Mandela Film Breaks Box Office Records in SAfrica

Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, will be South Africa's highest grossing film.

Posted: 12/05/2013 09:35 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A movie depicting the life of Nelson Mandela has become South Africa's highest grossing picture after its opening last week, its producers say.

The film, called "Long Walk to Freedom," has already earned $427,000 (Rand 4.4 million), according to Videovision Entertainment.

The movie stars British actor Idris Elba as Mandela, the 95-year-old liberation struggle icon. It's based on his autobiography with the same title.

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(Photo: Keith Bernstein/The Weinstein Company)

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