Varun Dhawan the top male star in the first half of 2017

The unthinkable has happened. The first half of the year had movie releases featuring four of the Top 5 established superstars in the industry – Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan. Only Aamir Khan didn’t have a movie release.

Yet, it’s Varun Dhawan, who hadn’t even made his debut at the beginning of the decade, who tops the first half of the year. His film ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ is not only the biggest hit of the year so far, but also the most profitable Hindi film. Alia Bhatt too made her presence felt and Dharma Productions’ is the banner behind two of the year’s most successful films – ‘Bahubali 2: The Conclusion’ and ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’.

Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ was the first major release of the year and it remains one of the few films to get an ‘excellent’ initial at the box office.

Top 5 Movies that managed to make a mark, opening-wise:

  • Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (Hindi) – Bumper, record-breaking opening.
  • Raees – Excellent opening considering clash with another big film (Kaabil).
  • Badrinath Ki Dulhania – Good opening at multiplexes, excellent at mass centres.
  • Sachin: A Billion Dreams – For a docudrama, the opening can be categorised as excellent.
  • Half Girlfriend – The competition was intense, Half Girlfriend got a good initial, faltered second day onwards.

Salman’s Tubelight, Akshay’s Jolly LLB 2 and Hrithik’s Kaabil were amongst the films that opened below trade expectations.

Biggest hits of the year:

  • Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (Hindi) – All Time Blockbuster, incomparable to any other film.
  • Badrinath Ki Dulhania – One of the most profitable films for Dharma Productions in recent times, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt carried the film.
  • Hindi Medium – Surprise hit, went on to beat ‘Half Girlfriend’ and finish with lifetime business of 67 crore.
  • Jolly LLB 2 – It was the first clean-hit of the year. Akshay Kumar continued his consistent run and delivered yet another 100 crore grosser.


  • Mat ro @Indicine,
    Mat ro.

    Har gum k baad khushiyan aati hain.
    Dekh JHMS aa rahi hai, saari bharaas nikal liyo uspe.

    Get well soonπŸ‘πŸ‘


  • Shame On Salman His Tubelight Is Chasing 130cr despite 4300 screens and festival! Raees & Rustom achieved this feat despite clash and less screens. And salman Fans don’t be happy If TZH is big hit its all because of Festivals otherwise Tubelight would have been 80cr lifetime if you really call urself superstar come without festival & earn half of Wht Baahubali2 did in Hindi… 😠


  • Good for Varun but the second half of 2017 will be different. Tubelight was the dullest film of Salman but TZH will reule the box office. Judwaa 2 might open well, but comedy films aren’t performing these days, so it will be a test for Judwaa 2. G4 is a big franchise so audience will definitely come in big numbers. TEPK looks potentially big. Padmavati is also there.


  • Tubelight in worst case was expected to do around 175cr..check out indicine’s detailed prediction about Tubelight….

    Total distributors loss behind Tubelight
    Domestic~ 70crs
    Total-~~ 90crs
    Not sure but it could be the highest ever loss occurred to distributors from a film..

    highest grosser of the year so farr

    Raees~ 131 Crs
    Tubelight~ 125Crs (expected)
    Badri ki dulhania~ 115crs
    Jolly~ 108crs
    Kaabil~ 90crs

    Worldwide basis
    Raees~ 275crs
    Badri & Tubelight~ 210crs
    Jolly~ 190crs
    Kaabil~ 160crs


  • Lovely to see good movies on top ,Indian Audience is maturing. Tho kaabil deserved more but it crossed 100Cr against a Movie like Raees i.e SRKs most commercial movie of the decade is a big deal.
    And very happy for Irfan Khan such a great Actor getting its due ,been Hindi Medium not clashed with HG, it would have done more better around 80-85 Crores.

