Ghayal Once Again Box Office Prediction

Sunny Deol’s Ghayal Once Again has been in the making for a long time now. The sequel to the 1990 blockbuster was first planned under Ashwini Chaudhary’s direction. It was titled ‘Ghayal Returns’ and the makers of the film had even released a trailer in 2011, announcing it for a 2012 release.

Since then, a lot has changed. ‘Ghayal Returns’ was shelved, Sunny decided to direct the sequel himself and titled it ‘Ghayal Once Again’.

Even after Sunny took over, the film suffered from delays, the most recent delay came when ‘Ghayal Once Again’ was shifted from January 15 to February 5 – which, thankfully, will be the final release date of the film.

Factors in favour of Ghayal Once Again at the box office:

  • Sequel to one of Sunny Deol’s most successful action films from the 90s
  • Sunny still commands a good following in circuits like East Punjab and Delhi/UP

Factors that could affect the opening of Ghayal Once Again:

  • Huge gap of 26 years between the first and second film
  • Sunny no longer commands a following amongst the youth, Ghayal Once Again unlikely to find too many takers at multiplexes in big cities. Fate dependent on performance at mass centres.
  • Poorly planned marketing campaign
  • Trailer and promos haven’t been liked

IndicineFBO Prediction: We expect Ghayal Once Again to take a opening of Rs 6.4 crore on Day 1.

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  • Hehehehe Ur 1st Prediction Was 5Cr+,Now 6Cr+…Now I M Sure It Will 7Cr+ N Lifetime Will 70Cr+,Will B Hit…Ur Lifetime Prediction Also Going 2 Wrong,Which Is Only 30Cr

  • 95% of sequels open well at the bo. 80% end up becoming success and 50% gain superhit+ verdict.
    Never underestimate the power of sequel.

    Waiting for 2 huge sequels
    Housefull3(26-28cr opening expected)

    Rock on 2(will rock urban centres. Opening Like ABCD2)

  • This week will see the release of Ghayal Once Again which is a sequel of 1990 Ghayal which was a box office phenomena in the ninties. The film was was not the biggest grosser of the nineties as films like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Raja Hindustani and Border recorded much higher numbers as the box office went to another level in the second half of the nineties.
    Ghayal set records in repeat runs. No film from the nineties was even close to it in repeat runs and only Sholay has higher business in repeat runs in the history of Hindi cinema. Ghayal was released on 22nd June 1990 and was a huge hit but after six months its billings in all circuits barring CP Berar, Nizam / Andhra and Mysore were 25-30% behind Dil which was a blockbuster released on the same day as Ghayal.
    The Ghayal story did not finish in 1990 and went on and on. The film had its first repeat run in Mumbai on 27th September 1991 and the response was earth shattering as despite being one year old the film was competing with new blockbuster films. Below are the first two week figures in Mumbai of Ghayal in this repeat run compared with the first two weeks of 1992 blockbuster Beta on release.
    Week One
    Ghayal (Repeat Run) – 11,37,706 from 11 cinemas (99.07%)
    Beta – 15,91,205 from 18 cinemas (98.24%)
    Week Two
    Ghayal (Repeat Run) – 13,52,924 from 16 cinemas (83.14%)
    Beta – 13,41,736 from 16 cinemas (97.47%)
    This repeat run eventually went to 80 lakhs nett which was a record for any one single repeat run in any circuit. The 80 lakhs nett figure in Mumbai at the time was a figure that only a dozen odd films in 1991 would do in its lifetime run but this film did in repeat run when first run alone had hit 2 crore nett.
    Ghayal contiuned to have more repeat runs as the Sunny Deol action image consolidated through the nineties and eventually went to 3.25 crore nett plus in Mumbai which was an extraordinary total. Basically in terms of inflation adjusted figures Ghayal was probably a 275-300 crore nett grosser.
    If Ghayal sequel had come in the 90’s or even early 2000’s it would have smashed all opening records due to the huge appreciation of the earlier film but Ghayal Once Again is coming more than 25 years later and the audience that made Ghayal such a huge blockbuster is not the theatre going audience today which probably means the film depending on its content rather than the brand value of the earlier film.

  • Ghayal Once Again had to get good reviews and WOM to collect huge . Even Aashiqui 2 came after 23 years of its prequel with Aditya and Shraddha being unknown faces at that time , but then also it became blockbuster .

  • Sunny is still a bigger and better actor than many of these talentless youngsters.
    Love Sunny Deol in action,will watch it if I get time..
    All the best!

  • Why doesn’t he retire from bollywood peacefully.The movie has been receiving terrible reviews from everywhere.
    Apka time gaya paaji!!

  • oh indicine I thought of the exact same prediction but if I also predict 6.4cr then we cannot decide the winner so my prediction will now be 6 cr let’s see who adds another point in their tally
    current standings
    me 4
    indicine 1
    and aren’t u gonna predict for sanam Teri kasam and loveshudda.
    and your article was quite detailed.

  • I want this movie to emerge as a winner.
    Hope so it collects at least 50 crs.
    That will be enough for me.
    Early reports are decent.

  • Sunny Deol may be on hard times but his class is unmatched. He could easily have played character actor roles like 80s heroes like Mithun, Jackie, S. Dutt, Anil, etc. He is the only 50+ guy doing lead roles apart from Big B. His time is not up.

  • If trailer dint clicked still I ll watch ghayal,
    If marketing is poor still I ll watch ghayal,
    If reviews are bad still I ll watch ghayal,
    Bcoz SUNNY DEOL is der.

  • What is the screen size?
    6.4 crore is still decent I think..if the content clicks even with a part of multiplexe going audience so it can grow over the weekend.. Hope for the best..I hope it manages a good opening across board.

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