Quentin Tarantino’s spectacular Once Upon A Time in Hollywood takes over Number 1 from Hobbs & Shaw as The Lion King roars back into second
Welcome everybody and thank you once more for joining us for this week’s official top ten best-selling home entertainment titles, the final chart for 2019. And what a year it has been! Topping the chart as the biggest selling title of the year is ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ followed closely by ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘. Both titles have spent an extraordinary amount of time in the chart and have sold in their millions. A huge thank you for all of you for buying all the titles that have hit the DVD/Blu-Ray and digital download format over the past twelve months and supporting the industry. Without you, the industry wouldn’t be half as profitable as it has become.
Onto the final chart of the year. We have a brand new number one and a surprising title that takes the Christmas number one slot. Even I thought that many other films would take the title but boy was I wrong! We do say goodbye to ‘The Grinch‘ who leaves the top ten this week and wave a fond farewell for a second time to ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ ahead of its Sky Premiere showing from Boxing Day. We also have two new entries into the chart whereas our new number one has risen twelve places to reach the summit. Let us all now climb aboard Santa’s sleigh, gee up the reindeer and deliver one film the ultimate Christmas present.
Hitting the top spot and grabbing a spot on Santa’s nice list to become Christmas 2019s number one is Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘. Yes, even I was surprised. The director’s love letter to the golden age of Hollywood and studio system, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie has leapt onto the disc format after its debut on digital download to claim the bragging rights. Ahead of the Golden Globes ceremony where it has various nominations, the film is another success for Tarantino and the worldwide box office take has confirmed this.
Digging its claws in hard to remain at number two is the film I thought would take the crown. Still taking a bite out of the rest of the chart is ‘The Lion King‘. The live-action remake of the animated film has been selling high and continues to do well in the chart, despite being labelled as un-needed and being nowhere the quality of the original.
Falling two places from last week’s number one to park itself in the third position comes ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw‘. Despite appalling reviews, the film has managed to be a huge success and again confirms Dwayne Johnson’s position as one of the most bankable stars in the film industry today. Ably supported by Jason Statham, the film roared away with the box office dollars and continues its winning streak on the home front.
Dropping a place to land at number four as its new batteries start to show signs of wearing out a bit comes ‘Toy Story 4‘. Yet another home run from Disney/Pixar and again, a film that has made tons of cash around the world and on home entertainment.
Rounding out the top five this festive period and blasting its way into the chart as this week’s highest new entry based on downloads alone is ‘Angel Has Fallen‘, the third chapter of the Gerard Butler franchise. The film took the ‘Taken‘ route storywise this time out and again, despite poor reviews, managed to take off with a sizable box office haul. We can only sit and wait now for the inevitable fourth instalment in the action series.
Rising a place to magic it’s way into the sixth position after his magic rug underwent restitching and repair comes another live-action remake of a Disney animated classic as ‘Aladdin‘ keeps his place in the top ten once more. The Will Smith starring film made over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office this past summer and has been one of 2019s biggest success stories. After the box office disappointment of another Disney remake, ‘Dumbo‘ and after a poor reaction to the film’s first trailer, the film has managed against the odds to become one of the top ten highest-grossing films of the year.
His webbing has lost almost all its stickiness and his powers are starting to fail him as ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ loses grip and falls three places to land at this week’s seventh position. However, a box office haul of over a billion dollars and a place on the list of best selling titles of the year will go some way in cushioning his fall.
Dropping three places to eighth place, possibly due to the film being shown on ITV1 last Sunday evening and again on Christmas Eve at 4.45pm, we are about to say another goodbye, 16 years after the film first came out to ‘Elf‘. The lovable Christmas movie still has the power to make its way into the top ten every year around Christmas and we can expect it to return again at the same time next year.
He may be still standing and still saying its no sacrifice but Sir Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman‘ loses its Benny And The Jets as it falls three places to find itself in the ninth position. But with Golden Globe nominations to its name and a healthy box office return, the film is still living its life like a candle in the wind. (Ok, I’ll get my coat now).
Swinging on a vine and rounding out the final top ten of the year based on digital downloads solely comes the big-screen adaptation of ‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold‘. The film managed to entrance viewers across the globe when it launched at the cinema back in August and has made its presence felt just at the last minute on home entertainment.
Hitting the home entertainment front early in the new year, we can find two of the years’ biggest titles. ‘Rambo: Last Blood‘ hits disc on 13th January after it’s not so big box office take followed on February 10th by arguably the year’s best film as ‘Joker‘ laughs his way onto the home entertainment front.
Scaring its way onto the download and keep format from December 23rd, we find the Guillermo Del Toro produced ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark‘. Although most certainly not the film you’d normally want to watch over the festive period, I recommend looking out for the film as it is possibly one of the best scarers there’s been for a while. It isn’t a film to put on in front of young children (It WILL give them nightmares) or your granny (unless you want her to pass on to get the inheritance) but a suitable late evening film to watch with a glass of wine, cuddled up by a roaring fire.
And that just about rounds it up for 2019. Thank you all again for your unwavering support of the home entertainment industry and for reading these articles. It is a joy to write them and to bring you all the news on the home movie front. I, like many of you, LOVE the movies and how they take you out of the world for such a small period of time. And with the home entertainment front, we can enjoy these films alongside our loved ones and wallow in some much-needed family time.
So, until 2020, whatever you decide, whatever you buy, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year and happy viewing, everyone!
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