This week on the Official Film Chart, The League falls, Wonder Woman holds strong, and Venom returns but The Little Things triumphs against them all!
Welcome to the Official Film Chart.
THE SILVER SCREEN EXPERIENCE IS BACK!
The cinemas are open! Most have reopened on Monday, with Cineworld due to reopen on Wednesday. It has been a long time coming but finally, big-screen entertainment is back. There is an abundance of new movies available to view for those willing to return to take their seats again. ‘Spiral: From The Book Of Saw‘, ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead‘, ‘Peter Rabbit 2‘, and ‘Mortal Kombat‘ are screening now. Making their debuts from PVOD, there is ‘Godzilla VS Kong‘, ‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie‘, ‘Judas And The Black Messiah‘, and ‘Raya And The Last Dragon‘. And that’s before the summer season kicks off with the really big blockbusters.
AMAZON PRIME PRICE DROP
Prime Video continues to offer top-quality titles to download and keep. This week sees a selection of Clint Eastwood films drop in price alongside some classic movies. ‘Twins‘, ‘Demolition Man‘, both ‘48 Hrs‘ movies, ‘Twister’, ‘Lethal Weapon 2 & 3′, ‘World War Z‘, and others are now available starting from £2.99 to buy. Eastwood movies include ‘Heartbreak Ridge‘, ‘Dirty Harry‘, ‘Sudden Impact‘, ‘The Dead Pool‘, and several others in his collection. Sadly, I’m still waiting for ‘The Gauntlet‘, ‘Firefox‘, and ‘High Plains Drifter‘ to drop in price.
OFFICIAL FILM CHART
The chart this week continues in the same vein as it has been going for months. Some rise, some fall, some appear, some disappear. And this week, it’s the turn of ‘Wrong Turn‘, ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘, ‘Judas And The Black Messiah‘, ‘Joker‘, ‘Blade Runner‘, and ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ to drop out. But can the ‘Justice League‘ power on and hold the top spot for another week? Put on your trainers as we take a leisurely jog through the UK top ten.
THE LITTLE THINGS TAKE A BIG STEP
The league has been defeated! After three weeks, Zack Snyder’s excellent superhero movie has been beaten. Debuting in its place at the top of the chart, we find Denzel Washington in ‘The Little Things‘. The film is this week’s biggest release on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film tells the story of Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon (Washington). Deacon is sent to Los Angeles on a quick evidence gathering assignment. But after teaming up with Detective Jim Baxter (Rami Malek), Deacon helps out with the hunt for a serial killer. Dark secrets are from Deacon’s past are brought to light. Secrets that threaten more than just the case. With support from Jared Leto, the film is an intriguing and compelling thriller.
WONDER WOMAN HOLDS FIRM
Despite ‘Justice League‘ falling from grace this week, one member manages to hold onto their position. Yet again, Gal Gadot and her sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ manages to retain second place in the chart. A former number one, the film has been in the top two places for over a month and shows little sign of flagging. It also helps that the film has seen a digital price cut to keep its momentum going.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
After three weeks holding the top spot, ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League‘ has fallen during its battle with Darkseid and the rest of the chart titles. Landing this week at number three, the film has been quite a success ever since it debuted in March across the world. After hitting download and keep a few weeks back, it has made a huge impression. The physical copy of the film is available from May 24th and so, the film is likely to shoot back up the charts once more. On a personal note, I have the digital copy of the film and have the physical copy on preorder. Oh, and I have only watched the four-hour opus around twenty-five times now. I LOVE IT!!
JUSTICE SOCIETY GOES TO WAR
Hitting the chart in fourth place this week, we welcome the DC animated film ‘Justice Society: World War II‘. The direct-to-video superhero film tells an original story concerning The Flash who finds himself transported back in time to World War II. While there, he encounters the Justice Society Of America. The society is created by Colonel Steve Trevor at the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to get involved in the war. Barry Allen, as The Flash is transported back in time after attempting to save Superman from a Kryptonite bullet. Allen runs fast enough to channel the speed force for the first time, thrusting him into the past. The film is another enjoyable piece of animated action and will appeal to all DC fans.
SPIDER-MAN HANGS OUT
Although the rain has washed him out slightly this week, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ refuses to drop out of the top five. Despite slipping a single place, Peter Parker and his masked alter-ego are still swinging. The film itself was released back in 2019 but after all this time, it continues to sell and entertain the masses. Ahead of his third adventure that is due to hit screens in December, the film still manages to sate the appetites of ‘Spidey’ fans.
Coming to home entertainment from May 24th is the Oscar-winning drama ‘Minari‘. The film is a semi-autobiographical telling of the upbringing of the writer/ director of the film, Lee Issac Chung. Starring the nominated Steven Yeun alongside Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Will Patton, and the Oscar-winning Youn Yuh-Jung, the film is a charming, witty and brilliant tale. Although the language of the film is mostly Korean, don’t let that put you off the film. It is worthy of watching and deservedly won many awards.
THE VIRTUOSO ARRIVES
We return to the chart now with a new entry in sixth place. The thriller ‘The Virtuoso‘ stars Anson Mount, Abbie Cornish, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. The film tells the story of an assassin (Mount) given a new assignment by his boss and mentor (Hopkins). However, the assassin is only given a cryptic clue to who his target actually is. The assassin must travel to the given location and deduce who he has been hired to kill. The film has been critically derided, with critics claiming recent Oscar-winner Hopkins phones in his performance. But it sounds interesting all the same.
MANCHESTER UNITED SCORES
Taking a free kick and managing to score itself into the seventh position this week, we find the sporting documentary ‘The United Way‘. Written in part by team legend Eric Cantona, the documentary focuses on the history of the historic football club. With contributions from former stars such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Nicky Butt, and Cantona himself, the documentary contains unseen footage. The perfect night’s entertainment for the Man Utd fans out there.
WE HAVE RETURNED!
Making a welcome return to the chart this week is the Sony/ Marvel comic book film ‘Venom’. Tom Hardy makes his debut as Eddie Brock/ Venom alongside Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The film’s sequel ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘ dropped a trailer last week in preparation for its September release, aiding the first film in its return. Plus a digital price cut also goes a long way too.
Dropping a place this week to land in the ninth position is the Christopher Nolan brilliance that is ‘Tenet‘. On the back of its Oscar wins and its debut on Sky Movies, the film still manages to astound us almost a year after it was released.
HOPPING BACK INTO ACTION
And finally, hopping by sixteen places ahead of its sequel hitting cinema screens, the original ‘Peter Rabbit‘ has managed to return to the chart in the tenth position.
Stick a barbeque fork in it, the Official Film Chart is done. Thank you once again for taking a tour through the official top ten charts. And finally, once again…
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!