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Local weekend box office – Crawl flops as The Lion King roars again

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This weekend past was the battle of big cats vs big gators and the wrong animal won! Okay, to be fair, there was pretty much no chance in hell that Disney’s The Lion King would be dethroned this weekend, especially by a small budget horror flick like Crawl, but damn it I loved the latter so damn much and really was hoping it could at least put up a fight.

Alas, that was not the case as The Lion King had one stupendously good holdover, dropping just 17% after its record-setting debut last week to earn an additional R20.8 million. Meanwhile, Crawl pretty much flopped on its debut, earning just R642k from 47 cinemas as landed in 6th place. Boo! To put this into better perspective, the last horror released in SA was Annabelle Comes Home and it opened to over R2 million last month even though it had a similar venue count.

There were two other new releases this weekend past, with one being another horror and the other just being horrifically bad. Respectively, they were Midsommar and The Current War, both of which received very limited releases in just 20 cinemas. As a result, they barely made a blip as they opened way down the charts without even making it to R200k. With that, there wasn’t much else to highlight this week.

Let’s see what the rest of the SA box office chart looks like.

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change Local gross Last Week's Position
1The Lion King R20.8 million -17% R52.2 million 1st
2Spider-Man: Far From Home R2.2 million -16% R29.2 million 2nd
3The Secret Life of Pets 2 R727 794 -15% R14.8 million 4th
4Aladdin R715 628 -20% R41.8 million 3rd
5Toy Story 4 R645 051 -15% R21.7 million 5th
6Crawl R642 592 NE R642 592 NE
7Annabelle Comes Home R521 893 -6% R7.3 million 6th
8John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum R370 402 -34% R28 million 7th
9Men in Black International R249 374 -34% R17.2 million 8th
10The Hustle R225 315 -12% R2.7 million 11th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: July 30, 2019

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