel is at number 3 this week with £23.4K for a £115.3K over 3 weeks.

Black Water: Abyss

Highest new film last week falls to number 4 this week with £16K and a £60K total.

Dirty Dancing

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.

Dreambuilders

Dreambuilders

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.