The coming Friday will once again witness multiple releases, MAIN AUR MR. RIIGHT, BADLAPUR BOYS, ROOM-THE MYSTERY, LUV….PHIR KABHI and mega star Rajnikanth’s LINGAA (dubbed). Without trying to take anything away from the makers and their efforts, the first four films can be termed as ‘lambs for slaughter’ as they are releasing just a week prior to the Hirani-Aamir upcoming blockbuster, PK. The best business is expected to come from Rajnikant’s LINGAA even in its dubbed version.
The much awaited major release of last week, Prabhudheva’s, ACTION JACKSON, which saw a fair first day, fell on the second and picked up very well on SUNDAY (at the single screens), but ended the opening weekend netting a so-so 30 crore . Despite the fact that ACTION JACKSON has managed a good price via the satellite rights, the total investment of around 100 crore (to make promote and release), the film will struggle for recovery. ACTION JACKSON has been rejected in the overseas grossing £55,000 from UK and $172,000 from the US during the opening weekend (5-7 December).
The other releases of the week, SULAIMANI KEEDA and the critically acclaimed BHOPAL-A PRAYER FOR RAIN (Hinglish) are both washouts.
Moving on Dharma Productions’ UNGLI could not achieve anything during the first week as it collected 2.15 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 60 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 20 lakhs from Surat, 15 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 17.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 45 lakhs from Pune, 7.50 lakhs from Nasik, 2 lakhs from Goa, 2.75 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.50 crore from Delhi city, 20 lakhs from Noida, 20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 12.85 lakhs from Kanpur, 18.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 5 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.65 lakhs from Aligarh, 20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 3 lakhs from Panipat, 10 lakhs from Chandigarh, 4 lakhs from Jalandhar, 3.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 5 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Jammu, 40 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.25 lakhs from Patna, 3 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.20 lakhs from Ranchi, 4.65 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 20 lakhs from Nagpur, 6.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 15 lakhs from Raipur, 30 lakhs from Indore, 5 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 10.50 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 11lakhs from Jodhpur, 4 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.15 lakhs from Bikaner, 8 lakhs from Kota, 7 lakhs from Udaipur, 30 lakhs from Hyderabad, 6 lakhs from Aurangabad, 40 lakhs from Bangalore, 4 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 2.15 lakhs from Madras and 2 lakhs from Kochi. Netting a poor 15 crore during the first week UNGLI is a box-office debacle.
Meanwhile Anubhav Sinha’s ZID failed to cash in on the teaser buzz collecting 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.50 lakhs from Surat, 2 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 5 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Nasik, 25 lakhs from Delhi city, 5 lakhs from Noida, 8 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 9.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.25 lakhs from Agra, 3.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Amritsar, 1.50 lakhs from Jammu, 5 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Siliguri, 1.75 lakhs from Dhanbad, 10 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.75 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3.75 lakhs from Raipur, 10 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Jodhpur(collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 2.65 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.50 lakhs from Kota, 2 lakhs from Udaipur, 35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.50 lakhs from Bangalore, 1 lakh from Mangalore, and 1.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam. During the opening week ZID has netted a below par 7.5 crore. Having said that the low all inclusive (9-10 crore) cost ensures that ZID will be a profitable venture once non theatrical rights are accounted for.
The third release of the same week, Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s Adil Hussain starrer, ZED PLUS, managed just a crore during the opening week. But the film is expected to be a big hit in the satellite and DVD circuit.
Concluding with the Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru directed Govinda, Saif and Ileana starrer, HAPPY ENDING, the film added another crore thus netting 22 crore in two weeks from India and is a big flop. The film has also disappointed in the overseas grossing £130,000 from UK and $315,000 from the US, till the third weekend (5-7 December).