Local Weekend Box Office Report – The Mummy scares up a top spot

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Mother’s Day was last month, but it looks like people in South Africa still really love their Mummies! Yes, that was a bad joke, but not as bad as the local box office news this week if you’re a Wonder Woman fan (which we definitely are!). After opening really softly in SA last week, despite a record-breaking performance in the rest of the world, the critically acclaimed DC Comics superhero movie has slipped down to second place this week.

The movie that kicked it off the top spot? Universal’s new reboot of The Mummy, which has been receiving terrible reviews across the board. However, it would appear that much like many other international markets, South African filmgoers don’t care for what critics have to say as long as they can see Tom Cruise karate chop the air while he runs and kicks undead butt.

Unfortunately, for some reason, our usual sources for box office numbers have not updated their reports for the past weekend yet (I’ll peg it to the curse of the Mummy). Because of this, I can’t tell you exactly how much money either of these movies made, only that The Mummy ended up on top in its battle with Wonder Woman.

The same applies to the rest of the charts, which also sees Chris Evans dramedy Gifted, and Keanu Reeves thriller The Whole Truth bringing up the tail end of the list. YA fantasy adaptation Before I Fall, didn’t make enough money to make the top 10 though. There is also a batch of high-profile departures out of the top 10 this week, as Beauty and the Beast, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Unforgettable and Alien: Covenant all drop below the cutoff point.

Beauty and the Beast is the only film out of that list that made any local impact though, earning just shy of R40 million, while the rest all struggled along in the low single digit millions. Finally, in a surprise move, after dropping off the charts two weeks ago, The Boss Baby is now back. No, I can’t explain it all.

Read  DC is reimagining Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman for the wholesome Milk Wars

Let’s see what the rest of the South African box office chart looks like, but minus the totals this week:

No.Movie Name Last Week's Position
1The Mummy NE
2Wonder Woman 1st
3Baywatch 2nd
4Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 3rd
5Ozzy 6th
6Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 4th
7The Fate of the Furious 5th
8The Boss Baby 11th
9The Whole Truth NE
10Gifted NE

(NA = Not Applicable, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: June 14, 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.

  • Skyblue

    It wouldn’t surprise me if these numbers are horrendously low. The malls have been taking a beating in terms of foot traffic and revenue with the current state of the economy. That said, I took my son to watch Wonder Woman which turned out to be a great movie in a terrible 3D cinema… Thx Nu-Metro

    • Jim of the Banana

      R140+ per person (for a ticket, popcorn and coke) is definitely not helping either. At the end of the day, if you’re a family of +3, you’re probably rather going to pirate the movie and watch it on your big 50 inch.

      You might say, but Jim… we’re still paying relatively less than other countries, to which I will say, “Playa… we’ve been guptarised. Our life savings are being decimated, soon we’re going to fight each other on the streets for bread and water… and R70 a ticket is balls”

      • Jim of the Banana

        Also, 3D is daylight robbery.

        • Skyblue

          James Cameron has himself stated that the condition of 3D cinema’s is atrocious and not what he created. Says he has a very different experience in his own home theatre to what most movie goers are asked to pay for.

      • Skyblue

        I agree with you 100%

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