Movie makes almost R2,9?mln in its first three days

2010-12-07 00:00

SPUD dominated the local box-office at the weekend when it soared to the number one slot, earning close to R2,9 million in the first three days. This made it the highest grossing opening weekend ever for a South African film outside of four Leon Schuster titles.

It is also the second highest opening weekend for a local title in 2010, just behind the record-breaking comedy Schucks Tshabalala’s Guide To SA.

Said producer Ross Garland, “We are so excited by the enthusiasm shown by South African audiences. It is truly proof of the coming-of-age appeal of John van de Ruit’s books as well as the talents and efforts of both the filmmakers and cast who worked on this project.

“… It’s exciting to see South Africans coming to the cinemas in these numbers, and gratifying for the whole team to hear about audiences around the country applauding at the end of the movie.”

Durban author Van de Ruit is also delighted with the film’s success, saying: “I am absolutely thrilled … I salute all the South African Spud fans who have voted with their feet and poured into the cinemas, and to those who laboured for so long to make this film what it is. May the madness continue!”

Spud takes place in South Africa during the early 1990s and chronicles John “Spud” Milton’s first year at an elite, boys-only private school.

The film stars Troye Sivan as Spud and veteran British star John Cleese as his eccentric English teacher, The Guv.

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