With the advent of cinemas in Nigeria, movie producers have had a better shot at boosting revenues and limiting the activities of pirates in the industry.
In 2017, The Wedding Party 2, a film by Ebony Life Media, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, was the highest grossing movie.
According to Moses Babatope, group executive director of Filmhouse Cinemas, Nigerian movies have topped at the cinemas for the past seven weeks despite the presence of foreign blockbusters.
Babatope said King of Boys has accounted for 45 percent of the market share since it opened while almost 50 percent of Ghost and the Tout earnings came from the south-west.
Here is a list of the highest grossing movies of 2018:
Merry Men (N230 million)
Synopsis: Remi Martins (Falz the Bad Guy), Amaju Abioritsegbemi (AY the comedian), Ayo Alesinloye (Ramsey Nouah) and Naz Okigbo (Jim Iyke) are Abuja’s most eligible bachelors. And its most notorious. They have thriving businesses, palatial homes, fast cars and the attention of women in no short supply.
Starring: Ramsey Noah, Ayo Makun, Damilola Adegbite, Folarin Falana, Jim Iyke, Richard Mofe-Damijo
Runtime: 105 mins
King of Boys (N100 million)
Synopsis: King of Boys follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past and a promising political future. She is a pillar of society — loved by many, feared by most, and truly known by a select few. As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear.
Starring: Adesua Etomi, Remilekun Reminisce Safaru, Sola Sobowale
The Ghost and the Tout (N80 million)
Synopsis: The story of a young lady played by Toyin Abraham who grew up in a ghetto and met with a ghost after an unfortunate incident that happened to her. Soon her life is thrown into series of dramas that only her can see and understand.
Starring: Toyin Abraham, Biodun Stephen, Chioma Omeruah (Runtime Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha
Moms At War (N65 million)
Synopsis: Moms at War is about two mothers who live in the same neighbourhood, but hated each other. One felt that the other was a village girl who just got into money and is not fit to be in society with them. But both their kids coincidentally attend the same school and there was a competition that was done for the kids, and both were the top of their class.
Starring: Omoni Oboli, Abayomi Alvin, Adebukola Oladipupo, Funke Akindele, Michelle Dede, Yul Edochie
Royal Hibiscus Hotel (N59 million)
Synopsis: In this spritely Nollywood romantic comedy, an aspiring restaurateur returns to her home in Lagos to try and refine the fare at her family’s little hotel, only to find that her parents are planning on selling out to a rich (and devilishly attractive) buyer.
Starring: Zainab Balogun, OC Ukeje, Kenneth Okoli, Deyemi Okanlawon, Jide Kosoko, Rachael Oniga.