January 16, (THEWILL) – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a movie from Marvel Studios, has hit a box-office record, becoming the first film to reach N1 billion in Nigeria since its release in November 2022.
This was made known by FilmOne, the leading distributor of blockbuster movies in Nigeria and The Walt Disney Company Africa, which announced this in a statement released on Sunday.
“We are ecstatic about the incredible response that Marvel Studios ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ has received at the box office”, said Moses Babatope and Kene Okwuosa, co-founders of FilmOne.
“The follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s 2018 hit ‘Black Panther’ has proved a draw for cinemagoers, captivating audiences across Nigeria, and we are honoured to have played a role in its success.
“The record-breaking performance of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is proof that the cinema industry in West Africa is not only alive and well but thriving”, they said.
Filmmakers and cast from the movie recently flocked to Lagos to celebrate the film’s release, making history as the first official African Marvel Studios premiere in Nigeria.
Director, Ryan Coogler, along with Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tenoch Huerta Mejía and local musicians featured in the film joined dignitaries and guests at the black-carpet premiere event on Sunday, 6 November 2022.
The film has received critical acclaim for its engaging plot, stunning visual effects, and talented cast.
“Following on from the success of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, we are excited and committed to bringing more blockbuster films to our West African audiences, whilst supporting the growth of the cinema industry in the region. This is only the beginning of greater things to come,” adds Babatope.
Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, said the success of the movie is a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring appeal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We can’t wait to bring even more exciting and memorable films to audiences in West Africa and around the world”, she said.