December 10, 2023
The Official Charts - Top Gun Rules The Skies

This week on The Official Chart, The Matrix gets resurrected, and we return to Jurassic World, but nothing can stop Tom Cruise and Top Gun at the top!

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You wait for one decent film to become available to download and keep on digital and then you get three at once! This week on the newly released download and keep market, there are three big movies just waiting for us to splash our cash on. The first is the brilliant comic sequel ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2.’ Once again, our favorite blue speedster returns to do battle with Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik. But he hasn’t come alone. Joining Robotnik for the battle is Knuckles the Echidna (Voiced by Idris Elba). But help comes in the shape of Tails (Voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey) in a sequel that will keep the whole family entertained.

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America.


The second of this week’s big releases is the Michael Bay action-thriller ‘Ambulance.’ As usual, the film is loud, full to the brim with action and big explosions. But it also has the benefit of a good story and is full of suspense, making the film a more enjoyable Michael Bay film than usual. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Eiza González and follows two adoptive siblings turned bank robbers who hijack an ambulance and take two first responders hostage.

(from left) Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Danny Sharp (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Ambulance, directed by Michael Bay.


Our final offering of the week comes in the horrifying form of ‘Morbius.’ It stars Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, alongside Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson. In the film, Morbius and his surrogate brother Milo become living vampires after curing themselves of a rare blood disease. The film is based on the Marvel Comics character and is the debut of Morbius on the big screen. The film is part of the Sony MCU. It is also a letdown. It is an entertaining way to lose an hour and forty minutes. But it is also a failure on many levels. It was roundly slammed by the critics and failed to live up to box office expectations. It is also too scary for younger viewers, hence the 15 certificate the film carries.

Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) in Columbia Pictures’ MORBIUS.


While the above three films will undoubtedly create chaos in next week’s chart, this week is a case of the same old, same old. Titles move up and down as they want. Other titles arrive while others leave us. And this week it is a case of wishing a fond farewell to ‘Lancaster’, ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’, and ‘Encanto’. But what has the honor of topping the chart tree? Has Maverick managed to hit the afterburners and hold on? Has the Dark Knight managed to sneak up out of the shadows and reclaim the top spot? Or has something else entirely managed to beat them all off to lay claim to the crown? We have no time to waste, so let’s get cracking.


It was a close-run thing this week between the first and second positions. But in the end, Maverick prevailed. Just about managing to hold onto the top position by just 500 sales, the original ‘Top Gun’ makes it a third non-sequential week as our favorite movie. With its sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ still earning millions at the box office, the 1986 original has a new lease of life. It is perhaps Tom Cruise’s best-loved role, eclipsing his turn as Ethan Hunt in the ‘Mission: Impossible.’ franchise. It remains a classic from the 1980s and is always on the list of the greatest 80s movies of all time. Not bad for a film I saw in my teenage years, thirty-six years ago!

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Tom Cruise As Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell In Top Gun, A Paramount Pictures Release.


Only 500 sales came between top and second place. But ‘The Batman’ had to settle with holding the second position this week. Still hiding in the shadows and watching over Gotham, the film is a comic book film noir. Robert Pattinson is terrific as the Dark Knight in a darker Batman film than we’ve ever seen before. I do have major problems with the film but have to admit that it is a gritty, detective noir film instead of the usual comic book fare. And that, in many respects, is to the film’s advantage. With Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, and Colin Farrell in support, the film is a worthy watch. The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray this past Monday so it will be interesting to see what position the film takes next week.

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(L-r) ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman and ZOË KRAVITZ as Selina Kyle in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.


The animated sequel ‘Sing 2’ decides it wants to give us a repeat performance this week as it holds onto the third position. The film has become one of the best-loved releases over the past few months and continues to enchant everyone across the U.K. The story of the film 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. With catchy tunes and dance moves to learn, the film is great family entertainment.

