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Go 1999 No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

Adults should be free to choose their own entertainment. Exceptions are most likely in the following areas:

  • where the material is in breach of the criminal law, or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence
  • where material or treatment appears to us to risk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society. For example, the detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals. This may include portrayals of sadistic violence, rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour
  • which make this violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities
  • where there are more explicit images of sexual activity in the context of a sex work (see right) In the case of video works, which may be more accessible to younger viewers, intervention may be more frequent than for cinema films.


 102 minutes (1 hrs 42 mins)
UK release date UK release: 3rd September 1999
 BBFC Age Rating:  18 age rating
US release date US release: 9th April 1999
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The year 2021 was a tough year for British Cinema, it started with cinemas being closed until the end of May, and it was only after a slow start and into June that it started to pick up, but it ended with potentially one of the biggest movies of all time.

As we go into 2022 the threat of closures due to the growing concernes of the pandemic, but currently it looks like things are set to stay open.

We get a fairly slow start to the year although the excellent Licorice Pizza which came out on January 1st is well worth a watch, but things get going in mid January when the new Scream gets a release, horror movies often do well in January and with the built in audience and all the original stars back this should be a hit.

As January continues we get Oscar Contender Cyrano with what looks to be an awards worthy performance from Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage.

Also in January is Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth and Kenneth Branagh's Belfast along with Guy Ritchie's Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre and Nightmare Alley starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett.

The hits come thick and fast as we leave January as the much anticipated Morbius and Sing 2 get a release.

We go into February and epic event director Roland Emmerich brings up Moonfall and we also get the 'does anyone really want it?' Jackass Forever.

In the middle of the month we get the much delayed Death on the Nile from Kenneth Branagh, his second film in consecutive months, and then as them month closes we get the much anticipated Uncharted starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg.

We go into spring with the March release os the overly anticipated The Batman which is directed by Matt Reeves and stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.

Pixar also release their forst movie of the year Turning Red and we also get a movie delayed from the end of 2021 in the shape of sequel movie Downton Abbey: A New Era/

Finally in March we get the fourth in the John Wick series which is yet to get a full title along with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in The Lost City

We get into April and the follow up movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is released with Jim Carrey and Idris Elba lending his voice to villain Knuckles.

Before the summer season starts Warner Bros. release Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore which will have Mads Mikkelsen taking over the role of Grindelwald and then at the end of the month we get a surprise follow up movie with Fisherman's Friends: One and All.

All eyes will be on the start of May as the spiritual successor to Spider-Man: No Way Home is released with Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and we finally get the delayed too many times movie Top Gun: Maverick, a follow up to the classic 1986 movie starring Tom Cruise.

Then we get into summer proper as June brings Jurassic World: Dominion and the Pixar movie Lightyear where Chris Evans takes over as the voice of Buzz Lightyear.

Another movie which has been delayed, Minions: The Rise of Gru gets a release in July along with the next MCU movie Thor: Love and Thunder which will see Natalie Portman take over as Thor and Taika Waititi returns to direct this fourth instalment.

As the year goes past the halfway mark the next Jordan Peele horror movie gets a release with Nope and then superstar Dwayne Johnson becomes a superhero in Black Adam.

August brings us The Man From Toronto starring Kaley Cuoco better known as Penny from The Big Bang Theory and September takes us to Salems Lot in this adaptation of the Stephen King novel from director Gary Dauberman.

September also brings us Don't Worry Darling from Olivia Wilde and stars Florence Pugh and as we enter October the much anticipated animated sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part One gets released.

October is known for its horror movies and Halloween Ends brings the current trilogy to a close, and maybe even the series of movies while there is a return for another long running horror series as Paranormal Activity: The Other Side gets released.

November has a new movie from the DCEU as The Flash is another movie which shows us that DC can do multiverses as well and in the same month Marvel brings us Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

As the year comes to a close we get the big screen adaptation of Matilda from the musical rather than the book and then the DCEU is back with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

And then finally we get the animated movie Super Mario Bros.: The Movie starring the famous Nintendo plumber in his first big screen animated movie.

There will be more announcement in time as the end of the year is a little empty at the moment, but there we have it, a year of movies to look forward to, and as you can imagine in this uncertain time, there is every possibility that some movies will be delayed, especially if there is another lockdown and cinemas close.

Keep and eye on upcoming releases at our coming soon page.

The UK box office came to a grinding halt in January of 2021 as the global pandemic took full grip of the country so there was no chart until the middle of May.

Once cinemas opened it was a slow start Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway coming out on top for the first few weeks, it wasn't until late June when Fast & Furious 9 was released that things started to hot up, then things started to go from strength to strength.

