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Calling it the Harry Potter world is old hat now, the Wizarding World as its known is now growing beyond the boy wizard and we have a new series of films.
The Fantastic Beasts series reaches its second film this November and today Warner Bros. release the final trailer.
Were not a big fan of the Harry Potter series but we loved Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and judging from this trailer the mystery and wonder as well as the sheer epic spectacle are all in place.
I cant help thinking that after a great first movie in the series this film is just going to fall to type and be a good guy versus bad guy like Harry Potter.
Decide for yourself and and check out the trailer below.
Top films globally in 2017: Beauty and the Beast top the global box office in 2017
2017 at the global box office was a story of remakes, sequels and superheroes where a beauty and a beast in live action was the top film of the year while the 8th Furious film wasn't far behind.
Beauty and the Beast, the live action version, was the top at the global box office during 2017 helping Disney to be, by a long way, the biggest studio of 2017 with 6 of the top 10 films coming from the mouse house.
Universal also did well in the runner up spot with Fast and Furious 8 and Despicable Me 3 at 2 and 3 as the long established series bucked a trend of diminished returns for sequels throughout the year.
Warner did well with the DC cinematic universe and the horror hit IT filling in the lower end of the list although Justice League failed to make the top 10 (although it is still on general release at the end of 2017).
Here is the top 10 films of 2017 across the globe.
No Surprise on this weeks UK box office that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the top film, its more of a case of what numbers did it manage.
With less anticipation it didn't do as well at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it did better than last years offshoot Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
A £28 million opening is the 3rd highest in the UK evert after the previous Star Wars and Spectre, time will tell what the final gross will be but with mixed reviews it will most likely be around the £90 million mark and be a top 5 top film in the UK.
Paddington 2 falls to number 2 while Daddys Home 2 is at number 3.
Wonder is still doing well at number 4 with Justice League falling to number 5 this week.
UK top 10 box office weekend 15th - 17th December 20171 Star Wars: The Last Jedi £28,010,841
Paddington 2 wins the UK box office again, now on its 5th week of release and 3rd week in total at the top
Highest new film of the week if Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal at number 10.
Longest running film of the week is Thor: Ragnorak which is also the highest total grossing film with £30.6 million.UK box office for weekend of 8th - 10th December 2018 as follows:
1 Paddington 2 £1,690,027
2 Daddys Home 2 £1,135,646
3 Wonder £742,687
4 Justice League £552,227
5 Murder On The Orient Express £412,400
6 The Disaster Artist £331,685
7 Thor: Ragnarok £242,176
8 A Bad Moms Christmas £168,037
9 Nutcracker ROH 2017/18 £137,861
10 Stronger £102,379
Released on 17th November the BBFC have given Justice League a 12A rating in the UK.
The film which is part of the DCEU stars Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot as Batman and Wonder Woman, it is directed by Zack Snyder with some help from Joss Whedon.
JUSTICE LEAGUE (12A) moderate fantasy violence https://t.co/wkWYQUU3Xa— BBFC (@BBFC) November 7, 2017
In a summer of superheroes, Apes and Pirates it was a was film which out grossed everything with few stars but a visionary director who is a master of storytelling.
Christopher Nolan has become one of the most prolific directors in modern cinema and he took the moving story of Dunkirk to the top over the summer to the tune of £53 million.
It was by far the top film of the summer season with the closest competitor at number 2 Spider-Man Homecoming which brought home just why of £30 million.
Next up is the highest grossing film ever from a female director in the shape of Wonder Woman which grossed £22 million while the apes rules at number 4 with War For The Planet of The Apes grossing £20 million.
IN recent years a new Pirates of the Caribbean film would have meant big money but Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge came in at 5 with under £20 million, far less than previous entries.
Looking further down the top films of the summer in the UK Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 was the sixth top film while Alien: Covenant was the seventh and Baby Driver the eight.
Rounding out the top 10 is The Emoji Movie at nine and finally Cars 3 at number ten, another film which is suffering from series fatigue and has done far worse than the others in the series.
Looking forward to the holiday season ahead we can expect top film from IT to Kingsman The Golden Circle, Blade Runner 2049 to Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League to Star Wars: The LAst Jedi.
After a strong debut last weekend the Christopher Nolan war epic Dunkirk remains at the top despite a strong showing from The Emoji Movie.
