This week on the Official Chart, Dune is swept upwards, and we take a trip down a Nightmare Alley, But nothing can stop Spider-Man from claiming a second week at the top!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
SING 2 TO HIT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON APRIL 15TH!
For those looking to get a film to keep the little ones quiet over the Easter period, Universal Pictures has you covered. Hitting download & keep on April 15th is the animated sequel ‘Sing 2.’ Once again, Buster Moon and his crew will be belting out some classic tunes to keep small children occupied for ninety minutes or so. The download edition also includes a bundle of special features to keep them entertained for hours. From sing-alongs to dance lessons, there is more than enough for them to enjoy. Or if you prefer, the physical release is due out on April 25th. It is an easy and perfect way to entertain the masses.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
This week on the official chart, not that much has changed. We still have a battle on our hands to occupy the top spot. But along the way, there are some casualties. This week, it is the turn of ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ to depart. But who has won the chart battle this week? Is it still a case of the top of the tree being covered in cobwebs? Or is the chart summit held by a computer simulation? Or has something else entirely beaten all comers to steal the throne? No time to waste as we find out.
SPIDER-MAN STILL SWINGING AT THE TOP!
Of course, the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is still hanging out at the top of the charts. For the second week in a row, we find ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ webbed in at number one. The film has recently hit $1.88billion worldwide in box office takings. And has shifted over 2.1 million retail units in the United States on digital downloads alone. That equivocates to an extraordinary $42million in one week of release. And that is before the film hits the physical formats. The Tom Holland-led third solo film for the character is one that everyone will enjoy. And with the surprises in store for the fans, it remains the title to beat once again.
NEO HOLDS ONTO NUMBER TWO!
Thanks to hitting the physical formats, ‘The Matrix: Resurrections’ manages to hold onto the second position. But even with the added boost of becoming available on disc, it couldn’t beat Spidey to the top spot. The fourth film in the franchise once again stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss. Their return in the film is actually quite believable and isn’t a letdown. Sadly, the film itself is. Despite trying to bring the franchise forward and up to date, it just isn’t that successful. And I’ll go even further. At times, I found it boring. But for fans of the franchise and for completionists, it is a must-have. Even if it’s watched only once and then put into the library, never to be played again.
DUNE IS BLOWN UPWARD!
After this weekend’s Oscar ceremony, and perhaps due to its ten nominations, ‘Dune’ rises up the chart to third. The film was a big success at the Academy Awards, taking home six statuettes in total. They were mainly in the technical areas but a win is a win regardless. The film deserves its success in every way possible. It is almost a throwback to the classic epics from the 1950s and 1960s. As in, they need to be seen on the big screen to get the full experience. The same goes for Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction epic. Epic, grand in stature, and completely engrossing.
007 TAKES POSITION 004!
Another film on the way up again this week is ‘No Time To Die.’ The latest James Bond adventure rises a place to use its license to kill in the fourth spot. Daniel Craig’s farewell after fifteen years as the secret agent has been a huge success. And finally, two years almost after it first was released, Billie Eilish finally scooped the Oscar for her haunting theme song to the film. To be honest, the track was always going to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It had quality all over it. And it is thoroughly deserved.
CLIFFORD HAS BEEN LET OFF FOR A RUN!
Falling two places this week to round out this week’s top five placings is ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog.’ The film is a former number one but has been hit for six by the four titles currently above it. However, with the Easter holidays coming up, it may yet manage to bound its way back up the chart once again. It is a charming and enjoyable film for the whole family. And is guaranteed to give everyone a laugh or two.
FANCY A WALK DOWN NIGHTMARE ALLEY?
Rising ten places to make its top ten debut at number six is Guillermo Del Toro’s neo-noir thriller ‘Nightmare Alley.’ The film was nominated for four Oscars at this weekend’s ceremony but sadly, failed to take any home. Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett. Toni Collette, Rooney Mara. And Willem Dafoe, the film is another classic from the Mexican filmmaker. It is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, being the second feature film adaptation of Gresham’s novel, following the 1947 version. The film tells the story of a charming and ambitious carnival worker with a mysterious past who takes big risks to boost his career. And is a film that I recommend highly.
WEST SIDE STORY ON THE SLIDE!
The Steven Spielberg-directed remake of ‘West Side Story’ slips a place this week as it sings and dances from the seventh position. However, it’s not all bad news. Actress Ariana DeBose took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the Awards this past weekend. And she won the award for the same film, the same role of Anita as actress Rita Moreno did for the original version of the film, sixty years ago.
ENCANTO FALLS AGAIN!
Another film that won an Academy Award this past weekend falls a place to occupy the eighth position. The Walt Disney animated film ‘Encanto’ took home the prize for Best Animated Feature Film. And again, it was always going to win the award. The film remains an enjoyable one for the whole family.
THE GHOSTBUSTERS HOLD FIRE!
The brilliant ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ decides it isn’t time to pass into the spirit world outside the top ten. The film manages to spirit itself firmly into the ninth position for another week.
THE KING’S MAN ARE DISMISSED!
And finally, falling two places to land over the chart exit door in tenth place, we find ‘The King’s Man.’ The prequel to the first two films in the franchise, a former number one, looks down and out and could depart from us next week.
END OF THE LINE FOR THIS WEEK!
All change, please! This is where this week’s top ten terminates! Thank you for joining me on this week’s trip through the hots and the nots of home entertainment. And just to remind you that ‘Scream (2022)’ has today (Wednesday 30th March) been released on digital to buy. The film could cause a bit of a shakeup in next week’s chart positions. But until then…
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!