So, today we will bring out this controversial topic which will be the Highest Grosser of 2014 or for that matter Highest Grosser of all time. Be it in trade circle, film fraternity, social media or debating between star fans. No one has given an official statement on prediction figure if you ask any film celebrity or for that matter trade as big money is riding and good vibe among peers. But unofficially there is a lot. We managed to gather some feedback from various people and without naming anyone try to put our part.
Before coming to point, first like to mention about Kick which verdict is out. Kick lifetime collection is heading for 232-233 crore nett mark and it is huge Blockbuster at box office. Definitely it is discussed as it currently holds the Highest grosser of the year title for the moment. Honestly it will need some getting from other films this year to surpass it. Trade predicted around 240-250 crore nett lifetime mark for Kick and actual numbers varied from 5-7% which is very much acceptable. Last year the same source predicted Dhoom 3 lifetime collection to be about 250 crore nett and film did an actual business of 280+ with variation of 12%, which is significant, but good part is, variation is on positive side.
Now coming to point, honestly now everyone knows three films which will challenge for Highest Grosser of the Year and those are Bang Bang (Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif), Happy New Year (Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan) and PK (Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput). Singham Returns is about to finish its lifetime collection in around 145 crore nett mark and was one of the dark horse of the year till released. There are two another Dark Horses in Action Jackson and The Shaukeens, but chances are almost negligible even to challenge Kick now by them.
First, Bang Bang. It has two Hottest Star of Bollywood in Hrithik and Katrina. Film is an official remake of Knight and Day. Film might be releasing on most peaceful day of the year, but expect total violence at box office for sure on 2nd October and after that.- Star Cast. Good Release Date. Excellent Teaser Trailer which took the buzz all time high.
Negatives - Mixed response to Tu Meri first song out. Director Siddharth Anand is not in big league like for e.g, Rajkumar Hirani or Aditya Chopra or Karan Johar or rest few.
Chances - Yes, film has definite chance to cross Kick at box office as got good release date. One of the main problem is Haider (Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor) which is also releasing alongside and it will definitely eat into its business at least in first week. Let's see how much though.
Second, Happy New Year. It has two of the rocking stars of last year Blockbuster success Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone from Chennai Express. Plus, Abhishek Bachchan is also joining the fun with them. Farah Khan is directing and she has great earlier track record with SRK in Main Hoon Naa and Om Shanti Om. Film is releasing in Diwali Holiday and all records are in danger.
Positives - Star Cast. Good Release Date. Grand Scale. Chart buster songs. Track record of SRK and Farah Khan with MHN and OSO. Full on Entertainer.
Negatives - Theatrical Trailer is good, but 'wow' factor is missing. Farah Khan's last debacle in Tees Maar Khan.
Chances - Yes, film has definite chance to beat Kick at box office or for that matter Bang Bang if it becomes Highest by then. Film has got one of the best release date and is certain to take thunderous start. Only issue is the content and direction of Farah Khan. If that is decent to good, then sky is the limit.
Third and Final, PK. It stars the 'Ace' Aamir Khan and directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Anything else needed to be mentioned. Also, film stars Anushka Sharma and she does have a good fan following now. Makers of 3 Idiots coming together again and this time planning is much bigger than earlier outing. Film will release Pre-Christmas and all records by then again will be in danger.
Positives - Star Cast. Good Release Period. Aamir and Raju combo. Content is expected to be entertaining with message.
Negatives - First look received extremely by audiences. Few might have apprehension watching it first day first show with family and hence, content is extremely important.
Chances - Film only two posters are out till now and despite that buzz is high mainly because of controversial first look. Aamir Khan and Raju Hirani both have deadly track record in recent years. Few optimist in trade expect it to be first film ever to touch whopping 300 crore.
So, what trade expects from these three above mentioned films (we have considered average predicted numbers) -
1. PK - 250-300 crore nett.
2. Happy New Year and Bang Bang - 200-250 crore nett.
That means if we consider the average feedback received from whatever resources we have then PK is almost certain to be the Highest Grosser of the year surpassing Kick. As for Happy New Year and Bang Bang it will be touch and go with realistic chances of overhauling Kick. As race to finish line begins, exciting days are ahead now.
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