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Windfall for Chief Daddy as Nigerian cinemas rake in N3.1 billion in six months

Nigerians spent nearly 3, 124, 026, 959 billion Naira to watch box office movies at Nigerian cinemas between January and June.

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Nigerian cinemas earn N3 billion in six months, Nigerians paid N1.2bn to see movies in 2 months, Filmhouse, Silverbird, others generate over N79.8 million on Valentine’s weekend , Coronavirus forcing cinemas to shut down, as Nigerian cinemas record revenue loss

The Nigerian cinemas are raking in sales as it was reported that Nigerians spent N3, 124, 026, 959 in cinemas between January and June 30 2019.

Since movie culture is growing among Nigerian youths and different social classes, it is not a surprise that the industry is booming.

According to reports by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), these figures are according to the data provided by cinemas and gathered by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN).

[READ ALSO:Nigerian Cinemas expecting big business from Avengers: Endgame]

How it happened: This year saw the opening of many popular movies which made the toll online. The movies include ‘Aquaman’, ‘Chief Daddy’ and ‘Up North’. They raked in N168,263,512 combined profit.

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The movies were top on the list until the fourth week of the year when another movie ‘Glass’ debuted at number one with ‘Aquaman’ taking second place and ‘Chief Daddy’, third, booting ‘Up North’ to fourth place.

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This replacement led to combined earnings of N91,409,100 which fell to N77,259,811 as January brought the Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’, making ‘Chief Daddy’ fall to the fourth place.

In a report by NAN, earnings from the Cinema was low for February, making it the lowest grossing month with a total of N291,843,044.

The top movies were later replaced with ‘Alita’, ‘Cold Pursuit’, ‘What Men Want’, ‘Escape Room’ and ‘The Upside’.

There was an increase in views in March, and the earnings were almost doubled from that of February, leading to a total of N434,432,431.

[ALSO READ: Nigerians spent over N600 million at the cinemas in December 2018]

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‘What Men Want’, ‘Alita’, ‘Hire A Woman’, ‘She Is’, ‘Us’ and ‘Babymamas’ topped the chart in March but most earnings and viewership went to Marvel’s flick ‘Captain Marvel’.

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Beginning of April saw the release of ‘HellBoy’, ‘Shazam’, ‘Little’ and ‘Us’ which shared the top chart with ‘Captain Marvel’, until it was gradually replaced with the anticipated ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

Earning from ‘Avengers: Endgame’, rose from N186,929,188 in its third week to N342,382,389 in its final week.

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April is the highest grossing in 2019 and it closed with estimated total earnings of N734,151,060 majorly boosted from Disney’s ‘Endgame’.

May had the same fate as February because there was a massive dip in earnings with ‘Endgame’, ‘The Intruder’ and ‘Longshot’, earned a total of N367,498,554.

The reason for the fall: The fall in viewership usually comes after a global holiday, such as Christmas for December/January and Easter for April.

However, by June, the numbers rose with movies views from ‘John Wick’, ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Aladdin’ leading the numbers, supported by ‘Anna’, ‘Men In Black’, ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘Bling Lagosians’.

June opened with N161,132,714 but closed with N100,663,647 leading to a total earning of N576,322,779.

[READ FURTHER: Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame beats Titanic’s $2.12bn box office record]

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Hospitality & Travel

KLM demands rapid antigen tests from Lagos passengers, as Netherland bans flights to UK, others

Passengers are to obtain rapid antigen tests at Murtala Mohammed International Airport before departure via Air France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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KLM, Air France to resume flight operations in Nigeria from December 7

Air France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has asked passengers departing from Lagos to obtain a rapid antigen test at Murtala Mohammed International Airport before departure from January 26, 2021.

This was disclosed by the Commercial Team Nigeria, Air France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in its newsletter.

The airlines explained that customers, who are traveling to France as their final destination, now need to show a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the aircraft and that the test result cannot be older than 72 hours and only PCR or LAMP tests are accepted.

Also, to fight against COVID-19, the Dutch government imposed flight ban to the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America.

