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UK Box Office Chart: W/E Sunday 14th September 2008

Here are the current top films at the UK box office with the totals from the weekend.

Position / Film / Distributor / Weeks on release / Weekend Total / Total UK Box Office til 14th September

1. Pineapple Express / Sony / 1 / £1,372,911 / £1,372,911
2. Mamma Mia! / Universal / 10 / £1,059,102 / £60,141,174
3. Rocknrolla / Warner Bros / 2 / £910,485 / £3,366,079
4. The Women / Entertainment / 1 / £865,310 / £865,310
5. The Duchess / Pathe / 2 / £844,020 / £3,454,610
6. Step Brothers / Sony / 3 / £625,575 / £5,245,671
7. Disaster Movie / Momentum / 2 / £589,012 / £1,768,706
8. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas / Disney / 1 / £513,653 / £513,653
9. The Strangers / Universal / 3 / £407,301 / £3,634,258
10. The Dark Knight / Warner Bros / 8 / £355,239 / £47,641,230
11. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army / Universal / 4 / £222,807 / £7,199,409
12. Eden Lake / Optimum / 1 / £192,027 / £192,027
13. WALL-E / Disney / 9 / £158,064 / £22,229,636
14. Get Smart / Warner Bros / 4 / £153,933 / £4,621,510
15. Wild Child / Universal / 5 / £133,671 / £4,875,596

Source: FDA / Nielsen EDI

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UK Box Office Chart: W/E Sunday 7th September 2008

Position / Film / Distributor / Weeks on release / Weekend Total / Total UK Box Office til 7th September

1. Rocknrolla / Warner Bros / 1 / £1,565,439 / £1,565,439
2. Mamma Mia! / Universal / 9 / £1,431,775 / £57,687,650
3. The Duchess / Pathe / 1 / £1,402,200 / £1,402,200
4. Step Brothers / Sony / 2 / £1,105,342 / £4,003,274
5. Disaster Movie / Momentum / 1 / £925,655 / £925,655
6. The Strangers / Universal / 2 / £746,507 / £2,849,053
7. The Dark Knight / Warner Bros / 7 / £586,944 / £46,997,024
8. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army / Universal / 3 / £507,908 / £6,772,936
9. Get Smart / Warner Bros / 3 / £350,456 / £4,356,991
10. Bangkok Dangerous / Entertainment / 1 / £307,420 / £307,420

Source: FDA / Nielsen EDI

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UK Box Office: Thursday 28th August

Here are the current top 10 films at the UK box office with the totals from last weekend.

Position / Film / Distributor / Weeks on release / Weekend Total / Total UK Box Office til 24th August

1.  Hellboy 2: The Golden Army / Universal / 1 / £2,969,602 / £2,969,602
2.  Mamma Mia! / Universal / 7 / £1,837,577 / £50,261,947
3.  Get Smart / Warner Bros / 1 / £1,542,005 / £1,542,005
4.  The Dark Knight / Warner Bros / 5 / £1,454,847 / £43,498,315
5.  You Don’t Mess With The Zohan / Sony / 2 / £781,953 / £3,560,382
6.  The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor / Universal /    3 / £641,421 / £9,991,490
7.  Wild Child / Universal / 2 / £585,881 / £3,032,933
8.  WALL-E / Disney / 6 / £459,574 / £20,511,945
9.  Star Wars: The Clone Wars /    Warner Bros / 2 / £347,981 / £1,915,065
10. Space Chimps / Entertainment / 4 / £135,547 / £2,836,558

[Source: FDA/Nielsen EDI]

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The Dark Knight passes the $400 million mark

The Dark Knight has now crossed the $400 million mark at the US box office in just 18 days.

Variety report:

In only its 18th day in release, Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” reached the $400 million mark in domestic sales on Monday, grossing $6.3 million for a cume of $400.1 million.

That easily beats the 43 days it took “Shrek 2” to jump the $400 million boundary.

Some pundits were predicting that The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor would just beat out the Batman sequel this past weekend but the caped crusader grossed $42.7 million, narrowly ahead of The Mummy which took in $40.5 million.

In foreign territories it has taken over $200 million, which is pretty remarkable even for a summer blockbuster, especially as it has achieved this number in 18 days.

Unless there is an unexpected drop off, it will almost certainly end up in the top 5 grossing movies of all time but can it beat the all time champ Titanic?

Jeremy Kay crunched some numbers recently over at The Guardian:

Talk has turned to whether the bat has the chops to overtake Stars Wars’ $460.9m (£233.4m) lifetime tally to become the second biggest earner in history.

