Schuster sets new records at box office

South African comedian Leon Schuster has broken his own opening weekend box office record with his latest film, “Mama Jack,” in which he plays a white man who disguises himself as a black woman to evade the police.

Pic earned 4.2 million rand ($653,000) on 100 screens last weekend, beating the record for a local film, which he held with “Oh Shucks, I’m Gatvol,” which notched up $649,000 in 2004.

The third biggest South African opener is Schuster’s “Mr. Bones” (2002), which went on to earn $5 million to become the second-highest-grossing movie in South Africa behind “Titanic.”

“Mama Jack” is a Videovision Entertainment production in association with Distant Horizon and Delta Films, produced by Anant Singh and Helena Spring, exec produced by Sanjeev Singh and Sudhir Pragjee, written by Schuster, Gray Hofmeyr, Paul Slabolepsky and Jeff Newton and directed by Hofmeyr.

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