This week on the Official Film Chart – Wonder Woman survives a resurgence from The Witches and Godzilla to remain at the top of the charts
Welcome once again to the Official Film Chart.
Last Thursday saw the PVOD release of ‘Godzilla vs Kong‘ in the UK. From what has been reported, it appears it has been rented in its thousands. It currently sits atop the US box office and has seen a spectacular rate of return. This despite it being available on HBO MAX for 31 days free to subscribers. The film COULD see a cinematic release from May 17th when the cinemas reopen. But at the moment, no chain has confirmed their films that will be screening on reopening day. The reviews so far have been mixed. Some viewers are saying the film is brilliant and enjoyable. Others have been less kind, calling the film ‘Empty’, ‘Dull’ and an insult to the two monsters. The film hits the disc formats from June 14th.
Another film that hit PVOD last weekend was ‘Chaos Walking‘. However, there hasn’t been any word on how many times it was rented. The Tom Holland/ Daisy Ridley film has had a torrid time on its way to release. And from reviews so far, it seems that it hasn’t been worth the wait for the science fiction film. There is no date for the film to hit the home entertainment market as of yet.
Finally, yet again, Prime Video has dropped the digital prices of some terrific films to buy and own. There is something for everyone once again. So far, I’ve bought six titles. The 1933 version of ‘King Kong‘. Steven Seagal’s ‘Hard To Kill‘ (I love the older Seagal films, the new ones not so much). The Sean Connery actioner ‘The Rock‘. The original ‘Ghost Rider‘ (ok, I admit it, I have a soft spot for the film!). ‘Freddy Vs Jason‘ (I’m a big horror movie nut’. And my favorite film of all time, Steve McQueen’s ‘Bullitt‘. But there are hundreds to choose from so once again, why not grab some bargain entertainment?
THE OFFICIAL CHARTS
As for the chart this week, we are still seeing older titles take up most of the positions. Again, this is partly thanks to Prime Video’s price cuts. Titles are moving around to get the best positions again. And that means there are some casualties along the way. This week, it’s adios to ‘Batman‘, ‘Dawn Of The Dead‘, ‘Joker‘, Avengers: Endgame‘ and ‘Blade Runner 2049‘. But what is the official UK top-selling title? Is this week another DC Vs Marvel battle for the best spots? Or is there a sneaky title waiting in the wings that defeated them all? Come with me if you want to find out!
For the fourth week in succession, the official UK number one is ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘. The Gal Gadot led sequel has managed to defeat all contenders to her throne. The film has been a major success despite all the problems it had getting into cinemas thanks to COVID. Its success of PVOD has helped it to become a top-selling title for the home entertainment market. And coming off the back of ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League‘ has helped the film even more. DC fans have lapped up the middle part of director Patty Jenkins’ planned trilogy for the character.
Coming into the chart in the second position is Disney/Pixar’s ‘Soul‘. The film was yet another denied a cinema release thanks to the pandemic. Instead, it made its debut on Disney+ on Christmas Day. Boasting the vocal talents of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Alice Braga, and our own Graham Norton, the film is destined to be a classic. Following the character of Joe, a jazz pianist and music teacher, the film is a timeless tale for the family. It has the right amount of fun, laughs, and tears to keep everyone hooked. And will keep the young ones coming back for more.
Thanks to his fight against King Kong on PVOD, the atomic lizard rises seven places to try and rule from the third position. ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters‘ has benefitted from the release of ‘Godzilla vs Kong‘ as it moves into the top three again. Despite being inferior to the original 2014 movie, the film is still one that will entertain. And from what I hear, more so than the new film that’s out.
Using his webs to keep him sticking around, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ remains the UK’s number four. Two years after it was first released, Tom Holland and friends refuse to get washed out by the rain battering the country. With his third solo film heading towards cinemas in December, it seems everyone is swatting up on the storyline so far.
Returning to the chart by scampering eighteen places this past week, we welcome back ‘Scoob!‘. The animated prequel has been a great seller over the past year and is a former number one. It has sold in the thousands and thanks to a price cut and its premiere on Sky movies, the film returns. Once more, the youngsters will get fun and enjoyment out of the film.
Coming to download and keep from Monday is the drama ‘Let Him Go‘. The film is based on the 2013 novel by author Larry Watson. Starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, the film is a neo-Western. Set in 1961, the film tells the story of a retired sheriff and his wife dealing with a family tragedy. Their son is killed by being thrown from his horse by a creek. Three years later, their former daughter-in-law Lorna marries an abusive man.
Fearing for both her and their grandson’s safety, the pair decide to try and intervene. Tracking them both down, they come into contact and later conflict with Lorna’s in-laws, the Weboys. This will lead to a violent and final confrontation. The film has been roundly applauded by critics. Many claim this is the best thing Kevin Costner has done in years. It is a terrific film and one that deserves to be seen.
TROLLS ON TOUR
As we return to the Official Film Chart, we discover ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ has once again started to perform. The animated sequel rises by a single place to take the sixth position.
Dropping five places from last week’s second position, the ‘Wonder Woman/ Wonder Woman 1984‘ boxset can’t compete with the single release of the second film as it falls down the placings. This week, the set lands in the seventh position.
The remake of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches‘ manages to work its magic. The film has risen by thirteen places to return to the top ten in this week’s eighth place.
A RELIGIOUS CLASSIC?
Hitting the chart for the first time is ‘The Passion Of The Christ.’ Just in time for Easter, the film makes its debut seventeen years after it was released. The Mel Gibson-directed religious movie enters the chart in the ninth position. Jim Caviezel plays Jesus while Maia Morgenstern plays his mother, Mary. The film covers the final twelve hours of Christ’s life. The film’s dialogue is in Hebrew, Latin, and reconstructed Aramaic. Despite Gibson’s objections, the film is subtitled.
It is also highly controversial. Some critics still claim the film is a religious classic. Others claim the violence is distracting and excessive, claiming the film as a whole promotes antisemitism. There was also a disputed papal endorsement from Pope John Paul II. It was reported that after seeing the film, the pontiff claimed ‘It is as it was’. This has been disputed over the years. However, the film is a powerful one that stays in the memory long after it has ended. Whether you believe in God or not, it is a film that deserves to be seen at least once.
And finally, returning in the tenth position, the ‘Harry Potter-The Complete Collection‘ boxset moves up three places. The boy wizard has worked his magic and closes out this week’s top ten.
And just like that, our time is done. My thanks to you all for joining in the look at what we are all watching in the comfort of our own homes. In just over a month, we can all return to the cinema again. I’m treating it as a preview of what we will be buying later in the year for our home collections. I’d start saving the cash for them now as there will be some big titles coming out from September onwards. Titles that will be for our winter viewing. And for Christmas presents this year.
Until next week, whatever you decide, whatever you buy. Stay safe. Be kind. Look after each other. And of course, 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!