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Local weekend box office – Sonic the Hedgehog finally dethrones Bad Boys

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It’s kind of fitting that it took a popular character from the 1990s to finally dethrone a couple of popular characters from the 1990s as Sonic the Hedgehog debuted in the top spot held by Bad Boys for Life for four straight weeks. Sonic posted a R3.2 million debut this weekend past which is not exactly anything major – especially considering the video game adaptation’s runaway success in the rest of the world – but it was enough to get the job done. Bad Boys was still hanging in there with R2.4 million though as it dropped down to second place. It’s local total currently sits at R43.4 million. Birds of Prey rounded out the top three as its weekly earnings dropped below the million rand mark for the first time.

With current total earnings chart champion Jumanji: The Next Level (R69 million) sitting in fourth, Oscar-nominated newcomer Little Women had to settle for a fifth-place opening. Writer/director Gret Gerwig’s adaptation has been a stealthy box office success worldwide, and it proved its worth locally as well. Although it earned less than R700k locally, it did it from just 38 cinemas, giving it the third-highest per-theatre-average on the charts. Unfortunately for the other newcomers, they couldn’t mimic that success. Just Mercy opened in cinema more than Little Women but could only land in ninth place as it barely cracked R300k. At least it was in the top 10 though, which is more than could be said for horror sequel Brahms: The Boy II which ended up in twelfth place thanks to a very limited opening.

Let’s see what the rest of the SA box office chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change Local gross Last Week's Position
1Sonic the Hedgehog R3.2 million NE R3.2 million NE
2Bad Boys for Life R2.4 million -48% R43.4 million 1st
3Birds of Prey R716 486 -49% R4.9 million 2nd
4Jumanji: The Next Level R697 452 -45% R69.6 million 3rd
5Little Women R671 362 NE R671 362 NE
6Vergeet My Nie R624 644 -49% R2.2 million 4th
7Like a Boss R336 609 +12% R4.2 million 10th
8Dolittle R318 502 -57% R10.7 million 5th
9Just Mercy R315 557 NE R315 557 NE
101917 R256 892 -46% R6.4 million 7th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: February 25, 2020

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