This week on the Official Film Chart, Kong and Godzilla fight, Chaos Walks in, and Jurassic dinosaurs return but nothing can stop the Justice League from reclaiming the top!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
CRUELLA DEBUTS IN CINEMAS AND ON PVOD!
It seems to be the new normal now, to have films hit cinema screens and PVOD at the same time. The American market started the trend and it has now transferred over here. The Marvel film ‘Black Widow’ will be the next film to do this in the UK but this past weekend, ‘Cruella’, the Disney origin story starring Emma Stone opened this way. The film hit cinemas on Friday as well as Disney+ Premier Access for an extra £19.99 fee. The film hits Disney+ for all subscribers from August 27th but if you cannot wait to get your fix of Cruella De Vil, you have two options to choose from. I’d rather go and see it on the big screen but for families, the £19.99 fee does indeed represent a cheaper alternative than a trip to the local multiplex. So, it’s entirely your choice!
GREAT DIGITAL DEALS TO BE HAD!
Once again, the streaming sites are doing some classic and quality titles for a decent price. There isn’t a lot of new titles involved in the deals but for the collector, there are some old favorites to be had. Films such as ‘Airplane!’, ‘Spaceballs’, ‘Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2’, ‘Gremlins’, ‘Enter The Dragon’, ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Ace Ventura 1 & 2’ and others are available. Alongside these are many TV titles. These include ‘Star Trek: The Original Series seasons 1-3’, ‘Goodnight Mr. Tom’, ‘Batman (1966)’, ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Doom Patrol’, ‘Only Fools And Horses.’, ‘The Durrells’, and ‘Blackadder’. There are currently 1500 titles to choose from but be advised, some are in HD and again in UHD so are doubled up in the titles listings.
THE OFFICIAL FILM CHARTS
As for the official film chart, it is again a case of some in, some out, hello to some new titles and re-entries, goodbye to others. This has been the case for over a year now. And losing their positions this week are ‘The Little Things’, ‘Speed’, ‘Great White’, and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home.’. But what is the all-important number one title? What is the Chairman or Chairwoman of the board this week? Buckle up securely, this could be a bumpy ride!
THE LEAGUE RETURNS AGAIN!
I could have told you! I predicted either one or the other would take the top spot again this week. And I was proven right! After being dethroned two weeks ago and dropping to number seven last week, they have returned. Thanks to hitting the disc formats, ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League.’ flies back into the top spot. Rising six places, the incredible superhero opus continues to fly off shelves and is being downloaded to keep on digital. This week, the film has 94% of its sales in physical copies. Despite its four-hour run time, the film is a dark, gritty, and brilliant ending to the ‘Snyderverse’. It is a shame that there won’t be a sequel to the film as I, alongside many other DC fans would have loved to see Snyder’s vision continue.
TOM & JERRY HOLD FIRM!
Still fighting amongst themselves and causing maximum mayhem in the second spot is ‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie‘. The film continues to make adults and children alike laugh out loud with the antics of the classic duo. Spike the dog also appears in the film, adding another familiar, classic touch to proceedings. Boasting Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena in the human roles, the film has made a decent impression on home entertainment. Not bad for a film that, until a few weeks ago, was only available on PVOD. Now, it is available to stream, buy physically or go and see at the cinema.
GODZILLA AND KONG ROAR INTO THE CHARTS!
Our first new entry of the week comes in at number three. And it is in the enormous form of ‘Godzilla VS Kong‘. Yes, it seems like it was only a few weeks back when the film was released on PVOD. In fact, it was! The film hit PVOD on April 1st before being able to download and keep from last Monday. The physical copies are released on June 15th. And the film is now showing in Cinemas too. But to the fans of the pair of titans, the film is an enjoyable, if flawed blockbuster. There is certainly enough action to keep viewers enthralled, some terrific nods back to the classic movies the pair have starred in, and an all-around sense of fun. But there are some serious flaws in the film that may distract the viewer somewhat. But the film will grab the youngster’s attention and hold it during its run time. And it is fun to cheer on your favorite titan, whether that be Godzilla or the REAL king of the monsters, Kong!
