The coming Friday will see the release of the eleventh hour postponement of last week, DEKH BHAI DEKH and Mahesh Bhatt's Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala directed Adhyayan Suman starrer, JASHNN. The two films will have for company HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE and its dubbed version(s). While DEKH BHAI DEKH has nil chances, for once even the Bhatt stable does not have a popular soundtrack or lucky mascot Emraan Hashmi to help JASHNN! And it means that it will be HARRY POTTER's sorcery battling it out with the still alive and kicking NEW YORK and KAMBAKKHT ISHQ.
Last Friday's main release, SHORTKUT, went in the expected direction. After a so-so first day (better in Bombay circuit) the film failed to improve. Released at 100 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru Studio 18) the film saw a poor start. SHORTKUT also had a weak opening across India and Overseas. Trade feels that the Akshaye Khanna and Arshad Warsi starrer SHORTKUT will have a horrifyingly short and uneventful run at the box-office. For its all-world distributor, Indian Films, it will spell huge losses. Even in the Overseas, the film has fared poorly grossing ?80,488 from UK.
The other release of the same week, Tapan Biswas and Inox Motion Pictures' MORNING WALK, saw a fair to poor opening (encouraging in some multiplexes of South India). Though MORNING WALK is a creditable effort, its box-office appeal is limited.
The last release of the same week, Seven Entertainment Ltd.'s Pankaj Advani directed SANKAT CITY, saw a dull start. The film has been appreciated by the critics and those who have seen it. And so SANKAT CITY, despite being a slow starter has shown improvement over the weekend and may appeal to the audience, especially at good cinemas in the cities.
Moving on to EROS International and Sajid Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.'s Akshay-Kareena starrer KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, the film saw a great weekend but collections dropped noticeably from Monday evening and the fall was quite pronounced from Tuesday. Checking out the numbers, the film collected 2.65 crores from Bombay (collections from 53 cinemas unreceived), 1.30 crores from Ahmedabad, 7.50 lakhs from Nandiad, 8 lakhs from Anand, 43 lakhs from Baroda, 1.75 lakhs from Halol, 5.05 lakhs from Navsari, 3.75 lakhs from Valsad, 2 lakhs from Dahod, 5.25 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 1.75 lakhs from Visnagar, 5.50 lakhs from Mehsana, 4.75 lakhs from Palanpur, 1 lakh from Deesa, 1.65 lakhs from Vapi, 1.35 lakhs from Khambhat, 1.25 lakhs from Kalol, 1 lakh from Botad and Patan, 29.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 8 lakhs from Jamnagar, 3 lakhs (gross) from Morbi, 2 lakhs from Surendranagar, 3 lakhs from Junagarh, 12 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 3.75 lakhs from Porbandar, 3 lakhs from Bhuj, 5.75 lakhs from Gandhidham, 1.05 lakhs from Madhavpur, 3 lakhs from Adipur, 22 lakhs from Pune, 6.25 lakhs from Solapur, 3 lakhs from Sangli, 13 lakhs from Nasik, 1.05 lakhs from Hubli, 4.65 lakhs from Belgaum, 3.50 crores from Delhi city, 41.75 lakhs from Noida, 29.65 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 14.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 16 lakhs from Agra, 7 lakhs from Allahabad, 11.35 lakhs from Meerut, 3.50 lakhs from Bareilly, 5 lakhs from Aligarh, 12 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2.75 lakhs from Bahraich, 70 lakhs from Gurgaon, 23.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 21.15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 5 lakhs from Zirakpur, 3.45 lakhs from Panipat, 3 lakhs from Pathankot, 23.65 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 36.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.25 lakhs from Jabalpur, 5.50 lakhs from Amravati, 2 lakhs from Akola, 8 lakhs from Raipur, 1.50 lakhs from Dhule, 2.10 lakhs from Wardha, 3 lakhs from Chandrapur, 1.10 lakhs from Sagar, 35 lakhs from Indore, 2.50 lakhs from Sehore, 7.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 2 lakhs from Ujjain, 1 crore from Jaipur, 11.35 lakhs from Ajmer, 9.20 lakhs from Bikaner, 3.10 lakhs from Kota, 2 lakhs from Sriganganagar, 1.10 crores from Hyderabad, 4.20 lakhs from Nanded, 9 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.65 lakhs from Davangere and 2 lakhs from Coimbatore.
In its opening week the Sabbir Khan directed KAMBAKKHT ISHQ has netted a good 37.50 crores (in the face of a huge critical bashing) in its opening week from India. The film has done good business in the Overseas, mainly due to stable collections from US. The film has so far grossed $1,272,076 from US and ? 551, 294 from UK. Given the fact that except for a few sub-territories, it is EROS International which has the worldwide rights of the 45-50 crore KAMBAKKHT ISHQ (including most non-theatrical rights like music and DVD etc.), at this point of time the film is an average fare for them, that is likely to improve its rating further.
Meanwhile Yash Raj Films' Kabir Khan directed NEW YORK took a hit from KAMBAKKHT ISHQ in its second week and the collections fell heavily. Still the superb (for its cost and cast) first week shares have already done the trick. The film collected 1.85 crores from Bombay, 45.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.20 lakhs from Nandiad, 7.10 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.30 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.05 lakhs (gross) from Bhavnagar, 9.75 lakhs from Pune, 1.10 lakhs from Solapur, 3.65 lakhs from Nasik, 1.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 91 lakhs from Delhi city, 20 lakhs from Noida, 9.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.10 lakhs from Agra, 1.65 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Meerut, 2.15 lakhs from Bareilly, 3 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 28 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.20 lakhs from Faridabad, 7.35 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.35 lakhs from Zirakpur, 1.35 lakhs from Pathankot, 35 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 10 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.20 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 1.15 lakhs from Khandwa, 6.75 lakhs from Indore, 3 lakhs from Bhopal, 4 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.15 lakhs from Ajmer, 27.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.60 lakhs from Aurangabad and 4.50 lakhs from Mangalore. Adding another 9 crores, NEW YORK has netted an impressive 36.75 crores in two weeks from India. With this the John Abraham, Katrina Kaif , Irrfan Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh starrer is nearing a hit status for its producers Yash Raj Films, who have made it on a modest budget of 20 crores and are also distributing it worldwide and also hold all other rights. NEW YORK has also done very well in the Overseas, grossing $841,368 from US and ?300,198 from UK.
Once again our last entry for this week is Subhash Ghai's PAYING GUESTS, which is on its way out of the cinemas, collecting 1 lakh from Bombay and 1.40 lakhs from Ahmedabad. Adding another 10 lakhs, the Paritosh Painter directed PAYING GUESTS has netted 7.35 crores in three weeks from India and is a below average fare.