When I was Young it was a thing of joy going to the cinemas with my Dad and little sis every Sunday. In those days, you will agree with me that there was little or no financial incentives in the entertainment industry here in Nigeria, films were simply made for mere entertainment. Also there was nothing like “home videos” all there was at that time were just films at cinema houses, or domestically you sit at home, hold on for transmission to take off at 5pm only to watch late night movies.
But time has surely changed, I don’t need to wait to view any television station in order to get entertained simply because I certainly will not find what I need there anymore. The movies have taken not just our attention, but has also gone deep into our pockets, thereby enriching the various film producers, directors, cast and crew.
Today, we have movies making a great fortunes worldwide as we bring you a few of these catchy movies and their take-homes.
Rank Movie Title Total Gross/ Theaters Opening/ Theaters Opened
1 Jurassic Park $648,990,716/ 4,291 $208,806,270/ 4,274 6/12
2 Avenger: Age of Ultron $458,582,882/ 4,276 $191,271,109/ 4,276 5/1
3 Inside out $351,643,444/ 4,158 $90,440,272/ 3,946 6/19
4 Furious 7 $351,032,910/ 4,022 $147,187,040/ 4,004 4/3
5 Minions $331,681,250/ 4,311 $115,718,405/ 4301 7/10
Coming home to Nigeria, the movie industry has not done badly for itself. Understanding the fact that “Nollywood’” is certainly not as big as “Hollywood”, the performance of our local producers is highly commendable in Sub-Saharan Africa
Take movies like 30 days in Atlanta which tops the list as the most viewed in the cinemas was directed by Robert Peters made a whooping N137, 200, 000 million and N76 Million in one week, followed by Half Of A Yellow Sun directed by Biyi Bandele made N60, 000, 000 million and N10 million on the 1st week.
Here are the top five of according to Wikepedia.
Rank Movie Title Total Gross Director
1 30 Day in Atlanta N137, 200, 000 Robert peters
2 Half of a yellow sun N60, 000, 000 Biyi Bandele
2 October 1st N60, 000, 000 Kunle Afolayan
4 Ije N59, 800, 000 Chineze Anyaene
5 Last Flight to Abuja N57, 050, 000 Obi Emeloye
The cinema culture which seemed dead for many years is gradually experiencing a rebirth. Nollywood movies now gross huge sums from cinemas alone, well I just checked my wallet and found N1500 maybe I should run to the cinemas right now to watch a movie…ciao