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Bollywood box-office report of the week

December 31, 2008 11:05:59 AM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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With another another 'releaseless' week, it augurs well for the GHAJINI mania to continue (but more about that later) and also for the older release, Aditya Chopra's Shah Rukh Khan Super–hit, RAB NE BANA DI JODI.

It was expected that the last big release of the year would take a stupendous start but no one had thought that it would be like a tornado, across India and continue for the full extended weekend! It does not take rocket science to guess that we are talking about A.R. Murugadoss's Aamir Khan starrer GHAJINI. Released on Christmas at 66 cinemas, and the next day at 34 other cinemas of Bombay–Thane, thru Studio 18, the film saw an outstanding to sensational opening. Outside of Bombay the opening was mind–numbing everywhere. Trade predicts that GHAJINI is a surefire hit, which is already on its way to writing box–office history, as far as its initial business is concerned. While its individual territory distributors will make profits, the fate of its all–India distributor (Indian Films) hangs in balance be­cause it has paid a fortune for acquiring the rights. The film has also done superbly in the US (26th–28th weekend) grossing $ 13, 87, 534 but has a decent $463,733 from UK.

The film that released with GHAJINI, Percept Picture Company's animated JUMBO, that had as its USP the voiceover by Akshay Kumar, released at 41 cinemas of Bombay–Thane on Christmas and at a further 15 cinemas the next day, saw surprisingly quite a good opening! The opening day was also quite decent at most places, at limited shows. However, trade feels that JUMBO is an ordinary fare with the extraneous ad­vantage of Christmas holidays and the intrinsic advantage of Akshay Kumar being a part of the film. Still, it will not be worth the price Percept is reportedly said to have paid to rope in Akshay Kumar (Rs. 8 to 9 crore).

The December 18 release, veteran superstar Rajesh Khanna's WAFAA, met with a sorry fate. The film collected 8 lakhs from Bombay, 2.15 lakhs from Pune and 2.50 lakhs from Delhi city. The film is obviously a supreme flop.

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Coming to Yash Raj's Aditya Chopra directed Shah Rukh Khan starrer, RAB NE BANA DI JODI, the film has steady collections to show in its second week as it has held on very well. It is super strong in small centres also. Checking out the numbers, RNBDJ collected 3.50 crores from Bombay, 91 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 33 lakhs from Baroda, 7 lakhs from Bharuch, 4.30 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 4 lakhs from Mehsana, 28.35 lakhs from Surat, 5.15 lakhs from Valsad and Vapi, 3.50 lakhs from Anand, 4 lakhs from Navsari, 21.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 4.60 lakhs from Jamnagar, 5.25 lakhs from Bhavanagar, 94 lakhs from Pune, 7.15 lakhs from Kohlapur, 13.25 lakhs from Nasik, 16.30 lakhs from Goa, 2.40 crores from Delhi city, 37.25 lakhs from Noida, 24.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 14.15 lakhs from Kanpur, 43.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 10 lakhs from Agra, 7.60 lakhs from Aligarh, 46.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 17.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.10 lakhs from Panipat, 1.50 crores from Calcutta, 3.10 lakhs from Ranchi, 4.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 35 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.75 lakhs from Amravati and Akola, 16.40 lakhs from Raipur, 29.15 lakhs from Indore, 7.60 lakhs from Gwalior, 47.60 lakhs from Jaipur, 6.40 lakhs from Jodhpur, 5 lakhs from Bikaner, 84.15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2 lakhs from Warangal, 7.10 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3 lakhs from Nanded, 6 lakhs from Mangalore and 3 lakhs from Davangere. Adding another 25.50 crores, RAB NE BANA DI JODI has netted a huge 67.50 crores in two weeks from India. Reliable sections of the trade have already declared the Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Vinay Pathak starrer a super–hit, based on its moderate budget (for an SRK starrer). The way the film has performed during its third weekend, it will not be long before it is termed a blockbuster. In the Overseas, RAB NE BANA DI JODI, already a super–hit, has till the second weekend grossed a big $1,766,838 in the UK and a very impressive $ 15, 88,714 from the US.

Checking out an older release, Abhay Deol's OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE!, the film collected 4.50 lakhs from Bombay, 7 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad and 3 lakhs from Gurgaon. And it means that after its four week run, the film has netted around 6.75 crores from India. The film can now be upgraded to an average status. Quite creditable indeed, given the odds!

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Yet again our last entry of this week is Karan Johar's Tarun Mansukhani directed DOSTANA. Checking out its numbers (perhaps for the last time), the collections are 8 lakhs from Bombay, 3 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Noida and 3.50 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another 25 lakhs, DOSTANA has netted 45 crores in six weeks from India. Based on its collections so far, the Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol (special appearance) starrer is an above average fare. The film has had a very impressive run in the overseas market, grossing $1,444,246 from UK and $1,243,910 from the US.


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