Michael Matthews’ film ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’, had one hell of a debut at the box office after opening with more than half a million Rand in ticket sales.
According to its distributer, the film has outperformed past South African favourites in the action/crime/drama genres, with a showing that was 28% stronger than ‘Inumber Number’ (2013), 31% stronger than ‘Jerusalema’ (2008), 34% higher than ‘Noem My Skollie’ (2016) and 40% higher than ‘Hard to Get’ (2014) on its opening weekend.
“We had high expectations for the film,” said MD of Indigenous Film Distribution, Helen Kuun, in a statement, before adding,“we always knew it was something special from the first screenings. It’s all about great storytelling thanks to Sean Drummond’s impressive script, and the film’s spectacular cast.”
The film has even scored four extra screens - Festival Mall in Pretoria, and at Sandton City, Vaal Mall in Vanderbijlpark and Mimosa Mall in Bloemfontein. Something that Kagiso Lediga's 'Catching Feelings' failed to do.
‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ - which was awarded Best South African Film in Development at the Durban FilmMart’s finance forum in 2013 - will also be releasing in the USA on 7 September, starting in New York and Los Angeles, and then moving to an additional 15 American cities.
The film stars a number of South African favourites such as Hamilton Dlamini, Warren Masemola, Zethu Dlomo, Vuyo Dabula and more.
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