The film outgrossed Leon Schuster's Schuks! Your Country Needs You, which earned R 3 635 876, said
Videovision spokesperson Nilesh Singh.
It performed better than some of the biggest studio films
of the year at the opening weekend box office, including Hunger Games - Catching Fire, World
War Z, The Wolverine and Hangover 3, Singh said.
The film, which was based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography,
was released on Thursday at the country's best performing cinema's.
These included the V&A in Cape Town to Gateway in
Durban, The Zone @ Rosebank in Johannesburg, Sterland in Pretoria and the Mall
of the North in Polokwane. Producer Anant Singh was "extremely pleased
with the audience reaction".
"I visited a few cinemas over the weekend and
experienced the emotional response to the film with audiences leaving the cinemas
completely satisfied. For me as a filmmaker, this is really fulfilling,"
The film also opened in the US on 29 November, with
exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles.
It earned the highest this past weekend there, with an
average of $25 076 per screen.
The film stars British actor Idris Elba as Mandela, and
British actress Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandikizela-Mandela. It also features
local actors in the cast, including Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa and Terry Pheto.
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