This week sees two major releases on a Friday that celebrates the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema; ‘Shootout at Wadala’ and ‘Bombay Talkies’. Due to the limited release of the latter, it seems the former is faring better at the domestic box office, as first-day collections are showing.
Trade experts are calling the opening for ‘Shootout at Wadala’ as record-breaking with it doing well in areas that gangster films usually struggle. Many areas have recorded a healthy 60-70% occupancy and shows later in the day are expected to see a rise. A lot of analysts are even suggesting that the opening is the best of the year so far.
In contrast, due to the limited screens dedicated for the movie, ‘Bombay Talkies’, which is a special homage to the 100 years of Bollywood, is not doing quite so well. It is thought the positive word of mouth by audiences and the sterling reviews is sure to help the movie in the evening shows and during the weekend.