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Bollywood box-office report of the week

April 23, 2008 1:37:01 PM IST
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On the coming Friday all eyes will be on Yash Raj Films' Vijay Krishna Acharya directed TASHAN. A lot of hopes are pinned on the multi-starrer featuring Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Not only are the paying audience but even the exhibitors are waiting for a long running film to hit the screens. There are strong indications that TASHAN is all set to embark on a start that may well be the biggest of the year.

The only film releasing with TASHAN is SIRF LIFE LOOKS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE, boasting of some very respectable names like Kay Kay Menon, Ranvir Shorey, Sonali Kulkarni, Nauheed Cyrusi, Rituparna Sengupta etc. The SIRF makers are hoping just for some TASHAN overflow, especially at select multiplexes.

Last Friday's two releases were Mahima Chaudhry's much delayed English film, HOPE & A LITTLE SUGAR and Meera's Pakistani film SALAKHAIN. Both were rejected by the audience. While HOPE & A LITTLE SUGAR had a very poor to horrifyingly poor start, SALAKHAIN had a weak to bad opening. Needless to add that both are on way to join last week's BHRAM as the next disasters!

Ajay Devgan's directorial debut venture U, ME AUR HUM could not find much acceptance among the public. It is somewhat better in the multiplexes of big cities but given its cost, the returns are not enough. Checking out the numbers, U, ME AUR HUM collected 2.90 crores from Bombay, 61 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.10 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 1.80 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.25 lakhs from Solapur, 5.80 lakhs from Nasik, 1.10 crores from Delhi city, 16.70 lakhs from Noida, 6.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.45 lakhs from Kanpur, 13.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 23.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8.10 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.55 l;akhs from Panipat, 60.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Guwahati, 11.05 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Akola, 1.40 lakhs from Raipur, 12.15 lakhs from Indore, 35 lakhs from Jaipur, 26.40 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.25 lakhs from Aurangabad. During its opening week, U, ME AUR HUM managed to net around 12.50 crores from India. The 25- crore Ajay-Kajol film still has to do a lot before it can even cover its cost. In the Overseas, U, ME AUR HUM fell heavily during the second weekend in the US but sustained very well in the UK. The movie has so far grossed $685,521 from the UK and $903,680 from US and is almost a semi-hit in the Overseas circuit .

While the learned (?) critics once again gave their wise decision in favour of U, ME AUR HUM , dismissing KRAZZY 4, the actual paying audiences (as always!) showed how much critical acclaim means to them! KRAZZY 4 scored heavily in the first four days but saw quite a fast drop afterwards. Considering its reasonable cost, it should turn out to be a commission earner in a few major circuits, though it is nor faring well in Rajasthan. During its opening week KRAZZY 4 collected, 3.20 crores from Bombay, 65.45 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.30 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 3.15 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.20 lakhs from Adipur, 1.90 lakhs from Solapur, 8.40 lakhs from Nasik, 1.25 crores from Delhi, 18.60 lakhs from Noida, 7.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.05 lakhs from Kanpur, 22.05 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.25 lakhs from Agra, 1.55 lakhs from Bareilly, 3.85 lakhs from Aligarh, 27.70 lakhs from Gurgaon, 11.95 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.30 lakhs from Panipat, 46.15 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.60 lakhs from Guwahati, 15.85 lakhs from Nagpur, 11.70 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.75 lakhs from Akola, 1.90 lakhs from Raipur, 1 lakh from Wardha and Bhandara, 2.20 lakhs from Chandrapur, 20.25 lakhs from Indore, 1.15 alkhs from Sehore, 3.30 lakhs from Bhopal, 2.60 lakhs from Bikaner, 42.75 lakhs from Hyderabad and 3 lakhs (approx) from Aurangabad. Netting nearly 16.50 crores in its opening week, KRAZZY 4 is already an average plus fare from India and has all chances of moving up to a higher status . KRAZZY 4 crashes in the US and falls heavily in the UK. It has so far grossed $238,268 in the UK and $433,472 in the US. The film is an above average fare in the Overseas, based on its reasonable costs.

Samar Khan's SHAURYA fell heavily but still managed to get in some more lucre for its makers. In its second week, SHAURYA collected 4.60 lakhs from Bombay, 8.15 lakhs from Delhi, 1.45 lakhs from Noida, 2.70 lakhs from Gurgaon, close to a lakh from Lucknow. With another 45-50 lakhs, SHAURYA has so far netted close to 2.50 crores in two weeks from India. The Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon, Jaaved Jafferi, Minissha Lamba and Deepak Dobriyal starrer has now managed to touch a creditable average status from India.

KHUDA KAY LIYE is steady at some cinemas of the big cities. It collected 13.70 lakhs from Bombay, 1.45 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 8.85 lakhs from Delhi, close to a lakh from Noida, 1.10 lakh from Lucknow and 1.65 lakhs from Gurgaon. Adding another 60 lakhs in its second week, KHUDA KAY LIYE has netted a decent 1.35 crores in two weeks from India. The Shoaib Mansoor directed film is now a below average fare.

As expected, Ashwani Dheer's ONE TWO THREE featuring Sunil Shetty, Tusshar Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Upen Patel, Esha Deol, Sameera Reddy, Tanisha Mukherjee and Neetu Chandra took a huge tumble, though it has already succeeded at the box-office altar. In its third week ONE TWO THREE collected 8.50 lakhs from Bombay, 4.80 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.35 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.60 lakhs from Rajkot, 3 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.10 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Jaipur and 1.85 lakhs from Aurangabad. Adding another 75 lakhs, ONE TWO THREE has netted an impressive 17.75 crores in three weeks from India and given its budget and acquiring costs, ONE TWO THREE is a semi-hit from India. Once again, given its low costs, ONE TWO THREE is also a decent success in the Overseas, grossing $229,209 from the UK and $274,589 from US.

Abbas-Mustan's RACE manages another week of good returns for its distributors. As far as the actual reported collections are concerned, RACE collected 31 lakhs from Bombay, 9 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.60 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh from Jamnagar, 16.75 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.60 lakhs from Noida, 1.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad. 2.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.85 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.80 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from each Faridabad , Jabalpur and Akola, 7.10 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.30 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.25 lakhs from Indore and 2.30 lakhs from Jaipur. Adding another 2 crores, RACE has so far netted an impressive 60.50 crores in four weeks from India. The Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy starrer RACE is now a clear hit from India. In the Overseas, RACE already a good hit, continues to impress in the UK with a gross of $1,750,917 and is doing quite well in the US grossing $1,367,024.

Meanwhile Ashutosh Gowariker's JODHAA AKBAR seems to be ending its triumphant run. During the week JODHAA AKBAR collected 1.75 lakhs from Bombay, 1.10 lakhs from Ahmedabad and 2.15 lakhs from Delhi city. Accumulating another 20 lakhs, the UTV venture has netted an impressive 62.20 crores in nine weeks from India. The Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer is nearly a superhit from India. JODHAA AKBAR is already a blockbuster in the Overseas.


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