The Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria recently announced that it recorded US$868 796 as total ticket sales in all cinemas across the country for June.
According to Ope Ajayi, National President of the CEAN, there was a decline in ticket sales comparing the month of May with June, as May had total ticket sales of US$ 1.5 million against US$868 796 for June.
“Ticket sales declined by 44 per cent, with June being the least performing month in 2022 so far,” he explained.
Ajayi said the decline was mainly due to the increased rainfall and fuel scarcity in June, which discouraged cinema lovers from visiting the cinema. However, he expressed optimism that July sales would surpass the previous months.
“Twenty Nollywood films shown in June accounted for 28 per cent of total ticket sales, while 14 films, Hollywood films, accounted for about 70 per cent, with ‘Topgun Maverick’ and ‘Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom’ being the significant outliers.
“When comparing ticket sales in June 2022 with 2021, box office revenue declined by 5 per cent for June, while attendance dropped by 36 per cent.
“With the release of the highly anticipated Thor Love and Thunder, there tends to be a spike in patronage in July,”
He further laminated that the top five highest-grossing films in June were “Jurassic World: Dominion”, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, “Top Gun: Maverick, “The Lost City” and “The Perfect Arrangement”.
The movies to be released in July included “Survivors”, “Minion: Rise of GRV”, “Yahoo Plus”, “Thor: Love and Thunder”,” Vanity”, “The Gray Man”, “Money Miss Road”, “Nope”, “Tiger’s Tail”, “Choke”, “League of Super-Pets” and “Hey You”.
“As we all anticipated, ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ led the park with over US$210 000 within dates of release, to consolidate on the continued monstrous performance of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” he added.