As of today, Tope Oshin’s epic, Northern-Nigerian drama, Up North, has grossed ₦93,660,342 according to the Cinema Exhibitor Association of Nigeria (CEAN)-ComScore public box office record; making it the tenth highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time.
The movie which was released on December 28, 2018, spent an impressive 9 weeks among the top 20 grossing movies in Nigerian cinemas, losing place this week.
The movie had a strong opening amidst tough competitions from a few Nollywood movies—Chief Daddy, Lionheart, and King of Boys, and Hollywood flicks—Aquaman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and Bumblebee; grossing ₦17 million in its opening weekend.
Up North stars Banky W in a lead role as Bassey,
a rebellious heir bent on doing everything his father does not want him to do.
The movie’s commercial success solidifies Banky W’s status as one of Nollywood most bankable actors; the singer-turned-actor now has three movies in the top ten highest grossing Nigerian movies of all time, the other two are The Wedding Party and The Wedding Party: Destination Dubai.
The movie, shot in mostly in Bauchi and inspired
by Editi Effiong’s travels around the country and his desire to show a
different side of Nigeria not often seen on the big screen, has seen several successes
long before it hits cinemas nationwide thanks to the incredible support of the
Up North premiered in Lagos and had a small screening at the British Council of Nigeria. It
also screened at the Facebook headquarters in California as part of the events
for the Black History Month celebrations and
is scheduled to screen at the seventh edition of Nollywoodweek Paris Film Festival.
Up North is jointly produced by Industry
leaders Inkblot Productions and Anakle Films—sister company to a popular digital agency, Anakle. Having recorded
this much success with their debut movie, the sky is only a stepping stone for
newcomer Anakle Films.