A weekend gross of $26 million was enough to secure a second weekend on top for Dunkirk with a 44% drop in weekend grosses.
This brings the total gross after 10 days to $102 million, another hit for Nolan after the Batman trilogy, Interstellar and Inception.
A strong debut for The Emoji Movie has brought the film into the box office at number 2, it narrowly missed out on the top spot with a $25.6 million debut.
Animated features do well these days from the likes of Disney and Dreamworks and with kids using Emojis on a daily bases and the kids holidays coming to an end, so parents treat the kids this could have a way to go.
Also new this week is Atomic Blonde, the R rated movie makes its debut at 4 with $18.5 million.
Wonder Woman is once again the longest running film and the highest total grossing with 9 weeks on the chart and $396.4 million in grosses.
The apes were no competition for the spider as Spider-Man Homecoming holds on to the top of the global box office for a second week.
With a $117.5 million week from 64 countries the Marvel version of the popular franchise hold the top spot beating all competition with relative ease.
This brings the films total global gross to $469 million and the film is set to go over half a billion this week, a billion could be a stretch though.
War For The Planet of The Apes is the top new film at 2 with $102.5 million from 62 countries and a 55% 45% split from US to rest of the world.
This is the series finale and despite not taking as much as the previous film this is still on track to be another winner for the much loved series.
Highest total grossing film on the global box office this week is Wonder Woman which has now taken an incredible $764.8 million.
The prequel trilogy of The Planet of The Apes concludes this year with the release of War For The Planet of The Apes, and the much loved series makes its debut at the top.
Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Woody Harrelson and a motion capped Andy Serkis the third film in this trilogy makes its US debut with $56 million.
Spider-Man Homecoming spends just a week at the top and falls to number 2 with a weekend gross of $45.2 million.
This brings the film total US gross to $208 million from 10 days of play, good for a Spider-Man movie and about inline with most of the others if not a little higher, especially from its immediate predecessor.
Also new this week is horror film Wish Upon which opens in 7th place with $5.5 million.
Wonder Woman it yet again the longest stay on the box office with a 7 week run and the highest total grossing film with $380 million from the US box office.
Across the globe this week Spider-Man Homecoming makes its debut at the top with a global gross of $257 million from 57 countries.
The first Spider-Man film to be released into the MCU the film also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man which seems to have broadened the appeal of the film.
The film did well in the US taking $117 million but took $140 million on the international markets with South Korea leading the way.
Despicable Me 3 fell from the top to number 2 this week with $172.9 million from 61 countries, this brings the film total global gross to $447.5 million.
Wonder Woman is at number 4 this week and is the highest total grossing film globally, it has now grossed $745 million and is still showing in 65 countries.
Worth a mention if The House That Never Dies II, only released in 1 country it sits at number 6 this week with $14 million.
Cars 3 this week falls to number 8, with a total gross of $193 million globally it could well end up as the lowest grossing Pixar movie to date.
The third re-boot of the popular Spider-Man swings onto the top of the US box office this week with one major difference from the previous series of the character.
Spider-Man Homecoming unlike the previous films is a Marvel film and part of the Disney MCU which allow it to feature Iron Man and Captain America, and it would seem audience are enjoy it.
Taking $117 million at the US box office this weekend it is the first time since the Sam Raimi Spider-Man that the series will make big money.
After making its debut at number 1 last week Despicable Me 3 falls to number 2 with a $34 million weekend, more than 50% drop from last week.
This brings the films total US gross to about $150 from its first 10 days of release, it will be the lowest grossing of the series.
Wonder Woman is the longest running film on the US box office this week with 6 weeks, it is also the highest total grossing with $368 million.
After a release last week in some smaller location Despicable Me 3 gets its wider global release and tops the chart in the process.
Diminishing returns for the series means the third film gets the lowest wide release of the series but it still manages a $171 million for the week from 53 countries.
This brings the films total global gross to $192.3 million, well below the other films in the series and with Despicable Me 2 grossing just under a billion dollars and Minions taking $1.1 billion this one could fall way short.
Transformers: The Last Knight made its debut at the top last week but this week falls to number 2, small $85 million week gross from 45 countries takes the films total to $429.9 million.