RAYA LOSES HER WAY-A!
Last week’s chart-topper sees its fortunes suffer a serious setback as Disney film ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ tumbles three places down the chart to land in this week’s fourth spot. The film, featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, and Benedict Wong was another that hit PVOD. It was available on Disney+ Premier Access in March before hitting retail less than a month later. The film will hit Disney+ for all subscribers from this Friday, June 4th. But it is a wonderfully delightful film that will make the kids laugh, cheer, cry, and be left happy by the end. A sequel is already being considered and I think it will probably happen.
WONDER WOMAN FADES!
Rounding out the top five placings, former number one ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ slips down two places. Again, the film did..ahem…wonders on PVOD due to the pandemic shuttering all the UK cinemas. Since it hit download and keep and the physical market, it has kept itself going at a terrific rate. Now though, Gal Gadot’s superhero sequel finds itself slowly descending the charts. But at least it hasn’t slipped past the halfway point this week.
THE HERO IS BACK…ON 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY!
Hitting Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray and digital download from June 7th, we once again welcome Indiana Jones. The ‘Indiana Jones: 4 Movie Collection‘ has been remastered to give the viewer a much sharper image and sound than before. Made with the blessing of Steven Spielberg himself, the set arrives with a ton of special features to go along with the classic adventures. Harrison Ford stars as the intrepid Indiana Jones with terrific support from amongst others, Denholm Elliot, Kate Capshaw, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, and of course, the legendary Sean Connery. You don’t need me to tell you anything more about it! All I shall say is that I’m certainly getting the set to add to my collection. Oh and Raiders is still the best!
PETER RABBIT HOPPING ON THE SPOT!
We return to the chart again now with a non-mover. Hopping on the spot in the sixth place this week is ‘Peter Rabbit’. The James Corden voiced character has had a boost in its fortunes thanks to the sequel to the film belatedly hitting cinema screens. And it has had a digital price cut and has used it to its advantage.
CHAOS WALKS IN!
The second and final new entry of the week makes its bow in the seventh place. Thanks to becoming available to buy on digital last Monday, the science fiction film ‘Chaos Walking’ decides to walk into the chart. Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, the film has had a torrid time getting released. Although not in the same way that ‘The New Mutants’ gathered dust for years before opening, the film still had its problems. Completed in 2017, hated by the test audiences, had extensive reshoots in 2019 and then Covid came calling. The result was a box office bomb, grossing $21million against a budget of $100million.
The film is based on the novel ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness and tells of a planet named New World. Here, all the females have been killed after a war against a humanoid species called The Spackle. The men have an affliction called The Noise, which gives them the ability to see and hear each other’s thoughts. Into this world, a ship crashes, leaving only a single female survivor. The film may appeal to the young adults out there or fans of the novel. But sadly, I found the film to be laborious, despite the charisma of the two leads.
SPIDER-MAN COMES HOME!
His sequel has dropped out of the charts this week after a lengthy stay but that doesn’t mean we are free of the web-crawler. Returning to the chart by rising six places, the first standalone film ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ decides to swing by. Tom Holland plays our friendly neighborhood web-head while villain duties are handled by Michael Keaton as Adrian Toombs/ Vulture.
GODZILLA STILL ROARING!
He may be fighting Kong in third place this week but Godzilla has his hands full. His previous movie ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.’ is a non-mover this week, clinging on to the ninth spot.
LIFE FINDS A WAY!
And finally, returning to the charts by rising three places, the dinosaur sequel ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.’ decides to menace us and go on the rampage again as it resides in the tenth position.
And there we have it again for another week. My thanks to you for joining in the trip through the biggest movers and shakers on home entertainment. 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!