This week on The Official Film Chart, we go to infinity and beyond with our single new entry but Top Gun: Maverick refuses to be shot down from the top!
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STAR TREK-THE MOTION PICTURE; THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY!
Tomorrow (8th September) is Star Trek Day. To celebrate, the movies have been reduced to buy on the digital download format. But sadly, the recent ‘Star Trek-The Motion Picture: The Director’s Edition’ isn’t available to purchase on the format. However, it is now available to buy on 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD. It is the first time the film has been available on the disc formats and has been remastered once again. I have seen it and can confirm that it looks GLORIOUS! The colors are crisper and clearer than ever, the special effects have been tweaked once again and the whole film is better than ever. Of course, it can’t hold a candle to ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan’ entertainment wise but it is worthy of picking up all the same. My advice is to grab it before it warps out of stock!
THE OFFICIAL CHART
As for the chart this week, it is a case of moving around the placings again. Titles decide to do what they want without consequence. But we do need to wish a fond farewell to ‘Dog Soldiers’. And we do have a single new entry this week. But what is holding the top spot? Is the number one still flying high? Has it re-entered A New Era? Or has something else managed to steal the top of the mountain? Strap yourselves in as we take off to find out.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK STILL FLYING AT THE TOP!
We waited thirty-six years for it. And when it flew in, we all loved it. Managing to surpass the 500,000 sales mark in just 11 days, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ comfortably holds onto the top spot for a second week. In fact, with sales of 553,000 copies, the film has beaten the previous record held by ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, which reached the half-million milestone in five weeks. In addition, the film took the number one spot at the U.S box office this past weekend, marking the first time the same film has held the number one position on both cinematic and retail charts at the same time. Tom Cruise’s sequel is the best film I have seen this year. And my digital copy has been watched around twenty times in the past fortnight.
A NEW ERA CONTINUES AT NUMBER TWO!
After being dethroned last week, ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ refuses to move any further as it holds onto the second position. The sequel to the original film, itself a big-screen outing for the ITV drama continues to be much sought after. The critics and the fans once again embraced the film and made it a roaring success. With a cast list that includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, and Jim Carter, the film is a wonderful dramatic outing. But one character *spoiler alert* sadly won’t be in a third film if one is to be made. But fans will love the film and it makes for an entertaining watch during the winter months.
TOP GUN HOLDS FIRE AT NUMBER THREE!
Once again, while its sequel holds sway at the top of the chart, the original ‘Top Gun’ continues to fly high in the third position. The classic 1986 film has seen a huge resurgence ever since its sequel hit the cinema screens. Tom Cruise in perhaps his most famous role continues to bring nostalgia and fun to the next generation. With its classic soundtrack still playing in homes around the world, the film remains a bonafide classic of the 1980s.
LIGHTYEAR GOES TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!
Our only new entry into the chart this week actually rises ten places to take its place in the fourth spot. And it is a warm welcome to Disney/ Pixar’s animated film ‘Lightyear.’ The film is the origin story of the character from the ‘Toy Story’ franchise. But this time around, the character is voiced by Chris Evans instead of Tim Allen. The film follows Buzz Lightyear operating as a space ranger who, after being marooned on a hostile planet with his commander and crew, tries to find a way back home while confronting a threat to the universe’s safety. The film presents itself as part of a franchise within the Toy Story films in which Lightyear is a character. For some reason, the film didn’t strike a note with cinemagoers, only grossing $226.2 million against its $200 million budget. But the film is entertaining enough and will bring smiles to the faces of the whole family.
FANTASTIC BEASTS CAN’T KEEP THEIR SECRETS!
Rounding out the top five this week, we find ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore’ has slipped a place to end the week at number five. The film seems to have found its niche and its audience on the home entertainment formats rather than at the cinema. The film has been a roaring success on the home formats while it struggled at the world’s box office. Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, and company return once more in a film that wraps up a fair bit of the story threads spun in the original two films. Of course, there’s more that can be followed if any further films are made. But that remains up in the air at the moment.
THE BATMAN RISES ONCE AGAIN!
We begin our tour of the bottom five places by discovering that ‘The Batman’ has risen out of the darkness by a single place. The film, a three-hour detective noir now watches over the bottom placings from the sixth position. Robert Pattinson portrays the Dark Knight in a film that while being enjoyable, isn’t the best Batman film of them all. And contains scenes and sequences that are certainly not suitable for children.
UNCHARTED RISES ONCE AGAIN!
The seventh place goes to the Tom Holland/ Mark Wahlberg action adventure ‘Uncharted.’ The film, a former number one is the big screen version of the classic video game that is beloved by gamers everywhere. Despite being given mixed reviews by critics, the film was a huge success, earning it a sequel.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG RUNS OUT OF SPEED!
The family film of the summer ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’ finds itself running out of speed once more. The brilliant family sequel falls back three places as it ends the week jogging in the eighth position.
SING 2 HAS A VERY SORE THROAT!
Another former number one finds that its singing voice has gone croaky once again. The animated sequel ‘Sing 2’ has fallen down the placings again, now residing in the ninth spot on the chart.
TOP GUN/ TOP GUN: MAVERICK BOXSET GETS SHOT DOWN!
And finally, while the first two films occupy two out of the three top placings, the ‘Top Gun/ Top Gun: Maverick Boxset’ gets hit by a chart missile this week. The set of both movies falls two places to end the week in the tenth and final spot on the chart.
And that’s all we have for this week. To be fair, it isn’t that much of a surprise with this week’s listings. And I can see things staying relatively the same for a short while yet. But with ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’, ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’, and ‘DC League Of Super-Pets’ arriving on all formats soon, it will be interesting to see how the chart shapes up when they arrive. But until then…
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!