Box Office Report: Spectre Rules In Nigerian Cinemas, Worldwide


James Bond 007 Spectre poster

It was an interesting weekend for the movie world as one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Spectre the 24th in the James Bond franchise opened in Nigerian and International cinemas. With the aggressive push from cinemas in Nigeria, its no surprise that Spectre was king of the box office for Nov 1- 8th weekend.

Daniel Craig’s 4th performance as the iconic character, was completely sold out across Nigerian cinemas, as I myself had to make three attempts before being able to catch the movie. It’s likely the movie will still enjoy another week or two at the top of the box office based on the audience’s positive reception of the movie. Lets not forget the word of mouth factor which will likely draw more people to see the movie over the coming week. While it isn’t sure whether Craig will return for his final film as James Bond after his recent comments about being tired of playing the character, one thing is certain, he has definitely delivered one of the most remarkable performances as the iconic character.

Goosebumps, a movie staring Comedian Jack Black who has had more small screen appearances in recent times came in second place behind Spectre. While Goosebumps is already slipping at the international box office, it remains strong in Nigeria. This is most likely as a result of the lack of new high profiled movies to compete and so the audiences have to settle for what they’ve got. The movie’s ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes makes it look like it isn’t a bad watch.

The highly disappointing PAN despite the heavy bashing from critics and horrible ratings was the third most watched movie of the week. With production budgets estimated at around 150 million dollars, and the rate at which the movie is dropping off the charts, it will be a miracle if it cracks the 200 million dollars spot.

Dance flick, BREAKING THROUGH which features relatively unknown faces and actors was in 4th place.

Critically acclaimed film maker, Guillermo del Toro has his Horror movie CRIMSON PEAK rounds up the top 5 movies of the week. The star studded horror film (which is quite rare to have many stars in an horror film) is an Halloween season must watch before it leaves cinemas.

Johnny Depp’s scary and powerful performance of popular mobstar, Whitey Bulger in BLACK MASS is beginning to loose its grip on the Nigerian audience as has slipped to the 6th place in the Nigerian box-office.

Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal team up for the Action drama, SOUTHPAW comes in at the 7th place with BRUSH WITH DANGER coming in at the 8th place. It was a poor week for Nollywood as the only two Nollywood entries round up the top 10 movies for this week.  A SOLDIER’S STORY, comes in 9th place and ONCE UPON A TIME being the 10th movie for the week.

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