This week will see a number of new films, including Jimmy Sheirgill's A FLAT, the Tanushree Dutta starrer RAAMA-THE SAVIOUR and DUNNO Y NA JAANE KYUN… With the Diwali releases, especially GOLMAAL 3 still quite strong, the new incumbents are not expected to make much of an impact but RAAMA-THE SAVIOUR with its good production values and unique theme may just surprise.
As we had mentioned in our last column itself, all the releases of 29th October, MAALIK EK, MUSAA- THE MOST WANTED, NAKSHATRA and DAAYEN YA BAAYEN, are trade disasters.
The much awaited Diwali battle between Ajay Devgn's GOLMAAL 3 and the Akshay Kumar starrer ACTION REPLAYY was expected to be in favour of G3 but not as one sided as it actually turned out to be. After a somewhat disappointing Friday (more for ACTION REPLAYY) both the films picked up substantially on Saturday only to see indications of a fall on Sunday itself. However, amidst all that the Rohit Shetty directed GOLMAAL 3 established a big lead (during the opening weekend itself) over Vipul Shah's ACTION REPLAYY, almost in the ratio of 2:1! G3 saw mind blowing collections, especially in the Maharashtra and Gujarat circuits. But what came as the biggest shock was the fact that GOLMAAL 3 beat ACTION REPLAYY in the overseas circuit, despite the presence of stars like Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. While GOLMAAL 3 grossed ?259,611 (including Thursday previews) from UK and $626,432 from US, ACTION REPLAYY could only manage ?154,911 from UK and $300,000 in the US, during the opening weekend (5-7 November).
As things stand today, GOLMAAL 3 is a sure shot hit while it will be considered a great comeback for ACTION REPLAYY even if it can get to an average status.
After a below par opening week Ram Gopal Varma's RAKHT CHARITRA saw a huge fall in the second. The film collected 28 lakhs from Bombay, 8.60 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.20 lakhs from Baroda, 2 lakhs from Surat, 1.50 lakhs each from Anand and Valsad, 3 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.25 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 12.55 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Kolhapur, 1 lakh from Solapur, 2.50 lakhs from Nasik, 1.85 lakhs from Hubli, 7 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.65 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Allahabad, 3.15 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Hyderabad and 6.15 lakhs from Bangalore.
Adding a further 1.75 crores, RAKHT CHARITRA has netted a poor 8.50 crores in two weeks from India. The film will have to depend on the Telugu version to take it to safety.
Meanwhile the collections of Abbas Tyrewala's JHOOTHA HI SAHI crashed as the film collected 50 lakhs from Bombay, 8 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.50 lakhs from Baroda, 2.65 lakhs from Surat, 1.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 11.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.65 lakhs from Nasik, 3 lakhs from Goa, 35 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.35 lakhs from Noida, 2.55 lakhs each from Ghaziabad and Kanpur, 5.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 8 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.65 lakhs from Faridabad, 10 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.35 lakhs from Siliguri, 3.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Indore (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 3.35 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.65 lakhs from Kota, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from other cinemas unreceived) and 4.15 lakhs from Bangalore.
Adding another 2.50 crores, JHOOTHA HI SAHI has netted a dismal 11 crores in two weeks from India. The John Abraham starrer is a washout and has also been rejected in the Overseas with gross collections of ?78,275 from UK till the third weekend (5-7 November).
The collections of the third release of the same week, Mallika Sherawat's HISSS, hit rock bottom as the film collected 20 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 35 cinemas unreceived), 2.65 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 7 cinemas unreceived ), 1 lakh each from Jamnagar , Gandhidham and Belgaum , 6 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.55 lakhs from Noida, 1.10 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.10 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.15 lakhs from Nagpur and 1 lakh from Jaipur (collections from other cinemas unreceived).
Adding another crore HISSS has netted a poor 6.25 crores in two weeks from India and has failed commercially.
Moving on Priyadarshan's AAKROSH is all set to vacate the cinemas as it collected 5 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.55 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Delhi city , 2 lakhs from Lucknow and 10 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from other cinemas unreceived).
Adding 50 lakhs more, AAKROSH has netted a very ordinary 13.50 crores in three weeks from India. The Ajay-Akshaye starrer is a trade disaster. AAKROSH has also been rejected in the Overseas, grossing ?67,000 from the UK.
Concluding yet again with Shankar's ROBOT, the film keeps moving on and collected 15 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 13 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Rajkot, 1.20 lakhs from Hubli, 12.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Noida, 1.35 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Nagpur, 1.25 lakhs from Jaipur and 7.50 lakhs from Bangalore. With a further 80 lakhs ROBOT has netted 21.80 crores in five weeks from India. The Rajnikanth-Aishwarya starrer ROBOT is an average grosser (Hindi dubbed version).
ROBOT is superb in the Overseas with the Tamil and Hindi version grossing ?750,500 from UK and a record breaking $2,166,178 from US (all three versions combined), during the opening weekend.