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Highest chart position: 1
Weeks on box office: 11
3rd August 2020
The US box office is still limping along with drive-in movie theatres making up most of the box office figures as cinemas continue to struggle to re-open in light of the continued threat of COVID-19
This week The Rental remains at the top and with a more mainstream new release Summerland is the top new film but older catalogue titles still continue to dominate the top 5 movies.
Here are the top 5 movies in America 31st July - 2 August 2020.
The Dave Franco directed horror movie spends another weekend at the top of the US box office with a gross of $317K over the Friday to Sunday frame.
The movie has now taken just under a million with $916K and will most likely be the third film under the cinema closures to cross the million mark.
The 1983 classic spends a 6th weekend on rerelease on the box office, this weekend its sits at number 2 with a gross of $150K pushing the movies total to $62.7 Million since release.
Steven Spielberg's evergreen classic spends its 7th weekend on the box office under release, this weekend at number 3 it takes $117K pushing its total since release to $403.6 Million.
The ever popular time travel movie starring Michael J. Fox is at number 4 with a weekend gross of $107K wihch takes its total gross since release to $211.2 Million.
Staying at number 5 this week is director Scott Wiper's gangster movie starring Vinnie Jones which takes $105K for a $332.3K total after 2 weeks.
Director Jessica Swale's romantic comedy is the highest new film at number 7 this weekend with an opening gross of $38.3K.
31st July 2020
Last week saw Onward at the top of the UK box office, can any of this weeks new releases do enough to top the chart this weekend?
First up at cinemas this week is Proxima, directed by Alice Winocour who also directed Disorder in 2016 which grossed £75.3 Thousand in the UK.
It stars Eva Green who last starred in Dumbo (2019).
The film also stars Matt Dillon who last appeared in Capone (2020).
Next on this weeks new release schedule is Summerland.
This new release stars Gemma Arterton who's last film was How To Build A Girl (2020)
It also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw Gugu who is making a feature film debut.
The film is brought to us by new director Jessica Swale.
Next up this week is 100% Wolf which is directed by Alexs Stadermann who directed Maya The Bee Movie in 2015.
It stars Adriane Daff and Akmal Saleh.
Also this week there is Anderson Falls from director Julien Seri marking a directorial debut.
The film features Shawn Ashmore and Gary Cole in starring roles.
Check back on Monday to see if these new releases enter the UK Weekend Box Office Chart.
There is 1 new release this week
29th July 2020
An agreement between cinema chain AMC and film distribution giant Universal Studios has seen cinema release window shrink to 17 days after release.
Before the coronavirus pandemic the release window was 75 days, but the cinema closures gave Universal an opportunity to test direct to VOD which they did with Trolls World Tour and it would seem it was a success.
Universal threatened to release new movies simultaneously on VOD and cinema for which AMC, who owns UK cinema chain ODEON, threatened to no longer show their films.
As the two have a synergy of sorts they have come to an agreement and the window has shrunk from 75 days to 17, so the cinema chains have about 2 and a half weeks to make their money.
It will be interesting to see how this works in reality as the film on VOD, or box office VOD, it changes per platform, will be in the £20+ ($19+) region, and for a movie to watch at home when the normal rental price is in the £6 ($5) region.
The boundaries can be moved but clearly Universal in in control and they will do whatever brings them the most amount of money.
Watch this space, but lets hope the movie theatre will still be with us in the future, Steven Spielberg famously claimed home video tapes would kill the cinema experience and refused to release E.T. for many years on VHS, it ended up helping to boost the industry, lets hope the same can happen here and the two can find their space in the market.
27th July 2020
As Disney continue to top the UK box office with their Pixar release Onward a rerelease of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring in its extended version enters as the top film wile Stage Mother is the top new film.
Here is a rundown of the top 5(+1) movies for weekend 24th - 26th July 2020.
Continuing its very impressive run at the top of the box office is Pixars movie which was also at the top when cinemas closed due to the virus, the movie has now spent 5 (non-consecutive) weeks at the top.
The movie takes £60K over the weekend which pushes its total to £5.52 Million.
Considering this movie was available on VOD during the cinema closures and has only hit cinemas in the last few week its done well and sits at number 2 this week with £35K.
The movie has now taken £177K during its 4 week(ish) box office run.
Highest new film last week and goes up the chart this week to number 3 this week with £25K for a total of £46K after 2 weeks.
Climbing up a place to number 4 this week is the Patrick Swayze dance classic with takes £24.8K which pushed its total to just shy of £4 Million, the movie has spent 16 weeks on the chart.
Re-released in its extended version the Peter Jackson classic movie which was first release in 2001 takes £24.1K.
This is the movies 16th weekend on the box office and has taken £61.6 Million in the UK.
Highest new film of the week enters the box office at number 6, the movie is directed by Thom Fitzgerald and stars Lucy Liu and takes £19.3K on its debut.
24th July 2020
Mulan was about a week away from release when the world started closing down due the the COVID-19 pandemic, after a couple of new dates Disney have now removed it from their schedule until further notice.
This isn't much of a surprise as America is still deep in the pandemic with cases increasing daily and there is no sign to the end meaning cinemas are still not ready to re-open.
This may seem unfair to the rest of the world which is slowly staring to re-open and cinemas are in limited capacity accepting people in their doors, but who knows like Warner Bros. and Tenet a staggered release may happen.
This is just the latest is what is becoming a long list of films, as mentioned Tenet has been removed indefinitely and today it was announced that Bill & Ted Face The Music will get a simultaneous movie theatre and VOD release.
There are more to come I'm sure as Wonder Woman 1985 and A Quiet Place Part II are just around the corner and the virus is still months away from being controlled in the US.
A staggered global release similar to hot things were before the turn of the Millennium is possible, films used to get released in Europe and Australia often up to a year after their American release.
This was stopped primarily because of piracy and with the internet the ease of distributing pirated films, as opposed to buying the film on VHS from your mate down the pub!
25thframe.co.uk will bring you more as films get delayed.