In the spirit of celebrating the end of a wonderful decade that saw the Nigerian movie industry gain international recognition, getting collaborations with international studios, getting offers from streaming services for exclusive streaming rights and international awards. In this piece we are going to take a look at some of the most notable and highest grossing movies over the last decade.
*THE WEDDING PARTY 2: (N512million)
The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai is a 2017 Nigerian romantic comedy drama film directed by Niyi Akinmolayan. It is a sequel to The Wedding Party, which was released in December 2016. It is currently the highest grossing Nigerian film of all time which has amounted over N512million Naira. (Wikipedia)
The Movie continues with 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.
Among the casts where Enyinna Nwigwe as Nonso Onwuka, Daniella Down as Deardre Winston, Adesua Etomi as Dunni Onwuka, Banky Wellington as Dozie Onwuka, Sola Sobowale as Mrs. Tinuade Coker, Alibaba Akporobome as Engineer Bamidele Coker, Richard Mofe Damijo as Chief Felix Onwuka, Iretiola Doyle as Lady Obianuju Onwuka. (Wikipedia)
- THE WEDDING PARTY: (N452million)
The Wedding Party is a 2016 Nigerian romantic comedy drama film directed by Kemi Adetiba. It premiered on 8 September 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and on 26 November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. The film was released worldwide on 16 December 2016, and became the highest grossing Nigerian film; a record which was broken in 2017 by its sequel The Wedding Party 2.
As their big day arrives, a couple’s lavish wedding plans turn into a nightmare that includes exes, fighting parents and uninvited guests.
Some of the casts include Adesua Etomi, Bankole Wellington, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, Richard mofe-damijo, Iretiola Doyle. (Wikipedia)
Wedding Party has made over N452million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere.
- CHIEF DADDY:(N387 million)
Chief Daddy is a Nigerian feature film directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, written by Bode Asiyanbi and produced by Mosunmola Abudu and Temidayo Abudu, which was released in December 2018.It starred popular Nollywood actors and actresses Funke Akindele Bello, Kate Henshaw, Nkem Owoh, Joke Silva, Patience Ozokwor, Richard Mofe Damijo and Racheal Oniga, Dakore Egbuson, Zainab Balogun, Shaffy Bello, Chioma Omeruah, Ini Edo, Linda Ihuoma-Suleiman, Falz, Mawuli Gavor. (Wikipedia)
Chief Daddy is about a billionaire industrialist, Chief Beecroft, who serves as a benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and mistresses. He dies suddenly and his will creates a saga amongst his extended families.
Chief daddy has made over N387million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere.
- KING OF BOYS: (N245 Million)
King of Boys is a 2018 Nigerian political thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Kemi Adetiba. It is the second movie directed by Kemi Adetiba following the release of The Wedding Party.It reunites Adetiba with Adesua Etomi and Sola Sobowale, after they worked together in her directorial debut, The Wedding Party. The movie is focused on power tussle and stars rappers Illbliss and Reminisce in their movie debut roles. Other casts include Paul Sambo, Osas Ajibade, Toni Tones, Demola Adedoyin and Akin Lewis.
King of Boys tells the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami (played by Sola Sobowale), a businesswoman and philanthropist with and a promising political future. She is drawn into a struggle for power which in turn threatens everything around her as a result of her growing political ambitions. To come out of this on top, she is caught up in a game of trust, not knowing who to really look up to and this leads to her ruthlessness. (Wikipedia)
King of Boys has made over N245 million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere
- MERRY MEN: THE REAL YORUBA DEMONS (N238million)
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons is a 2018 Nigerian nollywood movie written and produced by Ayo Makun, directed by Toka Mcbaror. Ayo Makun, Folarin Falana, Ramsey Nouah, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Rosy Meurer and Jim Iyke all formed part of the cast for the movie.
The film is set in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Four rich men (the Merry Men) seduce powerful women, get contracts from the political elite, steal from the rich, give to the poor and have sex with the hottest women in town. They face their biggest challenge yet when they antagonize a notorious and corrupt politician who plans on demolishing a village to build a shopping mall. The four men scheme to save the poor people of the village. With a mix of love, family and friendships, the Merry Men struggle to keep it all together through this epic movie. (Wikipedia)
Merry Men has made over N238 million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere.
