This week on The Official Film Chart, the dinosaurs roar into the chart, and Spider-Man swings back in, but nothing can stop Top Gun: Maverick from scoring a fourth week at the top!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
THE BLACK PHONE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DIGITAL!
Earlier this year, the horror thriller ‘The Black Phone’ was released in cinemas. In the film, an abducted teenager uses a mysterious telephone to communicate with the previous victims of his deranged captor. Ethan Hawke plays the villain in a film that was highly praised upon its release (Read our review here). The film has been available on the PVOD market for a month or so but is now available to buy on digital download. And I recommend it to everyone. Hawke gives a terrifically creepy performance and is guaranteed to send you to bed with the chills.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
The battle for chart supremacy between two of this year’s biggest summer blockbusters has happened. As such, the rest of the chart has to scramble for whatever placings they can. With a single new entry and a single re-entry, it is the end of the road for ‘Star Trek-The Motion Picture: The Director’s Edition’, and ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande.’ But which of the battling two has emerged on top? Has Maverick defeated the dinosaurs? Or have the dinosaurs taken a huge bite out of Maverick? Let’s see how the battle went.
MAVERICK SOARS THE HIGHEST ONCE AGAIN!
For the fourth week in succession, the top spot goes to Tom Cruise and his brilliant sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick.’ The film continues to fly high on digital downloads alone and shows no signs of descending from the top anytime soon. We waited thirty-Six years for him to return. And when he did, he sent audiences into the atmosphere in fun and excitement. The film is the best film of the summer and the best film of the year so far. And it deserves to be. It is the perfect sequel, tapping into the nostalgia of the 1986 original while bringing the story up to date.
JURASSIC WORLD REOPENS IN THE SECOND SPOT!
Despite featuring dinosaurs and being the final entry into the ‘Jurassic’ franchise, ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ couldn’t beat Maverick to reach the top of the chart. The film, based on digital downloads alone, has to make do with being the only new entry into the chart as it lands in the second position. Set four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Dominion concludes the storyline from the original Jurassic Park series. While dinosaurs now live alongside humans across the world, our characters set off on separate adventures to uncover and expose dangerous conspiracies. For what it should have been, it is nothing more than a run-of-the-mill movie. And is far from the splendor we experienced with the original ‘Jurassic Park.’
A NEW ERA IS FADING!
After the battle between the top two movies, it is little surprise to find ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ has to move down a place. The second big screen outing for the cast of the original ITV drama drops a single place to become this week’s number three. However, despite the titanic struggle for the top spot, the film has managed to hold well inside the top three positions. Fans of the show once again flocked to the cinemas to see the next installment of the classic drama. The critics rated it highly and so did the fans. And the film shows little sign of dropping too far down the chart.
THE BATMAN RISES FROM THE SHADOWS!
Another of this year’s biggest movies ‘The Batman’ has emerged from the shadows and risen two places to become this week’s fourth-placed title. The film opened back in March to great fanfare and great reviews from critics and fans alike. The three-hour-long detective noir harkens back to the classic comics. While we still get some classic Batman action, the film is more of a mystery thriller than a superhero movie. Robert Pattinson makes for a great Batman but a weak Bruce Wayne. Although I liked the film, for me it isn’t the great superhero movie that it’s been made to be. But that’s just my opinion and I’m sure many out there will disagree with me.
THE FANTASTIC BEASTS TOPPLE DOWN TO NUMBER FIVE!
Dropping two places this week is the third entry into the ‘Wizarding World’ franchise. The movie, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore’ now uses its magic in the fifth position. The film is a former number one title and seems to have its best life on home entertainment. Ever since it hit the home formats, it has been selling extremely well and continues to do so. I believe that it has sold and been seen more at home than it was at the cinema. It is now secret that the film was the lowest-grossing of the three movies that have been made so far. But with its home entertainment success, it may yet see a fourth film being made after all.
SING 2 KEEPS ON CROONING!
We move into the bottom five positions now and discover that ‘Sing 2’ has yet again begun to sing loudly. The film, a former chart-topper moves up two places to end the week in the sixth position. To be fair, the film has been a resounding success ever since it hit the home formats and seems to be the must-have movie for the kids over the summer holidays.
TOP GUN HITS THE (AIR) BRAKES!
Another former number one seems to have lost some engine power this week as the original ‘Top Gun’ drifts down two places to land in seventh place. The 1986 classic starring Tom Cruise has seen a new lease of life thanks to its sequel and for its home entertainment 4K release.
SONIC GETS SOME SPEED BACK!
The family film of the summer, ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’ seems to have found its running shoes again. The film, a hilarious and highly entertaining movie has found a bit more speed this week as it rises up a place to number eight.
YOU SHALL NOT DEPART THE CHART!
Thanks to the huge success of the new show ‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power’, the original movies have seen a resurgence. This week, ‘The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Boxset’ has decided it will not depart from the top ten as it rises a place to claim the ninth spot as its prize.
SPIDER-MAN SWINGS HIS WAY BACK INTO THE CHART!
And finally, yet another former number one has decided to rejoin us inside the top ten. Crawling its way up four places to web itself firmly into the tenth and final spot in the chart is the brilliant ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ The third solo movie featuring Tom Holland remains one of this year’s biggest successes on home entertainment.
And that’s everything for the top ten chart this week. However, next week is going to be interesting. Not only has ‘The Black Phone’ now hit digital download to buy but the Baz Luhrmann biopic ‘Elvis’ has seen its price reduced. (Read our review here).
Originally available to rent for £15.99 or buy for £19.99, the film has now been reduced to a much fairer retail price of £13.99. It will be interesting to see if the buying public bite on it and start to buy the movie. If they do, then it could feature highly in next week’s chart. 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!