Local weekend box office – Venom eats The House With a Clock in its Walls

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Venom is the biggest movie in the world at the moment, devouring box office records, and last time I checked South Africa is still part of the world. So it comes as no surprise that Sony’s comic book antihero movie tore its way to the top of the SA box office when it opened this weekend past, notching up a very impressive debut just a few thousand short of R7 million.

That’s the fifth biggest debut for the year behind Avengers: Infinity War (R25.2 million), Black Panther (R16.8 million), Fifty Shades Freed (R9.1 million), and Deadpool 2 (R7.6 million). Yes, you did indeed see Fifty Shades in there. South Africans clearly love kinky sex as much as they do comic book superheroes.

Moving on, there was only one other new release this weekend past in Eli Roth’s The House With a Clock in its Walls, and with Venom’s dominance that didn’t leave it much room. The family-horror film could only manage to debut in 5th place with just over R2 million.

That was actually a very familiar figure as last week’s top three holdovers – Night School, Smallfoot, and Johnny English Strikes gain – all came in around the same point and found themselves sandwiched in between the two new releases. All three films actually had very low drop percentages which is why The House With a Clock in its Walls effectively got shut out from a higher opening.

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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
1Venom R6.9 million NE R6.9 million NE
2Night School R2.7 million -30% R9.1 million 1st
3Smallfoot R2.3 million -10% R7.9 million 2nd
4Johnny English Strikes Again R2 million -17% R13.3 million 3rd
5The House With a Clock in its Walls R2 million NE R2 million NE
6Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation R958 579 -8% R18 million 6th
7A Simple Favour R683 737 -44% R2.5 million 4th
8The Nun R663 859 -43% R11 million 5th
9Ellen R325 394 -32% R5.2 million 7th
10Crazy Rich Asians R231 511 -42% R7.2 million 8th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: October 9, 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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