#WrapUp2018: 10 Pakistani Films That Made 2018 The Most Profitable Year In Lollywood’s History

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2018 proved to be an excellent year for Pakistan Film Industry a.k.a Lollywood.

In all 22 Pakistani films released this year, which is just one film more than the previous year. However, while the newly revived industry’s ability to showcase a film every Friday remains limited, it has shown huge progress as far as earning revenue is concerned. For instance, in 2017, the top 10 box office hits collectively raked in Rs. 135.55 crore while just a year later the 10 highest grossers together brought in Rs. 244.56 crore. This is a staggering 80.4% jump in revenue(!), making 2018 the most profitable year in the industry’s recent history.

As the year draws to a close, let’s take a look at those Pakistani films that helped Lollywood thrive during the last 12 months.

1. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 [Rs. 66.8 crore]

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (JPNA2) was slated to be a blockbuster even before its release. However, the whooping Rs. 66.8 crore that it generated at the ticket counter surpassed most estimates made by film pundits. By earning Rs.66.8 crore (or $6.3 million) JPNA2 is not merely the highest grossing Pakistani film of 2018 but it has become the highest grossing Pakistani film of all times!

Parwaaz Hai Junoon [Rs. 43.00 crore]

Even though Parwaaz Hai Junoon did not leave most of the critics impressed, however discouraging reviews did not dampen the enthusiasm of cine-goers who helped PHJ rake in a splendid Rs. 43 crore (or $4.1 million).

Teefa in Trouble [Rs. 41.44 crore]

With the #MeToo controversy having hit Ali Zafar only two months prior to the release of Teefa in Trouble, many had doubts about its performance at the box-office. But Zafar’s maiden Pakistani film, once released became an unstoppable force, collecting Rs. 41.44 crore (or $3.9 million) over its lifetime.

Read: Late Review Of Teefa In Trouble: All That Glitters Is Not Gold!

The Donkey King [Rs. 22.85 crore]

The Donkey King was truly a feat! Not only did it become the first animated film to land in the top 5 but given that it was released at the tail-end of the year and remained in cinemas for fewer weeks compared to the 100+ days run of most films on this list, with Rs. 22.85 crore (or $2.2 million) The Donkey King has certainly achieved a milestone as far as the animation industry in Pakistan is concerned.

Parchi [Rs. 17.10 crore]

Parchi had set the tone for the year when it released amid great fanfare in January. Over its run, this crime-comedy raked in an impressive Rs. 17.10 crore (or $1.6 million), making it the fifth biggest grosser of the year.

Read: Layman Review: Parchi Is A Laugh Riot That You Should Not Miss!

Load Wedding [Rs. 14.60 crore]


Despite extremely unfair screen distribution, Load Wedding stood out as one of the most socially responsible and thoroughly entertaining Pakistani films of the year. It could have earned much more had the cinemas allocated a fair number of screens to the film; however Rs. 14.10 crore (or $1.4 million) does not sound bad at all!

Read: When Pakistan’s Load Wedding Won More Hearts Than India’s Sui Dhaaga

Saat Din Mohabbat In [Rs. 13.00 crore]

Saat Din Mohabbat In attracted huge occupancy upon its release owing to the Mahira-Khan-factor. However, once the Eid holidays ended, the film could not hold well owing to discouraging word of mouth. However, since the initial was strong, it surfaced as the seventh most lucrative film of the year collecting Rs. 13 crore (or $1.2 million).

Read: We Saw 7 Din Mohabbat In & Our Verdict Is Not Pleasant

Cake [12.00 crore]

Cake, although a niche film made for multiplex/urban audiences became a runaway hit owing to rave reviews and a very strong word of mouth. Over its successful run at the box-office, the film earned Rs. 12 crore (or $1.1 million) and was also Pakistan’s official entry for the Academy Awards under the Foreign Film category.


Many had seen Moammar Rana’s comeback vehicle with a lot of skepticism. However, Eid holidays coupled with a strong support from the single screen going audiences ensured that Azaadi became one of the most successful Pakistani films this year with a lifetime total of Rs. 8.4 crore (or $800,000).

Allahyar and The Legend of Markhor [Rs. 5.37 crore]

Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor was one of the most endearing films to have come out of the Pakistan film industry, winning the hearts of critics and audiences alike upon its release. The film raked in Rs. 5.37 crore (or $510,000), making it the tenth highest earner of the year.