There is a definite disparity between the figures trade analysts are talking about and the overblown numbers claimed by the makers of the superhero movie. So what is the truth in this matter? Has Hrithik Roshan’s latest film really made that much money?
Numbers are supposed to be absolute, right? But not always, we find, not in the movie business, at least. That reminds us of the famous Siddhuism (the pearls of wisdom invented by former cricketer Navjot Singh Siddhu): statistics are like bikinis – what they reveal is glorious, but what they hide is essential!
And essential it is indeed to have some secrets as far as box office numbers are concerned. In an industry where you are rated by the glorious amount of moolah you rake in at the collection centres with your last film, the numbers game becomes a must-play part of the business. So when it was reported that Krrish 3 entered the prestigious Rs 200 crore club recently with it’s ‘heroic’ box office collections, it raised many a starry eyebrow, particularly of the Khan kind.
The makers of Krrish 3 – the year’s hugely anticipated superhero flick that has bagged mixed reviews – started tomtomming the news that the movie had netted Rs 250 crore plus (some claimed that the business had reached the unbelievable Rs 500 crore mark!) soon after its release. But according to someone we know who knows Rakesh Roshan and the business, “The overblown and exaggerated figures are laughable. While it is understood that the movie has done good business irrespective of the fact that it has also received stinging criticism for its not-so-flattering special effects and the lack of a concrete plot, the movie has not exactly netted as much as the makers are claiming. It has certainly not broken the 3 Idiots record set by Aamir Khan, Raju Hirani and gang, and has not come even close to SRK’s Chennai Express profits. The collections shown in the newspapers are gross numbers and not the net amount,” said our source.
“ I think the figures are healthy, but they are further boosted by striking a smart balance between the overseas numbers and the collections in India. Either of these collections is being mentioned as the net figure. Clearly, the makers are taking the liberty of adding the gross amount of the remaining collections without clarifying that it is not the NET amount. This has pushed the collection further up by another Rs 30 crore at least and that has made Krrish 3 stand tall and strong at the box office,” he added.
We also learned that some critics and trade analysts have been ‘taken care of’ so that they do not give clear numbers to Krrish 3 collections. Some even refused to comment, keeping in mind the Roshans’ good reputation in the industry. Rakesh has his take on the whole issue. “I’m not in a position to fudge the figures by Rs 40-50 crore. People don’t know the exact figures, but I get all the figures from all over India in the morning. People just go by assumptions and know only 70 percent box-office information, while I know 100 percent. We opened at 4,300 screens,” he said in an interview.
Now we at BollywoodLife wonder what the real, honest and unbiased report card of Krrish 3 looks like. The box office collections at the moment are revealing the glory of the superhero, but are they still hiding the essentials he owns, all to look super cool?