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Bollywood Box Office: February 16-18, 2018

Padmaavat can’t be stopped. Even in its fourth weekend of release, up against two newer Hindi films, Padmaavat remained the top-earning Bollywood movie in North America. During the weekend of February 16-18, 2018, the period drama earned $412,633 from 135 theaters ($3,057 average). Its $11,365,693 total is less than $1 million behind the current all-time highest-earning Bollywood movie in North America: Dangal, which earned $12,357,576 in 2016.

The weekend’s new release, Aiyaary, finished in second place, with earnings of $350,425 from 118 theaters ($2,970 average). It marks the lowest opening weekend for a film by director Neeraj Pandey, whose debut A Wednesday didn’t release in North America.

Pad Man closed out its second weekend with $318,001 from 131 theaters ($2,427 average), a 46% holdover from its opening weekend. It’s earned $1,313,120 so far.

*Bollywood Hungama routinely counts Canadian theaters twice in its weekly reporting, at least for a movie’s first two weekends of release. When possible, I try to verify the correct theater count with other sources, like Box Office Mojo. The above figures represent what I believe to be the actual theater counts. Bollywood Hungama’s reporting puts Aiyaary in 152 theaters (making for a $2,305 per-theater average) and Pad Man in 173 theaters (for a $1,838 per-theater average).

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

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Bollywood Box Office: February 9-11, 2018

In its debut weekend, Pad Man finished second to Padmaavat at the North American box office. From February 9-11, 2018, Pad Man earned $689,272 from 152 theaters ($4,535 average), according to Bollywood Hungama*. Kumar’s recent releases have opened within a very narrow range of totals, from Toilet‘s $670,447 on the low end to Airlift‘s $815,933 on the high end. Pad Man‘s performance fits right within that range, so it appears Padmaavat had no discernible effect on Pad Man‘s opening weekend total.

The same applies in the other direction, too, as three-week-old Padmaavat out-earned Kumar’s brand new release. Granted, Padmaavat had a 126-screen advantage and inflated 3D prices for some tickets. Still, its enduring popularity is impressive. Over the weekend, Padmaavat earned $957,302 from 278 theaters ($3,444 average), bringing its total earnings to $10,556,813 — enough to squeak it past PK‘s $10,550,569 total into second place all time for Bollywood movies in North America. LiveMint has an interesting breakdown of where the money Padmaavat has earned so far has gone and how much of it is really profit after recovering costs.

[Update: Box Office Mojo reports weekend earnings of $740,326 from 152 theaters ($4,871 average) for Pad Man, and $1,039,904 from 282 theaters ($3,688 average) for Padmaavat, with total earnings of $10,638,033.]

*Bollywood Hungama routinely counts Canadian theaters twice in its weekly reporting, at least for a movie’s first two weekends of release. When possible, I try to verify the correct theater count with other sources, like Box Office Mojo. The above figures represent what I believe to be the actual theater counts. Bollywood Hungama’s reporting puts Pad Man in 173 theaters (making for a $3,984 per-screen average).

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

Bollywood Box Office: February 2-4, 2018

Padmaavat held onto more than half of its opening weekend business after adding 28 theaters in its second weekend in North America. From February 2-4, 2018, Padmaavat earned $2,438,930 from 354 theaters ($6,890 average), according to Box Office Mojo. That puts Padmaavat‘s total at $8,900,499, making it the third highest earning Hindi film in North America ever after just eleven days. Bollywood Hungama reports slightly lower weekend and total earnings of $2,191,185 and $8,663,321, respectively — still good enough for third place all time.

By the time the highest earning Hindi film of all time in North America — 2016’s Dangal — finished its second weekend in theaters, it had already earned 73.9% of its eventual total ($9,126,258 of $12,357,576). Remarkably, the second ranked movie on the list — 2014’s PK — had earned virtually the same percentage of its eventual total by the end of its second weekend: 73.8% ($7,785,486 of $10,550,569). If Padmaavat follows the same trajectory as those two films and is already 73.9% of the way toward its total, that would give it final earnings of $12,043,977 or $11,723,032, depending on whether you believe Box Office Mojo’s or Bollywood Hungama’s numbers. A lot depends on how much Pad Man affects Padmaavat‘s business starting this Friday. It seems reasonable to assume that Padmaavat will pass PK for the #2 spot but fall short of overtaking Dangal for first place. We shall see.

