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Bollywood box-office report of the week

August 20, 2008 2:05:09 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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It's going to be one crowded week this Friday with as many as four new films listed for release on 22nd August. The impressive line-up includes MAAN GAYE MUGHALL -E-AZAM, PHOONK, MUMBAI MERI JAAN and MY FRIEND GANESHA II. One feels that so many new releases, with the older ones still doing well, is akin to committing box-office hara-kiri and so last minute postponement(s) are possible. Evaluating the chances, the front runners are likely to be MAAN GAYE MUGHALL -E-AZAM and PHOONK, thanks to the fans of the two genres, comedy and horror and also due to the fact that the two films have been extensively publicized.

The much touted battle between Yash Raj's BACHNA AE HASEENO and EROS International's GOD TUSSI GREAT HO turned out to be heavily in favour of the former. Released at 76 cinemas of Bombay city and suburbs through Yash Raj Film Distributors, BACHNA AE HASEENO had an excellent start. Outside of Bombay the opening was very good in the big cities and good elsewhere. The Bipasha, Ranbir, Minissha and Deepika starrer will have an impressive first week. The performance is expected to be best in cities like Bombay, Pune, Delhi, Calcutta, Hyderabad and Bangalore in India, though in U.P., C.P. Berar, Rajasthan and Bihar, it will not be as encouraging. BACHNA AE HASEENO has started on a fairly decent note in the US grossing $322,431 but is below the mark in the UK with just £96,756. On the Other hand, GOD TUSSI GREAT HO, released at 85 cinemas of Bombay and suburbs through EROS Multimedia Pvt. Ltd, had a fair start. Outside of Bombay the opening was not up to the mark at many places. The film has also disappointed in the UK grossing a poor £51,800 and a very ordinary $121,432 from US. The trade is not very hopeful but feels that the Amitabh, Salman and Priyanka starrer has good entertainment value and although its start is not very exciting, it has the merits to pick up by positive word of mouth (of the masses), if aided by extensive promotion.

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Moving on to Vipul Shah's Anees Bazmee directed SINGH IS KINNG, it has recorded outstanding collections in the first week. The collections however dropped noticeably after the weekend in circuits other than Delhi-U.P. and East Punjab, but picked up again 8th day onwards due to the holiday weekend. Checking out the numbers, SINGH IS KINNG collected 6.55 crores from Bombay, 1.60 crores from Ahmedabad, 3.25 lakhs from Valsad, 4.35 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 1.15 lakhs from Deesa, 3.20 lakhs from Patan, 5.60 lakhs from Mehsana, 1.25 lakhs from Dahod, 1.65 lakhs from Visnagar, 1.40 lakhs from Palanpur, 16.10 lakhs from Rajkot, 7.25 lakhs from Jamnagar, 9 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2.35 lakhs from Porbanadar, 1.35 lakhs from Surendranagar, 1 lakh from Dwarka and Jetpur, 1.45 lakhs from Junagarh, 1.20 lakhs from Morbi , 5 30 lakhs from Gandhidham, 2.20 lakhs from Bhuj, 2.75 lakhs from Adipur, 1.05 lakhs from Madhapar, 3.20 lakhs from Solapur, 15.50 lakhs from Nasik, 4.50 crores from Delhi City, 60 lakhs from Noida, 1.05 crore from Ghaziabad, 30 lakhs from Kanpur, 50 lakhs from Lucknow, 20.25 lakhs from Agra, 16.50 lakhs from Varanasi, 7.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 4.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 23 lakhs from Meerut, 9 lakhs from Moradabad, 1.30 lakhs from Bulandshahar, 4 lakhs from Bareilly, 5.10 lakhs from Aligarh, 9.60 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 1.15 lakhs from Hardwar, 1.35 lakhs from Shamli, 4.15 lakhs from Muzaffarnagar, 1.25 lakhs from Baraut, 1.15 lakhs from Haldwani, 3.10 lakhs from Jhansi, 1.65 lakhs from Khurja, 2 lakhs from Mathura, 1.20 lakhs from Pilkhuwa, 1.25 lakhs from Rampur, 1 lakh from Rudrapur, Sitapur and Firozabad, 1.85 lakhs from Rishikesh, 1 crore from Gurgaon, 1 crore from Faridabad, 7.40 lakhs from Panipat, 95 lakhs from Calcutta, 3.55 lakhs from Guwahati, 47 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.30 lakhs from Jabalpur, 5.25 lakhs from Raipur, 1.15 lakhs from Gondia, 1.75 lakhs from Wardha, 2.10 lakhs from Chandrapur, 1.30 lakhs from Sagar, 42 lakhs from Indore, 2.40 lakhs from Sehore, 2.05 lakhs from Ujjain, 75 lakhs from Jaipur, 11 lakhs from Ajmer, 9.15 lakhs from Bikaner, 1.15 crores from Hyderabad and 4.50 lakhs from Aurangabad. In its opening week the Akshay-Katrina starrer has netted an astonishing 43.50 crores from India, a new first week record. The film though still has some more work to do before it can be called a hit, thanks to its fancy selling prices to sub-distributors in many circuits. The movie has fared impressively in the Overseas despite a huge fall, grossing $1,154,528 from the US (till August 14) and maintaining itself in the UK charts grossing £951,247.

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After a so-so first week, Pritish Nandy Communications' UGLY AUR PAGLI crashed heavily in its second. The Ranvir-Mallika starrer collected 11 lakhs from Bombay, 1.60 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 8.05 lakhs from Delhi City, 1.10 lakhs from Noida and 2 lakhs from Gurgaon. Adding another 60 lakhs, UGLY AUR PAGLI has netted just a shade below 8 crores in two weeks from India. The film, as we had said last week, manages to crawl to a below average status.

Aziz Mirza's KISMAT KONNECTION had a poor week to show. The Shahid-Vidya starrer collected 2 lakhs from Bombay, 1 lakh from Delhi City and 1.35 lakhs from Hyderabad. With another 20 lakhs, KISMAT KONNECTION ends its Indian run having netted a well compiled 28.20 crores. The film remains in the above average category though. KISMAT KONNECTION has done reasonably well in the US having grossed $490,154.

Unaffected by any competition, Aamir Khan and PVR Pictures' Abbas Tyrewala directed JAANE TU... YA JAANE NA continues to gallop on. The film collected 11 lakhs from Bombay, 2.55 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 12.60 lakhs from Delhi City, 1 lakh from Noida and Ghaziabad, 2.60 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.60 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Indore, 1.15 lakhs from Jaipur, 14.55 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1 lakh from Aurangabad. During its latest outing JAANE TU...YA JAANE NA added another 1 crore and has netted a superb 55 crores in six weeks from India. The blockbuster Imran-Genelia starrer has also done extremely well in the US grossing $604,037.



 
 

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