It could well do. Overhauling Titanic’s legendary $600.8m (£304.2m) mark is another kettle of fish, however.

Many believe it will never be bettered and I’m inclined to agree. Still, you never know, and I’ll gladly take my hat off to Nolan if it does.

By the close of Tuesday, after 15 days on release, The Dark Knight stood at $333.9m (£169m) in the US and Canada, making it the biggest film of the year-to-date in the US and Canada and the 16th biggest release in North American history.

It’s been averaging a little over $10m in daily tickets sales this week thanks to rabid word of mouth and nationwide school holidays.

By conservative estimates, factoring in a 50% drop-off in ticket sales in the third weekend, The Dark Knight should boost its cumulative gross by $35-40m (£17m-£20m) by the end of Sunday, which would catapult it into the lifetime earnings top 10 on a tally of more than $380m (£192m).

How much it drops off this weekend is contingent on the number of new and repeat visits and, of course, the competition.

The extraordinary thing about Titanic was that when it opened in the US in December 1997 it didn’t have the blast off that accompanies a lot of blockbusters.

It actually took 12 days to pass the $100 million mark and just kept grossing consistently as it stayed top of the box office for an unprecedented 15 weeks, which is still a record.

Strangely, it had it’s biggest weekend gross in mid-February as no doubt the Valentines Day effect kicked in. In short it is an anomaly amongst big grossing films and unlikely to be broken in the near future.

The Return of the King ($1.1 billion) and Dead Man’s Chest ($1.06 billion) are the only other films in history to enter the $1 billion club and even they are still some way off Titanic’s $1.8 billion gross.

I personally don’t think The Dark Knight can sink Titanic, but is there a possible contender?

My hunch is that in 2011 when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II comes out (the final book will be two films), the fan base, media hype and expectation of the final Potter film could mean the all time record finally being broken.

> The Dark Knight at Box Office Mojo
> List of the highest grossing films of all time at Wikipedia
> More on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being split into two films

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Hellboy 2 tops the US box office

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, the sequel to the 2004 movie adapted from the Dark Horse Comics character, topped the US box office this weekend with an estimated gross of $35.9M.

Directed by Guillermo de Toro (fresh from the success of Pan’s Labyrinth), it sees Ron Perlman reprise his role as the demon who fights for good, this time against an army of creatures unleashed from another world.

On Friday it took an estimated $12.75 million, which set it up nicely to overtake Hancock, last week’s Number 1 film.

Interestingly, Universal bought the rights to make this sequel from Sony and Revolution Studios who passed on it after the original grossed just under $60m in the US on a $66m budget.

Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily reports:

The fact that Hellboy II made 50% more than the 2004 first movie’s $23.1M opening FSS is a real triumph for Universal Pictures, whose bosses Marc Shmuger, David Linde and Donna Langley swooped in and scooped up the sequel from Sony/Revolution Studios which did the original Hellboy I. (And the trio wanted it before del Toro’s Oscar-nominated Pan’s Labyrinth ever opened.)

As one Uni exec exulted, “We took somebody’s reject pile and made it into a franchise for us.”

Hancock held steady in second place with a 50% drop from last weekend, which is impressive given last week’s longer 5-day weekend and the mixed reviews it received.

As for the other new films this week, Journey to the Center of the Earth looks like it will nab third spot ahead of WALL•E, whilst the new Eddie Murphy comedy Meet Dave didn’t fare so well.

It looks like it will gross about $4.1 million over the weekend, which will be his weakest opening in years.

Here are the latest estimates for the weekend box office from Variety:

  1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal) / $35.9m / Screens: 3,204
  2. Hancock (Sony) / $33.0m / Screens: 3,965
  3. Journey to the Center of the Earth (Warner Bros./New Line) / $20.6m / Screens: 2,811
  4. WALL-E (Disney/Pixar) / $18.5 / Screens: 3,849
  5. Wanted (Universal) / $11.6m / Screens: 3,157
  6. Get Smart (Warner Bros.) / $11.1m / Screens: 3,086
  7. Meet Dave (Fox/New Regency) / $5.3 / Screens: 3,011
  8. Kung Fu Panda (Paramount/DreamWorks) / $4.3m / Screens: 2,704
  9. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (Picturehouse) / $2.3 / Screens: 1,849
  10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount) / $2.2 / Screens: 1,664

> Hellboy 2 at the IMDb
> Reuters report on the US box office this weekend
> Box Office Mojo with the latest chart