June 24, 2020
With scant new releases due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn re-entered the U.K.’s Official Film Chart in the No. 1 position for the first time for the week ending June 24 following its release on 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD.
Originally peaking at No. 3 from its digital release in April, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) standalone sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and chronicles the character’s adventures after splitting up with the Joker. Quinn teams up with superheroes Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and tough cop Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save a young girl being targeted by nefarious crime lord Roman Sionis/The Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
Universal Pictures’ Dolittle moved up to the No. 2 spot, ahead of eOne’s 1917. The Personal History of David Copperfield (Lionsgate U.K.) jumped 20 spots to No. 4. Set in the 1840s, this modernistic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical classic was written & directed by Armando Ianucci and stars Dev Patel as the eponymous character.
Last week’s No. 1 release, Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount Pictures) fell to fifth, ahead of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s perennial Top 10: Bad Boys for Life. Animated feature Onward (Disney) dropped to 7th, just ahead of Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which returned to the Top 10 in eighth position.
Disc also helped Disney/Fox’s The Call of the Wild re-enter the chart in ninth, while SPHE’s Jumanji: The Next Level remained in the Top 10 for the 12th straight week.