This week on The Official Film Chart, Spider-Man webs himself up the chart, and Sonic The Hedgehog races back in, But Doctor Strange makes his way to the top spot!
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JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION ROARS ONTO PVOD!
It seems like it was only a few weeks since ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ was released in cinemas. It stomped its way onto screens just over a month ago. But that hasn’t stopped the film from emerging from extinction to hit the PVOD market this week. The film is now available to rent for a £15.99 fee. The movie is the climax of the ‘Jurassic World’ trilogy and the culmination of the entire six-film franchise story that began in 1993 with the original ‘Jurassic Park.’ Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard once again top line the film with support from OG stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. Sadly though, the film isn’t the big, great climax we all expected or wanted. It is rather a damp squib. For a franchise that made its name impressing us with its rollercoaster ride of thrills, spills, action, and some horror, it fails to deliver the goods. It is predictable and at times, infantile. This is not the ending we or the franchise deserved. However, if you want to rent the film at home, you can from your preferred site right now.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
Well, what a surprise. There are no new entries at all in this week’s chart placings. We do get some re-entries however, to go alongside the movers and shakers this week. With that in mind, we must say a fond farewell to ‘The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent’, ‘The Lost City’, and ‘Morbius.’ But what is occupying the top spot? Are those Fantastic Beasts still clinging on? Have the Vikings conquered the chart summit? Or has something else used its magic to steal the top of the chart tree? Grab your magic cloaks as we take our chart tour.
THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS CONQUERS THE TOP SPOT!
Welcome back, Doctor Strange! We’ve missed you. After entering the chart last week in the fourth spot, ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ has used its magic to become our new number one. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen return to give the fans another epic dose of fun and adventure. Directed by the legendary Sam Raimi, the film is a delight. It perfectly carries on Wanda’s story from the ‘WandaVision’ show by making her the villain of the piece this time round. With stunning visuals, some great humor, great performances, and some horror that we don’t expect, the film is a great night in for the whole family. It isn’t the best Marvel film of them all but it is still enjoyable enough to keep fans and non-fans entertained. Again, as usual, there are two stingers during the end credits. The first will lead the MCU forward while the second is a funny little scene that fans of Sam Raimi will enjoy.
THE NORTHMAN CONQUERS THE SECOND POSITION!
Those pesky Vikings have managed to battle their way up the chart this week. The terrific movie ‘The Northman’ has risen three places to end the week in the second position. The epic historical action thriller film is directed by Robert Eggers, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Sjón. Based on the legend of Amleth, the film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, and Willem Dafoe. The story follows Amleth, a Viking prince who sets out to avenge the murder of his father. The film is heavily influenced by Norse mythology and it shows in almost every scene. And it is a film that deserves to be seen. I enjoyed it very much, even though it does contain some nasty fight scenes and buckets of blood and gore. It is the perfect movie to put on once the youngsters are tucked up in bed.
THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE ARE EXPOSED!
Last week’s number one becomes this week’s number three as ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore’ falls from grace. The third film in the ‘Wizarding World’ franchise is also the lowest-grossing film of the trilogy. Considering the plan was to make five films in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, the odds of that happening now are slim at best. Set several years after the events of its predecessor, the film sees Albus Dumbledore tasking Newt Scamander and his allies with a mission that takes them into the heart of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald’s army. Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law once again lead the ensemble with Mads Mikkelson taking over the role of Grindelwald from Johnny Depp. Although an improvement over the second film, this third chapter still can’t capture the fun and enjoyment of the first film.
THE BATMAN BROODS IN THE FOURTH PLACE!
After spending several weeks watching the chart from the shadows of the third position, ‘The Batman’ has emerged to get knocked down a place. The superhero epic falls to become this week’s fourth-placed title. Robert Pattinson stars as the Dark Knight in a darker take on the comic book material. And the film is more of a noir-investigative thriller than a superhero film. At times, it gives the film great strength. In others, it simply makes the film drag. It is gritty, dark, brooding, and entertaining. But despite being described as the best Batman film of them all, it didn’t do anything for me. I found it to be lacking, despite some great performances and some terrific action sequences. It has built the world that Matt Reeves’ take on the material will be set in from now on. It will be interesting to see where they go from here.
