Magazine article Screen International

Zambezia Soars for CMG

Magazine article Screen International

Zambezia Soars for CMG

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Adventures In Zambezia 3D has become the highest grossing South African film in more than 30 years, the animation's sales agent and executive producer Cinema Management Group (CMG) announced on Friday [Mar 1].

Triggerfish Animation's international hit has grossed more than $18m through independent distributors, with a further 18 territories to go including Latin America and the Middle East.

CMG licensed French rights recently to Metropolitan, while Big Pictures will distribute in Spain and ADS Services will release in Hungary. CMG also licensed Triggerfish's upcoming animation Khumba to Metropolitan.

In Poland, Adventures In Zambezia 3D is on its way to $3m through Kinoswiat and stands at $2.7m after three weekends. It debuted in third place on 160 prints on Feb 1 and climbed to number two. Thus far the film has grossed more than Wreck-It-Ralph, Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, Sammy's Adventure 2 and Niko 2.

eOne reported a $1.8m running total in the Benelux and said Zambezia was tracking to overtake Hotel Transylvania and Rise Of The Guardians.

Bazelevs and All Media jointly distribute in Russia where the film opened in fourth place and climbed to number two en route to overtaking ParaNorman and grossing $5.6m in five weeks.

South Korea has returned more than $3m through Bloomage and the family release has amassed more than $700,000 in Portugal, where it has stayed in the top ten for eight weeks and drawn more than 100,000 admissions through new distributor Outsider Films. …

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