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A Lacklustre First Half

With half the year behind us, now is as good a time as any to take stock of how 2016 is shaping up at the box office. Subjectively speaking, the general sense one gets is that of a lacklustre year

Spoilt For Choice

If you are planning on going to the movies this week – and we hope you are! – you certainly have plenty of options to choose from. This week saw as many as 29 new films hit the theatres. Yes,

Running To Stand Still

A persistent trend that we have periodically revisited on these pages is that of the increasing competition Hindi films face at the box office from Hollywood imports. If 2015 saw Furious 7 make history as the first Hollywood film to

Fly In The Ointment

As we head to press, the fate of what shape we will see Udta Punjab in – if it were to stick to its scheduled release date of June 17 – hangs in the balance. On Monday, June 13, the

Fast & Furious Versus Slow & Steady

“This match has gone down to the wire”, “That’s racing to the fence like a tracer bullet”, “You can cut the tension with a knife”… with cricket being played virtually daily on our television screens, we have cricketing commentary clichés

Slouching Tiger, Galloping Dragon

In a recent edit note (Parallel Universe, issue dated April 23, 2016), we had presented the highlights of the Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2015 released by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). As we had seen in that

Great Recommendations, But…

The Shyam Benegal-headed committee, entrusted with the crucial task of suggesting recommendations for restructuring film censorship in India, has submitted a partial report to Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley. Before examining the committee’s proposals, let us refresh

The Jungle Book Of Records

The big (make that HUGE!) news from the month that went by is that of the astounding collections clocked by The Jungle Book. There was a lot that the film had going for it. For one, a narrative with an

Screening Room – Doom Or Boom?

CinemaCon, the annual convention of the North American Theatres Association (NATO) in Las Vegas that yours truly had the occasion to attend, had much to offer this year – the star power of folks such as Will Smith, Russell Crowe,

Parallel Universe?

Last week, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) released the Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2015, at CinemaCon, the annual convention of North American Theatre Owners (NATO) in Las Vegas. The report, a much-awaited yearly exercise, offers many insights

Adults Only?

With school vacations underway, one is sure that for a certain section of our readership, making plans to keep their kids suitably engaged and entertained is currently consuming a substantial portion of their energies. And with patience and serenity not

In Recovery Mode?

With the first quarter of 2016 having ended last week, now is a good time to take stock of how the year is unfolding, and more importantly, try and figure out where we are in the depression-recovery-boom-bust cycle that our

Diwali On Ram Navami?

The first quarter of 2016 has drawn to a close, and while we will present a detailed Q1 report on this page next week after compiling all the figures, it would be fair to say that thanks to films like

Screen Test

Whenever tradewallahs discuss a film promo or a campaign that has just been launched, among the first comments that you hear are those deeming the product ‘multiplex-friendly’ or, alternatively, skewed towards ‘single-screen audiences’. Underlying this distinction is the belief that

Buy One, Get One Free

Just days remain before two of the most iconic fictional characters of all time come face-to-face on screen. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases worldwide – including here in India – on March 25 to great expectations. While a

Monkey Off Fox’s Back?

Question: What is the most effective way to to end up with Rs 100 crore in our line of work? Answer: Start with Rs 1,000 crore! It’s an old joke but still manages to evoke a chuckle because like most great

Figures Of Speech

And so it is behind us now, the most important annual policy announcement of the central government – or, as some would say, that time of the year when the sarkaar puts its mouth where our money is – the

Third Time Lucky?

On February 29, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget to the Indian Parliament, his third during the current Narendra Modi-led government. In our editorial preceding his very first Budget speech in July 2014, we had enlisted a

Third Time Lucky

On February 29, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget to the Indian Parliament, his third during the current Narendra Modi-led government. In our editorial preceding his very first Budget speech in July 2014, we had enlisted a

And The Award Doesn’t Go To… No Prizes For Guessing!

So will Leonardo DiCaprio finally get the monkey off his back or will the Academy continue to inexplicably snub him? Will Bryan Cranston break big with Trumbo or will Michael Fassbender be rewarded for a ‘Jobs’ well done? Will it

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As on 16th September, 2017
FilmsWeekWeeklyTotal
Poster Boys110.31Cr10.31Cr
Daddy15.86Cr5.86Cr
The Rally11.54Lk1.54Lk
Sameer12.86Lk2.86Lk
Mr. Kabaadi11.61Lk1.61Lk
IT*112.16Cr12.16Cr
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