After wrapping up its theatrical run in April, Nigeria’s highest-grossing film ‘Battle on Buka Street’ will be released exclusively on Prime Video on June 16, 2023.
The comedy film, released on December 16, 2022, tells the story of two half-sisters who had previously had a lifetime of rivalry and established food businesses on the same street. They met again and resumed their rivalry.
On Tuesday, the producer, Funke Akindele, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES said that the film will be shown on streaming platform Prime Video for a wider audience.
Drawing on his storytelling, the film captures compelling action that explores polygamy, emotion, resilience, and comedy. Take the audience on a roller coaster of emotions.
The unprecedented film directed by Akindele and Tobi Makinde, apart from its well thought out plots, has a great casting credit with its mix of veteran and young actors in the Nollywood industry.
The 140-minute film, jointly produced as a collaboration between Funke Ayotunde Akindele Network (FAAN) and FilmOne Entertainment, would be made on the Amazon Prime platform to reach more audiences around the world.
Some notable casts include Funke Akindele, Mercy Johnson, Sola Sobowale, Bimbo Ademoye, Tina Mba, Femi Jacobs, and Kevin Ikeduba, among others.
Prime Video, with the recent collaboration with Nollywood filmmakers, is about to enhance its offering in Africa and around the world.
box office records
In the list of highest grossing Nigerian films, the 2022 film “Battle on Buka Street” ranks first with N668,423,056 at the box office.
Battle on Buka Street
Interestingly, the film, during its release which was a week before Christmas, surpassed ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ as the highest grossing Nigerian film on N50m.
Also, on December 25, 2022, it was the highest grossing Nigerian film in a single day in 2022 with N26 million.
However, the film’s theatrical run was halted on April 13, 2023, after spending four months and one week at the box office with a total gross of N668,423,056.
As part of Akindele’s debut films, the film ended up as the highest grossing Nigerian film of all time to displace his film, ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga on N636, 129, 120.
In January, film production and distribution platform FilmOne Entertainment (Nigeria) announced that “Battle on Buka Street” has grossed more than $61,000 in theaters in the United States.
In a statement, they noted that over the four-day New Year’s weekend, the film grossed $61,000.
The film, directed by Funke Akindele, was distributed by FillmOne and Part Two Media in the United States with support from Amplify Africa.
According to FilmOne, with the support of Amplify Africa, the film was the first of its kind in the US.
Its controlled releases at 11 Regal Cinemas in small shows resulted in sold-out runtimes across the country.
They added that it is the first indigenous Nollywood film released in the United States.