Funke Akindele’s “Battle On Buka Street” Is The Highest Grossing Nollywood Movie Of All Time

Poster for "Battle On Buka Street"/Nolly Rated
Poster for “Battle On Buka Street”/Nolly Rated

Funke Akindele’s 2022 film “Battle On Buka Street” is the highest grossing Nollywood production of all time. This was revealed by recent data released by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN). The film has earned more than N640 million in just nine weeks in theaters.

With this, “Battle On Buka Street” overtook “Omo Ghetto: The Saga,” another Funke Akindele production, as the highest grossing Nigerian film so far. Funke Akindele has also become the only Nigerian filmmaker to earn over N500 million twice through her productions.

“Battle on Buka Street” is also making waves outside Nigeria. It is the first indigenous Nigerian film to be released in the United States. So far, it has made over $60,000 in the US after showing in just 11 locations.


Following its release on December 12, 2022, the film has dominated the Nigerian Box Office. Despite the fact that it was released in the same period as “Avatar: The Way of Water,” the movie progressed and hit N86.63 million in its first week.

Watch the trailer for “Battle On Buka Street” here:

During its second week, the Nigerian production beat James Cameron’s Avatar to the number one spot at the box office. While “Battle on Buka Street” rose by 8% from December 23–25, 2022, “Avatar 2” suffered a 5% loss. Avatar will remain in second place by the third week with N93 million, while the Nigerian film will retain the number one spot with N169.88 million.

The Funke Akindele production crossed the N500 million mark after making N507.78 million in its fourth week, a feat that was hitherto only achieved by “Omo Ghetto: The Saga.”

“Battle on Buka Street” is a Nigerian comedy-drama that tells the story of two half-sisters whose rivalry intensified after they both opened their local restaurants, also known as “Buka,” on the same street. The cast includes high-profile Nollywood actors like Funke Akindele, Nkem Owoh, Mercy Johnson, Sola Sobowale, Tina Mba, Kevin Ikeduba, and a few others.

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