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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man set for UK top spot

17-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel garners most buzz and intent-to-view.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier regains UK lead

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest Marvel outing leapfrogs Rio 2 with $3m (£1.78m); Lionsgate’s The Quiet Ones posts non-final $1.1m (£681,305) debut for week’s highest new entry; eOne’s Calvary records third best opening of year in Ireland.

Rio 2

Rio 2 tops UK chart

7-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel leads the way thanks to preview-boosted $4.8m (£2.9m) debut; Disney’s Winter Soldier heads up Fri-Sun weekend; Fox’s Grand Budapest Hotel becomes Wes Anderson’s best-ever UK performer.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America tops UK chart

31-Mar-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest superhero outing posts $10.1m (£6.04m) bow, including previews, to lead the way ahead of stablemate Muppets Most Wanted.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel tops UK chart

24-Mar-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s comedy drama climbs to number one in its third weekend of release.

Need For Speed

Need for Speed tops UK chart

17-Mar-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s video game adaptation clocks non-final $3.3m (£2m) to dethrone 300: Rise of an Empire; StudioCanal’s Under the Skin posts strong UK bow of $396,000 (£238,203) from just 47 sites.

300: Rise of an Empire

300 dismantles Lego in the UK

10-Mar-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sequel scores $4.6m (£2.8m) debut to top UK chart; Fox’s The Grand Budapest Hotel records Wes Anderson’s best-ever UK bow.

The Lego Movie

Lego records UK hat trick

3-Mar-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ animation stays top for third straight week; Non-Stop records second best-ever UK bow for StudioCanal; Universal’s The Wolf of Wall Street becomes UK’s highest grossing 18-rated film.

The Lego Movie

Lego retains UK lead

24-Feb-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ animation crosses £20m as it stays top of the chart; Artificial Eye’s event release of Nymphomaniac grosses $237,000 (£142,922) from 74 sites for Lars von Trier’s best-ever UK bow.

The Lego Movie

Lego tops UK chart

17-Feb-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ animation debuts top with the year’s biggest debut so far; Fox’s The Monuments Men starts off UK run with non-final $2.7m (£1.6m) in second.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Peabody tops UK chart

10-Feb-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s 3D animation records $6.4m (£3.9m) debut, including previews, to dethrone The Wolf of Wall Street; StudioCanal’s RoboCop arrives with strong $4m (£2.41m) bow in second.


RoboCop leads UK buzz

7-Feb-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s reboot delivers strongest overall buzz, but eOne’s Dallas Buyers Club leads intent to view.

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Wolf records hat-trick in UK

3-Feb-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s biopic retains lead for third straight week, becoming Martin Scorsese’s best-ever UK performer in the process; Warner Bros’ Gravity to cross £30m in coming days.

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Wolf retains UK lead

27-Jan-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s biopic falls just 23% as it adds $5.9m (£3.6m) to lead chart for second straight week; eOne’s 12 Years a Slave crosses £10m mark.

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Wolf set to retain UK crown

24-Jan-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Martin Scorsese’s biopic tops Way To Blue’s buzz chart.

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Wolf of Wall Street tops UK chart

20-Jan-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s biopic records Martin Scorsese’s best-ever UK debut to land top of the box office; eOne’s 12 Years a Slave expands to 386 sites and adds $5m (£3.06m) for $11.7m (£7.12m).

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

UK admissions down 4% in 2013

14-Jan-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Final year tally of 165.5m is the lowest since 2008.

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave tops UK box office

13-Jan-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s awards contender posts excellent $4.1m (£2.5m) debut from 207 sites to dethrone American Hustle.

American Hustle

American Hustle leads UK box office

6-Jan-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s drama posts $5.7m (£3.5m) as it expands nationwide to top chart, including previews; Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leads Fri-Sun weekend with $5.2m (£3.2m); Disney’s Frozen crosses £30m mark.

Despicable Me 2

UK box office down 1% in 2013

3-Jan-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Admissions also tracking to be down on 2012’s 172.5m; eOne leads the independent sector for second straight year, also topping Paramount and Sony.


