Box Office Predictions of 2014 Bollywood films: Part 1

Note: Predictions are just ‘expected numbers’ based on star
cast, director and production house.
Jai Ho (Jan 24): Salman Khan has taken up the Republic Day
weekend by getting his film Jai Ho to release on 24th January.
It is the remake of a well accepted South Indian film called
Stalin and should continue Salman’s winning streak even
though the trailers have not differentiated it much from his
last few films. While the film is unlikely to break the records
set by Dhoom 3, it should cross the collections of Salman’s last
film Dabangg 2. Box Office Prediction: 180 crore.
Gunday (Feb 14): Ranveer Singh got into the big league with
the huge success of Ram Leela. This time around, he is back
with his mentors Yash Raj Films in this 1970s based action
drama which is set in the coalfields of West Bengal. The
trailers of the film have highlighted the friendship and the
confrontation which happens between them towards the end of
the film. Priyanka Chopra adds to the glamour quotient of this
film. We expect the film to do above average business. Box
Office Prediction: 75 crore.
Jagga Jasoos (Oct 2): Barfi which arrived in 2012 surprised
everyone with its box office performance. The team of Ranbir
Kapoor, UTV and Anurag Basu reunite in this detective
coming-of-age comic thriller. The film is expected to hit all
the right notes with audiences universally and the music has
been receiving a lot of pre-release buzz from industry
insiders. Barfi’s success surprised us but the performance of
Jagga Jasoos would be anything but surprising for us.
Prediction: 175 crore.
PK (Jun 6): Rajkumar Hirani is the most well respected
director in India today and the last time he teamed up with
Aamir Khan, that film broke all records of that time. Although
not much is known about the content of this film, it can be
safely said that it will follow the feel good template of Hirani’s
previous films. The release date and the screen size of the
film will see it challenge the records set by Dhoom 3. Another
blockbuster in store for Aamir Khan. The film is scheduled to
release during the Post-IPL period, but could be postponed to
Christmas 2014 if Aamir is not completely satisfied with the
rough cut. Box Office Prediction: 275 – 300 crore.
Holiday (May 1): AR Murugadoss returns to direct a Hindi film
after 6 years since Ghajini with this Akshay Kumar starrer
that is a remake of his own film Thupakki. The original film
proved to be a big hit commercially and Holiday should at the
very least cross the collections of Akshay’s last few films.
However it clashes with Ajay Devgn’s Action Jackson at the
box office and if the clash does take place it will curtail the
collections of Holiday. The film also releases during the
IPL. Prediction with clash: 85 crore. Prediction without clash:
125 crore.
Ungli (May 23): Not much is currently known about Ungli except
for the cast and the production house. Emraan Hashmi who has
been concentrating on his Hollywood film for quite some time
will be back in Hindi film territory with Ungli which also stars
Sanjay Dutt, Randeep Hooda and Kangna Ranaut. Predicting
the box office collection of a film without any knowledge about
the film’s content is a very difficult proposition but we will
take it up anyway. Prediction: 55 crore.
Haider (2nd half 2014): Shahid Kapoor got the biggest grosser
of his career towards the end of 2013 with R… Rajkumar and
2014 will see him starring in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider. The
actor-director duo previously made Kaminey which did above
average business at the box office back in 2009. Haider is
based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and stars Shraddha Kapoor
opposite Shahid. As it is not a very commercial film which will
appeal to audiences universally, the box office returns should
be limited.
Prediction: 60 crore.
Kill Dil (Sep 5): Shaad Ali returns to direct a film after his
debacle of a film called Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Like that film,
this also has been produced by Yash Raj Films and stars
Parineeti Chopra, Ranveer Singh, and Ali Zafar in the lead
roles. It promises to be an unusual comedy thriler going by the
snippets we have received about the film. We expect Shaad to
get back into the green zone with Kill Dil.
Prediction: 70 crore.
2 States (Apr 18): We’ve been hearing great things about this
Karan Johar – Sajid Nadiadwala collaboration. The film is
based on Chetan Bhagat’s 2009 novel 2 States: The Story of
my marriage, which was a smash-hit with the youth. Directed
by Abhishek Varman, the film is a story of a couple from
different states in India. Even if the book is half as spicy and
entertaining as the book was, 2 States should go on to be
hugely successful commercial blockbuster. Prediction: 75 crore
Quick Box Office Predictions
NH10: 30 crore
Main Tera Hero: 50 crore
Highway: 40 crore
Bewakoofian: 35 crore
Dawat-e-Ishq: 50 crore
Finding Fanny Fernandes: 60 crore
Part 2 with films like Happy New Year, Kick, Bang Bang,
Singham 2 and others will be published tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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