Today is the 75th Independence Day of India, and while we celebrate it from our homes, we still need to go to theaters to see the latest release of the film. Over the years, Bollywood movie makers have looked to the Independence Day window to toss out some top-notch actor names to grab public attention and put some green at the box office.
While this trick has worked many times and has even earned millions of rupees on movies on its first day, the day has also seen the release of a few flops that left no impression.
Today as we celebrate India’s Independence Day, scroll down and take a look at some interesting box office facts that are sure to blow your mind.
ACTOR WITH MOST PREMIERES ON / AROUND INDEPENDENCE DAY
In the last decade (2012-2021), several movies have been released on Independence Day or on Independence weekend. While this is a filmmaker’s eye from the release period, as people have some spare time and head to movie theaters, the star who has dominated the day is Akshay Kumar. Akki has had 6 films – Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara! (2013), Brothers (2015), Rustom (2016), Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017), Gold (2018) and Mission Mangal (2019), released on or around this national holiday. They are followed by John Abraham (Batla House & Satyameva Jayate), Sidharth Malhotra (Shershaah & Brothers) and Ajay Devgn (Bhuj: The Pride of India & Singham Returns)
ACTRESS WITH MOST PREMIERES ON / AROUND INDEPENDENCE DAY
While Akshay Kumar is the Bollywood male lead who rules the Independence Day releases, Sonakshi Sinha is the female star who carries the torch. Ms. Sinha has had three releases during or around this national holiday, including Bhuj: The Pride of India (2021), Mission Mangal (2019), and Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara. (2013)
HIGHEST INDEPENDENCE DAY GROSS LAUNCHES
With this day and the weekend that adjoins / that follows, the theaters see great footsteps. The Independence Day premieres have generated huge success at the box office and in movie collections such as Ek Tha Tiger, Mission Mangal, Singham Returns and more. According to the highest grossing Koimoi movies of the years, the 5 Independence Day releases to win huge (India Nett) are Mission Mangal (₹ 200.16 crore), Ek Tha Tiger (₹ 198 crore), Singham returns (₹ 141 crore), Bathroom: Ek Prem Katha ($ 134.25 crore) and Rustom ($ 127.42 crore).
LOWEST GROSS LAUNCHES ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
While this weekend has proven to be a boon for many of its premieres, this national holiday has also seen the tank of movies at the box office. One Independence Day that was declared a failure was Mohenjo Daro (2016), directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde. The film had a lifetime collection of (₹ 58 crore). Another release that left no mark was the 2013 film Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara! winning a total of 65 million rupees only.
THE TALLEST COLLECTION OF THE FIRST DAY OF AN INDEPENDENCE DAY LAUNCH
According to our highest list of opening Bollywood movies, Ek Tha Tiger had a collection from Day 1 of 34.10 million rupees. This highest opening film is followed by Singham Returns (₹ 32.00 crore), Mission Mangal (₹ 29.16 crore) and gold (₹ 25.25 crore). Movies released in 2020 and 2021 are not on this list as they have had digital releases.
Happy Independence Day to all the Indians of the country and also to the whole world.
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