This week on The Official Film Chart, The Banshees Of Inisherin make their mark and The Lovely Bones gets its Top Ten debut, But the king of rock and roll has defeated the king of the skies for the number one spot!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
THE OFFICIAL CHART
As Black Adam is the only big release this week, and as we’ve already reported it last week, we will head straight for the top ten placings. This week sees the arrival of two new titles into the chart placings. One is one of the best-reviewed films of the past six months, the other makes its chart debut after its original release back in 2009.
As such, we must say cheerio to Downton Abbey: A New Era, and Bullet Train. But what is rocking out at number one? Has Maverick made it a dozen weeks at the chart summit? Maybe Batman has returned to the top spot? Or has something else managed to hit the chart heights? Shake your hips as we find out.
ELVIS ROCKS BACK UP TO THE TOP!
The king of rock and roll has defeated the king of the skies. Ending Maverick’s chart domination after eleven non-consecutive weeks, the musical biopic Elvis rocks back up to become the UK’s new number one (read our review here). Now, it could be a last-minute rush to grab it for the discounted price of £8.99 that has now ended.
Or it could be due to the sad, untimely death of Elvis’ daughter Lisa-Marie Presley last week that has boosted the film’s fortunes. No matter the reason, the terrific movie is rocking the top spot once again. Austin Butler gives a career-best performance as Elvis, earning him awards and nominations for the film.
MAVERICK FALLS BACK TO NUMBER TWO!
In a shock for all concerned, the brilliant sequel Top Gun: Maverick has been shot down from the top spot after eleven non-consecutive weeks. The Tom Cruise-led movie, thirty-six years in reaching us has become one of the best-loved, and best-purchased movies in chart history (read our review here).
The film contains some of the best aerial sequences ever committed to film, and with its blend of action, drama, comedy, and nostalgia, it was and remains a winner for all concerned. The long wait for the sequel was worth it as the film takes to the skies and never comes down.
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN ARRIVE IN THE CHART!
Our first new entry this week hits the chart in third place. And it’s a warm welcome to The Banshees Of Inisherin. The dark comedy-drama soars 24 places to Number 3, the most downloaded film of the week in the UK. Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin also enjoys some extra attention following the Golden Globes where it was nominated for eight awards and won three – Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor – Musical or Comedy (Farrell) and Best Screenplay.
LYLE TAKES A BIG BITE OUT OF THE CHART!
The enjoyable family movie Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile takes a large bite out of the chart placings. After arriving last week in ninth place, the film has risen five places to end the week in the fourth spot (read our review here). The film is an adaptation of the children’s story of the same name and its predecessor The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber.
The film stars Shawn Mendes as the voice of the titular character, alongside Javier Bardem, Constance Wu, Winslow Fegley, Scoot McNairy, Brett Gelman, and Ego Nwodim. For a film that I didn’t expect much from, it surprised me in a good way. And was in my top ten entertaining films of last year.
THE DOMINION SLIPS AGAIN!
The final film in this week’s top five chart placings goes to the finale of the Jurassic saga, Jurassic World: Dominion (read our review here). I have recently given the extended version a watch and can say, this version of the film is slightly better than the cinematic version. But not by much.
For me, the film still remains the second-worst film of 2022 and is an insult to the franchise and what’s gone before it. But families still can’t get enough of the movie, and it will keep the youngsters entertained for its two-and-a-half-hour runtime.
THE CROODS NEW AGE COMES TO A SCREECHING HALT!
As we move into the bottom five places of the chart, we start by meeting up with The Croods: A New Age. The film, the animated sequel to the original film falls three places as it descends down the chart to land in the sixth position. Featuring the returning voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, the film is an entertaining one for the whole family.
THE LOVELY BONES MAKES ITS CHART DEBUT!
After being released back in 2009, the fantasy-drama The Lovely Bones finally makes its chart debut as it enters the placings in seventh place. In the film, after being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family — and her killer.
As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal. Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci star in the movie version of Alice Sebold’s novel.
THE BATMAN WATCHES FROM EIGHTH PLACE!
The superhero comic book detective noir The Batman slips back this week (read our review here). The Robert Pattinson introduction as the Dark Knight falls two places as it watches over the chart from eighth place.
DUMBLEDORE’S SECRETS ARE ABOUT TO BE LOCKED AWAY AGAIN!
The third film in the Wizarding World franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore looks as if it is about to be locked away again (read our review here). The movie slips back four places this week as it drops to ninth place.
SPIDER-MAN LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOING HOME!
And finally, the brilliant third solo film for the web crawler looks like it is about to be washed out of the chart. Dropping by two places, Spider-Man: No Way Home ends the week in the tenth and final position in the chart( read our review here).
And that is the end of that for this week. Next time, we will see the arrival of Black Adam after its retail release on all the home entertainment formats. Where it will enter the chart remains to be seen. But until next week…
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, be kind, look after each other, and happy viewing!
Carl Roberts is the News Editor for 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!