Kind of a dull week. Nothing terribly unexpected. But I might as well report on how Kapil Sharma and Vidya Balan are doing. SPOILERS: one is much better than the other.
Did anyone notice I skipped last week? I did! Travel and careful number calculations do not go together well. But now I am home again, and ready to catch up. And maybe even put up a video, if the sun comes out again. (as always numbers courtesy of renttrack by way of bollywoodhungama, full info available here)
Another depressing week at the box office! Which people are trying to spin as good thanks to Judwaa breaking Badrinath Ki Dulhania‘s record. But that was on many fewer screens with a lot less pressure, whereas right now Judwaa is the only game in town and it’s just not doing that great if you think of it that way. (as always, figures courtesy of bollywoodhungama)
Well, this was a bad week! Overseas, that is. From what I am seeing, the Indian figures are still good. But overseas, we did not like things. Oh, and I’m trying something new, youtube video about all this is embedded in the post, instead of squeezing two posts out of it.
Okay, are we all ready to set aside our expectations and our prejudices and look at raw figures? Are we excited? Do we have our calculators out and our common sense hats on? Are we ready to try to figure out a pun based on the title of this movie, because I couldn’t and I need help? (The best I could come up with was “Jab Harry Met Slow Business”, which isn’t great).
Let’s be real, was anyone expecting any kind of a hit for Banjo? No, right? No matter how many songs you release or how hard you promote it, no one is turning out for a Ritiesh and Nargis starrer.
Global figures are out for Baar Baar! And Bollywoodhungama says that they are “dismal”, but I’m not seeing it? But maybe that’s just because I am missing some extra information, like how big was the budget and how much were the distribution rights sold for. Oh, and also a new weird photo of Aamir
It’s the Hrithik story that really delights me, and so long as I am writing about that, I thought I might as well hit some others.
We have no reached the point where if a new big Khan release DOESN’T break all previous records, it is considered a flop. I say “big”, because I’m not talking about your Jai Hos, your Fans, or your Talaashes. Just the ones with the major studio backing, thousands of prints made, huge international release, and family friendly crowd-pleasing plots. Of which Sultan is certainly one, so its box office success was kind of taken as a given.
Yay, global figures are out! And, for the first time in weeks, there is an actual big name Hindi movie that I care about included.
Oh, I wish I was in Germany! I could eat sausages and cheese and incredibly rich cream cakes, and watch Baahubali on the big screen again! 5 times just wasn’t enough!
Fan‘s been out for 2 weekends now, and the box office trends are pretty steady. That trend being “down.” But while that is the bad news, there is also good news. And, separately, there is the news that relates directly to Shahrukh.
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.
And only like $200 of that is due to me! According to bollywoodhungama, Dilwale is now at #7. It is coming up fast on Chennai Express, at #6, and My Name is Khan at #5. Remember also, Chennai Express ran for a full 6 weeks overseas, and Dilwale hasn’t even crossed the 2 week mark yet.