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Funke Akindele’s ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ Becomes First Nigerian Movie To Surpass N1bn In Ticket Sales

January 05, (THEWILL) – Funke Akindele’s latest movie, ‘A Tribe Called Judah,’ has grossed N1 billion in ticket sales 20 days after its release in cinemas.

The action-packed comedy, featuring a stellar cast including Funke Akindele herself, Timini Egbuson, Jide Kene Achufusi, Uzee Usman, Tobi Makinde, and Olumide Oworu, revolves around a family embarking on a heist to rob a luxury furniture store, only to encounter armed robbers already inside the mall.

Distributed nationwide by Film One, the big-screen spectacle commenced its theatrical run on December 15, 2023, surpassing the previous record theatre ticket numbers of Sugar Rush and King of Boys, amassing 231,053 admissions along with a staggering N1.02 billion in gross earnings.

Breaking down the box office numbers, based on updates posted by the Nigerian box office on X, the film’s financial run is as follows:

A Tribe Called Judah achieved a notable feat, surpassing admission records of blockbusters like Sugar Rush (229,060) and King of Boys (220,565) in only just three weeks.

In its first fifteen days, as of December 30, the film had already amassed an impressive N780 million, maintaining an outstanding daily gross of N55 million to N75 million during the festive season. Recording about N60 million within the first 48 hours of release.

In just two weeks, it had garnered N613 million, and more recently N854 million. By January 3, the film further soared, grossing an impressive N997 million in ticket sales before ultimately reaching the remarkable milestone of over N1 billion.

Funke Akindele, known as the box office queen, has previously tasted success with films like Omo Ghetto: The Saga, grossing N636 million in 2020, and Battle on Buka Street at N668 million in 2022.

The billion naira record, previously held by Hollywood’s Black Panther 2 at N1.04 billion, marks a significant milestone for the Nigerian film industry, an indication that the creative industry, despite stiff competition from international streaming platforms, continues to thrive, engaging audiences on a grand scale.

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