As the year 2015 comes to a close, exhibitors across India discuss the films that made the cut in terms of how long they ran and number of footfalls.
With only a few weeks to go before the curtain rings down on the year 2015, we are pulling out the report card. Starting this week, we will analyse businesses in several domains in the film industry, and assess their performance this year. First off, we are putting the exhibition business under the scanner. Exhibitors tell us which films enjoyed the longest run and drew the maximum number of footfalls at their respective properties.
2015 has been a year where good stories have trumped mediocre offerings. We have always enjoyed a reputation for backing strong content across all languages, and justifiably so. Films like Piku, Bahubali (all languages), Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, The Intern, Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (Marathi), Chaali Polilu (Tulu) and many others have enjoyed a good run at PVR, regardless of the deluge of new releases each week or the demands of big-ticket, festival films.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan enjoyed maximum footfalls, followed by Bahubali and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, whereas Chaali Polilu completed 400 days and is still counting in Mangalore; Bela Seshe completed 100 days in Kolkata; Rangi Taranga (Kannada) 150 days; and Mr. & Mrs Ramachari (Kannada) ran for 175 days in Bangalore.
2015 was a mixed bag for films. Unfortunately, this year, we had fewer blockbuster openings than in 2013 and 2014. But Hollywood and surprise hits saved the year and, in fact, turned it into positive year-on-year growth. Both franchise films, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, opened well and grew with word-of-mouth, clearly proving that content is king and that the audience will always go for quality content.
The film industry has rewarded good content this year, which saw movies like Bahubali, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Piku and ABCD 2 doing exceedingly well at the box office. Undoubtedly, at Mukta A2 Cinemas, movies with the highest footfalls have been Bahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan followed by other hits like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Films that enjoyed the longest run at our cinemas were Bahubali, which ran for almost 9 weeks; Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which ran for almost 8 weeks; closely followed by Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which is still being screened at our cinemas.
Our cinema is situated in Sirsa, so it was MSG 2 that ran longest and did maximum business and is still running in its 12th week.. This was followed by Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The other films that did decent business are Tanu Weds Manu Returns, ABCD 2 and Piku.
In our property, Bajrangi Bhaijaan brought in maximum collections. It was an Eid treat for the audience and the film went on to do humongous business. But the film that enjoyed the longest run was Bahubali. It didn’t open with huge numbers in its first week and no one believed a dubbed film could be so good but from the second week, the film picked up very well and went on to run for a total six weeks.
Other films that did profitable business were Tanu Weds Manu Returns and NH10. The latter even saw a surprise jump in collections.
This year has been much better than last year. It has seen many good films, especially small-budget films that did good business. The film that ran longest in our property is Bahubali, which brought audiences back to the cinema hall for nine weeks. Then there was Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Drishyam, which completed 100 days, which means eight weeks. Two other films that did very good business are Tanu Weds Manu Returns and ABCD 2. Money-wise, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Bahubali did outstanding business and saw maximum footfalls. Another film which is breaking records is the Gujarati film, Chhello Divas.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan garnered the highest collections this year and did huge business. It was the biggest film of the year, also in terms of collections. In second place is Bahubali, which did really great business even though it was a dubbed film. It broke the records of many big Hindi films which released this year. SS Rajamouli has definitely taken Indian films to another level with Bahubali. But the film which ran longest is Tanu Weds Manu Returns. It ran for seven weeks at our property, with maximum shows.
The Bengali audience has started going to cinemas to watch their films and the film that enjoyed the longest run at my property and did maximum business is Bela Seshe. The film broke the records of all the Hindi and English films screened at our cinemas.
I think we should wait for Shah Rukh Khan-Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani to release before I can comment on this question because both films can potentially shatter records for box-office collections as well as footfalls. The films that drew the highest footfalls this year, so far, are Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Bahubali and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, as the box-office numbers for these films clearly indicate! While Bajrangi Bhaijaan and PRDP opened like a storm, Bahubali grew and sustained fabulously with a solid word-of-mouth, to create history for dubbed South Indian films in the Hindi market.