Sankranthi Clashes At Tollywood Box Office In The Past Decade

Sankranthi Clashes At Tollywood Box Office In The Past Decade

5 Jan 19 @ 1:05 PM | By Sai

Sankranthi is the grand festival which is celebrated in different names across different regions. But, when the festival celebrations come to the Telugu states, it is not just an auspicious festival for the Telugu people, it is the festival of movies as well. Known for worshiping the matinee idols, the euphoria around stars and their movies for Sankranthi is a different high altogether. And this is not something that started in recent times, it has been a tradition over decades in the Telugu film industry. Keeping the clash aside, this is one of the best seasons for Telugu movies to cash in as much as possible because of the holidays and festive mood. Here is a quick recap of the Sankranthi releases and how they fared over the last 10 years.

  1. 2019 - NTR: Kathanayakudu,Petta, Vinaya Vidheya Rama, and F2: Fun and Frustration

    Sankranthi season in 2018 is making it big for the fans with high profile and highly anticipated movies lined up. The first volume of NTR biopic, NTR - Kathanayakudu, Venkatesh and Varun Tej multi-starrer F2: Fun and Frustration, and Ram Charan’s Vinaya Vidheya Rama are releasing. Adding more glitz to the already big season, Rajinikanth’s Petta also hits the screens for Sankranthi.

    Sankranthi Battle 2019
    Sankranthi Battle 2019
  2. 2018 - Agnyaathavaasi, Jai Simha, and Rangularatnam

    Expectations reached the sky as Power Star Pawan Kalyan’s movie before he completely turned his attention to politics Agnyaathavaasi released during Sankranthi in 2018. Mired in several controversies the film turned out to be a big disappointment. Young hero in-form, Raj Tharun starrer Rangularatnam failed to gain traction. It is Balakrishna who gave the first hit of the year with Jai Simha which emerged as the Sankranthi winner in 2018.

    Sankranthi Battle - 2018
    Sankranthi Battle - 2018
  3. 2017 - Khaidi No. 150, Gautamiputra Satakarni, Constable Venkataramaiah, and Shatamanam Bhavathi

    As is the case with following the recent trends, Telugu Cinema has seen multiple releases in 2017. Mega Star Chiranjeevi returned with a bang in Khaidi No. 150 and Nata Simha Balakrishna scored a memorable hit success with Gautamiputra Satakarni. But the surprise package of this 2017 Sankranthi is Shatamanam Bhavathi which also turned out to be a blockbuster. Only R. Narayana Murthy starrer Constable Venkataramaiah went without a trace.

    Sankranthi Battle 2017
    Sankranthi Battle 2017
  4. 2016 – Nannaku Prematho, Soggade Chinni Nayana, Express Raja and Dictator

    A colourful Sankranthi that it was, NTR's Nanaku Prematho and Nagarjuna’s Soggade Chinni Nayana led the race while Sharwanand’s Express Raja too fared well for the scale of movie it was. Balakrishna’s Dictator was not far behind in terms of collections. A pretty decent festival without much disappointment.

    Sankranthi Battle 2016
    Sankranthi Battle 2016
  5. 2015 – Gopala Gopala and Manoharudu

    A unique Sankranthi season when no Telugu movie released during the season. Gopala Gopala was the only closest that released on January 9th and the Pawan - Venky multi-starrer scored a super hit with the audience as well as in terms of collections. Manoharudu, the dubbed version of Shankar’s I had its release on 14th January but fell at the box-office.

    2015 – Gopala Gopala and Manoharudu
    2015 – Gopala Gopala and Manoharudu
  6. 2014 – 1 Nenokkadine and Yevadu

    One Sankranthi that didn’t go well for Mahesh Babu. A movie that everyone now would empathize with its performance at the box-office, but barely bothered to notice when it released back then. Mahesh’s experiment back fired at him though earned him critical acclaim. It was Ram Charan who scored a hit with Yevadu during this season.

