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Highest chart position: 1
Weeks on box office: 13
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.
29th December 2020
The US box office got off to a good start for the first quarter of the year by which time the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence movie Bad Boys For Life was the surprise top movie, then in March everything changed.
When the pandemic hit hard cinemas closed for 4 months and although there were weekly charts it was mainly from drive in theatres and studios started shifting release dates hoping things would get back to normal by the end of the year.
Tenet opened in August and it was considered Warner Bros. opened it too early and the movie despite taking $58 Million was considered a flop.
Studios have moved their films around even more since cinemas started to re-open and have gone into 2021 or been moved to streaming, but Warner Bros. again have tested the water at the end of the year with Wonder Woman 1984 which got a release on Christams day 2020 at cinemas and on HBO Max.
Disney has bypassed cinema all together on 2 of their potential biggest movie with Mulan going direct to Disney+ (for a premium price) and the Pixar movie Soul released on Christmas Day.
As it stands the top 20 movies in the US took a reasonable $1.6 Billion but compared to 2019 the top 20 took $5.8 Billion.
Here is 5 top grossing movies at the US box office in 2020.
Starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence who return as the Miami cop duo in the third in the Bad Boys series.
The movie was a surprise box office hit on its release on 17th January and took $204.5 Million at the US box office making the top movie of the year.
Released on the 10th January (wide, it cam out in 2019 on limited to catch the Oscar deadline) the movie is based during World War one and is film as if it was a continuous single shot.
Despite not winning the best movie Oscar the film took $158 Million at the US box office and is the second best movie of 2020.
The last movie in the Skywalker Saga was released in 2019 where it took $362.1 Million and was the 6th top movie.
Because of the pandemic the movie managed to be the 3rd best film of 2020 after taking $153 Million.
After going through a strange redesign for its main character Sonic when fan feedback was not too good about his look in the trailer the movie moved to February 14th release date.
The film was a surprise hit and took $146.2 Million at the US box office making it the 4th top movie of 2020.
The sequel movie the 2017 smash hit Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was released in 2019 where it took $175.4 Million and was the 11th top film in that year.
In 2020 the movie took $142.5 Million and is the 5th top grossing of the year.
25th June 2020
With cinemas still closed across the UK the home video market is still doing well and this week Birds Of Prey re-enters the chart at the top after getting the traditional Blu-Ray and digital to own release.
Here is a rundown of the top 5 movie you can view at home.
Starring Margot Robbie the DC supervillain movie re-enters the video chart at the top after its initial release earlier in the year.
The movie as hit at the box office back in February of 2020 where it made nearly £9 Million.
Despite being panned by critics the Robert Downey Jr. movie has turned into a bit of a hit at the box office and now on home video.
The movie goes back up to number 3 this week on its third week of release.
The top grossing movie of 2020 so far falls to number 3 this week on its seventh week of release.
Another film which had a "home box office" release earlier in the year and now goes back up the chart on its blu-ray and digital to own release.
The Dev Patel starring movie is at number 4 this week.
The speedy blue hedgehog falls from the top to number 5 this week on its 11th week of release.
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.
13th May 2020
This week we have a couple of new entries at the top two positions on the home entertainment chart in the shape of 1917 and Onward which pushes Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker down to number 3.
Top new film of the week is Sam Mendes World War 2 drama which also takes over at number 1 from the last Star Wars Movie.
The film was a smash hit at the UK box office at the beginning of the year where it entered the chart at number 1 and stayed for 4 weeks.
the film has currently taken £43.7 Million in the UK and is the top grossing movie so far in 2020, it also took $159.2 Million in the US and $368.2 Million globally.
Pixars last movie had a tough time at the box office, it was a new franchise for the animation studio so had to prove itself then 2 weeks after release all cinemas closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Pixar tried to make the best of things by offering the movie for rent for £20, we dont know how successful this was but the movie is not available to buy and with schools closed the movie makes a number 2 debut.
After 3 weeks at the top that last of the Star Wars sage movies falls to number 3 this week.
Second week on the chart for Taika Waititi's satirical World War 2 movie as it falls to number 4.
It may not have been the bog hit at the cinemas Warner Bros. was hoping for but the Margot Robbie movie spends its 3rd week on the home entertainment chart and is at number 5 this week.
Here is the full home entertainment chart for week 13th May 2020.