This Friday’s major release is going to be Mohit Suri’s Emraan, Vidya and Rajkummar starrer HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI. Though based on past reputation, the Mohit-Emraan starrer should have been a safe bet for all concerned, but that is not the case this time around as the usual hype and popular music is clearly missing here. Having said that Mohit Suri is a highly talented and technically brilliant director and so HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI has the potential to surprise. What must also be kept in mind is that JURASSIC WORLD (along with dubbed versions) is also releasing this week and brand JURASSIC is also quite popular amongst the non-English speaking audience.
Moving on, the major release of last Friday, Excel Entertainment’s Anil, Shefali, Priyanka, Farhan, Ranveer and Anushka starrer DIL DHADAKNE DO, predictably embarked on a good start at the multiplexes while the single screens were dull. The film did manage the second best opening day of 2015 netting around 10 crore. The second day saw a pronounced pick up while the third day (Sunday) was even better. The film ended the opening weekend netting a good 37 crore. With the dreaded Monday being quite stable, the Zoya Akhtar directed DDD is looking at a good first week haul in the range of 55-60 crore. DIL DHADAKNE DO is the biggest overseas hit of 2015, grossing $3.5m with £2015,000 from UK and $1,237,000 from the US, during the opening weekend (5-7 June).
Checking out Vashu Bhagnani’s Arshad-Jackky starrer, WELCOME TO KARACHI, the film failed to impress collecting 1.75 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 14.15 lakhs from Surat, 8 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 9.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 20 lakhs from Pune, 4.15 lakhs from Nasik, 7.65 lakhs from Goa, 2.25 lakhs from Belgaum, 75 lakhs from Delhi city, 11 lakhs from Noida, 10.65 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 9.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Agra, 2.20 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.75 lakhs from Aligarh, 3.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 12.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.55 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Panipat, 6 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 30 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 1.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 2.55 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 1 lakh from Guwahati, 10 lakhs from Nagpur, 8 lakhs from Raipur, 15 lakhs from Indore (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 1.75 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 7 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 20 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 2.75 lakhs from Kota, 4 lakhs from Udaipur, 30 lakhs from Hyderabad, 5 lakhs from Aurangabad, 15 lakhs from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.55 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 1.65 lakhs from Madras and 1 lakh from Kochi. Netting 8.50 crore during the opening week, WELCOME TO KARACHI has failed at the ticket window. What must be added here is that WELCOME TO KARACHI could have added a couple of crores more, had it not been for the TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS wave, though it would not have made much of a difference to the box-office outcome.
The other releases of the same week, the Mahaakshay-Evelyn starrer ISHQEDARRIYAAN, P SE PM TAK, CHOR BAZAARI and I LOVE DESI are washouts.
Meanwhile even in its second week, the Madhavan, Kangana and Deepak starrer, TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS, is steady like the Rock of Gibraltar collecting 5 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.10 crore from Ahmedabad, 31.15 lakhs from Surat, 25.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 12.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.15 crore from Pune, 21.25 lakhs from Nasik, 16.50 lakhs from Goa, 5.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 8.25 crore from Delhi city, 1.10 crore from Noida, 83.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 50 lakhs from Kanpur, 1 crore from Lucknow, 7.65 lakhs from Agra, 18.55 lakhs from Allahabad, 7.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 35 lakhs from Dehradun, 1.55 crore from Gurgaon, 35 lakhs from Faridabad, 15 lakhs from Panipat, 45 lakhs from Chandigarh, 28.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 18.25 lakhs from Amritsar, 25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 9.15 lakhs from Bhatinda, 1.15 crore from Calcutta, 8.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 10.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 7.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 11.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 1 lakh from Guwahati, 55 lakhs from Nagpur, 35 lakhs from Raipur, 75 lakhs from Indore, 20 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 40 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.50 crore from Jaipur, 5 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Ajmer, 5.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 12.55 lakhs from Kota, 20 lakhs from Udaipur, 1 crore from Hyderabad, 16 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.75 crore from Bangalore, 4.65 lakhs from Mangalore, 1 lakh from Vijayawada, 7 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 16.75 lakhs from Madras and 3.75 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 47 crore, TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS has netted 117 crore is two weeks from India and is a blockbuster. TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS is an overseas superhit grossing $6.60 m with £495,000 from UK and $2,720,000 from the US, till the third weekend (5-7 June).
Concluding with PIKU, the film is still managing good numbers despite new releases. During the week PIKU collected 75 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Surat, 2 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1.55 lakhs from Rajkot, 9.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Nasik, 2 lakhs from Goa, 35 lakhs from Delhi city, 7.50 lakhs from Noida, 2.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 5.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 .20 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from Faridabad, 2.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Ludhiana, 35 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.65 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.75 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 5 lakhs from Indore, 3 lakhs from Bhopal, 5 lakhs from Jaipur , 20 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 30 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.25 lakhs from Mangalore and 2.55 lakhs from Madras. Adding another 4 crore, PIKU has netted 78 crore in four weeks from India and is a hit plus. PIKU is also a big overseas hit grossing $5.75m with £362,000 from UK and $2,200,000 from the US.