9 Months Box Office: Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger No. 1, Ranbir Kapoor’s Barfi! will end at No. 6
Bollywood’s upsurge of hits has been ceaseless with big wigs blowing away the cash registers. The first 9 months has witnessed hits like Ek Tha Tiger, Rowdy Rathore, Agneepath, Housefull 2, Cocktail and furthermore we hope the year has much more crowd pullers from the upcoming releases.
In this period the star power has risen yet again with Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgan booking the top 5 slots with their respective films grossing over the 100 Crore benchmark in this period. But surprise surprise as Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani has made a fair entry in the list of the rockers of the first half. It goes without doubt that the delightful Barfi! is supposed to make a home run given the brilliant reception and has taken a great lead in our list which sadly evaded Kareena Kapoor starrer Heroine’s fate.
Although Akshay Kumar’s OMG Oh My God!, releases this September end but we still go ahead with our list as it takes merely 3 days of the month. With an assortment of comedy, action, drama and thriller we present the list of flicks grabbing the top slot and rounding up the first nine months of the industry.
The 9 month report card offers a mix of drama, action, comedy, dirty comedy and speaking loud and clear that star power and content both do work independent of each other.
|April to September 2012
Box Office Position
|Movie||India Net Collection in Crores of Rupees|
|1||Ek Tha Tiger||198|
|6||Barfi!||101.5* (Still Running)|
|10||Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum||45|
Ek Tha Tiger
The imminent winner with no hiccups on the way is Sallu Bhai’s Ek Tha Tiger which saw an Independence Day opening with a fabulous 32.92 crores on its opening day itself. The Yash Raj’s experiment with high dosage of stunts and reworking of the hit pairing of Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan did box office wonders for the multi Crore venture. The film has said to have earned about a staggering 198 crores and no wonder rules our list as the top grosser till now.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s gaudy adventure into the comic genre has surely proved lucky. The Prabhu Deva directed action masala with Akshay Kumar and the recent Bollywood lucky charm, Sonakshi Sinha gave the box office a severe jolt to make way for an astounding 131 Crores. The film’s return to the flashy attires and smarty one liners with quirky dance moves has aptly secured the film the second slot in our list.
The third position has been retained by the action drama Agneepath, a remake of Yash Johar’s 1990 film with the same name. The film produced by Karan Johar boasted of a heavy star cast containing Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra. With high hopes pinned the film broke the opening day record of Bodyguard with 2 3.00 crores, later to be overrun by Ek Tha Tiger. Gradually a box office blockbuster the film has grossed about 123 Crores.
When you have a mad house with unpredictable characters what do we hint at….obviously Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 2. The film did manage to steal the limelight with earnings of about a staggering 114 Crores. A long line of stars lead by Akshay Kumar and the charm of yesteryear actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor made the success of the movie seem inevitable.
Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgan’s super hit pairing struck the bull’s eye yet again and this time with Abhishek Bachchan in the trio’s laughter riot Bol Bachchan. Claiming to be the official remake of Gol Maal (1979) the film ran to packed theatres garnering an impressive 102 crores ranking in the top five positions. The female leads were played by Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai.
Anurag Basu’s warm and vivacious romantic comedy Barfi! has created ripples enough to place it in our list of highest earners. Since its release in 14th September the film has already collected about 101.50 Crores plus and has been chosen as India’s Official Entry to 85thAcademy Awards. With rave reviews on Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra’s brilliant performance, the heart rendering romantic comedy is Rabir’s ticket to the 100 Crore Club.
A notable gross of 76 Crores puts Cocktail at the seventh spot as per our rankings. The casual story revolving around friendship, love, trust involving three friends received mixed reviews and made for a great business confirming the film’s success rate. Deepika Padukone as the wild and brash Veronica made for the film’s USP added to which was Saif Ali Khan’s jovial presence along with pretty thing Diana Penty.
Vishesh Film’s horror sequel Raaz 3 released in the first week of this month has managed to pull the audience drawing about 70 Crores up till now. The Vikram Bhatt direction has Bipasha Basu return to the Raaz series since its first installment, with Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta in the lead. Well going by the collections it seems the chill must have gone down with the audience pretty well.
No high end budget no reputed actors yet the lone pregnant Vidya Balan stole the show slowly and steadily for Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani which has earned about 59 Crores. The Kolkata centric film shot with women oriented subject in the crore became one of the most talked about films of the year and received great critical reviews.
Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum
Ekta Kapoor produced sexual comedy Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum has made a great statement earning 45 Crores in total and 33 Crores in its opening weekend. The film with Ritesh Deshmukh and Tusshar Kapoor is a sequel to the 2005 hit, Kyaa Kool Hain Hum.
The list stands rock solid till September and is to experience a major shift with prominent releases lined up in the coming months. An interesting wait would be for Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Tak Hain Jaan, Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s Talaash, Akshay Kumar’s Khiladi 786, Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha’s Son of Sardaar and the majorly anticipated Salman Khan’s Dabaang 2.
With these power packed grand releases a huge dislodgement is anticipated in the Top 5 positions of the list. An exciting battle is brewing for the year end as one expects the crucial competition for the top slot between Shah Rukh, Aamir, Salman and Akshay. So will it be Shah Rukh’s evergreen romance again, Khilladi’s return to action or Salman again knocking off his own record like always or might it be Aamir taking forward what he started with 3 Idiots.
It will be a wait and watch exciting situation, but you can guess, comment, vote and hope that the best wins the race.