Half-yearly overseas box office report: Bollywood movies grossed approx. 40 mil. USD overseas in 2024 with Hrithik Roshan’s Fighter clocking 30% of the pie :Bollywood Box Office – Bollywood Hungama

The first half of 2024 is about to get over and Bollywood Hungama, in this special report, looks at the performance of box office films in this period. In the domestic market, Ajay Devgn’s Shaitaan comes on the second position. But in Overseas, the crime comedy Crew took the slot followed by Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya. Shaitaan, meanwhile, comes on the number 4 position. Fighter, starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, meanwhile, is the top Bollywood grosser so far not just in India but also Overseas.

The top 5 Bollywood movies at the overseas box office for the Year 2024 are as follows

1. Fighter – 12 mil. USD
2. Crew – 6 mil. USD
3. Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya – 4.5 mil. USD
4. Shaitaan – 4 mil. USD
5. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan – 3.8 mil. USD

There was a difference of just Rs. 6.88 crores between the collections of the Eid release – Bade Miyan Chote Miyan and Maidaan – India. But Overseas, Maidaan fared quite badly and didn’t even touch 1 mil. USD. Kartik Aaryan’s Chandu Champion, too, has been poor though it crossed 1 mil. USD mark. The other big shock is Munjya, which is all set to enter the Rs. 100 crore club in domestic territories. But in foreign markets, it has earned just 0.5 mil. USD.

We spoke to trade veteran Taran Adarsh and distributors to understand this scenario better. Talking of Fighter’s huge performance, Taran Adarsh said, “Hrithik Roshan is huge Overseas and the film also had Deepika Padukone. But I wonder why Hrithik does fewer films. His next film, War 2, will definitely take an electrifying opening.” He suggested, “If Hrithik does a film with Rohit Shetty or one of the Telugu directors like Atlee, then the sky is the limit. He is a great actor and blessed with superb looks. Also, his stardom and aura are something else.”

When asked why Maidaan fared so poorly, he replied, “During Eid or Diwali, people want to go out and celebrate and want to watch a good entertainer. Maidaan came in the wrong period. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, which was released on the same day as Maidaan, had the potential to strike gold. Sadly, it didn’t get any benefit of the holidays.”

Taran said that he was dejected by the overseas numbers of Chandu Champion, “When I checked the collections, I was shocked. For a second, I thought that the numbers were not updated!”

About Munjya, he said, “A horror comedy like Stree 2 can be assured of a good start as it’s a brand and has a recall value. But Munjya has relative newcomers and there’s a CGI-generated creature. This has its limitations. That could be one of the reasons (why it didn’t work at all in foreign markets). But then overseas box office behaviour is often unpredictable, even for Hollywood films.”

Crew’s dominance in the second position is also explained by the trade veteran, “Besides the three actresses in the film (Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tabu and Kriti Sanon), it starred Diljit Dosanjh, who has a huge pull overseas. Also, Crew was well packaged – three great looking ladies, hit music and lots of humour. It also has a funny take on the airline industry.”

Pratik Mehta, whose company Fun Asia Network distributes most of the Hindi films in 70+ countries spoke on Crew and agreed that the casting played a big role. He also stated, “The content of the movie was very good. We also did its digital and social marketing and it was planned in advance. As a result, we got a great result.”

Sanjay Chatar, who with his son Aditya Chatar distributed Crew as well as Shahid Kapoor-Kriti Sanon starrer Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, opened up, “It was a very encouraging performance for us that Crew and Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, which were not considered big films, have done exceptionally well. But we always believed in their potential. When we saw their trailers and songs, we knew that it had a chance. Accordingly, we gave both of them wide releases in a maximum number of countries, to exploit better. And that’s how the result came.”

Explaining why these two films triumphed over other films of the year, Sanjay Chatar answered, “This was due to three factors. Firstly, the genre was audience-friendly in these films. Secondly, the star cast was enticing, be it Shahid and Kriti in Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya or Tabu, Kareena and Kriti in Crew. Thirdly, the music was super-hit for both the films.”

Explained: Overseas box office performance

Taran Adarsh emphasized, “The overseas market behaves very differently from India. Also, each foreign market is different from the other. An Australia-New Zealand will perform differently from a USA or a UK. The UK used to be a great market at one point in time but now, it has gone down. The USA, meanwhile, has grown by leaps and bounds. Canada, too, is an important market for Indian films, especially those with Punjabi flavour. Ditto for Australia – anything good works there but if you have a Punjabi tadka, then nothing like it. New Zealand and Fiji, on the other hand, work differently. Masala films work there big time.”

Taran added, “But Shah Rukh Khan films are in a different league in all these territories. No one comes close. Ranbir Kapoor, however, comes second. These are the two real superstars whose films excel not just in India but also overseas. Salman Khan is also bouncing back in a very big way. Salman has realized that you can’t be working with the same director or set of actors. He’s coming out of his comfort zone and is taking the right steps.”

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Loki Season 2 to OMG 2: Top Movies and TV Series to Watch This Weekend

We’re just a week into October, and our binge list is filled to the brim with new content. No one likes wasting time scrolling through OTT apps for hours, and therefore, we’re returned with an updated list of films and shows that’ll keep you entertained this weekend. Loki season 2 leads the pack of new releases this week, as we follow the God of Mischief’s time-hopping adventures and his encounter with alternate versions of beloved characters. In a similar multiversal vein, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is finally available to stream on Netflix, tasking a young Miles Morales with solving a major conspiracy involving countless Spider-People.

