The last month of 2018 turned out to be fruitful for Bollywood. Except for the highly anticipated Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero, all other films – Kedarnath, KGF (Kolar Gold Field) and finally Simmba made distributors happy with their box office numbers.
December month started off well with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 (released on 30th November) making big bucks at the box office. The Hindi version closed out well minting Rs 188 crores.
On 8th December, we saw the release of much anticipated Kedarnath, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan. The disaster film directed by Abhishek Kapoor (Rock on, Kai Po Che, Fitoor), met with below average reviews but surprisingly did well at the box office. Budgeted at Rs 60 crores, Kedarnath earned Rs 66 (approx) at the domestic box office
On 21st December we saw the clash between the most expensive film of Shah Rukh Khan – Zero (Rs 200 crores) and most expensive film of Kannada industry – KGF – Kolar Gold Field (budget – Rs 80 crores). Though Zero opened to good response on the first day at the box office, the romantic drama started going down like anything due to the negative reviews, terrible word-of-mouth publicity through Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media which spread like fire and could not sustain for the rest of days. The film currently stand at Rs 97+ crores but should wind up in few days.
The other release, KGF, starring Yash , opened to a slow response but eventually picked up due to excellent reviews. The film has over taken Zero at the box office on 13th Day. While the Hindi version of KGF earned Rs 31.75 crores, the other versions continues to do wonder at the ticket window grossing close to Rs 100 crores.
Released in 4983 screens worldwide , (India: 4020 and Overseas: 963), the last film of 2018, Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan starrer Simmba, had opened to a thunderous response with Rs 20.74 crores on its first day beating the opening day collection of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero which minted Rs 20.14 crores. There was a very good growth with each passing day and is already a big hit at Rs 139.03 crores after seven days against the budget of Rs 125 crores