SA’s Weekend Top 10 Movie Chart: What goes down might go up

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Every ecosystem has a number of things that happen at different intervals. Some show up quite often and others very rarely. So imagine me in my best David Attenborough impersonation, saying that this past weekend… we witnessed something… quite!… extraordinary… in the charts.

Movies don’t often move up the chart. But to see three do so in one week is a first for me.

Spot the Over Achievers

  • 2. SUICIDE SQUAD (incl 3D & Imax) (LW: 1)
  • 3. BAD MOMS (LW: 4)
  • 4. STAR TREK: BEYOND (incl 3D, Imax & 4DX) (LW: 3)
  • 5. WAR DOGS (NE)
  • 6. NINE LIVES (LW: 7)
  • 7. PETE’S DRAGON (incl 3D) (LW: 5)
  • 8. SHALLOWS (LW: 8)
  • 9. DIS KOUE KOS SKAT (LW: 8)

Let’s Look At Their Grades


  • Weekend gross: R 1.5 million
  • Percentage change: -23.4%
  • Total gross: R 4.4 million

Last week Jason Statham’s latest adventure starring Jason Statham came within a hair of beating Suicide Squad‘s earnings. Sadly it didn’t manage to increase that number, yet avoided dropping by as much as the number one film did. So even though the second Mechanic film drew in nearly half a million less, it still stepped up to first.

2. SUICIDE SQUAD (incl 3D & Imax)

  • Weekend gross: R 1.5 million
  • Percentage change: – 25.4%
  • Total gross: R 31.5 million

Suicide Squad finally slipped from the top spot after a very solid four week reign. It missed making that five weeks by a hair, drawing in roughly R10, 000 less than The Mechanic: Resurrection. It may even rebound, but once these juggernauts lose steam they can sink pretty quickly.


  • Weekend gross: R 1 million
  • Percentage change: -17.3%
  • Total gross: R 5.9 million

Everyone is buzzing about how well Bad Moms is doing. Locally it is reflecting that as well, bounding up one spot from fourth. But it’s not a jump in popularity: the raunchy comedy actually earned around R 200,000 less.

4. STAR TREK: BEYOND (incl 3D, Imax & 4DX)

  • Weekend gross: R 1 million
  • Percentage change: -44.2%
  • Total gross: R 3.2 million

So if Bad Moms made less and still went up a spot, does that mean…? Oh dear. Yes, Star Trek: Beyond is dropping hard.


  • Weekend gross: R 751,000
  • Percentage change: n/a
  • Total gross: R 751,000

Any hope of being the next Lord of War appears to be dashed as War Dogs reflected its performances elsewhere with a tepid reception.


  • Weekend gross: R 707,000
  • Percentage change: -4.9%
  • Total gross: R 1.7 million

The third rank jumper this week is the talking cat film Nine Lives. Though it also registered a drop in earnings, that was tiny compared to every other film in the top 20.

7. PETE’S DRAGON (incl 3D)

  • Weekend gross: R 659,000
  • Percentage change: -23.8%
  • Total gross: R 5 million

Disney’s good run with reimagined versions of its older classics stumbled with this one. Pete’s Dragon failed to get much attention and continues its slow walk to the exit.


  • Weekend gross: R 607,000
  • Percentage change:  -19.6%
  • Total gross: R 1.6 million

Surfer vs. Shark sounds like an interesting couch movie, but something only cinema die-hards would pay big screen money to see. Shallows is mainly a hit abroad because it was pretty cheap to make (only $17 million). Hopefully nobody paid hefty licensing fees to show it over here.


  • Weekend gross: R 489,000
  • Percentage change: -10%
  • Total gross: R 1.3 million

This local film came out of the gate last week with a good cast and most of the trappings that draw Afrikaans audiences, but it failed to catch on like its peers. Luckily some of that shine did stick: this comedy drama slipped one spot, but didn’t stumble badly.


  • Weekend gross: R 382,000
  • Percentage change: n/a
  • Total gross: R 382,000


It’s great to see an Afrikaans movie that for a change isn’t full of white middle class people. Alas, heavy local dramas rarely get much attention from cinema goers, so a 10th spot debut is a respectable performance.

Graduating, because we’re out of seats

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates looked so smart and promising at the start, but were drunk before the entree was done and passed out midway through the speeches. Meanwhile Jason Bourne held his down, but won’t be making a big fuss at franchise reunions.

Last Updated: September 8, 2016

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