This week – The Force has Awakened as Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker debuts at No.1, Jumanji loses a life and Sonic The Hedgehog runs out of steam!
Cut the chatter, Red Two! The official UK top ten is incoming! The rundown of what has been playing on our TV screens, on our laptops and other mobile devices is here once more and it has been one hell of a week, home entertainment-wise. Three new entries, two re-entries and the entire bottom five titles from last week have completely disappeared from the rundown this week. That means it’s so long and farewell to ‘Bloodshot‘, ‘Le Mans ’66‘, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘, ‘Just Mercy‘ and ‘Charlie’s Angels‘. And yet again, the top position has changed as the highest new entry flies in and grabs it for itself. Strap in and let us now go through what has made the grade this past week.
Using its Force powers and coming out of Hyperspace like the Millenium Falcon, our highest new entry becomes our brand new number one, boasting an impressive 181,000 downloads ahead of this past Monday’s release on a disc as we welcome ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ into the chart. The final ‘Episode’ in the 43-year-old saga did what we predicted and outsold the rest. The film once again split the fanbase down the middle as did the previous entry ‘The Last Jedi‘ but that didn’t stop it from topping the cinematic charts back in December and hasn’t stalled its prowess as it becomes available to own. It is still Star Wars and is highly enjoyable and is bound to keep fans, non-fans and children entertained for quite a while.
After taking a lightsaber hit to it, ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ falls a single place from the top of the chart last week to become this week’s second-biggest seller. Dwayne Johnson and company are still featuring heavily in the chart shake-up as it continues to sell and rent well. As the film is an entertaining mix for all the family, it seems fitting that it still holds a good position in the chart during these uncertain times. And I believe it will hang around the chart for quite a while yet.
Still racing along at top speed but this week goes nowhere as it holds fire in the third position, we find Jim Carrey and James Marsden as ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ becomes a non-mover. The film is bringing delights to families up and down the country and is being watched repeatedly. A friend of mine got it for his two young children and when I last spoke to him last week, they were on their sixth viewing of the film. Kids seem to be lapping up the big-screen debut of Sega’s video game character.
Finally deciding to let it go as it drops out of the top three positions, Elsa and friends chill out this week in the fourth position as ‘Frozen II‘ drops two places. However, the film has been a huge success on the home formats and continues its winning run, being re-watched and purchased at a great rate. The film is possibly the biggest selling title of the year so far and on current form, will be hard-pressed to be topped come December when the final sales chart is compiled.
Coming into the chart in the fifth position, we find Rapman’s directorial debut as ‘Blue Story‘ becomes this week’s second new entry. The semi-autobiographical story made quite a decent profit against its budget when it came out last year, despite the furore that unfairly surrounded it after an incident outside a cinema in England. The tragic story has struck a chord amongst the buying public as it should do.
We begin our look at the brand new bottom-six titles with ‘Trolls‘ which drops a single place. After re-entering the chart last week ahead of the one-off rental release of its sequel ‘Trolls: World Tour‘, the film has managed to hold onto a chart place whereas its sequel has yet to feature in it. Still, the film obviously has its fans as its chart position has demonstrated.
Its edge has been blunted somewhat as it slips three places this week but that can’t stop ‘Knives Out‘ from holding onto a place within the top ten. The Rian Johnson love letter and reinvigoration of the murder-mystery genre continues to entertain the public with its winning formula. And as it is now confirmed a second helping will be incoming, we can relax in the knowledge that Daniel Craig will be back once more.
Rising seven places from last week’s number fifteen to re-enter the chart in the eighth position, we find ‘Hop‘. The animated film is based around the Easter bunny and as we have just come off the back of Easter, can understand why the film has made a re-appearance in the top ten. Kids seem to love the animated antics the film contains but I think the film will be a one-week wonder before it leaves us again.
Ok, so his sequel dropped out of the chart this week after its re-entry last week but you can’t keep a web-crawler down for too long. As we bid farewell to ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ this week, so we welcome back ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘ into the chart as he webs his way back into the chart in the ninth-placed position, a rise of five places from last week’s number fourteen.
We round out this week’s top ten best selling movies with the final new entry as John Cena and Keegan-Michael Key make their chart bow in ‘Playing With Fire‘. The family comedy about a station of firefighters forced into taking care of a group of children was critically reviled upon its cinematic release but that didn’t stop the film from making a substantial profit against its budget. The film is amiable enough for all the family to sit down together and enjoy and as it has yet to hit the disc format, will rise up the chart and possibly hang around for a while.
Hitting download and keep from April 27th, one of my top three films of last year becomes available as the brilliant ‘Jojo Rabbit‘ makes its bow. The Taika Waititi directed and scripted comedy/drama is not exactly family viewing as the subject material may be too heavy for younger viewers. However, the film is a laugh riot alongside heartbreaking sadness at times. Waititi himself plays a childlike Adolf Hitler who exists solely in the mind of the main protagonist Johannes ‘Jojo’ Betzler, a ten-year-old member of the Hitler youth. Jojo discovers a teenage Jewish girl hiding upstairs in the house he shares with his mother, played wonderfully by Scarlett Johansson and the film documents his attempts at communicating with her and a moving relationship that develops between them. Those of you who read this column on a regular basis know that I sometimes give a film a high recommendation and once again, I do that here. The film is one of the best films I’ve seen in a while and will be coming home with me to be watched and re-watched again. I cannot recommend the film highly enough to you but it really is that entertaining to watch.
So, what do you think will make the grade next week? Will ‘The Rise Of Skywalker‘ continue to use the force and hold onto the top spot? Will ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ be played again to help it rise to the summit once more? Will ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ find a burst of speed and race into becoming our new number one? Or will ‘Frozen II‘ melt our hearts once again and slide its way back up the chart?
Whatever you buy, whatever you decide, stay safe, look after each other and 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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