Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (DBB, henceforth) is off to a great start in the United States. During the weekend of April 3-5, 2015, it earned $335,550 from 84 theaters (none of which were in Canada, unfortunately). Its per-screen average of $3,994 is the second best opening weekend average of the year behind Baby, which is the only 2015 film to earn more money in its first weekend.
[Box Office Guru reports slightly different numbers for DBB than the Rentrak totals above: $338,637 from 82 theaters, $4,130 average.]
DBB‘s real claim to fame is that it earned more in its first weekend than three other 2015 releases — besides Baby — that opened in more theaters: Shamitabh ($215,512 from 137 theaters), Tevar ($125,908 from 125 theaters), and Badlapur ($225,250 from 92 theaters).
With only the mildest of competition hitting theaters this coming weekend — and with the distinct possibility that no new Hindi films will open in North America at all — DBB has the potential to hold up well through its second weekend. It also helps that DBB is the best film released so far this year. A final total of $650,000 would be great, but reaching Baby‘s $730,288 total seems unlikely.
In its fourth weekend of release, NH10 added another $7,905 from eight theaters ($988 average) to bring its North American total earnings to $316,633.