Bollywood Box Office: January 8-10

Wazir had a very good opening weekend in the United States and Canada. From January 8-10, 2016, the thriller earned $575,908 from 127 theaters ($4,535 average) in North America. That would have qualified as the tenth best opening weekend of 2015. Stars Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan have reason to be proud.

Bajirao Mastani continued its impressive run, adding another $244,694 from 302 theaters ($810 average) in its fourth weekend of release. That brings its total North American earnings to $6,281,558.

Dilwale nears the end of its run in the US and Canada after four weeks, adding another $46,175 from 39 theaters ($1,184 average) to bring its total to $4,829,934.

Looking back at last year’s box office data, I noticed something interesting: only 42 Hindi films released in North America in 2015. That’s ten fewer than in 2014, and it puts a stop to an upward trend that’s been happening since 2011, when 36 Bollywood films released here.

Distributors likely realized that not every film released into Indian theaters merits an international release. It’s worth noting that, in 2015, only two of the Hindi films released here departed theaters after just one week, as opposed to nine films in 2014 and ten in 2013.

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

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