John Wick goes on a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and hunts down the Avengers to claim the top spot in this week’s UK Top 10
Hello again and welcome to this week’s official top ten DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Download chart. We are almost at the countdown to Christmas start where psychical copies of movies are purchased as the ideal stocking filler for family and friends and as such, most of this year’s biggest movies are starting to appear for the home entertainment market. This week, we have four new entries and a new number one so let’s not hang around any longer and get started!
Repeating his feat from earlier this year when he knocked them off the top of the worldwide box office, ‘John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum‘ has managed to dethrone The Avengers as he climbs one place and tops the chart. The Keanu Reeves threequel has been in the chart for three weeks now on digital downloads alone and after his debut on disc, last week has managed to attain the top position. The film’s success has prompted the makers to plan in a fourth film in the franchise alongside the already announced TV show offshoot based on The Continental hotel featured in the films.
This week’s highest new entry magically comes in the form of Disney Live-action remake ‘Aladdin‘, who makes his bow in the second position based on digital downloads alone. The film, starring Will Smith as the Genie only gained mixed reviews upon its release and was feared it would underperform at the box office, in the same way, the live-action remake of ‘Dumbo‘ did earlier in the year. However, the film pulled in an incredible $1.049billion at the worldwide box office and restoring Disney’s faith in remaking its animated back catalogue. The film made its disc debut this past Monday and it will be curious to see if the film can ride its magic carpet into next weeks top spot.
Rising two places again this week and claiming the number three position is Ryan Reynolds voice as ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu‘ sees a resurgence of sales. The film was a success upon its cinematic release and has demonstrated its staying power in the home entertainment format.
Falling three places from last weeks top position after its record-breaking debut and sales prowess, ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ is still managing to pull in the sales and entertain the masses. The highest-grossing film of all time doesn’t know when to quit just as it did at the worldwide box office as it continues to hang on in the chart top five.
Dropping two places to the fifth position but still rocking the masses comes Sir Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman‘. The Taron Egerton starring film, based on the life of the flamboyant rock star wasn’t as well-received or reviewed as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ but still made its money and gained Egerton rave reviews for his acting performance.
Coming in at number six is the ‘John Wick: Chapters 1-3’ boxset. The release does exactly what its name implies, a nicely packaged set of the three ‘Wick’ films made and released so far. Annoyingly, once again, it’s only the BBFC cut version of the second film that is contained within the set. The only way to see the full unedited film is on the 4K Blu-ray format, which also boasts a three-movie boxset that has been released.
Roaring his way into the seventh position but sadly repeating his underperformance from his cinematic debut earlier this year comes ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters‘. Though only available on digital download at the moment, the film was expected to crack the top five at the very least. The disc versions of the film hit the streets on October 14th so he may yet roar louder and rise up the chart, which the film does deserve. Although the film is a bit of a letdown, it didn’t deserve the critical and commercial response it received.
The air is leaking from his balloons and he is no longer floating as much as he falls four places this week but ‘IT (2017)‘ still manages to hang on and scare his way into an eighth-placed finish. The film has seen a resurgence in downloads and physical sales in the wake of the recent release of the sequel in cinemas but is starting to return to the depths from whence he came once again.
Coming in at number nine and celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year comes ‘Apocolypse Now: Final Cut’. Described as the definitive version of Francis Ford Copolla’s masterpiece, the film has been completely restored with improved colour reproduction, re-edited with new footage and converted to digital. The 1979 Vietnam epic, starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando amongst others is a must-own for any classic film fan to have in their collection. Now running at a whopping three hours and twenty-three minutes, the film deserves to be seen on the biggest TV you can find to behold all the breathtaking scenes and grand scale contained within.
Rising two places to end this week’s top ten best sellers is the return of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘. Although the film has recently been premiered on Sky Movies, consumers can’t seem to get enough of the Freddie Mercury Oscar-Winning biopic. With an amazing and Oscar-winning performance from Rami Malek which was completely deserved, the film sits second only to ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ in the highest-selling title of all time in the UK.
Hitting download on September 28th ahead of its October 7th physical release comes the final 20th Century Fox ‘X-Men‘ film. ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix‘ has the dubious honour of being the lowest-grossing X-Men film of them all and the only film in the franchise that failed to crack the $100million mark at the box office. Critically reviled and largely ignored by the paying audience, the film doesn’t do justice to the classic comic-book storyline that inspired it. Although much better than the last attempt to make the property, ‘X-Men: The Last Stand‘, the film still couldn’t crack the winning way to film it. That is a huge shame as, despite a great performance from ‘Game Of Thrones‘ actress Sophie Turner as the tortured and tormented Jean Grey and good support from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender and a surprisingly violent but enjoyable third act, the film feels like a by the numbers entry. It also suffers from a huge ‘Wolverine’ shaped hole in it as Hugh Jackman had retired from the role prior to the making of the film. It will be interesting to see how the franchise moves on from here now that Disney has gained the rights to the property and Marvel can now incorporate the characters into their stable of films.
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Can ‘John Wick‘ hold onto the top spot he has fought so hard to obtain? Will ‘Aladdin‘ magic his way up the chart to reach the summit? Will ‘Godzilla‘ manage to make his roar heard and battle his way up the chart? Or will there be a surprise in store for all of them? Check back here again next week to see how it all plays out.
Until then, happy viewing!
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