In spite of innovative movie promotions, Arjun Kapoor-Sonakshi Sinha starrer "Tevar", the first big budget film to release in 2015 failed to make a mark at the box office. Bipasha Basu-Karan Singh Grover's "Alone", Sonam Kapoor's "Dolly Ki Doli", Gurmeet Choudhary's "Khamoshiyan" also followed the league with some average to dud performances.
It was Akshay Kumar starrer "Baby", which became the first hit film of the year grossing ₹82.53 crore at the Indian box office by the end of its second week.
"#Baby [Week 2] Fri 2.85 cr, Sat 3.99 cr, Sun 5.81 cr, Mon 2.20 cr, Tue 1.92 cr, Wed 1.94 cr. Grand total: ₹ 82.53 cr," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted on Thursday.
While Aamir Khan-Anushka Sharma starrer "PK" ruled the box office in 2014 by grossing more than ₹339.50, Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Happy New Year", Salman Khan's "Kick", Hrithik Roshan's "Bang Bang", Ajay Devgn's "Singham Returns", Sidharth Malhotra's "Ek Villian", Akshay Kumar's "Holiday" and Arjun Kapoor's "2 States" also entered the elite ₹100-crore club.
Though 2015 started with some flops, the upcoming Bollywood releases look set to enthral the audience this year.
Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh's upcoming film produced by Farhan Akhtar and Riteish Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment has been listed among the most anticipated movies of the year. It is expected to enter the elite club within days of its release. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on 17 July.
Ever since SRK started working in Maneesh Sharma directorial, trade experts predicted that the film will enter the ₹100 crore club as it marks the reunion of the superstar and Yash Raj Films after "Jab Tak Hai Jaan", which collected more than ₹2.11 billion at the worldwide box office. The "Happy New Year" actor will be seen in double roles, as a hero and fan of the superstar. The film is slated to release on 14 August.
- Bajrangi Bhaijaan
No matter what, Salman's presence is enough for the films to enter the elite club, so is the case with the upcoming Kabir Khan film, which has the "Kick" star and Kareena Kapoor Khan in the lead. The film, produced by Eros and Salman, has wrapped up its shooting and is set to hit the screens on 17 July. The film is set to lock horns with SRK's "Raees".
- Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
After a gap of 15 years, Sooraj Barjatya and Salman will be working together in the big budget film "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo", which also has Sonam Kapoor. The film is said to be a family entertainer about a joint family and is set to release in November 2015.
- Bajirao Mastani
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming historical romantic drama "Bajirao Mastani" stars the latest couple of the tinsel town Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, along with Priyanka Chopra. Trade experts predict that the presence of the trio will definitely help it to make a mark at the box office. The film will be released on 25 December.
- Dil Dhadakne Do
Most of the multi-starrer films become box-office winners. Same is expected of Zoya Akhtar's "Dil Dhadkne Do", which features Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Shefali Shah in the lead roles. The film reportedly revolves around a dysfunctional Punjabi family, who are on a cruise trip. The film is scheduled to release on 5 June.
- Jagga Jasoos
Anurag Basu's "Jagga Jasoos" which features the hottest couple of the industry, Ranbir and Katrina Kaif, is also expected to enter the prestigious 100-crore club. Jointly produced by Anurag and Ranbir, the film also features Govinda in a pivotal role. The film will be released on 29 May.
Ex-flames Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone's comeback film after the super hit "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" is sure to enthral their fans, who are waiting to see the amazing onscreen chemistry of the duo. Helmed by Imtiaz Ali, "Tamasha" is expected to be a box office success and is scheduled to hit the screens on 25 December. The film will lock horns with Ranveer's "Bajirao Mastani".
With so many films on the list, one needs to wait to know who among Shah Rukh, Salman, Ranveer, Ranbir will be the box office king for the year 2015.