TOP STORIES: 'Blue Jasmine' Cancellation Brings Backlash for Indian Exhibitors; Is Bollywood Facing a Dancing Crisis? on October 14, 2013

bluejasminestill.pngIndian audiences frustrated by exhibitor guidelines that caused ‘Blue Jasmine’ cancellation. [Indiewire]

Raanjhanaa filmmakers preparing for another romantic film. [Times of India]

Victory celebrates box office results. [Times of India]

Amateur Indian filmmakers are turning to big budget…wedding videos. [DNA India]

Is Bollywood facing a dancing crisis? [Times of India]


INDIA: 'Besharam' Fizzles After Mid-Week Debut on October 13, 2013

besharam1.jpgBesharam’s mid-week opening strategy backfired as the comedy was only able to bring in $8 million after a 9-day period. It was enough to lead a soft weekend among domestic films in India, however, as Besharam took advantage of a pause in the release calendar to claim the top spot among a field of hold-over titles.

The Lunchbox added $219K in its third frame to reach a $3.1 million cume. Grand Masti reached a $15 million cume in its fourth week in India while reaching a $419K cume in North America. Phata Poster Nikla Hero scored a six-digit result in its third week in India, earning $119k to take its domestic total to $5.8 million. The film has grossed a total of $410K in North America.


Top Ten Domestic Films in India. Week Culminating on October 11, 2013




TOP STORIES: 'Basharam' Flops; Indian Showcase in Abu Dhabi; Another Asaram Bapu Project in the Works on October 10, 2013

'Besharam' sinks; is its mid-week release strategy to blame? [The Times of India]


Indian cinema has a showcase at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. [Business Standard]


Another film on Asaram Bapu is in the works. [The Times of India]


TOP STORIES: Woody Allen Pulls 'Blue Jasmine' From Indian Screens; Japan Seeking More Bollywood Films on October 08, 2013

Bollywood looking to double its exports to Japan [Bollywood Life]


Woody Allen pulls 'Blue Jasmine' from India due to anti-smoking campaign. [Wall Street Journal]


INDIA: 'Besharam' Takes $4M in First Two Days on October 04, 2013


The romantic comedy Besharam is off to a good start in India, where it leads the weekly box office chart among domestic films after a $4 million bow over its first two days in release. The Lunchbox finished its second week in second place with a $1.2 million hold that lifts it to a $2.9 million cume. 


Grand Masti slowed down to a $1.1 million ale over its third week, taking its total to $14.9 million in the country. Phata Poster Nikhla Hero posted a $1 million tally in its first hold for a $5.7 million total. 


Top Ten Domestic Films in India. September 30-October 4, 2013



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