Top Family Friendly Movies For The Summer Holidays

Top Family Friendly Movies For The Summer Holidays

Home Cinema Reigns Supreme – 78% of Brits reveal that they feel going to the cinema is too expensive


  • 80% of the UK population watch a movie at home at least once a month or more
  • Only 35% of Brits prefer to watch films as they come out at the cinema
  • A mere third of Brits said they actually enjoyed watching the adverts and trailers, suggesting ad-free movie viewing with services like Netflix are favoured.

When compared to all other film viewing habits Brits reveal that home cinema reigns supreme, according to a new survey released by Carphone Warehouse and YouGov.

A study of over a quarter of a million British adults, conducted using YouGov Profiles shows that just over a third of Brits (35%) prefer to watch films as they come out at the cinema. Subscription services such as Netflix are most popular amongst Generation Z (18-20-year-olds) at 59%, with cinema following at 54%.

Even though subscription services aren’t popular amongst 60-65-year olds, this age group still favours home viewing with free on-air TV at 46%, compared to the cinema (33%). However, for 35-40-year olds, a preference for cinema viewing comes out on top at 45% compared to free-to-air TV at 37%.

While over three quarters of the nation feel that cinema is too expensive, Brits also refuse to pay for one-off movie services too, such as Sky Store, where you pay to rent a movie for a limited time. Only a mere 9% of Brits use one-off movie services when watching films.

80% of the UK population watches films at home at least once a month or more, with over a third of Brits revealing that they watch a movie at home at least once a week.  Only 1% of the population never watches films at home. Meaning that virtually everyone in the UK has an appetite for home film viewing.

Among men and women, their viewing habits are roughly the same. But when it comes to what they’re watching, women are much more likely to shed a tear at weepy films than men (60% of women vs 29% of men). The oldest demographics in the survey are the least sentimental among us when it comes to shedding tears over sad films. 90-95-year-olds revealed they never shed a tear at movies. And only a quarter of 80-85-year-olds admitted to weeping over sad films.

Overall, it’s clear just how the appeal of the cinema is declining. With cinema prices spiking in the last few years, Brits are beginning to favour watching movies at home. In light of this, Carphone Warehouse have developed The Massive Movie Calendar – an interactive tool which provides a film suggestion for every day of the year.

With each movie suggestion linked in some way to a particular day of the year. The calendar offers inspiration with a selection of 365 handpicked movies including action-thrillers, romantic dramas. Classics, breakthrough global cinema, sci-fi and more. From this list, they’ve selected the top kid friendly movies. As well as some ideas for mum and dad to watch when they’ve cracked open a bottle of wine.

Kid-friendly movies:

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (A classic action-adventure for older kids).
  2. The Lion King
  3. The Wizard of Oz
  4. Hunchback of Notre Dame
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1/ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – Spielberg’s classic, an alternative for those who aren’t Harry Potter fans

Movies for Mum and Dad:

  1. 127 hours- an incredible tale of survival at all costs.
  2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind- frequently included in best movies of 21st-century lists
  3. Casino Royale- classic Bond movie, perfect for an entertaining night in
  4. Moulin Rouge- musical romantic comedy not to be missed
  5. Blood Diamond- political war thriller film starring Leonardo DiCaprio
  6. The Theory of Everything- exploring the life and scientific discoveries of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking

You can view the home movie calendar here:

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