This week on The Official Film Chart, Elvis stops rocking, and the chart gets Uncharted again, but the Dinosaurs roar back as Jurassic World: Dominion bites into the top spot!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
TWO BIG RELEASES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO OWN ON DIGITAL!
There are some weeks when there aren’t any big releases to buy and keep. This week isn’t one of them. Two of the biggest summer blockbusters have made their way onto the digital retail market this past Monday. The first is the bats**t crazy but wonderfully enjoyable ‘Bullet Train.’ The Brad Pitt-led action comedy is one of the best films I have seen this year. The film is so far off the chain, you’d never believe it. But it is wonderfully entertaining, hilarious, and completely enjoyable. (Read our review here.)
The second is more family-friendly fare as ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ becomes available to buy after being available on PVOD for a while. The film is the sequel to the original ‘Minions’ film and once again features Steve Carrell as the voice of Gru. Now, I love and adore the Minions. They never, EVER, fail to make me laugh. But I have a confession to make. I haven’t yet been able to see the film so I can’t comment on if it’s any good! But from what I hear, the film is yet another hilarious animated film that will appeal to the whole family.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
The chart this week sees a single new entry and two re-entries into the placings. The rest have decided to do pretty much what they want to do. But it is a sad farewell to ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Poltergeist’, and ‘Sing 2.’ But is the top spot still rocking? Has Maverick decided to fly back in again? Has Thor thundered his way into number one? Or has something else decided to take the top of the chart tree for themselves? Let’s saddle up and find out.
THE TOP SPOT GETS DINO DOMINATED!
After being in the top three for the past few weeks, ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ finally takes a bite as it roars into the top spot for the first time. The film has made its way to the number one position thanks to its release on the physical formats. It also follows in the very large footprints of its predecessor ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, which was the first-ever official chart number one. The film unites the new trilogy stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with the original cast from ‘Jurassic Park’ in Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. Sadly though, the film fails to stick the landing and is a rather weak and uninspired ending to the ‘Jurrasic’ franchise. It promised so much but delivered so little.
ELVIS ROCKS DOWN TO NUMBER TWO!
Last week’s number one has rocked its way down to the second position. The king of rock and roll falls from grace as ‘Elvis’ is seen off by the dinosaurs. The Baz Luhrmann film is an enigma. In the first hour, there are some distinctly uninspired modern musical choices to be heard in the film. But the rest of the film blows the roof off. Austin Butler is completely superb as Elvis in a must-be Oscar-winning performance. Tom Hanks gives great support as Elvis’ long-time manager, Colonel Tom Parker. But the recreation of some of Elvis’ Las Vegas performances are incredible. We can believe that Butler IS Elvis at times. And his performance alone makes the film a must-see and a must-own.
MAVERICK’S CHART PERFORMANCE STALLS!
Dropping a single place to land in the third position is the superb sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick.’ The film is, to me anyway, the best film of the year. We waited thirty-six years for Maverick to make his return. And when he did, the roof of the cinema blew off in a wave of jet propulsion. Tom Cruise plays Maverick in a career-best performance. The character is still headstrong, cocky, and with a reckless streak. But he also knows he is getting older, that he will be surpassed by technology and younger pilots in the not-too-distant future. But we all know that Maverick won’t take that lying down. Highly emotional at times, and with a great sense of nostalgia, the film is a must-own.
THOR THUNDERS HIS WAY UP THE CHART!
The god of thunder has made a two-place rise this week as ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’ decides to battle evil from the fourth spot. Chris Hemsworth returns once again as the Norse God, with able support from Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, and the returning Natalie Portman. Sadly though, the film isn’t all that great. There are some good laughs involved as well as some high emotions. But the film, for me, was a jarring affair. It goes too far into the comedic side of things and feels like a parody instead of an MCU movie. And Russell Crowe as Zeus is just embarrassing.
A NEW ERA CONTINUES AT NUMBER FIVE!
The top five this week are rounded out by ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’, which is a non-mover. The film, the second big screen outing for the highly acclaimed ITV drama series, has been a huge success, both at the cinema and on home entertainment. The cast all return once again and slip into their characters with simple ease. You can be forgiven for thinking the characters we see on the screen are real, such as the familiarity we have with them. A third film is a distinct possibility except for one character who sadly won’t be able to appear in a third big-screen movie.
THE BLACK PHONE KEEPS RINGING IN SIXTH!
We move now into the bottom five positions this week. And we start with the chilling movie ‘The Black Phone’ which rises a place to number six. The film centers on an abducted child who receives phone calls from the deceased children murdered by his captor on the titular Black Phone. Ethan Hawke plays the villain of the piece in an astonishing performance. The film is perfect for later this month as we move towards Halloween as it is a good, effective chiller.
THE BATMAN RISES ONCE AGAIN!
Moving out of the shadows and up two places this week is the comic book detective noir ‘The Batman.’ Matt Reeves’ take on the Dark Knight has split the fanbase somewhat. Some claim it’s the best Batman film ever, and some are disappointed in it. I fall into the latter category. I enjoyed it but it isn’t the best Batman film of them all. But the film is without a doubt highly entertaining and a decent take on the comic books it is based on.
UNCHARTED BECOMES CHARTED AGAIN!
The big-budget movie version of the classic videogame ‘Uncharted’ once again makes its way into the top ten. The film, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg is a former number one and has been bouncing in and out of the chart at will. Critics were divided on the film but it earned enough to guarantee a sequel is coming.
THE FANTASTIC BEASTS RETURN!
Rising four places to also return to the top ten this week is the third film in the Wizarding World franchise, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore.’ The film is also a former number one and seems to have found new life on the home entertainment formats. The film is a step up from the previous one, in quality but didn’t hit the heights expected of it when it hit cinemas.
THE DINOSAURS ARE ALL TOGETHER AT NUMBER TEN!
And finally, not being content to occupy the top spot this week, the dinosaurs decide to own the tenth and final spot too. But this time they are all together as ‘Jurassic World-Ultimate Collection’ is our only new entry into this week’s chart. As you’d expect, the ultimate collection contains all six films made in the ‘Jurassic’ franchise. And of course, the original ‘Jurassic Park’ remains the best of them all.
OUTSIDE THE CHART
Sitting outside the top ten this week, we find a re-entry in the fourteenth spot as the original ‘Hocus Pocus’ returns after the release of ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ on Disney+. I expect to see the film return to the top ten as we get closer to Halloween as the film remains the perfect family movie for this time of year.
Jackie Chan makes himself known too as ‘The Police Story Trilogy’ gets a shiny new 4K release. The action-packed boxset showcases the legendary martial arts performer in some of his finest work ever committed to film.
And that’s it for this week. Next week’s chart will be interesting when ‘Bullet Train’ and ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ make their debuts. The battle for chart supremacy is now on as we hurtle fast towards Christmas and the scramble to be the Christmas number one title. But until next week…
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!