SA’s Weekend Top 10: Zombies are so over

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If you have a zombie film in production, start the re-shoots. The fad for undead cinema is clearly done, at least for any blockbuster adaptations of literary classics.

  • 01. BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (Incl 3D)

It’s been a struggle for the DC tentpole film, crashing down hard in its second week, but still doing well-enough not to be called a flop. I guess we can assume that the hunger for DC-related films is there – this just wasn’t the best movie for the job. On the other hand, it’s nice to finally see a majority who believe Man of Steel and Sucker Punch weren’t as great as fans made them out to be. But I digress: local movie fans are still showing up in enough capacity to keep Batman vs. Superman at the top despite some stiff competition.

  • 02. KUNG FU PANDA 3 (Incl 3D)

The third Kung Fu Panda is well-behind its predecessors – not so much to make it a flop and possibly well-enough for yet another sequel.

  • 03. ZOOTROPOLIS (Incl 3D)

Internationally Zootropolis is slowly approaching the billion dollar club. Well, it still has about a fifth of the way to go, but may just get there before it leaves the big screen. Local interest is enough to help lift it up one spot from 4th last week.

  • 04. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2

If some can rise, some must fall. The sequel to another big fat Greek wedding slips down a notch, but that’s not a big deal. It’s likely to endure the wrath of the chart’s tides for a few weeks still.

  • 05. DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT (Incl Imax)

After taking a huge nosedive last week, the latest Divergent movie swung back and gained one position. It’s still a disaster, though, having made almost less than a third of the original thus far.

  • 06. LONDON HAS FALLEN

London Has Fallen fell a mere one position over the weekend, keeping its status as a so-so performer – a pity given that critically it’s received a lot of praise.

  • 07. MODDER EN BLOED

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This period drama plays straight to the passions of its target audience, mixing rugby and the Anglo-Boer war with a familiar plot: the underdogs playing a sport against their oppressors. But with a 7th spot debut, it seems audiences will need more convincing.

  • 08. HAPPINESS IS A FOUR LETTER WORD

One of the most successful local movies yet, this comedy is slowly coming to the end of an incredible run.

  • 09. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

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The zombie fad must be over. This film has bombed hard in other markets and local responses seem as muted. With a 9th spot debut for an action movie, filled with girls and ghouls, this is a terrible start.

  • 10. RISEN

The Christian-themed historical drama has managed three weeks on the chart, but it never found a very big support base. Now at 10th, we’ll be bidding it goodbye next week.

  • HAMBA KAHLE

Deadpool retires to the incredible wealth it has gathered, along the way igniting all those old ‘will blockbusters be R-rated again?’ debate that happened around 300. Vir Altyd also leaves the Top 10, but with its head firmly held high as easily the most successful local movie outside of a Leon Schuster film.

Last Updated: April 7, 2016

James

A total movie glutton, nothing is too bad or too obscure to watch, unless it's something like The Human Centipede. If you enjoyed that, there is something wrong with you. But bless you anyway - even video nasties need love...

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