This week On The Official Chart, we get some Wild Things, and another dose of Jackass, but the night and the chart belong to The Batman!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON PVOD!
For all of the fans of the ‘Fantastic Beasts.’ franchise, this week is for you. Hitting PVOD for a rental fee of £15.99 is the latest film, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore.’ The film is the third in the franchise, which is a spin-off from the ‘Harry Potter.’ universe. It is also the unpleasant holder of having the lowest gross across the entire two franchises. Once again, Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander with support from Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore. Mads Mikkelsen steps into the shoes of Gellert Grindelwald, taking over from Johnny Depp, who was ‘asked’ to step down from the role.
The film still managed to make $396million against a budget of $200million. But is considered to be a failure. Mixed reviews didn’t help the film and it seems the fanbase is starting to tire of the franchise. However, if you’re a fan and would like to watch it, it is available to rent now.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
Yep, it happened. Just as predicted, we have a brand new number one title. It comes as no surprise as to what the film is. But as for the rest of the chart, we have one new entry and one re-entry. To make way for these three titles, we bid farewell to ‘Dog’, ‘Belfast’, and ‘Marry Me.’ But what could the other two titles be? Grab your cape and cowl as we find out.
THE BATMAN FIGHTS HIS WAY TO THE TOP!
Told you, didn’t I? It was an almost foregone conclusion. There wasn’t another title that could have beaten it. Flying straight into the number one spot on digital downloads alone, we welcome Robert Pattinson in his debut as ‘The Batman.’ The film has seen huge critical and audience acclaim ever since it hit cinema screens back in March. Co-starring Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, and Colin Farrell, the film is what everyone has been waiting for. Pattinson makes a terrific Batman but a poor Bruce Wayne in my opinion. And the film isn’t the greatest Batman film of all time (sorry!). But the film is an enjoyable and much darker take on the material. And it is all the better for it. However, it isn’t suitable for young children as some of the scenes are certainly more adult than we’ve come to expect.
TOP GUN JETS DOWN TO NUMBER TWO!
The brilliant sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ has had the best ever opening in Tom Cruise’s career this past weekend. It seems everyone couldn’t get enough of the aerial action, romance, and drama. Thanks to the sequel finally hitting screens, the original ‘Top Gun’ has been flying high in the charts. But with the arrival of the Caped Crusader, it has had its wings clipped slightly as it flies down to the second position. The 1986 film is still a classic of the 1980s and teenagers who saw it thirty-six years ago when it was released can now get excited to revisit their youth with the new film. And although it drops a place, it is still flying high in the danger zone!
SING 2 TAKES AN ENCORE AT THREE!
The animated sequel, ‘Sing 2’ has decided to remain on stage for an encore. The film has managed to hold onto the third place this past week. The story is set after the events of the previous film, where Buster Moon and his group put on a show in Redshore City while working to impress an entertainment mogul and enlist a reclusive rock star to perform. The film is the perfect entertainment to keep the little ones happy over the four-day bank holiday weekend and the half-term break.
THE FOURTH SPOT BECOMES UNCHARTED!
Dropping two places to end the week in the fourth spot is ‘Uncharted.’ The big-screen adaptation of the classic video game continues to sell well on all formats. Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg take the two main roles in a film that defied mixed reviews and has led it to be the fourth highest-grossing film of 2022 so far. In the film, Nathan Drake is recruited by Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan in a race against corrupt billionaire Santiago Moncada and mercenary leader Jo Braddock to locate the fabled treasure of the Magellan expedition.
SPIDER-MAN IS ON HIS WAY HOME!
The top five this week is rounded out by another Tom Holland film. This time though, he is our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in his third solo outing ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ In the film, Peter Parker asks Dr. Stephen Strange ( Benedict Cumberbatch) to use magic to make his identity as Spider-Man a secret again following its public revelation at the end of Far From Home. When the spell goes wrong, the multiverse is broken open which allows visitors from alternate realities to enter Parker’s universe. Of course, we know that villains from all the previous Spider-Man films make an appearance during proceedings. And as we now know, Tobey McGuire’s and Andrew Garfield’s versions of Spider-Man follow through as well.
ENCANTO MOVES UP THE CHART AGAIN!
We start our look at the lower half of the top ten by finding ‘Encanto’ has risen three places to take the sixth position. The film has been in and out of the charts as well as yo-yoing up and down the placings. But the Great British buying public can’t seem to get enough of the film.
THE MATRIX HAS FROZEN!
The latest (and probably last) chapter of the franchise, ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ finds it has frozen this week. The film, again featuring Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) is a non-mover in the seventh position.
DUNE DRIFTS AWAY!
The Science Fiction epic, ‘Dune’ finds itself blown away and drifting this week. The film, the big winner at this year’s award ceremonies slides down the chart by two places to end the week in the eighth spot.
THE CHART REGAINS SOME JACKASS!
Johnny Knoxville and his team of irresponsible reprobates return to the chart this week. Rising six places to re-enter the chart in the ninth position is their film ‘Jackass Forever.’ The film could have been buoyed by the release of ‘Jackass 4.5’ on Netflix. Although I haven’t seen it, I understand the version being shown on Netflix is an alternate version of ‘Jackass Forever.’
THINGS GET WILD AT NUMBER TEN!
And finally, our second and final new entry of the week hits the chart in the tenth and final position. Entering the top ten for the first time, thanks to its re-release on 4K UHD, the 1998 crime-drama ‘Wild Things’ takes the final top ten position. It follows a high-school guidance counselor in south Florida who is accused of rape by two female students, and a series of subsequent revelations after a police officer begins investigating the alleged crimes. The film stars Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, and Denise Richards. And is a worthy watch from start to finish.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!
And that, as they say, is that for another week. There is an abundance of top entertainment now available on PVOD to rent if you so desire. From ‘Morbius’ to ‘The Northman.’ ‘Ambulance’ and ‘Operation Mincemeat.’ Even the animated film ‘The Bad Guys’ is now available to rent. There is plenty to keep everyone entertained if you don’t like any of the retail films currently on offer. The choice is yours. 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 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!