Nigerian comedian Ayo Makun popularly known as ‘AY’ has emerged as the richest Nigerian film producer with four movies in top 10 highest grossing Nollywood movies. It is on record that Nollywood produces thousands of movies year with most of these movies yielding very low returns.
However, in the midst of these low yielding movies which comfortably rank above the 100 million naira high grossing mark and these movies make up our list of top 10 highest grossing movies in Nollywood.
Nollywood stands out as the largest movie industry in the world in terms of production rate, however, it is ranked third on the money and due to the huge disparity between the top quality (high grossing) movies and the relatively (low grossing) ones which by a long stretch dominate Nollywood.
The Top 10 Highest Grossing Nollywood
These movies have been ranked (from lowest to highest) based on generated revenue from online streaming, DVD/CD sales and cinema views among others.
Fifty: This is a Nollywood classic produced and released in 2015 and ranks 10th on the list. Since 2015, it has grossed close to 95 million naira and the only movie on the list with less than 100 million naira gross revenue produced and directed by Mo’Abudu and Bamidele Biyi respectively. Among the casts are Omoni Oboli, Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson – Akande, Nse Ikpe Etim and Wale Ojo among others.
It is distributed by film one and released to the cinemas across the country on December 18, 2015.
30 Days In Atlanta: This movie was produced and released in 2014 and has gross approximately 138 million naira on Nollywood box office revenue chart. The romance – comedy movie was produced by Ay, it became the highest grossing movie in Nollywood, and parades the following costs: Ramsey Nouah, AY, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Desmond Elliot, Omoni Oboli, Juliet Ibrahim and Majid Michel. It was shot in Lagos, Nigeria and Atlanta, United States of America (USA) .
10 Days In Suncity: Another ingenuous production by AY released on June 17, 2017. Since then, it has generated close to 177 million naira in revenue shot in Suncity South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria. Its casts are: AY (lead character), Adesua Etomi RMD, Falz Falana, Mercy Johnson, 2 Face Idibia Gerno Ajhibadi, Fathia Balogun and Alexx-Ekubo, among others.
A Trip To Jamaica: Another thriller from AY released in September 25, 2016 and went on to displace 30 days in Atlanta as the highest grossing movie, it was later displaced by the wedding party that same year just after one month of dominance.
A trip to Jamaica has so far grossed approximately 180 million naira in revenue. The casts include: AY, Funke Akindele, Eric Roberts Nse Ikpe Etim, Chris Attob, Olamide, Pat Ranking etc.
Merry Men: The real Yoruba demons: This is AY’s 2018 production and arguably the best and highest grossing movie released last year with a gross earning of 230 million naira in revenue. The four main cast in the movie are Ayo Makun (Ayo) Folarin Falana (Falz) as ‘Remi’ Martins’ Jim Iyke (as Naz) and Ramsy Nouah. Others are Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD).
Ireti Doyle, Lilian Esoro, Damilola Adegbite Jide Kosoko etc.
King Of Boys: A though provoking political thriller, written directed and co-produced by Kemi Adetiba, released on October 2018 and has so far grossed in excess of 231 million naira. The cast include Sola Sobowale (Alhaja Salami) the lead character, Adesua Etomi (as Kemi Salami), Jide Kosoko (Alhaji Salami) etc.
Chief Daddy: The highest grossing movie in 2018 with a current domestic gross of 386 million naira, produced and directed by Mo’Abudu cast: Zainab Balogun, Falz, Linda Ejifor, Patience Ozokwor, Funke Akindele etc.
The Wedding Party: Directed by Kemi Adetiba with current domestic gross of 453 million naira the prominent cast of the movie are Adesua Etomi, lead actress and Bankole Wellington (Banky W) lead actor, Sola Sobowale, Ali Baba, RMD, Daniella Down, Zainab Balogun, Beverly Naya, and Ikechuwu.
The Wedding Party 2: First Nollywood movie to reach the 500 million naira mark. It is the highest grossing movie in Nollywood, it has the same cast as the wedding party !. it stands head and shoulders above other Nollywood movies.
Lion Heart: The Lion Heart is the first and only Nollywood movie to hit the billion nair mark after the $300,000 + (over one billion naira acquisition by Netflix).
Five Interesting Nollywood Movies To Watch In August
Below are the current Nollywood movies making waves in the big screen across the country.They include
Sade Takes Lagos
Release Date: August 16, 2019
Actors: Alex Ekubo, Seun Akindele, Tana Adelana etc
Synopsis: A girl decides to take a vacation to Lagos after her parents separated with the hope of making it big in her music career. She is faced with challenges.
