This week Rambo: Last Blood blasts into the #1 spot while Pennywise terrifies the competition and regains the #2 spot for IT: Chapter Two
Welcome once again, movie lovers and thanks again for joining us as we count down what’s hot and what’s not in the home entertainment world. This week sees three new entries into the chart while we wave a fond goodbye to ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘, ‘Rocketman‘ and ‘Rise Of The Footsoldier 4: Marbella‘ as they depart the top ten. We also celebrate Mega Movie Week this week so if you haven’t grabbed a few bargains from your preferred Digital Download retailer, now’s the chance to enhance your digital library at a discounted price! I myself have grabbed ‘Halloween (2018)’ and ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ for my collection and am eyeing a few more before the deal finishes.
But right now, let us move onto what the British public have been clearing the shelves of and downloading for the past seven days.
The Official Film Chart | UK Top 10 (22nd January)
Blasting his way into becoming the brand new number one comes Sylvester Stallone and his apparently final go-around as the title character as ‘Rambo: Last Blood‘ takes the throne. Although the film was a bit of a box office flop, mainly due to the fact that the film, while still being violent and entertaining, took Rambo out of his warzone setting and brought him home to fight a battle against Mexican human traffickers who kidnap his adopted daughter. It didn’t feel like a ‘Rambo’ film, in fact, you could really put any all-action hero in the film and it would have been an excellent action-thriller. It just didn’t suit Rambo. Having said that though, I did have a blast with the film and after watching it again on Blu-Ray, can say I enjoyed it more the second time around.
RELATED: Review | Rambo: Last Blood
Someone must have re-inflated his balloons as ‘IT: Chapter Two‘ floats up two places to land at this week’s second position. Pennywise The Clown has had the boost of hitting the disc format this past week, as has Rambo and has seen his fortunes take an upswing. This is the first of two positions he occupies in this week’s chart. He will make another appearance later on.
RELATED: Review | IT: Chapter Two
Making its stately presence felt and bowing to us as it enters the chart in the third-place based solely on downloads comes the big-screen adaptation of the acclaimed television drama ‘Downton Abbey‘. The film opened around the world to critical and audience success and made a huge profit, especially in the United Staes where they can’t seem to get enough of the property. It has been confirmed that this won’t be the last we see of the cast and the Yorkshire estate as a second big-screen outing will be coming to cinemas sometime in the near future.
RELATED: Review | Downton Abbey
Rising a place after igniting its booster rockets and landing in the fourth-placed position this week is the acclaimed Brad Pitt space drama, ‘Ad Astra‘. Co-starring Tommy Lee Jones as Pitt’s characters father, the film didn’t set the box office on fire but still made enough to be a minor success. The film deserves to be seen and enjoyed and I do recommend it.
Brad Pitt makes a second appearance in the chart, this time in a co-starring role opposite Leonardo De Caprio as ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘ drops three places to round out this week’s top five chart positions. Quentin Tarantino’s ninth-film (He says he’s only going to direct one more before retiring) was a box office success last year and its academy award nominations and the accolades it has won so far can attest to its quality.
Dropping three places to end the week as this week’s sixth best-selling title is Gerard Butler’s ‘Angel Has Fallen‘. Despite a critical mauling, the film made enough of a profit to guarantee that Butler’s character of Mike Banning will once again grace the insides of the cinema sometime in the future.
The pole must have been seriously greased over the past week as Jennifer Lopez and company in ‘Hustlers‘ slides down the chart from last week’s number one position to end the week all the way down to number seven. Lopez was expected to be nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the film but was strangely ignored in the nominations, maybe being the reason for the film’s dramatic drop down the chart.
Pennywise The Dancing Clown makes his second appearance in the chart this week as the ‘IT/IT: Chapter Two‘ boxset floats in to land at the eighth position.
They’ve once again clipped his claws and he has a sore throat, dulling his roar as ‘The Lion King‘ falls another two places to land at the week’s ninth position. The live-action Disney remake has made its money at the box office and on home entertainment and is looking at the chart exit door sometime soon.
The car has failed its MOT, the brakes have failed and the engine has blown as ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw‘ drops two places to round out the top ten home entertainment chart for this week. Again, the film made its money and has managed to snag itself a sequel in the future but is looking likely to drop through the chart trap door next week.
Hitting Download And Keep from Monday comes what was, in my opinion, the best film to be released in 2019 as the acclaimed, award-winning and Oscar-Nominated ‘Joker‘ laughs his way onto the home entertainment format ahead of its physical release on February 10th. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro, made its cinematic bow at the back end of last year to great critical acclaim and audience approval. The different, adult-oriented take on the origins of Batman’s most famous enemy isn’t a film for the DC Universe fans as the violence and totally uncompromising look and feel to the film is not what they expect to see as the film’s 15 certificate will testify to. However, it is a gripping and at times, quite disturbing look at a man’s descent into insanity. We feel for Phoenix’s character when we meet him but by the end, are in fear of him. Phoenix’s portrayal of the main character has been rightly awarded and I can’t see him NOT walking away with the Oscar at next months Academy Awards.
RELATED: Review | Joker
Will Rambo hold his own and maintain his position at the top of the tree? Will Pennywise manage to float higher and take the top spot? Will Downton Abbey get the royal public seal of approval and grace the chart with a number one spot? Or will ‘Joker‘ have the last laugh and giggle his way into a chart-topping debut?
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, happy viewing! And don’t forget to participate in Mega Movie Week that is still on for a few more days!
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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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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The 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 where he uses the force frequently!