This week on The Official Film Chart, The Croods enter a new age, and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile takes a bite, but not even they can prevent Maverick from holding the top position!
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BLACK ADAM HITS THE RETAIL FORMATS ON MONDAY!
After spending the past month or so being available to rent on PVOD or to buy on Premium Download, Black Adam becomes available to buy on all the retail formats on Monday. The big-budget passion project for its star Dwayne Johnson is a terrific DC movie for the whole family (read our review here). Its blend of action, drama, and comedy is the perfect film to gather together and watch. The movie introduces the character in a hugely enjoyable way, and with the addition of Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate, and an uncredited cameo that will have you cheering during the end credits, there is much to enjoy.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
This week sees a new entry and a re-entry into the placings. As such, it is farewell to Elf and Smile. But what is holding the top spot? Has anything managed to dethrone Tom Cruise from the top of the chart tree? And if so, what could it possibly be? No time to waste, let’s find out.
MAVERICK IS HEADING FOR A DOZEN!
For an unprecedented eleventh non-consecutive week, Tom Cruise and his brilliant sequel Top Gun: Maverick holds the top spot with ease. The film shows no sign of slowing down as we enter the new year (read our review here). Its record-breaking run inside the top ten and at number one is nothing short of what the film and its star deserve. We had to wait for thirty-six years to catch up with the exploits of Maverick, and when we did, we loved it. A perfect blend of nostalgia, thrills, and drama, the movie soars high and never comes down.
ELVIS ROCKS BACK UP THE CHART AGAIN!
Last night saw the Golden Globe awards. And in the category of best actor, Austin Butler took the prize for his portrayal of the king of rock and roll in the biopic Elvis. And in my opinion, it is highly deserved (read our review here). The film has risen three places to take the second position. Butler gives a career-best performance as Elvis Presley in the almost three-hour-long movie. And his recreations of some of Elvis’ Las Vegas performances will blow the viewer away. Despite some questionable early musical choices, Baz Luhrmann’s film does the king justice. And with Tom Hanks in a supporting role as Colonel Tom Parker, the film is a must-watch.
THE CROODS BRING A NEW AGE!
Re-entering the chart in third place this week is the animated sequel The Croods: A New Age. Once again featuring the vocal talents of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, the film is a highly entertaining film for children of all ages. The film has benefitted from a digital price cut, meaning that people have been buying the film while it’s at a cheaper price to bulk out their digital film libraries. And why not when an animated film is this enjoyable.
THE DINOSAURS BEGIN TO SLIDE AGAIN!
Dropping a place to become this week’s fourth-placed title is the finale to the Jurassic Saga, Jurassic World: Dominion. The film has been available on the digital formats for a reduced price for a number of weeks, and it seems that the buying public has been snapping it up in their droves (read our review here). Despite the magic being completely gone, the storyline being wafer thin, and the film being a complete letdown, it hasn’t put the British public from shelling out for the film. Ok, I admit it, I actually bought it myself. Not because I like the film but just to complete my collection of the saga. It will sit in my digital library, never to be watched.
THE FANTASTIC BEASTS MOVE UP THE CHART AGAIN!
We round out this week’s top five with the third chapter in the Wizarding World franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore. The film once again features Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and is a marked improvement over the previous entry in the saga (Read our review here). Sadly though, the film, although profitable, didn’t hit the financial heights expected of it, becoming the lowest-grossing film in the franchise. We await to see if a fourth chapter will be greenlit to hit cinemas sometime in the future.
THE BATMAN IS RETURNING TO THE SHADOWS!
We move into the bottom five places with a meeting with The Batman, who drops four places to land in the sixth position. The three-hour-long DC movie, starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight was one of the highlights of the cinemagoing year in 2022. The movie is more of an old-fashioned deceptive noir than a superhero movie but is worthy of a watch, despite not being suitable for younger children.
A NEW ERA MOVES UP TO SEVENTH!
The second big screen outing for the hit ITV drama Downton Abbey manages to move up the chart by three places to take seventh place. Downton Abbey: A New Era has been a huge success both cinematically and on home entertainment, meaning that the chances of a third movie are getting better by the week.
SPIDER-MAN WEBS HIS WAY UP THE CHART!
Moving up a single place to web himself into the eighth position, Spider-Man: No Way Home continues its winning run. The third solo film for Tom Holland’s version of the character is also the best movie in the standalone trilogy so far. It was also helped by the return of several villains from past movies, and the return of both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as their interpretations of the character. A total delight from start to finish.
LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE TAKES A BITE OUT OF THE TOP TEN!
Our only new entry this week enters in the ninth spot. And it’s a warm welcome to the wonderful family movie Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. The film opened in September of last year and has become a firm favorite with families. The story of a large crocodile that can sing and dance but not speak is a sheer delight. I saw the film, not expecting too much. Instead, the film had me in stitches at times, had me hooked on the story, and gave me a warm feeling as I left the cinema (read our review here). It has been available on PVOD and Premium Purchase for a while now but is now available to buy for a cheaper price. And I recommend it to families everywhere.
BULLET TRAIN HITS THE BUFFERS!
And finally, the highly enjoyable action comedy Bullet Train has hit the buffers this week (read our review here). The Brad Pitt-led movie was one of my favorite movies of last year and deserves to be a part of everyone’s digital library. Sadly though, the film has dropped six places to become the tenth and final film in this week’s chart.
And that is everything for this week. With Black Adam becoming available on Monday, the chart will see his effect from w/c the 25th of January. Unless it sells so many copies that it bothers the titles next week. It is possible. But I think next week will be too early for the movie to make an impact. But we shall see. So 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!