The coming Friday will see a host of small or delayed releases, apart from the dubbed ventures. The list includes SHABRI, CHITKABREY – SHADES OF GREY, YEH DOORIYAN and STAND BY. From the bunched releases, it is just award winning director Sanjay Surkar's football based STAND BY that stands some chances at the box-office! However, that is not the end of the story as before the end of the week, Wednesday the 31st August to be precise; the cinemas will be taken over by Salman-Kareena's Eid blockbuster BODYGUARD. The opening will be huge if not earth shattering and the extended weekend will see a few opening records being broken.
All the releases of last week, RGV's NOT A LOVE STORY, Ajay Chandhok's CHATUR SINGH TWO STAR and the Pravin Dabas directed SAHI DHANDHE GALAT BANDE failed to achieve anything significant. Comparatively speaking NOT A LOVE STORY fared the best and may be saved due to its small budget. The other two releases have no chance of survival.
After facing a ban in three states (U.P., Punjab and Andhra Pradesh) on the first day AARAKSHAN got some relief on the second day as the ban was lifted in Punjab and Andhra. Despite the setback the film saw a good run as it collected 3.5 crore from Bombay (collections from 56 cinemas unreceived), 1.20 crore from Ahmedabad, 15.50 lakhs from Surat, 36 lakhs from Baroda, 21.55 lakhs from Rajkot, 6 lakhs from Jamnagar, 7.55 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 5 lakhs from Bhuj, 36 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Nasik, 10 lakhs from Goa, 6.5 lakhs from Belgaum, 4 crore from Delhi city, 40 lakhs from Gurgaon, 13.30 lakhs from Faridabad, 11 lakhs from Panipat, 20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3.35 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2.30 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.55 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1 crore from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 9.25 lakhs from Siliguri, 5 lakhs from Guwahati, 35 lakhs from Nagpur, 18 lakhs from Jabalpur, 30 lakhs from Raipur, 50.55 lakhs from Indore (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 15.20 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived ), 40 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 85 lakhs from Jaipur, 6.50 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 5.65 lakhs from Bikaner, 20 lakhs from Kota, 8.25 lakhs from Udaipur, 35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 13.50 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 80 lakhs from Bangalore, 6.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.60 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 6 lakhs from Madras (collections from other cinemas unreceived) and 3 lakhs from Kochi. Netting nearly 32 crore in the opening week, the Amitabh, Manoj, Saif and Deepika starrer faces a tough battle at the ticket window, given the way the film has progressed in the second weekend. AARAKSHAN has under-performed in the overseas grossing ? 144,000 from UK till the second weekend (19-21 August) and $440,800 from US till August 18.
Meanwhile Vikram Bhatt's PHHIR could not make much of an impression after a dull start. The film collected 30 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 12 cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Surat, 1.55 lakhs from Baroda, 1.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 3 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Nasik, 1.35 lakhs from Goa, 1.20 lakhs from Belgaum, 15 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.30 lakhs from Noida, 4.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Allahabad, 1.65 lakhs from Aligarh, 2 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.10 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.10 lakhs from Jalandhar, 5 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 3.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Amravati, 2.25 lakhs from Raipur, 3.75 lakhs from Indore, 2.15 lakhs from Gwalior, 1.15 lakhs from Bhopal, 5 lakhs from Jaipur, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2 lakhs from Aurangabad, 5 lakhs from Bangalore, 1 lakh from Mangalore and 1 lakh from Madras (collections from other cinemas unreceived). Netting around 2 crores during the opening week, PHHIR has failed at the box-office.
Moving on Rohit Shetty's Ajay Devgn starrer SINGHAM continues the amazing Mumbai circuit run as it collected 1 crore from Bombay, 60 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 20 lakhs from Surat, 25 lakhs from Baroda, 12.50 lakhs from Rajkot , 2.65 lakhs from Jamnagar, 3.50 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2 lakhs from Bhuj, 44 lakhs from Pune, 8.75 lakhs from Nasik, 3 lakhs from Goa, 3 lakhs from Belgaum, 18.55 lakhs from Delhi city, 9 lakhs from Noida, 5 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 12 lakhs from Kanpur, 15.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 7.50 lakhs from Agra, 4 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.20 lakhs from Aligarh, 3.30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.35 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2.15 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 14.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 8 lakhs from Raipur, 9 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Gwalior (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 4.20 lakhs from Bhopal, 12.50 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 2.75 lakhs from Jodhpur, 4 lakhs from Hyderabad, 10 lakhs from Aurangabad, 4.75 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.15 lakhs from Mangalore. With another 6.50 crores, SINGHAM has netted a huge 92.50 crores in four weeks from India. The film though has been rejected in the Overseas.
Concluding with Zoya Akhtar's ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA, the film is still generating good shares from the multiplexes. During the week the Hrithik-Katrina starrer collected 55 lakhs from Bombay, 15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4 lakhs from Baroda, 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 6 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.30 lakhs from Nasik, 2.25 lakhs from Goa, 35.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 11.35 lakhs from Noida, 4.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 9.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.60 lakhs from Agra, 2.60 lakhs from Allahabad , 7.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from Faridabad, 3 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.65 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2 lakhs from Ludhiana, 13 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.20 lakhs from Raipur, 3.50 lakhs from Indore, 3 lakhs from Jaipur, 17.35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 31.50 lakhs from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Mangalore, 2 lakhs from Visakhapatnam , 1 lakh from Madras and 2 lakhs from Kochi. Adding 3.25 crores, ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA has netted 88 crores in five weeks from India and is a super hit. The film is an overseas blockbuster grossing ?880,000 from UK and an amazing $3,056,046 from US till the sixth weekend (19-21 August).