With a good start to October and some big releases scored for November and December, film trade analysts are carrying 2019 to end on a positive note.

The Hindi film industry is having a great race at the box office in 2019. The first three quarters did a business of relatively Rs 3800 crore with the release of films like Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, Kesari, Kabir Singh, Mission Mangal and many more. With Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s War giving a good start to the last quarter of the year, Bollywood is wonted to complete 2019 on a positive note.

Siddharth Anand’s action drama War, which had Hrithik and Tiger pitted opposite to each other, released on the holiday of Gandhi Jayanti and broke various box office records. It became the film with the great opening day collection in the history of Hindi cinema. It collected a record-breaking Rs 53.35 crore on day one and became the highest opener of Hrithik and Tiger’s careers and also the greatest opener on a national holiday. The entire collection of the film stands at Rs 309.25 crore.

Commenting on the film’s massive performance at the box office, film trade investigator Taran Adarsh had written on Twitter, “2019 has been a crazy year for #Bollywood and the super success of  War reiterates the fact that *well made* biggies – resulted at PAN India audience – will always be grasped warmly by the paying public… Expecting #YRF to green light #War2 soon.”

However, apart from War, no other film handled to set the cash registers ringing. Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar’s The Sky Is Pink (Rs 20.03 crore) and Saif Ali Khan starrer Laal Kaptaan (Rs 2.36 crore) proved to be duds. The Diwali week releases – Saand Ki Aankh, Made In China and Housefull 4 – could not provide much to the total box office collection of the month.

For now, the box office collection of comedy caper Housefull 4 stands at Rs 111.82 crore. Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar’s Saand Ki Aankh is also gathering post-Diwali and has minted Rs 8.51 crore until now. Made In China, promoting Rajkummar Rao and Mouni Roy, has earned Rs 6.75 crore within four days of its discharge.

Not only Bollywood discharges, Hollywood movie Joker also donated to a decent start of the last quarter. The Joaquin Phoenix starrer certified a collection of Rs 55.40 crore in India. Girish shared, “Joker has performed amazingly well. Being an English film and an adult film, it crossed Rs 55 crore mark and is yet doing strong.” With Joker’s success in the Indian market, he observed, “A good film always works irrespective of a limited release (Joker released in 400-450 screens), A certificate from the censor board and the language barrier. For me, Joker is a fantastic trend changer.”

November and December will see the release of some big-ticket films i.e. Dabangg 3, Bala, Good Newzz, Pati Patni Aur Woh and more.

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Monday, Nov 18, 2019