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First half of 2022 sees highest box office revenue in last 5 years, driven by RRR, KGF 2

Big ventures like RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 raked in Rs 902 crore and Rs 1,000 crore at the domestic box office, becoming the highest grossers of 2022 so far, and also helped in taking the contribution of films from the south to 50 percent in the overall revenue pie.

July 04, 2022 / 07:07 PM IST
Representative image.

Representative image.

After being battered by COVID-19 with pickings falling three to fourfold in the last two years, India’s box office revenue has picked up pace and surpassed pre-COVID levels in the first half of 2022.

In the January to June period of 2022, films in India collected Rs 5,565 crore at the box office, up from Rs 4,717 crore in 2018, said Gautam Jain, partner, Ormax Media, a media consulting firm.

He noted that the first six months of 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels have been the highest ever, driven by the contribution from Alia Bhatt, Ram Charan and Jr NTR-starrer RRR and Kannada superstar Yash’s KGF: Chapter 2.

Domestic box office collections in the first six months of 2019 had reached Rs 5,153 crore but dropped to Rs 1,992 crore in H1 2020 and Rs 1,331 crore in H1 2021 due to closure of theatres because of the pandemic.