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Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy has to compete with THESE Valentine’s week releases at the box office

Can Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy beat these top Valentine’s week releases at the box office?

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Zoya Akhtar directorial, Gully Boy, is set to release tomorrow (February 14, Valentine’s Day). And while everyone is excited to watch the movie, we are keen to see how it performs at the box office. Our trade expert has predicted that the Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt-starrer will open with a bang. But it has some competition! Yes, over the past five years, Valentine’s Day has been very crucial for films. Several movies are released in the Valentine’s week or on the day to capitalise on couples heading out and spending time together. In fact, we’ve seen movies even see a jump on V-Day!

So which movies will Gully Boy have to compete with? Well, it is Gunday (2014), Roy (2015), Sanam Re (2016), Fitoor (2016), Jolly LLB 2 (2017) and PadMan (2018). All the films, except Sanam Re and Fitoor performed well at the box office in the last five years. Looking at the lifetime collection of each movie, Jolly LLB 2 (Rs 120 crore) currently leads the way. PadMan (Rs 85 crore) and Gunday (Rs 80 crore) complete the top three. Roy (Rs 45 crore), Sanam Re (Rs 30 crore) and Fitoor (Rs 20 crore) are the other top grossers of the Valentine’s week. Gully Boy will have to compete with these six films. But will it beat Jolly LLB 2 and come out on top? Well, time will tell!

In the meantime, our trade expert – Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) predicts that Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy will collect Rs 20 crore on day 1. He feels it will go on to rake in Rs 75 crore over the extended 4-day weekend at the box office. Post that, everything depends on the content. If the film is good, it will easily rake in Rs 150 – 200 crore in its lifetime run. And with that, it will beat the other Valentine’s week releases. In the meantime, stay tuned to Cine Blitz as we get you news and gossip about Gully Boy.

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De De Pyaar De star Ajay Devgn is a bankable star at the box office

As De De Pyaar De releases today (May 16, paid previews), we analyse Ajay Devgn’s box office track record

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Ajay Devgn in a still from De De Pyaar De

Ajay Devgn is one of the most popular superstars in Bollywood. His command over the masses is unparalleled. And with his next, De De Pyaar De coming out today (April 16, paid previews), everyone’s damn excited. We expect people to flock to the theatre to watch the movie. And we are sure, De De Pyaar De will earn a huge amount at the box office. Not only because of its story, but Ajay’s popularity too! As we said, the superstar has a massive following, especially in the Tier II & III cities. That will surely help give the movie a boost and his box office track record is proof!

Talking about Ajay Devgn’s track record, Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) reveals to us exclusively, “Ajay Devgn has been an established star over the past few decades. Every star has their intrinsic value at the box office in terms of what their films can potentially do. And the kind of numbers that an Ajay Devgn film does on an average is pretty respectable in comparison to the kind of money spent on them. I just hope that he can do more films that are backed not only by star-power, but also by great scripts hope that it continues to happen, like it happened with DrishyamRaid and like it looks like happening with De De Pyaar De. I see no reason why his films can’t do very well.”

Check out all the collections of Ajay Devgn’s films over the past five years right here:

Sr NoMovieCollection (in Rs crore)
1Singham Returns140
2Action Jackson60
6Golmaal  Again205
8Total Dhamaal150
Grand Total910

If you take a closer look at Ajay Devgn’s box office track record, you will realise he has raked in Rs 910 crore at the box office through 8 films in the past five years. That means, his average collection per movie has been Rs 115 crore (approx). Huge, isn’t it? In fact, he has contributed Rs 182 crore per year over the last five years, which is massive. Clearly, De De Pyaar De will also be a huge hit and according to us, should rake in more than Rs 75 crore at the box office. How excited are you about this one? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!

Directed by Akiv Ali, De De Pyaar De also stars Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh. With the movie kick-starting its box office campaign, we are quite excited to see the movie and how it performs. So, stay tuned to CineBlitz as we get you all the news and updates about De De Pyaar De.

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Avengers: Endgame CRUSHES Bollywood in its own backyard and here are 6 lessons we need to learn!

Here’s what Bollywood needs to learn from Avengers: Endgame and Hollywood in order to up its game!

