In the past, big-budget Hollywood films might get 1,500-2,000 screens in India, but given the room left over by Bollywood, it wouldn’t be shocking if they were able to get more. According to a trade expert
The Father, a foreign language drama, will be released in India on April 23rd, joining a long list of big and small American films scheduled for release in the region. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams and is a French-British co-production. It portrays an elderly man who must cope with his memory loss.
To be sure, Hollywood is gearing up for a busy year in India by scheduling a slew of major launches, including the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die, Disney’s spy thriller Black Widow, the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, F9, and Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, but for the time being, all of these films are still subject to the covid-19 situation.
The first movie titles to reach the big screen in India during the pandemic were from Hollywood. Tenet, directed by Christopher Nolan, and Wonder Woman 1984, a superhero film, both grossed $12.43 crore and $15.54 crore at the box office, respectively.
With curbs and restrictions in place in many states, Bollywood films’ prospects are currently bleak.
Large-scale Hollywood films have traditionally had a screen count of 1,500-2,000 in India, but given the room left over by Bollywood, it would not be surprising if they were able to achieve higher showcasing, according to industry experts.
Trolls World Tour, Artemis Fowl, Scoob, The King of Staten Island, My Spy, and The Lovebirds were among the high-profile titles that were moved to video streaming platforms last year. Other films, such as Disney’s Mulan and Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984, had a hybrid release model, with simultaneous screenings in theatres and on home computers, or as deemed viable in particular territories.
India has shown a strong preference for Hollywood films, especially major blockbusters like Avengers Endgame, which grossed 373.22 crores in India, followed by Avengers: Infinity War (227.43 crore) and The Jungle Book (188 crore).