This week on the Official Film Chart – The Witches magic themselves into #2, but The Secret Garden has enchanted the #1 spot.
Welcome once more to the OFFICIAL FILM CHART.
So what’s been happening this week? Not much to be fair. We finally got the news we were waiting for with the date of 18th March being confirmed for the UK release of ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League‘. The film will hit on all formats on that day in line with the United States and other countries around the world. Allowing us to see what the fuss has been all about.
Tom Holland and his castmates have been trolling the fans with their joke titles for what the new ‘Spider-Man‘ film will be subtitled. So far, we have had titles such as ‘Phone Home‘, ‘Home Alone‘, ‘Home Fries‘, ‘Home Wrecker‘, and ‘Home Slice‘. What makes it all the funnier is that several outlets actually reported these fake titles as genuine facts! I actually think the film will be titled ‘Spider-Man: Stay At Home‘ or ‘Spider-Man: Go Home‘. but that’s just me!
And of course, lockdown is well on its way to coming to an end. Although the data still needs to be studied before any relaxations in the roadmap can be implemented, cinemas SHOULD be open again by May 17th. The summer blockbuster entertainment will once again be on at the local multiplexes. Meaning we will get a huge influx of big titles on home entertainment later in the year.
On the home entertainment front, this week sees a single new entry into the chart. While two titles manage to make their way into the listings. One has been here before and is a former number one. While the other has climbed from the lower positions to hit the chart. While we welcome these newcomers, we say goodbye, at least for now to ‘Tenet’, ‘Le Mans ’66‘ and ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters‘. No doubt, these titles will reappear in the chart once more but for this week, they have decided to leave us. But what is the all-important UK number one? Put on your old clothes, grab the shears and gloves and let’s venture outside to find out.
THE OFFICIAL FILM CHART
For yet another week in the official film chart, we have ourselves a new number one title. Rising from last week’s number nineteen to dig itself into the top spot, we find the new version of the classic novel ‘The Secret Garden‘. The film, starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters was destined to be released cinematically towards the back end of last year. But after the cinemas closed their doors, the film ended up making its debut on Sky Movies Premiere instead.
Despite being available on Sky Movies at the moment, the film has decided it wants to root itself into the home entertainment chart. As it enjoys a price cut on the digital format as well as hitting the disc formats for retail customers to buy. And it is worthy of a watch. Mainly thanks to Firth and Walters, who make the film a total success despite having limited screen time.
Using its powers once again. Casting a spell over the buying public after a digital price cut and managing to keep the rest of the chart at bay, ‘The Witches‘ holds onto the second spot in the chart. The Robert Zemeckis directed remake, starring Anne Hathaway has managed to make its mark on the chart placings over the past few months. Despite being another film that was denied a cinema release late last year.
Last week’s number one seems to have been hit with a frog in its throat as it tumbles two places to become this week’s bronze medallist as ‘Sing‘ drops down the chart. The animated film made its way into the chart for the first time last week. And thanks to having a digital price cut, it has managed to hit the top of the tree in its first attempt. It is still available for a low price across the various streaming sites and will continue to be bought for the young ones at home to keep them entertained.
We spoke earlier of Tom Holland and his castmates having fun on the set of the third solo ‘Spider-Man‘ movie. His second solo effort ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ continues to hang around the chart, using its webs to secure and hold onto this week’s fourth place. Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man continues his winning run inside the top ten. Despite being released over two years ago now. He is also benefitting from being available in a boxset with the first solo film ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘ at a low price.
“Bello!”. Rounding out this week’s top five and managing to become a non-mover this week. Gru and those lovable Minions continue to hold the fifth place as ‘Despicable Me 3‘ refuses to move or go anywhere. Again, a price cut has helped the film hold its head high in the chart. And it continues to thrill young children, families, and of course, ME!
Time for a quick coffee and a breather from the chart as we look at the critically acclaimed comedy/drama ‘The Climb‘. Which makes its debut on download and keep from this coming Monday. Starring Kyle Marvin and Michael Angelo Covino, the film is a true-to-life bromance that is hilarious in places. It follows the two friends and their lives over several years after a woman comes between them. The film has a lot of heart in it and does contain some moments where tears will be shed. It is moving as well as hilarious, thanks to the two main characters. And it was rightly applauded by critics. I recommend the film as I found it to be highly entertaining.
We resume chart duties now by finding Dwayne Johnson and company just won’t quit. As yet again ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ climbs by a single place to hold this week’s sixth position. The film has been a mainstay in the chart over the past year or so and shows no signs of departing again any time soon.
Rising a place to take the seventh position this week, those pesky creatures continue their trips around the globe as ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ continues to refuse to leave the top ten placings.
Speeding in once more by running up fourteen places from the twenty-second position last week. Our favorite spiky-haired videogame character returns to the chart in eighth place this week as ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ refuses to go quietly into the night. And has decided to entertain the masses once more.
Our only new entry this week lands in the ninth spot on our chart. ‘Anti-Life‘ (Also known as ‘Breach‘) stars Bruce Willis in another straight-to-home entertainment offering from the former big box office actor. The science fiction action film is set in the near future where a plague has devastated Earth. Leading to a ship fleeing the planet in an attempt to outrun the disease. The ship carries a few thousand survivors who are all that’s left of humanity on board what can only be described as an interstellar ark.
Willis plays Clay Young, the leader of a group of mechanics who must stay awake and maintain the ark on its journey. But unknown to anyone, a shape-shifting alien is stowing away intending to slaughter all those on board. I haven’t seen the film so I cannot say if it’s good, bad, or indifferent. But the reviews I’ve seen are not complimentary, to say the least. But if it sounds like your kind of movie, why not give it a go?
And finally, slipping seven places to land in the tenth and final position in the chart, it may be time to wish Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron goodbye again. ‘The Greatest Showman‘ has dropped like a stone over the past seven days.
And breathe! It’s over for another week! My thanks for dropping by and checking out what we are watching inside our living rooms, our kitchens, and while we are on the move once again.
Until next week, whatever you decide, whatever you buy, state 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!