22nd April 2020
With the lockdown still effecting the UK and keeping cinemas closed the home video industry is doing very well and this week the release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker makes a big impact at the top.
The last movie in the Skywalker sage and presented by Lucasfilms and Disney was a controversial movie on its release in December of 2019.
The film did well at the box office in the UK taking £58.2 Million over a 7 week period, the lowest of the Disney produced sequels.
The film hits the home entertainment market last week and took over the top slot.
After taking over a the top last week the Dwayne Johnson starring Fantasy/Comedy movie falls to number 2 on its 3rd week.
The highest new film last week and the speedy blue hedgehog remains in the same place at number 3 this week.
Still doing well on the home entertainment front but the Disney sequel movie falls to number 4 this week on its 5th week of release.
An independent movie directed by Andrew Onwubolu and released in November of 2019 this was a sizeable hit at the box office making its debut at number 3 and going on to take £4.5 Million over 6 weeks.
The movie makes its home entertainment debut at number 5 this week.
Here is the full home entertainment top 10 for week 22nd - 28th April 2020
3rd December 2019
The original Terminator film came out of no-where, it was the second film by the young fledgeling director James Cameron and it was fresh and exciting and had a story that was clever and captivated audiences.
The follow up came 6 years later and with the hype and incredible (for the time) special effects the film was going to be a hit, Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the height of his fame.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a massive box office hit, which had a good story, despite some plot holes, with over the top exciting action and it went on to gross over $500 Million globally which adjusted for inflation would be about $1.2 Billion today.
After that the rights to the franchise moved all over the place, then in 2003 we suddenly got Terminator 3: Rise Of THe Machine, and despite the film having fairly good reviews, starring Schwarzenegger and grossing over $400 Million globally it felt more like a stand alone movie than part of the series.
Then the big trouble started and we got Terminator Salvation in 2009, directed by McG and starring Christian Bale the film reportedly had a very troubled shoot and with Schwarzenegger on California Governor duties he didn't star just appearing as a computer generated Terminator towards the end for a brief second or 2.
Despite this negativity of both the film and the plot it still grossed nearly $400 Million, but the series was stagnating and each film was grossing less and less as each film went on.
The series needed a reboot and in 2015 Schwarzenegger came back and director Alan Taylor tried to get a feeling of the origin film in a reboot that mixed the story from The Terminator changing the time line and creating a new path for the series, but things were too confusing and the film flopped and talk of a followup ended.
It must have seemed like the ideal situation, bring back Schwarzenegger, bring back Linda Hamilton as the original Sarah Connor, and to top it off bring back the original creator James Cameron to write the story and produce the movie, he's too busy directing Avatar 2 so passed that duty off to Deadpool director Tim Miller.
What we have here then is series fatigue, after the 2015 reboot promise the paying public and fans have simply lost hope in trying to get a film which brings back the memory of the first 2 films, Dark Fate does not do this.
Then we have the talent, Arnold Schwarzenegger is no where near the star he was in 1991, arguably the biggest, and he is no longer the mean looking muscle machine he once was, then Linda Hamilton who rarely appears in films these days so do audiences know who she is or connect with her? Then James Cameron, after Avatar, which granted was the biggest film ever until this year, is hardly a household name anymore, these elements don't make for a must see movie.
The original 1984 story has now been told again and again in the Terminator movies, how many time can the story of a robot sent from the future to kill someone who is in turn protected by another person/machine sent from the same future, despite how much you mix things up, audiences are clearly bored of this rehashing in each reboot.
Special effects today have to have the WOW factor to sell a movie, Terminator 2 had it, but its harder to do in a day and age when almost anything is possible and sadly Dark Fate simply fails to have it.
The film reportedly had a troubled post production with director Miller and writer/producer Cameron disagreeing over the edit, and it shows, it leaves you feeling like you have just watched a disjointed movie when you leave the cinema.
