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

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American Beauty

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Starring

Actor
Character
Kevin Spacey
Thora Birch
Wes Bentley
Peter Gallagher
Allison Janney
Chris Cooper
Scott Bakula
Sam Robards
Barry Del Sherman
Ara Celi
John Cho
Fort Atkinson
Sue Casey
Kent Faulcon
Brenda Wehle
Lisa Cloud
Alison Faulk
Krista Goodsitt
Lily Houtkin
Carolina Lancaster
Mona Leah
Chekesha Van Putten
Emily Zachary
Nancy Anderson
Reshma Gajjar
Stephanie Rizzo
Heather Joy Sher
Chelsea Hertford
Amber Smith
Joel McCrary
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Dennis Anderson
Matthew Kimbrough
Erin Cathryn Strubbe
Bruce Cohen
Elaine Corral Kendall
David C. Fisher
Tom Miller
Ronald Reagan
Year: 2000
 122 minutes (2 hrs 02 mins)
UK release date UK release: 28th January 2000
 BBFC Age Rating:  18 age rating
UK total gross
  £21.3 Million
US total gross
  $130.1 Million
Global total gross
  $356.3 Million
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Top Grossing Movie Chart Position
UK total gross
£21,340,511
238
American Beauty
239

US total gross
$130,096,601
455
American Beauty

Global total gross
$356,296,601
368
American Beauty
UK Age Rating
UK BBFC Certificate: 18
Genres
Popular in these countries
  •  United Kingdom
  •  Ireland
  •  Spain
UK Box Office Info

Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 16

UK Box Office Chart History
Date
Place
Week
Total
American Beauty
6N
£425,558
£425,558
1
£2,836,678
£3,555,235
3
£1,654,745
£6,767,888
3▲▼
£1,523,175
£9,504,037
4
£1,178,047
£11,774,698
6
£863,439
£13,310,763
5
£713,228
£14,499,983
5▲▼
£565,476
£15,480,332
2
£644,353
£16,483,157
2▲▼
£815,741
£17,873,566
3
£526,403
£18,861,325
5
£533,822
£19,813,669
7
£324,988
£20,484,103
8
£199,123
£20,961,192
10
£96,033
£21,158,595
11
£46,961
£21,340,511
US Box Office Info

Highest US chart position:

US Box Office Chart History
No UK Box Office info
Global Box Office Release Breakdown
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News from around the web

Director Channing Godfrey Peoples's story of American Beauty Queen pageant is given a 15 age rating in the UK by the BBFC.

The movie was released in the US during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and did reasonably well considering it was only released in a handful of drive-in movie theatres.

The movie stars Nicole Beharie and Kendrick Sampson and has been critically praised, although movies that have strong American themes often dont do well in the UK.

Here is a breakdown of the BBFC ratings decision.

  • BBFC age rating: 15
  • Release date: 25th September 2020
  • Reason for certificate: strong language
  • Official runtime: 99 minutes (1 hour and 39 minutes)

The Movie was passed uncut.

BBFC movie info page.

Disney hold on to the top spot this week with their latest animated big screen movie Big Hero 6, and in a repeat of last week it only just out grosses Kingsman The Secret Service which holds at 2.

Another £2.5 million over the weekend sees the Hero 6's UK gross rise to £7.5 million from it's 11 days of release, including preview screenings.

Interestingly it was the weekend which gave Hero 6 the top spot, looking at the chart for the full week, Kingsman takes the top spot by nearly a million pound.

Highest new film of the week is from the Aardman animated studio, Shaun The Sheep Movie enters at number 4.

Shaun takes ££2 million for the weekend, not the numbers that Wallace and Gromit are used to but it's up there with other Aardman films.

Also new on the UK box office are: Jupiter Ascending from the Wachowski siblings at 4 and Selma at number 6.

Historical box office

A year ago
Mr. Peabody and Sherman entered the box office at the top on it's debut weekend of release knocking The Wolf of Wall Street from the top to number 3.

Five years ago
Avatar retained the top spot for yet another week, The Princess and The Frog from the mouse house was the highest new film at 2.

Ten years ago
Meet The Fockers stayed at the top for another week leaving Ocean's Twelve to land on the box office at number 2 on it's debut.

Fifteen and Twenty years ago
Oscar winner American Beauty was still at the top of the box office fifteen years ago while twenty years ago the controversial Natural Born Killers was the top film in the country.