Stills from Bodyguard, Ready And Singham
Stills from Bodyguard, Ready & Singham

The year gone by saw a total of 229 new films releasing, quite less as compared to the number of releases (250) in 2010. Of the 229 films, 72 were dubbed in Hindi from English or other Indian languages. There were 8 English films too, some of which were dubbed in Hindi too; and two were made in Hindi-English. In other words, there were 147 straight Hindi films. Of the 229 new releases, 220 were live action films, seven were animation films and two were live action-animation films.


Bodyguard was undoubtedly the highest grosser and also the biggest hit of 2011

2011: Hits & Flops

Bodyguard was undoubtedly the highest grosser and also the biggest hit of 2011. Ready, Singham, Murder 2 and The Dirty Picture were the other big ones. Then there were Yamla Pagla Deewana and Ragini MMS also. If there were big-budget extravaganzas like Bodyguard and Ready which made the public go wild with excitement, there were also small and medium-budget fares like Ragini MMS, Murder 2, Tanu Weds Manu and The Dirty Picture, which brought smiles to the faces of the paying public as well as the industry people. Thankfully, the year did not have too many big bombs although there were a few like 7 Khoon Maaf, Patiala House, Aarakshan, Rascals, Thank You and Game.

Only 17% of the films released in 2011 did not lose any money

2011: Net Result

Although the year is being touted as having been great for the trade, in reality, only 17% of the films released did not lose any money. In other words, the percentage of films in the red continued to be high – 83%. The industry’s final report card did not show a net profit. But it did not show any losses either. Although a large number (around 115) of Bollywood films – not taking into account dubbed Hindi versions – lost money as against those (30) which either made profit or broke even, the industry’s total gains offset the total losses. Hence, the overall net result was: no profit, no loss. If in spite of such a high failure rate (83% if all films, including dubbed, are considered), the industry’s report card still did not show a net loss, it was because of two reasons: some of the plus films made huge profits; and there weren’t too many big disasters. Following is the detailed list of films which made money for their producers/distributors.

Super-Hit (AA): Bodyguard

Hit (A1): Ready, Singham, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture.

Semi-Hit (A): Yamla Pagla Deewana, Ragini MMS.

Overflow (BB): Tanu Weds Manu, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl.

Commission-Earner to Overflow (B1 to BB): Mission: Impossible – Gupt Vidhaan (dubbed), Harry Potter Aur Maut Ke Tohfe Part 2 (dubbed), Delhi Belly (Hinglish & dubbed), Samunder Ke Lootere: Ek Anjaan Rahasya (dubbed), Tintin – Karname Kamaal Ke (dubbed; animation), Don 2, Ra.One (losing in some circuits), Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, Double Dhamaal.

Commission-Earner (B1): Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dhobi Ghat (Hindi-English & dubbed), Haunted, No One Killed Jessica, Fast & Furious 5 (dubbed), X-Men: First Class (dubbed), Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Rise Of The Apes – Vinaash Ka Aarambh (dubbed).

Coverage to Commission-Earner (B to B1): Desi Boyz, Chalo Dilli, Bheja Fry 2, Yeh Saali Zindagi, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Stanley Ka Dabba, Damadamm!, Transformers: Chand Ka Andhera (dubbed).

Average (B): F.A.L.T.U., Force, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji.

2011: Number of Hits & Flops At A Glance

ClassificationAAA1ABBB1 to BBB1B to B1BThe RestTotal
No. of films14239883191229

2011: Box-Office Collections of Hits

FilmRelease dateOpening DayOpening WeekendOpening WeekLifetimeBox-Office Verdict
Bodyguard31 Aug21.0086.00
(5-day weekend)
Ready3 June13.0042.5069.00120.00Super-hit
Singham22 July9.0030.5050.00100.00Super-hit
Murder 28 July6.5022.5035.5046.00Super-hit
The Dirty Picture
(Hindi, Tamil & Telugu)
2 Dec9.3531.3652.5085.00Super-hit
Yamla Pagla Deewana14 Jan7.7523.0034.0055.00Hit
Ragini MMS
(Hindi, Tamil & Telugu)
13 May1.
Tanu Weds Manu25 Feb3.2511.2518.5538.00Hit
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan9 Sept7.3526.0037.0058.00Plus
Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl9 Dec4.7516.7525.0037.00Plus
Delhi Belly
(English & Hindi)
1 July6.2523.0037.5054.00Plus
Don 2
(Hindi, Tamil & Telugu) (2D & 3D)
23 Dec15.3048.5573.00100.00
(Hindi, Tamil & Telugu) (2D & 3D)
26 Oct18.0091.10
(5-day weekend)
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge14 Oct0.502.153.505.00Plus
Double Dhamaal24 June7.6525.5036.5047.00Average
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara15 July7.5027.0044.0090.00Plus
Dhobi Ghat
(English & Hindi)
21 Jan2.859.0012.0014.00Plus
(2D & 3D)
6 May2.258.5013.5027.00Plus
No One Killed Jessica7 Jan3.1012.5019.0029.00Plus
Pyaar Ka Punchnama20 May1.103.255.5011.00Plus

For box-office verdicts of all the major Bollywood films of 2011, click here.

Komal Nahta, the Editor of, is Bollywood’s most trusted trade analyst & film reviewer. You can follow him on Twitter and check out his Video Blog.

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