The coming Friday will see multiple releases in the form of Yash Raj Films’ DUM LAGA KE HAISHA, Nana Patekar’s AB TAK CHHAPPAN 2 and the Ganesh Acharya venture, HEY BRO. Though the front runner appears to be YRF’s DUM LAGA KE HAISHA, but one feels that the still hot BADLAPUR will be a tough cookie for the new releases.
Moving on, after a surprisingly good start, last week’s Sriram Raghavan directed Nawazuddin, Varun, Huma and Yami starrer, BADLAPUR, picked up very well on Saturday and consolidated further on Sunday, with a rock steady performance (despite the key India-South Africa cricket match). The opening weekend is in the 24-25 crore range, more down the middle. Given the modest all inclusive budget (25 crore), and the quite steady dreaded Monday, it appears that BADLAPUR may well turn out to be the first clean hit of the year, touch wood! The film is alright in the overseas, grossing $1.1m, with £45,000 from UK and $230,000 from the US, during the opening weekend (20-22 February).
The other release of the week, Mahendra Dhariwal’s MONSOON, failed to appeal to the audience and saw negligible footfalls, which translated in layman’s term means that MONSOON is an unmitigated disaster.
Meanwhile, last week’s Vikramjit Singh directed Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer, ROY, could not quite capitalize on a fairly decent 28 crore opening weekend, as the weekdays were not on the same level. During the first week ROY collected 4.65 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 1.25 crore from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 36 lakhs from Surat, 25 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unrecieved), 29 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.15 crore from Pune, 10 lakhs from Goa, 5.25 lakhs from Belgaum, 3.75 crore from Delhi city, 55.65 lakhs from Noida, 41.65 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 25 lakhs from Kanpur, 42.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.50 lakhs from Agra, 8.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 4 lakhs from Aligarh, 20.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 13 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.50 lakhs from Panipat, 15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 16 lakhs from Jalandhar, 13 lakhs from Amritsar, 15 lakhs from Ludhiana, 5.55 lakhs from Bhatinda, 3.25 lakhs from Ambala, 3.50 lakhs from Jammu, 1 crore from Calcutta, 2.15 lakhs from Darjeeling, 13.55 lakhs from Siliguri, 3.65 lakhs from Patna, 6.25 lakhs from Dhanbad, 4.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 11 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 4 lakhs from Guwahati, 35 lakhs from Nagpur, 14 lakhs from Jabalpur, 15.50 lakhs from Raipur, 50 lakhs from Indore, 10 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 5 cinemas unrecieved), 22.55 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 5 cinemas unrecieved), 60 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unrecieved), 3.15 lakhs from Jodhpur, 8.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.25 lakhs from Bikaner, 14.15 lakhs from Kota, 12.25 lakhs from Udaipur, 45 lakhs from Hyderabad, 13 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.15 crore from Bangalore, 6.25 lakhs from Mangalore, 4 lakhs from Mysore, 2.75 lakhs from Vijayawada, 6.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 3 lakhs from Madras, 1.15 lakhs from Coimbatore and 4.15 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 40 crore during the opening week from India, ROY, is struggling at the ticket window. ROY has also disappointed in the overseas grossing £126,967 from UK and $235,000 from the US till the second weekend (20-22 February).
Unlike the earlier perception MSG-THE MESSENGER managed a decent show during the first week as it collected 1.25 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 30 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 18 lakhs from Surat, 20 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved), 20 lakhs from Pune, 3 crore from Delhi city, 8.50 lakhs from Noida, 45 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 15 lakhs from Faridabad, 42.75 lakhs from Panipat, 1.25 crore from Chandigarh , 8.50 lakhs from Ambala, 3 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Siliguri, 1.15 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 17.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 4 lakhs from Raipur, 10 lakhs from Indore, 10 lakhs from Bhopal, 15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Kota, 14 lakhs from Udaipur, 15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 20 lakhs from Bangalore, 1 lakh from Mangalore, 1.75 lakhs from Vijayawada, 1.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 1 lakh from Madras and 1.50 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 10.50 crore during the opening week, MSG-THE MESSENGER seems to have made a mark with the target audience.
Moving on, mega star Amitabh Bachchan’s Balki directed SHAMITABH crashed in the second week collecting 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 15 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 4 lakhs from Surat, 5 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 1.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 15 lakhs from Pune, 25 lakhs from Delhi city, 7.50 lakhs from Noida, 3.65 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 6 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 2.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Jabalpur, 1.75 lakhs from Raipur, 3 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakhs from Bhopal, 5 lakhs from Jaipur, 15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 25 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 5.75 lakhs from Madras and 2 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 2 crore, SHAMITABH has netted 22 crore in two weeks from India and is a box-office failure, more so due to the heavy involved costs. SHAMITABH is fair in the overseas grossing £85,000 from UK and $290,000 from the US.
Concluding with Neeraj Pandey’s Akshay Kumar starrer, BABY, despite new releases the film keeps ticking collecting 75 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 20 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 5.50 lakhs from Surat, 3.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved), 5.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 15 lakhs from Pune, 40 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.50 lakhs from Noida, 5 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3 lakhs from Kanpur, 5 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.75 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 2 lakhs from Ludhiana, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.25 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 2.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.75 lakhs from Raipur, 5 lakhs from Indore, 1.55 lakhs from Bhopal, 5 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Udaipur, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.75 lakhs from Aurangabad and 10 lakhs from Bangalore. With another 3.50 crore, BABY has netted 91 crore in four weeks from India and is an above average venture. BABY has performed well in the overseas grossing $2.2m with £130,000 from UK and $780,000 from the US.