From March 22-24, 2019, Akshay Kumar’s Kesari took in $836,065 from 178 North American theaters ($4,697 average), according to Bollywood Hungama. Adding in the $88,308 it earned on its opening day (March 21) brings Kesari‘s four-day total to $924,373.
It took Luka Chuppi four weekends, but the romantic comedy finally crossed the $1 million mark. The $18,920 it earned from 26 theaters over the weekend ($728 average) brought its total to $1,005,283.
With Kesari having passed the $1 million mark itself during the course of the week, Luka Chuppi‘s achievement means that eight of the twelve Hindi movies to release in North America in 2019 have earned at least $1 million. That’s kind of mind-boggling. I expect that ratio to even out a bit with the upcoming weekend’s releases — Junglee and Notebook — likely to fall well short $1 million (though I’m crossing my fingers for Junglee‘s success).
Other Hindi movies still showing in North American theaters:
- Badla: Week 3; $237,547 from 97 theaters; $2,449 average; $1,712,624 total
- Gully Boy: Week 6; $49,473 from 40 theaters; $1,237 average; $5,381,387 total
- Total Dhamaal: Week 5; $4,049 from one theater*; $2,167,632 total
- Uri: Week 11; $904 from three theaters; $301 average; $4,185,825 total
*Bollywood Hungama’s report only includes Total Dhamaal‘s Canada earnings for the weekend, not its US earnings. The film’s total is from Box Office Mojo.