    2014 – 1 Nenokkadine and Yevadu
    2014 – 1 Nenokkadine and Yevadu
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  8. 2013 – Naayak and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu

    One of the Sankranthi seasons which proved that there can even be two winners was the 2013 Sankranthi. Ram Charan’s Naayak and the Mahesh-Venky multi-starrer Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, both were well received by the audience and it was a festival of complete collections for the industry.

    2013 – Naayak and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu
    2013 – Naayak and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu
  9. 2012 – Businessman, Bodyguard and Nandeeswarudu

    2012 was not a very happening Sankranthi season in terms of movies. But, Businessman surprised everyone with some remarkable collections and stood really strong. Venkatesh’s Bodyguard came with great expectations but just managed to get a lukewarm response. And most of you might even wonder when the movie Nandeswarudu released. Yes, such was the fate of the movie.

    2012 – Businessman, Bodyguard and Nandeeswarudu
    2012 – Businessman, Bodyguard and Nandeeswarudu
  10. 2011 – Mirapakaya, Golconda High School, Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu and Parama Veer Chakra

    Another good season of movies, 2011 Sankranthi had a mix of everything. Ravi Teja’s Mirapakaya topped as the winner, while Sumanth and Swathi Reddy starrer Golconda High School could only manage to do average business. Balakrishna’s Param Veera Chakra and Disney’s first venture in Telugu Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu failed to set the cash registers ringing.

    2011 – Mirapakaya, Golconda High School, Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu and Param Veer Chakra
    2011 – Mirapakaya, Golconda High School, Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu and Param Veer Chakra
  11. 2010 – Adhurs, Namo Venkatesha and Shambo Shiva Shambo

    The Telangana movement was in its peak stages and this not only disrupted a few movies earlier, it affected even the winner of 2010 Sankranthi releases. Fortunately, no movie sank at the box-office during this year’s Sankranthi. NTR Jr. starrer Adhurs went on to be declared as the winner of the season. Not far behind, Venky’s Namo Venkatesa and Samuthikaran directorial Shambo Shiva Shambo managed to cash in some good collections as well as reviews.

    2010 – Adhurs, Namo Venkatesa and Shambo Shiva Shambo
    2010 – Adhurs, Namo Venkatesa and Shambo Shiva Shambo
  12. 2009 – Arundathi, Maska and Fitting Master

    Yes, it was the year of Arundathi. Though it faced a few glitches during its release, Arundathi not just topped the Sankranthi season but even till date is considered as one of the best hits in the decade. Ram’s Maska opened quite big, but it managed to do only average business, while Allari Naresh’s Fitting Master sank without a trace.

    2009 – Arundathi, Maska and Fitting Master
    2009 – Arundathi, Maska and Fitting Master
  13. 2008 – Krishna, Okka Magadu, Vaana and Pourudu

    It was a big festival of movies in 2008. And out of the 4 movies that released during this season, only Ravi Teja and Trisha starrer Krishna emerged as a winner. While Balakrishna’s Okka Magadu and MS Raju’s directorial debut Vaana couldn’t hold on in the race and ended as failures. Sumanth’s Pourudu, though got decent reviews did not manage to do good business.

    2008 – Krishna, Okka Magadu, Vaana and Pourudu
    2008 – Krishna, Okka Magadu, Vaana and Pourudu
  14. 2007 – Desamuduru and Yogi

    Now, we know them as great friends. But, back in 2007, Allu Arjun’s Desamuduru and Prabhas’ Yogi locked horns with each other during Sankranthi. While Desamuduru turned out to be a clear winner, Yogi which was a Kannada remake of Jogi, tumbled down.

    2007 – Desamuduru and Yogi
    2007 – Desamuduru and Yogi
  15. 2006 – Devadasu and Style

    The year 2006 saw two releases. Ram Pothineni’s debut Devadasu directed by YVS Chowdary and Lawrence’s Style. Style went on to be a winner from the beginning and Devadasu picked tempo gradually as weeks passed. Both movies fared well at the box-office earning them profits at the end.

    2006 – Devadasu and Style
    2006 – Devadasu and Style