Mandela movie expected to score big at the box office in Europe

2014-01-06 09:20

The film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, opened in Britain and Ireland on Friday and is expected to make more than R26 million in its first three days of release.

The film producers said in a statement yesterday: “It is also expected to be one of the top 10 performers at the UK box office this weekend. The strong box office performance comes on the back of positive reviews from UK critics.”

The film is based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

Producer Anant Singh said: “This is indeed a formidable opening. The UK audience is a diverse one and the strong box office performance shows the wide appeal of the film, especially as it opened bigger than Ali, Munch and The Last King Of Scotland.”

The lead stars are British actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. The South African actors include Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Jamie Bartlett and Deon Lotz. The film was nominated for three Golden Globe awards last month.

Elba received the nomination for best actor for his role as Nelson Mandela, Alex Heffes received the nomination for Best Original Score and U2 was nominated for the Best Original Song, Ordinary Love, which was written for the film.

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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