Baby Driver this week goes to 17 countries sits at number 4 with $27.8 million which brings the films total gross to $36.8 million.
Highest new film of the week is The House starring Will Farrell and Amy Poehler which debuts at 9 with $11.7 million from 21 countries.
Wonder Woman is the top total grossing film of the week, currently at number 3 its taken $707.9 million in world grosses.
This weekend the powerhouse animated series Despicable Me takes over on its debut weekend in the form of its third, or is that fourth, movie.
Despicable Me 3 is the third in the series although the much loved Minion characters did have their own solo outing last year.
This latest chapter opens to a $75 million US opening and like many of the series films this year so far it is suffering and is lower than previous films.
Maybe even more worrying it that this opens lower than last years spin off film which mean it may be a while before we see more films in the Despicable Me series.
Coming in at number 2 is the much hyped and critical darling Baby Driver, a $21 million opening for the British director Edgar Wright film is not bad at all and promising things could be ahead.
Transformers: The Last Knight falls from the top spot and falls 62% in its weekend takings which is worrying for the rotob bashing franchise, this weekend the film took $17 million for a total of $102.1 million.
This weeks longest running film on the US chart is Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge at 6 weeks and the highest total grossing film is Wonder Woman with $346 million.
With the release of the fifth in the now long running Transformers series we were bound to get a new film at the top of the UK box office.
Transformers The Last Knight makes its way to the top of the Uk box office on its debut weekend of release with a gross of £4.6 million, a low for the series.
In fact the other 4 films have made between £8 and £11 million on their opening, it could not surprise me if this one struggles to make that during its entire run.
Wonder Woman spent three weeks at the top of the box office before this week falling to number 2, still a &poound;1.5 million weekend is not too bad.
The films total gross has not crossed the &poound;18 million mark and it should go past the £20 million before the end of its run.
Also new this week is Hampsted at number 6 and Tubelight at number 7 with half a million and £300,000+ respectively.
Longest running film this week is The Boss Baby with 12 weeks on the charts and highest total grossing is Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 which has now takes £40.7 million.
A year ago
The Secret Life of pets landed at the top, it knocked off The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case which spent just a week at the top.
Five years ago
As odd as it seemed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter made its debut at the top knocking off Prometheus which fell to 4.
Ten years ago
Staying at the top for a second weekend was 4: Rise of The Silver Surfer while the top new film was Captivity at number 4.
Fifteen years ago
Spider-Man stayed at the top of the box office while top new film was The Musketeer right down at number 8.
Twenty years ago
The Devils Own found its way to the top on its debut while The Fifth Element fell to number 3 after two weeks on top.
Twenty five years ago
spending a third week at the top was The Lawnmower Man, it kept The Lover at bay which made its debut at number 2.
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.
Making it a trio of weeks at the top this week Wonder Woman beats again The Mummy while the top new film is Churchill at number 5.
The DC Universe from Warner Bros. really has kicked into gear now with Wonder Woman taking £1.8 million on its third weekend of release.
This puts the films total gross in the UK at £16.2 million, although last years Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice made more it was very front loaded and by this point in its run had really slowed down.
The Mummy has done better in the UK than in other territories where it sunk on the second weekend, this week its still at 2 with £1.1 million for a total of £4.9 million.
Highest new film of the week is Churchill which enters the UK box office at number 5 with £392,732.
The film starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson has been praised critically but as a small independent film doesn’t get the reach of a high budget blockbuster and was only screened in 345 sites.
The film has done well to take this much and as is often the case with British film it is sure to hang around for many weeks to come.
Other films making their debut this weekend are Gifted starring Chris Evans and the Nick Broomfield documentary Whitney Can I Be Me at number 10.
Longest running film this weekend is The Boss Baby with 11 weeks on the chart while the top grossing movie is Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 which has now grossed £40 million in total.
A year ago
The Conjuring 2 The Enfield Case was the top new film making its debut at number 1 while Me Before You fell to number 2 after 2 weeks on top.
Five years ago
Prometheus retained the top slot for a third weekend while the top new film was Rock of Ages at number 4.
Ten years ago
4: Rise of The Silver Surfer topped the charts on its debut knocking Ocean’s Thirteen down to number 2 after a week of release.
