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‘Mama Jack’ Mightier Than ‘King Kong’

Mama Jack, the latest smash hit from South Africa’s leading funny man, Leon Schuster has emerged as the top film during the holiday season in South Africa. The film has outgrossed all major releases for 2005, including blockbusters like Madagascar, Mr and Mrs Smith, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, The Chronicles Of Narnia and King Kong. Mama Jack has consistently been breaking records since its release on 24 November 2005, and has earned over R23 million at the South African box office to date. Based on the current box office earnings, it is estimated that Mama Jack will surpass the R32 million boxoffice record set by Mr. Bones as the highest grossing South African film of all time by Tuesday, 14 February 2006.

“We are delighted with the phenomenal performance of Mama Jack,” said producer, Anant Singh. “Mama Jack is definitely Leon Schuster’s funniest film ever and audiences of all ages and races have unanimously embraced it. It is truly wonderful to have a homegrown film outgross the big studio films. This is certainly a boost for the South African Film Industry as Mama Jack was made entirely in the country with local talent and crew,” added Singh.

Leon Schuster who is currently holidaying in Durban commented, “It is very exciting that Mama Jack has performed better than the big Hollywood films. I am thrilled that the film has been so warmly received by audiences and critics alike.”

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), playing across South Africa in over 100 cinemas.

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