The proverbial 100-crore club became a matter of prestige in Bollywood at the turn of this decade. Ghajini was the first film to cross the mark back in 2008, followed by 3 Idiots the next year, which also marked the beginning of the 200-crore club. Soon the number of films entering the club each year began increasing, and with them, also subsequently emerged the 250, 300, and 350 crore clubs. Finally, the Hindi version of Baahubali 2 changed the game altogether last year as it became the first movie to breach the 500-crore threshold (its wordwide gross in all languages was a whopping 1707 crore).
Now, 2018 looks to also be changing the game albeit from another angle – the number of films to enter the 100-crore club in a single year. 2018 has already seen a number of milestones being set such as the maximum number of blockbusters and 300-crore nett grossers in a calendar year, and it now looks like the most number of 100-crore club entrants will also be achieved this year. The record stands at ten, which was achieved last year, having broken the previous record of nine set in 2012 and 2014. The industry has already witnessed nine 100-crore films this year, and with three months and several biggies left, the only way the record won’t be broken is if every cinema hall across the country remains shut for the rest of the year.
|Year||No. of 100-Crore Films|
|2018 (9 months)||9*|
Now let’s see which film that have made it to the 100-crore club in 2018:
|100-Crore Film||Nett Collection (INR)||Verdict|
|Sanju||342.52 crore||All-Time Blockbuster|
|Race 3||169.02 crore||Above Average|
|Baaghi 2||164.38 crore||Blockbuster|
|Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety||108.95 crore||Blockbuster|
|Gold*||107.37 crore||Below Average|
While surpassing the 100-crore nett mark no longer guarantees a hit like it did a couple of years ago (such is the rapidly changing scenario of the box-office in the multiplex era), there’s no denying that a certain prestige is still associated with the landmark, especially for small to mid-budget films, while it also remains the first hurdle big films wish to get out of the way as soon as possible. With plenty of time and many potential big earners on the way, nothing short of an alien invasion could stop 2018 from going down as the year that registers the maximum number of films in the 200-crore club.
Image Sources: RHF, NGE, and T-Series
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.