As many as six films from the Bollywood stable hit theatres last Friday, but they were clearly no match for Hollywood biggie Independence Day: Resurgence, which released alongside and salvaged a dull box office. But then, it wasn’t really surprising; Hollywood has overshadowed B’wood films at the ticket counters in more instances than one this year so far.
A still from Independence Day: Resurgence
On day one, Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Raman Raghav 2.0 and Vivek Agnihotri’s Junooniyat, which were expected to do best among the six films, saw just about five per cent occupancy during morning shows — nearly one-fifth of the footfalls recorded in case of Independence Day sequel, say trade sources. The opening weekend numbers of Junooniyat starring Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam was not even 50 per cent of the pair’s last outing, Sanam Re’s day one business (Rs 5.04 crore).
Trade guru Amod Mehra says, “It was another disastrous weekend at the box office. The only film that managed to register decent collections was Independence Day 2. Sadly, it didn’t collect as much as anticipated, but it was more than the combined figures of all Bollywood films. Raman Raghav didn’t live up to expectations while the rest of the Hindi films were washed out.”
The other releases were Rough Book, Missing On A Weekend, A Scandall and 7 Hours To Go.
Trade expert Taran Adarsh says, “It was a gloomy Friday as all new Hindi films opened to dismal houses. Hollywood dominated the box office yet again.”
The previous week’s release, Udta Punjab, which recorded the fifth highest opener of 2016, saw a drastic drop in audience turn-out (83 per cent) in its second weekend.
Raman Raghav 2.0
Independence Day: Resurgence
(Opening weekend figures)