This week on the official film chart, The Justice League fights back and Harley Quinn returns but nothing can stop Peter Rabbit 2 from burrowing in at the top!
Welcome to the Official Film Chart.
JUNGLE CRUISE AND THE SUICIDE SQUAD ARRIVE!
Have you visited the cinema yet? There are several great releases out there now. And two of them are making their mark in a big way. The Disney adventure ‘Jungle Cruise‘ sailed into screens last Friday. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt lead the cast in what I can only describe as a mix between ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’, ‘The Mummy’, and ‘Indiana Jones.’ And it works! The film is a rip-roaring action-comedy which I found to be entertaining and amusing. It is a terrific family film and one that everyone can enjoy. There are a few scenes that may scare younger children but all in all, they will love it. It is available on Disney+ Premier Access for an additional £19.99 but nothing can beat the big screen experience.
‘The Suicide Squad‘ on the other hand is certainly NOT family-friendly fare. It is, quite simply, a violent, foul-mouthed, gory, and completely nuts action movie. But again, it works! The film is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish as it contains scenes of blood and gore which will make people faint. And the violence is, in places, completely over the top. But it is a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride that will entertain the audience. No spoilers from me but the tagline for the film is ‘Don’t get too attached.’ And boy, do they mean it! However, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, and John Cena as The Peacemaker give terrific performances. And I defy anyone not to have tears of laughter in their eyes when it comes to King Shark, voiced by Sylvester Stallone.
LIMITED TIME DIGITAL DEAL!
The streaming services have this week dropped an impressive array of sixty-one titles for the bargain price of £2.99 each. The titles are guaranteed to have you watching them over the coming months. Films such as Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘Shaft’. Tom Cruise in ‘Vanilla Sky’. The horror film ‘Event Horizon’. Robert Redford in ‘Indecent Proposal’. Charles Bronson in the original ‘Death Wish’. Wesley Snipes in ‘Drop Zone’. John Wayne in ‘Sands Of Iwo Jima’. And my favorite actor of all time, the great Steve McQueen in ‘The Hunter’. These are but a few titles that are available. Or from £2.49, you could own Val Kilmer in ‘The Saint’. Mel Gibson in ‘Edge Of Darkness’. Or the original ‘Paranormal Activity.’ So, why not grab yourself some bargains?
BIG MOVIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON HOME CINEMA RENTAL!
It is an effect of COVID that has seen many films hit PVOD over the past eighteen months. And that has had a knock-on effect on some of this year’s big cinema releases. Available to rent on PVOD right now are ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife’, Freaky’, ‘Nobody’, and ‘Spiral: From The Book Of Saw’. From Monday, August 9th, they will be joined by ‘Fast & Furious 9: The Fast Saga’. Some of the titles that have dropped onto PVOD at the moment are from Universal Studios which has adopted a 45-day cinema exclusive window before the films become available to rent. Although there is no news on when or if we will be getting it in the UK, Paramount+ in the United States is starting to copy Universal. The upcoming ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ will have a 45-day cinematic window before hitting their service.
THE OFFICIAL CHART!
This week on the official chart, we see only one re-entry coming in. The rest move positions as usual. But this week sees the end of the love affair with ‘True Romance’ which departs. Only two films manage to hold their positions in the top ten for the past seven days. Which films are they? Hop to it so we can find out.
PETER RABBIT 2 BURROWS INTO THE TOP SPOT!
Hide the carrots! He has gone nowhere! For a second week, our number title is family sequel ‘Peter Rabbit 2’. It retains its place based on digital downloads alone. The film has managed to capture the hearts and attention of families across the country. The main character, voiced once more by James Cordon has fast become a familiar and loved creature in our homes. Although the film was not as well-reviewed as the original, it still managed to make a sizable profit upon its belated release at the cinema. Whether a third film will be made is still up for question. But you can honestly believe that the chance is being considered by Sony Pictures after the success the film has seen.
DON’T BE RUDE! IT’S THE CROODS!
While their second film is packing them in at the cinemas, the original ‘The Croods’ has decided to move up the charts this week. The 2013 animated film from Dreamworks rises five places to take the second spot this week. Boosted by the sequel and a digital price cut, the film continues to sell well. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds to name but a few, the film continues to be a highly enjoyable family film, eight years after it first made its bow.