Warner Bros reclaims UK crown

2-Jan-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Gravity and The Hobbit help generate box office revenues of more than $320m (£194m) in the UK.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Hobbit holds firm at UK box office

23-Dec-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ fantasy sequel adds $8.7m (£5.35m) to stay top of UK chart; Paramount’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continue bows with $7.4m (£4.54m), including previews.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug journeys to top of UK chart

16-Dec-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ fantasy sequel dominates with $15.1m (£9.3m) debut; Disney’s Frozen falls just 10% in second weekend.


Frozen extinguishes Catching Fire at UK box office

9-Dec-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s animation debuts top with $7.7m (£4.7m); Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpasses The Hunger Games’ final UK result.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching Fire retains UK lead

2-Dec-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s sequel takes $9m (£5.5m) to hold onto the top spot for the second consecutive week; Fox’s Philomena becomes Stephen Frears’ best-ever UK performer at $16.1m (£9.8m).


Catching Fire tops UK chart

25-Nov-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s highly anticipated sequel scores excellent debut of $19.8m (£12.2m) to mark the distributor’s biggest ever opening.


Gravity stays top of UK box office

18-Nov-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi records second consecutive week at number one with a strong $7.7m (£4.8m); Fox’s The Counsellor is the week’s highest new entry with $1.3m (£815,051).


Gravity floors Thor at UK box office

11-Nov-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi soars to a stunning $9.9m (£6.2m) debut, including previews, from its 543 sites; StudioCanal sets second best year ever at the UK box office as Rush crosses £10m.

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World tops UK chart

4-Nov-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest Marvel outing records $13.8m (£8.65m) debut, including previews, to dominate the UK chart; Fox’s Philomena posts Stephen Frears’ best-ever UK opening at $2.4m (£1.5m).

Now You See Me

eOne tops £100m at UK box office

31-Oct-2013 | By Michael Rosser

Entertainment One (eOne) has become only the second UK independent distributor ever to accumulate more than £100m ($160.5m) at the UK box office in a calendar year.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Cloudy 2 storms UK box office

28-Oct-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel records $5.9m (£3.66m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Fox’s Turbo; Captain Phillips tops Fri-Sun weekend for second consecutive week with $3m (£2.44m).


Turbo tops UK box office

21-Oct-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s animation takes top spot with $6.3m (£3.9m), including previews; Captain Phillips wins Fri-Sun weekend, charting second overall with $5.6m (£3.48m) for Sony’s biggest opening of 2013.

Carmen 3D

Event Cinema on growth curve

16-Oct-2013 | By Sarah Cooper

Event Cinema (formerly known as alternative content) could account for 3% of the worldwide box office by 2017, according to experts at an all day networking event dedicated to the sector.


Prisoners records hat-trick in UK

14-Oct-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s drama takes $1.6m (£968,990) to retain top spot for third straight week, crossing the £5m mark in the process; Fox’s Turbo posts previews of $2.2m (£1.4m).


Prisoners locks in UK lead

7-Oct-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s drama records minimal drop to hold off newcomers with $1.8m (£1.1m) second weekend; Lionsgate’s Filth takes strong $1.4m (£842,167) as it expands to the rest of the UK.


Prisoners takes top spot at UK box office

30-Sep-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s drama records $2.2m (£1.4m) debut from 401 sites; Warner Bros’ Blue Jasmine scores Woody Allen’s best-ever UK debut with $1.3m (£832,000); Lionsgate’s Filth scores debut of just under $400,000 (£250,000) in Scotland.


Rush tops UK box office

23-Sep-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s F1 biopic overtakes Insidious: Chapter 2 with $2.1m (£1.34m) second weekend; Diana draws $1m (£623k) on debut.

Insidious: Chapter 2

Insidious: Chapter 2 tops UK box office

16-Sep-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s sequel scares up strong $4.6m (£2.9m) from its 414 sites to land the number one spot; StudioCanal’s Rush takes $3.3m (£2.1m) from the distributor’s widest-ever UK release of 456 sites.

About Time

About Time tops UK box office

9-Sep-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s romantic comedy scores $2.76m (£1.76m), including previews, to dethrone One Direction; eOne’s Riddick records $2.2m (£1.4m) debut, including previews, to land second.

One Direction: This Is Us

One Direction top UK box office

2-Sep-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony score second number one in as many weeks as One Direction: This is Us debuts with $5.5m (£3.5m), including previews.


