Wedding Party 2 breaks Nigeria’s opening weekend record with massive N73 million box-office haul
Romantic comedy sequel plays to standing-room only audiences in cinemas across the country, leaving Star Wars in its wake
Lagos, 18 December 2017 – The ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, is thrilled to announce that The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai (TWP 2) raked in N73.3 million during its opening weekend, Friday 15 – Sunday 17 December. This sets a new record for the Nigerian box office, beating the Fast & Furious 8 opening weekend by some N20 million.
Around the world, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was breaking records too but, in Nigeria, couldn’t come close to the astounding performance by The Wedding Party 2. This monumental feat by TWP 2 is more than double the opening weekend numbers of N36 million by last year’s The Wedding Party – the highest-grossing movie in Nollywood.
Additional records broken by the movie are:
- Biggest opening day (Friday 15th) with N20.4 million;
- Biggest opening for a PG-rated film;
- Biggest non-holiday opening for a film released in Nigeria;
- Biggest advanced screening total for any Nollywood production (N9.4 million).
Online chatter over the weekend was enthusiastic, with feedback coming from fans who saw the movie:
“If you loved The Wedding Party, you will love The Wedding Party 2.”
“Wifey and I went to the cinemas to watch The Wedding Party 2 today. The time was worth it. The producers really spent money making the film. It was on point.”
“Saw it today with my daughter and we totally loved it. We laughed out loud…”
Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Films, is ecstatic at the recent success of the film. “The performance of this film continues to amaze us – we are so glad audiences are choosing to support a Nigerian film when there is so much choice this holiday season,” she said.
Moses Babatope, COO of FilmOne Distribution, is excited about the movie’s opening weekend results and its potential effect on the global release. “The Wedding Party 2 has already surpassed our expectations in Nigeria and parts of Africa. We remain hopeful for similar results around the world,” he said.
Like the original movie, The Wedding Party 2 seems to be a huge hit with fans. Cinemas are already gearing up for a bumper holiday weekend, with advance tickets selling fast, as audiences look to avoid long lines or disappointment.
The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai is out in cinemas now, in Nigeria and across Africa. Below is the international release schedule. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
International release schedule
Nigeria, Ghana – Now showing
South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia – Now showing
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda – Now showing
Liberia – Dec. 29, 2017
Togo, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Guinea – Dec. 27, 2017
England, Scotland – Dec. 29, 2017
Belgium, Netherlands – Jan. 12, 2017
United States, Canada – Dec. 29, 2017
UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Lebanon – Jan. 5, 2017
Jamaica, Trinidad – Jan. 2018