And the number one movie of the weekend is… not what you might have thought! Nope, a certain road warrior had to make way for four singing teenagers. I can already hear the gnashing of teeth…
Yes, debuting into number one is Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to Pitch Perfect. I’ve not seen that, but it involves singing or something. This time there is more singing, only at an international competition – so expect plenty of ‘American are stoopid, ja?’ jokes. Locally it reflected the US box office, taking the top spot.
Second on the chart is another newcomer, Mad Max: Fury Road. Everyone appears to be loving this third sequel to the post-apocalyptic series and another chapter is already being planned. Hopefully this time it won’t get stuck in desert somewhere again like an army of roaming Israelites.
In number three is the tentpole that was everyone’s darling before Mad Max came along. The second Avengers film is doing well, but it won’t eclipse the original and has already slipped nearly $100 million behind its predecessor.
The fourth spot is Fast & Furious 7, now a hair’s breadth away from becoming the third-highest grossing move ever. I know some are predicting that Mad Max will top it, but that hasn’t even earned a third in its first weekend that this movie did.
Taking a very minor tumble is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which actually held its position when you consider it only made space for the two new top debuts. Clearly despite very awful critical reviews, audiences are enjoying Kevin James’ segway antics.
Also holding on well and only losing spots to make space for the newcomers is Get Hard, the Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell comedy about a millionaire being trained to go to jail. It’s not doing too badly for Ferrell and is already one of his top 10 earning movies.
At seven is Somer Son, the local comedy about a couple and their marriage-saving misadventures in the tropics. It’s outperforming French Toast, the last local movie to appear on these charts and a hint that if you are marketing an Afrikaans movie, maybe choose an Afrikaans title.
Yellow Bird, the animated tale of an orphaned bird who joins a flock migrating to Africa, is eighth. That means it is stable from last week and is probably capitalising from a lack of animated features on the circuit right now.
On number nine a newcomer, You’re Not You. It’s a dramady about a woman suffering the neurological condition Lou Gehrig’s Disease and her relationship with her new assistant. It sounds like a good tear jerker and has a pretty solid cast too.
Finally, at number ten and the plunge of the week is The Duff, dropping four places. Maybe this clever teen comedy is just too clever for the average teen’s comedy.
Leaving the charts are Far From The Maddening Crowd, Cinderella and Child 44.
Fast & Furious 7 remains the big earner on the chart with over R70 million in its pockets.
- 01. PITCH PERFECT 2
- 02. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (incl 3D & Imax)
- 03. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (incl. 3D & Imax)
- 04. FAST & FURIOUS 7
- 05. PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2
- 06. GET HARD
- 07. SOMER SON
- 08. YELLOW BIRD
- 09. YOU’RE NOT YOU
- 10. THE DUFF
Last Updated: May 20, 2015