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Indian box office saw a decline in January-March due to a lack of star-studded movies. This contrasts with last year when star vehicles drove audiences to theaters. Hindi cinema’s share fell from 44% to 36%. OTT pricing slump affected film releases. Experts anticipate the upcoming quarter to perform better with a strong lineup of films across languages.


Box Office Blues: A Tough Start to 2024 for Indian Films

Lights, camera, not much action! The first quarter of 2024 saw a lackluster performance at the Indian box office, with films across languages struggling to attract audiences. The absence of big-ticket star-studded movies meant that only a few titles managed to make a mark with viewers.

Starry Contrasts: 2023 vs. 2024

The comparison with the previous year is stark. In January-March 2023, movies like Pathaan, Varisu, Thunivu, and Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar raked in big numbers, crossing the coveted ₹500-crore mark and beyond. However, this year, releases like Fighter, Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, and Yodha failed to strike a chord with audiences.

The Impact on Hindi Cinema

According to Devang Sampat from Cinepolis India, the decline in Hindi cinema’s contribution to the box office is evident. While the total collections for the quarter are estimated to be around ₹1,500 crore, Hindi films are expected to bring in only ₹550-600 crore, a significant drop from the previous year’s ₹850-crore mark.

Notable Exceptions and Hollywood Struggles

Despite the overall slump, films like Shaitaan, Article 370, and Manjummel Boys managed to shine. However, the Hollywood lineup continued to feel the effects of last year’s strike, with only a few films like Dune: Part Two and Kung Fu Panda 4 making a noticeable impact.

Hope on the Horizon

As the industry looks ahead, there is optimism for the upcoming quarter. With a promising lineup including films like Maidaan, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, there is hope for a turnaround in the fortunes of the box office.

Challenges and Opportunities

While challenges remain, industry experts believe that adapting to changing trends and audience preferences will be key to success. As filmmakers navigate the evolving landscape of OTT platforms and theatrical releases, the industry is gearing up for a potentially brighter future.

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