It’s going to be a busy weekend, as Akshay Kumar’s OMG 2 also debuts Sunday, October 8, on Netflix — less than two months since its theatrical release. Oh, and let’s not ignore its box office competitor Gadar 2, starring Sunny Deol in the lead, which drops today on Zee5. With that, here’s a guide on what to stream this weekend:

Khufiya

When: Now streaming
Where: Netflix

Hardened R&AW operative Krishna Mehra (Tabu) is tasked with tracking down a mole within the organisation — one whose actions have led to an undercover spy’s death. Ali Fazal plays the suspect in question, often seen photocopying documents from his workplace and taking them back home, presumably to feed India’s defence secrets to enemy nations. Through 24/7 surveillance and bugs placed in his home, Agent KM and team relentlessly pursue him — across countries — all the while ensuring his innocent wife (Wamiqa Gabbi) and child remain safe. Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Khufiya also stars Ashish Vidyarthi (Kuttey).

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Tabu in a still from Vishal Bhardwaj’s Khufiya
Photo Credit: Netflix

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

When: Now streaming
Where: Netflix

A fledgling Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is catapulted into the multiverse and trapped among an elite army of Spider-People in the hopes of saving its very existence. Joined by Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and the rebellious Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya), he encounters the leader Miguel O’Hara/ Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac), a traumatised, driven, and almost vampiric leader of the Spider society, who believes the ends justify the means — no matter how severe. But when a choice is offered to prioritise the safety of every multiversal world over one person, Miles rejects it, spawning a wild goose chase where he must fight off and escape all kinds of Spider-Men.

Bear in mind that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is only part 1 of a two-part story, and it also brings in a clumsy new villain, The Spot (Jason Schwartzman). The animated film is also available to buy as VOD across multiple platforms.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Review

Loki season 2

When: October 6 (Now streaming)
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Lost and confused in an alternate timeline where no TVA members recognise him, the God of Mischief Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is forced to navigate uncharted timelines with a new Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson). His goal is to be reunited with his original team, but his body won’t let him do so by randomly distorting and plopping him into past and future timelines. Things are getting wild and even the TVA archivist OB (Ke Huy Quan) has no solutions to the time slipping. What he does have, however, is some specialised equipment that’s meant to help out our heroes — presumably, with multiversal travel. In Loki season 2, Sylvie is now a McDonald’s employee, Hunter B-15 is a doctor, and Kang the Conqueror appears to be a stage magician?

OMG 2

When: October 8
Where: Netflix

Following a scandal involving his son, Kanti Sharan Mudgal (Pankaj Tripathi), a concerned citizen and strong devotee of Lord Shiva, requests the court to mandate sex education in his school’s courses, spawning an amusing courtroom drama. But his journey there was filled with tragedy, ranging from judgemental jeers from the neighbourhood to his son’s attempted suicide — all of which are subtly prevented by a mysterious messenger (Akshay Kumar) sent by the three-eyed god himself. Amit Rai (Road to Sangam) directs OMG 2, which also stars Yami Gautam as an opposing lawyer.

Choona

When: Now streaming
Where: Netflix

Jimmy Sheirgill stars in this heist comedy series as a corrupt politician obsessed with astrology, planning to overthrow the government. Unfortunately, he’s got a quirk — his day-to-day activities are carefully planned based on whether the stars and planets align in his favour. In his meteoric rise to the top, he’s created a bunch of enemies, all of whom thirst for revenge and conjure a strategy to steal Rs. 600 crore from under the politician’s nose. The location is a little tricky though: a heavily fortified party office teeming with 10 armed police officers, over 100 goons, and CCTV cameras at every corner. The team in Choona includes a rebel (Aashim Gulati), a shape-shifting informer (Namit Das), a mute man (Chandan Roy), an astrologer (Atul Srivastava), and a demoted police officer (Gyanendra Tripathi).

Watch the Trailer for Choona, Starring Jimmy Sheirgill

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Jimmy Shergill (centre) in a still from Choona
Photo Credit: Netflix

Gadar 2

When: October 6 (Now streaming)
Where: Zee5

When Tara Singh (Sunny Deol) goes missing during a skirmish in Pakistan and is believed to be captured, his now fully-grown son Jeete sets out to rescue him, entering uncharted territories from which they both must escape. Ameesha Patel reprises her role as Tara’s wife Sakeena Ali Singh, who’s now in shambles upon hearing about her husband’s disappearance, constantly reciting prayers for his and Jeet’s safety. An interesting thing to note here is that the child actor who played Charanjeet in the original 2001 film is the same person playing the adult version in Gadar 2.

Mumbai Diaries season 2

When: October 6 (Now streaming)
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Dr. Kaushik Oberoi (Mohit Raina) and his team of medics are served with a new set of challenges when a series of torrential rainfalls threaten to submerge Mumbai. The medical thriller continues to focus on the resilience of the crisis doctors, despite limited resources, lack of sleep, and fighting personal battles — some of which is remnant trauma from dealing with the 26/11 attacks. Much of the original cast returns in Mumbai Diaries season 2, including Konkana Sen Sharma, Tina Desai, and Natasha Bharadwaj.


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Odisha Train Accident: Salman Khan, Jr. NTR, Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra and others express grief over the tragic collision : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama

Indian celebrities on Saturday took to social media to express their sadness over the tragic train accident in Odisha. As per the latest report in NDTV, at least 238 people were killed and more than 900 injured in the horrific collision between three trains. The officials have said that this is the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than 20 years. The accident occurred between Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train on Saturday. The rescue operations are currently underway. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced one-day state mourning. Meanwhile, PM Modi, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Jr. NTR, and Sunny Deol among others are mourning the loss of lives.

Odisha Train Accident: Salman Khan, Jr. NTR, Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra and others express grief over the tragic collision

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Distressed by the train accident in Odisha. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to Railway Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation. Rescue ops are underway at the site of the mishap and all possible assistance is being given to those affected.”

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