Nollywood were definitely at the top of the game for the year 2018. Here is a list of the highest grossing movies of 2018
1. LION HEART
Nollywood super star, Genevieve Nnaji held a special screening for her movie, ‘Lion Heart’ at the Marrakech Film Festival in Morroco. The record-breaking movie captures the challenges of a female in a male-dominated industry.
Lionheart is a 2018 Nigerian movie produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Genevieve Nnaji. It stars Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, and Nkem Owoh. It was acquired by Netflix on 7 September 2018, making it the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria. Lionheart premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.The movie was Nnaji’s directorial debut as well as Peter Okoye’s acting debut.The movie “Lion Heart” couldnt make it to the chart of the highest-grossing Nigerian film by domestic gross ever because it was bought by Netflix at 1.3 Billion Naira.
2. CHEIF DADDY (330 Million)
Chief Daddy is a 2018 Nigerian movie written by Bode Asiyanbi and directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, Chief Daddy is produced by Temidayo Abudu and Queen Martins. The movie genre is based on a comedy and domestic drama that ensued upon the death of a billionaire . Ebony life films definitely put in their all in the production of this wonderful movie.
The Movie tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses.” “Chief lives large, like there’s no tomorrow, until the day he dies suddenly and the ‘bullion van’ stops! What’s in his will and who gets all that money? What happens next will surprise you, as Chief Daddy has the last laugh from beyond the grave.”
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, whose character was “AK Famzy”, is the composer of movie’s theme song “Moving Mad”. The melody and lyrics of the song were so catchy that viewers continued to sing it even after the movie was over, and the most memorable quote from the movie was “Before you talk to me, Who’s your dad”.Recently on the chat for highest-grossing Nigerian film by domestic gross “Cheif Daddy” is the third highest-grossing Nigerian film ever.
3. MERRY MEN (N230 Million)
Merry Men is a 2018 Nigerian movie whose main genre is romance and comedy was directed by Toka Mcbaror and produced by AY Makun the previous makers of the movie “30 days in Atlanta”. In English folklore, Merry Men is the name of the outlaws who follow Robin Hood and help him in the mission of redistributing wealth- stealing from the rich and given to the poor- across England.
‘Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons’. As a nod to the original name, this movie is about a group of dashing, eligible bachelors who make it their mission to steal from Nigeria’s corrupt elite and give back to the poor. These merry men are Ayo Alesinloye (played by the ageless Ramsey Nouah), Naz Okigbo (played by Nollywood’s original bad boy Jim Iyke), Remi Martins (played by 2-time AMVCA winner Falz the Bad Guy) and Amaju Abioritsegbemi (played by Nigeria’s own Kevin Hart AY Makun).
Combined inside this storyline are other subplots that include love stories, sex and it also features a street race between featuring two Mercedes Benz exotic cars and what is there not to like about that. Apart from the strong lead cast, Nollywood veterans such as Ireti Doyle, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Segun Arinze, Francis Duru and Jide Kosoko feature in the movie. Yoruba star actress Fathia Balogun, AMVCA winner Samuel Ajibola, Northern powerhouse Ali Nuhu and other notable faces pop up in the movie. The film as a Runtime of 105 mins (1hr 45mins) was initially released on the 28th of September 2018 before it was finally release as at November 24th. The movie “Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons” is known to be the fourth-highest-grossing Nigerian film by domestic gross at the present time.
4. KING OF BOYS (N100 Million)
King of Boys is a 2018 Nigerian movie written and directed by Kemi Adetiba, It was produced by Kemi Adetiba, Remi Adetiba and Kene Okwuosa.
King of Boys follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past and a promising political future. She is a pillar of society loved by many, feared by most, and truly known by a select few. As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear. To come out of this on top, she will need every ounce of the cunning, ruthlessness, and strategy that took her to the top, as well as the loyalty of those closest to her. But who can she really trust?
For his debut, Reminisce gives a no-holds-barred performance as the underboss who is ready to dethrone his former boss. As an armed thief, he is ready to kill a baby and to become the king of boys he is sells his soul to the devil. Kemi Adetiba struck gold by casting Reminisce in this role.
Another gem in this movie is Toni Tones who plays the role of a younger Alhaja Salami, a streetwise vixen who schemes her way to the top of the criminal ladder. Ambition, power, karma are the themes in this movie and they come out particularly strong. Salami’s rise and fall is a modern re-telling of the consequences of unbridled lust for power. This is an idea we can always. resonate with- evil will always self-destruct.
Starring: Adesua Etomi(Kemi Salami), Remilekun Reminisce Safaru (Makanaki), Sola Sobowale(Eniola Salami). This movie saw the on screen mother and daughter duo of Adesua Etomi and Sola Sobowale work together again on ‘King of Boys’ Kemi Adetiba once again brought her magic to the big screen in this production that racked in a whooping N100 million.Currently, “King of Boys” is the fifth-highest-grossing Nigerian film by domestic gross as at today.
5. UP NORTH
Up North is a 2018 Nigerian film produced by Anakle Films and Inkblot production, and directed by New Money’s director Tope Oshin. The film script was written by Naz Onuzo and Bunmi Ajakaiye while the original story was written by Editi Effiong. It was shot in Bauchi and a week in Lagos.
Up North explores the themes of friendships, love and family politics. The cast for the movie includes Tboss, Rahama Sadau, Kanayo .O Kanayo, Adesuwa Etomi Wellington, Banky W, Michelle Dede, Akin Lewis, and Ibrahim Onimisi Suleiman.
When a controlling billionaire father (Kanayo O. Kanayo) gets fed up with his rebellious son; Bassey (Banky W), he sends him off to NYSC in Bauchi. UpNorth follows Bassey’s journey to self-discovery as he navigates life, love, friendship, and purpose in this feel good, coming of age drama. The film shines a light on female education and the empowerment of girls within the local northern community where the protagonist begins a new life. It also had some of Nollywood’s favourites with a story that anyone who had passed through or heard about the NYSC program could relate with. The trailer may not have entirely had a lot of people sold on it, but it definitely got people excited.
This film is definitely also going down as one of the Nigerian films with the best scores ever. It borrows songs like ‘Bahd, Baddo, Baddest’ by Falz, Olamide and Davido, ‘Fresh Love’ by Dinachi and ‘Motherland’ by Sound Sultan to a couple of original Northern themed pieces done by Gray Jones Ossai. The film also boasts amazing location which is another winner in the grand scheme of events. It is shot predominantly in Bauchi, with a few shots in Lagos, and for the period of the movie, it does a good job of whetting your appetite enough to want to visit Bauchi. “Up North” is still in the Cinema so its position on the highest-grossing Nigerian film by domestic gross is still yet to be known.
Other outstanding Movies who were close to making it to Top 5 are
– The Ghost and the Tout
– Moms at War
– The Royal Hibiscus Hotel