This week will see the release of Excel Entertainment's Reema Kagti directed Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer, TALAASH – THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN. Given the fact that an Aamir Khan project (in a full-fledged role) is releasing almost three years after 3 IDIOTS, and with the brand value associated with him, TALAASH is all set to embark on an excellent to good start, more so at city multiplexes.
The only major release of last Friday was Fox 2000 Pictures' Ang Lee directed, LIFE OF PI (original and dubbed). While the English version managed good business at select metro multiplexes, the dubbed version was dull at many places and okay at others.
Both the Diwali releases reaped the advantage of the festive holidays and generated bumper collections on the first three days, after which a drop was noticed. The late Yash Chopra directed JAB TAK HAI JAAN was liked by the classes and collected 9.50 crore from Bombay, 2.50 crore from Ahmedabad, 45 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 7 cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Rajkot, 62 lakhs from Pune, 20 lakhs from Nasik, 4.75 crore from Delhi city, 46.25 lakhs from Noida, 36.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 60 lakhs from Kanpur, 91 lakhs from Lucknow, 33.50 lakhs from Agra, 25 lakhs from Allahabad, 6 lakhs from Meerut, 20 lakhs from Aligarh, 76 lakhs from Gurgaon, 11.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 6.20 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 8 lakhs from Panipat, 20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 32 lakhs from Jalandhar, 6.25 lakhs from Amritsar, 5 lakhs from Ludhiana, 6.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 5.75 lakhs from Ambala, 6 lakhs from Jammu, 1.50 crore from Calcutta, 2.65 lakhs from Darjeeling, 13.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 7 lakhs from Dhanbad, 5.35 lakhs from Ranchi, 6.65 lakhs from Guwahati, 40 lakhs from Nagpur (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 30 lakhs from Raipur, 50 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 13.50 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 2 crore from Jaipur, 4.65 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 27 lakhs from Ajmer, 20.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 25 lakhs from Kota, 14 lakhs from Udaipur, 2.55 crore from Hyderabad, 20 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 1.15 crore from Bangalore, 6.50 lakhs from Vijayawada, 7.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 8 lakhs from Madras, 2 lakhs from Coimbatore and 4.55 lakhs from Kochi. Netting a very good 94.50 crore during the extended opening week (10-days) JAB TAK HAI JAAN is a hit plus for the producer and worldwide distributors, Yash Raj Films, who incurred a total expense of 60 crore (excluding SRK's fee, who will get a share the profits), and will take home a whopping profit of 70-75 crore, inclusive of the non-theatrical rights. The Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma starrer JAB TAK HAI JAAN is a blockbuster in the overseas grossing ?1,301,700 from UK and $3,050,000 from the US, till the second weekend (23-25 November).
Meanwhile Viacom 18 Motion Pictures' SON OF SARDAAR has found favour with the masses and collected 2.65 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.50 crore from Ahmedabad, 65 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 60 lakhs from Rajkot, 52.50 lakhs from Pune, 22.50 lakhs from Nasik, 3.35 crore from Delhi city, 37.25 lakhs from Noida, 37.65 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 45 lakhs from Kanpur, 77 lakhs from Lucknow, 36.55 lakhs from Agra, 20 lakhs from Allahabad, 7 lakhs from Meerut, 12 lakhs from Aligarh, 53 lakhs from Gurgaon, 12.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 7.25 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 10.50 lakhs from Panipat, 17 lakhs from Chandigarh, 30lakhs from Jalandhar, 8 lakhs from Amritsar, 5.65 lakhs from Ludhiana, 7.65 lakhs from Bhatinda, 7 lakhs from Ambala, 5.65 lakhs from Jammu, 45 lakhs from Calcutta, 6.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 5 lakhs from Dhanbad, 3.25 lakhs from Ranchi, 5.20 lakhs from Guwahati, 30 lakhs from Nagpur (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 40 lakhs from Raipur, 75 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 31 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 2 crore from Jaipur, 15 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 35.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 27 lakhs from Bikaner, 26.50 lakhs from Kota, 20 lakhs from Udaipur, 1.15 crore from Hyderabad, 25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 45 lakhs from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Vijayawada, 2.75 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 3.50 lakhs from Madras and 1.15 lakhs from Kochi. During the extended opening week (10-days) SON OF SARDAAR has netted a good 79.50 crore from India. Given the fact that EROS International, the worldwide distributors of SOS have procured the rights at a very steep price of 80-85 crore, the film will have to sustain for another week to be a decent profit maker. The Sanjay, Ajay and Sonakshi starrer, SON OF SARDAAR, is fair in the overseas (decent in US) grossing ?307,000 from UK and $714,000 from the US till the second weekend (23-25 November).