Hate Story is one franchise belonging to the erotic musical thriller genre that has been doing well over the years. Whether it is Hate Story (2.10 crore), Hate Story (5.26 crore) or Hate Story 3 (9.72 crores)– each one of these films has not just taken a better opening day than the one before it, they have also earned a much bigger lifetime total. As a matter of fact Hate Story 3 went on to even cross the 50 crore mark in its lifetime run which was simply unprecedented for this genre. Hence, there was no surprise when Hate Story IV was announced.

The film’s leading lady Urvashi Rautela seems to have done everything right when it comes to the core expectations from her and the genre. While the sizzle quotient has been there in abundance, one now waits to see how do the thrills, twists and turns appear in the film’s narrative.

Filmmaker Vishal Pandya has a task in hand to keep the audiences engrossed and it would be known this Friday if he has been successful in doing that. Meanwhile from the opening perspective, one looks at 4-5 crore coming in on the first day and that too primarily on the power of interiors doing the trick.

Box Office Predictions - Hate Story IV, Dil Juunglee, 3 Storeys
Box Office Predictions – Hate Story IV, Dil Juunglee, 3 Storeys

As for Dil Juunglee, this is yet another rom-com for Taapsee Pannu after Running Shaadi and this time around she has Saqib Saleem for the company. The film’s music has done reasonably well and the new theatrical promo does give an impression of a youth-oriented tale.

That said, the genre is very much dependent on the word of mouth and hence the makers can’t rely much on the opening day numbers. Even if the film brings in 2-3 crore on Friday, it would be some sort of a start.

On the other hand, 3 Storeys appears to be a realistic drama with multiple episodes featuring different actors. The first milestone for the film would be to cross 1 crore mark on Friday and then wait for the word of mouth to kick in so that collections turn better during rest of the weekend.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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