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All posts tagged "South Africa Box Office Chart"

  • South Africa’s box office: Son of Bigfoot strong, but Girls Trip stronger

    Girls Trip has held on tight to the top spot it won last week, refusing to kneel to competition like Baby Driver (in second) and newcomer Son of Bigfoot. The animated film about a half-human half-Bigfoot son (don't think about it too hard) debuted in third as the first kids movie to open in three weeks (which is like five years in kids' time). But how did the other films crack on this weekend? (11 to 13 August) The introduction of the Bigfoot-hybrid meant that Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (review) was pushed down one spot into fourth. The war epic is currently Nolan's sixth highest grosser as director, behind his Batman works, Inception and Interstellar. Son of...

  • South Africa’s box office: Girls Trip arrives at number one

    Chick flick Girls Trip has smashed into first place this weekend despite its small budget and macho competition. Opening just ahead of Edgar Wright's much-hyped Baby Driver, the women-led film surpassed expectations both locally and abroad, pulling in US$90-million on a US$20-million budget in two weeks. Baby Driver has hardly had a bad run, though, and has so far made US$154-million from US$34-million in just over a month. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (4 to 6 August) The tag-teaming opening duo fought well and pushed Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed Dunkirk (review) down to third after just one week at the top. The war epic places Harry Style's...

  • South Africa’s box office: Dunkirk done did it

    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) Last week's top three all shifted down one spot to make room for Dunkirk: Spider-Man: Homecoming is now in third,...

  • South Africa’s box office: Valerian bombs as the kids have their say

    It was the last weekend of public school holidays, and South Africa's children were not going back to school until they had assured their faves' rightful places at the top of the charts. The box office has always been a top priority for today's youth, and kids across the country have been spending their breaks planning this like a coup. And they did it: they've got control. But what did this mean for our charts this weekend? (21 to 23 July) The school holidays closed with Despicable Me 3 still in top spot after being pushed to second two weeks ago. The animated classic that...

  • South Africa’s Box Office: Despicable Me 3 climbs over Spider-Man to first

    In the summer of blockbusters, you win or you die. And Spider-Man: Homecoming did not win. It was the move that shocked the nation: after allowing the Marvel film a week of glory, Despicable Me 3 rose from second to take back its rightful seat on the throne. Not only did the animation topple its biggest competition, but it also pulled in R10-million in its third weekend, furthering its lead as highest life-to-date grosser with just over R30.5-million in total sales. The move was likely aided by school holidays, but to say Spider-Man wouldn't benefit from that would be a lie -- so we offer nothing but...

  • South Africa’s box office: Spider-Man swings into first

    Spider-Man: Homecoming (review) came swinging into first this weekend -- but as an ultra-popular franchise, and the only big budget to debut, that was never going to be difficult for the superhero. Though Homecoming did not have the strongest global Spider-Man opening (that record is held by Spider-Man 3), it did pull in the biggest South African opener of the franchise. Unfortunately for Wonder Woman (review), that means her time as the newest superhero has come to an end. The Patty Jenkins film has fallen two places down to six, making this its first week outside the top five. The film is still 2017's top superhero movie,...

  • South Africa’s box office: Despicable Me 3 gets 15 seconds of fame

    If I copied last week's report and pasted it here, I would have to change very little for it to be factual. It's the curse of US summer (and, yes, the curse also includes the damage to our wallets). This week's new Big Budget is Despicable Me 3, the animated sequel to the film that introduced minions to the world. The film unsurprisingly topped the charts in its debut (it competed against far smaller newcomers), but don't expect it to stay there for long: Spider-Man: Homecoming is on its way this Friday and is sure to knock it down to second. But how did the other...

  • South Africa’s box office: unTransformed

    It's blockbuster season and every week is bringing in a new number one for South Africa to feast its eyes on. This week's tribute was Transformers: The Last Knight -- Michael Bay's (hopefully) last go at the franchise that had critics wishing Optimus Prime would just end the world already. But which other blocks got busted this week? (23 to 25 June) The answer: Pretty much none of them. Transformers nudged the top six all down one in a truly undramatic fashion. Cars 3 was ousted from first; Wonder Woman dropped to third. The Mummy, Baywatch, Rough Night and Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge saw themselves placing between fourth and seventh respectively. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol....