Fifteen years ago
Spider-Man (the original Sam Raimi version) made its debut at the top of the UK box office, it knocked Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones down to number 2 after 4 weeks on top.
Twenty years ago
remaining at the top was The Fifth Element while the top new film was Whoopy Goldberg in The Associate at number 7.
Twenty five years ago
The Lawnmower Man held onto the top for a second weekend with Dolly Pardon in Straight Talk the top new film at number 4.
At the US box office this weekend Pixar released its latest offering Cars 3 and although it took the top spot is was a relatively low opening for the animation studio at $53.5 million.
For a Cars film it was lower than either Cars or Cars 2, for a Pixar movie it was lower than all their films but Ratatouille.
Lightning McQueen and the gang have never been one of Pixar’s popular characters despite this being the third film and they have a themed area at Disneys California Adventure. so clearly someone at Pixar likes them.
Wonder Woman slips to second place on its third week of release, although it is still performing well with a $40.7 million weekend.
The total US gross of the film now sits at $274 million and will easily get to $300 million and has $400 million in its sights.
Also new this week is All Eyez On Me at number 3 with $27 million and 47 Meters Down at number 5 with $11.5 million, Rough Night also makes a new entry at number 7, the film had high hopes.
Longest running film and highest grossing film this week is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, 7 weeks and $374 million.
Tom Cruise has always been a film favourite at the UK box office having scored hit film after hit film, but his latest film The Mummy which must have seemed like a sure fire hit falls at number 2 this week.
It was a very close call in the end with The Mummy pulling in £3.3 million on its debut, if you compare this to Cruises last film Jack Reacher Never Go Back it is a million higher, but compared to his last franchise film Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation it is a couple of million shy.
Despite if this means the actor is starting to loose his sure fire hit status if you compare this The Mummy to the 1999 Brendan Fraser version of the film its about equal, and that nearly 20 years ago.
Remaining at the top for a second week, and by the thinest of margins is Wonder Woman which takes £3.4 million this weekend.
This brings the films total gross after 10 days of play to £12.8 million and well on track to be one of the highest grossing movies of the year.
Also new this week at number 5 is the Live Cinema event Take That Wonderland Live From The O2 with £1 million.
New at 6 is My Cousin Rachel while another event movie Peter Pan: NT Live 2017 is new at 11.
With Beauty and The Beast returning to the top 15 this week it becomes once again the top grossing movie with £72 million and the longest running film at 12 weeks.
A year ago
Me Before You remained at the top of the box office for a second weekend and with a strong upper chart the top new film was The Boss at number 7.
Five years ago
Prometheus stayed at the top for a second weekend with The Pact the highest new film at 4.
Ten years ago
Ocean’s Thirteen was the new film making its debut a the top, its knocked Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End down to number 2 after 2 weeks at the top.
Fifteen years ago
Four weeks at number one for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones while the top new film was Unfaithful at number 2.
Twenty years ago
The fifth Element made its debut at the top knocking Liar Liar down to number 3.
Twenty five years ago
The Lawnmower Man was the top new film at number one knocking Wayne’s World down to number 2 after 2 weeks on top.
The release of a new Tom Cruise film its bound to make some waves and The Mummy makes its debut at the top of the global box office this week with a $175 million opening.
Domestically (in America) the film has not gone down that well with a $32.2 million debut, but internationally the film has and takes $141.8 million, the film is opened in 64 countries this week.
Compared to previous Cruise movies this is a low take, the reviews have not been that favourable and it must be a bit worrying to Universal as this is supposed to be the first of a new universe of movies.
Wonder Woman slips to number 2 this week, still doing good business it takes $115.2 million from 58 countries which brings the Gal Gadot film to $435.2 million in global takings.
The film is still getting good word of mouth and it has really kicked the DC Universe into gear, it will be interesting to see for Justice League performs later this year.
The rest of the top 5 has Pirates of the Caribbean 5 at number 3 with $45 million, Baywatch at number 4 with $15 million and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie at number 5 with $14 million.
Tom Cruise launches his latest vehicle this weekend in the US but it is no match for the mammoth Wonder Woman which spends a second weekend at the top.
Tom Cruise spent the early part of his career avoiding franchise films but since starring and producing the Mission:Impossible series of film he has become more seduced by the idea.
