Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, produces a vast number of movies each year, with many of them becoming hugely successful at the box office. Here are a few blockbuster Nigerian movies that have shattered box office records:
The Wedding Party
Directed by Kemi Adetiba, this romantic comedy became a massive hit upon its release and set a new milestone in Nigerian cinema. “The Wedding Party” features a star-studded cast and tells the story of a chaotic wedding ceremony. The film’s success led to a sequel, “The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai.”
The Wedding Party 1 was produced in 2016 and it grossed ₦452,288,605 at box office while The Wedding Party 2 was produced in 2017 and it grossed ₦433,197,337 at box office. Read also
Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, this comedy film follows the story of a wealthy and extravagant billionaire, “Chief Daddy,” and the aftermath of his sudden death. With its fantastic performances and comedic timing, “Chief Daddy” became one of the highest-grossing Nigerian films of all time. Chief Daddy was produced in 2018 and it grossed ₦387,540,749 at box office.
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons
Directed by Toka McBaror, this action-packed comedy film features a group of four wealthy, charismatic, and stylish friends who set out on a dangerous heist. “Merry Men” broke box office records upon its release and became a trendsetter for other action comedies in Nollywood. Merry Men 1 was produced in 2018 and it grossed ₦235,628,358 at box office. Merry Men 2 was produced in 2019 and it grossed ₦234,505,169 at box office. Read also
King of Boys
Directed by Kemi Adetiba, “King of Boys” is a political thriller that follows the journey of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist who is also involved in criminal activities. With its gripping storyline and stellar performances, “King of Boys” became a critical and commercial success. King of Boys grossed ₦244,775,758 at box office.
Omo Ghetto: The Saga
Directed by Funke Akindele-Bello and JJC Skillz, this crime comedy-drama is a sequel to the 2010 film “Omo Ghetto.” Set in the ghetto, the film combines action, comedy, and drama, and became one of the highest-grossing Nigerian films ever, breaking multiple box office records. “Omo Ghetto: The Saga” grossed ₦636,129,120 at box office.
King of Thieves (Agesinkole)
This movie tells the story of a powerful kingdom that was invaded by bandits. The kingdom employed mystical and supernatural powers to fight these bandits. It was released in 2022, directed by Adebayo Tijani and Tope Adebayo. It was produced by Femi Adebayo and Adebayo Tijani. King of Thieves grossed ₦320,805,150 at box office.
Battle On Buka Street
Produced by Film One, directed by the duo of Funke Akindele and Tobi Makinde and executively producedby Funke Akindele (the owner of the movie), ‘Battle On Buka Street’,is currently the highest grossing Nigerian movie in box office. The movie has grossed ₦668,423,056 and still counting. This movie has broken the record Funke Akindele made with her 2020 movie, “Omo Ghetto: The Saga”.
These are just a few examples of blockbuster Nigerian movies that have shattered box office records. Nollywood continues to produce a wide range of films, and with its growing international recognition, we can expect more records to be shattered in the future.