Box Office: Baywatch to lead the show despite seven new Bollywood releases; to open in the range of Rs. 5 to 7 crores.

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There are seven new Bollywood flicks that would be hitting the screens this weekend – Dobaara – See Your Evil, Dear Maya, Hanuman Da Damdaar, Sweetiee Weds NRI, Mirror Game – Ab Khel Shuru, Flat 211 and Bachche Kachche Sachche. However, it would be Hollywood flick Baywatch which is set to see the biggest opening day amongst all. As a matter of fact it won’t be surprising if the collections of the film are more than the combined collections of all aforementioned new releases.

The film, with Priyanka Chopra as a major attraction (at least for the Indian audiences), may not have done well out there in the West on its release last week. However in India it should take a fair opening since it is the only major notable release of the week. Also, there isn’t much of a competition from the releases of the earlier weeks either. The film should open in the range of Rs. 5-7 crore which should be a reasonable beginning.

Amongst the Hindi releases, Dobaara – See Your Evil should have the biggest opening numbers when compared to the rest. The film has real life siblings Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem in the lead roles and one just feels that the promotion and marketing could have been stronger for this remake of horror flick Oculus. It would be a fair achievement if the film manages to go past the 1 crore mark on Day One.

Dear Maya is another release with Manisha Koirala making her comeback as a central protagonist. However there hasn’t been much awareness created around the film and hence it would be critical acclaim that would eventually help its cause. Hanuman Da Damdaar is an animation flick for children and may just pull in some segment of audiences due to ongoing Summer holidays. As for the rest, one waits to see the kind of release that they eventually get in theaters due to overflow of films in theaters.

– Bollywood Hungama