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

Classification AA A1 A BB B1 to BB B1 B to B1 B The Rest Total
No. of films 1 4 2 3 9 8 8 3 191 229
Percentage 0.44 1.75 0.87 1.31 3.93 3.49 3.49 1.31 83.41 100

2011: Box-Office Collections of Hits

Film Release date Opening Day Opening Weekend Opening Week Lifetime Box-Office Verdict
Bodyguard 31 Aug 21.00 86.00
(5-day weekend)
115.00 142.00 Super-hit
Ready 3 June 13.00 42.50 69.00 120.00 Super-hit
Singham 22 July 9.00 30.50 50.00 100.00 Super-hit
Murder 2 8 July 6.50 22.50 35.50 46.00 Super-hit
The Dirty Picture
(Hindi, Tamil & Telugu)
2 Dec 9.35 31.36 52.50 85.00 Super-hit
Yamla Pagla Deewana 14 Jan 7.75 23.00 34.00 55.00 Hit
Ragini MMS
(Hindi, Tamil & Telugu)
13 May 1.25 4.25 7.00 9.00 Hit
Tanu Weds Manu 25 Feb 3.25 11.25 18.55 38.00 Hit
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan 9 Sept 7.35 26.00 37.00 58.00 Plus
Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl 9 Dec 4.75 16.75 25.00 37.00 Plus
Delhi Belly
(English & Hindi)
1 July 6.25 23.00 37.50 54.00 Plus
Don 2
(Hindi, Tamil & Telugu) (2D & 3D)
23 Dec 15.30 48.55 73.00 100.00
(Hindi, Tamil & Telugu) (2D & 3D)
26 Oct 18.00 91.10
(5-day weekend)
103.25 118 Plus
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge 14 Oct 0.50 2.15 3.50 5.00 Plus
Double Dhamaal 24 June 7.65 25.50 36.50 47.00 Average
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara 15 July 7.50 27.00 44.00 90.00 Plus
Dhobi Ghat
(English & Hindi)
21 Jan 2.85 9.00 12.00 14.00 Plus
(2D & 3D)
6 May 2.25 8.50 13.50 27.00 Plus
No One Killed Jessica 7 Jan 3.10 12.50 19.00 29.00 Plus
Pyaar Ka Punchnama 20 May 1.10 3.25 5.50 11.00 Plus

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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  1. who said tht F.A.L.T.U and FORCE were average… They were hits…trade had labelled them hits… Ur talking non sense…

  2. hit and superhit and so on is decided on the basis of cost of the film and its earnings, Ra one may have earned 100 cr plus but 150 crores were spent in the making of the film, i think komal nahtha has already explained in another post , when a film is categorised as hit or super hit, see that.

  3. Very disappointed at the post,which clearly shows biasness.U call films like bodyguard and ready hits,which actually had no stories and u call films like ragini mms hits whereas ra1,don2 and zindagi na milegi doobara plus!!U must be jiking komal.U really need to get your act tigether mann!!never expected this type of biasedness from you..shame shame!!

  4. @komalnahta don2 is superhit n raone is hit in india … a/c 2 every trade analyst,,, so plz update … SRK is the best…

  5. wow sir u r brilliant always try to do something different…shame on u u r the biggest fan of salman khan and full of biased

    • koimoi is biased towards srk you tramp he always tells salman khan films total less then they actually are ready was 121crore and bodygaurd was 148crore

      • Abe To Sahi To Bata Ta Hai Komaliya,Ab Us Lallu Ko Worldwide Koi Nahi Janta To Matlab Saaf Hai,Ki Worldwide Uski Film Ka Collection Bhi Kam Hi Hoga

  6. Salman khan out performed SRK in these movies (Wanted, Dabbang, Bodygurd and Ready) although, these movies are action flick, Salman Khan’s acting was superb. SRK looked dramatic and disappointing in Raone and DON2. Lets Salman Khan rule bollywood several more yrs. I hope Salman Khan win the Filmfare award 2012. Salman Khan looks genuine actor in these movies. Although I liked “Tere Naam” the most, now I can’t wait to see “ek tha tiger”.

  7. Ra. One was a HIT and Don 2 was a SUPER HIT..please check out with your mind KOMAL NAHTA,, SRK was, is and will be the best..!

