R1.6 Million In Ticket Sales For ‘5 Fingers For Marseilles’ Movie Is 'Solid Business For A Western Film'

The film is struggling even though it had an impressive debut.

The South African movie Five Fingers For Marseilles has been on circuit for the over five weeks. It has, however, grossed a meager R1.6 million (approximately $130,000) in ticket sales.

The founder of Indigenous Film Distributors, the company distributing Five Fingers, Helen Kuun, is neither surprised nor disappointed by the low figures.

She told The New AgeThe New Age:

"Five Fingers is playing on 11 sites and it is in its fifth week, with R1.6m in ticket sales to date. That is very solid business for a western if you consider how they typically perform in South Africa.
"Even Tarantino's Hateful Eight did not reach the FFFM level nor did True Grit. Also bear in mind this genre is pretty violent so the film has a 16 rating. High ratings have an impact on a film's intended possible audience. Considering this along with the fact that the film is subtitled and none of the other westerns were, the film has done well."

The movie had a promising opening, with an impressive R500,000 (approximately $40,000) in ticket sales.

Read: Financing a Film That Has an All-South African Cast Was a Huge Challenge, Says Director of 'Five Fingers for Marseilles'

Creative and Cultural Industries Federation of South Africa president Tony Kgoroge blames the lack of support for local stories to institutions such as the National Film and Video Foundation and the Department of Trade and Industry, according to The New Age.

He told the paper:

"We can't blame distributors of films such as cinemas. These are business entities and their decision-making is informed by how much your film has invested in its marketing budget. "Not many local films have the money needed to be able to do proper marketing."
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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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