Mumbai: As Bollywood reaches mid-year, theindustry looks back at a rather slow box office, while Hollywood movies stand tall after causing quite a stir in the domestic market during last six months. The biggest example is “The Jungle Book”, which created history of sorts at the Indian box office. The live action adaptation of the book of the same name, released on April 8, a week before its US premiere to avoid box office clash with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s “Fan”. As anticipated, “Fan” took a massive opening, the highest this year, at nearly Rs 19 crore, clocking a whopping Rs 52.35 crore in the weekend and opposed to this, “The Jungle Book” opened at 10 crores and registered a Rs 40 crore weekend.
The box office for both the films, however, completely changed later, with the 50-year-old “Dilwale” actor’s film struggling to reach even Rs 90 crores while the Disney project zoomed past Rs 100 crore mark. By the end of its run, “Fan” made nearly Rs 85 crores while “The Jungle Book” shattered all the previous records held by any Hollywood film released in India, earning Rs 186 crores, though 58 per cent of the collections are said to have come by by the Hindi version of the movie. This is the highest earning film of the year so far, beating Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift” which is the biggest Bollywood hit of 2016 so far with Rs 127 crore. The margin between Bollywood’s highest grosser of the year and “The Junglebook”, that of nearly Rs 60 crores, is alarming.
“The Jungle Book” is not the only Hollywood film which scored better at the domestic box office. The comedy-superhero film “Deadpool”, released alongside Katrina Kaif-starrer “Fitoor” on February 12, fared better. The Ryan Reynolds-starrer collected approximately Rs 29 crores at the domestic box office while “Fitoor”, helmed by “Kai Po Che” director Abhishek Kapoor, managed to collect a total of nearly Rs 19 crore. One of the most awaited superhero movies of the year, “Batman v Superman” opened to mixed reviews but managed to put up a total of Rs 36 crore in one week.
The Zack Snyder directed film clashed with John Abraham’ “Rocky Handsome”, and easily beat the latter. Animated film “Kung Fu Panda 3” also clocked impressive collections despite facing competition from Kareena Kapoor Khan’s “Ki & Ka”. The American-Chinese film raked in Rs 32 crore at the Indian box-office, which was just nearly Rs 20 crore short of “Ki & Ka”, which made Rs 51 crores.
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