‘Funmilayo Ransom Kuti’ Biopic Rakes In Over N100m First Week

Posted on June 11, 2024

The biopic ‘Funmilayo Ransom Kuti,’ produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, has achieved a significant milestone, surpassing N100 million in ticket sales just three weeks after its cinema release.

As of June 5, the Nigerian Box Office reported that the film had amassed N108 million in ticket sales across various cinema venues nationwide.

The film began its theatrical run with an impressive N32 million during its opening weekend, following its release on Friday, May 17, 2024.

This accomplishment was announced by the Nigerian Box Office on the social media platform X on Monday, May 20, 2024.

According to NBO data, “Funmilayo Ransom Kuti” not only topped the weekend box office charts but also set a new record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for a biopic in Nigeria.

The success of “Funmilayo Ransom Kuti” positions it as the highest-grossing film in West Africa for 2024 so far.

Starring Kehinde Bankole, the recent Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) Best Actress, the Nollywood film joins the ranks of 2024’s top-grossing movies, such as “All’s Fair in Love,” which grossed N130 million in February.

In March, the indigenous film “Ajakaju: Beast of Two Worlds” grossed N250 million, tying with Kayode Kasum’s “Ajosepo,” which also grossed N250 million. Despite this stiff competition, Bolanle Austen-Peters’ film is a strong contender, projected to conclude its run with an estimated N200 million in total earnings.

The film features an ensemble cast of veteran actors, including Ajoke Silva, Adebayo Salami, Omowunmi Dada, Adunni Ade, Jide Kosoko, Dele Odule, Ibrahim Suleiman, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Yewande Osamein, and Iyimide Ayo-Olumoko. This stellar cast, combined with a compelling narrative, has significantly contributed to its commercial success.

“Funmilayo Ransom Kuti” tells the compelling life story of the late Nigerian educator, political reformer, women’s rights activist, and mother of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Her legacy is celebrated in this cinematic portrayal, exploring significant phases of her life, including her education at Abeokuta Grammar School, her marriage to Israel Ransome-Kuti, and her revolutionary fight against colonialism and patriarchy.

The film highlights her pivotal role in creating the Abeokuta Women’s Union, which was instrumental in advocating for women’s rights and challenging colonial governance. This biopic not only commemorates her impactful life but also serves as a source of inspiration for many.

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