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Bollywood box-office report of the week

September 18, 2008 1:18:28 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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With the Hindu fasting days of 'Nav-Durga', deciding to join the Muslim fasting month of 'Ramzan', along with ‘Pitrapaksha’, for us film buffs it means that the lean period gets leaner! Still, it does not dissuade the filmmakers from releasing as many as three new films in the form of Shona Urvashi's SAAS BAHU AUR SENSEX, Sunil Doshi's HULLA and living legend Shyam Benegal's WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR. Out of the three, one can only see HULLA making some mark at the ticket window. And that too because of producer Doshi's trademark shoestring budget extended sitcom. WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR does look interesting but the publicity has left a lot to be desired, and will reflect on its performance. The last release of the week, SAAS BAHU AUR SENSEX, has little or no chances at the ticket window.

Checking out last Friday's releases, Vikram Bhatt's horror flick 1920 turned out to be the front runner with Amitabh Bachchan's THE LAST LEAR doing well at select multiplexes. As was expected RU-BA-RU turned out to be a damp squib. Released at around 80 cinemas of Bombay city and suburbs by Big Pictures, the 6.5 crore 1920 had a fair start. Outside of Bombay the opening ranged from average to fair at many places and was also good at some centres. The film is expected to succeed and turn out to be the comeback vehicle of director Vikram Bhatt. On the other hand, Rituparno Ghosh's Amitabh, Preity, Arjun and Shefali starrer, THE LAST LEAR, had a limited release (thru PVR Pictures Ltd) at 25 cinemas of Bombay city and suburbs. The opening in Bombay was dull and was the same almost everywhere but good at select multiplexes. Not much is expected from the movie commercially. At the most the film may attract a small fraction of the class audience in some cities. The third release, Percept Picture Company and Zee Motion Pictures' RU-BA-RU, had a poor to weak start and is expected to have a disastrous fate at the ticket window.

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Neeraj Pandey's very topical Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher starrer, A WEDNESDAY, managed quite decent collections in its opening week. And that augurs well for filmmakers ready to experiment with hard-hitting cinema. During the week the film collected 1 crore from Bombay, 26.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.20 lakhs from Anand, 5.50 lakhs from Baroda, 5 lakhs from Surat, 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.10 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 25 lakhs from Pune, 2.15 lakhs from Nasik, 3.15 lakhs from Goa, 40 lakhs from Delhi City, 8.10 lakhs from Noida, 7.80 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.30 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.30 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh each from Agra and Varanasi, 1.50 lakhs from Meerut, 12 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.40 lakhs from Faridabad, 5.40 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 4.45 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Gwalior, 6.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 3.90 lakhs from Aurangabad, 20 lakhs from Bangalore and 3.75 lakhs from Madras..The 3-3.50 crore UTV project netted 3.35 crores in its first week and will definitely be a reasonable earner for all concerned.

Aleya Motion Magic Pvt. Ltd.'s Shiney Ahuja, Esha Deol and Kaveri Jha starrer, HIJACK, managed poor collections in its first week Checking out the numbers, HIJACK collected 35 lakhs from Bombay, 14.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.20 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.80 lakhs from Pune, 28 lakhs from Delhi city, 3.65 lakhs from Noida, 3 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 5.60 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.45 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Allahabad, 1.20 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.30 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 4.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.30 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.55 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakh from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Bikaner and 5.85 lakhs from Hyderabad, Having netted just around 2.25 crores in its opening week from India, the Kunal Deshmukh directed HIJACK is an unquestionable trade disaster.

IDream Production and Santosh Sivan's TAHAAN barely managed to get just about 40 lakhs from India. The Anupam Kher, Rahul Bose and Purav Bhandare film is an expected flop, despite its low budget.

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The Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar and Prachi Desai starrer ROCK ON!! have rock steady collections to show in its second week. The film collected 1.30 crores from Bombay, 28.60 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Rajkot, 15.50 lakhs from Pune, 3.25 lakhs from Nasik, 1.10 crores from Delhi City, 22.05 lakhs from Noida, 9.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5 lakhs from Kanpur, 9.05 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh (approx) each from Allahabad and Gorakhpur, 2.10 lakhs from Meerut, 1.20 lakhs from Agra, 36 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6.70 lakhs from Faridabad, 4 lakhs from Calcutta, 11.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 7 lakhs from Indore, 2.65 lakhs from Bhopal, 2 lakhs from Jaipur, 30.50 lakhs from Hyderabad and 3.35 lakhs from Warangal. With another 8 crores, ROCK ON!! has netted an impressive (for its budget/price) 17.75 crores in two weeks from India. The Abhishek Kapoor directed ROCK ON!! is now a clean hit from India and still has a lot of fire left in its belly!

All hopes of a turnaround for Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd.'s C KKOMPANY vanished totally in the second week as the film sank like an anchor, after a very ordinary first week. The film barely collected 35 lakhs and has thus netted a poor 4 crores in two weeks from India. C KKOMPANY proves to be a big debacle at the box-office.

Meanwhile Ramgopal Varma's PHOONK is on its way out, but it has already achieved more success than what the makers must have bargained for! The film collected 14 lakhs from Bombay, 4 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Jamnagar, 1.50 lakhs from Hubli, 8.70 lakhs from Delhi City, 1 lakh from Noida, 1.65 lakhs each from Ghaziabad and Lucknow, 1.60 lakhs from Durg, 1 lakh from Wardha, 2 lakh (gross) from Ajmer and 5.25 lakhs from Hyderabad. During its latest outing, PHOONK added another 90 lakhs and has netted 10.15 crores in three weeks from India. The film just falls short of a super-hit status from India.

Yash Raj's Bipasha, Ranbir, Deepika and Minissha starrer, BACHNA AE HASEENO, saw the first major fall in its collections. What is important to note is that the collections are consistent from across India. The film collected 20. 60 lakhs from Bombay, 5.20 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.05 lakhs from Pune, 22.60 lakhs from Delhi city, 6 lakhs from Noida, 2.55 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 5 lakhs from Lucknow, 5.80 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.15 lakhs from Amritsar, 1.60 lakhs from Faridabad, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.20 lakhs from Indore, 1.70 lakhs from Jaipur and 9.70 lakhs from Hyderabad. During its fourth week the film added another 1.75 crores and has so far netted 35.75 crores. The Siddharth Anand directed, 19 crore BACHNA AE HASEENO is now a clean hit from India. The film has also performed quite well in the Overseas, grossing £ 305,672 from UK and $702,166 from US.

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Coming to the end of this week's report, let us see what Vipul Shah's Anees Bazmee directed SINGH IS KINNG is up to. The film collected 10 lakhs from Bombay, 3.45 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 17.05 lakhs from Delhi City, 3.65 lakhs from Noida, 5 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.30 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.40 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.40 lakhs from Agra, 1.45 lakhs from Varanasi, 2 lakhs from Dehradun, 1.50 lakhs from Meerut, 1 lakh (approx) each from Moradabad, Bareilly and Allahabad, 1.15 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.65 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 8.70 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.35 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.05 lakhs from Aurangabad. SINGH IS KINNG saw another steady week with 1.55 crores. The film has netted an impressive 74.25 crores in five weeks from India and is more or less a super-hit from India. The Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer is already a super duper hit in the Overseas, having grossed £ 1,341,118 from UK and $2,159,376 from the US.



 
 

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