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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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. No||Film||Box office collection (in Rs crore)|
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.
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!
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. No||Actor||Box office collection (in Rs crore)|
|2||Uri: The Surgical Strike||245|
|7||De De Pyaar De||105|
|9||Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi||90|
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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