Special Report: Kenya’s Top Grossing Movies of 2018 Revealed

Article by Lena Anyuolo
Posted: January 18, 2019

2018 was an interesting year for film.

Locally, Rafiki made history by being the first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes. It caused quite a stir after its director, Wanuri Kahiu challenged a court order initiated by KFCB, banning its theatrical release in local cinemas because of the film’s lesbian themes. A ruling by the High Court lifted the ban for a week subsequently allowing cinemas to screen it in order for Rafiki to qualify as Kenya’s submission for the Oscars Foreign Film Category.

Rafiki was the 4th highest grossing movie of 2018 in terms of tickets sold via KenyaBuzz. It was a good year for superhero films which raked in the most in ticket sales. Globally, Sanju beat Padmavaat in box office earnings for Bollywood movies. Locally, it was vice versa, making Padmavaat the second best performing Bollywood film after Race 3.

Here is a list of the top 10 films in each category based on KenyaBuzz movie ticket sales.


  1. Black Panther
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Aquaman
  4. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  5. Deadpool 2
  6. Venom
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  10. Crazy Rich Asians


  1. Incredibles 2
  2. The Grinch
  3. Smallfoot
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet
  5. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
  6. Early Man
  7. The Nutcracker
  8. Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer
  9. Peter Rabbit
  10. Sherlock Gnomes


  1. Race 3
  2. Padmavaat
  3. Simmba
  4. Sanju
  5. Zero
  6. Veere Di Wedding
  7. Baadhai Ho
  8. Thugs of Hindostan
  9. Shankars 2.0
  10. Gold


  1. Rafiki
  2. Supa Modo
  3. Subira
  4. Disconnect
  5. Watu Wote


  1. Black Panther
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Aquaman
  4. Rafiki
  5. Mission Impossible: Fallout
  6. Deadpool 2
  7. Venom
  8. Incredibles 2
  9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  10. Race 3

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