This week will witness the release of Prakash Jha'sAmitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Rao starrer SATYAGRAHA. The film is awaited by a section of the audience and is quite topical, and so it is expected to open to a good to decent response.
Last Friday's Shoojit Sircar directed John Abraham starrer, MADRAS CAFE, saw an ordinary opening day (barring premier multiplexes), but thanks to the highly positive word-of-mouth, from the actual cinema frequenting audience, the film saw a big pick up from the second day onwards. During the opening weekend MADRAS CAFE netted close to 20 crore, and is doing fairly well during the weekdays as well. The film may not have released in the UK (due to protests) but is having a good run in the overseas, especially in the US, where it has grossed $245,000 during the opening weekend (23-25 August).
Moving on, Milan Luthria's Akshay, Imran and Sonakshi starrer, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA, did manage to get some benefit from the Raksha Bandhan holidays it collected 5.50 crore from Bombay, 2.25 crore from Ahmedabad, 1.10 crore from Surat, 75.15 lakhs from Baroda, 50 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.25 crore from Pune, 23.15 lakhs from Nasik, 25.65 lakhs from Goa, 8.65 lakhs from Belgaum, 4 crore from Delhi city, 51.20 lakhs from Noida, 60 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 30.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 75.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 13.50 lakhs from Agra, 23.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 5.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 60 lakhs from Gurgaon, 12.55 lakhs from Faridabad, 5.65 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 26 lakhs from Chandigarh, 16 lakhs from Jalandhar, 10 lakhs from Amritsar, 11.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 6.20 lakhs from Bhatinda, 4 lakhs from Ambala, 4.50 lakhs from Jammu, 70 lakhs from Calcutta, 8 lakhs from Siliguri, 5.75 lakhs from Ranchi, 6 lakhs fromDhanbad, 9.55 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 7.15 lakhs from Guwahati, 28.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 27.65 lakhs from Raipur,66.75 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 11.35 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 40 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.50 crore from Jaipur, 5.50 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 16 lakhs from Ajmer, 6 lakhs from Bikaner, 22.20 lakhs from Kota, 24.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 45 lakhs from Hyderabad, 17.50 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 60 lakhs from Bangalore, 4.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 3 lakhs from Vijayawada, 4 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam, 4 lakhs from Madras and 2 lakhs from Kochi. Netting a fair 52 crore during the opening week from India, OUATIMD will struggle to break even, given the way it has progressed in the second weekend. The film is fair in the overseas grossing ?180,500 from UK and $ 397,300 from the US till the second weekend (23-25 August).
Meanwhile after a record(s) creating opening week, Rohit Shetty's CHENNAI EXPRESS managed another good week as it collected 4.25 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 crore from Ahmedabad, 25.60 lakhs from Surat, 46.25 lakhs from Baroda, 13.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.40 crore from Pune, 24 lakhs from Nasik, 13 lakhs from Goa, 8.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 3 crore from Delhi city, 41 lakhs from Noida, 38 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 22 lakhs from Kanpur, 60.55 lakhs from Lucknow, 10.50 lakhs from Agra, 16 lakhs from Allahabad, 8 lakhs from Aligarh, 47.65 lakhs from Gurgaon, 10 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra,20.35 lakhs from Chandigarh, 12.25 lakhs from Jalandhar,6.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 8.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3.75 lakhs from Bhatinda, 3.50 lakhs from Ambala, 4.35 lakhs from Jammu, 1.50 crore from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Darjeeling, 16.20 lakhs from Siliguri, 4.25 lakhs from Ranchi, 8 lakhs fromDhanbad, 11 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 8 lakhs from Guwahati, 55.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 25.20 lakhs from Raipur, 30 lakhs from Indore, 10.55 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.15crore from Jaipur, 5 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 13.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 7.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 17 lakhs from Kota, 20 lakhs from Udaipur, 70 lakhs from Hyderabad, 16.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.50 crore from Bangalore, 11 lakhs from Mangalore, 7.50 lakhs from Vijayawada, 8 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam, 15.20 lakhs from Madras, 4.50 lakhs from Coimbatore and 8.50 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 41 crore, the Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer, CHENNAI EXPRESS,has netted 193 crore (including paid previews) in two weeks from India, and is an all-time blockbuster. The film is an overseas blockbuster grossing ?1,925,000 from UK and $4,688,000 from the US till the third weekend (23-25 August).
Concluding,perhaps for the last time with Viacom 18's Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directedFarhan Akhtar starrer, BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, the film added another crore thereby netting 108.50 crore in six weeks from India and is a super duper hit based on the worldwide run.