2016 was a good year for Nigeria´s film industry. In spite of rising prices and unemployment due to the economic crisis in the country, Nollywood films grossed more than ever before. Some of them even outplayed Hollywood productions like “Rogue One”. Here´s an overview of the most successful productions of the past year.
1. A Trip to Jamaica
Like in Hollywood, sequels are a safe investment for film producers. After “30 Days in Atlanta”, its sequel becomes the new record-holder at the box office. It was more successful than “Batman vs Superman”, “Captain America”, “Suicide Squad” and “London Has Fallen” in Nigeria. It grossed about 168 million niara, of which 62 million in the first week in cinemas alone.
The comedy unites an international cast with the American Dan Davies, the Jamaicans Paul Campbell and Rebecca Silva, die Ghanaian Chris Attoh and stars of the Nigerian film industry. The new story focuses on the goofball Akpos (Ayo Makun), who makes a honeymoon trip to Jamaica with his true love Bola (Funke Akindele). However, this trip gets totally out of hand, as could be expected with this duo.
2. The Wedding Party
Number two on our list shows that not only on American weddings (see “Hangover”, “Mamma Mia!” or “Bride Wars”), but also Nigerian weddings there is a lot to go wrong. The comedy is about the wedding of Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi) and Dozi (Banky W) and the smaller and larger catastrophes happening throughout the most beautiful day of their life. It grossed 36 million naira on its first weekend, a new record for Nollywood. Thereby, it outsold both “A Trip to Jamaica” and “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
3. The CEO
This mystery thriller is about the dangers which come with the thin air high up on the career ladder. What starts with well-known assessment center games soon becomes bloody serious as the field of applicants for a job as CEO becomes smaller and smaller. Kunle Afolayan´s new film stars Angelique Kidjo, Fatym Layachi, Nico Panagio, Peter King and Hilda Dokubo in the main roles and grossed 60 million naira.
4. Wives on Strike
In Omoni Oboli´s comedy “Wives on Strike”, the women show their husbands how dependent these really are on them. The serious centre of the story is a young girl who the women want to protect from child marriage. It was the first Nollywood film to gross 15 million naira in its first three days, earning 67 million in total.
“Fifty” tells us about the trials and tribulations in the lives of four women in their fifties. Love, marriage, family, career – in all areas, they follow the motto “50 is the new 25!”. The emotional drama had its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and earned 44 million naira in the box office.