With Aamir Khan’s Dangal ending the demonetization drought at the box-office, filmmakers were optimist about their upcoming big releases. With the first quarter of 2017 coming to an end, we take a look at the business.
2017’s first quarter was good for business with Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Varun Dhawan’s films ringing the cash registers. However, but none of them went on to become a BLOCKBUSTER.
Winners of the first quarter
- SRK’s Raees made over Rs 100 crore (Nawazuddin Siddiqui who stole the limelight).
- Hrithik’s Kaabil made over Rs 100 crore (Kaabil and Raees clashed at the ox office).
- Akshay Kumar’s Jolly LLB 2 made over Rs 100 crore.
- Varun Dhawan & Alia Bhatt’s Badrinath Ki Dulhania made over Rs 100 crore
- Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra no more buddies, is Varun’s career upswing the reason?
- The rising stock of Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Losers of the first quarter
- Rangoon – Biggest disappointment considering its star cast, including Kanagana Ranaut.
- Ok Jaanu was a disappointment
- Ghazi Attack got rave reviews but no box office gains.
Big Bollywood releases of 2017: Baahubali 2, 2.0, Tubelight on the list
Big Bollywood releases in the the second quarter of 2017: Baahubali 2, Tubelight. Meri Pyaari Bindu, Half Girlfriend, Raabta and Sarkar 3.
Movies for 2017
Here are some of the big movies to be released in 2017.
Raees (January 25) – SRK, Shah Rukh Khan, Raees, SRK Raees, Raees SRK
Kaabil (January 25) – Hrithik Roshan
Jolly LLB 2 (10 February) – Akshay Kumar
Rangoon (24 February) – Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan
Sarkar 3 (17 March) – Directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Amitabh Bachchan.
Jagga Jasoos (April 7) – Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif
Baahubali 2 (April 28) – Hopefully Part 2 will answer the question – why Kattappa killed Baahubali.
Tubelight (June 26) – Salman Khan
The Ring (August 11) – Shah Rukh khan, Anushka sharma
Baadshaho – Ajay Devgn
2.0 (October 19) – Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar (Shankar, A R Rahman)
Padmavati (17 November) – Deepika Padukone, Ranveer singh
Tiger Zinda Hai (December 22) – Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
Deepika Padukone – xXx: Return Of Xander Cage
Priyanka Chopra – Baywatch
The Year 2016
- Disney’s The Jungle Book, Sultan, Housefull 3, Airlift, Rustom did well in the first half of the year.
- Marathi film ‘Sairat’ took everybody by surprise at the box office
- Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ failed at the box office (his Kaabil will be releasing soon)
- Befikre, Ae Dil Hain Mushkil (ADHM) & Shivaay could not live up to the expectations
- Dangal gets off to a flying start, impresses critics as well as the masses.
For the last few years, the film industry has been doing major chunk of the business in the second half of the year, and the industry is hoping for a repeat this year as well.
The first half of the year is about new year resolutions (for the audiences), exams and the Indian Premier League (IPL) (most producers use these excuses to push their films in the second half). All the major holidays and festivals — Independence Day, Eid, Dussehra, Diwali and Christmas—fall in the second half of the year.
Hollywood film ‘The Jungle Book’ did manage to scare Bollywood by making Rs.187.55 crore in India. Most trade experts however see that as an aberration (something that happens once in a few years).
Box office collections have also increased thanks to increase in ticket prices.