This week on the Official Film Chart It’s a straight fight for supremacy between TENET, The New Mutants, and Bill And Ted Face The Music
It’s all a battle for dominance on the Official Film Chart this week!
“I never left”. No, James Bond 007, you never left but sadly, you have still to arrive, almost two years LATE. It comes as little surprise to find that the 25th outing for the secret agent, ‘No Time To Die‘ has been delayed again, this time until October.
The film was due to open last April before being pushed back to November. This in turn led to the film being delayed again to this April before moving back once more. The pandemic sweeping the world continues to hit the cinematic releases in the same way it did last year.
With the likelihood that cinemas in the UK now probably won’t reopen until May at the earliest thanks to the virus and the big studios moving their big hitters until later in the year. Meaning there isn’t that one big release that would make the likes of Cineworld would consider opening their doors. We will be looking at home entertainment for at least another four months to keep us occupied.
There is, of course, a chance that the Disney/Marvel Studios film ‘Black Widow‘ will open as planned but nothing is certain. The US cinemas are expecting no big releases to open until July and that will affect us here in the UK. Also, Disney’s animated film, ‘Raya And The Last Dragon‘ is following the US template and opening at any open cinema. And as a Premier Access release the same day for £19.99 to keep on Disney+. With the recent PVOD release of ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘, it appears that we could be starting to adopt the American template for the big movie releases. And that isn’t good.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
With that, welcome once more to the official film charts. A list of what we, the British viewing public have been grabbing to keep those depressing days and nights locked away indoors from dragging us even further down. There are a few new titles that are inbound for us over the coming months. But I have to confess that I think we will still be going back to our old favorites for the time being.
This week sees two re-entries into the chart. With these films grabbing their places, some have to once again depart from the top-selling titles. And so, we bid a fond farewell, at least for the time being to ‘Little Women‘ and ‘Le Mans ’66’. But what is the title they all envy, sitting at the top of the tree this week? Put your mask on, grab the sanitizer and let’s go for a trip through the placings.
You can’t keep those mutants down for long. After holding the top spot for a single week before being dethroned in last week’s chart, ‘The New Mutants‘ regain their powers of selling and entertaining the public. The Marvel flick has risen back up the chart by two places to reclaim the top spot once again.
The film, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton spent two years on the shelf before finally gaining a cinematic release last year. It is the final film in the 20th Century Studios’ ‘X-Men’ franchise ahead of a reboot by Disney in a few years. With that in mind, it could be a case of one and done for these characters and the talented actors and actresses that portray them.
Their awesomeness is not in question. Their bodacious antics continue to entertain the masses. But sadly, that isn’t enough to save ‘Bill And Ted Face The Music‘ from dropping a single place from last week’s number one to become this week’s number two best-selling title. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s return as the title characters came at a great time last year. With the world and especially audiences needing a lift and a good old fashioned laugh out loud moment and the film delivers that in spades.
The visually stunning, mind-boggling, and completely brilliant ‘Tenet‘ loses a place from last week and drops to third place. Writer/ Director Christopher Nolan has once again created a world where nothing is as it seems and requires the audience’s full attention. The stunning visuals, time-bending storyline, and performances from John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branaugh combine to deliver a film that continues to thrill and confuse audiences in equal measure.
Rising by three places to give the world yet another look at its quality is ‘The Greatest Showman‘. The film, starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron seems to be one of the most-watched musicals of the British public. The story of showman P.T Barnum, the film is fastly becoming a chart mainstay in these times.
Casting a spell and holding onto the fifth place for another week, the remake of the Roald Dahl novel ‘The Witches‘ continues to entertain families up and down the land. With slick direction from Robert Zemeckis and starring the Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway, the film didn’t manage to open at the cinema last year but has made its mark on the home entertainment formats.
Let us take a short breather from the official film chart and have a look at the psychological horror film ‘Saint Maud‘ which hits disc and digital from February 1st. The film stars Morfydd Clark as a hospice nurse, the titular Maud. Who becomes obsessed with a former dancer who has been placed in her care played by Jennifer Ehle, believing she has to save her soul. The film has many dark twists and turns as it heads towards a terrifying ending. The film has won several awards ever since it made its bow at the Toronto International Film Festival with plaudits for the two main leads coming their way. If you’re in the mood for a decent spine-chiller, grab it from Monday. I highly recommend it.
We return to the chart once more after our break and discover that our friendly neighborhood web-crawler has slipped two places. Meaning the highly enjoyable ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ drops down to sixth place this week.
Rising by a single place again, the Dwayne Johnson-led sequel ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ becomes this week’s number seven title on the chart. The film continues to sell well despite releasing at the cinema back in 2019 and almost a year of home entertainment release.
They seem to be running low on both ammunition and fuel as those ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ drop two places to continue their battles from the eighth place this week.
THE LAST LAUGH
Rising ten places to re-join the chart once more in the ninth place. The Oscar-winning DC film ‘Joker‘ continues its quest to make us laugh and scream in abject terror. The film is possibly the darkest DC film ever made but it’s quality just doesn’t diminish. The Joaquin Phoenix film was my favorite film of 2019 and continues to be an unadulterated classic.
And finally. Bringing up the rear in the tenth and final position this week, another of my favorite films from 2019. The completely bonkers but hilarious and moving ‘Jojo Rabbit‘ returns to the top ten. Rising two places from last week’s twelfth position.
There we will leave the Official Film Chart for yet another week. Thank you again for joining in with the journey of discovering what we are all watching at home. Any ideas on what may be threatening ‘The New Mutants‘ at the top of the chart next week? Why not drop us a line with your 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 Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The 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 where he uses the force frequently!