Fox Star Studios’ Bang Bang, a Bollywood remake of Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz-starrer Knight And Day, is rolling out day-and-date today in India, the U.S., the UK, and parts of Asia and Africa. In India, it’s releasing on 4,300 screens and overseas has 852 in what is said to be the first time a Bollywood movie has gone out on over 5,000 screens worldwide. In North America, it’s hitting 250+ courtesy of Fox International Productions — the widest release ever of a Bollywood film – and has the distinction of nabbing some IMAX plays at home and abroad. It’s the second Indian production to be released in IMAX, following last year’s smash global hit Dhoom 3. Bollywood Hungama is reporting that multiplexes across India are looking at the best opening of the year with 90%-100% occupancy. Notably, this is an extended holiday weekend with the only competition coming from Haider, a UTV Motion Pictures take on Hamlet that stars Shahid Kapoor. There are no other big releases on deck for three weeks, giving Bang Bang a clear shot. (See trailer below)
Box Office India says the film’s performance in the North of India was “phenomenal” today, echoing that of Dhoom 3 in Delhi and East Punjab. Dhoom 3 is the all-time opening day record holder with 36.2 crore ($5.85M). It finished its run with about $46M at home and $86M worldwide to become the highest grosser of all time in and out of India. For Bang Bang to beat Dhoom 3 in North America this weekend, it will have to do better than $3.44M for the three-day. I’m told it is expected to land in the Top 15, if not the Top 10 as was the case with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in 2013.
Siddharth Anand directs the film that stars heartthrob Hrithik Roshan of Krrish 3 fame, and Katrina Kaif. (Kaif has a pretty fantastic track record of late with roles in some of the biggest Bollywood movies ever including Dhoom 3 and Ek Tha Tiger.) Roshan underwent brain surgery last year to remove a blood clot, causing a delay in production and moving the release date from May to today, which is also the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth and the beginning of the four-day Dussehra Hindu festival holiday.
The synopsis is as follows: A chance encounter between an unassuming bank receptionist Harleen and the charming yet mysterious Rajveer results in a series of ditched planes, car chases, shoot-outs, bombing raids and general global mayhem. But as the transcontinental chase ensues with Rajveer convincing Harleen that he’s the good guy, can she really trust him, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? Here’s the trailer – it’s not subtitled, but you get the picture: