Q. Can Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Main Gabbar’ cross 100 crore mark because on the same day one of the biggest franchise of Hollywood ‘Avengers 2’ is also releasing – Vishal Mehta
A. We can only answer questions about the box office prospects of films once the trailer has been released. The release of ‘Avengers 2’ will affect business at high-end multiplexes, but Main Gabbar is also targeted at the masses, so the impact is unlikely to be more than 10-15%. 100 crore or not depends on content.
Q. Can Roy break Gunday’s lifetime collection and become the highest grossing film of February? – Pratikshya
A. Roy has absolutely no chance of crossing the 50 crore mark now, so the Top 3 grossers of February will remain the same – Gunday (78 cr), My Name Is Khan (73 cr) and Special 26 (69 cr). This week’s release Badlapur has a chance if it does well for 2-3 weeks.
Q. Akshay Kumar or Ranbir Kapoor – the biggest star? – Vyom Mankad
A. Currently, it’s Ranbir Kapoor. The opening of his extended special appearance film Roy has bettered Baby both at multiplexes and single-screens. Akshay commands a huge following in smaller centres, but they wouldn’t come out in big numbers for a song-less thriller like Baby. As far as opening is concerned, Akshay has been fairly consistent but his following in bigger centres and multiplex dominated areas has dropped in the last few years. Brothers is his biggie, a film that could take a opening of 25-30 crore like Singham Returns (releasing on the same day too!). You can also check our latest ranking of stars – Top 15 Actors in India
Q. Since Shahrukh Khan’s FAN is a content driven film can it earn 300 crore? – Jaggu
A. The key for a 300 crore film is favourable festive release period, fantastic word-of-mouth and universally appealing genre. A film has to perform extra-ordinarily well in all circuits to earn 300 crore. Chak De India was one of the most acclaimed content-driven films of its time, but earned about 20 crore less than Om Shanti Om which was a commercial entertainer. The reason why PK earned Rs 340 crore was because Raju Hirani / Abhijat Joshi are arguably the best minds in the industry when it comes to picking subjects that content with majority of Indians. Hirani is a master director too, the undisputed best today. That’s not to say the others aren’t capable. A film like Andaz Apna Apna would shatter records today.
Q. Why Akshay Kumar films don’t get record-breaking opening. Is this the end of his super stardom? – Kritagya
A. Akshay has been in the industry for more than 20 years now and has firmly established himself as one of the top actors. One or two flops is not going to affect him. Having said that, because he has 3-4 releases every year, he needs to either reduce the number of films that he does or get the economics (budget) of his films right. The only way to get the economics right is to reduce his acting fee or produce the film himself. Most of his films cost around 60-70 crore to make and the average collections of his last 4-5 films is around 70-80 crore, which means most of his films do not recover investment through theatrical business and instead rely on satellite and other rights. The satellite market has crashed, which is making recovery even more difficult.
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