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Bollywood: It's a big buck third quarter!

Salman Khan


New Delhi, Sept. 28 -- The third quarter of this year has turned out to be a major money spinner for Bollywood, with the industry making ' 1000 crore from films released in July, August and September.

What's more, this revenue is 30% more than what the industry had earned in the same quarter, last year.

"It's been an incredible quarter! If we just add up three films, Bajrangi, Bahubali and Drishyam, their net domestic earnings is about ' 600 crore," says trade analyst Akshaye Rathi.

However, Bollywood saw it's share of flops as well, with films like the Imran Khan starrer Katti Batti, Abhishek Bachchan's All Is Well, Sooraj Pancholi's Hero and even Akshay Kumar's Brothers doing below average business.

However, experts say the films that did well, made up for the loss. "Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Baahubali and Drishyam have earned so much money, that they have made up for the flops," says trade analyst Atul Mohan and adds, "Also, Hero was sold to the same distribution company as Bajrangi for a nominal amount. So even though the film has collected about ' 30 crore, it is an additional income for the film."

Interestingly, the genre of comedy has been successful in keeping the cash counters ringing too. Anees Bazmee's Welcome Back and comedian Kapil Sharma's first film, Kis Kisko Pyaar Karu, has drawn audiences to the theatres.

"I was very careful while writing the sequel. Everything had to be bigger, funnier than Welcome (2007). What I didn't expect was this kind of response. The audience likes the film so much, in spite of the critics not taking to the film," says Bazmee. Abbas-Mustan, directors of Kapil's film told us earlier, "This is a small budget film. We don't expect to make ' 100 crore from it."