JOHANNESBURG – A movie depicting the life of Nelson Mandela has become South Africas highest-grossing picture after its opening last week, its producers said Thursday.
The film, Long Walk to Freedom, has already earned $427,000, according to Videovision Entertainment.
The movie stars British actor Idris Elba as Mandela, the liberation-struggle icon who died at 95 Thursday. Its based on his autobiography with the same title.
The British-South African co-production opened just over a week ago in South Africa, followed by a limited engagement in New York and Los Angeles.
I visited a few cinemas over the weekend and experienced the emotional response to the film with audiences leaving the cinemas completely satisfied, producer Anant Singh said. For me as a filmmaker, this is really fulfilling.
The movie traces Mandelas life from his childhood in a remote rural part of South Africa and his election as the countrys first black president in 1994.