The occasion of Republic Day has always proved to be a boon for Bollywood. Over the years, we have seen big box office grossers arriving on this auspicious day or around it. As the year 2021 isn’t witnessing any big-ticket releases, we’ll be taking a look at the highest grossers of the festive season and refresh our box office memories. The list comprises of top 5 grossers which is dominated by Padmaavat.
Starting from the last, let’s take a look at the top 5 Republic Day grossers:
Starring Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor in key roles, the film is a reboot to 1990 cult of Amitabh Bachchan. Hrithik filling in the shoes of Big B was enough reason to build the pre-release hype but it was film’s chartbusters like Chikni Chameli which set a perfect stage. The film opened on 26th January 2012 and put up an impressive figure. Agneepath enjoyed a good word of mouth in metros and mass centres which helped in bringing in a sum of 122 crores.
Kaabil faced a clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees on 25th January 2017. Despite stiff competition, the film fared extremely well thanks to brilliant performances by Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam and rest of the cast. The film enjoyed a positive word of mouth from the metro audience which helped it in growing after a decent start. Kaabil collected 126.85 crores in the theatrical run.
Airlift featuring Akshay Kumar released on 22nd January 2016, thus benefitting from Republic Day holiday during its first-week run. The film was a decent affair in mass centres but it was metro cities which showed an amazing response. At the end of the theatrical run, the film made a sum of 128 crores.
Raees which released on 25th January 2017 saw a clash with Hrithik’s Kaabil. Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s face-off, hit music and striking trailer did all the magic and the film went onto collect a healthy sum of 139.21 crores.
Featuring a blockbuster trio of Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, Padmaavat suffered a big-time due to controversies. Shows at several places were stalled by extremist organisations. Surviving all odds, Padmaavat managed to rake unexpected numbers at the box office. It made a whopping collection of 300.26 crores.