The coming Friday will once again witness a triangular contest involving Shilpa Shetty produced DISHKIYAOON, the Syed Ahmad Afzal directed YOUNGISTAAN and Atul Agnihotri's O TERI. Given the reasonably popular music and good promotion, the front runner is likely to be the Jackky Bhagnani starrer YOUNGISTAAN followed by O TERI and DISHKIYAOON.
The multiple releases of last week, namely Sunny Leone's RAGINI MMS -2, Satish Kaushik directed Sharman Joshi starrer GANG OF GHOSTS, the Rajat Kapoor venture ANKHON DEKHI and last but not the least Nagesh Kukunoor's LAKSHMI, fared expectedly.
The winner was obviously Sunny Leone's RAGINI MMS-2, which saw a good weekend of around 23 crore, and is likely to cross the final total of Sunny's biggest hit, JISM 2, by the end of the first week itself, and is on way to a good success and if not a hit. From the remaining releases it was just GANG OF GHOSTS that fared reasonably, but it was not significant enough. The remaining two releases failed to make a mark.
After a below par weekend Yash Raj Films' BEWAKOOFIYAAN could not show any improvement during the weekdays as it collected 2 crore from Bombay, 55 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 18 lakhs from Surat, 11.25 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 7.15 lakhs from Rajkot, 45 lakhs from Pune, 8.50 lakhs from Nasik, 6.15 lakhs from Goa, 2.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.50 crore from Delhi city, 15.50 lakhs from Noida, 13.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 9.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 17 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.15 lakhs from Agra, 3.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 2 lakhs from Aligarh, 25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.75 lakhs from Panipat, 1.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 14 lakhs from Chandigarh, 4 lakhs from Jalandhar, 3 lakhs from Amritsar, 5.15 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Jammu, 45 lakhs from Calcutta, 3.55 lakhs from Siliguri, 10 lakhs from Nagpur, 6.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 6 lakhs from Raipur, 6.50 lakhs from Indore (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 45 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Ajmer, 2 lakhs from Bikaner, 5.25 lakhs from Kota, 2 lakhs from Udaipur, 45 lakhs from Hyderabad, 5.50 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 40 lakhs from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.25 lakhs from Vijayawada, 3.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 3 lakhs from Madras and 2.50 lakhs from Kochi.
The Sonam Kapoor and Ayushman Khurrana starrer has netted 12.75 crore during the opening week from India, but will still be a plus fare for YRF who are the distributors and additionally hold all the non-theatrical rights as well.
The other two releases, Ramsay Entertainment's NEIGHBOURS and Legacy Film Productions and Subhash Sehgal's W failed to make a mark whatsoever and are trade debacles.
Meanwhile Vikas Bahl's Kangana-Rajkumar starrer, QUEEN, saw a rock-steady second week collecting 4.25 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 19 lakhs from Surat, 18 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 4.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 crore from Pune, 8.50 lakhs from Nasik, 8.50 lakhs from Goa, 2.15 lakhs from Belgaum, 3.75 crore from Delhi city, 45.65 lakhs from Noida, 22.55 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 12 lakhs from Kanpur, 25 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 3.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.55 lakhs from Panipat, 1.75 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 21.55 lakhs from Chandigarh, 7.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 10 lakhs from Ludhiana, 6 lakhs from Amritsar, 2 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2.50 lakhs from Jammu, 65 lakhs from Calcutta, 3.65 lakhs from Siliguri, 15 lakhs from Nagpur, 6 lakhs from Jabalpur, 6 lakhs from Raipur, 10 lakhs from Indore (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 7 lakhs from Gwalior, 15 lakhs from Bhopal, 40 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 5 lakhs from Kota, 2.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4.50 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 1.50 crore from Bangalore, 3.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 1 lakh from Vijayawada, 4 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 5.50 lakhs from Madras and 4 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 18.50 crore, QUEEN has netted 37 crore in two weeks from India and is a hit.
QUEEN is also on a superb run in the overseas, grossing ?120,000 from the UK and $895,000 from the US till the third weekend (21-23 March).
The other two releases, the Madhuri-Juhi starrer GULAAB GANG and Ali Zafar's TOTAL SIYAPAA, crashed completely in the second week. Just for records GULAAB GANG added another crore, thereby netting 15 crore in two weeks from India, and the Anubhav Sinha produced venture can at best rated as a below average fare, after accounting for the non-theatrical rights. Coming to TOTAL SIYAPAA, it is a totally loss making venture!
Concluding with Vidya-Farhan's SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS, the film added some more to its kitty as it collected 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.25 lakhs from Surat, 3 lakhs from Baroda collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 5.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Nasik, 1.15 lakhs from Goa, 20 lakhs from Delhi city, 3.50 lakhs from Noida, 2.35 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Indore , 1.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 2 lakhs from Jaipur, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 15 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Kochi. Adding another 2 crore, SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS has netted 40 crore in three weeks from India and is an above average fare, based on the worldwide run.
SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS has also done very well in the overseas (especially US) grossing ?276,000 from UK and $935,000 from the US.