I was going to do a box office report for Raabta earlier this week, and it turned into this very very long post about what box office is and why I look at it the way I do and so on and so forth. And I thought “heck, I should just turn this into a 101 one-off so people can easily refer back to it later!” (don’t worry, I will come back to my Nehru-Gandhi family history and finish it in a bit)
I don’t know why, but I am feeling very contrary today. I have this strange desire to take light things and turn them dark, and dark things and turn them happy. Thank goodness I can work it out through fanfiction instead of going to the park and throwing things at pigeons.
I was debating what, if anything, to do for Manish. And then Filmilibrarian started a conversation on my Monday Questions post about costumes, and I have decided to ruthlessly re-purpose it for a post about costumes in honor of Manish. Sorry Filmilibrarian! Your question was just too good to resist!
I got pretty silly yesterday. Let’s see if I can pull it back and be serious. The most admirable things Shahrukh has done.
I don’t have anything to watch this weekend! Maybe I will actually be desperate enough to try out a Telugu release in theaters (Sardaar Gabbar Singh is supposed to be a sequel to a remake of Dabangg, and I feel like I have seen Dabangg enough that I could probably figure out what is happening). But after weeks of having something new and exciting every Friday, the Hindi prospects this week are just dismal.
Karan just released yet another Kapoor and Sons song video on his twitter this morning, and there have been a whole bunch of other song video releases I didn’t even notice (because Karan didn’t tweet them), but I should really talk about. Because it’s almost Cricket season, authorized song videos are going to be all we have to entertain us for a while.
I saw a thing about Dilwale being available so soon on streaming, because Shahrukh wanted to make it available for the international audience who didn’t get it in their countries ASAP, even faster than DVDs could get there. And by what I can see on youtube, he definitely has an international audience, and they definitely started streaming the movie IMMEDIATELY. And then illegally ripped the files and started making their own fanvids.
Dilwale came out almost 2 months ago, which means the DVD could be released any day now. I’m a little spoiled, since I live ten minutes from the biggest Indian immigrant neighborhood in my region, I can just swing by the DVD store everyday on my way home from work and ask about availability. But for you poor people who did not organize your entire lives around access to Indian DVDs, it might be a little trickier.
So, here are the rumors I have gathered so far from the internet.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Shantisal pointed out in the comments, it is currently available on Itunes! For both rent and sale! And also, apparently, Googleplay! I still want the DVD, of course, because I Neeeeeeed the special features. But this will make a nice stopgap!
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT UPDATE: njmtv.com has dvd pre-order available with a release date of Feb 28th! I love njmtv, partly because I used to rent from their storefront location when my sister lived in New Jersey.
So, there’s been a story, really more of a sort of discontented rumble, going on for a while now that I have been ignoring, because I could kind of guess where it was going, and I was waiting for the resolution. Which happened today, so now I am going to talk about it.
Akshay Kumar and Jimmy Stewart actually have a lot in common! Reliable hard-working long-term popular movie stars who managed to combine a variety of crowd-pleasing roles with some solid acting turns. But what I am talking about today is just economics.
Airlift is rounding the corner of one more week of box office dominance. It’s possible that Ghayal Once Again or Sanam Teri Kasam may come up to challenge it but I doubt it. On the other hand, Fitoor is definitely going to knock it out of theaters next weekend. So, really, we are in the homestretch and can start making final box office estimates.
After a news black out, suddenly stuff is happening with SRK’s next films! Well, not suddenly, more like inevitably and part of a production plan. He just started a new filming schedule for Raees, and Fan is coming out in a couple months, so it is time for the PR people to jump-start the rumor mills.
It’s all worth talking about, so I will, below.
I finally saw Star Wars! I wanted to see Saala Khadoos, but I couldn’t make the showtimes work, so I saw Star Wars instead. It was very Indian. Or maybe Indian films are very Star Warsian? Or maybe both kinds of films come from a deeper shared origin?
Figures are out for Airlift opening day, and the (possibly) last week of Dilwale overseas. So far, no big surprises. But things could always look different after the weekend is over!
Thank you businessofcinema.com for providing so many numbers to me! There are a few interesting things going on in the local and global box office, going into Airlift weekend.
Airlift, and Republic Day, will put an end to the traditional Christmas season releases, as the screens are given over to patriotic rather than family friendly films. Meaning this is expected to be the last big week, and final box office projections are rolling out for Wazir, Dilwale, and Bajirao.
Read on to learn more.
(first reports on Airlift box office here)
Newer Box Office Report Available HERE!!! Dilwale still leads!
In fact, it has already beat Salman’s Kick receipts, and is coming up on Shahrukh’s own records, for Happy New Year and My Name is Khan.
All of which I predicted! (if you follow those links, you can see my previous posts). But, why is this happening? Why does the global picture look so different from the local?
Bollywoodhungama is just the best. They just posted the best of the box office 2015 list, broken down by territories. I already talked about how Bajirao stacked the deck by focusing on the Bombay audience, and how Dilwale suffered by losing market share to protests. And how Salman is consistently the all India winner. But this makes it even more apparent.
So, Bollywoodhungama posted the weekend overseas box office figures, broken down by country, with screen counts included as well. Some interesting things in there.
(also, admire my pun in the header image! “Two days, two players, one game.” How perfect is that for another Bajirao vs Dilwale weekend report!)
So, I just watched Dilwale for the 5th and final time (in theaters). And I think I may have finally come around back to where I was the first time I saw it, when I was just experiencing, not analyzing. Because, after 7 parts and 28 thousand words (or 28 hundred? A lot, is what I’m saying), I have nothing left!
So, this article points out that the gap between Dilwale and Bajirao is biggest in the Bombay box office, and that the Bombay market is usually the biggest profit within India. They also point out, what should have been a “no duh!” sort of thing but which somehow had not occurred to me, that Bajirao is about a famous Maharashtrian, and therefore will do better in Maharashtra than anywhere else.
Finally! After working through 6 parts and almost two hours, we have reached the end of my extremely detailed and specific summary of Dilwale. If you haven’t seen it yet, there are twists through out, so just skipping to the end bit will not make any difference if you want to know what happened. You should probably go back and at least skim all the other parts. Or better yet, see the movie! It should be available in most places by now, and it really is fun to watch on the big screen! (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, and part 6 here)