BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – APRIL 20, 2018

Releasing today:

Beyond the Clouds (drama):  “When on the run from the cops , Amir finds his estranged sister Tara, who in a bid to protect her brother lands up in jail. Their entire lives have been clouded by despair as unexpectedly the light shines on them from Beyond the Clouds.
This film is showing at 29 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Nanu Ki Jaanu (action, comedy, drama):  “Nanu Ki Jaanu is a dark comedy, the story of which revolves around a Delhi land mafia agent who tries to deal with the arrival of a ghost in his apartment.”  TRAILER

One comedy, one drama.  Today’s releases are not in direct competition, so both have the best chance to earn what they will.  Because comedy is slightly more popular than drama, and Abhay Deol is more well-known than anyone in the cast of “Beyond the Clouds“, “Nanu Ki Jaanu” will be the likely front-runner on Monday.  Neither film, however, is expected to make a big impression at the box office.

Previous releases:

At the end of its first week, “October” has collected Rs. 30.24 *crore.  On Monday, we reported a variety of budgets estimated at 30 crore, 40 crore, and 45 crore.  If the truth is the lowest of those figures, this film has just recovered its initial investment.  If it’s the highest, there’s a good chance this movie will cross it by the end of its second week.  With no real competition releasing today, “October’s” momentum shouldn’t suffer, but opening week indicates it will not earn the entire 15 crore over second weekend.  The normal decline rate from first weekend to second is 60%, so this movie will likely see only eight crore more by Monday.

There are no reports this morning on second week figures for “Blackmail“, or third week figures for “Baaghi 2“.  We will update this report when those figures are in.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – APRIL 16, 2018

October” had a good opening weekend, with Rs. 20 25 *crore.  Though it has the sixth-highest-grossing opening weekend of 2018 (so far), it collected less than half the opening weekend amounts for each of Varun Dhawan’s 2017 films.  This is likely due to “October” being a low-key film, with little pre-release promotion.  Budget reports are inconclusive, with estimates listed at 30 crore, 40 crore, and 45 crore across different resources.  Even if it is 45 crore, Varun Dhawan’s newest is sure to reach and exceed it by the end of its second weekend.  Currently, it is on the top ten list at number nine.  It’s sure to climb higher during its screen life, but the next week will tell if it has a chance of staying in the top ten at year’s end.

At the end of its second weekend, collections for “Blackmail” are Rs. 19.11 crore.  With at least two more weeks on the big screen, this film is certain to exceed its 20 crore budget, but will likely not earn much more.  It may top out around 25 crore, but even at that amount, “Blackmail” will be considered a success – one of only a few in the flop-heavy career of actor Irrfan Khan.

 

As predicted, Tiger Shroff’s “Baaghi 2” did indeed cross the 150 crore mark over its third weekend.  With a lifetime total so far of Rs. 155.65 crore, it has officially doubled the collections of 2016’s “Baaghi” (Rs. 76.34 c.) to become far and away Shroff’s highest grossing movie.  Though critics are still unanimously failing this film, fans are obviously loving it.  It looks like Tiger has a bright future in the action genre.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – APRIL 13, 2018

Releasing today:

October (romantic drama):  “Dan is living the life of any carefree 21 year old, revolving around a bunch of friends and fellow hotel interns who feed off each other’s everyday moments: their ups and downs. Shiuli is one such intern at the same hotel, who at times is at the receiving end of Dan’s audaciousness. Life goes on until a sudden turn of events smashes Dan and Shiuli’s lives together, into a bond that’s unlike any 21 year olds. The emotional connection between them goes through a metamorphoses that brings out a form of love that’s unlike any other eventually leading to an internal awakening.”
This film is showing at 100 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

 

Also opening in the Bollywood market today is the Tamil film, “Mercury“.  October“, however, will be the front runner on Monday.  But how will it fare when up against the current playing films?  Varun Dhawan is on a winning streak with his 2017 films, “Judwaa 2” and “Badrinath Ki Dulhania“.  Will that streak continue with this more somber, dramatic film?  Check back Monday for the answer!

