This Friday's major release is Balaji Telefilms Ltd. and Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures Pvt. Ltd.'s Emraan Hashmi starrer EK THI DAAYAN. Given the prestige associated with the involved names, and also Emraan Hashmi's popularity, ETD is expected to embark on a decent start at the ticket window.
The two new releases of last Friday, T-Series' NAUTANKI SAALA! and Vipul Shah's COMMANDO-A ONE MAN ARMY, were on similar grounds on the opening day. However, the turn of events on the next two days of the weekend went as per our Saturday update. Despite having more prints and opening well at the single screens, the Vidyut Jammwal starrer, COMMANDO, started lagging behind the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer from Saturday itself, with NAUTANKI SAALA! picking up by almost 30 percent. On the contrary the collections of COMMANDO fell by 10 percent. The last day of the weekend, Sunday again saw a surge in collections for NAUTANKI SAALA! while COMMANDO too saw a nominal pick up.
The advantage that NAUTANKI SAALA! has is that the producers have already pre-sold all the rights and are in the profit zone while the all India rights have been procured by Wave Distributors at a very reasonable price of around 11-12 crores.
Moving on, after a reasonably good opening weekend, last Friday's David Dhawan directed CHASHME BADDOOR saw rock steady collections during the week days as well and collected 4 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.25 crore from Ahmedabad, 24.25 lakhs from Surat, 27.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 14 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 crore from Pune, 18.75 lakhs from Nasik, 7.65 lakhs from Belgaum, 4.25 crore from Delhi city, 52 lakhs from Noida, 36 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 22.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 41.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 7.60 lakhs from Agra, 11 lakhs from Allahabad, 4 lakhs from Meerut, 3.75 lakhs from Dehradun, 66.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 10.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 5.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 6.50 lakhs from Panipat, 10.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 10.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 3.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 8.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 4 lakhs from Bhatinda, 3 lakhs from Ambala, 65 lakhs from Calcutta, 7.65 lakhs from Siliguri, 45 lakhs from Nagpur, 16 lakhs from Jabalpur, 26.65 lakhs from Raipur, 55.25 lakhs from Indore, 10.50 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 28.65 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 85 lakhs from Jaipur, 10 lakhs from Ajmer, 4.75 lakhs from Bikaner, 15 lakhs from Kota, 18.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 75 lakhs from Hyderabad, 11.60 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 85.65 lakhs from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Vijayawada, 3 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 3.75 lakhs from Madras and 1 lakh from Kochi. Netting 30 crore during the opening week, and given the second weekend progress, CHASHME BADDOOR, is a hit.
The film has also done decently in the overseas grossing ? 100,000 from UK and $ 235,500 from the US, till the second weekend (12-14 April).
The other release of the week, Luke Kenny's RISE OF THE ZOMBIE is an un mitigated disaster, netting less than 50 lakhs, during the opening week from India.
Meanwhile the collections of Sajid Khan's Ajay Devgn starrer, HIMMATWALA, crashed in the second week as the film collected 35 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 30 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.50 lakhs from Surat, 3.25 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 3.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 3 lakhs from Nasik, 8.25 lakhs from Pune, 15 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.25 lakhs from Noida, 3 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7 lakhs from Kanpur, 7.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Agra, 2.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5 lakhs from Calcutta, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 4.25 lakhs from Raipur, 2.65 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakhs from Gwalior, 6.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 26 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 1.75 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.65 lakhs from Bikaner, 2.25 lakhs from Kota, 2.55 lakhs lakhs from Udaipur, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived) and 2.50 lakhs from Bangalore.
Adding another 6 crore, HIMMATWALA has netted 48 crore in two weeks from India, and has failed at the box-office.
The film has also failed to repeat the success of Sajid Khan's previous films in the overseas, grossing ?220,000 from UK and $271,000 from the US till the third weekend (12-14 April).