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Sing 2, A Universal Pictures/ Illumination Entertainment Release


Climbing three places to take the fourth spot this week is the new film in the franchise, ‘The Matrix Resurrections.’ Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss return as Neo and Trinity respectfully in an attempt to reboot and continue the franchise. Sadly, for me, the film didn’t work. The general premise was a good one, and Reeves returning as Neo was a real high point. But the general execution of the film was severely lacking. And the film is, I hate to say it, dull. There are many people out there that will get a kick out of the film and a lot of enjoyment. But I am not one of them. To me, the film represents the dying embers of a once-great franchise. And one that will soon go out, once and for all.

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Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss In The Matrix Resurrections, A Warner Bros. Pictures Release


Dropping a place to the fifth position this week is the Tom Holland/ Mark Wahlberg movie version of the video game ‘Uncharted.’ The film has been a long time coming to cinema screens but once it hit, has made a fair profit on its budget. It stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan, with Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas in supporting roles. In the film, Drake is recruited by Sullivan in a race against corrupt billionaire Santiago Moncada and mercenary leader Jo Braddock to locate the fabled treasure of the Magellan expedition. The ending to the film sets up the inevitable sequel. But it is a highly enjoyable romp to keep everyone happy.

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Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) and Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) look to make their move in Columbia Pictures’ UNCHARTED. photo by: Clay Enos


We start our tour at the bottom five positions by finding our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man losing his grip slightly. His latest film ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ falls a single place this week as it drops to the sixth position. But the film deserves repeated viewings. It is, quite simply, the best Spider-Man film of them all. And with the supporting cast to back him up, Tom Holland has never been better as the character and his alter-ego of Peter Parker.

Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.


Rising up the chart once again into the seventh position is the science fiction epic that is ‘Dune.’ The multi-award-winning film continues to sell well on all the formats. A masterpiece of cinema from director Denis Villeneuve, the visuals and sheer scale of the film will astound viewers. And we have the second film to come next October.

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET as Paul Atreides in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action-adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary release.


Returning to the top ten chart by rising ten places this week, James Bond has returned as ‘No Time To Die’ becomes a re-entry at number eight. The final film starring Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent was the highest-selling title of 2021 after debuting on home entertainment back in mid-December. It isn’t the best Bond film of them all and isn’t Craig’s best Bond film either. But it does contain a shocking ending for Craig’s time inhabiting the tuxedo and is a worthy finale to his time as 007.

Daniel Craig As James Bond 007 In No Time To Die, A Universal Pictures Release.


The first-ever number one title on the top ten charts was ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.’ How fitting then that as the final chapter of the trilogy ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ is dominating box offices around the world that the second film has returned to the top ten once more. The film rises eight places to become this week’s ninth best-selling title. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard once again lead the line as they battle dinosaurs and evil humans in an engaging middle chapter of the ‘Jurassic World.’ trilogy. The original ‘Jurassic Park’ also moves up to number eleven while ‘Jurassic World’ itself rises to number fourteen.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Image courtesy of Universal Pictures)


Rounding off the countdown at Number 10 is Ryan Gosling’s modern cult classic ‘Drive.’ Originally released in 2011, the neo-noir action drama enters the Official Film Chart for the first time following its release on 4K UHD, including a new limited-edition boxset. The film is a modern classic and is one of the best films to come out of the 2010s. Co-Starring Carey Mulligan, it is a film that is deserving of a place in anyone’s library.

Ryan Gosling Stars As The Driver In Drive, A Second Sight Release


And that is that for another week. Phew! What a week lies in store for next week’s chart. With the three new releases heading our way, it may be a case of the placings getting a major shakeup. And one that has been a long time in coming. It may be a case of tossing a coin to see which of the new releases you’ll be buying. I’ve actually already bought two of them while the third is on my mind. But it is a case of your own personal tastes and choice. But until we find out how things go next week…

Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, be kind, look after each other, and happy viewing!

The Official Film Chart | The UK Top Ten (16th October)

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