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Local weekend box office – Playing With Fire, 21 Bridges dethrones Charlie’s Angels

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Well, I guess people actually can see John Cena! The WWE-wrestler-turned-actor-turned-awesome-guy-who-won-South-African-hearts had his latest film, family comedy Playing With Fire, open in the top spot of the SA box office this weekend past. At R1.4 million it was nowhere close to the biggest of debuts, but it was enough in a pre-Christmas box office slump that’s been happening for a good few weeks now. What is impressive though, is that Playing With Fire opened in just 63 cinemas and still managed the win.

That is only two-thirds of the screen real estate given to fellow newcomer 21 Bridges. Despite more venues, the cop thriller starring Chadwick Boseman had to settle for the runner-up spot as it debuted with R1.1 million. And with both the top two spots taken up by newcomers, that does indeed mean that Charlie’s Angels has finally given up the throne it somehow managed to occupy for two weeks in SA while it flopped massively in the rest of the world. The film dropped a hard 40% as it was relegated to third place with just shy of another R1 million to add to its coffers.

Sadly, we have to hop down to sixth place to find our next newcomer. It would appear that local audiences aren’t as enamoured as the US counterparts with masterful whodunnits as the brilliant Knives Out couldn’t crack the top five. To be fair, it was only released in less than 50 cinemas so its R606k debut is not that surprising.

That wasn’t the last of the newcomers though as this weekend also saw the release of Couples’ Night and The Good Liar. But both had such small releases that they barely made a blip. Couples’ Night as least managed to land inside the top 10 though.

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
1Playing With Fire R1.4 million NE R1.4 million NE
221 Bridges R1.1 million NE R1.1 million NE
3Charlie's Angels R993 7201 -40% R6.9 million 1st
4Maleficent: Mistress of Evil R925 628 -25% R15.1 million 2nd
5Ford v Ferrari R625 207 -47% R2.4 million 3rd
6Knives Out R605 922 NE R605 922 NE
7Joker R443 947 -35% R23.8 million 4th
8Couples' Night R243 991 NE R243 991 NE
9Jexi R198 008 -55% R957 883 5th
10Abominable R196 231 -40% R7.3 million 9th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: December 3, 2019


  1. Knives Out is fantastic.


  2. For the Emperor!

    December 3, 2019 at 21:40

    Can’t wait to see what Frozen 2 does when it releases! It surely has my stamp of approval 🙂


    • Dresden

      December 3, 2019 at 23:16

      It’s not going to be as good as the first one so let if go!


      • For the Emperor!

        December 4, 2019 at 14:29

        It is doing quite well overseas, and while the songs don’t quite match up to Let it Go, the overall story is better in my opinion. Worth a watch ☃️


        • Dresden

          December 4, 2019 at 14:49

          I was just poking fun. I haven’t even seen the first one yet.


          • For the Emperor!

            December 4, 2019 at 15:20

            Not seen the first one? Madness! No, I can not let this one go ☃️?

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