    Movies 2017 acc to me ,

    RAEES – AVERAGE ,but better than srks last 3-4 Craps (Collects more due to First Weekend)

    KAABIL – VERY GOOD but Hrithiks class act made it Excellent


    BKD – VERY GOOD ,Varun was V Good im the movie

    Hindi Medium – Very good but actors like IRFAN Khan ,Deepak Dobriyal made it Excellent that girl was excellent too

    Half Girlfriend – Below Average

    Tubelight – Bad



  • lol! That is why Bollywood is known all over the world for quantity rather than quality, never grown past the era of dancing round tress and useless love stories of heroine been an eye candy, if not why wouldn’t he top when he keeps doing masala and dancing, what with content films like fan and tubelight failing because no dance and an actress eye candy, i give up on the Indian audience , SRK and Salman you guys should better not experiment again otherwise you will be thrown out of Bollywood, pls keep giving the indian audience what they need dancing around tress with eye candy actresses. later people will be asking why SRK is stuck with rom com and salman stuck with masala, that is because they understands that Indian audience are still stuck in the 80s. Experiment or give them word class cinema they pay you with failures. No wonder actresses have no carrier after 30 years, what an audience? in my country Nigeria actresses in their forties are dominating the box office.


  • Hence proved
    The real superstar is “Appealing content”
    Varun rocks!! Unlike ranbir kapoor varun doesnt do experiments which is fine enough. Its industry not labratory. Paisa paying audience want entertainment.
    All superstars barring SRK have good future. SRK has ruined himself with his film choices. First this befikre-2 type JHMS and next with ALR looks fusion of Billu and KANK. Ye kya baat hui??

    Salman has lines of sequel-TZH, D3, Kick-2

    HR has Krishh serie

    Akki has best lineup

    Aamir is the ultimate king today

    So dont worry. Bollywood future is save.


  • Varon BKD SRK Raees Akshay jolly llb doing good job in starting of 2017 while Tublight led down the industry in middle ! all eyes on JHMS on 4 August a well compose trailer made him Blockbuster


  • u should have mentioned the biggest flop and biggest disaster of the year too !!!!!!
    Raees wasn’t solo release so no point talking about records at all !!!!!!


  • Nice Article
    But When Will You Update Top 15 Actors List According to Last 5 movie Collection?

    Your this Article last Update Was 10 months Ago


  • Tublight mega disaster on overseas , in India disaster , Rangoon records are broken by Megastar that why Megastar for reasons.


  • why continously doing chamchagiri of salman with lot’s of excuses????

    i show that from realise of tubelight you came with baise article some examples
    from 1st day everyone knows despite of solo record screen count hike tickets rate tubelight open with disaster occupancy and collection of opening day just some lakh above raees by manuplation to just making article of 2017 bigest opening and you also gave same headline of your article

    than you again came with that types of article when weekend collection came out again it was manuplated

    than today you are not came out with today’s disater collection instead of it you came out with consecutive 11 hundred cr headline where are you when srk’s almost every movies enter in 200cr worldwide where ready, bodyguard dabangg failed to do this???

    why are you not updated overseas worldwide collection even you still not came with comparison article ????

    now you come out with article that first half belong to varun why not you made article of first half highest grosser domestic, overseas and worldwide? ?? even a small kid know that raees with clash ahead in every department

    if you go with your logic of success than neerja was more profitable against salman


  • SRK is still no. 1. Bahubali 5 open week, 400 Cr Budget, Franchise only 500 Cr. Jolly LLB2 3 open week, only 105 Cr. Badrinath Ki Dulhania only 114 Cr. Solo Release, 3 open week. Truly Shameful!

    Raess budget 40 Cr. clash with Kaabil life time 130 Cr. If Raees get same benefit like bahubali, easily cross 600 Cr.


  • Title has nothing to do with the article..Varun didn’t make the most profitable film, because that was Baahubali and Hindi Medium..
    His film isn’t the highest grosser but that is Raees and second highest is Jolly LLB 2
    He did nothing special



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