Bollywood's Top 10 HITS of the year so far
We look at Bollywood's half-yearly report card.
It has been a decent 2014 so far for the Hindi film industry.
With three films clocking in Rs 100 crore and six crossing the Rs 50 crore mark, there has been reasonable momentum at the box office. The rest of the year will see even bigger releases.
Here's a look at the top 10 grossers of the year so far.
Box office collections: Rs 110 crores (expected to cross Rs 118 crores)
For Akshay Kumar, Holiday has come as a huge shot in the arm, as it is the biggest grosser of the year so far.
The film started with reasonable business, and good word of mouth kept the audience engaged.
Holiday, co-starring Sonakshi Sinha, is director AR Murugadoss' second 100-crore film after Ghajini.
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Image: Akshay Kumar in Holiday
Expectations from Jai Ho were huge, considering it starred Salman Khan and was his first film after more than a year (his previous film was the big hit Dabangg 2).
It opened well too, though not on as euphoric a note as the previous Salman starrers.
It did cross the century mark, but with a lot of effort.
Still, the film ended up being Salman's sixth century in a row, a record for any Bollywood hero.
Box Office collections: Rs 116 crores
Image: Salman Khan in Jai Ho
2 States is the real surprise of 2014 so far.
Just like Ranbir Kapoor's Barfi! and Farhan Akhtar's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 2 States did not seem like a potential Rs 100 crore film; not even after the weekend of its release.
Still, the film soared, with audience falling in love with the the lead pair of Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.
The film sustained really well and ended up with a century.
Box Office collections: Rs 102 crores
Image: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in 2 States
The film's launch was surrounded with reasonable buzz.
After a brief lull during its making, word around Gunday strengthened when its first promo was released.
The songs went on to top charts, making the film a stronger contender for the 100-crore club.
However, mixed reviews resulted in a relatively modest collection despite a strong opening at the box office.
Box Office collections: Rs 78 crores
Image: Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Gunday
When Humshakals was released, it saw a strong backlash from most of the critics.
It seemed that the film would meet a similar fate as Sajid Khan's last directorial venture Himmatwala.
However, the audience ensured a reasonably good opening week for the film.
For Saif Ali Khan, the film comes as a respite after his previous flops Bullett Raja and Go Goa Gone, while Riteish Deshmukh has received all-round good feedback.
Box office collections: Rs 60 crores (expected to net Rs 70 crores+)
Image: Riteish Deshmukh and Saif Ali Khan in Humshakals
The biggest surprise success of the year so far, Queen is also the highest grosser ever for a female-centric film, crossing even Sujoy Ghosh's Kahaani.
After it opened to a tepid response, no one have expected Queen, a film that was waiting to be completed and picked up for a long time, to even break even, leave aside emerging a success.
However, audience made this Kangna Ranaut film a superhit.
Box office collections: Rs 61 crores
Image: Kangna Ranaut and Lisa Haydon in Queen
Main Tera Hero
Everything went by the book for this David Dhawan film.
It was designed as a light entertainer -- some good songs, an entertaining story and the presence of beautiful ladies (Ileana D'Cruz and Nargis Fakhri) did the trick for Main Tera Hero.
The film -- also starring Varun Dhawan -- comfortably sailed past the half century mark to emerge as a success.
Box office collections: Rs 55 crores
Image: Ileana D'Cruz, Varun Dhawan and Nargis Fakhri in Main Tera Hero
When Heropanti was launched, it was in the news for being Tiger Shroff's big debut film.
The film's first trailers garnered decent buzz, even though Tiger Shroff was targeted, especially on social networking.
As it turned out, the audience at large was curious to see the new star kid on the block and returned suitably impressed with him as well as his costar, debutante Kriti Sanon.
The film emerged as the highest grosser film for a solo lead.
Box office collections: Rs 53 crores
Image: Kriti Sanon and Tiger Shroff in Heropanti
Ragini MMS 2
Well, sex does sell, after all.
Sunny Leone has proved it with two successes to her credit.
If her debut film Jism 2 boasted of a huge opening at the box office, Ragini MMS 2 worked because it was, among other things, a good product.
With a powerhouse item number -- Baby Doll -- turning out to be a top chartbuster of the year, the film had everything going in its favour.
Box office collections: Rs 50 crores
Image: Sunny Leone in Ragini MMS 2
For Ekta Kapoor and team, it has been an eventful year so far with three of her films in the Top 10 list already.
In fact, Ek Villain set a record for breaking into the list in the opening weekend itself.
Box office collections: Rs 45 crores+ (and counting)
Image: Siddharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor in Ek Villain