  8. are we looking at how much producers have earned or box office results….i believe when we look at box office we do not take into consideration how much the producers have earned or made we look at the box office figures…so i believe ra.1 makes the cut in the list

  9. srk fans can’t accept the truth ra one and don2 diden’t even manage to beat ready’s total in india. Worldwide bodyguard highest grosser and ready and bodygaurd biggest hits because of their budgets haahaaa deal with it srk is only the poll champion salman khan is the real king and this year he will prove it again!

  10. mr komal how u gueg how saw u hit or flop i respect u
    is hits why u somebody hit u don2 or ra one bigs cross ever in hindi picture i give u some example u like your child because is your child but other your relative saw your child very good you feel which one better feel pleasy repaly me and my english is not good if i heart u iam sorry thanks

  11. Clearly proves that Salman Khan is undoubtedly #1 right now in Bollywood. He has the two biggest Hits of the year, and Don and Ra.One didn’t achieve Hit status. Komal Nahta classification is the most strictest of them all, and if you can achieve a Hit atleast with him, you are in the safe side. Well done Salman, hope 2012 is equally or better than 2011.

  12. Sir,salman khan is a salman khan,naam kafi hai.he is a true superstar,jabse unki pehli film aayi thi tab se wo ab tak superstar hai aur rahenge.BAS AAP SABHI UNKE FILM AUR UNKE BARE ME BURA BOLTE JAO,KOI FARK NAHI PARTA,GOD WILL HELP HIM…BYE TO ALL SALMAN KHAN HATER. I LOVE U SALMAN KHAN,U R GREAT,BAS AAP APNA WORK KARTE JAO,GOD WILL HELP U.BEING HUMAN…

  13. RA one Hindi, Tamil & Telugu don 2 Hindi, Tamil & Telugu bodyguard & ready & Singham only in hindi calacate the collocton and tell the true

  14. komal u are biased when film lilke don2 has crossed hundred crore u still says its flop wt a shame pls give do credit to srk your own poll suggest that

  15. hi sirr… Don 2 is a superb hit..Bt aapko nahi maalum hai review karna ata… Mai be u r the biggest fans of salman…k fine ra one is average bt don 2 his blockbuster.?Don 2 boadygaurd ashi hai…aap ready ko hit kara rehe oh kya aap ko filn dhekna ata hai ya nahi aata…

  16. Wonderful piece of information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend salman , Hyderabad, I have read at least 7 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that I had been looking for, I’m already your RSS reader now and I would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again, Regards,

  17. m a neutral khan fan…it is evident that salman movies though mediocre they are ,turned out to be blockbusters for the past three years, and srk movies could not do it even with good directors/ big bannerers/stories/acting/music/every technical aspect..this proves srk to be less popular than salman in INDIA.let us look at the recent movies of salman and the team he has worked with..wanted(debut director prabhu deva)..dabanng(debut director ).ready(anees bazmee not so popular infact his movies after WELCOME were not working )..bodyguard(siddique-no even in bollywood knew abt him).. and let us look at srk’s movies..Rabne Bana di Jodi(aditya chopra)…My name is khan(Karan Johar)… Sinha of Dus fame)..Don2 (farhan akhtar)salman has been carrying the movies on his shoulder only..look at the differece between the team/banner salman and sharukh has been working with for the past 4 years and yet salman delivered blockbusters and sharukh cud not..srk is more popular than salman in overseas only but not in india..also i guess many srk fans are busy in posting so many comments on each site..this myt be one of the reason his movies are not working in comparison to salman’s movies..

  18. Hey lallu’s fans,pehle history dekho aur bolo,before dabangg salman kya tha,uski film dekhne insan toh kya,insects bhi nahi jaate the. 2,3 film hit hone se koi king nahi hota. There is only one king i.e. SRK n forever will be.

  19. Oye srk is real king.
    Don2 ko dekho ab tak 150+worldwide collection to ho gaya hai.
    Salman ne kya 2,3 movie hit kara di
    to kya woh khudko king thodi na kehla sakta hai.