With Another Jack Reacher film released earlier this year and another Top Gun film promised Cruise here starts with The Mummy which promises to kick off a Dark Universe franchise.
The Mummy kicks off its US box office run with a number 2 debut and $32.2 million, really not the sort of business Universal were expecting, add to that bad reviews and Cruise may start worrying.
Wonder Woman holds onto the top spot this week with a $57.1 million second weekend, easily beating The Mummy, this brings the films total gross to $205 million.
Also new this week is It Comes At Night, $6 million and number 6 and Megan Leavey, new at 8 with $3.7 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is this weeks longest running film with 6 weeks on the chart and the highest total grossing movie with $366 million.
This week the flagging DC Cinematic Universe owned by Warner Bros. got a well needed kick start with Wonder Woman that not only got a fantastic opening weekend but also got good reviews.
For a new IP starring the little known Gal Gadot a £6.1 million opening is fantastic, although Chris Pine does brings some star power and the film easily takes over at the top of the UK box office.
Compared to the previous 2 films in the series, Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel it is far lower but the reviews have been far better and this film could have a good run ahead of it.
With Justice League coming on November this year it could be a good year for Warner and the DC property it so wants to be a rival to Marvel Cinematic Universe but is lacking to date.
Falling from the top to number 3 this week is Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge, a weekend take of £2 million brings the films total to £13 million.
Worth noting is for the week Monday - Sunday Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge would have still been number 1 with a weekly take of £7.7 million.
Also making its debut this week is Baywatch, a slapstick retelling of the 90s TV show, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zak Efron the film takes £4.6 million, not bad really but not good up against a superhero movie.
This week has Smurfs The Lost Village as the longest running film with 9 weeks while Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 is the top total grossing movie with £39.6 million after 6 weeks.
A year ago
Warcraft made its debut at the top of the box office on its debut, and with a whole new top 3 X-Men Apocalypse fell to number 5.
Five years ago
Prometheus made its debut at the top of the UK box office while Men in Black 3 fell to number 3 on its second weekend of release.
Ten years ago
Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End spent a second weekend at the top while making its debut at 2 was Wedding Daze.
Fifteen years ago
Staring at the top was Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones for a third weekend while top new film was 40 Days and 40 Nights.
Twenty years ago
On its 5th weekend of release Liar Liar Went back to the top while the top new film was Absolute Power which entered at number 2, the previous weeks top film, Jungle 2 Jungle fell to number 3.
Twenty five years ago
Waynes World stayed at the top for a second weekend with the top new film being Medicine Man at number 3.
As Warner Bros. unleash the next film in its expanding DC Universe hopes are high that Wonder Woman will kick it into high gear, and with a $223 million opening from 56 countries it can be considered a success.
With man of Steel and Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice not really setting the box office alight the way many had hoped we now have the DC movie the fans have been longing for as Wonder Woman pleases critics and fans alike.
After a week atop the global box office last week Pirates of The Caribbean: Salazars Revenge falls to number 2 with $95.4 million from 55 countries, the films tepid reception with critics and fans has done the film no favours and it cant compete with a superhero juggernaut.
We will have to see if this means a slow down or end to the series, Disney has got used to $1 billion plus grosses for the series and this will most likely come no-where near that figure at the film reaches the half billion mark globally.
Making a decent debut at number 4 is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, $24.2 million from 9 countries isn't bad for a film with little hype.
The time of Pirates of The Caribbean is over and the dawn of the DC universe is upon us as Wonder Woman, the first female led super hero movie, blasts onto the US box office.
A massive $100 million opening ensured that the film hit the top spot on its debut, and of course it grossed more than the rest of the US box office combined.
Unlike its spiritual predecessor, Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice, this movie was met with mostly favourable reviews by critics and audiences alike.
The $100 million plus opening gives Wonder Woman the third biggest of 2017 in America following Beauty and The Beast and Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2.
Falling hard from the top spot this week is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men tell No Tales (as its called in America) and the film fell nearly 70% from last week to end up at number 3.
With a weekend gross of only $21.6 million on its second weekend could this mean an end to the pirate saga? The film has taken $114.6 million in total.
Also new this week is Captain Underpants from Dreamworks, based on the kids books the film lands at number 2 with $23.5 million.
