By AYO ONIKOYI
After “Wives on Strike” garnered 51 million Naira in 17 days of its cinematic debut, with views by over 50,000 people across cinema houses in different states of the federation, there were speculations on whether this record breaking movie would still be able to hold up in cinemas. With its fourth week running, all doubts have been cleared, as viewers still troop into cinemas across the country to watch and have a feel of the movie people cannot stop talking about.
Reports emerged over the weekend at Filmhouse Cinemas, Surulere, Silverbird Cinema, Ikeja City Mall, Genesis Deluxe Cinema, Lekki, and Silverbird Cinema, Abuja, over the weekend that ‘Wives on Strike’ kept selling, even with the presence of latest Hollywood releases like “The Barber’s Shop”, “The Huntsman” and “ Jungle Book”.
The movie which stars Omoni Oboli, Uche Jombo-Rodriguez, Ufuoma Mcdermoth, Kehinde Bankole, Julius Agwu, Keneth Okonkwo sold 15 million in three days in its first weekend at the cinema, making it the first ever Nollywood movie to do so in the history of box-office records in Nigeria.
Wives On Strike is produced and directed by leading Nollywood figure, Omoni Oboli who, in time past, had garnered commendations for her two earlier movies, Being Mrs Elliot and The First Lady as executive producer. The two movies made best box office movies of 2014 and 2015 respectively with excellent showing at the cinemas.
In a statement by BBB Media, FilmOne, COO, Moses Babatope said, `Wives on Strike’ has surprised everyone. “We expected a decent run at the cinemas but no one expected this record breaking standard the movie is setting at the box-office. The records of the movie has truly amazed everyone. And to say it is beating The Huntsman despite being in cinema for three week is so amazing. Omoni is truly Nollywood personality of the year and definitely casting her name is gold’.