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Sissako’s ‘Timbuktu’ Grosses Over $1 Million in the US

Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act   in  · · ·
April 16, 2015

I felt it was worth mentioning, as I find out this morning, while researching something else entirely, that Mauritanian filmmaker, Abderrahmane Sissako’s critically-acclaimed, multiple award-winning “Timbuktu” has grossed over $1 million in domestic (USA) box office – $1,040,427 exactly, thus far.

That’s quite an impressive feat for a film that opened on just 4 screens, and earned just over $45,000 after its opening weekend, in late January (the 28th was its debut). It’s also not very often that a film by a black African filmmaker about black Africans is released in the USA theatrically, let alone one that is released, and goes on to gross over $1 million! So this is certainly noteworthy, which is why I mention here.

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