How Totals Are Compiled
The daily totals are compiled via daily total samples be it theatre totals or circuit totals which are compared with other films of similar nature to come out with a daily total. Although we try and make sure the total put up is accurate, sometimes it can be off the mark. This is because for some films there will be more data available and for and sometimes there is not a lot to go on which makes it difficult.
The weekly nett totals are complied through theatre collections and separating the circuits. A big circuit like Mumbai is segregated into 6 sections (Mumbai/Thane, Gujarat, Saurashtra, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa). A circuit total is formed by adding the collections of theatres and the ones which are not available an estimate is given using a film which performed similarly in the circuit. All the circuit totals are added and an all India total is formed. Estimating through individual theatre collections will give the most accurate total as independent city and circuit collections are incomplete most of the time with major theatres missing sometimes. This site only puts up city totals which are complete and all the theatres are added up. The weekly data has a much lower margin of error than daily data as theatre collection samples are much higher.
The gross totals are formed through nett collections. All the circuits are separated and the prevailing entertainment tax rate of the state is applied where it is likely to be paid. The circuit gross totals are added up to form a all India gross total. The entertainment rate has come down heavily in the last 10 years, in 2000 most states had rates ranging from 60-125% while today its 0-60%. Many multiplexes are tax free but tax is still paid by the consumer and then kept by multiplexes as this is incentive is to the multiplex and not the films according to multiplex owners..
The distributor shares are also formed through nett collections. All the circuits are separated with multiplex and single screen business also being segregated and then single screen share and multiplex share is formed for each circuit. Then the circuit shares are added to form and all India distributor share total.
The verdicts on the site are explained on the the What Is A Hit page. Sometimes verdicts are changed slightly as the circuit by circuit distributor shares are calculated at a later date and sometimes the share differs from the initial estimate so a hit film may turn out be in the semi hit bracket. There have been changes on the site regarding totals and verdicts but this happens as more and more information has become available as the website has grown over the last few years. As of now the majority of data from 1995 onwards is complete but before that there will be changes as older information is researched. The problem with older data is that it is very vague and different distributors o the time will have different estimates due to huge amount of cash deals done at the time.
The figures on the website are not actual figures but estimates but these estimates are very close to the actual totals.
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The opening note is for films that released 1985 onwards as that is when at least 75% of the films released had an all India release on the same day. Prior to 1985 films had a staggered release and this meant if it succeeded in the first few circuits it was released then other circuits had stronger opening than otherwise. Also its not fair to compare films that have all India openings and others which open in just a few areas. Even mega hits in the early 80's like Kranti, Qurbani, Naseeb and Vidhaata did not have all India releases when they first opened.
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