THE TUNE SQUAD JAM THEMSELVES INTO THIRD PLACE AGAIN!
The only other non-mover this week remains jammed into the bronze medal position. Again boosted by the fortunes of its now showing sequel, ‘Space Jam’ continues to play defense in third place. The Michael Jordan-led original film, although twenty-five years old now, continues to entertain the young and the not so young. Newcomers to the film will get a kick out of the cartoon stars of the film. While people of older age will probably get the same kick out of seeing the Looney Tunes characters create their brand of mayhem on screen. I, of course, just happen to be one of those people.
THE JUSTICE LEAGUE FIGHTS BACK!
You just can’t keep ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League.’ down. The film, first released back in March, has leaped back up the chart by four places to take this week’s fourth position. My (now second) favorite film of the year just doesn’t know when it’s been beaten. It may have something to do with the release of ‘The Suicide Squad’ (now my favorite film of the year) last Friday that has reversed its fortunes. But no matter how you look at it, the film is one of 2021s biggest success stories.
PETER RABBIT BOXSET HOPS DOWN THE CHART!
Although the sequel is standing proud at the top of the charts, munching away on chart success, the same can’t be said of the double boxset. ‘Peter Rabbit-1 & 2’ fall this week, dropping by three places to round out the top five. The pair of films have made their money on home entertainment but it seems that the public is more interested in buying the sequel at the moment. Maybe its fortunes will be reversed when the disc versions of the set are released.
Hitting download and keep from Monday, August 9th is the critically acclaimed drama ‘First Cow’. The film is based on the novel ‘The Half Life’, written by Jonathan Raymond. Raymond adapts his novel for the film alongside the director, Kelly Reichardt. The film tells the story of the characters of Otis ‘Cookie’ Figowitz and Chinese immigrant King-Lu. Cookie is a quiet chef, traveling in Oregon County in 1820. He encounters Lu, who is on the run for killing a Russian man. Cookie tells Lu of his dream to open a hotel or a bakery in San Francisco. They learn of the first milk cow in the region. It is owned by the Chief Factor, an Englishman with the only proper house on the settlement.
Cookie tells Lu he could use some of the cow’s milk to make baked goods for them to sell. One night, they intrude onto the Chief Factor’s property and milk the cow just enough to bake a batch of biscuits. They sell the biscuits at the local market to great success, selling out within minutes. Soon, lines form every day with people desperate to try their brand of biscuit. Of course, the pair need to milk the cow every night, while it doesn’t go unnoticed that the cow isn’t producing a lot of milk for the Chief Factor. Soon, things take a bad turn for the friends. The film is touching and sad and is worthy of being seen. If this appeals to you, why not grab it when it becomes available on Monday?
TOM & JERRY SCRAMBLE BACK UP AGAIN!
We return to the chart again now to discover ‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie‘, despite being directly over the chart exit door last week, has risen back up the chart. The film now occupies the sixth place, a rise of four places. With the summer holidays now upon us, it seems fitting that family films are still the top-selling titles.
GODZILLA AND KONG LOSE A PLACE!
Those two titans, Godzilla and Kong continue their fight but have to settle for a seventh-place finish this week, a fall of a single position. But ‘Godzilla VS Kong‘ has been a roaring success (Sorry!) on all formats.
MORTAL KOMBAT FACING A FATALITY!
The former number one title, ‘Mortal Kombat’ seems to have suffered a serious blow to its fortunes. Since being dethroned last week, the film has now slipped down to currently hold eighth place.
HARLEY QUINN AND THE BIRDS OF PREY FLY BACK AGAIN!
Oh, rejoice! You may wonder what I’m talking about. But for those of you who don’t know, I ADORE Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. And my favorite film of last year was ‘Birds Of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn‘. On the back of the release of ‘The Suicide Squad’, her previous appearance in the DC universe has rejoined the top ten, coming home to roost in the ninth spot. The former chart-topper has risen by thirteen places. I have the film on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray, Steelbook, and digital download. You could say I have an obsession with the film. And you’d be RIGHT!
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN ON THE SKIDS!
And finally, to complete our chart, we find Carey Mulligan’s ‘Promising Young Woman’ sitting on the chart exit. A single-placed slip drops the film into the tenth position this week.
FINISHING THINGS OFF!
And that’s all folks! The chart is done for yet another week. My thanks for looking through the top titles with me this week. 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!