Kabir Singh, Bharat kept the momentum going for Bollywood in 2019 first half

The first half of 2019 is over and one can say that it has been a great first half for Bollywood, in terms of business. Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, Kesari, Total Dhamaal, Bharat and Kabir Singh, have contributed the most to the business in the first six months of 2019.

“Last year, in the first six months, we roughly recorded a collection of Rs 2200 crores, and this time we have collected roughly around Rs 2400 crores. So, it’s a 10-12% increment which nonetheless is good but I was expecting at least 15-20 per cent growth because of the kind of releases we had. It’s an optimistic growth but I am doubly optimistic about the second half of the year,” Film trade analyst Girish Johar.

The first quarter of 2019 was excellent for Bollywood in terms of Box office collections. Vicky Kaushal starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, Total Dhamaal, Manikarnika, Badla, Luka Chuppi and Kesari were among the major earners in the first quarter of 2019.

The second quarter did not start off well, with big budget movie Kalank getting rejected by the audience. Films like Tashkent Files got some great reviews though the movie made just under Rs. 10 crore at the box office. However, Salman Khan starrer Bharat, De De Pyaar and Kabir Singh made up for Kalank’s failure; these movies made the most money in the second quarter thus ending the first half of 2019 on a great note.

Hollywood films like Avengers Endgame and Captain Marvel also contributed handsomely to the kitty, and has once again proved that Hollywood is emerging as a bigger player in the Indian market.

Reduction in movie tickets (due to lower taxes) also drew more people to cinema halls and helped the box office collections.