Just after a week of its release to the cinemas, “The Return of Jenifa” (TROJ) has out sold all other Hollywood movies at the cinema around the country, a feat which has never been achieved by any other Nollywood movie and this has erned the movie the title of ‘the fastest grossing Nollywood movie of all time’ by cinema operators. And this feat is more remarkable as the movie is only showing in three cinemas- Silverbird Lagos and Abuja and Ozone Cinema in Yaba, Lagos.
Earning such a feat would come as no surprise as Funke has been known to have churned out some blockbusters movies in DVD; movies like Jenifa and Omo Ghetto were said to have sold in their numbers.
The impressive showing which has made the movie earn close to N10 million in seven days has made the cinema asked for two weeks extension to show the movie at the cinema. That means the movie will be at the cinema for four weeks.
Since its grand premier at The Muson Center on the Friday, October 7, the movie has been earning applause and respect of industry people who trooped out in their numbers to support the actress at the premiere which had the First Lady of Lagos in attendance. Others in attendance are, Eldee, Dayo Adeneye, Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw, Oge Okoye, Ali Baba, Gbenga Adeyinka, AY, Julius Agwu, Tunde Kelani, Ireti Osayemi, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Chioma Chukwuka, Helen Paul, Queen Nwokoye, Adora Ukoh, Kunle Bakare, Mayor Akinpelu and others.
The Return of Jenifa which was shot both within and outside the country features an impressive cast which parades both music and movie stars such as Eldee the Don, Banky W, Denrele, Antar Laniyan, Helen Paul and others.
The storyline of the movie revolves around the life of the main character, Jenifa. Here she registers to be part of a dancing competition. But when she is asked to undergo an HIV test as part of the requirement for entry into the competition, she fled, being unsure of her status as a result of her past exploits.
She is later forced to withdraw from the society that she once ruled and move back to her village. Going back to the village however does not stop her from being her crazy self and in the end she learns that life is not all about being a ‘gbogbo bigs girl’
The movie was shot by DJ Tee.