The popularity of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has sprinkled its magic over the chart as IT: Chapter Two clams the No. 1 spot ahead of Angel Has Fallen
Welcome once again and a very happy new year to you all as we mark the start of 2020 with the first official UK top ten rundown of the nations favourite DVD/Blu-Ray And Digital Downloads of the year. During our festive celebrations, we have bid goodbye from the chart to ‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold‘ and to ‘Elf‘ for another twelve months. We do welcome a brand new number one and the only new entry on the chart along with a re-entry that leaps twenty places up into the top three, based on a new film in the series hitting cinema screens worldwide. What film is it? Let’s hit the play button and find out.
Scaring its way into the chart based on digital downloads alone and jumping its way into the top spot is sequel ‘IT: Chapter Two‘. After Christmas, you wouldn’t expect a horror film to take the number one position but somehow, Pennywise The Clown has managed to make it. The film hits disc form this coming Monday, the 13th (quite apt huh?) so we can expect the film to float around the top of the chart for a few weeks yet. The film, although not as successful or as good as its predecessor, is still worthy of a late-night watch in a dark living room with some popcorn and a drink and does end the story quite well.
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Rising three places since the final chart of 2019 and taking the second position comes threequel ‘Angel Has Fallen‘. The Gerard Butler starring action film, although once again taking a critical mauling, made a decent sized profit at the box office towards the back end of last year and is repeating its success on home entertainment.
Leaping twenty places to land in the third-placed position is ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘. As the latest and final film in the Skywalker saga, ‘The Rise Of Skywalker‘ is doing great business at the worldwide box office, it was inevitable that the previous instalment would make a return into the chart, whether to catch up with the story before venturing out to see the new film or because of the new film opening. Either way, the film is selling again and streaming well too.
The final chart-topper of 2019 becomes the first chart of 2020s number four film as ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘ drops three places. The ninth film by Quentin Tarantino has been a success around the globe and after its Golden Globes success over the weekend and ahead of what surely will be a large bunch of Oscar nominations, continues its winning run. But the world is waiting to see if the rumoured four hour cut of the film will see the light of day. Personally, I would sit and watch a four-hour version of the film but that is just me!
Dropping four places after having its teeth and claws clipped once again and rounding out the first top-five of the year is Disneys Live-action remake of ‘The Lion King‘. The film has made its money, both at the cinema and on the home format and was selling very well on the run-up to Christmas and is currently featured in Sky’s January sale on digital download and buy and keep. The film will hang around a while longer but will almost certainly slowly fall down the chart.
Rising three places to rock into the sixth position comes Sir Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman‘. Buoyed by its success at the Golden Globes and especially for its young star, Taron Egerton and with what must surely be a bunch of Oscar nods, the film is still selling extremely well and continues to entertain the masses.
Losing its brakes as it slides down the chart four places to park itself into the seventh-placed position is ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw‘. The Dwayne Johnson/ Jason Statham team up raced out at the start of December but hasn’t had the staying power it was thought it would have.
Dropping a place to land in the eighth place after an after Christmas downpour washed him out, we find ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ still hanging around the chart. The second Tom Holland film version of the classic Marvel character did big business back in the summer of last year and has had a great showing on disc and digital.
His magic carpet is nearly worn out and his genie has lost all its powers as ‘Aladdin‘ falls three places to grab itself a ninth-placed position. To be fair, the film has sold incredibly well and has been one of the surprising success stories of 2019. After a disastrous first trailer, the film has managed to pull out all the stops and become a real success both cinematically and on the home front.
Rounding out the first top ten of 2020 and seeing its batteries run dangerously low is Disney’s ‘Toy Story 4‘. The lid of the toybox is almost closed now and Woody, Buzz and their friends are looking at being put away once again.
The Brad Pitt starring science fiction drama ‘Ad Astra‘ makes its debut on Digital Download from January 11th. Although critically acclaimed, the film didn’t do much damage at the box office. That is a shame as the film is really quite good and is certainly worth catching if you can.
Hitting disc from this coming Monday, along with the aforementioned ‘It: Chapter Two‘, we bid hello to Sylvester Stallone as he once again blasts his way onto the screen, apparently for the final time in ‘Rambo: Last Blood‘. Ok, let’s be honest here. I love the Rambo movies. Yes, they are cartoonish. Yes, they are overly violent, Yes, they are outlandish. But they are entertaining. Sadly, this last film was a bit of a flop at the box office and to be honest, I can see why. Although enjoyable (and yes, incredibly violent and gory in places), the film didn’t feel like a Rambo movie. Stallone tried too hard to bring the character back to his roots in the original ‘First Blood‘ film here and gave the world a mishmash of a film that left critics cold and the audience confused and let down. That said, however, the film is still worthy of a purchase and adding to your collection and will become a guilty late-night pleasure film to watch in the dark.
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What will rule the chart next week? Will Pennywise scare up a second week at the top? Will Rambo go all guns blazing and take the summit? Will ‘Ad Astra‘ use its rockets and take top honours? Or will one of the other films make a desperate last charge and become the new number one?
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, happy viewing!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!
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