This Friday's solo Hindi release is going to be Priyadarshan's Akshay Kumar and Trisha Krishnan starrer KHATTA MEETHA. Given the fact that the trailers of the film have been well received by the audience (in the cinemas) and the superb publicity blitzkrieg by Akshay Kumar, focusing on the true core contents (corruption in PWD), the film is expected to embark on a good start, more so in the Mumbai-Maharashtra and Gujarat belt.
Last Friday's three releases, LAMHAA, TERE BIN LADEN and UDAAN, went the expected and predicted way. While none of the releases had even an average start, the winner turned out to be TERE BIN LADEN as with just about 344 prints had a good weekend and the collections improved during the weekend. Even UDAAN showed a day wise growth but with a very limited release failed to get substantial numbers. The biggest release of the week, the Sanjay-Bipasha starrer LAMHAA, failed to connect with audience from the first show itself, and it was expected. Even in the Overseas, none of the three films made much of an impact. Trade predicts that from the new releases TERE BIN LADEN is the only one which can succeed commercially, if it can overcome the ordinary start, while UDAAN despite huge acclaims has failed to get enough patronization from the paying audience. LAMHAA and its topical theme of turmoil ridden Kashmir failed to appeal to the audience.
Moving on Satish Kaushik's much delayed MILENGE MILENGE had dull collections to show with 1 crore from Bombay (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 35.55 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Surat, 1.50 lakhs from Bharuch (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 2.25 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 2 lakhs from Mehsana, 1.50 lakhs each from Palanpur and Patan, 8.15 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.15 lakhs from Jamnagar, 3.50 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.50 lakhs from Bhuj, 2.50 lakhs from Gandhidham, 5.10 lakhs from Pune, 2.25 lakhs from Solapur, 3.50 lakhs each from Goa and Nasik, 2.05 lakhs from Belgaum, 58 lakhs from Delhi city, 12 lakhs from Noida, 9 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5 lakhs from Kanpur, 12.35 lakhs from Lucknow, 4 lakhs from Agra, 2.35 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.75 lakhs from Meerut, 2.20 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 12.20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 2.05 lakhs from Panipat, 5.15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.15 lakhs from Zirakpur, 1.35 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.20 lakhs each from Amritsar and Bhatinda, 12.15 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 8 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.25 lakhs from Amravati, 1.50 lakhs from Akola, 1.25 lakhs each from Dhule, Khandwa and Durg, 11.15 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived ), 2 lakhs from Bikaner, 4.20 lakhs from Kota, 25 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.20 lakhs each from Nanded and Parbhani, 2 lakhs from Gulbarga, 7 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Mangalore and 1 lakh from Vishakhapatnam. In its opening week, MILENGE MILENGE has netted around 8.50 crores from India. The film has failed in the Overseas grossing just ?106,756 from UK till the second weekend (16-18 July). However as the makers are also the worldwide distributors, the dated Shahid-Kareena starrer will be profitable for them, thanks to the non-theatrical revenues, especially the satellite rights.
The second release of the same week, RED ALERT-THE WAR WITHIN, is a sincere and honest effort but has only poor numbers to show. During the week the film collected 20 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 32 cinemas unreceived), 7.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.10 lakhs from Nasik, 12.20 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1.70 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 4 lakhs from Calcutta(collections from other cinemas unreceived), 3 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Jabalpur, 1.15 lakhs each from Raipur and Indore and 1.50 lakhs from Jaipur(collections from 5 cinemas unreceived). Netting just about 1.50 crores in its first week from India, the Shetty-Sameera starrer, RED ALERT-THE WAR WITHIN, is a trade disaster.
The collections of Karan Johar's Punit Malhotra directed I HATE LUV STORYS have crashed, but the objective of making a profit for all concerned has already been achieved! During the week I HATE LUV STORYS collected 1.50 crores from Bombay (collections from 32 cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 14 lakhs from Baroda, 2.60 lakhs from Surat, 2.35 lakhs from Anand, 1.25 lakhs from Valsad, 1.10 lakhs from Bharuch, 5.30 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.20 lakhs each from Bhavnagar and Gandhidham, 10.60 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 lakhs from Solapur, 5 lakhs each from Nasik and Goa, 1.75 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.15 crores from Delhi city, 14.70 lakhs from Noida, 10.70 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 15.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.50 lakhs from Agra, 3.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.35 lakhs each from Meerut and Bareilly, 2 lakhs from Aligarh, 23 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 2.60 lakhs from Panipat, 11.15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.75 lakhs from Zirakpur, 2.15 lakhs each from Bhatinda and Ambala, 4.20 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2.40 lakhs from Amritsar, 1.40 lakhs from Pathankot, 37 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.60 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.40 lakhs from Guwahati, 12.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.75 lakhs from Jabalpur, 2 lakhs from Amravati, 1.10 lakhs from Akola, 2.30 lakhs from Raipur, 5.35 lakhs from Indore(collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 2.75 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 11.25 lakhs from Jaipur(collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 1.15 lakhs from Bikaner, 3.65 lakhs from Kota, 40.60 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.40 lakhs from Gulbarga, 22.65 lakhs from Bangalore, 3.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.60 lakhs from Vijaywada, 4.15 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam and 1.25 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 9 crores, the Imran-Sonam starrer has netted an impressive 41 crores in two weeks from India and is an above average fare. I HATE LUV STORYS continue to do well in the Overseas grossing ?488,550 from UK and $826,561 from US up to the third weekend (16-18 July).
Meanwhile Prakash Jha's RAAJNEETI is ending its run and has collected 1.10 lakhs from Bombay, 1.20 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5.65 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.25 lakhs from Noida, 1.10 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.55 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1 lakh from Bangalore. Adding another 50 lakhs, RAAJNEETI has netted 93.75 crores in six weeks from India and is a superhit. The film has also done wonderfully in the Overseas grossing ?529,098 from UK and $1,488,178 from US.