The coming Friday will once again see multiple releases in the form of Abbas Tyrewala's JHOOTHA HI SAHI, the Ram Gopal Varma directed RAKHT CHARITRA, Mallika Sherawat's HISSS and last but not the least the Manoj Bajpai starrer DUS TOLA. One feels that given the dull phase at the box-office, none of the mentioned releases are going to achieve anything substantial, though the front runners are expected to be John Abraham's JHOOTHA HI SAHI and the Vivek Oberoi starrer RAKHT CHARITRA.
The opening of Sanjay Dutt's KNOCK OUT and Ajay Devgn's AAKROSH was a big setback for all concerned, While neither of the two could set the box-office on fire (as we had hinted in our box office report), it turned out to be a totally one sided battle with Kumar Mangat's AAKROSH beating Sohail Maklai's KNOCK OUT by 3:1, as far as the opening weekend collections go. Trade holds some hope for AAKROSH but KNOCK OUT has more or less been declared a disaster, keeping in mind it's unusually high budget of 27 -28 crore. Both the films have also been rejected in the Overseas though once again AAKROSH managed to upstage KNOCK OUT by grossing ?29,440 as opposed to a negligible ?8,115 for KNOCK OUT, during the opening weekend (15-17 October). The third release of the same week, the animated RAMAYANA – THE EPIC, was taken off at many places mid-week but will expectedly score in the DVD circuit.
After an unexpectedly ordinary start, CROOK failed to improve and had very mediocre numbers to show, collecting 1.15 crores from Bombay, 45.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 11 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.75 lakhs from Jamnagar, 3.25 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.45 lakhs each from Junagarh, Bhuj and Gandhidham, 34 lakhs from Pune, 1.65 lakhs each from Kolhapur and Solapur, 1 lakh each from Karad and Satara, 6.20 lakhs from Nasik, 1.35 lakhs each from Malegaon and Ahmednagar, 8.20 lakhs from Goa, 2.15 lakhs from Hubli, 2.75 lakhs from Belgaum, 1 lakh each from Dharwad and Bijapur, 1.25 crores from Delhi city, 14.20 lakhs from Noida, 13 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 10.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 14.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.60 lakhs from Agra, 3.35 lakhs from Allahabad, 1 lakh each from Bareilly and Bijnore, 2.50 lakhs from Meerut, 2 lakh from Gorakhpur, 1.50 lakhs from Muzaffarnagar, 20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 10.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.25 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 5.40 lakhs from Panipat, 13.35 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3.25 lakhs from Zirakpur, 5.20 lakhs from Bhatinda and Ludhiana, 4.25 lakhs each from Amritsar and Ambala, 1.65 lakhs from Pathankot, 20 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.35 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 13 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.25 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.65 lakhs from Akola, 7.20 lakhs from Raipur, 14.65 lakhs from Indore, 2.65 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 7.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 25.20 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1.65 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2.75 lakhs each from Ajmer and Bikaner, 7.50 lakhs from Kota, 32.50 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 3.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1 lakh from Nanded, 3.50 lakhs from Latur, 13.50 lakhs from Bangalore, 2.20 lakhs each from Mangalore and Vishakhapatnam and 1 lakh from Kochi. Netting around 10.80 crores in it's opening week, the Emraan Hashmi starrer CROOK is a box-office dud though thanks to the satellite and DVD rights, the makers will be in safety zone, but just about.
Moving on, the veteran romantic pair of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh got a lot of praise and appreciation for DO DOONI CHAAR, but unfortunately the film is fair just in Delhi-U.P. and East Punjab. During it's first week run DO DOONI CHAAR collected 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 20 cinemas unreceived), 4.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.35 lakhs from Baroda, 2.65 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.35 lakhs from Goa, 55 lakhs from Delhi city, 8.45 lakhs from Noida, 5.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 3 lakhs from Lucknow, 11.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Zirakpur, 1.35 lakhs each from Amritsar and Ludhiana, 8 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.30 lakhs from Nagpur, 2 lakhs from Raipur, 4 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Gwalior, 2.55 lakhs from Jaipur , 5 lakhs from Hyderabad, 7 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Madras. Netting around 3 crores during it's opening week DO DOONI CHAAR is a failure.
The collections of Siddharth Anand's ANJAANA ANJAANI dropped further and the film collected 60 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 24 cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.65 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1 lakh from Gandhidham, 9.50 lakhs from Pune, 2.50 lakhs from Nasik, 3.25 lakhs from Goa, 95 lakhs from Delhi city, 10 lakhs from Noida, 7.20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.45 lakhs from Kanpur, 13 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.50 lakhs from Agra, 3 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.15 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.65 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 2.10 lakhs from Panipat, 9.55 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.35 lakhs from Zirakpur, 2 lakhs from Bhatinda, 1.65 lakhs from Ambala, 2.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 1.50 lakhs from Pathankot, 30 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Darjeeling, 2.20 lakhs each from Siliguri and Guwahati, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.35 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3 lakhs from Raipur, 6.50 lakhs from Indore, 2.15 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), , 11 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1.25 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2.15 lakhs from Ajmer, 3 lakhs from Kota, 13.35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 28.20 lakhs from Bangalore, 3.25 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.35 lakhs each from Vishakhapatnam and Madras. Adding a further 6.25 crores, ANJAANA ANJAANI has netted a decent 39.25 crores in two weeks from India. The Priyanka-Ranbir starrer is now an average plus fare. ANJAANA ANJAANI has done quite well in the Overseas grossing ?428,500 from UK and $827,300 from US till the third weekend (15-17 October).
Director Shankar's Hindi dubbed ROBOT is quite steady at medium collections and the film obtained 1.20 crores from Bombay (collections from 21 cinemas unreceived), 23 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 8 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.15 lakhs from Jamnagar and Gandhidham, 1 lakh each from Bharuch and Junagarh, 10 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.35 lakhs from Solapur, 4 lakhs from Nasik (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 3 lakhs from Goa, 6.65 lakhs from Hubli, 5.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 2.65 lakhs from Gadag, 50 lakhs from Delhi city, 10.50 lakhs from Noida, 7 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 11.80 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.15 lakhs from Agra, 1.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.25 lakhs from Meerut, 1.25 lakhs each from Aligarh and Bareilly, 2 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 8.55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.65 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh each from Bhatinda and Patiala, 13 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 8.20 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1 lakh from Akola, 5 lakhs from Raipur, 9.25 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Gwalior, 13 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived),, 1.75 lakhs from Jodhpur, 4 lakhs from Kota, 3 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.65 lakhs from Nanded, 4 lakhs from Mangalore, 4.55 lakhs from Davangere and 5.50 lakhs from Tenali. With an additional 6 crores ROBOT has netted 17.50 crores in two weeks from India. The Rajnikanth-Aishwarya starrer is nearing an average status even for the Hindi dubbed version. ROBOT is superb in the Overseas with the Tamil and Hindi version grossing ?695,000 from UK till the third weekend (15-17 October) and a superb $ 2,166,178 from US (all three versions combined), during the opening weekend.
Meanwhile KHICHDI THE MOVIE is alright in pockets with large Gujarati populations but is struggling elsewhere. The film collected 40 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 13 cinemas unreceived), 13 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 3.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Pune, 1 lakh from Nasik, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.20 lakhs from Noida, 2 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.25 lakhs from Calcutta and 3 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding a further 1.15 crores, KHICHDI – THE MOVIE has netted around 5.50 crores in two weeks from India and is a below average fare.
Concluding this week's report once again with Abhinav Kashyap's DABANGG, the film is ending its run. During the week DABANGG collected 7 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 1.65 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 13.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1.20 lakhs each from Ghaziabad and Kanpur, 6 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Agra, 2.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 .15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.25 lakhs each from Calcutta and Nagpur, 2 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1 lakh from Akola, 1.65 lakhs from Raipur, 1 lakh from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 4 lakhs each from Hyderabad and Bangalore. Adding a further crore, DABANGG has netted an astounding 137.50 crores in five weeks from India. The Salman-Sonakshi starrer is an all time blockbuster in India and has also done superbly in the Overseas grossing ?787,000 from UK till the sixth weekend (15-17 October) and $1,288,549 from US at the end of it's run.