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Marvel Studios’ latest release, Avengers: Endgame released globally last week (April 26). And since then, it has gone on a record-breaking spree at the worldwide box office. Collecting a humongous Rs 14,000 crore plus in its first week itself, the Marvel movie has given the world something to think about. In fact, take a look at the cumulative box office collection of all the releases in Bollywood across the globe over the past five years. It still can’t match the might of what the Marvel release has managed at the worldwide box office in just 7 days. A closer look home at the Indian box office reveals that Avengers: Endgame has crushed Bollywood in its own backyard!

The Marvel movie with a first week box office collection of Rs 260.40 crore has beaten the first week collections of biggies like Baahubali 2 (Rs 247 crore, Hindi version), Sultan (Rs 230 crore), Sanju (Rs 205 crore) and Dangal (Rs 200 crore). It has also crushed Uri: The Surgical Strike‘s lifetime collection (Rs 244 crore) in just 7 days and become the highest grosser of 2019 so far. And it is already well on its way to beat Sanju (Rs 340 crore) and Dangal‘s (Rs 390 crore) lifetime collection record.

Clearly, Hollywood has outplayed Bollywood in India completely. But this success is not an overnight phenomenon! In fact, Bollywood can also learn some lessons out of this and dominate the world box office someday. Karan Johar, a few years ago, had said that Bollywood needs to learn from Baahubali 2‘s success. Well, they haven’t! But maybe they will learn something from Avengers: Endgame!

Our trade experts – Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) and Amul Vikas Mohan (Editor of Super Cinema) tell us the way forward. Talking about the super success of Avengers: Endgame, Akshaye offers a valid explanation. He tells us exclusively, “The numbers you are seeing for Avengers: Endgame is a result of the investment that Disney and Marvel made over ten years. They cultivated the Marvel Universe in the minds of the Indian audience. It is not that Avengers: Endgame became an overnight success, it is the result of cultivating an audience for this universe in India for over a decade. Avengers: Endgame is not a lesson just to Bollywood, but to the global film fraternity.”

Amul Vikas Mohan also agrees, as he adds, “Bollywood is not only competing with Hollywood, but also the regional films in India. Baahubali 2 did Rs 900 crore (all languages) and that is a huge benchmark. What Bollywood needs to do first is to play a long game. A movie like Avengers: Endgame comes once in a generation. It is the hype that is generated over the last ten years, covering nearly 20 films of different superheroes coming together. It’s a big game. It is the vision that is coming to fruition now. We need to develop that.”

So what are the lessons Bollywood needs to learn?

# Put the audience first!

We’ve often seen the audience and movie-goers feel disappointed after having watched movies. Yes, people were also disappointed after Avengers: Endgame, but here the disappointment was that it was over. To create such a movie that not only engages the audience, but also makes them excited to come out and spend their money is what Bollywood needs to do! We have so much content on OTT platforms that everyone’s watching movies and videos on their phone. But we all know that some films cannot are not as enjoyable on the phone, as the impact is lost. Those kind of films need to made!

As Akshaye rightly says, “Avengers: Endgame proves that it is time to give the audience more than their money’s worth. Going to a cinema has become an expensive proposition. And as an incentive for the audience to come to the cinema, you need to give a lot more than what they can experience in the comfort of their homes, on a home theatre screen or on their mobile phone. So it needs to be a big screen experience. It needs to be an experience that cannot be replicated on any other medium of entertainment. And that is what Avengers: Endgame has done brilliantly!”

He further adds, “Be it the phenomenal 3D effects or the scale or the VFX or the ensemble cast that comes together for it, Avengers has nailed it. All these things make it a spectacular experience! And these factors account for a lot more than the money people are spending on the tickets as well as the refreshments and commute. Bottom line is giving the audience their money’s worth and a little more! If you do that, the audience will come in huge numbers.”

Amul also points out, “If people get more than what they spend on a ticket, they will obviously come see it on the big screen. See ticket prices increase for big film, but they increase till a certain level. If I pay Rs 300 for a normal film, I might pay Rs 500 when it is a big film. But if I get to see two actor or three actors or two actors and two actresses, it is more bang for my buck and that people need to think about.”

