It’s the party of the year!
It’s been 10 days since the release of Kemi Adetiba’s, The Wedding Party, and the romantic comedy has gone on to break the records for the biggest box office opening weekend, and the biggest opening week in the history of Nollywood cinema.
According to the producers, The Wedding Party did an astonishing N36 million during it’s opening weekend, surpassing the previous record of N35 million held by AY Makun’s “A Trip to Jamaica.”
In the past few days, reports have also emerged of a N66 million opening week gross for the film, which also means it has surpassed the highest opening week gross for a Nollywood movie, also previously held by “A Trip to Jamaica” (N62 million).
If it is able to keep up with the streak of breaking records previously held by “A Trip to Jamaica”, then The Wedding Party might just be on course to becoming the highest grossing Nollywood movie in history, a record currently set at N170 million. If it is able to achieve this feat, then the record would have been broken for the second time this year, making 2016, arguably, the biggest year for Nigerian cinema in recent history.
In 2014, AY Makun’s “30 Days in Atlanta,” earning N160 million, became the highest grossing movie at at the Nigerian Box office, beating the previous record held by Marvel’s “The Avengers.” Earlier this year in November, AY and FilmOne Distribution, his distributor, announced that “A Trip to Jamaica” had become the highest grossing film, having earned N170 million in 7 weeks.
The Wedding Party follows the shenanigans that go on during the planning of a wedding in Nigeria. Dunni a 24 year old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents is about to get married to the love of her life, Dozie. Between matchmaking attempts on the bridal train, a wedding planner on a mission to succeed, the unruly behaviour of some ‘village’ guests, Dunni’s uncertainty about her new husband’s faithfulness, amidst colourful aso-ebi, eclectic music, small chops, and souvenir drama, we begin to wonder whether Dunni and Dozie will get through their wedding reception unscathed.
You can read the Sodas ‘N’ Popcorn review of The Wedding Party here.