The two most recent Hindi releases had very different opening weekends in North America. The Kriti Sanon-Karthik Aaryan romantic comedy Luka Chuppi did well, taking in $440,705 from 144 theaters ($3,060 average), according to Bollywood Hungama.
On the other hand, Sonchiriya did really poorly, especially considering the number of theaters it opened in. The bandit drama earned $60,170 from 70 theaters ($860 average), per Box Office Mojo. Sonchiriya‘s per-theater average is half that of the next-worst opening weekend average this year: Thackeray‘s $1,729. I’m a fan of director Abhishek Chaubey — the man responsible for great films like Udta Punjab, Ishqiya, and Dedh Ishqiya — so this is a big bummer.
Other Hindi films still showing in North America:
- Total Dhamaal: Week 2; $439,983 from 209 theaters; $2,015 average; $1,736,909 total
- Gully Boy: Week 3; 411,409 from 164 theaters; $2,509 average; $4,783,800 total
- Uri: Week 8; $34,511 from 15 theaters; $2,301 average; 4,155,109 total
- Manikarnika: Week 6; $775 from two theaters; $388 average; $1,385,664