- As Bollywood’s absence continues in Indian cinemas, Hollywood movies trying to make it big
- Analysts say Hollywood movies could get more than 2,000 screens in India with Bollywood’s absence
- Hollywood is all set for an eventful year in India by scheduling a slate of big releases
The big-scale Hollywood movies, traditionally, could get 1,500 to 2,000 screens in India, however, as the additional space given by the absence of Bollywood, the trade experts suggest it would not come as a surprise to see them manage to secure a higher number of screens.
On the 23rd of April, the foreign language drama The Father will be released in India, adding to the list of big and small American films which are currently scheduled for release in the country.
A French-British co-production, the film stars Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams, and follows an ageing man who must deal with his progressing memory loss.
The Hollywood is getting ready for an eventful year in India and has scheduled a slate of big releases such which includes the latest movie in the James Bond franchise called No Time to Die in addition to Disney’s spy thriller Black Widow, the latest instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise, F9 and also Tom Cruise-starrer Top Gun: Maverick.
As of now all the titles remain subject to the covid-19 situation.
During the global pandemic, the first movie titles which hit the big screen in India were from Hollywood. These include Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and superhero film Wonder Woman 1984 with box office collections of ₹12.43 crore and ₹15.54 crore respectively.
Prospects for Bollywood films are currently dim with curbs and restrictions in several states.
The move comes in the wake of several high-profile titles such as Trolls World Tour, Artemis Fowl, Scoob, The King of Staten Island, My Spy and The Lovebirds being taken to video streaming platforms last year. Other titles such as Disney’s Mulan and Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman 1984 saw a hybrid release model, screening both in theatres and on home devices either simultaneously or as deemed viable in specific territories.
India has often demonstrated its love for the Hollywood movies, especially big spectacles such as Avengers Endgame, which has been the highest-grossing American film in the country at ₹ 373.22 crore, followed by Avengers: Infinity War at ₹227.43 crore and The Jungle Book which generated revenue of ₹188 crore un India.