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Highest chart position: 2
Weeks on box office: 8
1st January 2021
In a year which saw a worrying trend of movies not getting a theatrical release due to the global pandemic that hit the world in 2020 its unsure if the industry will recover as studios see big returns for movies on streaming services rather than box office returns.
The biggest grossing movie in the UK for the year is 1917 from director Sam Mandes which was released in January and has not been challenged all year as movies after March had no chance of making a substantial box office return.
The two movies which tried the most were Tenet released in August and did manage to become the 5th top movie of the year and Wonder Woman 1984 which although released in December, after many release changes, was hit by another UK lockdown which has massively impacted its box office potential.
Of the top 5 movies in the UK 2 of them were released in 2019 and 2 of them released in early 2020 with Tenet being the other.
Worth of a mention is that apart from Tenet which is the top movie in the pandemic era sleeper hit After We Collided which was released in early September is the 20th top movie of the year with a total gross of £4 Million, a great achievement in the current market.
Also worthy of a mention is the success the Disney/Pixar movie Onward had at the box office, it was the top movie of the week in March when cinemas closed, then the movie continued to top the box office when cinemas re-opened in July despite already being available on Disney+, the movie is the 12 top movie of 2020 with £7.5 Million.
With a vaccine not hitting the UK in late 2020 the first part of 2021 might be slow for cinemas as well, but providing they can survive once we hit spring it is hopeful doors will start to open again and capacity can return to normal and the box office can start properly once more.
Here is a break down of the top 5 movies in the UK for 2020.
Released in January of 2020 the single shot Oscar nominated movie took £43.7 Million by mid March when cinemas shut down.
The film took a total gross of £43.9 Million by the end of 2020 and is the top movie of the year.
After a troubled first showing of Sonic when the lead character was redesign at the request of the fans, the movie was delayed to mid February 2020 where it took just nuder five million pound on its opening weekend.
After a five week run the Jim Carey starring movie had taken £19 Million and then after cinemas re-opened it's total UK gross rose to £19.2 Million.
Released at the very end of 2019 the JJ Abrams directed, last of the Skywalker sega, took £29.4 Million during its release year.
The movie continued to pull in audiences on 2020 and took another £18.8 Million until the end of January.
Released on the last weekend of 2019 where is took £3.5 Million the movie continued to do well into 2020 where it took an extra £17.5 Million until mid February.
After getting its original release date moved to 28th August the movie was to be the saviour of cinema after 4 month of closures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Despite much criticism for Warner Bros. releasing the movie when not all cinemas had reopened and capacity was limited the movie spend 13 weeks on the chart taking £17.5 Million and scraped its way into the top 5 movies of 2020.
14th August 2020
At the UK box office this weekend, Friday, 14th August 2020, there are 3 new releases looking to take your attention at the local multiplex and knock Unhinged from the top of the UK box office.
First up at cinemas this week is Babyteeth,
Next on this weeks new release schedule is Pinocchio.
Next up this week is Spree
Check back on Monday to see if these new releases enter the UK Weekend Box Office Chart.
18th June 2020
Sonic The Hedgehog gets a physical and digital to own release and tops the home entertainment charts taking a massive leap in the process, top new film is Emma at number 17!
Here is a rundown of the top 5 home entertainment charts this week.
The speedy blue hedgehog tops the home entertainment chart making a leap from number 37 on its 10th week of release, it is available to own this week.
Despite the original controversy when the original trailer was release the film was a big box office hit in mid February when it was release, it hit the top on its debut with £4 Million.
The movie then spent 5 weeks on the box office before cinemas closed and took £18 Million during that time.
Sam Mendes World War movie is bouncing around the home entertainment charts and this week goes back to number 2 on its 6th week.
Falling from its debut position at the top last week the Robert Downey Jr. movie falls to number 3 on its second week of release.
Pixar movies have always done well on the home entertainment front and their latest is no exception, it falls to number 4 this week, its 6th week of release.
The Vin Diesel starring movie also goes from early access to physical and digital owned this week and makes a leap from 28 to number 5 in the process on its 5th weekend of release.
The top new movie of the week is at number 17, the Jane Austen novel adaptation hit movie theatres mid February taking £7 Million over 5 weeks of release.
17th June 2020
Cinemas across the globe are starting to re-open and a trickle of figures are starting to emerge, and before we get an official global box office lets take a look at what still doing well across the globe.
These figure and generated from various sources and collaborations and are the closest we can get to an global top 10 during the ongoing pandemic, these charts by their nature are fluid and change as the week goes on, we will change this report to reflect the changes.
Here is a look at this week top 5.
Led by drive-in theatres in the US the Blumhouse Productions horror movie is still doing well across the globe despite being available on VOD for a couple of months now.
The movie take $450K this week and has taken $129 Million global since first released 15 weeks ago.
The Japanese film has been around for a few weeks now on the charts from Japan and this week tops the charts in that teretory and is at number 2 on the global charts with $397k.
The film has a global total gross of $4.3 Million after 5 weeks of release.
Greta Gerwigs adaptation movie spends another week on the global box office and sits at number 3 this week with $384K pushing its global total to $214.6 Million.
Despite being made available on VOD day and date with a theatrical release the animated sequel is at number 3 this week with $348K for a total gross of $3.3 Million.
Despite being released at the tail end of December the sequel movie starring Dwayne Johnson is still doing well in theatres and this week takes $327K pushings its total gross to $805.2 Million.
No big new films are being released at the moment with the first being Mulan on 24th July (at the moment) which gives this low budget movie a change to be the top new film of the weekend with a debut gross of $160K from American drive in theatres.
13th June 2020
As movie theatres remain closed the home video and streaming charts remain the only was to consume movies and this week Bad Boys For Life falls hard from the top as Dolittle makes its debut on pole position.
Here is a deeper look at the top 5 movies on home entertainment this week.
The Robert Downey Jr. starring vehicle was met with a lot of criticism on release in early February but the movie turned into a sizeable hit at the Uk box office landing at number 1 on its debut with £5 Million.
It did fall to number 3 on its second weekend but during half-term it rebounded to number 2 and became a box office hit taking £15.8 Million over 6 weeks and only stopped its run because of the cinema closures.
Pixars latest hit may have had a shortened run but it is doing well in the home and this weeks rebounds back to number 2 on its 5th week.
The smash hit war movie which is the biggest box office film of the year so far falls to number 3 on its 5th weekend of release.
The Oscar winning movie from director Bong Joon Ho became the highest grossing foreign language film in the UK during its 7 week box office run.
The film was released early February in the UK and landed at number 4 on the box office with £1.4 Million on its way to £12 Million.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence fall to number 5 this week from the top spot on their 4th week of release.