Once Upon A Night
Director: Gbolahan Akitunde
Release date: August 16, 2019
Actors: Wale Ojo, Kiki Omeibi, Ade Bantu Daniel Egwede etc.
Symopsis: A psychology student with a fear of being alone imprisoned himself for one night to once and for all face his demons only, not all these demons only not all these demons are unreal.
Director: Thomas Odia
Release date: August 16, 2019
Actors: Steve Onu, Femi Jacobs, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, Tana Adelana, Mercy Aigbe, Jiide Kosoko (Prince), Frederick Leonard etc.
Synopsis: Four friends from the high school reunite to plan the 50th anniversary of their alma mater. As the battle of superiority stirs up, another issues from the past are revisited, secrets are revealed that threaten to tear up their seemingly perfect lives.
Love Is Yellow
Director: Kayode Kasum
Release date: August 16,2019
Actors: Bimbo Ademoye, Mofe Duncan, Timi Egbuson, Paul Utomi, etc.
Synopsis: Fighting for what you believe in can be one hell of a task, but your life will only be hell if you’ve never tried life as it serves us the good, the bad and the urgly in different colours. Love is yellow portrays the smuggle and pursuit of happiness in Lagos, Oladayo, a technician finds a reason to shake off the dust from his once shiny Lagos dream.
5. Wings Of A Dove
Director: Omoni Oboli
Actors: Omoni Oboli, Amal Umar, Zack Orji Sani Danja, Yakubu Mohammed, Marther Felix etc.
Synopsis: The movie is an emotionally charged story of a married off girls to much older men at the ages of 13 and 14 and all they want is freedom to be children. It takes you to an emotional roller coaster of the loss of childhood innocence. The consequences of being in a forced arranged marriage and the hope and dire need of a future that is stolen from them.
New Club Opens In Emohua Amid Funfare
It was fun galore and music extravaganza last Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Emohua Community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State as a large crowd of fun seekers stormed Rumuobasi-Rumuche Community to witness and celebrate the opening of a long awaited new relaxation joint called Stepple Gate Motel amidst wining, dining and dancing till dawn.
In his opening address at the event, the Managing Director of the Motel, Mr. Endurance Wosu disclosed that the clamour by the youths for a relaxation and recreational joint in the community informed his decision to open the entertainment hang out to cater for the hospitality needs of the people as well as create employment for the youths.
The Director, who also runs other hospitality out-lets such as Aboby Hustle Point and ‘Precious Guest House,’ all located within the community, stressed that as peace had returned to Emohua Community, he was sure of positive changes that would transform the community and attract investment.
Wosu reiterated that the motel would provide variety of services such as lodging accommodation, catering, variety and special events night, live band Makossa and Pole dancers as well as night club in order to provide all round fun and relaxation for the customers under tight security.
Also speaking, the resident Disc Jockey (DJ), Mr. Anachor Mini popularly known as ‘DJ Omega’ (Darikputu Igbigi) described the new motel as a welcome development that would provide opportunity for people to unwind. He noted that the club would also help to curb youth restiveness as they would now have a place to relax and mingle.
One of the customers to the motel who is also the Managing Director of Mini Wax Electrical Ventures, Prince Patrick Ogundu Mini, stressed that the motel signals the beginning of a new dawn of development in the area as it would attract people within and outside the community as well as ensure the promotion of peaceful co-existence.
A former Vice Chairman of Emohua youths, Mr. Vincent Iberi, also known as Don Colonel thanked God for the peace in Emohua Community. He maintained that the new Stepple Gate Motel was a harbinger of positive changes in the area. He assured of the cooperation and patronage of the youths.
Davido, Others Mourn DJ Arafat
Ivory Coast-born music star, DJ Arafat has passed away after a fatal car accident. The death of the popular music star has saddened many of his fans both at have and abroad, including Nigerians. Arafat’s fans took to the social media to mourn his death, wishing him a peaceful rest.
It was gathered that the popular Ivorian music star, Houon Angel Didier, popularly known by his stage name DJ Arafat, passed away on Monday, August 12, the 33-year-old artiste sustained injuries from the accident which occurred on Sunday August 11.
Nigerian singer, Davido took to the social media to mourn his death, Davido has been joined by many of Arafat’s Nigerian fans to mourn the singer’s death on social media. They took to their twitter accounts to wish him a peaceful rest in the afterlife.
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