The major release of this week is Anubhav Sinha’s Ayushmann Khurana starrer ARTICLE 15. The teaser of the hard-hitting film saw a good response and so the film is expected to open to decent houses (better at multiplexes) and should pick up further by word-of-mouth. The week will also see the release of Hollywood’s ANNABELLE COMES HOME (dubbed) and it should find favour with the fans of the franchise. Having said that, Shahid Kapoor’s still piping hot KABIR SINGH will definitely pose problems for the new releases.
Checking out last week’s major release, T-Series’ Shahid Kapoor-Kiara Advani starrer, KABIR SINGH, remake of Telugu super hit ARJUN REDDY; after a stunning opening weekend (71 crore), the film continued its miraculous run even during the weekdays with minimal fall, netting 71 crore. The first week is expected to be a huge 134-135 crore. KABIR SINGH, which is already a blockbuster, is on way to becoming the biggest hit of 2019. The only question which remains unanswered at this point of time is whether KABIR SINGH can cross the 200 crore mark? Chances are, it will! The film has also performed well in the overseas (read as US) grossing $1.75m with £85,000 from UK and $6,500,000 from the US, during the opening weekend (21-23 June).
Moving on, Taapsee Pannu’s dubbed venture, GAME OVER (despite being an open release), failed to appeal t o the audience and just about managed 3.75- 4 crore during its first week from India.
Meanwhile, the Ali Abbas Zafar directed Salman-Katrina starrer BHARAT crashed in its second week collecting 2 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 22.50 lakhs from Surat, 11.75 lakhs from Baroda, 11.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 65 lakhs from Pune, 10.75 lakhs from Nasik, 9.50 lakhs from Goa, 3 lakhs from Belgaum, 2.25 crore from Delhi city, 65 lakhs from Noida, 50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 36 lakhs from Kanpur, 75 lakhs from Lucknow, 25 lakhs from Agra, 20 lakhs from Allahabad, 7 lakhs from Aligarh, 16.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 20.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.25 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 5.50 lakhs from Panipat, 15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 6.50 lakhs from Jalandhar , 5.75 lakhs from Patiala, 7.25 lakhs from Amritsar, 10.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3.25 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Ambala, 1.50 lakhs from Shimla, 7 lakhs from Jammu, 75 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Darjeeling, 9.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 14.50 lakhs from Patna, 6.75 lakhs from Dhanbad, 10 lakhs from Ranchi, 16.25 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 8.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 5.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 20 lakhs from Nagpur, 20.50 lakhs from Raipur, 30 lakhs from Indore, 10 lakhs from Gwalior(collections from 4 cinemas unrecieved), 15 lakhs from Bhopal, 75 lakhs from Jaipur, 14.55 lakhs from Jodhpur, 7.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 3 lakhs from Bikaner, 10 lakhs from Kota, 12 lakhs from Udaipur, 35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 8.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 75 lakhs from Bangalore, 2.25 lakhs from Mangalore, 3.75 lakhs from Mysore, 2 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 2 lakhs from Kochi. Adding 24 crore during its second week from India, BHARAT has now netted 198 crore in two weeks from India and is a semi-hit, and will technically end up as a hit, given the handsome recoveries from satellite, digital and audio rights. However, given the team’s previous 300 crore ventures (TIGER ZINDA HAI & SULTAN), it is a bit disappointing . The film is decent (good in US) in the overseas grossing $10.50m with £895,000 from UK and $2,850,000 from the US, till the third weekend (21-23 June).
Concluding with Luv Ranjan’s Akiv Ali directed Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet starrer DE DE PYAR DE, the film benefitted the most from BHARAT’s second week decline , adding another 2.50 crore in its fifth week, thus netting 95.50 crore in five weeks from India and is a semi-hit, after accounting for non-theatrical rights. The film is fair in the overseas grossing $2.75m with £185,000 from UK and $1,012,000 from the US.