This week on the Official Film Chart – Spider-Man keeps swinging but The Secret Garden is in full bloom
Hello and welcome once more to the OFFICIAL FILM CHART.
The past week has seen the ramping up of the promotional machine for the upcoming ‘Godzilla VS Kong‘. The film is due to open at the end of this month (not here though thanks to the cinema closures) and has seen new material hit the internet. Teaser trailers, film clips, and posters have dropped online ahead of its debut. Here in the U.K, we still wait for any news regarding the film opening here. It may be held back until May when the cinemas reopen or go straight to PVOD. As yet, there is no word on which way Warner Bros. will go in regards to a U.K release.
UNITE THE LEAGUE
Zack Snyder unveiled more promotional wares for his cut of ‘Justice League‘. The film is now two weeks away from becoming available around the world. And yet, we are still waiting to hear if the film will be available to buy or be a PVOD release instead. I want to own the film straight off and NOT have to pay for a 48-hour rental and then wait for the home entertainment release.
And finally, many films have seen their digital prices cut this week. Some of the old titles that have occupied the placings for the past twelve months or so have increased in price. This will hopefully stimulate the public into buying different titles. And give the chart the chance to see new movies enter into it. Films like the ‘Alien‘ saga, the ‘Predator‘ saga, and ‘Universal Soldier‘. Many others from various genres have dropped in price. All ready to be snapped up. The selection available is vast and deserves to be checked out. Why not build your library up at some great prices and with some great entertainment?
THE OFFICIAL FILM CHART
As for the chart itself, we still see some of the old guards remain in residence. But this week sees the end of the road for ‘Trolls: World Tour‘, ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ and ‘Anti-Life’. But what is that all-important number one this week? Let’s go find out!
Rooting itself firmly into the top position for a second week, the new version of the timeless tale, ‘The Secret Garden‘ has blossomed once more. The film, starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters has managed to continue to grow its lead at the top of the chart. Despite being available on Sky Movies, the film has benefitted from becoming available on the disc formats. Along with a good price on the digital streaming sites. Not too shabby for a film that had to bypass cinemas thanks to the closures of the multiplexes.
INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Thanks to the revelation that the third standalone film will be called ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘ the second film ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ manages to swing itself into the second position. Again, benefitting from a digital price cut, Tom Holland manages to web his way up the chart once more. The 2019 sequel closed the last phase of Marvel movies and continues to be one of the best-selling Marvel titles available.
After gargling with TCP and fighting off a throat infection, the animated film ‘Sing‘ manages to hold onto the third position this week. The film has seen its digital price cut and has used its good fortune to become yet another family favorite.
The magic seems to be wearing off now as the remake of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches‘ loses some power in its broomstick. The movie takes a slight tumble by two places down to now reside in the fourth position. The film, starring Anne Hathaway will see its debut on Sky Movies Premiere from this Friday and could impact its selling power. However, it hasn’t stopped other titles from holding onto their chart positions in the past.
Flying back into the chart by moving up seven places from last week’s number twelve, the biopic of Sir Elton John, ‘Rocketman‘ decides to rock the chart once again as it lands in this week’s fifth position. Taron Egerton takes the role of the legendary rocker in what should have been a more awards-laden title. Thanks to a digital price reduction, the film has managed to rocket back into the top ten.
WONDER WOMAN RETURNS
Hitting download and keep from this coming Monday, the DC film superhero sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ becomes available to own. The film will depart from the PVOD format where it has been available for the past few months after its short engagement at the U.K’s cinemas. Gal Gadot once again takes the role of the Amazonian warrior princess. And she is once again joined by Chris Pine, who returns as Steve Trevor even though he died at the end of the original movie.
Gaining the amazing double team of Kristen Wigg and the terrific Pedro Pascal, the film, although not as highly regarded as the first film, is still a brilliant addition to the DC movie universe. And it shows that Marvel can’t have it all their own way. This is just the first appearance of Gal Gadot as the character this month, thanks to the upcoming release of ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League‘ on March 18th. The film will probably storm the chart upon its release, as it should, and will certainly be coming into my digital library from Monday.
BACK IN ACTION
We return to the official film chart now to discover while we have been looking at Wonder Woman, we have a new entry in the sixth position. But it most certainly isn’t for children, families, or the faint of heart. Italian director Lamberto Bava scares the pants off of many chart titles as his ‘Demons 1& 2 boxset’ frightens its way into the listings. Produced by the legendary Dario Argento, the films are from the 1980s but remain two of the most disturbing horror movies of all time. Both films have seen a 4K restoration for this boxset and I implore any horror fan worth their salt to grab the set with both hands.
Invading the chart as it enters the seventh position. The third and final entry into the franchise arrives as ‘Skylines‘ makes its way into the listings. I have to admit that although I saw and enjoyed the original film, I haven’t seen the second entry, ‘Beyond Skyline‘ as yet. And so, I have yet to see this third and final film. But it appears that the film follows on directly after the ending to the second film. If you are a fan of the franchise then the film should be of interest to you to complete your collection.
THE MINIONS RISE
Despite still entertaining me and many people across the country, ‘Despicable Me 3‘ drops down the chart by three places to keep us giggling from the eighth spot in the chart.
Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron have decided they don’t want to go anywhere this week as ‘The Greatest Showman‘ rises a single place to occupy the ninth position. And continuing to entertain the masses once again.
And finally, Dwayne Johnson and his friends drop down the chart in four places as ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ lands in the tenth position for the week.
And with that, The Official Film Chart is done for the week. My thanks for joining me on the trip through the titles we are enjoying during the time we are still spending at home together.
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!