2018 ended with a bang with the Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba setting the box office register jingling. Following this stupendous close to the year was the first major success of 2019 in the form of the Vicky Kaushal starrer URI: The Surgical Strike that has been growing at the box office since its release. But before we prod on with the New Year, we take a retrospective look at 2018, taking stock of the records that were created.
Unlike the previous year, 2018 was a rather tumultuous period for the industry with certain big ticket entertainers turning copper while other smaller films made on more modest budgets went on to become roaring box office successes. However, it was the biggest release of 2018 in the form of the Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanju that has managed to claim a bulk of the records. From becoming the Highest Grosser in India, to the Highest Grossing UA certified film, Highest second and third weekend grosser Sanju has claimed them all.
Following Sanju was the much talked about film Padmaavat, featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor this Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial faced immense issues in the run up to its release. But despite this, Padmaavat has managed to claim quite a few records.
However, one thing that is evident from the list of record making films of 2018 is the fact that the past year was the year of the underdog. With numerous small budgeted high on content films working wonders at the box office, it was proof of the audience’s changing preference. From Stree to Badhaai Ho to AndhaDhun films that featured good content managed to sustain collections well into their third week at the box office.
Box Office: Here are the Box Office Records of 2018
1 - Highest Grosser (India)
Sanju - 342.53 cr.
2 - Highest Grosser (Overseas)
Padmaavat - 29 mil. USD
3 - Highest Grosser (Worldwide)
Sanju - 586.85 cr.
4 - Highest Grosser (Hollywood in India)
Avengers: Infinity War - 227.43 cr.
5 - Highest Grosser (UA certificate) (India)
Sanju - 342.53 cr.
6 - Highest Grosser (A certificate) (India)
Veere Di Wedding - 81.39 cr.
7 - Highest Opening Day (India)
Thugs of Hindostan - 52.25 cr.
8 - Highest Opening Weekend (Overseas)
Padmaavat - 12 mil. USD
9 - Highest Single Day Collections (India)
Thugs of Hindostan - 52.25 cr. [Day 1]
10 - Highest Day 2 (Sat) Collections (India)
Sanju - 38.6 cr.
11 - Highest Day 3 (Sun) Collections (India)
Sanju - 46.71 cr.
12 - Highest Day 4 (Mon) Collections (India)
Sanju - 25.35 cr.
13 - Highest Day 5 (Tue) Collections (India)
Simmba - 28.19 cr.
14 - Highest Opening Weekend (India)
Thugs of Hindostan - 123 cr.
15 - Highest Second Weekend (India)
Sanju - 63.15 cr.
16 - Highest Third Weekend (India)
Sanju - 21.46 cr.
17 - Highest Fourth Weekend (India)
Stree - 9.28 cr.
18 - Highest Fifth Weekend (India)
Badhaai Ho - 4.70 cr.
19 - Highest Sixth Weekend (India)
Badhaai Ho - 3.95 cr.
20 - Highest Seventh Weekend (India)
Badhaai Ho - 1.23 cr.
21 - Highest Opening Week (India)
Sanju - 202.51 cr.
22 - Highest Second Week (India)
Sanju - 92.85 cr.
23 - Highest Third Week (India)
Padmaavat - 31.75 cr.
24 - Highest Fourth Week (India)
Padmaavat - 14.17 cr.
25 - Highest Fifth Week (India)
Badhaai Ho - 8 cr.
26 - Highest Sixth Week (India)
Padmaavat - 6.98 cr.
27 - Highest Seventh Week (India)
Padmaavat - 3.82 cr.
28 - Highest Opening Weekend to Lifetime Multiple (India)
AndhaDhun - 4.97
29 - Fastest entry into 100 crore club (India)
Sanju, Padmaavat, Race 3 and Thugs of Hindostan - 3 days
30 - No. of movies entering 100 crore club (India)
31 - Fastest entry into 200 crore club (India)
Sanju - 7 days
32 - No. of movies entering 200 crore club (India)
33 - Fastest entry into 300 crore club (India)
Sanju - 16 days
34 - No. of movies entering 300 crore club (India)
35 - Highest Grosser (North America)
Padmaavat - 12.15 mil. USD
36 - Highest Grosser (United Kingdom)
Padmaavat - 2.18 mil. £
37 - Highest Grosser (Australia)
Padmaavat - 3.16 mil A$
38 - Highest Grosser (New Zealand)
Padmaavat - 873k NZ$
39 - Production House / Studio of the Year [India]
Fox Star - 507.46 cr.
40 - Highest Grossing Male Celeb
Ranveer Singh - 536.52 cr.
41 - Highest Grossing Female Celeb
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja - 423.92 cr.