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Avenges Age of Ultron

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' breaks UK records with $27.3m debut

27-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest superhero outing posts biggest April opening, biggest Saturday ever for the distributor and the eighth-biggest opening of all time.

‘Still Alice’ sets record for Artificial Eye

22-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Moore drama becomes highest-grosser for UK distributor.

'Furious 7' records UK hat-trick

20-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Top three remains unchanged for the third week in a row; eOne’s Child 44 is the highest new entry with $755,000 (£505,422) from its 444 sites.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' retains UK box office lead

13-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s The DUFF is the week’s highest new entry with $1.3m (£891,248) from its 392 sites, including previews.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' races to UK box office lead

7-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s Cinderella and Fox’s Home prosper over the Easter weekend with minimal drops to reach $16.6m (£11.2m) and $22.5m (£15.14m), respectively.

Cinderella

'Cinderella' tops UK box office with $5.6m debut

30-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water lands with $3.3m (£2.25m), including previews; Dior and I posts Dogwoof’s second-best ever UK opening with $121,000 (£81,848).

Home

'Home' tops UK box office on $9m

23-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent takes strong $4.4m (£2.9m), including previews, on debut.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

'Marigold Hotel' sequel scores UK hat-trick

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel reaches $17.3m (£11.7m), while stablemate Home previews strongly with $3.6m (£2.5m); Warner Bros’ Run All Night lands with $1.2m (£822,000) from 430 sites.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel sequel retains UK lead

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel adds $2.9m (£1.9m) for $13m (£8.6m) after 11 days in play; Sony’s Chappie is the highest new entry with $1.5m (£996,000); Still Alice posts excellent $606,000 (£401,396) debut from 87 sites for Curzon Film World.

Paddington

Paddington in StudioCanal record

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Big screen adaptation surpasses Non-Stop’s worldwide tally of $236m to become their biggest ever worldwide release.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel sequel tops UK box office

2-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel scores $5.8m (£3.74m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Fifty Shades of Grey; Universal’s raunchy adaptation crosses £30m mark after 17 days in play.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades breaks UK 18-rated record

23-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s raunchy adaptation becomes highest grossing 18-rated film of all time with $38.9m (£25.2m).

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades debut breaks UK records

16-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Universal’s raunchy drama blows off opposition on way to $20.7m debut (£13.5m).

Big Hero 6 holds UK box office lead

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s animation holds number one with $3.8m (£2.53m) second weekend; Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service adds $3.3m (£2.2m) for $12.5m (£8.2m); StudioCanal’s Shaun the Sheep Movie is the week’s highest new entry.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman leads UK buzz

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and Disney’s Big Hero 6 set for another top spot tussle this weekend.

Paddington

Paddington hits $200m global BO

3-Feb-2015 | By

StudioCanal’s smash has become the biggest family release of all time for a non-US studio film as it earned the latest distinction in a box office run that has been bristling with accomplishment.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 edges out Kingsman in UK

2-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest animation lands with $6.45m (£4.295m), including previews; Fox’s adaptation bows just behind with $6.37m (£4.24m), including previews, and posts Matthew Vaughn’s best-ever Fri-Sun tally in process.

American Sniper

American Sniper shoots down Taken 3 in UK

26-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ awards contender posts $3.8m (£2.5m) second weekend to dethrone Taken 3; Universal’s Ex Machina leads openers with $1.7m (£1.1m) debut.

Taken 3

Taken 3 retains UK box office lead

19-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s threequel adds $5m (£3.3m) for $18.5m (£12.2m) after 11 days in play; Warner Bros’ American Sniper records Clint Eastwood’s best-ever opening with $3.8m (£2.5m).

Taken 3

Taken 3 tops UK chart

12-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s threequel opens to excellent $10.2m (£6.7m), including previews, to dethrone The Theory of Everything; Disney’s Into the Woods hits $3.75m (£2.48m) note on UK bow.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox leads UK market in 2014

6-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Top 10 distributors, films and British films of 2014 revealed.

The Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything debuts top of UK chart

5-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s biopic posts chart-topping $5.7m (£3.74m) bow, including previews; Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing leads Fri-Sun chart; StudioCanal’s Paddington crosses £30m.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit retains UK lead

22-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing hits £20m as it retains top spot; StudioCanal’s Paddington holds off newcomers to stay in second with $3.9m (£2.5m).

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit tops UK chart

15-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing posts chart-topping $15.3m (£9.76m) bow; StudioCanal’s Paddington becomes distributor’s highest grossing release of all time.

Paddington

Paddington to set StudioCanal record

14-Dec-2014 | By

Studio executives said on Sunday (December 14) that the family feature was on course this weekend to overtake Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and become its biggest release of all time in the UK.

Paddington

Paddington retains UK lead

8-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation adds $6m (£3.8m) to hold off Mockingjay and Penguins of Madagascar.

