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Bollywood Box Office: April 10-12

With no new Hindi-language competitors in U.S. theaters during the weekend of April 10-12, 2015, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! continued to perform very well. In its second weekend in theaters, the period thriller earned $158,227 from 80 theaters ($1,978 average), bringing its total U.S. earnings to $579,055. Its business declined just 53.3% from its first weekend to its second, second-best for the year behind NH10‘s 47% decline.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! would need to earn another $152,000 here in order to overtake Baby as North America’s highest-earning Bollywood release of 2015. Even with good word of mouth, a high IMDb rating of 8.3, and only two likely Hindi releases in the next two weeks — Mr. X and Margarita with a Straw — an additional $152,000 seems unlikely.

Update: Bollywood Hungama posted some additional earnings figures from the weekend. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know about Dharam Sankat Mein‘s limited North American release. It opened in 18 theaters, but only earned $6,580 ($366 average). Yikes.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hollywood directorial debut Broken Horses didn’t fare much better. It earned just $19,528 from 40 theaters ($488 average). Yikes, again!

In its fifth weekend in theaters, NH10 earned another $1,683 from two theaters ($842 average), bringing its North American total to $319,872.

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Opening April 10: Broken Horses

While no new Hindi movies are opening in the Chicago area on April 10, 2015, we are getting a new film by a Bollywood director. Vidhu Vinod Chopra — director of Eklavya: The Royal Guard and producer of PK — makes his Hollywood directorial debut with Broken Horses, starring Anton Yelchin, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Thomas Jane.

Broken Horses opens on Friday in three local theaters: AMC River East 21 in Chicago, AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. Tellingly, these are all theaters that regularly carry Bollywood movies, so don’t expect this to be a wide, 600+ screen release. Even without a wide national release or huge marketing campaign, Broken Horses could appeal to moviegoers who are undecided on what to see when they head to the theater, thanks to its easy sales pitch: “It’s about brothers involved in a drug war, and it stars Vincent D’Onofrio and the guy who plays Chekov in the new Star Trek movies.”

After a great first weekend, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! gets a second week at the South Barrington 30, Cantera 17, and AMC Showplace Niles 12 in Niles.

Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend include Son of Satyamurthy (Telugu) at the Muvico Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, Cinemark at Seven Bridges in Woodridge, and MovieMax, which also carries the Malayalam film Oru Vadakkan Selfie.