Just when we thought that OTT platforms took over the world, Indian film industries came to reclaim their seats on the throne yet again. And we are not just talking about Bollywood but also our film industry in the South was in its all-time glorious period. Last weekend more than 2 crore people went to theatres creating a historic box office event. And who better to create history than our very own Thalaiva and global superstar, Rajinikanth? It all started when Rajinikanth’s Jailer was released and had a super-successful opening followed by the sequel of one of the most successful Bollywood movies, Gadar 2 which brought back the movie-goers to the theatres.
According to the Producers Guild of India and Multiplex Association of India, the August 11-13 frame was the busiest single weekend since the beginning of the pandemic. Also with the release of Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh and Oh My God 2 starring Akshay Kumar and Pankaj Tripathi, the audience was bound to go to the theatres.
More interestingly, the ticket sales were almost 390 crores Rs. which is the all-time biggest combined gross collection recorded in the weekend in history. The jailer had a 4-day box office gross collection of 19.5 million dollars while Gadar 2 had a 3-day box office collection of 18.3 million dollars.
The release of other films like Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Jaya Bachchan, Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi starrer Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, Akshay Kumar and Pankaj Tripathi’s OMG 2 and Chiranjeevi’s Bhola Shankar also had a part to play in the record-breaking sales. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer also had a huge collection in India as this was its 5th biggest offshore market.
“Mainstream storytelling executed in the right way has resulted in the box office records being shattered. A massive achievement like this is a result of an incredible filmmaking team, with cast and crew coming together to create a truly special movie-going experience. The turnout at theatres has infused a new energy in our Industry, audiences are responding in numbers we have not seen for a very long time, and even the early morning shows are getting sold out. This weekend has been a wonderful experience for people who love mainstream Indian films,” said Producers Guild of India President Shibasish Sarkar.
Finally, the gold old days of cinema are back when people were actually excited for movies!