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Opening September 13: Dream Girl and Section 375

Two new Hindi films hit Chicago area theaters September 13, 2019, including Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest comedy — Dream Girl.

Dream Girl opens Friday at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera in Warrenville. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 17 min. Dream Girl‘s streaming partner is Zee5, which is not available in the United States, so catch it in the theater while you can.

Also new is the courtroom drama Section 375, named for the portion of the Indian Penal Code that governs rape. It stars Richa Chadda and Akshaye Khanna.

Section 375 opens Friday at MovieMax, South Barrington 24, and Cantera. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 4 min. Section 375 is scheduled to join Amazon Prime in November.

Chhichhore carries over for a second week at the River East 21, MovieMax, South Barrington 24, Cantera, CMX Old Orchard Market in Skokie, AMC Niles 12 in Niles, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, and AMC Naperville 16 in Naperville.

Saaho holds over in Hindi at the Niles 12, South Barrington 24, and Cantera, and in Telugu at the South Barrington 24, Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, and Cinemark at Seven Bridges in Woodridge.

Mission Mangal gets a fifth week at MovieMax, South Barrington 24, Cantera, and AMC Woodridge 18 in Woodridge.

Other Indian movies playing in the Chicago area this weekend (all films have English subtitles):

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Bollywood Box Office: September 6-8, 2019

Chhichhore had a nice opening weekend in North America. From September 6-8, 2019, the comedy-drama earned $614,335 from 195 theaters ($3,150 average), according to Box Office Mojo. Such a wide opening-weekend release — the eighth highest theater count for the year so far — may have been a touch ambitious, given that it posted the sixteenth highest opening weekend average. Still, it should clear $1 million here, no problem.

Saaho fell off dramatically in its second weekend, pulling in less than 15% of what it made in its opening weekend. The action flick earned $216,800 from 225 theaters — an average of just $964 per theater, according to Bollywood Hungama. Its total stands at $3,090,643, slotting it in at fourth place for the year so far among Hindi films and multilingual releases.

Other Hindi movies still in North American theaters:

  • Mission Mangal: Week 4; $111,158 from 94 theaters; $1,183 average; $3,570,506 total
  • Batla House: Week 4; $4,047 from six theaters; $675 average; $542,042 total

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

Opening September 6: Chhichhore

The decade-spanning Hindi drama Chhichhore opens in Chicago area theaters on September 6, 2019.

Chhichhore opens Friday at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC Niles 12 in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Regal Cantera in Warrenville, and AMC Naperville 16 in Naperville. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 23 min. Chhichhore‘s streaming video partner is Hotstar.

Saaho carries over for a second week at the following theaters in two languages:

Telugu — MovieMax, South Barrington 24, Marcus Addison, Naperville 16, Century 12 Evanston in Evanston, Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, Cinemark Tinseltown USA in North Aurora, and Cinemark at Seven Bridges in Woodridge

Hindi — River East 21, MovieMax, Niles 12, Cantera, and AMC Woodridge 18 in Woodridge

Mission Mangal gets a fourth week at the River East 21, MovieMax, Cantera, Naperville 16, Woodridge 18, Regal Round Lake Beach in Round Lake Beach, and South Barrington 24, which also holds over Balta House.

Other Indian movies playing in the Chicago area this weekend (all films have English subtitles):

Bollywood Box Office: August 30-September 1, 2019

Prabhas’s multilingual action thriller Saaho earned a lot of money in its opening weekend in North America: $1,447,349 from 381 theaters ($3,799 average) across all language versions of the film, according to Box Office Mojo. Thursday preview showings accounted for another $923,677, and Monday’s Labor Day holiday earnings of $255,258 brought its five-day total to $2,626,284. 35% of its total earnings came from its Thursday showings, which didn’t start until the afternoon (4:30 p.m. here in Chicago).

Mission Mangal closed out its third weekend with $375,143 from 151 theaters ($2,484 average), bringing its total to $3,316,146.

Also in its third week, Batla House earned $29,882 from 22 theaters ($1,358 average), according to Bollywood Hungama. That brings its total to $523,112.

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

Opening August 30: Saaho

The multilingual thriller Saaho — starring Baahubali‘s Prabhas opposite Shraddha Kapoor — hits Chicago area theaters on Friday, August 30, with preview shows starting on Thursday, August 29 at 4:30 p.m. The action film was shot simultaneously in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil.

I’ve listed the various formats and what Chicago area theaters are carrying them below:

IMAX: AMC Niles 12 in Niles (Hindi), AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington (Telugu and Hindi), AMC Naperville 16 in Naperville (Hindi), and Cinemark at Seven Bridges in Woodridge (Telugu)

Hindi: Niles 12, South Barrington 24, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, Regal Cantera in Warrenville, and AMC Woodridge 18 in Woodridge

Telugu: MovieMax, South Barrington 24, Seven Bridges, Century 12 Evanston in Evanston, Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, and Cinemark Tinseltown USA in North Aurora

Tamil: Century 12 Evanston, MovieMax, Tinseltown USA, and Seven Bridges

The movie is also showing at the Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, but they haven’t listed the language. The employee I talked to at the theater didn’t know either. Saaho is coming to Netflix in November (probably, dependent upon regional streaming rights).