Previous releases:

At the end of its first week, “Blackmail” has collected Rs. 14.42 crore.  This means the film only averaged 0.80 crore per day over the past four days.  That’s a 79% drop from the 3.74 per day of opening weekend.  It’s a significant drop, and with today’s new competition, it’s unlikely that this movie will reach or surpass its 20-crore initial investment.  It will need a strong second weekend to have any chance.

At the end of its second week-day stretch, collections for “Baaghi 2” have reached Rs. 148.45 crore!  It averaged 3.28 crore per day, making it the week’s highest earner.  With this kind of momentum, it’s sure to cross the 150 crore mark by the end of its third weekend.  It has kept good momentum for two weeks, so this film just may stick it out over the long run and have a chance at getting close to the 200 crore mark.

Hichki” continued to earn over its third week, bringing its total to Rs. 42.55.  Going into a fourth weekend, and with a big new film releasing today, this triumph for female lead movies may have come to its end.  But, it will go down in history as one of the few hits here at the dawning of the age of Bollywood equality.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – APRIL 9, 2018

Blackmail” did emerge as the front runner of Friday’s releases.  Over its opening weekend, it collected Rs. 11.22 *crore of its 20-crore budget.  It’s off to a great start, despite the fact that a big-earner is still on the screen.
Release-date mate, “Missing” collected 0.52 crore, while “Subedar Joginder Singh” collected Rs. 6.5 crore.
If “Blackmail” reaches 20 crore, it will become one of only a handful of films for Irrfan Khan which were successful.  Though well-liked, this actor has an unfortunate history filled with flop movies.

Over its second weekend, “Baaghi 2” collected 22.50 crore.  This is a 70% drop from opening weekend, which is slightly more than the standard 60% most movies experience.  With a grand total so far of Rs. 135.35 crore, “Baaghi 2” is the second highest-grossing film (so far) of 2018.  But how much higher will those collections climb with a more-than-average decline after the first week?  With still three weeks to go on the big screen, it will undoubtedly cross the 150 crore mark, but the next seven days will tell if Tiger Shroff’s newest will have any longevity.

Hichki” is a hit!  At the end of its third weekend, total collections are now Rs. 41.15 crore, which is more than double its 20-crore investment…and that is the only criteria for hit status!  This film has joined a very small minority of movies which feature a female lead character, but are not a romance.  Very few other films like this have been hits.  All involved should be very proud!  Bollywood feminisim has a win.

Raid” has joined the 100-crore club!  Over its fourth weekend, Ajay Devgn’s newest became his eighth 100-crore movie.  This makes him tied with Akshay Kumar, and now both actors share the number two spot for highest number of 100-crore movies!  “Raid” is currently the fourth highest-grossing film of the year, and would need another 7.17 crore to take number three.  This would be very unlikely, going into a fourth week.  However, it has not only crossed 100 crore, it has achieved hit status, and will most likely remain on the top ten list at the end of the year.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – APRIL 6, 2018

Releasing today:

Blackmail (action, comedy, thriller):  “When Dev finds out his wife is cheating on him, he secretly blackmails his wife and her lover as a form of revenge.”
This film is showing at 41 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Subedar Joginder Singh (biography, war):  “A biographical feature film on India’s Highest Wartime Gallantry Award – Param Vir Chakra winner Subedar Joginder Singh. He fought three wars for India before achieving martyrdom in the Sino-Indian War of 1962 while commanding a platoon in North Eastern Frontier Agency. The story portrays his character and motivation in the scene of battle.  TRAILER
This film is showing at 38 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Missing (mystery, thriller):  “A couple check in to a beach resort in Mauritius with their daughter to spend holidays. One night, while they are busy making love in the other room, their daughter gets kidnapped. The Mauritius Police Official investigates this case of abduction. The cop is convinced enough that there’s something fishy about how Mr. Dubey reacts, as reaction of the mother was obvious, but there is something suspicious about the father’s behaviour. Nothing is what it seems, there may be a third brain involved.”  TRAILER
This film is showing at theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Of today’s releases, “Blackmail” will certainly be the front runner on Monday, but none of today’s films are expected to be high earners.  Not with another very popular fim just entering its second weekend on the big screen.

