This week (Thursday) saw the release of Milan Luthria's Akshay, Imran and Sonakshi starrer, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA. It was obvious that OUATIM DOBAARA was not going to embark on a hurricane start, a la CHENNAI EXPRESS, as Eid festivities have already ended and also the release size is much smaller (OUATIMD -1200 and CE-3500). Having said that OUATIMD did carry a good hype and popular music and of course the intrinsic merits associated with a Milan Luthria venture. And so, OUATIM DOBAARA embarked on a good 85-100 percent start (though first day total will be 8-10 crore due to a limited release) and the reasonably positive word of mouth (which is already filtering in) will help it's cause further, when the release becomes wider (2500) Friday onwards.
Coming to the Eid release, the Rohit Shetty directed CHENNAI EXPRESS; almost everything that has to be said has been said by us and the rest of the world about the record breaking run of film and that the SRK – Deepika starrer is shattering and creating a record @ day. To sum up, paid previews, the best single day (debatable), the three day weekend, fastest hundred etc etc.
The film is expected to close the first week in India netting around 145 crore (including Thursday paid previews), which may well be another record.
In the overseas the phenomenon is similar and each and every circuit has seen records falling like nine pins. Let's just take one example; CHENNAI EXPRESS is the first film to break the $2m mark from the US during the first weekend. Coming to the overseas specifics, CE has already grossed $8.50m (including paid previews) with ?934,000 from UK and $2,416,500 from the US during the opening weekend (9-11 August).
Meanwhile Shilpa Shukla's B.A. PASS saw an impressive week as it collected 55 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 20 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5 lakhs from Surat, 3.75 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 7 lakhs from Pune, 1.25 lakhs from Nasik, 1 lakh from Goa, 55 lakhs from Delhi city, 12 lakhs from Noida, 6.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 9.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.15 lakhs from Allahabad, 6.55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Panipat, 2.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 8.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Dhanbad, 1.50 lakhs from Bhubhaneshwar, 1.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 5.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3.35 lakhs from Raipur, 19.75 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 3.50 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 20 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.50 lakhs from Kota, 2.25 lakhs from Udaipur, 3.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.50 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 .15 lakhs from Visakhapatnam. Netting nearly 6 crore during the opening week B.A. PASS is an average fare.
The other releases of the week including CHOR CHOR SUPER CHOR and RABBA MAIN KYA KAROON are washouts.
Moving on, Tips Films' Girish Kumar-Shruti Hassan starrer, RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA, added another 1.50 crore and has thus netted 30.50 crore in three weeks from India and is an average fare.
The other release of the week, Nikhil Advani's D-DAY managed to add some more numbers as it collected 25 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 7 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.15 lakhs from Surat, 1.15 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Pune, 17 lakhs from Delhi city, 5.55 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4 lakhs from Lucknow, 6 lakhs from Gurgaon, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.75 lakhs from Hyderabad and 3.50 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding another 1.25 crore D-DAY has netted 22.75 crore in three weeks from India and is a below average.
Concluding once again with Rakeysh Mehra's BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, the film continues to bring in the money collecting 85 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 14 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.55 lakhs from Surat, 5.75 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 1.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 25 lakhs from Pune, 1.75 lakhs from Nasik, 3 lakhs from Goa, 1.75 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.55 crore from Delhi city, 18.75 lakhs from Noida, 13.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 17.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.55 lakhs from Allahabad, 27.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.15 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 2.75 lakh from Panipat, 8.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3 lakhs from Amritsar, 4.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.75 lakhs from Bhatinda, 1.25 lakhs from Ambala, 1.75 lakhs from Jammu, 20 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Dhanbad, 1 lakh from Ranchi, 3.50 lakhs from Bhubhaneshwar, 9.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1 lakh from Raipur, 15 lakhs from Indore, 3.15 lakhs from Gwalior, 9.65 lakhs from Bhopal, 15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 2.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.15 lakhs from Kota, 1.75 lakhs from Udaipur, 9.75 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.65 lakhs from Aurangabad, 25.75 lakhs from Bangalore, 2.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 2.25 lakhs from Madras and 3 lakhs from Kochi.
Adding another 8 crore, the Farhan Akhtar starrer has netted 105 crore in four weeks from India and is a super hit. The film has also done very well in the overseas (good in US) grossing ? 263,000 from UK and $1,626,000 till the fifth weekend (9-11 August).