The coming Friday will witness multiple releases in the form of producer Akshay Kumar's (Grazing Goat Pictures) F*UGLY, the Deepak Dobriyal starrer CHAL BHAAG, Zafar Shah's UNFORGETTABLE and Swara Bhaskar's paranormal thriller MACHHLI JAL KI RANI HAI. The front runner is likely to be the Kabir Sadanand directed F*UGLY, though ironically it will be hit hard by its own producer Akshay's HOLIDAY.
After a not so great opening day (12 crore) the major release of last week, Vipul Shah's A. R. Murugadoss directed Akshay-Sonakshi starrer, HOLIDAY – A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY, progressed as expected and predicted (in our Saturday box-office update), during the opening weekend, netting 40 crore. Given the very positive word-of-mouth, resulting in rock steady weekdays, HOLIDAY is all set to emerge a clean hit. Very much like in India, the Akshay-Sonakshi starrer did not see a great opening day, but improved as the days progressed, grossing $1.8m with ?110,000 from UK and $395,000 from the US during the opening weekend (6-8 June).
The other major release of the week, Nitin Kakkar's FILMISTAAN, got a lot of critical acclaim and positive audience feedback, but despite a substantial pick netted just around 3 crore during the opening weekend from India.
Moving on, the Hansal Mehta directed Rajkummar Rao starrer CITYLIGHTS saw a decent week as it collected 1.25 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 6.75 lakhs from Surat, 6 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 3.35 lakhs from Rajkot, 25.50 lakhs from Pune, 3.50 lakhs from Nasik, 2.50 lakhs from Goa, 1 lakh from Belgaum, 75 lakhs from Delhi city, 12.65 lakhs from Noida, 7 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 5.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 16 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 5 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 20 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 1 lakh from Ranchi, 3.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 1 lakh from Guwahati, 6 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 5.50 lakhs from Raipur, 8 lakhs from Indore, 5 lakhs from Bhopal, 10 lakhs from Jaipur, 2.50 lakhs from Kota, 2.15 lakhs from Udaipur, 15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.50 lakhs from Aurangabad and 25 lakhs from Bangalore. Netting 6 crore during the opening week, CITYLIGHTS is an average fare, with the non-theatrical rights adding to the profits.
The other release of the same week, Ekta Kapoor's KUKU MATHUR KI JHAND HO GAYI, could not achieve anything significant netting just about 2 crore during the opening week and is a box-office failure.
Concluding with Sajid Nadiadwala's Sabbir Khan directed Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon and Sandeepa Dhar starrer, HEROPANTI, the film saw a very steady second week collecting 1.50 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 70 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 15 lakhs from Surat, 10.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 7 cinemas unreceived), 12 lakhs from Rajkot, 30 lakhs from Pune, 9 lakhs from Nasik, 3 lakhs from Goa, 2.65 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.25 crore from Delhi city, 16.50 lakhs from Noida, 15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 17 lakhs from Kanpur, 17 lakhs from Lucknow, 6 lakhs from Agra, 6 lakhs from Allahabad, 3.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 16 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.15 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 3 lakhs from Panipat, 7 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2 lakhs from Amritsar, 2 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Jammu, 15 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Darjeeling, 3.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 3 lakhs from Patna, 4.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2 lakhs from Ranchi, 3.25 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 20 lakhs from Nagpur, 11 lakhs from Jabalpur, 15 lakhs from Raipur, 20 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 12 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 60 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 16 lakhs from Jodhpur, 7.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.75 lakhs from Bikaner, 8 lakhs from Kota, 10 lakhs from Udaipur, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 7.50 lakhs Aurangabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.50 lakhs from Mangalore. Adding another 15 crore, HEROPANTI, has netted 50 crore in two weeks from India and is a hit.