Friday, August 17, 2012

“Last Flight to Abuja” Movie: Grosses N8m infirstweek

Last Flight to Abuja, written and directed by Obi
Emelonye - the award-winning producer of
Nollywood's most awarded movie, The Mirror Boy -
is the only African movie this year that has been able
to compete at the Nigerian box office with the very
best Hollywood has to offer.
Last Flight to Abuja according to official Nigerian
cinema ratings beat major Hollywood blockbusters
such as Spiderman; Think like a Man, Avengers and
Madagascar and was second only to the highly rated
blockbuster, Dark Knight Rises.
According to a comparative Nollywood 2012 cinema
release report released this week, Last Flight to
Abuja grossed N8.35m in its first 7 days, with an
attendance of 9,638 as against Phone Swap which
sold N3.72m in its first week and recorded an
attendance of 3,859, Married But Living Single made
N2.35m and 2,602 in attendance and finally Maami
which made N3.30m with 2,602 in attendance.
Meanwhile Obi Emelonye's previous movie, The
Mirror Boy grossed N6.98m and recorded an
attendance of 7,501 in its first week on release in
Nigeria. The only movie that bettered this record
was Return of Jenifa which made N10m in its first
The movie which uniquely is the first Nollywood film
to be shot mostly on an airplane features an
impressive ensemble cast in Omotola Jalade-
Ekeinde, Jim Iyke, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Ali Nuhu,
Jide Kosoko, Olumide Bakare, Franca Brown, Uche
Odoputa, Anthony Monjaro, Uru Eke, Celine Loader
and a host of others.
The movie premiere which was sponsored by
Diamond Bank, one of Nigeria's leading commercial
banks was widely covered by all major local press
and leading international media heavyweights; CNN
and Reuters for the first time in the history of a
Nigerian film premiere.
In a statement released by BigSam Media, the
Nigerian PR Agency for the movie, the producers
stated 'We are very happy the movie is doing so well
at the cinema, this is as a result of many factors-
good movie, superb publicity, apt distribution and
word of mouth publicity by those who love the
movie. Obi is fast establishing reputation of a trail
blazer. Last year, he set the record of highest selling
Nollywood movie until The Return of Jenifa came (a
movie which publicity we handled), he shot Last
Flight to Abuja with world most expensive camera,
staged the biggest premiere ever in Nollywood, and
now has the enviable record of highest grossing
movie in first week in 2012. His goal is to consolidate
and improve on the foundation laid by veteran and
new generation of filmmakers and make Nollywood
the envy of world at large'
Last Flight to Abuja sheds light on the ills in the
Nigerian aviation sector and how random human
errors can lead to the tragic loss of lives. The London
premiere was dedicated to the memory of the
passengers who lost their lives in the ill-fated Dana
Airline crash which happened 3rd June 2012.
* Report compiled by Blue Pictures, Nigeria's
premiere theatrical distribution company.
Culled from: CitiGist (blogspot)
Oluwaseyi O.
Teenage blogger, Promoter & publicist

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