This week on The Official Film Chart, the moon falls, and we return to Downton Abbey, but the top of the tree belongs to Uncharted!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart. And a very Happy Star Wars Day to you all!
AMBULANCE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO RENT ON PVOD!
Let’s face the facts. The window between a film opening in cinemas and then hitting PVOD has become shorter than ever. It is a trend that is concerning to me as a cinemagoer. The latest action blockbuster from director Michael Bay, ‘Ambulance’ opened in cinemas at the back end of March. It is now available to rent on PVOD for a £15.99 rental fee. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yayha Abdul-Mateen II in an explosive and entertaining movie from Bay. The director’s usual loudness and visual flair are very much to the forefront once again. The film concerns two brothers who plan and execute a multi-million dollar robbery. When things go south, they make their escape in a hijacked ambulance, taking a startled paramedic and a wounded police officer as hostages. The film will entertain the adult audience who watch it and will give them some great escapist entertainment.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
The chart this week starts to heat up a bit more. Two new releases make their way into the top ten while another title re-enters. As always, we must lose some titles to make way and this week is no exception. And so, with a fond farewell to them, we bid goodbye to ‘Scream’, ‘PAW Patrol-The Movie’, and ‘No Time To Die.’ But what is currently holding the top position? Is the number one still singing? Has it returned to being covered in cobwebs? Or has something else emerged to steal the top of the chart for its very own? Grab your backpacks, we are going on a journey.
THE NUMBER ONE BECOMES UNCHARTED!
Coming in out of nowhere, based on digital download sales alone, we have a brand new number one. And it a welcome to the chart to Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as their action-adventure ‘Uncharted’ enters the placings as our highest new entry. The film, based on the video game franchise has seen a really strong first week’s sales as it topples last week’s chart-topper. In the film, Nathan Drake (Holland) finds himself recruited by treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Wahlberg) to recover a long-lost fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan. But businessman Santiago Moncada believes his family is the rightful heirs to the fortune, and the heist becomes a white-knuckle adventure across the world, which the pair can only pull off if they work together and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries. The film has been a success and a sequel is already being planned.
THE CHART IS STILL SINGING!
Despite only being number one for a single week, ‘Sing 2’ shouldn’t feel any disgrace. The film may now be belting out its tunes from the second position but it has seen some strong sales again this week. The film entered the chart last week on downloads alone but has seen a boost thanks to hitting the physical formats. The animated sequel has become a family favorite already and looks to be ready to continue its success for a while yet. Families have lapped up the further adventures of Buster Moon and his crew as they look to put on a new show. With the bonus features, the digital and physical copies contain, it will keep the family and especially young children occupied for hours.
BELFAST MOVES TO TAKE THE THIRD PLACE!
The Oscar-winning comedy/drama ‘Belfast’ manages to rise this week by two places. The Kenneth Branagh directed and written semi-autobiographical film has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike. Filmed in black and white, the film tells the story of a family growing up amongst the troubles of late 1960s Northan Ireland. The film is quite funny in places and it surprises the audience in a lot of ways.
SPIDER-MAN LOSES HIS GRIP!
After dominating the top of the chart for so many weeks, it is a surprise to see ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ drop two places. The film, the third solo outing for Tom Holland as the webbed superhero now fights from the fourth position. The main character does get a brief mention in this week’s big cinema release ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.’ But none of the events seen in the film are discussed, for known reasons. The inclusion of many villains from Spider-Man’s past brings a true sense of danger to proceedings. But with the returning Toby McGuire and Andrew Garfield on hand, reprising their roles as the character from past movies, we get a rip-roaring comic book movie for the ages. There are laughs, tears, and great entertainment value throughout the film.
MAYBE JACKASS ISN’T FOREVER!
The top five this week are rounded out by Paramount Pictures ‘Jackass Forever.’ The film, the fourth movie in the movie franchise drops two places to become the fifth-placed title. Johnny Knoxville and his team of crazed individuals return once more with some hilarious but gruesome stunts and practical jokes. It will guarantee to induce some serious wincing at some of their antics. And will make you feel sick in several others. The film hit the physical formats this past Monday and as such, may get a boost to its fortunes in next week’s chart.
DUNE DOESN’T DRIFT!
We start our look at the final five titles in our chart with a non-mover at number six. The epic science fiction epic ‘Dune’ decides it isn’t going to drift anywhere this week. Coming off the back of being the big winner at this year’s Academy Awards, the film holds firm at just under the halfway point.
DEATH ON THE NILE STARTS SINKING!
The second big-screen outing for Kenneth Branagh’s interpretation of Hercule Poirot has started sinking this week. The actor also directs the remake of the Agatha Christie novel ‘Death On The Nile.’ which sinks two places to end the week in seventh place. An all-star cast once again gets Poirot’s little grey cells working overtime in an enjoyable mystery film.
THE MATRIX IS SELF-DESTRUCTING!
Dropping down another place this week is the fourth film in the franchise, ‘The Matrix Resurrections.’ The film, once again featuring Keanu Reeves as Neo slips a single position as it ends the week trying to reboot itself in eighth place.
THE MOON FALLS IN THE NINTH SPOT!
Our final new entry this week lands itself a ninth-placed finish. Roland Emmerich is at it again, trying to destroy the world in his new disaster movie. The film, ‘Moonfall’ boasts Halle Berry as the main lead. She is supported by Patrick Wilson and John Bradley. Now, I have yet to see the film. But from what I have heard, it is pretty silly, with a ludicrous plot and mediocre performances. That said though, it apparently boasts an impressive set of visual effects that elevate the film higher than it deserves. The film hit the physical formats last week which has given it a top ten placing.
DOWNTON ABBEY ONCE AGAIN OPENS ITS CHART DOORS!
And finally, thanks to its sequel ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ opening in cinemas, the original film ‘Downton Abbey-The Movie’ returns to the top ten. The film, a former number one title, moves up eight places to grace us once more in the tenth and final position.
BREAKING NEWS! THE BATMAN IS TO HIT THE DISC FORMATS ON JUNE 13TH!
We still await the digital release date of Warner Bros. ‘The Batman.’ But while we are waiting for that to be confirmed, it has been announced that the film will be hitting the physical formats on June 13th. The Blu-ray version will have a 2-disc release while the DVD looks to be a vanilla release once again. But for those who want to own the hottest movie of the year so far, the news is out there for you to get ready to buy your copy.
And there we have it for another week. The chart is starting to move and flow again, something it hasn’t really been doing for two years. With the release of some of this year’s biggest movies on the horizon, it looks as if this year could be a bumper year for home entertainment. We can only hope. But as for this week, and until next time…
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!