This week on The Official Film Chart, Operation Mincemeat fakes a place in the chart, Ambulance finally arrives, and Morbius bites back but the number one takes a trip to The Lost City!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
THE NORTHMAN IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY!
Based on the legend of Amleth, the inspiration behind Hamlet, this week sees the release of the Robert Eggers directed ‘The Northman.’ The plot follows Amleth, a Viking prince who sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of his father. Alexander Skarsgard portrays Amleth with great support from Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Bjork, and Willem Dafoe. The film has been available for a while on the PVOD market but is now available to Download And Keep. The movie isn’t for the squeamish as it does contain some gory violence that may upset those of a sensitive disposition. But it is an incredible film to watch and experience. It is perfect for those nights when you want a change or something historic and violent. And I certainly recommend it to everyone.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
As for the chart for this week, it is as expected. Titles come and titles go as they please. And this week sees the end of the line for ‘Dune’, ‘The Matrix Resurrections’, and ‘Dr. Who & The Daleks’. But what is occupying the top spot this week? Is the summit still held by something spiky? Has Gotham’s savior returned from the shadows? Or has something else stolen the top spot out from under everything else? It is time to set out on this week’s chart expedition.
THE LOST CITY DISCOVERS THE NUMBER ONE POSITION!
It is a warm welcome back to the chart for Sandra Bullock. Entering the chart based on digital downloads alone, her new movie ‘The Lost City’ discovers the top spot as it becomes the new number one title. With Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph in support, the film is a wonderfully entertaining watch for everyone. The movie sees a reclusive romance novelist gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt by an eccentric billionaire, and her handsome cover model sets off to rescue her – landing them in a cutthroat jungle adventure. It is reminiscent of the 1980s adventure ‘Romancing The Stone’ in many ways. But it stands on its own feet and delivers a romp that will at least raise a smile.
MORBIUS BITES ITS WAY INTO THE SECOND PLACE!
Thanks to its release on the physical formats last week, the latest entry in the Sony MCU ‘Morbius’ bites its way into a second-place finish this week. The comic book film, starring Jared Leto and Matt Smith seems to be having a much better time on the home entertainment front than it did at the cinema. It has risen three places over the past seven days. The film, although having some good moments, is a letdown. Instead of launching a franchise for the character, it will be a standalone, thanks to its box office failure. The film follows Dr. Michael Morbius as he attempts to find a cure for his and his surrogate brother’s rare blood disease. But instead, his experiments turn Morbius into a vampire. There are some scary moments in-store as well as a few gory scenes. But sadly, the film stutters in fits and starts.
THE BATMAN DECIDES TO HIDE IN THE THIRD-PLACE DARKNESS!
Dropping a place to continue his battle against the forces of evil from the third position is the superhero epic ‘The Batman.’ The film is like Marmite. You either like it or you hate it. I like it but most certainly don’t love it. There is much to like and admire here, thanks to being a much darker take on the legend of the Dark Knight. But for some reason, the film didn’t do it for me. Robert Pattinson is terrific as Batman but is a poor Bruce Wayne. The same goes for Zoe Kravitz. She’s a great Selina Kyle but a poor Catwoman. The plaudits have to go to Colin Farrell as The Penguin as we’ve never seen him before. And to composer Michael Giacchino for his incredible and haunting score. But the film feels long-winded and manages to outstay its welcome by at least an hour.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 RUNS OUT OF SPEED!
In a shock this week, ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’ loses its pace and falls from the top spot to finish the chart race down in fourth place. The film is THE family film of the summer and I had a great deal of fun with it. It stars Ben Schwartz reprising his role as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, alongside James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, and Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Lee Majdoub, Idris Elba, and Jim Carrey. The film 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 riot of fun at times and is guaranteed to keep all the family happy for its two-hour runtime.
TOP GUN FLIES DOWN TO NUMBER FIVE!
Rounding out this week’s top five biggest-sellers is the classic 80s movie ‘Top Gun.’ Thanks to the box office success of its sequel, the original film has found a new lease of life on the home entertainment front. Tom Cruise plays Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell for the first time in a film that summed up a generation of film fans growing up. To have seen the film back in 1986 was like a badge of honor amongst my teenage friends. And we saw the film several times in the cinema. Now, a new generation gets to experience the thrills we had back in 1986. And to own the film is a huge must.
THE BAD GUYS GET BEATEN DOWN TO THE SIXTH PLACE!
We begin our look at the bottom five placings in the chart with ‘The Bad Guys’ which falls two places to become this week’s number six. The animated film was a new entry last week. But it will bounce back once it hits the physical formats. 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 is an enjoyable film that all the family will love. And will certainly keep the little ones entertained for hours.
AMBULANCE FINALLY ARRIVES INTO THE CHART!
Rising nine places to finally hit the top ten, thanks to its release on the disc formats is Michael Bay’s latest movie ‘Ambulance.’ The film hit digital download a few weeks back without hitting the top ten chart. Now it has roared in to park itself firmly in the seventh position. 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. As you would expect from a Michael Bay movie, it is loud, action-packed with big explosions. But it is also a highly entertaining action-thriller that is deserving of a watch or two.
OPERATION MINCEMEAT MAKES MINCEMEAT OUT OF THE EIGHTH POSITION!
Our second and final new entry of the week lands in the eighth position. And it is a secretive welcome to the World War II drama ‘Operation Mincemeat.’ The film stars Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn, and Jason Isaacs. The story is based on a true event during the second world war where the Allies tricked Nazi Germany into believing that they would be invading Greece instead of their real plans. The film is a gripping drama that also contains some genuine humor. And it is amazing to know that the film is completely true.
SING 2 SUFFERS A SORE THROAT!
The animated sequel ‘Sing 2’, for so long the family film that everyone turned to, has suffered a sore throat again. The film, a former number one title falls two places to land itself in the ninth position.
SPIDER-MAN IS ONCE AGAIN ON HIS WAY HOME!
And finally, after crawling up the chart last week, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ gets washed out once again. The brilliant third solo outing for Tom Holland as the character slips a place to web itself over the chart exit door in the tenth and final position.
THE CHART QUEST IS OVER!
And that wraps up another week on home entertainment. My thanks for joining in with the fun as we toured the top ten placings. Things are starting to hot up in the race for that all-important number one. But what are YOU thinking of buying? Why not let us know what you will be adding to your home library in the comments section below? We love to hear from you. 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!