This week – The First Order falls in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker but SCOOB claims the top spot in the UK Top 10 #Movies chart.
“You took everything from me!”. And therein lies the problem. The TV series gods give to us with one hand and take away with another. This week, we finally got confirmation that the Marvel/ Disney+ show ‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier‘ won’t debut this year after all and will now hit screens next year, postponed again from its original August release date. However, the good news is that the other Marvel/Disney show ‘Wandavision‘ will indeed hit the service in December, probably filling the void that will be left when season two of ‘The Mandalorian‘ ends. We can at least look forward to some decent streaming entertainment to fill in the lack of cinematic fare which features heavily on the horizon. Once more, it looks like we are going to possibly go back into lockdown and as such, the cinemas will almost certainly close down once more, robbing us of the final films that haven’t yet been moved back until next year. But counterbalancing the good news with the Disney+/ Marvel show, we sadly will be saying goodbye next year to the DC show ‘Supergirl‘, which will end after its sixth season. I thought it may be coming and I have been proven correct, devastating the fans of the show. However, we are almost certainly guaranteed that it will go out on a high.
As for the titles that have made the grade in the top ten this week, we see one new entry and one re-entry into the chart in the past seven days. The lack of big releases has seen the chart welcome back several of the old favorites that have been occupying the positions over the past six or seven months. Many of the top sellers of the year are leaving and returning to the positions regularly and we can’t say we are surprised with what is hitting the heights. Outside the top ten placings, the 30th-anniversary edition of ‘Goodfellas‘ enters the charts in the eleventh placed position and we get a brand new ‘Scooby-Doo‘ adventure in ‘Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo‘ which has entered in thirteenth place. This week sees us say a fond farewell to ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace‘ after a single week and once more say our sad goodbyes with plenty of tears to the late Chadwick Boseman’s greatest role as ‘Black Panther‘ departs the top ten. We also say hello to a brand new number one once more. What title could it be? Jump in the ‘Mystery Machine‘, make sure the snacks are locked down securely, and let’s investigate the mystery of the new number one.
Ok, I admit it. I did indeed use to watch the classic version of the animated TV show and loved every episode. Watching it again nowadays, I still enjoy it but can’t stand the addition of canned laughter that came into the show after a while. I enjoyed the first big-screen version of the franchise but hated the second. And now, even though I admit, I have yet to see it, I’m happy to find out that our brand new number one title is ‘Scoob!‘. Yes, our favorite canine detective and the ‘Mystery Machine’ gang have come from nowhere and taken the top honor. The film tells the story of how Scooby-Doo and his best pal, Shaggy first met and joined Fred, Velma, and Daphne and formed ‘Mystery Inc.’. Boasting the voices of Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg, and the now-classic tones of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo himself, the film has made quite a splash on the PVOD market before hitting the download and keep format. I still miss the dulcet tones of the late Casey Kasim as the voice of Shaggy but the voice of Will Forte is good enough to keep oldies like me happy.
Once again passing the torch of the UK’s official chart-topper after taking the place last week to claim its seventh week as number one, ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ falls a single place to end the week in the second position. The film has made its money and then some on PVOD, its belated cinema release, and its emergence onto home entertainment. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake once again top the cast on vocal duties and veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne has also got in on the act. The gamble Universal Studios took with the film in the shadow of the Coronavirus outbreak has certainly paid off and has led the way towards a possible new way of us seeing SOME of the big-budget entertainment that has been postponed this year.
‘Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ has once again used the force and has held its third-placed position for another week. The final film in the ‘Saga’ series, the film brought to a close the Sequel Trilogy alongside the Skywalker saga. Once more and for the final time, we get to see Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and (SPOILER ALERT) a neat cameo from Harrison Ford as Han Solo alongside the newcomers such as Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Oscar Issac. Although I didn’t think the film was the perfect ending to the long-running saga, I did enjoy the film as a whole and found it entertaining enough without ever coming close to the original trilogy.
Still battling for its chart life as it rises by one place, the cinematic masterpiece that is ‘1917‘ continues its war and its assault on the chart as it rises to number four. The former number one just doesn’t know when it’s beaten as it has been rising and falling in the chart ever since it made its debut over four months ago. The film is a shoo-in for taking a place in the top ten charts of the year and it fully deserves its success.
We round out this week’s top five placings with Greta Gerwig’s marvelous adaptation of ‘Little Women‘ which has risen five places to now occupy the fifth position. The film has been a great success both cinematically and on the home entertainment front and continues its winning form once more after returning to the top ten charts last week.
We start our tour of the bottom half of the chart with another non-mover in the sixth position. And once again, our friendly neighborhood web-crawler swings in to entertain us as sequel ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ holds on for another week. The film is another title that re-entered the top ten last week and has been boosted by the digital price cut the film received at the start of last week. The film should keep all fans of the character happy as we wait for the third film in the series to arrive at the back end of next year (we hope).
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence refuse to go down without a fight as ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ hangs onto its seventh place this week. The threequel has been described as the best in the franchise and was thought to be the final film for both actors. However, as is common in Hollywood, the film made a sizeable profit and so a fourth film has been announced and is in the planning stages.
Rising up the chart by eleven places and singing its way into an eighth-placed return, we welcome back Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the Oscar-winning remake of ‘A Star Is Born‘. Now, I like the Judy Garland/ James Mason version from years ago, the 1977 remake with Barbara Streisand not so much. But this new version is a worthy and enjoyable remake and deserved the success it garnered. And whisper it quietly but Lady Gaga is a pretty decent actress in her own right. Of course, you will need tissues by the climax, as every version has needed but the film is worthy of grabbing on any format you decide.
His legs are now almost falling off him as he’s been doing so much running in the chart over the past few months which sees ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ fall a place this week and to come home outside the medal placings way down in the ninth position.
And finally, dropping a place down to tenth and hovering over the chart exit door once again, Dwayne Johnson and company find once more it could be game over as ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ eyes leaving us again next week. However, the film seems to have more in its locker as every time it looks like its down and out, the film gets a surge and rises back up the chart.
Hitting download and keep from Monday 28th September, you can own the Ben Affleck Basketball drama ‘Finding The Way Back‘. The film opened in the United States back in March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world and therefore, saw its box office chances vanish into the ether, Warner Brothers knew that the film wouldn’t get the chance to make its money at the cinema and so, eighteen days after it opened cinematically, the film was released to own digitally (in the U.S). The film regards an alcoholic construction worker who is recruited to take over the head coach’s position for a basketball team at the high school he attended years ago. The film was praised by critics upon its release and all agreed that Affleck gave a career-best performance. You can see if they were right from Monday.
And our time has run out once again for another week. My thanks for joining me for the rundown once more and all that’s left is the usual question. What do YOU think will be making the grade in next week’s chart? Drop us your thoughts right here at The Future Of The Force!
Until next week, whatever you decide, whatever you buy, be kind, 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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