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Rs 950 crore! Uri, Kesari, Total Dhamaal, Gully Boy give Bollywood a fantastic first quarter of 2019

Bollywood has a fantastic run at the box office in the first quarter of 2019 with films like Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, Kesari, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Total Dhamaal, Luka Chuppi and Badla performing well

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Bollywood has kickstarted 2019 with a bang. In fact, with several hit movies as well as blockbusters to its credit, the Hindi film industry has been on a high. And with the first quarter of 2019 coming to an end, we take a look to see how the movies have performed at the box office. Yes, several films have won the audience’s hearts, but how much money have they been able to make at the ticket window. Looking closely at the collections of each and every movie, we can confirm that we’ve had four Rs 100 crore films, out of which one made Rs 250 crore too! Overall, Bollywood has managed to rake in Rs 950 crore at the box office in the first quarter of 2019, which is huge!

Talking about the performance of Bollywood in 2019 till now, Akshaye Rathi reveals to us exclusively, “It has been a very good quarter with a lot of blockbusters. I attribute Simmba to this quarter pretty much because two – three days of December don’t count. The bulk of the business happened in this quarter. So Simmba made a huge contribution, then came Uri: The Surgical Strike. It did incredible business, becoming one of the top 10 all-time highest grossers of Hindi Cinema, which is terrific. These two were massive films and they were followed by some incredible films. We had Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Kesari, Gully Boy, Total Dhamaal, all of which did Rs 100 crore plus business. Luka Chuppi and Badla also performed well. With as many films doing so well in the quarter, I feel it is absolutely incredible.”

Top 20 Bollywood grossers of the first quarter of 2019:

Sr NoMovieCollection (in Rs crore)
1Uri: The Surgical Strike250
2Total Dhamaal155
3Gully Boy140
5Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi95
6Luka Chuppi92*
7Captain Marvel85
9The Accidental Prime Minister25
10Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga20
13Alita: Battle Angel10
14How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World10
15Why Cheat India10
20Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota4

If you look at the collections of the top 20 releases, Bollywood has raked in Rs 930 crore at the box office. The remaining 50 other releases add Rs 20 odd crore to the Hindi film industry’s kitty. This has enabled Bollywood to take a fantastic start to 2019. As Akshaye added, “It has been among one of the best first quarters of the last decade with as many films doing so well at the box office. It has been terrific.”

But looks like the situation could have been even better. As Akshaye reveals to us exclusively, “I expected Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi to do slightly better business than what it managed. And even though Kesari is performing phenomenally well, I still thought it could go substantially beyond than what it did. I expected it to go to Rs 160 crore odd by now (currently at Rs 128 crore). In that sense, they have under-performed, but having said that they’ve done extremely well and made money for the producers, distributors and everyone else.” What do you have to say about Bollywood’s performance in the first quarter of 2019? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!


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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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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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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