A Trip to Jamaica, the most recent movie by popular Nigerian comedian and filmmaker, Ayo Makun aka AY, has broken the record previously held by his 30 days in Atlanta movie to become highest grossing Nollywood/Hollywood movie in Nigerian cinemas.
An excited AY shared the news with his teeming Instagram fans today.
He wrote, “The movie has beaten the box office revenues of all the big budget Hollywood Titles released in 2016 here in Nigeria. This includes Batman Vs. Superman, Captain America, Suicide Squad, London Has Fallen, Gods Of Egypt, Transporter, Doctor Strange, Tarzan, Magnificent 7, and Central Intelligence. Thanks to you all for going to the cinemas to see Nollywood movies.”
According to the Executive Director of Filmone Distribution, Moses Babatope, the movie has raked about N168 million revenue at the box office.
He said that the movie has also set a new benchmark in Nollywood as the first film to hit N35m in its first weekend and the first film to hit N62m in its first week.
“The movie is currently the fastest film to generate N100m in 17 days, and the fastest film to generate N150m in six weeks,” he said.
Mr. Babatope had earlier hinted that Nigerian films have so far performed better in the box office in 2016. According to him, aside from Ay’s, A trip to Jamaica, Omoni Oboli’s Wives on Strike, grossed N67 million from cinema viewings. Other box office Nollywood hits include Kunle Afolayan’s The CEO which made N60 million (includes figures from Ghana.), Fifty – N44 million (January to March 2016 only) and Ghana Must Go – N32 million.