This week – The Trolls World Tour continues to dominate the chart with Frozen 2, Sonic The Hedgehog, and Jumanji battling for the runner-up spots
“I live my life a quarter-mile at a time”. Well, to be totally honest, during this pandemic, we have all had to. But with that in mind, welcome in once more, one and all to the official top ten of what is making the big bucks on home entertainment. This week sees the re-opening of the Cineworld cinema chain and thankfully, they have two new movies that are being screened for the very first time, the first new releases since lockdown began. Russell Crowe’s ‘Unhinged‘ opens Friday alongside Eva Green in ‘Proxima‘ which is a science fiction film. Many of the films being screened remain classics from years gone by along with re-releases of films that were in cinemas as lockdown bit. But we can all agree that things are slowly returning to normal (whatever that is now) and with the news that ‘Tenet‘, the latest film from Christopher Nolan is going to open in the U.K and Europe from the 26th of August and we may just have some big films to go and see this year. Of course, we will need gloves, hand sanitizer and masks to keep ourselves safe inside the screens but that is a small price to pay to get trips to the movies back once more. I’m already planning my first visit back to what I consider to be my second home for as soon as possible.
With regards to our top ten home entertainment releases, it’s all about the movers and shakers again this week. There are no new entries that make themselves known but we do have three titles that have moved their way back into the ten best-sellers. So, we must say goodbye to ‘Military Wives‘ who have gone to sing outside of the top ten, ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ has decided to battle Thanos somewhere else and ‘Le Mans ’66‘ which suffers brake failure and skids out of the top ten titles. However, the top three titles remain unchanged this week and the positional shift around is mainly contained to the bottom half of the chart. So, grab a coffee and the biscuit tin, sit back and let’s see what is entertaining us.
Holding onto the top spot for a second week, we find those lovable little creatures as ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ holds firm. The animated sequel, once again with voices by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake in the leads has kept its magic going, entrancing little ones and families across the U.K. With the addition of a dance-along version included on the disc, there is hours of entertainment to keep the young children occupied. Parents, get those Smartphones out and video them dancing along to the tunes! It will make a great memory of the time they were young and small as well as potential blackmail footage when they become teenagers! The film is also coming back into cinemas from Friday to allow families to see the film on the big screen as they haven’t been able to until now.
Freezing itself once more into the second position, we find the Disney animated sequel ‘Frozen II‘. The film has been a revelation ever since it made its debut on home entertainment. It dropped out of the chart around a month ago only to return with a vengeance a week later and has held onto a top ten position ever since. The film is also available on Disney+ and Sky Movies as well as being shown in the re-opened cinemas from Friday. The film looks certain to be going nowhere anytime soon.
Running on the spot to secure his third place in the chart, we again laugh along with Sega’s classic videogame character ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘. Again, from Friday, he will make his return into cinemas across the country if families decide they would like to see him on the big screen instead of in their own homes. The film has made a massive pile of cash on home entertainment and on premium pay-per-view rental streaming services and it will possibly add even more to its coffers from Friday.
Rising four places back up the chart to take this week’s fourth position, we find Sam Mendes’ masterpiece ‘1917‘. The First World War film has made its money on home entertainment and has been seen as the perfect gift to give fathers, grandfathers and the like over the past few months. The film is yet another one that is seeing a re-release this weekend at the multiplexes. However, this is one film that DESERVES to be seen on the cinema screen. Although it does look good in your own home, if you haven’t seen it at your local cinema, do yourself a favour and go and see it on the biggest screen you can. The raw power of the film will be more intense.
It seems like the animals are starting to talk to him again and joining him once more on his adventures as ‘Dolittle‘ rises back up two places to round out this week’s top five titles. The Robert Downey Jr film has made a significant and enjoyable impression inside our homes over the past few months and continues to make family time a rewarding and memorable one.
He who laughs last laughs longest. Well, as we begin our tour into the bottom half of the week’s chart, we find Joaquin Phoenix roaring with mirth as ‘Joker‘ holds his position at this week’s sixth place. The Oscar-winning drama continues to rent, download and sell well.
Rising nine places and returning to the top ten after a few weeks away, we once again welcome back Dwayne Johnson and the gang as ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ again decides to enchant families with its blend of comedy, action and adventure.
Deciding it has had enough of investigating outside of the top ten, Danial Craig returns to the chart as Benoit Blanc as we see ‘Knives Out‘ make a comeback, rising seven places. One of the best films that came out of last year, it is fantastic to see the film doing well once again.
They asked what you gonna do when they come for you? Well, the answer is they are returning to the cinemas again from Friday as well as returning to the chart in the ninth position as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, those ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ have reloaded once more and have crashed their way back into the top ten, rising up by five places.
And finally, her wings have been clipped, the air under them is no longer there and her audience has started to desert her as Margot Robbie and ‘Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn‘ swoop down five places to end the week in the tenth position and perched right over the chart exit door.
Hitting download and keep from this coming Monday, the 4th of August, the animated DC movie ‘Deathstroke: Knights And Dragons‘ becomes available. Now, the film, although animated, is another of the direct-to-video adult titles from Warner Bros. Animation, joining the likes of ‘Batman: Gotham By Gaslight’, ‘Justice League Dark’, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ and so forth. Again, the film is most certainly not suitable for the whole family and certainly is unsuitable for younger viewers as its mix of action and violence is far too much for them. The film was originally released as an episodic web series but here, all of the episodes are combined to make a feature-length film for the graphic novel fans to enjoy. It is highly enjoyable and one for the DC fans amongst us to lap in droves.
And so that brings us to the end of yet another week on home entertainment. What do you think will be reigning supreme next week? The Trolls still going to be on their world tour and holding firm at number one? Olaf and Elsa freeze the rest of the chart and hit the top spot again? Sonic going to put his running shoes back on and again and race for the glory? Or will there be something unexpected that storms the chart and defeats all comers? Your guess is as good as mine.
Until next week, whatever you buy, whatever you decide, 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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