The Nigerian entertainment industry, also known as Nollywood, is currently the second-biggest film industry in the world. It’s no longer news that the industry has improved over the years and has some of the best-grossing movies to show for it.
The industry is also believed to be Nigeria’s second-highest revenue generator after oil and gas. This is possible because of private investments by stakeholders who have gone ahead to make massive revenues through these movies. Some of the movies even broke and set records in the industry.
Therefore, Skabash presents the top 10 highest-grossing Nollywood movies in reverse order:
10. A Trip To Jamaica
A Trip to Jamaica is a 2016 drama-comedy produced by Ayo “AY” Makun and directed by Robert Peters. The movie follows the story of Akpos and his fiancée, Bola, who find their love tested in a hilarious adventure while visiting the in-laws in Jamaica. Starring Ayo Makun, Funke Akindele, Nse Ikpe Etim, and Dan Davies, the movie was criticised for trying too hard to amuse the audience. Despite the criticisms, A Trip to Jamaica grossed ₦180,264,964 at the box office, making it the tenth highest-grossing film in Nollywood.
9. Your Excellency
Your Excellency is a 2019 film by Mo Abudu‘s EbonyLife film that marked Funke Akindele’s directorial debut. It is a political satire drama-comedy that tells the story of a Donald Trump-obsessed businessman and failed politician, Chief Olalekan Ajadi, and his presidential campaign. The film stars Akin Lewis, Funke Akindele, Shafy Bello, Alex Ekubo, Eku Edewor, Helen Paul, Osas Ighodaro, Ini Dima-Okojie, Falz, Deyemi Okanlawon and Kemi Lala Akindoju, among others. Your Excellency may not have been as successful as the previous films by EbonyLife, but it grossed ₦186,340,948 at the box office, making it the ninth highest-grossing film in Nollywood.
8. Merry Men 2: Another Mission
Merry Men 2: Another Mission is the 2019 sequel of Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons N235,628,358. The film follows four friends who quit their lives of crime to focus on legitimate businesses, but an old enemy resurfaces with a threat and demand. Starring Ay Makun, Ramsey Nouah, Falz, and Jim Iyke as the Merry Men, the film was criticized for not providing the answers to the questions it posed. However, it went ahead to gross ₦234,505,169, having enjoyed a successful run in the cinemas.
7. Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons is a 2018 action-comedy about four friends who seduce powerful women, steal from the rich to give to the poor, and get contracts from politicians. They face challenges in their attempt to save people from a particular poor community. Also starring AY Makun, Ramsey Nouah, Jim Iyke, Falz, Richard Mofe Damijo, Iretiola Doyle, Damilola Adegbite, Jide Kosoko, and Rosaline Meurer, among others, the movie grossed ₦235,628,358 at the box office.
6. King of Boys
Following the successful turnout of The Wedding Party 1, Kemi Adetiba released King of Boys to continue to showcase her incredible talent in producing and directing. The film, which was released in 2018, centers on Alhaja Eniola Salami, a ruthless businesswoman and philanthropist who faces a lot of heartbreaking challenges in her struggle for power. Starring Sola Sobowale, Adesua Etomi, Illbliss, Reminisce, Sharon Ooja, Jide Kosoko, Osas Ighodaro, and Toni Tones, among others, this film was so good that a sequel was released on Netflix as a mini-series in 2021. It also didn’t disappoint at the Nigerian box office as it grossed ₦244,775,758.
5. Sugar Rush
2019 was really a good year for Nollywood cinema as Sugar Rush was one of the films to do very well at the box office. Directed by Kayode Kasum, the film is a crime-action comedy about three Sugar sisters who accidentally discover the sum of $800,000 in the house of Chief Douglas, a corrupt man. They lavishly spend the money and end up in trouble when some mafias come to claim their stake of the money. Some of the stars in the movie are Adesua Etomi, Bimbo Ademoya, Bisola Aiyeola, Uzor Arukwe, Tobi Bakre, Mawuli Gavor, and Toke Makinwa. The film grossed ₦287,053,270 at the box office.
4. Chief Daddy
One of EbonyLife’s most successful films, Chief Daddy, is a 2018 comedy-drama directed by Niyi Akinmolayan. It follows the event of the death of Chief Beecroft, where his large extended family of relatives, mistresses, and household staff fight over his will. The film stars Joke Silva, Rachael Oniga, Shafy Bello, Ini Edo, Kate Henshaw, Dakore Akande, Funke Akindele, Linda Ejiofor, Folarin Falana, and Bisola Aiyeola, among others. However, it was heavily criticised for not having a concise direction. But the criticism was nothing compared to the box office, where the film grossed ₦387,540,749.
3. The Wedding Party 2
The Wedding Party 2 is the 2017 sequel of the record-breaking film The Wedding Party. It follows the relationship of Nonso, Dozie’s elder brother, and Deirdre, one of Dunni’s bridesmaids, after he accidentally proposes to her on vacation in Dubai. The film stars Banky Wellington, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Iretiola Doyle, Alibaba Akporobome, Sola Sobowale, Enyinna Nwigwe, Daniella Down, and Patience Ozokwor, among others. Although the film did not receive the same acclaim the first one did, it was a box office hit with a total of ₦433,197,377.
The Wedding Party is EbonyLife’s most successful film to date. In 2016, the film ranked number 1 in the top 10 charts of highest-grossing Nollywood movies produced within the last decade. The Wedding Party tells the story of Dunni Coker and Dozie Onwuka, a couple from wealthy families, and the hilarious events that happened during their high-society wedding. The film stars Banky Wellington, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Iretiola Doyle, Alibaba Akporobome, Sola Sobowale, Enyinna Nwigwe, and Beverly Naya, among others. It was a box office hit with ₦453,000,000, making it the second-highest-grossing Nollywood movie.
Do you know that Omo Ghetto: The Saga is a sequel to the 2010 trilogy ‘Omo Ghetto’ based on twin sisters who get displaced at birth? The record-shattering sequel was directed by Funke Akindele and her husband, JJC Skillz. It follows the chaotic life of Shalewa, aka Lefty, who 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 film stars Mercy Aigbe, Chioma Akpota, Funke Akindele, Eniola Badmus, Nancy Isime, and Deyemi Okanlawon among others. Omo Ghetto: The Saga grossed ₦636,129,120, shattering The Wedding Party’s four-year record.