Movies remain big business in South Africa, with 19 films grossing over $1 million locally in 2019 according to data from IMDb Pro’s Box Office Mojo.
In addition, 90 films made over $100,000 at South African box offices.
The highest-grossing movie of 2019 in South Africa was The Lion King, which is a remake of the classic 1995 animated movie and stars Seth Rogen, John Oliver, Beyonce, and South African John Kani.
The Lion King grossed $8.24 million (R122 million) locally, while the only other film to exceed the $5-million mark was Avengers: Endgame, which made $7.17 million (R106.2 million).
While movies prove to be a popular outing in South Africa, just two companies continue to dominate the local landscape – Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro.
Ster-Kinekor owns some 60-65% of the market, boasting some 55 movie complexes in South Africa (more than 400 screens and 64,000 seats) with 154 state-of-the-art 3D cinemas.
By comparison, Nu Metro currently operates 24 cineplexes with a national footprint in a number of South African towns and cities including Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Johannesburg, Krugersdorp, and Pretoria among other areas.
We looked at how prices from these chains compare in 2020.
It should be noted that these prices do not include any loyalty rewards discounts, promotion prices (such as Wowza Wednesdays) or subscription offerings.
Child and pensioner-specific prices have also been excluded for comparison purposes.
|Cinema Prestige||2D / 3D||R174|
|IMAX||2D / 3D||R160|
|D-BOX||2D / 3D||R137|
|Cape Gate, Blue Route, Bayside||2D / 3D||R93/R118|
|Centurion, Ilanga, Musgrave, Northgate, Northmead||2D / 3D||R102|
|N1 City, Southgate||2D / 3D||R60|
|Maponya, Parow, Promenade, Newtown Junction||2D / 3D||R60|
|Xtreme||3D / 2D||R140|
|VIP 2D & 3D||3D / 2D||R120 / R135/ R150|
|Prize freeze cineplexes (The Strip, Westgate, Key West and others)||3D / 2D||R39|
All prices collected from the respective cinema websites are for comparison purposes, and may be subject to change.