Mission Mangal carries over for a third week at MovieMax, South Barrington 24, Cantera, Naperville 16, Woodridge 18, AMC River East 21 in Chicago, and Regal Round Lake Beach in Round Lake Beach.

Batla House also holds over at MovieMax and the South Barrington 24.

Other Indian movies playing in the Chicago area this weekend (all films have English subtitles):

Bollywood Box Office: August 23-25, 2019

Mission Mangal had a good second weekend in North America, earning $655,056 from 263 theaters ($2,491 average), according to Box Office Mojo. It closed out the weekend with $2,713,267 in total earnings, good enough for fifth place among Hindi films in North America this year. Monday earnings from the United States alone pushed it past Kalank into fourth place. It needs another $181,000 to overtake Bharat for third place.

Batla House also held up very well, with $102,989 from 62 theaters ($1,661 average), according to Bollywood Hungama. It has total earnings of $446,385 so far.

Other Hindi movies still playing in US theaters:

  • Super 30: Week 7; $413 from one theater; $2,322,834 total
  • Jabariya Jodi: Week 3; $296 from one theater; $109,809 total

Sources: Bollywood Hungama and Box Office Mojo

In Theaters: August 23, 2019

After a terrific opening weekend, the drama Mission Mangal carries over at the following Chicago area theaters the weekend beginning Friday, August 23, 2019: AMC River East 21 in Chicago, Regal Round Lake Beach in Round Lake Beach, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Regal Cantera in Warrenville, AMC Naperville 16 in Naperville, and AMC Woodridge 18 in Woodridge. Mission Mangal is slated to join the streaming service Hotstar in October.

Balta House also gets a second week at the River East 21, MovieMax, and South Barrington 24. It makes its streaming debut on Amazon Prime in October.

Other Indian and Pakistani movies playing in the Chicago area this weekend (all films have English subtitles):

Bollywood Box Office: August 16-18, 2019

Mission Mangal had the second best opening weekend for a Bollywood movie in North America this year. From August 16-18, 2019, the space drama earned $1,365,006 from 263 theaters ($5,190 average), according to Box Office Mojo. Adding in the film’s Thursday earnings brings Mission Mangal‘s 4-day total to $1,522,399.

Batla House fared pretty well in its opening weekend as well, especially considering the strength of its competition. The John Abraham thriller earned $208,671 from 80 theaters ($2,608 average), according to Bollywood Hungama. Batla House‘s Thursday earnings bring its 4-day total to $223,018.

The two new films crushed every other Hindi movie playing in the United States over the weekend. Jabariya Jodi‘s business cratered in its second weekend, falling by 95%. The romantic comedy earned just $3,919 from 13 theaters ($301 average), bringing its total to $107,645.

Other Hindi movies still in US theaters:

  • Super 30: Week 6; $1,211 from three theaters; $404 average; $2,322,115 total
  • Judgementall Hai Kya: Week 4; $105 from two theaters; $53 average; $529,689 total

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

Opening August 15: Mission Mangal and Batla House

Two new Hindi movies open in the Chicago area on Thursday, August 15, 2019, on the occasion of Indian Independence Day (with additional theaters carrying the movies starting Friday). The bigger release of the two is Mission Mangal, a space drama starring Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, and Akshay Kumar.

Mission Mangal opens Thursday at the Regal Round Lake Beach in Round Lake Beach, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, Regal Cantera in Warrenville, AMC Naperville 16 in Naperville, and AMC Woodridge 18 in Woodridge. On Friday, Mission Mangal opens at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, and Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 7 min.

The other new holiday release is John Abraham’s crime drama Batla House.

Batla House opens on Thursday at MovieMax, and it expands on Friday to the River East 21 and South Barrington 24. It has a listed runtime of 2 hr. 26 min.

Jabariya Jodi gets a second weekend at MovieMax and South Barrington 24.

Other Indian and Pakistani movies playing in the Chicago area this weekend (all films have English subtitles):

Bollywood Box Office: August 9-11, 2019

Jabariya Jodi got off to an okay start in North America. During the weekend of August 9-11, 2019, the romantic comedy earned $79,464 from 53 theaters ($1,499 average), according to Bollywood Hungama. By this point in the year, Hindi films have to earn closer to $200,000 in their opening weekend with a per-theater average of around $2,500 to rank in the top half.

Other Hindi movies still showing in North American theaters:

  • Judgementall Hai Kya: Week 3; $20,599 from 18 theaters; $1,144 average; $524,766 total
  • Super 30: Week 5; $14,224 from 18 theaters; $790 average; $2,315,850 total
  • Kabir Singh: Week 8; $3,600 from two theaters; $1,800 average; $2,614,611 total

Sources: 143 Cinema and Bollywood Hungama