Nollywood had always been popular with Nigerians, but piracy and an inability to leverage on the Nigerian Cinema has meant a lot of loved and popular Nigerian movies were not able to fulfil their fullest commercial potentials.
This has started to change with improved Cinema growing culture among Nigerians nowadays. This means film makers have been able to take their profitabilty model away from the easily pirated disk and fully leveraged on the increasing popularity of the Country’s Cinema’s.
We take a look at some of the movies that has grossed the highest in the country’s Cinema driven Movie industry.
The Wedding Party 2– N5OO Million Naira
Building on the commercial success and buzz around the first Wedding party installment, this second flick directed this time around by Niyi Akinmolayan, proved to even be an bigger success, grossing over 5 billion naira which is the highest ever grossed by a Nigerian movie.
The movie focuses on Dozie’s (Banky Wellington) elder brother, Nonso ( Enyinna Nwigwe), who has continued his romance with Deardre (Daniella Down), Dunni’s (Adesua Etomi) bridesmaid. Nonso takes Deardre on a date in Dubai and proposes marriage by accident. After a disastrous traditional engagement ceremony in Lagos, Nonso’s family and Deardre’s aristocratic British family reluctantly agree to a wedding in Dubai.
The Wedding Party – 450 million naira
The first Wedding Party movie wound up in second place, which goes to show just how popular the franchise was with Nigerians.
Taking on the intrigues associated with a typical Nigerian wedding, as well as ex-raying the patent competition amongst Nigera’s upper class and their obsession with status maintainance and opulence, the wedding Party managed to hit a nerve among the Nigerian movie watching populace.
Its fantastic cinematography, generous humor and typical Nollywood-esque drama instantly made the movie a hit.The Kemi Adetiba directed flick is now the second highest grossing Nigerian movies of all time.
Merry Men – 230 Million Naira
AY Makun ‘s film ‘ Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons’, was released on September 28, 2018.
In just seven weeks, it has made N230 million in cinemas nationwide, making it the highest grossing movie so far in 2018.
With an all-star cast featuring the likes of Remi Martins (Falz the Bad Guy), Amaju Abioritsegbemi (AY the comedian), Ayo Alesinloye (Ramsey Nouah) and Naz Okigbo (Jim Iyke) all as eligible and notorious bachelors full of intrigues, it is hard to see why this flick would not have been such a success.
A Trip to Jamaica – 178.5 million naria
Written and produced by AY Makun, the movie was directed by Robert Peters, and stars Funke Akindele, Chris Attoh, Nse Ikpe Etim among others.
The movie is the fifth Highest Grossing Nollywood Movie of all time
The film tells a story about the adventures of a newly engaged couple in their relatives residence outside Nigeria, and how the secrets of their host led to the eventual breakup of their union amidst the culture shock of the new country and living with upper-class citizens.
10 Days In Suncity – 177 Million Naira
The movie was released on the 23 June 2017 and was directed by Adze Ugah. Its cast include: Ayo Makun, Adesua Etomi, Dichard Mofe-Damijo
A potpourri of love, drama, passion and culture, “10 Days in Sun City” is a comedy-drama that sees Akpos on another ‘adventure’, this time, to South Africa, with his girlfriend Bianca.
Currently the movie is the sixth Highest Grossing Nollywood Movie of all time.
30 Days in Atlanta – 137.2 million naira
Written and produced by AY Makun, the movie was directed by Robert Peters, and stars Richard Mofe Damijo, Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson, Vivica Fox among others.
Akpos wins a 30-day holiday for two to Atlanta, Georgia. He takes his cousin (Richard), an IT specialist on the all-expense paid trip. Akpos flings his unique personality, showing-off his smartness and foolishness in an exciting mix of rhetoric and witty humor.
King of Boys – 185 Million Naira
Despite being released late last month (September), Kemi Adetiba already holds the slot for the eight highest grossing nollywood movie ever and the second highest grossing movie in Nigeria so far in 2018.
According to the filmmaker, it has made N105 million at the box office after remaining the No 1 movie for the third consecutive weeks.
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. To come out of this on top, she will need every ounce of the cunning, ruthlessness, and strategy that took her to the top, as well as the loyalty of those closest to her. But who can she really trust?
“Fifty” – 94 million naira
An EbonyLife Films production, “Fifty” was directed by Biyi Bandele, produced by Tope Oshin, and features Omoni Oboli, Ireti Doyle, Dakore Akande, Nse Ikppe-Etim among others.
Fifty captures a few pivotal, days in the lives of four Nigeria women at the pinnacle of their careers. Meet Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate four friends forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family.
Okafors law – 90 Million Naira
Okafor’s Law is a 2016 Nigerian romantic comedy drama film written, directed and produced by Omoni Oboli. The film stars Blossom Chukwujekwu, Omoni Oboli, Toyin Aimakhu, Gabriel Afolayan, Ufuoma McDermott, Richard Mofe Damijo, Tina Mba, Kemi Lala Akindoju and Ken Eric. It takes the 10th and last spot for highest grossing Nigerian movies ever.