Though 2014 started on a sluggish note, quite a few films managed to get cash registers jingling. But which films made it to the top 5? Let’s take a look…
At the very beginning of the year all eyes were on Salman Khan as the superstar’s much-awaited film Jai Ho was to hit the theatres in January. While the action flick didn’t witness a thunderous start at the box office, Sohail Khan’s directorial venture did rake in moolah but not as much as Dharma Productions romantic comedy 2 States did.Yes, the film starring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt not only impressed the critics but turned out to be a crowd puller as well. So is 2 States at the very top of the list? Nah…Its Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha’s Holiday: A Solider Is Never Off Duty. Surprised? Well, read on to know which other films created dhoom at the tickets windows in the first half of 2014…
Holiday – Akshay and Sonakshi starrer collected Rs 112. 65 crore nett at the domestic box office and is certainly the highest grossing film of 2014 so far.
What worked for the film – Exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi says,“The fact that it’s an out-an-out a commercial film starring commercial hero like Akki did the trick for the film.”
2 States – Arjun and Alia’s first film together is on the second spot.Though media reports claim that Sallu miyaan’s Jai Ho is ahead in the numbers game, our khabroo says otherwise. Abhishek Varman’s debut directorial venture collected around Rs 106 crore nett at the Indian BO.
What worked for the film – “Chetan Bhagat may not be literary genius but he close to being one and his books are mass sellers. And that’s one major reason why 2 States had a huge connect with the audiences,” says Rathi
Jai Ho – Salman’s highly anticipated film had a slow start at the ticket windows but the film eventually picked up and raked in Rs 96 crore nett at the domestic circuit. Yes, that’s the exact figure and we got it from our khoofiya source.
What worked for the film – Akshaye Rathi just said two words – ‘SALMAN KHAN’. We totally agree with him on this one.
Ek Villain: Mohit Suri’s romantic thriller starring Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh is slowly racing ahead in the numbers game. So far the film has grossed Rs 95. 38 crore nett at the Indian box office and is all set to enter the Rs 100 crore club
What worked for the film – “Ek Villain connected with the masses and classes. Also, music was the hero of the film. When you don’t have Khans, Kapoors or Roshans in a film, music has to be impactful and that was the case with this film,” says Rathi.
Gunday: Ranveer Singh-Arjun Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer makes it to the list as well. The film collected around Rs 78 crore domestically.
What worked for the film: “Commercial star cast, big banner like YRF,great music and lastly Priyanka Chopra – the film just had to work,”points out Akshaye.