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Highest chart position: 2
Weeks on box office: 20
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.
27th July 2020
As Disney continue to top the UK box office with their Pixar release Onward a rerelease of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring in its extended version enters as the top film wile Stage Mother is the top new film.
Here is a rundown of the top 5(+1) movies for weekend 24th - 26th July 2020.
Continuing its very impressive run at the top of the box office is Pixars movie which was also at the top when cinemas closed due to the virus, the movie has now spent 5 (non-consecutive) weeks at the top.
The movie takes £60K over the weekend which pushes its total to £5.52 Million.
Considering this movie was available on VOD during the cinema closures and has only hit cinemas in the last few week its done well and sits at number 2 this week with £35K.
The movie has now taken £177K during its 4 week(ish) box office run.
Highest new film last week and goes up the chart this week to number 3 this week with £25K for a total of £46K after 2 weeks.
Climbing up a place to number 4 this week is the Patrick Swayze dance classic with takes £24.8K which pushed its total to just shy of £4 Million, the movie has spent 16 weeks on the chart.
Re-released in its extended version the Peter Jackson classic movie which was first release in 2001 takes £24.1K.
This is the movies 16th weekend on the box office and has taken £61.6 Million in the UK.
Highest new film of the week enters the box office at number 6, the movie is directed by Thom Fitzgerald and stars Lucy Liu and takes £19.3K on its debut.
20th July 2020
With cinemas in the UK opening very slowly, and with little in the shape of new releases Pixar's Onward goes back to the top of the box office replacing the 40 year old The Empire Strikes Back.
Here is a rundown of the top 6 movies 17th - 19th July 2020
It gave up the number 1 spot last weekend to allow the Star Wars sequel a week of glory but the Pixar movie goes back to the top this week with £49.2K.
The movie has seen 6 weeks on the box office now and has a total UK gross of £5.4 Million.
After making a glorious return to the top of the box office (I wonder if it would have done it under normal circumstances?) and the Star Wars sequel falls to number 2 this week with £33.3K.
The movie has now spent 41 weeks on the box office and taken £22.9 Million.
The animated sequel is at number 3 this week with £23.4K for a £115.3K over 3 weeks.
Highest new film last week falls to number 4 this week with £16K and a £60K total.
30 years on and the popular dance movie is at number 5 this week with £14.3K, with 15 weeks on the chart over that time the movie has taken a total of £3.9 Million.
Highest new film of the week is an animated feature at number 6, directed by Kim Hagen Jensen and Tonni Zinck the movie takes £12.4K on its debut weekend.
14th July 2020
With cinemas slowly going back to normal in the UK 20th Century Fox (Disney) re-release The Empire Strikes Back on its 40th anniversary and it goes to the top of the chart.
There is a single new release in the shape of Black Water: Abyss at number 3.
Here is a rundown of this weeks top 5 movies in the UK.
Celebrating its 40th year of release the Star Wars sequel hits the top of the box office with a weekend £50.4K.
After this many years, multiple re-releases including the special edition in 1997 and the Secret Cinema in 2015 the movie has spent 40 weeks on the chart and taken £22.8 Million.
Falling to number 2 this week after being the first number one of the re-opening, Pixars latest movie takes £35K pushing its total to £5.3 Million after 5 weeks on the chart.
First new release in some months is this horror movie directed by Andrew Traucki which land at number 3 with a weekend take of £28k.
Falling to number 4 this week is the controversial sequel with takes £19K on its second weekend, the movies total box office gross is £64.8K.
The 33 year old favourite starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze is on re-release to encourage people back to cinemas and this week is at 5 with £15K for a total of £3.9 Million after 14 weeks on the chart, not consecutively!