- MERRY MEN 2: ANOTHER MISSION (N192 million)
Merry Men 2 is a 2019 Nigerian film and a sequel to Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons. The film is a production spearheaded by Ayo Makun popularly known as AY. Among the cast included Ramsey nouah, Jim Iyke, Folarin Falana (falz), Damilola Adegbite, Alex Asogwa, Williams Uchemba, Ufuoma McDermott, Nancy Isime, Ireti Doyle, Regina Daniels, Linda Osifo and Osas Ighodaro
Four men have stopped robbing the rich to give to the poor and now are focusing on running their businesses.
Merry Men has made over N192 million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere.
- A TRIP TO JAMAICA: (N181 million)
A Trip to Jamaica is a Nigerian comedy drama film directed by Robert Peters starring Ayo Makun, Funke Akindele, Nse Ikpe Etim and Dan Davies. 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. Though a huge box office success, breaking the record set by 30 Days in Atlanta for the highest-grossing Nigerian film, it received mainly mixed to negative reviews from critics.
The movie had its worldwide premiere on September 25, 2016 in Lagos State. The event featured a celebrity football game involving ex-internationals, like Kanu Nwankwo, Jay Jay Okocha, Peter Rufai, Joseph Yobo and Stephen Appiah
AY is at it again with another adventure after his hit movie, 30 Days in Atlanta. Proposing to his girlfriend (Funke Akindele), the tenacious two are of on another adventure filled with action, suspense mystery and fun. (google)
A trip to Jamaica has made over N182million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere.
- 10 DAYS IN SUNCITY: (N179 Million)
10 days in Sun City is a 2017 Nigerian romantic comedy film that premiered on 17 June 2017. It is owned by a renowned Nigerian comedian Ayodeji Richard Mayokun popularly known as AY, who is the producer and lead character. It was directed by Adze Ugha, written by Kehinde Ogunlola and produced by Ayo Mayokun, Darlington Abuda, Kristy Galliard in conjunction with Corporate World. Entertainment. The film is said to be a part of his Akpos adventure series centered on adventure, comedy and romance. Movie scenes were shot both in Lagos and Sun city, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The film tells of an aspiring beauty queen who was brought to stardom and in the process had to pay the price of losing her peace and joy by denouncing her fiancé who happened to be her manager as well. She was on the verge of being enslaved by her God Father when he got dealt with by some of the people he had deprived of the benefits in time past. It explains that true love conquers all irrespective of the barrier or challenges encountered.
10 days in sun city has made over N179 million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere.
- SUGAR RUSH: (N166 Million)
Sugar Rush is a 2019 Nigerian comedy film written and directed by Kayode Kasum. The film stars Bimbo Ademoye, Bisola Aiyeola and Adesua Etomi-Wellington in the lead roles. The film had its theatrical release on 25 December 2019 coinciding Christmas and opened to mixed reviews from critics. Despite the mixed reviews, the film became a box office success and became the fifth highest grossing Nigerian film for the year 2019. Some of the cast includes Bimbo Ademoye Bisola Aiyeola, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Iya Rainbow, Uzor Arukwe Tobi Bakre, Mawuli Gavor, Omoni Oboli and D’Banj
Sugar sisters accidentally discover 800,000 dollars in the house of a corrupt man. In next couple of days, they spend the entire money only to meet their waterloo when mafias come to claim the stake of the money.
Sugar Rush has made N166million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere
- 30 DAYS IN ATLANTA: (N137 Million)
30 Days in Atlanta is a 2014 Nigerian romantic comedy film produced by Ayo Makun and directed by Robert Peters. The film was shot on location in Lagos and Atlanta. It premiered on 31 October 2014. It was declared the highest grossing film of all time in Nigerian cinemas in 2015, although the film was met with mixed to negative critical reception.
Akposa won a 30 days holiday for two to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA and decided to take his cousin Richard with him on a hilarious soul searching vacation. Among the casts include, Ayo Makun, Ramsey Nouah Richard Mofe Damijo, Desmond Elliot Kesse Jabari Vivica A. Fox.
30 days in Atlanta has made over N137million naira in box office sales so far since its premiere.
Compiled by Micheal Osuji
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