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Bollywood box-office report of the week

By Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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View Raqeeb Movie StillsNext Friday will see the release of Raj Kanwar's Jimmy, Rahul and Tanushree starrer, RAQEEB and Abhay Deol's EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL. Both are small projects, but if one has to choose between the two, apparently RAQEEB looks better and may get some success. EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL, though well made, has not been promoted properly, nor has the good music made much of an impact, as compared to that of RAQEEB.

From last Friday's releases, as expected METRO dominated GOOD BOY BAD BOY from the word go. The first day in Bombay saw a fair opening, while the opening elsewhere was dull. The positive thing is that the collections of the Anurag Basu directed project picked up in cities like Delhi. Chances are that the well made METRO is bound to pick up by word of mouth and will score in the cities, specially in the multiplexes.

Meanwhile in the Overseas, METRO collected a decent $121,650 in the UK (without any A list actors), but obtained a poor $62,477 in the US. But it was never expected to perform well there in the first place.

Mukta Arts' GOOD BOY BAD BOY is a shoddily made product and has hardly anything good to offer, specially to the multiplex audience, though there may be something for the single-screen crowd. While the first day in Bombay was dull, the opening was fairly good in single screen cinemas of other circuits, but poor in the multiplexes. However, the money comes from the multiplexes and there is where METRO will take a sizeable lead over GOOD BOY BAD BOY.

Download Metro WallpapersComing to SPIDER-MAN 3, as expected and predicted, it has done exceedingly well in both the original English and the dubbed versions. It will be interesting to see if it can challenge the total earnings ( India) of the biggest one TITANIC! As far as the collections go, SPIDER-MAN 3 ( Hindi dubbed) has broken many records and across many circuits. In its first week it collected close to a crore from Bombay, 53 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 8 lakhs from Baroda, 26 lakhs from Surat, 12 lakhs from Rajkot, 47 lakhs from Delhi, 23 lakhs from Noida, 5 lakhs from Kanpur, 9 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.50 lakhs from Agra, 9.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 18.70 lakhs from Calcutta, 20 lakhs from Nagpur, 17.50 lakhs from Indore, 26 lakhs from Jaipur and 22 lakhs from Hyderabad.On the other hand SPIDER-MAN 3 (English) is extraordinary and collected 2.62 crores from Bombay, 14 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 11 lakhs from Baroda, 47 lakhs from Pune, 64 lakhs from Delhi, 37 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4 lakhs from Kanpur, 11.60 lakhs from Lucknow, 65 lakhs from Calcutta, 6 lakhs from Jaipur and 24 lakhs from Hyderabad. The total all-India collections for the English and the Hindi dubbed versions add up to slightly less than 20 crores. The movie can already be called a hit, not to forget the superb performance of the dubbed versions in regional languages.

The Nana-Rekha starrer YATRA , that released along with SPIDER-MAN 3, turns out to be a supreme disaster, getting just about 30 lakhs from India in the first week.

Download Ta Ra Rum Pum WallpapersComing to the Siddharth Anand directed Saif-Rani starrer TA RA RUM PUM, as we had mentioned in our last report, the movie was quite good in the third weekend but dropped by quite a bit after that. The same trend was there last weekend too, with a drop during the weekdays, this time alarmingly. Coming to the second week collections, TA RA RUM PUM collected 1.92 crores from Bombay, 50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5 lakhs from Rajkot, 51 lakhs from Pune, 1.02 crores from Delhi, 18 lakhs from Gurgaon, 10 lakhs from Faridabad, 13 lakhs from Noida, 6.20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 34 lakhs from Calcutta, 10.50 lakhs from Indore, 15.20 lakhs from Jaipur, and 22 lakhs from Hyderabad. Overall the movie collected close to 8.50 crores in its second week for a two week all-India total of 26.50 crores and can now be called an above average, with chances of getting to a higher status. In the Overseas, TA RA RUM PUM has collected a very ordinary $768,802 in the US ( for a Yash Raj project) , while getting a good $1,279,099 in the UK and that is what saves Yash Raj's day in the Overseas.

Meanwhile BHEJA FRY continues its dream run and added another crore to its tally in the fourth week. The superhit movie has so far earned close to 7.30 Download Bheja Fry Wallpaperscrores from India. Given the shoestring budget of 55 to 60 lakhs and the returns, BHEJA FRY is now a superhit and the biggest Bollywood hit of 2007.

Vipul Shah’s biggest hit in India and Overseas, the Akshay-Katrina starrer NAMASTEY LONDON, completed its 50 days run in India and also added another 40 lakhs during the seventh week. The all-India total now stands at around 37 crores and the movie is now in the hit-to-superhit category.
In the Overseas, NAMASTEY LONDON is already a superhit with $ 1,207,007 from the US and £ 871,574 from UK.


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