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Marvels latest superhero goes to the top of the UK box office with an incredibly good opening weekend, far better than could have been predicted.
Ryan Reynolds stars in Deadpool which makes its UK box office debut at the top with an incredible £13.6 million debut.
The film which is being distributed by 20th Century Fox rather than Disney beat all expectation and becomes a new franchise for Marvel, a sequel is in the works.
Falling from the top down to number 5 after a single week is Goosebumps which takes just over £1 million pound bringing its total to £4.1.
Also new this week is Alvin and The Chipmunks The Road Chip at number 2 and maybe a little disappointing Zoolander No 2 at number 2.
Highest grossing film on the box office is Star Wars: The Force Awakens which has not taken an amazing £121 million.
A year ago
Valentines day favourite Fifty Shades of Grey made its debut at the top knocking Big Hero 6 into second place.
Five years ago
Gnomeo and Juliet took over the top spot on its debut from The Kings Speech which fell to number 2.
Ten years ago
Chicken Little from Disney was the top film on its debut and with a top 3 of new releases Zathura A Space Adventure fell from the top to number 5.
Fifteen years ago
What Women Want stayed at the top of the box office for a second week while Dude, Where's My Car? was the highest new film at number 2.
Twenty years ago
Heat stayed at the top for a second week while highest new film was Loch Ness at number 4.
Twenty Five years ago
Oscar winning Dances With Wolves was the highest new film at the top while Kindergarten Cop fell to number 2.
Making it four weeks at the top of the box office chart this week, and becoming the top grossing film ever in the UK in that time Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The seventh Star Wars film has not taken just about every honour the box office can give, except for highest grossing film across the globe, which it will probably leave where it is.
The figure for The Force Awakens this week are, £6 million for the weekend, £11 million for the week and £108 million total gross, it is of course the highest total grossing film on the chart.
Highest new film of the week is the 8th Quentin Tarantino film (have directors ever promoted film before by how many they have made!) The Hateful Eight which enters the chart at number 2.
The film takes £2.7 million for the weekend, £4 million behind The Force Awakens showing how popular that film still is.
The are no other new films on the box office top 10 this week.
A year ago
Tak3n (Taken 3) was the highest new film of the week knocking The Theory of Everything down to number 3.
Five years ago
Oscar winner The Kings Speech entered that box office at the top knocking Little Fockers down to number 3.
Ten years ago
King Kong remained at the top of the chart and with a static top 2 the highest new film was Just Friends at number 3.
Fifteen years ago
Unbreakable was unmovable at number 1 with the highest new film coming in at number 4 in the shape of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, good for an oriental movie.
Twenty years ago
Seven (or Se7en) was the highest new film at the top of the box office knocking Ace Ventura When Nature Calls down to number 2.
Twenty five years ago
Arachnophobia came in at the top and knocked Home Alone to number 2.
For the first time the UK box office surpass the £1 billion takings in a single calendar year, helped by big hits such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Kings Speech and The inbetweeners, all British films.
The actual figure according The British Film Institute is £1.04 billion 5% up on 2010, this amounts to a staggering 171,600,000 tickets sold (more or less), a figure which is a 1.4% increase on the previous year. The large difference in spend to tickets sold seems odd considering ticket prices went down in 2011, but then with the 3D tax you start to realize where the extra comes from.
Films shot in the UK or financed in someway in the UK amounts to just over 36%, that's a staggering 24% up on the previous year, this is an incredible statistic, especially in the wake of prime Minister David Cameron claiming the UK needs to make more blockbusters that make money, go figure!
This year looks to be another big year for movies with some great Hollywood blockbuster due in the coming months which will certainly boost to cinema figures for 2012.
This week War Horse remains at the top of the UK box office chart while the highest new film is Haywire.
Last Year The Kings Speech was still top of the box office with Black Swan the top new release.
Five years ago Rocky Balboa made a return to the top of the box office and was also the highest new film.
Ten Years ago The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was still at the top while Black Hawk Down was the top new film.