Other Hindi films showing in North American theaters:

  • Tiger Zinda Hai: Week 7; $2,473 from four theaters; $618 average; $5,931,673 total
  • Mukkabaaz: Week 4; $84 from one theater; $75,968 total

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Bollywood Box Office: January 26-28, 2018

The wait was worth it for Padmaavat, which just had the best opening weekend for a Bollywood film in North America, dethroning 2014’s PK ($3.6 million). From January 26-28, 2018, Padmaavat earned $4,430,255 from 326 theaters ($13,590 average), based on figures provided to Gitesh Pandya by the film’s distributor, Viva Entertainment. That’s the second best international opening weekend for a Bollywood movie, behind 2016’s Sultan, according to Bollywood Hungama. Adding in the $507,266 from the 295 US theaters that carried the movie on Thursday, January 25, Padmaavat‘s total already stands at $4,937,521.

Final figures for all films aren’t in yet, but Padmaavat‘s per-screen average earnings are more than double those of any other movie showing in North America over the weekend, based on Box Office Mojo’s estimates. Padmaavat is also poised to finish in third place at the global box office, according to Variety. That’s a helluva weekend for a movie that some factions hoped would never see the light of day.

Other Hindi movies showing in North America this weekend:

  • Tiger Zinda Hai: Week 6; $14,004 from twelve theaters; $1,167 average; $5,920,011 total
  • Mukkabaaz: Week 3; $24 from one theater; $75,884 total

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

Bollywood Box Office: January 19-21, 2018

The North American box office quietly chugged along without any new Hindi movies to lure patrons into theaters during the weekend of January 19-21, 2018. Tiger Zinda Hai closed its fifth weekend with $43,600 from 24 theaters ($1,817 average), bringing its total to $5,884,047. Given its decent per-screen average — and the fact that Padman shifted its release date from this coming Friday to February 9 — Tiger Zinda Hai should stick around in a handful of theaters for another weekend.

Mukkabaaz has earned a decent amount for a movie in really limited release: $72,427 so far following a weekend that brought in another $9,759 from seven theaters ($1,394 average). That total belies a comical disparity in the contributions from the United States and Canada, with Canada accounting for just $972 after two weekends of release.

1921 earned $838 from five US theaters, bringing its total to $7,850. Its performance so far is comparable to that of its predecessor, 2016’s 1920 London, which posted first- and second-weekend per-theater averages of $426 and $197, respectively. 1921 averaged $458 and $168 in its first two weeks in theaters.

Fukrey Returns earned $72 from one theater in its seventh weekend of release, bringing its total to $396,604.

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Bollywood Box Office: January 12-14, 2018

The first new Hindi releases of 2018 met very different fates in their opening weekend in North America. Mukkabaaz fared the better of the two from January 12-14, 2018, collecting $39,489 from 17 theaters ($2,323 average). Canada’s contribution to that total was $470 from a single theater, though to be fair, the film already played in the country last fall during the Toronto International Film Festival.

The weekend’s other new release, 1921 — the latest sequel in the 1920 horror franchise — only opened in the United States, where it took in $4,583 from ten theaters ($458 average). Eek!

Tiger Zinda Hai wrapped up its fourth weekend here with $94,725 from 49 theaters ($1,933 average), bringing its total to $5,775,529. Fukrey Returns got a sixth weekend at a single theater, earning $205 and raising its total North American earnings to $396,389.

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Bollywood Box Office: January 5-7, 2018

Tiger Zinda Hai is rolling right along in North America, earning another $337,474 from 165 theaters ($2,045 average) during the weekend of January 5-7, 2018, according to Bollywood Hungama. Box Office Mojo pegged Tiger Zinda Hai‘s earnings as of January 4 at $5,197,546, which fits with Hungama’s reported total of $5,536,542 after adding in the weekend’s collections.

Fukrey Returns got a fifth — and surely final — weekend at one US theater, earning $200 and bringing its total to $395,550.

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama