Nollywood movie ‘King of Thieves’ (Agesinkole), has made over ₦170 million in its first three weeks at the cinemas.
The film’s producer and lead actor, Femi Adebayo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Sunday in Ilorin.
Adebayo said the whose production cost several millions of naira, made over ₦43 million in its first three days at the cinema despite being the Ramadan period.
According to the popular actor, the plan was to leave the film at the cinema for two months where it was expected to make not less than ₦200 million.
“In the history of Nollywood, no movie has ever made ₦43 million in three days of its opening at the cinema, that is an amount of money some movies will make in three months.
“The movie has actually paved way for many providers and producers that are producing indigenous contents,” he said.
Speaking on the making of the movie, he revealed that it took him more than a year to produce, adding that the acceptability of the project is unexpected.
He said the movie was his first traditional film, adding that it has always been his dream to produce that kind of movie for so many years in the industry.
“The plan was to do a huge movie that will remind people the beauty of Yoruba culture and I waited till it was time.
“My intention was to showcase the beauty of Yoruba culture to the entire world and at the same time to be able to say one or two things about the society, especially our leaders.
“When I was much younger, I had the opportunity to see the beautiful works of Hubert Ogunde, he showcased that beauty in Yoruba culture being a Yoruba man,” Adebayo said.
‘King of thieves’ tells the epic tale of Agesinkole, an all-powerful bandit and his reign of terror in the prosperous Kingdom of Ajeromi.
Concerned by his pillaging, the kingdom moves to destroy him, through the hunters, witches and priests, thus beginning this adventurous saga of revenge, bravery and glory.
The film stars Adedimeji Lateef, Aisha Lawal, Broda Shaggi, Femi Adebayo, Ibrahim Chatta, Mr. Macaroni, Odunlade Adekola, Toyin Abraham Ajeyemi, Peju Ogunsola among others.