In a few days from now, we will say goodbye to 2016 and usher in 2017, with awesome desires, yet the occasions that molded the active year won’t be overlooked in a rush. For the Nigerian motion picture industry, the year has not been shy of surprise box-office hits despite the odds.
Indeed, after the world debut of eight of Nollywood movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, which held between September 8 and 18, 2016, our motion pictures came into the spotlight, out-earning some of Hollywood’s blockbuster motion pictures at the local box office. Here, we take a look at some of the highest-grossing Nollywood films of all time in the Nigerian cinemas. In no particular order, here are the highest grossing Nollywood movies of 2016.
Everybody has been discussing ’76, yet many are persuaded that it’s one of the best movies that turned out this year. The film has not just reclassified the place of Nollywood in the universal film showcase, additionally, it has set the pace for the development of a new film culture in Africa.
Omoni Oboli has produced a handful of movies in recent times, but her movie, “Wives on Strike” has set her apart from other Nollywood producers. The film, reportedly grossed N51 million in 17 days of its cinematic debut, with views by over 50,000 people across cinema houses nationwide. With its fourth week running, the movie maintained the tempo, as theatre goers were still thronging the cinema houses to see the film. The film kept selling, even with the presence of latest Hollywood releases like “The Barber’s Shop”, “The Huntsman” and “ Jungle Book.”
The Wedding Party Box Office smash hit has raised the bar in Nollywood during this outgoing year. The film, from Elfike Collective, grossed N36 million in its opening weekend in cinemas across the country centres on Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24-year-old gallery owner and only daughter of her parents about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie (Banky W) has redefined box office records in the Nigerian Film Industry. The romcom which hit the cinemas on Wednesday and Thursday night sold-out to the admiration of the audience. The tally places “The Wedding Party” as the biggest opening weekend film of the year, ahead of A Trip to Jamaica and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
A Trip to Jamaica: Ayo Makun, popularly called AY, returned to reckoning during the last quarter of the year, with his latest movie, “ A Trip to Jamaica”, which premiered in September. The film reportedly grossed over N137 million in the cinemas, beating box office revenues of all the big budget Hollywood including Batman Vs. Superman, Captain America, Suicide Squad, London Has Fallen, Gods Of Egypt among others, and Nollywood titles released in 2016.
Kunle Afolyan’s mystery thriller,”The CEO” came out with a bang, premièring aboard an Air-France flight to Paris, France, and stirring up curiosity among the viewers. But the high expectations that greeted the cinematic release of the film was not sustained after it grossed N60 million in the box office. Notwithstanding, “The CEO” remains one of the best movies that raised the stake in Nollywood during the year under review .
Ghana Must Go” which was shot in Ghana and starring the likes of Yvonne Okoro, Ik Ogbonna, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Helen Paul, Ada Ameh and Nkem Owoh aka Osuofia grossed N32 million in the box office.
Mo Abudu’s “Fifty” raked in N44 million in addition to the N50 million it grossed last year.