We answer 5 questions from our readers as part of our popular ‘QnA’ section. You can send us your questions using the form at the bottom of the article.
Q. What chances do you think there are of ‘Dilwale’ having an open release date? Do you think Bhansali will bow out of the Christmas slot? – Rahul
A. Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Dilwale’ will get a solo release. It would be suicidal for any producer to clash against a Rohit Shetty film starring SRK, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. More so for a costly film like ‘Bajirao Mastani’. The last time they clashed (Om Shanti Om and Saawariya in 2007) the results were disastrous for Bhansali.
Q. What is the lifetime collection of Baby? – kritagya
Q. I have a question about Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra starrer ‘Brothers’, which will release on Independence Day 2015. Can Brothers break 32 crore opening record of Singham Returns and 139 crore lifetime record of Singham Returns ? – Faizan Tariq Khan
A. Brothers is releasing on 14th August (non-holiday), so it has no chance of collecting more than Singham Returns on Day 1. It could, however, get close to the 30 crore figure on Day 2, depending on how well the trailer and film is received. We expect the first day collections to be somewhere around the 20 crore mark.
Q. A film like Queen and Dum Laga Ke Haisha can collect better in second weekend than first due to great word-of-mouth.. But these trends would be near impossible for a film like Happy New Year, Dhoom 3, Dabangg.. correct? Because the first weekend is usually full to capacity. So can the second weekend be even bigger? – Sherhryar
A. You are right. Big films that open well have absolutely no chance of collecting more in second weekend. Both Queen and Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on limited number of screens and took slow starts at the box office. They gained momentum through the first week due to good reports and mouth publicity, which helped those films peak in Week 2. Among mega grossers, 3 Idiots and PK are the best trending films. PK dropped by 47% in Week 2 (it collected 182.89 cr in first week and 95.64 cr in second). 3 Idiots dropped by just 28% in Week 2 (79.5 cr in first week, 56.5 cr in second). Dabangg, one of Salman’s best trending films, dropped by 65% in Week 2. If any big film today manages to hold like 3 Idiots, it will easily cross the 400 crore mark in India!
Q. How much a female centric movie by Alia Bhatt or Deepika Padukone can earn, if the movie has same word of mouth like PK and 3 Idiots? (I assume Alia and Deepika to be the biggest crowd pullers amongst actresses).
A. Deepika and Katrina Kaif are the two biggest female stars in the industry. As for how much their films would earn with fantastic word-of-mouth, it would entirely depend on the genre. A concept film like OMG! Oh My God earned 80 crore plus, even though it took a slow start. If Deepika or Katrina attempt a film with sex as its selling point, like Vidya Balan’s ‘The Dirty Picture’ for example, then it can even cross the 100 crore mark.
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