With Kamal Haasan's VISHWAROOP having been postponed, the major release of the week will be Vishal Bhardwaj's Pankaj, Shabana, Imran and Anushka starrer, MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA. Given the good promotion and reasonably popular music, the film is expected to embark on a decent start (good at select multiplexes).
The other two listed releases of the week, GANGOOBAI and PYAAR MEIN AISA HOTA HAI, are likely to lag behind MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA, as far as the opening is concerned.
Meanwhile from the bunched releases of last week, it was just the Rajeev, Tena and Paresh starrer, TABLE NO.21 that managed a decent show. The rest of the films – DEHRAADUN DIARY, MERI SHADI KARAO and RAJDHANI EXPRESS – POINT BLANK JUSTICE, saw a poor to weak start(s), and failed to make any impact.
Coming back to TABLE NO. 21, after a dull to decent start the film saw some pick up, netting close to 6 crore during the opening weekend. Given the fact that TABLE NO. 21 has a very reasonable budget and the Fiji government has further subsidized the costs, the film is all set to be a success, more so due to the steady weekdays. The film has grossed ?19,250 from UK and $32,000 from the US during the opening weekend (4-6 January).
Checking out Arbaaz Khan's Salman, Sonakshi and Prakash Raj starrer, DABANGG 2, after a huge opening week, the film was quite steady during the second week and collected 4.55 crore from Bombay, 1.15 crore from Ahmedabad, 25.65 lakhs from Surat, 35 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 13.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 80 lakhs from Pune, 21 lakhs from Nasik, 9.75 lakhs from Goa, 4.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 3.55 crore from Delhi city, 44.50 lakhs from Noida, 38.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 41.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 71.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 12.65 lakhs from Agra, 17.65 lakhs from Allahabad, 3 lakhs from Meerut, 5.20 lakhs from Aligarh, 4 lakhs from Dehradun, 60 lakhs from Gurgaon, 12.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.25 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 7.15 lakhs from Panipat, 13.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 15 lakhs from Jalandhar, 6 lakhs from Amritsar, 11.65 lakhs from Ludhiana, 5.25 lakhs from Bhatinda, 5.65 lakhs from Jammu, 1 crore from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Darjeeling, 10.50 lakhs from Siliguri 7.75 lakhs from Dhanbad, 5.65 lakhs from Ranchi, 7.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 33.75 lakhs from Nagpur (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 30 lakhs from Raipur, 55 lakhs from Indore, (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 11 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 27 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.15 crore from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 6 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 14.15 lakhs from Ajmer, 7.25 lakhs from Bikaner, 18 lakhs from Kota, 15 lakhs from Udaipur, 80 lakhs from Hyderabad, 15 lakhs from Aurangabad, 75 lakhs from Bangalore, 3 lakhs from Vijayawada, 5 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 4 lakhs from Madras, 2.15 lakhs from Coimbatore and 3 lakhs from Kochi. With another 37.50 crores, DABANGG 2 has netted 140 crore in two weeks from India and is on way to a blockbuster status.
DABANGG 2 is a super hit in the overseas (bumper in US) grossing ?902,000 from UK and $2,474,700 from the US till the third weekend (4-6 January).
Moving on, Ashish R. Mohan's Akshay-Asin starrer, KHILADI 786, managed to hang on at the single screens as it collected 10 lakhs from Bombay, 6.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.15 lakhs from Surat, 1 lakh from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 7.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida, 1.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 2 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Gwalior, 1.55 lakhs from Bhopal, 8.65 lakhs from Jaipur and 1 lakh from Ajmer. Adding another 80 lakhs KHILADI 786 has netted 67.30 crore in four weeks from India and is an above average fare.
KHILADI 786 though has disappointed in the overseas grossing ? 215,000 from UK and $ 381,500 from the US.
Concluding with Reema Kagti's TALAASH, the film manages some more from the multiplexes, collecting 15 lakhs from Bombay, 2 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 3 lakhs from Pune, 1 lakh from Goa, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.65 lakhs from Noida, 1.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Hyderabad and 3.25 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding another 90 lakhs, TALAASH has netted 92.15 crore in five weeks from India. The Aamir, Rani, Kareena and Nawaz starrer is a semi-hit.
TALAASH is a super hit in the overseas (bumper in US) grossing ?911,300 from UK and $ 2,716,500 from the US.