Local weekend box office – Even two Will Smiths can’t beat the Joker

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The joke was on Will Smith this weekend past as the Gemini Man failed to dethrone Joker from the top spot on the South African box office chart. The awards-worthy comic book film comfortably stayed in the top spot it claimed the week before as it added another R3.5 million to its total. Joker isn’t exactly setting local box office numbers on fire, but it’s doing pretty well for an R-rated adult drama (that happens to be based on a comic book) which generally doesn’t pull in the South African crowds.

Gemini Man though is exactly the type of move that generally pulls in South African crowds, but the sci-fi actioner – which features Smith also doubling down to play a digitally de-aged version of himself – had a bit of a soft opening with R2.3 million. That was still enough to push it well ahead of the other two newcomers in Zulu Wedding and The Addams Family though, with neither of them able to crack three-quarters of a million Rand. However, it has to be pointed out that local production Zulu Wedding only debuted in 59 cinemas, and thus posted one of the highest per-theatre-averages on the charts.

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
1Joker R2.3 million -24% R.9.7 million 1st
2Gemini Man R2.3.million NE R2.3 million NE
3Zulu Wedding R746 050 NE R746 050 NE
4The Addams Family R736 963 NE R736 963 NE
5Hustlers R639 133 -47% R12.1 million 2nd
6Abominable R581 198 -35% R4.4 million 3rd
7Dora and the Lost City of Gold R437 476 -35% R9 million 4th
8The Lion King R360 347 -45% R119.8 million 5th
9Downton Abbey R312 726 -28% R3.4 million 7th
10The Angry Birds Movie 2 R229 967 -62% R8.4 million 6th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: October 15, 2019

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