This week will see IPL taking on Bollywood. Yes, that is the truth. Not only will the IPL matches take away the audience to the stadium, glued to their TV sets but even (many) cinemas will be telecasting the matches live on the big screen. Amidst all that macho man Sunny Deol teams up with super actor Irfaan Khan and National Award winner Konkona Sen Sharma in RIGHT YAA WRONG, this Friday's major offering from the Ghai stable. Friday will also see Moser Baer Entertainment Ltd.'s HIDE AND SEEK and the new cast venture, TRUMP CARD. It is but obvious that RIGHT YAA WRONG will be the front runner as compared to HIDE AND SEEK, TRUMP CARD and a couple of other smaller ventures including one time superstar Rajesh Khanna's DO DILON KE KHEIL MEIN.
Last week saw the release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Wide Angle Films' ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE?, Studio 18's ROAD, MOVIE and Ikkon Films' horror flick, ROKKK. From the list it was the Ajay, Konkona and Paresh starrer ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? that saw the best start, though it ranged from dull to average. But the good thing is that due to the positive word of mouth, the film picked up over the weekend with each day showing a marked improvement over the previous one, leading to a healthy 3-day collection. The film is below par in the Overseas grossing ?52,382 from UK and $101,226 in the US, during the opening weekend (5-7 March).
From the other releases ROAD, MOVIE got positive reviews but a slow start, and given the fact that it was released selectively, nothing big is expected commercially at this stage. The third release, ROKKK, appealed to its target ?horror' audience though only at select single screens. In addition there were two other small projects, Quantum Films Ltd.'s THANKS MAA and Ample Entertainment Company ?s HELLO ZINDAGI, but both were rejected from day one.
The fate of Hinduja Ventures and Serendipity Films' TEEN PATTI became clear during the first weekend itself, as the film showed no pick up after a very ordinary start. The film collected 1.15 crores from Bombay, 24 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.75 lakhs each from Baroda and Rajkot, 1.25 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.75 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 5.70 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.05 lakhs from Naisk, 3 lakhs from Goa, 51 lakhs from Delhi city, 7 lakhs from Noida, 3.20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5 lakhs from Kanpur, 8.10 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.30 lakhs from Agra, 11.50 lakhs from Gurgoan, 3.35 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Ludhiana, 13.15 lakhs from Calcutta, 5.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.25 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3.75 lakhs from Raipur, 7.05 lakhs from Indore, 5.60 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Ajmer, 2.60 lakhs from Kota, 21 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.30 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.50 lakhs from Latur, 1 lakh from Gulbarga, 14.20 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.15 lakhs from Mangalore. In its first week, TEEN PATTI has collected a shockingly low 5.60 crores from India. The Amitabh Bachchan, Sir Ben Kingsley and R. Madhavan starrer has failed at the ticket window, both in India and the Overseas grossing just ?26,234 from UK and $60,815 from US till the second weekend (5-7 March).
Even KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK, after some promise during the opening weekend, fell heavily during the weekdays. All the same it did manage some decent numbers from A centres. The film collected 3.10 crores from Bombay, 51 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 8.70 lakhs from Baroda, 10.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.15 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.05 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2 lakhs from Gandhidham, 28 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.20 lakhs from Solapur, 1.50 lakhs from Sangli, 7.75 lakhs from Nasik, 8.60 lakhs from Goa, 2.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.75 crores from Delhi city, 25 lakhs from Noida, 9.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 8.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 15.45 lakhs from Lucknow, 5.75 lakhs from Agra, 1.40 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Meerut, 42.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 11.20 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs each from Bhatinda , Zirakpur and Kurukshetra, 1.10 lakhs from Panipat, 70 lakhs from Calcutta, 3 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 17 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.25 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.45 lakhs from Amravati, 7.65 lakhs from Raipur, 16.50 lakhs from Indore, 3.10 lakhs from Gwalior, 14.55 lakhs from Jaipur, 2.70 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2.05 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.30 lakhs from Bikaner, 4.20 lakhs from Kota, 44 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4.65 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3 lakhs from Latur, 1.10 lakhs from Nanded, 1.25 lakhs from Gulbarga, 38.75 lakhs from Bangalore, 6 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.10 lakhs each from Vijaywada and Madras (collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved) and 1.25 lakhs from Coimbatore. In its opening week, KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK has netted a so-so 13.50 crores from India. The Farhan-Deepika starrer will struggle to recover its costs. The film is just about alright in the Overseas grossing ?107,409 from UK and $262,511 from US up to the second weekend (5-7 March).
In just its second week, TOH BAAT PAKKI has rock bottom collections of 2 lakhs from Ahmedabad and 1.30 lakhs from Delhi city. The film has folded up netting barely 3.75 crores from India. The Tabu and Sharman starrer is a resounding flop.
Meanwhile Karan Johar's MY NAME IS KHAN showed more legs than many had expected and predicted. Even it the third week the film has significant collections of 80 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 19 cinemas unreceived), 18 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 2.65 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 8 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.50 lakhs from Solapur, 2.35 lakhs from Nasik, 3 lakhs from Goa, 66.15 lakhs from Delhi city, 10 lakhs from Noida, 4.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 8.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 21 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.65 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Allahabad, 1.15 lakhs from Meerut, 2.10 lakhs from Aligarh, 13.05 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.25 lakhs each from Zirakpur, Bhatinda and Pathankot, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 17.30 lakhs from Calcutta, 6.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.40 lakhs from Amravati, 1 lakh each from Akola and Durg, 3 lakhs from Raipur, 6 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakhs from Gwalior, 15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1.65 lakhs each from Ajmer and Kota, 9.15 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.20 lakhs from Latur, 20 lakhs from Bangalore , 3 lakhs from Mangalore and 1.15 lakhs from Madras (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived). Adding another 6 crores, MY NAME IS KHAN has netted slightly in excess of 71 crores in three weeks from India. The Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer, a clean hit in India, is a blockbuster in the Overseas, grossing ?2,479,880 from UK and $3,834,048 from US till the fourth weekend (5-7 March).