JOHANNESBURG - Madiba himself has admitted that he never possessed the pugilistic prowess to triumph in the boxing ring, although he was an avid fan of the sport.
Well, finally there's a boxing crown of sorts that Madiba can claim. That is the movie box office, where a film about our former president has smashed records.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was the highest grossing film in South Africa this past weekend, beating Schuks! Your Country Needs You with earnings of R4.43-million, Videovision Entertainment said in a statement.
The Mandela biopic also outgrossed Hollywood blockbusters such as Hunger Games – Catching Fire, World War Z, The Wolverine and Hangover 3.
Producer Anant Singh said: "I am extremely pleased with the audience reaction. I visited a few cinemas over the weekend and experienced the emotional response to the film with audiences leaving the cinemas completely satisfied. For me as a filmmaker this is really fulfilling."
The film also opened in the United States on Friday with screenings in New York and Los Angeles, where it earned an average of $25,076 (about R257,191) per screening.