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Can the big-ticket Hollywood franchises up for release lift the gloom that has gripped the ticket counter since late last year?

Despite the slow start Hindi films have taken at the box office this year, a host of Hollywood films are all set to make the audience and cinema owners a really happy lot. Starting with this week’s big-ticket Furious 7, Hollywood films are pulling out their big guns to woo movie-buffs.

The film has already gained traction with a bumper opening and a Thursday release ensuring a long weekend. According to exhibitors, the film made killer business even during advance booking. And not just that; since most big Hollywood films are dubbed in regional languages, this one too has high expectations from the industry.

Next up, Avengers: Age Of Ultron slated for an April 24 release. The film is the sequel to an already hit prequel, which released two years ago, and this year will enjoy a clear release as no other big Hindi film is slated for release on that day. Other Hollywood sequels which will be taking centre-stage this year are Jurassic World, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Terminator: Genisys, Minions, Ted 2 and The Fantastic Four.

Besides these, Tomorrowland, Ant-Man, Mad Max: Fury Road, Entourage, Vacation and Pan will make sure the audience is entertained throughout the year.

Since the last two years weren’t up to the mark for Hollywood films, with some of the big franchise films doing only average business at the box office, we ask the industry if Hollywood films will shine stronger this year. Over to them:

Amrita Pandey, VP and Head, Marketing and Distribution, Studios, Disney India

2014 was a year where many Indian movies dominated the box office with limited play for Hollywood movies. Moreover there weren’t as many English tentpoles that released last year. For Disney India, 2015 started on a magical note, with the success of our live action film-Cinderella inspired by the classic tale. We have an exciting slate lined up for the year where franchise is the focus with some big movies slated for release. Summer will start with a bang in April with the early release of one of the biggest superhero sequels-Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Being one of the most anticipated sequels riding on the huge success of the first movie, this is a big one for us and Indian audiences are looking forward to this grand spectacle. We follow that up in May with Tomorrowland, a science-fiction mystery adventure movie starring George Clooney. The response received on the trailer and look of the film has been encouraging. Come June, we have Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out, an ‘e-motion’ film, which explores the emotions of a little girl as she moves into a new city. With an interesting plot having each emotion as a character, this movie will sure make an interesting watch. In July we have another superhero movie, based on a character from the Marvel Universe Ant-Man. This action packed movie is sure to garner a great response. Towards the end of the year, we have Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which is a humorous and exciting story about a dinosaur with a heart of gold and how he befriends a little boy. The year is sure to end on a high with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which is the seventh installment of the epic space opera film. There are few, if any, movies in history that can claim to have an iconic status similar to that of Star Wars and even before its trailer release its being touted as one of the biggest Hollywood movie of the year.

Denzil Dias, Vice-President and Managing Director, Warner Bros

Despite what people say, 2014 was one of the best years ever in the history of our company and the second consecutive year we were No 1 among Hollywood studios in India. This summer, our line-up caters to every audience. Mad Max: Fury Road and San Andreas (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) will be mass entertainers, Hot Pursuit and Magic Mike XXL will wow fairer sex movie-goers, and Max and Pan (starring Hugh Jackman) will be loved by kids. For the comedy lover, Entourage and Vacation will have them in splits. Gallows is a perfect popcorn film for those who love horror films, and for the thrill-seeker, there is The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer).

Kamal Gianchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures

The summer has started with a bang as Furious 7 have received a biggest opening. When it comes to Hollywood releases, it is best summer till date not only because F7 has garnered the biggest opening but also Avengers: Age Of Ultron is coming up next. We are hoping for Avengers: Age Of Ultron to break F7 record which is not an easy task, but we are looking forward to it. F7 has done so good that it has received better opening than the Bollywood movies this year. Also, following Avengers is the movies like Mad Max, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys and James Bond in the second half. We are looking forward to this year’s releases.

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