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X-Men not Ready for screen

Patna, June 10: Charles Xavier has been bested by Prem. Having trouble to grasp it? Think X-Men: First Class and Ready.

The state has to wait one more week for the fifth movie in the X-Men series — X-Men: First Class — all thanks to Ready collections, leading to disappointed Hollywood buffs.

The film, which has received an overwhelming global response since its worldwide release on June 3, has been released all over the country today, barring Bihar. The cinegoers of the state will have to wait till June 17.

The reason behind the disappointment is the good collection of the Salman Khan-starrer Ready that released at Mona last Friday.

“We were scheduled to release X-Men: First Class at Mona in Patna today. But the distributor of Ready was not ready to compromise with the good response to the movie, as it is still running houseful. Both Ready and X-Men: First Class are big movies, which require to be run in full shows. To run either of the films in two instead of four shows will result in loss of revenue. This is the reason we decided to release X-Men: First Class next week, as by then the Ready’s collection is expected to be comparatively less. It would give good space to X-Men: First Class for capturing the maximum audience,” said Vijay Tripathi, the manager of Venkatesh Films, Bihar and Jharkhand.

The Calcutta-based Venkatesh Films is the distributor of X-Men: First Class for the eastern region, including Bihar, Jharkhand, Calcutta, Orissa and Assam. While 12 prints of the movie are being run at different theatres at all these states, only one was supposed to be showcased at Mona.

“X-Men movies are in high demand in cities like Patna, as the earlier movie (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) was released in Regent and it generated good business. However, due to the present theatre crisis in Patna, there is always some scuffling involved in releasing good Hollywood movies. This time, too, there was a lack of co-ordination between us and the theatre in Patna, with which we had a prior agreement for releasing X-Men: First Class on June 10. As a result, we gave the print scheduled to release in Patna to Imax Ranchi,” said Devashish Das, head of distribution for Bihar and Jharkhand, Venkatesh Films.

Meanwhile, X-Men loyalists find this uncalled delay highly disappointing.

“I have not missed a single film in the X-Men franchise and I was eagerly waiting for this one. The last movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was not as entertaining but I had read good reviews after the worldwide release of X-Men: First Class. Besides, X-Men is one of the best comic book movie experiences. Most of my friends in other metros have watched it today and I am very disappointed, as I have to wait for another week. It is the same with every Hollywood film here,” said Manisha Priyadarshini, a X-Men loyalist.

For Manisha, there is one more disappointment in store! The distributor confirmed that X-Men: First Class will be released in the dubbed version, just like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a few weeks back.

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