“The CEO”, and now “A Trip to Jamaica”, “The Wedding Party”, “93 Days”,
“76” and many more, it is clear that the Nigerian movie industry has
the potential to rake in billions of dollars in revenue.
produced titles brought in about N1 billion in ticket sales. This figure
represents about 30 percent of the total N3.5 billion generated from
just 28 cinemas across the country.
now putting in more money to deliver quality movies, knowing fully well
that Return on Investment is guaranteed for quality work.
Wedding Party, Nigeria’s latest blockbuster movie, has broken
box-office records at every milestone since it was released nationwide
on December 16 2016. It took just two weeks to eclipse the
record of N178 million, held by ‘A Trip to Jamaica’, emerging with a
staggering N200 million before the New Year weekend was over. Both films
led a strong lineup of popular Nigerian films in 2016, including ‘Wives
on Strike’, ‘The CEO’, ‘93 Days’ and ‘76’.
Wedding Party debuted with the biggest opening weekend in Nollywood
history with N36 million; the best-ever opening week with N66 million;
the biggest week ever with N110 million; and a jaw-dropping Christmas
box-office total of N146 million.
followed appears to be unprecedented, with cinemas in many parts of the
country reporting sold-out screens throughout the rest of the holiday
season, as excited fans who saw earlier screenings returned for a second
round, often with friends and family in tow. Much of the appeal of the
film is due to a heartwarming storyline, beautiful sets and gorgeous
costumes, while most of the audience can identify with the lavish
Nigerian wedding, contentious relatives and almost-chaotic proceedings
that defy even the most careful planning.
really believe that the Nigerian consumer will support ‘made in
Nigeria’ products, if the quality is comparable to international
standards. We wanted to create a film that would make our people proud
and the response of movie-goers suggests that we have succeeded.
Equally important has been the support of so many sponsors, including Dubai Tourism, Airtel, Diageo and Bank of Industry, who were instrumental in getting us off to an amazing start.”
has been an amazing year for Nigerian cinema. With returns of well over
N200 million, The Wedding Party is on track to deliver numbers we have
never seen before for a Nigerian film. It’s important to note that it is
selling more tickets than Rogue One, part of the Star Wars franchise
and the biggest film worldwide this season. For the first time,
Nollywood is competing with Hollywood at the Nigerian box-office and
there are two new films in the works, including a sequel to ‘The Wedding
Party’, that will ensure more outstanding commercial success in
in 2017. Fifty was the only Nigerian film, and one of only five African
films from a global selection of 238 films, to be screened at the 59th BFI London Film Festival.
2016’s Top 10 Chart looks like for Nigeria – Please note that not all
the figures are verified rather we have used Filmhouse Cinema’s weighted
average market share to come up with box office estimates for films not
released by FilmOne.
- The Wedding Party – FilmOne Nollywood – N203 million
- A Trip to Jamaica – FilmOne Nollywood – N178.5 million
- Batman Vs Superman – Warner/Crimson – N140 million (Estimated)
- Captain America – Marvel/Disney/Crimson – N119 million (Estimated)
- Suicide Squad – Warner/Crimson – N116 million (Estimated)
- London Has Fallen – Independent/Okhma – N90 million (Estimated)
- Doctor Strange – Marvel/Disney/Crimson – N85 million (Estimated)
- Gods of Eqypt – Independent/Okhma – N80 million (Estimated)
- Mechanic Ressurection – Independent/Okhma – N75 million (Estimated)
- 76 – Silverbird Nollywood – N72 million (Estimated)
These movies are currently showing in all cinemas across Nigeria.