Just like last year, the first quarter of 2019 has started on a phenomenal note, where we saw maximum films attracting huge number of cine-goers to the cinema halls and making great collections at the ticket windows. With audience accepting new genres and subjects, we saw even experimental films emerging as hits at the box office. In just three months, Bollywood has already delivered 1 all-time blockbuster, 4 superhits and 2 hits, which is indeed a huge achievement. So, let's check them out...
All-time blockbuster – Uri: The Surgical Strike
No one would have imagined that the Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam-starrer Uri would get this status at the box office. Made on the moderate budget of Rs 42 crore (cost - Rs 28 crore, P and A – Rs 14 crore), the film raked in Rs 245.36 crore. It made the profit of more than 400 per cent and trended better than India's biggest blockbuster Baahubali 2 at the box office.
Superhits - Gully Boy, Total Dhamaal, Luka Chuppi, Badla
It feels great as a cinema-lover when different genres like rom-com, thriller, musical drama and out-and-out comedies receive acceptance and love from the audience. Total Dhamaal, Gully Boy, Luka Chuppi and Badla were the four films, which didn't only win the critics over but also emerged as big winners at the box office. While Total Dhamaal shattered many records at the single screens, the other three films registered solid collections at multiplexes in metro cities.
Hits - Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Kesari
What was common between Akshay Kumar's Kesari and Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi was that they both belonged to the genre of period war drama and were both made on lavish budgets. Despite both the films entering the Rs 100 crore club, they didn't get the superhit status due to their making costs. However, the theatrical collections and pre-release collections were enough to make both the films certified hits.
Apart from the above films, there are few ventures like Thackeray, The Accidental Prime Minister and Junglee, which were not box office hits but recovered the budget with their theatrical run, thus making them profitable ventures for the makers.
With Kalank, Student of the year 2, Mental Hai Kya, Bharat, Kabir Singh and The Zoya Factor, we are expecting the second quarter to be bigger than the first one.