Local weekend box office – Hustlers strips It 2 of its crown

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From dancing on poles to dancing around the police. That’s what Jennifer Lope and her crew of badass ladies get up to in Hustlers, and it’s proven to be a very lucrative endeavour. The R-rated ensemble crime drama – based on the true story of strippers who robbed their customers – has already made a big mark on the US box office this weekend past, giving Lopez and co-star Constance Wu the biggest opening of their respective careers. Now that success has been mimicked here in South Africa as well as Hustlers opened at the top of the charts, taking the throne occupied by It: Chapter Two for the last week.

Hustlers debuted with R2.5 million, which at first glance doesn’t really seem like too much. But with it opening in just 71 cinemas, Hustlers actually boasts the second-best per theatre average (R35 908) for the year for a non-franchise sequel (so excluding all the big blockbusters). Only local production Matwetwe (R57 691) posted a better PTA all the way back in January.

It: Chapter Two dropped down to second-place as it added another R2.1 million to its coffers, which means that Dora and the Lost City of Gold debuted in third-place with R1.7 million. It was a close fight for the live-action Nickelodeon adaptation though with The Lion King nipping at its heels with R1.6 million. As for the other two newcomers this weekend past, local dramas Fiela se Kind and Losing Lerato could only manage seventh and eighth place respectively. While neither film could crack the million Rand mark, they both actually acquitted themselves well given the fact they had very limited openings. Losing Lerato, in particular, did well with a PTA of R31 593 from just 26 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
1Hustlers R2.5.million NE R2.5 million NE
2It: Chapter Two 2.1.million -39% R6.7 million 1st
3Dora and the Lost City of Gold R1.7 million NE R1.7 million NE
4The Lion King R1.6 million -30% R112.3 million 2nd
5Angel Has Fallen R1.2 million -27% R12.7 million 3rd
6Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw R1 million -31% R38.6 million 4th
7Fiela se Kind R823 743 NE R823 743 NE
8Losing Lerato R821 220 NE R821 220 NE
9Once Upon a Time in Hollywood R523 255 -31% R3.5 million 5th
10Overcomer R363 746 -29% R2.3 million 6th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: September 17, 2019

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