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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

It is pertinent to note that around this time last year, we were wondering if the then new year would live up to 2011’s healthy box-office performance. Well, it certainly did, with as many as 9 films entering the ` 100-crore club as opposed to 5 films that did so in 2011.

The obvious question as 2013 gets underway – will this year be even better?! Well, time will answer that question as it always does, but prima facie it would certainly appear that we do have the ammunition this year to have a fair shot at matching up to, if not bettering 2012.

Given that the list of big (read ` 100-crore plus) blockbusters is dominated by the A-league stars, let’s quickly look at the scheduled 2013 releases starring the biggies:

Aamir Khan – Dhoom 3; Ajay Devgn – Himmatwala and Satyagrah; Akshay Kumar – Special 26BossOnce Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and the Thuppakki remake; Emraan Hashmi – Ek Thi DaayanGhanchakkar and Ungli; Hrithik Roshan – Krrish 3; Ranbir Kapoor – Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniBesharam; Saif Ali Khan – Race 2 and Bullet Raja; Salman Khan – the Sohail Khan-directed untitled production; and Shah Rukh Khan – Chennai Express.

And, of course, there is every chance that we will see the emergence of dark horses that will pleasantly surprise us all like films like KahaaniVicky DonorEnglish Vinglish did last year.

All in all, it promises to be a very special year (fingers crossed!), and to usher it in, we have a very special year-opener issue lined up for you this week.

To summarise some of the ‘New Year Specials’ we have put together for you:

– A circuit-wise analysis of the collections generated through 2012 to zero in on the actor and actress who generated the best opening average and the maximum collections average in that territory.

– The Top 10 films of the year in each circuit.

– A very fascinating and illuminating analysis of footfalls i.e. number of audience members who watched some of the major films of 2012, rather than just collections generated.

– An insightful and often surprising analysis of the single screen v/s multiplex collections of major films last year.

– A four-year (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) analysis of box-office collections to get a sense of the trajectory the trade is on, and the overall growth in the size of the industry.

– An overview of what 2013 has to offer in terms of releases that will seek to woo cine-goers and attempt to hit the box-office jackpot.

– A look at some of the new faces that will debut this year, hoping to achieve stardom.

As you can see, there’s loads of interesting data and features awaiting you in the pages that follow, so let me quickly sign-off… happy new year, and happy reading!

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