Local weekend box office – Hobbs & Shaw can’t beat Lion King

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Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw are famous for beating the snot out of anybody suicidal enough to stand in their way. However, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s respective characters just met their match in an overgrown cat on its African home turf.

While Hobbs & Shaw, the first spinoff in the behemoth Fast & Furious series, currently rules the box office all over the rest of the world, things played out very differently here in South Africa as The Lion King continued to dominate. With a R10.8 million debut (which is actually still a pretty good number), Hobbs & Shaw had to settle for 2nd place as The Lion King stayed top with another R12.4 million added in its 3rd week. And I have to admit that I’m very surprised. The F&F movies have traditionally been huge draws locally, with the previous two films each opening above R20 million.

As for the rest of the chart, with Spider-Man: Far From Home rounding out the top three and being the only other film besides the aforementioned two that actually cracked seven figures, there wasn’t that much to report on. There were a couple of limited openings that barely made a blip (Stan & Ollie only opened in four cinemas, for example), with the only other wide release being Terra Willy. The French-based animated family film flopped hard though as it opened in 8th place with just R280 000.

Let’s see what the rest of the South African chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change Local gross Last Week's Position
1The Lion King R12.4 million -42% R68.6 million 1st
2Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw R10.8 million NE R10.8 million NE
3Spider-Man: Far From Home R1.1 million -49% R30.9 million 2nd
4The Secret Life of Pets 2 R437 905 -41% R15.3 million 3rd
5Toy Story 4 R372 479 -44% R22.2 million 5th
6Crawl R369 256 -44% R1.2 million 6th
7Aladdin R332 055 -55% R42.3 million 4th
8Terra Willy R280 084 NE R280 084 NE
9Annabelle Comes Home R278 339 -48% R7.7 million 7th
10John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum R170 626 -55% R28.4 million 8th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: August 6, 2019

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