Coming up with a list of this nature is one of the most difficult things for a blog platform in Nigeria to do. The sheer lack of data and verifiable information mean that you dig deeper and take more time than planned to get the whole article right.
Nigeria’s movie industry known popularly as ‘Nollywood’ has certainly grown in leaps and bounds from the days of Nneka the Pretty Serpent movie to the present age where it churns out so much flicks that it is regarded as the second largest movie industry by volume.
Year 2014 appeared to be a turning point for the local movie industry as we witnessed a few high budget movies that caught the attention of movie buffs all over the world.
After an eventful year for Nollywood we researched and compiled a list of movies that brought in the highest returns or revenues. It is pretty difficult to get exact sales and revenue from the DVD distribution of movies which is largely controlled by semi literate Alaba tycoons. In most cases one has to rely on information you get from them as well as piece together other pieces of data. We also looked at the cinema (big screen) returns of the movies.
Here is our final list of three 2014 Nollywood movies with the biggest box office returns;
30 Days in Atlanta
One of the most watched movies in 2014 ’30 Days in Atlanta’ was a comedy flick featuring Ayo Makun (AY), Ramsey Nouah and Richard Mofe Damijo with very strong roles played by a couple of Hollywood actresses like Lynn Whitfield, Vivica Fox and Karlie Redd. It brought in an estimated N200 million in cinema revenue.
The movie was released 31st October, 2014. Some critics say the movie was funny but not superbly made.The movie received 10 nominations at the 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.
October 1 is a 2014 Nigerian dark psychological thriller film written by Tunde Babalola, produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan. It stars Sadiq Daba, Kayode Olaiya, David Bailie, Kehinde Bankole, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Nick Rhys, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Adebayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta and introducing Demola Adedoyin and Deola Sagoe.
October 1 won three awards at the 2014 Africa International Film Festival, including the awards for “Best Feature Film”, “Best Screenplay” and “Best Actor” for Sadiq Daba; October 1 was the film with most awards at the event. The film also leads at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, winning 9 awards out of 12 nominations, including awards for “Best Movie of the Year”, “Best Movie Director” and “Best Actresss” for Kehinde Bankole.
Gross estimated Cinema Revenue – N137 million.
Half of a Yellow Sun
Made more than N10 million in its first week in the cinema. While we could not get our hands on the exact total figures pulled in by Half of a Yellow Sun indications are that it stands pretty with the top grossing movies in cinemas in 2014.