The week’s mega releases, Hollywood’s AVENGERS : ENDGAME, witnessed a phenomenal opening day netting 53 crore plus, thus beating the best Hindi film record (THUGS OF HINDOSTAN- 51-52 crore). The film maintained the momentum on the second day by adding another 51 crore, thus netting nearly 105 crore in two days and the weekend is likely to be in the 150-155 crore range. If that is the start one wonders where the box-office game will end for AVENGERS!!
The auspicious Mahavir Jayanti day witnessed the release of Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala’s much anticipated multi-starrer KALANK, starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri, Sonakshi, Alia, Varun Dhawan and Aditya Roy. After a good opening day (22 crore), the film saw diminishing returns at the box-office and the weekdays’ run was even worse. At the end of the first extended week (9-day), the film netted 75 crore and given the heavy costs, even the good non-theatrical rights will just about manage to make KALANK a break even project. KALANK though has impressed in the overseas grossing $5m with £595,000 from UK and $1,788,000 from the US during the opening weekend (19-21 April).
Meanwhile, from amongst the bunched releases only Vivek Agnihotri’s THE TASHKENT FILES which saw increasing collections as a result of some critical acclaim, managed a decent 3.50 crore during its opening week. The rest, Rakesh Ranjan’s mystery thriller PAHARGANJ, Saurabh Shukla and Nandita Das’s ALBERT PINTO KO GUSSA KYON AATA HAI, Sanjay Mishra’s GUN PE DONE and Raghubir Yadav’s BLACKBOARD V/S WHITEBOARD failed to appeal to the audience and are box-office disasters.
Coming to Robbie Grewal’s John Abraham-Mouni Roy starrer, the spy thriller R.A.W, crashed but still managed low end collections collecting 1.50 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 13.25 lakhs from Surat, 8.25 lakhs from Baroda, 4 lakhs from Rajkot, 50 lakhs from Pune, 5.25 lakhs from Nasik, 4.75 lakhs from Goa, 1.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 60 lakhs from Delhi city, 25 lakhs from Noida, 15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6 lakhs from Kanpur, 15.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.50 lakhs from Agra, 3.55 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.25 lakhs from Aligarh, 4 lakhs from Dehradun, 25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.25 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Jalandhar , 2 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.50 lakhs from Jammu, 35 lakhs from Calcutta, 3.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 5 lakhs from Patna, 1.75 lakhs from Dhanbad, 4.25 lakhs from Ranchi, 6 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 5 lakhs from Guwahati, 1.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 6 lakhs from Nagpur, 5.75 lakhs from Raipur, 10 lakhs from Indore, 2.50 lakhs from Gwalior, 5.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unrecieved), 1.75 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 3 lakhs from Kota, 2.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4 lakhs from Aurangabad, 25 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Mangalore. Adding another 8 crore during its second outing, R.A.W has netted 38 crore in two weeks from India and will struggle for recovery even after accounting for non-theatrical rights. The film also disappointed in the overseas grossing £35,000 from UK and $140,000 from the US.
Concluding with the Holi release, Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra starrer, KESARI, the film managed another creditable week collecting 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 20 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 8.50 lakhs from Surat, 5.25 lakhs from Baroda, 3.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 25 lakhs from Pune, 2.55 lakhs from Nasik, 1.50 lakhs from Goa, 65 lakhs from Delhi city, 16 lakhs from Noida, 15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 13.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 3.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 4 lakhs from Dehradun, 15.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Panipat, 4 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.50 lakhs from Patiala, 4.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 3.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2.75 lakhs from Jammu, 12.75 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.75 lakhs from Siliguri, 3.25 lakhs from Patna, 1.25 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.25 lakhs from Ranchi, 3 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 2 lakhs from Guwahati, 5.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 6 lakhs from Raipur, 10 lakhs from Indore, 2.75 lakhs from Gwalior, 5 lakhs from Bhopal, 25 lakhs from Jaipur, 4 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.50 lakhs from Kota, 4 lakhs from Udaipur, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 25 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Visakhapatnam. Adding another 5.50 crore during its fourth week , KESARI has netted 152 crore in four weeks from India and is a hit. KESARI is decent in the overseas (good in US) grossing over $4m with £350,000 from UK and $1,900,000 from the US.