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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 final instalment of Harry Potter saw the boy wizard go out with a bang, and it became the most successful film of the franchise in the process, and for 2011 it is the highest grossing film at the UK box office.
During its 10 week run it raked up £73,094,187 in UK box office takings, at todays cinema ticket prices that is about 13.5 million tickets making it the 30th top film in the UK by ticker sales. Other film to do well in 2011 were The kings Speech with £45.3 milion, The Inbetweeners with £45 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with £32.9 million and The Hangover Part II with £32.7 million.
In all a good year for British films (is Harry Potter a British film?) with Blockbusters not doing so well, Breaking Dawn and Transformers Dark of the Moon performed well enough but they were big budget blockbusters and had higher expectations.
I think the winner of the year was The Inbetweeners Movie that performed well abouve expectations, made back its budget and secured a sequel in the process, al that for a little Channel 4 show about bad mouthed undersexed teens.
There was little buzz about this film other than the voice talent of Johnny Depp in the lead character role, Rango thus takes the top of the UK box office this week from another CG animated film.
Rango is the story of a lizard who winds up in the Wild West of America and you can guess what happens from there, queue many jokes based on the western genre! The film had a mediocre opening weekend in what has been a quiet week compared to recent weeks with a £1,638,613 weekend.
Runner up this week is another new entry in the shape of Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau, the George Nolfi directed film took £1,395,715 over the weekend.
Finishing a trio of new released at the top of the box office this week is the Liam Neeson starring Unknown. The thriller for which Neeson is starting to pigeon hole himself into is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and took £1,356,345.
For the top 3 it was a fairly close call all-round.
Frost and Pegg are at number 4 with their Alien film Paul which has a weekend take of £1,109,766 with a total gross of £12,207,049, and getting over the hangover of the award season if The Kings Speech which is now at 3 with a weekend of £1,076,381 which brings its total now to £41,930,117. Last weeks top film, Gnomeo and Juliet, falls all the way to 6 this week, quite a drop post school holiday, but Rango is direct competition and took much of its potential this week.
Compared to last year this weeks box office is way lower, last year Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland (3D) opened at the top of the chart with an excellent £10 million plus opening which is more than the combined top 15 this week, the rest of the top 5 last year was almost insignificant but Avatar was knocked off the top and The Crazies, The Lovely Bones and The Princess and the Frog all hang around but with diminishing returns.
Despite rumblings from many a commentator about maybe Colin Firth not getting an Oscar, or Natalie Portman being piped at the post by Annette Benning, in the end the Oscar evening went as predictably as you could imagine with just about everyone predicting all the major winners.
Colin Firth and Natalie Portman got their statues, while Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (both for The Fighter) got awarded. Maybe the most unpredictable award for the night was best film and director, most thought that The Social Network and its director David Fincher might clinch it, but The Kings Speech and director Tom Hooper took home the glory.
Toy Story 3 deservedly gained the best animated feature Oscar and in maybe a surprise move Banks diod not get the best documentary Oscar, so no stunt appearance, instead that went to Inside Job, a film from director Charles Ferguson about the financial crisis of 2008.
In all I suppose it was a predictable night, but one where all the Oscars went to deserved winners, something which rarely happens. The awards season is now over, a season which I used to get very excited about, and although I still look at the winners with interest I don't get nearly as excited as I did 10 years ago, maybe Oscar is no longer relevant?
Tangled maintained its position at the top of the UK box office chart this week with a non-too shabby weekend gross of £4,569,135 which is only down just over half a million on the previous week, not bad, this means also that the overall gross over 10 days stands at £ 10,742,265.
Retaining it number 2 spot is The Kings Speech which is still managing to impress, not only at the box office but at the continuous awards ceremonies at this time of year, a weekend take of £2,739,204 brings its gross of 5 weeks to £30,014,606.
Highest new entry of the week The Fighter, another Oscar contender for many awards the film stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and is directed by David O. Russell. A weekend take of £ 2,118,140 is good considering the competition.
