Cinema halls rake in over Rs 4,000 crore in 4 months, eye blockbuster 2022

India’s gross box office statistics reached ₹4,002 crore in the four months to April, signalling the best-ever performance post Covid despite the impact of the third wave and closure of a number of cinemas.

It was also the first time that the monthly average box office exceeded ₹1,000 crore, thanks to films such as K.G.F: Chapter 2, RRR, The Kashmir Files, Beast, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Valimai.

According to a sectorial report from GroupM and Ormax Media, 2022 is anticipated to be the best year ever for the movie exhibition sector, with a domestic box office of ₹12,515 crore, surpassing the previous record set in 2019 by ₹1,567 crore.

“Over the last two years, when cinemas were shut due to the pandemic, many analysts were quick to write an obituary of the theatrical medium. The first four months of 2022 have proven how far removed from reality that analysis was,” said Shailesh Kapoor, founder and CEO, Ormax Media. “The theatrical medium has not only bounced back but emerged stronger than it has been in decades. 2022 will be the biggest box office year till date, and by a good margin too.” While KGF alone collected ₹1,008 crore, RRR’s collection stood at ₹875 crore. The Kashmir Files grossed ₹293 crore, while six other films crossed the ₹100-crore mark at the box office.

“The fourth quarter as well as the month of April served as a reminder of the pre-Covid times for us as well as for the cinema industry, with some magnificent footfall and occupancies,” said Alok Tandon, CEO,

. “The month of March was thunderous, to say the least, with our best-ever single-month box office and F&B revenues. These four months have proven the importance of new content for cinemas, and at the same time proved the importance of theatrical run for movies. The phenomenal end to the previous FY and an equally phenomenal beginning of the new FY has provided us with a marvelous opportunity to unravel the age-old magic of theatrical viewing.”

“It is good to see the cinemas back on track,” said Prasanth Kumar, CEO, GroupM South Asia. “Five months into this year and we are recording very promising numbers in terms of box office collection and consumer footfalls in the theatres. Movies have always been India’s favourite source of entertainment and this year looks very optimistic to us in terms of recovery, following two years of slowdown due to Covid.”

GroupM’s cinema advertising company, iTV, had partnered with Ormax Media to come up with the report which explores performance of the box office collections from the first few months of 2022, after a turbulent few years.

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