This week – the Birds Of Prey flock into the chart but the Force remains strong with Star Wars: The Complete Skywalker Saga and The Rise Of Skywalker
This is it, Puddin’! Welcome once more to the official rundown of what we are all watching in our living rooms, on our tablets or phones to keep us entertained during our enforced home confinement. This week sees three new entries into the chart, one of which is the daddy of all boxsets while the other two enter on downloads alone. Of course, we need to make room to accommodate these new arrivals and as such ‘Hop‘ has hopped it, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘ has gone home once more and ‘Playing With Fire‘ has burned itself out after a single week in the chart. But what is this week’s top-selling title? Let’s find out.
With sales of 235,000 on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K UHD this week and surpassing ‘Downton Abbey‘ by 5000 copies to become the biggest debut of 2020 so far and holding onto the top spot for a second week, we find the final episode in the Skywalker saga as ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ reigns supreme. The epic finale to 43 years of science fiction action and fandom was revealed to be the lowest-grossing film of the sequel trilogy this week but still earned over $1billion in revenue. But here we come to the kicker of them all. This coming Monday is the fourth of May. It is known as Star Wars Day due to the date (May the Fourth). In a stunning move, both Disney+ and Sky Movies Premiere will be premiering the film on their channels. Yes indeed, the film has been available on download for two weeks and on disc for just over a week and it will be available to watch and/or stream from Monday next week. The revenue that Disney may lose on physical sales cannot be underestimated but with the company making a profit of over $1billion clear after all taxes and other deductions are taken into account on ‘Avengers: Endgame‘, they can afford to take the risk with the film hitting streaming extremely early.
Once more, ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ hits the pause button as it holds onto the second position this week. Once again, Dwayne Johnson and company have entertained families across the country and continue to do so with their winning formula of action, comedy and thrills and spills.
Our first new entry comes flying into the chart in the third-place position as we welcome Margot Robbie, once again playing the fabulous comic-book anti-hero that we all cheer for in ‘Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn). The film, a more adult take on the DC character, following on from the success of ‘Joker‘ hit cinema screens back in February and became a decent success. People have said that the film has been a flop but the movie made its money around the world and could have possibly made more had the coronavirus not curtailed its cinematic run. The film is quite simply, a neon flashy female-led riot. Violent, gory in places, full to the brim with strong language and completely hilarious and enjoyable, this version of Harley Quinn is unlike anything we have seen before and brings Ms Robbie back to the role she was born to play. If there’s ever been better casting for a role, I would like to see it as she is perfect as the Joker’s now-former muse. With support from Ewan McGregor as the villainous Black Mask and with the likes of Rosie Perez (Remember her?), Jurnee Smollett-bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the film is one to put on after the kids have gone to bed as it most certainly isn’t suitable for them. What the film is, however, is one that you can put on with snacks, a cold glass of wine, beer or spirit of your choice and allow yourself to be taken on a rollercoaster ride that is completely worthwhile and one you’ll want to take again and again. Grab it on download as the film isn’t scheduled to hit disc until June.
Our next new entry comes in at number four as the animated ‘Spies In Disguise‘ makes its chart debut. Boasting the vocal talents of Will Smith and Tom Holland, the film gained a decorum of success upon its cinematic release and will once again keep the young ones entertained and is a good family film to all sit-down and watch together. With some really funny parts contained within and with the two leads bouncing off each other brilliantly, the film should hang around the chart for quite a while.
Rounding out this week’s top five movies and once again deciding to let it go (I’ve really got to stop with this!), this week by a single place, we find Olaf and the gang as ‘Frozen II‘ retains a top-five standing once more. The former chart-topper is continuing to sell and rent well and is still enchanting young girls and their mothers across the country.
We begin our look at the bottom five positions in this week’s chart with ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ who has suffered a bout of cramp, making his legs slow down and thus causing him to fall three places to this week’s sixth-position. The big-screen debut of Sega’s legendary video game character has made its money at the cinema and on download and can be considered one of the year’s best success stories so far.
Entering the chart in the seventh place, we find what can only be described as the daddy of all boxsets, one that the fans of the franchise have been grabbing off the shelves to go into their collections and certainly one for the ages as the ‘Star War: The Skywalker Saga‘ set hits the chart. Containing all nine of the ‘Episode’ films, the mammoth 18 disc Blu-Ray set boasts over 26 hours of bonus features whereas the DVD set contains nine discs. The sets will set you back a pretty penny but they will become collectable in years to come and will increase in value.
Falling three places from last week’s number five to finish the week in the eighth place, we find the directorial debut of Rapman as his semi-autobiographical film ‘Blue Story‘ drops down the chart.
Deciding that he’s almost concluded his investigations inside the top ten as he falls two places to end the week detecting the ninth-placed position, we find Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc in Rian Johnson’s wonderful ‘Knives Out‘.
We end our time inside the top ten best selling titles of the week by discovering those pesky ‘Trolls‘ are holding up the rest of the chart after their fall of four places to end the week at number ten and surely their departure from the chart next week.
Hitting Download And Keep from Monday the 4th of May, the award-winning Sam Mendes World War I drama, ‘1917‘ becomes available. Unfairly, in my opinion, beaten by the film ‘Parasite‘ at this years Academy Awards for the top two honours, the film is a moving and at times, uncomfortable look at exactly what the young British soldiers faced during the conflict. The film rightfully picked up awards during the awards season and is one of the best wartime dramas to have been made for many a year. Again, it is not for the little ones and is suited for an evening when the adults have the room, the TV and the time for themselves to be able to sit and watch it together in peace.
So, what will be up there at the top next week? Will ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ pull off a hat-trick of weeks as the U.K’s chart-topper? Will ‘Spies In Disguise‘ use their secret agent tricks and spy a way into becoming top of the tree? Or Will ‘Birds Of Prey‘ fly high and swoop into the number one position?
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, 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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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!