‘The Black Book,’ a Nigerian action film directed by Editi Effiong, is now the number one movie on Netflix worldwide.
On September 22, the crime thriller film was launched on Netflix.
Richard Mofe-Damijo, Alex Usifo, Sam Dede, Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett, Denola Grey, Shaffy Bello, and Ireti Doyle starred in the film.
According to Flix Patrol, a company that collects streaming data about movies and TV shows, ‘The Black Book’ has taken the top spot on Netflix’s top 10 movies ranking as of September 26, 2023.
The Nigerian film (658) was ranked ahead of ‘Spy Kids: Armageddon’ (613), ‘Love at First Sight’ (501) and ‘Jaane Jane’ (387).
On Tuesday, Effiong, the film producer and director, also took to X, formerly Twitter, to express excitement over the feat.
The filmmaker said representatives from Netflix called him to inform him of the movie’s global success.
“Just got off a call with Netflix. #TheBlackBook is a global hit! The biggest film out of Nigeria on Netflix ever,” he wrote.
Just got off a call with Netflix. #TheBlackBook is a global hit! The biggest film out of Nigeria on Netflix ever.
— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) September 26, 2023
Since its release, ‘The Black Book’ has been ranked as the number one film in 12 different countries.
The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Kenya, Martinique, Panama, Poland, Romania, Venezuela, and Nigeria are among the countries involved.
‘The Black Book’ was ranked fourth on Netflix’s weekly list (September 18-24). In addition, the film received 11.6 million ‘hours viewed’ worldwide (September 22-24).
‘The Black Book’ is a fictional thriller that explores Nigeria’s history of military dictatorship, drug trafficking and politics, through the journey of a retired hitman.
The movie had earlier been described as “Nigeria’s biggest-budget film to date, with a budget exceeding $1 million.”
Effiong is the founder of Anakle Films, one of the leading movie production companies in Nigeria.
He has produced top Nigerian movies, including ‘Set Up’, ‘Up North’, and ‘Fishbone’.
He has also received several recognitions for his craft.