Local Weekend Box Office Report – Minions finally get blown out of the water by Dunkirk

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Due to a combination of technical difficulties on the film distributors side and me just being crazy busy, we had to skip out on doing the South African box office charts for the last two weeks. You didn’t miss much though, as true to local cinemagoer form, animated flick Despicable Me 3 ruled for the past fortnight. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Captain Underpants and War for the Planet of the Apes all opened in that time, but nothing came close to challenging those yellow minions which has racked up about R30 million in 5 weeks.

However, things changed this weekend past as Christopher Nolan’s WWII set suspense thriller Dunkirk finally managed to dethrone the animated box off champ with a R2.7 million opening. That is actually a bit of a middling debut but is sort-of expected for this type of mature adult thriller. Down here it’s usually only kid-friendly animated fare and massive franchise blockbusters that open north of R5 million. Well, those and bad BDSM movies that leave audiences feeling grey.

There were three other new releases this week. Two of them, Viceroy’s House and Mubarakan, found themselves on the tail end of the chart, while Van der Merwe was just behind it. Judging from what I’ve seen from the painfully terrible trailer for Van der Merwe, being on the “gat kant” may just be an appropriate position for that local comedy.

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
1Dunkirk R2.7 million NA R2.7 million NE
2Despicable Me 3 R1.8 million -41% R39.9 million 1st
3Spider-Man: Homecoming R1.7 million -37% R25.9 million 2nd
4Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets R1.3 million -38% R4.2 million 3rd
5War for the Planet of the Apes R1 million -34% R7.4 million 5th
6Captain Underpants R1 million -45% R3.2 million 4th
7Transformers: The Last Knight R393 597 -37% R19.9 million 6th
8Baywatch R368 626 -27% R19.2 million 7th
9Viceroy's House R315 193 NA R315 193 NE
10Mubarakan R274 629 NA R274 629 NE

(NA = Not Applicable, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: August 2, 2017

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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