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Taken No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

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  • which make this violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities
  • where there are more explicit images of sexual activity in the context of a sex work (see right) In the case of video works, which may be more accessible to younger viewers, intervention may be more frequent than for cinema films.

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Y:2008
UK release date Released: 26th September 2008
 BBFC Age Rating:  18 age rating
Taken

Directed by

Starring

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Character
Leland Orser
Jon Gries
David Warshofsky
Holly Valance
Katie Cassidy
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Top Grossing Movie Chart Position
UK total gross
£6,277,639
1059
Taken
1060

US total gross
$145,000,989
375
Taken

Global total gross
$226,830,568
685
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UK Age Rating
UK BBFC Certificate: 18
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UK Box Office Release Breakdown
UK release date:

Highest chart position: 2

Weeks on box office: 6

UK Box Office Chart History
Date
Place
Week
Total
2N
£1,165,986
£1,165,986
2▲▼
£1,096,324
£3,104,042
4
£790,670
£4,527,090
6
£530,578
£5,525,386
8
£260,342
£6,046,921
13
£54,499
£6,277,639
Box Office Gross Flow
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1.2M
1.1M
790.7K
530.6K
260.3K

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2008

After scoring a big hit towards the end of 2020 with Honest Thief Liam Neeson is back once again in the Pandemic era with The Marksman which makes its debut a the top.

With many cinemas in the US still closed there are no other new film on the top 10 this weekend and the top 5 just performs a bit of a shift with everything dropping one place.

With no sigh yet of a return to normal we have a while to wait until we get a substantial new release.

US box office Quickview.

  • Number 1 - The Marksman (1st Week)
  • Highest debut - The Marksman (@1)
  • Longest run - The War With Grandpa (15 weeks)
  • Highest total gross - The Croods: A New Age ($39,289,465)*
  • *Excluding re-releases

Weekly breakdown of the US top 5 15th - 17th January 2021

The Marksman

Liam Neeson strikes again as he returns to the top in his latest starring role which takes $3.2 Million on its debut weekend.

Compared to Neeson's last release during the COVID-19 pandemic this is a little lower as Honest Thief took $3.7 Million on its debut.

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984

The DC Universe superhero movie is available on streaming which will have effected its box office performance but this week falls from the top where it spent 3 weeks to number 2 with $2.6 Million, only 13% down from last weekend.

The movie has now taken $35.8 Million over its for weeks of release, as a comparison the original Wonder Woman from 2017 had taken $318.1 Million by the same point, but a comparison is unfair of course.

The Croods: A New Age

Doing surprisingly well still is the animated sequel starring Nicholas Cage which this week takes just over $2 Million, an increase of 11% from last weekend.

This pushes the movies total gross to $39.2 Million after 8 weeks of release, quite a feat considering the pandemic and that the movie is available on streaming.

News Of The World

The Tom Hanks staring Oscar contender falls to 4 this weekend with a gross of $1 Million, 15% drop from last weekend, giving the movie $8.5 Million after 4 weeks of release.

Monster Hunter~2020

Paul W.S. Anderson's video game adaptation is at 5 this weekend with $920,000, 17% down from last weekend, giving the movie a new total of $9 Million after 5 weeks.

With the pandemic ending the UK box office for the second time take a look back at what films were making the headlines over the years.

A year ago (2020)

No. 1 and highest debut:
1917 starring Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay and directed by Sam Mendes

Longest run:
Frozen II which had been on the box office for 8 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker which had taken £54.9 Million after 4 weeks of release.

Five years ago (2016)

No. 1 movie:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens which had been at the top for 4 weeks and with a total gross of £108.4 Million it was also the top total grossing film.

Highest Debut:
The Hateful Eight directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell which entered the box office at number 2.

Longest run:
Spectre which had been on the box office for 11 weeks.

Ten years ago (2011)

No. 1 and Highest debut:
The Kings Speech starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter and directed by Tom Hooper

Top total grossing and longest run:
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 which had taken £50.6 Million over 8 weeks of release.

Fifteen years ago (2006)

No.1 movie:
King Kong which had been at the top for 2 weeks.

Highest debut:
Just Friends directed by Roger Kumble and starring Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart which entered the box office at number 3.

Longest run:
The Constant Gardener which had been on the box office for 9 weeks.

Top total grossing:
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire which had taken £47.6 Million after 8 weeks of release.

