The Ranveer Singh starrer is likely to launch at Rs 15 crore, according to advance bookings.

The film 83, starring Ranveer Singh and based on the incredible underdog story of the Indian cricket squad at the 1983 Cricket World Cup, will be released tomorrow. It was scheduled to be released in April 2020, but was postponed indefinitely owing to the coronavirus. With the state of theatre exhibition improving, the release date for 83 has been set for Christmas 2021. The film will now be released on December 24, 2021, amid fears of the new Covid-19 version, Omicron. Critics have praised the film, as have some in the Bollywood industry who were fortunate enough to see it before the rest of the world, indicating that 83 is a film to keep an eye on.

83 is one of the most expensive Indian films, and Covid-19 has done nothing to help it, since it has just added to the film’s financial load. Due to the film’s ever-increasing costs, it must perform exceptionally well at the box office to recoup its investments and prove to be a viable endeavour for its backers. The film’s recovery from non-theatrical sources is insufficient to get it over the finish line, thus it has to generate more than Rs. 200 crore locally and more than Rs. 100 crore overseas to cover its costs and see greens.

Advance screenings for 83 began on Saturday, six days before the film’s debut, in Indian multiplexes. It has secured the highest advance bookings for a Bollywood film in 2021, but those films are not the benchmark for comparison because the highest grossing Bollywood film, Sooryavanshi, did not have advance bookings due to a misunderstanding between the producers and exhibitors regarding the revenue sharing agreement, and other films were not mounted on a scale as large as 83 to necessitate that level of advances. The advance bookings are disappointing given the film’s size and big promotional push. Apart from that, the picture is experiencing screen sharing challenges, as last week’s two box office juggernauts, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Pushpa: The Rise, are still fighting for screens in their second week.Single-screen cinemas are spoiled for choice, and it will be interesting to watch how they manage to fit all three films into their space.

To get a better picture of the stats for 83, let’s compare Gully Boy advance bookings to 83 in Indian multiplex networks.

Estimated amount of Gully Boy tickets sold as of 10 p.m. on Wednesday for a Thursday release.
102k PVR
70k Inox
40k in Cinepolis
The total number of tickets sold by multiplex chains is 212,000.

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