SPIDER-MAN WEBS HIS WAY BACK UP THE CHART!
Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man manages to use his webs to crawl back up into the top five this week. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ moves four places to round out the top five best-selling titles. The third standalone movie featuring Tom Holland is also the best of the three. With appearances from Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, Willem Dafoe as Norman Osbourne/ The Green Goblin, and of course, Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield as their versions of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, the film is great fun. It is also leading the way at the halfway stage in the chart of the year by a country mile. And it introduces the Multiverse that will sustain the Marvel universe through phase 5 which was announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
SING 2 CLEARS ITS THROAT AGAIN!
We start our look at the bottom five titles with another riser. This time, despite hanging over the chart exit door last week, ‘Sing 2’ manages to clear its throat and move up the chart. The animated sequel, a former number one and one of Britain’s go-to movies over the past few months, climbs four places to perform from the sixth position.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG RACES BACK INTO THE TOP TEN!
You can’t keep our favorite hedgehog down for long. Despite dropping out of the top ten last week, the family film of the summer ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’ races back into the top ten. The brilliantly hilarious and entertaining family sequel puts its running shoes on as it rises five places to end the week in the seventh position.
THE BAD GUYS ARE BACK!
Another animated film that left us last week returns once again this week. Moving up three places, we welcome back ‘The Bad Guys.’ 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. And is another film that will keep the little ones entertained over the summer holidays.
OPERATION MINCEMEAT GETS MINCED AGAIN!
The ninth spot goes to the World War II drama ‘Operation Mincemeat.’ The film, starring Colin Firth is based on a true story about a deception the Allies played on the Germans during the second world war. The film, worthy of a watch and enjoyable, falls two places.
MAVERICK FLIES BACK IN!
And finally, Tom Cruise and the original ‘Top Gun’ return to the top ten this week. The classic 1986 film, a former number one title feels the need, the need for speed once more as it rises three places to claim the tenth and final spot this week.
OUTSIDE THE TOP TEN!
It isn’t only the top ten titles we like to concentrate on. We also pay attention to some of the titles that occupy places outside the main chart. Sitting pretty in the eleventh spot is the 1966 classic science fiction movie ‘Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.’ It is the second of two films based on the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who. It stars Peter Cushing in a return to the role of the eccentric inventor and time traveler Dr. Who, Roberta Tovey as Susan, Jill Curzon as Louise, and Bernard Cribbins as Tom Campbell. It is the sequel to ‘Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)’. Now, the film is a personal favorite of mine and my younger brother’s, due to great memories of both of us watching it on VHS with our late grandfather. In fact, my brother still owns that VHS copy, for sentimental reasons. The film has been released in a limited edition 4K Steelbook.
In the fourteenth place is the 1985 misfire ‘Red Sonja.’ It is based on the character created by Robert E. Howard and is based on the comic book character of the same name. The film introduces Brigitte Nielsen as the title character, with Sandahl Bergman, Paul Smith, Ronald Lacey, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in supporting roles. As in Howard’s stories of Conan, the film takes place in the Hyborian Age, a fictional prehistoric time that had been depicted previously in the films ‘Conan the Barbarian (1982’) and ‘Conan the Destroyer (1984).’ The film was a financial disaster and it is not hard to see why. Brigitte Nielsen is totally miscast as Red Sonja and despite being first billed, Arnold Schwarzenegger has only a token cameo role in the movie. The story is, that Schwarzenegger was supposed to be playing Conan in the film but they couldn’t get the rights to the character. This is why he plays the role of Lord Kalidor instead. But it is a suitable timewaster if you feel like it.
And that’s that for another week. And for once, we see no new entries into the top ten. This won’t last though as there are several big titles looming on the horizon. Plus, some of the titles that dropped out this week have only just had their release on the physical formats. So, we can expect to see them return in probably the lower positions shortly. We will have to see what happens. 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!