Bollywood Box Office: August 4-6, 2017

Director Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal fared very well during an otherwise lousy weekend at the North American box office. From August 4-6, 2017, Jab Harry Met Sejal earned $1,279,586 from 280 theaters ($4,570 average). That’s the third best opening weekend total for a Bollywood movie in North America this year, behind Baahubali 2 and Raees. Those three titles also happen to be the only 2017 releases to earn more than $1 million in their opening weekends here. Canada contributed nearly 20% of the total earnings for the weekend from less than 10% of the total theaters. Canadian per-theater averages were more than double those of theaters in the United States: $9,485 in Canada versus $4,067 in the US.

Mubarakan also performed well in its second weekend of release, holding on to 43% of its opening weekend business (the fifth best performance this year, in that category). Mubarakan earned $131,319 from 148 theaters ($887 average; adjusted average of $1,026 from 128 theaters*), bringing its total earnings to $620,627 — doubling its opening weekend total of $305,449 in just ten days.

Nine theaters in the US held special showings of Baahubali 2 on Saturday night to celebrate the film’s hundredth day of release. With tickets priced at $1, those showings took in $1,001 — bumping Baahubali 2‘s North American total across all languages to $20,792,334. (In case you missed my post from yesterday, Baahubali 2 is now available on Netflix in the US and Canada!)

Other Hindi movies still in US theaters:

  • Mom: Week 5; $1,234 from three theaters; $411 average; $607,473 total
  • Munna Michael: Week 3; $89 from one theater; $105,532 total
  • Jagga Jasoos: Week 4; $88 from one theater; $859,773 total

*Bollywood Hungama frequently counts Canadian theaters twice in when they report figures for a film’s first few weeks of release. When possible, I verify theater counts at Box Office Mojo, but I use Bollywood Hungama as my primary source because they provide a comprehensive and consistent — if flawed — data set.

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Gitesh Pandya, and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama


5 thoughts on “Bollywood Box Office: August 4-6, 2017

  1. JustMeMike

    I did my share.

    JHMS opened in at least three theaters in the Pooler/Savannah GA area. Went to a 12:10 PM screening on Friday afternoon. I was one of six people attending. I’ve found that when theaters open Bollywood films they rarely have more than a few people attending for the first screening of the day.

    Maybe I should wait and take in a Friday (Opening Night) screening to see if there’s a different sensation when attending an expected to do well film at night (with a full house) rather than an early screening. Most likely this is to be expected as the target audience is likely to be at work during the day and way more likely to make an evening of it attending an 830 or 930 PM show.

    I am awaiting your review. As has been the case with Imtiaz Ali he AGAIN tells a story of a couple who shouldn’t be together, but are together due to a variety of reasons. He’s stated he loves travel and Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, Highway, Tamasha, and now JHMS all fit the model.

    Enjoyed JHMS but the story is so thin, and the characters so flawed it was hard to care for them.

  2. Azhar Shaikh

    Hi Kathy!
    Have u seen jab Harry met sejal?
    Its not a great movie by the way..
    Anyway, Nawazuddin siddiquis ‘ Babumoshay bandookbaaz’ is releasing this 25th august… Have u seen the trailer yet?

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