January 31, 2023

This week – Sonic The Hedgehog speeds back into action and the Trolls World Tour continues – but Black Panther reigns supreme as the king of the Top 10

“This is the way”. Ok, I have to admit that after seeing the recently released photos of the second season of the fantastic Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian‘, I can’t wait until the 30th of October when the new season starts. Alongside the incredibly enjoyable Amazon Prime Video series ‘The Boys‘, my viewing is sorted for the coming months. I enjoy sitting down in front of my TV and seeing what the makers of these two series can come up with every week. And both are immensely rewatchable over and over again so they certainly get my vote for the best of streaming entertainment.


Speaking of streaming, this past Friday saw the release on PVOD of the live-action remake of ‘Mulan‘ on Disney+ for the price of £19.99. The film, from what I have read, deserved a cinematic release instead of debuting on the streaming site. Alas, the COVID-19 crisis has forced companies and audiences to re-evaluate the way these big films are seen and ‘Mulan‘ most certainly won’t be the last big-budget film to suffer from this. (Read our review)

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In the charts, outside the top ten, three classic titles are making waves. In the thirteenth position, the classic science fiction movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ currently resides. Thanks to a new SteelBook edition, the classic 1985 family movie ‘The Goonies‘ has entered the charts at number sixteen. And after a massive uplift in sales, the biggest film of all time ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ has flown back up by sixteen places to commence battle at number eighteen. As for the top ten itself, we see two re-entries into the chart in the bottom two places which in turn means two titles have to make way for them. And departing from the top ten this week is last week’s number one title, ‘The Fifth Element‘ and the threequel ‘Deep Blue Sea 3‘. So, what is our new number one?


I called it last week. I knew that it would happen. And to be completely honest, I’m glad it hit the top of the chart. The country and the fans have spoken and have paid tribute to the fallen hero by making him the official number one. The late Chadwick Boseman has been paid a great tribute following his sad, tragic demise as ‘Black Panther‘ rises eight places to take the ultimate chart honor this week. Usually, I would make a joke at this point but I can’t help having a lump in my throat as I write about the top title. His death is still so raw and upsetting even though it has been over a week since he passed on. But I’m sure that wherever he is now, he is smiling down as his greatest role is once again a top seller.


Running on the spot for another week is ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘. The big-screen version of the Sega character continues to enchant everyone who watches his antics. The film seems unwilling to move from the top five where it has been hanging out for quite a while. The film has also been boosted by a reduction in its digital price across the streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video and Sky Store, meaning that more people have been snapping up a copy and adding to their digital collections. I should know, I’m one of them!


After holding the top spot for six straight weeks before being dumped down last week, ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ refuses to budge this week from the third-placed position. The film has sold and downloaded in its hundreds of thousands and to the amazement of many, continues to hold its own inside the top three again. Again, the film has been boosted by a digital sale price reduction and to be honest, will probably still be hanging onto its place by the same point next week.


Another film that decides it doesn’t feel like going anywhere this week is the masterpiece of entertainment that is ‘1917‘. Sam Mendes’ World War I epic continues to battle for its chart life and position as it also benefits from a digital price reduction as it remains rooted in the fourth place. It is the perfect time to grab the film if you haven’t already and begin to get prepared for the entertainment you have at your fingertips ready for the winter months.

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Rounding out the top five is yet another film that just refuses to move either up or down the chart. But are you going to be the one to confront and tell ‘Joker‘ that it has to budge? The Oscar-winning comic book movie has recently returned to its more expensive selling price after holding onto a nice reduction for a few weeks and as such MAY suffer a fall down the chart in the coming weeks. But you never know how the chart will go at the moment.


Using the force once again and rising up the chart by four places, we start our tour of the bottom five titles by igniting our lightsabers yet again as ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘, the final film in the saga manages to rise to the sixth place this week. Another film to benefit from a digital price reduction, the film is another to hold onto for our winter entertainment collection.

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Falling by a single place after its digital price increased again, we find my favorite film of 2020 (so far) still fluttering its wings as ‘Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn‘ lands on the seventh-placed branch.

Dropping by a single place this week, we find that Robert Downey Jr and ‘Dolittle‘ is still clutching onto a chart position as it resides in the eighth spot. The film has certainly poked its finger into its critic’s eyes as it continues to sell better on home entertainment than it managed to sell cinema tickets.

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Returning yet again after dropping out of the placings a week or so ago, Dwayne Johnson and his sequel ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ rises by three places to once again occupy a top ten spot in the ninth position.

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And finally, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have reloaded their guns, refueled their cars, and have undertaken another battle as ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ races up the chart by six places to return to the top ten in the tenth and final position.


After what appears to be a successful time on the PVOD market, the animated film ‘Scoob!’ makes its way onto the download and keep format from Monday 14th of September. Boasting the vocal talents of Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried, the film was due to be one of the summer blockbusters this year until COVID took care of that. Instead, the film was made available on the PVOD format across the world. It has managed to open at the world’s cinemas (the open ones) but now it is set to become available to keep at a bargain price ahead of making its way onto the disc format. I haven’t seen the film but from what I understand, it is both a prequel and a sequel all wrapped up in a nice bow and is entertaining enough. I have to admit that the timing seems a little off as the kids have now returned to school but then again, it seems like we may be headed back into lockdown so it may have got its release spot on.

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And stick a fork in it, the chart is done. My thanks once again for joining in the fun and close by asking my customary question. What do YOU think will make the grade in next week’s chart? Don’t bother to text, no need to call, don’t send your answer on a postcard, just drop us a line or two right here at The Future Of The Force with your predictions. We love to hear from you!

Until next week, whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, take care, 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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