After two weeks of small or delayed releases, this Friday will see two big films, the Prakash Jha directed AARAKSHAN and Vikram Bhatt?s PHHIR. Though the front runner is expected to be the Amitabh, Saif, Manoj and Deepika starrer AARAKSHAN but the film may face release hassles (already banned in UP) in some states, thereby spoiling its chances.
But on the flip side, controversies can also enhance the curiosity value as well as the commercial prospects. The other release, the Rajneesh, Adah and Roshni starrer PHHIR comes from the Vikram Bhatt stable that already boasts of two hits – 1920 and HAUNTED, from the same thriller/suspense genre and so will surely get its loyal audience.
All the releases of last week, CHALA MUSSADDI-OFFICE OFFICE, I AM KALAM and WARNING, failed to cut much ice with the audience. However I AM KALAM saw a good start in Delhi city due to patronage from schools and if that happens in other circuits too (we hope so) the film may surprise.
Checking out the older releases namely KHAP, GANDHI TO HITLER and BUBBLE GUM, all three have been totally rejected at the ticket window.
Moving on to Rohit Shetty?s Ajay Devgn starrer SINGHAM, the film saw a rock steady run in the second week (especially in the Mumbai circuit due to the local flavor and language) as it collected 3.60 crores from Bombay, 2.50 lakhs from Lonavala, 1.60 crores from Ahmedabad, 50 lakhs from Surat, 55 lakhs from Baroda, 4.25 lakhs from Bharuch, 7 lakhs from Jamnagar, 4.35 lakhs from Bhuj, 5 lakhs from Gandhidham, 1.65 crores from Pune, 9.20 lakhs from Solapur, 25 lakhs from Nasik, 16 lakhs from Goa, 5.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.15 crores from Delhi city, 6 lakhs from Ghaziabad , 19.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 40 lakhs from Lucknow, 14 lakhs from Agra, 11.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 2 lakhs from Aligarh, 30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.65 lakhs from Faridabad, 4 lakhs from Panipat, 10.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2.50 lakhs from Zirakpur, 4.20 lakhs from Jalandhar, 4 lakhs from Amritsar, 4.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2.30 lakhs from Bhatinda, 1.75 lakhs from Ambala, 26 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Siliguri, 34 lakhs from Nagpur, 11.35 lakhs from Jabalpur, 6.40 lakhs from Akola, 25 lakhs from Raipur, 35 lakhs from Indore (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 4.75 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 18 lakhs from Bhopal, 7 lakhs from Ujjain, 51.20 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 7 lakhs from Ajmer, 5.15 lakhs from Bikaner, 9.20 lakhs from Kota, 8 lakhs from Udaipur, 26.35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 9.25 lakhs from Latur, 2.40 lakhs from Gulbarga, 22 lakhs from Bangalore, 3.65 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.70 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 1 lakh from Madras.
Adding another 25 crores, SINGHAM has netted a huge 73.50 crores in two weeks from India and is a superhit. The film though has failed in the Overseas grossing ?135,000 from UK till the third weekend (5-7 August) and $288,000 from UK.
Meanwhile Zoya Akhtar?s Hrithik Roshan starrer ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA is on a majestic run (even during the third week) as it collected 2 crore from Bombay (collections from 18 cinemas unreceived), 50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.75 lakhs from Surat, 17 lakhs from Baroda, 1.75 lakhs from Bharuch, 2.65 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.25 lakhs from Gandhidham, 30 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 6.50 lakhs from Nasik, 5 lakhs from Goa, 2.30 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.65 crores from Delhi city, 16.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 20 lakhs from Lucknow, 4 lakhs from Agra, 5.15 lakhs from Allahabad, 1 .35 lakhs from Aligarh, 50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Faridabad, 3 lakhs from Panipat, 11.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2.65 lakhs from Zirakpur, 4.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2.15 lakhs from Amritsar, 6 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.75 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2.55 lakhs from Ambala, 53.25 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.80 lakhs from Siliguri, 12 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.35 lakhs from Jabalpur, 5.50 lakhs from Akola, 5.45 lakhs from Raipur, 13.35 lakhs from Indore, 3.50 lakhs from Gwalior, 8 lakhs from Bhopal, 15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 2.70 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.35 lakhs from Bikaner, 3.20 lakhs from Kota, 3.20 lakhs from Udaipur, 60 lakhs from Hyderabad, 3.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1 lakh from Gulbarga, 76 lakhs from Bangalore, 5 lakhs from Mangalore, 4.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 5.10 lakhs from Madras (collections from other cinemas unreceived).
With another 12.50 crores, ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA has netted a big 77.75 crores in three weeks from India and is a super hit. The film is a blockbuster in the Overseas grossing ?835,000 from UK and an astonishing $ 2,856,000 from US till the fourth weekend (5-7 August).
Concluding with Mohit Suri?s Emraan Hashmi starrer MURDER, the film is ending its dream run as it collected 10 lakhs from Bombay, 3.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.35 lakhs from Surat, 5 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.35 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 2 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.55 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Raipur, 1 lakh from Indore, 4 lakhs from Bhopal, 3.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.25 lakhs from Hyderabad.
Adding another 75 lakhs, MURDER 2 has netted a superb 48.25 crores in four weeks from India and is a blockbuster hit, just the second of the year after READY. The film though has been rejected in the Overseas.