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America celebrates Halloween in style and the Hollywood studios embrace this aplenty and this week the American public flocked to see the new Saw movie Jigsaw.
Bringing in a relatively low, especially for an established series, $16.2 million Jigsaw hits the top during the season when people like to be scared.
Expect the film to sink down the charts quickly as if often the case with films that rely on seasonal attraction for its return.
Boo2! A Madea Halloween from Tyler Perry falls from the top on its second weekend to number 2 with a weekend take of $10 million.
This brings the films total gross to $35 million after 2 weeks of release, this followup is falling faster than the previous film which came out exactly a year ago.
Also new this week is Thank You For Your Service which enters the US box office at number 6 with a $3.7 million opening weekend.
Longest running and highest total grossing film this week is for another week IT, the film has now taken $323.7 in total grosses and been on the box office for 8 weeks, this week it sits at 10.
After a few weeks of non performances at the US box office this week a major blockbuster in the shape of IT not only brings it back to life but does so in record breaking style.
Director Andres Muschietti who previously directed Mama, brings to the screen Stephen Kings IT, and break the US September record for opening film in style.
After a few weeks of nothing to go and see at the movies the American public came out to the tune of $117 million, this is more double the previous highest September opening film.
Warner Bros. who distributed the film pumped a lot of marketing dollars into the film and it worked, although with little else in competition it was not hard to get people to realise the film was being released, and it worked.
Also new this week is Reese Witherspoon in Home Again which opened in the number 2 spot, little hype for this film meant a $9 million opening.
The Hitmans Bodyguard fell to number 3 this week with $4.8 million, now in its 4th weekend the film has grossed a total of $64 million.
Longest running film on the chart is Spider-Man Homecoming which has now spent 10 weeks on the chart, its also the highest total grossing film with $327 million.
This week Paramount lets loose Michael Bays latest Transformers film, Transformers The Last Night, onto the American market and like all the other films in the series it grabs the top spot on its debut.
Taking a series low for a debut of $45 million the film takes over at the top from Cars 3, but it proves that the Transformers films are loosing their popularity on the cinema going market.
Not only is the film the lowest debuting film of the series but with this debut it might not even be in the top 10 grossing films of 2017 in the US.
Another series of films struggling is Cars which the third film this week drop from the top spot to number 3 with a weekend gross of $25 million for a total gross of just under $100 million.
Wonder Woman holds film at number 2 this week with $25 million, in fact Cars 3 is claiming the exact same weekend taking so there could be a rare case of a 2 and 3 place tie.
Longest time on the box office this week is from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which now has clocked up 8 weeks, its also the highest total grossing movie with $380 million.
Directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Scarlett Johansson the American film adaptation of the much loved Japanese Manga Animation is due for release on 31st March 2017.
Watch the new trailer below.
This week on the US box office The Secret Life of Pets managed to make it 2 weeks at the top of the box office, this week beating the Ghostbusters re-boot on its debut.
Pets made $50,5 million on its second weekend of release which brings its total after 10 days of release to $203.1 million.
The film is looking very strong and with the American school holidays in full swing this could be the one to beat this summer season.
Paul Feigs Ghostbusters reboot couldn't quite make it to the top on its debut and fell into second place with $46 million including preview shows on Thursday night.
This isn't at all bad and would have topped had it not been for the strength of Pets, good reviews have helped and it should hang around for the summer season.
Also new this week is The Infiltrator at number 8 which debuts with $5.2 million.
Highest total grossing film in America on the top 10 is Finding Dory which is at number 4 this week with a gross of $445.5 million while the longest running film is shared with Dory and Central Intelligence.
The American box office saw a massive boost this week with The Secret Life of Pets making its debut on the box office with over 100 million.
To put this in context. most Pixar films have massive opening weekend and this beat last year Inside Out which took 90 million on its debut.
The actual figure is $103 million which put it in the top 20 of the highest debut weekend of all time in America.
The film has had mediocre reviews but this doesn't seem to have harmed the debut at all, and with not much competition except the ageing Finding Dory.
Falling from the top is Finding Dory which falls to 3 this week, The LEgend of Tarzan just about holding on at 2.
Dory has now grossed $422 million in American with a $20 million take this last weekend, the film is still to be released in many other countries.
Also new this week is Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates which lands at 4 with a $16 million debut weekend.
It was a summer fright at the US box office this week and sequel The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case made its way to the top of the American box office on its first week.
The film had a fantastic first day of release which put it in good stead to top the box office, and it finally took over $40 million from the weekend.
