2022 was indeed a great year for Nollywood movies at the box office given that many of the movies produced topped the list at the box office. We take a look at the top 10 highest-grossing Nollywood movies of all time.
Battle on Buka Street- N640M
The 2022 release follows the story of two half-sisters who have been rivals for a while. Their rivalry intensifies when they both set up their food businesses on the same street.
Directed by Akindele and Tobi Makinde, the cast includes Akindele, Mercy Johnson, Nkem Owoh, Sola Sobowale, Kelvin Ikeduba, and Tina Mba.
Omo Ghetto: The Saga- N636,129,120
This comedy follows the chaotic life of Shalewa aka Lefty (Funke Akindele). Lefty struggles between living a life of wealth and comfort provided by her adopted mother or returning to her ghetto lifestyle. Released on December 25, 2020, the movie is a sequel to the actress’ 2010 trilogy, Omo Ghetto which is based on twin sisters who get displaced at birth. It is directed by Akindele and her ex-husband, JJC Skillz.
The Wedding Party – N452,288,605
Released in December 2016, Kemi Adetiba’s rom-com stayed on top as the highest-grossing Nollywood movie for four years until Omo Ghetto: The Saga came along. Starring celebrity couple, Adesua Etomi and Banky Wellington, the movie was both a local and international success. It continues to stay high on this list, despite being released almost seven years ago.
The Wedding Party 2- N433,197,377
Following the success of the first movie, Ebonylife Films, FilmOne, Inkblot Production and Koga Studios tried to recreate the same magic. With Niyi Akinmolayan at the helm, the sequel delivered a bigger party set in Nigeria and Dubai, with a British and Nigerian couple.
Chief Daddy- N387,540,749
Within three days, it sold over N40 million worth of movie tickets and a total of N115.7 million in the first ten days of release. At the time, it was the second-highest opening weekend for a Nollywood film in 2018 and the third-highest opening weekend ever for a Nollywood film.
Produced by Jade Osiberu and directed by Ugandan director, Loukman Ali, the movie opened with N53.23 million. Brotherhood went on to make N118.50 million in the second week, N177.67 million in the third week and crossed the N200 million bar by the fourth week. It features Folarin Falana, Tobi Bakre, Sam Dede, Boma Akpore, Toni Tones, Zubby Micheal, and Mr Macaroni
King of Thieves (Agesinkole) – N320,805,150
Last year, this epic thriller stood out for raking in the big bucks despite being an indigenous title. It set a new record as the highest non-English title and the biggest domestic grosser for last year. The movie opened with over N42 million within the first three days.
27 days later, the movie earned N249 million in ticket sales. Led by Odunlade Adekola, the cast includes Femi Adebayo, Adebayo Salami, Joke Muyiwa, Toyin Abraham, and Lateef Adedimeji.
Sugar Rush – N287,053,270.
This 2019 comedy used to be the fifth highest-grossing Nollywood movie of all time. It is directed by Kayode Kasum and produced by GreOH Media, Jungle Filmworks and Empire Mates Entertainment. Released on Christmas day, the heist comedy stars Adesua Etomi, Bisola Aiyeola and Bimbo Ademoye. The sequel is currently in post-production.
Ijakumo: The Born Again Stripper- N271,926,634.
A Toyin Abraham Films Production and Filmone collaboration, this suspense thriller shattered box office expectations last year. Opening with N30.44 million in its first three days, the movie quickly made N88.28 million within seven days.
The movie crossed the N100 million mark in 10 days. With this non-comedy hit movie, Toyin Abraham has proven that she is a bankable filmmaker who has what it takes to get people in seats regardless of what she makes. Written by Anthony Kehinde Joseph, it stars Toyin Abraham, Kunle Remi, Bimbo
Akintola, Olumide Owuru, Lolade Okusanya, Debbie Shokoya, and Antar Laniyan.
Christmas in Miami- N265,583,000.
This 2021 release made N60.38 million in its opening weekend, then over N100 million within the first week of release. Directed by Robert O. Peters, this comedy series continues the fun adventures of
Akpos. It stars Ayo Makun, Osita Iheme, Richard Mofe-Damijo, and IK Ogbonna.
Which of these Nollywood movies have you seen?
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