First Weekend Collection have always been a very strong benchmark to determine how well a movie opened at the box office. A Strong Buzz is good enough to give the movie a strong day 1. But what about Saturday & Sunday? The Word of Mouth combined with Critic reviews drives the collection of the film over the weekend. But many movies have defied the critics and went on to become the movies with the highest first weekend collection. Today we will analyze many such movies.
Extended First Weekend or Regular Weekend?
This is a very common confusion when comparing movies and their weekend performances. Most of the Major movies with Bigger stars often get an extended first weekend at the box office with their movies releasing on Wednesday or Thursday. This gives them a 4 or 5 day weekend, where most regular films get a 3 day weekend.
So it wouldn’t be fair to compare movies in this manner. Hence, for box office performance and their comparison, the first weekend of the movie is standardized to its first 3-day collection. So for a movie which releases on Thursday, its weekend would be Thu-Fri-Sat.
This creates a fair ground for comparing the movies amongst each other.
Importance of Having a High First Weekend
Our Industry has evolved so much over the years that movies are now doing more than 50% of their lifetime collection in first 3 days itself. And this trend has made marketing and promotion of the movies even more important. Every producer aspires to get the highest weekend possible.
To Summarize, the First 3 Day (Weekend) performance of a movie depends on
- Its Opening day
- Critic Reviews
- Word of Mouth
So here are the top 25 Bollywood movies with Highest First Weekend Collection who dominated in all the above 3 aspects or defied them and beat the odds.