This week's new releases include Pankaj Kapur's Shahid-Sonam starrer, MAUSAM, Hari Om Entertainments Co. and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures' SPEEDY SINGHS and the Aron Govil Production, U R MY JAAN. It is quite obvious that there will be an interesting battle between MAUSAM (postponed from last week) and the Akshay Kumar production SPEEDY SINGHS, with both having their strongest support in North and especially East Punjab! After the postponement of MAUSAM, the other new release of the week, the Ashok Nanda directed RIVAAZ got some appreciation from its target audience but unfortunately the same could not be translated into collections. Another release of the week, Rajshri's JAANA PEHCHANA, also failed to get any patronage from the audience.
After a good weekend of around 25.60 crores, the Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan and Ali Zafar starrer, MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN, saw a pronounced fall Tuesday onwards. But once again, MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN was already plus film after the opening weekend itself! The film collected 5 crores from Bombay (collections from 8 cinemas unreceived), 1.50 crores from Ahmedabad, 3.55 lakhs from Anand, 35 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 20 lakhs from Rajkot, 4.60 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2 lakhs from Gandhidham, 61.50 lakhs from Pune, 18.65 lakhs from Nasik, 11.75 lakhs from Goa, 3.25 lakhs from Hubli, 9.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 4 crores from Delhi city, 42.20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 31 lakhs from Kanpur, 53 lakhs from Lucknow, 30.50 lakhs from Agra, 13.60 lakhs from Allahabad, 85.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 15.20 lakhs from Faridabad, 8 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 11.40 lakhs from Panipat, 25 lakhs from Chandigarh, 12 lakhs from Jalandhar, 6 lakhs from Amritsar, 10.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.35 crores from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.35 lakhs from Darjeeling, 9 lakhs from Siliguri, 40 lakhs from Nagpur, 16.75 lakhs from Jabalpur, 30 lakhs from Raipur, 65 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 11.50 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 35 lakhs from Bhopal, 85 lakhs from Jaipur, 7.50 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 11.35 lakhs from Ajmer, 7 lakhs from Bikaner, 19.30 lakhs from Kota, 1 crore from Hyderabad (5 day collections), 20 lakhs from Aurangabad, 6.50 lakhs from Latur, 4 lakhs from Nanded, 4.65 lakhs from Gulbarga, 1.10 crores from Bangalore, 8.55 lakhs from Mangalore, 5.35 lakhs from Vijaywada, 7.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 10 lakhs from Madras (collections from other cinemas unreceived) and 5 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 37.25 crores during the first week MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN is already an above average for the producer and global distributors Yash Raj Films. The film has also done very well in the Overseas grossing ?372,000 from UK till the second weekend (16-18 September) and $496,172 from US (till 15th September).
Meanwhile the collections of Salman Khan's BODYGUARD crashed in the second week but it hardly matters as the film was a super hit after the first nine days itself! In the second week the film collected 1.70 crores from Bombay (collections from 45 cinemas unreceived), 70 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Anand, 17.30 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 26 lakhs from Rajkot, 6.60 lakhs from Jamnagar, 3.75 lakhs from Gandhidham, 20.25 lakhs from Pune, 11 lakhs from Nasik, 5.50 lakhs from Goa, 8 lakhs from Hubli, 8.15 lakhs from Belgaum, 2 crores from Delhi city, 18.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 19 lakhs from Kanpur, 42.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 9 lakhs from Allahabad, 12.55 lakhs from Agra, 21.65 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 13.20 lakhs from Panipat, 15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 6.75 lakhs from Jalandhar, 4 lakhs from Amritsar, 7 lakhs from Ludhiana, 35 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.25 lakhs from Darjeeling, 4.25 lakhs from Siliguri, 19 lakhs from Nagpur, 11.25 lakhs from Jabalpur, 12.35 lakhs from Raipur, 17 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Bhopal, 50 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 5.50 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 8 lakhs from Ajmer, 4 lakhs from Bikaner, 6.30 lakhs from Kota, 50 lakhs from Hyderabad (5 day collections), 15 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3.65 lakhs from Latur, 2 lakhs from Nanded, 4.35 lakhs from Gulbarga, 35 lakhs from Bangalore, 6.20 lakhs from Mangalore, 3.65 lakhs from Vijaywada, 3.75 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 5.20 lakhs from Madras (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.65 lakhs from Coimbatore and 1 lakh from Kochi. Adding another 20.50 crores, BODYGUARD has netted a huge 133 crores in two weeks from India and is a blockbuster. The film has also done superbly in the overseas, grossing ?1,345,500 from UK till the third weekend (16-18 September) and $1,557,000 from US.
Concluding with BOL, the film is fair at multiplexes frequented by gentry audiences but overall the impact does not reflect much in the numbers. The film collected 15 lakhs from Bombay, 2.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Baroda, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Hyderabad and 2 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding another 55 lakhs BOL has netted 2.30 crores in two weeks from India and has failed commercially.