On probably its last weekend on the US box office Beauty and The Beast is the longest running film with 12 weeks and the highest total grossing with just over $500 million.
New, International, trailer for Wonder Woman reveals more story and plenty of action.
Chris Pine shines in this trailer and we get to see a little more of the relationship between him and Wonder Woman.
Check out the trailer below.
New trailer for Wonder Woman - film has a UK release date of June 2nd.
Wonder Woman trailer hits the internet.
First Wonder Woman trailer.
A new trailer has landed for Batman V Superman from Warner as part of their DC Universe, and will kick off the Justice League.
As promised the film will feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman as well as feature other character fro the Justice League.
Opening across the UK this weekend are The Wachowski's Cloud Atlas, Horror film Mama which is presented by respected director Guillermo del Toro and famed director Terrence Malick's latest To The Wonder.
Cloud Atlas is Andy and Lana Wachowski's return to film making after 5 years out of the game. Their most famous film to date is The Matrix from 1999. Their new film stars a host of Hollywood A-Listers including Tom Hanks and Halle Berry and is based on the surreal novel from David Mitchell, the story following characters spanning across decades of time.
Mama is a scare fest horror movie from director Andres Muschietti and is the story of 2 young girls who are found apparently living alone in the woods and brought back to live with a young couple, only to find their dead mother wants them back.
Finally Terrence Mallick releases his latest film To The Wonder that follows a young couple in love on their journey through life after a visit to Mont Saint-Michel.
It was the big night on Sunday for the Oscars, which meant it was the big night for the Razzies on Saturday, the two ceremonies that celebrate the two end of the scale for the film industry, and in a first for the industry Sandra Bullock received one of each.
On Saturday night Sandra Bullock was announced as the worst actress of the year for her role in All About Steve, and she had the dignity to be at the ceremony to get the award, and then on Sunday night she was announced as bet actress for her role in The Blind Side, and she was there to get the Oscar.
The big winner for the Razzies though was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which took awards for worst film and worst director, and quite predictable Michael Bay was not there to get the award.
The next night, and of course the one which everyone talks about, Katherine Bigalo beat her ex-husband and scooped the best film and best director, and unbelievable is the first woman to pick up such an award.
On the Oscar front Jeff Bridges also got an award for his role in Crazy Heart while Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique won supporting Oscars for Inglourious Basterds and Precious.
In all the weekend was a predictable night for awards and makes you wonder if the whole awards things is getting a little boring?
Although retail sales on the street are looking pretty glum at the moment with retailers closing their doors by the week it's nice to see a report that sales of Blu-ray movies are up, by an incredible 400%.
The British Video Association have reveled (in a chat with pocket-lint.co.uk) that 1.5 million disk were sold in December. This is great news for Sony, the format and entertainment sales, but lets look try to examine why such a huge jump.
Blu-ray is a new(ish) home movie format, one which had a vicious and fairly long battle with Toshiba's now defunct HD DVD to be the successor to DVD in the home, so 2008 was the first Christmas that consumers had only one high-definition format to choose from, a relief for many I'm sure. Couple this with the fact that the price of the players are coming down to that which consumers beyond the film fanatic are willing to pay and the number of Blu-ray players in the home starts to increase.
HD TVs are also dropping in price and you can currently pick up a decent 1080p TV for well under £1000 if that's too much a decent "HD Ready" can be bought for as little as £300, this together with good sales of the PlayStation 3 which can play Blu-ray movies means that the high definition world is hitting more and more homes, probably by the week.
Now what was the best selling disk on Blu-ray in December, well no surprise to hear it was The Dark Knight (selling nearly 300,000) which was not only one of the more anticipated moves of the year but also one which many people would have wanted on the high-def format, summer action/sci-fi films are what will sell the format.
With all this in mind it's no wonder that sales of the Blu-ray disks are increasing at such a fantastic rate. Don't get me wrong I love Blu-ray and have the full high-def set-up and have enjoyed many films (WALL-E and The Dark Knight are particularly good) on the format, and I hope this surge in sales continues and eventually overtakes DVD, roll on Quantum of Solace it'll be great I'm sure, but it's not really a surprise is it?
Total World gross $298,071,305 and the 443rd top grossing film globally
UK BBFC Certificate: PGGenres:
Highest chart position: 3
Weeks on box office: 6