Malayalam movies often referred to as ‘Mollywood’ is a South India based cinema industry. Mollywood industry was a slow-growing industry and never had it thought that it would ever cross the 50 crores mark. Mohanlal’s Drishyam crossed the 50 crore mark in 2013 and shattered this notion. The industry now has many movies in the 50 crore club, with many movies taking almost no time to join the club. We’ve ranked the highest grossing Malayalam movies by the year ahead in this article. Read the full article to know more
Mohanlal is the most successful actor in the Mollywood industry, having 5 out of the 10 movies in the1 Top 10 highest-grossing Malayalam movies. Fahadh Fassil and Nivin Pandey stand next to him in the rankings.
Here’s the list of the Highest Grossing Malayalam Movies by year:
- Anjaam Pathiraa(2020)
- Kayamkulam Kochunni(2018)
- Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol(2017)
- Premam (2015)
- Bangalore Days (2013)
- Drishyam (2013)
- Mayamohini (2012)
- Christian Brothers (2011)
The movie director of the movie was Midhun Thomas. The actors of this movie are Kunchako Boban, Sharaf Udheen, Unnimaya Prasad Sheenath Bhas, Remya and Jeenu Joseph.
The releasing date was on 10th January 2020 and has a running time of 2 hours 24 minutes. The movie has a total box office collection of 50 crores. It is a thriller-drama film, where Anwar, a criminologist, helped a group of police detectives in attempting to find the killer. The killer was faceless and used cruel methods to kill his targets.
Lucifer(2019): ( Highest Grossing Malayalam Movies of 2019)
The director of the film was Prithviraj Sukumaran. The movie is starring Mohanlal as its lead actor.The releasing date was on 28th March 2019 and has a running time of 2 hours 54 minutes. The movie has a total Box Office collection of 200 crores. It is the 2nd highest grossing movie malayam of all time.
A ‘God’ of the politicians dies and many politicians want to secure his spot. Many corrupt politicians claim it, while only one name became the true heir to the throne.
The director of the film is Rosshan Andrrews. The movie has various stars like Nivin Pauly, Mohanlal, and Sunny Wayne.
The movie releasing date was on 11th October 2018 and has a running time of 2 hours 32 minutes. It is the first movie to be made on a budget of 50 crores and is ranked as the 2nd highest grossing Malayalam movies to reach the seemingly impossible 100 crore mark.
Kayamkulam Kochunni was ill-treated by the wealthy since his childhood. On growing up, he decides to steal from the rich and feed the poor and as a result became a hero for the downtrodden.
Jibu Jacob is the director of the movie. The movie features Mohanlal and Meena as it’s lead actors. The releasing date of the film was on 20th January 2017 and has a running time of 2 hours and 34 minutes. The total Box Office collection made by the movie is 50 crores.
On getting bored with his married life, Ullahan decides to have an extra-marital affair. He soon realizes his mistake of doing such a thing to his wife and kids.
Pulimurugan (Highest Grossing Malayalam Movies of 2016) :
The director of the movie is Vysakh. The film’s lead actors are Mohanlal, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Jagapati Babu, and Lal. Its release date was on 7th October 2016 and has a running time of 2 hrs 39 mins. The total Box Office collection made by this company is 152 crores. It is the Malayalam highest grossing movie of all time, above Lucifer and Drishyam.
Murugan, a pure and innocent man, saves the lives of the villagers of Puliyoor using his tools. However, he is falsely incriminated by Daddy(a drug dealer) who takes advantage of his innocence.
The film is directed by Alphonse Puritan. The actors of the film are Sai Pallavi, Nivin Pauly, Anupama, and Madonna Sebastian.
The release date for the movie was on 29th May 2015 and has a running time of 2 hours and 37 minutes. The film has a total Box Office collection of 60 crores.
George’s college lecturer, Malar, rekindles his love interest as George’s first love turns out to be a disappointment. George passes through several stages in his romantic life and also finds his purpose during that journey.
Bangalore Days (2013):
The director of the movie is Anjali Menon. The movie is starring Nazriy Nazim, Nivin Pauly, Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Fassil, etc.
The film was released on 30th May 2014 and has a running time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. 45 crores is the total box office collection made by this movie.
Living in Bangalore was the dream of three cousins- Divya, Kuttan, and Arjun. Their dream came true and As they settle into the town, they also face life-transforming challenges.
The director of the movie is Jeetu Joseph. The movie starred various stars like Mohanlal, Meena, and Ansiba Hassan. The release date of the movie was on 19th December 2013 and has a running time of 2 hours and 44 minutes. The total Box Office collection made by this movie is around 750 million.
Georgekutty has a family and lives happily with them. However, tables turn when his family commits an accidental crime. This leaves him with no choice but to protect his family and their secrets.
Mayamohini (Highest Grossing Malayalam Movies of 2012):
The movie is directed by Jose Thomas. The film’s actors were Dileep, Biju Menon, Lakshmi Rai, and others. The releasing date of the movie was on 7th April 2012 and has a running time of 2 hours and 52 minutes. The total Box Office collection made by this movie is 29 crores.
Balakrishnan was cheated on by his girlfriend. He then hires a girl and pretends to be in love with her just to show off to his friends and family. Balakrishnan stood amazed when he came to know that the girl he hired, Mayamohini, was a man.
Christian Brothers (2011):
The director of the movie was Joshiy. The actors of the film are Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Sarath Kumar, Raai Laxmi, Kanika, Lakshmi Gopalswami, and Kavya Madhavan. The releasing date of the movie was on 18th March 2011 and has a running time of 3 hours and 0 minutes.
The movie has a total Box Office collection of 20 crores which was a pretty huge amount considering the time that it was made in. The plot of the movie-Christy gets a call-up, ordering him to rescue a minister’s kidnapped daughter. He managed to save her but unfortunately got himself involved in the murder of the kidnapper.
Final thoughts about the highest-grossing Malayalam movies:
In the list that we mentioned above, many movies would not make it into the top 10 highest-grossing movies in Malayalam of all time. The list that you just went through was sorted in terms of the highest-grossing Malayalam movies by year.
The market of Mollywood was considered to be very constricted, limiting itself to only a fraction of people both outside and within Kerala. But now this is not the case as Malayalam movies are performing well and are having way better results on paper than before.
To sum it up, the popularity has increased in recent years of Mollywood in Tamil Nadu. The industry has made peace with a wide range of audience and looks forward to expanding itself further in the upcoming years.