# Patience and vision

Bollywood’s current model of working is not helping its cause too! We are thinking short-term and just about the next film. Avengers: Endgame, as we mentioned, was a result of decades of work. The hype was generated over 20 plus films and over a decade of releases. So we need to build a string of films that can lead to an Avengers scenario. The hype has to be built and a vision must be there. Studios as well as makers need to patient too. If one film doesn’t work, doesn’t mean they should stop thinking about the goal. Patience and vision is the way forward.

Amul explains, “In the past, Marvel had films that have worked very well. In the past they’ve had films that have not worked at all. But it is the belief that at the end it will deliver and that’s what happened! We are very short sighted in our approach, in the country as well as in the industry. We are working only for the opening day collection. But we actually need to have a director, filmmaker, producer with a long-term vision and it needs to be taken care of! Bollywood needs to learn to be patient.”

# Stars putting aside their ego and coming together for films!

Avengers: Endgame has a cast that comprises of Hollywood superstars including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Gwyneth Paltrow and so on. However, have you seen so many stars coming together for not one but a series of films in Bollywood? Never! Well, Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar had made a surprising point a couple of years ago. While trying to remake Ram Lakhan and failing to, the filmmakers had mentioned how it was difficult to cast two stars of the same generation. It was simply because they had ego issues as well as insecurities!

Well, we say cast those egos aside and come together for a mega film and make it into a series. Only then can we think of reaching the Avengers level. As Amul says, “Bollywood needs to be open to doing multi-starrers. You see the reason why Avengers: Endgame and all the earlier Avengers films have worked because each and every cast member is a superstar in their own space. They all coming together and working on a film make it a huge spectacle. This is rare in India! You can see the number of two-hero films that we are attempting in India. From that you can understand that we are not prepared for the long game yet.”

He adds, “Our industry was flourishing in the 80s and the 90s primarily because people were open to working on multi-starrers. That lawn has changed! In the next few years do we see a film with Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir Khan together? No, right? Can you see a Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor and Varun Dhawan come together for a movie? It’s dicey, right? But it shouldn’t be! It should come organically. Stars should come together and Bollywood should give these biggies a run for their money. We are still living in a bubble, we need to burst it and be more collaborative.”

Akshaye also agrees! As he tells us exclusively, “Marginal growth will not take us to these kinds of numbers. It has to be compounded growth! And that cannot happen by stars only trying to do better than their previous one. If you look at the set up Avengers has, if you look at the ensemble that it has, can you imagine stars of that magnitude or stardom in India, coming together for a film? You can’t! To generate those kinds of numbers, we need our stars to be a lot more secure. And we need them to come together to have the combined audience and fans of those stars coming to the cinemas.”

But how much time will it take for us to reach that level? And what will trigger the change? Akshaye says, “You cannot predict how much time it will take, as it could change in a day also. Looking at the success of Avengers: Endgame our stars might think, ‘to hell with our attitude and egos and the rat race we are in. Let’s work together and make magic.’ Or it might take 10 or 20 years for the stars to realise that by themselves they won’t be able to deliver those kinds of numbers and it makes sense to be more collaborative. It is just about a change in mindset. And that can happen overnight or over a decade!”

# Big filmmakers stepping up to the level!

A director is the captain of the ship. And only he can decide the fate of the movie, right? Well, to make a mega film as well as to keep all the Bollywood stars happy and make them sign onto the film, we need the big filmmakers to step up. In fact, a huge film by Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali featuring superstars also draws in the audience.

As Akshaye rightfully says, “It will take filmmakers like Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra to pull this off. For three stars like Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh, to feature in a film together, it takes a captain like Rohit Shetty to sail that ship. It is not every filmmaker’s capability and feasibility. I truly hope that filmmakers like Karan Johar, Rohit Shetty, Aditya Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rajkumar Hirani can be the ones who can make this happen. I say this because only with the kind of credibility and popularity that these directors enjoy, will the stars be convinced to work with other stars of their own level and magnitude in the same film.”

Amul also adds, “Rohit Shetty is coming up with the cop universe. He has a vision and if we support his vision, the next Singham – Simmba – Sooryavanshi film will be a mega hit. We need people to step up and everyone should support their vision.”

# Script and production

Over the past few years, we’ve seen many films that appear very good on paper, but lack the execution they need. We feel this is because the time spent on writing and production is very less in Bollywood. We’ve seen several directors work without scripts and the film goes from here to there in its execution, for example, Jagga Jasoos. Then we have a film where the idea is fantastic, but the story, how it flows, the VFX and so on spoil it. Kalank is a prime example! So focusing more on the story, scripts and production is necessary.

