Which is the best time to release a big ticket movie in India? Here’s a bit of information collected by our loyal reader Rajiv Varghese from our database to help you analyse. Read here:


Whilst Republic Day and Independence Day have the additional advantage of only 1 day, the other 3 holidays are more beneficial as it is a festive season.

The Average of Eid releases has been the highest till now at 200 Cr for the last 4 years. Closely followed by Diwali with 197 Cr and Christmas with 180 Cr.

still from movie 'Kick', 'PK' and 'Happy New Year'
Still from movie ‘Kick’, ‘PK’ and ‘Happy New Year’

With PK expected to do roaring business, its average is bound to rise. For overseas business, Christmas might be the most lucrative with holidays almost across the globe, followed by Eid with holidays in Middle East and Asia.

YearSpecial Day ReleaseFilmRelease DateOpening DayOpening WeekendOpening WeekLifetimeBox Office Verdict
2011Republic DayDhobi Ghat21 Jan2.8591214Plus
2011EidBodyguard31 Aug2186115142Superhit
2011DiwaliRa.One26 Oct1891.1103.25118Plus
2011ChristmasDon 223 Dec15.348.5573100Plus
2012Republic DayAgneepath26 Jan236791.08123.05Superhit
2012EidEk Tha Tiger15 Aug32.92116.05135.05198Superhit
2012DiwaliJab Tak Hai Jaan13 Nov158198120.65Superhit
2012DiwaliSon Of Sardaar13 Nov1064.0583105.03Hit
2012ChristmasDabangg 221 Dec21.163.6107.6158.5Superhit
2013Republic DayRace 225 Jan15.151.375.5102Plus
2013EidChennai Express9 Aug33.1100.35156.6226.7Superhit
2013Independance DayOnce Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara!15 Aug11.54154.2565Losing
2013DiwaliKrrish 331 Oct24.2568164.5240.5Hit
2013ChristmasDhoom 320 Dec36107185.5280.25Hit
2014Republic DayJai Ho24 Jan17.558.587.75111Plus
2014EidKick25 Jul2683.5164233Hit
2014Independance DaySingham Returns15 Aug32.0077.55112141Plus
2014DiwaliHappy New Year24 Oct44.97108.86157.5203.3Plus*
2014ChristmasPK19 Dec

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