Talking about Dilwale's business, Shahrukh Khan told DNA, "I think, 1000 crore is closer than you could imagine. Best case estimate, 10 crore people watch films. Films like Baahubali, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and PK did really well and got 10 crore eyeballs. Inme se kuch repeat audience bhi hogi par chalo, tab bhi 10 crore maan lete hain. Ab hamaari country ki population dekho - we are a country of 125 crore people. The best business takes place in a two-week time frame. There is scope for more."
Shahrukh Khan further added, "Once you have theatres near you, it would automatically entice you to watch films there. There are at least 100 Crores people who are not watching your film in theatres.''
''So let's say ki hamein aaj ki collections double karne ke liye sirf 10 crore log aur chahiye. This means targeting just 10 per cent more people to step out from their house. Woh agar kar lein toh 300-400 crore aur hai picture ke revenue mein jodne ke liye. As theatres increase and as they reach out to more B, B and C-tier cities, business will naturally increase. Agar filmein bhi badi ho, toh yeh possibility hai," he told.
"The business of films is growing manifold in China. I recently met a Chinese distributor and asked him ki 'wahaan par ek badi Hollywood ya Chinese film kitna kar leti hai?' He said, 'To the tune of 2,000 crore. Ab agar hum apni population ko dekhein, toh we are not far behind China,'' the Dilwale actor said.
"Aaj India mein bhi Hollywood films kitna achcha kar rahi hain. 40-50 crore toh araam se aa rahe hain. Ours is the only country which is very loyal to cinema, so making big bucks is a realistic possibility.''
(In Pics-Shahrukh and Kajol)
SRK On BO Numbers
SRK added, ''Whenever we manage to get a long- running film and there is a free run to that as well, we will gain very good numbers,''
(In Pic-Shahrukh and Kajol promoting Dilwale)
''I think teen-chaar saal ki baat aur hai and we would have a realistic shot of doing the kind of numbers which sound unrealistic today to some out there,'' he said.
(In Pic-Dilwale promotions)
''I hear that har saal 40-50 naye theaters aur ban rahe hain. Aaj hamaare paas 5,000 screens hain. Do-teen saal mein 1,000 screens aur hongi," Shahrukh revealed.
(In Pic-Dilwale team)
Apart from Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, Dilwale also stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles.
Directed by Rohit Shetty, Dilwale will hit the screens on December 18th.