BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – FEBRUARY 19, 2018

It looks like the American film dominated the weekend, but “Aiyaary” was indeed the Bollywood front runner.  It collected Rs. 11.70 *crore over its opening weekend.  A meager beginning if it hopes to recoup its 65-crore budget.  It will need a strong opening week.  There are no reports this morning in collections for “Aiyaary’s” release-date mates, “Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz“, “The Window“, or “Jaane Kyun De Yaaron“.

Akshay Kumar’sPad Man” has had a devastating drop over its second weekend.  With only 9.03 crore collected over the past three days, it’s a 78% drop from opening weekend.  With a lifetime total so far of Rs. 71.90 crore, it’s anyone’s guess if it has reached or will reach its budget.  After reviewing five different resources, five different budget amounts were found:  90 crore, 70 crore, 40 crore, 30 crore, and 20 crore.  In all but one scenario, the budget has been reached.  If the genuine figure is 90 crore, it just may have trouble getting there before the end of its run.  Taking a look at the films yet to come this year, it will also not be in the top ten at the end of 2018.  For now, however, it’s second highest-grossing.

Over its fourth weekend, “Padmaavat” did better than “Pad Man” over its second.  “Padmaavat” collected 11.25 crore over the past three days, bringing its lifetime total to Rs. 276.50.  Going into a fourth week, it may have some trouble finding the  23.5 crore more it would need to reach 300.
On the global charts,  “Padmaavat” is set to cross 500!  With total collections world-wide at Rs. 499 crore, it will cross 500 this week.  When it does, it will be only the 10th film in Indian cinema history to do so.  The world-wide top ten list for Indian cinema will then become a 500-crore club only, as “Padmaavat” has now entered the list at number 10.
On the Bollywood-only world-wide list, “Padmaavat” sits at a comfy number eight, under “Tiger Zinda Hai” at number seven.

Meanwhile, “Secret Superstar” added another 42 crore to its world-wide figure, bringing the global total to Rs. 965 crore!  Having earned 42 crore over its fifth weekend in China, it is not out of the race yet to reach 1000.  It needs just 35 crore more.  Can it become the third film in Indian cinema history to reach this incredible number?

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Releasing today:

Aiyaary (drama):  “Two officers with patriotic hearts suddenly have a fallout. The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh has complete faith in the country’s system while protégé Major Jai Bakshi thinks differently due to a recent stint in surveillance.”
This film is showing at 125 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz (romance):  “In a world of pings, likes, tweets, shares and comments, 2 strangers connect over a mis-dial and WhatsApp their way into each others’ hearts, safely hidden behind digital screens. But will the emojis translate to emotions when they reveal their truth to one another.”  TRAILER

The Window (drama):  “The Window is a drama about an artist’s struggle between staying true to his art and giving in to the ruthless reality of life. Lekh fights with his own demons of angst, arrogance, selfishness, and denial, while not being ready to compromise with the art that cinema is.”  TRAILER

Jaane Kyun De Yaaron (drama):  “Two boys with the dreams to change their ordinary lives change the entire corruption system as they take a stand against police brutality with the little help of a benevolent guardian.”  TRAILER

Also releasing in the Bollywood market today is American film, “Black Panther“.  The American film will likely dominate, but “Aiyaary” will be the front runner among the domestic releases.  The question is, will they make a big enough wave to affect collections for the current-playing A-lister?

Previous releases:

At the end of its first week, “Pad Man” has collected Rs. 62.87 *crore.  That’s 22.82 crore in the week-day stretch alone, for a daily average of 5.70.  That’s a drop of about 57%, which is slightly more than the opening week drop for “Padmavaat“.  “Pad Man” needs another 27.2 crore to match its 90-crore initial investment.  Calculating drop-trends from first weekend to second, it’s very doubtful Akshay Kumar’s latest will make that happen over the second weekend.  It’ll need to maintain good momentum for another full week if it hopes to reach that goal.  If not, it’ll be his first failure in many years.

Meanwhile, “Padmaavat” managed to bring its lifetime total to Rs. 265.25 crore.  That’s 19.45 crore over its third week-day stretch.  This is only slightly less than its second week total, so it’s showing low but steady momentum.  Going into a fourth weekend, if it can manage to maintain, it has a chance of reaching 280 crore by next Friday.  Can it last long enough to reach 300?
On the world-wide charts, “Padmaavat” has reached Rs. 484 crore, and is now the 8th highest-grossing film in Bollywood history, just under “Tiger Zinda Hai“.

