This week will see three new releases, Vashu Bhagnani's RANGREZZ, the Suparn Verma directed AATMA and Makrand Despande's SONA SPA. It is but obvious that the front runner is going to be the much in the news and discussion(s), the Bipasha Basu and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer, AATMA, with Jackky Bhagnani's RANGREZZ and Naseeruddin Shah's SONA SPA in tow.
Coming to last Friday's releases, there was little to choose between the opening shows of Y-films' MERE DAD KI MARUTI, the Subhash Kapoor directed JOLLY L.L.B. and Eros International's 3G, but it was the Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao and Boman Irani starrer, JOLLY L.L.B., which saw a good pickup on Friday itself and a decisive jump in collections on Saturday and Sunday.
Even the Saquib Saleem and Ram Kapoor starrer, MERE DAD KI MARUTI, saw a pickup on Saturday and Sunday, but it was not substantial enough. The third release of the week, the Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan starrer, 3G, was not as lucky and is struggling.
Checking out Tigmanshu Dhulia's SAHEB, BIWI AUR GANGSTER RETURNS, after a decent weekend the film maintained rather well during the weekdays as well and collected 2.75 crore from Bombay, 65.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 25 lakhs from Surat, 19 lakhs from Baroda, 80 lakhs from Pune, 9.15 lakhs from Nasik, 9 lakhs from Goa, 2.75 lakhs from Belgaum, 2.50 crore from Delhi city, 35 lakhs from Noida, 23 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 16.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 30 lakhs from Lucknow, 9.75 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.20 lakhs from Aligarh, 43.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.85 lakhs from Faridabad, 3 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 4 lakhs from Panipat, 9 lakhs from Chandigarh, 9 lakhs from Jalandhar, 3.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 8.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2.50 lakhs from Ambala, 2.50 lakhs from Jammu, 35 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.15 lakhs from Siliguri, 3.55 lakhs from Dhanbad, 1.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 3.20 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 3 lakhs from Guwahati, 15 lakhs from Nagpur, 8 lakhs from Jabalpur, 14 lakhs from Raipur, 27.50 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Gwalior, 21.35 lakhs from Bhopal, 51.50 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.55 lakhs from Bikaner, 8.20 lakhs from Kota, 9.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 35.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 10 lakhs from Aurangabad, 36.50 lakhs from Bangalore, 1 lakh from Vijayawada, 2 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 1.75 lakhs from Madras and 1 lakh from Kochi.
Netting around 18 crore during the opening week from India, SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER RETURNS may end up as an average fare, depending on the subsequent run.
Another release of the same week, SAARE JAHAAN SE MEHNGA…, could not quite capitalize on the good contents, due to the lack of star value, and has failed commercially netting around 85 lakhs during the first week.
Meanwhile Ram Gopal Varma's THE ATTACKS OF 26/11 crashed in the second week (barring Hyderabad-Nizam) and collected 70 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.55 lakhs from Surat, 3.75 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 14 lakhs from Pune, 5 lakhs from Nasik, 2 lakhs from Goa, 5.65 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida, 1.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 2 lakhs from Calcutta, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.25 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 2.50 lakhs from Indore, 26 lakhs from Hyderabad, 5 lakhs from Aurangabad, 5 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.15 lakhs from Vijayawada, 1.55 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 1.50 lakhs from Madras.
Adding another 2.25 crore, THE ATTACKS OF 26/11 has netted 14.75 crore in two weeks from India and is a commercial failure.
The other release of the same week, the John Abraham and Chitrangda Singh starrer, I, ME AUR MAIN, saw negligible collections in the second week and is trade disaster.
Moving on, Abhishek Kapoor's KAI PO CHE! saw another quite steady week and collected 80 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 16 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5.15 lakhs from Surat, 5.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 16.75 lakhs from Pune, 2.75 lakhs from Nasik, 1.65 lakhs from Goa, 60 lakhs from Delhi city, 10.50 lakhs from Noida, 5.60 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3 lakhs from Kanpur, 5.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 12.55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.65 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.15 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 35 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.55 lakhs from Dhanbad, 1lakh from Guwahati, 4.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.55 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3.50 lakhs from Raipur, 5.75 lakhs from Indore, 5 lakhs from Bhopal, 7 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.55 lakhs from Kota, 13.25 lakhs from Hyderabad, 35 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 2.50 lakhs from Madras. Adding another 5 crore, KAI PO CHE! has netted 44 crore in three weeks from India, and is hit, based on the worldwide run.
The film has had an impressive run in the overseas (especially US) grossing ?195,000 from UK and $1,080,500 from the US till the fourth weekend (15-17 March).
Concluding with Neeraj Pandey's SPECIAL 26, the film holds on at good multiplexes collecting 20 lakhs from Bombay, 5 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.50 lakhs from Surat, 3 lakhs from Baroda, 4.15 lakhs from Pune, 7.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida, 1.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Hyderabad and 10 lakhs from Bangalore.
Adding another 1.25 crore, SPECIAL 26 has netted 67.25 crore in five weeks from India, and is a semi-hit based on the worldwide run. SPECIAL 26 has also found some takers in the overseas (especially US), grossing $3m, with ?242,000 from UK and $1,075,000 from the US till the sixth weekend (15-17 March).