Here is a breakdown of the top 5 movie of 2021 at the UK box office.

No Time To Die

The much delayed 25th movie in the Bond series finally got released at the very end of September 2021 and after a massive debut weekend where it took nearly £26 Million the movie managed to do what Tenet the previous year couldn't, it got people mack in cinemas.

The movie, which is still on general release got mixed reviews from critics, and has an ending with split Bond fans, but to date the movie has taken £96.4 Million over 12 weeks of release and is the third highest grossing movie of all time in the UK.

Spider Man: No Way Home

The last movie from the MCU universe to be released in a year when Marvel/Disney/Sony had a fantastic return to cinemas, and after all the hype and rumours about what the multiverse would bring the movie took a massive &pond;31.9 Million on its debut in the UK.

The film was released in mid December so it still raking in the cash as your local multiplex, and will most likely overtake No Time To Die with its total gross as well as be only the third movie in history to gross over £100 Million.

With a total gross already over £50 Million after just 2 weeks it will most likely feature quite high on the top movies of 2022 as well.

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Another MCU movie on the list of top movies if 2021 as the much anticipated new superhero hit cinemas in early September with a debut gross of £5.7 Million.

Over a 9 week run at the box office the movie took £21.8 Million making it the third top movie of the year


Visionary director Denis Villeneuve is fast becoming one of the most respected film makers in Hollywood and his much anticipated version of the classic sci-fi noval Dune hit cinemas in October with £5.8 Million.

The movie took £21.8 Million over 9 weeks of release in the UK in 2021 to make it the 4th to movie of the year.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

THe first big hit of the year once cinemas in the UK started to re-open, its a sequel to 2018 movie Peter Rabbit which was a huge hit so this was a sure fire hit.

The movie made the top of the box office on its release and was the top movie of the year for quite a long run, the film took £20.4 Million over a 17 week run and is the 5th top movie of 2021.

Here is the top 10 movies in North America during 2021

  1. No Time To Die - £96.4 Million
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home - £51.1 Million
  3. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - £21.8 Million
  4. Dune - £21.8 Million
  5. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway - 20.4 Million
  6. Black Widow - £18.8 Million
  7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage - 18 Million
  8. Free Guy - £17.2 Million
  9. Fast & Furious 9 - £16.4 Million
  10. Eternals - £14.58 Million
See the full 2021 UK box office

The box office had a slow start to the year with the shut-downs due to the ongoing global pandemic, but when they did re-open the public were slow to go back and there were many films released earlier in the year which under performed.

As the year progressed the public gained confidence in sitting in dark rooms with strangers and the year ended with the biggest movie of the year as Marvels MCU was the big outright winner.

Here is a breakdown of the top 5 movie of 2021 at the North American box office.

Spider Man: No Way Home

The Marvel/MCU/Sony movie was released late into December but beat expectations and has become the top movie of the year in North America through expectation, hype and the fact that it is every Spider-Fan's perfect movie.

The film hit the top of the 2021 list on its opening weekend and has so far taken over $500 Million, and as the movie is only 3 weeks old there is clearly more to come.

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Another Marvel/MCU movie but this time very much a Disney product, and the movie can just at the point in late summer when the public was ready to go back to cinemas, and as many had not been in a cinema for over a year they flock to see the first Asian American superhero.

The movie took $224.5 Million during its 13 week box office run and took over from Black Widow when it did become the top movie of 2021 for a few weeks.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Sony had a good year in 2021, and although this is not directly a MCU movie it has enough connection to be closely associated, and the sequel movie did better than expected in its early autumn release.

Taking an excellent $212.4 Million over a 12 week span the movie is still currently showing in some cinemas in North America so its total could end up higher.

Black Widow

One of the first major releases in North America once cinemas began to open again, the solo outing for Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow didn't do as well as expected, but it got a Disney+ streaming release at the same time as its cinemas release.

Taking $183.6 Million over its 14 week cinematic run the movie was briefly the top movie of the year.

Fast & Furious 9

One of the first movie to get delayed at the very start of the pandemic which closed nearly all North American cinemas the 9th instalment in the Fast & Furious series finally got a release in June of this year, a year after its original scheduled release.

A 15 week run in cinemas gave the movie a total US gross of $173 Million, which even taking the delay into consideration is poor for a movie in this franchise.

