Of Centuries And Celebratory Occasions

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 DateTitleCollections NBOCOccasion/s
1Thursday, December 25, 2008GhajiniRs 114.65 CroreChristmas/New Year
2Friday, December 25, 20093 IdiotsRs 202.47 CroreChristmas/New Year
3Friday, September 10, 2010DabanggRs 140.25 CroreEid/Ganesh Chaturthi
4Friday, November 05, 2010Golmaal 3Rs 107.34 CroreDiwali
5Friday, June 03, 2011ReadyRs 119.82 CroreNil
6Friday, July 22, 2011SinghamRs 100.30 CroreNil
7Wednesday, August 31, 2011BodyguardRs 148.17 CroreEid/Ganesh Chaturthi
8Wednesday, October 26, 2011Ra.OneRs 114.34 CroreDiwali
9Friday, December 23, 2011Don 2Rs 106.76 CroreChristmas/New Year
10Thursday, January 26, 2012AgneepathRs 122.61 CroreRepublic Day
11Friday, April 06, 2012Housefull 2Rs 109.09 CroreGood Friday
12Friday, June 01, 2012Rowdy RathoreRs 133.06 CroreNil
13Friday, July 06, 2012Bol BachchanRs 100.35 CroreNil
14Wednesday, August 15, 2012Ek Tha TigerRs 184.18 CroreIndependence Day/Eid
15Friday, September 14, 2012Barfi!Rs 106.13 CroreGanesh Chaturthi
16Tuesday, November 13, 2012Jab Tak Hai JaanRs 121.58 CroreDiwali
17Tuesday, November 13, 2012Son Of SardaarRs 105.72 CroreDiwali
18Friday, December 21, 2012Dabangg 2Rs 147.50 CroreChristmas/New Year
19Friday, May 31, 2013Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniRs 185.85 CroreNil
20Thursday, July 11, 2013Bhaag Milkha BhaagRs 109 CroreNil
21Thursday, August 08, 2013Chennai ExpresssRs 218.52 CroreEid/Independence Day
22Friday, November 01, 2013Krrish 3Rs 198.60 CroreDiwali
23Friday, November 15, 2013Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram LeelaRs 105.40 CroreNil
24Friday, December 20, 2013Dhoom 3Rs 261.25 CroreChristmas/New Year
25Friday, January 24, 2014Jai HoRs 108.08 CroreRepublic Day
26Friday, April 18, 20142 StatesRs 102 CroreGood Friday
27Friday, June 06, 2014HolidayRs 110 CroreNil
28Friday, July 25, 2014KickRs 214.04 CroreEid
29Friday, August 15, 2014Singham ReturnsRs 139.75 CroreIndependence Day
30Thursday, October 02, 2014Bang BangRs 144.90 CroreGandhi Jayanti/Dassera
31Friday, October 24, 2014Happy New YearRs 188.40 CroreDiwali
32Friday, December 19, 2014PKRs 324.30 CroreChristmas/New Year
33Friday, May 22, 2015Tanu Weds Manu Returns*Rs 150.70 CroreNil
34Friday, June 19, 2015ABCD 2*Rs 102.60 CroreNil

*Still Running

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?!

Nitin Tej Ahuja
Collection Chart
As on 23rd December, 2017
Modi Kaka Ka Gaon182.47K82.47K
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle*128.60Cr28.60Cr
Tiger Zinda Hai183.60Cr83.60Cr
Journey Of Bhangover304.50K04.50K
Ek Andekha Sach35.64K5.64K
Game Of Ayodhya311.6K11.6LK

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