Local Weekend Box Office Report – Ghost in the Shell gets Smurfed

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In Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson plays the Major, the first successful human brain/consciousness transplanted into a fully artificial body. Armed with said highly powerful “shell” and the best technology you can get in a cyberpunk future Tokyo, the Major is an ass-kicking force to be reckoned with. Unless she’s facing down some blue Belgian imps with a proclivity for white hats and very unimaginative naming conventions that is.

Smurfs: The Lost Village, a new fully CG animated feature film adaptation of the classic cartoon, debuted in South Africa this weekend past alongside Ghost in the Shell and totally smurfed its competition. This new film, which is a break from the middling live-action films from a few years back, opened with a very solid R4.45 million, which is nearly double what Ghost In the Shell could manage with its R2.25 million debut. This is not exactly surprising as locals tend to usually show lots of love towards animated fare. On top of that, Smurfs already has a built-in audience with a nostalgia factor, whereas outside of the geek/anime crowds, most South African moviegoers won’t have a clue about Ghost in the Shell’s esteemed heritage.

And that actually concludes just about all the worthwhile local box office news, as the rest of the charts mostly just got pushed down two spots from last week to make way for these newcomers. There were actually two further new releases this week in horror The Bye Bye Man and true story drama The Zookeeper’s Wife, but it appears that South Africans don’t care too much about bogeymen and 1940s Polish heroes as neither movie could even make it close to the top 10.

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Lets 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
1Smurfs: The Lost Village R4.45 million NA R4.45 million NE
2Ghost in the Shell R2.25 million NA R2.25 million NE
3Kong: Skull Island R1.35 million -36.6% R15.64 million 1st
4Power Rangers R1.28 million -35.2% R3.61 million 2nd
5Keeping Up With the Kandasamys R1.23 million -32.3% R11.81 million 3rd
6John Wick: Chapter Two R1.2 million -33.6% R8.3 million 4th
7Logan R 495 874 -47.2% R14.53 million 5th
8CHiPs R459 671 -41.6% R1.52 million 6th
9Kampterrein R375 715 -27.5% R1.03 million 10th
10Life R366 312 -53.3% R1.41 million 7th
(NA = Not Applicable, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: April 12, 2017

  • Hammersteyn

    Why do people keep throwing money at garbage?
    *Goes back to playing ME:A

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