The Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) has revealed their latest box office numbers, noting that it generated US$827 000 from tickets sold in the country during March.
CEAN National President, Mr Patrick Lee, made the announcement during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. The president indicated that the figures reflect a 45 per cent increase in comparison to March 2021’s US$451 272 return.
Mr Lee added that this indicated a seven per cent increase in ticket sales during March, as US$720 000 was generated in February. He highlighted the films with the highest gross in the country during March as “The Batman”; “Uncharted”; “The Contractor”; “A Simple Lie” and “Turning Red”.
“In March, we have sold US$827 000 worth of tickets; this is motivating compared to US$720 000 in February. The blockbuster film “The Batman” sold the highest tickets, making up 39 per cent of the total box office revenue in March.
Furthermore, 2022 has recorded a higher box office revenue compared to 2021. The month of March has shown a 45 per cent increase from 2021 records and a 7 per cent improvement from February 2022,
“From the 41 films shown in Nigeria cinemas during March, 75 per cent of the films came from Hollywood even though they had only 14 titles running,” he said.
The films released in April are: I’m Nazzy, Sonic The Hedgehog, Saint Mark, Morbius, Bad Guys, King of Thieves, and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Other films included: The Blood Covenant, Twenty Nine, Ben from Downstairs, The Lost City, Rainy Day, The Man for the Job, Memory and Downtown Abbey: A New Era and A Hunt for Joe.