'Inxeba' enjoys moderate success in comeback

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Award-winning movie Inxeba: The Wound had a slight improvement in sales when it took R182 000 from 24739 movie-goers at the weekend – earning a total of R1.5 million since it premiered.

"We are currently playing on 12 sites," said distribution company Indigenous Films MD Helen Kuun.

And more cinemas across the country will be added to the list.

There were no incidents of violence or intimidation reported by cinemas.

"There was no violence or protests," Kuun said. This is in contrast to the interruptions and threats to cinema staff and movie-goers when the film premiered last month.

This weekend was peaceful, she said.

Ster-Kinekor head of marketing Lynne Wylie also confirmed there was peace.

"They were no interruptions at Ster-Kinekor cinemas," she said.

Inxeba, a gay love story set in a Xhosa initiation school, was met with mixed reactions in South Africa.

The Man and Boy Foundation and the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa lodged a complaint with the Film and Publications Board Appeals Tribunal. The film was X-rated and banned from public cinemas.

Last week, the Pretoria High Court ruled that pending a review application on March 28, the film could be screened again last Friday.