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Fun Seekers Lavished N636m On Movies In July …Nollywood Got Only N20m

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The cinema culture in Nigeria continues to thrive with movie goers spending N636 million in the month of July. This is a 58 percent increase from the N402.9 million spent in theatres across the country in June. Despite this spike, Nollywood releases in July accounted for a small portion of ticket sales with foreign films dominating sales.
Most of the earnings went to foreign block buster’s like ‘Spider Man’, ‘Far From Home’ and the newly released ‘Lion King’, while less than N20 million went to Nollywood. The month started off on a great note from a box office perspective for indigenous films with the ‘Blind Lagosians’ topping the chart from June 28th to July 4th 2019.
During this period, the film which has been dubbed the best Nollywood movie of 2019 made N37 million. The top 20 films grossed a total of N100.7 million during those seven days. This changed with the release of Spider man, Far from home in June 5th 2019.
The Disney/Marvel Super hero film pushed the Nollywood film to second place with a total earning of N129.9 million over seven days. The directorial debut of Bolomle Austin Peters followed on to its second position making an additional N18.8 million, while movie goers spent a total of N105.6 million from July 12th to 15th, 2019.
By the following week, it had moved to the third place and earned another N13 million, this was due to the release of Disney’s remake of the classic lion king which led to a spike in cinema revenue (167.1 million) the highest of the entire month.
By the end of the month (July 26-August 1, 2019), the Blind Lagosians was in fourth place and the only Nigerian movie on the top five list. It earned a total of N107.8 million, while the top 20 films brought in N136.9 million.
Overall, movie goers spent a total of N636 million through out the month of July other high earning Nollywood movies in July were ‘Mokalik,’ N5.5 million, ‘Rent queens’ N3.98 million, ‘Executioner’ N1.5 million and ‘The Gift’ N1.4 million.
According to business inside sub sahara report,, Nollywood films are doing better at the box office, but still losing to foreign movies. Despite spending over N500 million in June only a small portion went to Nigeria movies.

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Prince Charles To Feature In New James Bond Film

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The idea of a British royal appearing in a James Bond film might have sounded surreal just a decade ago until we started learning how attuned the royals are to pop culture.
When a short film was made for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, depicting James Bond (Daniel Craig) meeting with the real Queen Elizabeth, we knew what was possible.
This might have set the stage for the idea of a real Windsor appearing in a Bond film. They’ve resisted for years until rumors popped up recently about several royals maybe appearing in Bond 25.
Now the latest rumuor is Prince Charles may have a substantial acting role in the project. Should he, or would it heighten the troubles the film already has?
Other recent rumours have popped up about producers of ‘Bond 25’ also wanting Harry and William to participate as actors. If they do, it’ll most likely be cameos since they have no proven acting experience. Most Star Wars fans know they ended up being excised out of The Last Jedi, despite being unrecognisable anyway as Storm troopers.
What kind of acting would they be able to do to add legitimacy to the Bond franchise? All bets would go to Harry being the best natural actor since he’s always entertaining in front of cameras. William maybe wouldn’t base on how reserved he is in public.
It’s quite different being in a movie from speaking at royal events. The jury’s out whether they could essentially play themselves from a script without sounding stilted.
We might be surprised at Prince Charles being a technically better natural actor than his sons.

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BBNaija 2019: Joe, Enkay Evicted From House

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The ongoing TV reality show, Big Brother Naija is becoming more interesting as two new housemates were evicted last Sunday after they joined other housemates three weeks ago.
The eviction left one of the new housemates Venita, shattered and in tears. The beautiful damsel and popular actress could not hold back her tears as she helplessly watched the duo of Joe and Enkay whom she had bonded with leave the house.
Joe, who was a member of the Cruistopia Team could have escaped eviction but for Diane who exercised her veto power to save and replace a housemate, saved Sir Dee and replaced him with Joe.
During his chat with the show host Ebuka Obi -Uchendu after the eviction last Sunday, Joe explained that he was not able to showcase his talents to the viewers, hence fans did not vote for him.
On the other hand, Enkay who is also a fashion designer said that she did not take the misunderstanding she had with Cindy during the ludo game to heart as some fans seem not to like her attitude towards Cindy.
According to her, it was just a game and she was pissed at that moment that is why she declined playing with her (Cindy); insisting that what had happened did not affect her love for Cindy.
Also, there seemes to be a competition between the new and old housemates. So this week, one of the new housemates Elozonam, had the veto power, and he was asked to save and replace a housemate, he chose to save Venita and replaced her with one of the old housemates, Frodd.
Judging from Diane’s and Elozonam’s picks, it is obvious that there is some kind of competition going on in the house.
Meanwhile, the Icons Team escaped eviction this week. The likes of Omashola and Tacha were excited as they would not stand to face the fever of possible eviction as it were this Sunday.

 

Agnes Onwuegbu

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Nollywood Thriller, The Millions Premieres, August 25

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Ex international model and TV personality, Chika Lann, has released the official  poster of her film titled; ‘The Millions’ after high level anticipation from movie lovers across the country on its release date, which has been fixed for August 25th, 2019.
The film, which was shot across Nigeria, featured top Nollywood stars such as Ramsey Nouah, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ali Nuhu, Toyin Abraham, Nancy Isime and ace comedian Ayodeji Makun, popularly known as AY amongst others.
According to a statement released by its producer, Chika Lann,  the movie will hit cinemas across Nigeria on August 30th after its premiere on 25th of August(same month).
Lann became an internet sensation with her fourty Million Avant-garde hairstyle
.The producer said she found it difficult that people do not believe she could spend such amount of money on a hairstyle adding that she can invest in her hair and business at the same time.
“I believe it is my money and I will spend it how I wish. I would repeat it again that my hair is a work of art and it is worth fourty million naira,” Lann said.

 

Agnes Onwuegbu

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