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Paper Towns

'Paper Towns' tops UK with $3.3m debut

24-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s Inside Out again tops Fri-Sun market as it becomes the sixth 2015 release to hit the £30m mark.

Pixels

'Pixels' leads UK box office with $4.2m debut

17-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s Inside Out leads Fri-Sun with $3m (£1.91m) after just a 3% drop; Warner Bros’ The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is the best of the other new entries with $2.3m (£1.44m).

'Fantastic Four' leads UK box office with $4.2m

10-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation leads over Fri-Sun with $3.7m (£2.4m); Universal’s Jurassic World becomes the eighth biggest film of all time with $97.9m (£63.32m).

'Amy' to become biggest ever British documentary

7-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director of Amy Winehouse documentary set to beat his own record.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

'Mission: Impossible 5' leads UK on $8.36m

3-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ Hot Pursuit lands with soft $486,000 (£311,000) from its 329 sites; Altitude Film Distribution’s Amy will hit £3m today.

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 films 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).

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