This week on The Official Chart, The Matrix gets resurrected, and Tom Cruise flies into the chart, but it’s three weeks in a row for Uncharted at the top!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
MORBIUS AND THE NORTHMAN ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON PVOD!
Ok, so I was wrong about ‘Morbius’ going straight to buy and keep instead of hitting PVOD. The film became available to rent this week for a £15.99 rental. The lack of success at the box office has contributed to it hitting PVOD this early. But the surprise title that has become available this week is the acclaimed Viking action-drama ‘The Northman.’ The film features Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hamke, and Anya Taylor-Joy in a terrific film set during the Viking era. The film is an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder. The film isn’t for the squeamish as it features some extremely nasty deaths and a hell of a lot of blood. But the film is one that demands to be viewed and I can certainly recommend it.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
The chart this week, in the top positions at least, is a case of as you were. In fact, the top four remain in place from last week’s chart. It is in the lower positions that we see the movement. We have no new entries this week, just titles that have moved up the chart from the lower positions, and one re-entry. To make way for these titles, it is the end of the road for ‘Jackass Forever’, ‘Death On The Nile’, and ‘Downton Abbey-The Movie.’ But what are the new titles that have taken their places? Let’s find out as I feel the need, the need for speed.
THE TOP SPOT REMAINS UNCHARTED AGAIN!
With no new entries to challenge him this week, Tom Holland and his film ‘Uncharted’ remains at the top of the chart tree. The film has held the lofty heights for three weeks in a row. This is thanks to the film hitting the physical market, a few weeks after its digital release. With support from Mark Wahlberg and Antonio Banderas, the film, based on the classic videogame, continues to be the choice of the British public. A sequel is in the planning stages already so we can expect to see more of Nathan Drake and Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan somewhere in the future.
THE SECOND PLACE IS STILL SINGING!
Buster Moon and his lovable crew continue to hold on in the second position. Their animated sequel, ‘Sing 2’ remains the second favorite of the buying public this week. The film seems to have struck the perfect chord with families everywhere in the UK and it’s not hard to see why. With catchy tunes, great animation, and a genuine feel-good story, the film is the perfect tonic to what is going on outside our front doors. Forget the troubles, sing, and dance to your heart’s content with the film.
SPIDER-MAN IS STICKING AT NUMBER THREE!
Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man sticks himself firmly into the third position for another week. The film, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is possibly one of the best Marvel films to have been released since ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Tom Holland once again dons the outfit as our hero must battle against a world that now knows his true identity. With an unwise request for help from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the multiverse is unleashed. With villains from his past from across the multiverse coming for him, Peter must rely on his wits and his friends to survive the onslaught. And, of course, on both Tobey McGuire’s and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man coming through to join in the fun.
DUNE DOESN’T MOVE!
The winds of fortune haven’t blown ‘Dune’ away this week as it remains stagnant in the fourth place. The multi-award-winning film just won’t quit hanging around the top five. And why should it? The film is an epic in every sense of the word. The sets are magnificent, the scale is incredible, and the whole film reeks of quality from the start. What Denis Villeneuve has created in his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel must be seen to be believed. And enjoyed. The second film, ‘Dune Part Two’ has recently cast Christopher Walken as The Emperor of the galaxy, bringing an even bigger quality to the upcoming sequel.
TALK TO ME GOOSE FROM THE FIFTH POSITION!
Ok, I’ll say it again. I feel the need, the need for speed! After thirty-six years of waiting, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is gearing up to take off from the world’s cinema flight deck. And I can’t wait to see it. But while we await the return of Tom Cruise taking to the skies again, the original ‘Top Gun’ has flown up twenty-one places to land itself in the fifth position. The film, a true classic from the 1980s has seen its afterburners hit almost full power as it flies into the chart for the very first time. And I must admit, I bought it on 4K digital even though I own it on DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD digital. We all know the story by now. We all know how the film ends. And we all bought the soundtrack (I myself own five copies of the various releases). But the film still remains one of our favorites from the 1980s. And rightfully so. With Harold Faltermeyer’s brilliant ‘Top Gun Anthem’ still firmly in our minds. And Kenny Loggins’s brilliant ‘Danger Zone’ still rattling around our memories, this is the perfect time to revisit a classic ahead of its sequel.
THE MATRIX GETS RESURRECTED!
We start our look at the bottom half of the top ten by getting a surprise. After hanging over the chart exit door last week, ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ finds itself…er…resurrected. The fourth film in the franchise, once again featuring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss, moves up the chart by three places to become this week’s sixth-placed title.
BELFAST IS ON THE RISE!
The Oscar-Winning autobiographical film ‘Belfast’ decides to also rise this week. The film, written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, moves up a place to become this week’s number seven.
TURNING RED IS GOING DOWN!
The Disney/ Pixar animated film ‘Turning Red’ is on its way down the chart. The film, cruelly given a limited cinematic run before hitting Disney+, falls two places to end the week in the eighth position.
JENNIFER LOPEZ ASKS TO MARRY ME!
Not literally, of course! But her romantic-comedy-drama ‘Marry Me’ moves up from outside the top ten placings to enter the chart for the first time in ninth place. The film sees music superstars Kat Valdez (Lopez) and Bastian (Maluma) about to marry on stage in front of a global audience of fans. But when Valdez discovers her partner has been cheating on her, she picks a member of the audience (Owen Wilson) to marry instead. The film was given mixed reviews upon release but went on to become a hit with cinema audiences.
And finally, you can’t keep ‘Encanto’ down for too long. The animated Walt Disney film moves up five places to return to the top ten in the tenth and final position this week.
ALL DONE FOR ANOTHER WEEK!
And that, my friends, is that. Another top ten chart is done and dusted. It seems we have a small lull at the moment while we await some more of the big release to become available to buy on digital and the physical formats. It shouldn’t be too long before we get our teeth into some of Hollywood’s biggest movies of the year so far. But 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!