8th September 2020
As is well documents the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effect on the world has been the story of the summer, and in fact the year, and it has had the biggest impact on the box office ever.
Cinemas across the globe started closing down in the middle of March and didn't open again in the UK until early July, so the summer box office period of May till early September has been greatly effected.
Most of the Spring and Summer potential blockbusters got their release dates moved, at least once, including Mulan, A Quiet Place Part II, Tenet and Ghostbusters: Afterlife and some of them got a direct to VOD release, including Mulan!
Tenet did finally get a cinema release at the tale end of August and was just about the biggest film of the summer and when the movie theatres finally opened the box office continued where it left off with the Pixar movie Onward still at the top.
What you will also see in the list of top 10 movies for the summer is evidence that movie theatres used old catalogue titles to try and entice movie goers back hence Jurassic Park and Dirty Dancing showing up.
Here is a breakdown of the top 5 film of the summer box office 2020.
Christopher Nolan potential big summer blockbuster had its difficulties on its way to the box office but it finally got a release on 28th August and was hailed as the saviour of the cinema.
The movie had a good start to its box office career and took £5.3 Million on its debut and took £10 Million over the Summer period.
In comparison the top film of summer 2019 was the The Lion King remake which took over £71 Million.
Disney's Pixar movie Onward was the top film on weekend of 13th March when cinemas closed and when they came back it was still the top movie, it has remained in the top 3 for every UK box office since.
Over the summer the movie took was has tuned out to be quite an impressive £1.6 Million.
After the top 2 potential blockbusters we start to get movies which would not have been big movies, but due to the lack of big blockbusters they got a lot of exposure, maybe still not taking as much as they would have done but having good box office runs.
This Russell Crowe movie was the first new movie to get released after the closures and benefitted from that, it has a big star name and got a decent amount of hype and exposure.
The movie took £1.4 Million over the summer period.
Another movie which has had a decent box office run that would not have without the lack of blockbusters is director Alexs Stadermann likeable animation which took just over a Million pound over the summer.
Perhaps the most controversial movie of the summer, the sequel movie was at the start of the summer the biggest movie to go direct to VOD that would have had a good box office run.
The cinema chains, especially the American company AMC which owns the ODEON chain in the UK objected to this move, this was at a time when the world didn't know how long the closures would last.
Despite the release onto VOD the movie still took a very respectable £745K at the UK box office, this is no where near tens of million it has taken on digital.
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.
20th July 2020
It was going to happen sooner or later, with the huge spike in the COVID-19 pandemic hitting a majority of America the movie studios are starting to shift release dates again with Christopher Nolan's Tenet loosing its August 12th release.
The more interesting aspect here is that Warner Bros. have not given it a new release date, this is the third time it has shifted date and they are clearly not going to give it a new date until things have settled.
The new movie was meant to be the start of the movie theatre re-opening and the film which would get the public going to the cinema again.
Sony have also shifted the date of Broken Hearts Gallery, and similarly have not given the movie a new release date yet.
Warner Bros. have announced that they will most likely release Tenet staggered around the world, the UK is starting to fully open and box office charts are starting to appear and France's top movie last weekend took over a million dollar at the box office, something not seen for a while.
Australia and New Zealand have also been vigilant at controlling the virus and have been producing box office charts through the whole pandemic.
Disney have Milan set for 21st August and Bill & Ted Face The Music is just around the corner with a release date of 14th August, A Quiet Place Part II also has a date at the start of September, these are all big films which will, most likely, get release date shifts.
The lead is mainly from the US which may not see cinemas open properly this year so maybe we are going to go back to the '90 where America would get most films before the rest of the world, but in reverse!
Director Patty Jenkins has moved the release date of Wonder Woman 1984 to August 14th 2020 because the best way to see the film is on the big screen.
Movie theatres across the world are currently closed because the the COVID-19 pandemic which means that many of the smaller establishments are suffering though no income.
In a heart felt tweet she reiterates how important movie theatres are and the move of release date is so it can help the movie theatre industry once the pandemic os over.
We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then pic.twitter.com/85ykQ8x6NE— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 24, 2020
Many of the released for MArch and April have been put on hold or to a later date including A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die, Black Widow and Mulan to name a few.
There is no time line of when the social restrictions set by global governments will be lifted and when cinemas will be able to open again.
As a result of this the weekend box office results have also been suspended.
20th March 2020
This weekends box office is going to be an interesting watch. The global coronavirus will do a couple of things to cinemas attendance, it is keeping people at home as they self isolate and in many countries including the UK and US cinema owners have shut their doors to help prevent the spread of the virus.
At the UK box office this weekend, Friday, 20th March 2020, there are 2 new releases, originally there were more, including A Quiet Place Part II which would have made the box office look different, but many film have been put back to later this year or next year.
Can either of these two movie knock Onward from the top of the UK box office chart?
First up at cinemas this week is The Jesus Rolls, directed by John Turturro who also directed Mac in 1992.
It stars John Turturro who last starred in Gloria Bell (2019).
The film also stars Bobby Cannavale who last appeared in Motherless Brooklyn (2019).
Next on this weeks new release schedule is Radioactive.
This new movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy who's last film was Emma (2020)
It also stars Rosamund Pike who appeared in The Informer (2019).
The film is brought to us by 2 time director Marjane Satrapi.
Check back on Monday to see if these new releases enter the UK Weekend Box Office Chart.
There is 1 new release in the shape of Vivarium which is in cinemas on Friday, 27th March.