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Bollywood Talk – Will Jurassic World: Dominion turn out to be the first 100 Cr. grosser in this franchise?

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Coming Friday and the next won’t be that significant when it comes to Bollywood films as only small and mid-sized films will try their luck. The film that everyone has set their eyes on is ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’. It will have paid previews today from 4:00 pm onwards and a full-day release from tomorrow. It is the sixth and final film in the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise. The fifth part, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ (2018) had ended on a high, showing dinosaurs escaping and entering the forests and urban areas. As a result, there is a lot of excitement and curiosity to see what happens next. Even otherwise, the series has always been a favourite among Indian audiences. The first film in this franchise, which was released in 1994, was the first Hollywood blockbuster in India. Ever since all the ‘Jurassic Park’ movies have done well.

‘Jurassic World’, which was released in 2015, did a huge business of Rs. 90.62 crore. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, meanwhile, ended its run in India with collections amounting to Rs. 82.81 crore. As a result, the trade and industry expect ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ to cross the Rs. 100 crore mark.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ had a full-day release on Thursday. On Day 1, it collected Rs. 5.50 crore followed by Rs. 7 crore on Friday. On its first Saturday and Sunday, its collections went upto Rs. 11.50 crore and Rs. 13.25 crore respectively. Since ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ has only paid previews, the collections on Thursday are expected to be in the range of Rs. 1 crore. Tomorrow, that is on Friday, the collections should be fair, in the range of Rs. 5 to 7 crore. If word of mouth is positive, the collections will be in double digits on Saturday and Sunday and hopefully more than what ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ had collected in its first weekend way back in 2018. Last week’s ‘Samrat Prithviraj’ has underperformed. Hence, ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ has a clean run till June 24 and can excel at the box office. However, if its word of mouth is not positive, its collections won’t go beyond Rs. 60-65 crore.

The other major release of the week is ‘Janhit Mein Jaari’, starring Nushrratt Bharuccha in the central role. It is written and produced by Raaj Shaandilyaa, the director and writer of ‘Dream Girl’ (2019). It tells the story of a small-town girl who markets condoms for a living and how it leads to trouble in her life. The trailer is funny and the one-liners are quite witty. However, the buzz is very limited. The makers have come up with an interesting idea to attract viewers. They have introduced an offer wherein viewers will be able to watch the film at just Rs. 100 at any theatre in India on day 1. The offer is valid for all normal seats except the recliner and luxury seat class. The makers faced a bit of a tough time in implementing it. Ultimately, while most theatres have decided to sell the tickets at Rs. 100 or Rs. 112, a few premium ones have priced the tickets at Rs. 150. It remains to be seen if this strategy helps in increasing footfall.

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