The runtime of Farah Khan’s Happy New Year is 3 hours and 4 minutes, making it one of the longest films in recent times. Amongst big releases, only Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was longer at 3 hours 9 minutes.
Amongst Shahrukh Khan starrers, Jab Tak Hai Jaan had a run time of 2 hours 56 minutes, while Chennai Express was 2 hours 21 minutes long.
The problem with films longer than 2:45 hours is the ‘turnaround’ time between shows goes over 3 hours, reducing the number of shows per screen at multiplexes and even at single-screens. For example, most single-screens have one show scheduled every 3 hours, but when the runtime exceeds 3 hours, they either cut a song (and closing credits), schedule fewer shows or delay showtimings by 15-20 minutes.
At multiplexes, the ‘turnaround’ time is even more important as films that are shorter get plenty of shows on opening day, resulting in higher opening day collections. For big films like Happy New Year that are expected to run on high occupancy throughout the day in its first weekend, the runtime could make a big difference.
The turnaround time for Happy New Year at multiplexes will be around 3 hours 30 minutes (3.04 movie, 10 min interval and 15 min theatre clean-up between shows).
In short, if 5 to 6 shows of Chennai Express could be scheduled per screen at multiplexes, only 4 to 5 shows of Happy New Year will be running.
- Dabangg 2 – 120 minutes
- Ek Tha Tiger – 132 minutes
- Jai Ho – 135 minutes
- Chennai Express – 141 minutes
- KICK – 147 minutes
- Krrish 3 – 153 minutes
- Ra One – 156 minutes
- Bang Bang – 156 minutes
- Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – 159 minutes
- Om Shanti Om – 169 minutes
- Dhoom 3 – 172 minutes
- Main Hoon Na – 173 minutes
- Agneepath – 174 minutes
- Holiday: A Solider Is Never Off Duty – 170 minutes
- Jab Tak Hai Jaan – 176 minutes
- Happy New Year – 184 minutes
- Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – 189 minutes