Box Office Report: Dracula Untold opens at number 1


The top box office films performed strongly this week making the first week in eleven weeks where all of the top 5 box office titles have grossed more than a million Rand each. Unfortunately none of them were South African releases. However this week the chart saw 2 new entries breaking into the top 5.

This week the South African box office chart is topped by the vampire themed film, Dracula Untold. The film topped the box office with an impressive figure of over R1.71 million. The film is distributed by United Independent Pictures, which returns to the number 1 position, after last topping the chart with for an unprecedented 4 consecutive weeks with the sci-fi Lucy. Dracula Untold was screened on 75 cinemas nationwide.

Last week`s number 1, Planes: Fire and Rescue dips down 1 position to number 2,  The film made over R1.19 million in its sophomore week, that figure is down by just over 50% from last week, considerably a disappointment for distributor Ster-Kinekor since the film played on 120 screens nationwide up by 17 from last week`s 103. The film boasted the honour of having been played on over 100 screens locally, more than any other film in the top 10.

The Equalizer also drops 1 position to number three from last week`s number 2 with over R1.12 million in its second week. The film is also distributed by Ster-Kinekor and was screened on 74 cinemas, up by 2 from its debut weekend of 72.

The Maze Runner continues the 1 drop trend as it drops to 4 in its second week having made over R1.08 million nationwide. The film is distributed by Times Media Films  and was played on 54 cinemas locally.

The top 5 is rounded up by a new entry, Dolphin Tale 2 which made over R1.07 in its first week, the film is also distributed by Times Media Films and was 66 cinemas nationwide.

Follow the link for the full top 10.

For another week Times Media Films maintains a domination in the ‘top 10′ market share with 50% , Ster-Kinekor  in second with 30% and  United International Pictures  in at third with 20% each.

The next top 5 contenders will be released on Friday, the 10 October 2014 and will come from Gone Girl, Automata, Love Is All You Need and African Safari 3D. I predict that Gone Girl and Automata will have healthy debuts considering the popular Action, Sci-Fi and Drama genres that is attached to them. As for African Safari, I don’t think the documentary genre is popular among the South African audience.

Report by:

Vusumzi Ntshanga @Vusumzi92

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