Top 10 Highest-Grossing Nigerian Movies

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Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry’s feat in becoming the second largest movie industry worldwide, isn’t rock science. It is a result of the hard work put in by Nigerian actors in producing exceptional movies from day one and over the years.

While the Nigerian movie industry has gone through some remarkable transformation over the years, its recent transformation, from differentiating the Old Nollywood from the New Nollywood has indeed proven to be a great stride into how well the industry has developed.

Sadly, with the advent of the New Nollywood, the Old Nollywood have been left to suffer as most movie producers would rather splurge on the new cinematic Nollywood movies compared to those that end up on YouTube.

Among the best films in the world are those from Nigeria. Over the years, the industry has developed to the point where it has gained recognition on a global scale and generates significant money. Currently, the second-largest film industry in the world is located in Nigeria. The industry had a market value of $3.6 billion in 2016 and $6.4 billion in 2021, and in 2020 it contributed roughly 2.3 percent and $660 million to the GDP of the nation.

The new wave of Nigerian movies, which are breaking records, have improved storytelling and great production values that have led to this profit. Weekend Magazine presents a list of the top-earning Nigerian films of the year.

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Nigerian Movies

This gross sum does not include earnings from special screenings, DVD sales, online streaming, or theatre showings outside of West Africa’s English-speaking region. Since their box office totals were not adjusted for inflation, movies released before 2008 are also not included on this list. Here are the top 10 highest-grossing Nigerian movies as well as how much they grossed. 

Title Domestic Gross (₦) Director(s)
Omo Ghetto: The Saga 636,129,120 Funke Akindele
The Wedding Party 452,288,605 Kemi Adetiba
The Wedding Party 2 433,197,377 Niyi Akinmolayan
Chief Daddy 387,540,749 Niyi Akinmolayan
King of Thieves 315,513,250 Tope Adebayo, Adebayo Tijani
Sugar Rush 287,053,270 Kayode Kasum
Christmas in Miami 265,583,000 Robert Peters
King of Boys 244,775,758 Kemi Adetiba
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons 235,628,358 Toka Mcbaror
Merry Men 2: Another Mission 234,505,169 Moses Inwang
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