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Local weekend box office – Aquaman becomes biggest DC film ever in South Africa

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When I did the South African box office report last week, I could tell that something was up. Usually, family-friendly animated films tend to do well here (even if they’re terrible and ignored by the rest of the world), and yet last week saw Luis and The Alien not even crack the top 10. Hell, none of the newcomers last week cracked the top 10. And while the trio of new releases this week performed better, it wasn’t by much. So instead of these films, what is everybody watching then? I’ll give you one water-soaked guess.

Yes, Aquaman continues to dominate the South African box office since its release in December, and this weekend past that success has led to a couple of major milestones. With another R3 million added to take it to $43.4 million in total, Aquaman is now officially the biggest DC Comics film ever released in SA beating Suicide Squad’s R33 million (and the 3rd biggest comic book film overall). What’s actually even more astounding, is that it’s actually now the biggest film ever released in SA by Warner Bros. That is a remarkable feat, seeing as this is also the studio behind the Harry Potter franchise and the like.

In 2nd place this week we see another remarkable feat as Bohemian Rhapsody found itself climbing the charts again in its 7th week. More than likely bolstered by its Golden Globes win last week Monday, the Freddie Mercury biopic pulled in R2.2 million as it actually improved by 17%. That meant that Bumblebee, last weekend’s no.2, got to round out the top 3 as it added another R1.1 million to its total.

As for the rest of the charts, as mentioned we had three newbies this weekend in Final Score, The Old Man and the Gun, and Beautiful Boy. Two of those are critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning dramas that have lit up film festivals worldwide, while the last one is a musclebound skop, skiet en donner effort. Of course the latter did the best of the lot.

That would be Final Score, which is basically just 90s classic Sudden Death but with Dave Bautista instead of Jean-Claude Van Damme, and women’s soccer instead of ice hockey. The actioner could only muscle up a 7th place worth R423 602. Meanwhile, The Old Man and the Gun brought up the very rear of the top 10 as it debuted to R365 818, however there’s a caveat. The Robert Redford-led drama only opened 24 cinemas, so it actually has the 3rd best per-theatre-average on the charts. Beautiful Boy also didn’t do too badly with its PTA as it opened in 13th place with R291 246 from 25 cinemas.

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
1Aquaman R3 million -42% R43.4 million 1st
2Bohemian Rhapsody R2.2 million +17% R31.7 million 3rd
3Bumblebee R1.1 million -46% R17.8 million 2nd
4Mary Poppins Returns R1.1 million -35% R10.2 million 4th
5Robin Hood R1 million -30% R7.4 million 5th
6Instant Family R453 290 -34% R11.4 million 8th
7Final Score R423 602 NE R423 602 NE
8Second Act R402 634 -27% R8.5 million 10th
9Ralph Breaks the Internet R387 769 -47% R21.9 million 7th
10The Old Man and the Gun R365 818 NE R365 818 NE

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: January 15, 2019


  1. How much has Into the Spiderverse made locally since release?


    • Kervyn Cloete

      January 15, 2019 at 14:03

      Unfortunately, very little. Only around R11 million. And I really don’t understand why. As mentioned above, animated films always have big runs locally, and this is easily the best animated movie we’ve had in years.


      • Kaz Miller

        January 15, 2019 at 14:24

        Wow. That literally crushed my soul. I kinda guessed Aquaman will be on top but not by this margin :’-(


  2. Magoo

    January 15, 2019 at 12:56

    You must have a database or document of like 150,000 records because every week something breaks some kind of very specific record. 😛


    • Kervyn Cloete

      January 15, 2019 at 14:03

      Ha ha ha. The distributors themselves usually keep track of these things. I just need to collate them.


  3. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    January 17, 2019 at 11:15

    From what i’ve heard so far, Aquaman theatres are full up with the ladies ogling Jason.


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