With a gap of as many as four weeks between two major Bollywood films Satyaprem Ki Katha and Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, it’s Hollywood which is keeping the moolah coming at the Indian box office. There is Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One which is playing currently and then this Friday it would be the turn of Oppenheimer and Barbie. In between, there was Insidious: The Red Door as well which brought in respectable collections and it’s pretty much expected that between these four Hollywood outings, around Rs. 200 crores would comfortably come in.
Out of this, Rs. 100 crores will come in from Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One itself, which is currently standing at Rs. 74 crores* after its first seven days in theatres. The film has been collecting decently during the weekdays as well, what with Rs. 4 crores* more coming on Tuesday. No, the film isn’t being unstoppable or anything because regular weekday drops have certainly come in. However, it isn’t being a one weekend show either as audiences are still stepping in at respectable numbers. Moreover, the second weekend would see a rise again, though ironically Hollywood would face competition from Hollywood in India with the arrival of Oppenheimer and Barbie this weekend.
In fact, it could well be a first for the Indian box office that as many as three Hollywood movies would be running in parallel and registering good to excellent collections. One hopes that Bollywood makes a note of it and brings in a turnaround soon enough.
*Estimates. Final numbers awaited
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources