Year Ender 2023 – Jawan to Animal: View at Bollywood Films’ Box-office Expectations vs Reality!

Explore the highs and lows of Bollywood's 2023 box office journey, from Shah Rukh Khan's triumph in 'Pathaan' to unexpected hits like 'Gadar 2.' A cinematic rollercoaster of surprises and letdowns are as follows!

By Ruchita Kishan Ushakola
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As the curtains draw on the cinematic extravaganza of 2023, the Bollywood box office witnessed a myriad of surprises, shattering expectations and dashing hopes in equal measure. From the resounding success of Shah Rukh Khan's 'Pathaan' to the unexpected triumph of 'Gadar 2,' the year delivered an array of cinematic experiences that left audiences in awe or contemplation. This article explores the contrasting landscapes of box-office expectations and the gritty reality that unfolded on the silver screen.


A. Box-office Expectations Turned into Reality!


Marking Shah Rukh Khan's triumphant return after a five-year hiatus, 'Pathaan' not only met but exceeded expectations, becoming the highest-grossing Hindi film of all time with a staggering 1050 crores worldwide. King Khan indeed ruled the box office with this blockbuster hit.


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Surpassing even 'Pathaan,' Shah Rukh Khan's 'Jawan' emerged as a surprise powerhouse, collecting a remarkable 1148.32 crores globally. This feat solidified SRK's position as the only Indian actor to boast two 1000+ crore grosses in a single year.



Despite controversies surrounding its 'A' certification, Ranbir Kapoor's 'Animal' roared louder than anticipated, becoming the highest-grossing A-rated Indian film of all time with a colossal 880 crores worldwide. The film's success, despite outrage, added a unique chapter to its illustrious journey.

Animal Enters 800 Crore Club Worldwide |

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani


Karan Johar's comeback after a seven-year hiatus struck gold with 'Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani.' The Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer collected 355.61 crores worldwide, blending entertainment with societal messages.

Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani Cruising Towards 350 Crores Mark Globally |

Tiger 3


The much-awaited 'Tiger 3' lived up to its anticipation, earning blockbuster status as the highest-grossing Diwali festive release in the history of Indian cinema with a total collection of 466.33 crores worldwide. Released on November 11th, 2023, the spy thriller secured its place among the highest-grossing films of the year.

Joginder Tuteja on X: "#Tiger3 is crossing 450 crores today. The film has  collected double the amount at global box office than its budget of 225  crores, as per #YRF. #YRFSpyuniverse is



Shah Rukh Khan's third release of the year, 'Dunki,' released on December 21st, 2023, is on track to win hearts, crossing the 250 crore mark and still counting stands tall with a total collection of 256.40 crores at the global box office.



Despite falling short of its full potential due to presentation flaws, 'Adhipurush,' based on India's epic mythological story Ramayana, secured its hit status with a worldwide collection ranging from 354 to 450 crores.

Adipurush Picks Up Strong Pace At The Box Office, Earns Rs 450 Crores  Globally in 10 Days - IndustryHit.Com

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Addressing the bold concept of sex education, 'OMG 2' emerged as the seventh highest-grossing film of the year, collecting 221.08 crores worldwide. The film brought a crucial societal issue to the forefront, although its potential deserved more of it.

Tu Joothi Main Makkar

Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, 'Tu Joothi Main Makkar' lived up to expectations, marking Shraddha's successful comeback after a five-year hiatus. The film garnered a worldwide collection of 220.10 crores.

Latest rom-com entertainer breaches 200 crores gross worldwide |

B. Less Box-office Expectations but Turned into Massive Hits!

Gadar 2

The sequel to the 2001 cult-classic 'Gadar: Ek Prem Katha,' 'Gadar 2,' shocked sceptics by not only continuing the success of its predecessor but securing the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2023 and the eighth-highest-grossing Hindi film of all time with 691.08 crore collection worldwide.

Gadar 2's ₹520 Crores net success into 6th weekend

The Kerala Story

'The Kerala Story,' based on true events surrounding the "love jihad" conspiracy theory, defied expectations for reality-based films, earning its place as the fifth highest-grossing A-rated Hindi film and ranking among the top-grossing films of 2023 with a global collection of 303.97 crores.