Here is the top 10 movies in North America during 2021

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home - $467.3 Million
  2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - $224,5 Million
  3. Venom: Let There Be Carnage - $212.4 Million
  4. Black Widow - $183.6 Million
  5. Fast & Furious 9 - $173 Million
  6. Eternals - $164.5 Million
  7. A Quiet Place Part I - $160 Million
  8. No Time To Die - $158.6 Million
  9. Free Guy - $121.6 Million
  10. Ghostbusters: Afterlife - $120.5 Million
See the full 2021 North American box office

A year where cinema had a difficult start and was dominated by movies from China as their cinema industry flourished ended with Bond, Superhero movies (as usual), a Chinese mega hit movie and was seen out by the first $1 Billion movie in almost 2 years.

Here is a breakdown of the top 5 movie of 2021 at the global box office.

Spider Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home has had an amazing December at the global box office as it became the top movie of 2021, after only 2 weeks of release it has taken over $1.1 Billion globally.

The movie is in fact the only film of 2021 to go over the milestone of 1 Billion dollars, and as no movie in 2020 came anywhere near the milestone it's the first movie since 2019 to do it.

The Battle At Lake Changjin

Released primarily in China The Battle At Lake Changjin looked like it was going to be the top movie of the year, but it was not to be as it was pipped at the post by a superhero movie and so has to contend with the runner up spot.

The movie took an amazing $902.2 Million, even more amazing considering it was only released in China.

Hi, Mom

The Chinese movie was only released globally in China, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, and yet still managed to take $822 Million globally in 2021.

The comedy is the 3rd top film of the year and considering it was released in a time when much of the world was either closed or on very limited cinema capacity it gave comedic relief for parts of the world.

No Time To Die

By the time the 25th Bond movie was released in cinemas it had been delayed many times and the world was ready to see Daniel Craigs last Bond movie.

Cinema goers in many countries were still unsure about going back into a dark with with strangers, but this movie is the 4th top movie of 2021 having taken $765 Million.

Fast & Furious 9

Another movie that got delayed by over a year from its original release, it also had a very staggered global release but it still managed to gross $710.6 Million making it the 5th top movie of 2021.

It took no where near the last few movies in the series, but even with the issues cinema has had this year its a great overal global take.

Here is the top 10 movies global in 2021

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home - $1.1 Billion
  2. The Battle At Lake Changjin - $902.2 Million
  3. Hi, Mom - $822 Million
  4. No Time To Die - $765 Million
  5. Fast & Furious 9 - $710.6 Million
  6. Detective Chinatown 3 - $695.6 Million
  7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage - $499.1 Million
  8. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - $414.2 Million
  9. Eternals - $395.3 Million
  10. Dune - $382.1 Million

See the full 2021 global box office

All eyes were on the much delayed return of Maverick director Steven Spielberg who's retelling of the classic West Side Story made its debut this week, but Disney's Encanto managed a very strong 3rd weekend to beat off the competition.

Meanwhile French comedy Les Tuche 4 from writer director Olivier Baroux made its debut at number 10 with $5.3 Million, an impressive feat considering its only released in France.

Global box office QuickView

  • Number 1 - Encanto (3rd Weekend)
  • Highest debut - West Side Story (@2)
  • Longest run - Venom: Let There Be Carnage (11 weeks)
  • highest total gross - Venom: Let There Be Carnage ($493.3 Million)

Global box office top 5 breakdown weekend 10th - 12th December 2021


Three weeks at the top of the global box office for Disney's latest animated feature which take $23 Million over the weekend from 64 countries, a slim 31% drop over last weekend.

The movie easily beat the new release challenge from West Side Story and has a current total gross of $151.8 Million globally.

West Side Story

The new movie from Maverick director Steven Spielberg has been delayed by a year but its his first movie as director since 2018's Ready Player One.

His adaptation of the classic 1957 broadway show, and later adapted into a classic movie in 1961 directed by Robert Wise lands on the global box office at number 2 this week with $13.5 Million from 54 countries.

Although the movie got beaten by Disneys Encanto it is still to go as wide, although the top spot will be unachievable as Spide-Man: No Way Home gets its long awaited release this week and there is little change of this beating such a highly anticipated movie.

Schemes In Antiques

The Chinese only release from director Chi-Kin Kwok drops to number 3 this weekend with $14.6 Million, a 42% drop over last weekend.

The movie has now taken an impressive $51.6 Million over its 2 weekends of release.

House of Gucci

Remaining at number 4 this weekend is the Ridley Scott directed movie which takes $14.1 Million from 64 countries, a good 34% drop on its third weekend of release giving it a $93 Million total.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Falling to 5 this weekend is the Ghostbusters sequel which takes $13.5 Million from 54 countries on its 4th weekend of release, a 42% drop, giving it a total of $164.7 Million.