Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Retains Grip on Weekly U.K. Home Video Sales

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour remained the top-selling disc and digital title in the United Kingdom for the fifth consecutive week (ended Aug. 19), according to new data from The Official Film Chart. The U.K. is the second-largest home video market in the world, with all major studios operating in the region.

Trolls World Tour sold 7,700 more unit sales in the week, extended its reign as the title with the most weekly No. 1 placements of 2020.

The week’s highest new entry, 1980 sci-fi classic Flash Gordon debuted at No. 2 following a 40th anniversary Blu-ray reissue and its return to cinema screens.

Famously featuring a soundtrack written, produced and performed by Queen, Flash Gordon tells the story of the eponymous American football hero (played by Sam J. Jones) who sets off to the planet Mongo to fight tyrannical emperor Ming the Merciless, who is intent on destroying the earth.

Disney’s Onward dropped to No. 3 as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi finished fourth, following the release of its limited edition Steelbook, the latest in a line of “Star Wars” special edition releases this year.

Meanwhile, eOne’s 1917 rose to No. 5, biographical drama Le Mans ’66 (known as 20th Century’s Ford v Ferrari in the United States) zoomed up 20 spots to sixth; Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog held on to No. 7; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level finished eighth; Universal’s Dolittle returned to the top 10 in ninth. Rounding off the countdown, 20th Century’s Spies in Disguise was No. 10.

Elsewhere in the Top 20, 1989 comedy classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, entered the chart for the first time at No. 17. The film starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves enjoyed a reissue on 4K just ahead of the long awaited third film in the series, Bill & Ted Face The Music, which is scheduled for release later this year.

This week’s Official Film Chart features a sneak peek of sci-fi classic The Fifth Element, starring Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman. The movie is getting a re-release in 4K and is available to buy in the U.K. across disc and digital Aug. 24.

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