The DC domination of the Official Film Chart continues as WW84 and Joker fly high. But nothing can stop The Snyder Cut‘s dominance!
Welcome once more to the official film chart.
With the announcement that lockdown restrictions will ease again on Monday, the cinemas have announced their reopening plans. Many of the chains will open their doors once more on Monday 17th May. Cineworld has decided to allow an extra two days grace for staff training and preparation and will open again on Wednesday 19th May. The news has been met with huge relief and excitement to return to the cinema once again.
All of the chains have decided on their movies to screen upon reopening their doors. New films such as ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead.’ ‘Peter Rabbit 2‘, and the third ‘Maya The Bee‘ films will be available to go and see. But they have also decided to give films that hit PVOD during the lockdown cinematic screenings too.
These films are ‘Judas And The Black Messiah‘, ‘Tom And Jerry: The Movie‘, ‘Godzilla vs Kong‘ and ‘Mortal Kombat‘. Those who have held back from renting these titles at £15.99 for a 48-hour rental period can now enjoy them on the silver screen. ‘Godzilla vs Kong‘ though has a home entertainment release date of June 14th while ‘Judas And The Black Messiah‘ is already available to buy on digital. It is a case of either going to the cinema or waiting for the films to be available to buy to keep.
THE OFFICIAL FILM CHART
As for the chart, it’s another case of some stay in, some return, some are new and others depart. This week, we see the departure of ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice‘, ‘Blithe Spirit‘, ‘Battle Royale‘, ‘The Greatest Showman‘, and ‘Let Him Go‘. But can Zack Snyder retain the top spot with his version of ‘Justice League‘? Let’s go find out.
The league remains united. Once again holding the top spot and making it three weeks in a row, ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League‘ remains strong. Once again remaining the most downloaded film ahead of a strong surge from the second-placed film. The four-hour opus uses its character’s powers to hold the rest at bay. This will be Snyder’s final DC film. And he has delivered something that will remain the best DC superhero film for a long time. A huge labor of love, the film wipes the floor with the 2017 abomination. Removing its stain from history and becoming one of the best superhero movies of all time. Although not a family film by any means, the epic lives long in the memory after it ends.
Despite a strong charge on digital, ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ falls just short of toppling ‘Justice League.‘ The film has a distinct advantage as it is also available on disc formats. Whereas ‘The Snyder Cut‘ doesn’t hit the discs until May 24th. But both films are fantastic entertainment. Gal Gadot’s third appearance as the Amazonian warrior remains a great piece of family fun. Despite being slightly inferior to the incredible original. A third film is in the pipeline which will see her in modern times and possibly in the incarnation we see in Snyder’s epic.
The bronze medal position this week goes to horror reboot/remake ‘Wrong Turn‘. Depicting a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail in the USA, they unwisely venture off of the beaten track. And find themselves in a battle to survive against ‘The Foundation’. A group of cannibalistic settlers who have lived in the mountains for over 150 years. Of course, it doesn’t end well or pretty for most of the cast. The film is gore-soaked and extremely nasty. But, all the same is one of the better remakes that have been produced.
No matter what you do, you can always guarantee that he will crawl up the chart again. And so it proves as ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ returns after being washed out. The second solo film with our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man crawls eight places to claim the fourth spot. The film has been hanging around the chart for almost eighteen months now. And shows no signs of being squashed anytime soon.
The top five is rounded out by another film that has been around the chart for quite a while. Dwayne Johnson and friends continue to sell well. And provide great entertainment as ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ rises by four places to claim the fifth spot this week. A third film is in the planning stages now. We can all expect to see Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan return.
I love these guys! Even though they have been around for seventy-plus years, I still find the antics of ‘Tom And Jerry‘ to be hilarious. ‘Tom And Jerry: The Movie‘ launched on PVOD a few months back. It is scheduled to hit cinema screens on May 17th. This is funny as it is the same day as the film hits download and keep. The film sees the pair causing mayhem in a New York hotel as they hit the big city. The film is a hybrid of live-action and animation and stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena. Reviews have been extremely poor including one from our own Phil Roberts. But you can’t help laughing as our two lovable creatures unleash their stuff once again. The film will appeal to all the family so why not grab it from May 17th.
BACK TO THE CHART
We resume our look at the top ten best-selling titles with a non-mover in sixth place. Hot off the Academy Awards where it took home the Best Supporting Actor statuette for Britain’s own Daniel Kaluuya. ‘Judas And The Black Messiah‘ holds firm. The incredible drama is worthy of a purchase. It will amaze the audience with the true-life story surrounding the Chicago branch of the Black Panther’s Movement.
His jokes are wearing thin now. But we still can’t fail to be unnerved by his crazed maniacal grin. ‘Joker‘ falls by two places as he drops to the seventh position on the chart.
Once again joining us in the top ten placings is Christopher Nolan’s incredible and Oscar-Winning ‘Tenet‘. The film recently made its debut on Sky Movies Premiere. But that doesn’t stop the film from rising by six places to claim the eighth position.
A RIDLEY SCOTT CLASSIC
In ninth place, we welcome a new entry. Thanks to a 4K Steelbook release, one of the best science fiction films of all time finally makes its chart debut. ‘Blade Runner’ is one of Ridley Scott’s finest movies. The tale of a retired cop, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), and his mission to eliminate five replicants, the film is a visual feast. Although a failure on release, the film has a cult following and is now accepted as one of the greatest films of all time.
Ford may take the lead but it is the late Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty, the leader of the replicants that steals the show. Hauer gives the performance of a lifetime as the main villain but by the end of proceedings, we can’t help but feel sorry for him and have a lump in our throats. And of course, the age-old question: Is Deckard himself a replicant? Everyone has their opinion. And I know mine.
And finally, they have assembled again. You can’t keep them down for too long. ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ returns once again, climbing six places to claim the tenth and final spot this week.
And there we have it, the top ten titles for the past seven days. My thanks for joining me on our journey through the placings. And as always…
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, be kind, look after each other, and happy viewing!
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Carl Roberts is the News Editor of 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!