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In Theaters: December 15, 2017

Bollywood fans have few options in Chicago area theaters the weekend beginning Friday, December 15, 2017. Fukrey Returns gets a second week at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, and AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, which also holds over Firangi and Tumhari Sulu.

If you just can’t wait for next weekend, the following local theaters are selling advanced tickets to Tiger Zinda Hai: MovieMax, South Barrington 24, AMC River East 21 in Chicago, AMC Dine-In Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge, and AMC Loews Crestwood 18 in Crestwood.

Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:

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Bollywood Box Office: December 8-10, 2017

Fukrey Returns earned more it is first three days in North America than the original Fukrey earned during the course of its four-week run in 2013. From December 8-10, 2017, Fukrey Returns took in $174,626 from 66 theaters ($2,646 average; adjusted average of $3,118 from 56 theaters*). Fukrey released on June 14, 2013, earning $74,110 from 57 North American theaters ($1,300 average) in its opening weekend, ultimately closing out its run with a total of $125,279.

Firangi fell off dramatically in its second weekend, its business plummeting by 87%. It earned just $14,186 from 36 theaters ($394 average), bringing its total to $176,485.

Other Hindi movies still in North American theaters:

  • Tumhari Sulu: Week 4; $18,528 from 19 theaters; $975 average; $502,091 total
  • Secret Superstar: Week 8; $1,356 from three theaters; $452 average; $2,152,632 total
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle: Week 5; $528 from two theaters; $264 average; $235,748 total
  • Golmaal Again: Week 8; $346 from two theaters; $173 average; $2,359,495 total

*Bollywood Hungama frequently counts Canadian theaters twice when they report figures for a film’s first few weeks of release. When possible, I verify theater counts at Box Office Mojo, but I use Bollywood Hungama as my primary source because they provide a comprehensive and consistent — if flawed — data set.

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Opening December 8: Fukrey Returns

The comedy sequel Fukrey Returns hits Chicago area theaters on December 8, 2017. I didn’t like Fukrey, but Richa Chadda and Ali Fazal are cool, so you never know.

Fukrey Returns opens Friday at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 11 min.

All three of the above theaters carry over Firangi and Tumhari Sulu. The AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodrige gives an eighth week to Secret Superstar.

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

Bollywood Box Office: December 1-3, 2017

Firangi got off to a slow start in North America, despite being the first new Hindi film to open here in two weeks. From December 1-3, 2017, the Kapil Sharma comedy earned $112,238 from 82 theaters ($1,369 average; adjusted average of $1,675 from 67 theaters*). That’s a steep decline from Sharma’s only other international Bollywood release: 2015’s Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, which opened with $203,645 from 69 North American theaters ($2,951 average). Firangi fared better in Canada — with per-theater averages of $2,445 versus $1,453 in the States — but that’s likely due to the small number of Indian films showing in Canadian theaters at the moment (five, to be exact).

Tumhari Sulu earned $33,049 from 20 theaters ($1,652 average) in its third weekend of release, bringing its North American total to $465,555. Golmaal Again closed out its seventh weekend in the US and Canada with $1,726 from four theaters ($432 average). Its total stands at $2,358,581.

Other Bollywood movies showing in US theaters:

  • Secret Superstar: Week 7; $3,388 from eight theaters; $424 average; $2,149,130 total
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle: Week 4: $607 from two theaters; $308 average; $234,761 total

*Bollywood Hungama frequently counts Canadian theaters twice when they report figures for a film’s first few weeks of release. When possible, I verify theater counts at Box Office Mojo, but I use Bollywood Hungama as my primary source because they provide a comprehensive and consistent — if flawed — data set.

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Opening December 1: Firangi

Kapil Sharma jumps into the spot vacated by Padmavati, releasing his period comedy Firangi (“Foreigner“) in Chicago area theaters on December 1, 2017.

Firangi opens on Friday at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. It has a listed runtime of 1 hr. 38 min.

All three of the above theaters hold over Tumhari Sulu for a third week. Secret Superstar carries over at the AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodrige and MovieMax, which also holds on to Golmaal Again.

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

Bollywood Box Office: November 24-26, 2017

With no new Bollywood films for competition, Tumhari Sulu held up great in its second weekend in North American theaters. From November 24-26, 2017, the Vidya Balan film earned $96,544 from 46 theaters ($2,099 average). Its 55% holdover from Weekend 1 to Weekend 2 is fifth best for the year. Most Americans had Thursday off for Thanksgiving — with many off work on Wednesday as well — helping to boost Tumhari Sulu‘s take to $396,900 after ten days of release. Not bad for a film that opened in fewer than sixty theaters.

The other notable performance of the weekend came from Golmaal Again, now in its sixth weekend of release. It earned $6,912 from five theaters, but its per-theater average of $1,382 doesn’t tell the whole story. Golmaal Again earned $3,820 from one theater in Canada — more than the $3,092 combined it earned from four US theaters, which averaged earnings of $773 per theater. The comedy’s total stands at $2,354,534.

Other Hindi movies still in North American theaters:

  • Ittefaq: Week 4; $15,901 from eleven theaters; $1,446 average; $719,564 total
  • Secret Superstar: Week 6; $6,963 from nine theaters; $774 average; $2,143,554 total
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle: Week 3; $5,205 from five theaters; $1,041 average; $231,628 total

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Bollywood Box Office: November 17-19, 2017

Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu had a nice opening weekend in North America. From November 17-19, 2017, the comedy-drama earned $176,146 from 59 theaters ($2,986 average; adjusted average of $3,523 from 50 theaters*).

It will be fascinating to see if the postponement of the release of Padmavati affects Tumhari Sulu and the handful of other Hindi films in North American theaters. Kapil Sharma’s November 24 release Firangi was the only movie willing to open anywhere near Padmavati‘s planned December 1 debut, and the next film scheduled after that is Fukrey Returns on December 15. Both Firangi and Fukrey Returns will likely open in fewer than 100 theaters here, so what are cinemas going to do with the space freed up by Padmavati‘s absence? Will it mean longer theatrical runs for Bollywood movies that are currently performing well, like Tumhari Sulu and Ittefaq, or will cinemas just allot the extra space to Hollywood fare? We’ll see.

Speaking of Ittefaq, the murder mystery had another good weekend, earning $48,986 from 35 theaters ($1,400 average). Its total after three weekends of release is $673,662, ranking it in 17th place for the year so far among Hindi films in North America.

Secret Superstar keeps chugging along as well, earning $34,242 from 28 theaters ($1,223 average). Its total stands at $2,115,505. Qarib Qarib Singlle was close behind with $34,065 from 31 theaters ($1,099 average), bringing its total after two weekends to $212,901. Finally, there’s Golmaal Again, which finished its fifth weekend with $16,725 from 17 theaters ($984 average) for total North American earnings of $2,336,042.

*Bollywood Hungama frequently counts Canadian theaters twice when they report figures for a film’s first few weeks of release. When possible, I verify theater counts at Box Office Mojo, but I use Bollywood Hungama as my primary source because they provide a comprehensive and consistent — if flawed — data set.

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama