That time of the year where Bollywood buffs get to see some of the biggest releases of the year is HERE! Yes, you know what are we talking about, it’s the INDEPENDENCE WEEK! Time and again, over the course of many years, some of the biggest films that have released on & around our Independence Day every year have ended up entertaining the cine-goers tremendously, as a result of which, the theatre owners have ended up making some really big bucks!
But, obviously, there were quite a few exceptions to that rule.
So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at all the Independence period releases so far and how they have fared at the ticket windows:
Ek Tha Tiger (15th August 2012)
Salman Khan’s first ever film with Kabir Khan, Ek Tha Tiger, turned out to be somewhat of a game changer for our Bhai. The film, as per Box Office India, brought in about 237 crores through the ticket windows.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara (15th August 2013)
One Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara featured Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in pivotal roles. But, the film couldn’t really use the time period it released in to its advantage. As per Box Office India, the flick, that was mounted on a budget of 100 crores, could only bring in about 77 crores or so for its makers.
Singham Returns (15th August 2014)
The year 2014 saw the return of Ajay Devgn as the righteous and short-tempered Bajirao Singham in Rohit Shetty’s Singham Returns. The film received a lot of love from the audience, so much so that it minted about 162 crores at its home ground.
Brothers (14th August 2015)
This was the second time that Akshay Kumar came out with a big release during the Independence period, and it was the second time that he ended up giving a flop during the period in question. Even though Akki was accompanied by Sidharth Malhotra and many others, the film couldn’t even recover its 100 crore production budget as it was only able to bring in 79 crores through the Indian ticket windows.
Rustom (12th August 2016)
2016 was the year when our beloved Akki finally managed to give a hit with the help of the Tinu Suresh Desai-directed Rustom. The biographical drama stood on a figure of 173 crores at the end of its lifetime run.
On the other hand, Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro, which released around the same time period, proved to be a massive dud.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (11th August 2017)
Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha spoke about the unbelievable but prevalent issue of open defecation in India. The satirical comedy raked in about 132 crores at the Indian ticket counters.
Now, back to the present day, where two of the most anticipated films of the year, namely Gold and Satyameva Jayate have hit the screens after making Bollywood buffs wait since time immemorial. If early trends are to go by, Gold may leave the likes of Race 3 & Bajrangi Bhaijaan behind in terms of opening day numbers. We are yet to know as to how is Satyameva Jayate doing at the cinema halls.
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