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'The Lion King' has been successful in touching a chord with children and adults alike.
'The Lion King' has been successful in touching a chord with children and adults alike.

July movie round-up: Hollywood releases dominate the month

  • 'The Lion King' and 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' dominated the box office in India this July
  • 'Judgementall Hai Kya' and comedy drama 'Arjun Patiala' had only made 21.10 crore and 5 crore at last count

New Delhi: With business of almost 200 crore between the two of them, Hollywood releases The Lion King and Spider-Man: Far from Home dominated the box office in India this July. While Disney’s animation flick had made 114.27 crore at last count, the superhero film earned 84.47 crore.

“The Lion King is a sure-shot blockbuster. The film has been successful in touching a chord with children and adults alike, nostalgia underlining the viewing across age groups. It is the third highest Hollywood film by weekend collections and is well on its way to cross the 150 crore mark in India. The latest film from the Spider-Man stable Spider-Man: Far From Home also fared well at the box office," said Ashish Saksena, chief operating officer – Cinemas, at online ticketing site BookMyShow.

Film trade and exhibition expert Girish Johar said the month of July this year saw a 35% growth in box office collections as compared to July 2018.

“India has traditionally been a star-driven market but the success of films like The Lion King that came with no faces just goes to show Indian audiences are maturing and cannot be taken for granted anymore," Johar said.

Similar good news did not hold true for most Bollywood offerings of the month --- psychological black comedy Judgementall Hai Kya and comedy drama Arjun Patiala had only made 21.10 crore and 5 crore at last count. While Judgementall Hai Kya started on a slow note, strong word-of-mouth helped the film pick up pace over the weekend. The film’s performance over the coming days remains to be seen, Saksena said.

Smaller films like Malaal ( 2.54 crore) and Jhootha Kahin Ka ( 2.57 crore) didn’t set the cash registers ringing either. Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30 did manage to impress audiences though, raking in 127.32 crore.

“Marking Hrithik’s return to the silver screen after a gap of two years, audiences had high expectations from Super 30. Based on the real-life story of mathematician Anand Kumar, the film is both, motivational and inspirational, receiving a great response across the country," Saksena said.

It was an eventful month for non-Hindi language local films too, with Telugu films iSmart Shankar, Dear Comrade and Oh Baby clocking good numbers and Marathi films Taka Tak and Smille Please also performing well. Punjabi film Ardaas Karaan too notched up great numbers, about 5 crore in the opening weekend itself.

To be sure, with the Independence Day holiday weekend coming up, August looks like a promising month. Starting with Hollywood action film Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw this week, there is Akshay Kumar’s Mission Mangal and John Abraham’s Batla House on the 15th.

“August has traditionally been a good month and it looks big this time as well," Johar said.

All figures have been sourced from movie website Bollywood Hungama.



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