With the success of ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’, Varun Dhawan extends his incredible run at the box office. The actor now has 8 back-to-back successful films, starting from the beginning of his career in 2012 to his latest release.
In other words, the producers of his films have never lost money, which is a pretty big deal at the very beginning of a career. In fact, his biggest commercial disappointment was a big film like ‘Dilwale’ where the responsibility of the film’s success was on the shoulders of a much bigger star.
There’s been a steady growth in the level of the opening that his films are getting too. In the first half of his career, his films would open somewhere between 6-10 crore, while his last three films have all achieved opening day totals of 10-15 crore. Also, none of his films have opened to collections of less than 6 crore on the first day – something that none of the actors, barring 4 of the biggest, have managed in the last 5 years.
His choice of films has been excellent and when experimenting with darker off-beat films like Badlapur, the economics have been spot-on – giving films with limited reach a chance to be successful at the box office.
With a big film like ‘Judwaa 2’ scheduled to release later this year, 2017 could well be the year when Varun inches closer to becoming the top young star in the industry. The ‘superstar’ status is still a fair distance away. Among stars who made their debut after 2005, only Ranbir Kapoor has come closest to it after the release of ‘Yeh Jawaan Hai Deewani’.
But if Varun can continue to make the right choices and manages to extend and establish his fan-base, the trade could look at the him very differently in the next 2-3 years.
Note: Badrinath Ki Dulhania is still running at the box office. The film has already recovered its investment and is a clean box office hit. It could go on to be a super-hit or even a blockbuster if it does well in the next few days.
|Student Of The Year||19 Oct 2012||70 cr||Hit|
|Main Tera Hero||04 Apr 2014||54 cr||Hit|
|Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania||11 Jul 2014||77 cr||Super Hit|
|Badlapur||20 Feb 2015||53 cr||Hit|
|ABCD 2||19 July 2015||105 cr||Super Hit|
|Dilwale||18 Dec 2015||148 cr||Semi Hit|
|Dishoom||29 July 2016||70 cr||Above Average|
|Badrinath Di Dulhania||10 Mar 2017||55 cr*||Hit*|
|8 Movies||5 years||632 cr*|