A big Holly movie with a star-spangled cast to match its multiple-superhero theme, a small Bolly film with a big heart and a quirky Tolly trendsetter have proved that box-office success comes in all sizes.
Last Friday’s showpiece release The Avengers, whose opening sequence features a Calcutta slum created in a New Mexico set, has had a huge opening week in a city that adores its superheroes. And, boy, doesn’t this Marvel Comics extravaganza pack a super punch with its pantheon of hunks (and a heroine) out to save the world!
If The Avengers raked in an incredible $17.1 million across 10 countries on its first day, the starless Vicky Donor earned Rs 12.5 crore in its first seven days at the box office and has been going steady in Week II.
Tolly dark horse Bhooter Bhobishyot hasn’t done badly either, bringing in the holiday crowds even in Week VII.
So hear it from the delighted cinema fan, who has a platter of watchable films to choose from at the plexes after a lull.
“I have seen Vicky Donor and I liked the film. Today, I am here to catch The Avengers, which has two of my favourite superheroes — Iron Man and The Hulk,” said 18-year-old Sanjoli Gupta, tickets in hand for a Saturday show at INOX Forum.
The “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist” Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, seems to be the biggest draw of The Avengers, followed by the super-angry green monster The Hulk. Throw in the hunky Thor, the earnest Captain America, sexy spy Black Widow, super marksman Hawkeye and you have just the army to tame their common nemesis, Loki, and thrill the audience in the process.
The film, whose cast includes Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson, has got off to such a blistering start that most plexes have either increased the number of shows from Monday or shifted the film to bigger auditoriums.
“We had a limited release last Friday. Demand for tickets was so high that we have started screening the film at all our properties, including the ones in Liluah and Burdwan, from Saturday,” said Subhasis Ganguli, the regional director of INOX.
Most viewers want to see the 3D version, but the 2D shows have been a sell-out as well. “I went in to watch a 3D show but it was sold out. I opted for 2D because I did not want to miss out on the chance to watch The Avengers in the first weekend. I did not come out disappointed,” said college student Mayur Agarwal.
While The Avengers looks set for a long innings in city cinemas, Vicky Donor, a Shoojit Sircar film about an out-of-work sperm donor in Delhi, has been going steady in the phase where a film’s staying power is tested. Most city plexes gave the film a larger number of shows in Week II than is usual for a low-hype release, based on its good opening and positive reviews.
Tolly was also among the top of the pops on May Day. Bhooter Bhobishyot, with its superb ensemble cast and out-of-the-box theme, recorded 100 per cent occupancy on Tuesday.
“Bhooter Bhobishyot is holding its own against The Avengers and the rest even six weeks after its release, which is quite an achievement. All shows of the film ran to packed houses in our theatres on Tuesday,” said an official of Fame Cinemas.
Old favourite Titanic, back in theatres to add a new dimension to love in the time of disaster, didn’t have to labour for May Day attention either.
Leonardo DiCaprio may be embarrassed at the possibility of his outstretched arms touching a viewer’s nose in 3D, but Calcutta apparently doesn’t mind seeing the James Cameron classic through Rose-tinted glasses all over again.
Additional reporting by Malini Banerjee