The clash between Shahrukh Khan's Jab Harry Met Sejal and Akshay Kumar's Toilet Ek Prem Katha has been averted. Also, a lot of other factors have changed the overall perception of both films. So it is time to update the overall expectations of both films.
Now that JHMS has been preponed, it will benefit Akshay starrer. When the clash was announced, it looked like a one-sided battle. But things have changed drastically in last few weeks, especially for TEPK. Akshay starrer is in a very strong position and it will not be a surprise if it tops JHMS or come close to it in the longtime run especially if the later is an average product. Of course, that depends on the content of TEPK but the trailer is suggesting a solid entertainer.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha is carrying excellent pre-release reports. Akshay is returning to comedy genre but it is not a brainless entertainer. From the trailer, it looks like a universally appealing comedy film with a social message. This genre has a huge potential, especially in core Hindi belts. Also, the film has solid chances to get tax-free status. A sure shot HIT.
Jab Harry Met Sajal is looking like a colourful romantic film. But the problem can be its urban treatment. The first look posters have names and maps of European countries but India is missing. Director Imtiaz Ali is making films for the audience of high-end multiplexes lately and can be a liability. More will be known after the release of the trailer.
But JHMS will have the advantage of chartbuster music. The reports for music are extraordinary and it can be the album of the year. Another plus is Shahrukh Khan's track record in box office clashes.
Considering all these factors, here are our box office expectations of both films.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha: 130 cr
Jab Harry Met Sejal: 165 cr (It will be updated again after the release of trailer)
|Tiger Zinda Hai||10||325||-|
|Jolly LLB 2||8||108||115|
|Badrinath Ki Dulhania||7||102||117|
|Fast and Furious 8||9||85||94|
|Meri Pyaari Bindu||2||12||10|
|Jab Harry Met Sajal||7||72||65|
|Toilet Ek Prem Katha||7||154||135|
|Bareilly Ki Barfi||3||26||34|
|Shubh Mangal Saavdhan||4||36||43|