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Box Office ‘The Wedding Party’: A Recap Of How Nollywood’s Biggest Fared

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THE WEDDING PARTY

Duration: 100 mins

Genre: Comedy and Romance

Rating: 12A

Starring: Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, Iretiola Doyle, Banky W, and Adesua Etomi

Synopsis: The Wedding party follows the shenanigans that go on during the planning of a wedding in Nigeria. Dunni, a 24-year-old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents, Engineer Bamidele and Mrs Tinuade Coker, is about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie, the handsome son of Chief Felix and Lady Obianuju Onwuka.

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The couple took a vow of chastity and are looking forward to a groundbreaking first night together as a married couple. Between matchmaking attempts on the bridal train, a wedding planner on a mission to succeed, the unruly behaviour of some ‘village’ guests much to Tinuade’s horror, Dunni’s uncertainty about her new husband’s faithfulness during the time of their courtship, amidst colourful aso-ebi, eclectic music, small chops, and souvenir drama, we begin to wonder whether Dunni and Dozie will get through their wedding reception unscathed.

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   Cast

  • Adesua Etomi as Dunni Coker (The Bride)
  • Banky Wellington as Dozie Onwuka (The Groom)
  • Richard Mofe Damijo as Chief Felix Onwuka (Father of the Groom)
  • Sola Sobowale as Mrs Tinuade Coker (Mother of the Bride)
  • Iretiola Doyle as Lady Obianuju Onwuka (Mother of the Groom)
  • Alibaba Akporobome as Engineer Bamidele Coker (Father of the Bride)
  • Zainab Balogun as Wonu (The Wedding Planner)
  • Enyinna Nwigwe as Nonso Onwuka (The Groom’s Brother)
  • Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama as Yemisi Disu (Maid of Honour)
  • Beverly Naya as Rosie (Groom’s Ex-girlfriend)
  • Daniella Down as Deardre Winston (Bride’s Friend)

The Wedding Party has received favourable reviews from critics. According to Chidumga Izuzu of Pulse Nigeria, “It is distinctly a comedy movie that sets out to entertain. It doesn’t try to be an action, thriller, crime, adventure film, a documentary or all at once.

 

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According to Vanguardngr: Subsequent to its theatrical release in December 2016, ‘The Wedding Party’ racked up ₦203 million in just two weeks topping the 2016 Nigerian Box Office and becoming the highest-grossing Nollywood film ever. In 2017, ‘The Wedding Party’ continued its record-breaking streak with takings now in excess of ₦247 million bringing its combined total to ₦450 million.

In the words of the Executive Producer, Mo Abudu “We set out, quite deliberately, to make a high-quality film that any Nigerian would be proud of and could relate with. ‘The Wedding Party’ has shown that the best Nollywood movies can beat the Hollywood blockbusters in their home territory. For the first time, Nollywood is competing with Hollywood at the Box office and winning…”

 

Budget ₦60 million

Box office ₦453,050,000

The movie premiered in Toronto on 8 September 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

In August 2017, the film was made available on Netflix.

 

The Wedding Party sequel

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai brings us up to date with the newly-married couple who are now expecting a baby. Is reformed bachelor Dozie ready for this? Felix and Obianuju are still working on their relationship – but has he given up ‘Small Chops’ for good? Everyone’s favourite character, ‘Tin-Tin’, is up to her usual hilarious antics, while being indulged by her beloved ‘Bam-Bam’. Will crazy best man Sola succeed in getting close to the feisty Yemisi and does Nonso go all the way with Deardre, after that surprise kiss at the end of the last movie? And, of course, there is another wedding. Who will it be this time and why are they all in Dubai?

Mo Abudu, Executive Producer for EbonyLife Films, is delighted to be in Dubai for the shoot. “Ever since Dubai Tourism partnered with us on the Grand Premiere of The Wedding Party, it’s been my dream to bring the sequel here. We weren’t sure if it was going to be possible, but the amazing success of the movie made it more likely and Dubai Tourism came through for us, along with Tour Brokers International and Wontra Travel. With a great script by Naz Onuzo, an experienced director, Niyi Akinmolayan, the original cast and the beautiful sights and sounds of Dubai, we think we may have a bigger blockbuster on our hands.”

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai will have its Lagos premiere on December 10, with the cinema release in time for the Christmas holidays.

 

Source: Ebonylifetv

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