It stated, “In addition, a second COVID-19 test will be required (rapid test – antigen) for all customers traveling to The Netherlands, including transfer customers.

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“No passengers will be allowed to board the aircraft without both the negative PCR test (72 hours before departure) and antigen test results (4 hours before departure) and will be rebooked accordingly. For now, all flights to/from U.K will be suspended until 27 January 2021.”

Steps to obtain rapid test

  • Antigen testing for passengers flying to The Netherlands including transfer customers need to be done as of 4
    hours prior to flight departure. In order to undergo the test, each passenger must complete a biodata form
  • The payment for the COVID-19 antigen test needs to be made via cash or card. The venue for sample collection is at the airport close to the check-in desks.
  • Rebook policy for mandatory PCR test: Customers that are not able to provide negative test results on time can take advantage of Air France and KLM PCR-test rebook policy.

What you should know

In December 2020, Nairametrics reported that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France resumed flight operations to Abuja and Lagos.

The airlines in a statement disclosed that international passengers can now fly Air France and KLM from Nigeria (Abuja and Lagos) to Paris and Amsterdam, with the possibility of further transfers to other European and North Atlantic destinations.

In a piece of travel advice, the airline asked customers to ensure they are well prepared for their trip and check the entry and travel requirements for their destination and transit countries in line with travel restrictions and governmental authorizations before making any travel plans. This is as the entry requirements may change with short notice.

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Tech News

Twitter acquires newsletter service, Revue

Twitter has acquired Revue, an email service that lets writers publish newsletters.

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Twitter Acquires Revue, A Newsletter Company

Twitter has acquired Revue, a Dutch startup that makes it free and easy for anyone to start and publish editorial newsletters. This is coming after a failed attempt to acquire Revue’s competition Substack.

Twitter has made massive moves over the past two months to acquire start-ups as it tries to expand beyond its core timeline product.

What they are saying

  • According to a blog post by Twitter VP of Publisher Products, Mike Park and Product Lead, Kayvon Beykpour, “Many established writers and publishers have built their brand on Twitter, amassing an audience that’s hungry for the next article or perspective they Tweet. Our goal is to make it easy for them to connect with their subscribers, while also helping readers better discover writers and their content. We’re imagining a lot of ways to do this, from allowing people to sign up for newsletters from their favorite follows on Twitter, to new settings for writers to host conversations with their subscribers. It will all work seamlessly within Twitter.

They added that Twitter will continue to operate Revue as a standalone product, with its team remaining “focused on improving the ways writers create their newsletters, build their audience and get paid for their work.”

  • “Revue will accelerate our work to help people stay informed about their interests while giving all types of writers a way to monetize their audience – whether it’s through the one they built at a publication, their website, on Twitter, or elsewhere,” the Twitter executives said.

They also said that bringing Revue to Twitter will supercharge this offering, helping writers grow their paid subscribers while also incentivizing them to produce engaging and relevant content that drives conversations on Twitter.

Twitter will make Revue’s Pro features free for all accounts and lower the paid newsletter fee to 5%, a competitive rate that lets writers keep more of the revenue generated from subscriptions.

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What you should know:

  • In December, Twitter bought Squad, a multi-participant video chat app, and this month it acquired the social broadcasting service, Breaker to create audio conversations for Twitter users. And now, they have added Revue to the collection of startups.
  • Revue was originally founded in 2015 in the Netherlands.
  • Twitter’s acquisition of Revue also places it in direct competition with Substack, a rival email newsletter service that has been growing in popularity recently.

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Coronavirus

Benue State Governor, Ortom tests positive for COVID-19

Benue State Governor has commenced treatment after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was disclosed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He stated, “This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive in the last few weeks.

“Though the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.”

According to him, the governor has advised those who have come in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for a test.

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“The Governor says it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for a test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

“Governor Ortom urged Benue people to continue to observe the protocols for the prevention of the virus such as wearing of face masks, use of sanitisers, regular hand washing and physical distancing,” he added.

What you should know

Some of the governor’s aides which included his personal physician, aide de camp, orderly, permanent secretaries among others had recently tested positive for the virus.

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