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Bollywood Box Office: September 8-10, 2017

September 8-10, 2017 was a slow weekend for all three newly released Hindi films in North America. According to Rentrak figures supplied to Bollywood Hungama, Poster Boys made the biggest impact here, earning $50,282 from 68 theaters ($739 average). Distributor Sony/Columbia reported figures of $51,289 from 50 theaters ($1,026 average) to Box Office Mojo, and I’m inclined to trust Mojo’s theater count. Poster Boys fared best in Canada, earning virtually the same amount — $25,097 versus $25,203 in the United States — from 18 theaters, versus 32 theaters in the US. Canadian theaters averaged earnings of $1,393, while US theaters averaged $788.

The weekend’s two other new films only opened in the US. Lipstick Under My Burkha took in $21,793 from 21 theaters ($1,038 average). Daddy earned $19,652 from 50 theaters ($393 average), though I’m dubious about that high theater count.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan performed the best of all the Hindi films showing in North America, taking in $128,442 from 80 theaters ($1,605 average) in its second weekend of release, according to Box Office Mojo. Its 49% holdover is fifth best for the year, right behind that of Bareilly Ki Barfi, another romantic comedy starring Ayushmann Khurrana. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan‘s total after two weekends stands at $511,875.

That’s better than the $451,068 that Baadshaho has earned in its two weekends of release. The heist movie saw its business drop by about 80%, earning $55,192 from 71 theaters ($777 average) over the weekend, according to Bollywood Hungama.

Other Hindi movies showing in North America:

  • Bareilly Ki Barfi: Week 4; $26,518 from 21 theaters; $1,263 average; $518,086 total
  • Toilet — Ek Prem Katha: Week 5; $23,360 from 27 theaters; $865 average; $1,848,096 total
  • A Gentleman: Week 3; $5,918 from 15 theaters; $395 average; $406,345 total
  • Mubarakan: Week 7; $552 from one theater; $736,862 total

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

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Opening September 8: Poster Boys, Daddy, and Lipstick Under My Burkha

Three new Hindi movies join a crowded field of Indian movies in Chicago area theaters the weekend beginning September 8, 2017. First up is the vasectomy-themed comedy Poster Boys, starring Bobby & Sunny Deol and Shreyas Talpade, who directed the film.

Poster Boys opens Friday at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. It is rated PG-13 and has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 9 min.

New on Friday at MovieMax and South Barrington 24 is the crime drama Daddy, starring Arjun Rampal, who also co-wrote and produced the movie. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 3 min.

Also new on Friday at the South Barrington 24 is the black comedy Lipstick Under My Burkha, famously branded as too “lady oriented” by India’s conservative censor board. It has a runtime of 1 hr. 56 min.

MovieMax, South Barrington 24, and Cantera 17 all carry over Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, and Baadshaho, which also gets a second week at the AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge. MovieMax holds over A Gentleman, but only on weekdays.

Director Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House debuts locally on Friday at the Century Centre Cinema in Chicago and Renaissance Place Cinema in Highland Park.

Other Indian and Pakistani movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:

Bollywood Box Office: September 1-3, 2017

Labor Day weekend featured an unexpectedly close North American box office battle between two newly released Hindi films. The action flick Baadshaho narrowly won its race against the romantic comedy Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, despite opening in 1.5 times the number of theaters. From September 1-3, 2017, Baadshaho earned $268,286 from 119 theaters ($2,255 average), according to Bollywood Hungama. 143 Cinema reports earnings for Shubh Mangal Saavdhan of $259,999 from 80 theaters ($3,250 average) — less than $10,000 behind Baadshaho.

Bollywood Hungama reports individual country data for the United States and Canada instead of the more common practice of combining them into one North American territory, revealing the fact that Shubh Mangal Saavdhan actually beat Baadshaho by $35,000 in the US! Although Hungama’s report unfortunately doesn’t include Canadian figures for Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the difference between Hungama’s total and 143 Cinema’s total puts Canada’s contribution at about $40,000 — though I’d love to know from how many theaters to see how it compared to Baadshaho‘s Canadian per-theater average of $4,513.

Given A Gentleman‘s slow opening weekend in North America, the action comedy held up surprisingly well in its second weekend of release. Box Office Mojo reports a 45% weekend-to-weekend holdover, which is seventh best for the year. A Gentleman added $86,556 from 130 theaters ($666 average) to bring its total to $361,631.

It was a good weekend for slightly older releases as well. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha closed out its fourth weekend with $77,714 from 48 theaters ($1,619 average), bringing its total to $1,792,987. Bareilly Ki Barfi was close behind with third-weekend earnings of $70,183 from 25 theaters ($2,807 average). Its total stands at $462,952. Mubarakan hung around one last theater for a sixth weekend, earning $21 to bring its total to $736,310.

Sources: 143 Cinema, Box Office Mojo, and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Opening September 1: Baadshaho and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Two new Hindi movies open in Chicago area theaters on September 1, 2017. The ensemble thriller Baadshaho — starring Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Emraan Hashmi, Sanjay Mishra, and Vidyut Jammwal — gets the wider release of the two films.

Baadshaho opens Friday at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, and AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 42 min.

Also new is the erectile dysfunction-themed romantic comedy Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, starring the Dum Laga Ke Haisha duo Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan opens Friday at MovieMax, South Barrington 24, and Cantera 17. It has a listed runtime of 1 hr. 59 min.

Despite a rocky start in North America, the fun action comedy A Gentleman carries over at the River East 21, MovieMax, South Barrington 24, Cantera 17, Woodridge 18, Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 18 in Round Lake Beach, and Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison.

