This week on the Official Film Chart, Bond continues to dominate, and The Croods arrive but it’s Jungle Cruise that sails into the top spot!
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A BIG WEEKEND AT THE CINEMA!
This weekend marks the start of a big couple of months when it comes to big-screen entertainment. With ‘No Time To Die’ already out (and will hit home entertainment in December), it is a battle between two mammoth movies. The first is ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’. The Marvel sequel once again stars Tom Hardy as the title character and is supported this time by Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kassady/ Carnage. The film has once again been rated as a 15, the same as the original film, and runs for 97 minutes. Apparently, the after-credits stinger is one to make everyone who stays behind to see it cheer loudly. The film will also be hitting home entertainment in December.
The other big release is ‘Halloween Kills‘. Now, as a HUGE ‘Halloween’ fan, I’ve been waiting three years for this. Once again, Michael Myers will be wearing his infamous white mask and will be stalking and slashing anyone in his path. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, marking the sixth time she has played the character. The film is said to be more brutal and bloodthirsty than ever before, hence why it has again received an 18 certificate. I will endeavor to see them both if at all possible. If not, then Michael Myers and ‘Halloween Kills’ will take priority!
HORROR FILMS ON DIGITAL AT GREAT PRICES!
Speaking of Halloween, the build-up to October 31st has begun on digital retailers. Many top-quality horror movies are now available to buy at some decent prices. Some have even been reduced down to £2.49 each. Some, such as the first three ‘Scream’ films, Several of the ‘Saw’ franchise, and the classic ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ are retailing at £3.99 at the moment. Others, such as ‘A Quiet Place’, ‘Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers’, ‘Halloween (2018)’, and the brilliant ‘Creepshow’ start from £4.49. Why not grab some decent scary movies while you can at a bargain price? They are great to watch, regardless of whatever time of year it is.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
Finally! We have a great battle on our hands for the top spot. Many new and big releases are fighting amongst themselves to grab the coveted position. As they do, there are always going to be casualties. This week, it’s the turn of ‘In The Heights’, ‘Monster Hunter’, and ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ to suffer. But as they do, what actually has managed to top the tower? Can Ryan Reynolds pull off a sensational week at the top of the chart? Or has something else either skidded or sailed into the top spot? Time to put you out of your misery!
JUNGLE CRUISE SAILS INTO THE TOP SPOT!
Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt have deposed Ryan Reynolds! Sailing in to steal the top spot is their film ‘Jungle Cruise’. The race for the top position was once again, extremely close. Only 1,900 sales separate the first two positions this week. But thanks to physical sales, it is the Disney film that wins the race. Based on the theme park attraction, the film is a rip-roaring, exciting, and often hilarious romp. Johnson is extremely likable as the lead character, Frank Wolff but Emily Blunt gives him a run for his money. With support from Jack Whitehall, the film made a great impression on the summer box offices. A sequel has already been green-lit so we can expect more adventures from the two leads.
FREE GUY FALLS A PLACE!
Last week’s number one is this week’s number two as Ryan Reynolds and ‘Free Guy.’ concede defeat and drop a single place. The film continues to be a favorite across the country, however. It tells the story of a bank teller, named Guy, who discovers that he is actually a non-playable character in an open-world video game. And becomes the hero of the story, trying to save his friends from deletion by the game’s creator. With Jodie Comer in support, the film is a highly enjoyable comedy for all the family.
BOND SEES A SPECTRE!
‘No Time To Die.’ is setting box offices alight around the world. Daniel Craig has become one of, if not THE favorite 007 of them all. This is proven as ‘Spectre’ moves up a place this week to take third place. The fourth of Craig’s five appearances as James Bond is the tale of Bond going off-mission to unravel a thread left behind by the departed ‘M’ (Judi Dench). After an international incident during ‘The Day Of The Dead’, Bond will find many of the events from the previous three films are all linked to a shadowy organization called Spectre. And a secret from his past will come back to haunt him. The film is a great Bond movie and the twists and turns come thick and fast.
THE BRAKES ARE PUT ON FAST & FURIOUS 9!
After speeding into the chart last week in the third position, this week sees ‘Fast & Furious 9: The Fast Saga’ slip out of gear and fall a place to stop in fourth place. The ninth film of the main franchise and the tenth film overall once again sees Vin Diesel speed into action against Cipher (Charlize Theron). But this time, he has to contend with his estranged brother Jakob (John Cena) who is out to destroy him once and for all. The film isn’t the best in the franchise but is an enjoyable and exciting chapter nonetheless. Of course, the outlandishness shines through again but if you turn off your brain, you will have a good time.
BLACK WIDOW ON THE SKIDS!
After dominating the top of the chart until last week, Scarlett Johansson’s swansong as ‘Black Widow’ falls by three places to round out the top five. The Marvel film continues to sell well on all the formats, despite being available on Disney+ to stream for all subscribers. With what could be a breakout performance from Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, the new Black Widow moving forward, the film is a highly enjoyable comic book film. With great support from Rachel Weisz and David Harbour, the film is suitable for all the family.
A NEW AGE DAWNS FOR THE CROODS!
Thanks to digital downloads alone, our second and final new entry hits the charts in sixth place. We welcome in ‘The Croods: A New Age’ to the top ten. The animated sequel once again boasts the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Catherine Keener. New additions include Kelly Marie Tran, Peter Dinklage, and Leslie Mann. The film follows The Croods as they search for a new place to call home. Meeting another family, The Betterman’s, things soon take a bad turn. The film is a charming and enjoyable family film and one which will keep younger children entertained for hours.
007 HOLDS AT NUMBER 007!
Daniel Craig’s third film as James Bond, ‘Skyfall’ is a non-mover this week. The film is arguably the best of Craig’s run as the secret agent. Holding firm at number 007, the film marks the finale of Dame Judi Dench as ‘M’ while Ralph Fiennes steps into the role by the end credits. Also featuring Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva, the film is a top-notch Bond film and one for the ages.
007 SLIPS TO 008!
Daniel Craig’s first appearance as James Bond, ‘Casino Royale’ slips back a place this week as it drops to the eighth position. The film introduced a more harder-edged 007, one who was at the very start of his career. Eon Productions finally got the rights back to Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel and made what is one of the best entries into the series. And the torture sequence is enough to make a man’s eyes water.
007 TAKES 009TH PLACE!
The release of ‘No Time To Die’ has seen all four of Daniel Craig’s previous Bond adventures take their places inside the top ten. His second appearance, ‘Quantum Of Solace’ rises two places to take this week’s ninth spot. The weakest of Craig’s run, the film suffered from script problems and various behind-the-scenes arguments and it shows. However, it does follow on fairly well from ‘Casino Royale’ and by the climax, you could be mistaken for thinking the plotline was finished. ‘Spectre’ and ‘No Time To Die’ prove that it is not the case. A good effort but not Premium Bond.
LUCA LOSES A SPOT!
And finally, the Walt Disney film ‘Luca’ drops a place to take the tenth and final spot on this week’s top ten.
And that’s done it! We have come to the end of our time inside the top ten placings for another week. My thanks for once more taking the time to accompany me through what we’ve all been buying for our home libraries. And as always…
Whatever you decide, whatever you but, 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!