Join Carl for his rundown of what’s hot and what’s not in the Official Film Charts this week
“Don’t thank me, Warden. We’re all part of the same team” With those wise words from Superman ringing in our ears and seemingly rather apt due to what’s happening in the world today, welcome once more to the official film chart, counting down the movers and shakers that make up the home entertainment market. Most of the new releases we are seeing are films that opened at the start of the year and many major releases are still to come. But we can expect a lull shortly as the big-name movies that we usually see released for us to view at home have not released cinematically and many are now slated for release next year. With that in mind, we can expect to see some of the smaller releases to hit the chart in the absence of the big-budget entertainment we have come to expect.
This week’s chart sees the debut of two new entries into the top ten. One is a triple boxset of three movies while the other is a charming and entertaining film that will warm the hearts of the home audience. With that firmly in mind, we need to see two titles vacate their positions inside the ten biggest sellers of the week. And so, we must say goodbye to ‘Jojo Rabbit‘ which hops out of the top ten and ‘The Call Of The Wild‘ which has decided to return to the wilderness ahead of its physical release. But once again, the battle between last week’s top two titles has re-ignited once more. Which one of them won the battle for chart domination? Hold onto your butts!
Once again, after reloading, saddling up, filling up the car’s tank with fuel, and blasting their way back up into the top position after switching down to number two last week, our new number one is ‘Bad Boys For Life‘. The Will Smith/ Martin Lawrence threequel has been trading places and blows with ‘1917‘ over the past few weeks and again, the films switch positions. The film seems to have struck a major chord with the home audience as it continues to sell and download extremely well. The film managed to sell 62,000 copies over the past seven days, 62% of which were on a disc as it made its physical debut. With figures like that, we can expect to see the film hang around the top three placings for a few weeks to come.
As you will guess, ‘1917‘ drops a single place down to the second position. The film has also struck a chord with the people at home and continues its winning run near or at the top of the chart. The highly-emotional Sam Mendes Oscar-winner is one of those films that is deserving of being seen and experienced and is a worthy film to grace any collection.
At number three, we find that those ‘Little Women‘ have taken a rather large step as they rise up the chart by two places. By reaching the third position, the film has attained its highest finish yet in the weekly top ten, one of which it is completely worthy of. Although there have been many adaptations of the classic novel over the years, the Greta Gerwig directed, Sairose Ronan starring version is one of the best of them all. It will be one of those films that will be shown on TV in years to come on a regular basis.
Dropping a place to become this week’s fourth bestseller, we find those lovable elven brothers, the Lightfoots as ‘Onward‘ sees a little stumble in its chart run. The film is a charming and winning little animated feature that should entertain the young ones for the long term. It has great rewatchability and will go on to become a family favorite over time.
Rounding out the top five this week and coming into the chart as our highest new entry, we find that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence occupy the top position and the fifth place as the ‘Bad Boys Boxset‘ arrives. The set contains all three films in the franchise so far and makes a great gift or shelf filler in your own collection. All three films are enjoyable action films that will keep the adults entertained. And Will Smith is always watchable, no matter the subject material or film, and having this set is a worthy purchase.
We start our journey into the bottom half of the chart by finding that the force is fading again as ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ drops two places to park its X-Wings at number six. However, the film has been a success on the home entertainment market and has managed to hold onto its chart position despite being readily available on Disney+ and Sky Movies.
Digging their claws in to hold onto their seventh place for another week, we find ‘Cats‘. The film seems to be doing fairly good business on home entertainment, seemingly much better than its box office returns from its cinematic release back in December. The film version of the long-running musical stars Dame Judy Dench, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson amongst others. However, the best amongst the cast is Idris Elba. Elba NEVER gives a bad performance and, although his talents are sorely wasted here, he still comes through with aplomb.
Freezing themselves at number eight for another week, we find the Disney animated sequel ‘Frozen II‘. The film has seen massive sales ever since it made its debut on home entertainment and refuses to relinquish a chart place.
Coming into the chart as our second and final new entry this week in the ninth position, we welcome Tom Hanks in his Oscar-Nominated role as Fred Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood‘. The true story of one of America’s best-loved children’s TV presenters is one of those films that can’t fail to warm the hearts of those who watch it and I can see it selling well when it emerges onto the disc format.
And finally, dropping down a place to prop up the other nine titles in the tenth and final position in our chart this week, we see Dwayne Johnson and company staring at the exit door once more as ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ rounds out the week’s best selling titles.
Coming to Download And Keep from Monday, June 8th, the acclaimed film ‘Queen And Slim‘ becomes available. The best way to describe the film is that it is a loose retelling of the legend of Bonnie And Clyde, the outlaws from American history back in the 1930s. Starring the talents of Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, the film is a fantastic watch for the adults at home. The timing of the release seems apt as the film has eerily similar things in common with the current events we see and hear in the news at the moment. The film follows the exploits of two African-Americans who go on the run after killing a Police Officer during a traffic stop. The film opened to positive reviews and a pretty good box office and it is one of those films that is really deserving of a watch. It is one of those ‘Road’ movies that will be acclaimed as a classic in the coming years.
So, once more, over to you. What do you think will make the grade next week? Will ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ continue to fight for its chart dominance? Will ‘1917‘ renew hostilities with the Bad Boys and retake the summit. Will the ‘Little Women‘ take that final big step and bring a welcome time of female leadership to the chart? Or is there something unexpected lurking in the wings that will surprise them all and take the top honors?
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, look after each other, be kind to 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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