There was an idea, to put together the comparison between the population ratio of Indian states and gross box office collection so that we could see who are the have (s) and have not (s). However, the lazy me didn't let me do so. Today while in discussion with Ankit007 and lxbhsh, the idea popped up again and here you go.
The first column is of names of states, duh, while the second is the ratio of population as per 2011 census. The third one is the gross box office collection in the state, all but Punjab, Kerala and Karnataka are gross numbers of Baahubali: The Conclusion and in fourth its the same in term of percents. The fifth one is the ratio of gross and population. In a layman language, if it's green, it's good, if it's red, it's bad while if it's below 0.5, it's ugly. Um but, as someone said, stats are like mini-skirts, they show less than what many expects, there are more layers to it. So if you wanna know that, read below the table, if not enjoy the colours.
Table 1. Ratio of Population and Box Office by States
As can be seen, South India is all green while Central India is all red while the East you go, it turns ugly. Gujarat and Maharastra in the West are green but there are more layers to it. You remove Mumbai and Pune from Maharastra and Ahmedabad from Gujarat, they are not far from ugly as well (see table 2). Things in the North are well not green but not ugly as well.
Table 2. Comparison of Gujarat and Maharashtra without top cities
So what's to get from this. When you hear/read that box office isn't as big as it used to be, here's the answer to that. Back then, column five wasn't this red, reason? In North or say Bollywood, box office today is getting limited to big cities. The ones having them, Maharastra, Gujarat, Haryana or Delhi looks good, while rest don't. Bollywood market cities are doing well compared to the South, but outside metros in A, B, C and D centres, there is absolutely no comparison at all.