Join Carl for his rundown of what’s hot and what’s not in the Official Film Charts this week
“And Miss Montoya, we do have a dress code”. But she won’t be needing it as we welcome you all once more into the official chart rundown of what’s been coming home with us on the home entertainment front. We are just over two weeks away from the re-opening of the cinemas here in the U.K and I for one, cannot wait. Ok, so I’ll have to wear a mask and gloves and social distance while I’m in there but come on, it’s the cinema! And it’s also a look at what will be coming to home entertainment before Christmas so it’s a double positive for me. This week on our chart sees two re-entries into the chart, a film that moves up three places to return to the top ten and one title that hits the top ten for the first time by moving up twenty-four places. Alas, that means four titles have to leave us this week and so, with a tearful final wave, we bid a fond goodbye to ‘Bloodshot‘, ‘Little Women‘, ‘Frozen II‘, and ‘Cats‘. Is there a new number one film? Let’s find out together.
Is there a new number one? Are you kidding, puddin’? Of course, there’s a new number one. And Why? Because she’s Harley Frickin’ Quinn! That’s why! As suspected, ‘Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn‘ has flown in once more into the top ten but this time has perched itself squarely in the number one position, landing itself onto the top branch of the chart tree. The Margot Robbie starring DC film based on the comic book has been inside the top ten before based on downloads only but since it’s release onto the disc format last Monday, it has not only re-entered the chart but sees it manage it’s highest chart position. Once again, Ms. Robbie gives a brilliant and hilarious performance as the Joker’s (former) muse. There really can’t be anyone who will be able to replace her if she decides to step down from the role of Margot Robbie IS Harley Quinn, not only to me but to the DC film fans around the globe. With brilliant support from Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jurnee Smollet-Bell, the film is one of those movies that you can’t help but enjoy. It most certainly isn’t for children though but it is a fantastic adult take on the material and characters. And, I admit it. the film is the one that I’ve watched more than any other this year.
The animals are speaking to him again as Robert Downey Jr and ‘Dolittle‘ rise a place up the chart to take the second spot for this week. The film has had more success on the home front than it managed at the cinema when it opened in January. It looks like the film has finally found its market after the critical and box office failure it suffered on its original release. The film seems to be keeping the little ones and whole families happy and occupied during these trying times.
War is still hell but that hasn’t stopped ‘1917‘ from becoming a massive success, despite it losing a place this week and slipping down to the third position on the chart. The Sam Mendes World War I drama which gained awards across the board during the awards season and continues its quest to become one of the biggest selling films of the year. It certainly seems on course to manage that feat as it hasn’t been outside the top three places since it was released on home entertainment.
Rising an impressive twenty-four places to occupy this week’s fourth-placed position, we say hello and welcome to the top ten charts for the first time to ‘The Personal History Of David Copperfield‘. The British comedy-drama film is based on the 1850 novel by Charles Dickens and stars Dev Patel as the title character. The supporting cast includes Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Paul Whitehouse, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, and Gwendoline Christie amongst others. It is a shame though to reveal that the film, despite having a great cast and gaining good reviews, was a flop upon release. However, it did open around a week or two before the lockdown was imposed so it can possibly be excused its fate. The film is a rather enjoyable and amusing little take on the novel and is worthy of a watch during the evenings.
Yet again, his legs have developed a cramp and he is slowing down to a crawl as last week’s number one movie ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ falls four places to round out this week’s top five biggest sellers. However, the big-screen debut for the classic Sega character has had a great time inside the chart already after hitting the download market before emerging onto the disc formats. In addition, now that the cinemas are re-opening, the film is once again going to be hitting the multiplexes for a short period while the film companies finalize their plans of exactly what films that will be released into the cinemas and when.
We begin our look at the bottom half of the chart with a non-mover at number six as those ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ hang out once more. The threequel has made quite the impression since it opened at cinemas back in January and is another film that will be returning to the cinema screens once again when they re-open due to the coronavirus curtailing its run on the big screen.
And speaking of films returning to the big screen when the cinemas open their doors again, those lovable elven brothers, the Lightfoot’s will be hitting the multiplexes again shortly but that doesn’t prevent ‘Onward‘ falling three places to become this week’s seventh biggest title.
The force has reawakened somewhat once again as ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ rises three places to once more grace the top ten as it lifts itself up from last week’s number eleven to become this week’s number eight.
After hitting disc last week, Harrison Ford returns to the top ten as ‘The Call Of The Wild‘ re-enters the chart in the ninth-placed position.
Rounding out this week’s ten best selling titles and propping up the other nine, once more we find ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ poised over the chart exit door as it falls three places from last week’s number seven. However, the film has been in this position before and has managed to retain its chart position so all bets are off as to whether it will leave the top ten next week or hang on for a while longer.
Hitting Download and Keep from June 29th, we find another remake of an old TV show as ‘Fantasy Island‘ makes its debut. Those of us who are old enough to remember the TV show from the 1970s and 1980s will hold cherished memories of Ricardo Montalban as the mysterious Mr. Roarke with Herve Villechaize as his assistant, Tattoo and the classic catchphrase ‘Boss! The Plane! The Plane!’. Every week, the fantasy drama captivated audiences around the world with tales of people gaining and living their fantasies, all of which came at a price. Blumhouse Productions relaunched the franchise earlier this year and turned the property on its head, reimaging it as a supernatural horror film instead and a prequel to the TV series. Michael Pena steps into the role of Roarke and is supported by Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, and Michael Rooker. The film is worthy of praise for attempting to rejuvenate the property and change the formula to suit the horror genre. But it made the fatal error of being made as a PG-13 rated film in the United States and despite the 15 rating awarded the film over here in the UK, it still looks like a tame and teenage aimed entry into the genre and that is a shame as the film could have been and SHOULD have been that much better. The film has the luxury of trying to redeem itself as it hits home entertainment as there are two versions of the film, the original cinema version and an extended edition which apparently puts in more horror and frights that haven’t been seen in the local multiplexes. Time will tell if this alternate and extended version is any better than the version released into cinemas.
So, once again, it is over to you. What do you think will make the grade next week? Will those ‘Birds Of Prey‘ fly high once again and hold onto the top spot? Will ‘The Personal History Of David Copperfield‘ make the leap up the chart and claim the honors? Will ‘Call Of The Wild‘ heed the call and take its place at the top of the mountain? Or will ‘Dolittle‘ or ‘1917‘ battle back and claim the glory?
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, have fun, 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!