Leon Schuster’s Mama Jack opened in Zimbabwe last week, earning over 100 Million Zimbabwean Dollars in its opening weekend at just one cinema, making it the biggest film opening in Zimbabwe this year, surpassing the opening weekend earnings of Madagascar and War Of The Worlds. This record boxoffice was achieved exclusively on the Rainbow Cinema circuit which has complexes in Harare and Bulawayo.
Jimmy Pereira, Managing Director of the Rainbow Organisation, the Zimbabwean distributor said, “Mama Jack is a phenomenal success, earning more at the boxoffice in its opening weekend than any opening film this year. We anticipate the film to have a record-breaking run in here and will be expanding to additional cinemas on 23 December. It will be much bigger than Mr Bones.”
Producer, Anant Singh commented, “We are delighted Zimbabwean audiences have responded with such enthusiasm to Mama Jack. We are pleased that Mama Jack has won the hearts of the Zimbabwean and South African audiences. Jimmy Pereira is an extraordinary showman and a pioneer in the motion picture industry in Southern Africa and we are happy that his company is distributing Mama Jack in Zimbabwe.”
Mama Jack was released in South Africa on 24 November and earned R4 228 042 during its opening weekend, an almost 50% bigger opening weekend than Leon Schuster’s mega-hit, Mr Bones which went on to gross more than R32 million during its run in South Africa. In fifteen days, Mama Jack has grossed over R12 million in South Africa.
Mama Jack stars Leon Schuster, Alfred Ntombela, Mary-Anne Barlow, Lionel Newton, Jerry Mofokeng, Shaleen Surtie-Richards. The film is a Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon and Delta Films (Pty) Ltd, produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring, executive produced by Sanjeev Singh and Sudhir Pragjee and is written by Leon Schuster, Gray Hofmeyr, Paul Slabolepsky and Jeff Newton and directed by Gray Hofmeyr.
Mama Jack is a Videovision Entertainment release through United International Pictures (South Africa).