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How India consumed entertainment in 2018

The year 2018 saw millions of users reaching out to BookMyShow to satiate their entertainment appetite, for options ranging from movies to plays, events, sports and music. BookMyShow looks back and reveals how India consumed out-of-home entertainment in the year gone by. 

Ashish Hemrajani, CEO and Founder, BookMyShow, commented, “India’s entertainment landscape is going through a radical change, and BookMyShow is playing its part in this transformation by providing an unparalleled experience. 2018 witnessed great demand for both movies and live events. On the one hand, mega blockbusters like ‘2.0’, ‘Padmaavat’ and ‘Sanju’ entertained audiences at the box office, while on the other, international experiences like Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Cirque du Soleil Bazzar’ left audiences spellbound when it came to live events, showcasing 2018 as truly a year of all things entertainment – be it movies, plays, sports or concerts. We are super excited to bring amazing out-of-home entertainment for millions of entertainment lovers in India in 2019.” 

Movies 

In 2018, BookMyShow was home to over 1,780 films across languages. Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘2.0’ electrified on BookMyShow, selling 16 tickets per second. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ was the highest grossing film in Hindi and the second highest grossing film overall. 

The following trends encapsulate how movie-goers reacted to cinemas released week on week this year: 

  • Sunday afternoon was the most preferred show time for movie-lovers
  • India’s love for Drama won yet again as it was the most popular film genre followed by Action, Thriller and Romantic Comedy
  • Hindi cinema ruled the roost, followed by Telugu and English
  • Bengaluru cine buffs showcased their love for films and how! Fans in this city ousted movie goers from other cities like Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and NCR watching the most number films this year (in terms of total number of movie ticketsbought)
  • In 2018, regional cinema saw a remarkable increase, contributing 45 per cent to the total number of tickets sold on BookMyShow. Tamil and Telugu films together formed 73 per cent of the total number of tickets sold for regional films fuelled by the release of movies like ‘2.0’, ‘Sarkar’, ‘Geetha Govindam’ and ‘Rangasthalam’, among others
  • Tickets sales in other Indian regional languages like Malayalam and  Kannada also experienced growth

Top 10 movies (by BookMyShow collection):

S.No.

Movie name

 

2.0

 

Padmaavat

 

Sanju

 

Avengers: Infinity War

 

Tiger Zinda Hai

 

Raazi

 

Badhaai Ho

 

Geetha Govindam

 

Stree

 

Rangasthalam

Top Grossing (by language):

Language

Movie Name

English

Avengers: Infinity War

Hindi

Padmaavat

Tamil

2.0

Marathi

Naal

Telugu

Geetha Govindam

Malayalam

Kayamkulam Kochunni

Punjabi

Carry On Jatta 2

Kannada

The Villain

Bengali

Haami

Gujarati

Shu Thayu?

Bhojpuri

Dulhan Chahi Pakistan Se 2

Live Entertainment (Including plays, events, and sports)

In 2018, India’s love for live entertainment experienced an impressive growth as users reached out to BookMyShow to enjoy more than 12,000 out-of-home events listed pan-India. The live-entertainment listings registered a growth of about 20 per cent this year as compared to 2017, echoing the swelling demand for these events. This year, the India debut of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ and Cirque du Soleil’s latest spectacle ‘Bazzar’ marked a new high in the entertainment experience of BookMyShow’s users. 

While the demand for events and activities was high across the country, each city had its preferences:

  • Mumbai was big on plays, whereas Delhi expressed its well-known fondness for Food and Historical Monuments
  • This year, Bangalore and Hyderabad laughed their hearts out with a high uptake of stand-up gigs
  • In 2018, users preferred BookMyShow to book their spots at the Indian Premiere League leading to packed stadiums along with Pro Kabbadi League that experienced high demand in cities like Pune, Patna & Ahmedabad

Ground-breaking events of 2018:

S. No.

Event Name

1.

Disney Aladdin

2.

Mughal-E-Azam

3.

Bryan Adams  The Ultimate Tour

4.

Arijit Singh India Tour - Multicity

5.

Swan Lake Ballet - 2018

6.

Cirque Du Soleil BAZZAR

7.

A R Rahman Encore the Concert - Mumbai & Ahmedabad

8.

Sunburn Festival

9.

WWE Live India

10.

Auto Expo - The Motor Show 2018

Top 10 Concerts and Gigs:

S. No.

Name

1.

Arijit Singh India Tour

2.

A R Rahman Encore the Concert

3.

Bryan Adams  The Ultimate Tour

4.

Sunburn Festivals

5.

World`s Biggest Guestlist Festival 2017

6.

Vh1 Supersonic 2018

7.

Bollywood Music Project

8.

Sensation ‘The world’s leading dance event’

9.

Bollyboom: Guru Randhawa Tour

10.

Mesmerizing Sonu Nigam & Sunidhi Chauhan

Top 10 Plays:

S. No.

Name

1.

Disney Aladdin

2.

Mughal-E-Azam

3.

Swan Lake Ballet - 2018

4.

Albattya Galbattya

5.

The Sound of Music

6.

Million Dollar Quartet

7.

Hamlet: Marathi Play

8.

Devdas

9.

Sakhar Khallela Manus

10.

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Jukebox

Here is what kept the nation grooving:

Top 5 International songs: 

S.No.

Song name

 

Sicko Mode (Travis Scott)

 

Thank u, Next (Ariana Grande) 

 

Happier – (Marshmello and Bastille)

 

High Hopes (Panic! at the disco)

 

Taki Taki (DJ Snake)

Top 5 Bollywood songs: 

S.No.

Song name

 

Proper Patola (Namaste England)

 

Khalibali (Padmaavat)

 

Dilbar (Satyameva Jayate)

 

Tareefan (Veere Di Wedding)

 

High Rated Gabru (Nawabzaade)

Most popular artists: 

S.No.

Artist name

 

Guru Randhawa

 

Atif Aslam

 

Neha Kakkar

 

Drake

 

Badshah

Top Talk Shows:

S.No.

Song name

 

Phantom Pandey

 

Jaldi 5

 

Zara Khauff Se Suno

 

Ho Kya Raha Hai With Suresh & Hoezaay

 

The Odd Couple

 

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