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Chhota Bheem and the throne of Bali sees dull opening at box office

Animated film 'Chhota Bheem and the throne of Bali', which hit the screens alongside the much-awaited 'Bombay Talkies' and 'Shootout At Wadala' last week had a dull opening at the box office.

BT Online Bureau   Mumbai     Last Updated: May 6, 2013  | 00:00 IST

Animated film 'Chhota Bheem and the throne of Bali', which hit the screens alongside the much-awaited 'Bombay Talkies' and 'Shootout At Wadala' last week had a dull opening at the box office.

The film released in three languages - Hindi, Tamil and Telugu - in over 500 theatres.

Though sales figures are still to come in, according to Boxofficeindia.com, "Chhota Bheem And The The Throne Of Bali had dull opening".

The movie's makers, however, had expressed confidence in the movie making big money at the theatres.

Samir Jain, the movie's co-producer, had in a statement last week said: "With an existing viewership of 40 million children, the initial draw of 'Chhota Bheem' would be comparable to the highest paid Bollywood stars. Moreover, children as an audience are more loyal. We are quite certain that 'Chhota Bheem and the throne of Bali' will emerge as the top release of the week and over time give one of the best box-office returns."

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"Being our first release, the film was exhibited as a morning show in most theatres. But this time round, the distribution, marketing and promotions are on a scale comparable to any large commercial film release," added Jain.

Rajiv Chilaka, creator of the iconic character and director of the film, said the movie will be a "blockbuster".

"This movie is based on the Bali islands and is an out-and-out adventure ride for kids with thrill, action, suspense and loads of fun. We did extensive research in Bali and ended up doing most recordings in Bali with its natural surroundings and have captured the sights and sounds," Chilaka had said last week.

The previous film, "Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan" was released in May 2012 and drew a collection of Rs 4.92 crore.

With inputs from IANS

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