While the first four months of 2015 weren't dhamakedaar as far as box office is concerned, May brought in much needed relief as Gabbar Is Back, Piku and Tanu Weds Manu Returns ended up faring exceptionally well at the ticket windows...
Last month certainly turned out to be good for Bollywood. While Anurag Kashyap's big budget film Bombay Velvet starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar failed to pack a solid punch at the box office, Akshay Kumar starrer Gabbar Is Back, Deepika Padukone's Piku and Kangana Ranaut's romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu Returns on the other hand got cash registers jingling and how! Akki's action film was the first one to hit the theatres in the month of May and the film got off to a great start. In no time, Khiladi Kumar's flick crossed the Rs 50 crore mark and ended the dry spell at the Indian box office. Next came Piku, this Shoojit Sircar directorial impressed the critics and audience alike. In fact, the family drama also performed well in the international markets. Piku is still running in the cinema halls and so far has collected Rs 77.33 crore domestically which is impressive.
After these two films, Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan's Tanu Weds Manu Returns released and literally stormed the box office. This Aanand L Rai directorial has become the first film of 2015 to enter the rs 100 crore club and its still going rock steady at the BO. Now we know all the three films - Gabbar Is Back, Piku and Tanu Weds Manu Returns have done really good business but according to box office figures its Ms Ranaut who has grabbed the no.1 position in the month of May. Twinkle Khanna's hubby dearest is at no.2 position whereas Ms Padukone is at no.3 spot.
Box office collection by the end of second weekend
Gabbar Is Back: Rs 71 .36 crore
Piku: Rs 56.02 crore
Tanu Weds Manu Returns: Rs 98.37 crore
Well, Going by the above figures, its pretty clear why Kangana Ranaut is at the top, hai na?
We spoke to exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi and asked him about the three films which fared well last month. Here's what he said, "May turned out to be phenomenal with all the three films - Gabbar Is Back, Piku and Tanu Weds Manu Returns - doing amazingly well at the box office. The films were enjoyed by the audience across multiplexes and single screens which was really hood. However, the combined success of these three films still did not make up for the loss which Bombay Velvet suffered. It will take time to recover that money but resurrection is on its ways. In fact, February, March and April were also dull due to world cup and IPL but May got the industry going and with films like Dil Dhadakne Do, Hamarai Adhuri Kahani and ABCD 2, things are looking good ahead.
Talking about the top three stars of May, Rathi said, "One thing that works is entertainment and all three films did entertain the audienec. But if I have to rank the stars according to the box office then obviously Kangana is at no.1, Akshay at no. 2 and Deepika at no.3 position."
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