Highest-grossing Nigerian films of all time

NOTNigerian films are ranked among the best in the world. The industry has grown over the years to the point of receiving international recognition, as well as garnering big revenue. The Nigerian entertainment industry (Nollywood) is currently the second largest film industry in the world. The industry was worth $3.6 billion in 2016 and $6.4 billion in 2021, contributing an estimated 2.3% and $660 million to the country’s GDP in 2020. Although Kannywood faces challenges in marketing, it always contributes its share. Nigerian films are considered one of the country’s top exports. The improved storytelling and high quality of production shown in the new generation of Nigerian films has driven this profit as films continue to break records. Weekend magazine compiles a list of the highest grossing Nigerian movies of all time.


Ka yi na yi: 5.46m

‘Ka yi na yi’ is a sequel to ‘Kalan Dangi’ from the stable of Maishadda Global Resources Limited. It is produced by Abubakar Bashir Maishadda and directed by Ali Gumzak. Dauda Kahutu Rarara is the executive producer and was scripted by Fauziyya D. Sulaiman.

The movie is about a group of people who are into fraud, betrayal, cheating and lies to fool people.

In one of the scenes, Habu (Aminu Sheriff Momoh) warned his mother not to call him Habu because it may disappoint him in the presence of his girlfriends whom he had lied to as being very rich.

Later, they encountered women who also faked everything, including Facebook accounts, and spent their money only to find out that they were fake too. The film is the highest-grossing Kannywood film according to the information available at the Kano cinema box office with a gross of 5.46m.

Lamba: 5,252,550

“Lamba” is another hit movie from Maishadda Global Resources Limited, produced by Abubakar Bashir Maishadda and directed by Ali Gumzak.

The film is also a comedy aimed at solving the social problem of how people live fake lives on social media versus their real social status.

It shows young men: Adam Zango, Ado Gwanja and Umar Shariff who are poor and try to make ends meet by doing odd jobs like car washing, but live fake lives on social media to impress girls, by renting cars and clothes. Incidentally, the girls also live fake lives by borrowing clothes to take good photos to upload to social media. The film has some similarities with “Kalan Dangi” and “Ka yi na yi”. It grossed 5,252,550

Mati A Zazzau: 4.84m

‘Mati A Zazzau’ is a film produced by Rahama Sadau and directed by Yaseen Auwal who debuted with record artist Marvin Hadiza Blell popularly known as Di’Ja into Kannywood.

The film is also a sequel to another Kannywood hit, “Mati da Lado”, also by Rahama Sadau.

The movie started with ‘Mati da Lado’ starring Sadiq Sani Sadiq who plays the role of Mati in the movie and his brother Lado who fooled the villagers for a very long time, Rimau claiming to be Islamic preachers, but were later kicked out after people have discovered their lies.

In the sequel, Mati arrived in Zazzau with no tangible reason to be there, but while there he later discovered that his late father had lived and left wealth with his old friend there, and so he set out to recover the money by any means possible. . He brought in 4.84m

Omo Ghetto; the saga – N636m

“Omo Ghetto: The Saga” is a comedy produced and directed by Funke Akindele. It’s a sequel to the actress’ 2010 trilogy “Omo Ghetto,” which is about twin sisters separated at birth.

The film was released on December 25, 2020 and grossed over N189 million in its first week, making it the first Nollywood film to gross over N99 million in its weekend. opening, breaking the previous record for ‘The Wedding Party 2’. “Omo Ghetto” topped the Nigerian box office for ten consecutive weeks, grossing a total of 636 million naira.


The wedding party – N453,000,000

‘The Wedding Party’ is a Nigerian comedy-drama directed by Kemi Adetiba and produced by ELFIKE Film Collective. It had premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2016 and at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos on November 26, 2016.

The film, which was released globally on December 16, 2016, held the record for highest-grossing Nigerian film after its debut with over N453 million and was only surpassed in 2020 by ‘Omo Ghetto’ by Funke Akindele.

The Wedding Party 2 – N433,197,377

“The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai” is a 2017 Nigerian romance film which is a sequel to the comedy-drama The Wedding Party which was released the previous year.

ELFIKE Film Collective produced the film, which was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan. The film, which was shot in Lagos and Dubai, earned nearly N433 million at the box office, making it Nollywood’s third highest-grossing film of all time.

Chief Dad – N387,540,749

‘Chief Daddy’ is a 2018 Nigerian comedy-drama film directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and produced by Mosunmola Abudu and Temidayo Abudu. It was written by Bode Asiyanbi. On December 14, 2018, the film was released in Nigeria and on March 15, 2019, it was distributed in the Netherlands via Netflix.

It starred Funke Akindele Bello, Kate Henshaw, Nkem Owoh, Joke Silva, Patience Ozokwor, Richard Mofe Damijo and Racheal Oniga who are all well known Nollywood actors and actresses. At the box office, Chief Daddy has grossed over N387 million.

Sugar Rush – N287 053 270

‘Sugar Rush’ is a 2019 Nigerian comedy film directed by Kayode Kasum and written by Jadesola Osiberu and Bunmi Ajakaiye. The film, which starred Adesua Etomi, Bisola Aiyeola and Bimbo Ademoye, was released on December 25, 2019. Since its Christmas release, the film has grossed over $287 million in Nigeria, making it the fifth Nollywood film most profitable of all time. .

Christmas in Miami – N264,000,000

“Christmas in Miami” is the fourth installment in the AKPOS film series, directed by Robert Peters and produced by renowned Nigerian comedian Ayo Makun (AY). It included notable Nigerian actors like AY, RMD, Osita Iheme, IK Ogbonna, Kent Morita, Raquel Lamanna and others.

According to estimates gathered by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria, the film was released on December 24, 2021 and earned N100.7 million in its first week in Nigerian theaters (CEAN). The film has so far grossed a total of N264 million at the box office.

King of Boys – N244,775,758

With a total box office of 244,775,758, “King of Boys” is the second highest grossing Nigerian film. In addition, this film has been adapted into a Netflix series.

Kemi Adetiba directed the first film, released in 2018. The main character of this film is Alhaja Eniola Salami, a philanthropist and businesswoman with a potential political career who is drawn into the war for power.

In the meantime, she becomes brutal in her quest for success. Sola Sobowale, Adesua Etomi, Illbliss, Reminisce, Sharon Ooja, Jide Kosoko, Osas Ighodaro, and Toni Tones are just some of the actors who appear in this film.

Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons – N235,628,358

This action-comedy movie, directed by Toka Mcbaror, tells the story of four wealthy buddies (the Merry Men) who woo influential women, rob the rich to give to the needy, and secure contracts with politicians.

Additionally, this film depicts the difficulties they have while trying to protect the underprivileged in a particular neighborhood that a prominent and dishonest politician intends to destroy in order to build a mall.

AY Makun, Ramsey Nouah, Jim Iyke, Falz, Richard Mofe Damijo, Iretiola Doyle, Damilola Adegbite, Jide Kosoko and Rosaline Meurer are among the stars of the film.

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