4th December 2020
This weekend, Friday 4th December 2020, there are 7 new films released in the UK and where available in cinemas looking to hit the box office, but can they challenge last weekends top movie, Home Alone, for the number 1 spot?
Check back on Monday to see what new movies made it onto the Weekend Box Office Chart.
Deadline are reporting that director Stephen Daldry has left the screen adaptation of hit stage show Wicked.
The film has been in development since at least 2016, but due to scheduling conflicts and other problems it is still in pre-production hell.
The movie was originally scheduled for release on December 20th 2019, ironically the same release date as Cats, another stage to screen adaption which was hit with a very harsh critical panning.
Universal, who own the screen rights, will still go ahead with the adaptation, but they wanted to proceed faster than Daldry was moving ahead with development, and as Deadline reports there is currently no sound stage in the UK free for production to start, and the director was keen to film in England.
There is no need to worry as there are a number of high profile directors ready to take over, including Steven Spielberg who is keen to adapt another stage show after he directed West Side Story, which has been delayed until December 2021.
7th October 2020
We all know there are no new big blockbusters coming out at the moment, and Tenet is still at the top for a 6th weekend, but comparing this to the amazing 6 week number 1 run of Joker from 2019 is unfair.
I suspect Tenet would not have been a 6 weeks number 1 under normal circumstances, 2 maybe 3 at the most, and although the total gross in the UK would have been in the £10 of million it would not have had the press the movie got.
Still we are where we are and its till the top film in the UK, and Cats & Dogs: Paws Unite! is the top new film at number 2!
Here is a quick look breakdown of this week top 15 box office.
Here is a breakdown of the top 5 movies in the UK 2nd - 4th October 2020.
The Christopher Nolan directed movie is now 6 weeks at number 1 equalling the runs of The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Joker (2019), it takes just £628.2K this weekend which is only 3% down from last weekend.
This puts the movies total gross at £15.9 Million after 6 weeks, and as expected it is the top grossing movie since cinemas re-opened and the 6th highest of 2020 overtaking Dolittle.
Top new movies of the weekend is the third film in the Cats & Dogs series which takes £456.5K on its debut.
This is a movie very much aimed at children, can we expect a massive drop next weekend or will the current climate keep it in the top 5?
After a fantastic start to its box office run the Roger Kumble directed teen drama falls to number 3 this weekend with £390.2K, a drop of 24% from last weekend.
The movie has now taken quite an amazing £3.1 Million after 5 weeks of release.
The movie has now entered the top 20 movies for 2020 at number 20 and with its current pace at the box office could go higher.
The third Bill & Ted movie has had a hard time with its box office takings, but it does spend a third weekend on the chart this weekend with a gross of £146.5K, although this is a 32% drop from last weekend.
This gives the movie a 3 week total of just over £1 Million, not bad for a movie which can onto VOD day and date with cinema.
Both new releases in the top 5 this weekend were children's film and this Ute von Munchow-Pohl directed movie lands at 5 with £131.3K on its debut.
2nd October 2020
The new Bond movie No Time To Die has been hanging on to its November release date since it originally got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but today it gives in and the release date moves to April 2nd 2021.
Universal, the distribution company for the Bond series released this statement:
"MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2nd April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience, we understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year."
This is the latest of the big end of year movies to get moved to 2021 and with only a few left including Wonder Woman 1984 and Death On The Nile this is leaving 2020 very empty.
With cinemas struggling to reopen safely and attendance in those that have opened struggling even with only 25 - 50% capacity as evident with Tenet's poor box office figures it is no wonder the movie has been delayed.
Film distributers are starting to realise that 2020 is now basically a write off, but this is clearly having an effect on cinema chains that are struggling to stay in business.
The music video for the theme song by Billie Eillish was only released yesterday so this is perhaps strange timing, although the press for this movie is all over the place as the song hit number 1 on the music chart back in February, a couple of months before the original release date!
This is Daniel Craigs reported last outing as Bond but he's perhaps going to have to hang on a little longer for all the press junkets that will happen in March/April next year.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. pic.twitter.com/NqHlU24Ho3— James Bond (@007) October 2, 2020
29th September 2020
Tenet is still the top film of the week and seems to have kept After We Collided at number 2 for a third weekend while further down the chart Schemers from director Dave Mclean is the highest debut at number 10.
There were no big new releases this weekend and the box office reflects that with the top 5 almost remaining the same with Onward making a reappearance to replace the Andre Rieu concert from last weekend.
Here is a breakdown of this weeks box office.
Here is our breakdown of the top 5 UK movies 25th - 27th September 2020.
With 5 weeks on the chart and 5 weeks at the top Christopher Nolans movie may not have saved cinema but with nothing in the way of bog new release due until No Time To Die on 12th November it could spend another 5 weeks at the top giving it 10 weeks in total, unless After We Collided as something gto say about that!
This weekend the movie took its lowest gross to date with £648.5K giving it a total of £15 Million and it jumps over Jumanji: The Next Level and is the 7th highest grossing of the year.
Amazingly despite the less than favourable reviews, and perhaps because of the limited capacity in movie theatres the film only drops 19% from last weekend.
A third weekend at number 2 for Roger Kumble's low budget sleeper hit with a weekend gross of £514K taking its total UK gross to £2.5 Million.
With good word of mouth and little in the way of big new films for a few weeks it would not be out of the question for the movie to take the number 1 spot in the coming weeks.
The movie took 14% less than last weekend gross.
Hanging on at number 3 is part 3 of the Bill And Ted saga which takes £216.7K on its second weekend taking its total gross to £834.9K.
With good reviews and more cinemas opening up and slowly increasing capacity a long run on the box office and a gross over £1 Million is not out of the question.
Despite its position on the box office its down 53% from last weekend when it debuted.
It seems this Pixar/Disney movie just wont go away, it re-enters the box office this weekend with £126.3K taking its total to £7.3 Million after 16 weeks on the chart.
Amazingly the movie is up 33% from its gross last weekend.
Other Disney property that has done far better than expected as their mutant movie takes £93.2K at number 5 with a total gross of £1.4 Million after 4 weeks of reelase.
The movie drops 12% from last weekend.