Reel Deal: Bollywood Box Office Report Card for First Half of 2019

Here’s a look at the biggest hits and misses of 2019 so far.

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The first half of 2019 has been great for Bollywood as far as box office goes. In this week’s episode of Reel Deal, we interview movie business analyst Atul Mohan, who tells us exactly how the film industry has fared at the box office in the first six months of the year.

According to Atul, the industry managed to earn “Rs 2000 crore in six months”, which is more than half of what the film industry made in the whole year in 2018. Last year, Bollywood earned “around Rs 3000 crore”. If things continue to go well, the industry could earn around 15-20 percent more this year than last year.

The year though was a mixed bag, with unexpected films turning out to be blockbusters and big budget multi-starrers turning out to be disasters. While big projects like Kalank and Student of the Year 2 failed, surprise blockbusters like Uri: The Surgical Strike and, most recently, Kabir Singh, made the biggest contributions to the profits.


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While Uri: The Surgical Strike made a profit of Rs 219 crore, Kabir Singh already has a return on investment of Rs 150 crores in 13 days since release.

The seven hits of the year so far include (from highest profit percentage to lowest), Uri: The Surgical Strike, Tashkent Files, Badla, Luka Chuppi, Kabir Singh (this film could rise up the ranks as its still running in theatres), Gully Boy and Kesari.

While Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike made a profit of Rs 219 crore, Shahid Kapoor scored the biggest solo hit of his career with Kabir Singh, which has already earned Rs 150 crores of return on investment in 13 days since release.

The biggest release of the year Kalank, on the other hand, turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the year, losing almost Rs 70 crore.

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