Telugu box office collections in 2023 were the HIGHEST ever but not a single Telugu film crossed 300 cr. Brand: Bollywood Box Office

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The Telugu film industry has been doing well for a long time, but it received a boost with the success of Bahubali – The Beginning (2015). It was dubbed into Hindi and released widely in theatres. The experiment was successful as the Prabhas-starrer film was a huge hit in Hindi-speaking markets. It even gained a large audience on television. As a result, the craze was tremendous for the sequel, Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion (2017). It was also highly appreciated and for the first time, a Hindi film crossed Rs. 500 crore mark. Since then, several South films have been dubbed into Hindi. Even the original Telugu language films continued to do well. Meanwhile, a perception was created that Bollywood had supposedly been boycotted, while Telugu films were blockbusters. The myth was busted last year when Hindi films did record business.

In this special report, we will analyze the performance of the Telugu film industry in 2023. The collections in 2022 were Rs. 2,145 crore, the highest figure ever achieved. The 2023 figure was even higher, Rs. 2,265 crores.

However, at the same time, compared to 2022 and the performance of Hindi films in 2023, the domestic box office gross collections of Telugu films paled last year. In 2022, RRR was the biggest hit of all time, grossing over Rs. 500 Crores in Telugu. The highest grossing Telugu of 2023 was the Prabhas starrer. Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire. Raised Rs. 278 crores gross. In other words, last year's biggest Telugu film did not cross Rs. 300 crore mark.

This was followed by Chiranjeevi and Ravi Teja, the protagonists. Waltair Veerayya at Rs. 181 crores and starring Prabhas Adipurush at Rs. 153 crores. A lot was expected from the latter due to Prabhas' casting and the fact that it was based on the Ramayana. It had a great opening, but collections soon dwindled because word of mouth was very poor.

The fourth and fifth positions were occupied by Veera Simha Reddy (Rs. 109 crore) and Bhagavanth Kesari (101 million rupees). Both films starred Nandamuri Balakrishna.

domestic box office steps in telugu
2013 – 13.8 cr.
2014 – 15.6 cr.
2015 – 18.4 cr.
2016 – 18.1 cr.
2017 – 25.2 cr.
2018 – 18.6 cr.
2019 – 18.2 cr.
2020 – 7.7 cr.
2021 – 16.4 cr.
2022 – 23.3 cr.
2023 – 24.2 cr.

Telugu domestic box office (gross cr)
2013 – 869 cr.
2014 – 1,014 cr.
2015 – 1,214 cr.
2016 – 1,249 cr.
2017 – 1,865 cr.
2018 – 1,384 cr.
2019 – 1,404 cr.
2020 – 522 cr.
2021 – 1,118 cr.
2022 – 2,145 cr.
2023 – 2,265 cr.

Telugu Top 10 Box Office 2023 (in Gross Revenue)
Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire – 278 cr.
Waltair Veerayya – 181 cr.
Adipurush – 153 cr.
Veera Simha Reddy – 109 cr.
Bhagavanth Kesari – 101 cr.
Brother – 92 cr.
Dasara – 85 cr.
Virupaksha – 69 cr.
Baby – 68 cr.
Kushi – 68 cr.

Source: Ormax Box Office Report: 2023

More Pages: Salaar Box Office Collection, Salaar Movie Review