Nigerian Box Office: Here are the 3 winners of August 2019

With August behind us, Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa breaks down the box office records and takes a look at the highest-earning movies.

Lion King is the winner of the Nigerian box office for August 2019

The month started on a high note according to box office records from the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN).

A total of N167.6 million was spent on blockbusters like “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw”, during the first week (Agust 2–8, 2019).

The release of three movies — “The Set Up”, “The Kitchen” and “The Angry Birds Movie 2” led to a spike in ticket sales the following week as moviegoers spent another N176 million.

The revenue dropped by the third week of the month (August 16–22nd) with cinemas all over the country making only N113.6 million. 

Following the release of “August Has Fallen” and “Ready Or Not”, the month ended with an increase in ticket sales as moviegoers spent an extra N133 million.

Overall, 473,732 Nigerians spent N590.9 million watching movies at cinemas throughout August. This is less than the N636 million spent just last month but better than the N402.9 million spent in June.

Here’s a breakdown of the three winners of last month:

  • The Lion King

Disney’s 2019 remake of the classic ‘Lion King’ movie debuted on July 19, 2019, in Nigerian cinemas. It earned N68.7 million in its first two days in theatres.

It pulled in N108 million in its first week and an additional N73 million by the second week of release.

The Disney film has made a total of N296 million after spending six weeks in cinemas.

  • Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw

The first instalment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise debuted with N63.7 million and went on to make N104 million in its first seven days in theatres.

It made another N71.4 million in its second week, N36.7 million in the following week and an extra N22 million during August 23–29th.

It ruled the Nigerian box office all month long until it was recently dethroned by “August Has Fallen”. So far, the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham spinoff has made a total of N241. 9 million. 

  • Aladdin

After showing for fourteen weeks, the Will Smith-led remake has earned N193 million.

The Disney movie, released in Nigerian cinemas on May 24, 2019, raked in N62 million in just one week.


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