Movie Review


Step into the enchanting world of Nollywood, where storytelling takes center stage, captivating the hearts of millions across Nigeria and beyond. We’re about to embark on a captivating journey through the highest-grossing films in Nigerian cinema history. These cinematic gems have not only showcased the immense talent of Nigerian filmmakers but have also made a significant impact at the box office within Nigerian cinemas.

“Battle on Buka Street” (2022) – ₦668 million

The tale of “Battle on Buka Street” took audiences by storm with its captivating storyline and stellar performances. Directed by Funke Akindele, the film explores the adventures of a young girl, Buka, played by Tobi Makinde, as she takes on challenges in a dramatic, heartwarming, and hilarious journey. With its impressive box office earnings of ₦668,423,056, “Battle on Buka Street” has cemented its place as one of Nollywood’s highest-grossing films within Nigerian cinemas.

“Omo Ghetto: The Saga” (2020) – ₦636 million

Directed by Funke Akindele, who also stars alongside her husband JJC Skillz, “Omo Ghetto: The Saga” delivers a riveting mix of action, comedy, and drama. This action-packed tale of twin sisters navigating life in the ghetto struck a chord with audiences, earning it a staggering ₦636,129,120 at the Nigerian box office. The film’s powerful social commentary, coupled with its charismatic performances, further solidified its position among Nollywood’s highest-grossing films.

“The Wedding Party” (2016) – ₦452 million

A romantic comedy that left an indelible mark on Nigerian cinema, “The Wedding Party” directed by Kemi Adetiba, became an instant classic. With its star-studded cast and a heartwarming love story, the film stole the hearts of audiences and garnered ₦452,288,605 in box office earnings within Nigerian cinemas. This film not only achieved commercial success but also set a new standard for Nigerian romantic comedies.

“The Wedding Party 2” (2017) – ₦433 million

The captivating love story continued in “The Wedding Party 2,” directed by Niyi Akinmolayan. This sequel, with its grandeur and larger-than-life celebrations, charmed audiences and grossed an impressive ₦433,197,377 in Nigerian cinemas. The film’s lavish production and delightful continuation of the original story made it a box office hit.

“Chief Daddy” (2018) – ₦387.5 million

Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, “Chief Daddy” took audiences on a rollercoaster of laughter and tears as they followed the antics of the extravagant Chief Daddy. The film’s witty dialogue, exceptional performances, and engaging plotline contributed to its remarkable ₦387,540,749 box office earnings, making it a beloved film within Nigerian cinemas.

“Brotherhood” (2022) – ₦328.8 million

“Brotherhood” from Greoh Studios, helmed by Loukman Ali, is a gripping story of loyalty, love, and the complexities of brotherhood. The film’s compelling narrative and powerful performances by Tobi Bakre, Basket Mouth, Falz & other members of the star-studded cast resonated with audiences. No wonder it raked in a box office gross of ₦328,881,120, solidifying its place among the highest-grossing films in Nigerian cinemas.

“King of Thieves” (2022) – ₦320.8 million

The crime drama “King of Thieves,” directed by Tope Adebayo and Adebayo Tijani, delved into the world of heists and betrayal. This enthralling film garnered ₦320,805,150 at the box office, captivating audiences with its suspenseful plot and stellar performances.

“Sugar Rush” (2019) – ₦287 million

Directed by Kayode Kasum, “Sugar Rush” served up a cinematic treat with its delightful mix of comedy, action, and drama. Following the misadventures of three sisters, the film won the hearts of moviegoers and earned ₦287,053,270 in box office revenues within Nigerian cinemas.

In conclusion, these highest-grossing films within Nigerian cinemas have not only delighted audiences with their compelling narratives and exceptional performances but have also contributed to the remarkable growth and influence of Nollywood in the local film industry.

As Nollywood continues to thrive, captivating the hearts of Nigerians and beyond, we eagerly await the next wave of box office successes that will continue to elevate Nigerian cinema to even greater heights.

By Ezenwa Okonkwo

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  • Ezenwa Okonkwo

    Ezenwa Okonkwo is the Senior Writer, Film & TV Business at InsideNollywood.Ng. He is a well-rounded storyteller, poet, and screen writer with a flare for the silver screen. Ezenwa also has an eye for documentary-themed photography and wields a curious mind that’s constantly shifting from “what if” to “what next”.

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