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Chain Kulli Ki Main Kulii Movie PosterThe coming Friday will see the release of Rahul Bose's CHAIN KULII KI MAIN KULII and it will have for company Anara Gupta's MISS ANARA, along with a host of dubbed movies. It is obvious that the Bose starrer will appeal to the multiplex audience (specially after PYAAR KE SIDE EFFECTS). The other release, MISS ANARA, is likely to find some patronage in the single screens of small centres and that too due to the controversies associated with the former Miss Jammu, Anara Gupta (who plays herself in the movie).

Last week saw the release of Yash Raj's much awaited and hyped JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM. The 25 to 27 crore movie, starring the likes of Amitabh & Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta, was expected to take a flying start across the globe by one and sundry. However, the mixed initial has sent shock waves in the industry. While, the opening day in Bombay saw a good start, outside of Bombay, the start was good at multiplexes of Delhi city, Calcutta and the Deol heartland of East Punjab but disappointing elsewhere. Reliable sections of the trade expect that JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM may appeal to the audience in the big cities only. Business in Bombay View Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Movie Stillscity and suburbs (where it has a high number of 75-prints), Calcutta and East Punjab is expected to be the best. In the Overseas, JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM, has had a mixed outcome. During the first weekend, the movie under performed in the US with $455,257 (with a print average of just $5,485), while it was better in the UK, collecting $522,409 (with a healthy print average of $11,115).

Coming to the first week performance of THE TRAIN, well, it ran out of steam before reaching its destination! In its first week, the Emraan-Geeta starrer collected 63 lakhs from Bombay, 20 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.50 lakhs from Nasik, 45 lakhs from Delhi city, 6 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.40 lakhs from Faridabad, 5.40 lakhs from Noida, 4 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.30 The Train Movie Posterlakhs apiece from Indore and Amravati, 6 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Ajmer, 18.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.25 lakhs from Aurangabad and 27 lakhs from Hyderabad. In its first week, THE TRAIN has managed to earn around 4.60 crores from India and that is not enough, even to cover the investments.

The other films that released with THE TRAIN, namely, SWAMI, DHARM and RED SWASTIK, folded up with totals below 25 lakhs, while MERA PEHLA PEHLA PYAAR managed to collect 75 lakhs. Needless to add that all four qualify as trade disasters, though MERA PEHLA PEHLA PYAAR may escape with a flop status.

Moving on to FOOL N FINAL, the movie fell heavily, though it was quite steady in parts of North & Central India and Gujarat. In its second week, FOOL N FINAL collected 47 lakhs from Bombay, 35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.13 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 3 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.10 lakhs from Nasik, View FOOL N FINAL Premiere - Picture Gallery32.30 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.80 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6.60 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.50 lakhs from Noida, 3.31 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 8.70 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.50 lakhs from Agra, 2.35 lakhs from Aligarh, 7 lakhs from Nagpur, 5 lakhs from Raipur, 6.50 lakhs from Indore, 3.33 lakhs (gross) from Ajmer, 14.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 5.37 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.50 lakhs from Aurangabad. In its second week, FOOL N FINAL has managed to collect around 5.20 crores from an all-India total of nearly 17.20 crores so far. Given the selling prices, FOOL N FINAL is now an average to above-average. Though the movie has failed in the Overseas, it has managed to collect $250,662 from UK.

From the earlier releases, CHEENI KUM had another steady week and proves yet again that the audience is ready to patronize good and different movies. In the third week, the Amitabh-Tabu starrer collected 90 lakhs from Bombay, 16 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.75 lakhs from Nasik, 45 lakhs from Delhi city, 11.65 FOOL N FINAL Premiere - Picture Gallerylakhs from Gurgaon, 3.40 lakhs from Faridabad, 8.50 lakhs from Noida, 2.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4.70 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs from Indore, 19 lakhs from Calcutta and 7.50 lakhs from Hyderabad. Despite a limited number of prints, the 10 to 12 crore CHEENI KUM managed to collect nearly 3 crores for the week, for an all-India total of around 14.30 crores in three weeks, and is now an above average. In the Overseas too CHEENI KUM is a winner with $747,007 from UK and $697,369 from US.

Meanwhile, SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA continues to impress in Bombay, East Punjab and parts of UP, but has fallen badly in Delhi city (expectedly). In its third week, the movie collected 87 lakhs from Bombay, 21 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.20 lakhs from Baroda, 4.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.25 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 18.35 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.40 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.80 lakhs from Noida, 2.20 Shootout At Lokhandwalalakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.60 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.65 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Meerut, 3.32 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Amravati, 1.25 lakhs from Raipur, 1.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 7.40 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.90 lakhs from Aurangabad. With a high number of prints still in circulation, SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA collected around 3.75 crores for the week and the all-India total adds up to around 30.75 crores in three weeks and goes above a hit status in India. The movie has been rejected in the Overseas, though losses will be minimal. Just for records, SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA has so far collected $298,935 from UK and $289,232 from US.

Coming to an older release, METRO, the movie managed to collect another 60 lakhs in its fifth week, for an all-India total of 15.60 crores so far. METRO or LIFE IN A... METRO (as some prefer to call it) is now a hit to semi-hit in India.


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