Nigeriaâ€™s blockbuster movie â€œThe Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubaiâ€ has made over N73 million on its opening weekend, its producers have said.
The movie was released in cinemas across the country on Friday, December 15.
The feat makes it the highest ever in the Nigerian box office, breaking the N36 million record set by the movieâ€™s prequel, â€œThe Wedding Party 1,â€ on its opening weekend last year.
Ms. Mo Abudu, chief executive of Ebony Studios, one of the producers of the movie, made the success of the sequel known on her Instagram page, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
She wrote: â€œWhat can I say, but thank you, Lord. Thank you, Nigeria. The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai now goes down as the highest opening weekend ever at the Nigerian box office for both Nollywood and international films!
â€œLast year we did N36m on #TWP1 for our opening weekend, now we have doubled that, this is evidence that Yes We Can and we have!
â€œNigeria letâ€™s continue to break this record together, to be the highest grossing film of all time so that we can tell the world that We Can.â€
Nigerian movie lovers had been waiting expectantly for the sequel to the inter-tribal-marriage-themed movie, which recently translated to the real-life marriage of its main characters, Dunni (Adesua) and Dozie (Banky W).
The â€œWedding Party 2: Destination Dubaiâ€ plot focuses on Dozie (Banky W) the groomâ€™s brother, Nonso (played by Enyinna Nwigwe), who has continued his romance with Deirdre (played by Daniella Down), the British bridesmaid.
Nonso proposes by accident while on a dinner date and sets off a chain of hilarious events. Deirdreâ€™s British family and some members of Nonsoâ€™s family were against the pairing, much to the chagrin of the lovebirds.
However, after an unpleasant introduction ceremony in Lagos, both families reluctantly agree to a wedding in Dubai, setting off other comic and chaotic episodes of the Wedding Party story.
Besides the original movieâ€™s main cast, other Nollywood stars including Patience Ozokwor (Mama G), Omoni Oboli and ace comedians Seyi Law and Chigurl were also featured in the sequel.
The original cast includes Banky W, Adesuwa Etomi, Daniella Down, RMD and Ali Baba. Others are Ireti Doyle, Enyinna Nwigwe, Beverly Naya and Somkele Idhalama, among others.