The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, has released the South African box office report for the first half of 2015. The box office report is a collation and analysis of data on the performance of films released in South Africa
The report shows that in the first half of 2015, a total of 121 feature films were released at the South African box office with a total gross of over R548 million (up to 28 July). Local productions generated over R28 million in revenue, taking 5% of the market share.
When compared to the same period in 2014, an increase in titles released has been noted, with this year’s releases recording ten more titles. Additionally, South Africa’s gross revenue saw a significant development from R382 million to R548 million, a 43 percent increase. Local productions however, fell from the R33 million to R28 million, a 15 percent drop, a figure that can be attributed to fewer films being released, as there were only eight films released in the first half of 2015, compared to 12 in 2014.
According to the figures, films that performed well at the box office included Fast & Furious 7 earning R72 million, while Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World took R40 million each. The top three local films were Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling at R7.9 million, followed by Mooirivier at R5.7 million, and Strikdas with R4.2 million.
The report also revealed that Comedy and Romance were the most popular genre in the first half of the year with 33% and 29% respectively. At 28% was the Mystery genre, followed by Drama at 10%.
For the full box office report visit the NFVF website.