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Streaming Video News: May 1, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with a ton of new additions to the catalog. More than thirty titles were added today, some for the first time (like Tanu Weds Manu) and some after a prolonged absence (like Kahaani). In addition to the Bengali film Abby Sen, the TV show Ramayan, and the documentaries Fire in the Blood, Mostly Sunny, and Saeed Mirza: The Leftist Sufi, the following Hindi movies are now available for streaming:

For everything else new on Netflix (Bollywood or not), check Instant Watcher.

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Bollywood Box Office: May 8-10

Piku just knocked the pants off of every other Hindi movie to open in North America in 2015 so far and set a high bar for future releases. During its first weekend — from May 8-10, 2015Piku earned $938,938 from 117 theaters, an average of $8,025 per screen.

Mother’s Day Sunday drove huge crowds to the theater for the family comedy starring Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone. At least one showing at my local cinema sold out of tickets, which is almost unheard of. In one weekend, Piku earned $200,000 more than Baby — now the second highest earner of 2015 — earned from four weeks in North American theaters. Piku‘s strong earnings and positive word of mouth should make the team behind Bombay Velvet nervous ahead of its release on Friday, May 15.

[Rentrak reports to Bollywood Hungama weekend earnings figures for Piku that are about $150,000 less than the above figures reported by Box Office Mojo. I tend to prioritize Box Office Mojo’s figures when they have them available for Hindi movies. Either way, Piku earned a helluva a lot of money.]

In its second weekend, Gabbar is Back took in another $109,705 from 92 theaters ($1,192 average), bringing its North American total to $490,385.

Other Hindi movies still in North American theaters:

  • Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!: Week 6; $2,200 from six theaters ($367 average); $608,751 total
  • Dharam Sankat Mein: Week 5; $160 from one theater; $13,545 total

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

 

Bollywood Box Office: May 1-3

Gabbar is Back had a good opening weekend in North America by 2015 standards, which isn’t saying much. During the weekend of May 1-3, 2015, Gabbar is Back earned $270,101 from 120 theaters ($2,251 average). That’s the fifth highest opening of the year, although it opened in the third highest number of theaters.

As with Mr. X, Gabbar is Back proved vastly more popular in Canada than in the US. In Canada, Gabbar is Back took in $64,224 from 13 theaters, meaning that nearly a quarter of the film’s earnings came from just a tenth of its total North American theaters. The difference in the countries’ per-screen averages is even more stark: $4,940 in Canada versus $1,924 in the US.

Gabbar is Back‘s opening weekend total is $164,850 less than what Baby — Akshay Kumar’s other 2015 release — earned in its opening weekend in January. Given the caliber of Bollywood movies releasing this month, Gabbar is Back is more likely to flame out fast in theaters rather than burn slowly. Baby earned 60% of its total haul in its first weekend, so a similar performance by Gabbar is Back would place its final North American tally at around $450,000.

In its fifth weekend, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! added another $4,529 from five theaters ($906 average) to bring its US total to $605,436.

Dharam Sankat Mein spent a fourth weekend in one theater, taking in $374 to bring its total to $13,339.

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Bollywood Box Office: April 24-26

Fox Star Studios probably wishes the North American box office reports for Mr. X would disappear, because the numbers are awful. In its second weekend, Mr. X earned $7,572 from 17 theaters ($445 average), bringing its total earnings to $48,213. Considering Mr. X‘s opening weekend average of $400 per screen and Week 2’s $445, each of those stalwart 17 theaters will be lucky to have earned $1,000 total from ten days of showing of Mr. X.

As in its opening weekend, Mr. X proved vastly more popular in Canada in Week 2 than in the US. It earned $6,283 from ten Canadian theaters ($628 average), but just $1,289 from seven American theaters ($184 average).

On the other hand, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! performed very well in its fourth weekend. DBB brought in another $20,846 from 11 theaters ($1,895 average), bringing its reported North American total to $598,376 (though I suspect that’s a bit low). What’s notable about DBB‘s fourth weekend earnings is that they are more than double that of Badlapur, which reported the next highest fourth weekend returns this year ($7,905). Eight Hindi movies have run for at least four weeks in North American theaters in 2015.

Other Hindi films showing in North America during the weekend of April 24-26, 2015:

  • Nanak Shah Fakir: Week 2; $14,656 from 9 theaters ($1,628 average); $90,901 total
  • Dharam Sankat Mein: Week 3; $2,179 from 4 theaters ($545 average); $12,809 total

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

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