Bollywood’s Box Office Performance in April and May 2018

With Successful Critical and commercial movies like October, Baaghi 2, 102 Not Out, Parmanu and Raazi, the months of April and May are no more dry months for Bollywood

By Sayak Karmakar

Jun 4, 2018

In the past one decade, the months of April and May in India have been usually dedicated to the cricket lovers. With the Indian Premier League coming into existence since 2008, the majority of the Indian population have inclined themselves towards the extravagant, cash-rich and entertaining domestic Indian cricket league, every year. As a result, every other entertainment industry, whether sports, film or television have taken a toll. Bollywood has also been hugely affected in the months of IPL. Thus, by far and large we have seen that there has been a trend of releasing of low budget and not so famous Bollywood movies in the months of April of May. Big banner Bollywood movies usually do not take the risk of releasing their movies during the IPL months and keep their dates either before or after the IPL.

Thus, the months of April and May are usually considered to be a dry period for Bollywood. Last year also, we have seen that movies like Sarkar 3, Meri Pyari Bindu, Begum Jaan, Maatr and many more movies which released in the months of April and May bombarded at Box Office. Yes, there were exceptions like Bahubali: The Conclusion and Hindi Medium. Even, a couple of years back Shah Rukh Khan dared to release his much-anticipated movie Fan in the month of April. But it also failed to gain momentum at Box Office and thereby went on to become the first official flop of Shah Rukh Khan after Swades in 2004.

However, this year the trend is slightly shifted. Even though IPL has been the major priority of Indian viewers and audience, many movies with good stories and direction have done good business at Box Office. What`s more interesting is that all genres of Bollywood movies have done extremely well at Box Office. Whether it be a fully commercial movie like Baaghi 2, or a comedy movie like 102 Not Out or patriotic movies like Parmanu and Raazi or critically acclaimed movies like October, Bollywood has started to find its audience back again in the dry months of April and May. Not only this, even Hollywood movies like Avengers: Infinity Wars and Deadpool 2 have done wonders at Indian Box Office. In fact Avengers: Infinity War has become the highest grossing Hollywood movie, ever in India (225 Crore and still running). Baaghi 2 and Raazi have also been able to cross the 100 Crore mark, something which was not heard of in Bollywood in the IPL months. All these factors are quite beneficial for Bollywood and are surely going to add some positive momentum in the upcoming years in terms of release of movies.

Let us look at Bollywood’s Box Office Performance in the months of April and May in 2018-

Baaghi 2 (Superhit):

The Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani starrer Baaghi 2 went on to become the second Bollywood movie after Housefull 2 to cross over 100 Crore mark in the month of April. Although it released in 30th of March, it ran, majorly throughout the month of April and May, thus I decided to include it in my list. The movie, directed by Ahmed Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala was a full-on commercial masala flick and was the remake of the South Indian movie Kshanam.  The movie ran over 8 weeks in Box Office and because of the extreme action and powerpack performance by Tiger Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee, and Randeep Hooda, Baaghi 2 went on to collect over 165 Crores in India.

Blackmail (Flop):

Even though Blackmail got nice critic reviews, it failed to have a mark at Box Office. This movie was highly anticipated for some time as just before the release of the movie, Irrfan Khan, the lead actor of Blackmail, shocked the whole world with the news of him suffering from a rare disease of neuroendocrine tumor. The dark comedy revolving around themes of adultery and blackmailing managed to Gross only 18 Crores at Box Office and was made with a Budget of 20 Crores.

Missing (Flop):

The Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu starrer Missing was one of the major disappointments of this year. The movie claimed itself to be a crime thriller but did not have any traces of crime or thrill in it. What was more disappointing was the acting of great actors like Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu. They were really not up to the mark. Made with a Budget of 7 Cores, Missing just missed its mark completely at Box Office as it even could not touch the 1 Crore mark.

October (Average):

Shoojit Sircar is a mindblowing director. He often goes off the beat and makes some incredibly good movies including the likes of Piku and Pink. This time, he collaborated with the youngster Varun Dhawan and went on to make yet another beautiful yet off the beat movie. October. What was more interesting to see that Varun Dhawan who so far was known for its commercial formula to gain success and stardom, decided to step into something different at Bollywood cinema.  October even though did not do a phenomenal job at Box Office but was well appreciated by the critics as well as the audience to some extent. The Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu( debutant) starrer movie was made with a budget of 45 Cores and managed to earn approximately the same amount of money.

Raazi (Superhit):

Alia Bhatt has shown her immense acting capability from an early age in Bollywood with films like Highway and Udta Punjab. And with Raazi, she has established herself as one of the top 5 Bollywood actresses in the current scenario. Based on the real-life story of Sehmet, an undercover Indian agent who saved INS Vikrant from the Ghazi attack, Raazi went on to become the first solo movie of Alia to gross over 100 Crore. The movie made with a Budget of 45 Crore is currently running on 108 Crores and is expected to end within a range of 125- 130 Crores.

102 Not Out (Hit):

Old is Gold, not only as a proverb but also in Box Office. This comedy movie starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor without much promotions and events, went on to gross the 50 Crore mark at Box Office and become a clear hit. While Amitabh Bachchan played the role of a 102-year-old jolly dad, Rishi Kapoor played the role of his 75-Year-old and boring son. Their sweet and sour relationship was much appreciated by audience and critics.

Parmanu (Hit):

Parmanu is yet another patriotic movie based on the real-life incidents of the secret nuclear test in India to make itself a fully-fledged Nuclear country in the world. Ater much delays due to legal controversy with regards to production issues, Parmanu finally got its release date in 25th of May. For me, it is the best Movie of this IPL month so far. The theme was really patriotic and John Abraham and the other supporting characters including the likes of Boman Irani and Diana Penty just nailed it. Even though there were some facts that were distorted, the movie throughout its run had a sense of patriotism in it and the climax just gave me goosebumps. The movie has been made with a Budget of 45 Crores, so far has earned 38 Crores at Box Office and will end somewhat within the range of 55-60 Crores, thereby making Parmanu a clean hit.

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