Nollywood is the name used to characterize the Nigerian film industry, which is one of the world’s largest. It makes over 2,500 videos each year and has a significant, committed following throughout Africa and beyond.
Nollywood films are noted for their low-budget production values, yet they frequently address major social and cultural concerns, and they have been lauded for capturing the essence of current Nigerian society. From melodramas to action flicks, the genre spans a wide range of forms, and the business is always expanding and adapting to the changing preferences and expectations of its audience.
Nigeria’s film industry, commonly known as Nollywood, has expanded rapidly in recent years, with the country currently ranking as the world’s third-largest producer of films. The box office income in the business has also increased significantly, with several films breaking records and becoming the highest-grossing Nigerian films of all time.
Here are the top seven highest-grossing Nigerian films of all time:
1. “Omo Ghetto: The Saga -2020
Funke Akindele’s comedy film became the highest-grossing Nigerian Movie as it gathered around N636 Million at the movie office. The plot revolves around twins who are reunited as female gangsters, as their rich sister takes on the family, crime, cops, and all the trouble that follows them.
2. “Battle On Buka Street”- 2022
Funke Akindele again with a Comedy-drama movie gathered around N601 Million at the movie office. The movie is about a rivalry of a lifetime between two women who find themselves at odds when they start their food business on the same street.
3. “The Wedding Party” (2016)
Directed by Kemi Adetiba, this romantic comedy picture made over N452 Million at the box office. The film follows Dunni, a successful art gallery owner who is set to marry the love of her life, but things go wrong when her ex-boyfriend turns up.
4. “The Wedding Party 2” (2017)
Kemi Adetiba directed the sequel to “The Wedding Party,” which made over N433 Million at the movie office. The narrative of Dunni and Dozie and their trek to the altar is continued in the film.
5. “Chief Daddy” – 2018
Niyi Akinmolayan’s comedy-drama film garnered more than N387 million at the movie office. The plot revolves around the death of a wealthy businessman, after which his family struggles over his inheritance.
6. “Brotherhood”- 2022
Lukman Ali’s crime-action thriller gathered around N329 Million at the movie office. The plot revolves around two brothers fighting to survive the streets of Lagos, falling on opposite sides of the law.
7. “King Of Thieves”- 2022
Femi Adebayo’s Thriller gathered around N321 Million at the movie’s Office. The Plot revolves around a vindictive bandit that threatens the peace of a kingdom, but the native and mystical forces must come together to save the day.
These films have not only achieved considerable financial gains but have also contributed to the overall expansion of Nollywood and helped to establish Nigeria as a prominent participant in the worldwide film industry. The Nigerian film industry is on the rise, and with more and more talented filmmakers, writers, and actors coming out of the country, it is clear that the future of Nollywood is bright.