Ster-Kinekor vs Nu Metro: movie ticket prices in South Africa

January 17, 2020
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January 17, 2020 Tumelo Moloi
Two popcorn buckets over a red background. Movie stubs sitting over the popcorn.

Movies remain big business in South Africa, with 19 films grossing over $1 million locally in 2019 according to data from IMDb Pro’s Box Office Mojo.

In addition, 90 films made over $100,000 at South African box offices.

The highest-grossing movie of 2019 in South Africa was The Lion King, which is a remake of the classic 1995 animated movie and stars Seth Rogen, John Oliver, Beyonce, and South African John Kani.

The Lion King grossed $8.24 million (R122 million) locally, while the only other film to exceed the $5-million mark was Avengers: Endgame, which made $7.17 million (R106.2 million).

While movies prove to be a popular outing in South Africa, just two companies continue to dominate the local landscape – Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro.

Ster-Kinekor owns some 60-65% of the market, boasting some 55 movie complexes in South Africa (more than 400 screens and 64,000 seats) with 154 state-of-the-art 3D cinemas.

By comparison, Nu Metro currently operates 24 cineplexes with a national footprint in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Amanzimtoti, Johannesburg, Krugersdorp, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Worcester.

We looked at how prices from these chains compare in 2020.

It should be noted that these prices do not include any loyalty rewards discounts, promotion prices (such as Wowza Wednesdays) or subscription offerings.

Child and pensioner-specific prices have also been excluded for comparison purposes.

Ster Kinekor

NT Live2DR191
Cinema Prestige2D / 3DR174
IMAX2D / 3DR160
D-BOX2D / 3DR137
Cape Gate, Blue Route, Bayside2D / 3DR93/R118
Centurion, Ilanga, Musgrave, Northgate, Northmead2D / 3DR102
N1 City, Southgate2D / 3DR60
Maponya, Parow, Promenade, Newtown Junction2D / 3DR60

Nu Metro

Regular 2D 2DR85
Regular 3D3DR105
Xtreme3D / 2DR140
VIP 2D & 3D 3D / 2DR150/R190
Prize freeze cineplexes (The Strip, Westgate, Key West and others) 3D / 2DR39

All prices collected from the respective cinema websites are for comparison purposes, and may be subject to change.

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