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Bollywood box-office report of the week

September 4, 2008 4:03:46 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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With the lean month of Ramzan starting from second of September, the film business is all set to take a hit. However, the effect may somewhat be diluted by the Ganpati festivities in western India. All the same, the coming Friday sees two new releases in the form of Shiney Ahuja's HIJACK and the Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher starrer, A WEDNESDAY. While HIJACK has a lot at stake for Shiney and the taut action drama may appeal to a section of the audience, it is A WEDNESDAY that may surprise, based on its super handling and across-the-board acclaim from all those who have seen it.

Just like PHOONK, last Friday too had a big surprise in store as Abhishek Kapoor's Arjun-Farhan starrer ROCK ON! released at 60 cinemas of Bombay and suburbs by Big Pictures, was off to a superb start. Outside of Bombay, the opening was very good in select cities but dull in single-screen cinemas and smaller cities and towns. Trade expects that ROCK ON!! will do extremely well in Mysore circuit and in cities like Bombay, Pune, Delhi, Calcutta, Gurgaon and Hyderabad. However, business may not be on the same level in circuits like U.P., Bihar, C.P.C.I. and Rajasthan. The remaining releases of the week - C KKOMPANY, CHAMKU and MUKHBIIR - are all set to be losing prepositions, barring may be C KKOMPANY (to an extent) in Bombay and CHAMKU in U.P. and Bihar. While C KKOMPANY was off to a dull start, both CHAMKU and MUKHBIIR were poor across India.

The critically acclaimed MUMBAI MERI JAAN got some advantage of positive feedback and managed to get in some decent collections at select multiplexes of Bombay and Pune. During the week, MUMBAI MERI JAAN obtained 92 lakhs from Bombay, 11.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 25 lakhs from Pune, 1.75 lakhs from Surat, 2 lakh each from Goa and Nasik, 21 lakhs from Delhi City, 6 lakhs from Noida, 8 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.10 lakhs from Raipur, 2.50 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 11.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 8 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2 lakhs from Aurangabad, 11.55 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Mangalore and 3.70 lakhs from Madras. As per the makers, MUMBAI MERI JAAN has netted around 2.35 crores in its opening week from India. The well made film may at best hope for a below average status.

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Ram Gopal Varma's surprise success, the starless PHOONK, managed good shares especially from the Bombay circuit. The film collected 1.70 crores from Bombay, 32.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 7.50 lakhs from Pune, 2.10 lakhs from Gandhinagar, 3.50 lakhs from Nasik, 45 lakhs from Delhi city, 8.40 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.40 lakhs from Kanpur, 8.60 lakhs from Noida, 3.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 6.70 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.30 lakhs from Calcutta, 8.10 lakhs from Indore, 9.30 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.30 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.35 lakhs from Jaipur, 46 lakhs from Hyderabad and 3 lakhs from Mangalore. The 3 crore PHOONK manages a very impressive 6.75 crores in its first week from India and is already a hit plus fare.

Meanwhile the Rahul Bose-Mallika Sherawat starrer, MAAN GAYE MUGHALL-E-AZAM failed to do a PYAAR KE SIDE EFFECTS and was rejected by the audience. During its opening week, the film collected 38 lakhs from Bombay, 17.10 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.60 lakhs from Pune, 12 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.30 lakhs from Noida, 2.60 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.30 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.05 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.10 lakhs from Jaipur and 10.50 lakhs from Hyderabad. In its opening week, the Sanjay Chhel directed MAAN GAYE MUGHALL-E-AZAM manages a poor 2 crores from India and is a huge flop at the box-office.

While on Rumi Jafry's Amitabh, Salman and Priyanka starrer, GOD TUSSI GREAT HO, after a quite ordinary first week, the film crashed further in the second one. Checking out the numbers, the film collected 38 lakhs from Bombay, 12.60 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.15 lakhs from Jamnagar, 25 lakhs from Delhi City, 2.75 lakhs from Noida, 4 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.85 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh each from Gorakhpur, Raipur and Bareilly, 1.85 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Indore, 2.35 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.40 lakhs (gross) from Ajmer, 15 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1 lakh from Nanded. With around 2.75 crores, GOD TUSSI GREAT HO has netted a poor 14.25 crores in two weeks from India. The film has flopped, both in India and Overseas.

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Moving on Yash Raj's Bipasha, Ranbir, Deepika and Minissha starrer, BACHNA AE HASEENO, the movie maintained quite well, especially in big cities like Bombay, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Delhi. The film collected 1.80 crores from Bombay, 45 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Gandhinagar, 1.25 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 3.05 lakhs from Jamnagar, 9.80 lakhs from Pune, 2.75 lakhs from Nasik, 1.30 crores from Delhi City, 22.40 lakhs from Noida, 12.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.70 lakhs from Kanpur, 2.60 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2.50 lakhs from Agra, 2.30 lakhs from Meerut, 2.10 lakhs from Amritsar, 23 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6.80 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.05 lakhs from Panipat, 9 lakhs from Indore, 11.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.05 lakhs from Raipur, 1.65 lakhs from Guwahati, 3.20 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.85 lakhs (gross) from Ajmer, 13.30 lakhs from Jaipur, 40 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.30 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.10 lakhs from Nanded and 3.85 lakhs from Mangalore. During the week BACHNA AE HASEENO added another 9.25 crores and has so far netted an impressive 30 crores in two weeks from India. The 19 crores venture from Yash Raj Films is now a semi-hit in India and their first real success since CHAK DE INDIA, more than a year ago. The Siddharth Anand directed film has also managed reasonable business from the Overseas, grossing £294,057 from UK and $691,678 from US.

Our last entry of the week, Vipul Shah's Anees Bazmee directed, SINGH IS KINNG takes another fall but thanks (mainly) to the huge first week and the decent second week, its already a hit plus. In the midst of the ten new releases (after it), the film still manages substantial shares especially from North. The film collects, 82 lakhs from Bombay, 28 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.15 lakhs from Gandhidham, 4.15 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.18 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 10 lakhs from Rajkot, 4.30 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.85 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2.18 lakhs from Nasik, 1.25 crores from Delhi City, 13.75 lakhs from Noida, 20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.65 lakhs from Agra, 3.15 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 7.10 lakhs from Meerut, 2.25 lakhs from Moradabad, 3.65 lakhs from Varanasi, 1.25 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.80 lakhs from Bareilly, 3 lakhs from Dehradun, 1.35 lakhs from Muzaffarnagar, 1.10 lakhs from Saharanpur, 6.35 lakhs from Faridabad, 17.30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from Guwahati, 3.35 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.80 lakhs from Raipur, 5.55 lakhs from Indore, 22.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 20 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.50 lakhs from Aurangabad. Adding another 7.75 crores, the Akshay-Katrina starrer has netted an impressive 69.25 crores in three weeks from India. SINGH IS KINNG is now a hit plus in India and a super-hit in the Overseas, grossing £1,306,736 from UK and $1,907,733 (till August 17) from US.


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