Elysium tops UK box office

27-Aug-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sci-fi debuts at number one with $4.8m (£3.13m), including previews; Warner Bros’ We’re The Millers grosses $2.9m (£1.85m) over the four-day weekend to chart second.

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 tops UK box office

19-Aug-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel scores $3.9m (£2.48m) debut, including previews, to land the top spot; Disney’s Planes leads the Fri-Sun weekend with $2.7m (£1.7m).

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Alan Partridge tops UK box office

12-Aug-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

The first big screen outing for Alan Partridge tops chart with $3.37m (£2.18m), including previews, through StudioCanal; Sony’s Grown Ups 2 leads Fri-Sun weekend; Universal’s Despicable Me 2 becomes 2013’s highest grosser.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Alpha Papa off to strong start in UK

9-Aug-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Alan Partridge’s first big screen outing records $1.2m (£741,254) from its 402 sites over two days of previews through StudioCanal.

Smurfs 2

Smurfs 2 lands top UK spot

5-Aug-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s 3D sequel scores $4.9m (£3.2m) debut, including previews, to lead busy field of new releases; Warner Bros’ The Conjuring leads Fri-Sun weekend; eOne’s Now You See Me crosses £10m mark.

The Wolverine

Wolverine debuts top in UK

29-Jul-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s 3D sequel scores chart-topping $7.2m (£4.7m) debut, while Disney’s Monsters University crosses £15m mark.

Monsters University

Monsters University retains UK lead

22-Jul-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s animated prequel adds $4.3m (£2.8m) for a second straight week at number one; Universal’s The World’s End suffers from the heat, debuting with $3.2m (£2.1m).

Monsters University

Monsters University tops UK chart

15-Jul-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s animated prequel scores $5.2m (£3.45m) debut to dethrone Despicable Me 2; Warner Bros’ Pacific Rim opens with $3.3m (£2.19m).

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 holds UK lead

8-Jul-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s animated sequel adds $5.9m (£3.99m) for impressive $34.1m (£22.9m) to date; eOne’s Now You See Me debuts strongly with $4.3m (£2.9m).

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 tops UK box office

1-Jul-2013 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s animated sequel scores outstanding $22.6m (£14.9m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Man of Steel.



When Animals Dream

Cannes Critics' Week unveils 2014 line-up

Djinn Carrenard’s second feature to open selection; genre pictures When Animals Dream [pictured] and It Follows to compete in Cannes Critics’ Week.

Men Vs Women

Huayi Brothers boards Men Vs Women remake

EXCLUSIVE: Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Media Corporation has boarded the Chinese remake of Italian comedies Men Vs Women and Women Vs Men and will produce with Cai Gongming’s Road Pictures and Italian filmmaker Cristiano Bortone.

Blind wins Istanbul's Golden Tulip

I am not him wins best film in Turkish competition.


WestEnd boards Tilti

London based sales company takes on Kanu Behl’s Un Certain Regard selection.

China Millennium Monument

Beijing Film Market announces deals worth $1.7bn

The Beijing Film Market (BFM) announced deals totalling $1.7bn (RMB10.5bn) for 32 projects at the close of the three-day event (April 17-19), including $615m (RMB3.8bn) for film production.

Rob Moore

Paramount, China Filmco eye Marco Polo

The partners will co-produce the 3D fantasy-action and are searching for a name Hollywood director and star plus US and Chinese cast.

Welcome to New York

Ferrara's DSK film gets VOD debut

Wild Bunch has eschewed a theatrical release in France and opted for a VOD launch for Welcome To New York. Abel Ferrara and Gerard Depardieu will hit the Croisette for day-long event on fringe of Cannes Film Festival.


Lincoln Center sets Fassbinder retrospective

Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist (Part 1) is being dubbed the most extensive presentation of Fassbinder’s films in New York since 1997 and runs from May 16-June 1.

Cannes poster

Cannes Film Festival 2014 line-up Video

The Official Selection for the 66th Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled in Paris.


Academy sets 2014-15 timetable

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015.

The Last Diamond

Diamond shines for Cohen Media Group

Chairman and CEO Charles S Cohen announced (17) that the company has picked up North American and English-language remake rights to the French thriller.

Nancy Kirkpatrick

Nancy Kirkpatrick to leave Summit

The veteran had served as Summit Entertainment’s president of worldwide marketing for the past six years and departs as Lionsgate and Summit integrate marketing operations.

Miike shooting Yakuza Apocalypse

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu Corporation has announced director Takashi Miike has started shooting Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld as of April 17.

Two Days, One Night

Cannes selections: the breakdown

Croisette regulars veterans Jean Luc Godard, Ken Loach and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will compete alongside Competition first-timers Alice Rohrwacher, Xavier Dolan and Damian Szifron at the Cannes Film Festival next month.


Ciaran Foy to direct Sinister 2

Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2012 original and reprises his co-writer role with C Robert Cargill, announced the news on Twitter.

The Heart Of Bruno Wizard

Virgil rocks with Bruno Wizard

EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Rasmussen directs story of British punk rocker.

Jackie Chan

New fund backs Jackie Chan’s Dragon Blade

Jackie Chan is set to star in Daniel Lee’s period action epic Dragon Blade, to be financed by start-up film fund Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund.

Before I Disappear

Electric sparks to Disappear

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has picked up all international rights to SXSW audience award winner Before I Disappear and will commence sales in Cannes.

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.


Kaleidoscope picks up Road

Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary [pictured] opened this year’s Belfast Film Festival.

Legends of Oz Dorothy's Return

Katherine Mills joins Signature

Former marketing manager for Lionsgate has been appointed head of marketing for UK distributor.

Baird, El Hosaini to direct Babylon series

Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s TV series is shooting in and around London for a six-part series this autumn.


Chef leads Tribeca Film Festival buzz

Jon Favreau’s comedy builds up most overall buzz, but Goodbye to All That leads the way with 81% intent-to-view.

Chinese film delegation heads to UK

A delegation of Chinese film and TV industry executives is heading to London in September to forge ties with UK indies and broadcasters as part of the Screen China event.


Open Road acquires Tupac

The distributor has picked up US rights to Morgan Creek and Emmett/Furla/Oasis’ biopic about the rapper.

Dee Dee Meyers

Dee Dee Myers to head WB corp comms

The former Clinton era White House press secretary has been named evp of worldwide corporate communications and pubic affairs, replacing Sue Fleishman who is leaving after nine years in charge.

Henry Winkler

BANFF honour for Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler will be the recipient of the 2014 Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) Award Of Excellence.

Andrea Iervolino

Andrea Iervolino expands into Canada

Fresh details have emerged on Italian-Canadian producer Andrea Iervolino’s new Canadian distributor-producer.

Cannes shorts

Cannes unveils shorts, Cinéfondation films

Abbas Kiarostami to head the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury.

Sacha Polak

Polak to direct Vita and Virginia

Dutch director Sacha Polak is now attached to Mirror Productions’ Vita and Virginia.

Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum

Acort Int'l adds two to sales slate

Acort International has picked up international sales rights to Scavenger Killers and Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum. 

Sundance Channel set for UK

The global arm of AMC Networks is readying plans to launch the Sundance Channel in the UK.


Malta ups cash rebate to 27%

The Maltese Government has announced a substantial increase in the cash rebates to filmmakers.

Frank Spotnitz

Carnival develops Spotnitz crime series

Downtown Abey producer Carnival Films and Big Light Productions are developing a crime series about Sigmund Freud created by X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz.

Film London backs screenings

Seven awards granted to film venues in London.

Little England (Mikra Anglia)

Little England wins top Hellenic award

Two veterans and a newcomer shared the top honours at the Hellenic Film Academy (HFA) awards.


Ida wins at Wiesbaden's goEast

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida received the Skoda Film Prize for Best Film at Wiesbaden’s goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which ended with the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening (April 15).

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

Leo DiCaprio to star in The Revenant

In a busy week for Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Mexican director is set to shoot in September for New Regency, RatPac and Worldview after he wraps production on Birdman.

Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz to ride Sony’s Wave

Chloe Grace Moretz will star in the studio’s YA adaptation The 5th Wave that Graham King and Tobey Maguire are producing. Separately, Sharon Stone has joined Lionsgate’s American Ultra.


Lilting sells for Protagonist

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Khaou’s debut sells to major markets for Protagonist.