8th May, 2022
By Taiye Olayemi
The King of Thieves, a 2022 Nigerian thriller film produced by Femi Adebayo and directed by Tope Adebayo and Adebayo Tijani, is the highest grossing film for the month of April.
The movie stars Odunlade Adekola, Femi Adebayo, Toyin Abraham, Broda Shaggi, Adebayo Salami, Lateef Adedimeji, and Ibrahim Chatta.
The Yoruba-language movie was co-produced by the Niyi Akinmolayan’s Anthill studios and Femi Adebayo‘s Euphoria 360.
National President, Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN), Patrick Lee disclosed this on Sunday.
He revealed the top five highest grossing films for the month of April as: The King of thieves, Morbius, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and the Blood Covenant.
“King of Thieves opened with the highest ticket sales for a Nollywood film in 2022, so far, It also became the highest grossing indigenous-themed film and only the 10th Nollywood film to hit past the N200 million mark,” Lee said.
He disclosed that CEAN generated N582 million from tickets sold across the country in April.
“The total ticket sales for the month of April across cinemas in Nigeria is N582,011,276.00. Comparing the sales with April 2021, there is an increase of 50 per cent as the sales for that was N388,420,832.00.
“Twenty-two Nollywood films shown in April accounted for 43 per cent of ticket sales, with King of Thieves as the outliner – 23 per cent, whereas 19 Hollywood films accounted for about 54 per cent with two films grossing over N50 million.
“Morbius and Sonic Hedgehog2, the latter becoming the biggest animation of the year so far,” he said.
He said that comparing March with April, ticket sales improved by about 68 per cent, with April having the highest box office figure since January.
Lee said that the films to be out for viewing for May were: Law of the Heart, Doctor Stranger in the Multi-Universe of Madness, Firestarter, The Perfect Arrangement, Ilu America, Top Gun: Maverick, Bob’s Burger and The Wildflower.