Nollywood regains dominance in the cinemas in October: ‘Brotherhood’, ‘Anikulapo’ makes top 3

Godfrey Elimian
‘Anikulapo’, is making waves for its intrinsic moral in trying to pass a message to potential partners or perhaps, couples…
Nollywood regains dominance in the cinemas in October: 'Brotherhood', 'Anikulapo' makes top 3
Saro and Arolake – Anikulapo

Nollywood might just finally be gaining the traction it deserves with its latest performance at the Box Office. According to data from the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN), three Nollywood movies made the top five most-grossed movies between the 30th of September and the 6th of October, 2022.

The three Nollywood movies that recorded the most revenue in the period of review are ‘Brotherhood‘ with a total of ₦118,502,397, ‘Anikulapo’ with a total of ₦9,387,000 (in the first week of its release), and ‘Passport’ with a total of ₦78,693,475 (five weeks after its release).

Brotherhood is a movie with a storyline portraying two blood brothers with different life paths cut out for them. Anikulapo is a movie whose trend is currently sponsored by the moral it tries to communicate to viewers. And, Passport builds on its characters to show societal flaws and imbalances.

Anikulapo: Nollywood movie in top 5 Box Office
Anikulapo

A similar trait among the 3 storylines is their attempt to portray and communicate morality. While ‘Brotherhood’ tried to communicate how choices can become the undoing of siblings, ‘Anikulapo’ showed that choices made without deeper reflection could become the downfall of any person.

Hollywood movie, The Woman King, which is no doubt one of the most outstanding and well-curated movies of 2022, continuously tops the chart as the most-grossed movie with a cinema earning of about N1,302,074 on an average for the past 7 days. It garnered N46,394,117 this past weekend alone.

The movie is in its third week of release.

The Woman King: Nollywood gains more traction as 'Brotherhood', 'Anikulapo' makes top 3 in Box office
The Woman King

Read also: “Brotherhood” is Nollywood’s best attempt at an action film… with a poor dose of dialogue

Nollywood gains between September 30 & October 6

The data showed that movie lovers within this period were interested in the Hollywood blockbuster, ‘The Woman King’, which starred Viola Davis as its main character. The movie has grossed total revenue of close to N300m as Its average grossing value for a week is an N1million.

The movie which is currently in its third week of release, recorded a grossing value of about N80, 728,569 just last week alone. The closest to it on that list, ‘Brotherhood’, has a total revenue that is less than half of that.

‘Brotherhood’ has a 7-day grossing value of N62,002,847 with a 7-day average of N953,890. This last weekend, the movie grossed over N33,855,437 after just two weeks in cinemas across the country. This represents a 33% increase from the previous weekend.

Brotherhood: Nollywood gains more traction as 'Brotherhood', 'Anikulapo' makes top 3 in Box office
Brotherhood

The movie had popular stars like Falz, Tobi Bakre, Sam Dede, Deyemi Okanlawon and many more.

Read also: “The Woman King” is entertaining but historically debatable

In third place is ‘Anikulapo’. The Netflix movie has been making waves for its intrinsic moral lessons. The movie grossed total revenue of N9,387,000 in its first week and has made a 7-day revenue average of N184,059. It also raked up N5,197,900 this past weekend alone in cinemas around the country.

In fourth and fifth place are ‘Passport’ and a Hollywood movie, ‘Tad The Lost Explorer and The Emerald Tablet’.

Apart from featuring stars like Mercy Johnson, Zubby Michael, and Jim Iyke, the movie which is Directed by Dimeji AJibola and produced by Vincent Okonkwo, also had stars like Adedimeji Lateef, Zubby Michael, Lina Idoko, Emem Ufot, NasBoi Nasiru, Jide Kosoko and others.

The Nollywood action-packed movie which has spent 5 weeks since its release has grossed over N9 million in cumulative revenue. The movie also grossed a total of N2,769,550 in revenue in cinemas around the country over the weekend.

If there is something that Nollywood has been doing right lately, it is that it has developed a niche around what Nigerians love to see: culture, comedy and action.


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