The Next Big Film launches UK’s first box office prediction game
New start-up The Next Big Film is bringing the UK’s first box office prediction game to market. The Leeds company has created an innovative app-based game that allows you to ‘own’ your favourite film releases to compete with fellow film lovers by predicting which movie you think will perform best at the box office. The game is an opportunity to put your (virtual) money where your mouth is and will test your movie knowledge.
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That’s right I am 25 years old today and decided on a birthday post of the last 25 years top of the cinema box office for each year! I have seen most of the films and actually seen a lot of them at the cinema as well, Aladdin being the first film I ever went to see at the cinema! So it just shows that I have contributed to the top grossing film at the cinema too, especially with 3 viewings of The Dark Knight!
1987 – Fatal Attraction
1988 – Rain Man
1989 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990 – Ghost
1991 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day
1992 – Aladdin
1993 – Jurassic Park
1994 – The Lion King
1995 – Die Hard: With A Vengeance
1996 – Independence Day
1997 – Titanic
1998 – Armageddon
1999 – Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menance
2000 – Mission: Impossible II
2001 – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
2002 – Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 – Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2004 – Shrek 2
2005 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2006 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
2007 – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Avatar
2010 – Toy Story 3
2011 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
2012 – Marvel’s The Avengers (so far)
So . . . Happy Birthday to me!!!
I have just realised that I have not made any posts about Avatar . . . and actually find this quite shocking for quite a lot of reasons. Those being; I have seen the trailer loads of times over the past few months and in 3D a couple of times, I love fantasy films and the thought of getting totally lost in another world, this is the most expensive film ever made at 300 million, it has been an idea for 15 years and taken the past 4 years for James Cameron to make the film . . . and we all remember the success he had in his last big venture, still the biggest box office taking ever in Titanic. But Avatar is going to be Epic in a totally different way. CGI . . . 3D . . . in a Sci-Fi/action/adventure/thriller, it just promises to be out of this world and blow you away to something that you have never seen before, and by looking at the trailer and pictures it is certainly going to do just that.
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Some news from today . . .
Roberts Rents New York Summer Houses
This has made me think OMG, as I did not realise she would be filming in NYC !!!
Julia Roberts is spending $150,000 (£100,000) renting two houses in New York while she shoots a new movie in Manhattan this summer.
The actress will spend three months in the Big Apple shooting new movie Eat, Pray, Love – and has reserved two posh apartments in the West Village.
Roberts will live in one of the properties with husband Danny Moder and their kids Hazel, Phinnaeus and Henry, while the other two-bedroom pad is for their nanny and staff.
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Not a suprise that it is a big hit !!!
Tom Hanks’ new movie Angels & Demons continues to rule the international box office chart after fending off competition from Ben Stiller’s Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian.
The religious thriller, director Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s book of the same name, scooped $60.4 million (£40.26 million) outside of the U.S. to claim the number one position for its second consecutive week.
Stiller’s sequel has proven to be the most popular choice Stateside, taking $53.5 million (£35.7 million) over the Memorial Day weekend (22-24May09), but its pull wasn’t as strong overseas and it debuted in second place with $50.1 million (£33.4 million) at the global box office.
Star Trek came in a distant third place with $11.5 million (£7.6 million), while X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hannah Montana rounded out the top five with $7 million (£4.67 million) and $3.1 million (£2 million) respectively.
I think everyone could have predicted this coming. Night At the Museum when it came out on Boxing Day a few years ago now was a massive hit, and releasing this pre-summer and in a usual slow period was good.
Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller are laughing their way to the top of the U.S. box office – their new film Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian has toppled the competition in its opening weekend (22-24May09).
The comedians co-star with Amy Adams, Owen Wilson and Hank Azaria in the film, which took in $53.5 million (£35.7 million) over the Memorial Day weekend.
The win was a shock for movie reviewers, who insisted Terminator Salvation – the fourth movie in the sci-fi franchise – was poised to take the top spot after scooping more than $13 million (£8.7 million) on its first day of release. But the film came in at second with $43 million (£28.7 million) in earnings.
The new Star Trek movie followed at third, with nearly $22 million (£14.7 million) in earnings and now boasting a three-week total of $183.6 million (£122.4 million).
Rounding out the top five are Tom Hanks’ Angels & Demons and new comedy spoof Dance Flick, which took in $21.4 million (£14.3 million) and $11.1 million (£7.4 million) respectively.
I always love it when British films do well, so that they stormed the box office in 2008 is just brilliant !!!
Batman and James Bond helped make 2008 a bumper year for U.K. movies – British films raked in more than $3.75 billion (£2.5 billion) at the global box office last year.
The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, was the top earner, with just over $1 billion (£666 million) in sales and Quantum Of Solace took $576 million (£384 million) worldwide.
Abba movie musical Mamma Mia!, featuring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, also proved a box office smash, taking $602 million (£401 million) since its release in July.
Other Brit films in the top 10 earners of 2008 include fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian which took $419 million (£279 million) and The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Natalie Portman, which garnered $75 million (£50 million).
John Woodward of the U.K. Film Council says, “That’s a phenomenal achievement and a measure of film’s contribution to the wider economy.”
Movies are classified as British if they meet criteria on whether the stars, directors, producers and funding come from the U.K.