Funke Akindele’s A Tribe Called Judah has officially become the first-ever locally produced title to surpass the billion naira in ticket sales.
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Funke Akindele’s “A Tribe Called Judah” on the 4th of January 2023 snagged a billion naira in ticket sales.
The action comedy stars Funke Akindele, Timini Egbuson, Jide Kene Achufusi, Uzee Usman, Tobi Makinde, and Olumide Oworu in key roles and follows a family heist to rob a luxury furniture store in a mall but find armed robbers already inside when they arrive.
The big screen feature distributed by Film One began its nationwide run 15th of December, 2023 and has brought 285, 410 in admissions and N1.06 billion in gross earnings.
Box Office Numbers Breakdown
Advanced screenings = N9.80M
Day 7 + advance = N238,060,781
Day 14 + advance = N677,900,107
Day 21 + advance =N1,060,711,491
Advanced screening – 9,805,550
Admissions – 2,700
Week 1 – 228,255,231
Admissions – 64,145
Week 2 – 439,839,326
Week 3 – 382,811,384
Admissions – 101,600
How much does Funke take home?
According to standard exhibitor accounting, the earnings of what the executive producers of the film will take home is around 35- 40% based on the deal they signed.
This means for a N1 Billion gross, a N350M – N450M cut is guaranteed as profit.
Known as the box office queen, the filmmaker’s run has not been short of successful, with Omo Ghetto: The Saga grossing 636m (2020), and Battle on Buka Street at 668m (2022).
Interestingly, the billion naira record was previously held by the Hollywood Sci-fi, “Black Panther 2” at N1.04B, making this achievement a major milestone for the film industry.
Going by this record, Funke Akindele has not only solidified her place as a box office mogul but also as a filmmaker who knows the desires of audiences, home and abroad and delivers.
This billion naira in ticket sales feat from a Nigerian film with Nigerian talent is also an encouraging pointer for exhibitors, film executives and watchful investors, especially in the post-COVID recovery stage of the big screen business.
What Happens Next?
A Tribe Called Judah continues its theatrical run as long as there is demand and is projected to warp up its figures by early – mid-February with N1.5B in gross sales.
An inspiration and a source of pride, “A Tribe Called Judah” joins a tribe of billions.