Compared to the 2013 original this film is just a shade below but it is certainly in the same ballpark which gives it every opportunity to finally gross about the same $137 million.
The Conjuring 2 comes in ahead of the weeks other new releases in the shape of, Warcraft at number 2 and Now You See Me 2 at number 3.
Highest total grossing movie on the US box office this week is The Jungle Book which has now taken $353 million at the US box office.
In a record amount of time JJ Abrams and Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the top grossing film ever in the American market.
The previous holder, Avatar, has been there since 2010 and prior to that it was another James Cameron film Titanic which held the title from 1999.
The Force Awakens is still the number 1 film at the weekly box office and is showing no signs of slowing down, it has taken just 3 and a half weeks for the film to take the top grossing crown.
Also by this weekend the film should be come the top grossing film in the UK, and much of the world will likely follow in the coming weeks and months.
The next big mile stone will be the top film of all time globally, its getting there and at the current rate it will do it, the film is not out in China yet, a massive movie going market, this weekend when it is released should give an indication to if and when the film will conquer the world.
Keep an eye on 25thframe.co.uk and we'll let you know when it happens.
Released a week after the UK release Spectre this week blew away the cobwebs built over the last few weeks in the US to record a $73 million opening.
A good as this may seem its down from the series best US opening of Skyfall which opened to $88 million.
Also giving a boost to the US box office is American staple Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie which opens at 2 this week with $42 million.
Last weeks top film, The Martian, falls to 3rd this week and is still doing good business, it has now taken nearly $200 million after 6 weeks of play.
The Martian is also the top total grossing film on the US box office this week.
There are no other new film on the American box office this week.
This week on the American box office Ridley Scott's well received film The Martian retains the top spot to make it 2 weeks at number 1.
The film $37 million dollars over its second weekend of release which now brings its total gross to $108 million.
Highest new film of the week is Pan which comes in at number 3 with $15.5 million, a little disappointing for a film which has been heavily marketed.
The Peter Pan origins story might struggle to stay that long considering in forthcoming big hitters with such a weak opening.
Highest total grossing film on the American top 10 is Hotel Transylvania 2 which after 3 weeks has grossed $116 million.
After 3 weeks of no change at the top of the US box office The Perfect Guy comes in and takes over on it's debut weekend of release.
The Perfect Guy enters the box office after one of the worst weekends for the American cinema, $26.7 million sees it reach the top.
Falling from the top is 3 time champ Straight Outta Compton which has its fourth week of release at number 6.
The Trip Hop film took another $4 million over the weekend bringing its total US gross to $155.7 million over it's 4 week run.
Highest total grossing film on the US box office is Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation which has not spent 7 weeks on the box office, all inside the top 5 and has grossed $188.1 million.
Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation manages to hold onto the world box office for another week with $36.9 million from 64 countries, one of the wides release at the moment.
The Tom Cruise film has had a very successful run at the world box office and has to date made $438 million in global takings.
Having a big boost this week thanks to a massive opening in China is Terminator Genisys which goes back up to number 2 with $26.2 million from 2 countries, global to date is $353 million.
Highest new film of the week if the Chinese film Bride Wars, not to be mistaken with the American film of the same name from 2009.
Bride Wars (or ????? to give it the proper title!) takes $23.6 million from just the single country it has been released in, China.
Here if the full top 10 global films this week.
Now in its 5th variation Mission:Impossible hits the top spot on its debut weekend as the Tom Cruise franchise continues with more explosions than before.
Taking £5.3 million over the weekend Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation continues the run started way back in 1996, every Mission:Impossible film has debuted at the top.
In comparison hasn't done as well as the £8 million plus of the first and fourth film but is on a par with the others all in the £5 million range.
Falling into second place this week is Inside Out after a single week at the top, although it's not bad news for the Pixar film, it took and incredible £9 million is mid week taking and would by far have been the biggest film is it took Monday to Sunday figures into account.
Also new this week is Hot Pursuit, the American hit film limps into the UK box office at number 7.
Highest grossing film on the box office is Jurassic World which is currently at £62.7 million after 8 weeks of release.
A year ago
Guardians of The Galaxy was the new film entering the box office at the top, it knocked Dawn of The Planet of The Apes down to number 2.
Five years ago
Toy Story 3 remained at the top for a second week while the remake of The Karate Kind was the highest new film at number 2.
Ten years ago
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory made its way to the top on its debut weekend of release, Madagascar fell to number 2.
Fifteen years ago
The Perfect Storm was the new film at the top, on its debut weekend Stuart Little fell to number 2.
Twenty years ago
Casper was the new film making its debut at number 1, it knocked Judge Dredd down to number 3.
