Biggest All Time Blockbusters

Biggest All Time Blockbusters
Rank 1 – Mughal E Azam
Net Collections Gross Collections ATP          (Average Ticket Price) Footfall Year Of Release Bollywood Universe
(Hindi speaking population with access to theatres)
PPP
– Percentage of Patronizing Population (% Of  Bollywood Universe In That Year)
Rs 550,000,00 Rs 110,000,000, Rs 1.10 10 cr 1960 India’s Poulation = 43 cr
Hindi speaking (60%)  = 26 cr
With Theatre access (50%)= 13 cr
Footfall = 10 cr
Footfall in percentage = 75%
 

75%

Imagine, of every 4 people who ever watched Hindi films in theatres those days, 3  had watched Mughal E Azam. You could hardly meet anyone who went to cinemas but had not watched Mughal E Azam. It was the biggest cultural statement of the post independence India. Also from the most elite of the urban rich to the poorest of the villager, they all watched it. Tickets were booked weeks in advance and theatres looked like carnival sites where the film played. Men, women, children of all ages and class thronged to watch the most popular film in bollywood history.
Rank 2 – Mother India
Net Collections Gross Collections ATP          (Average Ticket Price) Footfall Year Of Release Bollywood Universe (Hindi speaking population with access to theatres) PPP – Percentage of Patronizing Population (% Of  Bollywood Universe In That Year)
Rs 400,000,00 Rs 800,000,00 Rs .1.00 8 cr 1957 India’s Population = 40 cr
Hindi Speaking (60%) = 24 cr
theatre Access (50%) = 12 cr
Footfall = 8 cr
Footfall in percentage = 66%
 

66%

It was watched by two of every three people who ever went to cinemas. Whats more, This film had huge huge audiences in rural India too. Bullock carts full of people would leave for the cities and towns closeby, to watch Mother India and many had to stay back as, in winters, by the time matinee shows ended, it used to be dark and they could not travel back to their villages. These people slept on the roads after watching the movie.
Rank 3 – Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun
Net Collections Gross Collections ATP          (Average Ticket Price) Footfall Year Of Release Bollywood Universe (Hindi speaking population with access to theatres minus falling percentage due to Home Video/TV/Internet) PPP – Percentage of Patronizing Population (% Of  Bollywood Universe In That Year)
Rs 750,000,000 Rs 125,000,0000 Rs 10.00 12.5 cr 1994 India’s Population = 91 cr
Hindi Speaking (60%) = 54 cr
Theatre Access (80%) =  44 cr
Lost to piracy (50%) = 22 cr
Remaining = 22 cr
Footfall = 12.5 cr
Footfall in percentage = 55%
 

55%

Of those who decided to go to cinema rather than watch films on Tv or video, every second person, and more, watched Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun in theatres. Men, Women, Children of all ages, especially from the bougeoning Indian middle class came out in hordes with joint families of upto 30 bookng entire rows of cinemas to watch the film. Rural audiences kept watching the film on rotating prints for the next 5 years despite the piracy on cable channels. 5 years later, it’s premiere television telecast on Diwali 1999 brought the nation to a standstill for 5 hours
Rank 4 – Sholay
Net Collections Gross Collections ATP          (Average Ticket Price) Footfall Year Of Release Bollywood Universe (Hindi speaking population with access to theatres) PPP – Percentage of Patronizing Population (% Of  Bollywood Universe In That Year)
Rs 150,000,000 Rs 300,000,000 Rs 2.50 12.5 cr 1975 India’s Population = 66 cr
Hindi Speaking (60%) = 40 cr
theatre access (60%) = 24 cr
Footfall = 12.5 cr
Footfall In percentage = 52%
 

