2018 has been a drastically different year for Bollywood. Filmmakers have finally realised that a big-ticket movie will never work if they do not support it with good content, while also understanding that a small budget film can give them a massive return on investment and box office collections if it has an interesting and engaging plot. However, one thing remained constant and that is the box office openings. Unlike their lifetime collections, big budget films like Race 3, Thugs of Hindostan and even Zero collected some fantastic amounts over the opening weekend. While an opening weekend is important for the film’s momentum, how it sustains post it is not determined by the first three days figures and that was proved last year. But which film has the highest first weekend collection for 2018? Well, you are in for a surprise!
Thugs of Hindostan leads the way with an opening weekend collection of Rs 123 crore at the domestic box office. Though its lifetime collection is not much more than Rs 150 crore, the film did take a fantastic start in its first weekend, before crashing. Number two on the list is Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju, which went on to become the highest lifetime grosser of the year. Padmaavat, Race 3 and 2.0 complete the top 5; with Simmba, Baaghi 2, Gold, Zero and Satyameva Jayate making up the list of top 10 highest opening weekend grossers of 2018. Check out how much each of these movies made in their first weekend in the chart below!
While most of these went on to collect huge amounts in their lifetime run, a few like Zero, Race 3 and Thugs of Hindostan tanked at the domestic box office post their opening weekend. Clearly proving that anything can happen at the ticket window and the audience is the king. Anyway, which out of these highest opening weekend grossers was your favourite? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also watch this space, as Cine Blitz gets you all the updates from the world of Bollywood and box office 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.
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.
Here are some big upcoming releases:
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.
Super 30 runs successfully at the Box Office, inches close to 150 crores!
The film is seeing a steady footfall in the theatres and is inching close to a whopping 150 Crores and has proven to be a super-hit!
Hrithik Roshan and the team of Super 30 is currently basking in the success and glory of the film as the film has had an immensely successful run at the Box Office. The film which released on 12th of July, has completed a month and a week more and the film is still running smoothly in the theatres. The film is seeing a steady footfall in the theatres and is inching close to a whopping 150 Crores and has proven to be a super-hit! The film is running successfully in theatres not just across cities within our country, but also across nations.
As Super 30 fever gripped the nation, fans went out of their way to promote the film. As the film tackles an issue which hits almost the most neglected pockets of our country and is relevant for masses as it strikes a chord with various strata of not just our Indian society, but world over, people are recognising the film in its full glory as it goes ahead to achieve what it set out to do which was highlight the importance of education. As seen across various platforms of media, fans have been seen holding special screenings, the audience all over has got Super 30 tee shirts printed, as they celebrate the success of Super 30 in the most beautiful manner.
The movie has proved to be an inspiration and adding on to the massive hit, the governments of nine states of Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi, Assam, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, announced it as a tax-free movie. Super 30 unfolds the life of Bihar-based mathematician Anand Kumar, who trains a batch of 30 students Super 30 for the coveted Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) entrance exam every year.
The film has received outstanding reviews from the audience and more so, the film’s inspirational storyline with the most entertaining trajectory has won the hearts of one and all around the country, showing a phenomenal growth with the numbers at the box office. From Vice President of India to Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Super 30 has been hailed by several Indian politicians as a must watch! For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!
Ayushmann Khurrana’s Article 15 completes successful 50 days at the Box Office!
As Article 15 completes a successful 50 days at the Box Office, it’s a testimony to the fact that the film going audience of this country is getting more and more aware of what good content means and they’re growing more appreciative of it.
Ayushmann Khurrana is riding high on success and how! The very talented actor whose first release of 2019 was Article 15, created a huge wave amongst the citizens of the nation owing to the mind-numbing portrayal of the caste hierarchy our country faces till date. It was a stare-in-your-face film whose realistic storyline and execution left everyone gasping at our country’s reality and Ayushmann Khurrana, who had never donned the role of a cop, was lauded for his performance!
The Anubhav Sinha directorial is a stark reminder of the deep-rooted caste hierarchy of our country that still persists and the norms related to it alongside the aftermaths of not obeying the set rules. The movie is the most realistic investigative drama which is inspired by real-life incidents. From Dalit rapes to other atrocities, Article 15 gets a hold of the social nerve of the society which presents an alarming situation that the country is dealing with.
The national award-winning actor whose last year’s releases- Badhai Ho and Andhadhun both won National awards, has come to be known for his choice of different and brilliant scripts, which stand different from what the industry’s norm of ‘pure commercial entertainment’ has been. Ayushmann Khurrana has also emerged as the sole brand to promote ‘quality over quantity’ and ‘content over commerciality’.
Article 15 was one such film which was so different, so hard-hitting, and relatively dark and yet it saw a great footfall in the theatres. As it completes a successful 50 days at the Box Office, it’s a testimony to the fact that the film going audience of this country is getting more and more aware of what good content means and they’re growing more appreciative of it. For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!
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