Despite the COVID 19 pandemic which crippled the economy and shut down businesses, 2020 was a great time for Nollywood with movies like”Legend of Inikpi”, “Omo Ghetto,” “Fate of Alakada,” and “Quam’s Money” .
Nollywood led the Nigerian Box Office with an awesome slate of chart-topping movies all year long, according to Filmhouse Cinema.
We bring to you the top 10 highest-grossing Nollywood films of 2020:
1-Omo Ghetto (N187m)
Funke Akindele’s Omo Ghetto the Saga was released on Christmas day, and in 6 days, it grossed over N187m at the Nigerian cinemas.
2-Fate of Alakada (N113m)
Toyin Abraham’s ‘Fate of Alakada’ was released on first of October, 2020. The movie, which was earlier scheduled for an April release but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, grossed over N28 million in four days.
3-Rattle Snake (N69m)
Released November 13, the remake of Amaka Igwe’s 1995 hit movie, ‘RattleSnake’ has had an impressive run at the cinemas. This is Charles Okpaleke’s third movie. His first, “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free” grossed over N140 million within the first few weeks of its release in cinemas. It was directed by Ramsey Nouah.
4-Quam’s Money (N59m)
‘Quam’s Money’ was one of the hottest Nigerian action-comedy films of 2020. Written by Chinaza Onuzo, and directed by Kayode Kasum, the film starred Falz, Toni Tones, Jemima Osunde, Blossom Chukwujekwu, and Nse Ikpe-Etim in the lead roles.
5-Dear Affy (N39m)
This was one of the most-watched Valentine’s Day movie of 2020. It is a Nigerian romantic comedy film which was written and directed by journalist turned filmmaker, Samuel Olatunji, starred Toyin Abraham, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kehinde Bankole, and Odunlade Adekola in the lead roles. It made N39 million at the box office. Who’s the boss (N38m)
6-Who’s the boss (N38m)
This movie was the directorial debut of the cofounder of Inkblot Studios, Chinaza Onuzo. The romantic movie featured Sharon Ooja in the lead role alongside Funke Akindele, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Segun Arinze, Beverly Osu, Ini Dima-Okojie, and Tayo Faniran. It made N38 million at the box office.
7-Legend of Inikpi (N29m)
‘The Legend of Inikpi’ was Mercy Johnson’s debut as a film. Inspired by true events, it told the story of a well-loved Igala princess ‘Inikpi’ was set in the 16th century. It didn’t do badly at the cinema as it is reportedly the highest grossing Epic movie ever in Nigeria.
8-Nneka the Pretty Serpant (N28m)
Directed by Tosin Igho, this movie was a remake of Zeb Ejiro’s 1994 thriller, ‘Nneka the Pretty Serpent’.
The movie stars Idia Aisien in the lead role alongside Ndidi Obi, actor, Kenneth Okolie, Beverly Osu, Bovi, Beverly Naya, singer Waje, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Music executive Larry Gaaga, Shaffy Bello, Bimbo Ademoye, Sani Muazu, Zack Orji, Femi Branch, Keppy Ekpenyong, and a host of other celebrities.
The movie was released in Nigerian Cinemas on December 18 and made N28 million at the box office in few weeks.
9-Small Chops (N25m)
Chika Ike’s ‘Small Chops’ was directed by Robert Peters. The movie starred popular actress, Toyin Abraham, Chika Ike, and Max Cavenham in the leading roles.
It was edited in the United States but was predominantly shot in Lagos. Total revenue was N25 million.
10-Introducing the Kujus (N25m)
This is an interesting comedy-drama set in the history-rich border town of Badagry, Lagos.
The movie featured Nollywood’s favourites, Bisola Aiyeola, Timini Egbuson, Femi Jacobs, Bimbo Ademoye, and eccentric comedian, MC Lively. The box office figure was N25 million.