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IT has a good run at the US box office, and continues to do well, but it gave up the crown to Kingsman The Golden Circle this weekend.
Not a fantastic opening weekend for the British secret agent sequel but its $39 million was enough to see it open bigger than the first film.
As we enter the winter season with a number of big film on the horizon this will effect Kingsman 2’s long term appeal, but for now its on a roll.
IT falls off the top after a couple of weeks at number 1 to number 2 with a weekend gross of around $30 million.
This pushed the films total gross after 3 weeks in the US to $266 million, and it is this week top total grossing movie on the US box office.
Also new this week are The LEGO Ninjago Movie which enters at number 3, after Batman and the Lego movie maybe a little disappointing, Friend Request at number 7 and Stronger at number 9.
Longest running film on the US chart this week is Wind River which this week notches up its 8th weekend.
This week saw the release of a new Star Trek movie at the global box office and as with all the others in the ‘new' universe created by JJ Abrahams it is the top film globally.
Its a softer debut than Star Trek or sci-fi is used to despite good reviews and seemingly a better film then the last one but a $89.6 million debut from 38 countries is strong enough to see it dominate.
The legend of Tarzan is at 2 this week and is getting stronger across the globe as it has a staggered release, its not performing in the US but it is globally.
The film took $51 million from 62 countries for a total global gross of $260 million to date.
Biggest news of the week is the string debut for Skiptrace, the Jackie Chan action film had a big release in Asia and from 3 countries took $44 million on its debut.
Independence Day: Resurgence is the top total grossing movie on the weeks top ten global box office with $361.2 million.
Here is the global top 5.
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.
Sales of films and TV show on a physical disk declined by 7.2% in 2011 while sales of digital media downloads rose by 12%. Despite this Blu-ray is growing with it now accounting for 18% of the market.
Rental sales for downloads are expected to get stronger and stronger as the video shop of the ‘90's continues to become a relic. The saviors for DVD/Blu-ray is the triple play disk set allowing for the consumer to have the Blu-ray, DVD and digital for mobile devices version of a film.
Despite this downturn in sales December saw a big increase in sales and accounted for nearly 25% of the yearly sales of physical disks, and Blu-ray saw a year on year increase of nearly 27%.
British films saw an incredible year for sales with the last 2 chapters of the Harry Potter series by far outselling everything else. The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners and Paul also did very well with British talent attached. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was also a big seller, it was made in Britain.
Despite the recession the home video market, which includes physical and digital media was worth £2,251 billion in 2011.
Here is the top 10 films and TV sales of 2011
As expected, mainly because it was pre-announced, the first trailer, and true glimpse, of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has gone live on iTunes today. The Hobbit in case you don't know is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy that director Peter Jackson brought to the big screen in the early 2000's.
The production has had a difficult time but destiny chose Peter Jackson to direct the movies which are shooting in New Zealand probably as we speak. The first of the 2 films is probably the most anticipated film of next year (sorry Batman).
Of course the good thing about Jackson returning as director is that the connection between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings couldn't be stronger and most of the cast from the original films are back, and to open up this teaser we have Ian Holm, the original Bilbo Baggins doing a voice over. The trailer certainly ticks all the boxes, we see Frodo (Elija Wood), we see Bilbo young and old (young played by Martin Freeman who looks incredible) we see Gandolf (Ian McKellen) looking the same as he did in the Rings Trilogy. We get introduced to all the gang that will be in the new film, accompanied by a song!
What astounds me the most is that besides some clear productions values what will get sorted before release this just simply looks like it could have been part of the original Trilogy, it simply loks that good. To top things off we get to see briefly the Ring from the original series and Golum. Watch it, it's great, and there is only a year before we get to see the full feature. Also scroll down the page as the first poster for the film has also been released. Oh and check out the trailer here on iTunes.
To coin a phrase from a much loved movie, There Can Be Only One, this was true back in the midsts of time when Betamax had a fight with VHS and the same is true now, but unlike back then it looks like the better format this time has won.
So what's all this about, it's about the next generation DVD high definition format wars that has been taking place over the last year or so, two competing camps headed by Sony and Toshiba have been trying to bring a high definition successor to the DVD to market and both have been rallying to get the support of the studios to release their films on the two formats.
The various studios have been one by one taking sides, Sony of course have a large catalogue of film, from themselves and their buy out of Columbia pictures, also with large catalogues are Disney (along with Buena Vista) who have taken the Blu-Ray route and Paramount and Universal. Paramount and Universal pledged their support for HD-DVD back last year to much controversy and large amounts of money allegedly changing hands.
Warner have been on the fence about this and have been releasing films on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray, until now, Warner have now announced that they are to go Blu-ray exclusive on all their films, starting in May.
Clearly this has sent a huge shudder through the HD-DVD ranks as Paramount/Universal are now the only major studio to be backing HD-DVD, and my money is on them making a u-turn sometime this year.
To add salt to the wound New Line have also announced their allegiance to Blue-ray which means that a certain fantasy trilogy by Peter Jackson* won‚Äôt be long before it's making it‚Äôs way to high-def.
In figures just released Blu-ray is now outselling HD-DVD by 70% so the writing was on the wall before Warner made the announcement and in truth they have just made a good business decision to go with the stronger format. This looks to have resolved the format was once and for all, this time next year HD-DVD should be a thing of the past and go in the Betamax hall of fame.
UK release date: 8th December 2017