This week on The Official Film Chart, the Eternals arrive, and The Boss Baby returns but Ghostbusters: Afterlife ain’t afraid to take the top spot!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
DUNE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DIGITAL!
Denis Villeneuve’s incredible remake of the Frank Herbert novel ‘Dune’ has hit the digital download market this past Monday. And to say the film is an epic would be an understatement. The film is a dazzling, visually stunning, and terrific film of the highest standards. You can forget the debacle that was the 1984 version. You can keep your TV mini-series versions. THIS is the real deal. And it only covers the first half of the source material. With the film’s success at the cinema and on HBO MAX in the United States, the second half of the book will be filmed and released. If you’re in the mood for a science fiction epic and can spare two and a half hours, then grab it. It will hit the disc formats on January 31st if that’s what you prefer.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
This week on the chart, we see some big movers and shakers. Films arrive. Films depart. And some of what we have been watching has now gone from the placings. This time, it’s goodbye to ‘Spider-Man 2’, ‘Venom/ Venom: Let There Be Carnage Boxset’, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home.’, ‘Halloween Kills’, and ‘The Last Duel’. But what is the important number one? Has Venom managed to hold onto his hard-won position? Has 007 rebounded to take back the top spot? Or has something else used the supernatural to haunt the top of the chart? Grab your Proton Packs as we find out for ourselves.
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE TRAPS THE TOP SPOT!
It was bound to happen. You wait thirty-two years for a proper third installment in the franchise and when it arrives, it is a smash-hit. Based on digital downloads alone, our new number one is the brilliant ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife.’ In the film, the group has long since disbanded, but when a single mother (Carrie Coon) and her two kids (Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace) move into their late grandfather’s farm, and with the help of teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), they discover the secret legacy their grandfather, Ghostbuster Egon Spengler, left behind. The film is one of the best sequels to have emerged in the past few years. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, and you’ll cry. The film hits the disc formats on January 31st.
007 HOLDS ONTO POSITION 002!
No matter what you do, you can’t count James Bond out. And so it has proven this week. Holding firm in the second position is the latest 007 adventure ‘No Time To Die.’ The final film to feature Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent continues to sell well on all the formats. I do have my problems with the film but it remains a good Bond film. It is a worthy addition to any home entertainment collection and is a great watch during cold winter nights.
WE ARE NUMBER THREE!
Last week’s number one falls this week to become our new number three. It appears that ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ has been scared away by the Ghostbusters and 007. But that hardly matters as the film has managed to sell brilliantly ever since it hit the digital market back on Christmas Eve. Tom Hardy once again excels as the symbiote that we have come to love. Woody Harrelson joins in the mayhem as Cletus Kasady/ Carnage while Michelle Williams as Eddie’s ex-girlfriend Anne is short-changed. But it is an enjoyable comic book movie in its own right.
THE ETERNALS ARRIVE TO TAKE THE FOURTH SPOT!
Coming into the chart in the fourth position this week is the Marvel film ‘Eternals.’ The film has hit the chart on digital downloads alone. It debuted last week on Disney+ for all subscribers but that hasn’t stopped it from making a splash in the top ten. The film follows a group of ancient aliens, who have been secretly living on earth, who are forced out of the shadows following an unexpected tragedy. Now, although I enjoyed the film, it isn’t the masterpiece some people have claimed it to be. Yes, it does break a lot of barriers and taboos but for me, it is overlong. And it is the third-best Marvel film released in 2021. But despite its faults, it certainly is worthy of a watch.
ENCANTO DROPS TO FIFTH PLACE!
The top five this week is rounded out by Disney’s ‘Encanto.’ The animated film slips back two places from last week’s third-place position. But it remains a great family film to sit down together and watch. The film follows a family called the Madrigals, helmed by a matriarch whose children and grandchildren all receive magical gifts from “the miracle”. This helps them serve their community in rural Colombia, except for Mirabel Madrigal, who does not receive a magical gift. When Mirabel learns the family is prone to losing their magic, she sets out to find out what is happening in order to save both her family and their magical house.
THE BOSS BABY RETURNS FOR SOME FAMILY BUSINESS!
Our third and final new entry this week comes in the shape of the animated sequel ‘The Boss Baby 2-Family Business.’ The Dreamworks animation sequel enters in sixth place. The plot follows the now-adult Templeton brothers voiced by Alec Baldwin and James Marsden. They are brought back together after the new Boss Baby, voiced by Amy Sedaris requests their help to stop a professor from erasing childhoods worldwide. The film received mixed reviews from critics but still made its money at the box office. It has been available on PVOD for a while before hitting the retail market. And is a great diversion for the kids.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY RETURN TO CREEP US OUT AGAIN!
Another animated sequel has risen nine places to take the seventh position this week. And it’s a welcome to the top ten for the first time to ‘The Addams Family 2.’ The film follows the family as they take off on an unlikely road trip. The critics savaged the film when it opened. But for me, as a massive Addams Family fan, I enjoyed it once again. And it is impossible to resist joining in with the finger-clicking classic theme.
PAW PATROL DECIDES TO SIT!
The animated film ‘PAW Patrol-The Movie’ has decided to sit this week. The film, already a huge hit on home entertainment, stays put this week in eighth place.
NINTH PLACE VISITS CASINO ROYALE!
Place your bets! Thanks to a brand new release in a 4K Steelbook edition, ninth place this week goes to the returning ‘Casino Royale.’ The film, the first to star Daniel Craig as James Bond 007, is one of the best Bond films in years. Craig, after an online backlash against his casting, proved every doubter wrong. And is arguably the best Bond there has ever been.
THE SUICIDE SQUAD IS NEARLY DEFEATED!
And finally, propping up the other nine titles inside the top ten this week is ‘The Suicide Squad.’ The DC adult-aimed sequel falls by four places to land over the chart exit door in the tenth position.
ROUNDING THINGS OFF.
And there we have it. The top ten titles on home entertainment for the past seven days. Next week, we will see ‘Dune’ hit the chart. Where it opens is up for debate. But it is another cat amongst the pigeons for the current crop of titles. My thanks once again for coming along on our chart journey. 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!