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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.

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Aamir – Kareena, Akshay – Katrina, Salman – Sonakshi, Akshay – Kareena: 4 hot jodis that are reuniting onscreen after a long gap

Here are 4 of the most-popular hit onscreen jodis that will be reuniting in Bollywood pretty soon and take a look at how they’ve fared at the box office in the past

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Kareena Kapoor - Aamir Khan in a still from Talaash, Akshay Kumar - Katrina Kaif in a still from De Dana Dan and Sonakshi Sinha - Salman Khan in a still from Dabangg

Bollywood has seen some iconic jodis in the past. From Raj Kapoor – Nargis Dutt to Dharmendra – Hema Malini to Shah Rukh Khan – Kajol, we’ve seen it all. But there were other loved pairs that people adored. However, after working on several films together and the fact that the audience wanted fresh jodis, some of these crackling pairs were broken up on the big screen. But there’s good news as some of them are coming back. Yes, the likes of once-hit pairs Aamir Khan – Kareena Kapoor Khan, Akshay Kumar – Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan – Sonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar – Kareena Kapoor Khan are reuniting for upcoming Bollywood films and we really can’t keep calm!

Here we take a look at four popular onscreen jodis which will be reuniting in Bollywood pretty soon. We also analyse how they’ve fared at the box office in the past. While also asking the all-important question – which jodi are you most excited to see on the big screen? Read on…

# Aamir Khan – Kareena Kapoor Khan

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Kareena Kapoor and Aamir Khan in a still from Talaash: The Answer Lies Within

This fantastic jodi was first seen together in 3 Idiots (2009). And did they set the screen on fire. Their chemistry was cute and everyone loved their adorable pairing so much, that they did Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012) together. However, 7 years on, they haven’t been seen in any film together. Though they gave two back-to-back hits, the two went their separate ways. But we can now confirm that they are reuniting for Laal Singh Chadha and we are excited. Till then, here’s a break-down of how the jodi has fared at the box office:

Sr. NoFilmBox office collection (in Rs crore)
13 Idiots205
2Talaash: The Answer Lies Within95
Total300

# Akshay Kumar – Katrina Kaif

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Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in a still from De Dana Dan

After ruling everyone’s hearts with films like Namaste LondonWelcomeSingh Is Kinng in the mid-2000s, Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif are all set to reunite once again. And it is a huge one! The duo is reuniting for Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi, a decade after their last together – Tees Maar Khan (2010) – and we can’t wait to see them set the big screen on fire. But before that, here’s taking a look at how their jodi has performed at the box office till now:

Sr. NoFilmBox office collection (in Rs crore)
1Humko Deewana Kar Gaye15
2Namaste London40
3Welcome70
4Singh is Kinng70
5Blue40
6De Dana Dan50
7Tees Maar Khan60
Total345

# Salman Khan – Sonakshi Sinha

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Sonakshi Sinha and Salman Khan in a still from Dabangg

Sona made her big Bollywood debut with Salman Khan’s Dabangg and her character Rajjo is one of our favourites. Their cute chemistry and strong and feisty bond has been loved by everyone. However, it is only the two films of the franchise where we’ve seen the two stars collaborate, the last being Dabangg 2 (2012) They are now reuniting for the third part, Dabangg 3, after seven years. And we are sure to see some fireworks on the big screen. Till then, here’s looking at how they’ve fared as a jodi on the big screen till date:

Sr. NoFilmBox office collection (in Rs crore)
1Dabangg140
2Dabangg 2160
Total300

# Akshay Kumar – Kareena Kapoor

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Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor in a still from Kambakkht Ishq

The pairing that set the big screen on fire all through the early 2000s, Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan have not been seen in a film since a decade. Their last screen outing together was Kambakkht Ishq (2009). However, they will be finally seen in Good News, which releases in December this year. They’re not only the hottest onscreen pairing, but they are quite funny too. So this one will be a must watch! But how have they fared at the box office till now? Find out right here:

Sr. NoFilmBox office collection (in Rs crore)
1Ajnabee20
2Talaash: The Hunt Begins10
3Aitraaz20
4Bewafaa20
5Dosti: Friends Forever10
6Tashan30
7Kambakkht Ishq50
Total160

So there you have it, they are the four jodis that are reuniting on the big screen after a huge gap. But which jodi are you most excited to see in a Bollywood film? Share with us your thoughts in the poll right here!

With all the four films over this year and next year, we can’t wait. And you never know, other iconic jodis might also reunite pretty soon. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip right here.

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Kabir Singh will become Shahid Kapoor’s biggest opener after R Raajkumar, reveal trade experts

Kabir Singh starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani released today (June 21) and here’s what our trade experts had to say about the film

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Shahid Kapoor in Kabir Singh

Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani’s Kabir Singh that released today (June 21) seems to have caught traction right from day one. South film Arjun Reddy’s Hindi remake Kabir Singh has started on a great note at the box office. According to trade analyst Amul Mohan the film has received the second biggest occupancy of the year and film is enroute to being one of the biggest openers of 2019. Film Exhibitor Akshaye Rathi also says that the film is Shahid’s big hit after a long time.

Talking to us exclusively, Amul said, “The movie has gotten the second biggest occupancies of the year, it is also on route to have one of the biggest openings of the year. The day one prediction looks like somewhere in the range of 18 to 19 crores which is phenomenal and if it hits that number it will be the highest number for a solo film for Shahid Kapoor.” According to Amul the film is one of those which have really worked and tracked very well in tier two cities. The advance booking was also spectacular, and this shows that if you make the right kind of content that connects to the masses, the classes and the heartland of the country, it will sail through without much of a problem.

Talking about the film, Akshaye Rathi said, “There are lots of places that are running house full, this is first time for a Shahid Kapoor film since R Raajkumar.” Akshaye also added how the success of the original film has helped the remake.

Did you like Kabir Singh? Let us know in the comments section below. And stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates on the film’s business.

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Bharat box office collection day 1: Salman Khan’s film unaffected by India’s opening match at the Cricket World Cup 2019

India played South Africa in its opening encounter at the Cricket World Cup 2019 on June 5, which also marked the release of Salman Khan’s Bharat

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Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan in a still from Bharat

Salman Khan’s Bharat released on Eid, June 5, and it had a fabulous start at the box office. Ahead of the film’s release there was a lot of talk about the movie’s business might getting affected by the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. In fact, with India playing its first match against South Africa on June 5 itself, everyone was skeptical of the film’s opening. While both trade experts and people thought Bharat‘s box office run would be impacted, the film’s day one collection says otherwise!

In fact, with India’s opening match being played on June 5, many trade experts predicted the Ali Abbas Zafar-directorial to earn around Rs 30 crores on day 1. But Salman Khan’s superstardom over-powered the fandom for cricket. And Bharat raked in Rs 42.30 crore on day 1! This makes it clear that India’s cricket fans were following the match, but many also stepped out to watch the movie.

Check out the Bharat trailer right here:

India is a cricket crazy country; however, Bharat’s figures prove that they love Bollywood no less. Salman Khan’s superstardom along with his crackling chemistry with Katrina Kaif was a big draw. But the heart-warming and patriotic story of Bharat was well presented well by Ali Abbas Zafar. The movie got a wide release too. All this enabled the film to draw such amazing figures. It also helped it remain unaffected by India’s opening match against South Africa at the Cricket World Cup 2019.

What do you think about Salman Khan’s Bharat? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Also, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip.

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