This week on the official film chart, The Devil Made Me Do It as Luca arrives but nothing can quieten A Quiet Place Part II at the top!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
TWO SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS COMING TO HOME ENTERTAINMENT!
Finally, after almost two years of waiting, some of the summer blockbusters are heading towards home entertainment. The first is ‘Black Widow‘, which hits the disc formats from September 13th. The swansong of Scarlett Johansson as the title character will hit digital download around a week before then. I can honestly recommend it as I found it to be exciting, funny, touching, and a wonderful send-off for Ms. Johansson’s portrayal of the character.
The second is my favorite film of the year (so far) in ‘The Suicide Squad.’ The film hits PVOD on the 6th of September. It is available to buy on digital download from the 25th of October. And will hit the disc formats from the 8th of November. The film is, quite frankly, a completely mad, crazy, violent, gory, funny, and entertaining blast. The return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is enjoyable. Idris Elba and John Cena are terrific as Bloodsport and The Peacemaker respectively. Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark is hilarious. But it is young actress Daniella Melchior who makes the biggest impression. I defy anyone NOT to fall in love with her character of Ratcatcher 2.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
This week on the chart, we see the usual bump around of the titles. And as always, we must wish a sad goodbye to some of the films we have been grabbing to keep us entertained. This week, it is the turn of ‘The Croods’, ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’, Tom & Jerry: The Movie‘, and ‘Mortal Kombat’ to depart. But what is that all-important number one? Is the top of the chart still a quiet place to be? Or has something snuck in and taken the top of the tree? Time to find out.
THE NUMBER ONE REMAINS A QUIET PLACE!
Holding its position at the top of the chart for a second week, our number one title remains ‘A Quiet Place Part II’. The horror sequel has comfortably held its position. Despite being available to download only, the film was 10,000 sales ahead of the second-placed film. The Emily Blunt starring sequel seems to have found its voice again on home entertainment after a truncated cinematic release, and its time on PVOD. With the success the film has seen, a third installment cannot be too far away.
THE DEVIL CONJURES UP THE HIGHEST NEW ENTRY!
Our first of four new entries this week makes its debut in second place. The eighth installment in the franchise, ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ hits the chart. Once again starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the real-life couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, the film is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson. The murder trial that took place in 1981 Connecticut. In addition to The Devil in Connecticut, a book about the trial that was written by Gerald Brittle. Johnson claimed to have been ordered by the devil to murder his landlord, in an attack that saw him stab his victim 22 times. The case forms the basis of the film and, although weaker than the first two ‘Conjuring’ films’ it is still a worthy suspense-filled horror.
LUCA MAKES HIS BOW!
Our second new entry has actually been in the top ten before, based on digital downloads. But thanks to hitting the disc formats, ‘Luca‘ hits the chart in third place. The film is available on Disney+ at the moment but that hasn’t stopped the buying public from grabbing it to keep in their collections. Set on the Italian Riviera in the 1950–the 1960s, the film centers on Luca Paguro, a sea monster boy with the ability to assume human form while on land, who explores the town of Portorosso with his new best friend, Alberto Scorfano, experiencing a life-changing summer adventure. The film is a charming and enjoyable tale for the whole family.
PETER RABBIT HOPS DOWN A PLACE!
The former number one ‘Peter Rabbit 2‘ drops a place this week. The live-action/ CGI sequel now burrows into the fourth position. Once again based on the ‘Peter Rabbit’ stories from Beatrix Potter, the film boasts the returning James Corden, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne, and Domhnall Gleeson. It remains a family favorite and continues to sell well on all forms of home entertainment.
CRUELLA GETS CAST DOWN!
Last week’s second-placed title has fallen by three places this week to be evil from the fifth position. Emma Stone as ‘Cruella‘ has seen its fortunes reversed. However, the film is currently available on Disney+ for no extra charge. And has only just hit the disc formats. It is likely to rebound over the coming weeks. Set in London during the punk rock movement of the 1970s, the film revolves around Estella Miller. She is an aspiring fashion designer. We follow her as she explores the path that will lead her to become a notorious up-and-coming fashion designer known as Cruella de Vil.
This week’s offering on download and keep is the big-screen version of the classic videogame ‘Monster Hunter’. The film becomes available to download from Monday, September the 7th. It is written by Paul W. S Anderson and stars his wife Milla Jovovich. Also, starring is Tony Jaa and the legendary Ron Perlman. The film was another that suffered from the effects of Covid on its box office chances. Critics praised the action sequences and the special effects but slammed the directing and the editing of the film. I have yet to see it so I cannot comment on if it’s any good. But with Paul W.S Anderson handling the film, after his ‘Alien Vs Predator.’ and ‘Resident Evil’ movies, I’ll leave you to make up your own minds.
GODZILLA VS KONG STILL ROARING!
We return to the chart now. And we discover that two monsters are already willing and able to take on the chart. ‘Godzilla vs Kong‘ continues to roar and fight for its chart life, despite slipping a place this week. The monster smackdown has been a great success on all formats and continues to entertain the masses from sixth place.
THE CHART GETS A FATHER FIGURE!
Our third new entry this week lands in the seventh position. The Oscar-winning psychological drama ‘The Father’ boasts a stellar cast which includes Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman. The film follows an aging man who must deal with his progressing dementia. Sir Anthony Hopkins won his second Academy Award for best actor for the film. Prepare to use a box of tissues during the film as although at times it is funny and moving, it is also heartbreaking. It is also extremely well-acted and deals with the subject matter with respect and dignity.
SPIRAL ON A DOWNWARD SPIRAL!
After hitting the top ten last week in fourth place, this week ‘Spiral: From The Book Of Saw’ falls. The ninth film in the ‘Saw’ franchise slips four places to now investigate the grisly murders from eighth place.
SPIDER-MAN SWINGS IN!
Last week saw the release of the first trailer for ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ This week sees the arrival of the classic character back into the chart once again. But it’s not who you think. Becoming the final new entry into this week’s official film chart and making its first-ever bow in the placings is Sam Raimi’s genre-defining 2002 film ‘Spider-Man’. The film features Tobey Maguire as the superhero alongside Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. James Franco as Harry Osbourne. And Willem Defoe as Norman Osbourne/ Green Goblin. Nineteen years later, the film still stands as a beacon for all other superhero films to aspire to. I’d expect to see more of Spidey’s films hit the chart before Christmas due to the new sequel’s release. And of course, we can hope that Maguire and Andrew Garfield DO make cameo appearances in the film as their versions of the character.
THE LEAGUE IS ALMOST GONE!
And finally, after almost five months inside the top ten, ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League‘ is hovering over the exit door. The superhero epic has fallen two places to land in the tenth and final position this week.
ROUNDING THINGS OFF.
And that, as they say, is that. All done and dusted for the week. My thanks for looking through the official film chart with me once again. 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!