Local Weekend Box Office: Pacific Rim Uprising can’t best Black Panther and Tomb Raider

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The big box office news this weekend past was undoubtedly Black Panther finally being dethroned after a historic five weeks on the top. Well, the big box office news in the US, that is. Down here in sunny South Africa, things played out very differently as Pacific Rim Uprising, the film that eventually claimed Black Panther’s crown overseas, could only manage a third place opening worth less than R2 million. While the film has lit up other international markets for an impressive $150 million first weekend global tally, South Africa contributed very little to that sum as it appears locals didn’t care too much for giant robots punching giant monsters.

This meant that Marvel’s record-breaking superhero film held onto the top spot for a sixth week as Black Panther earned R4.1 million, further cementing its recently acquired status as the biggest film in South, East and West African history. Also holding onto its position was Tomb Raider which repeated its second-place performance from its opening weekend. For its sophomore showing the video game adaptation dropped less than 30% which is actually exceptionally good for a second weekend and shows it may have some legs in the weeks to come.

Previous week holdovers Gnome Alone, Death Wish and Game Night all just got push down one spot with the addition of Pacific Rim Uprising above it, which meant newcomer Gringo could only manage seventh place. The film had a surprisingly limited opening in only 41 cinemas (it has an A-list cast including ex-Benoni girl Charlize Theron) and thus couldn’t even crack half a million.

In even more limited release though, playing in just 14 venues, was religious drama Paul, Apostle of Christ which missed out on the top ten by one spot as it opened to a meagre R147k. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it get a bit of a pick-me-up for the upcoming Easter weekend though. One title that’s also not in the top ten but which has been there for nearly two months now is Tad the Explorer. While the family-oriented animated feature film hasn’t really done any business of note in most of the rest of the world, it showed quite a bit of staying power locally. However, its now finally crashed all the way from eighth to fourteenth place with one of the biggest percentage drops for the week.

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
1Black Panther R4.1 million -14% R85.6 million 1st
2Tomb Raider R2.2 million -27% R7.7 million 2nd
3Pacific Rim Uprising R1.9 million NE R1.9 million NE
4Gnome Alone R778 176 -18% R5.2 million 3rd
5Death Wish R547 236 -26% R3.5 million 4th
6Game Night R467 402 -18% R4 million 5th
7Gringo R456 171 NE R456 171 NE
8Fifty Shades Freed R319 350 -42% R29.9 million 6th
9Red Sparrow R269 953 -46% R3.7 million 7th
10Catching Feelings R216 949 -8% R1.1 million 9th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: March 27, 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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