As part of efforts to provide a credible and reliable source of Nigerian Box Office reports, we recently entered into a partnership with Tripican to bring you the top 10 movies at the cinemas across the country. The exact figures aren’t shown, but we’re working really hard on fixing that. In the mean time, below is the list of the top 10 most watched movies in Nigerian cinemas last week.
If there is one thing certain about the average Nigerian cinema goer, it is that he/she loves action movies. When one comes with a 93% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, then there is very little doubt that the movie will do well, which is why it is coming as no surprise that Emily Blunt’s Sicario came out top at the Nigerian box office this weekend. The movie already earned an impressive $51.4million at the international box office, and its success in the Nigerian market will add a little something extra to that figure.
In second place was American thriller, The Perfect Guy, which continues to hold strong, despite having been at the cinemas for more than five weeks. For some reason, Nigerians have continued trouping to the cinemas to see this movie. I’m not sure if it is the cast or just that the movie resonates with us in this part of the world, but whatever it is, the movie does not look like it is going to slow down anytime soon.
Even on the heels of negative reviews, Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel, Pan came in third place, which really isn’t saying much, seeing as it is one of the newest movies in the cinemas. Internationally, the film has not live up to expectation at the box office, earning just over $72million against a budget of $150million. Unfortunately, the Nigerian market is not going to add a lot of money to that number, so if the film is looking to at least break even, it would have to do more in the American and European markets.
Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk and Ridley Scott’s The Martian came in fourth and fifth place respectively to round up the top five. While The Martian is having an incredible run at the international box office (having grossed about $320million), the same cannot be said for The Walk, which is yet to recoup its $35million budget. While this could change in the coming weeks, it is not likely that TriStar Pictures will make a whole lot of profit on the film.
Self / Less, The First Lady, The Intern, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Inside Out complete the top ten respectively.