It is no rocket science for anyone to predict that between Bang Bang and Haider, the former would be leading the charge when it comes to moolah collected at the box office. Not just is the film arriving on more than triple the screen count of Haider, it is also a far more commercial film, something that would go on its favor. Also, Hrithik Roshan enjoys superstar status. Shahid Kapoor did achieve box office success in the form of R… Rajkumar, but that had an entirely different space and setting when compared to Haider.
One area where this Vishal Bhardwaj film could garner some brownie points is the critical acclaim. It won’t be surprising if the film is graced with some glowing reviews from all quarters, something that Vishal’s last two releases Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola and 7 Khoon Maaf couldn’t really boast of. As for Siddharth Anand, he would probably be far more content with massive footfalls at the box office than the number of stars his film gets, considering the fact that his is an expensive affair that warrants big occupancies for days at succession.
Big numbers are expected to be possible for the Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif starrer, considering the fact that it is a five day weekend with quite a few national holidays peppered in its way. With the film releasing on Thursday, 2nd October, one of the hugest first days of 2014 is expected for Bang Bang. Though it would be interesting to see if the opening day figures of Singham Returns, that is, 32 crore, would be crossed. It is almost confirmed that the 26 crore day one collections of Kick will be comfortably surpassed. What is also a given is that in its first five days itself, Bang Bang will comfortably enter the 100 crore club.
On the other hand, Haider can well be expected to be content if it fetches half of Bang Bang‘s collection in its first five days. In fact, that would not just make the film Vishal Bhardwaj’s highest grosser till date, it would also give the film a platform from where it could turn into Shahid Kapoor’s biggest solo starrer, surpassing R… Rajkumar which collected around 65 crores. However, before that, it would have to open at least reasonably well with around 50% occupancies. Now, with Bang Bang as competition, that would warrant a close watch indeed.