Funke Akindele’s movie rakes over N60m in less than 48hrs

Bisola David
Bisola David
'A Tribe Called Judah' ticket sales drop by over 50% 

The well-known Nollywood producer and actress, Funke Akindele, has reached a noteworthy milestone with her latest film, “A Tribe Called Judah,” as it has raised a massive sum of money—more than N60 million in just 48 hours of its premiere.

The Nigerian box office stated this in a tweet on Sunday afternoon.

“A Tribe Called Judah keeps giving and blessing theatres. According to preliminary tracking, sales on Friday and Saturday brought in about ₦60 million for a Tribe of Judah. In Nigeria, Sunday often has the highest box office attendance during the weekend. Aiming for an opening weekend of ₦93 – ₦100M,” the Nigerian Box Office announced.

A Tribe Called Judah, which debuted on December 10, officially debuted on December 15, 2023, Friday. It made its impression in theatres alongside other Nollywood films, such as “Ada Omo Daddy.”

The film’s plot tells the gripping tale of a group of lads who, with their mother’s help, plan a bold mall heist, only to have armed robbers unexpectedly face them.

Renowned actors Boma Akpore, Ebele Okaro-Onyiuke, Etinosa Idemudia, Fathia Balogun, Funke Akindele, Jide Kene Achufusi, Nse Ikpe Etim, Olayode Juliana, and others are among the talented cast members under the direction of Adeoluwa Owu.

Mercy Aigbe’s “Ada Omo Daddy” has also received praise from the Nigerian box office, earning “over N18.5M inclusive of Thursday advanced previews.”

The film, which was co-directed by Adebayo Tijani and Akay Mason, debuted on the same day as Funke Akindele’s most recent work.

It is noteworthy that about a year ago, Funke Akindele made waves in the industry with “Battle on Buka Street,” which, following an outstanding four months on the theatre circuit, brought in a total of N668,423,056 at the box office.

This was a historic moment as it became the highest-grossing Nigerian film of all time, breaking the previous record of N636,129,120 held by Akindele’s theatrical debut, “Omo Ghetto: The Saga.”

“Battle on Buka Street” made over $61,000 in box office revenue in US theatres in January, according to a well-known platform for movie production and distribution, FilmOne Entertainment. This statistic is just one more indication of the film’s widespread appeal.

The successful distribution in the United States was made possible by FilmOne’s relationship with Part Two Media, with significant backing from Amplify Africa.

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