Is Brahmastra a success or a failure? What is the math of box office takings?

The box office taking of ‘Brahmastra’, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, directed by Ayan Mukerji, is being discussed a lot. Some call this movie a success, while others call it a flop. If the makers of the film are to be believed, it has grossed Rs 360 crore at the box office so far worldwide. This is a huge figure in terms of earnings for a Hindi movie. It has the highest number of movies released this year. But the biggest problem here is the movie’s mega budget. This film is made on a budget of Rs 410 crores. In such a situation, one side says that when the film has failed to recover its cost, how can it be considered a success? The other side says that until the movie is in theaters, it should wait. One should not be in a hurry to declare the film a flop. Anyway, the math of getting movies is different.

Ayan Mukerji’s film ‘Brahmastra’ has so far grossed Rs 346 crore worldwide.Let’s try to understand the math of earning through the box office gross of two Bollywood movies released this year. First of all, it is important to know that box office receipts are calculated in two ways. First net collection, second grass collection. Net collection refers to the net income of the film, in which money from taxes etc. is set aside. The gross collection means the total collection of the film, which has been made from the box office. Here it is important to understand one more thing, which very few people are understanding, and that is that the film collection is divided into two parts. First Indian Collection, Second World Collection. Indian box office means the amount of money earned by the number of screens the film has been released on in the country. In the World Collection, the overseas box office, that is, the overseas earnings, are also added to the Indian collection. Therefore, the world collection is not an essential part of the film. Earnings on screens abroad are due to the film itself. Therefore, it is also included in the total earnings.

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For example, ‘Brahmastra’ has been released on a total of 9,000 screens. It has 5,000 screens in India and 4,000 screens abroad. The film has made a gross of Rs 360 crore in 10 days after its release. In this, the gross at the Indian box office is Rs 260 crore and the overseas gross is Rs 100 crore. If we talk about the net collection, then the movie earned Rs 220 crore at the Indian box office in the same days. At the same time, there is an overseas net collection of Rs 80 million. In this way, the total net collection of the film is said to be 300 million rupees. In the true sense, the real profit of the film industry is the net income of a film. Because it does not include any type of entertainment or service tax. This money goes directly to the filmmakers. Now the hardest thing here is how to compare two movies with similar revenue.

Here, for example, ‘Brahmastra’ and ‘The Kashmir Files’ can be taken together. Vivek Agnihotri’s film ‘The Kashmir Files’ was released just four months ago. Made on a budget of 15 million rupees, the film had a gross collection of 340 million rupees and a net collection of 290 million rupees. In this way, the collection of ‘Brahmastra’ has surpassed that of ‘The Kashmir Files’. But can ‘Brahmastra’ be considered a success? If we compare the budget of both movies, we will see that ‘Brahmastra’ is made with a mega budget of Rs 410 crores while ‘The Kashmir Files’ is made with only Rs 15 crores. Even though the earnings of both are around, there is a lot of difference in the budget. In such a situation, ‘The Kashmir Files’ can be called a box office success, but despite having more collections, ‘Brahmastra’ cannot be considered a success yet. You have to earn at least Rs 411 crore to be successful.

There is no doubt that ‘Brahmastra’ is not yet a success. But according to the box office trend, the film will get its landing cast back before it leaves the theater. The landing share is the total cost incurred by the producer. After this, Rs 200-250 crore can be earned from OTT rights, satellite rights and music rights to the film. In this way, the total profit of the film can exceed 600 million rupees. In such a situation, the film can be considered a success. Although in many cases it has also been seen that the film failed at the box office, but it grossed much more than its budget. For example, Dharmendra and Sunny Deol’s film ‘Yamla, Pagla Deewana 2’, made with a budget of Rs 40 million, had a box office gross of Rs 34 million. In this way, the film failed at the box office, but by selling the rights, the film earned 48 million rupees. Despite being a flop like this, the film was profitable. About ‘Brahmastra’ one must also wait before coming to any conclusion.

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