Is Wednesday the new Friday in Bollywood?
While the second part of 'Gangs of Wasseypur' releases on August 8, the Salman-Katrina Kaif starrer will open on August 15 -- both Wednesdays.
Kashyap's ambitious project releases exactly one week before the Yash Raj film, apparently in a bid to capitalize on the Janmashtami holiday occurring on Friday, and concurrently the weekend.
"In case of 'Ek Tha Tiger', August 15 being Independence Day is a national holiday and with Salman at the helm, the returns will be surely high, considering the long weekend. But in case of 'Gangs of Wasseypur 2' it is like a case study," said Trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
The romantic thriller directed by Kabir Khan sees Salman playing a RAW agent.
While 'Gangs of Wasseypur 2' is an extension of part one of the same name, which released on June 22 to much critical acclaim and proved to be a box office bonanza.
The second part will have Faisal Khan - played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, taking revenge of his father Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) and grandfather -- Shahid Khan's (Jaideep Ahlawat) death, against Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia).
"I think both 'Ek Tha Tiger' and 'Gangs of Wasseypur 2' have good prospects. 'ETT' will definitely do humongous business due to Salman and the five day long weekend is a bonus. Even 'GoW 2' does have a good chance at box office as the first part was success," said Girish Wankhede, spokesperson for Cinemax India.