‘Star Wars’ Could Be Upstaged in India By Bollywood Holdovers

Star Wars The Force Awakens
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is set for a Christmas Day release in India, but the box office picture is far from simple.

Two of the biggest releases of the year, Rohit Shetty’s “Dilwale” starting megastar Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Bajirao Mastani,” starring the enormously popular Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, open a week earlier on Dec. 18.

“They are both big films and since they are releasing on the same day, one week is not enough to do them justice at the box office,” leading Indian distributor Anil Thadani of A.A. Films told Variety.

Thadani says that the box office performance of the big ticket Bollywood films will decide how many screens “Star Wars” gets and this will impact box office accordingly.

If as is likely, given the box office track record of the filmmakers and the stars, “Dilwale” and “Bajirao Mastani” are held over in a substantial percentage of cinemas, the force will awaken slowly in India. But when it does, “It is a franchise film and it will perform as well as other franchise films,” says Thadani.

Despite the huge population, Hollywood films typically total modest box office numbers in India. No exhibitor was willing to go on the record with a box office forecast for “Awakens” in India, though unattributable comments pointed to the force exceeding “Spectre” which achieved $4.8 million.

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  1. Star wars is full entertainment Hollywood movie.

  2. Srk fan says:

    This Star Wars flop wont stop Dilwale from doing record breaking business.
    Shahrukh Khan>Star wars

    • Saud says:

      Dumb srk movies
      Don’t even compare that pile of crap with the genius that is star wars !

    • Xenomorph says:

      As a Indian, i hope Dilwale bombs & an actual good movie like Star Wars does record business in India.

    • Darth Vader says:

      I find your lack of faith disturbing.

    • Skywalker says:

      Are you out of your mind….Star Wars is one of the greatest movie franchises in cinematic history….not even SRK can stop it….I bet you haven’t even seen a Star Wars movie …..think before commenting….Indian movies are great but Rohit Shetty’s movies aren’t even on par with the Star Wars prequels…and that’s saying something….

    • AkhilGS says:

      “Starwars a flop”, man you have to watch it before critising something that have become a culture, eventhough I am not a hardcore fan, saying things like that would not do justice to one of the best written screen plays in the history of movies.

      • Shifts says:

        ” Indian people like to watch their stories and their people and nothing wrong with that.”
        You’re totally right, there’s nothing wrong with people being completely close minded. It’s crazy to think Indians like low-budget shitty movies just because they’re Indian. That’s just sad.
        There’s a difference between being supportive and being arrogant.

      • rohit Chawla says:

        It has become a culture in white countries you fool. The original star wars both in the 70s and 80s and later sequels were all box office disasters . Except for a sliver of pompous “inglis” speaking Indians, star wars has limited appeal in India. Indian people like to watch their stories and their people and nothing wrong with that. Star Wars though has a chance to hit the reboot button with a new generation of Indians; but that too will not match Indian movies BO pull. SPECTRE on an all india level has earned leas than what some regional language films released in just one or two states of India have earned this year.

    • MesoSoup says:

      drink more hateraid

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