The good news in the week that went by was that of ABCD 2 literally dancing its way into the so-called Rs 100-crore club. Congratulations are in order to all associated with the film, in particular: Disney India, Remo D’Souza, Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor – the production house/studio, director and main leads, respectively.
The other, continuing, theme this week was gossip and speculation within the trade – and we are never short of either, are we?! – around the spate of high-profile films scheduled to clash with each other on the same release dates in the coming months. Not surprisingly, in almost all of these cases, the much-coveted dates fall on or around a box office-friendly occasion – Diwali, Christmas, Republic Day, Eid et al.
This week, we thought we would combine the two themes – ABCD 2’s century and the jostling for festival dates – to compile a list of all Hindi films that have struck box-office tons and also see which special occasion/s, if any, their release and theatrical run coincided with. Take a look at the table below:
|No.||Release Date||Title||Collections NBOC||Occasion/s|
|1||Thursday, December 25, 2008||Ghajini||Rs 114.65 Crore||Christmas/New Year|
|2||Friday, December 25, 2009||3 Idiots||Rs 202.47 Crore||Christmas/New Year|
|3||Friday, September 10, 2010||Dabangg||Rs 140.25 Crore||Eid/Ganesh Chaturthi|
|4||Friday, November 05, 2010||Golmaal 3||Rs 107.34 Crore||Diwali|
|5||Friday, June 03, 2011||Ready||Rs 119.82 Crore||Nil|
|6||Friday, July 22, 2011||Singham||Rs 100.30 Crore||Nil|
|7||Wednesday, August 31, 2011||Bodyguard||Rs 148.17 Crore||Eid/Ganesh Chaturthi|
|8||Wednesday, October 26, 2011||Ra.One||Rs 114.34 Crore||Diwali|
|9||Friday, December 23, 2011||Don 2||Rs 106.76 Crore||Christmas/New Year|
|10||Thursday, January 26, 2012||Agneepath||Rs 122.61 Crore||Republic Day|
|11||Friday, April 06, 2012||Housefull 2||Rs 109.09 Crore||Good Friday|
|12||Friday, June 01, 2012||Rowdy Rathore||Rs 133.06 Crore||Nil|
|13||Friday, July 06, 2012||Bol Bachchan||Rs 100.35 Crore||Nil|
|14||Wednesday, August 15, 2012||Ek Tha Tiger||Rs 184.18 Crore||Independence Day/Eid|
|15||Friday, September 14, 2012||Barfi!||Rs 106.13 Crore||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|16||Tuesday, November 13, 2012||Jab Tak Hai Jaan||Rs 121.58 Crore||Diwali|
|17||Tuesday, November 13, 2012||Son Of Sardaar||Rs 105.72 Crore||Diwali|
|18||Friday, December 21, 2012||Dabangg 2||Rs 147.50 Crore||Christmas/New Year|
|19||Friday, May 31, 2013||Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani||Rs 185.85 Crore||Nil|
|20||Thursday, July 11, 2013||Bhaag Milkha Bhaag||Rs 109 Crore||Nil|
|21||Thursday, August 08, 2013||Chennai Expresss||Rs 218.52 Crore||Eid/Independence Day|
|22||Friday, November 01, 2013||Krrish 3||Rs 198.60 Crore||Diwali|
|23||Friday, November 15, 2013||Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela||Rs 105.40 Crore||Nil|
|24||Friday, December 20, 2013||Dhoom 3||Rs 261.25 Crore||Christmas/New Year|
|25||Friday, January 24, 2014||Jai Ho||Rs 108.08 Crore||Republic Day|
|26||Friday, April 18, 2014||2 States||Rs 102 Crore||Good Friday|
|27||Friday, June 06, 2014||Holiday||Rs 110 Crore||Nil|
|28||Friday, July 25, 2014||Kick||Rs 214.04 Crore||Eid|
|29||Friday, August 15, 2014||Singham Returns||Rs 139.75 Crore||Independence Day|
|30||Thursday, October 02, 2014||Bang Bang||Rs 144.90 Crore||Gandhi Jayanti/Dassera|
|31||Friday, October 24, 2014||Happy New Year||Rs 188.40 Crore||Diwali|
|32||Friday, December 19, 2014||PK||Rs 324.30 Crore||Christmas/New Year|
|33||Friday, May 22, 2015||Tanu Weds Manu Returns*||Rs 150.70 Crore||Nil|
|34||Friday, June 19, 2015||ABCD 2*||Rs 102.60 Crore||Nil|
As the wag said, you can prove pretty much anything with statistics. Some might look at the table above and say that 70 per cent of the centurions release around a festive occasion/public holiday, thereby underlining the critical importance of such dates, while others might point out that, on average, 1 in 3 films managed to score a century despite releasing on ‘normal’ weekends, so a festive release is not as big a deal as it is made out to be.
That said, there can be no arguing with the fact that the increased propensity to spend during big festivals along with the additional holiday/s that usually accompany such occasions definitely improve your odds for maximising collections vis-à-vis regular weekends, and hence the often contentious posturing to lay stake to them.
Hmm…who says only teenagers suffer from ‘dating’ angst?!