August 16, 2022

This week on The Official Film Chart, The Bad Guys arrive, and Dr. Who Takes on the Daleks but nothing can stop Sonic The Hedgehog from racing to the top spot!

Welcome to The Official Film Chart.

THE LOST CITY IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DOWNLOAD AND KEEP!

Today sees the release of the Paramount Pictures romance/comedy/ action blockbuster ‘The Lost City.’ The film stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum as a romance novelist and her cover model, who must escape a billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) and find the lost ancient city described in one of her books. The film co-stars Da’Vine Joy Randolph, with cameo appearances by Brad Pitt and Stephen Lang. The film has been a box office success and continues to play well around the globe. It shares a lot of traits with ‘Romancing The Stone’ which is to the film’s advantage. It is a highly enjoyable movie which is a great night’s entertainment. There is enough to keep everyone happy and occupied for a couple of hours. And the film is completely inoffensive, good, clean fun for all the family. It has already found a home in my collection and I recommend it to you.

Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum star in Paramount Pictures’ “THE LOST CITY.”

THE OFFICIAL CHART

Once again, the chart goes through its paces and throws up the usual movers and shakers. The race for the top spot remains a pretty close run thing. And we, the viewing public are the ultimate winners, thanks to a deluge of big-name movies to buy. But of course, there are casualties in the battle for the best places. And this week sees the fall of ‘The Duke’ and ‘No Time To Die’. But what is occupying the top spot? Is Gotham still protecting the number one from the shadows? Has a spiky animal raced up to take the top honor? Has a vampire taken a bite out of the rest? Or are we in for a surprise? Let’s not waste time as we find out.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 RACES TO BECOME NUMBER ONE!

After just missing out on the top spot last week, the brilliant family sequel ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’ finally finds top gear as it races to become the brand new number one. The film stars Ben Schwartz reprising his role as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, alongside James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Lee Majdoub, Idris Elba, and Jim Carrey. It follows Sonic and Tails, who team up to find the Master Emerald before Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles the Echidna do, while also contending with the military organization called G.U.N. The film is a delight from start to finish and is the family film of the year, in my opinion. And it does leave things open for a third film, which has already been announced. No spoilers but a mid-credits scene will tell you all you need to know!

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

THE BATMAN RETURNS TO THE SHADOWS!

After narrowly winning the chart race last week, it is time for ‘The Batman’ to return to the shadows once more. The film, a three-hour-long darker take on the material drops a place to land in this week’s second position. The film stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman alongside Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell. The film sees Batman, who has been fighting crime in Gotham City for two years, uncovering corruption while pursuing the Riddler, a serial killer who targets Gotham’s elite. It is not a film for the whole family as it contains some sequences that push it into its 15-rated territory. But it is entertaining enough without remotely becoming the best Batman film of them all.

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ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

TOP GUN HOVERS IN THIRD!

One of the best films to emerge from the 1980s, ‘Top Gun’ has decided to hover in third place this week. You don’t need me to tell you about it but I will. It stars Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, with Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt in supporting roles. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He and his radar intercept officer, LTJG Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Edwards), are given the chance to train at the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. The sequel, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ recently went over the magical $1 billion at the world’s box offices. And it shows no signs of slowing down just yet.

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

THE BAD GUYS STEAL INTO THE FOURTH SPOT!

The first of our two new entries this week manages to steal its way into the fourth position. And it is a warm welcome to the Dreamworks/ Universal Pictures animated film ‘The Bad Guys.’ It features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Alex Borstein, and Lilly Singh. And It tells the story of a criminal group of anthropomorphic animals who, upon being caught, pretend to attempt to reform themselves as model citizens, only for their leader to find himself genuinely drawn to changing his ways as a new villain has his own plans. It had a run at the box office before hitting PVOD until recently. It is charming, hilarious at times, and harmless enough to keep everyone happy.

The Bad Guys, A Dreamworks/ Universal Pictures Release

MORBIUS HAS HIS WINGS CLIPPED!

Rounding out this week’s top five placings is the latest Sony MCU movie ‘Morbius.’ The film, a total box office bomb, drops a place to land itself in the fifth position. The film features 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. Despite some good sequences, and some attempts to connect it with the ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Venom.’ universes, it fails miserably. Instead of starting a new franchise for Sony, the character will probably now be relegated to guest appearances in the other two franchises.

Morbius (Jared Leto) in Columbia Pictures’ MORBIUS.

DUNE IS BLOWN BACKWARDS!

We start our look at the bottom five placings by finding that ‘Dune’ has been blown away slightly. The film, a science fiction epic in its own right, has dropped a place this week down to number six. However, with the sequel ‘Dune Part Two’ due to hit cinemas in October of 2023, the film will gain a new lease of life upon its release.

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

SING 2 TUNES UP ONCE AGAIN!

After suffering a nasty fall down the chart last week, Buster Moon and his friends make a small comeback. The film, the enjoyable animated sequel ‘Sing 2’ manages to rise two places this week to occupy the seventh position.

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Sing 2, a Universal Pictures/ Illumination Entertainment Release

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS GETS AN ERROR MESSAGE!

After rebounding up the chart again, ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ suffers an error message this week. The film, the fourth in the franchise (and probably the last), drops a place to hack its way into the eighth position.

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

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME REFUSES TO GO HOME!

What’s the nursery rhyme? Incy-Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again? Well, it’s true! After hanging dangerously over the chart exit door last week, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ crawls up a place this week to web itself into the ninth spot.

Spider-Man perched atop a light in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

DR. WHO & THE DALEKS EXTERMINATE THE TENTH SPOT!

And finally, our final new entry into the chart exterminates its way into the tenth and final spot. ‘Dr. Who & The Daleks’ makes its Official Film Chart debut. Released back in 1965 and starring Peter Cushing as The Doctor, the British sci-fi adventure – which on its release was the first time The Doctor was seen in color, and The Doctor’s first big-screen appearance – was released last week in a 4K UHD collector’s edition. Now, I own the film in various formats, and can safely say that it is an all-time classic. My fondest memory of the film is watching it with my grandfather on VHS way, WAY back! And for that reason alone, it holds a place close to my heart.

Peter Cushing As The Doctor In Dr. Who & The Daleks, A StudioCanal Release

OUR TIME IS EXTERMINATED!

And that is all we have time for this week. Yet again, we have seen a terrific week on the home entertainment front. And long may it continue. ‘The Lost City.’ may shake things up next week when it arrives in the charts. But with the terrific selection that is now available, we are guaranteed some great nights of movie entertainment. And so, until next time…

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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