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Big Business 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.


Big Business

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Bette Midler
Sadie Shelton / Sadie Ratliff
Lily Tomlin
Rose Shelton / Rose Ratliff
Fred Ward
Roone Dimmick
Edward Herrmann
Graham Sherbourne
Michele Placido
Fabio Alberici
Daniel Gerroll
Barry Primus
Michael Gross
Dr. Jay Marshall
Deborah Rush
Binky Shelton
Nicolas Coster
Hunt Shelton
Patricia Gaul
Iona Ratliff
J.C. Quinn
Garth Ratliff
Norma MacMillan
Nanny Lewis
Joe Grifasi
Desk Clerk
John Vickery
Hotel Manager
John Hancock
Older Harlan
Mary Gross
Seth Green
Leo Burmester
Lucy Webb
Roy Brocksmith
Dr. Parker
Lewis Arquette
Mr. Stokes
Eddie Cordell
Young Harlan
Ritch Brinkley
Mayor Bill Finker
Tony Mockus Jr.
Board Member #1
Carmen Argenziano
Board Member #2
Maureen McVerry
Fred Parnes
Danny Chambers
Male Staffer #2
Lois De Banzie
Edwardian Room Hostess
Al Mancini
Nicholas Rutherford
Lil Levon
Hunter von Leer
Andy Epper
Andi Chapman
Sadie's Secretary
Chick Hearn
Sports Announcer
Troy Damien
Hank Ratliff
Ryan Francis
Merle Ratliff
Louis Rukeyser
Taxi Victim
Kymberly Gold
Triplet #1
Michelle Gold
Triplet #2
Traci Lee Gold
Triplet #3
Crystal Field
Bag Lady
Everett Quinton
Window Dresser
Sandy Davis
Saleslady in Dress Shop
Natalie Dolishny
Moramax Employee #1
Nancy Lazarus
Moramax Employee #2
Shirley Mitchell
Charles Middleton
Stockholder #2
Irving Hellman
Stockholder #3
Judy Armstrong
Y.M.C.A. Desk Clerk
Tom La Grua
Cab Driver
Matthew James Carlson
Brianne Sommers
Woman with Whippet
Alice Gruenberg
Attractive Woman with Yorkies
Jane Butenoff
Professional Hooker in Time Square
Louise Yaffe
Director's Mother in Lobby
Nancy Cohen
Steel Drum Dancer
Michael George
Kathryn Janssen
Sales Clerk In Boutique
Lynne Lerner
Blood Clot Lady
Christine MacDonald
Dancing Woman
Andrew Parker
Boy who says cowplop
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Year: 1988
 97 minutes (1 hrs 37 mins)
UK release date UK release: 2nd September 1988
 BBFC Age Rating:  PG age rating
US release date US release: 10th June 1988
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With the 2020 box office collapsing in March due to the global pandemic the Chinese market was the first an quickest to recover and it dominated the global scene over the whole year.

The top grossing movie of the year was The Eight Hundred wich was released in August and did big business in China.

The Eight Hundred

Chinese films accounted for 6 of the top 20 movies of the year and 7 of the movie were released in 2019 with a holdover in 2020.

Tenet which was the first big movie released during the pandemic made it into the top 5 movies of the year despite being considered a flop.

Many movies have had there releases moved to 2021 and cinemas did not have the massive tentpole pictures that would have pulled in over a Billion dollars in revenue, in fact its the first time in over a decade there has been no movie taking over $1 Billion.

Here are the top 5 movies by gross across the globe in 2020.

The Eight Hundred

A massive hit in China the action war epic is directed by Hu Guan and took $161 Million on its full opening weekend.

Over its full global release the movie took $441.8 Million making the top grossing global movie of the year.

Bad Boys For Life

Bad Boys For Life

After a lengthy gap Will Smith and Martin Lawrence re-teamed as the Miami cops and the movie was a global smash.

Released at the start of the year its release just missed the cinemas closures due to COVID-19 and took $418.2 Million.


Sam Mendes released his Oscar nominated was movie in America in late 2019 but got its global release in early 2020 and its the 3rd top movie of 2020 with $375.4 Million.

My People, My Homeland

Directed by 7 of Chinas top directors this anthology movie took $101 Million durings its Chinese opening.

Globally the movie is the 4th highest grossing of the year with $371.1 Million.



In America this movie was moved to an August release with studios hoping that cinemas would have re-opened after 4 months of closures, but the global pandemic had other ideas and although countries has started to re-opened cinemas had limited capacity.

The movie did relatively well in global cinemas but with mixed reviews it was not the film Warner Bros. had hoped, but a top five of the year is not bad with a gross of $362.6.

With the release of the Marvel movie Ant-Man And The Wasp in China the film retakes the top of the global box office with a weekly gross of $73 million from 29 countries.

The Meg

This now pushes the total global gross of the film to $544 million after 4 weeks of release.

The Meg is still doing big business at the global box office and takes $45 million from 66 countries on its 3rd week of reelase which pushes the films global gross to $408 million.

US number 1 film Crazy Rich Asians expands its country count to 19 this week and takes $31 million, it now has a total gross of $84 million.

Mission:Impossible Fallout is still doing well globally and this week takes $21 million for a total gross of $538.7 million.

Finishing off the top 5 is Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation which takes $20 million across the week to boost its total gross to $460.4 million.

Top total global gross on this weeks chart is Ant-Man And The Wasp.

In the US this weekend the latest Bond movie Spectre continued to do big business and in the process remained at number 1 for a second weekend.

Dropping nearly 50% from its debut weekend Spectre managed to gross $35.4 million which brings its total gross to $130.7 million in the US.


Highest new entry of the week is Love the Coopers (Christmas with the Coopers) which makes its debut at number 3.

The Christmas comedy wasn't good enough the remove The Peanuts Movie from the number 2 spot and makes $8.4 million over the weekend.

Also new this week is: The 33 at number 5, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo at number 8 and My All American at number 12.

The young adult drama is big business at the moment and The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 1 this week enters the video chart at the top.

Released in UK cinemas on 21st November 2014 the film had a massive £12.6 million debut weekend, the 31 highest ever in the UK.

The film was on the box office chart for 8 weeks taking a total gross of £20.8 million during it's run.

In the UK it is the 78th highest grossing film ever while worldwide it is the 65th highest grossing movie with $807.5 million.

The Imitation Game fell from the top into the runner up spot on it's second week of release.

Other new film on the video chart this week are: Halo Nightfall at 4, Horns at 5 and Extraterrestrial at 13.

There was never going to another outcome at the US box office this week as the third in The Hunger Games series goes direct to the top of the box office.

As is usual with big blockbusters, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 out grosses the rest of the box office by quite some margin with it's $123 million opening weekend.

Despite the huge gross on it's debut weekend this is lower than the previous Huger Games outing which opened with $158 million.

last weeks top film, Dumb and Dumber To, as expected falls quite heavily to number 4 with Big Hero 6 and Interstellar still doing well at 2 and 3 respectively.

Gone Girl which has done big business in North America completes the top five.