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Highest chart position: 2
Weeks on box office: 6
22nd October 2020
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.
4th May 2020
Star Wars fans around the world have their opinion of what is the best lighsaber battle in the Star Wars movie franchise, so on this Star Wars day at 25thframe.co.uk we though we would give our opinion of what we think is the best battle seen on screen in the ever growing list of movies.
There had been a Star Wars drought for a number of years (10 years) and with the buyout of Lucasfilms still fresh in everyones minds as well as the (at the time) badly received prequel trilogy the fan base wanted a good Star Wars movie.
JJ Abrahams was put in charge of directing the film, a life long fan of the series, and he delivered in spades, bringing arguably the best Star Wars film to date.
We instantly took to the new characters of the Rebel Alliances Rey and the First Orders Kylo Ren, and with Rey's force powers hinted at throughout, the dual between the two was inevitable, and at the end of the film Abrahams delivered, set within a forest of the Star Killer Base while the planet explodes around them.
We knew Yoda was a Jedi Master and that he had fought in the Clone Wars that started at the end of the second part of prequel trilogy, and George Lucas knew he had to deliver.
As Yoda walks into the hanger where Count Dooku was trying to board his ship you simply knew what was about to happen, and as he pulls across his robes to reveal a small lightsaber this was the moment, he force pulls his weapon to his hand and turns it on.
The battle doesn't last long, but seeing the small green Jedi Master who usually finds it hard to walk bouncing around the walls during the fight is a joy.
The original movie introduces us to the legendary weapon, something not really seen on the big screen before but throught the stories Ben Kenobi tells Luke during the movie we know that the weapon is elegant and the Jedi are lethal with it.
We also believe at this time that Darth Vader is the arch enemy of Ben Kenobi, and by the end of the movie there has to be a metting of the two, and while trying to escape the Death Star the two come face to face.
Despite the technological abilities in special effects at the time this thrilled fans of a generation and when the inevitable happens at the end we are shocked at the loss of our new hero.
This battle comes as no surprise, we have seen Luke go through the training, and go off to rescue his friends, and we get the foreshadowing fof things to come on Dagobah.
When Luke goes into the carbon freeze chamber and the two enemies ignight their sabers in low light we get the almighty battle between the two enemies.
The style and technology used in this film is so much greater than that of the original Star Wars that it feels fresh and thrilling, and at the end of the battle we get one of cinemas greatest reveals, so good to this day it is celebrated as THE movie twist of all times.
The movie gets a lot of criticism, but over the last 20 years time has been kind and in the grander scheme of the saga the fan base is looking at this film more favourably, and it has the best lighsaber battle of all time.
It had been 16 years since we'd had any proper Star Wars to enjoy and despite the film not getting the critical reaction Lucas wanted the Dual Of Fates was spectacular.
The highlight is at the start of the battle as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face the Sith Lord Darth Maul, as the John Williams music 'Duel Of Fates' starts to get more intense Maul ignites a single blade on his lightsaber, then the money shot happens and another blade appears from the other side, every Star Wars Fan looked on in amazement as the incredible battle unfolds between the 3 warriors.
The only real shame is that, inevitably, Darth Maul dies at the end of the movie, although in quiet spectacular style, but with little screen time fans wanted more, although as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story they have brought him back and who knows if he'll appear in another movie or not?
22nd October 2019
Three new film inside the top 5 this week gives the global box office a new number 1 film as Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil makes is mark, meanwhile Zombieland: Double Tap and One Piece: Stampede are also new.
Disney's sequel starring Angelina Jolie makes its debut on the global box office this week and easily does so at the top with a weekend take of $153 Million from 57 countries.
The Mouse House will be celebrating with the success of another franchise film, but with caution as the film has come no-where near the opening gross of the original movie.
The movie has had a good response from paying movie goers despite being panned by critics which could be part the reason for the lower than expected debut, or it could be just that no one really wanted this sequel!
After a couple of weeks at the top the much praised DC villain movie falls to number 2 with a weekend gross of $107 Million from 80 countries.
This puts the Joaquin Phoenix starring movie at a total gross of $737.5 Million on its third weekend and the studio will surely be looking at the $1 Billion mark being possible for the movie.
The Will Smith starring movie has been a bit of a bomb at the box office and this week falls to number 3 with $41.9 Million from 60 countries.
The film has been in global cinemas for 3 weeks now and has a total gross of just $118.7 Million.
10 years after the first film the Zombieland franchise now gets a sequel which makes it global debut at number 4 this week with $32 Million from just 18 countries.
The original film has a cult following and the sequel is largely relying on that to pull in the audience, but the reviews have been a little tepid for the film.
The Chinese language animation makes its debut at number 5 this week with a gross of $21.8 Million from just 3 countries.
The movie has actually been in Cinemas since the beginning of August in Japan and has in the last week expanded to Europe, hence has taken a quite respectable $78.4 Million so far.
30th October 2018
With the fright season upon us now the world wanted to be scared and took in Halloween to keep it at the top for a second week with Bohemian Rhapsody the top new film
For the second week running the Jamie Lee Curtis starring film tops the global box office, released in 63 countries the film takes $57.6 million this week.
This boosts the films total global gross to $172.3 million and it is by far the most successful film in the series.
Still hanging in there is the Bradly Cooper directed and starring film which this week takes $31.7 million from 76 countries, this boosts the film global gross to $253.3 million.
The Sony villain film is still at number 3 this week and takes $28.1 million from 66 countries to boost its total cume to $508 million, taking another Marvel film past the half billion mark.
The animated family comedy is still holding onto a top 5 spot and this week takes $22 million from 79 countries for a $167 million global gross.
The film has the biggest country count on this week global box office.
The alien hunter movie moves back to number 5 this week with a global gross of $20.7 million from just 21 countries, the films total gross is now $62.5 million.
Highest new film of the week is the Queen/Freddy Mercury bio-pic which has been released in just 2 countries and takes $12.2 million.
The Bryan Singer directed movie expands this weekend in the US market where Queen had a big following.
8th May 2018
With the biggest opening in the US of all time its no surprise that Avengers Infinity War hangs on for a second weekend with the remake of Overboard coming in at number 2 as the highest new film.
Avengers manages a second weekend on the box office grossing $112 million, a 50%+ drop from its debut, but this does bring the film total gross to $450 million after just 10 days of release.
Coming in at number 2 is the unwanted remake of the 1987 Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn movie of the same name.
This remake stars Eugenio Derbez and nna Faris and takes $14.7 million on its debut.
The rest of the top 5 is filled with holdovers that are still doing well, A Quiet Place is at 3 which has now grossed $160 million in the US and at number 4 is I Feel Pretty which has now grossed $38 million.
Finally at number 5 is Rampage which has now taken $84 million in the US and could be the first Dwayne Johnson film not to take over $100 million in many years.