Twenty years ago (2001)

No.1 movie:
Unbreakable which had been at the top for 2 weeks.

Highest debut:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee and starring Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh which entered the box office at number 4.

Top total grossing and longest run:
Billy Elliot which had taken £17 Million over 15 weeks of release.

Twenty five years ago (1996)

No. 1 and highest debut:
Seven starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher

Top total grossing and longest run:
Goldeneye which had taken £17.2 Million over 7 weeks of release.

With the US box office still suffering from closures from the stay-at-home orders in place across much of America Wonder Woman 1984 stays at the top again despite a big drop from the previous weekend.

There are no new releases on the chart as nearly everything at the moment is going to VOD and big new blockbusters have been push to at least the second quarter of the year although Jurassic World from 2015 makes a re-entry at 13.

In a rare movie, altohugh not surprising, the top 5 this weekend is in the exact same positions as last weekend.

US box office Quickview.

  • Number 1 - Wonder Woman 1984 (3rd Weekend)
  • Highest debut - Jurassic World (re-entry at 13)
  • Longest run - The War With Grandpa (14 weeks)*
  • Highest total gross - The War With Grandpa ($19,056,873)*
  • *Not including rereleases

Here is a breakdown of the top 5 movies in the US 8th - 10th January 2021.

Wonder Woman 1984

The DC Universe sequel movie spends another weekend at the top of the US chart with a gross of $3 Million which is 45% down from the previous weekend.

The movie now has a total gross of $32.6 Million after 3 weeks of release, it is the top grossing movie so far in 2021 and the third highest grossing movie since the pandemic started.

The Croods: A New Age

The Croods: A New Age

The animated sequel spends another weekend at number 2 on the box office with a weekend gross of $1.8 Million, 17% down week on week.

The movie has taken $36.8 Million after 7 weeks of release is the second top movie of 2021 and the second highest grossing movie since the pandemic closed many cinemas.

News Of The World

Staying again at number 3 is the Tom Hanks Oscar worthy movie which takes $1.2 Million over the weekend a 27% drop, giving the movie a 3 week total of $7.09 Million.

Monster Hunter~2020

Remaining at 4 is the Paul W.S. Anderson directed movie which takes $1.1 Million over the weekend, 12% down from last weekend, giving the movie a $7.8 Million 4 week gross.

Fatale

Finishing of the top 5 is the Deon Taylor directed drama which take $656,606, only a 6% drop from last weekend, the movie has now taken $3.9 Million over 4 weeks.

With no big new releases on the US box office over the new year the top movie jiggle around a bit but there is nothing of note.

The highest new movie is at number 13 in the shape of Shadow In The Cloud, directed by Roseanne Liang and starring Chloƫ Grace Moretz which debuts with a gross of $40,000.

US box office Quickview

  • Number 1 - Wonder Woman 1984 (2nd weekend)
  • Highest debut - Shadow In The Cloud (@13)
  • Longest run - The War With Grandpa (13 Weeks)
  • Highest total gross - The War With Grandpa ($18,668,705)

Here is the top 5 US box office breakdown 1st - 3rd January 2021

Wonder Woman 1984

Warner Bros. released the superhero movie on HBO Max day and date with theatres, and with cinemas in America still largely closed the Wonder Woman sequel has not done too bad staying at the top with a weekend gross of $5.5 Million, although it is 67% down from last week.

The Patty Jenkins directed movie now has a total gross in the US of $28.5 Million and is the third highest grossing movie during the global pandemic.

The Croods: A New Age

The Croods: A New Age

The second highest grossing movie of the pandemic era with a weekend gross of $2.1 Million, an increase of 21% from last weekend hence the climb to number 2.

The Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds starring movie has now taken $34.5 Million after 6 weeks of release.

News Of The World

The Tom Hanks starring Oscar buzz movie falls to number 3 this weekend after making its debut at 2 with a gross of $1.7 Million, 30% drop from last week.

The movie has now taken $5.4 Million in America after 2 weeks of release.

Monster Hunter~2020

Director Paul W.S. Anderson new video game movie stays put at number 4 this week with $700,000, 6% up from last week to boost its total cume to $3 Million after 3 weeks.

Fatale

Hilary Swank's latest movie jumps a place from last week with $660,000, a fall of 3% giving the movie a $1.8 Million 2 week total.

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.

onward

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.

1917

1917

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.

Sonic The Hedgehog

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.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

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.

Little Women~2019

Little Women

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.

Tenet

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.