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Kung Fu Panda 2008 General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.

BBFC

UK release date UK release: 4th July 2008
 BBFC Age Rating:  PG age rating
US total gross
  $215.4 Million
Global total gross
  $633.4 Million
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Each week Salty Popcorn presents a rundown of the UK box office chart headlines on this weekend over the last 30 years.

A year ago (2020)

No.1 movie:
The Invisible Man which had been at the top for 2 weeks.

Top total grossing and longest run:
1917 which had taken £43.7 Million over 11 weeks of release.

This weekend saw cinemas close in the UK due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the box office for this week was from a small number of cinemas that stayed open for a day or two over the weekend.

Five years ago (2016)

No.1 movie:
Kung Fu Panda 3 which had been at the top for 2 weeks.

Highest debut:
10 Cloverfield Lane directed by Dan Trachtenberg and starring John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead which entered the box office at number 2.

Longest run:
Dads Army which had been on the box office for 6 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Deadpool which had taken £36.8 Million after 6 weeks of release.

Ten years ago (2011)

No.1 movie:
Rango which had been at the top for 2 weeks.

Highest debut:
Chalet Girl directed by Phil Traill and starring Miquita Oliver and Rick Edwards which entered the box office at number 4.

Top total grossing and longest run:
The Kings Speech which had taken £44 Million over 11 weeks of release.

Fifteen years ago (2006)

No. 1 and highest debut:
The Pink Panther starring Steve Martin and Kevin Kline and directed by Shawn Levy

Longest run:
Walk the Line which had been on the box office for 7 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Chicken Little which had taken £13.1 Million after 6 weeks of release.

Twenty years ago (2001)

No. 1 and highest debut:
Enemy At the Gates starring Jude Law and Ed Harris and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Longest run:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which had been on the box office for 11 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Hannibal which had taken £20.2 Million after 5 weeks of release.

Twenty five years ago (1996)

No. 1 and highest debut:
Get Shorty starring John Travolta and Gene Hackman and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

Longest run:
Babe which had been on the box office for 15 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Seven which had taken £19.5 Million after 12 weeks of release.

Thirty years ago (1991)

No. 1 and highest debut:
Look Who's Talking Too starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley and directed by Amy Heckerling

Longest run:
Home Alone which had been on the box office for 16 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Dances With Wolves which had taken £10.2 Million after 7 weeks of release.

As we get closer to the re-opening of UK cinemas we take a look back at what was making headlines at the UK box office in the last 30 years.

We take a look at 1991 where Awakenings was the top movie, 2016 with Kung Fu Panda hitting the top and 2006 where The Hills Have Eyes was the new film at number 1.

A year ago (2020)

No.1 movie:
Onward which had been at the top for 2 weeks.

Highest debut:
The Hunt directed by Craig Zobel and starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank which entered the box office at number 3.

Top total grossing and longest run:
1917 which had taken £43.7 Million over 10 weeks of release.

Five years ago (2016)

No. 1 and highest debut:
Kung Fu Panda 3 starring Jack Black and Bryan Cranston and directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh

Top total grossing and longest run:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens which had taken £122.9 Million over 13 weeks of release.

Ten years ago (2011)

No. 1 and Highest debut:
Battle: Los Angeles starring Aaron Eckhart and Ramn Rodrguez and directed by Jonathan Liebesman

Top total grossing and longest run:
The Kings Speech which had taken £43.3 Million over 10 weeks of release.

Fifteen years ago (2006)

No. 1 and highest debut:
The Hills Have Eyes starring Maxime Giffard and Michael Bailey Smith and directed by Alexandre Aja

Longest run:
Walk the Line which had been on the box office for 6 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Chicken Little which had taken £12.5 Million after 5 weeks of release.

Twenty years ago (2001)

No. 1 movie:
Hannibal which had been at the top for 4 weeks and with a total gross of £19.1 Million it was also the top total grossing film.

Highest Debut:
The Watcher directed by Joe Charbanic and starring James Spader and Marisa Tomei which entered the box office at number 7.

Longest run:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which had been on the box office for 10 weeks.

Twenty five years ago (1996)

No.1 movie:
Trainspotting which had been at the top for 2 weeks.

Highest debut:
Restoration directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Sam Neill which entered the box office at number 10.

Longest run:
Babe which had been on the box office for 14 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Seven which had taken £19.3 Million after 11 weeks of release.

Thirty years ago (1991)

No. 1 and highest debut:
Awakenings starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams and directed by Penny Marshall

Longest run:
Home Alone which had been on the box office for 15 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Dances With Wolves which had taken £10.1 Million after 6 weeks of release.

At the UK box office this weekend, Friday, 18th October 2019, there are 6 new releases looking to take your attention at the local multiplex and knock Joker from the top of the UK box office chart next week.

Zombieland: Double Tap

First up at cinemas this week is Zombieland: Double Tap, an Action movie directed by Ruben Fleischer who also directed Zombieland in 2009 which grossed £3.4 Million.