Twenty Five yeas ago
Gremlins 2 The New Batch made its debut at the top knocking Back to The Future Part III down to number 3.
At the American box office this week Avengers Age of Ultron held onto the top spot on it's second week of release with ease taking in $77.2 million dollars.
Despite being slightly behind it's predecessor in it's second week Ultron has still managed an incredible $312.5 million so far.
Making it's debut in the runner up spot this week is Hot Pursuit, a female cop comedy starring Sofia Vergara and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon.
Hot Pursuit takes $13.3 million on it's debut, some $63 million behind the top film of the week.
There are no other new film on the American box office this week.
As if there was little doubt in the outcome of of this weeks US box office results and is time honoured tradition The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies takes the top spot on the box office.
The second trilogy in the Middle Earth saga has had a rough journey to cinema screens, but Peter Jackson tops off his epic saga in style, although the total box office for the second group of films will be below that of the first.
The Hobbit knocks Exodus Gods and Kings right down to fourth place with Night At The Museum Secret of The Tomb entering as a new film at two and Annie entering at three.
Also new this week at the American box office are Wild at six and indian blockbuster PK at ten.
At the US box office this week David Finchers Gone Girl retains it's position at the top despite some heavy competition from Dracula Untold.
On it's second week of release Gone Girl takes $26.8 million in box office takings to give it a 10 day, 2 weekend, total gross of $78.3 million.
Dracula Untold made a good attempt at beating it but it only managed to enter the box office at 2 this week after taking $23.5 million in box office takings.
Other new film on the American box office are
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day which enters at 3 with $19.1 million.
The Judge which surprisingly for a Robert Downey Jr. film enters at 5 with $13.3 million.
Addicted which enters at 7 with $7.6 million.
Meet the Mormons entering at 11 with $2.9 million.
In America this week the Turtles kept at bay all new comers to hang onto the number 1 spot for a second week.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the remake/reboot) has now grossed $117 million dollars at the American box office over it's 10 day release period.
Staying in the runner up spot is Guardians of the Galaxy which means the highest new film of the week enters at 3.
Lets Be Cops directed by Luke Greenfield and starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. took $17.7 million for the weekend, beating the highly anticipated The Expendables 3 which struggles with $12 million.
Check out the US box office on 25thframe.co.uk
In America this week Scarlett Johansson stars in the Luc Besson directed Lucy which takes over at the top without too much competition.
Having been a very prolific director in the late 90's Luc Besson returns to the adult action arena and hits the top with Lucy, helped in no small way by the ever popular star Scarlett Johansson.
Lucy hits the top spot with a $44 million opening weekend.
Falling into second place after a couple of weeks at the top is Dawn of the planet of the apes, a $16 million weekend takes its total gross after 3 weeks to $172 million.
Highest grossing film on the American box office this week is Transformers Age of Extinction which has grossed $236 million so far.
Also new on the US box office this week is
Hercules at 2
And So It Goes at 8 A Most Wanted Man at 10
A report is due to be released next week suggesting that the UK should make more commercially successful films, this is after a year where the British film industry contributed £4 Billion to the UK economy.
Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Pinewood Studios on Wednesday (11th Jan) and has said himself that he British film industry should support "commercially successful pictures", but in doing this does it mean film makers loosing their artistic integrity?
In my mind this begs the question, do film makers make films for person reasons, it may be to make art, to make a statement or because the maker has a story they just have to tell, and despite it's commercial success if its going to be seen and enjoyed or acknowledged by the public, despite how small that group might be, it's worth making the film. Or is the making of a film an industry and if the product won't make a profit then why bother to produce it? In reality the films, which make the money, are (generally) big blockbuster.
Last year Britain produced The Kings Speech, The Inbetweeners, Johnny English Reborn and finish off the Harry Potter series (which can arguably be credited to Britain), all successful films which made money at the box office and have continued to make money in the home market (DVD, Blu-ray, downloads). But outside of this there were plenty of films that were lower grossing movies that probably didn't make money.
The "independent" films that Britain produces are often what separates it, and forms the identity of the film industry, India and France also have massive films industries and can be identified by these films which are loved by people in their native countries as well as other nationalities. In the UK we love American (Hollywood) blockbuster for what they are, and it just so happens they make money, maybe it's the marketing push of millions of dollars but they make money, much of which is pumped back into the American economy.
Of course this is the attraction, American mainstream films make money the world over, British films tend to make money only in the UK, the marketing pounds aren't there to promote the film to the same extent abroad. Despite The Kings Speech which won Oscars doing well in the US, The Inbetweeners and Johnny English didn't.
