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Nigeria’s box office records N582m revenue in April

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From ticket sales in cinemas across the country, the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) generated N582 million in April.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday, the association’s National President, Mr Patrick Lee said that marked an increase of 50 per cent over the figure the corresponding month last year.

“The total ticket sales for the month of April (2022) across cinemas in Nigeria is N582,011,276.00,” Lee disclosed.

“Comparing the sales with April 2021, there is an increase of 50 per cent as the sales for that was N388,420,832.00.

“Twenty-two Nollywood films shown in April accounted for 43 per cent of ticket sales, with King of Thieves as the outliner – 23 per cent, whereas 19 Hollywood films accounted for about 54 per cent with two films grossing over N50 million.

“(These are) Morbius and Sonic Hedgehog2, the latter becoming the biggest animation of the year so far”, he said.

Lee revealed the top five highest grossing films for April as: The King of Thieves, Morbius, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and the Blood Covenant.

King of Thieves opened with the highest ticket sales for a Nollywood film in 2022. So far, it also became the highest grossing indigenous-themed film and only the 10th Nollywood film to hit past the N200 million mark”, Lee said.

Comparing March with April, Lee said ticket sales improved by about 68 per cent, with April having the highest box office figure since January.

He said that the films to be out for viewing for May were: Law of the Heart, Doctor Stranger in the Multi-Universe of Madness, Firestarter, The Perfect Arrangement, Ilu America, Top Gun: Maverick, Bob’s Burger and The Wildflower. (NAN)

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