BOX OFFICE REPORT: “Interstellar’ soars to the Top

As the award season is nearing, blockbuster films under consideration for big shot awards are starting to make theatrical release and debuting with great power on the box office. This trend has started with Gone Girl, which debuted at the top spot back in October, a month later the trend continues with the number 1 film of the week having received Oscar buzz since its production.

Interstellar directed by Christopher Nolan debuts at the top spot at the South African box office. The film should sit comfortably at the position for the next couple of weeks as it will be screening on premium cinemas “IMAX” and Cinema Prestige. The Times Media Films release brought in over R1.58 million while playing on 90 cinemas nationwide.

Last week`s number 1 film, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dip one position down with over R873 thousand collected in its fourth week on cinemas. The United International Pictures release was screened on 86 cinemas locally, that figure down by 5 from the previous week`s 91 screens.

Stationary at the number 3 position its second week, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day brings in over R703 thousand locally. The film saw an increase in the number of screens locally rising by 6, up from last week`s 41 bringing it to 47. The film is distributed by Ster-Kinekor.

A Walk Among The Tombstones falls to number 4 after debuting at number 2 last week. The films brings in just over R503 thousand nationally while screening on 48 cinemas up by 1 from last week`s 47. The film is a Times Media Films release.

The former number 1, ‘Oscar buzz’ film Gone Girl drops one position down to round up the top 5. Distributed by the latter company, the film brought in over R488 thousand in its 5th week on the box office. The film was screened on 50 cinemas nationwide that figure down by 9 from last week`s 59.

Times Media Films proves to be still the most dominant distributor of the year owning 60% of the top 10 film share on the box office. Ster-Kinekor follows with 20% while Crystal Brook and United International pictures are tied at number 3 with 10% each.

The movies that will be vying for the top Box Office spot this weekend are The Grand Seduction, Laggies, Tarzan 3D and The Signal.

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Vusumzi Ntshanga

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