It must be argues that if Britain makes more 'mainstream' films there is a fear of the British film industry just becoming a Little Hollywood, and although it's no bad thing to produce movies that make money (and hence having a larger audience) we shouldn't and can't stop making films which can be truly identifies as British and which probably wont make millions.
The company was started in the US in 1997 specialising in mailing DVD's to it's customers rather than having them go to a Video Shop to rent them, utilising the internet it revolutionised the industry and was the first nail in the Blockbuster coffin. Today the company still deals with mail order but also does big business with streaming video, and from today the service has come to Britain, over 10 years later!
Does the UK need Netflix? LoveFilm has no strong competition, so in the mail order sector, but streaming/downloaded video, maybe not. I can stream films from my PS3, my Xbox 360, my iTunes account, my Apple TV (OK technically thats through iTunes as well), my TV itself, even Blockbuster if I so choose, so Netflix I think is 10 years late.
So why launch Netflix now? It has the brand recognition, despite it being US only many many UK people know the name, in fact many probably thought the service was already available in the UK. Netflix are also a massive company making billions of dollars a year, expansion was only a matter of time.
I remember working for the biggest video rental company in Britain many years ago, the company was called Ritz Video Film Hire, Blockbuster Video had been trying to crack the UK for a couple of years, they were a massive American company at the time and thought they could bring the American business model to the UK, it didn't work and Blockbuster Video was failing, so what did they do? They bought Ritz Video Film Hire and overnight the staff who had grown to hate Blockbuster were suddenly working for them, I know LoveFilm is owned by Amazon.co.uk but I can seriously see them selling to Netflix sometime down the line.At the end of the day as long as the customer wins who cares? Already LoveFilm have reduced their prices by a pound, but LoveFilm don't offer HD yet, Netflix had that advantage for the extra pound. I'm going to sound off now, I know these services are good value, £4.99 or £5.99 for unlimited streaming films is very good, but, this thing that annoys me is they don't have the latest releases, I want to see film when they are out on DVD/Blu-ray, not weeks later, I'd even pay a pound or 2 extra so i could stream Breaking Dawn Part 1 from the day it's released, I wont get that yet with Netflix or LoveFilm, for that I'd need to stick iTunes, PS3 etc.
I'm sure these services will get there, and for rental at least the future is in digital distribution, but for me Netflix isn't there yet, but still it is a welcome addition that I may use when they get same day as disk releases.
We love a bit of American Pie don't we? And we all know that there is one more slice that's about to be released in cinemas, and here we have the first teaser for that next slice of pie.
All the American Pie films have been funny, and I even think the spin offs have been worth watching, to me they are like to comedies of the '80's that I used to enjoy so much brought bang up to date.
Over the series of films cast members have dropped out with the only thread of continuity being Jim's father played by Eugene Levy, but reunion brings all the cast from the original back together since American Pie 2 hit our screens, to be fair there has only been one other theatrical American Pie, American Wedding.
Despite this we have the fully assembled original cast back together all grown up and probably married and having children and doing similar things but in a more grown up way, it should lead to laughs galore, although if Finch is still chasing his MILF surely he's now chasing a GILF!!! Only time will tell.
Check out the teaser trailer below, which manages to be funny with absolutely no film footage at all, good start I think.
This is an odd one, Amazon is all set to buy LOVEFiLM, a move Amazon is making to get ahead in the European market of DVD/Blu-ray/online streaming services before the American giant Netflix gets a chance. But why is it an odd move?
There have been a number of online postal rental movie services in the UK from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM of which LOVEFiLM has eventually become the biggest, mainly by acquiring all the others, although in reality LOVEFiLM is actually Screen Select, when the merger of the two companies happened the Screen Select management team stayed in place with their systems but they thought the LOVEFiLM name was better.
Included in the many companies that offered online postal DVD rentals was Amazon, a service which was very good, much better than LOVEFiLM, but after only a couple of years LOVEFiLM bought the rental only service from Amazon, but Amazon became a major stakeholder in LOVEFiLM.
Now the whole story has gone full circle and Amazon will own the company outright, what I would like to see is the service integrated back into the Amazon website.
Amazon are making the right move, LOVEFiLM is now streaming on the PS3 and before long I can see it happening on many other devices, Apple TV maybe, Freeview HD boxes, and the killer, directly to TV's, Sony produce a lot of TV's and the relationship is already in play through the PS3.
It's a smart move for Amazon and one, which I am sure, will finally put the old high street movie rental stores into history, sorry Blockbuster we will remember you fondly but I think your time is up.
