16th January, 2023
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has broken a box office record, becoming the first film to garner N1 billion in Nigeria since its November 2022 premiere.
FilmOne disclosed this in a statement released on Sunday.
The statement quoted Moses Babatope and Kene Okwuosa, co-founders of FilmOne as saying, “We are ecstatic about the incredible response that Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has received at the box office”.
“The follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s 2018 hit “Black Panther” has proved a draw for cinemagoers, captivating audiences across Nigeria, and we are honoured to have played a role in its success.
“The record-breaking performance of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is proof that the cinema industry in West Africa is not only alive and well but thriving”, they said.
Wakanda Forever’s compelling plot, outstanding visual effects, and superb cast have earned it critical acclaim.
Babatope added, “Following on from the success of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, we are excited and committed to bringing more blockbuster films to our West African audiences, whilst also supporting the growth of the cinema industry in the region.
“This is only the beginning of greater things to come”.
Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, stated that the film’s performance demonstrates the power of narrative and the enduring appeal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We can’t wait to bring even more exciting and memorable films to audiences in West Africa and around the world”, she said.