The year 2022 was not a favorable year for Hindi movies. Most of them have failed to attract people to the cinemas. Compared to the pre-pandemic times, the money they collected in a week doesn’t even equal what movies made within three days of their release.
Akshay Kumar’s fourth release of the year, Ram Setuc, which was released around the festival of Diwali, failed to make the box office ring, but it managed to revive Kumar from the box office failures of his last three films. The film has ranked sixth in the top first weekend earners of the year and is Kumar’s top first week earner this year, Box Office India reported. With an opening of Rs 15.25 crore, Ram Setu has made a business of Rs 58.90 crore so far. But since the film was a celebratory release – it came out a day after Diwali – the performance has not lived up to expectations.
Akshay’s historical drama Samrat Prithviraj collected Rs 55.05 cr by the end of its first week in theaters. Bachchhan Paandey collected Rs 47.98 cr in a week and Raksha Bandhan barely witnessed a footfall in the theaters earning Rs 38.30 cr in a week. By comparison, in 2021, his film Sooryavanshi raised Rs 120.66 cr within a week of its release. Before the pandemic, in 2019, his film Good Newwz earned Rs 127.90 cr in a week and Housefull 4 collected Rs 129.35 crore in the first week.
The films that have earned well in the first week of their release this year are Brahmastra (Rs 168.75 cr), The Kashmir Files (Rs 97.30 cr), Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (Rs 92.05 cr), Gangubai Kathiawadi (Rs 68.93 cr), and Vikram Vedha (Rs 58.57 cr). While these numbers look good when viewed from the perspective of low box office collections of movies in 2022, overall the year has been a bleak one for Bollywood movies.
Now all eyes are on the year 2023, which opens with a bang like Pathan of Shah Rukh Khan will hit theaters on January 25, 2023. The year will also see the release of Salman Khan’s Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan.