Big-Budget Bollywood Festive Releases That Flopped At The Box-Office


With the stakes riding on Bollywood films escalating with each passing year, producers and big moviestars continue to clamor for those festive releases and extended weekend that open up the possibility of greater returns over the first few days. Enormous budgets. High marketing costs, and ridiculous amounts of money being shelled out by distributors for the theatrical right of star-driven vehicles, mean that filmmakers are left with little choice but to tussle over festive dates to maximize their profits. And the audience, too, enjoys watching big stars on the big screen in big-budget entertainers over those festive holidays.

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However, a festive release doesn’t necessarily guarantee success at the ticket window. In fact, with moviegoers becoming extremely choosy of late, planning a festive release and building hype around a film can backfire big time if the content isn’t up to audiences’ tastes. And since festive releases starring big stars usually carry a hefty price tag, the rejection hurts all the more, with the trade taking days to recover as a lot of dough, not to mention huge hopes, ride on such films.

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Here’s a list of some of the more-famous big-budget Bollywood festive releases that flopped at the box-office:

Film Festive Release Weekend Distribution Cost (INR) Collection in Nett (INR)
Tubelight Eid 2017 132 crore 119 crore
Mohenjo Daro Independence Day 2016 85 crore 60 crore
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara Independence Day 2013 85 crore 61 crore
Veer Republic Day 2010 50 crore 38 crore
Blue Diwali 2009 45 crore 39 crore
Main Aur Mrs. Khanna Diwali 2009 30 crore 8 crore
Saawariya Diwali 2007 25 crore 23 crore
Salaam- E- Ishq Republic Day 2007 35 crore 23 crore
Jaan-E-Mann Diwali 2006 30 crore 27 crore
Kyon Ki Diwali 2005 20 crore 14 crore
Kisna Republic Day 2005 15 crore 8 crore
LOC Kargil Christmas 2003 30 crore 18 crore


Classic cases of perceived advantages turning into major disadvantages.

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Disclaimer: Our box-office figures have been compiled from reliable sources and our own extensive research, and are indicative of the film’s performance in the trade. However, Movified doesn’t claim any legitimacy over the accuracy of the data, and cannot be held responsible for any discrepancy in the same.

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