This section is a glossary about various details on the website and should give an understanding as to what is on the website.
All release dates are the domestic first day of release, in the past a Thursday may have been used for a premiere or sometimes an outstation release but the date on the website will be the Friday. There could be some films which are released on one or two screens at some C centre before they came in our radar, these will be generally very low budget films. There may be some films that are in the database that did not manage to get a domestic theatrical release then an overseas release date, home video release date or censor date is used.
This will give a general idea of the running time as films sometimes have a different running time depending on country and difference between a theatrical version and home video version.
The genre has been kept simple rather than joining a couple of genres together. The genre is slotted as best as it can be given to a film when it has to be kept to one genre.
This is the approx cost of the making and releasing of the film. Production budget plus P&A (prints & advertising). It is not the price the film has been sold for, if sold. There are some films where talent is not on remuneration but profit sharing so fair market value for that talent is added to give a clearer picture. The small budget films are judged with release patterns and the cast. In the past some of these films took out just 1 or 2 prints and these were exploited whenever they got a cinema to play them in keeping print costs to a minimum. These figures are approx guide as only makers know the exact figure. With box office figures there are theatres collections to validate a figure but with budgets there is nothing to validate them.
This is the number of screens on release. Some films may have a release in one territory a week or two weeks late but that is counted in week one as we track territory based and it is the first week of that territory. Also it keeps everything simple for comparing. There may be some older films in the database which have a staggered release (a couple of territories initially, then a few more a later and others even later). Again its territory by territory (eg a film may just have released in Bombay on 30 screens in its first week release and others on a later date. The figure on the website will be all the first week screens of all circuits where the film is released). Also some films have a lot of screens where there is just one show per day so the screens counted is adjusted to give a fairer picture as having one show a day per screen is not the same as 4-6 shows a day per screen. A screen for us is at least 3 shows per day.
This is our estimate of the share of the producer/distributor from the nett collections. It is the share from the collections and nothing like distributors commission where it applies or any other costs is deducted. There are probably some low collecting films which probably had no share due to low collections but benefit has been given that they would have released in theatres which gave a decent % of the collections as share.
Total Nett Gross
This is the amount collected at the box office minus entertainment and service tax. This is the figure cinemas across India report although multiplexes now also report gross figures. Most films have territoty figures but some small budget films on few prints have only a final total as they collected very slowly over time. A film released with one or two prints can be collecting 5-10k somewhere a couple of years after release. With such low figures its easier to put up cumulative figure.
This is the amount collective at the box office. All states have varying tax rates so every film has a different nett to gross ratio though it can vary 5% for films released at a similar time while much larger differences with films released in different years. At the moment (Jun 2015) it is in the 33% plus nett range but can vary plus or minus 2-3% depending on where the collections are coming from.
These have been meticulously calculated and are probably one of the more difficult calculations for the website due to wide variance of ticket price. Practically every film has a different ATP (Average Ticket Price). Collections are split into circuits then further into cities and then the cinema to find the approx footfall in the city and then the circuit and then added up to form an all India figure.
Adjusted Nett Gross
This is the nett gross value of the film at the present time. It takes the footfalls of the film and applies the ATP (Average Ticket price) of the last year to come out with a value for that year. All films have a different ATP rate in India due to different ticket rates but the average for the year is taken as some films are holiday releases and get the benefit of inflated ticket rates which gives higher business than if the film released in a normal week. It will take some films 2-3 years after release to get an adjusted figures especially films with high tickets rates which benefit from holidays.
This is our categorization of films. A film is a hit when it makes money for the whole chain across India. Films are marked down when they don’t perform universally or when the market valuation at time of release is much higher than actual costs. Eg Jism 2 is big hit based on costs but not based on what the market had valued it at the time of release, from the past Fiza is another example of this. By universal we don’t mean a film is marked down if it’s not done well in Tamil Nadu or Assam but larger contributing areas. The better the performance the higher the categorization of a film. Also some films have the main lead on a profit sharing deal which brings down the cost but an approx rate has been added to give it an actual market cost to make things all equal. The distributor share that a film has to be reach to get a certain verdict is known on release. The caveat is does it surpass the figure comfortably or is nearabouts. Eg. If a film needing 30 crore distributor share to be a HIT gets 29.50 crore or 30.50 crore then trend becomes a factor, if the film has sustained well and ran it will go into hit category but a film running out of steam afer a week will fall in the lower category. Another point is that a film has to be watched to be a success, low occupancies at theatres and recovery through TV and other licensing deals is not a success as it has faced rejection theatrically.
All Time Rank
The All Time Rank is formed with first presedence given to the verdict and then the higher inflation adjusted grossing film placed higher. So a HIT film having an adjusted gross of 50 crore will be placed higher than an AVERAGE film having an adjusted gross of 100 crore.
The ratings are split into a domestic rating and a overseas rating and then added to get an Wordwide rating. You must be registered to give a rating though you need not subscribe. The system allows only one rating per per person and if there are dual or more registrations which are rating then all the same IP's are taken out the system when a check is run every month. A User verdict will only come after 25 ratings for Worldwide and 15 for either India or Overseas.
First Day/ Weekend/ Week Collections
Domestic - The collections in this section are for first full day, first three days and first seven days. Again like screen count its done territory by territory so the first day or first week is the figure for all territories though some films may not have had a same day all India release. This situation is more prevalent for older films.
Overseas - The overseas collections are as reported to the exhibition sector by EDI in territories like UK, US and Aus. The Gulf figures are compiled independently from our sources. Again its the first three or seven full days for each territory added to give a total.
The figures, posters, details in this section are from various distributors/exhibitors around the country of years gone by most of whom are not in the business today but tracked films in their time and by chance kept information and statements which we have procured. The quality of some of the items like posters in this section may be poor as they are old.
Hit Count/Success Count
These are the hit and success counts of actors, actresses, directors and banners/studios. It is not complete and films released prior to 2000 are not included yet but will be hopefully up in over time.
This is a ranking system for stars based on opening weekend collections in India and Overseas. The criteria for star ranking is there on the relevant sections. This is totally dependent on opening box office collections.
Down The Years
This is a section of the biggest stars and hits down the years. A star power rating is given to the actors to determine what there star pull was in that particular period. This is our representation and slightly different from star ranking as box office collections do not take into account external factors like genre, total star cast, music etc.
All collections are for Hindi films. If a film is dubbed into Tamil and Telugu those collections have recorded separately as comparisons remain fair. There are films that release in a screen here or there after its main run is over but the collections hardy be a lakh or so which makes little difference to the final total. Some of the smaller films which don’t release all over may make it in a cinema in a territory where it did not release initially a year or so later but again collections are in three digits which does not really push the collections up therefore not recorded.
ERRORS / CORRECTIONS
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