Highest Grossing Bollywood Movies of 2018 So Far

Do you Know - While Padmaavat is the highest grossing Bollywood Movie of 2018 so far by collecting 302 Crores at Box Office, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, so far in 2018 has been the most profitable Bollywood movie with ROI over 270% (Budget 40 Crores, Lifetime Box Office Collection in India- 109 Crores)

By Sayak Karmakar

May 16, 2018

After a not so eventful year of 2017, the year 2018 so far has been quietly profitable for Bollywood. We are into the fifth month of 2018 and already 4 films have grossed the 100 Crore mark, at Domestic Box Office. (Padmavat, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Raid, Baaghi 2). Also, within the first four months of 2018, Bollywood has witnessed 6 clean hits (Padmavat, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Raid, Baaghi 2, Pad Man and Hichki) and 2 Semi Hits (October and Pari). And the two movies which has so far released in the month of May, i.e Raazi and 102 Not Out are also doing exceptionally well at the Indian Box Office circuit.

In fact, the most inspiring element for Bollywood this year, apart from being profitable is the fact that critically acclaimed movies have got commercial success. (Pad Man, 102 Not Out, Raazi, Hichki). These critically acclaimed movies, until last year had major crowd pull only at the metros. However, this year we have seen people all around India have watched these type of movies, (Raazi- major crowd pull Bihar, Hichki- major crowd pull Kolkata) which will surely serve as a major platform of inspiration for directors, producers and actors to experiment on refreshing stories and to beautifully portray the other forms of cinema other than the masala commercial flicks.

With Bollywood doing great this year, let us have a look at the highest grossing Bollywood movies of 2018 so far….

Padmaavat, 302 Crores -

After much speculation and controversy regarding the release of Padmavat, finally, it got the weekend of Republic week to hit the theatres. In fact, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the director of Padmavat had to cut of the “I” from the movie name (Previously named as Padmavati) for its release in India and had to negotiate with Akshay Kumar in order to have a solo release. (Akshay Kumar’s Pad Man was earlier scheduled to release in the Republic Weekend) Well….. All’s Well that ends well…. After all these dramas the movie went on to create history at Box Office. Padmavat became the highest grossing Bollywood movie in the month of January (usually considered as a dry month of Bollywood) and went to register over 300 Crores at Indian Box Office. The movie lasted 10 Weeks at theatres and despite not releasing in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, the collections were phenomenal. It also became the first 300 Crore movie for young actors like Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, and Deepika Padukone. ( Previously a territory of Salman Khan and Aamir Khan)

Baaghi 2, 166 Crores -

Well, this is the first surprise of this list. The second one is about to follow. No Doubt, Baaghi 2 was a fully entertaining masala movie and had all the elements of dance, action, drama, romance in it to become a success at Box Office but grossing over 150 Crores was a real surprise for everyone. (Even for the lead actors, i.e. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani). Tiger Shroff, the main actor of the movie is still very new in this industry and his last 2 movies have failed miserably at Box Office. But Baaghi 2 completely changed his fate. The movie started with a bang at Domestic Box Office collecting over 20 Crores in Day 1, over 70 Crores in the first weekend and over 100 Crores in just one week. Eventually, it slowed down due to competition from other movies but by the end of its box office run, Baaghi 2 collected a whopping amount of 166 Crores.

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, 108 Crores -

Here comes the second surprise of this list. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety made it clear to Bollywood that Indian audience, especially the youth do not require star power for watching a movie. A good, entertaining story with good acting and direction is enough for the audience to watch a movie many a times. With actors like Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh, who are no doubt talented but still are not prominent like their contemporary actors like Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan, the movie made into the 100 Crore club. Sonu ke Titu Ki Sweety made it clear from its trailer and songs that the movie is made for the young audience and it really did not give any complain to them.

Raid, 103 Crores -

Even Though Raid was a totally different type of movie from Golmaal 4 , the Ajay Devgn starrer which released prior to Raid, it had enough power in itself to get into the 100 Crore club. Based on a true story of income tax officer Amay Pattnaik who conducted high profile and courageous raids during the late 1980’s, the movie earned good critical appreciation before marching itself to 100 Crores. The powerful performances of Ajay Devgn as Amay  Pattnaik and Saurabh Shukla as Rajaji were loved and appreciated by the audience. Moreover, even being a content driven political thriller movie, it had the desi touch of Bihar and UP which helped Raid to gain audience apart from metros as well.

Pad Man, 82 Crores -

Even Though Pad Man could not reach the 100 Crore mark at Box Office (which was really disappointing), the movie went on to become the first hit movie of this year’s February. One of the best movies of this year, Pad Man revolved around the real life story of a real life superman name Arunachalam Muruganantham who create low rate sanitary napkins for the better menstrual health of village women in India. What makes the story more inspiring is that Arunachalam did not have a great education background. In fact, because of the poverty of his family, he had to drop out school to help his father in the village work. From there to becoming Pad Man is definitely a great inspiring story. Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte nailed their respective roles and the movie earned just over 80 Crores at the Box Office.

Hichki, 47 Crores -  

Rani Mukerji is the real Rani (Queen) of Bollywood. Hichki was the comeback film of Rani after a span of 3 and half years, her last flick Mardaani in 2014 also being a superhit at Indian Box Office. Then she got married to Aditya Chopra, had a beautiful daughter and thereby decided to take a small break from Bollywood. But she came back with a bang with Hichki. The inspiring journey of a teacher with tourette syndrome who starts teaching a group of backward children in a high elite school and eventually bringing them to the correct path was highly inspiring and received great critical and commercial appreciation. Hichki just released in 1200 screens all across India and eventually earned 47 Crores at Box Office, making the movie superhit.

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