Well, heck. Because of the profiles of the films scheduled for release, I didn’t expect any new Hindi movies to open in the Chicago area in the two weeks before Diwali weekend. Two weeks in a row, I’ve been wrong. The historical drama 31st October opens at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles on October 21, 2016.
Given that 31st October is only releasing in one Chicago area theater, that means it’s probably getting a really limited release across the continent: fewer than thirty theaters, for sure. Taking that into account, I’d be surprised if it makes even $20,000 over the weekend.
Bollywood seems to be taking the weekend off in anticipation of the release of Shahrukh Khan’s massive 3D superhero epic Ra.One next Wednesday. Rascals is the only Hindi movie showing in Chicago area theaters the weekend beginning Friday, October 21. The comedy — which has earned $261,156 in U.S. theaters so far — carries over at the Big Cinemas Golf Glen 5 in Niles and AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington.
Other Indian movies showing at the Golf Glen 5 this weekend include the Telugu films Dookudu, Oosaravelliand Pillai Zamindar and the Malayalam movie Indian Rupee (though the Golf Glen 5’s print may be dubbed in English).