And finally, after its fourth week in China, “Secret Superstar” seems to have slowed considerably.  Four weeks is usually the screen life for most films, so the screen count will have certainly been reduced.  Its global lifetime total now is Rs. 923 crore, which is only 19 crore over Monday’s report.  With a drop like this, it’s doubtful to become the third film in Indian cinema history to reach 1000.  Still, it has managed unexpected, un-anticipated, and unbelievable things for a film with a budget of just 15 crore!!

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Over its first weekend, Akshay Kumar’sPad Man” has earned Rs. 40.04 *crore.  It saw significant increases daily, with 10.26 crore on Friday, 13.68 on Saturday, and 16.11 on Sunday.  Though it is showing excellent growth, “Pad Man” collected Akshay’s lowest opening day and weekend since 2015.  Still, it didn’t have to work very hard at all to exceed the collections of 2017’s “Phullu“, which was a story about the same man that collected less than 1 crore.  Will “Pad Man” continue the momentum?  It will need to in order to match its 90-crore budget.  The next fews days will tell!  As for now, it’s the year’s second highest-grossing movie.

Over its third weekend, “Padmaavat” collected 9.8 crore, bringing its lifetime total to Rs. 245.80 crore.  With less than ten crore in weekend collections, it looks like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest film has hit the final slow-down.  With “Pad Man” now dominating screens, “Padmaavat” has become old news.  This movie may top out just under 260 crore.  This number is well within a range that could be exceeded by several films yet to come in 2018.  For now, however, it’s the year’s highest grossing!

Secret Superstar” has not only crossed 900 crore, but it has exceeded the world-wide collections of “PK” to become the second highest-grossing film in Bollywood history, and well as the third highest-grossing in Indian cinema history!  Going into its fourth week in China, it’s doubtful “Secret Superstar” will earn the 800 crore more it will need to exceed the collections of Tollywood’s “Baahubali: The Conclusion“, but third place is not bad at all for a film that was barely noticed during its original run!  With a current global total of Rs. 904 crore, however, it’s certain to become the third film in Indian cinema history to cross the 1000 crore mark!

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Releasing today:

Pad Man (biography, drama):  Akshay Kumar.  “Upon realizing the extent to which women are affected by their menses, a man sets out to create a sanitary pad machine and to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to the women of rural India.
This film is showing at 124 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

With today’s solo release, Akshay Kumar hopes to continue his winning streak at the box office.  But, will a 2017 movie of the same story, as well as a movie about an uncomfortable subject, break Akshay’s three-year wave of success?  The next three days will tell!

Previous releases:

At the end of its second week-day stretch, total collections for “Padmaavat” have reached Rs. 236 *crore.  That’s a total of 23.5 crore over its second week, with a daily average of 5.875.  That’s a 56% drop from the first week-day stretch, which is consistent with successful films.  However, will today’s A-list release put an end to the momentum of this controversial movie?
On the global front, “Padmaavat” has broken the 400 crore mark!  With worldwide collections at Rs. 402.94 crore, it is now the twelfth highest-grossing Bollywood film in history.  It will need another 20.10 crore to enter the top ten.  With still another two weeks of screen life, it has every chance of doing so.

Meanwhile, “Secret Superstar” has become only the fourth movie in Indian cinema history to cross 800 crore at the worldwide box office!  Thanks to China’s avid fandom for Aamir Khan, this domestic sleeper has become the third highest-grossing film in Bollywood history, with Rs. 832 crore, so far!  That’s fourth highest-grossing in Indian cinema history, once collections for Tollywood’s “Baahubali: The Conclusion” are also considered.
It earned 52 crore its third week-day stretch.  That’s a daily average of 13.0.  Day by day, this Bollywood film did better over its third week in a foreign country than “Padmaavat” did over its second week at home.
Going into its fourth weekend in the land of the red dragon, if it can earn just 22 crore more over the remainder of its screen life, it has a very good chance of surpassing “PK” to become the third highest-grossing movie in Indian cinema history!

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BEGUM JAAN

Released April 14, 2017.  Written and directed by Srijit Mukherji.  Starring Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Pallavi Sharda, Gauhar Khan, and Chunky Pandey.  Narrated by Amitabh Bachchan.
This movie takes place at the beginning of The Partition: an act that went into effect almost immediately after India won independence from England.  This is the act that split off a part of India to become the new Muslim country of Pakistan.
In this film, officials from the now rival nations, though childhood friends, must contend with the stubborn mistress of a prominent brothel.  The building lies directly in the path of the new border and must be cleared for workers to erect fencing.  However, the brothel is a symbol of pride for Begum Jaan (Balan), and a home for her prostitutes.  How far will pride and principle take a group of society’s rejected women?
There’s wasn’t much to really call entertaining about this film.  It was uncomfortable, and very few characters were likable.  Vidya Balan did an incredible job, acting as the abrasive, jaded, an unpolished Begum Jaan.  Great acting alone, however, is just not enough to make a film watchable.
For those who love a film that challenges the sensibilities, “Begum Jaan” may appeal to you.  However, many may find it hard to swallow for a group of crude, foul-mouthed whores to embody the kind of dignity and virtue the film tried to bestow upon them.  Had the script been treated differently, this movie may have been more appealing.  Thanks to script and directing choices, however, it was just off-putting.

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THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR

Released November 10, 2017.  Written by Milind Rau, Siddharth, Chandan Arora, and Rahul Ramchandani.  Directed by Milind Rau.  Starring Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni, Andrea Jeremiah, Suresh, and Anisha Victor.
Eighty years ago, a Chinese silk merchant turned to dark powers and human sacrifice to ensure the birth of a son.  Eighty years later, a new family has moved into the home and the spirits of evil silk merchant and his tragic family wreak havoc not only on the new family, but on the young doctor and his wife, just next door.
This horror movie borrowed themes and visuals from “The Exorcist”, as well as “Poltergeist”.  The patriarchal tradition of wanting a son is taken to new levels in this horror film about a man who reached from beyond death to make sure a son was born.
As horror films go, this one did not suffer the usual plague of bad writing, bad acting, and cheesy effects.  In fact, its only real issue was its pacing.  The first 30 minutes could have been significantly condensed.  Viewers could get bored waiting for the story to actually begin.
For hard-core horror fans, this movie may seem a bit tame and slow.  For those who like the occasionally horror without the gore and pornography, this is a good one for dabbling.  It also has a good message about denouncing the traditions of prefering sons over daughters.

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – FEBRUARY 5, 2018

Over its second weekend, “Padmaavat” collected 46 *crore.  That’s a drop of about 60% from the first weekend, which is about average for a successful run.  It looks like this film has recovered from the extreme drop of its week-day collections.  With a lifetime total so far of Rs. 212.50 crore, not only is “Padmaavat” the 14th movie in Bollywood history to cross 200 crore at the domestic box office, but it has also exceeded its 190-crore budget.  It is officially the year’s third success!  With 212 crore, it’s number 10 on the list of highest grossing films in Bollywood.  Going into a second week, it’s certain to climb higher.  Will it be the sixth film to enter the 300-crore club?
On the global lists, “Padmaavat” has already crossed 300 crore, and is the twentieth Bollywood film in history to do so.  With Rs. 360.00 crore in global collections, however, it still has 64 crore to go before it enters the top ten.  It’s currently number 14, but since it’s only in its second week, it should enter the top ten list (as well as the 400-crore club) easily by the end of its third weekend.

As for “Secret Superstar“: it became the fourth film in Indian cinema history to cross 700 crore over its third weekend in China.  Global collections for this very humble film are now Rs. 780 crore!  If it can earn 70 crore more, it has a chance of surpassing even “PK” to become the third highest-grossing!  Even if it doesn’t reach that goal, it is still certain to enter the very exclusive 800-crore club!
Made on a budget of 15 crore, “Secret Superstar” has now earned 52 times its initial investment!  Considering it was a box office sleeper during its original run, this movie has really embraced its title.  At home, its super-stardom seems to have been a secret!  Keep checking back as VBB continues to follow the collections of this extraordinary film!

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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TUMHARI SULU

Released November 17, 2017.  Written and directed by Suresh Triveni.  Starring Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, and Vijay Maurya.
This is the story of Sulochana (Balan).  Despite being criticized by her family for being bad at her studies and being nothing more in life than a housewife, “Sulu” remained a happy-go-lucky woman who loved joining contests and competitions.  Proud of her wins and achievements, Sulu had only one ambition: to get a job, now that her son was old enough for her to spend some time away.  When picking up a prize she’d won from a local radio station, Sulu saw a poster advertising auditions for Radio Jockey.  Would persistence win her the job?  And if it did, how would the sexy, late-night radio-show affect her reputation and her family?
This was an excellent story that captured a tale for the average woman and made it entertaining.  Sulu could have literally been any young housewife.  She had no exceptional abilities.  Nor was she exceptional in appearance.  Armed with only a jolly attitude, some optimism, and an adventurous spirit, Sulu put on a sexy voice, learned the job, and became a hit.  All she needed was someone to let her try.  This was a monumental win for the average girls who often find many doors closed to them because of appearances and /or what they can prove of their credentials on paper.
The story was compassionately well-written, with an ending seated in realism.  Not every win is a clean one.  The directing was excellent, and the acting was top shelf from all.  Vidya Balan was perfect, and honored the spirit and message of this film brilliantly.  That message was “Just let me try…I know I can do it.”
This wasn’t a crowd-pleasing movie with excitement or power.  It was just a very good, if modest, movie that celebrated the average girl.

