Movie Review

THE BOX OFFICE CHRONICLES: NOLLYWOOD’S RECORDS OVER THE PAST WEEKEND

As the crisp October air envelopes Nigeria, it seems that the stars over Nollywood are shining brighter than ever. The year 2023 has been nothing short of a spectacle for the film industry in Nigeria, with remarkable productions gracing our screens and unprecedented revenue streams streaming in.

This October, the top 6 Nollywood movies of the last weekend, from the 6th to the 8th, have not only garnered attention but also set the stage for what could be a record-breaking year for Nollywood.

Let’s dive into these cinematic gems and see what they hold for the future of Nigeria’s film industry.

1. “Something Like Gold”: ₦9.1M (Cumm: ₦28M)

 “The heart finds its path when love lights the way.”

At the helm of this enchanting narrative is a story of resilience and love’s enduring power. A young lady, her dreams seemingly shattered after being stood up at her own wedding, embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

With an ensemble featuring some of Nollywood’s finest talents – Broda Shaggi, Kunle Remi, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, amongst others – this film holds the promise of captivating hearts and breaking records. What sets “Something Like Gold” apart is not just the stellar cast, but its poignant depiction of the human spirit’s capacity to rebound from despair.

To be fair, should we expect less from a collaboration between Greenwealth Productions, Film Trybe and FilmOne Entertainment? With Kayode Kasum in the Director’s seat? Definitely not!

2. A Weekend To Forget: ₦5.7M (Cumm: ₦34.2M) 

“Friends, like fine wine, need time to age.”

“A Weekend To Forget” reunites seven friends for a weekend getaway, an exploration of enduring friendships and the complex dynamics of human relationships. This heartwarming yet relatable tale boasts a cast that breathes life into the characters, drawing viewers into their world. 

Ini Dima Okojie effortlessly portrays Layo, just as Stan Nze’s performance of Tito is impressive. Daniel Etim Effiong, Neo Akpofure, Elozonam and Erica Nlewedim also put in decent acts for a day’s shift. All in all, the movie’s financial trajectory is a testament to its appeal, and its potential seems limitless.

3. Kesari: ₦1.6M (Cumm: ₦75.8M)

 “In shadows he reigns, with power untamed, A legend, a ruler, forever acclaimed.”

“Kesari” unfolds an epic saga, captivating audiences with its spellbinding storytelling and formidable characters. With a cumulative earning of ₦75.8M, this movie stands as a testament to the enduring love Nigerians have for rich, culturally rooted narratives.

The brilliant performances by Odunlade Adekola, Femi Adebayo and Mr. Macaroni particularly enhance the film’s immersive quality. It is no surprise that fans keep pouring into cinemas week after week to feed their eyes with this thrilling montage.

  4.  The Scar : ₦1M (New) 

 “Some wounds run deep, but the power of healing runs deeper.”

This new addition to Nollywood’s cinematic repertoire has already left an indelible mark. “The Scar” explores the depths of marital strife and the potential for healing. Its poignant narrative is heightened by the brilliant performances of its cast.

As always, I resist the urge to spill anything that may turn out to be a spoiler – not even a crumb. However, there’s one thing I must say: “The Scar” is poised to leave an unforgettable impression on Nollywood’s landscape, just like the title and earnings suggest.

  5.  A Bag of Trouble : ₦736K (Cumm: ₦31.3M) 

 “In riches and in troubles, life’s journey remains.”

“A Bag of Trouble” takes a thought-provoking dive into the dynamics of wealth and responsibility. The financial burden that accompanies newfound riches resonates with many, making this movie an audience favorite.

With its cumulative earnings at ₦31.3M, it’s evident that this film has tapped into the very pulse of societal complexities. As audiences continue to stream in, the potential of this movie knows no bounds. Safe to say that “A Bag of Trouble” is set to rake in more bags of big bucks.

  6.  Charlie and The Boys : ₦486K (Cumm: ₦2.1M) 

 “In a world of betrayal, vengeance is the only redemption.”

“Charlie and The Boys” paints a vivid picture of retribution and cunning. The protagonist, Charles Omokwe, freshly released from prison, embarks on a journey of revenge while evading the long arm of the law.

This suspense-laden narrative has secured its place in the hearts of Nollywood enthusiasts, with cumulative earnings now at ₦2.1M. As the plot thickens, so does the potential for this movie to make a resounding impact.

As we witness these remarkable earnings and stories unfolding on the big screen, one question looms large: What will be the final gross earnings for these movies, and which one will break records?

2023 is coming to a close. Yet, it promises more thrilling stories, engaging characters, and, perhaps, a place in the history books for one of the aforementioned cinematic wonders. With each weekend, the box office heralds fresh triumphs, and Nollywood continues to captivate hearts worldwide.

Stay tuned for more exclusive updates, as Inside Nollywood remains your go-to source for all things Nollywood.

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  • Ezenwa Okonkwo

    Ezenwa Okonkwo is the Senior Writer, Film & TV Business at InsideNollywood.Ng. He is a well-rounded storyteller, poet, and screen writer with a flare for the silver screen. Ezenwa also has an eye for documentary-themed photography and wields a curious mind that’s constantly shifting from “what if” to “what next”.

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