Finally, and maybe this is a personal thing, the title, Dark Fate is a bit cheesy and doesn't come close to Judgment Day or even Salvation, Rise of the Machines was even a good sub title. A title shouldn't matter but it has got to sell the film, Genisys was not good and Dark Fate is even worse.
The movie will struggle to make $300 Million at the global box office, this in a day and age when tentpole movie are expected to take over a Billion is not good enough, the series future is looking bleak and it could be this is the last nail in the coffin.
There is one last hope that might bring the series back! If James Cameron can find a story somewhere within that is different but keeps within the Terminator universe, and if he decides to direct the movie himself we may just get a 7th movie, its a big ask with his involvement in the Avatar films, but this might mean we get a good few year before another movie, no bad thing.
Like many other long running series, Alien for example, the series won't just lie back and enjoy the success it's had, we most likely will see another movie in the series but it will be for another generation, and once we have forgotten the bad box office run of Terminator: Dark Fate.
28th September 2017
This week the Michael Vaughn directed Kingsman The Golden Circle takes over the top of the UK chart with ease, IT makes a respectable fall to number 2.
Following on from the 2015 film Kingsman The Golden Circle this week makes its debut at number 1 with a weekend gross of £8.5 million.
Kingsman had a debut weekend of just over £4 million do the sequel has double that gross and has already made half of the originals total gross.
With this debut Kingsman 2 should be able to getting in the region of £25 - £30 million quite easily.
After a couple of weeks at the top IT falls to the runner up spot although it still manages a very respectable £2.8 million.
This brings the films total gross to £26.4 million, with plenty of milage left in the film we could be looking at £35 million total gross.
With the new Kingsman movie out this week studios didn't want to put anything of note against it so there are no other new film on the top ten.
A year ago
For a second weekend Bridget Jones's Baby was the top film of the weekend while the top new film of the week was The Magnificent Seven.
Five years ago
ParaNorman kept the the number 1 position for a second weekend while the highest new film was Killing Them Softly at number 2.
Ten years ago
Run Fatboy Run kept hold of number 1 for a third weekend while the top new film was Chuck and Larry at number 3.
Fifteen years ago
Making it 2 weeks on top was Signs while the top new film of the week was Swimfan at number 4.
Twenty years ago
Four weeks on top for The Full Monty while the top new film of the week was My Best Friends Wedding at number 2.
Twenty five years ago
The Unforgiven made its debut at the top of the box office while Lethal Weapon 3 fell down to number 2 after a 5 week reign at the top.
4th October 2016
Across the globe this week Miss Peregrines School for Peculiar Children took over the top of the global box office charts on its debut week of release.
Taking a fairly average $65 million over the week from a wide 60 country release it is still good enough to double the takings of the number 2 film of the week.
Falling quite hard down to number 4 this week is last weeks top film The Magnificent Seven, the western takes $30 million for the weekend from 69 countries which brings its total gross to $108 million.
Also worth a mention this week is the film at number 2, climbing up this week after a wider release in 2 other countries I Belong To You takes $33.9 million for a total of $44.9 million.
Highest total grossing film on the global top 10 is Bridget Jones's Baby, despite a slow burn in most countries apart from the UK the film has taken $120 million and is still out in 51 countries.
20th September 2016
At the global box office this week Bridget Jones's Baby out grossed everything else in its path to become the top grossing global film of the week. Released in 40 countries the film easily tok over the top spot, although interestingly the leading country for grosses was the UK and not as is often the case America.
Falling from the top is Sully which enjoyed a healthy second week of release , still in 45 countries it took $29 million over the week and is not just below $100 million globally.
Worth of mention is The Age of Shadows which was the highest debuting film last week, still only out in South Korea and climbs to number 3 this week globally with $21.5 million.
Also doing well and at number 4 is A Chinese Odyssey Part Three: The End, released in 2 countries it is new at 4 with $17.3 million.
Top total grossing film on the global box office this week is once again The Secret Life of Pets, this week at number 8 with a global gross of $804 million.