Local Weekend Box Office Report – Geostorm weathers a rough weekend to take the top spot

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You know what they say: Once you hit rock bottom, the only place left to go is up! Unless there’s more bottom, that is. Which, unfortunately, there totally was this weekend past. As we mentioned previously, the weekend before last was the second lowest earning weekend in South Africa for 2017 thus far. That is no longer the case though, as this past weekend’s earnings somehow managed to be even more terrible despite the fact that we had four new films making their debut.

In first place, we have Gerard Butler-led disaster movie Geostorm, which has just tanked at the US box office this past weekend, but at least gets some dignity locally as it opens with R2.4 million. That’s about the same as the cash brought in by last week’s top two movies combined, which initially looks like a good start. However, that all falls apart when you realize that not a single other movie even made it to the million rand mark.

One of those is Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween, which I admittedly thought would have received a warmer reception from local audiences. It only brought in R826k on debut, which is a rather meagre sum. Meanwhile, Andy Serkis’ directing debut The Mountain Between Us may have received a limited opening, but its R633k total from just 34 venues actually gives it the second highest per theatre average on the charts behind Geostorm.

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As for the final new entry, that would be Happy Death Day, the surprisingly fun comedy horror that has already become a huge smash hit for Blumhouse Productions. That was not the case down in our corner of the globe though, as the film only opened to R224k. Much of that though was due to the usual issue of local film distributors giving horror movies an extremely limited opening.

As for the rest of the entries, the only noteworthy thing is the ridiculous longevity of The Emoji Movie and the crumbling of Blade Runner 2049. After five weeks on the charts the former is still hanging strong in the top three only dropping 26%, the best holdover percentage of all. Meanwhile Blade Runner 2049 has plummeted four spots with the biggest drop of all at 65%. If somebody can please explain this turn of events, I am all ears.

Let’s see what the rest of the South African box office chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change Local gross Last Week's Position
1Geostorm R2.4 million NA R2.4 million NE
2Boo 2! A Madea Halloween R827 697 NA R827 697 NE
3The Emoji Movie R724 163 -26% R16.2 million 3rd
4Kingsman: The Golden Circle R703 219 -43% R12.1 million 2nd
5The Mountain Between Us R633 987 NA R633 987 NE
6Blade Runner 2049 R454 277 -65% R5.2 million 1st
7The Snowman R392 740 -55% R1.5 million 4th
8The Lego Ninjago Movie R311 106 -48% R5.7 million 6th
9It R310 751 -62% R19.5 million 9th
10Happy Death Day R224 901 NA R224 901 NE
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(NA = Not Applicable, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: October 25, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Magoo

    Damn.. Happy death day had a hard time. I can literally see my contribution on that table.

  • Hammersteyn
    • MonsterCheddar

      Ja nee fok.

    • I’m completely fine with Madea being there. It’s a new release which actually didn’t do well. But how in the unholy hell is The Emoji Movie still pulling in these numbers after five weeks?!

  • Hammersteyn

    The South African box office chart looks like crap.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Heh. Had to postpone Geostorm to this weekend, and now I maybe rather want to watch Thor.

  • Chandra M. Jordan

    Andy Serkis directed Breathe, not The Mountain Between Us.

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