‘Content is the King’ – The saying at the box office prevailed in the past some years and how. 2018 and 2019 especially have been those years in which the Bollywood films with strong content have been received extremely well by the audience and on the other side, big films with weak content have disappointed.
As we all know, the first half of 2019 is over and it has given several big hits and blockbusters to the industry at the box office. On the contrary, some films which were expected to create history couldn’t go above a certain mark.
Let’s have a look at the cumulative total of Top 10 Bollywood movies of 2019 in the first half and how it compares to the total of the previous 3 years.
Top Bollywood Movies Of 2019 (First Half)
The total box office business of all the 10 films so far is 1470.23 crores which is really good as it makes an average of 147 crores per film.
Uri – The Surgical Strike – 244.06 crores
Bharat – 209.36 crores*
Kabir Singh – 190.64 crores*
Total Dhamaal – 154.30 crores
Kesari – 153 crores
Gully Boy – 139.38 crores
De De Pyaar De – 102.40 crores
Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi – 94.92 crores
Luka Chuppi – 94.15 crores
Badla – 88.02 crores
Top Bollywood Movies Of 2018 (First Half)
Padmaavat 300 crores
Race 3 169 crores
Baaghi 2 165 crores
Raazi 123.17 crores
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety 108.71 crores
Raid 101.54 crores
Veere Di Wedding 83 crores
Padman 78.95 crores
Parmanu 65.36 crores
Total 1535.95 crores
Whoa! Now that’s big! and even bigger than in 2019. We’ll analyse this difference in the last part of the article.
Top Bollywood Movies Of 2017 (First Half)
Raees 137.51 crores
Kaabil 126.85 crores
Tubelight 121.25 crores
Jolly LLB 2 117 crores
BKD 116.60 crores
Hindi Medium 69 crores
Half Girlfriend 60.28 crores
Sachin: A Billion Dreams 50.81 crores
Naam Shabana 36.50 crores
Phillauri 28.40 crores
Top Bollywood Movies Of 2016 (First Half)
Housefull 3 107.70
Kapoor And Sons 73.03
Udta Punjab 59.60
Ki And Ka 51.62
Ghayal Once Again 40
Now, it’s pretty much visible that the year to year Bollywood business in the last 3-4 years has improved big time. 2018’s first-half total is more than 2019’s but that will balance up in coming days as Kabir Singh still has a lot of steam remaining before it cools down.
But the only reason why 2019 is struggling to cross the total of 2018 is no film this year could cross the 300 crores mark. While 2018 had Padmaavat and Sanju, 2019 had only Bharat with potential to cross 300 crores mark. However, the content of the film didn’t get that much appreciation and it just managed to cross 200 crores mark.
The extraordinary success of URI: The Surgical Strike and Kabir Singh has helped the industry to a great extent and the films like Total Dhamaal, Kesari, Gully Boy & De De Pyaar De also contributed well but just because Bharat underperformed, 2019 is still struggling to make a lead.
We hope the next half of 2019 comes out with a lot of surprises and some big blockbusters so that the business in Bollywood keeps on blooming.