This week's major release is going to be Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd's Soham Shah directed Mithun, Dutt, Imran, Shruti and Danny starrer, LUCK. Giving company to LUCK will be the unconventional PERFECT MISMATCH from the Xperience Films banner. It is but obvious that the 40 crore LUCK will be off to a great start, based on its rich look, good promotion, popular soundtrack and of course the powerful star cast. On the other hand PERFECT MISMATCH will be no match for LUCK but the makers must be hoping for some selective metro patronage.
Last Friday saw the release of Vishesh Films' Adhyayan Suman, Shahana Goswami, Anjana Sukhani and Humayun Saeed starrer JASHNN. The film released at 96 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru Cinevision Distributors Pvt. Ltd.) and had a poor opening. The film saw a weak start almost everywhere and the resulting weekend can at best be termed as dull. Trade predicts a bleak picture for JASHNN and as we had predicted, it seems that this time around the Bhatts have no reason for JASHNN (celebrations).
The other release of the same week, Search Film's DEKH RE DEKH (changed from DEKH BHAI DEKH due to litigation), proved to be the expected disaster.
Meanwhile Anil Kapoor Films Company Pvt. Ltd.'s Akshaye- Arshad starrer SHORT KUT could not recover from its poor opening and the resulting numbers are accordingly ordinary. The film collected 1.30 crores from Bombay, 27 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 12 lakhs from Surat, 1.05 lakhs from Nandiad, 2.55 lakhs from Anand, 10.25 lakhs from Baroda, 2.25 lakhs from Bharuch, 2 lakhs from Mehsana, 2.55 lakhs from Vapi, 1.50 lakhs from Valsad, 6.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.20 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.10 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2.15 lakhs from Gandhidham, 30 lakhs from Pune, 2.50 lakhs from Kolhapur, 1.75 lakhs from Solapur, 1.50 lakhs from Sangli, 5.65 lakhs from Nasik, 1.20 lakhs from Malegaon, 1.55 lakhs from Ahmednagar, 7.50 lakhs from Goa, 1.60 lakhs from Hubli, 2.65 lakhs from Belgaum, 62 lakhs from Delhi city, 8.50 lakhs from Noida, 13.20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.15 lakhs from Kanpur, 9 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.75 lakhs from Agra, 3.10 lakhs from Varanasi, 1.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.20 lakhs from Dehradun, 4 lakhs from Meerut, 1.15 lakhs from Moradabad, 1.10 lakhs from Aligarh, 3.30 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 7 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.10 lakhs from Zirakpur, 3.15 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Guwahati, 10.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.05 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.25 lakhs from Amravati, 1.05 lakhs from Durg, 7.35 lakhs from Indore, 2.75 lakhs from Bhopal, 6.25 lakhs from Jaipur, 2 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.30 lakhs from Bikaner, 29 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.20 lakhs from Mangalore.
In its opening week, SHORT KUT collected a poor 7 crores from India and it is unfortunately another commercial failure for producer Anil and actor Akshaye team (after the critically acclaimed GANDHI-MY FATHER). SHORT KUT has also been rejected in the Overseas, grossing just about ?143,550 from UK.
The other release, Pankaj Advani's well made SANKAT CITY fared quite well despite very selective prints and odd show timings. The film collected 10 lakhs from Bombay, 4.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 7.15 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.10 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Lucknow, 3 lakhs from Gurgaon and 1.25 lakhs from Hyderabad . The opening week saw SANKAT CITY netting a decent 75 lakhs from India and the film may just surprise in the coming weeks, thanks to good feedbacks and additional prints.
The third release of the same week, Tapan Biswas and Inox Motion Pictures' MORNING WALK failed to get encouraging collections and has failed, netting just about 50 lakhs in its opening week from India.
Moving on to EROS International and Sajid Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.'s Akshay-Kareena starrer, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, the collections fell heavily rather crashed in the second week. The film collected 70 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 42 cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 1.75 lakhs from Mehsana, 1.60 lakhs from Palanpur, 10 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 3 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.50 lakhs from Porbandar, 1.05 lakhs from Bhuj, 2.50 lakhs from Gandhidham, 6 lakhs from Pune, 2.25 lakhs from Solapur, 3 lakhs from Nasik, 95 lakhs from Delhi city, 10.30 lakhs from Noida, 8.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 12.15 lakhs from Kanpur, 18.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 7.50 lakhs from Agra, 2.35 lakhs from Allahabad, 2 lakhs from Meerut, 2.25 lakhs from Bareilly, 2.15 lakhs from Aligarh, 1 lakh from Bahraich, 6.15 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 18.20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Zirakpur, 1.10 lakhs from Pathankot, 2.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Guwahati, 9.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 2.50 lakhs from Amravati, 1.10 lakhs from Akola, 3.55 lakhs from Raipur, 1 lakh from Wardha, 1.25 lakhs from Chandrapur, 2 lakhs from Sehore, 23.15 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.15 lakhs from Bikaner, 1.20 lakhs from Kota, 23.15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 3.35 lakhs from Aurangabad, 2.35 lakhs from Nanded and 1.75 lakhs from Mangalore.
Adding another 9 crores, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ has netted around 46.50 crores in two weeks from India. The film has managed good business from the Overseas, grossing ?637,702 from UK and $1,408,522 from US. The Sabbir Khan directed film, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, being distributed worldwide by EROS International, is now an above average fare, but will not be able to improve much from here on. But KAMBAKKHT ISHQ became the second bonus beneficiary, as the distributors have received an additional 2.5 percent distributors shares in the first and second week, because the film's net collections have already crossed the threshold Rs. 17.5 crore from the six major multiplex chains (as explained below for the first beneficiary, NEW YORK)
Our last entry of this week is Yash Raj's Kabir Khan directed NEW YORK. Though the film had seen a heavy fall during its second outing, it had quite a steady third week, as compared to the second one. The film collected 95 lakhs from Bombay, 20.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.10 lakhs from Jamnagar, 4.05 lakhs from Pune, 2.50 lakhs from Nasik, 1.20 lakhs from Belgaum, 46 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.10 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 8.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Bareilly, 1.75 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 15 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.65 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Zirakpur, 1.20 lakhs from Calcutta, 5.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.65 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakhs from Bhopal, 2.15 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Ajmer, 18 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.50 lakhs from Mangalore. Netting another 4.25 crores, NEW YORK has so far netted a great (for its cost and cast) 41 crores in three weeks from India. The film is now a hit plus in India and definitely aiming for a higher status. And for that, apart from its technical merits, and reasonable budget of 20 crores, the film should thank the fact that NEW YORK became the first film to be entitled to 52.5 percent distributors share in week one instead of 50 percent and 45 percent of the same in week two instead of 42.5 share, as its net collections from the six multiplex chains have already crossed Rs. 17.5 crore.
As may be recalled, the matter was resolved in June 2009, whereby the national multiplex chains agreed to increase the share of producers/distributors by 2.5 percent in the first two weeks, if the concerned film had a net of over Rs. 17.5 crore from the six national multiplex chains during its entire run. NEW YORK has also done good business in the Overseas, grossing ?378,053 from UK and $940,184 from US.