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Releasing today:

Kuldip Patwal: I Didn’t Do It! (crime drama):  “A commoner is thrown into a jail cell on suspicion of murder of a local politician. Can he survive the State entrapment, or did he actually do it?

Today’s only release will not show in America, and is not expected to earn very much at the box office.  Reviews so far are unanimously negative.  Its budget is less than 10 *crore, but it may find it difficult to make even that.  Also, is has to contend with a mega-film entering its second week.

Previous releases:

Despite a whirlwind opening weekend for “Padmaavat“, it seems to have already slowed down over its first week-day stretch.  The average total for its 4-day opening weekend was 28.5 crore.  For the four following week days, the average was 13.13 crore.   That’s a 54% drop in the first week alone.
Total collections today are Rs. 166.50 crore – still 23.5 crore away from meeting its 190-crore budget.  It’s certain to reach this figure over the second weekend, but the next three days will tell if this movie’s earnings will be weekend-heavy, or if the decrease in foot traffic will continue.  Will this movie be an opening-weekend sensation, only?  The results on Monday!
On the global stage, “Padmaavat” has entered the 200-crore club, and will join the 300-crore club over the next three days.  Worldwide collections currently stand at Rs. 289.36 crore, which makes it the 20th highest-grossing film in Bollywood history (global collections).  It will definitely climb higher on that list, as overseas interest seems to be stronger than the falling interest at home.

Secret Superstar” is now the third highest-grossing film in Bollywood history!!  Over its second week in China, worldwide collections for this film have soared to Rs. 672 crore!  This makes it third, behind “PK” (2014 – Rs. 854 c.) and “Dangal” (2016 – Rs. 2,122.30 c.)   Prior to its release in China, worldwide collections for this box office sleeper had barely crossed 100 crore.  Thanks to Aamir Khan’s avid Chinese fandom, however, he is now responsible for the top three highest-grossing movies in Bollywood history!  How much higher will collections climb over the next two weeks?  Keep checking the VBB Box office news for updates on this very satisfying success.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – JANUARY 29, 2018

On its opening four-day weekend, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” has collected an incredible Rs. 114.00 *crore!  This is the first 100-crore club film of 2018, and will certainly be in the top ten list at the end of the year.  The question is, will it be the year’s highest grosser?  There are still eleven long months of possible contenters still to come!
For now, however, it is clearly ruling the box office, and will without a doubt meet and exceed its 190-crore budget.  World-wide, it has collected Rs. 181.38 crore.  This one seems to be much more popular at home than overseas.

Meanwhile, “Mukkabaaz” has reached the 10 crore mark!  That means, it is the second film of the year to earn its budget, and so the second success story of 2018, along with “1921“!  2018 is starting out on a very positive note for Bollywood.

And more big praises for Aamir Khan’sSecret Superstar“!  Thanks again to Aamir’s avid Chinese fandom, this movie has gone from box office sleeper to become the fourth highest-grossing film in Bollywood history, worldwide collections!  With Rs. 609 crore, it has also become only the fourth film in Bollywood history to cross the 600 crore mark!   It has surpassed the global collections for “Tiger Zinda Hai“, also officially making it the highest grossing movie of 2017.  Before its China release, “Secret Superstar” wasn’t anywhere near the top ten list!  This film has just completed the second weekend in China.  If the trend follows Aamir’s previous releases in that country, it will continue to run strong for at least two more weeks.  How much higher can collections climb?  “Dangal” earned over a thousand crore in China alone, and “Secret Superstar“, so far, has earned less than 500.  If it performs similarly to “Dangal“, “Secret Superstar” will quickly surpass both “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “PK” to become the second highest-grossing Bollywood film in history!  It’s not likely to reach the staggering collections of “Dangal“, however, as “Dangal” had the advantage of record-breaking collections in India and the rest of the world before its China release.
As a reminder, the lifetime domestic earnings of this movie were just Rs. 63.40 crore – barely enough to cover its budget.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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