Next Friday will witness two prominent new releases, Yash Raj Film’s, MARDAANI 2 and Emraan Hashmi’s THE BODY.
The front runner will obviously be Rani Mukerji’s MARDAANI 2, keeping in mind the topical subject as also the brand value of the franchise, while THE BODY too will find its own patrons with Emraan in a taut suspense thriller.
Checking out last Friday’s interesting clash between Kartik Aryan’s PATI PATNI AUR WOH and Arjun Kapoor’s PANIPAT, the battle was comprehensively won by PP &W which netted nearly 35 crores as opposed to the 18 crores opening weekend by the Ashutosh directed film.
As things stand PATI PATNI AUR WOH is all set to be at least a semi-hit from here, while PANIPAT will struggle for survival. The story is similar in the overseas as PATI PATNI AUR WOH grossed $425,000 in the US as opposed to the $300,000 by PANIPAT, during the opening weekend.
Moving on, Reliance Entertainment’s Vidyut-Adah starrer COMMANDO managed a decent run collecting 2.50 crore from Bombay, 62.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 40 lakhs from Surat, 20.75 lakhs from Baroda, 10.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 75 lakhs from Pune, 11.50 lakhs from Nasik, 13.75 lakhs from Goa, 3 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.75 crore from Delhi city, 50 lakhs from Noida, 42.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 30.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 60.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 30 lakhs from Agra, 10 lakhs from Allahabad, 6.75 lakhs from Aligarh, 10.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 35.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 18 lakhs from Faridabad, 5.50 lakhs from Panipat, 12 lakhs from Chandigarh, 6.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2.25 lakhs from Patiala, 7 lakhs from Amritsar, 9.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 3.55 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Ambala, 6.50 lakhs from Jammu, 55 lakhs from Calcutta, 7.25 lakhs from Siliguri, 9.25 lakhs from Patna, 4.75 lakhs from Dhanbad, 12.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 4.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 13 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 10.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 15 lakhs from Nagpur, 17 lakhs from Raipur, 30 lakhs from Indore, 8.25 lakhs from Gwalior, 12.75 lakhs from Bhopal, 60.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 9.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 6.75 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 10 lakhs from Kota, 9.75 lakhs from Udaipur, 45 lakhs from Hyderabad, 11 lakhs from Aurangabad, 70 lakhs from Bangalore, 3.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.75 lakhs from Coimbatore, 3.50 lakhs from Mysore, 2.75 lakhs from Vijayawada, 10.25 lakhs from Madras, 4.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 2.75 lakhs from Kochi.
Netting nearly 30 crores during the opening week, COMMANDO should be a profitable venture, after accounting for the non-theatrical rights as also a fair second week run.
Meanwhile, Bhushan Kumar’s John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, and Ileana D’Cruz starrer, PAGALPANTI, witnessed a huge crash barely managing 4.50 crore during its second outing and has thus netted 33 crores in two weeks from India and is a box-office failure.
While on, Siddharth-Ritesh’s MARJAAVAAN, the film saw yet another crash but did manage to add another 2 crore to its kitty taking its total to a decent 48 crore in three weeks from India and is an average fare. The film is also a success in UK.
Concluding with Ayushmann Khurrana’s Amar Kaushik directed BALA, the film continues to appeal to it’s audience in Metros and big cities – 75 lakhs from Bombay, 55 lakhs from Delhi city, 35 lakhs from Pune, 35 lakhs from Bangalore, 25 lakhs from Noida and 20 lakhs from Calcutta.
Adding another 5 crore, BALA has netted 114 crore in four weeks from India and is a hit plus. The film is also a good (read as US) overseas success grossing $4m with £195,000 from UK and $1,900,000 from the US.