This week – there are a few new entries to tantalize our tastebuds – but nothing can stop the Mystery Machine as #SCOOB dominates the chart for another week!
“Life will find a way”. And so it has…to get the latest film in the ‘Jurassic World‘ franchise delayed by a year from Summer 2021 to Summer 2022, all thanks to the coronavirus. ‘Jurassic World: Dominion‘ was due to open in June of 2021. It has suffered a few bumps along the way such as having to shut down production, the same as the rest of film and TV had to during the peak of the pandemic. But after Universal spent upwards of $5million to ensure the cast and crew safety, it seemed that all was back on track. Sadly though. it was not to be. The film has joined fare such as ‘The Batman‘, ‘The Flash‘, and others in being seriously delayed in reaching cinema screens.
Coronavirus is still playing a massive part in determining what we get to see on the cinema screens for the rest of this year and the entire cinematic calendar of 2021 and it can’t be an underestimation that films that were delayed from this year may also be heavily delayed next year. If it does indeed happen, it will have a serious knock-on effect, not only for the movie companies making the entertainment but for the home entertainment industry too. No big cinema releases mean no big home entertainment releases either and that will leave the home entertainment industry once again lacking the films they need to keep the industry afloat and also will leave both industries at the mercy of the dreaded PVOD format.
Now that the bad news is out of the way, welcome once again to the official chart of what the country has been buying on the disc format and the digital download and streaming services. We are coming off the back of Amazon’s Mega-Movie Week. I seriously hope you decided to grab a few of the great films on offer during the event. Myself, my digital film and TV collection went from double figures into triple figures in the space of six days! I am loaded, ready for the winter months spent in front of a nice warm fire with a pot of coffee brewing in the kitchen, leftover snacks and sweets from Christmas, and decent entertainment at my fingertips. Mostly though. I’m just glad to have done my part in supporting the home entertainment industry as after what they have suffered alongside the rest of the country due to this damned pandemic, they will need all the help they can get, the same as every other industry that has been affected.
As for the chart itself, this week, we celebrate the 100th issue of the chart countdown. However, it is once again a case of our favorite films taking the placings inside the top ten. Apart from a few new titles that have been released after they made their way from PVOD onto the streaming and disc markets, there hasn’t been anything new or noteworthy to hit the charts. Last week saw a steel book and two old favorites from years ago take their places in the chart and it is now a case of seeing what titles make their way into the top placings. This week sees two new entries into the chart alongside three re-entries. As usual, that means five titles have to make way to accommodate the new films that have hit the placings. And with that, we have to lose ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones‘, ‘Full Metal Jacket‘, ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘ and ‘Little Women‘. But will one of the newbies actually have what it takes to take down the world’s favorite crime-solving dog?
Of course not! ‘Scoob!‘ holds onto the top spot for a third week running. The animated prequel/sequel has once more outsold and out downloaded all the rest. In fact. the film has managed to outsell the rest of the top five titles combined in its quest to remain the UK number one. The film has ended the past week with 72% of its sales coming by way of physical copies ahead of downloads. The film is one to bring joy to the masses and is a great film to have tucked away for those times where the entire family can sit down together and laugh at the comedic antics featured in the film.
Rising the chart by a single place to claim the second spot on this week’s rundown, we once again welcome ‘Trolls: World Tour‘. The film has been holding onto a top-five placing for what seems like forever but in reality, it has only been around two and a half months. But that is to the advantage of the film. It is the kind of entertainment that is keeping families and in particular, young children happy during these uncertain times. And it is the kind of film that will last throughout the winter months and will be one to keep going back to. It appears that animation is the go-to genre at this moment in time.
Our first new entry flies in at number three. And it is a surprise to find that the film is a Japanese animated film entitled ‘Weathering With You‘. The film is a romantic fantasy and tells the story of a high-school child who decides to run away from his home and journey to Tokyo where he befriends a young girl, an orphan, who just happens to have the power and talent to control and manipulate the weather. The film was directed by Makoto Shinkai who also wrote the film. The title is Tenki No Ko in Hepburn which literally translates as Child Of Weather in English. However, the film was renamed to a more Western sounding title for its release. It has made $193.1million around the world and seems to have hit a nerve with audiences.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have hit the brakes this week as the ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ hang firm in the fourth position. The threequel continues to sell well and was a grateful recipient of a digital price cut last week, gaining it further success and being bought for entertaining the adults instead of the animated fare that is dominating the charts at present.
Rising six places back into the top ten slots once again, the truly brilliant and masterful ‘1917‘ makes a welcome reappearance after departing us last week by returning in the fifth position. The film, when it was first released for the home market, was battling with ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ for around a month for chart superiority and the top slot. The battle was a back and forth affair before ‘1917‘ became triumphant and defeated the threequel. Both films are locking horns again in the top half of the chart where they both deserve to be.
As we move into the bottom half of the chart, we find our second and final new entry into the chart at number six, hitting the placings on digital downloads alone. ‘The Secret: Dare To Dream‘ is an American drama film starring Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas, based on the novel by Rhonda Byrne with the screenplay written by Rick Parks, Bekah Brunstetter, and Andy Tennant who also directs the film. The film tells the story of a hard-working young widow who is struggling to raise her three children by herself. After a powerful storm unleashes a devastating challenge, a mysterious handyman arrives and enters her life. The film opened in the United States on video on demand and did screen at the cinema in several countries. It received poor critical reviews but seems to have made an impression with the home audience.
Our second re-entry of the week leaps back up six places to claim the seventh spot on the chart. And it is again, a welcome back to those lovable Lightfoot brothers as Disney’s ‘Onward‘ returns after making its debut on the Disney+ streaming service on Friday of last week.
Our final re-entry returns in the eighth place and once more, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga belt out the tunes, bring the drama and heartache, and entertain the home audience with their remake of ‘A Star Is Born‘.
Dropping down two places as his legs once again run out of energy, his race is almost run and fatigue hits him, meaning ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ is precariously close to the chart exit door once again.
And finally, holding up the previous nine titles with his powerful webs, all the while he tumbles five places down to the tenth position, we find ourselves fearing for the fate of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ as it teeters on the edge of chart expulsion after a nice few weeks residing in the top ten again.
Coming to all formats from Monday, October 12th is the psychological horror film ‘You Should Have Left‘. The film stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried and is based on the book of the same name by Daniel Kehlmann. David Koepp (The Lost World: Jurassic Park) writes and directs the tale which Jason Blum has produced through his Blumhouse Productions company alongside DeanO’Toole and Kevin Bacon Himself. The film tells the story of a retired banker who is married to a younger woman with whom he shares a daughter. When he visits his wife on the set of her latest film and is denied entry, he hears her acting out a love-making scene which upsets him greatly. After a long talk, the family book a holiday in Wales. But the house they have booked seems strange, due to time passing unusually fast and giving both husband and wife serious nightmares. Also, each thinks the other made the booking when in fact, neither of them made it at all. Other strange goings-on during their stay doesn’t help matters and leaves them all confused and fearful. The film was due to be released at the cinema this summer but went straight to PVOD instead before making its bow on home entertainment on this coming Monday. If you feel like enjoying a good scare ready for Halloween, then this is right up your street.
And with that, stick a fork in it, it’s done for another week. My thanks once more for joining me on the weekly look at what we are enjoying in our own homes or on the way to or from work. I shall leave you now with the usual question. What do YOU think will be making the grade next week? Do you think that as it is nearing Halloween, will we start to see more classic horror films making a re-appearance into the chart? Drop us a few words and let us know you’re thoughts.
Until next time, 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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