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Bharat starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif may be ruling the box office since Eid, but Bollywood films have not been doing great business as compared to their Hollywood counterparts.
Among Hindi films that released in May and ran till over Eid on cinema screens across the country, De De Pyaar De did the best business. Starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh, the film revolved around Ajay’s character who falls in love with a 26-year-old girl (played by Rakul Preet) and tries convincing himself and others of the successful match.
De De Pyaar De released on 16th May 2019. According to a Box Office India report, the film collected Rs 10.84 crores in the third week. In the first week, the film earned Rs 61.05 crores at the box office, almost 75 per cent higher than the first week business of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a sequel to the 2014 release Godzilla, that grossed around Rs 19.28 crores in week 1.
Student of the Year 2, that saw the debut of Chunky Pandey’s daughter Ananya Panday and TV actress Tara Sutaria, performed way beyond expectations at the box office. Although, Ananya Panday was appreciated for her acting and Tiger Shroff for his dance moves, the film failed to gain any momentum at the box office in the first week or even the next. The Punit Malhotra directorial released on 10th May 2019.
PM Narendra Modi starring Vivek Oberoi in the titular role also fared reasonably well at the box office. The film which released along with Arjun Kapoor starrer India’s Most Wanted on 24th May 2019, a day after the Lok Sabha election results were declared, grossed a net of Rs 6 crores at the box office while the latter did a business of Rs 1 crore in the second week of release.
In the Hollywood film criteria, Aladdin in week two collected Rs 13.82 crores as the net box office collection while Avengers: Endgame changed the whole game with an earning of over Rs 1.53 crores even in its 6th weekend.
To go by BOI numbers, from 31st May to 6th June, Bollywood films did a net box office business of Rs 18.29 crores while Hollywood films collected over Rs 34.88 crores at the box office.
These box office numbers are for a total of eight films; four Bollywood – De De Pyaar De, Student of the Year 2, India’s Most Wanted, PM Narendra Modi and four Hollywood – Godzilla, Aladdin, Pokemon Detective Pikachu and Avengers: Endgame.