Nigerian Cinemas Generate N603.59bn in Ticket Sales in August
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) has confirmed that it generated N603,588,722 from tickets sold across the country in August, 20.1 per cent higher than the N482,528,117 total sales in July.
This was disclosed by CEAN National Chairman, Mr Opeyemi Ajayi, on Tuesday.
He said patronage at the cinemas in August was quite encouraging as 212,192 viewers were admitted into their facilities within the period under review, noting that there was a sporadic improvement in sales and visitors patronage in August as against figures recorded in July.
He said, “August was quite a beautiful month. We showcased beautiful movies like Akuddaya, Meg 2, Teenage Mutant Minja, A Bag of Trouble, Blue Beetle, Mikolo, The Modern Woman, Retribution and Kesari.
“We had total sales of N603,588,722 with 212,192 viewers admission.
“We want Nigerians to cultivate the habit of visiting the cinemas; it is a place to be to allay stress and unwind.”
Mr Ajayi said that cinema lovers should watch out for movies to be exhibited in September.
The movies are Equaliser 3, A Bag of Trouble, Something Like Gold, The Nun, Mamiwata, Kanaani, A Haunting in Venice, Expendables 4, Weekend to Forget, The Creator, and The Dive and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
In a breakdown of the movies that recorded the highest revenues included Equalizer 3, followed by Blue Beetle, which each raked in N24 million and N13.4 million, respectively.
The indigenous Yoruba movie Kesari came in third place on the top 20-weekend movie list with N11.1 million. Falling along the 4th and 5th place were A Bag of Trouble (Nollywood) and Retribution at N6.5 million and N5.3 million, respectively.