Local weekend box office – Fantastic Beasts sequel starts to turn around terrible November

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Once again, much like what happens so often in JK Rowling’s books, a wizard has saved us. Well, at least started to save us that. Since Venom debuted at the top of the SA box office charts in the first weekend of October, overall proceeds have been steadily dropping week on week. My “quick maffs!” shows roughly a 63% total drop in that time. Things looked very different this weekend past though as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald debuted in the top spot with just a hair’s breadth under R5 million, helping to restore nearly 50% of the income lost last weekend.

Last week’s top film, Nobody’s Fool, also held relatively steady as it dropped to 2nd place with R1 million, while The Nutcracker and the Four Realms also fell one spot to 3rd with R752 166. That brings us to the second newcomer for the weekend as Steve McQueen’s female-led heist thriller Widows opened in 4th place with R642 922. A Star is Born rounds out the upper half of the charts as it also has a strong holdover with R633 323, posting the second highest per theatre average on the charts behind The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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
1Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald R4.9 million NE R4.9 million NE
2Nobody's Fool R1 million -12% R5.3 million 1st
3The Nutcracker and the Four Realms R752 166 -19% R3.2 million 2nd
4Widows R642 922 NE R642 922 NE
5A Star is Born R633 323 -14% R10 million 3rd
6Night School R484 074 -5% R18.8 million 6th
7Venom R426 828 -36% R22.6 million 4th
8Smallfoot R414 137 -11% R14.4 million 7th
9The Girl in the Spider's Web R308 923 -43% R1.2 million 5th
10Peppermint R261 627 -43% R3.5 million 8th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: November 20, 2018

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