52%

Every second person who had  access to a cinema in Hindi speaking parts had watched Sholay. Interestingly, the percentage would come to almost 75% plus of all men (as not many women watched Sholay in theatres). This perhaps explains why Sholay is considered  biggest ever hit of Bollywood by men. Yet 52% of all possible patrons for one film and 75% of all male audiences,  is a huge huge number.
Rank 5 – Kismet
Net Collections Gross Collections ATP          (Average Ticket Price) Footfall Year Of Release Bollywood Universe (Hindi speaking population with access to theatres) PPP – Percentage of Patronizing Population (% Of  Bollywood Universe In That Year)
Rs 100,000,00 Rs 180,000,00 Rs .50 3.6 1943 India’s Population = 33 cr
Hindi Speaking (60%) = 20 cr
Theatre Access (40% ) = 8 cr
Footfall = 3.6 cr
Footfall in percentage = 45%
 

45%

Only 8 cr of india’s population had access to theatres showing Hindi films those days and of those 50%, yes every second person watched Kismet in theatres over a period of three years. Prints would be moved from city to city, new prints made, temporary tents put up as theatres and special night shows organized for the first time in the cities  to accomodate the rush of the people. All of this despite a rsenting British government in power which did not like the patriotic theme of the film
Rank 6 – Maine Pyar Kiya
Net Collections Gross Collections ATP          (Average Ticket Price) Footfall Year Of Release Bollywood Universe (Hindi speaking population with access to theatres minus falling percentage due to Home Video/TV/Internet) PPP – Percentage of Patronizing Population (% Of  Bollywood Universe In That Year)
Rs 180,000,000 Rs 360,000,00 Rs 4.00 9 cr 1989 India’s Population = 81 cr
Hindi Speaking (60%) = 48  cr
Theatre access (75%) = 36 cr
Audience lost to piracy (30%) = 11 cr
Remaining = 25 cr
Footfall = 9 cr
Footfall in percentage = 35%
 

35%

After a decade of dominance of home videos played on VCRs and VCPs, the theatres were in shambles. There were no new theatres built almost in half a decade except projects started before 1985. Ticket prices had not increased for a decade except balconies in urban centres. The patronage of Bollywood in cinemas that was nearly 35 cr at the beginning of the decade had fallen to 25 cr despite the population jumping from 68 cr to 81 cr. Families would not go to theatres as Acs’ wont work and seats would be broken with rats running around. And then Maine Pyaar kiya broght 9 cr people to theatres over a two years period starting with just 2 prints in each city.
Rank 7 – 3 Idiots
Net Collections Gross Collections ATP          (Average Ticket Price) Footfall Year Of Release Bollywood Universe (Hindi speaking population with access to theatres minus falling percentage due to Home Video/TV/Internet) PPP – Percentage of Patronizing Population (% Of  Bollywood Universe In That Year)
Rs 200,000,0000 Rs 270,000,0000 Rs 80 3.5 cr 2009 India’s Population = 115 cr
Hindi Speaking (60%) = 70 cr
Theatre Access (85%) = 60 cr
Audience lost to piracy (70%) = 42 cr
Remaining = 18 cr
Footfall = 3.5 cr
Footfall in percentage = 20%
 

20%

By now cinema was just one of the many media of consumption of  recorded entertainment among TV, Internet, DVD and others with almost 70% of Hindi cinema audiences using those media. And yet of the 18 crore patrons left, nearly 20%  decided to watch 3 Idiots in theatres. And then another 8 crore watched it in a single telecast on its Tv premiere within months. That’s a mindboggling number in an era with multiple choices
Rank 8 – Jai Santoshi Maa
Net Collections Gross Collections ATP          (Average Ticket Price) Footfall Year Of Release Bollywood Universe (Hindi speaking population with access to theatres minus falling percentage due to Home Video/TV/Internet) PPP – Percentage of Patronizing Population (% Of  Bollywood Universe In That Year)
Rs 500,000,00 Rs 100,000,000 Rs 2.50 4 cr 1975 India’s Population = 66 cr
Hindi Speaking (60%) = 40 cr
Theatre access (60%) = 24 cr
Footfall = 4 cr
Footfall in percentage = 17%
 

17%

17% patrons may sound like a smaller number when compared to the top films in the list but then its still bigger than all other films in Bollywood history. Also consider this. The film was made on a  budget of 5 lakh rupees and generated 5 cr nett. That’s a whopping 10000% ROI (Return On Investment) biggest ever in Bollywood history.