Diwali 2023: Looking at box office firecrackers over the years
Diwali 2023 was an important festival for Bollywood. Filmmakers aim to block dates for their films during Christmas in order to entertain family audiences with fun, light and engaging stories. The biggest Diwali releases this year are Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi’s Tiger 3 (November 12) followed by the funny Khichdi 2 which releases on November 17.
Ahead of the Diwali 2023 releases, here’s a look back at the Hindi films that have released during the festival over the years and how well they fared at the box office. From Ra.One in 2011, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in 2015 to the fight in Ram Setu and Thank God in 2022, we tracked the performance of these festival releases.
2011 – Ra.One
Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal’s high-concept visual effects spectacle Ra.One may not have received the acclaim it deserved in 2011 but the film collected Rs. 118 crores at the box office due to pre-release buzz and stardom.
2012 – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan was Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture. The Bollywood drama opened to positive reviews. At the box office, the film was declared a super hit with a collection of Rs. 120.65 hearts.
2012 – Mac Sardaar
Ajay Devgn and Son of Sardaar Sonakshi Sinha joined forces for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Despite the debacle, the comedy film was a hit at the box office as it collected Rs. 105.03 crore.
2013 – Zone 3
Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra’s Krrish 3 was the biggest Diwali release of 2013. The superhero franchise, due to its massive fan following, set the cash counters ringing. The film made Rs. 240 crore at the box office.
2014 – Happy New Year to you
Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah`s Happy New Year is a big Diwali release in 2014. The hype around the film made it a successful venture despite mixed reviews. The Farah Khan directorial grossed Rs. 203 heart.
2015 – Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Sooraj Barjatya gave a perfect family entertainer on Diwali in 2015 with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The iconic duo Hum Aapke Hai Koun came together in the film and collected Rs. 207.4 crore at the box office.
2016 – Shivaay
Ajay Devgn’s directorial debut Shivaay received a mixed response from the critics as well as the audience. Despite a lot of buzz and anticipation, the film declared an average at the box office with a collection of Rs. 100.35 hearts.
2016 – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was one of the most talked about films of 2016. With a Diwali release, the romantic drama directed by Karan Johar earned Rs. 112.5 crore at the box office.
2017 – Golmaal Again
Rohit Shetty worked his magic at the box office alongside Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Kemmu’s Golmaal Again. The horror comedy did well at the box office collecting Rs. 205.72 crore.
2017 – Secret Superstar
Despite debacle with Golmaal Again, the Zaira Wasim inspired Superstar Secret was in its place at the box office. With positive reviews and good word of mouth, the film collected Rs. 62 hearts.
2019 – Full House 4
Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Riteish Deshmukh, Pooja Hegde, Bobby Deol, Kriti Kharbanda, Chunky Panday and Rana Daggubati`s Housefull 4 dominated the box office on Diwali 2019. The comedy film collected Rs. 206 hearts.
2021 – Sooryavanshi
Akshay Kumar and Rohit Shetty reopened theaters after the COVID-19 pandemic with Sooryavanshi on Diwali 2021. Despite multiple safety regulations and guidelines, the cop thriller collected Rs. 195.04 crore.
2022 – Ram Sethu
Akshay Kumar, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Jacqueline Fernandez`s Ram Setu were low key. Despite being a Diwali release, it failed to draw audiences to theaters with the family. The film collected around Rs. 90 crore worldwide.
2023 – Thank God
Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh Thank God did better than Ram Setu at the box office but the report wasn’t great either. The film directed by Indra Kumar collected around Rs. 98 hearts.
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