Happy day before Tubelight! I think I have picked my optimal showtime. Later show, but closer theater, so I can still be home at a reasonable hour. Same theater where I saw Bahubali opening night, Sultan for the second time, and Fan opening night. You will notice from that list that this theater only plays the biggest releases. Which allows me to make some box office predictions! Oh, and I also needed to do a post because Salman just released a video of Epic Cuteness.
Remember how before Bahubali 2 came out I said it would break into the top 3 of the American box office? And then it did and all the “real” industry news sources in America were all “WHAT IS HAPPENING????”? Because American entertainment reporters are adorably naive about Indian film? Well, I want to do the same thing. Tubelight is going to be in the top ten this weekend for absolutely goshdarn sure. Probably top 5. Maybe top 3. Heck, I’m going to go ahead and put my money down and say number 4 at the box office in America.
It’s releasing on as many screens as Bahubali 2, so far as I can tell from the showtimes in my area (showtimes close together means multiple screens at the same theater) and where it is playing (showtimes at theaters that hardly ever show Indian films means it is blanketing the market). And I am sure it will be sold out or close to it on all of them. But B2 had the advantage of being a Telugu/Tamil film, so inflated prices opening weekend. And being IMAX, so another reason for inflated prices (if you are wondering why Transformers does so well at the American box office, same thing, if it’s 3D or IMAX, the tickets are super expensive and the box office gets an artificial bump when compared to none 3D/IMAX). And so I am going with Tubelight being top 5, not top 3. We will see if anyone gets around to reporting that, or if they decide it isn’t “news” unless they really really can’t ignore it.
In totally unrelated news, remember how we all fell in love with Haarshali in Bajrangi Bhaijaan? I don’t know if this new adorable small child will be quite as spectacular, but Salman wants us to think he is. So he is tricking us! Tricking us with his evil mind games! Releasing a video of the audition process where they found his co-star, which means about half a dozen adorable central Asian looking little boys running around and dancing and mugging for the camera.
Okay, Matin Rey is clearly the best out of all these kids. I can see why the cast him. But it’s the cumulative cuteness that really puts this particular video over the top.