Top 10 Biggest Ever Film Premiers in London
Londoners believe in going all the way when it comes to film premiers and give the US a run for their money, with often extravagant shows and large turn outs.
As such, it should come as no surprise that some of the most decadent film premiers on Earth have taken place in the UK. These include some of the big boys such as Harry Potter and the Spice Girls… not really, but had you for a second there.
Here are the biggest film premiers in London so far, I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The premier of the most popular of animated movies in London included an inflatable Gromit towering over Leicester Square. All proceeds went to a charity for children in nearby hospitals and hospices and amazing is that?
Images of your annoying auntie shaking her tail feathers at a family wedding follow when thinking of Abba, random I know. The Abba tribute was a huge success among movies in London, netting over $601 million. The star-studded premier was held in aid of the Prince’s Trust, a youth charity founded by Charles, Prince of Wales, so a large chunk of the proceeds wen to them too, which was nice.
Being the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar was massively anticipated by fans of James Cameron, which is obvious as the guy only brings out a film every ten years! Celebrities love to show up at screenings of movies in London, and Avatar was no exception. Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and several other big stars attended the event, which was to be an awesome evening.
Twi-hards aren’t limited to the United States. The UK gala premier of Eclipse was full of them. The year before, New Moon’s arrival was celebrated with an “ultimate fan party.” I wouldn’t want to be invited to that party if I’m honest.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Strange that it’s in the top ten right? The most notable thing about this screening was that unlike other film premiers in London, it was held outside of Leicester Square. The location was the newly unveiled Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush which is really rather nice.
Beatles mania was definitely present at what was one of the biggest Beatles events in London history. The movie opened at Piccadilly Circus and never before as a town seen more Lennon shaped sunglasses than on this night.
James Bond films always get the royal treatment, but it was the premier of Casino Royale that was attended by none other than the Queen of England, oh yeah!
A Clockwork Orange
Although filmed in the United Kingdom, the Stanley Kubrick flick did not return to London until a month after the US film premiere. It was the source of much controversy, and was later censored for its sexual violence… far too saucy for those sensitive people of London.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The end of the Harry Potter franchise marked the end of an era and then end to Hermionie (I’m sobbing gently). Harry Potter events in London were well attended by fans who dressed up as favorite characters from the series and even camped out for days before the premier even took place… crazy wand waving kids.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Leicester Square was blocked off so that Bridget Jones fans could party the night before the film even premiered. Big pant wearing women running round like a crazed hen party must have been a sight!
If you enjoyed reading this post then leave a comment or suggestion below, but be nice and write something others want to read or don’t say anything.