“The Wedding party” is being argued as the best Nollywood movie so far. Nigerians say this movie has given a sense of hope that Nollywood has evolved. Premiering on 8th September, 2016 at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto, Canada. Infact, it is one of the five African films that have made it to TIFF so far. Showing in cinemas across Nigeria at the moment, has gone ahead to make history in the last few weeks
‘Directed by award winning producer Kemi Adetiba.. The ELFIKE Film Collective is a partnership of moviemakers in Nigeria: EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, respectively
A press release from EbonyLife Films said that the Nollywood movie took just two weeks to eclipse the impressive record of N176 million, held by AY’s ‘A Trip to Jamaica’, emerging with a staggering N200 million before the New Year weekend was over.
“This marks an amazing run, as the romantic comedy recorded the biggest opening weekend in Nollywood history with N36 million, the best-ever opening week with N66 million, and a jaw-dropping Christmas box office total of N146 million.
“What 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,” said the statement.
Moses Babatope, COO of FilmOne Distribution, was delighted by the public acceptance of the movie. “With returns clocking up 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. And there’s more to come – we are looking forward to The Wedding Party being available worldwide on Netflix, as well as international airlines, television and DVD,” he said
Credits to relative newcomers like Banky W and Adesua Etomi, who looked comfortable alongside veteran actors Richard Mofe-Damijo and Ireti Doyle, while the comedic genius of Sola Sobowale, Ali Baba and AY shone through.
Apparently, we can only hope for the best in 2017 and beyond. – [DMH ’17]