  • South Africa’s box office: Cars 3 buries The Mummy

    Lightning McQueen had one last chance -- one last dream -- and South Africa refused to let him do it alone. If there's one thing we understand, it's loyalty -- and not allowing Tom Cruise to thrive. This weekend saw Cars 3 debut at number one, pushing The Mummy down to third place after just one week at the top. I guess the rebooted franchise... ran out of fuel? Got a flat tire? Look, I don't know a thing about cars, but I do know about movies -- and here's how the others fared in the top ten this weekend. (16 to 18 June) Wonder Woman clung...

  • South Africa’s box office: Wonder Woman is mummified

    Despite its record-breaking opening weekend, Wonder Woman has been ousted from number one by none other than critic-underdog The Mummy. The DC blockbuster was only allowed one short week at the top before the Mummy franchise rose from the dead to declare itself pharaoh -- proving that if anyone is living in the Dark Universe, it's us. But were any other successes as ominous this week? (9 to 11 June) Yes, yes, they were. Much like how the youth vote changed the outcome of the UK general election last week, so did it at South Africa's box office. Ozzy, the animated film in which a dog is...

  • South Africa’s box office: Wonder Woman wows watchers

    When the country is given the choice between a semi-naked group of lifesavers and Diana Prince kicking ass and taking names, you'll be glad to know it chooses correctly. This weekend saw Wonder Woman's (review) debut go swimmingly, coming out on top against other newcomer Baywatch, hardly flailing in second place. But which films could barely keep themselves afloat this weekend? (2 to 4 June) King Arthur seems to be made of lead: it sunk four spots from fourth to eighth this week. The blockbuster is considered the first major bomb of the season and has failed to make back Guy Ritchie's budget. Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge sunk...

  • South Africa’s box office: Pirates hook SA

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales) has come in first this weekend, ousting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from its three week reign at the top. The fifth in the franchise has managed to pull in only 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, and should relish the spot while it can: Wonder Woman (review), premiering this Friday, is looking set to be a box office favourite. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (26 - 28 May) Fast and Furious 8 has been pushed down to third place, but is unperturbed as the highest life to date grosser, bringing in...

  • South Africa’s box office: Guardians of the Top Spot Vol. 3

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has held on to the coveted number one spot for its third week in a row, refusing to move an inch for newcomer Alien: Covenant. It's no surprise: Chris Pratt, baby Groot and some fun-loving superhero action is all South Africa needs to be sold, with warm reviews just the cherry on top. Alien never really stood a chance. But how did the other blockbusters fare this weekend? (19 to 21 May) Unsurprisingly, Alien, the biggest newcomer of the week, didn't even crack top three. Megahit Fast and Furious 8 has held on to second place for the third week in a row, after...

  • South Africa’s box office: Boss Baby is boss, baby

    It turns out talking babies are not as universally creepy as I thought they were -- allowing Dreamworks' Boss Baby to debut at top of the box office this weekend. The film may have had a lucky break, though, considering its premiere right before the Easter weekend, when Disney's Beauty and the Beast (review) is set to take home all of the money. But how else did the other films fare this weekend? (7 to 9 April) The answer: pretty much the same as last week. Because of the upcoming holiday, and the fact that US summer looms ever closer, most films are holding out for release. This week only saw...

  • South Africa’s box office: Ghost in the Shell loses to Smurfs

    Ghost in the Shell was unable to overcome a backfiring promo campaign this weekend, and was beat out of the top spot by none other than Smurfs: The Lost Village. The live action anime reboot had a tough run-up to premiere, with many outraged over the casting of Scarlett Johansson in a role they believed belonged to a Japanese actress. Despite opening in Imax and 3D, and despite arresting visuals, the film couldn't redeem itself from public scorn, and came in second to the first fully animated Smurfs film since 1976. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (31 March to 2 April?) Kong: Skull Island (review) was finally ousted...