This week, like the last one, will once again see a solo Hindi release in the form of Milan Luthria's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI. Banking on some smart and focused publicity and popular music, especially "Pee Loon", the film is expected to commence on a good start, more so in the Mumbai circuit. The Ajay, Emraan, Kangna and Prachi starrer is being tipped as a winner by some sections of the trade.
Last Friday's Priyadarshan directed Akshay Kumar and Trisha Krishnan starrer, KHATTA MEETHA, got off to a good start in places like Bombay-Maharashtra (more at the single screens), Gujarat and U.P but was dull in Delhi city and South. Though these are early days the film was expected to open much better though not on the level of HOUSEFULL. Thankfully, the weekend saw a positive growth but the film has to sustain at least till the second weekend to be termed a success, despite its reasonable costs for an Akki-Priyan project. The film has had an ordinary run in the Overseas, despite an entry at number 7 in UK charts the film has grossed just ?124,104 and $309,211 from US during the opening weekend (23-25 July).
The opening of the Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu starrer, LAMHAA, was below par and the film could not improve on it. During the first week the film collected 1 crore from Bombay (collections from 50 cinemas unreceived), 38 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 3.15 lakhs from Rajkot , 1.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 9 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.65 lakhs from Solapur, 3.75 lakhs from Nasik, 3 lakhs from Goa, 1.10 crores from Delhi city, 14 lakhs from Noida, 9.35 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 8.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 12.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 4 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Meerut, 1 lakh from Bareilly, 2.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 2 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 20.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.30 lakhs from Panipat, 8 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.10 lakhs from Zirakpur, 1.35 lakhs from Bhatinda, 1.85 lakhs each from Ambala and Ludhiana, 2.10 lakhs from Amritsar, 16.50 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.25 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 8.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.10 lakhs each from Amravati and Akola, 5 lakhs from Raipur, 7 lakhs from Indore (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 2.10 lakhs from Bhopal, 10.20 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 1.10 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.35 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.35 lakhs from Kota, 25 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.65 lakhs from Aurangabad, 2 lakhs from Gulbarga, 16.65 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.15 lakhs from Mangalore, 1 lakh from Vishakhapatnam and 3.50 lakhs from Madras. During its opening week, LAMHAA has netted a poor 8.50 crore from India and is a huge commercial failure.
The other release of the same week, the Ali Zafar starrer TERE BIN LADEN picked up remarkably at select multiplexes but remained poor at the remaining cinemas. The film collected 1.50 crores from Bombay, 18.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 8.75 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 3 lakhs each from Nasik and Goa, 1 lakh from Belguam, 57.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 11.20 lakhs from Noida, 8.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.70 lakhs from Kanpur, 5.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Agra, 2.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 16.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.70 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.10 lakhs from Panipat, 4.15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh each from Zirakpur and Bhatinda, 2.65 lakhs from Ludhiana, 6.75 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Siliguri, 4.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.15 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3.65 lakhs from Raipur, 8.15 lakhs from Indore, 2.50 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Kota, 8.15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.15 lakhs from Aurangabad, 6.50 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.25 lakhs from Mangalore and 1.15 lakhs from Madras. In its opening week TERE BIN LADEN has netted a decent 5.50 crores from India. Given the fact that the film has quite low costs and has maintained quite well during the second weekend too, the film is all set to be a success, more so due to the good satellite rights.
Meanwhile, Anurag Kashyap's UDAAN also shot up in a few multiplexes but was dull elsewhere. The film collected 55 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 16 cinemas unreceived), 8.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 4.75 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 30 lakhs from Delhi city, 5 lakhs from Noida, 2 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 8.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.75 lakhs each from Faridabad and Chandigarh, 6.70 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 1.85 lakhs from Indore, 1.75 lakhs from Jaipur, 7.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 9.25 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.20 lakhs from Madras. Netting about 2.50 crore during its opening week, UDAAN will be a safe preposition for all concerned, once the non-theatrical rights are accounted for.
Moving on, Boney Kapoor's much delayed Shahid-Kareena starrer MILENGE MILENGE is ending its run. The film crashed heavily and has collected 10 lakhs from Bombay, 4.55 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Bhavnagar, 6.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.10 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.35 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Indore, 10.65 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived) and 3 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from other cinemas unreceived). Adding a further 1.50 crore, MILENGE MILENGE has netted close to 10 crore in two weeks from India. Given the fact that the makers are also the worldwide distributors and all the rights rest with them, the Satish Kaushik directed film will be a profitable venture for all concerned, especially due to the low costs and the handsome satellite rights. MILENGE MILENGE is poor in the Overseas grossing just about ?119,859 from UK till the third weekend (22-23 July)
Ending this week's report with Karan Johar's Punit Malhotra directed I HATE LUV STORYS; the film is ending its successful run, where most of the collections came during the opening weekend. The film collected 25 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 25 cinemas unreceived), 7.65 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 1.40 lakhs each from Baroda and Rajkot, 3.50 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.15 lakhs from Nasik, 1 lakh from Goa, 25 lakhs from Delhi city, 4 lakhs from Noida, 2.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Agra, 4.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.65 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.10 lakhs from Panipat, 2.10 lakhs from Chandigarh, 11.20 lakhs from Calcutta(collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh each from Siliguri and Guwahati, 3.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 2 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.45 lakhs from Raipur, 3 lakhs from Indore, 3.15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh each from Jodhpur and Kota, 14.55 lakhs from Hyderabad, 11 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.20 lakhs from Mangalore and 1.65 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam. With another 2.30 crores, I HATE LUV STORYS has netted a good 43.30 crore in three weeks from India. The Imran and Sonam starrer is an above average fare. IHLS has also done very well in the Overseas grossing ?511,582 from UK till the fourth weekend (23-25 July) and $843,543 from US (till 25th July).