They came, they saw, they conquered: 2015 was the year when some major Hollywood releases, like Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and Star Wars: the Force Awakens made a significant impact on the Indian box office. So well did these films perform, in fact, that they managed to steal the thunder from the Bollywood releases that came out at the same time. So while the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise caused a dent in the business of Dibakar Banerjee’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, the Avengers and Jurassic World films vied for box office collections with Gabber is Back and Dil Dhadakne Do. Reportedly, Tamasha’s release date was postponed in order to avoid a direct clash with Spectre.
And the trend shows no sign of letting up in 2016. With big-ticket films like Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse and Kung Fu Panda 3 set for a 2016 release, you can bet that Bollywood is going to be on its guard.
January: Kung Fu Panda 3 goes head to head with Mastizaade and Saala Khadoos.
February: It’s Deadpool against Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor, Sanam Re, and Neerja.
March-April: Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice will see competition from Great Grand Masti, Kapoor & Sons and Ki and Ka.
April-May-June: Captain America: Civil War plays off against Baaghi, Azhar and Mirzya; X Men: Apocalypse goes against Sarabjit, Housefull 3 and Jagga Jasoos.
July: It’s Tarzan versus Raees and Sultan.
August: Ashutosh Gowariker's Mohenjo Daro goes up against Suicide Squad.
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