2016 saw an eclectic array of releases but it was not a year that worked for many Bollywood films. The one that did win a place in people’s hearts was Sultan, which was by far the top-most film of the year and one that racked up footfalls of 1.75 lakh. In second place was M.S. Dhoni… which had footfalls of 1.25 lakh, and in third place was the much-loved Airlift, with footfalls of 1.35 lakh.
This year saw plenty of releases on different subjects but the sure-shot winner was Sultan. It had 92-95 per cent occupancy in the first week and 50-60 per cent in its second week. A surprising entrant to the list was Shivaay, which is in the number two position and had occupancy of 75 per cent. The third position belongs to Rustom, which enjoyed 60-per cent occupancy.
This was not a good year for the film industry. Nevertheless, there were three clear winners – Airlift, Sultan and Rustom. Akshay Kumar’s releases clearly made a clean sweep at the ticket window. Salman Khan’s film did extraordinary business, not only at our properties but it was profitable for exhibitors in general. Aamir Khan’s upcoming Dangal has high hopes and the content showcased in the trailers and songs have exceeded the audience’s expectations. It is sure to do well at the
The year 2016 proved to be lukewarm for most Bollywood films. That being said, the Top 2 films of 2016 were Salman Khan’s Sultan and Akshay Kumar’s Rustom. Kumar emerged as the box office’s favourite actor this year, with his films doing superlative business. Now all eyes are on Dangal. Aamir Khan will create history with his film, once again.
The Bengali film Praktan opened really big at my cinema and created a record for being the longest-running film. It is massive in our region. The next film that opened big was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Sultan was also good and it ran successfully for a couple of weeks. With Hollywood films doing well and regional cinema getting its due this year, footfalls for these films have impressed exhibitors.
We still have the biggest film of the year to hit cinemas but, up until now, the biggest of them all was Sultan in terms of collections. Let’s not forget Sairat, which did wonders at some cinemas. It almost ran for 10 weeks, which is rare in today’s times.
The Top 3 films of 2016 are Sultan, M.S, Dhoni: The Untold Story and Airlift. Sultan notched up 33,746 footfalls while the collections were Rs. 14 lakh. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story had footfalls of 16,000 and the film earned Rs. 24 lakh, while Airlift collected Rs. 77 lakh and had footfalls of 35,000. Even Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Neerja worked well. Dangal looks promising and we expect it to be a game-changer for the year.
The Top 3 movies at my cinema are Sultan, Shivaay and Rustom. They were the most successful films with respect to drawing crowds to cinemas in big numbers. The footfalls tell the same story. Sultan notched up footfalls of 17,900, Shivaay 11,545 and Rustom 8,755.
The films that seemed to have won the hearts of the audience are Sultan, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ki & Ka, Pink and the recently Dear Zindagi, which is still going strong. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story had good footfalls as well as did Rustom.
Sultan is clearly the hands-down winner this year, with respect to collections. The patriotic film Rustom also managed to set the cash registers ringing. The film that surprised everyone was Pink, which was made on a social issue, yet it had people coming in large numbers to watch it.
This year, several movies did lukewarm business at the box-office but Sultan, Airlift and Housefull 3 were the three most successful films of this year. Each of these three films belongs to a different genre and yet they were all crowd-pullers. All the films had great footfalls as well.
The highest earners of this year are Shivaay. Rustom, Sultan, Baaghi and Housefull 3. I don’t expect the upcoming movies to do all that well due to the demonetization move. This has badly hampered the movie business and we are seeing a drop in the number of people who turn up to watch films.