This week the Birds Of Prey remain strong in third place with JoJo Rabbit shooting into second but nothing can stop Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker which is immovable at the top of the UK Top 10 movies chart.
The suspense is killing me. I hope it’ll last! Welcome one and all once again for your weekly rundown of what is making the grade in the world of home entertainment. This past Monday saw the official ‘Star Wars‘ day as it was May the 4th (May The Fourth Be With You, Geddit?) and as such, we saw the streaming and Sky debut of the film that has held the top spot for the past two weeks, ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ alongside the final ever episode of the acclaimed animated series ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘. I, like so many of my fellow fans, watched the film and the final episode of the animated show and can confirm that quite a few tears were shed. But what does it all mean to the chart placings this week? I can confirm that we have two new entries into the chart and one re-entry this week, meaning we must say goodbye to ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga‘ boxset, ‘Blue Story‘ and ‘Trolls‘ from our list. But what does it all mean for the chart placings themselves? Surprisingly, not that much. Let’s go through the placings now.
It hit Disney+ and Sky Premiere on Monday to celebrate ‘Star Wars‘ day but that hasn’t affected the performance of ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ as it makes it a hat trick of weeks at the top of the chart. The final ‘Episode’ film in the long-running saga has beaten off all comers and used the force and a lightsaber to fight off the competition. The film has continued to sell and download well and has comfortably held its placing. However, due to its debut on the aforementioned platforms, it remains to be seen whether it can hold on to a place in the top five, let alone the top ten by this time next week. But the fans and the families affected by the lockdown cannot seem to get enough of the exploits of Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren at this moment in time.
Hopping into the second-placed position on downloads alone, we welcome our first new entry of the week as the quite frankly brilliantly superb ‘Jojo Rabbit‘ makes itself known. The Oscar-winning film from director and writer Taika Waititi has deservedly been downloaded and viewed many times over. Although the viewer can be excused trepidation at the subject material, a comedy set in Nazi Germany and the main hero is a ten-year-old boy who is a member of the Hitler Youth, it doesn’t come close to describing the joy and enjoyment the film holds. With a brilliant performance from Waititi himself as a childlike version of Hitler who exists only in the imagination of the main character and moving acting performance by Thomasin McKenzie as the young Jewish girl Jojo finds hiding in a cupboard upstairs in his home, the film is a worthy watch from start to finish. With able support from Scarlett Johansson as Jojo’s mother, the film is one to watch, laugh, cry and be moved by time and again.
Still circling its prey as it remains in this week’s third position, we find Margot Robbie, back once again as the unforgettable Harley Quinn, a role she was born to play in ‘Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn). The adult DC comic-book film doesn’t hit disc in the UK until June but continues to download and be bought on digital pretty well as it should. The film is an incredibly violent, gory, foul language filled riot of colour and fun and certainly not one for the children. But parents will get a huge kick out of what the film contains and will certainly enjoy themselves with it once the youngsters are tucked up in bed.
The Cockney Geezers make a welcome return to the UK charts, this time courtesy of writer/director Gut Ritchie as ‘The Gentlemen‘ becomes the week’s second new entry as it makes its bow in the fourth position. I really don’t need to go into detail about the plot of the film suffice to say it is once again a winning formula that Ritchie has come up with this time and boasts the talents of Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant this time around in another gangster caper chock full of violence and extremely strong language that will give your granny heart failure. Great fun all around.
Rounding out the top five this week and coming off of pause and falling back three places and levels are Dwayne Johnson and ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘. The film has been a roaring success at the cinema and on home entertainment and has enthralled families all over the country during these uncertain times.
Its cover has been blown as it falls two places to end the week in the sixth position and as such ‘Spies In Disguise‘ sees its gadgets fail to work. The Will Smith/ Tom Holland animated feature film was a moderate success at the box office and has done well on retail. But compared to some of the other animated films that have been around the top ten recently, it hasn’t lived up to expectations.
Dropping another two places as it slips on the ice once more, we find Elsa, Olaf and the gang as ‘Frozen II‘ lands itself in the seventh position. The film has been an incredible success story both cinematically and on home entertainment and continues to entertain young children and their mothers (Amanda Holden especially) as it continues to hold onto a top ten chart position.
He must be suffering serious cramp now in his legs as his speed diminishes once again as ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ falls another place to finish the chart race this week down in eighth place.
Maybe his detective skills are still required in the chart, they certainly are this week as Benoit Blanc rises a single place as ‘Knives Out‘ moves up to a ninth-placed finish. The Rian Johnson-directed throwback to the classic whodunnits from yesteryear is a wonderful film to sit and enjoy together.
You can’t keep a good rock star down for long and so it proves as the Sir Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman‘ shows that it is still standing as it rises three places from last week’s number thirteen to re-enter the chart in the tenth and final place in our chart. The film continues to make itself known in the top ten and is possibly one of the years best-selling movies on home entertainment.
Making its way onto download and keep from the 11th of May, the Greta Gerwig all-star adaptation of the classic tale of ‘Little Women‘ becomes available. Gerwig also contributes the screenplay based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott and boasts the starring prowess of Saoirse Ronan, who SURELY has to win an Oscar sometime soon as she is nominated every year, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. The film was a box office success upon its release, going on to earn $206million worldwide and causing controversy at the Academy Awards for its lack of nomination for Gerwig’s brilliant direction. The film itself will easily find itself its audience on home entertainment and will feature quite prominently in around two weeks.
So, will ‘The Rise Of Skywalker‘ defy the odds and hold the top spot for the fourth week? Will ‘Jojo Rabbit‘ hop itself up the chart and take the number one position? Can the ‘Birds Of Prey‘ zero in on its target and swoop into becoming the top of the tree? Or will ‘The Gentlemen‘ swear and shoot their way into becoming the UK’s new chart-topper?
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, look after each other, stay safe 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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