The coming Friday is sure to bring cheers to a beleaguered film industry as the Sajid Khan directed HOUSEFULL is all set to bring the house (rather the box-office!) down with its super opening. And for that the Sajid Nadiawala venture, featuring Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Lara Dutta, Ritesh Deshmukh , Boman Irani and Jiah Khan starrer, has to thank the superb publicity blitzkrieg, popular music and the team's previous track record(s). Unfortunately the other release of the week, the Jag Mundhra directed CHASE is likely to be blown away by HOUSEFULL.
It may come as a surprise to many that last Friday was a record of sorts for Bollywood because as many as 11 Hindi films hit the screens, if we count all the films that released. Some of them were Som Shekhar's MUSKURAKE DEKH ZARA, the Tanushree Dutta starrer APARTMENT, BIRD IDOL (animated), CITY OF GOLD – MUMBAI 1982 EK ANKAHI KAHANI, KUCHH KARIYE, CRIME PARTNER and MUMBAI 118!. The reason we had already explained last week itself, IPL getting over and the biggie HOUSEFULL the week after. Unfortunately none of the mentioned films made a mark anywhere, barring Jagmohan Mundhra's APARTMENT that saw some limited patronage in West Bengal/Assam, Rajasthan and to a lesser extent at the single screens of Delhi-U.P.
The Milind Ukey directed PAATHSHAALA, could not sustain beyond a decent weekend, though the collections were somewhat steady on the lower side. The film collected 92 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 38 cinemas unreceived), 37.30 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 6.75 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 4.25 lakhs from Surat, 1.35 lakhs each from Nadiad and Valsad, 7.15 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs each from Bharuch and Bhavnagar, 2.05 lakhs from Jamnagar, 9.30 lakhs from Pune, 1 lakh from Solapur, 3.85 lakhs from Nasik, 3 lakhs from Goa, 2 lakhs from Belgaum, 85 lakhs from Delhi city, 15.35 lakhs from Noida, 6.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 11.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 4 lakhs from Agra, 2.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 17 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 7.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.05 lakhs from Zirakpur, 2 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1 lakh each from Bhatinda and Amritsar, 1.30 lakhs each from Panipat and Kurukshetra, 25 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.25 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.15 lakhs from Guwahati, 10.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 7 lakhs from Raipur, 13.25 lakhs from Indore, 2.65 lakhs from Gwalior, 4.05 lakhs from Bhopal, 12 lakhs from Jaipur, 3 lakhs from Jodhpur, 4 lakhs from Kota, 30 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4.10 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.20 lakhs from Nanded, 1.85 lakhs from Latur, 1.05 lakhs from Gulbarga, 17.35 lakhs from Bangalore, 2.75 lakhs from Mangalore, 3 lakhs each from Vishakhapatnam and Madras. In its opening week, the Nana, Shahid and Ayesha starrer, PAATHSHAALA has managed just about 8 crores from India. The film still has to work to get into safe waters. PAATHSHAALA has been totally rejected in the Overseas grossing a mere ?44,000 up to the second weekend (23-25 April)
Meanwhile Milind Gadagkar's PHOONK 2 could not quite emulate the success of PHOONK. The film collected 65 lakhs from Bombay(collections from 59 cinemas unreveived), 22 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.25 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs each from Surat and Rajkot, 1 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.50 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 5.25 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Solapur, 3.15 lakhs from Nasik, 1.65 lakhs from Goa, 4.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 60 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.40 lakhs from Noida, 6 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 7 lakhs from Lucknow, 3 lakhs from Agra, 2.35 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.10 lakhs from Meerut, 1 lakh each from Aligarh and Muzzafarnagar, 10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6 lakhs from Chandigarh, 4.60 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Zirakpur, 1.10 lakhs from Ambala and Kurukshetra, 1.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.60 lakhs from Panipat, 10.50 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.05 lakhs from Siliguri, 1 lakh from Guwahati, 7 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Amravati, 1.20 lakhs each from Akola and Dhule, 4.15 lakhs from Raipur, 1.10 lakhs from Chandrapur, 1 lakh from Wardha, 1.45 lakhs from Durg, 8 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Gwalior, 4 lakhs from Bhopal, 7 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.05 lakhs from Bikaner, 2.15 lakhs from Kota, 30 lakhs from Hyderabad, 3.60 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.40 lakhs from Latur, 3.50 lakhs from Gulbarga, 25 lakhs from Bangalore, 3.65 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.60 lakhs from Davangere, 1.05 lakhs from Vijaywada, 2.75 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam, 3.65 lakhs from Madras and 1.50 lakhs from Coimbatore. Netting around 5.25 crores in its opening week from India, PHOONK 2 will scrape through to a recovery status with the help of the non-theatrical rights.
Meanwhile Vivek Oberoi's PRINCE crashed badly in the second week and collected 30 lakhs from Bombay, 14.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.50 lakhs from Baroda, 1.65 lakhs from Surat, 8.10 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.25 lakhs from Bhavnanagr, 1.35 lakhs from Gandhidham, 1.70 lakhs from Pune, 1lakh from Nasik, 17 lakhs from Delhi city, 3 lakhs from Noida, 3.70 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.05 lakhs from Kanpur, 7.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 3 lakhs from Agra, 2 lakhs from Allahabad, 1 lakh from Meerut, 3.30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3.15 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 4.10 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.15 lakhs each from Amravati and Akola, 3.05 lakhs from Raipur, 2.65 lakhs from Indore, 1.35 lakhs from Sehore, 1 lakh from Gwalior, 4.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Jodhpur, 1.35 lakhs from Kota, 8.75 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.10 lakhs from Latur and 4.35 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding a further 3.25 crores, PRINCE has netted close to 19 crores in two weeks from India. Due to its high cost PRINCE has flopped in India. The film has also failed in the Overseas with about ?135,000 till the third weekend (23-25 April).
Concluding this week's report with Milap Zaveri's JAANE KAHAN SE AAYI HAI, after an ordinary first week the film crashed further collecting 10 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 12 cinemas unreceived), 3.45 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.20 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida, 1.35 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Agra, 1.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.60 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Hyderabad and 4.15 lakhs from Bangalore. With another 90 lakhs, JAANE KAHAN SE AAYI HAI has netted a poor 4.75 crores in two weeks from India. The Ritesh-Jaqueline starrer is a trade debacle.