Three times! Sure, Spectre has arrived, but it’s a greenhorn. The Hunger Games is doing well, but it only arrived at the party last week. The rest… pft, lightweights. Three times! It has charted locally three times! Let me tell you – if you find The Perfect Guy, you obviously never let go.
We’ll talk about the weekend’s top earners soon, but once again this column starts by swooping to the back and giving The Perfect Guy a high-five. This movie is now officially the underdog film of 2015 when it comes to the South African box office. It first charted a while back and then stayed around long after it should have faded. These adult-orientated thrillers tend to disappear away quickly, but The Perfect Guy bucked the trend. It eventually bowed out, only to reappear a week later.
That is a rare occasion, but a few movies have done the same. I had, though, hoped it would hang around for an additional week, since no comeback movie has done that before. Alas, it was not meant to be. The Perfect Guy again left the charts, no doubts happy with its success… or was it? Guess not: it’s back, again! Yup, for the third time The Perfect Guy entered the top 10. It’s been a huge hit, returning its $12 million budget over four times – and that’s just the US domestic count.
This past weekend saw another unexpected riser: the religious drama War Room jumped two spots to 6th – a rare sight. The rest, though, has been pretty stale.
Spectre‘s arrival at the top spot is no surprise, nor is the usual effect: everything got bumped down a notch. Well, almost everything – the local drama ‘n Man Soos My Pa stayed put at 5th. But The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Goosebumps, Blinky Bill and No Escape all dropped one spot to make space for James Bond.
Hotel Transylvania 2 fell two spots, yet that’s not shocking. It’s the current blockbuster stalwart in the top 10 and slowly moving towards retirement in the pastures beyond. The biggest drop was Bridge of Spies, down a painful four spots to 8th. It had a strong run at the start, but the Hanks/Spielberg collaboration is losing its wind.
Anyway, how about that The Perfect Guy?
- 01. SPECTRE (Incl Imax)
- 02. HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 (Incl 3D & Imax)
- 03. GOOSEBUMPS (incl 3D)
- 04. BLINKY BILL
- 05. N MAN SOOS MY PA
- 06. WAR ROOM
- 07. NO ESCAPE
- 08. BRIDGE OF SPIES
- 09. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 (Incl 3D)
- 10. THE PERFECT GUY
Leaving the local charts this past weekend were the culinary drama Burnt, which did okay, and the snarky comedy How To Make Love Like An Englishman, which either is rubbish or suffered from a rubbish title.
Hotel Transylvania 2 still holds the bank with a total of just over R18 million in earnings.
Last Updated: December 2, 2015