Previous releases:

Despite unanimously negative reviews, Tiger Shroff’s “Baaghi 2” continued strong over its opening week, joining the 100-crore club and landing at number two on the year’s top ten list with Rs. 112.85 crore!  Even at the highest-estimated figure for this movie’s budget (100 crore), “Baaghi 2” has now most definitely exceeded its initial investment and has become the year’s newest success!  It is still left to be seen, however, if this film will have any longevity, or if it will become another one-week-wonder for Shroff.  the second weekend will tell.

At the end of its second week, “Hichki” has reached a total of Rs. 38.40 crore.  It’s just 1.60 crore away from doubling its 20-crore budget and being considered a hit.  Going into a third weekend, it still has at least two weeks left on screens.  It has every chance of achieving that goal.  When it does, it will be in a very small minority of female-lead films to have achieved the status of hit!  Not bad, Rani!  Though it will not be on the top ten list at the end of the year, it currently holds position six.

Meanwhile, at the end of its third week, Ajay Devgn’sRaid” is so close to crossing the 100 crore mark that it is sure to do so by the end of tomorrow.  With Rs. 99.71 crore, there is no doubt of “Raid” becoming Ajay’s eighth 100-crore movie!  It’s currently number four on the year’s top ten list, and will likely remain on the list at year’s end.  This movie has demonstrated excellent longevity.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – APRIL 2, 2018

Tiger Shroff’s new film, “Baaghi 2” achieved the highest grossing opening day of the year!  With 25.10 *crore on Friday alone, it even beat “Padmaavat’s” 24 crore opening day.  Thanks to a significant dip on the film’s second day, however, it achieved only the second highest-grossing opening weekend.  With a grand total of Rs. 73.10 crore, “Baaghi 2” has hit the top ten list at number five, and is certain to climb higher over its opening week.
All of this is despite unanimously poor reviews.  Almost all critics have cited the films forced, derivative, and clunky screenplay, its unnecessarily over-the-top, unrealistic action, its bad acting, and its poor use of power-house talents.  Will Shroff’s fandom keep this movie going?  Or, will momentum drop off after opening week?  The next four days will tell.
But has it recovered its initial investment?  That depends on which resource is correct.  When researching, VBB found reported budgets of 60 crore, 75 crore, and 100 crore.  If it’s the first, it has already recovered its investment.  If it’s the second, it will achieve this by the end of today.  If it’s the third…time will tell.  Other Shroff movies in the past started strong then crashed abruptly.  Will “Baaghi 2” be different?

Meanwhile, “Hichki‘ collected another 8.4 crore over its second weekend, bringing the total to Rs. 34.50 crore.  Going into just its second week, with at least two more weeks of screen life ahead, it’s sure to earn the 5.50 crore more it will need to be considered an official hit at 40 crore.
To be considered a hit, a film must earn twice its initial investment, and with only a 20-crore budget, “Hichki” set itself up for success.

Among all this success, “Raid” is still inching toward the 100 crore mark.  Over its third weekend, it brought an additional 6.68 crore, for a total now of Rs. 96.97.  Going into a third week, it will need another 3.03 crore to join the 100-crore club.  It must average just 0.757 crore per day over the coming week to achieve this by Friday.  But whenever it does manage it, it will become Ajay Devgn’s eighth 100-crore movie!  This will make him tied with Akshay Kumar, sharing the honor of being second, behind Salman Khan, for number of 100 crore films!  Salman has twelve.  Everyone else has less than eight.
It’s doesn’t look like “Baaghi 2” has affected “Raid’s” momentum.  6.68 crore over a third weekend is still a very strong figure.  It’s first-to-second weekend drop percentage was 60%, and now its second-to-third weekend drop is also 60%.   “Raid” is enjoying a very steady momentum, indeed.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – MARCH 30, 2018

