This week – The Military Wives have lost their voice as Trolls World Tour hits the high notes and claims the #1 spot on the UK Top 10 Movies Chart.
“I could call my mother. She could talk him to death?”. With those words echoing in our ears (Anybody knows what movie the line is from? DON’T write in!), welcome once more to the UK top ten, the official chart rundown of what the country has been watching and buying over the past seven days. With the news that the new Christopher Nolan movie ‘Tenet’ has once again been pulled from release in the United States and with no new release date given as yet (although an announcement is supposed to be forthcoming regarding the plan for it) and the likelihood that ‘Mulan‘, ‘Bill And Ted Face The Music‘, ‘Unhinged‘ and many other titles that are due for release over the next two months looking as though they are on shaky ground, we may again see a delay in the reopening of cinemas over here due to the lack of new titles becoming available which will mean that we will still be looking towards the titles we can view at home for a while longer. For those of us who have streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime, that isn’t too much of an issue, with the likes of ‘The Old Guard‘ hitting the service and of course, the upcoming release of ‘The Boys: Season 2‘ and ‘The Mandalorian: season 2‘ coming in the next few months to keep us entertained but there are many people out there who rely on DVD’S and Blu-Ray’s to keep them occupied and as such, they will be crying out for new titles to buy and watch. Repeats of old TV shows or classic movies being shown can only go so far. Some good titles are either available now or are forthcoming over the next few months that should go some way in relieving the boredom.
As for the chart, it is all change once more. We see one new entry into the chart, a re-entry, and one title that moves up several places to once again take its place in the top ten. To make room for these three titles, we say goodbye this week to ‘The Invisible Man‘ which has disappeared, ‘Dark Waters‘ that has returned to the depths and ‘Onward‘ which completes its journey of discovery. And yet again, we have a new number one title. What could it possibly be? Put on your dancing shoes and come with me as we find out.
Coming straight into the chart at the top position, we once again say hello to those pesky but lovable creatures as ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ hits the chart. The animated sequel, once again featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake has charmed the British public and has defeated all the rest. The film tells the story of how Queen Barb of the Hard Rock Trolls (Rachel Bloom) attempts to take over the six kingdoms of the Trolls-Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Rock and Pop and the attempts by Queen Poppy (Kendrick) and her friends to unify the Trolls and to save their kingdoms. With vocal support from Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, and the legendary hellraiser Ozzy Osbourne, the film had to go straight onto the cinema rental market due to the coronavirus pandemic but that hasn’t stopped the film from becoming a roaring and rocking success.
Rising another place and taking the second spot this week, we find the acclaimed Disney sequel ‘Frozen II‘. The film has seen a whole new lease of life ever since it debuted on the Disney+ service and on Sky Movies. It is amazing to realize that the film had a long run in the chart before departing several weeks back, only to make a reappearance and steadily climb its way back up the chart. It has to have sold millions of copies by now but it is still hanging around the top ten charts and seems to be in no hurry to depart again any time soon. Lockdown seems to have aided the film’s fortunes in managing to attain this magnificent feat.
Dropping another place from last week’s number two to round out the top three placings, we find that lovable Sega creation ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘. Another film that made a success of itself on the home cinema rental market after its cinematic run was curtailed, the film has been up and down the chart over the past few months but continues to entertain and enthrall families across the country with its zany antics and a fabulous performance from Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. Based on the films’ performance, it will be hanging around the chart for a while yet and a second helping of the computer-animated creature and his brand of fun must now be in the offing.
Their singing voices have suddenly gone hoarse as last week’s number one title ‘Military Wives‘ drops three places to take up a residency at this week’s number four. The feel-good comedy/drama is, again, another title that suffered from the cinemas closing and again, made an impression on the home cinema market. Kristen Scott-Thomas leads the line in the true story of the bunch of women who formed their own choir while their husbands served their country, leading them to become famous in the process and launching a countrywide formation of similar choirs that still perform to this day.
Rounding out the week’s top five titles, we find Margot Robbie and her flock as ‘Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn‘ drops another place. The adult-oriented DC film has certainly made an impression on the charts on both the cinema and the home entertainment circuits. Ms. Robbie will be back as Harley Quinn in the upcoming ‘The Suicide Squad‘ which is due for release next year but after the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the industry, it now remains to be seen if the film opens as it is supposed to or will become a casualty of the heavy backlog of films and productions that the virus has disrupted.
We begin our journey of the nether regions of the chart with another DC adult film in ‘Joker‘. The Oscar-winning drama, featuring a fantastic and award-winning turn from Joaquin Phoenix has been in the chart before and is a former number one title. The film returned to the chart last week and has laughed its way up two places to become this week’s number six title.
Dropping two places this past seven days as the animals have decided not to talk to him as much, another former number one finds itself down in the seventh position as Robert Downey Jr and ‘Dolittle‘ continues its slide down the chart.
‘1917‘ drops another place this week as it now finds itself battling for its chart life down in the eighth position.
Ok. Here’s the thing. Not only is it the biggest film of all time. Not only is it a massive seller on the home entertainment front. And not being satisfied that it’s been a year ever since it made its mammoth debut, ‘Avengers: Endgame‘, the finale of the first incarnation of the Marvel superhero team has decided to grace us once again as it re-enters the chart this week in the ninth position. Take out ‘Joker’ as the best movie of last year and you have what is, without a doubt, the best and finest comic book movie of all time. I laughed, I cried, I cheered. And I am surprised but pleased that the film, despite being available on Disney+ and Sky, has made its way back into the top ten positions.
Rounding out this week’s ten biggest sellers and rising two places to race back into the top ten once more, we say welcome back to ‘Le Mans ’66‘. The Oscar-winning drama, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, is another film that is highly deserving of being watched and enjoyed by the home audience.
Swimming in from Monday, July 28th, the third film in the franchise breaks the surface as ‘Deep Blue Sea 3‘ becomes available. Now, I haven’t seen the film as yet and so I cannot comment on its quality. But I have a soft spot for the original film. I saw the film upon release with my brother and found it to be highly entertaining if logic-defying thrill ride. And with the likes of Samuel L Jackson appearing in the film (and his quite shocking, unexpected and violent death three-quarters of the way through), I had a great time with it. And then they released the direct to video sequel ‘Deep Blue Sea 2‘ and urinated over the franchise. To call the sequel a steaming turd of a film would be insulting to the turd. It was awful and had nothing in common with the original. I have seen the trailer for this third film and I can’t say that I am impressed. But who knows? The film may yet shock and surprise me. I’ll let you know.
So, what do you think will make the grade next week? Will those pesky ‘Trolls‘ retain their position as the UK’s number one? Will ‘Frozen II‘ do the unthinkable and return to the top of the chart once more? Will ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ find another burst of speed and race to the summit? Will those ‘Military Wives‘ gargle with salt water and get their voices back and return to the top? Or is there something lurking in the shadows that will take the honors instead?
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, be kind, 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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