Avengers: Age of Ultron
Walt Disney’s Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron is this month’s biggest box office
earner, not just locally but internationally too! Featuring a winning cast starring
Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth to name a few,
director Joss Whedon’s smash hit garnered a whopping R12 340 431 in its opening
weekend at South African theatres.
Fast & Furious 7
With global earnings sitting at US$1.3 billion, director James Wan’s Furious 7 is now
the fifth highest-grossing film in history. Breaking records at every turn, the hugely
popular sequel, featuring the late Paul Walker brought in R4 542 771 in its fourth
week at local cinemas, bringing gross national earnings to an impressive R60 199
Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, Disney and director
Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 remake of this childhood favourite fairytale has audiences
and critics alike dazzled by remaining true to the story’s old-fashioned traditional
charm. The film raked in R11 391 349 nationwide in its four week run.
Run All Night
This action-packed flick sees Liam Neeson in his characteristically fine form playing
an aging hitman on a mission to protect his estranged son. While the performances
are strong, critics and audiences are less than thrilled by writer Brad Ingelsby’s
convoluted plot. Run All Night took a disappointing R900 921 in its second week at
South African cinemas, bringing total gross national earnings to R3 120 800.
Veteran animation director Tim Johnson, brings this quirky DreamWorks picture to
life with vibrant voiceovers by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons and Steve
Martin. Featuring the lovable alien Oh on the run from his own people, Home took
R15 441 183 nationwide in its five week run.
Shot in France and South Africa, director Paul Kruger’s French Toast released at
local theatres on 24 April and earned R684 425 in its opening weekend. French
Toast stars Lika Berning, Theirry Ballarin, Deon Lotz and Helene Lombard. It is
produced by Hartiwood Films and distributed by Times Media Films nationally.
– Chanelle Ellaya