Nigerians spent three-point-one-two billion naira watching movies at cinemas across the
country between January and June. This is according to data provided by cinemas and
gathered by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN). This figure is equal to
the revenue generated by thirty-four cinemas throughout 2017.
‘Aquaman’, ‘Chief Daddy’ and ‘Up North’ were the top three movies at the beginning of
the year with combined earnings of one hundred and sixty-eight million naira.
Earnings remained low for February, making it the lowest-grossing month with a total of
two hundred and ninety-one million naira. By March, viewership picked up steadily and
the earnings were almost doubled from that of February leading to a total of four
hundred and thirty-four million naira.
With ‘Avengers: Endgame’, earnings from April closed with estimated total earnings of
seven hundred and thirty-four million naira. In May, there was a massive dip in earnings
similar to that experienced in February. With ‘Endgame’, ‘The Intruder’ and ‘Longshot’,
it earned a total of three hundred and sixty-seven million Naira.
Viewership picked up in June with ‘John Wick’, ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Aladdin’ leading the
numbers. June closed a total earning of five hundred and seventy-six million naira.