‘Chief Daddy’ rakes in N40m, currently highest-grossing Nollywood movie

In April, Mo Abudu, chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV, predicted that ‘Chief Daddy’ will be “December’s blockbuster movie”.

Eight months down the line, Abudu’s forecast about the movie has come to pass.

The movie which tells the story of a billionaire industrialist and his extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses pulled in over N40 million in its opening weekend at the cinemas.

Abudu, executive producer of the movie, made this known on Tuesday.

She wrote on Instagram: “It’s with pleasure and excitement that I share with you our fantastic news!!! Chief Daddy is the current Number 1 film in Nigeria grossing over N40m on our opening weekend.

“This excludes our advance screening and private screening revenues. This is the 2nd highest opening weekend for a Nollywood film this year. 3rd highest in Nollywood EVER and beating the opening weekend box office of The Wedding Party.

“This is EbonyLife’s consecutive 5th NUMBER ONE FILM. The biggest thank you to our incredible cast and crew, our partners, sponsors and to everyone that has gone out to watch Chief Daddy.

“We are grateful. We thank Nigeria for their continued support of our work. God bless and keep you all.”

Niyi Akinmolayan, director of ‘The Wedding Party 2’, helmed ‘Chief Daddy’ which was written by Bode Asiyanbi.

The film features a star-studded cast which includes Bisola Aiyeola, Funke Akindele, Zainab Balogun, Shaffi Bello, Lepacious Bose, Ini Edo, Dakore Egbuson, and Linda Ejiofor.

Other stars in the movie are Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Mawuli Gavor, Kate Henshaw, Ayo Lijadu, MI, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Beverly Naya, Nedu, Uti Nwachukwu, Taiwo Obileye, Chioma ‘chigul’ Omeruah, Rachel Oniga, Beverly Osu, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor, and Joke Silva.