Local Weekend Box Office Report – Transformers roll out to the top spot

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Yay! After two weeks of their inexplicable absence, we finally have our box office figures back for South Africa. Unfortunately though, those box office figures show the utterly terrible Transformers: The Last Knight to have taken the top spot with R5.3 million. Blergh.

However, not only is that figure nowhere close to some of the biggest local earners this year, but much like in the rest of the world, this latest entry is also a step behind its predecessors. When Transformers: Age of Extinction opened in SA in 2014, it was just under the R9 million mark, while 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon cracked R10 million. It seems that even in SA, where critical acclaim/vitriol seem to carry very little weight, people are getting a bit tired of these movies.

That being said, no other movie was willing to risk a wide release opposing Transformers: The Last Knight this weekend past. We did get two newcomers in the form of YA romantic drama Everything, Everything and historical drama The Promise, but they only opened in 35 and 14 cinemas countrywide respectively. Neither made too much of an impact on the charts, coming in at 7th and 9th place, however Everything, Everything’s R607 075 debut actually gives it a respectable R17 339 per cinema average which is neck and neck with 3rd place Wonder Woman and only bested by the top two.

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
1Transformers: The Last Knight R5.3 million NA R5.3 million NE
2Cars 3 R2.6 million -41% R7.5 million 1st
3Wonder Woman R1.5 million -40% R14.4 million 2nd
4The Mummy R1.2 million -49% R8.7 million 3rd
5Rough Night R737 859 -45% R2.5 million 5th
6Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales R629 974 -51% R14.9 million 6th
7Everything Everything R607 075 NA R607 075 NE
8Gifted R165 991 -9% R710 759 10th
9The Promise R138 154 NA R138 154 NE
10Ozzy R124 862 -55% R3.1 million 7th

(NA = Not Applicable, NE = New Entry)

 

Last Updated: June 28, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

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