This week on the official film chart, The Thing wants us to chill while Godzilla and Kong return but nothing can stop Black Widow from kicking ass for a second week!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
FAST & FURIOUS 9 IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DIGITAL!
Hitting the digital sales market this week is the ninth film in the main ‘Fast & Furious.’ franchise. Once again starring Vin Diesel, ‘F9-The Fast Saga’ is now available from your preferred digital retailer. If you’re a fan of the franchise, then now is the time to snap up the latest film. However, I have a problem. When the film hits the disc formats, it will boast two versions. The cinema version and a director’s cut that runs for around seven minutes longer than the original version. The DVD will retail at around £9.99 while the Blu-Ray will be about £14.99. The kicker is, if you decide to buy the film on digital, both versions are available but for £13.99 EACH. That makes owning both versions will cost slightly under £28 on digital. Talk about double-dipping!
JAMES BOND ON DIGITAL REDUCED!
Ahead of the release of the latest James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die.’, the previous 007 films have all had a price cut. All of the movies are currently available on digital download sites for £5.99 each. That means that the film has seen its price drop between £2 and £4. Whether your favorite Bond is Sean Connery. Roger Moore. Timothy Dalton. Pierce Brosnan. Daniel Craig. Or even the one-and-done George Lazenby outing, they are all here to grab at a great price. I own the collection in full on Blu-Ray and have almost all of them on DVD. But I couldn’t resist grabbing some of my favorites on digital. So far, I’ve found time to watch ‘Spectre’, ‘Licence To Kill’, and ‘The Spy Who Loved Me.’ I’ve only got a further twelve to get through and that’s before I buy the rest!
STOP THE PRESSES! FREE GUY IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Hold Everything!! It was only last month that the Ryan Reynolds comedy ‘Free Guy.’ took the box offices by storm. It was critically lauded and the world’s audiences seemed to love it. And (Spoiler Alert) it contained possibly one of the best and funniest cameos from a Marvel star there has ever been. For those who didn’t get the chance to see it at the cinema, there’s good news. The film is available to buy on digital download right now for £13.99. However, if you are a Disney+ subscriber, the film is now available to watch on the service…for FREE! Yes, the film is included in your subscription price! I recommend checking it out as it is a hilarious family movie. One that everyone can enjoy.
THE OFFICIAL TOP TEN
This week on the chart, we see the usual pattern. Titles move up and down at will, and we see some departures. This week, it is the turn of ‘Dream Horse’, and ‘Cruella’ to depart. But what is occupying the number one position? Can Scarlett Johansson fight her way to a second week at the top? Or has something else entirely found its way to the chart summit? No time to waste, let’s go and find out!
BLACK WIDOW CONTINUES TO KICK ASS AT NUMBER ONE!
For a second consecutive week, our chart-topper is Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Widow’. The swansong for Scarlett Johansson’s tenure as the character remains a favorite amongst the buying public. It is a hugely enjoyable action thriller in its own right but it is tinged with sadness too. We already know Natasha’s fate before the film starts so we enjoy her in action one final time. Florence Pugh is excellent as Yelena Belova, Natasha’s ‘Sister’ and the new keeper of the ‘Black Widow’ mantle. I won’t give you any spoilers but once again, you must watch until after the end credits for the obligatory stinger. You need to see it as it ties into the new Disney+ series ‘Hawkeye’ which debuts in November.
MONSTER HUNTER HUNTS INTO SECOND PLACE!
Moving up the chart by two places, ‘Monster Hunter’ now fights from the second position. Thanks to hitting the disc formats, the film remains a hit with the buying public. Directed by Paul W. S Anderson and starring his wife, Milla Jovovich, the film is based on the video game of the same now. Although it won’t set the world on fire or appease the fans of the game, the film is enjoyable nonsense. It is a decent enough film for a wet Saturday afternoon or Sunday evening entertainment. And is inoffensive enough.
