With no new Hindi-language competitors in U.S. theaters during the weekend of April 10-12, 2015, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! continued to perform very well. In its second weekend in theaters, the period thriller earned $158,227 from 80 theaters ($1,978 average), bringing its total U.S. earnings to $579,055. Its business declined just 53.3% from its first weekend to its second, second-best for the year behind NH10‘s 47% decline.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! would need to earn another $152,000 here in order to overtake Baby as North America’s highest-earning Bollywood release of 2015. Even with good word of mouth, a high IMDb rating of 8.3, and only two likely Hindi releases in the next two weeks — Mr. X and Margarita with a Straw — an additional $152,000 seems unlikely.
Update: Bollywood Hungama posted some additional earnings figures from the weekend. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know about Dharam Sankat Mein‘s limited North American release. It opened in 18 theaters, but only earned $6,580 ($366 average). Yikes.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hollywood directorial debut Broken Horses didn’t fare much better. It earned just $19,528 from 40 theaters ($488 average). Yikes, again!
In its fifth weekend in theaters, NH10 earned another $1,683 from two theaters ($842 average), bringing its North American total to $319,872.