The coming Friday will be very important for three individuals – Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (ROM), Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor. The reason is obvious, the much awaited DELHI 6 is Rakeysh’s next venture after the critical and commercial success of RANG DE BASANTI and he would like to make a statement that RDB was not a flash in the pan, after the AKS failure. With this film Abhishek would like to continue the successful run of DOSTANA, after a big let down with DRONA. For Sonam Kapoor the film is perhaps her most important project, as her debut venture with Bhansali, SAAWARIYA, sank without a trace at the box-office. It is expected that the 2 hours and 18 minute long DELHI 6 will be off to a good multiplex start, more so in Delhi-NCR due to the local settings.
Last Friday’s three releases, BILLU, JUGAAD and THE STONEMAN MURDERS had contrasting performance. Red Chillies Entertainment’s Irrfan, Lara and Shah Rukh Khan (extended special appearance) starrer BILLU, released at 105 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru Eros International Media Pvt. Ltd.), had a dull start and the opening shows saw a weak opening at the remaining places. However, a spurt in collections was noticed as the day progressed. Saturday and Sunday saw the collections jump to 70 percent and at places even 80 percent. In the Overseas, the film has done much better despite the fact that it is Irrfan and not SRK essaying the lead/title role, the film has grossed ? 279, 448 from UK and $512,124 (with a good print average of $7,316) in the US. Sold to EROS International for 35 crores (worldwide) the distributors are optimistic about the outcome, based on the fact that the film has netted a healthy 13.50 crores in its opening weekend from India. But for that steady performance during the weekdays is very important.
The other two releases of the same week, Manoj-Hrishita’s JUGAAD and the Arbaaz-Kay Kay starrer, THE STONEMAN MURDERS, were both non-starters from the first show itself. On comparative terms, THE STONEMAN MURDERS fared better than JUGAAD. Unfortunately none of the two is expected to survive at the box-office.
Meanwhile Anurag Kashyap’s DEV D has done it for the iconoclastic filmmaker! In its opening week the Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill and Kalki starrer has managed quite a good run. The film collected 2 crores from Bombay, 3.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 12.30 lakhs from Pune, 4 lakhs each from Nasik and Goa, 2.15 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.35 crores from Delhi city, 26.05 lakhs from Noida, 10.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4.30 lakhs from Kanpur, 10.40 lakhs from Lucknow, 3 lakhs from Agra, 4.20 lakhs from Meerut, 1.35 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 38 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.30 lakhs from Panipat, 3.45 lakhs from Calcutta, 10.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Raipur, 5.45 lakhs from Indore, 1.45 lakhs from Gwalior, 6.75 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.20 lakhs from Jodhpur, 15.10 lakhs from Hyderabad and 4 lakhs from Mangalore. In its opening week, the 6 crore DEV D has netted close to 8.50 crores from India and is already an average plus fare.
The other two releases of the same week as DEV D, Govinda’s CHAL CHALA CHAL and Madhureeta Anand’s MERE KHWABON MEIN JO AAYE, have met with dismal to poor fates. While CHAL CHALA CHAL has netted a shockingly low 75 lakhs and is washout, MKMJA despite being less expensive, did not manage to do any better netting about 40 lakhs from India and is a big failure.
Checking out Zoya Akhtar’s directorial debut venture, LUCK BY CHANCE, the film has crashed badly in its second week, collecting 55 lakhs from Bombay, 5.55 lakhs from Pune, 1.35 lakhs from Nasik, 27.35 lakhs from Delhi city, 8 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.30 lakhs from Lucknow, 10.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.55 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 4 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.35 lakhs from Indore, 1.10 lakhs from Jaipur, 3 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.25 lakhs from Mangalore. The Farhan-Konkana starrer managed to add another 3 crores, netting around 14 crores in two weeks from India. The writing is on the wall- LUCK BY CHANCE is a box-office failure!
Moving on to the first success of 2009, Mohit Suri’s RAAZ- THE MYSTERY CONTINUES…, the movie is ending its run in India. The film collected 16 lakhs from Bombay, 1.35 lakhs from Rajkot, 9.15 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.45 lakhs from Noida, 2.05 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.60 lakhs from Kanpur, 3 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.15 lakhs from Agra, 1.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.35 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.15 lakhs from Raipur, 4.05 lakhs from Jaipur and 3.05 lakhs from Hyderabad. With another crore, the Emraan, Kangna and Adhyayan starrer RAAZ – THE MYSTERY CONTINUES … has netted 25.50 crores from India and will end as a semi-hit. The film has done poorly in the Overseas, barring the Middle East.
Talking about Aamir Khan’s GHAJINI, the Murugadoss directed film is on its last legs after a blockbuster run. The film collected 5 lakhs from Bombay, 1.65 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.05 lakhs from Nagpur and 3.20 lakhs from Hyderabad.
With another 50 lakhs during its latest outing, the Aamir, Asin and Jiah starrer GHAJINI has netted an amazing 114.50 crores in seven weeks from India. The All Time Blockbuster has also completed a 50-day uninterrupted run. The film is Aamir Khan’s biggest success, grossing $1,059,429 from UK and $2,444,668 from US.
In the end, Aditya Chopra’s Shah Rukh Khan starrer, RAB NE BANA DI JODI too has more or less finished its run. During the week the film collected 1 lakh (approx.) from Bombay, 1.05 lakhs from Lucknow, 4 lakhs from Jaipur and 1.10 lakhs from Hyderabad. With another 25 lakhs, the All Time Blockbuster has netted around 86.50 crores in nine weeks from India. The film is already an overseas blockbuster, grossing $2,178,914 from UK and $2,078,956 from the US.