This week on the Official Film Chart – It’s a war of the comic book franchises. It Marvel vs DC but anything can happen when Batman Returns!
Welcome to the OFFICIAL FILM CHART.
This past week have seen ‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie‘ hit PVOD. The film is available on all streaming platforms for a 48-hour rental period. With the Easter holidays, it may be something to consider to keep the little ones occupied for ninety minutes or so.
From Thursday, ‘Godzilla vs Kong‘ becomes available to rent for 48-hours on PVOD. The film still may open in May when cinemas reopen. From Friday, the Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley sci-fi adventure ‘Chaos Walking‘ will also be hitting PVOD. This also may open cinematically in May but we await confirmation. These three titles are enough to whet the appetite for viewing over the weekend. That’s in between the chocolate eggs, of course.
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Although the promotion is over, Prime Video is still lowering prices on digital films to keep. A wide selection of new films has dropped in price that may just tempt you. So far, I’ve picked up classics such as ‘Road House‘ (Love me a bit of Patrick Swayze action). ‘Convoy‘ (Love me a bit of vehicular comedic mayhem). And ‘The Long Good Friday’ (Love me a bit of London gangster drama) amongst others. It also helps that I believe that ‘The Long Good Friday‘ is possibly the best British gangland movie of all time.
As for the top ten this week, we still feel the effects of the promotion. Many titles have come and gone while others have taken their places. A few of the titles were in the ‘Unforgettable Entertainment‘ week. This week, however, we must bid goodbye to ‘Leon‘, ‘Zombieland: Double Tap‘, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ and ‘Sing‘. But who or what is occupying the top spot? Who is the chairman or chairwoman of the board this week? Drop the chocolate and let’s find out.
THE UK TOP 10
Making it three weeks in a row, the number one film in the UK remains ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘. The DC sequel has managed to secure its position by outselling its rivals across all formats over the past seven days. The Gal Gadot led comic book action movie has managed to make a success of not being in British cinemas for long and making its money on PVOD and home entertainment. It is also clinging to a cinematic chart position in the United States.
Not being content with being the number one film in the UK, the film is also the UK’s number two as well! It is all down to the ‘Wonder Woman/ Wonder Woman 1984‘ double set, which becomes this week’s highest new entry. The double set has sold incredibly well on all formats, granting ‘WW84‘ the unique position of holding the top two places. I still think the original film is slightly better though.
DC isn’t content with holding the top two positions this week. So it occupies the entire top three places. Thanks to a ‘Titans Of Cult’ Steelbook release, our final new entry is 1989s ‘Batman‘ which takes third place. The Tim Burton-directed film has gone down as one of the best comic book films of all time. With Jack Nicholson as The Joker and Michael Keaton as the titular hero, the film is still highly regarded to this day. The film has made its chart debut thirty-two years after it was first released.
Comic book fans can’t seem to get enough of their heroes this week. Webbing himself firmly into the fourth position, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ hangs firm and refuses to move. The Tom Holland sequel from 2019 keeps climbing the chart walls and being washed down again. It has been sticking in the chart for months now and has seemingly decided that nothing will squash it.
Rounding out the top five is the re-entry of the classic zombie movie ‘Dawn Of The Dead.’ The late George A Romero’s sequel to his 1968 breakthrough horror ‘Night Of The Living Dead‘ has seen a new lease of life. Thanks to a remastered re-release on all formats, the film shuffles back into the chart again, still looking for brains.
Becoming available on download and keep from Friday is fantasy drama ‘Come Away.’ The film is a homage to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. The film tells the story of Peter Pan and Alice as siblings who are trying to help their parents deal with their grief over the death of their eldest son. The cast includes Sir Michael Caine, Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Sir Derek Jacobi. Critics have given the film a thumbs up in their reviews with one calling it ‘a new timeless classic’. If this is one you think will be for all of your family, it is available from all digital retailers from Friday morning.
THE LAUGHING STOCK
Back to the chart, we return where we find yet another DC film in sixth place. But it’s no laughing matter for Joaquin Phoenix and ‘Joker‘ as it falls four places from last week’s second position.
Those pesky creatures decide to take their music up the chart by three places as ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ rocks out from the seventh position.
It could be the endgame for ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ as the superhero sequel is hit by the power of Thanos, causing it to fall three places to number eight this week.
Making its way back into the chart after a 4K Steelbook release, the sublime ‘Blade Runner 2049‘ makes its re-entry in the ninth position. The sequel to the 1982 classic from Sir Ridley Scott deserved a much better fate than it received. Ryan Gosling takes the lead this time with Harrison Ford reprising his role of Deckard in a supporting capacity. It follows on from the original incredibly well. Once again showing us a dystopian world, a future that isn’t all that great. With support from Robin Wright and a star turn from Ana De Armas, this is one film that just HAS to be owned.
And finally, ahead of his upcoming smackdown against the REAL king of the monsters, ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters‘ makes a re-entry in this week’s tenth and final spot. April 1st sees the sequel ‘Godzilla vs Kong‘ hit PVOD. This inferior but enjoyable sequel has managed to return to the chart on the back of that and by having a digital price cut. But Kong is KING!
Like a Kaiju being hit by a blast of Godzilla’s atomic breath, we are done. My thanks for joining me on the tour through what we are all buying to keep us going. Not too long now before we are (hopefully) free of the restrictions. And able to go back to the cinema to see big-budget entertainment. These blockbusters are future chart-toppers. So until next time…
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, be kind, look after each other, and happy viewing!
And I wish you all a happy, cracking Easter!
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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!