Opening December 18: Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani

This is the year’s biggest weekend for Bollywood movies. Two potential blockbusters — Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani — open on December 18, 2015, in the United States — the same day that the new Star Wars movie hits theaters. Oops.

Both Hindi movies are getting a wide release in the States, though it remains to be seen just how big a bite Chewbacca will take out of their potential profits. I’m also imagining the following scenario playing out in a lot of American homes this weekend:

Parents: “Kids, we’re going to the movies tonight.”
Kids: “Yay, Star Wars!!”
Parents: “No, Dilwale.”
Kids: *groan*

Dilwale gets the wider local release of the two new Bollywood flicks, opening in eleven Chicago area theaters on Friday: AMC River East 21 in Chicago, Regal Gardens Stadium 1-6 in Skokie, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 18 in Round Lake Beach, Marcus Gurnee Mills Cinema in Gurnee, Muvico Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge, and AMC Loews Crestwood 18 in Crestwood. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 38 min. Check out the trailer.

Bajirao Mastani is no slouch either, opening in ten Chicago area theaters on Friday: Regal Gardens Stadium 1-6 in Skokie, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, Century 12 Evanston in Evanston, Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 18 in Round Lake Beach, Muvico Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge, and AMC Loews Crestwood 18 in Crestwood. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 30 min. Check out the trailer.

Tamasha carries over for a fourth week at MovieMax and the South Barrington 30.

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