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Opening February 16: Aiyaary

After getting bumped around the release calendar, Aiyaary finally makes its way into Chicago theaters on February 16, 2018. The crime thriller stars Sidharth Malhotra and Manoy Bajpayee.

Aiyaary opens on Friday at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC Dine-In Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, AMC Oakbrook Center 4 in Oak Brook, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, and AMC Showplace Naperville 16 in Naperville. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 37 min.

Pad Man gets a second week at the River East 21, MovieMax, Rosemont 18, South Barrington 24, Marcus Addison, and Cantera 17.

Padmaavat carries over in 3D and 2D at the Cantera 17 and in 2D at the River East 21, MovieMax, South Barrington 24, Marcus Addison, Naperville 16, Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 18 in Round Lake Beach, AMC Showplace Niles 12 in Niles, and AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge.

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

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Bollywood Box Office: February 9-11, 2018

In its debut weekend, Pad Man finished second to Padmaavat at the North American box office. From February 9-11, 2018, Pad Man earned $689,272 from 152 theaters ($4,535 average), according to Bollywood Hungama*. Kumar’s recent releases have opened within a very narrow range of totals, from Toilet‘s $670,447 on the low end to Airlift‘s $815,933 on the high end. Pad Man‘s performance fits right within that range, so it appears Padmaavat had no discernible effect on Pad Man‘s opening weekend total.

The same applies in the other direction, too, as three-week-old Padmaavat out-earned Kumar’s brand new release. Granted, Padmaavat had a 126-screen advantage and inflated 3D prices for some tickets. Still, its enduring popularity is impressive. Over the weekend, Padmaavat earned $957,302 from 278 theaters ($3,444 average), bringing its total earnings to $10,556,813 — enough to squeak it past PK‘s $10,550,569 total into second place all time for Bollywood movies in North America. LiveMint has an interesting breakdown of where the money Padmaavat has earned so far has gone and how much of it is really profit after recovering costs.

[Update: Box Office Mojo reports weekend earnings of $740,326 from 152 theaters ($4,871 average) for Pad Man, and $1,039,904 from 282 theaters ($3,688 average) for Padmaavat, with total earnings of $10,638,033.]

*Bollywood Hungama routinely counts Canadian theaters twice in its weekly reporting, at least for a movie’s first two weekends of release. When possible, I try to verify the correct theater count with other sources, like Box Office Mojo. The above figures represent what I believe to be the actual theater counts. Bollywood Hungama’s reporting puts Pad Man in 173 theaters (making for a $3,984 per-screen average).

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

Opening February 9: Pad Man

Akshay Kumar’s social issue comedy Pad Man — co-starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte — opens in seven Chicago area theaters on February 9, 2018.

Pad Man opens Friday at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC Dine-In Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, AMC Oakbrook Center 4 in Oak Brook, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. Pad Man is rated PG-13 and has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 20 min.

Padmaavat carries over for a third week in 2D at the River East 21, MovieMax, South Barrington 24, Marcus Addison, AMC Showplace Niles 12 in Niles, AMC Showplace Naperville 16 in Naperville, and AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge. It holds over in both 2D and 3D at the Rosemont 18, Cantera 17 and Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 18 in Round Lake Beach.

Also opening on Friday at the South Barrington 24 is the India-set American romantic comedy Basmati Blues, starring Brie Larson and Utkarsh Ambudkar (who played Mindy’s brother Rishi on The Mindy Project). It has a runtime of 1 hr. 46 min.

Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:

Bollywood Box Office: February 2-4, 2018

Padmaavat held onto more than half of its opening weekend business after adding 28 theaters in its second weekend in North America. From February 2-4, 2018, Padmaavat earned $2,438,930 from 354 theaters ($6,890 average), according to Box Office Mojo. That puts Padmaavat‘s total at $8,900,499, making it the third highest earning Hindi film in North America ever after just eleven days. Bollywood Hungama reports slightly lower weekend and total earnings of $2,191,185 and $8,663,321, respectively — still good enough for third place all time.

