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Q3 – Ek Lame Katha

     Now that the fourth quarter of the year is well under way, it is time to take stock of how the Hindi film trade fared in Q3, 2017. No doubt, all of us already know that the last

Our Favour8s!

First off, a huge and heartfelt ‘Thank You!’ from the entire team for your very gracious and generous response to our 8th Anniversary issue that was published last week. In that edition, we had many from the fraternity sharing their

Your 8-ention Please!

The world was a different place when the very first issue of Box Office India was published on September 19, 2009. Dr Manmohan Singh was Prime Minister of India while Narendra Modi was one among 30 Chief Ministers. Barack Obama

Summer Bummer

Misery is said to love company. So here’s some ‘good’ bad news for an industry reeling from wave after wave of shocks emanating from the box office: we are not alone! North America, which includes the United States and Canada

The New Normal

As many as five Hindi films hit the screens last Friday (August 25) – A Gentleman, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, Qaidi Band, Sniff and Muskurahatein. Add to this mix, a couple of Hollywood releases, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and The Dark Tower, as

A Long-Distance Romance?

A frequent observation on this page is that inadequate availability of cinemas/screens in our country is among the key factors inhibiting the Indian film market from achieving its inherent potential. That is true not only in absolute terms given the

 Closed Chapter, Open Rule Book

And so the curtain has come down on what was a pretty action-packed chairmanship of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by Mr Pahlaj Nihalani. Reams of newsprint and television broadcast headlines were dominated by the CBFC’s decisions under

The Indian Film Industry

This week, India celebrates 70 years of independence from colonial rule. On a landmark occasion like this, it is natural to take stock of where we are vis-à-vis where we began. While doing so, we appreciate that there’s plenty to

Chronicle Of Many Deaths Foretold

Nothing succeeds like success in our business. Conversely, nothing flips perceptions like a flop either! That being so, it is hardly surprising that the flavour of the last few weeks has been much discussion (read: derision) about the future prospects

Attendance Register

A recurring theme on this page is that while the Indian film industry may be the most prolific in the world – and also enjoys a very high profile in the national mind space – when it comes down to

Tagore, Revisited

Sinnce remixing old compositions seems to be a trend that’s here to stay, this week we are attempting to go with the flow by jumping on to the bandwagon. And in keeping with the philosophy of aiming for the sky

It’s All Relative?

This week, let us address the elephant in the room. Or rather, the elephant’s son, daughter, brother, sister, nephew and niece! Is the Hindi film industry largely a family business – or rather, a business dominated by families – making

Half-Time Report: Decent, But…

With the second half of 2017 underway, now is a good time to take stock of how the film trade fared in the first six months of the year, and based on that evidence, try and make sense of the

The Diverse States Of Two Diverse Unions

Whenever India is mentioned in conjunction with some other country or geographical grouping, chances are that the first name to crop up would be that of Pakistan, what with the substantial and ongoing baggage of history and acrimony shared by

Enter(taining) The Dragon

The best screenplays and films are the ones that pull you back from the brink with a well-calibrated dose of lightness/relief just when a dark narrative is about to tip over into a depressing quicksand. A great example of this:

Be Careful What You Wish For…

Almost a month back, on May 19, 2017, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council announced a 4-tier structure of GST rates – 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent – covering the vast majority of products and services traded

The Missing Dimension

Let us start this week’s note by testing your knowledge of trade trivia. Question: What did the 55th highest (if you can call it that!) grosser from the 226 Hindi films that released in India in 2016 have in common

Genre-ally Speaking 2: Show Me The Money!

In our edit note last week, (Genre-ally Speaking 1: A Tale Of Many Tales, issue dated May 27, 2017) we had commented on how the genre pool of successful Hindi films has widened considerably in the last few years. We

Genre-ally Speaking 1 : A Tale Of Many Tales

Hindi cinema has often been accused, not unjustifiably so, of following a certain herd mentality wherein the success of one film begets a host of me-toos who hope to recreate the same magic. And that is true at a larger

The World Is Flat?

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents the six major global studios, recently released the Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2016. Published annually, the report offers many insights into the state of the international film business and the

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Collection Chart
As on 14th October, 2017
FilmsWeekWeeklyTotal
Chef14.90Cr4.90Cr
Tu Hai Mera Sunday118.37LK18.37LK
2016 The End14.20Lk4.20Lk
Call For Fun13.55LK3.55LK
CRD12.21LK2.21LK
Muavza - Zameen Ka Paisa11.14LK1.14LK
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