Local weekend box office – The Meg swallows a couple of spies

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Look, this may be a bit of a spoiler (though I’m sure that you could figure it out), but in The Meg, Jason Statham eventually beats the giant shark. Unfortunately for Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, they are clearly not Jason Statham. Kunis and McKinnon’s spy romp newcomer The Spy Who Dumped Me was only able to debut in 2nd place this weekend past with an okay R1.7 million opening, which meant that The Meg held onto the top spot at the SA box office for the second weekend with a R2.5 million take.

In 3rd place we find some more spies as Mission: Impossible – Fallout drops down a spot as it earns R1.5 million, while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was a hundred thousand off the pace in 4th place with R1.4 million. Local adventure drama Stroomop, which posted the largest debut of any South African production for 2018 a week back, rounds out the upper half of the top 10. Unfortunately, it does so in a bit of an unfortunate fashion as it had a big fall in its sophomore showing, dropping 62% to just under the R1 million mark.

Skipping over some holdovers, we have to go all the way down to 9th place to find the next newcomer in prehistoric adventure film Alpha. The long-delayed production only opened in 25 cinemas locally, so it was never expected to earn big, but it actually didn’t too badly with R404k giving it one of the better per-theatre averages on the charts. There were actually two other newcomers this weekend past in Down a Dark Hall and Farewell Ella Bella but both failed to make much impact at all with limited openings as they ended in 15th and 18th place respectively.

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
1The Meg R2.5 million -59% R10 million 1st
2The Spy Who Dumped Me R1.7 million NE R1.7 million NE
3Mission: Impossible – Fallout R1.5 million -48% R21 million 2nd
4Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again R1.4 million -49% R26.3 million 3rd
5Stroomop R985 286 -62% R4.1 million 4th
6Charming R816 548 -63% R3.2 million 5th
7Christopher Robin R548 874 -40% R3.3 million 6th
8Incredibles 2 R445 923 -44% R52 million 7th
9Alpha R404 131 NE R404 131 NE
10Skyscraper R373 098 -51% R13.9 million 8th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: August 21, 2018

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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