UK Film Streaming - Top 10 for July 2020
As I write, cinemas and movie theatres world over are in a difficult position. They cost millions to build and tens of thousands of pounds to operate each month. In the U.K. alone, they directly employ around 20,000 people. For the 6000 movie theatres in the U.S., the number of employees may be closer to 200,000.
But Hollywood also has some problems. Taking a look at some of the movies that should have hit the big screen this year…
Disney’s Mulan had a production budget of $200M. Christopher Nolan’s TENET cost Warner Bros $225M. Daniel Craig’s final 007 outing, a whopping $250M.
After publicity costs, the break-even point for each is probably double its production cost. To have any chance of reaching that, studios and distributors need to be certain that the film-going public will visit their local cinema / movie theatre.
In the U.K. cinemas are starting to reopen. Many are showing old classics like Back to the Future, Dirty Dancing and Grease.
The top grossing film for the weekend of 12th July was The Empire Strikes Back, but it only took £51K. At the end of February, the Invisible Man took £2.2M.
Add on the continued impact of COVID in the United States and it was inevitable that studios would begin to push back some of their major releases.
Surprisingly, TENET still looks set for an end of August release. However, Disney have now delayed Mulan indefinitely. Others are likely to follow.
But the movies are as important as ever, we all need some escapism and many of us are getting our film fix at home. Many are even turning a small corner of our home in to a home cinema / theatre.
What are we watching?
We turned to our friends at streaming search engine justwatch to find out.
UK Film Streaming Top Ten for July 2020
So, in reverse order, here are the most streamed films in the U.K...
10 – 1917
A powerful story and an incredible piece of film-making from Sam Mendes.
9 – Blade Runner 2049
Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling star in Denis Villeneuve's sequel to the 1982 cult classic.
8 – Joker
Joaquin Phoenix gives an astonishing performance in our favourite film of the past few years.
7 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand gives a powerful Oscar winning performance in Martin McDonagh's black comedy.
6 – Charlie’s Angels
Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska star in Elizabeth Banks' 2019 reboot.
5 – Interstellar
Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic is astonishing. A personal story on a galactic scale.
4 - The Old Guard
A covert team of immortal mercenaries are exposed in NetFlix's action adventure, based on the comic stories of Greg Rucka.
3 - Greyhound
Tom Hanks stars in Apple TV's World War II maritime cat and mouse adventure, based on the novel "The Good Shepherd" by C.S. Forester.
2 – Parasite
Bong Joon Ho's Oscar winning masterpiece is both hilarious and heart-breaking.
1 – Knives Out
Daniel Craig is fantastic as a new 'Agatha Christie-ish' super-sleuth in Rian Johnson's cluedo murder mystery.
Adam and the Art of the Movies team.