The box office is a cruel dictator of what the trends are. And if the recent numbers are anything to go by, Bollywood is in big trouble. All the films that were expected to come in and sweep at the box office are not doing so well. PM Narendra Modi, the biopic starring Vivek Oberoi, is also not doing as well as expected. It has touched the 13 crore mark. Arjun Kapoor's India's Most Wanted hasn't had that much luck either. It has only done 10 crores so far. Aladdin, however, has done over 25 crores already and looking at 30 crores over the weekend.
Avengers Endgame and John Wick 3 have also had the record pre-bookings. Kalank had the biggest opening this year but the film itself disappointed movie-goers and could not manage to recover the extensive amount of money spent into it.
Bollywood trade analysts have shown concern over it but the bigger cause for concern is how sometimes even slapstick comedies seem to work. Ajay Devgn's De De Pyaar De and Total Dhamaal weren't necessarily praised by critics but loved by audiences.
This year's biggest success stories in Bollywood have been war films: Uri the Surgical Strike and Kesari have been two films that have done well with the audiences and with the critics. However, the fact remains that it is Avengers Endgame, Aladdin and the upcoming John Wick 3 and Dark Phoenix which will prove a continued threat to currently running De De Pyaar De, PM Narendra Modi, Student of the Year 2 and India's Most Wanted.