This week – The Force is fading as The Rise Of Skywalker drops to 6th and Bad Boys For Life shoots straight into the Number 1 spot on the UK Top 10 Chart.
‘You know what old Jack Burton says at a time like this?’ No, but I can only guess that he would echo my sentiments as I say welcome once again to the official film chart, counting down what we have all been buying and downloading during the lockdown. Although restrictions may soon be lifted slightly, it isn’t a given that the stores will be stocking the new releases of DVDs and Blu-Rays anytime soon and so we must continue with ordering from online retailers for the time being. Not that it changes matters that much as this week, we welcome three new entries into our chart. And, of course, as we need three vacant positions to accommodate them, we will have to lose three titles. And I can report that the chart exit door has swung open once more and sees ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘, ‘Spies In Disguise‘ and in a surprise move, ‘Birds Of Prey‘ slip through the door and depart the top ten. What has replaced them? Let’s find out together.
Bad Boys! Bad Boys! What Ya Gonna Do? The answer is to get out of the way, open the pathway to the top of the chart as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence blast their way into the chart as this week’s highest new entry and our brand new number one as ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ is unleashed on the chart. The third entry into the franchise and what was reportedly the final installment before the box office money started to roll in and guaranteed a fourth outing sees the two reunited once more for the first time since the second film way back in 2003. The film has managed to outsell this week’s number two title by a margin of two to one and gives us a more adult film at the top of the chart instead of family films. Perhaps Mum and Dad have decided to get themselves some late-night viewing material for when the little ones are asleep.
Dropping a place from last week’s chart-topper to end the week in the second position, we find Sam Mendes’ rivetting World War I drama ‘1917‘. The Oscar-winning film is still riding high in the charts and continues to sell and download well and is another film for parents to watch by themselves. With the film seemingly shot in just two continuous takes, viewers can sit back and be aghast at the quality that they are presented with on the screen during the films running time.
Dropping a place from last week’s second position to round out the top three placings, we find those lovable Elven brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot as ‘Onward‘ takes a small tumble to become this week’s third best-selling title. The animated family film from Walt Disney continues to charm the youngsters and the young at heart amongst us with its wonderful tale and tear-jerking finale. The youngsters may not get why the ending is so bittersweet and sad but the adults with a heart won’t be able to hold back the tears.
Coming into the chart as the second-highest new entry this week and gaining itself a fourth-place finish is Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic novel ‘Little Women‘. Wrongly ignored for a Best Director nomination at this year’s Academy Awards, Gerwig’s version is a delight to behold with fantastic performances from Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Meryl Streep amongst others. Ok, so there have been many film versions of the story now and we all know the fate of one of the characters but don’t let that put you off from enjoying a good old fashioned classical tale.
Rounding out the top five placings and hopping down a spot to this week’s number five comes the quite brilliant ‘Jojo Rabbit‘. I cannot stress how enjoyable the film is and how, despite the subject material, it is a film that has to be seen to be believed. As many people know, it came out of nowhere to land itself inside my top three favorite films of last year and it continues to entertain me now in the home format.
As we start our look at the bottom five films this week, we discover that the force is not strong with ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ as it tumbles three places to become the number six title on the chart. It is hardly surprising though since the film has hit Disney+ and Sky Movies and available to watch whenever the viewer decides. But it still is selling fairly well on the disc and downloading format and as such, may just hold onto a chart placing for a few weeks yet.
‘Frozen II‘ has slipped a little bit this week which sees Elsa, Olaf, and company drop one place to a seventh-place finish over the past seven days. But the film continues to cling onto a chart position and may yet keep itself located inside the top ten for a bit longer.
Our final new entry enters the chart in the eighth position as we welcome Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie into the chart in the based on a true story drama that is ‘Bombshell‘. The film is based on the accounts of several women who worked at Fox News who accused the CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. The film was roundly applauded and critically well-reviewed which led to Oscar Nominations for Theron for her portrayal of Megyn Kelly and for Robbie for her role as composite character Kayla Pospisil. The feminist drama is a deeply concerning and welcome expose of events that still happen in offices and at corporations to this day but does a fantastic job of dragging these events and situations out from the darkness and forcing them into the light, exposing them for us all to view with disgust.
Dropping another two levels this week as it approaches the feared chart exit door, we find Dwayne Johnson and company hanging on by their fingertips for a chart place as ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ descends down to the ninth position.
Rounding out the chart and propping up the other nine as it again falls two places down the apples and pairs, the cockney geezers are facing chart expulsion next week as ‘The Gentlemen‘ takes over in the tenth position.
Coming to Download And Keep from Monday 25th May, we wave hello to Tom Hanks once again as he brings his Oscar Nominated biopic ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood‘ to home entertainment. The story tells the story of Fred Rogers, probably the most beloved children’s television presenter in American history. His show entitled ‘Fred Rogers’ Neighborhood’ ran from 1968 until 2001 and was a preschool entertainment program that millions of Americans will still quote today as being part of their formative years. Rogers was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom in 2002 and was inducted into the television hall of fame in 1999 before succumbing to stomach cancer at the age of 74 in 2003. The film made many critics list as one of the best films of 2019 and was a box office success with a Best Supporting Actor Nomination for Hanks at the Academy Awards and many of the other awards ceremonies that took place at the start of this year. The film is a charming and heartwarming look at what made Rogers tick and his legacy that he left behind. It is worthy of a watch and again, Tom Hanks gives a powerhouse of a performance as Rogers.
And so, we come to the end of this week’s rundown and it only remains for me to ask my normal question. What do YOU think will make the grade next week? Will ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ manage to hang onto their hard-earned top placing? Will ‘1917‘ go to war against them in an attempt to take back the number one position? Will ‘Little Women‘ have a big boost and claim the title? Will ‘Onward‘ push on and climb the chart tree to take the top branch? Or will ‘Bombshell‘ shock the rest of the chart and deliver a bombshell of its own by taking the throne?
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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