This August 9th is going to be epic as we shall witness the clash of three superstars – Shahrukh Khan, Pawan Kalyan and Vijay from the Hindi, Telugu and Tamil film industry are going to battle it out at the southern box office! The outcome will surely be something to be watched out for.
Shahrukh’s Chennai Express will showcase some heavy Tamil flavour while Vijay’s political drama Thalaivaa and Pawan Kalyan’s family drama Attarintiki Daaredhi, are much hyped as well.
“This is probably the first time in Indian cinema that films of superstars from different languages are going to vie for the top spot at the box office. It’s tough to predict the winner because expectations are riding high on all the three films,” trade analyst Trinath said.
“‘Chennai Express’ will have a wide overseas release. I was told it’s being released in countries like Morocco, Israel and even Germany, while ‘Thalaivaa’ and ‘Attarintiki Daaredhi’ will predominantly target countries such as the US, Britain and Australia,” he added.
But, the first week of August will also see the release of Hollywood biggies such as Disney’s “Planes”, Neill Blompamp’s “Elysium” and Thor Freudenthal’s “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”.
“It’s going to be neck-to-neck competition for these films. ‘Chennai Express’ has already got maximum number of screens in most countries. Pawan Kalyan has great market in the US and his films usually have good openings here,” an international distributor of Indian films exclaimed.
Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Gabbar Singh’, the Telugu remake of Dabangg, earned over $1 million in the US upon release in its first week. Trinath believes it’s the box office opening that will make the difference for the three big-ticket films.
“We don’t know yet the number of theatres ‘Chennai Express’ is being released, while ‘Thalaivaa’ and ‘Attarintiki Daaredhi’ are expected to release in over 1,000 screens worldwide individually. All the three actors are known for having blockbuster openings and therefore, that will be the deciding factor,” he said.
Meanwhile, multiplexes in Chennai have opened bulk bookings for “Thalaivaa” and “Chennai Express” as well. Vijay’s last movie ‘Thupakki’ minted Rs. 65.32 crores all over the world in the first week at box office. The Rs 70 crore movie went on to make a profit of 100 crores in just two weeks.