The Nollywood movie industry has always been an ever growing cash cow, raking millions upon millions year after year, and the year 2022 was no different. As filmmakers continue to step up their game, Nigerian films continue to gain more traction both home and abroad, reflected by the increasing number of people trooping into cinemas to catch these films on the big screen which means one thing, more big bucks coming in.
While on the subject of big bucks, FilmOne, one of Nollywood’s top distribution companies has released a list of the highest-grossing films of 2022, highlighting the industry’s highest earners this past year.
Check out the list below;
10. ‘Ile Owo’ (₦34.8M)
Written and Directed by Dare Olaitan and produced by Kayode Kasum, Ile Owo follows the story of Busola, a lady under pressure from her family to tie the knot as a means of lifting them out of poverty who soon gets a surprising proposal from a billionaire. Despite failing to understand why he chose her, she accepts but soon discovers a truth she could’ve never imagined.
It featured the likes of Bisola Aiyaola, Efa Iwara, Sophie Alakija, and Imaculata Oko Kasum amongst others.
9. ‘hey you’ (₦36M)
In hey you, Timini Egbuson plays a young software engineer whose life takes a dramatic turn when he falls he falls for an adult film model with a long list of obsessive men interested in her.
Alongside Timini, the likes of Efe Irele, Stan Nze, Salami Rotimi, Seyi Awolowo, Tope Olowoniyan, and Miriam Peters also starred, amongst others. Following its July release, it went on to gross over ₦36M locally at the box office.
8. ‘The Wild Flower’ (₦41M)
In The Wild Flower, Vincent Okonkwo shone a light on domestic abuse faced by women in our society. In it, three women continue to experience different forms of assault from their partners until they decide enough is enough, speaking up and sparking a revolution against these men.
It featured Toyin Abraham, Mojisola Adebanjo, Imoh Eboh, Joy Esin, Etinosa Idemudia, and Caroline Igben amongst others.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from fans upon its May release, it went on to make an impressive forty million naira from the box office.
7. ‘The Blood Covenant’ (₦43M)
A riveting tale of the evils of money rituals was told in The Blood Covenant. Directed by Fiyin Gambo, the film followed the lives of three ambitious young men pursuing their dream lives in the harsh landscape of Lagos when they find themselves seduced by rituals and blood money.
It featured Uzor Arukwe, Tobi Bakare, Shawn Faqua, Ufuoma McDermott, and Erica Nlewedim, amongst others.
6. ‘Dinner At My Place’ (₦54.8M)
Yet another romantic comedy featuring Timini Egbuson in the lead, Dinner At My Place follows a man, Nonso, who plans on proposing to his girlfriend with the $22,000 gold ring his mother left him when his ex-girlfriend shows up uninvited bent on spoiling all the fun.
Bisola Aiyeola, Sophie Alakija, Uche Montana also starred while Kevin Apaa wrote and directed.
5. ‘Passport’ (₦86M)
Mercy Johnson and Jim Ike lead Vincent Okonkwo’s comedy film, Passport. Jim Iyke plays an Oscar, a man who loses his bag containing his passport to some street thugs causing him to seek the help of Kopiko (Johnson) a woman in the ghetto seeking to become the chairperson of the community.
The film was written by Abosi Ogba and directed by Dimeji Ajibola. Passport is the second film by Vincent Okonowo’s to make the top 10 list grossing over 86 million at the box office.
4. ‘Ijakumo’ (₦104M)
Delivered as a December treat by none other than Toyin Abraham, Ijakumo (The Born Again Stripper) follows the story of a scorned spiritualist hell bent on vengeance against her former lover, a now renowned pastor.
Starring alongside Toyin Abraham are the likes of Kunle Remi, Bimbo Akintola, Lolade Okusanya, and Olumide Oworu, amongst others. Since its release, Ijakumo has earned over 104 million at the Nigerian box office whilst also earning big bucks overseas in the US and the UK.
3. ‘Battle On Buka Street’ (₦291.5M)
Also delivered right on time for Christmas last year was Funke Akindele’s Battle On Buka Street a comedy drama story of two women who slug it out in a food challenge in order to win the prestigious King Of Buka Street title.
Directed by Funke Akindele and Tobi Makinde, the film had no shortage of stars with the likes of Funke herself, Mercy Johnson, Sola Sobowale, Gloria Young, Nkem Owoh all featuring.
Despite releasing just over a month ago, it has grossed over 291.5 million naira locally while aklso eating good internationaly as well.
2. ‘King Of Thieves’ (₦320.8M)
Femi Adebayo delivers a thrilling Yoruba drama where the fictional and prosperous town of Ajeromi is terrorized by the powerful and revenge driven bandit, Agesinkole.
Directed by Adebayo Tijani and Tope Adebayo, the film stars Femi Adebayo, Toyin Abraham, Broda Shaggi, Odunlade Adekola amongst others. It debuted in April and made over 320 million naira at the box office.
1. ‘Brotherhood’ (₦328.9M)
Jade Osiberu and her production company Greoh Studios ruled the Nollywood box office for the year 2022 with the action film Brotherhood as its iron hand.
While delivering mind blowing action and impressive stunts, Brotherhood tested the stenghts of family ties when two twin brothers on opposite side of the law go toe to toe.
Directed by Loukman Ali, it featured acting talents from the likes of Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Tobi Bakare, Basketmouth, Sam Dede, Mercy Aigbe, and Jide Kene Achufusi, amongst others.
Brotherhood came into cinemas on 23rd September and made over 328 million beating out all other Nollywood projects released this year.