Salman Khan rules the Box Office in 2011
Bodyguard and Ready are on top
Critical acclaim is just the bonus, what matters for a movie is how much crowd it manages to pull to theatres. For as much as art filmmaking is, it is commerce nonetheless, and at the end of the day, the box office figures do matter more than puffy reviews.
Singham saw Ajay Devgan returning to action after a long time and how the movie buffs lapped it up. Singham got the second highest opening of the year, raking in a whopping first-week gross collection of Rs. 48 crores.
Released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, Ra.One by Shahrukh Khan was a big release with close to Rs. 150 crores riding on it. The film opened to mixed reviews by critics by but with a first-day collection of Rs. 16.63 crores, it set a new record for the biggest ever Diwali opener and on the next day it’s business spiked to Rs. 22.80 crores and it set another record of biggest single-day grosser.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Starring Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was one of the highest box office openers of 2011. In ten days at box office, the film raked in a whopping Rs. 108 crores. Its lifetime business stands at Rs. 152 crore, making it the ninth highest grossing film at box office in Bollywood.
The Dirty Picture
Starring Vidya Balan as a sensuous siren, The Dirty Picture boasts of the biggest opening ever for a women-oriented film in Bollywood. In the industry where actresses have more often than not being reduced to eye-candies, The Dirty Picture stands as a welcome exception. Released in December, the film grossed Rs. 50 crore in its first week run at box office.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Katrina Kaif sprang a sweet surprise with her spirited performance in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, co-starring Imran Khan. Released in August, the film’s total business from its theatrical run stands at Rs. 94 crore worldwide.
Dubbed by some as the most repulsive comedy of the year and by others as the most unpretentious, Delhi Belly, starring Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur, ended up grossing Rs. 92 worldwide.
Starring Ranbir Kapoor and introducing Nargis Fakhri, Rockstar had a good first week domestic collection. Though the movie by Imtiaz Ali got mixed response from critics, it made a decent Rs. 46.47 crore nett in its first week, thereby becoming the ninth best first week grosser in domestic territory.
Yamla Pagla Deewana
You may not believe it but Yamla Pagla Deewana, starring Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Dharmendra holds the record of the highest grossing film for the month of January in Bollywood history. With close to Rs. 55 crore business, the film was a hit.
This one just about manages to scrape into the list of the Blockbusters of 2011. Some say that had it not been for the Mumbai blasts on July 13, Murder 2, starring Emraan Hashmi and Jacqueline Fernandez may have fared even better. The film’s first week collection was Rs. 36.50 crore and the Bhatts have already announced their plan to carry the Murder franchise forward.