Bollywood Box Office: August 7-9

Bangistan fizzled in its first weekend in North American theaters. From August 7-9, 2015, the terrorism comedy earned just $33,131 from 49 theaters in the US and Canada. Its per-screen average of $676 is barely above that of Welcome 2 Karachi ($667 average), whereas the median per-screen average for Hindi films 2015 is $1,573. Bangistan‘s comparatively limited theatrical release indicates that Excel Entertainment didn’t have high hopes from the North American market anyway, but they surely didn’t expect an opening this bad.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan was the highest earning Hindi film in North America for a fourth weekend in a row. It earned $298,766 from 277 theaters ($1,079 average) to bring its total to $7,592,273.

Drishyam held up well in its second weekend, adding another $135,028 from 57 theaters ($2,369 average) to bring its North American total to $554,345.

The Hindi-dubbed version of Baahubali carried over on 20 screens, earning another $56,861 ($2,843 average). The total North American earnings for the Hindi version alone stand at $496,014.

Another South Indian film got off to a flying start in the US this past weekend. The Telugu movie Srimanthudu opened in 157 theaters and earned $2,062,768 ($13,139 average). Wow!

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

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4 thoughts on “Bollywood Box Office: August 7-9

  1. Salim

    Hey,

    Bajrangi is no more listed in the lists on Boxofficemojo.com , does that mean that it won’t continue in the USA from the starting of this month, or is it just not displaying in the list?

    Reply
    1. Kathy Post author

      The distributor was just slow to report their earnings to Box Office Mojo, Salim. It’s up there now. Box Office Mojo relies on distributors to submit their earnings — as opposed to gathering the numbers independently — which is why Drishyam and Bangistan aren’t even listed. It’s why my first source for info is Rentrak (as reported by Bollywood Hungama). As for Bajrangi Bhaijaan, I expect it to stick around in the US for at least another two or three weeks. Brothers is going to steal a lot of its theaters on Friday, however.

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