This week’s major release is going to be Mohit Suri’s Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Adhyayan Suman starrer, RAAZ- THE MYSTERY CONTINUES… Given the strong image of the RAAZ brand name (though RAAZ-TMC… is not a sequel), the popularity of the sound track and the mastery of the makers in the genre of supernatural thrillers, the Bhatt’s are likely to give the Hindi film industry their first success of the year. In fact they have on many previous occasions opened Bollywood’s success account quite early in the year, and RAAZ, MURDER and JISM are a few such examples! Giving a strong competition to RAAZ -TMC…, especially at the Metros and multiplexes, will be the Golden Globe winner, SLUMDOG MILIONAIRE both in English as well as the Hindi dubbed version, SLUMDOG CROREPATI. The week may also see a small release in the form of Eastern Union Entertainment’s Mandira Bedi and Samir Dattani starrer 42 KMS. Unfortunately, it is expected to sink without a trace. CHECK OUT: EMRAAN HASHMI Interview
The big release of the previous Friday, Nikhil Advani’s Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Gordon Liu and Ranvir Shorey starrer, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA, failed to embark on the flying start that it was expected to. Released at around 103 cinemas of Bombay-Thane by Warner Bros. Pictures (I) Pvt. Ltd., CC2C had a fair opening to show. The film has taken an excellent opening in some circuits like Delhi-U.P., East Punjab and C.I. but its start in some of the other circuits has been from average to fair. Trade predicts that considering its heavy cost, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA will entail losses to its makers (who are also its worldwide distributors) because it has absolutely no strength to sustain. In the Overseas, the film has performed decently in the US grossing $685,798 (4-days), but is quite ordinary in the UK with a weekend gross of just $404,404. CHECK OUT: CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA Movie Review
The performance of the first releases of 2009, namely KAASH… MERE HOTE, BAD LUCK GOVIND and the English film THE PRESIDENT IS COMING is nothing to write home about. While the first two films, KAASH… MERE HOTE, and BAD LUCK GOVIND, barely managed to get to 10-15 lakhs a piece from India, THE PRESIDENT IS COMING went on to collect 25 lakhs from Bombay, 1.10 lakhs from Pune, 6.40 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.65 lakhs from Noida and 2 lakhs from Gurgaon. Needless to add that all the three January 9 releases have failed badly, with THE PRESIDENT IS COMING faring somewhat better, netting around 60 lakhs from India..
Meanwhile the Murugadoss directed Aamir Khan starrer GHAJINI continues its dream run. The film is still doing very well all over collecting 2.10 crores from Bombay, 52 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.25 lakhs from Nadiad, 24.35 lakhs from Baroda, 3 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 1.65 lakhs from Valsad, 16.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 5.25 lakhs from Jamnagar, 3 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2.75 lakhs from Gandhidham, 53.75 lakhs from Pune, 5.75 lakhs from Kohlapur, 3.65 lakhs from Solapur, 2.75 lakhs from Sangli, 9 lakhs from Nasik, 13.65 lakhs from Goa, 1.25 crores from Delhi city, 14.10 lakhs from Noida, 21.45 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 13.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 23.45 lakhs from Lucknow, 9.15 lakhs from Agra, 10.35 lakhs from Varanasi, 3.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 4.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 7 lakhs from Meerut, 4.45 lakhs from Moradabad, 2.75 lakhs from Aligarh, 6.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2 lakhs from Muzaffarnagar, 3 lakhs from Amritsar, 3.45 lakhs from Chandigarh, 20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.30 lakhs from Panipat, 26.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 21 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs from Amravati, 2 lakhs from Akola, 10.15 lakhs from Raipur, 2.25 lakhs from Bhilai, 1.50 lakhs from Wardha, 3 lakhs from Chandrapur, 11.75 lakhs from Indore, 2.25 lakhs from Sehore, 1.50 lakhs from Ujjain, 31.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.65 lakhs from Jodhpur, 5 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.20 lakhs from Bikaner, 2.10 lakhs from Kota, 41.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 3.30 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.05 lakhs from Nanded, 5.15 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.15 lakhs from Devangere and 1.75 lakhs from Coimbatore. Adding another 14 crores, GHAJINI has so far netted an astonishing 105-106 crores in just three weeks from India. The Aamir Khan, Asin and Jiya Khan starrer is now a blockbuster hit in India. In the Overseas, GHAJINI has already become the biggest hit of Aamir Khan’s career, grossing $2,444,668 from the US and $1,051,809 from UK.CHECK OUT: Tamil GHAJINI is a HIT…. Again!
Our last entry of the week is yet again Aditya Chopra’s Shah Rukh Khan starrer RAB NE BANA DI JODI, which has another very steady week. The film collected 40 lakhs from Bombay, 17 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.50 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 5.15 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.65 lakhs from Pune, 1.60 lakhs from Solapur, 1.25 lakhs from Nasik, 29.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.10 lakhs from Noida, 3.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.15 lakhs from Kanpur, 5.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.15 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Allahabad, 2 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.15 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 4.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Calcutta, 1.15 lakhs from Guwahati, 5.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.75 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.35 lakhs from Amravati, 1.25 lakhs from Akola and Raipur, 4.15 lakhs from Indore, 1.25 lakhs from Bhopal, 13.65 lakhs from Jaipur, 27.60 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.20 lakhs from Aurangabad and 1.15 lakhs from Mangalore. With another 2.90 crores during its latest run, RAB NE BANA DI JODI has so far netted a very impressive 83-85 crores in five weeks from India. The film is now the highest ever grosser for Yash Raj Films. Needless to add that the SRK, Anushka and Vinay starrer has now touched the all time blockbuster status, given its ROI (Return on Investment). RAB NE BANA DI JODI is a blockbuster hit in the Overseas, like most SRK starrers, with a gross of Rs. 40 crores. Just for records, in the US RNBDJ has grossed $2,078,956 (till January 15) while UK has a gross of $2,189,817 to show.CHECK OUT: RAB NE, the highest grosser of all-time for YRF & SRK!