Black Swan drops a single place to 4 with £1,725,630 while new at 5 is the James Cameron presented Sanctum, it's not doing the same numbers as a Cameron directed film and is maybe a little disappointing with £ 859,064.
Again this weeks box office is a little higher than this time last year where Avatar was still the top film and still raking in a weekend take of over £4million. Highest new entry was Disney's The Frog Princess with Astro Boy following and Invictus not far behind. Sherlock Holmes was still hanging onto the top 5.
Among all the Oscar and BAFTA buzz that is surrounding The Kings Speech at the moment it's no surprise to see it still topping the UK box office chart in it's third week of release.
Just to mention the Oscars, The Kings Speech has got more Nomination than any other film this year, 12 in Total, and it gets nods in all major categories except for Best Actress, it's up for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay to name just half of it's nominated categories.
Onto this weeks chart and the film took a very impressive £ 4,226,074 in it's 3rd week, which brings it's total to £ 18,312,482. It will be interesting to see if the award momentum can keep it at number one.
Top new release of the week is the Oscar nominated Black Swan starring Natalie Portman. The ballet drama which also stars Winona Ryder took £2,762,429 during it's first weekend.
Slipping to third this week is The Green Hornet with £1,187,652 and a total gross after 2 weeks of £ 3,830,737.
New at 4 is The Dilemma with £1,102,798, a disappointing debut for a Ron Howard film starring Vince Vaughn, and making a slow fall down is Gulliver's Travels at 5 with £992,382 making it's total £13,728,081.
This weeks chart is again lower than this time last year where Avatar and Sherlock Holmes were still pulling in the audience with Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, Up in the Air and It's Complicated also doing very good business.
Among all the award glory that The Kings Speech is gaining it has also managed to retain it's top on the UK box office this week with a weekend gross of £4,401,926 which is higher than last week but the film was being shown in more theaters.
It's a certainty that the film will continue to gross in large numbers with the seemingly continuous awards being beset upon the film, a Golden Globe is in the bag, a number of BAFTA's are sure to follow and Oscar is definitely knocking on the door.
After 10 days of release the film has taken a total gross of £10,759,019. New this week at 2 is Green Hornet, the latest in a long run and continuing run of high budget super hero movies. Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz Green Hornet took £1,878,905 over the weekend.
Falling a single place to three this week is Danny Boyles true life drama 127 Hours which grossed £1,342,432 increasing it's total for 10 days to £4,367,411, a little less than maybe would have been expected but this is no Slumdog!
The last 2 place on the top 5 are taken by Christmas hold over movies Gulliver's Travels and Little Fockers which take £1,252,107 and £1,224,667 respectively over the weekend.
The box office this week is down on this time last year where Avatar and Sherlock Holmes were still taking good money at the box office, although for ticket sales Avatar is in line with The Kings Speech due to the 3D tax for the Cameron extravaganza.
Last weekend the Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter starrer The Kings Speech tool the top spot at the box office with a gross of £3,523,102 over Friday – Sunday.
The film directed by Tom Hooper and also starring Geoffrey Rush has already won multiple awards and is being tipped for many more during the busy January/February awards season and Oscar glory is expected.
Also new this week is Oscar winner Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours. A true story of a climber who gets stuck in a craves by a bolder lodging his arm stars James Franco in an almost solo performance, and again is tipped for award glory this season. 127 Hours takes £ 2,168,570 this week.
Falling from is festive position at the top, Little Fockers falls to 3rd place this week with £ 1,798,677 bringing it's total gross in the UK to £ 15,282,292.
Jack Blacks Gulliver's Travels falls to 4th this week, taking £ 1,554,266 and bringing it's total gross to £ 10,881,583.
Last new entry in the top five this week is Russell Crowe starring in The Next Three Days, a disappointing opening for the film, although it still managed to take over a million for the weekend with £1,046,333. This years top 5, although good is down on last years top 5 where Avatar was still taking incredible weekend grosses as was the runner up film Sherlock Holmes.