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Highest chart position: 1
Weeks on box office: 10
During Prime Minister Boris Johnsons outline to re-opening that was announced on 22nd February cinemas will be allowed to open their doors, maybe, in stage 4 from May 17th.
This will be good news for the industry, and cinema goers who have not been able to see movies on the big screen since the end of last 2020 when Wonder Woman 1984 was the big new movie.
It is also good news for the cinema industry which is suffering during the latest lock down and many small independent theatres may have no choice but to close for good.
The bad news of course is that after 6 weeks of having to close their doors to the public it looks like there will still be another 3 months at least of shutdown to ensure the country keeps moving in the right direction.
Also with studios having to re-shuffle their schedules and many blockbusters having gone to streaming already there needs to be some confidence that people will return to cinemas.
There are films like Tom And Jerry, The Croods: A New Age, Mortal Kombat and the much delayed MCU movie Black Widow which is due on 7th May, a move for that is almost certain now.
What is more positive is that film like No Time To Die and Top Gun: Maverick can possibly stick to their release dates of October 8th and July 9th respectively.
This date is conditional of COVID-19 cases and deaths not spiking, but the UK has done a great job under the current lockdown and the vaccination programme is going really well so fingers crossed to light can be seen at the end of the tunnel.
10th February 2021
Cinema attendance in the UK dropped by 75% to 44 million tickets sold in 2020 due to the pandemic closures and limited openings later in the year.
Things started off really well in the first 3 months of the year, with over 80% of the total happening between January and March.
The COVID-19 pandemic took hold in late March and as you expect things just collapsed after that with less than 10 Million tickets sold between March and December.
The industry suffered 3 closures during that time and unlike in countries like America there is no drive-in culture which in part has kept the industry ticking.
Just under £250 Million in tickets were sold in 2020, compared to £1.25 Billion in 2019 which amounted to 176 Million tickets.
The highest grossing movie of the year was the Sam Mandes directed 1917 which was released in January 2020 and took over £40 Million at the box office.
2021 has not got off to a good start and cinemas have been closed but with vaccines being administered fast and a drop in cases it is hoped UK cinemas will open soon and the country will slowly get back to normal.
With no big releases due until at least the second quarter of the year UK cinema goers are in for a busy end of year with film like No Time To Die and Ghostbusters: Afterlife set to be big hits.
10th February 2021
Paramount Pictures have announced that Sonic The Hedgehog sequel will be called Sonic The Hedgehog 2, and there is a little hint that his buddy Tails will feature!
The first Sonic movie was released in February 2020 and was one of the last blockbusters released in 2020 before the pandemic shit movie theatres down.
It featured Jim Carrey as the villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik and went on to gross over $300 Million globally.
The hidden clue on the logo to suggest that Sonics friend Miles "Tails" Prower will feature, look at the 2, there are a couple of tails wagging.
Miles "Tails" Prower is Sonics best friend and is a fox with 2 tails that first appeared in the second Sonic game on the Sega Mega Drive, and all subsequent games.
The movie currently has a release date of April 8th 2022.
As we go into 2021 and the COVID-19 pandemic is still keeping cinemas closed the next Bond movie No Time To Die movies from April 2nd to October 8th.
With many films having been moved from a 2020 release date to an early 2021, the big potential blockbusters are now moving to late 2021.
There is no surprise in this as the new Bond movie, Daniel Craigs last, is a potential Billion dollar blockbuster.
After multiple moves though there must be questions being asked if a move to VOD is a good option, although recent data suggests that it might not be.
NO TIME TO DIE 8 October 2021 pic.twitter.com/HZlNG5kz8t— James Bond (@007) January 22, 2021
12th January 2021
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.
Here is a breakdown of the top 5 movies in the US 8th - 10th January 2021.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.