  20. sorry yar but yanha kuch prob. hai
    biggest grosser to srk ki hai 240 cr.
    aur har bar aap india ke hi collection kyu dikhate ho worldwide result batao.
    srk ki value low karte ho aap log, he is worldclass

  21. jitne srgay ke fans ho komal sir se bheek maang rahe ho kya ab komal sir hamse jayada jaantay hai samjhay srgay fans salman hamara bhaijaan is the kin bollywood and boxx offfffffiiiiiiccceeeee

  22. SALMAN KHAN in top always …BODYGUARD AND READY ARE BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES…ra1 bakwas movie to complete ra1 project watchd 200 Hollywood movies…though it cudnt beat south remake BODYGUARD…don2 z hit v cn recognize that any way SALMANKHAN z awsme and great personality

  23. other reliable source conform don2 as super hit
    in ur list its not in hit list
    may be u r big folloers of salman but give us actuall figure
    so sad

  24. Seniority: Salman khan since 1988, SRK since 1992..Salman Khan is much senior than Shahrukh
    Biggest Hit: Hum Apke hain Kaun -Salman Khan (Box office adjusted inflation: 370 Cr.) DDLJ – SRK (Box Office adjusted inflation: 261 Cr.)
    Number of Hits: Salman Khan: 38 Hits. Shahrukh: 27 hits
    Total carrier Box office revenue: Salman: 2800 Cr. SRK: 1650 Cr.
    Awards: Salman- People just go to watch Salman on screen & he Say’s people’s love is his award. SRK- Most of the awards were manipulated & bought by SRK by paying huge amounts to organizers, as there were other deserving actors who should have won the wards on that respective years. (main reason of Amir Khan not attending awards is SRK as because of SRK’s manipulation he didn’t get the award in 1996, were Amir Khan was more deserving)
    Charity: Salman : Does help people & countless charity SRK: Nill, Selfish
    Winner: Salman Khan

  25. I am from Small town in India UP, If you really need to check the popularity of the two stars come & visit ruler areas of India. I have experienced never before phenomenon when Bodyguard got released here, i think there were more than 4 to 5 thousand people surrounding the theater for the tickets. Then people were going crazy during Salman Khan’s entry in the film, people were dancing on every song of the movie. Irrespective of the movie’s content people were enjoying the movie like anything. It was really hell of great experience. However I didn’t see the same sprit when Ra one & Don 2 released here. Though there were people who came for the movie, but the atmosphere was not same as Salman Khan movie. I think u need to accept that Salman Khan has immense popularity & fans in ruler India whose votes & feelings may not be getting captured or accessible always as compare to urban audience. If India is concerned Salman has edge over SRK, SALMAN ROKSSSS!!!!!!!

  26. Do you think Ra One, Don 2, Don1, Billu Barbar, Dulha Mil Gaya, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Om Shanti Om films like these are sensible movies????? Grow up guys you need reality check. You people are jealous as how now Salman Khan over powered SRK in terms of Stardom. These actors are in commercial cinema business & not in art films. Salman Khan movies does well because it gives pure entertainment to the people, audiences are not critics to see the cinematic genius in the movie, irrespective of any ratings from critics they go for the movie for the star who will give paisa wasool entertainment & they doesn’t care whether the movie is remake of tamil or telgu film. And remember one thing this is coming from very confidential sources “this is just a beginning SALMAN’s best is yet to come wait & watch, SRK fans will eat their words in future”

  27. Salman’s stardom had came across after dabangg, before that he gave 14 flops continuous except wanted, if rural people love salman where were they when he was giving continuous flops, srk movies in 2011 had earned more than 110 crore in india bt due to budget concerns they were tagged hits not blockbusters…..talking about human nature salman publicise his charity trust and made it a brand where as very less people knows abt charity done by srk because he said that charity should be done for humanity not publicity….and srk is first indian celebrity to get unesco award for his charity works….

  28. I think Komal Nahta you r mad,also u dont have Full knowledge about Indian Bollywood,


  29. There is one site named have revealed 228cr worldwide gross collections for DON2 & nett collections somewhere around 175 cr.
    Also the Erose has disclosed the worldwide gross collection for 240cr ..
    But looking after trusted sites like #boi #bollywoodhungama #koimoi this figures looks fishy..
    On the other hand if we look into 3 idiots,Bodyguard,dabangg,ghajani,ready etc collections looks like the figures from all these site are matching with slight difference..
    So my question to admin is..
    Whom to believe ?
    Why only Srk films collections seems exaggerated ?
    I want detailed answer for my query ? Plz

  30. Salman khan ‘BEING HUMAN’ Golden heart and helping superstar only in INDIA bollywood. LOVE TO ALL. Srk is good actor but golden heart.

  31. this F##### tagged Zindagi na milegi….,as neither a hit nor average. get some shit of knowledge u fool it has grossd 90cr in india & 160cr worlwide.most critcally acclaimd and fair movie, unlike most pieces of remakes n foolis comedy.


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