2012 is likely to see the biggest franchises in the industry to hit the box office. Yash Raj films have already announced that Dhoom 3 will go on the floors later this year and be ready for a Christmas 2012 release.
Dabangg 2 is also likely to go the floors late this year and producers will aim for a Eid 2012 release date which has proved lucky for Salman Khan in 2009 and 2010. Bodyguard is his 2011 Eid release and Dabangg 2 very likely to 2012 Eid release.
There are no developments on Golmaal 4 but it will be no surprise if it gets announced in next few months and the film is aimed for a Diwali 2012 release.
Dhoom and Golmaal are the biggest proven franchises in the country and with Chulbul Pandey being the most popular screen character amongst the public in the last 10 years, Dabangg should also go the same way.
The last few years have seen franchises prove the the biggest brands at the box office. A superstar may fail to give an opening but brands have not failed. There have been some sequels that failed but those films should not have been made in the first place as the original films did not have much appreciation.
Dhoom released in 2004 and grossed 29 crore nett, Dhoom 2 released in 2006 and grossed over 80 crore nett.
Golmaal released in 2006 and grossed nearly 30 crore nett, Golmaal Returns grossed nearly 52 crore nett in 2008 and Golmaal 3 released last year grossed 107 crore nett plus.
Dabangg released in 2010 grossed 140 crore nett.
Source – BOI