Bareilly Ki Barfi and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha both carry over at MovieMax, South Barrington 24, and Cantera 17.

Other Indian and Pakistani movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:

Bollywood Box Office: August 25-27, 2017

A Gentleman got drubbed during what was a historically terrible weekend at the North American box office. From August 25-27, 2017, A Gentleman earned $191,530 from 135 theaters ($1,419 average), according to Box Office Mojo. That’s a grim opening weekend average for a movie that released in more than 100 theaters. It’s also less than 15% of what Bang Bang — an earlier Fox Star Studios action comedy — earned during its opening weekend in 2014. If the studio was hoping that the genre would bring in the crowds irrespective of the film’s star power, they miscalculated. Too bad, because A Gentleman is a fun movie.

Bareilly Ki Barfi, on the other hand, held up very well in its second weekend of release, holding onto 51% of its opening weekend business, according to Rentrak figures supplied to Bollywood Hungama. A 25% holdover is the median for Hindi films in North America this year, and anything better than 40% is great. In its second weekend, Bareilly Ki Barfi earned $95,503 from 37 theaters ($2,581 average). I was a little surprised to see it lose seven theaters after such a good opening weekend. Still, its total presently stands at $352,935, which is a lot of money for a movie that only opened in 44 theaters.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha continued its superb run as well. It took just three weeks to earn what Jolly LLB 2 earned in six weeks of release in North America. Toilet‘s total stands at $1,659,253, after third weekend earnings of $127,584 from 83 theaters ($1,537 average).

Jab Harry Met Sejal squeaked past Badrinath Ki Dulhania into third place for the year. JHMS‘s fourth weekend earnings of $6,350 from ten theaters ($635 average) brought its total to $2,003,665 — just $3,382 ahead of BKD.

Mubarakan stuck around for a fifth weekend at two theaters, earning $616 ($308 average) and bringing its total to $736,070.

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Movie Review: A Gentleman (2017)

3.5 Stars (out of 4)

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A Gentleman delivers on its promise to be a funny, sexy action entertainer.

Strait-laced Gaurav (Sidharth Malhotra) wants nothing more from life than a nice house, a wife, kids, and a reliable car. While the wife and kids are still a work in progress, Gaurav is the proud new owner of the safest minivan on the market and a McMansion in the Miami suburbs. The dining room furnishings are from Pottery Barn and the kitchen Crate & Barrel, he proudly tells his guests.

Gaurav’s top candidate to fill the “wife” part of his dream is his peppy colleague, Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez). She genuinely likes Gaurav, but he’s too boring for her taste. She wants a husband who suits her free-spending, fast-driving lifestyle.

While Gaurav gets advice from his married co-worker, Dikshit (Hussain Dalal), on how to appeal to Kavya’s wild side, the action shifts to Bangkok. A group of secret agents infiltrate the Chinese embassy, led by Rishi (also Malhotra), a dashing James Bond-type who’s a dead-ringer for Gaurav. This is the dynamic man Kavya has been dreaming of.

Following a botched safe-cracking attempt and subsequent motorcycle chase, Rishi and his crew — which includes his trigger-happy accomplice Yakub (Darshan Kumar) — return to headquarters to meet with their leader: The Colonel (Suniel Shetty). Rishi is tired of life as a extrajudicial assassin for Unit X, desiring instead a quiet family life in a home he can call his own — exactly the life that Gaurav has.

When his appeals to patriotism and personal loyalty don’t work, The Colonel offers to let Rishi go after one last job. Rishi and crew just need to intercept a package in Mumbai. Meanwhile, in Miami, Gaurav is chosen to deliver sensitive information in person to a client located — where else? — Mumbai!

Unlike previous films by the directing duo Raj & D.K. and their co-writer Sita Menon, A Gentleman is well-paced, allowing enough time to linger on details without ever feeling slow. The movie also establishes a sense of place, familiarizing the audience with the layout of Gaurav’s neighborhood and paying off that familiarity later on.

There are some great jokes in A Gentleman aimed at the US. Asked if she knows how to shoot, an exasperated Kavya says, “It’s America,” before cocking her gun like a pro. A laundromat owner named Jignesh (Amit Mistry) is tasked with finding someone, so he activates his spy network: the Desi Store Mafia Group, made up of the owners of Indian grocery stores and restaurants across Miami. My high school friend Ramya once lamented that there were no secrets within the local desi community, and attributing that to an organized business syndicate is pretty funny.

Malhotra and Fernandez suit this material, and not just because they are both gorgeous and fit for skimpy Miami attire. They bring energy to action scenes, heat to romantic sequences, and they share a nice rapport during lighter, humorous moments as well. It’s always a treat to watch Fernandez dance, and thankfully she gets a good soundtrack to dance to, including the Sachin-Jigar bop “Bandook Meri Laila.”

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Opening August 25: A Gentleman

The new Hindi action comedy A Gentleman opens in Chicago area theaters on August 25, 2017. Originally envisioned as part of a franchise based on Bang Bang!, A Gentleman is a officially stand-alone film starring Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez.

A Gentleman opens Friday at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 18 in Round Lake Beach, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, and AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 25 min.

After a great opening weekend in a handful of North American theaters, Bareilly Ki Barfi gets a second week at MovieMax, South Barrington 24, and Cantera 17. All three theaters hold over Toilet: Ek Prem Katha as well, which also carries over at the River East 21. Jab Harry Met Sejal sticks around for a fourth week at the South Barrington 24.

Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend: