The Covid-induced lockdown has led to the closing of movie theaters with immediate effect. Also, movie theaters were the last to open in most states. The movie business was hit hard, with certain sections predicting that the box office would never be the same again.
EXCLUSIVE: Unprecedented Demand for KGF – Chapter 2; in the HISTORY of Surat, for the first time, the shows start from 6am
However, the release of the first major post-pandemic movie, Sooryavanshi (2021), got off to a fast start and grossed nearly Rs. 200 crores. One month later, Spider-Man: No Way Home and pushpa also managed to work a lot at the box office. When business resumed after a brief pause due to the third wave, Alia Bhatt-star Gangubai Katiawadi managed to earn more than R$ 120 million. The Kashmir archives became a surprise box office hit as the SS Rajamouli RRR still strong.
However, the mania that KGF – Chapter 2 generated is unprecedented. It premieres on April 14th and your advance booking opened on Thursday, April 7th. Before long, tickets started selling like hotcakes. The trend was seen everywhere – on single screens and in multiplexes and in centers A, B and C. The demand is such that KGF – Chapter 2 has already begun to rewrite history!
While it is common to have shows at 6am and even 4am and 5pm on subways like Mumbai and Delhi, something like this was unusual in a city like Surat, Gujarat. But with KGF – Chapter 2Exhibitors were forced to make an exception and hold late-night shows.
Kiritbhai T Vaghasia, who runs The Friday Cinema multiplex in Surat, said: KGF – Chapter 2 in my theater. It is already 100% sold out. So now, I’ve held another show, at 6:05, and it’s almost full too.” He also revealed, “In the history of Surat, for the first time, a concert will start at 6am. Such is the demand for KGF – Chapter two.”
The other multiplexes in Surat also followed suit and organized shows at 6am. In addition to The Friday Cinema, Cinevere Multiplex, Inox DR World, Inox VR Mall, PVR Rahul Raj, Inox Raj Imperial and Valam Multiplex also held the 6am shows. In the Rajhans theaters, KGF – Chapter 2Shows start at 7am. Even Ahmedabad decided to follow in Surat’s footsteps and start the shows from early in the morning.
A trade expert said Bollywood Hungary, “The residents of cities like Surat generally don’t prefer to go this early to see a movie. Thus, in such centers, the first show is usually after 8:00 or 8:30. With KGF – Chapter 2, the demand was so great that all the shows on day 1 were full. Thus, exhibitors were forced to take this step. It shows that the figures from the first day of the film will be historical.”
Also read: KGF – Chapter 2: Raveena Tandon to play a character inspired by Indira Gandhi
More pages: KGF – Chapter 2 Box Office Collection, KGF – Chapter 2 Movie Review
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