This Friday will see the release of two films, Mehul Kumar's KRANTIVEER: THE REVOLUTION and Pravesh Bhardwaj's MR. SINGH MRS. MEHTA. While the Mehul Kumar directed film is a hard hitting socio- political drama, Pravesh Bhardwaj's MR. SINGH MRS. MEHTA is a family drama based on adult relationships.
But given the promotion and the fact that the original KRANTIVEER is still fresh in the mind of the audience, its sequel KRANTIVEER: THE REVOLUTION holds the edge.
It was expected that RAAVAN, the next offering from the Mani Ratnam, A.R. Rahman , Abhishek and Aishwarya team would surpass and in fact double the success of the team's first offering GURU. However it was a sort of an anti climax as the opening day saw RAAVAN managing just a fair opening in Mumbai. Outside of Mumbai, the opening was good at places and dull at others. The multiplexes though were higher at 50-70 percent as compared to the 30-40 percent start of the single screens. Given the fact that budget for all the three versions of RAAVAN, including cost of print and publicity is in the region of Rs. 80 to 90 crores and Big Pictures (the worldwide distributors) have a total investment of Rs. 110 crores, trade predicts a bleak future for RAAVAN. Even in the Overseas, the film has failed to impress grossing just ?122,284 from UK and a below par $480,703 from US during the opening weekend (18-20 June).
Moving on, Partho Ghosh's EK SECOND… JO ZINDAGI BADAL DE could not overcome its poor start and collected 10 lakhs from Bombay, 2 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.15 lakhs from Lucknow and 3.55 lakhs from Aligarh. Netting barely 40 lakhs in its first week from India, the Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala and Suneil Singh starrer EK SECOND… JO ZINDAGI BADAL DE is a trade disaster.
Meanwhile Prakash Jha's political drama/thriller RAAJNEETI has once again fetched handsome shares. Total distributors' share for 2 weeks is around 42 crores, making it a plus fare even with harshest trade classifications. During the week the film collected 2.30 crores from Bombay (collections from 49 cinemas unreceived), 94 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 15.30 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 3.10 lakhs from Bharuch, 2.35 lakhs from Palanpur, 1 lakh from Deesa, 1.50 lakhs from Patan, 13.35 lakhs from Rajkot, 5.15 lakhs from Jamnagar, 5.35 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.30 lakhs from Gandhidham, 25.40 lakhs from Pune, 4 lakhs from Solapur, 1.75 lakhs from Sangli, 10.60 lakhs from Nasik, 7.10 lakhs from Goa, 4 lakhs from Belgaum, 3 crores from Delhi city, 41.25 lakhs from Noida, 30.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 23 lakhs from Kanpur, 43.35 lakhs from Lucknow, 11.55 lakhs from Agra, 13.15 lakhs from Allahabad, 4 lakhs from Meerut, 2.50 lakhs from Bareilly, 7.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2.75 lakhs from Mathura, 60 lakhs from Gurgaon, 23.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 13 lakhs from Chandigarh, 4 lakhs from Zirakpur, 4.55 lakhs from Bhatinda, 5.30 lakhs from Ambala, 10 lakhs from Ludhiana, 6.10 lakhs from Amritsar, 4.10 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 5.55 lakhs from Panipat, 92 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.45 lakhs from Darjeeling, 5.05 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 27 lakhs from Nagpur, 11.35 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3.75 lakhs from Amravati, 3 lakhs from Akola, 2 lakhs each from Dhule, Khandwa and Durg, 15 lakhs from Raipur, 1.50 lakhs from each from Chhindwara and Wardha and Sagar, 34 lakhs from Indore, 2.75 lakhs from Sehore, 6.50 lakhs from Gwalior(collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1.50 lakhs each from Ujjain and Dewas, 48 lakhs from Jaipur(collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 6.15 lakhs each from Jodhpur and Ajmer, 4.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 4.05 lakhs from Kota, 52 lakhs from Hyderabad, 8.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 2 lakhs from Nanded, 3.35 lakhs from Gulbarga, 55.35 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.20 lakhs from Davangere, 4 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam, 5.15 lakhs from Madras and 1.25 lakhs each from Kochi and Coimbatore. Adding a further 24 crores, RAAJNEETI has netted a huge 78.50 crores in two weeks from India and is now in the superhit category. The film has done surprisingly good business in the Overseas grossing ?488,948 from UK and $1,436,396 from US till the third weekend (18-20 June).
Checking out Rakesh Roshan's Anurag Basu directed KITES, the film could not add anything significant after netting 50 crore from India and that may well be it's final total from India. The film has grossed ?557,531 from UK till the fourth weekend (18-20 June) and $1,635,646 from US at the end of its run.
Concluding this week's report, perhaps for the final time with Sajid Nadiadwala's Sajid Khan directed HOUSEFULL; the film is also ending its run. It collected 1 lakh from Bombay, 3.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.75 lakhs from Jaipur and 1.80 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding a further 40 lakhs, HOUSEFULL has netted 71.90 crores in seven weeks from India. The Akshay, Arjun, Lara, Deepika, Riteish and Boman starrer is a hit plus from India.
The film has also done well in the Overseas, grossing ?687,248 from UK till the eighth weekend (18-20 June) and $1,183,658 from US at the end of its run.