The Kerala Story': Islamic State film triggers bans in India | Euronews

Ponniyin Selvan: II

Initially overlooked by non-Tamil audiences, 'Ponniyin Selvan: II' soared to success after its OTT release, earning a whopping 350 crores worldwide and gaining recognition at the 54th IFFI Indian panorama mainstream section.

Ponniyin Selvan 2 Box Office Collection Day 3: Mani Ratnam's epic mints  over Rs 80 crore in first weekend | Zee Business

C. Box-office Expectations Didn’t Turn into Reality

Sam Bahadur

Despite critical acclaim, Vicky Kaushal's 'Sam Bahadur' struggled at the box office, collecting a modest 115.20 crores worldwide. Clash with 'Animal' on December 1 impacted its commercial success.

Sam Bahadur Box Office Collection Day 19: Vicky Kaushal's film continues  winning streak ; Earns over ₹100 cr globally | Mint

Dream Girl 2

Following the success of its predecessor, 'Dream Girl 2' faced mixed reviews and achieved sleeper-hit status with a total worldwide collection of 140.56 crores.

Ayushmann Khurrana's 'Dream Girl 2' joins 100 Cr. club worldwide

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Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ka Jaan

Contrary to Salman Khan's usual commercial hits, 'Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ka Jaan' received mixed reviews and underperformed with a total worldwide collection of 182.44 crores.

12th Fail

Despite critical acclaim, '12th Fail,' based on real-life Chambal events, was declared a sleeper hit with a mere 65.98 crore box-office collection.

12th Fail Box Office Collection Day 30 - Sacnilk

Mission Raniganj

Despite positive reviews, 'Mission Raniganj' failed to strike a chord with audiences, collecting only 45.66 crores worldwide.

Mission Raniganj (2023) Tickets & Showtimes | Fandango

The Vaccine War

Despite highlighting the creation of Covaxin, 'The Vaccine War' struggled at the box office, collecting just 9.47 crores worldwide, though earning accolades at the 54th IFFI Indian panorama section.

The Vaccine War First Poster Out: Promotion Of Vivek Agnihotri's Film Kicks  Off In India

Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway

Inspired by a real-life story, 'Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway' failed commercially, collecting a meagre 36.53 crores despite its exceptional narration.

Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway (2023) - Movie | Reviews, Cast & Release Date -  BookMyShow

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Despite positive reviews, 'Bheed,' portraying India's struggle during the pandemic, went unnoticed, ending up as a commercial failure with a total collection of 3.33 crore.

Bheed (2023) - IMDb

Thank You For Coming

Despite positive reviews, 'Thank You For Coming' failed to capture audience attention, accumulating just 9.64 crores worldwide, showcasing the challenges sex comedies face in India that is still a taboo.

Thank You For Coming (2023) - Movie | Reviews, Cast & Release Date -  BookMyShow


'IB17,' despite positive reviews, struggled at the box office, garnering just 29.19 crores worldwide. The spy action thriller explored the two-front war between Indian intelligence agencies and the Pakistani establishment in 1971.

Watch IB71 - Disney+ Hotstar


Despite offering a thrilling real-life story, 'Ghoomer' garnered a mere 7 crores at the box office, failing to attract the attention it deserved.


Despite high expectations for Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon's on-screen comeback, 'Ganapath' disappointed audiences and critics alike, grossing just 13.38 crores and emerging as a box office bomb.

Ganapath collection: Tiger Shroff-starrer 'Ganapath' becomes actor's  lowest-ever opener, collects Rs 2.5 cr on Day 1 - The Economic Times

In the kaleidoscope of Bollywood's 2023 releases, the divergent paths of box-office triumphs and tribulations revealed the unpredictable nature of audience preferences. As we bid farewell to this cinematic rollercoaster, let it serve as a reminder to recalibrate our expectations, appreciate hidden gems, and perhaps pave the way for a more discerning and inclusive cinematic future. The year-end spectacle underscores the need for audiences to embrace diverse narratives and not be swayed solely by the glitz and glamour of star-studded releases. In the coming years, let us aspire to be both discerning and open-minded, ensuring that deserving films receive the attention they truly merit, transcending the confines of over-the-top success.

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