The Official Film Chart | The UK Top Ten (16th February)
This week on The Official Film Chart, the Eternals return, and The King’s Man is formed but it is Encanto that enchants the top spot!
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HOUSE OF GUCCI IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY!
It seems like only yesterday that the Ridley Scott film ‘House Of Gucci’ was released into cinemas. But it seems the home entertainment world has changed permanently now. Because the film is now available to buy on digital download. The film is based on the 2001 novel ‘The House Of Gucci: A Sensational Story Of Murder, Madness, Glamour, And Greed’ by Sara Gay Forden. The film follows the story of Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci as their romance transforms. It starts off as love before becoming an all-out fight for control of the Italian Fashion brand of Gucci. Lady Gaga portrays Patrizia in a powerhouse performance, cruelly overlooked for an Academy Award nomination. Adam Driver plays Maurizio while Al Pacino, Salma Hayek. Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, and Jack Huston are on supporting duties. The film will be available on the disc formats from this coming Monday.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
Once again, the chart positions have shifted. This week sees three new entries into the chart alongside one re-entry. And as always, we must lose some titles to make way for our new arrivals. This week sees the departure of ‘Last Night In Soho’, ‘Ghostbusters Triple Pack’, ‘The Boss Baby 2’, and ‘Halloween Kills.’ But the question remains, what is occupying the top spot? Have the sands of Arakkis stayed put for another week? Have the Ghostbusters rebounded to reclaim their former glory? Or has something else taken the top of the mountain this week? Hold tight, we are about to go on a ride through the top ten.
ENCANTO HITS THE TOP SPOT!
After being available on digital and Disney+ for a while now, the Disney film ‘Encanto’ has climbed up to claim the top spot. The film has managed to accomplish this magnificent feat after hitting the disc formats last Monday. The film follows a multigenerational Colombian family, the Madrigals, helmed by a matriarch whose children and grandchildren—except for Mirabel Madrigal receive magical gifts from a “miracle” that helps them serve the people in their rural community called “the Encanto”. When Mirabel learns that the family is losing their magic, she sets out to find out what is happening, and save her family and their magical house. The film is a delight and will keep the family entertained for hours.
DUNE SLIPS TO NUMBER TWO!
After only a week at the top of the chart, ‘Dune’ has slid down to the second position. The film has recently received ten Oscar nominations. But strangely, there wasn’t a Best Director nod for the film’s director, Denis Villeneuve. Perhaps the Academy is waiting for the second film to open before awarding Villeneuve with what should be a deserved nomination. The film certainly deserves its nominations. It is epic in size, scale, and visually. Timothee Chalmet leads the cast in what I can only describe as a stunning epic. and one that is worthy of being watched over and again.
THE ETERNALS RETURN!
Returning to the chart, thanks to hitting the physical formats is Marvel’s ‘Eternals.’ The film moves back up the chart by twenty places to take this week’s third position. The film has been available on Disney+ and digital for a few weeks now but people can’t seem to get enough of the film. I’m not being mean or nasty about the film. It is good, don’t get me wrong. It is enjoyable, with great performances from Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie. Gemma Chan, and especially the young actress Lia McHugh. It is certainly worth watching. But…it isn’t the masterpiece some people have made it out to be. It does, however, break the mold in some respects and does break down a lot of doors.
THE KING’S MAN FIGHTS INTO THE FOURTH SPOT!
Our first new entry this week arrives in the fourth position. And it’s a gentlemanly hello and welcome to ‘The King’s Man.’ The film is a prequel to the first two films in the franchise which starred Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. This time out, Ralph Fiennes takes the leading role in a film that while enjoyable and engaging for the most part, can’t hold a candle to the first ‘Kingsman’ film. It focuses on several events during World War I and the birth of the Kingsman organization. Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans. Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander. Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl. Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance give great support to proceedings.
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE CROSSES THE STREAMS!
Falling by three places this week is the terrific comedy sequel ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ which now occupies the fifth spot. Now, usually, I’d write about the film itself. Sadly, this past weekend saw the death of the director of the first two films and the producer of ‘Afterlife’, Ivan Reitman. I had the honor of meeting both Ivan Reitman and his son, Jason who directs this new film, at the UK press screening of the film. And I can honestly say, he was one of the nicest, most generous, and most welcoming people I have ever met. To say I feel a great sense of loss wouldn’t go far enough. All of us here at The Future Of The Force send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Reitman family alongside our thanks to Ivan Reitman for everything he gave to us. He will be sorely missed.
HOUSE OF GUCCI ARRIVES AT NUMBER SIX!
Would you believe it? We speak about ‘House Of Gucci’ earlier in the top ten rundown and then it actually appears! Based on digital downloads alone, the film is our second new entry this week as it arrives in the sixth-placed position. The film received mixed reviews when it opened but everyone was praising Lady Gaga’s performance in the film. And despite the mixed reviews, the film was a box office success. And it is indeed worth watching.
BOND IS BEATEN INTO NUMBER 007!
The latest James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ suffers a few bullet wounds this week. The swansong for Daniel Craig’s time in the tuxedo falls four places to occupy number 007 in this week’s chart listings. However, it isn’t all bad for the film as it has received three nominations for this year’s Academy Awards.
THE UNDEAD HOLD FIRM IN THE EIGHTH POSITION!
The undead are usually shown to be shuffling along. But in the case of ‘Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City’, they’ve decided to stand still. The film, a reboot for the cinematic franchise and based on the first two of the best-selling games holds onto eighth place this week.
WE CAN’T STOP FALLING!
That lovable symbiote Venom falls another three places this week. His sequel ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ slips down to begin munching on villains’ heads from the ninth place.
NUMBER TEN REACHES BOILING POINT!
And finally, our last new entry for the week enters in the tenth position based on digital downloads alone. It is a British drama film called ‘Boiling Point.’ It is directed by Philip Barantini, stars Stephen Graham, and is a one-shot film set in a restaurant kitchen. It is an expansion of a 2019 short film of the same name. It is a hugely enjoyable drama. It is a film that deserves to be seen. And Stephen Graham is exceptional. I highly recommend it.
And that is all for yet another week. And it is nice to see some fantastic new titles entering the chart. Mind you, the chart is gearing up to see some heavyweight releases over the coming month or so. And they will set the cat amongst the pigeons. But until next week…
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 for 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!