This week on The Official Chart, The Crimes Of Grindelwald are investigated, and Vin Diesel returns yet again but there’s no stopping Spider-Man at the top of the charts!
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THE BATMAN HITS PVOD ON APRIL 19TH!
The biggest box office hit of the year so far, ‘The Batman.’ opened back in early March. But that hasn’t stopped Warner Bros. from announcing that the film will be hitting PVOD on April 19th. If you haven’t made it to the cinema to see the film yet, or have decided not to go, the film will be available for a £15.99 rental fee. Robert Pattinson takes the role of Batman/ Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ take on the Dark Knight. With support from Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman. Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/ The Riddler, and an unrecognizable Colin Farrel as Oswald Cobblepot/ The Penguin, the film has amazed audiences. It is a long affair (almost three hours long) but it is a worthy watch. Critics and reviewers have raved about the film and its gritty take on the source material. Discover what they’ve been raving about on April 19th.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
As we turn to the entertainment that is available now, we see the regular titles alongside a single new one. As such, it is time to say goodbye to ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’, ‘West Side Story’, and ‘King Richard’. But what is occupying the top of the chart tree? Is it still covered in spider webs? Is a scary killer stalking us in the top spot? Has the number one been hacked? Or has something else defied them all to take the summit for itself? In all honesty, what do you think?
SPIDER-MAN STICKS FIRM FOR A FOURTH WEEK!
There was no chance that ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ would be dethroned. The Marvel/Sony sequel tops the chart tree for a fourth week in a row. And to be honest, it will stay there for a little while longer yet. It has outsold the rest of the top ten combined. It does face some competition next week from Ghostface as he arrived on the physical formats this Monday. But Tom Holland in his third solo movie as the character should still reign supreme. The film is quite frankly a brilliant and highly enjoyable affair. The storyline is epic, the villains are superb, and the film is entertaining. But (SPOILER ALERT), the rumored appearances from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as the character from their own universes…turned out to be TRUE! And their appearances in the film and especially the climax elevates the film that much higher. And it must be seen to be believed.
DUNE GETS BLOWN BACK UP THE CHART!
Six Oscars later and the epic that is ‘Dune’ gets blown back up the chart. The Denis Villeneuve-directed remake of the classic Frank Herbert novel moves up by two places to occupy the second position. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The sheer scope and vision that makes up the film are groundbreaking. The whole film is a masterclass in filmmaking. It takes your breath away when you see the spectacular sets and designs that are on offer here. The acting is top-notch, the score is marvelous, and the whole film is spectacular. And I can’t wait for ‘Dune: Part Two’ to open later next year.
GHOSTFACE HAS A MUTED SCREAM!
The fifth chapter in the franchise, also entitled ‘Scream’ drops a place this week. The film now terrifies us from the third position. After the response, both critically and commercially for the fourth film, this new movie rights the ship again. It brings the franchise up to date and into the modern age. But it is also what it needed to be. Scary. The quality of the original film is finally brought back here, giving us a terrific horror movie. Scary, violent, and with some great referential humor involved, it is worthy of a late-night watch in the dark. And sets up and builds up towards the already announced ‘Scream 6.’
THE MATRIX NEEDS A RESURRECTION!
Dropping a place to this week’s number four is ‘The Matrix Resurrections.’ The fourth film in the now twenty-three-year-old franchise tries something different this time. But it sadly fails. The film is boosted by the returning Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss. But it leaves a lot to be desired. I desperately wanted to love the film. But I was ultimately let down by a film that, while boasting great visuals, fails miserably to live up to the expectations. The critics fell into two camps. One set liked the film, harking it as the best sequel to the original film. But the others were like me. They found the film to be tired, slow-moving and relying too much on footage from the previous three entries. All in all, you’ll be pining for the original trilogy during the film.
SPIDER-MAN DELIVERS A TRIPLE WHAMMY!
Not being content with holding the top spot for the fourth week, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man decides he wants more. And he gets it too. Thanks to ‘No Way Home’ being released on the physical formats, our only new entry this week takes the fifth position. The ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming/ Far From Home/ No Way Home’ boxset swings in out of nowhere to join us. Tom Holland’s three solo outings as the Marvel character are packaged together to give fans a triple whammy. Out of the three, ‘No Way Home’ is the best (obviously). But that doesn’t take away the quality that the other two movies have. If you haven’t got any of the films, then this is certainly the set for you.
007 BECOMES NUMBER 006!
We start our look at the bottom five positions with ‘No Time To Die.’ The latest James Bond film drops a place to become this week’s sixth-placed title. Daniel Craig’s farewell as the iconic character has become one of the best-selling titles in chart history. The race is now on to find who will replace Craig in the tuxedo. But the next film will either be another reboot for the franchise or will sideline Craig’s five movies. I’m going with the idea that Craig’s time as 007 will be its own separate entity. They certainly can’t carry on with the storyline after the climax of this film, that’s for sure.
PAW PATROL WALKS UP THE CHART AGAIN!
Those lovable pooches that make up ‘PAW Patrol: The Movie’ are on the walk back up the chart once more. The animated movie has been yo-yoing in and out of the chart for a while now. And it keeps dropping down before rising up again. This week, the film manages to climb three spots to become the seventh title on the chart.
ENCANTO ON THE SLIDE AGAIN!
Despite its Oscar success, the Disney animated movie, ‘Encanto’ is on the slide down the chart again. The film, deservedly winning Best Animated Feature, drops two places to enchant people everywhere from the eighth spot on our chart.
THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD ARE INVESTIGATED!
It had to happen, didn’t it? We could have predicted it would happen. Thanks to the release of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore’ into cinemas, the first two films in the franchise rise up the charts. While the original film, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ sits in the fifteenth position in the top 40, its sequel ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ becomes this week’s number nine. Now, I haven’t seen ANY of the films so I cannot comment on their quality. But from what I’ve heard, this second film is a bit of a letdown. But that doesn’t seem to have put off the buying public. The film has risen by nine places from last week’s eighteenth position.
THE TENTH SPOT GETS FAST & FURIOUS AGAIN!
And finally, I don’t know what Vin Diesel has been putting in his chart fuel tanks. But it seems to be working. Racing up nine places to enter the top ten once more is ‘Fast & Furious 9.’ The film could have benefited from a price cut on digital last week. Or it could be because of the announcement of Brie Larson joining the franchise for the next film. But whatever the reason, the film is back once again.
And we are done for another week. As you can see, there’s a decent amount of titles on home entertainment to keep you occupied over the Easter weekend. And even better, you can watch a movie and stuff yourself full of chocolate and get away with it! Next week’s chart will be interesting. With the physical release of ‘Scream’, we could have a tussle on for the number one spot. I still expect ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ to be number one but it’s not guaranteed. But that’s for next week. Until then, I wish you all a happy Easter, 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!