The American Library of congress has added Airplane! and what is arguably the best of the Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back, to the National Film Registry in a year where both films lost key legendary figures
The great Lesley Nielsen turned from a serious actor into a legendary comic actor in Airplane! who died at the end of November and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was directed Irvin Kershner who died just one day before.
These 2 additions are joined by 23 other film which includes classics such as The Exorcist, The Pink Panther, which also lost its director, Blake Edwards, this year and Saturday Night Fever.
The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, has two connection with the list, The Empire Strikes Back which he wrote and produced and THX1138 which was his feature film debut.
The full list of additions is as follows:
All the President's Men (1976)
The Bargain (1914)
Cry of Jazz (1959)
Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Front Page (1931)
Grey Gardens (1976)
I Am Joaquin (1969)
It's a Gift (1934)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Malcolm X (1992)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Newark Athlete (1891)
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
The Pink Panther (1964)
Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Study of a River (1996)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
A Trip Down Market Street (1906)
Not a great deal going on in the UK box office this week with the highest new entry coming in at 4 and the top of the chart remaining unchanged.
Sex and the City 2 remains the top grossing film in the UK adding nearly £2.5 million to it's total giving the film a decent £ 13,652,052 UK gross.
In fact the full top 3 remains the same as last week with StreetDance 3D holding number 3 and Prince of Persia at number 3. The highest new entry was the American remake of a British film from a few years ago, Death at a Funeral, which comes in at 4 with only £ 696,280.
Check out the full list here.
I know this is one of those events we knew was coming, and sooner rather than later and ign.com have now got virtual confirmation from Lucasfilms Director of Fan Relations Steve Sansweet that a Blu-ray box set of all 6 films has been in the works for a couple of years now.
He does say that this isn't the long rumored and fast becoming legendary Ultimate box se but Sansweet says ”We have been at work for a couple of years working on—I won't call it the Ultimate Set because we keep finding stuff—but, a very full set of all six movies on Blu-ray with lots of extra material. We're finding all kinds of scenes from dailies that have never been seen before. Beyond all of those things that you know about… there are some real treasures.”, so after this we can expect even more, probably on the next media format if there is one.
So what's the date for this? Soon can mean years down the line in Blu-ray production time, but the American site The Digital Bits is reporting that it has been told by it's industry insiders of an October 2011 date has been quietly on the slate for a while.
It's no surprise that we will have a high def version of the Star Wars films sometime in the future to add to the Betamax, VHS (multiple versions) and both version on DVD, and come late 2011 seems a reasonable time scale for the films, lets hope this is it, or will the touted 3D version be with us by 2012, good job we love these films.
It's that time of year, it's December and just ahead of the awards ceremony the best of the years are starting to appear, and today the American Film Institute (AFI) have announced what they believe are the top films of 2009, and it makes for interesting reading.
The list is as follows:
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man
A Single Man
Up in the Air
The annual BAFTA awards for film took place in the Royal Opera House on Sunday night with many stars attending including Kate Winslet, Danny Boyle and Brad Pitt.
The ceremony is the UK's equivalent of the Oscars and has taken place 2 weeks before the American ceremony. Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were the two films expected to take the big awards before the ceremony began.
The winners were fairly predictable with Winslet winning for The Reader, Mickey Rouke winning for The Wrestler, Penelope Cruz winning supporting actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and of course the late Heath Ledger winning for Supporting Actor.
As the evening unfolded is became clear, predictably, that Slumdog was going to be top dog for the evening, a British film in a British ceremony, what did you expect?
Benjamin Button got a couple of awards but it was Slumdogs evening wining best film and director for Danny Boyle.
The attention for those interested turns to the Oscars now where Slumdog won‚Äôt do so well but the money is on Slumdog to beat Benjamin Button for best film but not director.
Good on Danny Boyle and the crew behind the British/Indian film Slumdog Millionaire for doing so well at the American Golden Globe awards on Sunday night, the film took four awards including best film and best director in the drama category.
Kate Winslet also did very well taking both best actress and supporting actress in a dramatic role for Revolution Road and The Reader.
The night threw up many surprises but one surprise which wasn't had, and the fans will love was Heath Ledgers win for The Dark Knight in the supporting role, the late actor has one more film to be released and from early reports he could still have another award to come.
The Oscars are in a couple of months time with the nominations being announced next month, but although in recent years the Golden Globes haven't been such a huge indication of the Oscars, Danny Boyle and Kate Winslet must be getting the frock and suit ready for the biggest glitzy night of the year.
For a full list of winners check out the Empire story.