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Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk met the praise of many a critic but now it has passed the ultimate test: the South African audience.
Kicking Despicable Me 3 down to second after it lost its school holiday mojo, Dunkirk soared right into first place (get it? Because there are planes in it? I’m a history buff).
The film — which will almost certainly be Oscar-nominated — has already doubled its budget, pulling in US$232-million worldwide.
But how did the other films fair this weekend (that’s another plane joke)? (28 to 30 July)
Dunkirk met the praise of many a critic but now it has passed the ultimate test: the South African audience
Unfortunately for Captain Underpants, the back-to-school time did not bode well for it either and it couldn’t compete with War for the Planet of the Apes which stood strong in fifth — though considering the former was made with only US$38-million and the latter with US$150-million, it’s difficult to see this as a complete loss.
Newcomer Viceroy’s House did surprisingly well for a niche period drama, debuting in ninth spot when most of its kind don’t even appear on the chart. The ostensibly high budget will need more than that to make a profit, though, and has only pulled in US$6-million from nine countries so far.
Another surprising newcomer is Bollywood family comedy Mubarakan. The film made a sneaky entrance into tenth spot, ahead of South African-made Van der Merwe which was unable to crack the chart.
Here are ten most-watched movies in SA this past weekend:
- Dunkirk (Incl. IMAX)
- Despicable Me 3 (Incl. 3D)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (Incl. 3D, 4DX & IMAX)
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Incl. 3D, 4DX & IMAX)
- War for the Planet of the Apes (Incl. 3D)
- Captain Underpants (Incl. 3D)
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Viceroy’s House
The above list was provided by Ster Kinekor Entertainment.