Bollywood Box Office: August 15-17

Singham Returns got off to a terrific start, turning in the fourth best opening weekend for a Hindi film in North America in 2014. Over the weekend of August 15-17, Singham Returns earned $654,054 from 127 theaters in the United States and Canada ($5,150 average), according to Box Office Mojo.

Singham Return‘s performance is significantly better than that of its predecessor, 2011’s Singham. In its opening weekend in North America, Singham earned $161,063 from 50 theaters ($3,221 average). During nine weeks of release, Singham earned a total of $350,864: a figure that Singham Returns nearly doubled in its first three days in theaters.

For a second week, the distributors of Entertainment failed to disclose their U.S. box office returns. We do know from Bollywood Hungama that the comedy earned $27,281 from 17 Canadian theaters, bringing its total in that country to $123,195.

Given that Akshay Kumar’s earlier 2014 release, Holiday, earned about 26% of its total North American gross from Canada, let’s assume that the $123,195 Entertainment earned in Canada represents 26% of its total haul as well. That would put Entertainment‘s total North American earnings at approximately $473,827. Fingers crossed that we’ll get the official figure someday.

Two other Hindi movies ran in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend:

  • Kick: Week 4; $19,102 from 14 theaters ($1,364 average); $2,398,097 total
  • The Lunchbox: Week 25; $1,652 from four theaters ($413 average); $4,033,909 total

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

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3 thoughts on “Bollywood Box Office: August 15-17

  1. JustMeMike

    Nice to see a Bollywood film making some money. I saw it last Friday at the Parkway 8 here in Sarasota. This theater is charging $10 for first run Bollywood films, but it sure beats driving about an hour to Tampa to see it.

    I’ve not finished my review yet – but I am pretty much in agreement with your review. The film has its strengths but it also has some glaring weaknesses chief of which was the never ending music beneath every bit of dialogue..

    Reply
    1. Kathy Post author

      Good point, Mike! I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to have a soundtrack following me around, punctuating every statement with a poignant musical cue. “Would I like fries with that? You tell me.” (Duhn duhn duhn…)

      Reply
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