The Nigerian film industry has produced several hit films over the last decade, bridging the gap between quality and revenue generation.
The Nigerian film industry is a constantly changing landscape. Even in Nigeria's cinephilia, Nollywood has long been in the spotlight. The industry is plagued by problems ranging from piracy to budget constraints, poor distribution, and low movie screens.
In context, the United States has nearly 40,000 movie screens, and India, home of Bollywood movies, has more than 13,000 screens. Nigeria, on the other hand, has less than 200 screens, so filmmakers can make as much money as foreign filmmakers.
This article focuses on the top seven Nollywood movies by sales.
1. Omo Ghetto: The Saga - N646M (2020)
Omoh Ghetto (The Saga) is a comedy film directed by Funke Akindele and her husband JJC Skillz. It tells the story of the chaotic lifestyle of Lefty (Funke Akindele) and how she struggles to live between wealth and the ghetto.
2. The Wedding Party - N453M (2016)
The Wedding Party is a beautiful movie released in 2016. Starring celebrity couple, Banky Wellington and Adesua Etomi, the movie marries the right amount of romance to comedy. It was viral on release and made quite a fortune.
3. The Wedding Party 2 - N433M (2017)
The next movie is the sequel of 'The Wedding Party' released in 2017. Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, The Wedding Party 2 delivered even more premium entertainment with a mixture of romance and comedy.
4. Chief Daddy - N387M (2018)
In 2018, EbonyLife films dropped a classic family and comedy-drama. The movie is based on a dysfunctional family of a polygamist and philanthropist whose children struggled to get a fair share of their inheritance on his demise.
5. Sugar Rush - N287M (2019)
Released on Christmas day in 2019, 'Sugar Rush' featured stars like Adesua Etomi, Bisola Aiyeola, and Bimbo Ademoye. It was produced by GreOH Media, Jungle Filmworks, and Empire Mates Entertainment.
6. King of Boys - N218M (2018)
In 2018, Kemi Adetiba Visuals released a crime thriller starring Sola Sobowale, Adesua Etomi, and star rapper Reminisce. It is the only movie on this list that is neither romance nor comedy.
7. Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons - N235M (2018)
The 2018 movie starring Ay Makun, Ramsey Nouah and Jim Iyke is another trendy movie with a little bit of comedy and action.