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Moses Inwang Filmmaker talks authenticity of box office numbers in Nollywood

Are the Nollywood box office figures credible? Moses Inwang speaks to Pulse Nigeria about the authenticity of these numbers.

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Alter Ego is Moses Inwang's latest movie play

Alter Ego is Moses Inwang's latest movie

Considering the absence of a centralized box office analytics system, the authenticity of the box office numbers released in Nollywood has always been a conversation.

In a recent interview with Pulse Nigeria, filmmaker Moses Inwang spoke on the credibility of these numbers.

According to Inwang, every released box office figure is taxable. He also explained that most actors have back-end deals where they get a percentage of box office grosses.

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"These days, every figure that we give is real and taxable," he said.

"Some of the actors and crew members have back-end-deals. So, if people go about saying 'oh, we made 500 million,' you know that there are people who are going to get a percentage of that 500 million naira."

"You know the LIRS and FIRS  are there to get some of that money. You know the actors too probably have one or two percent.

"The writers and all these people are going to get a chunk of that money. So, it's real. I hope the figures we hear these days are real.

Omotola on set of "Alter Ego" play

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Moses Inwang on set of "Alter Ego"

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Currently, the highest grossing Nollywood movie of all time is "The Wedding Party" with 450 million naira. "A Trip to Jamaica' has the second spot with 178 million naira. The third highest grossing movie is "30 Days in Atlanta" with 137 million naira.

By the end of 2017, the Nigerian box office is expected to gross at least 5 billion naira, with Nollywood movies bringing in 40% of the amount.

Moses Inwang, his wife and child at Alter Ego movie premiere play

Moses Inwang, his wife and child at Alter Ego movie premiere


Moses Inwang is popular for movies like "Torn," "American Driver" and "3 Digits."

His most recent movie is "Alter Ego," a movie, which also marked Omotola Jalade Ekeinde's return to Nollywood after a 3-year break from acting.

"Alter Ego" opened in cinemas on July 21, 2017.

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