This week on The Official Film Chart, Robin Hood is a Prince Of Thieves, and Elf charms its way up again, but Maverick remains top for a ninth non-consecutive week!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
BLACK ADAM IS NOW AVAILABLE TO RENT OR BUY ON DIGITAL!
We reported last week that Black Adam, the DC superhero film starring Dwayne Johnson was due for release on digital this past Monday. And it has been. The film is still riding high at the world’s cinemas and continues to entertain the masses (Read our review here). The film is available to rent on PVOD for £15.99. Or you can buy the film outright for the premium price of £19.99. The physical release of the film is scheduled for January 16th. I can see the digital version dropping in price just before or possibly just after Christmas if you’d prefer to wait. But either way, the film is a terrific action movie that will have audiences of all ages hooked to what appears on the screen.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
We have just over two weeks left before the big day. Many titles are available to buy and make perfect stocking fillers. This week sees one new entry into the chart. This means that ‘Bullet Train’ has once again sped out of the top ten placings. But what could the new entry be? What other titles have moved around in their bid to be the Christmas number one? Let’s take to the skies again as we find out.
MAVERICK MAKES IT NINE!
Ok, everyone knows how much I enjoyed Top Gun: Maverick. It is my favorite film of the year. I grabbed it on digital the very second it became available. But even I didn’t think it would hold the top spot for this long. The film has been the official UK number title for nine non-consecutive weeks as it holds the top spot. The film has had yet another huge week on all the home formats, breaking its own record at the top of the chart. It seems that nothing can come close to dethroning it. The film will become available on Paramount Plus just before Christmas but it appears the British public is picking the film up on the physical formats ready to gift to their loved ones.
BUDDY HELPS HIM S ‘ELF!
One of the country’s best-loved Christmas movies has bounced back this week. The Will Ferrell Christmas family movie Elf rises two places to land the second spot. The film is one of those films that you enjoy, no matter how many times you have seen it. It plays constantly in my home from December 1st of every year ever since it debuted nineteen years ago. And the snowball fight scene still makes me roar with laughter, despite having seen it over forty times.
ELVIS ROCKS DOWN A PLACE!
The Baz Luhrmann biopic Elvis shakes its hips as it moves down a place to become this week’s number three. The almost three-hour-long movie is one of the best films of the year. When I first saw it, I rated it three stars due to the dubious modern music choices the first hour contains. But after seeing it several more times since, I have reappraised by review to give it a fourth star. Once you get over those choices, the film will blow you away. It is a wonderful, and highly enjoyable drama that will deliver some truths you never knew. Austin Butler gives a career-best performance as the king of rock and roll. And is aided by a superb supporting performance from Tom Hanks as Elvis’ manipulative long-time manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
A NEW ERA STARTS TO WANE!
Dropping a place this week to cast its charming spell from the fourth position is Downton Abbey: A New Era. The second big screen outing for the cast of the hit ITV drama series is one of the year’s biggest successes. Critics and fans alike took to the film as they did with the original film. Audiences just couldn’t get enough of the further stories concerning the characters they have come to know and love. Hugh Bonneville once again leads the cast in a highly engaging and enjoyable drama film that audiences around the world have lapped up.
THE DINOSAURS DOMINION GETS STUCK AT FIVE!
This weeks top five is rounded out by Jurassic World: Dominion, which stays put in fifth place. The climatic film in the Jurassic saga certainly made its money at the world’s box offices. It is also the weakest film in the whole six-film arc. The magic of the first few movies has sadly now evaporated into prehistoric dust. The writers have now run out of ideas that will wow the audience and instead have turned in something that is an insult. For a film that runs for almost three hours in its extended version, it is boring and uninspiring. Although not the worst film of the year, it comes very close to being a proverbial Christmas turkey.
THE GRINCH STEALS THE SIXTH POSITION!
The bottom five places are headlined by the animated version of The Grinch, which is a non-mover at number six. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the title character in an entertaining and enjoyable film that can’t match the Jim Carrey live-action version. It also takes that film’s songs and gives us cover versions that don’t come close to the original versions. But despite its flaws, the film is a great family-animated movie.
THE FANTASTIC BEASTS DON’T WANT TO MOVE EITHER!
Still holding the seventh position is the third film in the Wizarding World franchise. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore remains inside the top ten for another week. This is probably due to the film still being available at a bargain price on the digital formats.
MAVERICK AT THE DOUBLE MOVES UP A PLACE!
The sequel remains in the top spot again this week. But Tom Cruise manages to hold another chart place as the Top Gun/ Top Gun: Maverick Box Set flies up a place to take the eighth position. The legendary Maverick gives us double the fun, action, and nostalgia in a terrific set that will make Dad’s Christmas.
THE PRINCE OF THIEVES STEALS NINTH PLACE!
The 1991 classic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves enters the Film Chart for the very first time following its release on a limited edition 4K UHD collection. Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Rickman, and more feature in this iconic film which sees Costner star as the eponymous character in a retelling of the classic story. Its theme song, Brian Adams’ Everything I Do, I Do It For You, broke (and continues to hold) records after spending 16 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart on its original release. The film remains a favorite for families up and down the country, despite Costner’s sad attempts at an English accent!
THE BATMAN HOLDS ONTO NUMBER TEN!
And finally, the Matt Reeves three-hour-long comic book epic The Batman decides to hang around the shadows of the top ten for another week as it holds onto the tenth and final position in the chart.
COMING IN TO LAND!
And for yet another week, our chart flight has landed back on the runway. The race for the top spot for Christmas is almost at an end as we have just over two weeks until Christmas Day. There’s still time to pick up those last-minute movie and TV show gifts for the family. 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!