The script for each and every Avenger movie was written over years. In fact, it was improved several times before being finalised. Also the pre-production was planned years before the film took off. And everything was chalked down to the minute detail, so that the filming goes smoothly. Also the script should be universal, it should appeal to everyone across the world. And that’s what we haven’t been able to do it, while Hollywood has aced it.

As Amul rightly points out, “Avengers: Endgame‘s release was announced three years ago, so there has been a massive hype created since then. So they have been working on it since five years ago. And then, they came out with a release date three years ago. We need to spend such amount of time on our films. And I must say, I’ve never seen such a hype. Baahubali 2 had a tremendous hype. But for me to see that hype being broken by another film in such a short time is marvellous.”

Akshaye also adds, “I think we need to focus on our writing. We need to try and put in a lot more effort in scripts that can really engage the audience and entertain them in a big way. All of us are doing shoddy and haphazard job by passing off fairly substandard scripts. The day you have a script like Baahubali, the Baahubali kind of numbers are bound to happen. So I just think better writing, better production value, better investment on the things that show on the screen and stars working together will help out.”

# Budget and Time

Last, but not the least is the budget and time. We see how filmmakers rush to complete schedules and pass off shoddy post-production work to make it to the announced release date. Producers sometimes force the makers to make last minute changes or play substandard content on the big screens. We feel if the makers give the directors more time, they can deliver a better final product. More time needs to be invested in pre-production as well as post-production. As we told you, Avengers: Endgame‘s pre-production took off years ago. And the post-production of a film like Avatar has been given two to three years. If sufficient time is given, Bollywood can also produce masterpieces which will be appreciated by the world over.

The budget is a major factor too! If you look at the budget of Avengers: Endgame (Rs 2,500 crore) itself, it is more than the combined budget of each and every Bollywood film made over the last two to three years. If you create a massive film franchise, you need to invest a lot in the production and post-production of it. A world-class product will also be consumed by the global audience. They will shun shoddy products. Studios need to start investing more on these biggies, which can enable them to deliver even bigger returns and be accepted by the global audience.

Akshaye says, “The budget of Avengers: Endgame is bigger than the budget of all the films being made this year. So that kind of investment will obviously get you a bigger and better product.” Amul also adds, “We have the vision for such films, we need people to back it.”

So there you have it, these are the six lessons Bollywood needs to learn from Avengers: Endgame. What do you have to say about this? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such analytical and in-depth pieces on Bollywood as well as Hollywood right here!

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Avengers: Endgame CRUSHES Uri: The Surgical Strike; becomes the highest box office grosser of 2019

Avengers: Endgame steamrolled past Uri: The Surgical Strike’s lifetime box office collection in just 6 days!

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Avengers: Endgame has been unstoppable at the Indian box office. In fact, after a record breaking start and the highest opening weekend collection of 2019 in India, it has managed to bag another massive record. Avengers: Endgame has now crushed Uri: The Surgical Strike‘s feat and become the highest box office grosser of 2019 in India. Surprised? Well, you would be, after all the Marvel movie has surpassed Uri‘s lifetime collection in just 6 day. Massive, isn’t it? For those of you who don’t know, Vicky Kaushal’s Uri: The Surgical Strike had collected around about Rs 244 crore over 100 days at the box office. And now, Avengers: Endgame raked in Rs 244.30 crore in just 6 days.

A Hollywood film crushing a Bollywood film in its home-ground pinches us, but it’s the fact. In fact, even with just 2800 screens, Avengers: Endgame has managed to achieve this feat. Several Bollywood biggies have got wider releases, but they’ve not been able to achieve this feat. Clearly, a lot has to be learnt! What do you guys have to say about this latest development? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Also check out the Avengers: Endgame trailer right here!

Directed by the Russo brother Avengers: Endgame is the last part of the popular superhero franchise. It had generated unprecedented buzz, which made people rush in to watch the movie. The content was loved by the critics as well as the audience. They raved about the movie and this helped generate positive word of mouth publicity. All this helped the Marvel movie to earn such a humongous amount at the Indian box office. With the film continuing its box office run, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates about Avengers: Endgame.

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