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South African Box Office Top 10: Alita and How To Train Your Dragon Battle It Out For Top Spot

South African Box Office

This weekend had some pretty big movies on the South African box office top 10. There were movies from popular franchises, like the third instalment in the How To Train Your Dragon series as well as new movies breaking onto the South African box office scene, like Alita: Battle Angel.

Other older movies remained in the top 10, like Bohemian Rhapsody and Aquaman. There’re even three local films – Matwetwe, 3 Days To Go, and Dominee Tienie – that broke onto the top 10 movies currently on the South African box office.

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Before we get to the top 10 movies, Aquaman is currently still the highest grossing movie on the South African box office circuit, grossing R 53 977 069 to date.

Now let’s get to it, then. These are the top 10 movies for the weekend of 15 to 17 February 2019 for Southern Africa.

10. 3 Days To Go

This directorial debut from Bianca Isaac tells the story of siblings reuniting at a father’s funeral, having to reconnect in a hilariously dramatic way over a three day period in their old childhood home.

The movie stars Leeanda Reddy, Lillette Dubey, Jailoshini Naidoo, Kajal Bagwandeen, Rahul Brijnath, Pranesh Maharaj, Ruben Naidoo, and Zakeeya Pate.

9. Dominee Tienie

Another local film to feature on the top 10 movies currently on the South African box office circuit, is Dominee Tienie. This Afrikaans movie stars Frank Opperman as Dominee (or Reverend) Tienie Benade, and was directed by Sallas De Jager. It follows the story of a man at a crossroads, trying to find himself and the light he used to be for his community.

8. Green Book

Viggo Mortensen portrays the role of Tony Lip, a bouncer from the Bronx who gets hired by a very prominent pianist, Dr. Don Shirley (portrayed by Mahershala Ali). The two use “The Green Book” to find safe spots for gigs for Dr. Don Shirley, as the movie is set in 1962 segregated America. The movie was directed by Peter Farrelly.

7. Bohemian Rhapsody

Although this movie about the iconic band Queen, was released back in late 2018, it’s still holding strong in the top 10 movies currently on the South African box office circuit. The movie stars Rami Malek as Queen frontman, Freddy Mercury and was directed by Bryan Singer.

6. Glass

M. Night Shyamalan returns with a sequel to his 2000-movie, Unbreakable and his 2016-movie, Split. Glass stars Bruce Willis, reprising his role of David Dunn, joined by Unbreakable co-star, Samual L Jackson who reprises his role as Elijah Price aka Mr Glass. Joining them is James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Horde character from Split.

5. Aquaman

Another movie that’s been holding on to its top 10 position on the South African box office, is Aquaman. Jason Momoa portrays the role of the title character and this movie, directed by James Wan, is still making waves, even though it was released quite a while back.

4. Matwetwe

The third local film to reach the top 10 South African box office list, is called Matwetwe (wizard). The movie was directed by Kagiso Lediga and stars Tebatsa Mashishi. It’s a coming-of-age adventure.

3. The Upside

Taking the bronze medal on the South African box office top 10 for this past weekend is The Upside. Directed by Neil Burger, this comedy starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston follows the funny tale of an unlikely friendship.

2. Alita: Battle Angel

Although it didn’t take the top spot on the South African box office over the weekend, Alita: Battle Angel is still second place, and there are many reasons you should go check it out at the cinemas.

1. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The number one movie currently in the country is the third movie in The How To Train Your Dragon franchise, called The Hidden World. Dean DeBlois returns to direct, with Jay Baruchel returning to voice Hiccup and American Ferrera voices the role of Astrid.

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Which movies on the South African box office are you keen to go check out?

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