After the particularly anti-climatic cinematic year we experienced in 2017, we were pleasantly rewarded with a multitude of noteworthy Nollywood movies in 2018 — both critically and commercially.
Recording the total box office sales in both Ghana and Nigeria, The National Film and Video Censors Board ranked the most financially successful Nollywood movies released in cinemas last year, delivering a list of the top 10 highest-grossing Nollywood films of 2018.
Following the massive success of the last three films preceding it, AY Makun's 2018 offering — the thriller-comedy, Merry Men — earned it's place as the highest grossing film of 2018 by a long stretch, reaching ₦228 million by the end of the year.
Having set the record as the highest grossing non-comedy Nollywood film of all time, Kemi Adetiba's sophomore film, King of Boys followed in second place, with an incredibly impressive ₦104 million in just over two months.
December releases, such as Chief Daddy, which also set a box office record, God Calling and Knockout Blessing are understandably missing from the rankings, as their financial success has not reached that of films that had longer to accumulate sales.
So, from the sinister drama King of Boys to the socially conscious The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, these were the top 10 highest-grossing Nollywood films of 2018:
- Merry Men — ₦228 million
- King of Boys — ₦104 million
- The Ghost & the Tout — ₦77 million
- Moms at War — ₦65 million
- The Royal Hibiscus Hotel — ₦58 million
- The Vendor — ₦44 million
- New Money — ₦41 million
- 7 and a Hald Dates — ₦33 million
- Lara & The Beat — ₦31 million
- Crazy People — ₦16 million