The initial results are out and the producers of the first major release of 2009, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA, have declared that the Nikhil Advani directed Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Gordan Liu and Ranvir Shorey starrer has grossed a decent 33 crores from India, during its first weekend, inclusive of the Thursday previews.
While that may not be something extra-ordinary, but the fact that CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA is just about lagging the top 5 weekend openers of the last one year or so, may well be an encouraging factor for the producers Warner Bros. And the reason for the optimism is also due to the fact that the list of major weekend grossers from India include names such as GHAJINI, RAB NE BANA DI JODI, SINGH IS KINNG, OM SHANTI OM and RACE. In fact, Warner Bros India's director sales, Neeraj Goswami says that he is happy with the weekend numbers and expressed confidence that the movie will do good business during the full week.
Meanwhile CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA has an estimated gross of $700,000 from the US and also an actual gross of $117,339 to show from Australia.
Here's wishing that despite negative reviews and mixed word-of-mouth, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA manages to impress during the weekdays.