This Friday…, sorry this time Thursday(31st December), has seen triple releases in the form of Pritish Nandy's RAAT GAYI BAAT GAYI, Padmini Kohlapure's comeback venture, BOLO RAAM and last but not the least, Celina Jaitley's ACCIDENT ON HILL ROAD. What is unique about the three year end releases is that all of them are small budget ventures with some novel themes and treatment. Unfortunately, none of the three will be able to withstand up to the 3 IDIOTS tornado, which despite being a week old, is still going great guns. May be, released at some other time the three-RAAT GAYI BAAT GAYI, BOLO RAAM and ACCIDENT ON HILL ROAD- would definitely have found patronage in the multiplexes.
Now about Rajkumar Hirani's 3 IDIOTS. While it was given that the Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani and Kareena Kapoor starrer, 3 IDIOTS, would embark on a great start, but it was generally believed in the trade and media circles that it would not be able to emulate the success of Aamir Khan's last Christmas release, GHAJINI. Well, in a way it turned out to be true! 3 IDIOTS did not emulate GHAJINI; it in fact, surpassed it by substantial margin, not only in India but also globally. Released on Thursday at 75 cinemas and at 42 more cinemas of Bombay-Thane on Friday (Christmas day), the film saw an earth-shattering start. Outside of Bombay, the opening was historic everywhere, surpassing all expectations. The first 4-day weekend has seen 3 IDIOTS netting an unbelievable 40 crores from India. Trade expects the film to set new milestones in Indian box-office. In the Overseas too 3 IDIOTS has excellent grosses of ?427,722 from UK and $2,149,227 from US, both for the extended 5-day Christmas weekend (23-27 December).
Coming to S.R. Gems Pvt. Ltd.'s Ravi Kapoor directed WORLD CUPP 2011; the film is an unmitigated disaster. Just for records the film collected 3.5 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 12 cinemas unreceived) while the rest of the collections are hardly worth a mention. In all the film has netted less than 10 lakhs in its opening week from India.
Moving on to Yash Raj's ROCKET SINGH-SALESMAN OF THE YEAR, the Shimit Amin directed film has crashed in the second week after an ordinary first one. The film collected 75 lakhs from Bombay, 7 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 50 lakhs from Delhi city, 9 lakhs from Noida, 3 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 16 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Siliguri, 2.70 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.35 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Bhopal and 8.50 lakhs from Hyderabad. With another 4.50 crores, ROCKET SINGH-SALESMAN OF THE YEAR has netted a poor 19.50 crores in two weeks from India. The Ranbir-Shazahn is a below average fare for its makers, who are also the worldwide distributors. ROCKET SINGH-SALESMAN OF THE YEAR has also been rejected in the Overseas grossing a poor ?121,569 from UK up to the third weekend (25-27 December) and an equally ordinary $164,649 from the US till the end of its run.
Meanwhile Balki's Amitabh, Abhishek and Vidya starrer, PAA has shown great legs over the weeks. The film is still doing well in the big cities collecting 1.40 crores from Bombay, 20 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 7.5 lakhs from Baroda, 6 lakhs from Surat, 1.05 lakhs from Anand, 1.55 lakhs from Bharuch, 4 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.20 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.40 lakhs from Gandhidham, 2.25 lakhs from Kolhapur, 30 lakhs from Pune, 3.40 lakhs from Nasik, 1.25 lakhs from Belgaum, 35 lakhs from Delhi city, 5.50 lakhs from Noida, 2.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 9.10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.60 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.10 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 6.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 7.25 lakhs from Indore and 1 lakh from Davangere . Netting another 4.75 crores, PAA has netted an admirable 29 crores in three weeks from India. The dual Bachchan starrer is a semi-hit in India. Unfortunately PAA has been rejected in the Overseas grossing a poor ?156,683 from UK up to the fourth weekend (25-27 December) and $199,228 from US at the end of its run.
Our last entry for this week is Priyadarshan's laugh riot, DE DANA DAN, which manages to end Akshay Kumar's year on a somewhat positive note and keeping the success record of the Akki-Priyan team intact. The film collected 12 lakhs from Bombay, 4.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh each from Rajkot and Jamnagar, 1.20 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.10 lakhs from Solapur, 3.15 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.25 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.80 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.55 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.10 lakhs from Ajmer, 10.50 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 7 cinemas unreceived) and 3.10 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another 1.50 crores , DE DANA DAN has netted a healthy 49.25 crores in four weeks from India . The Akshay, Paresh, Suneil and Katrina starrer is more than an above average success from India. The film is already a good success for its overseas distributor, EROS International having grossed ?555,649 from UK up to the fifth weekend (25-27 December) and $944,979 from US at the end of its run.