Local Weekend Box Office – Rampage takes first place, as Black Panther makes SA history

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As we reported yesterday, the battle for the top spot at the US box office this weekend past was a ridiculously close one that went down to the wire. Locally, there was no such fight as the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-led video game adaptation Rampage easily opened at no.1 with R3.5 million. That figure is not exactly a huge one, but it is the fifth biggest opening for the year thus far and just a little over double what was made by second place.

Second place in this case surprisingly being Tyler Perry’s Acrimony as it managed to just stay ahead of Marvel’s Black Panther. But while Acrimony’s R1.7 million was enough to keep it ahead of Black Panther, it’s Marvel’s breakout superhero blockbuster that actually made the biggest impact.

The R1.5 million earned by Black Panther over the past weekend was enough to push the film past the R100 million mark locally, becoming the very first film in South African box office history to achieve this milestone. This is just the latest local record for Black Panther as it’s also the all-time top-grossing film in SA ever (natch), the biggest February opening weekend, the biggest Saturday take, as well as the highest-grossing film in both East and West Africa.

Below Black Panther we find last week’s no.1 as animated family film Peter Rabbit dropped down to fourth with R1.4 million as the film’s Easter Holiday charm finally wore off. That doesn’t meant that local audiences have lost their fondness for animated fare though as newcomer Here Comes the Grump opened at the midway point of the charts with R840k. The only other newcomer was Denzel Washington drama Roman J. Israel, Esq., but it only opened in eleven cinemas and thus found itself way down in 15th place.

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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
1Rampage R3.5 million NE R3.5 million NE
2Tyler Perry's Acrimony R1.7 million -14% R9.6 million 3rd
3Black Panther R1.5 million -44%% R101.1 million 2nd
4Peter Rabbit R1.41 million -53% R15.3 million 1st
5Here Comes the Grump R840 776 NE R840 776 NE
6Ready Player One R586 229 -62% R6.9 million 4th
7A Quiet Place R546 665 -21% R1.5 million 7th
8Tomb Raider R523 546 -59% R15.1 million 5th
9Midnight Sun R381 205 -37% R1.3 million 9th
10Susters R367 369 -42% R3.1 million 8th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: April 17, 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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