The UK see’s two brand new releases and two classic films return to cinemas this week. To be honest the best film viewing is indeed those classics with Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror Alien (1979) receiving a 40th Anniversary screening in many cinemas across the country. Meanwhile Arrow Films bring the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring ahead of its UK Blu-ray release on the 18th March. Looking across to America see’s two completely different movie releases with both a comedy and thriller. Hopefully that’s whet your appetite a little, time now for a closer look along with movie trailers; these are the cinema releases 1 March 2019 for the United Kingdom & USA.
Cinema Releases 1 March 2019
Fighting With My Family (Comedy, Drama)
Released 1st March 2019 UK (12A) 108 Mins
- Distributor: Lionsgate UK
- Starring Florence Pugh; Lena Headey; Nick Frost; Jack Lowden;
- Vince Vaughn; Stephen Merchant and Dwayne Johnson
A reformed gangster Ricky alongside his wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak make their living wrestling in small venues. However when Paige and Zak are given the chance to try out for WWE their luck seemingly changes.
The Aftermath (Drama; Romance; War)
Released 1st March 2019 UK (15) 109 Mins
- Distributor: 20th Century Fox
- Starring Keira Knightley; Alexander Skarsgård; Jason Clarke
Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of post-war Germany during the bitter winter. She is looking to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel that is tasked with rebuilding Hamburg. However she is in for a surprise as she discovers the couple will be sharing their home with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter.
Alien (1979) (40th Anniversary) (Sci-fi, Horror)
Released 1st March 2019 UK (15) 111 Mins
- Distributor: Park Circus
- Starring Sigourney Weaver; Tom Skerritt; Harry Dean Stanton; John Hurt
Experience Ridley Scott’s outstanding sci-fi horror on the big screen for a limited time as the film celebrates its 40th anniversary. It of course stars Sigourney Weaver as one of science fiction’s most iconic female characters, Ripley. Recommend viewing!
Ring (1998) (Horror) – 4K Restoration
Released 1st March 2019 UK (15) 91 Mins
- (Japanese With English Subtitles)
- Distributor: Arrow Film Distributors
- Starring Nanako Matsushima; Hiroyuki Sanada; Miki Nakatani
Director Hideo Nakata’s chilling Japanese horror redefined the genre in many ways. You can now experience it in all its glory following a 4K Restoration at your local cinema. I should add it’s also coming to Blu-ray in March thanks to via an Arrow Video release.
Released 1st March 2019 USA (R) 98 Mins
- Distributor: Focus Features
- Starring Isabelle Huppert; Chloë Grace Moretz
Frances McCullen is a young and honest woman that finds a handbag on the New York subway. She decides to do the right thing and return it the owner, Greta. She’s an eccentric French piano teacher with a fondness for classical music and an aching loneliness. The two quickly become friends but Greta isn’t all that she appears to be.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral (Comedy)
Released 1st March 2019 USA (PG-13) 102 Mins
- Distributor: Lionsgate
- Starring Cassi Davis; Patrice Lovely; Tyler Perry
A family reunion becomes a nightmare as Madea and the gang head Georgia, where they find themselves planning a funeral and discovering some rather distasteful family secrets.
Top 10 Box Office Films (22 Feb 2019)
What movies/films have we all been watching over the last week, time to find out as we take a look at the Top 10 Box Office Films in both the US and UK.
US Box Office
|1||New||How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||Universal||$57,522,245|
|2||(1)||Alita: Battle Angel||20th Century Fox||$12,342,291|
|3||(2)||The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part||Warner Bros||$9,683,481|
|4||(37)||Fighting With My Family||United Artists||$7,813,113|
|5||(3)||Isn’t it Romantic||Warner Bros||$7,121,121|
|6||(4)||What Men Want||Paramount Pictures||$5,248,197|
|7||(5)||Happy Death Day 2U||Universal||$4,888,785|
|9||(7)||The Upside||STX Entertainment||$3,177,958|
|10||New||Run the Race||Roadside Attractions||$2,160,713|
UK Box Office
|1||(1)||The LEGO Movie 2||Warner Bros||£2,410,824|
|3||(3)||How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||Universal||£1,665,724|
|4||(4)||Alita: Battle Angel||20th Century Fox||£870,704|
|5||(7)||The Kid Who Would be King||20th Century Fox||£651,610|
|7||(5)||Green Book||eOne Films||£473,562|
|8||New||On the Basis of Sex||eOne Films||£458,914|
|9||New||Total Dhamaal||20th Century Fox||£250,601|
|10||(12)||Bohemian Rhapsody||20th Century Fox||£209,037|
|11||(6)||Happy Death Day 2U||Universal||£198,743|
|12||(10)||The Favourite||20th Century Fox||£171,270|
Final Thought – Cinema Releases 1 March 2019 & Box Office
There’s little doubt the best two releases out in UK cinemas this week just also happen to be classic films with Alien (1979) (40th Anniversary) the pick of them. That just about concludes our look at the Cinema Releases 1 March 2019.
On the box office front Liam Neeson’s Cold Pursuit performs pretty much as expected in UK cinemas taking over £600k and landing at number six in the charts. Horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U does however disappoint following a larger budget than the first film yet it’s out of the top 10 after just two weeks on release.