The Nigerian movie Wives On Strike has done extremely well in its four weeks after it hit cinemas on April 8 garnering over fifty-one-million naira since its debut nationwide.
With viewers in diaspora making more demands for the movie to hit their country, Omoni Oboli, the movie’s executive producer and director, is set to storm Ghana cinemas with her latest work on the 13th of May.
In its four weeks, reports emerged from top cinemas like Filmhouse Cinemas, Surulere, Silverbird Cinema, Ikeja City Mall, Genesis Deluxe Cinema, Lekki, and Silverbird Cinema, Abuja; that Wives on Strike kept selling, even with the presence of latest Hollywood releases like “The Barber’s Shop”, “The Huntsman” and “Jungle Book”.
The movie which stars Omoni Oboli, sold fifteen-million naira in three days in its first weekend at the cinema, making it the first ever Nollywood movie to do so in the history of box-office records in Nigeria.
Omoni Oboli also produced other great movies such as Being Mrs Elliot and The First Lady. Both movies also made best box office movies of 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The plot is a hilarious comedy about a group of market women who decided to take matters into their own hands against their husbands in a bid to stir them into standing up for a young girl whom they wanted to protect from the wishes of her own father.
Segun Odejimi of TNS reviewed the movie, “Wives on Strike has been in the cinema for how long now? 19 days? However, it was still a FULL house at the 3pm screening I opted for. Many people could not find a seat at twenty minutes past 3.
The hall erupted in unified laughter almost every five minutes. As the credits rolled at the end of the screening, there was a standing ovation. The audience enjoyed it and not less than half of them will share the testimony with others.”
Moses Babatope, COO of FilmOne said in a statement, “Wives on Strike has surprised everyone. We expected a decent run at the cinemas but no one expected this record breaking standard the movie is setting at the box-office.
The records of the movie have truly amazed everyone. And to say it is beating The Huntsman despite being in cinema for three week is so amazing. Omoni is truly Nollywood personality of the year and definitely casting her name is gold”.
Omoni Oboli said she is filled with gratitude for the record her movie has set, “I am full of gratitude. People have shown me so much love. The record is humbling. I am grateful”.
Omoni also bagged The Sun’s Nollywood Personality of the year.