By the time the highest earning Hindi film of all time in North America — 2016’s Dangal — finished its second weekend in theaters, it had already earned 73.9% of its eventual total ($9,126,258 of $12,357,576). Remarkably, the second ranked movie on the list — 2014’s PK — had earned virtually the same percentage of its eventual total by the end of its second weekend: 73.8% ($7,785,486 of $10,550,569). If Padmaavat follows the same trajectory as those two films and is already 73.9% of the way toward its total, that would give it final earnings of $12,043,977 or $11,723,032, depending on whether you believe Box Office Mojo’s or Bollywood Hungama’s numbers. A lot depends on how much Pad Man affects Padmaavat‘s business starting this Friday. It seems reasonable to assume that Padmaavat will pass PK for the #2 spot but fall short of overtaking Dangal for first place. We shall see.

Other Hindi films showing in North American theaters:

  • Tiger Zinda Hai: Week 7; $2,473 from four theaters; $618 average; $5,931,673 total
  • Mukkabaaz: Week 4; $84 from one theater; $75,968 total

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Split Screen Podcast, Episode 33: The Long Awaited ‘Padmaavat’ Movie Review

My friend Shah Shahid graciously invited me back to the Split Screen Podcast to review Padmaavat, deviating from our usual remake comparison format to tackle this controversial new film. In Episode 33, we don’t discuss the protests leading up to the film’s release but focus instead on the good, the bad, and the problematic elements of the movie itself. Shah makes some great points about the way directors lead audiences toward certain emotional reactions, and we debate whether or not that was properly executed in Padmaavat.

You can subscribe to the Split Screen Podcast at iTunes, or you can listen to Episode 33 in your browser on this page at Audioboom. Find links to other podcast episodes and Shah’s reviews at his website, Blank Page Beatdown. I’m a guest on the following episodes of the Split Screen Podcast:

In Theaters: February 2, 2018

Bollywood studios and distributors were wise not to release anything new on February 2, 2018, after the huge opening weekend numbers Padmaavat put up. Here’s where the period epic is playing around the Chicago area as of Friday, and in what formats:

IMAX, 3D, and standard: AMC Showplace Niles 12 in Niles and AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington

3D and StandardAMC River East 21 in Chicago, Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 18 in Round Lake Beach, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, AMC Showplace Naperville 16 in Naperville, and AMC Loews Crestwood 18 in Crestwood

Standard only: MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC Dine-In Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, and AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge

Tiger Zinda Hai carries over for a seventh week at the South Barrington 24.

Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:

Bollywood Box Office: January 26-28, 2018

The wait was worth it for Padmaavat, which just had the best opening weekend for a Bollywood film in North America, dethroning 2014’s PK ($3.6 million). From January 26-28, 2018, Padmaavat earned $4,430,255 from 326 theaters ($13,590 average), based on figures provided to Gitesh Pandya by the film’s distributor, Viva Entertainment. That’s the second best international opening weekend for a Bollywood movie, behind 2016’s Sultan, according to Bollywood Hungama. Adding in the $507,266 from the 295 US theaters that carried the movie on Thursday, January 25, Padmaavat‘s total already stands at $4,937,521.

Final figures for all films aren’t in yet, but Padmaavat‘s per-screen average earnings are more than double those of any other movie showing in North America over the weekend, based on Box Office Mojo’s estimates. Padmaavat is also poised to finish in third place at the global box office, according to Variety. That’s a helluva weekend for a movie that some factions hoped would never see the light of day.

Other Hindi movies showing in North America this weekend:

  • Tiger Zinda Hai: Week 6; $14,004 from twelve theaters; $1,167 average; $5,920,011 total
  • Mukkabaaz: Week 3; $24 from one theater; $75,884 total

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Gitesh Pandya, Variety, and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama