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Stree, Badhaai Ho, Sonu Ke Titu Ke Sweety – the 5 most-profitable Bollywood movies of 2018

Check out the most profitable films of 2018 including Stree, Badhaai Ho, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Sanju and Raazi!

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Bollywood has seen a topsy-turvy year at the box office in 2018. Several biggies fell, while small-budget films like Badhaai Ho and Stree thrived at the ticket window. Clearly, the ‘new-age’ audience has become very choosy and have shown that they will not accept any film with bad content. And with that, movies with great screenplay, fantastic performances, exquisite direction and great entertainment value struck chord with the masses this year. While a few big movies did go on to make Rs 300 crore plus at the domestic box office, the true winners were the small-budget films that made a lasting impact and raked in the moolah.

Yes, smaller films with tremendous content like Stree, Badhaai Ho, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, went ballistic at the box office and earned a huge return of investment. With a better return of investment and low cost of production, these films entered the most profitable Bollywood movies club. Here’s showcasing the top 5 most-profitable Bollywood movies of 2018.

# Stree

Cost: Rs 20 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 129.90 crore

Return on investment: Rs 109.90 crore

ROI %: 549.50

Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao’s Stree is one of the few horror comedies that the Indian audience has witnessed and with an engaging and a thrilling story, it struck chords with the movie-goers. A fantastic word-of-mouth publicity helped Stree rake in the moolah and become the most-profitable film of the year.

# Badhaai Ho

Cost: Rs 22 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 137.54 crore

Return on investment: Rs 115.54 crore

ROI %: 525.18

Another film high on content, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Mahotra’s Badhaai Ho had a dream run at the box office. In fact, it crushed competition from the likes of Namaste England and sustained even after a biggie like Thugs of Hindostan released. With a really entertaining plot and some fantastic performances, the movie netted a huge amount and being made on a decent budget, it earned a fantastic return on investment.

# Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Cost: Rs 24 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 108.95 crore

Return on investment: Rs 84.95 crore

ROI %: 353.95

One of the most entertaining releases of the first half of 2018, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety really impressed one and all. Not only was it a fun-filled film, but it also gave out a really cool message. It appealed to the masses and with a tremendous word-of-mouth publicity, it raked in excess of Rs 100 crore, giving it a fantastic return on investment.

# Sanju

Cost: Rs 80 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 342.53 crore

Return on investment: Rs 262.53 crore

ROI %: 328.16

An exciting biopic on the life of Sanjay Dutt paired with an exhilarating performance by Ranbir Kapoor meant that Sanju would be a huge hit and that’s what happened. People fell in love with the film and the audience went to the theatres to watch it twice and even three times, enabling Sanju to earn in excess of Rs 300 crore and garner a huge return on investment.

# Raazi

Cost: Rs 30 crore

Lifetime collection: Rs 123.84 crore

Return on investment: Rs 93.84 crore

ROI %: 312.80

A spy-thriller with an engaging Indo-Pakistan connection and showcasing a heart-warming performance by Alia Bhatt, Raazi earned a huge amount of money, mostly courtesy the fabulous word-of-mouth publicity. With a low-cost of making, it got a great return on investment.

With Stree coming as a surprise topper in this list, we are quite eager to know what happens in 2019. Will a small budget film shock the biggies once again or will it be the other way around? Will Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan bounce back at the box office? Well, only time will tell. In the meantime, stay tuned to Cine Blitz as we get you more updates from the box office right here.

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Vicky Kaushal: The Star on the Rise

With the opening success of URI: The Surgical strike, let’s look at Vicky’s progressive transformation.

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Vicky Kaushal is a man who, in his three-year long career of being in the lead, till date has not received a single bad review, and he proves his calibre every time he enters that 70 mm frame. With three successful theatrical films to his credit in 2018, Vicky opened 2019 with his film URI:The Surgical Strike and God, he nailed our hearts again with his performance!

For a boy who was introduced to us as non-quintessential hero, Deepak, in Masaan, to playing an Army officer in URI, Vicky deserves all the appreciation that comes his way. The current crush of the nation is also ruling the silver screen from the very beginning of this new year. His film URI:The Surgical Strike released yesterday on January 11, and opened to unbelievable numbers. It earned around Rs 8 Cr on the first day of its release, which is huge for a film of this genre. The possibility is that Vicky is turning out to be a highly bankable actor, bringing in numbers, along with the quality of his performances. With URI: The Surgical Strike being successful at the Box Office, let’s look back at list of Vicky’s films that we loved him in.

Masaan

 

To debut with a film that doesn’t showcase you as a pretty looking hero who is the epitome for the men-to-be, is a risk for a newcomer to take. Moreover, you might get lost in a crowd of actors, and standing out might be difficult. But Vicky aced that path and came out shining in Neeraj Ghaywan’s 2015 film Masaan. Vicky played a small-town boy Deepak who wants to come out of the strata he is living in (the community of people who burn the dead at the Ghats in Benares), and achieve his goals. His struggles and trials form a major thread of the film. Vicky’s portrayal of Deepak was poignant and understated and he burned his path into our hearts.

