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Wedding party 2 executive producer reveals how much it cost to produce the film ( see details)

The Executive Producer of ‘The Wedding Party 2 –
Destination Dubai’ has revealed how much it costs just
to produce the popular movie.
It has been revealed that the Nollywood acclaimed
blockbuster movie, The Wedding Party 2-Destination
Dubai, cost N300m to produce.
According to a Punch Metro report, the Managing Director
of FilmOne Distribution Company, one of the Executive
Producers of the movie, Kene Mkparu, on Wednesday
said the N300m is excluding publicity.
The WP2 released on December 15, 2017, has raked in
over N500m within the six weeks of its release in
cinemas, making it the highest-grossing Nollywood film
ever.
The filmmaker is one of the resource persons at the on-
going Consumer Forum of the National Film and Video
Censors Board at the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi
State.
“Wedding Party 1, cost us over N150m to make plus
publicity and the Part 2 cost us N300m.
“We believe you have to spend money to make money,
and if you can show from your business plan how you
would recoup this money, the banks are willing to give
you.”
Mkparu further explained that partnership with relevant
stakeholders, especially in tourism, in Dubai added
colour to the glitz and glamour of the WP2.
He, therefore, urged relevant stakeholders in the Nigerian
tourism and the filmmaking sector to initiate such
partnership for the growth of the industries.
“We pay for some few locations and then entered into
partnership with Dubai Tourism, which made available a
lot of tourism facilities and hotels in Dubai for us.
“We could shoot anywhere we wanted, as long as the
script said so, and we lived in top hotels in Dubai.
“Filmmaking is not just for entertainment but to promote
and develop tourism as well”, he noted.
According to Mkparu, the Wedding Party project has
positively changed the narratives of the Nigerian movie
industry both within and outside the country.
“The Wedding Party 2 has generated over N500m as of
today and is now in cinemas across different countries,
including England, and Holland and some French-
speaking African countries.
“The idea of the film is to show that it is possible in
Nigeria today to create a movie that can entertain, sell
and make money.
“We wanted to prove that it is possible to make money
from all the value chains in the industry, even in the
midst of piracy threats.
“The producers looked at what the audience enjoys in
cinemas, and we created a script of a topical issue that
people can identify with and have fun identifying with
those things,” he noted.
The Wedding Party is a signature title by ELFIKE Film
Collective, a partnership between Ebony Life Films,
FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga
Studios.
The WP1 was premiered in cinemas across Nigeria in
December 2016 and reportedly grossed N203m in just
two weeks, topping the 2016 Nigerian Box Office.
Its sequel, the WP2-Dubai Destination, was then released
in cinemas exactly one year after, and it grossed in N73m
within the first three days of its opening.

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