THE CHART IS THE WARMEST PLACE TO HIDE!
If you were to ask anyone what the best remake of all time is, many would say John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’. And I would agree. The 1982 remake of the classic black and white horror ups the gore and effects but remains a classic chiller in its own right. Thanks to a 4K reissue, the film makes its chart debut in this week’s third place. Kurt Russell leads the line in this Antarctica set horror-thriller. The film is a slow build for the first half an hour or so but it’s deliberate. Once the film gets to the dog kennel, we can’t look back. It also builds a sense of claustrophobia and paranoia during proceedings. It actually flopped at the box office in 1982, thanks to a little film called ‘E.T’ but is now regarded, correctly as a classic.
HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD TAKES ANOTHER SHOT!
Our former number one ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ has suffered another shot this week. The comedy-action sequel falls a place to occupy this week’s fourth position. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson both return for another round of fun, violence, and mayhem. Although not as good as the original film, the sequel is still a rip-roaring and highly enjoyable piece of adult entertainment.
NOBODY TAKES A TUMBLE!
The action thriller ‘Nobody’ suffers a fall this week. Last week’s number two title drops three places to end the week in the fifth and halfway position. Starring Bob Odenkirk in the title role, the film is a total surprise from start to finish. You would never expect Odenkirk to play such a violent character as he does here. But that’s the charm of the film. And it is all the better for it. With a winning performance from Christopher Lloyd to boot, the film is a hugely enjoyable actioner for the adults.
OUTSIDE THE CHART!
We’ve already spoken of the James Bond films being reduced in price. And thanks to this and the release of ‘No Time To Die’, we see some of the films hitting places outside of the top ten. ‘Spectre’ has hit the charts for the first time. While 2006s ‘Casino Royale’ has entered the positions in the nineteenth place. And 2012s ‘Skyfall’ has moved up to occupy the twenty-fourth place. We can probably expect to see more 007 films hit the charts, either outside the top ten or maybe even inside it over the coming week or so.
This week’s offering on download and keep from Monday, October the 4th is the sequel ‘Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions.’ The film once again features Taylor Russell as Zoey and Logan Miller as Ben, the only survivors from the first film. Once again, the pair are trapped in Minos’ deadly game. A new group of players, each the survivor of their own escape room experiences join the pair as they once again try to escape before death finds them. The film was praised for the design of the puzzles featured during the film. But it was criticized for not improving on the original film. The original version of the film will be available digitally as well as an extended and alternative version. The film, with both cuts, will be available on the disc formats from October 18th.
THE DEVIL MADE ME FALL AGAIN!
We return to the chart once again now. And in the sixth place, we discover that the devil has struck again. Falling a single place, ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It‘ is still scaring the pants off of the home audience. With Halloween coming up next month, the film is bound to rise up the official film chart again.
A QUIET PLACE GROWS EVEN QUIETER!
Another title that has seen a tumble this week is another horror sequel in ‘A Quiet Place Part II’. The Emily Blunt-led scarer has lost a place as it silently drops to the seventh position. But again, it may yet see a rebound on the run-up to Halloween.
PETER RABBIT 2 BURROWS IN!
The farmer seems to have decided to leave him be for this week as ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ burrows itself into the eighth position. The CGI/Live-Action sequel is a non-mover over the past seven days.
THE LEAGUE REFUSES TO MOVE!
Ok, I’ve changed my mind. Once again taking the place as my favorite film of 2021, ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League.’ decides it wants to stay in the top ten. As such, the film clings onto the ninth place for a second week in succession. And continues to entertain the masses after five months in the official film charts.
THE TITANS ROAR BACK!
You can’t keep Kong or Godzilla away for long! Rising by eleven places this week to roar back into the top ten in the tenth place, ‘Godzilla VS Kong‘ resumes its official film chart battle.
And there we have it for another week. My thanks for once again joining in the fun of The Official Film Chart. 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!