Indicine movie critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja answers 5 box related questions from our readers.
What is your box office prediction for ‘Dhoom 3’ and ‘Krrish 3’? I know it’s tough to compare these films but what’s your opinion that which film is gonna do more, even if a little more? – Rakesh
- As things stand today, ‘Dhoom 3’ would do more than ‘Krrish 3’. Though both franchises are extremely huge in their own right, ‘Dhoom’ as a brand has a better recall value. Moreover Aamir Khan coming together with Yash Raj Films holds an edge as well. Also, the franchise has boasted of much more popular music. On the other hand, the Roshans have taken a huge plunge with ‘Krrish 3’ which is pretty much a calculated gamble. The fact that both films are releasing on a holiday will brighten prospects for both. In any case, as you rightly said, it is tough to compare them as both are all set to enter the 200 crore club.
What would have been the collections of ‘Tere Naam’ (which is considered Salman’s best performance till date with record breaking music) if released today with Salman being the top star? – Arjun Singh
- ‘Tere Naam’ would have certainly done business of over 100 crores quite comfortably due to his superstar appeal as well as superhit music. However let’s not forget that though the film boasted of a very good performance from Salman, the overall product had seen mixed reactions due to its disturbing content. In fact the dark mood of the film, especially in the second half, would prove to be a little repelling for family audience, something that prevented ‘Agneepath’ too from covering a much greater distance. Hence it safe to presume that ‘Tere Naam’ would have reached around 120 crores but not beyond.
Can ‘Race 2’ become second 100 crores plus movie for John and Jacqueline (after ‘Housefull 2’) and first for Saif, Deepika, Anil and Ameesha? Or will it choke around 90 crores like ‘Talaash’? Both films are thrillers genre. – Rohit
- As you read this, ‘Race 2’ has already crossed the 90 crores mark (official figure) and is well on it’s way to be a 100 crore success. It would manage to achieve this milestone by end of third weekend, if not end of second week. The film has done what was expected out of it. With this, Saif, Deepika, Anil and Ameesha would find their way for the first time into the 100 crore club while John and Jacqueline would make it two in a row (as a pair) after ‘Housefull 2’.
‘Special 26’ isn’t looking like a 100 crore grosser but do you think that Akshay Kumar’s star-power can still draw crowds to theatres in the opening weekend despite the fact that this will be his sixth film in last 10 months? What sort of business does it need to do to emerge as a clean hit? – Aashish Thappar
- ‘Special 26’ would take a good opening at the box office though it would be futile to expect anything in the range of a ‘Rowdy Rathore’ or a ‘Housefull 2’. The film can expect overall business on the lines of ‘Oh My God’ since it isn’t one of those quintessential hardcore commercial entertainers in the offering that find audience across age groups, segments and territories. Expect multiplexes to throw better numbers here. It doesn’t matter that ‘Special 26’ would be Akshay Kumar’s sixth release in 10 months. If ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2’ were to release today, it would smash the opening record of ‘Rowdy Rathore’.
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