This week – the Joker‘s smile turned into a frown as Joaquin Phoenix‘s Oscar-winning performance is conquered by Angelina Jolie’s dazzling return in Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil
Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs! Welcome once more to the official UK top rundown of what’s got the public running to their chosen supplier to grab on home entertainment. Once again, we have movers and shakers including one new entry and two re-entries into the chart. Of course, with these new and re-emerging titles hitting the top ten places, we have to bid farewell to others who leave and surrender their chart positions. This week, we wipe away our tears as we say goodbye to ‘Rocketman‘, ‘Judy‘ and ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘. We do say hello to a new number one title though. What film has displaced ‘Joker‘ at the top of the entertainment tree? Put the kettle on, make yourself a brew and sit back as we find out.
Using her magic and making herself rise one place to become the new number one entertainment release is Angelina Jolie as ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil‘ hits the top. The Disney live-action sequel, based on the wicked queen from ‘Snow White’ hit disc last week and as such, has seen her fortunes boosted. Co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer, the film was a box office success but not in the same way as the original film. The movie is very entertaining and enjoyable however and is the perfect family film to sit around and watch on a Saturday afternoon or early evening.
Not laughing quite as much as Maleficent steals his place at the top but still holding his own is the double Oscar-winning ‘Joker‘. The first real adult take on the classic DC character and material to hit the big screen, the Joaquin Phoenix dark drama is still riding high after its awards and critical success, all of which it completely deserves.
Blasting its way into the third position in the chart based on downloads alone comes the sixth entry into the franchise as ‘Terminator: Dark Fate‘ arrives. The film is a really good, violent entertaining movie which belittles its box office failure. The film promised much and delivered a fair chunk of what the fans and audience were after but sadly was a box office fizzle, which the film didn’t deserve. The re-union between Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and creator James Cameron deserves to be seen by many fans of the franchise or anyone who desires to watch a top-notch, kick-ass action movie. The film hits disc this coming Monday so I suspect it may drop down the chart next week before getting a significant boost to propel it back up the chart and maybe taking the top spot.
Rising back up the chart by five places after its bow onto disc last week and landing at this week’s fourth position, we get two Will Smith’s for the price of one in ‘Gemini Man‘. Again, the film didn’t hit the heights at the box office and again, it didn’t really deserve its fate as it is a flawed but enjoyable action-thriller. It is another one of those films that will find an audience over time and be regarded as an enjoyable film to put on in the background or to sit and watch on a rainy afternoon or evening.
It is in serious need of some silver polish and the staff to buck their ideas up as ‘Downton Abbey‘ falls another two places to round out the week’s top five home entertainment releases. We can’t feel too sorry for the film or the franchise as its future is secured after the box office success it has enjoyed.
It may not have endured (F) Armageddon but as we begin our look at the bottom five releases in this week’s chart, we find ‘A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon‘ in the sixth-placed position, a drop of two places from last week. Another winning film from Aardman Studios, the clay stop-animation film is a delight for children of all ages and is a wonderful way to spend some time with the little ones and an experience that the audience will want to return to time and again.
They are in serious need of some ammunition and ways to kill the walking dead as ‘Zombieland: Double Tap‘ slips two places to end the week hanging out in the seventh position. The ten years in the making sequel only hit disc this past Monday and, like Terminator: Dark Fate, will see a boost in fortunes as it makes its bow at the local DVD and Blu-Ray suppliers. Expect to see the film rise up the chart next week and at least be in the top five best sellers. And it is worth it as the film is an entertaining and often quite funny follow-up to the 2010 original.
The ice is slippery underfoot and as such, ‘Abominable‘ slips and falls two places to freeze itself into the eighth-placed position in this week’s chart. The film will possibly drop to the bottom of the top ten next week and even possibly drop out through the chart exit door. But then again, the film may have staying power yet and could surprise us.
Rising nine places from eighteenth to re-enter the top ten in the ninth position, we welcome back an old friend as ‘The Lion King‘ develops new teeth and claws and returns once more. The Disney Live-Action remake has had a great lease of life inside the top ten and has sold extremely well across all formats ever since it hit home entertainment at the back end of last year.
Rounding out this week’s top ten best selling titles and rising five places from fifteenth to tenth, we welcome another chart favourite as Woody, Buzz and company drop by once again in ‘Toy Story 4‘. Again, the film has had a great time of it inside the top ten charts since it emerged last year and once again is entertaining children of all ages on a continuing basis.
Making its way onto Download And Keep from Monday, March 2nd, we are thrust into battle as Roland Emmerich’s World War II epic ‘Midway‘ flies in. Ok, let’s not beat around the bush. Although the film does have some good qualities and you can acknowledge what Emmerich was trying to portray, the film, although containing a good cast list, is not the war film the trailers promised to be. It does try hard and the scenes of the bombing of Pearl Harbor are riveting but ultimately, the film is a failure. It did take a fair amount of money at the worldwide box office but wasn’t the rip-roaring success the makers were hoping for. If I was to compare the film alongside Michael Bay’s ‘Pearl Harbor‘ movie and was to say that Bay’s film is the better of the two, you’d get the idea. And, sadly, so it is. And I dislike ‘Pearl Harbor‘.
So, what will emerge victorious next week? Will ‘Maleficent’ weave her magic and retain her position at the top of the chart? Will ‘Joker‘ laugh loudest once again and return to his former position? Will ‘Terminator: Dark Fate‘ terminate the opposition and win the battle for chart domination? Or will ‘Zombieland: Double Tap‘ double down on disc and gorily reach the summit?
Whatever you buy, whatever you decide, 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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