Releasing today:

Baaghi 2 (action): “Ronny is hired by ex-lover Neha, to track down her daughter Riya, who has been kidnapped.”
This film is showing at 74 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

As today’s only release, “Baaghi 2” will have no release-date competition.  The question that remains is how well it will do.  Historically, Tiger Shroff’s films have done well, despite a unanimous opinion among critics that Shroff is no actor.  The trailer looks good, but Shroff’s character doesn’t appear in any scene with an expression other than aggression.  His 2-expression repretoire has made him famous for his poor acting, yet the fan following he has gathered for his chiseled body and martial arts prowess will likely make this film a box-office success.

Previous releases:

At the end of its first week, “Hichki” has collected Rs. 26.10 *crore, and that’s good enough to be called a success!  Made on a budget of just 20 crore, it will need 14 crore more to be considered a hit, but it has definitely recovered its investment, and then some.  Moving into a second weekend, with no competition and excellent reviews, this film has a good chance of getting there.

 

Ajay Devgn’sRaid” collected 10.58 crore over its second week-day stretch, making it the week’s highest-earner!  With a total now of Rs. 90.11 crore, it just needs another 10 crore to cross 100!  It may find this difficult, as “Baaghi 2” is direct-genre competition.  It may lose ground over Shroff’s opening weekend, but we have no doubt that, with two more weeks of screen time “Raid” will make that 10 crore.

Over its fifth week-day stretch, “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” is not dead yet!  With two big films on the screen, it still managed to bring in an additional 1.89 crore!  Now this is a movie with longevity!  With a lifetime total of Rs. 106.77, it’s raising the bar even higher for “Raid” – daring it to try for the year’s number two spot.  How much longer can this movie last?  Monday will have the answer, as Tiger Shroff’s new fan-pleaser hits the big screen.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – MARCH 26, 2018

Hichki” was indeed the front runner among Friday’s releases, with a total of Rs. 15.35 *crore over opening weekend.  By the end of opening week, it will have met its initial 20-crore budget, and will be considered a success.  It’s receiving positive reviewes for its content, which is why collections increased daily.  On Friday, it earned 3.30 crore.  On Saturday, it brought in 5.35 crore, and on Sunday, 6.70.

There are no reports this morning on “Hichki’s” three release-date mates, “Pareshaan Parinda“, “Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band“, or “Baa Baaa Black Sheep“.

Over its second weekend, “Raid” collected 16.48 crore, making it the weekend’s highest earner.  This is only a 60% drop from opening weekend, which is an excellent sign of good momentum.  The total now stands at Rs. 79.53 crore!  It will surely cross the 80 crore mark by the end of the day, and when it does, it will officially be considered a hit.  It’s also within a day or two of surpassing collections for “Pad Man” and moving up one more space on the year’s top ten list; from number four to number three!
New information changes reports of “Raid’s” budget from 35 crore to 55 crore.  With the new figure, it has still exceeded the investnment, but it has raised the bar higher for super-hit status.  “Raid” would need to earn 110 crore now to be considered a super-hit.  30.47 crore to go!  A good second week and third weekend could very well get it there.

With two newer, successful films on the big screen, “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” has indeed come to the end of its mega-hit run.  Over its fifth weekend, it collected 2.36 crore, bringing its lifetime total to Rs. 104.88 crore.  It currently holds position two on the top ten list.  If “Raiddoes make a bid for super-hit status, however,  “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” could find itself demoted to position three.  However, it would take a very special film this year to match this movie’s feat of having earned 2.62 times its initial investment.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – MARCH 23, 2018

Releasing today:

Hichki (comedy/drama): Rani Mukerji Chopra.  “Hichki presents a positive and inspiring story about a woman who turns her biggest weakness into her biggest strength.”
This film is showing at 94 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Baa Baaa Black Sheep (action/comedy/crime)  “Balbir Sharma, aka Baba, discovers on his 25th birthday that his father, Charudutt, a timid cashew dealer in Goa, has been moonlighting as contract killer Charlie, for years! The two soon get tangled in a chain of events that involve a cop, a fraud art dealer and a few bad guys.”  TRAILER

Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band (comedy):  “The story mainly builds on confusion and how that creates a huge humorous ruckus that will leave its audience in splits.”  TRAILER

Pareshaan Parinda (action/romance):  “Neel falls in love with a gangster’s niece and things go bizarre when he finds himself getting involved with the underworld.”  TRAILER

Also releasing in the Bollywood market today is American film, “Pacific Rim – Uprising“.  “Hichki“, however, will be the front runner on Monday.  There has been a lot of pre-release promotion for this film, and is much anticipayed, according to many polls.

Previous releases:

At the end of its first week, Ajay Devgn’sRaid” has earned Rs. 63.05 *crore!  By the end of the weekend, it will double its 35 crore initial investment to officially become the year’s third hit movie.  Though “Hichki” will not be in direct competition with “Raid“, it may still lure audiences away.  The next three days will tell if Ajay’s newest will be a one-week earner, or if it will have the momentum to carry it through two more weeks of solid collections.

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” has joined the 100 crore club!!  Almost unheard of for a film without a popular-name actor, this movie has made it on quality and appeal, alone!   More than that, this movie will most definitely be in the top ten list at the end of the year.  It has set the bar for 2018’s remaining films, and stands waiting as the year’s only super-hit, so far.  The current total is Rs. 102.52 crore.  Which will be the film that unseats this triumphant movie from its position as the second highest-grossing film of 2018?

On the Chinese front, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” has now crossed the 900 crore mark in global collections, thanks to its successful release in China.  This country is now directly responsible for all five of the highest grossing Indian films in history.  “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” is still number four on the all-time list, but it has its sites set on “Secret Superstar’s” number three spot.  It will need just 60 crore more to switch places with Aamir Khan’s latest.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – MARCH 19, 2018

Ajay Devgn’sRaid” had a fantastic opening weekend!  In the first three days, it not only met, but exceeded its 35 *crore budget.  With a total of Rs. 41.04 crore, it has collected the second highest-grossing opening weekend of the year (so far), second only to “Padmaavat“.   It has also landed on the top ten list at number four. It showed amazing growth over the weekend, collecting 10.04 crore on Friday, 13.86 on Saturday, and 17.14 on Sunday.  The next four days will tell, however, if “Raid” will be an opening-weekend-earner only, or if it will maintain a high-earning momentum.  Either way, it’s already the year’s newest success.

There are no reports this moring on second weekend collections for “Hate Story IV“.  This article will be updated as soon as figures become available.

Meanwhile, “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” is within a day of crossing the 100 crore mark!  Total collections today are Rs. 99.34 crore!  It’s certain to cross the 100 crore mark by the end of Tuesday, if not today.  Going into a fourth week, and with a popular new film on the screens, this unexpected hit just may be nearing the end of its triumphant run.  But, it will go down in history as a 100-crore club member without any popular-name actors!  Well done!

Going back a bit, trickling collections for the long-running “Padmaavat” have helped the film to cross the 300 crore mark, this week!  With Rs. 300.26 crore in domestic collections, “Padmaavat” joins the exclusive 300-crore club, which includes only five other films: “Dangal“, “PK“, “Tiger Zinda Hai“, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan“, and “Sultan“.  The club no longer belongs to just the two Khans.

 

And on a final note, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” is the latest Bollywood film to get its turn at the Chinese box office.  As a result, its global totals have increased, and it has moved up the list of highest-grossing Indian films of all time.  With a current (and growing) total of Rs. 878.45 crore, it has surpassed “PK” and is now the fourth highest-grossing, just under “Secret Superstar“.  With several weeks still left in its Chinese run, it is well within the realm of possibility that Salman Khan’s 2015 film will be the next to enter the 1000-crore club!  A club that, so far, includes only “Dangal” and “Baahubali: The Conclusion“.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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