Local Weekend Box Office Report – Pirates find some gold

Before any local football fans get too excited about that headline, let me clarify that these pirates are from the Caribbean not Orlando. They also had a better weekend than their sporting namesakes (sorry, Bucs fans) as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – or as it’s known in the rest of the world, Dead Men Tell No Tales – debuted at the top of the South African box office charts. While in the US the fifth entry in Disney’s Pirates franchise has been struggling a bit, locally it had a solid opening splash of R5.5 million, helping to raise this week’s overall revenue by 30% from last week.

That’s far from the biggest opening we’ve had this year (that would be Fate of the Furious’ all-time record-setting R20 million debut), but it’s a damn sight better than Alien: Covenant’s tepid opening, which was the cause of last week’s slump. That film’s woes continue this week as it plummets down to 7th place, with it’s -52% revenue loss being the biggest drop on the charts. With both Baywatch and Wonder Woman hitting screens this coming weekend, and sure to grab a lot of the cash, I would not be surprised to find Alien: Covenant off the charts completely by this time next week.

As for the rest of the new developments on the charts, they were unforgettable. No, really. Unforgettable is a new thriller starring Katherine Heigl as a psychotic ex making the life of her erstwhile beau’s new love in Rosario Dawson hell. If you haven’t really heard of this movie before, no stress, as you probably won’t be hearing about it in the future either. It failed to even crack the half a million mark as it debuted in 8th place.

Let’s see what the rest of the South African box office chart looks like:

(NA = Not Applicable, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: May 31, 2017

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