Raman Raghav 2.0

 

After winning in the Neeraj Ghaywan film, Vicky took on the challenge to prove himself in  Anurag Kashyap’s zone. He played the complex, convoluted cop Raghavan who meets his alter ego in the character of a serial killer played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He realises that they are essentially the same, and that is an indigestible fact that eventually drives him crazy. Vicky played the part with so much swagger, completely in contrast to his Deepak, simply proving versatility.

Raazi

 

This was not his lead role. Raazi, based on Harinder Sikka’s Calling Sehmat, was the story of an Indian spy played by Alia Bhatt, who saved our nation from a major attack. Vicky played a Pakistani Army officer and Alia’s husband in this film, and his portrayal was unique. He imbued his role with so much character (whether going through angst or anger or the gentle nuances) contrary to expectations, breaking the stereotype yet again.

Sanju

 

The character that everyone took back with them from Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju was not the lead, but his friend Kamli, played by Vicky. The high point of the film was the bond Sanju and Kamli shared, which wouldn’t possible had Vicky and Ranbir not shared that chemistry. There is nothing wrong in saying that a major chunk of the film Sanju’s success belongs to Vicky, no two ways about it!

Manmarziyaan

Experimenting once again, in Anurag Kashyap’s debut romantic directorial, Manmarziyaan, Vicky played the clueless-about-his-life and complicated-in-his-mind DJ Sandhu, who doesn’t know where his life is heading towards, and is the classic example of how someone is not supposed to be. And, no surprises for guessing, Vicky rocked this part as well! Seemingly effortlessly! This boy even acts with his eyes in the parts he has no dialogues. It was due to him that a role/character we were not supposed to root for, was loved by us, flaws, warts, blue hair and all….

URI: The Surgical Strike

 

In his recent release URI, based on the 2016 surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army, Vicky is playing an Indian Army officer. Vicky owned his part, so into character was he immersed. He melded himself as the army man and was super believable. The film opened to around Rs 8 cr which is an amazing first day collection. And this is just the beginning. The film will probably traverse the path towards achieving more milestones. Yet another feather in his multi-hued cap, and one more notch in his brief but chequered filmography.

 

Vicky has his hands full with projects this year and we are excited about them. Do let us know in the comment section what you feel about this superb actor and also which of his films you like the most.

 

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Ranveer – Deepika, Salman – Katrina, Shah Rukh – Kajol: which is the highest-grossing jodi at the box office?

Which pair is the highest grossing jodi at the box office currently – Ranveer Singh – Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan – Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan – Kajol, Ajay Devgn – Kareena Kapoor Khan?

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We saw several new jodis rock at the box office in 2018. Fresh pairings are always interesting to watch and filmi pairs like Ayushmann Khurrana – Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao – Shraddha Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana – Sanya Malhotra impressed movie-goers. However, we must say, some iconic jodis are irreplaceable! And it’s not just us, but the fans who are also saying this. Everyone wants to see Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, as well as Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif on the big screen. In fact, these iconic jodis have even earned a huge amount of money at the box office and we have all the details for you. Read on to find out, which of them is the highest-grossing jodi at the box office till date.

# Salman Khan – Katrina Kaif

No of films: 5

Total box office collection: Rs 648 crore

These former lovers have worked in 5 films, the most recent being 2017’s super hit, Tiger Zinda Hai. Their crackling chemistry and choice of films have impressed one and all and every Bollywood lover enjoys seeing them on the big screen. Currently they are numero uno on this list and with Bharat coming up in 2019, we are sure they will consolidate their lead.

# Ranveer Singh – Deepika Padukone

No of films: 3

Total box office collection: Rs 602 crore

With three back to back hits with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, newly weds Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone find themselves in the second spot of the highest grossing jodis. Everyone loves seeing them sizzle on the big screen. Their level of comfort, their hot chemistry, their fantastic performances and their natkhat expressions truly make them crowd favourites.

# Shah Rukh Khan – Deepika Padukone

No of films: 3

Total box office collection: Rs 510 crore

Deepika and Shah Rukh have worked in only three movies together, but each one was such a big hit that they’ve been able to rake in a cumulative total of Rs 510 crore at the domestic box office. Not only do they look good on the silver screen, but their fantastic performances in some entertaining films have made this possible.

# Shah Rukh Khan – Kajol

No of films: 7

Total box office collection: Rs 438 crore

SRK and Kajol is one of the most iconic jodis of all time, if not the most iconic one. Their chemistry, their masti, the memories and the level of comfort that they share, sets them apart from the rest. Every Bollywood buff would want to see them on the big screen one more time, especially as Rahul and Anjali. Don’t you?

# Ajay Devgn – Kareena Kapoor Khan

No of films: 7

Total box office collection: Rs 422 crore

Another crowd favourite is the jodi of Ajay and Kareena that has done 7 successful films together. They may not set the screens on fire with their hot chemistry, but their performances together make them very adorable to watch on the silver screen. Don’t you agree?

So, Salman – Katrina leads the way with Ranveer – Deepika following them very closely. But which is the most iconic jodi out of these five? Vote in the poll below! Also watch this space as Cine Blitz gets you more updates from the world of Bollywood right here.

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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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