Mrs Right Guy passes R1m mark after opening weekend
Dineo Moeketsi stars as unlucky in love Gugu Hlatshwayo in Mrs Right Guy, alongside Thapelo Mokoena as serial seducer Dumile and Lehasa Moloi as regular good guy Joe. (Image: Mrs Right Guy on Facebook)

Gauteng province is looking increasingly like the place to be for filmmakers after a strong opening weekend at the box office for the latest movie shot in Johannesburg.

South African romcom Mrs Right Guy passed the R1-million gross earnings mark on the Monday following its release in local cinemas on Friday, 3 June, coming in at fifth place behind international blockbusters X-Men: Apocalypse, Angry Birds and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

It was only just behind the Jodie Foster-directed American crime drama Money Monster starring George Clooney, which opened on the same date and on almost the identical number of screens.

Recent successes for Jozi-made movies

This follows the recent success of another Jozi-made movie, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, which grossed R5-million in 10 days and R10-million 30 days after its release on 19 February.

Mrs Right Guy also improved on the opening weekend takings of another Gauteng success story, Tell Me Sweet Something, which also opened in fifth place in September last year, although with about 5% less in ticket sales.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa was delighted with the latest box-office news, taking to Twitter to comment: "Congratulations to the producers & cast of Mrs Right Guy for the great reception of the movie since its release on Friday, 3 June. Well done."

'Perfect vehicle for Dineo Moeketsi'

The film stars Dineo Moeketsi as love-wounded Gugu Hlatshwayo, who grew up under the curse of being the "It Girl", beautiful, wanted by everyone, ultimately heartbroken.

 

 

Mrs Right Guy follows Gugu as she meets two eligible young men: serial seducer Dumile (Thapelo Mokoena) and regular good guy Joe (Lehasa Moloi). Can she see through Dumile's charm, wealth and power, can she see Joe for who he is - or is she doomed to repeat her past mistakes?

"It's the perfect vehicle for Dineo Moeketsi's big-screen debut," said Nigerian-born filmmaker Adze Ugah, who directed the movie. "The storyline about the challenges facing a strong single woman in her search for a mate is highly topical. The film reflects the complications millennials face as they try to find true love."

Mrs Right Guy was produced by a team of highly experienced local film and television women: producer-writer Mokopi Shale, producer-writer Cati Weinek, and producer Kethiwe Ngcobo.

It was funded by the NFVF in association with the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and shot in the space of a month in Johannesburg.

Source: staff reporter

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