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Namaste England, Thugs of Hindostan, Zero – check out the top 5 flops of 2018

Check out the biggest flops of 2018 including Thugs of Hindostan, Zero, Race 3, Batti Gul Meter Chalu and Namaste England!

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While 2018 has been a decent year for Bollywood with several films turning into hits and quite a few of them earning in excess of Rs 100 crore, we even saw some movies flop at the box office. In fact, biggies like Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan, Salman Khan’s Race 3 and Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero faltered big time at the ticket window. A lot was expected from them, however, faulty screenplay, poor script and below par performances left the audiences running away from these movies. But it’s not just these three movies, a few others like Namaste England and Batti Gul Meter Chalu also faltered at the box office.

These films not only had a huge investment, but with the poor collections, they even failed to recover the required moolah. With that, several exhibitors and distributors lost money. The films in turn became the biggest box office duds of 2018. But which one is the most unprofitable film? Read on to know…

# Namaste England

Cost: Rs 35 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 9 crore

Return on investment: – Rs 26 crore

ROI %: – 74

Being the sequel to a hit film like Namaste London, a lot was expected from this Arjun Kapoor – Parineeti Chopra starrer, especially with their crackling chemistry making the audience excited. However, with a lacklustre story and a very poor screenplay, the film fell flat and didn’t even enter the double-figure crores at the domestic box office.

# Batti Gul Meter Chalu

Cost: Rs 50 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 38 crore

Return on investment: – Rs 12 crore

ROI %: – 24

A social drama about a very relevant subject along with talented stars like Shahid Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Shraddha Kapoor should have been a bonafide hit, right? However, with a high production value, sub-par execution of the subject and a shoddy final product, left the makers with a heavy dent in their pockets.

# Zero

Cost: Rs 125 crore

Lifetime collection (expected): Rs 100 crore

Return on investment: – Rs 25 crore

ROI %: – 20

Though this film has just released, but the fact that it has got poor reviews and not seen any spike in collections over the first week, means that this Shah Rukh Khan – Anushka Sharma – Katrina Kaif starrer will end up losing money. In fact, Zero might just touch the Rs 100 crore mark, but with a huge VFX and production budget, the makers are going to lose some huge money.

# Thugs of Hindostan

Cost: Rs 180 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 151.90 crore

Return on investment: – Rs 28.10 crore

ROI %: – 15.61

Touted to be the biggest film of the decade, a lot of hype was generated around Thugs of Hindostan. But after a record breaking first day, the film tanked and could garner only Rs 150 crore at the domestic box office, meaning that the makers, who had invested heavily on the VFX of the movie, would end up losing money. The poor execution, predictable plot and screenplay are the major factors for the film’s downfall.

# Race 3

Cost: Rs 120 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 166.40 crore

Return on investment: Rs 46.40 crore

ROI %: 38.66

While Race 3 did make a slight profit at the box office, the fact that such a huge franchise film struggled at the box office especially with stars like Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Bobby Deol being a part of the movie, is reason enough for Race 3 making to this list. A flawed storyline, bad editing and screenplay left the audience calling it one of the worst films till date.

Surprised to see Thugs of Hindostan, Zero and Race 3 in the biggest duds list na? Well, it is very clear that if you get your content wrong, the audience will surely reject you. We wonder how the biggies will fare in 2019? Will Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman Khan rise once again next year? To know that and more, stay tuned to Cine Blitz right here.


URI: The Surgical Strike, Kabir Singh, Bharat, Super 30 graced 100 crore club! Saaho, Dream Girl, Chhichhore look promising

It has been a good year at the Box Office for Bollywood so far with some more big releases lined for for the rest of the year.

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Hit Bollywood films of 2019

The year started with Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike crossing 100 crores easily and reached 244 crore in India. In February came Gully Boy as well as Total Dhamaal with Rs 134 and Rs 150 crores, respectively. In the month of March, Kesari crossed Rs 151 crores, in June Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Bharat sailed at the box office with Rs 197 crore domestic collections. The same month, Kabir Singh became the highest-grossing film of the year so far with a collection of Rs 331.24 cr in India.

A month into the second half, Super 30 fetched Rs 150.43 crore in India. While the film is still running in some theatres, the final collection may see a slight increase in the numbers. This month has opened exceedingly well at the box office, with Mission Mangal and Batla House releasing on the same day. While the former has crossed Rs 107.56 crores in just five days, Batla House has reached to Rs 54.49 crores and with good word-of-mouth, it may touch Rs 100 cr club.

Even if they didn’t join the big three-digit order, there were projects that did well and almost got there. While Ajay Devgn-starrer De De Pyaar De made Rs 94 crores. Luka Chuppi at Rs 88 crores and Badla at Rs 87 crores were other big hits. Interestingly, three of the biggest flicks this year, Uri, Kabir Singh have set the cash registers ringing without any superstar power.

