Aamir Khan's "PK" is all set to release in massive number of screens worldwide on 19 December. However, the movie is set to face quite a competition in the southern box office.
While "PK" will mainly be affected by "Lingaa", in Bangalore, the Bollywood flick is likely to face the heat of Kannada movie "Shivam" starring Real Star Upendra. The Sandalwood flick will be the biggest release of this month and the clash will be at the cost of the division of screens.
Aamir Khan's movie could have easily reached 300 shows as per local traders, but the release of "Shivam" might reduce the opening day shows of the Hindi film to 180-200 in the cosmopolitan city.
"Shivam", which is a historical-fiction movie, is expected to be a big release in Karnataka and the film will easily be screened in 200 theatres in the state. In Bangalore alone, the Kannada film will have around 75-100 shows on the first day.
"PK" trouble does not end here as Rajinikanth's "Lingaa" is releasing a week before Aamir Khan's "PK". The Kollywood films, especially the superstar's flicks, has a good market in Bangalore and hence, there will be a big impact on the Bollywood film if Rajini's film gets good word-of-mouth.
Bollywood films too have a good market in Bangalore and traditionally Aamir Khan's movies have always done well in this centre. But "PK" might have to get fantastic reviews from audience to increase the screen count after its release on 19 December.
Aamir Khan's "Dhoom 3" and "3 Idiots" did earth-shattering business in Bangalore and his "Talaash" fared reasonably well. Traders hope that "PK" would write a new history in the Garden City, for which it should have about 250 shows on the first day.