Paddington

Paddington posts record UK bow

1-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation grosses $8m (£5.1m) from its 520 sites to record the distributor’s best-ever UK opening.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay scores record UK debut

24-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s adaptation records biggest opening of 2014 to date with confirmed $19.8m (£12.65m), including previews.

Interstellar

Interstellar retains UK lead

17-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi posts strong second weekend of $5.9m (£3.8m) for $18.9m (£12.1m) to date; The Imitation Game posts StudioCanal’s second best-ever UK bow with confirmed $4.29m (£2.74m).

Interstellar

Interstellar tops UK box office

10-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi takes $8.6m (£5.4m) from its 578 sites to dethrone Turtles; eOne’s Mr. Turner climbs up to second with $1.6m (£1.01m).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles scares off Ouija to top UK chart

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s reboot climbs back to number one on its third weekend; eOne’s Mr. Turner posts strong UK debut of over $1.4m (£900,000) for Mike Leigh’s best-ever opening.

Fury

Fury tops UK chart

27-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s war drama posts $4.4m (£2.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Turtles; Icon’s The Babadook lands with $557,000 (£345,862) from 147 sites ahead of Halloween.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tops UK chart

20-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s reboot dethrones Gone Girl with a $7.7m (£4.8m) debut, including previews; Fox’s Gone Girl reaches $22.8m (£14.1m); Munro Films’ Northern Soul records highest three-day opening weekend gross for a British film opening in under 100 sites.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl retains UK lead

13-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation records $4.9m (£3.1m) second weekend to lead chart as stablemate The Maze Runner posts UK bow of $3.3m (£2.04m), including previews, and Warner Bros’ Annabelle scares up $3.1m (£1.93m).

Gone Girl

Gone Girl tops UK chart

6-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation records $6.6m (£4.1m) opening, including previews; Universal’s Dracula Untold bites into $2.7m (£1.7m) on debut.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot levels Equalizer in UK

30-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s Billy Elliot the Musical - Live sets new Event Cinema record with $3.1m (£1.904m) to become its first-ever number one; Sony’s reboot lands with $3.07m (£1.89m) from its 458 sites.

The Inbetweeners 2

Slow summer at UK box office

24-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

The Inbetweeners 2 led the way, but the summer period at the UK box office was down in both gross and admissions this year. Screen talks to distributors and exhibitors to find out why.

The Boxtrolls

Boxtrolls buries Tombstones at UK BO

22-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s animation adds $2.17m (£1.33m) to remain at number one for second straight week, just ahead of eOne’s A Walk Among the Tombstones’ $2.15m (£1.31m) debut.

The Boxtrolls

Boxtrolls tops UK chart; slow start for Pride

15-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s animation dethrones Sex Tape with $3.3m (£2m), including previews; Fox/Pathe’s Pride opens with non-final $1.2m (£714,119) from 491 sites.

Sex Tape

Sex Tape goes viral at UK box office

8-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s comedy debuts top with $2.3m (£1.43m), including previews; Universal’s Lucy crosses £10m and led Fri-Sun with $1.9m (£1.19m).

Lucy

Lucy holds UK box office lead

1-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s action sci-fi becomes director Luc Besson’s best-ever UK performer as it records a second straight week at the top of the chart.

Lucy

Luc Besson's Lucy tops UK box office

26-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s action sci-fi scores excellent $5.1m (£3.1m) bow to dethrone The Inbetweeners 2.

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2 retains UK lead

18-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s comedy sequel crosses £20m mark with non-final $7.2m (£4.3m) second weekend.

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2 biggest UK debut of 2014

11-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s comedy sequel opens with over $21m (£12.5m), including previews, for the biggest debut of the year.

Inbetweeners 2 breaks comedy record

7-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The sequel’s £2.75m opening is biggest ever for a comedy in UK.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians tops UK chart on $10.7m

4-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest Marvel outing scores $10.7m (£6.35m) debut to dethrone Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event grosses $1.2m (£720,000) over first four shows.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes retains UK box office lead

28-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel retains top spot with $6.4m (£3.8m) second weekend; Paramount’s Hercules muscles in with $2.46m (£1.45m).

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes conquer UK box office

21-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel scores $14.9m (£8.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Transformers: Age of Extinction, as two event cinema releases – Monty Python and André Rieu – land in the top five.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers tops UK chart

14-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s latest outing records year’s biggest opening to date with $20.1m (£11.75m); Universal’s Boyhood scores strong $565,000 (£330,000) debut.

Mrs Browns Boys DMovie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys retains UK lead

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s big screen adaptation of TV sitcom adds $3.7m (£2.2m) to record second week as the UK’s number one; Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction previews strongly.

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CMG to sell ‘Loving Vincent’

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