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The good days at the box office seem to be here to stay for the rest of the year, too, with Prabhas and Sharddha Kapoor’s Saaho, Nitesh Tiwari directorial Chhichhore, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s much-awaited film War, Ayushman Khurranna’s Dream Girl on the anvil. Then, of course, there are multi-starrers Housefull 4 and Salman’s Dabangg 3 that have also generated a lot of excitement among the cine-goers. For more updates from Bollywood and show business keep reading CineBlitz.

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Hrithik Roshan’s box office track record is impressive and here’s proof

Before Super 30 releases, we analyse Hrithik Roshan’s track record at the box office in the last few years

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Hrithik Roshan. Picture courtesy: Instagram

Superstar Hrithik Roshan has won many hearts over the years. And while we haven’t seen him much on the big screen in the past few years, now he is all set to return to 70 mm with a bang in Super 30. Since Krrish 3 (2013), we’ve seen him take gaps. Mohenjo Daro‘s debacle was also an all new low for him. There were a lot of questions asked about his super-stardom and where he stands at the box office. But Hrithik Roshan bounced back with Kaabil once again proving his mettle. Now, two years later, the actor is coming out with his most unconventional and intriguing film, a biopic on mathematician Anand Kumar titled Super 30. While the film releases today (July 12), it is expected to do quite well at the box office, and with this we get down to analysing his previous track record.

If you look at Hrithik Roshan’s run at the box office through his last five films, you will realise that all the flak he faced was useless. All his last five releases, except for Mohenjo Daro, have earned more than Rs 100 crore at the box office. In fact, his average per film box office collection over the last five releases is Rs 102 crore, which is huge. Some top stars also don’t promise such a return. Clearly, he does command a fan following and has done some decent films or else how would the movies work?

Here’s a break down of Hrithik Roshan’s recent box office track record:

Sr. NoFilmBox office collection (in Rs crore)
2Krrish 3245
3Bang Bang175
4Mohenjo Daro60

Talking about Hrithik Roshan’s track record, Akshaye Rathi revealed to us exclusively, “Hrithik is one of those actors who has some incredible assets in his bucket. He has got the looks, he is phenomenal with action, he is fabulous with dancing and he is terrific as an actor. He also commands a massive fan following, so that helps his track record at the box office. But a lot of his choices, in my opinion, have not done justice to his merit and popularity as a star. A lot of the films he did, could’ve been done by any star. However, there are certain films like a Bang Bang or a Krrish, which no other actor can do, like he can! He needs to use his stardom optimally.”

With Super 30 out today (July 12), we are keen to know how the film performs and how much of praise does Hrithik Roshan garner. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip.

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Kabir Singh, Uri, Bharat – the top 10 highest grossing Bollywood films of the first half of 2019

Which was the highest grossing Bollywood film of the first half of 2019? Find out!

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Shahid Kapoor in a still from Kabir Singh, Vicky Kaushal in a still from Uri: The Surgical Strike and Salman Khan in a still from Bharat. Pic courtesy: Instagram

Bollywood took a brilliant start to 2019 with back to back massive hits in the first three months. The first quarter was really fantastic with massive hits like Uri: The Surgical, Total Dhamaal, Kesari, Gully Boy and so on! The second quarter, on the other hand, did see some disappointments like Kalank, Student of the Year 2 and India’s Most Wanted. Things did slow down at the ticket window and the trade was worried. But Bollywood bounced back with back to back blockbusters – Bharat and Kabir Singh. And with that the Hindi film industry ended the first half of 2019 with a bang. But which is the highest grossing film of 2019 till now?

Well, with Kabir Singh continuing its box office run and with it estimated to earn a lifetime collection of Rs 250 crore, it is going to be the highest grossing film of the first half of 2019. Uri: The Surgical Strike and Bharat follow suit and complete the top 3 highest grossing films of the first half of 2019. Kesari, Total Dhamaal, Gully Boy, De De Pyaar De, Luka Chuppi, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Badla follow suit and complete the top 10 list.

Check out the list of top 10 highest grossing Bollywood films of the first half of 2019 right here:

Sr. NoActorBox office collection (in Rs crore)
1Kabir Singh250*
2Uri: The Surgical Strike245
5Total Dhamaal155
6Gully Boy140
7De De Pyaar De105
8Luka Chuppi95
9Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi90

If you look at the collections, the top 10 itself have collected Rs 1280 crore at the box office. If we add the collection of the other 50 odd releases over the past six months, you will realise that Bollywood has collected nearly Rs 1750 crore at the box office in the first half of 2019. This is a very decent amount! With several massive films coming up in the second half, we are quite excited to see how it pans out for Bollywood in 2019. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip right here.

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