On Friday (24 January), two big films were released at the box office. Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Street Dancer directed by Remo D’Souza and Kangana Ranaut starrer Panga directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari.
This is the second time in the first month of the new year when two popular films are face to face at the ticket window. Earlier on 10 January, Ajay Devgn and Kajol starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak, directed by Om Raut and Meghna Gulzar respectively, clashed.
The initial box-office reports of Street Dancer vs Panga are similar to those on Tanhaji… vs Chhapaak. For example, the difference in screen count of the two is almost the same. Worldwide, Tanhaji… got 2,380 screens more than Chhapaak while Street Dancer has been released in 2,510 screens more than what Panga has got.
Screen count: Street Dancer vs Panga
|India||3,700 (2D and 3D)||1,450|
Screen count: Tanhaji… vs Chhapaak
|Where||Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior||Chhapaak|
|India||3,800 (2D and 3D, Hindi and Marathi versions)||1,700|
Even in the third week, Tanhaji is showing on 2,000 screens. According to a tweet by trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film, which has earned Rs 197.45 crore so far, will cross the Rs 200 crore mark with a collection on the 15th day (Friday).
Street Dancer vs Panga: Box office prediction
A Hindustan Times report has quoted trade analyst Girish Johar as saying that both films are good. But there will be a big difference in the opening of both. On the first day, Street Dancer may earn Rs 14-15 crore. Panga may open with Rs 5 crore, the report says. A similar prediction was made in the comparisons between Tanhaji… and Chhapaak.
Street Dancer is the third film of the ABCD franchise. The stars working in it Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva and Nora Fatehi are popular among the youth.
The plot of Panga revolves around a kabaddi player who is married and the mother of a child. While Kangana is a popular star, the film’s run will depend on how it gets word-of-mouth publicity.