Local weekend box office – You must be Joker-ing

2 min read
3

Hey, look! A movie featuring a controversial clown in makeup was no.1 at the local box office and it had nothing to do with Leon Schuster! South Africa, you’re growing up!

Yes, just as it’s done across the rest of the world, Joker has opened in the top spot locally. Director Todd Phillips’ revisionist and divisive take on the classic Batman comic book villain has debuted to a solid R4.7 million. That’s not exactly breaking any local box office records here, but it’s a pretty good showing seeing as this is an R-rated movie and thus would have cut out a big chunk of the audience. In fact, it’s the second-biggest R-rated debut this year, following on from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’s R5.1 million opening back in May.

There were two other new releases this past weekend in Late Night and Bottom of the 9th, but they both only debuted in a dozen cinemas each and thus didn’t even make a blip. That meant that the rest of the chart was all holdovers from last week with Hustlers impressively staying put in second place with R1.2 million in its fourth week. That means that last week’s champ, Abominable, had to settle for third place as it dropped a huge 54% and couldn’t even earn seven figures.

There were two other highlights in the charts: Downton Abbey actually climbed from 11th to 7th even though it lost two cinemas as it posted a great holdover, while local crime thriller Losing Lerato continues to post an impressive per-theatre-average despite its limited release.

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
1Joker R4.2.million NE R4.2 million NE
2Hustlers R1.2 million -32% R11 million 2nd
3Abominable R916 175 -54% R3.6 million 1st
4Dora and the Lost City of Gold R691 109 -53% R8.5 million 4th
5The Lion King R668 578 -54% R119.2 million 5th
6The Angry Birds Movie 2 R616 262 -61% R8.1 million 3rd
7Downton Abbey R446 371 -22% R2.8 million 11th
8Losing Lerato R444 264 -25% R3.6 million 9th
9It: Chapter Two R427 437 -57% R11.3 million 6th
10Angel Has Fallen R397 351 -37% R16.1 million 7th

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: October 8, 2019

Check Also

Local weekend box office – Even two Will Smiths can’t beat the Joker

Weekend box office report 11 - 13 October 2019: Joker held onto its top spot for a second …