It stars Jesse Eisenberg who last starred in The Hummingbird Project (2019).

The film also stars Woody Harrelson who last appeared in Venom (2018).

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

Next on this weeks new release schedule is Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil.

This new movie stars Angelina Jolie who's last film was Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

It also stars Elle Fanning who appeared in Mary Shelley (2018).

Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning starred in Maleficent (2014) together.

The film is brought to us by new director Joachim Ronning.

The Laundromat

Next up this week is The Laundromat which is directed by Steven Soderbergh who directed Unsane in 2018.

It stars Gary Oldman and Sharon Stone.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Also this week there is The Peanut Butter Falcon from directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz,

The film features Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson in starring roles.

Official Secrets

The long list of new releases continues with Official Secrets which is directed by Gavin Hood who directed A Reasonable Man in 1999.

It stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.

A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Finally there is A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon from directors Will Becher and Richard Phelan, the film stars Justin Fletcher and Joe Sugg.

Check back on Monday to see where these cinema releases end up on the Weekend Box Office Chart.


Come back next week when there are 3 new releases.

  • Terminator: Dark Fate, Wednesday, 23rd October
  • The Addams Family, Friday, 25th October
  • The Last Black Man In San Francisco, Friday, 25th October

Disney have done well in recent years with their live action versions of classic cartoons and this week the best of all animations gets the treatment and Beauty and The Beast opens to a massive debut.

Taking nearly £20 million on its first weekend of release it is the 8th top weekend in the UK of all time and is the highest opening outside of a franchise film.

It will be interesting to see if this is just that the animation is considered one of Disneys ultimate classics, or if the public are simply enjoying these live conversions.

Its hard comparing this to the 1992 original as its been 25 years but that film took £8.4 million on its opening, and took £20 million in total.

Adjusting for inflation the 1992's opening would be about £22 million with a total of about £52 million, potentially very similar to this live action remake.

Falling to number 2 this week is Kong: Skull Island, a £2.7 million second weekend brigs the films total to £11 million, the film is running just above its stablemate Godzilla.

Also new this week is American horror hit Get Out which lands at number 3 this week with a better than expected £2.1 million.

Longest running film on the UK box office this week is Lion starring Dev Patel which has now been around for 9 weeks while the highest total grossing movie is Sing which is still at 7 and has now grossed £28 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
Staying at the top was Kung Fu Panda 3 while to the top new film of the week was 10 Cloverfield Lane at number 2.

Five years ago
Horror film The Devil Inside was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1 while John Carter fell from the top to number 4.

Ten years ago
Norbit stayed at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was Premonition which landed at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Ocean's Eleven spent its fifth weekend at the top while the highest new film was Thir13en Ghosts which made its debut at number .

Twenty years ago
Oscar winning The English Patient was the top new film at number 1 while Jerry Maguire fell to number 2 after a week at the top.

Twenty five years ago
Cape Fear spent a second week at the top while Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Café was the top new film entering at number 2.

It was a claws out at this weekends box office as Kong Skull Island and Logan fought it out for the top spot and the new relese of Kong won the battle.

From the same production team that brought us Godzilla in 2014 Kong Skull Island is set in the same universe and is set to start a "monsters" universe similar to that of the Marvel and DC cinematic universes.

Kong opens similar to Godzilla with just over £6 million, but the film was far better received than Godzilla with the critics with a surprise amount of praise for the monster film.

Godzilla went on to gross £17 million in the UK and there is nothing to suggest this wont do similar if not better.

Logan falls into second place this week with £3.8 million after a single week at the top, this brings the films total gross to £16 million after 10 days of release.

This means that on its second weekend the film is already the best of the solo Wolverine movies and it still has plenty of milage left.

A couple of interesting things to note this week, if the chart were taken on a Monday - Sunday then Logan would have still been the top film.

Also Moulin Rouge which is on a Secret Cinema run at the moment and is number 13 on the weekend chart would have been number 4 with £2 million for the week.

There are no other new released in the top 10 this week but Elle makes a new entry at number 11 with £0.2 million and Dancer is new at 12 also with £0.2 million.

Longest run this week is Lion with 8 weeks on the chart and highest total grossing movie is Sing with £28 million.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Kung Fu Panda 3 was new at the top of the chart while London Has Fallen fell to number 3.

Five years ago
Despite poor reviews John Carter was the top new film of the week, it knocked The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to number 2.

Ten years ago
Eddie Murphy starred, twice, in Norbit which entered at the top, it knockied Hot Fuzz down to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Ocean's Eleven remained at the top for a fourth week while the top new film was We Were Soldiers at number 4.

Twenty years ago
One of Tom Cruises defining moment Jerry Maguire hit the charts at the top, it knocked Mars Attacks down to number 2

Twenty five years ago
Martin Scorsese scared us all with Cape Fear which hit the top of the box office on its debut, it knocked The Last Boy Scout down to number 2.

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