By Ayo Onikiyi
Toyin Abraham’s ‘Alakada Reloaded’ had a ground-breaking cinema debut weekend as the hilarious comedy recorded sold out shows at a number of key cinema sites across the country. The film grossed an unprecedented N25million in its first three days at the cinema.
‘Alakada Reloaded’s astonishing opening weekend, which began in cinemas nationwide last Friday, 26th May, has placed it firmly in the current top 5 releases of 2017. Other movies in this list include Okafor’s Law, which made N90million, Omugwo, with N48million, Hire a man with N45million and American Driver with N41million, none of which beat Alakada’s opening weekend.
Reacting to the turnout of people at the cinemas to see the movie, actress and producer of the Alakada Reloaded, Toyin Abraham said, “I was at different cinemas throughout this weekend, and I was surprised at the reception from fans all over. People, in large numbers were trooping in to see Alakada Reloaded; it was honestly mind-blowing. We recorded sold out shows everywhere we went. I feel so loved and blessed. I am grateful to God for His blessings and my fans for their love and support. I have got the best fans. It’s so exciting and I want this to continue for as long as possible”. The movie is currently showing at cinemas in Lagos, Kano, Ilorin, Warri, Owerri, Port-Harcourt, Abuja, Asaba, Calabar, Ibadan, and Akure.
Alakada Reloaded, which is the third production in the popular Alakada series follows the story of Yetunde Animashaun, a young girl from a poor family background who as a result of her inferiority complex, engages in the act of making up stories and lying about her financial and social status in order to fit in with the crowd. The movie was co-produced by Filmservice media owned by Bolakale Oba Sa’ad.
This comedy movie parades a star-studded cast both from the English and Yoruba film sector, as well as a host of Nigerian comedians and musical artistes. They include Ali Baba, Odunlade Adekola, Kehinde Bankole, Woli Arole, Nedu OAP, Helen Paul, Lilian Esoro, Annie Idibia, Bidemi Kosoko, Liz Da Silva, Lala Akindoju, Mr Latin, Iyabo Ojo, Gabriel Afolayan and Toyin Abraham herself.