Bollywood box-office report of the week : 29 july 2009

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The coming Friday, rather the last day of July will see the release of the movie that has created a buzz from the day its first stills were seen! Obviously we are referring to Saif Ali Khan's first production, under his banner, Illuminati Films, the Imtiaz Ali directed LOVE AAJ KAL. Given the chartbusting music, the superb promotion and being from the director who made JAB WE MET, the film is expected to embark on a flying start, more so in the cities and at good cinemas.

Last week's major release, Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd's Soham Shah directed Mithun, Dutt, Imran, Shruti and Danny starrer LUCK, which was expected to take good start, disappointed one and all with its mixed opening. Released at 108 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru Studio 18), the film saw a dull start, but was better in single screens. At an all India level the opening was not up to the mark at most of the places though encouraging in single-screen cinemas. Trade feels that the 40 crore LUCK will need tons of luck to reach even the average mark. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas, grossing a poor ?86,635 from UK and $112,309 from the US.

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The other release of the same week, Xperience Films' PERFECT MISMATCH (English) is a perfectly childish attempt at filmmaking and has expectedly a horrifyingly poor opening to show, with a predictable disaster status.

Meanwhile Vishesh Films' Adhyayan Suman, Shahana Goswami, Anjana Sukhani and Humayun Saeed starrer JASHNN has been totally rejected by the audiences after a weak start. The film collected 35 lakhs from Bombay, 17 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.15 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.10 lakhs from Pune, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 30 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.25 lakhs from Noida, 3.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Kanpur, 5.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 2.15 lakhs from Aligarh, 2 lakhs from Chandigarh, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Calcutta, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs each from Indore and Jaipur and 14 lakhs from Hyderabad. Netting around 3 crores in its opening week from India, JASHNN has failed at the ticket window, despite a low budget.

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Checking out Anil Kapoor Films Company Pvt. Ltd.'s Akshaye-Arshad starrer SHORT KUT, the film crashed further, collecting 15 lakhs from Bombay, 3 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.15 lakhs from Surat, 2 lakhs from Baroda, 1.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 3 lakhs from Pune, 1 lakh from Nasik, 15 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 2 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs each from Nagpur and Indore and 2 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another 1.25 crores, SHORT KUT has netted a poor 8.25 crores in two weeks from India. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas, grossing just about ?143,550 from UK.

Not surprisingly Pankaj Advani's SANKAT CITY improves its collections in the second week, especially in Bombay. The film is on a very steady run, falling by just about 33 percent in the second week, as compared to the first. During its second week SANKAT CITY collected 10.50 lakhs from Bombay, 2 lakhs from Ahmdebad, 4 lakhs from Delhi city and 2 lakhs each from Noida and Gurgaon. Adding another 50 lakhs, SANKAT CITY has a decent 1.25 crores in two weeks from India, and is now a below average fare, taking into account its low associated costs and has the potential to improve its status further..

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Moving on to EROS International and Sajid Nadiadwala's Akshay-Kareena starrer, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, the film falls heavily yet again. Checking out the numbers, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ collected 25 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 34 cinemas unreceived), 11.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Himmatnagar, 5 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.50 lakhs each from Bhavnagar and Gandhidham, 2 lakhs from Pune, 1.25 lakhs from Solapur, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 25 lakhs from Delhi city, 5 lakhs from Noida, 4 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6 lakhs from Kanpur, 10 lakhs from Lucknow, 4 lakhs from Agra, 1.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 2 lakhs each from Bareilly and Aligarh, 4.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2 lakhs from Chandigarh, 6 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Calcutta, 4 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs each from Amravati and Raipur, 3.50 lakhs from Indore, 1.25 lakhs from Sehore, 2.25 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Ajmer, 1.15 lakhs from Bikaner, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.20 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.50 lakhs from Nanded and 1.10 lakhs from Mangalore.

Adding a further 2.75 crores, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ has netted 49.25 crores in three weeks from India. The film though remains in the above average category. The film has good collections to show from Overseas, grossing ?681,134 from UK and $1,445,739 from US.

Our last entry of this week is once again Yash Raj's Kabir Khan directed NEW YORK, which continues its stable run in India. The film collected 55 lakhs from Bombay, 11 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.50 lakhs from Pune, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 31 lakhs from Delhi city, 7 lakhs from Noida, 3 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 5 lakhs from Lucknow, 3 lakhs from Chandigarh, 8 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Faridabad, 3 lakhs from Nagpur, 2 lakhs from Indore, 12 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1 lakh from Mangalore. With another 2.50 crores, NEW YORK has netted an impressive 43.50 crores in four weeks from India. The John, Katrina and Neil starrer is a hit plus from India and has also done good business in the Overseas, grossing ?395,478 from UK and $997,437 from US.



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