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Film admissions surge in UK, production spend wobbles

27-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

BFI stats reveal surge in admissions in 2015 but potential fall in production spend of UK independent productions in past year.

Inside Out

'Inside Out' leads UK box office with $11.4m

27-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest posts sixth biggest UK opening for Pixar outings from an industry record release of 608 sites.

'Ant-Man' leads UK box office with $6.2m debut

20-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal becomes first distributor to have four films hit the £30m mark in a calendar year as Minions reaches $50.3m (£32.3m).

Minions

Universal scores historic treble at UK box office

13-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor becomes the first to record the first, second and third chart positions, as Minions holds off Ted 2.

'Amy' sets new record; 'Minions' tops UK box office

6-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s Terminator Genisys lands with $5.9m (£3.8m), as Warner Bros’ Magic Mike XXL posts $2.4m (£1.5m) debut.

Minions

'Minions' ends Jurassic era at UK box office with $18.1m debut

29-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

It’s a Universal one-two at the top of the chart as Jurassic World becomes year’s biggest film with $76.8m (£48.9m) haul to date.

Minions

'Minions' tops social media buzz

29-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

The animated spin-off sequel topped Entourage and Terminator Genysis

'Jurassic World' retains UK box office lead

22-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel records second biggest second weekend ever with $17.6m (£11.1m); ScreenLive Entertainment’s Take That Live sets new record for biggest one-night-only concert event.

Jurassic World

'Jurassic World' roars to record-breaking $30.2m UK debut

15-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel posts biggest opening of the year, sixth biggest of all time at the UK box office and distributor’s biggest of all time.

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Empire Strikes Back returns to UK box office after 35 years

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Secret Cinema shows put Star Wars sequel back into the UK top ten.

Spy

'Spy' leads UK box office with $4m debut

8-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Good weather leads to soft market, down 29% on previous weekend, with holdovers suffering big drops.

'San Andreas' leads UK box office

1-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ disaster thriller achieves director Brad Peyton’s best-ever UK bow.

Pitch Perfect 2

'Pitch Perfect 2' retains UK lead; 'Tomorrowland' edges 'Poltergeist'

26-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is the week’s highest new entry, narrowly edging out Fox’s Poltergeist.

Pitch Perfect 2

'Pitch Perfect 2' edges out 'Mad Max' in UK

18-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel out-sings Warner Bros’ revival to dethrone Avengers: Age of Ultron.

'Ultron' overtakes 'Furious 7' as UK's biggest release of 2015

11-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox/Pinewood Pictures’ Spooks: The Greater Good is the week’s highest new entry with $1.6m (£1m) from 419 sites.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' tops $52m in UK

5-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s Far from the Madding Crowd narrowly edges out Universal’s Unfriended as the week’s highest new entry.

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).

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Demolition

Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'

TIFF 40 to open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Keith Richards

Morgan Neville's Keith Richards doc to debut on Netflix

Documentary on the Rolling Stones guitarist made by the director of Oscar-winner 20 Feet From Stardom.

The Walk

Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to open Tokyo film festival

Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.

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'Moon Dogs' begins Scotland shoot

Coming-of-age film marks feature debut of Downton Abbey director Philip John.

Iona

San Sebastian unveils New Directors titles

The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.

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'The High Sun' is big winner in Pula

The 62nd Pula Film Festival wrapped in Croatia on Saturday with its Best Croatian Film of the year award going to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun. 

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CTE renews output deals with Hong Kong studios

Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (MVPW) and Universe Entertainment.

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Xavier Prats Monné to take a new EC role.

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‘Steve Jobs’ to screen at NYFF

Danny Boyle’s biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the digital age visionary who changed the face of personal computing, telephony and music will screen on October 3 as the centrepiece screening of the 53rd New York Film Festival.

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Elle Fanning eyed for 'All The Bright Places'

Miguel Arteta will direct Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan’s adaptation of the Jennifer Niven YA novel.

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Venice reveals 2015 juries

Competition jury includes Elizabeth Banks, Lynne Ramsay, Diane Kruger and Hou Hsiao-hsien.

'Second Mother' to open Sarajevo Film Festival

Sundance award-winner to open festival; Dagur Kári’s Tribeca winner Virgin Mountain to close.

Death Valley

Indican Pictures acquires 'Death Valley'

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up all North American rights to the noir thriller and has set an October 20 release.

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Sadie Katz to star in 'Blood Feast' remake

The actress joins Robert Rusler and Caroline Williams on US-based Gundo Entertainment’s splatter film remake.

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Cuba's 'Behavior' wins at Skip City in Japan

The Japenese festival that focuses solely on digital cinema reveals its 2015 winners.

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Angelina Jolie Pitt, Netflix line up Khmer Rouge drama

Star finds home for her long-gestating Cambodian genocide drama.

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'Black Mass' to get Venice world premiere

Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.

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Michael B. Jordan to star in 'Just Mercy' for Broad Green

The company announced on Friday it is adapting Bryan Stevenson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption.

The Daughter

Saura, Celestini, Stone among Venice Days line-up

Luis Tosar thriller to open strand; Laurent Cantet to chair jury; programme includes Agnès Varda, Alice Rohrwacher shorts.

El Gigante

Raven Banner boards 'El Gigante'

The Toronto-based company announced from Fantasia it has come on to handle world sales and direct distribution in Canada on the Luchagore Productions title.

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Verbinski, Barron, von Trotta backed by German funds

Funds MDM and FFF Bayern are providing more than $9.4m (€8.6m).

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Venice reveals Gap-Financing Market line-up

The Venice Film Market will showcase 15 projects seeking completion financing.

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Three dead in Louisiana theatre shooting

UPDATE: Police in Lafayette said on Friday the two women who died in Thursday’s shooting at the Grand 16 theatre in Lafayette were Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. The gunman was identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser.

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Sarajevo to honour Benicio Del Toro

Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for actor who is attending the festival with new film A Perfect Day.

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Lux Prize trio unveiled

Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (The Lesson) to get distribution support.

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'Ant-Man' crushes rivals in UK social media buzz

Marvel’s latest comfortably fended off Inside Out and Southpaw to top this week’s social media buzz chart.

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Port Of Call wins best feature; Turbo Kid team take Best Director.

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Global Screen picks up 'The Memory Of Water'

German sales outfit acquires Spanish-speaking drama starring Elena Anaya.

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'Neruda' shoot underway in Chile

Participant Media has officially confirmed that Pablo Larrain’s follow-up to No, currently shooting in Chile and starring Gael García Bernal, is the second title under its Participant PanAmerica initiative.

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Alchemy strikes content deals

Bill Lee’s ambitious distributor has bulked up its supply line, striking deals with Archstone, CineTel Films, Hollywood Media Bridge and The Little Film Company.

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Telefilm Canada readies Canada Cool tour

The national film body is behind a US tour this autumn of 10 new comedies without US distribution.

Momentum

Starz picks up 'Momentum'

Starz has acquired all North American rights to the action thriller following its world premiere AT Fantasia on Wednesday night.

'Knight Of Cups' to open in spring 2016

Terrence Malick’s film starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman will open in the US via Broad Green Pictures on March 4 2016.

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Alex Winter lines up Frank Zappa doc

The star of Bill And Ted turned director is preparing to make a film about one of rock’s most iconoclastic figures with the full cooperation of the late musician’s family.

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Donald Sutherland to star in 'Milton’s Secret'

Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment and Hulo Films announced on Thursday that the Canadian icon will star in the coming-of-age drama.

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European Commission launches case against broadcaster and studios for potentially “serious violation of EU rules.”

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Icon appoints head of theatrical sales

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