All eyes on 'Happy New Year', 'Bang Bang', 'PK' in last quarter of 2014
Will the Khans turn average 2014 into Bollywood blockbuster?
By Uma Ramasubramaniam (IANS)
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 13:38:22 GMT
Young stars shone bright in the first half of the year 2014. Salman Khan set the cash registers ringing in the third quarter of the year. And now as the last quarter ticks in, all eyes are focused on the three major releases: 'Happy New Year', 'Bang Bang' and 'PK'.
Box office calculations indicate Bollywood made a decent start with the young kids on the block such as Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. But the onus is on superstars Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan to turn an average year into a blockbuster in the last quarter, say trade analysts.
With close to 120 releases till mid- August, the box office has garnered over Rs.1,400 crore ($230 million) so far. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh extols the young brigade's achievements, saying they have done a "tremendous job" this year.
"They have put their best foot forward - be it Tiger Shroff in 'Heropanti', Varun Dhawan in 'Main Tera Hero', 'Alia Bhatt' in 'Highway' or Arjun Kapoor in '2 States'.
"This was something unexpected and they have proved their talent with their films," Adarsh told IANS.
Manoj Desai, executive director of G7 multiplex and Maratha Mandir, also admitted the newcomers' good performances have "come as a surprise to all ofus".
"Be it 'Heropanti', '2 States', Highway or 'City Lights' - these films have not just recovered their money but also made a huge profit," he said.
"Heropanti" collected around Rs.51 crore, "2 States" entered the Rs.100 crore club with a Rs.102 crore collection, "Gunday" minted Rs.80 crore, "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania" raked in Rs.75.5 crore and unusual road movie "Highway" took home close to Rs.30 crore.