The audience for Hollywood films in India is growing with each new release, and the immediate threat they pose to our indigenous film industries at the box-office can no longer be ignored. Gone are the days when a big-ticket Hollywood film, holding prestige value from all the money and noise made in overseas markets a la Jurassic Park or Titanic or Avatar or 2012, would come and set cash registers ringing once every three to four years. Nowadays, it’s quite common for Hollywood films to release in India the same time as they hit screens abroad, and it’s not in the least bit surprising when they cross or get close to the 100-crore mark, especially those belonging to the superhero stable or popular big-budget action franchises.
The popularity surge of Hollywood in India can be gauged from how most of its massive money-spinners have released in the recent past, with as many as twelve of the industry’s fifteen all-time highest grossers in the country coming in the last four years. In fact, films like Avengers: Infinity War and The Jungle Book have collected more than many huge Bollywood, Kollywood, and Tollywood hits starring big names, which has raised red flags in all three industries. So, now is as good a time as any to see how Hollywood has made a dent at the Indian box-office in the past couple of years.
It’s time to take a look at the highest-grossing Hollywood movies of all time in India:
|Hollywood Film||Year||Nett Collection in India (INR)|
|Avengers: Infinity War||2018||228 crore|
|The Jungle Book||2016||188 crore|
|Furious 7||2015||110 crore|
|Jurassic World||2015||101 crore|
|The Fate of the Furious||2017||86.79 crore|
|Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom||2018||82.81 crore|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||2015||76.48 crore|
|Mission Impossible: Fallout||2018||69.25 crore|
|The Conjuring 2||2016||62.43 crore|
|Life of Pi||2012||61.19 crore|
|Thor: Ragnarok||2017||60.04 crore|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||2017||59.96 crore|
|Captain America: Civil War||2016||59.50 crore|
|Deadpool 2||2018||58.08 crore|
|The Amazing Spider-Man 2||2014||57.82 crore|
|Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||2017||51.90 crore|
|Iron Man 3||2013||50.50 crore|
|Annabelle: Creation||2017||49.50 crore|
|The Amazing Spider-Man||2012||48.25 crore|
The impending danger that looms on the horizon by a perennially encroaching foreign market can no longer be overlooked. Hollywood isn’t going anywhere now, and the consistency with which they continue making a dent at our box-office is only going to keep rising in the coming years. But there’s no reason why Indian films, especially those belong to the three major industries – Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu – can’t continue to thrive along with their lavishly mounted American counterparts. However, if our local film industries wish to survive, they better pull up their socks and constantly produce good, entertaining films for their audiences, or else rick the ogre that is Hollywood trample them for all eternity just like it has done to most film industries around the world.