"Baahubali: The Beginning", "Srimanthudu", "S/o Sathyamurthy", "Rudramadevi", "Temper" and "Bhale Bhale Magadivoi" were some of the highest-grossing Telugu movies of 2015.
Tollywood churned out 162 films, including 24 dubbed from various languages, in 2015. But hardly 30% of them were able to recover their production costs and earn a profit for producers and distributors. The industry suffered losses of hundreds of crores this year as well.
But the only solace is the industry has been able to move out of its comfort zone of masala films and produce some trend-setters this year. Movies like "Baahubali", "Srimanthudu", "Rudramadevi" and "Kanche" have not just done superb business, but have also taken Tollywood to the national and international levels. They have shown the world Tollywood has some of the most talented stars and technicians.
SS Rajamouli's "Baahubali: The Beginning" is the best example. The movie was a landmark in the history of Indian cinema with its massive performance at the worldwide box office. Its excellent production values and sterling performances wowed audience across the globe.
Superstar Mahesh Babu's "Srimanthudu" is another Telugu film that raised the bar this year. It was the second film to surpass the mark of Rs 100 crore in 2015. The movie has also become the second-highest-grossing Telugu movie of all time, while "Baahubali: The Beginning" has topped the list.
Apart from these films, what surprised many in the industry was the amazing business of some small and dubbed movies in 2015. Telugu films like "Bhale Bhale Magadivoi", "Patas", "Raju Gari Gadhi" and "Cinema Chuspista Mava" thrilled their producers and distributors. Dubbed films like "Ganga", "Raghuvaran Btech" and "Mayuri" also turned out big money-spinners at the box office.
Here is the list of top 15 highest-grossing Telugu movies of 2015, which offers details like gross collection, distributors' share, price of theatrical rights and final result. The details are approximate and estimated numbers gathered from various reports, and may not reflect the real figures.
|6||Bhale Bhale Magadivoi||50.05||27.11||15||Blockbuster|
|9||Subramanyam For Sale||33.95||18.32||20||Average|
|15||Raju Gari Gadhi||18||13||NA||Blockbuster|