This week on the Official Film Chart – It’s a war of the comic book franchises as Marvel and DC slug it out at the top. But which brand will claim victory?
Welcome once more to the OFFICIAL FILM CHART.
Have you seen Zack Snyder’s Justice League yet? If you haven’t then you are missing out on a treat. The film is completely brilliant and miles better than the 2017 release. There is much more story, character development, and visually stunning set pieces to go along with its four-hour run time. However, it is more violent than the original version and some of it is not suitable for younger viewers. But I can’t praise it highly enough. So far, I’ve watched it seven times!
The ‘Unforgettable Entertainment‘ promotion ended on Monday. I hope you grabbed some decent titles at a great price during the week-long price drop. My collection shot up by thirty titles and I have a huge collection ready for the winter months or the times when the telly is boring! Great times ahead.
GODZILLA VS KONG
April 1st sees the PVOD launch across the platforms of ‘Godzilla vs Kong‘. And no, it’s not an early April Fools Day joke. The film will be available for a 48-hour rental, similar to ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ earlier this year. As well as the PVOD release of ‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie‘ which is due to hit PVOD any day now. However, it does sound like Warner Bros. Pictures intends to release the film in cinemas in May when they reopen. No confirmation yet but it seems likely to happen.
As for this week’s chart, last week’s promotion seems to have affected the chart somewhat. Only three of last week’s titles remain in the chart. Saying farewell this week is ‘The Secret Garden‘, The Witches‘, ‘Maze Runner-The Death Cure‘, ‘Jiu Jitsu‘, ‘Birds Of Prey‘, ‘Little Women‘ and ‘Rocketman‘. But what is that all-important number one title? Grab your sword, shield, and lasso, and come along for the ride.
THE OFFICIAL FILM CHART
Holding onto the top spot for a second week, using her golden lasso to rope herself into the position and defeating all-comers. The UK number one remains in the grasp of ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘. The DC sequel, once again starring Gal Gadot as the warrior princess, continues to sell well on digital. It was released on the disc formats on Monday and will possibly hold onto the top spot for a while. The film could also use The Snyder Cut as a springboard to greater chart success.
Leaping eighteen places from last week’s number twenty to re-enter the chart in the second position is ‘Joker‘. The Oscar-winning DC film from 2019 used last week’s promotion to the full. Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar-winning turn in the adult drama is once again brought to the fore. A former number one in its own right, the film once again helps DC dominate the charts.
Finally making its chart debut seventeen years after it was first released is the highly acclaimed ‘Leon‘. The film, starring Jean Reno as the title character enters the chart in the third position. With support from Gary Oldman, who is in chilling and villainous form here and a young Natalie Portman, the film is a classic. Writer and director Luc Besson crafts a terrific and dramatic thriller that has a huge heart underneath it all. This is certainly a film to own in your library.
Dropping a single place after being washed out by the rain, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ remains a chart mainstay. This week, Tom Holland and company fight against Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio from the fourth-placed position. The film has hung around the charts for quite a while now. And continues to do so while we await our first Marvel cinematic content for over two years. That will be July 9th with ‘Black Widow‘ but until then, ‘Spidey’ will keep us going.
Rounding out the top five this week is the former biggest film of all time as ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ moves up by three places. The finale to ten years of Marvel movies is one of the greatest comic book movies of all time. Its mixture of thrills, action, and tears is still welcome two years after its release. We sadly say goodbye to several of our heroes during the film while others are now seeing great success on Disney+ and their respective series. This firmly goes into the must-own selection of movies.
We pause for a moment from DC and Marvel battling for chart supremacy this week by taking a look at ‘Superintelligence‘. The film, a sci-fi romantic comedy stars Melissa McCarthy and James Corden. The film follows the character of Carol Peters (McCarthy) who is an unemployed corporate executive. Carol is surprised one day when her home network system starts to talk to her in the voice of her favorite celebrity (Corden). It is actually an autonomous artificial intelligence that erases all of Carol’s student debt and places ten million dollars into her bank account. However, it is a hostile force that is tasked with eliminating the human race. The film was roundly panned by critics upon release. But if this sounds like a good film to watch, it hits download and keep from March 30th.
BACK IN ACTION
We return to the chart with a look at the sixth-placed title. And it is a welcome return from Tallahassee and company as sequel ‘Zombieland: Double Tap‘ shuffles back into the chart. Although the film is slightly inferior to the original, it is still a highly enjoyable comic horror film. I admit that it was one of the thirty films I bought last week during the promotion.
The all-time classic ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ also makes a welcome return to the chart as the monolith and the ship Discovery continue to haunt us, fifty-three years later in seventh place. Yet another film that has to be placed in the must-own bracket.
THE FIRST AVENGER
Marvel wins the race to have the most titles in the chart as we welcome back ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ thanks to the promotion and a new 4K steel book release. Chris Evans’ first go around as the eponymous character continues to be an enjoyable film for all the family as it re-enters the chart in the eighth spot.
Returning once again to keep us all smiling and joining in is the animated 2016 film ‘Sing‘. The film departed a few weeks back but has now decided to join us once more.
And finally, you just can’t keep them down, can you? In the tenth and final spot in this week’s chart, we say yet another hello to ‘Trolls: World Tour‘, another former number one that has rejoined us.
And that, as they say, is that. My thanks for once again joining me on our tour through the official film chart. The look at the UK top ten films we are watching and buying for our own homes.
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!