Blockbuster Bollywood movies that did not release during festival weekends

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Over the past twelve to fourteen years, multiplexes have mushroomed all over the country, which has brought about a new trend – festival releases. It exists today across all the major film industries in the country (Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood, and Mollywood), but for the time being, we’ll focus on the Hindi film industry. Most big-ticket film, starring big stars, clamor for holiday weekends, and though certain biggies would release during festivals even before the turn of the new millennium, it was never as big a deal back then as it has become now, after the advent of the 200-crore and 300-crore clubs. Hum Aapke hain Koun and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge anyone?

Sources: YRF and Rajshri

However, several festival releases have proven to be damp squids at the box-office, and the insane prices that they’re sole to distributors only make their losses that much harder to bear. On the other hand, many more than a few films have managed to achieve blockbuster status despite non-holiday releases, and we’re not only talking about the time before it became a big trend with so many multiplexes abounding. 2018 itself has seen as many as four blockbusters that released on everyday working weekends, not to mention the biggest blockbuster in the history of Indian cinema, Baahubali 2, which broke all records in both its Hindi and South versions and released just a year prior in 2017.

Source: Arka

So, let’s check out every Bollywood film post 2000 that turned out to be a blockbuster despite not releasing during a festival weekend:

Film Year Nett Collection (INR)
Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai 2000 44.28 crore
Gadar 2001 76.88 crore
Raaz 2002 21.46 crore
Koi Mil Gaya 2003 47.20  crore
Dhoom 2 2006 81.01 crore
Lage Raho Munna Bhai 2006 74.88 crore
Krrish 2006 72.16 crore
Chak De India 2007 67.69 crore
Partner 2007 66.19 crore
Rab Ne bana DI Jodi 2008 84.68 crore
Rajneeti 2010 92.38 crore
Ready 2011 120.72 crore
Singham 2011 100.38 crore
The Dirty Picture 2011 79.78 crore
Rowdy Rathore 2012 134.25 crore
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 2013 188.99 crore
Aashiqui 2 2013 78.42 crore
Tanu Weds Manu Returns 2015 150.80 crore
Sanju 2018 342.52 crore
Raazi 2018 300.15 crore
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety 2018 123.84 crore
Stree (expected) 2018 108.95 crore


Who says a film needs a big holiday weekend to become a big blockbuster?

Cover Photo Sources: SKF, AGPL, and Hari Om
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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