Rafiki is breaking all the records at the box office.
Recall that the top performing film, which was previously banned, beat Hollywood films like The Nun and Night School and became the second highest grossing Kenyan film of all time even though it only had a seven day, court-authorized, theatrical run in three Kenyan cities.
Over 6,500 people watched the film in Kenya on the big screen over the seven day period which also saw hundreds of cinemagoers being turned away from venues due to full houses. The film grossed more than $33,000 in the week. Rafiki’s Kenyan distributor, Trushna Patel from Crimson Media said.
Presently, filmmakers are in the process of further court action to have the film permanently unbanned.
And now, SDE confirms that the film has grossed more Sh3.3 million.
Reacting to the success, Wanuri Kahiu, the celebrated filmmaker of Rafiki said, “Thank you so much to all of you who came out and watched the film. Thank you for celebrating Kenyan film with us! We are so grateful. As we return to court to argue for freedom of expression, we carry you with us.’’
This October, it is expected to screen in festivals in more than 20 countries. Plus, it is currently in cinemas across France and Belgium to be followed by theatrical releases in USA, Japan, Switzerland, Holland, Scandinavia, South Africa and has been invited to screen in at least six other African countries.