With The Wedding Party at number one spot on our top grossing Nollywood movies of all time, it goes without saying that the Nigerian movie industry has really come a long way. We are now further away from the days of very predictable storylines and the days of very fake visual and sound effects.
Now Nollywood has taken its movie production to the next level, not just being the giant in Africa, but competing on a global scale with other major film houses worldwide. Gone are the days of Nollywood movies being produced in a matter of days on a very low budget. producers invest big bulks risking it all in order to deliver a world-class production and they are reaping the benefits of their hard work.
Producers invest big bulks risking it all in order to deliver a world-class production and they are reaping the benefits of their hard work. Here are the top grossing Nollywood movies which made above N70 million; earning their revenues from screenings, DVD sales and online streaming within Nigeria.
1. The Wedding Party – (N450 Million)
The Wedding Party premiered in Lagos on 26th of November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites. The film was released worldwide on 16 December 2016. If there is one thing everyone talks about, it’s Nigerian weddings and all that’s involved in it; from the traditions observed, to the preparations and finally to the D day.
The Wedding party depicts all that goes on in a Nigerian lavish wedding in a comical yet dramatic way.
2. A Trip To Jamaica – (N175 Million)
A Trip to Jamaica was premiered in Lagos on the 25th of September 2016. The comedy drama had a huge box office success which saw it surpass the earlier record set by 30 Days in Atlanta.
A trip to Jamaica follows the story of Akpors (Ayo Makun) who proposed to Bola (Funke Akindele). Upon accepting the proposal, they decide to travel overseas for their pre-wedding Honeymoon.
3. 30 Days In Atlanta – (N135 Million)
30 Days in Atlanta premiered on 31st of October 2014, the romantic comedy was shot both in Lagos and Atlanta. After its release, it became the highest grossing film of all time in Nigerian cinemas before it was taken over by recent productions.
The movie is also another Akpors adventure. Akpors wins an unexpected 30-day trip to Atlanta for 2 via a raffle draw. He decides to go with his cousin on the trip as they explore what the town has to offer.
4. Fifty – (N95 Million)
Fifty is a Nollywood romantic drama released on the 18th of December 2015. The movie follows a number of crucial days of four women at the peak of their careers while juggling other aspects that comes with what life has to offer.
5. Okafor’s Law – (N90 Million)
There has always been that debate that straight men and women can’t just be friends, Okafor’s Law is a romantic comedy which premiered in Nigeria in 2016 and it totally explores the immortality of the long age law.
6. ’76 – (N72 Million)
’76, formerly Lions of ’76, is a 2016 Nigerian historical fiction which was based on the story of a young officer six years after the civil war. He gets accused of being involved in the 1976 unsuccessful military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed, and his heavily pregnant wife, gets entangled in an emotional dilemma.
7. Wives On Strike – (N70 Million)
Wives on Strike, is a Nollywood comedy about a group of market women who decided to take matters into their own hands against their husbands in a bid to stir them into standing up for a young girl whom they wanted to protect from the wishes of her own father.