Gone are the days when Bollywood stars rejoiced entering the 500 crore-in-a-year club. It is the era of the new 700 crore-in-a-year club — all thanks to Akshay Kumar.

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Backed by the success of four films — “Kesari”, “Mission Mangal”, “Housefull 4” and “Good Newwz” — Akshay scripted a new chapter in the history of Indian showbiz by minting over 700 crore at the box office in 2019. Now, there’s going to be ripple effect in Bollywood showbiz with the tempering of box office expectations in 2020, and top stars reworking their strategy.

Trade experts credit Akshay’s strategy behind achieving this feat, and believe that matching his hit rate can be tough but not impossible.

Box Office: Akshay Kumar's 700-Crore Club In 2019 VS 2020 Biggies Of Superstars - Will It Be Surpassed?
Box Office: Akshay Kumar’s 700-Crore Club In 2019 VS 2020 Biggies Of Superstars – Will It Be Surpassed?

Akshay Kumar minted 735.42 crore last year, followed by Hrithik Roshan who registered business of 464.85 crore with his act as math wiz Anand Kumar in “Super 30” and mega-hit “War”.

In fact, Riteish Deshmukh had ‘dhamaal’ at the box office in 2019 as he is third in the list by raking in over 396 crore with three releases (“Total Dhamaal“, “Housefull 4” and “Marjaavaan“). Then there is Tiger Shroff (387.020 crore) for “Student of the Year 2” and “War“.

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Superstar Salman Khan is fifth in the list with total of over 356 crore (for two films — “Bharat” and “Dabangg 3”), who is followed by actor Ayushmann Khurrana with business of 324.520 crore (“Article 15″, “Dream Girl” and “Bala“).

It was in 2015 when Salman established the “Rs 500 crore-in-a-year club” with the success of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”. Bollywood’s eclectic Ranveer Singh joined Salman in the club in 2018, with the help of “Padmaavat” and “Simmba”.

And it’s not all about having more releases in a year.

With films like “83”, “Baaghi 3”, “Angrezi Medium”, “Chehre”, “Radhe”, “Coolie No. 1”, “Laxmmi Bomb”, “Shamshera”, “Laal Singh Chaddha” and “Bachchan Pandey”, Sooryavanshi in pipeline, Indian cinema in 2020 will be moving portrait of diverse stories, with projects led by superstars like Akshay, Aamir Khan and Salman set to clash at the box office.

The year 2020 will not only test the might of stardom, but also whether the Rs 700 crore-in-a-year club is here to stay or not.

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