Funke Akindele’s film “Battle on Buka Street” has achieved great success in the United States, grossing over $61,000 in just four days over the New Year weekend. This is coming after reportedly grossing over N365 million in cinemas across Nigeria and West Africa.
The film, released in the US by FilmOne Entertainment (Nigeria) and Part Two Media (USA) with the support of Amplify Africa, was shown in just 11 Regal Cinemas but sold out across the country.
This marks the first-ever indigenous Nollywood release in the US, and due to its strong performance, an additional 11 locations have been added in the second week to meet demand.
Craig Shurn of Part Two Media remarked on the unexpected success of the film, saying that it is an honor to bring “Battle on Buka Street” to the African diaspora in the US, who have been “underserved and starved of true African content.”
Moses Babatope and Kene Okwuosa from FilmOne Entertainment added that the strong performance of the film indicates exciting possibilities for global releases of films from Nigeria in the future.