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Bollywood box-office report of the week

November 26, 2008 1:03:14 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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After a steady flow of biggies from around 'Diwali', the coming Friday will see an interesting clash between two smaller ventures, UTV Motion Pictures' OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! and Onir's SORRY BHAI! One feels that despite SORRY BHAI's much better cast of Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Sharman Joshi and Chitrangda Singh, it will be the better publicized Paresh Rawal, Abhay Deol and Neetu Chandra starrer, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! that will finally walk away with the honours! What must also be kept in mind is that comedy forms the backbone of the both OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! and SORRY BHAI! and so audience will be divided and it will damage both the ventures.

Last Friday saw the release of one of the most lavishly mounted projects of recent times, Subhash Ghai's Anil, Salman, Zayed and Katrina starrer, YUVVRAAJ. Unfortunately, the film went the way we had predicted in our last report. Released at around 84 cinemas of Bombay–Thane thru Raksha Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., the film had an ordinary opening. Outside of Bombay YUVVRAAJ's opening was below the mark almost everywhere, except for a few stations of Rajasthan, Central and North India. Trade feels that YUVVRAAJ has turned out to be too boring and too long. It needs heavy re–editing but even that wont be able to save the film because it is inherently a poorly executed show all the way. It is likely to entail heavy losses to its distributors. YUVVRAAJ has also been rejected in the Overseas, grossing a poor $168,091 in the UK and a below par $264,362 from US.

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Checking out the performance of Karan Johar's Tarun Mansukhani directed DOSTANA, the multiplex audience has lapped it up quite well, especially in cities like Bombay, Delhi (mainly South Delhi), Pune and Bangalore. But collections in even these cities and, of course, in other places, began to drop from Monday/Tuesday onwards. During the week, DOSTANA collected 6.20 crores from Bombay, 1.15 crores from Ahmedabad, 18 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.70 lakhs from Jamnagar, 4.70 lakhs (gross) from Bhavnagar, 3 lakhs from Gandhidham, 31 lakhs from Pune, 11.65 lakhs from Nasik, 3 crores from Delhi city, 50.65lakhs from Noida, 24 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 13 lakhs from Kanpur, 33.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.35 lakhs from Agra, 5 lakhs from Meerut, 4.65 lakhs from Aligarh, 81.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 19.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.30 crores from Calcutta, 3.35 lakhs from Guwahati, 35 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.25 lakhs from Akola, 5 lakhs from Raipur, 29 lakhs from Indore, 37 lakhs from Jaipur, 4 lakhs (gross) from Ajmer, 3.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 80 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.45 lakhs from Warangal, 10.50 lakhs from Mangalore and 2.50 lakhs from Coimbatore. During its opening week, the Abhishek, John, Priyanka, Kirron and Bobby (special appearance) starrer netted an impressive 27–28 crores from India. Given the fact that Yash Raj Film Distributors had acquired the world rights (excluding audio) of DOSTANA for Rs. 52 crore, the film has to sustain in the coming weeks in India. And it will be aided by overseas theatrical business and electronic rights. The film has done superbly in the Overseas, grossing $1,016,800 from UK and $985,433 from the US.

Despite universal acclaim, DASVIDANIYA failed to get substantial collections. Though credit must be given for whatever it achieved in the presence of a mighty opposition like DOSTANA. The film collected 30 lakhs from Bombay, 2.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Baroda, 6 lakhs from Pune, 12 lakhs from Delhi city, 3.50 lakhs from Noida, 1.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.10 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.65 lakhs from Indore and 6.50 lakhs from Hyderabad. In it's opening week, DASVIDANIYA has netted around 1.20 crores from India. If it can show some legs in the coming weeks, DASVIDANIYA can hope for at least a recovery, but even that looks very difficult, if not impossible.

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Rajshri's Sonu Sood and Eesha Koppikar starrer, EK VIVAAH... AISA BHI is quite steady on the lower side. The film collected 3.50 lakhs from Bombay, 1 lakh from Rajkot, 1.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.05 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Patna, 1.35 lakhs from Raipur, 10 lakhs from Jaipur and 2.50 lakhs from Hyderabad. During its second week EK VIVAAH... AISA BHI added another 70 lakhs and has so far netted nearly 2 crores in two weeks from India. The film, like many of the previous Rajshri ventures, has gone in for a limited release and so the final verdict is still awaited.

After a hurricane like start but a crashing second week, GOLMAAL RETURNS shows another huge drop. The Rohit Shetty directed film collected 45 lakhs from Bombay, 10 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.65 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.35 lakhs from Nasik, 6 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.15 lakhs from Noida, 1.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Kanpur, 3 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.25 lakhs from Agra, 1.10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.10 lakhs from Raipur, 3 lakhs from Indore, 4 lakhs from Jaipur, 7 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.25 lakhs from Aurangabad and 1.10 lakhs from Mangalore. During its latest outing, GOLMAAL RETURNS adds another 2.50 crores and has so far netted 53.50 crores in three weeks from India. Taking into account the fancy procurement price, GOLMAAL RETURNS is now an above average fare in India. The film has done fairly well in UK grossing $529,221.

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Our last entry of this week is once again Madhur Bhandarkar's FASHION. The film once again falls by quite a bit, this time even in Bombay. Checking out the numbers, FASHION collected 42 lakhs from Bombay, 6.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Baroda, 1.70 lakhs from Surat, 11 lakhs from Pune, 24 lakhs from Delhi city, 3.65 lakhs from Noida, 3.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 2.10 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.35 lakhs from Chandigarh, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.35 lakhs from Jaipur, 7 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.35 lakhs from Aurangabad, 14 lakhs from Bangalore and 3.50 lakhs from Madras. With another 2.25 crores during its third outing, FASHION has netted a creditable 28.50 crores from India, the highest ever for a Madhur Bhandarkar movie. Given the release costs FASHION is now an above average fare in India but has been totally rejected in the Overseas.


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