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Salman Khan’s ‘Kick’ Packs Bollywood Punch; But Falls Short Of All-Time Records… So Far

By | Tuesday July 29, 2014 @ 4:33am PDT

Salman Khan’s ‘Kick’ Packs Bollywood Punch; But Falls Short Of All-Time Records… So FarAt 48 and with more than 80 films under his belt, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is one of Indian cinema’s biggest draws. He shares A-List status with a group that includes Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. Working in an industry whose box office is up to 90% driven by local movies, they have a rabid fanbase. And that spreads throughout the diaspora, making it a global event each time one of their films is released. Khan just returned to the Eid al Fitr holiday season with Kick, an action romance thriller released by UTV on Friday. Last week, I wrote about expectations for the highly-anticipated film’s debut, and with many figures now in, here’s the post-mortem on the latest from the legend.

Image (2) india-flag__130707193408-200x112.jpg for post 536351The film went out in India, North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other markets on Friday, performing well but falling short of all-time records. At home in India, Kick grossed an estimated 83.83 crore ($13.95M) on more than 4,000 screens for the biggest weekend debut of the year. It bested Khan’s earlier 2014 release Jai Ho, which did 60.68 crore in its first weekend in January. Kick is now the No. 6 all-time opener in India. The film marks something of a comeback for Khan, who in 2013 stepped out of the highly-profitable Eid corridor for the first time in years, leaving the date to rival Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express which broke several records upon release.

Outside its domestic market, Kick has an estimated take of about $3M through Sunday. While that’s a healthy perf, the $1.07M North American gross on 177 screens was well shy of Dhoom 3‘s $3.3M last year which remains the biggest Bollywood opener ever in North America (and the highest-grossing local film of all time). Read More »

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Salman Khan’s ‘Kick’ Poised To Break Global Bollywood Records? (Video)

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 5:54am PDT

Salman Khan’s ‘Kick’ Poised To Break Global Bollywood Records? (Video)Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is about to make a comeback of sorts when his latest film, Kick, opens worldwide on July 25. That’s the Friday that falls just ahead of the beginning of the Eid al Fitr holiday, generally one of the most profitable periods for Bollywood titles locally and abroad. Beginning in 2008, films toplined by Khan staked a claim on Eid which celebrates the end of Ramadan. They have included big hits Wanted, Dabaang, Bodyguard and Ek Tha Tiger — the latter the 4th highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time worldwide. But in 2013, it was rival Shah Rukh Khan‘s romancer Chennai Express that grabbed the Eid date and went on to leave a trail of broken records behind it. (Both Chennai and Kick hail from distributor UTV Motion Pictures in which Disney has a strategic stake.) With the recent success of Bollywood films abroad, Kick is set up to do strong business this weekend. (See trailer below.)

Some history: In June 2013, Yeh Jawaani Hai Dawaani, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone auspiciously broke into the North American Top 10 on its first weekend with an opening gross of $1.3M. Then Chennai, also starring Padukone, debuted last August in North America and became the biggest Bollywood opener of all time, besting Shah Rukh Khan’s own 2010 My Name Is Khan, with $2.225M on 196 screens (at home Rohit Shetty’s love story cum road movie became the fastest local … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BT Nets NBA Games; Comedy Central Has New Overseas Projects; Salman Khan; BAFTA; More

BT Sport Scores NBA Games In Multi-Year Deal
NBA-logoBritain’s aggressive BT Sport has closed a multi-year, multi-platform deal with the NBA for up to 200 games a season including regular and playoff action. Although BT has been facing off with rival Sky, which previously had the NBA games under a short-term deal, I understand the News Corp-controlled company did not bid on rights for the coming basketball seasons. BT will broadcast up to seven live games per week in the UK and Ireland starting with the Pacers at the Clippers on December 1st. Sunday games will air in UK primetime. Also included in the partnership will be several magazine shows like NBA Action, NBA Inside Stuff, NBA Tonight and NBA Countdown, while some games will stream live online.

Related: Will BSkyB’s Soccer Rights Loss Be A Win For British TV Producers? Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: New Screen Australia CEO; No ‘Despicable Me 2′ In China; Homicide Trial For Salman Khan; More

Graeme Mason Tapped As Screen Australia CEO
National film body Screen Australia has named Graeme Mason as its new CEO. Mason has over 20 years of international experience in film, television and multimedia. He was formerly the CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission and was selected from a field of over 250 international candidates. He begins his tenure in November as former CEO Ruth Harley’s five-year term comes to an end.

Despicable Me 2 Release Barred By Chinese Government
Universal’s Despicable Me 2 has been denied release in China. The film, which has made $592M, will not be seeing the inside the country’s theaters. However, it’s worth noting that the original Despicable Me was not released in China either. There’s a feeling that China is wary of Hollywood animation taking too big a chunk out of the local box office; in June, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods was pulled from release two weeks ahead of its scheduled stop date. Universal has also had four other films approved for release in the territory this year. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: More ‘Night Patrol’ Ordered, US Eyes; Eros Int’l Profit Down; Chicago Fetes Bollywood; More

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:00pm PDT

Two More Seasons For ‘The Night Patrol’ In Norway As Format Eyes US
Hot reality show The Night Patrol was created by Finland’s Aito Media. It’s been acquired in Sweden and Norway, with the latter’s SBS Discovery now ordering two more seasons after its first doubled the time slot average in that country. ITV Studios Norway will produce the 96 episodes. There is also interest in the U.S., where LA- and London-based format sales company Small World IFT is working with CAA. Billed as the antithesis of Cops, The Night Patrol follows policemen as they make their rounds each evening and focuses on the humor and relationship between the officers. Each episode is set in one city on one night. The series has run for four years on Finland’s Channel JIM, where it’s estimated that one in five TV viewers watches it regularly.

Delayed Releases Send India’s Eros International To Profit Decline
India’s Eros International has reported a drop in full-year profits. The distributor, which is listed on London’s AIM exchange, had a 4% increase in revenues but suffered from delays to planned releases of big titles such as Kochadaiyaan, starring Tamil superstar Rajnikanth, Financial Times reported. Eros recently released Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in India; the film also crept into the top 10 at the U.S. box office when it debuted this month. In March, the company launched two premium channels in India in collaboration with HBO and “the early response from subscribers signals a positive outlook for the year ahead,” the company said, per FT. Eros still is seeking a listing on the New York Stock Exchange later this year. Read More »

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