2018’s two Indian Independence Day releases turned in middling performances in their first weekend at the North American box office. Leading the way was Gold, which opened in about five times as many theaters as Satyameva Jayate and made about five times as much money. From August 17-19, 2018, Gold earned $444,267 from 190 theaters ($2,338 average), according to Bollywood Hungama. Including earnings from August 15-16, Gold‘s total after five days stood at $578,617. This is down a bit from the performance of star Akshay Kumar’s 2017 Independence Day release — Toilet: Ek Prem Katha — which earned $670,447 in its opening weekend in North America.
Satyameva Jayate earned $84,772 from 39 theaters ($2,174 average), for a 5-day total of $111,632.
Most of the attention over the weekend went to the Telugu movie Geetha Govindam, which made $760,765 from 161 theaters ($4,725 average), bringing its 5-day total to $1,492,256. The rest of the Hindi films still showing in US and Canadian theaters are clearly on their way out:
Vishwaroop 2: Week 2; $12,885 from 32 theaters; $403 average; $42,834 total
Karwaan: Week 3; $3,601 from four theaters; $900 average; $177,859 total
Mulk: Week 3; $2,202 from five theaters; $440 average; $112,644 total
Fanney Khan: Week 3; $1,085 from five theaters; $217 average; $264,808 total
Sanju: Week 8; $339 from two theaters; $170 average; $7,873,779 total
Dhadak: Week 5; $172 from three theaters; $57 average; $853,878 total
It was a slow weekend for Bollywood movies at the North American box office, with audiences holding off in anticipation of Wednesday’s Independence Day releases (or maybe everyone was watching The Meg). The only new Hindi release was Vishwaroop 2, accompanied by its Tamil counterpart, Vishwaroopam 2. Most Indian movies that release in multiple languages don’t publish separate earnings figures for each language, but Viswaroop(am) 2 did. According to Bollywood Hungama, Vishwaroop 2 (Hindi) made $17,865 from 41 theaters in North America ($436 average), a figure I assume includes earnings from Thursday night previews. 143 Cinema reports Thursday-Sunday earnings for Vishwaroopam 2 (Tamil) of $353,321 from 127 theaters ($2,782 average).
Other Hindi movies still in North American theaters:
Fanney Khan: Week 2; $24,164 from 32 theaters; $756 average; $253,831 total
Karwaan: Week 2; $21,424 from 16 theaters; $1,339 average; $164,766 total
Mulk: Week 2; $12,192 from 13 theaters; $938 average; $104,408 total
Sanju: Week 7; $5,958 from eight theaters; $745 average; $7,872,912 total
Dhadak: Week 4; $5,072 from eight theaters; $634 average; $851,588 total
Soorma: Week 5; $488 from one theater; $378,637 total
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3: Week 3; $36 from one theater; $44,445 total
Kamal Haasan’s multilingual action film Vishwaroop 2 hits Chicago area theaters on August 10, 2018. Shot simultaneously in Hindi and Tamil (as Vishwaroopam 2), the film’s Telugu-dubbed version releases locally as well.
Fanney Khan gets a second week at MovieMax, South Barrington 24, and the Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. Karwaan and Mulk also carry over at the South Barrington 24 and MovieMax, which holds on to Dhadak and Sanju as well.
Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:
Srinivasa Kalyanam (Telugu w/English subtitles) at MovieMax, Marcus Addison, Stratford Square, and Seven Bridges
Goodachari (Telugu w/English subtitles) at MovieMax, Marcus Addison, and Seven Bridges