Janatha Garage, Sarainodu, Oopri, Nannaku Prematho
Best of Tollywood 2016: Top 20 highest-grossing Telugu movies of the year. Pictured: Janatha Garage, Sarainodu, Oopri, Nannaku PremathoCollage of photos taken from Twitter and Facebook

Junior NTR's Janatha Garage has topped the list of top 20 highest-grossing Telugu movies of 2016, while Sarainodu (Sarrainodu), Oopri and Nannaku Prematho landed at the second, third and fourth places, respectively.

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Nenu Sailaja, the first release of 2016, started the year on a brilliant note and became a hit at the box office. Tollywood released around 47 movies in the first quarter of the year (January to March). Nannaku Prematho, Express Raja and Soggade Chinni Nayana, Kshanam and Oopiri also turned out to be big money-spinners. However, a few most-hyped films like Dictator, Speedunnodu, Garam, Krishnashtami, Kalyana Vaibhogame, Shourya and Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu failed to live up to the expectations.

Over 40 Telugu films were released in the second quarter (April to June), which happens to be the summer holiday season. But it turned out to be a disastrous season for the industry. Sardaar Gabbar Singh and Brahmotsavam were expected to rewrite the rules of the game at the box office, but they turned to be the biggest disasters of the year.

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This quarter witnessed Sarainodu, A Aa and Bichagadu emerging as blockbusters. Gentleman, Supreme and 24 were the other decent grossers of the quarter, while most-hyped Oka Manasu and Okka Ammayi Thappa ended up to be flops at the box office.

Janatha Garage and Pellichoopulu were the blockbusters of the third quarter of the year, which had around 43 releases. Srirastu Subhamastu, Majnu, Babu Bangaram, Jyo Achyutananda and Nirmala Convent were the decent grossers of the season, while Selfie Raja, Nayaki, Kabali, Jakkanna, Manamantha, Thikka, Chuttalabbai and Aatadukundam Raa failed to leave any mark.

Over 40 Telugu movies have been released in the fourth quarter and another three films are set to hit the screens on the last Friday of the year. Dhruva, Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada and Remo are the decent grossers of the season. Premam, Ism, Jaguar, Naruda Donoruda, Saahasam Swaasaga Saagipo, Bethaludu and Manyam Puli are the average grossing films.

Here is a table detailing the price of distribution rights (DRP), gross collection and distributors' share, and status (hit/flop) of the top 20 highest-grossing Telugu movies of 2016. These numbers are based on reports and they may vary from the actual figures released by their makers.

Rank Movie DRP Gross Share Status
1 Janatha Garage 67.40 134.80 81.30 Super Hit
2 Sarainodu 53.40 127.60 76 Super Hit
3 Oopri (Tamil/Telugu) 43.30 97.80 52.31 Hit
4 Nannaku Prematho 51.50 87.20 53.20 average
5 Sardaar Gabbar Singh 87.20 85.55 52.20 Disaster
6 Dhruva 57.50 85 53 Average
7 Soggade Chinni Nayana 18.50 82.46 47.60 Blockbuster
8 A...Aa 30.50 75.4 47.48 Super hit
9 Brahmotsavam 73.40 58.35 35.47 Disaster
10 Babu Bangaram NA 46.20 27.59 Average
11 Supreme NA 44.05 25 hit
12 Bichagadu  2 42.25 25.10 Blockbuster
13 Nenu Sailaja NA 40.10 20.70 Super Hit
14 Premam  NA 37.95 22.15 Average
15 Dictator 24.90 35.70 20.60 Flop
16 Gentleman NA 32.60 17.72 Hit
17 Majnu NA 28.40 15.30 Average
18 Express Raja  NA 28.35 13.30 Super Hit
19 24 (Telugu Dub) NA 27 15.40 Hit
20 ISM NA 25 14 Average
21 Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam NA 24.10 12.25 Hit
22 Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada NA  22 12 Hit
23 Srirastu Subhamastu NA 20.20 10.02 Hit
24 Pelli choopulu 2 12.50 9 Super Hit
25 Kshanam 2 12 8 Super Hit