Finally, after a month of drought, with hardly any big releases, things are getting interesting as this Friday will see an interesting clash between two biggies; Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.'s DIL BOLE HADIPPA and S.K. Films Enterprises' WANTED.
Given the unique and sustained promos, with emphasis on Salman's action image and care-a-damn attitude, WANTED seems to hold the edge. But DIL BOLE HADIPPA too is backing on Shahid Kapoor's new image of a reliable solo bet at the box-office and its theme of the passion of India, cricket. And so it seems to be a double treat for the audience. Both WANTED and DIL BOLE HADIPPA will reap the benefit of an almost five day weekend with holidays in many parts of the country on Friday (Jumat-ul-Vida) and in Uttar Pradesh (Agrasen Jayanti) on Saturday, not to forget the Eid holidays on Monday/Tuesday.
Last Friday's multiple releases, BAABARR, VAADA RAHA … I PROMISE, RUSLAAN and AAMRAS have disappointed collectively, barring to an extent VAADA RAHA… I PROMISE (with dull collections) and BAABARR (at single screens of North India). But with the double Tsunami in the form of WANTED and DIL BOLE HADIPPA, whatever little hopes the makers of VAADA RAHA and BAABARR harbour will disappear.
The box-office performances of the September 4 releases have been pathetic. Many of the films couldn't complete even a week's run at several cinemas! The Deepak Tijori directed FOX failed to appeal to the audience despite some praise for the movie as well as the performances. The film collected 20 lakhs from Bombay, 16.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.30 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh from Jamnagar, 2.25 lakhs (gross) from Bhavnagar, 30 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.15 lakhs from Noida, 3 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.25 lakhs from Agra, 2 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.25 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 4.15 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Pathankot, 3 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Raipur, 2 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Bhopal, 4 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.10 lakhs from Jodhpur, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.20 lakhs from Aurangabad. During its opening week, the Sunny, Arjun, Udita and Sagarika starrer, FOX, has netted a poor 2.50 crores from India and is a disaster.
The Shreyas Talpade starrer, AAGEY SE RIGHT, manages to show some decent numbers in Bombay, but that is about all. The film collected 60 lakhs from Bombay, 13 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 3 lakhs from Pune, 2.50 lakhs from Nasik, 2.65 lakhs from Goa, 1 lakh from Belgaum, 27 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.25 lakhs from Noida, 2 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.10 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.10 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 8 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Panipat, 1.25 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Guwhati, 4.60 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.25 lakhs from Indore, 1.10 lakhs from Bhopal, 3.05 lakhs from Jaipur, 4 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.25 lakhs from Mangalore. Netting a below par 2.75 crores in its opening week from India, AAGEY SE RIGHT is a box-office dud for all concerned.
Vikram Bhatt's THREE – LOVE LIES BETRAYAL has not clicked with the audience. The film collected 12 lakhs from Bombay, 4.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.20 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.10 lakhs from Pune, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Noida, 1.10 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.10 lakhs from Nagpur and 1.50 lakhs from Hyderabad. Netting much less than a crore during its opening week, THREE is an unmitigated disaster.
The remaining two releases of the same week, CHINTUJI and BACHELOR PARTY have negligible collections to show and were pulled out of the cinemas
midway, due to lack of audience.
From the older releases, Sunil Shetty's DADDY COOL crashed further and ends flop its run netting around 5 crores, while QUICK GUN MURUGAN (dubbed plus English) added another 50 lakhs to end with around 2.50 crore and a below average status.
Moving on to KAMINEY, the film is still getting good numbers from Bombay. During the week, the film collected 50 lakhs from Bombay, 3.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.15 lakhs from Nasik, 1 lakh from Goa, 23 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.65 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Kanpur, 3 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from Faridabad, 1.55 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.65 lakhs from Jaipur and 5.35 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another 2 crores during its latest outing, KAMINEY has netted a good 43 crores in four weeks from India. The film has fared very well in the US grossing $1,291,827 but is below par in the UK with ?269,816. Overall, the Vishal Bhardwaj directed Shahid, Priyanka and Amole starrer, KAMINEY, is inching towards a semi-hit status.
Meanwhile LIFE PARTNER continues to show amazing legs with some quite steady collections. The film collected 30 lakhs from Bombay, 7.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5.35 lakhs from Surat, 5.50 lakhs from Baroda, 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.10 lakhs from Pune, 1.10 lakhs from Kolhapur, 1 lakh from Nasik, 31 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.15 lakhs from Noida, 4 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.30 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.10 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Varanasi, 1.50 lakhs from Meerut, 1.05 lakhs from Moradabad, 1 lakh from Gorakhpur, 6.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.50 lakhs from Indore, 1.15 lakhs from Bhopal, 5.25 lakhs from Jaipur and 1.10 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding a further 1.75 crores, LIFE PARTNER has netted a decent 20.75 crores in four weeks from India. The film is now an average fare, which has also grossed a decent ?274,488 from the UK.
With 6 lakhs from Bombay, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.65 lakhs from Noida, 1.05 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.30 lakhs from Gurgaon and 8.25 lakhs from Jaipur, Imtiaz Ali's Rishi Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer, LOVE AAJ KAL, manages around 40 lakhs during the week and it now touches 66 crores in six weeks from India. The film has had an amazing run in the Overseas, grossing $2,430,083 from US and ? 1047,891 from UK. LOVE AAJ KAL is a hit plus for its worldwide distributors, EROS International.