Bollywood box-office report of the week
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
The coming Friday will see the release of Anil Sharma's APNE, Mahesh Bhatt's AWARAPAN and Vijay Taneja's AAP KA SURROOR. While the 20 to 21 crore APNE stars Dharmendra and his two sons Sunny and Bobby Deol (together for the first time), at 18 crore, AWARAPAN is the costliest film from the Bhatts, starring their lucky mascot, Emraan Hashmi. The last release of the coming week, AAP KAA SURROOR, stars for the first time singer-composer Himesh Reshammiya as the lead actor.
With so much money and so many careers riding on the three above mentioned films, it can only be termed as suicidal to let them release on the same day. The industry is praying (especially after the JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM setback) that all three suicide attempts fail. Or in other words, the three films of 29th June pass the box-office test!
Coming to last week's releases, SaReGaMa films' CHAIN KULII KI MAIN KULII is a well-intentioned film but a half-hearted attempt to entertain children. After the poor to weak start and without the required emotional quotient, the movie has minimum chances at the box-office. The other release, MISS ANARA had a surprisingly nice start in Bombay, but is basically a film for the small centres.
Yash Raj's JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM, starring the likes of Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta, managed to earn well for the week because of a fairly enriching weekend and a high number of prints, but got the thumbs down from the audience all over. Collections crashed from Monday onwards as people rejected the 25 to 27 crore Yash Raj film. Coming to the first week collections, JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM collected 3.87 crores from Bombay, 1.05 crores from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 12.60 lakhs from Rajkot, 5.10 lakhs from Jamnagar, 4.13 lakhs (gross) from Bhavnagar, 2.60 lakhs from Solapur, 9.15 lakhs from Nasik, 2.27 crores from Delhi city, 37 lakhs from Gurgaon, 19.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 36 lakhs from Noida, 32 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4.85 lakhs from Agra, 10 lakhs from Varanasi, 5.65 lakhs from Meerut, 2.25 lakhs from Moradabad, 75 thousand from Bulandshahar, 2.70 lakhs from Bareilly, 4.65 lakhs from Aligarh, 4.80 lakhs from Dehradun, 2.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 20 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.90 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.75 lakhs from Amravati, 1.50 lakhs from Akola, 1.45 lakhs from Jalgaon, 3.78 lakhs from Raipur, 23.50 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakhs from Sehore, 5.40 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.20 lakhs from Ujjain, 36.60 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.65 lakhs from Ajmer, 40 lakhs from Calcutta, 10.30 lakhs from Aurangabad and 59.80 lakhs from Hyderabad. The biggest fall was observed in Bombay and Calcutta, while the most stable collections were seen in Delhi, adjoining cities of UP and the Deol heartland of East Punjab. All the same, JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM managed to collect about 20 crores, in its first week from India. Coming to the Overseas, while JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM has crashed in the US with $695,157 so far, it was done much better in the UK collecting $1,016,276. Overall, JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM is a disappointment for Yash Raj.
Moving on to THE TRAIN, the movie crashed completely, collecting a poor 0.50 crores in its second week. The all-India total stands at around 5.10 crores and THE TRAIN is a definite flop.
While on to an earlier release, FOOL N FINAL, the movie is on its way out from the Bombay theaters. Just to give an idea, in its third week it collected 3.25 lakhs from Bombay, 1.12 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.60 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1 lakhs from Noida and 75 thousand each from Moradabad, Varanasi and Faridabad. Amongst all the JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM excitement, the movie managed to pocket another crore from India, mainly from the significant number of prints in the North and Central parts. The three week all-India total now stands at around 18.25 crores and FOOL N FINAL remains in the average to above-average slot. Though the movie has failed in the Overseas, it has managed to collect $263,036 from UK.
From the older releases, CHEENI KUM is still faring well in big cities. Checking out the collections for the fourth week, the Amitabh-Tabu starrer collected 40.50 lakhs from Bombay, 6.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 18.60 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.35 lakhs from Faridabad, 4 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.50 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Jaipur and 5 lakhs from Hyderabad. The movie collected another 1.35 crores in its fourth and its all-India total now stands at around 15.65 crores and it is inching towards a semi-hit status. CHEENI KUM has also done very well in the Overseas, collecting $697,369 from US and $776,392 from UK.
Apoorva Lakhia's SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA too continues to get the collections in. Checking out the numbers, the movie collected 38 lakhs from Bombay, 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh each from Bhavnagar and Solapur, 6.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida, 1.30 lakhs from Varanasi, 1.10 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Nagpur, 1.35 lakhs from Aurangabad and 6.30 lakhs from Hyderabad. The movie collected around 1.45 crores for the week for an all-India total of over 32 crores in four weeks. SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA is now a superhit, given its reasonable selling prices. However, the movie has been rejected in the Overseas, collecting $298,935 from UK and $289,232 from US.
While on METRO, Anurag Basu's latest directorial venture continues to surprise, adding another 40 lakhs during the week and the all-India collections now stands at nearly 16 crores in six weeks. METRO is now well and truly into the hit category.