This week (Thursday) will witness the release of Shankar’s Rajnikanth-Akshay starrer, ROBOT 2.0, the next in the highly successful ROBOT (ENTHIRAN/ENDHIRAN) series. The film is all set to embark on a huge start down South in the original version and on a good to decent start even for the Hindi version. Having said that, ROBOT 2.0 is perhaps the most expensive film of Indian cinema and has to put up huge numbers for at least a couple of weeks, to be termed a success.
Checking out Sunny Deol’s BHAIAJI SUPERHIT, the dated look of the film, despite a decent buzz could not quite translate into box-office rewards. Coming to the actual numbers, the Sunny, Preity and Arshad starrer barely managed 3 crore during the opening weekend from India and the fate is obvious as the film will have to make way for ROBOT 2.0, Thursday onwards.
Checking out bunched releases, Kunaal Roy Kapur’s HOTEL MILAN, RSVP and Roy Kapur Films’ PIHU and Crossword Entertainment Pvt. Ltd’s MOHALLA ASSI, it was only PIHU that did fair business in good multiplexes of the big centres. After a decent weekend of 2 crore, it added another 1 crore during the weekdays thus netting 3 crore in its first week from India, which is creditable indeed, given that it was an experimental film with absolutely no stars, music etc.
HOTEL MILAN proved to be a disaster, while Sunny’s MOLHALLA ASSI too faced rejection netting around 2 crore during its first outing.
One can’t help but mention Zee Studios, Aatpat and Mrudgandha Films and Nagraj Popatrao Manjule’s NAAL (Marathi meaning ‘Umbical Cord’), which turned out to be the biggest grosser for Marathi cinema in 2018, collecting 14 crore.
Coming to Diwali release, the Amitabh, Aamir, Katrina and Sana starrer, YRF’s THUGS OF HINDOSTAN, the film crashed out in the second outing collecting 75 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 20.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 15 lakhs from Surat,3.50 lakhs from Baroda, 4 lakhs from Rajkot, 15 lakhs from Pune, 2.75 lakhs from Nasik, 3.55 lakhs from Goa, 45 lakhs from Delhi city, 12.25 lakhs from Noida, 10.50lakhs from Ghaziabad,10.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 20 lakhs from Lucknow, 8.25 lakhs from Agra,5.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.75 lakhs from Aligarh, 2.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 10.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Panipat, 3 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.50 lakhs from Patiala, 2 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.50lakhs from Bhatinda, 1.75 lakhs from Jammu, 25 lakhs from Calcutta, 3 lakhs from Siliguri, 3.25 lakhs from Patna, 2.25 lakhs from Dhanbad, 3.50 lakhs from Ranchi,1.55 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 2.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 2.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 6.75 lakhs from Raipur, 8 lakhs from Indore, 3 lakhs from Gwalior(collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 4.75 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 30 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved), 3 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.25 lakhs from Kota, 4 lakhs from Udaipur, 20 lakhs from Hyderabad, 3 lakhs from Aurangabad, 20 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.50 lakhs from Mangalore. Adding another 10 crore, THUGS OF HINDOSTAN has netted 150 crore in two weeks from India. Of this 144 crore relates to the original Hindi version and rest 6 crore comes from the dubbed (Tamil and Telugu). THUGS OF HINDOSTAN is a box-office debacle, though the producers & world wide distributors YRF may just scrape through due to revenues from non-theatrical rights. The film has also been rejected in the overseas grossing $10m with £720,000 from UK and $2,100,000 (approx.) from the US, till the second weekend (16-18 November).
Meanwhile, Saif Ali Khan’s business crime drama, BAAZAAR, added another crore thus netting 26 crore in four weeks from India, which must be a big relief for the lead actor as his career is in doldrums.
Coming to the film that made the most out of TOH debacle, the Dussehra release, Junglee Pictures’ Ayushmann, Sanya and Nina Gupta starrer, BADHAAI HO, the film continued to rock the box-office as it collected 1 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 22.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 12 lakhs from Surat, 6.75 lakhs from Baroda, 3.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 35 lakhs from Pune, 3.50 lakhs from Nasik, 2.75 lakhs from Goa, 1.25 crore from Delhi city, 30 lakhs from Noida, 17.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 8 lakhs from Kanpur, 18.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 4 lakhs from Agra, 8 lakhs from Allahabad, 5.25 lakhs from Dehradun, 30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Panipat, 7 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2 lakhs from Patiala, 2.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 5.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.50 lakhs from Jammu, 30 lakhs from Calcutta, 3 lakhs from Siliguri, 4lakhs from Patna, 2.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 4 lakhs from Ranchi, 3 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 2.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 1.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 10.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 10 lakhs from Raipur, 35 lakhs from Indore, 6 lakhs from Gwalior, 15 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 20 lakhs from Jaipur, 4.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.75 lakhs from Kota ,5.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 40 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.75 lakhs from Mangalore. With another 7.50 crore, BADHAAI HO has netted 126.50 crore in five weeks from India and is a blockbuster hit! BADHAAI HO is an overseas super hit grossing $6.50m with £315,000 from UK and $3,000,000 from the US.
Concluding with Sriram Raghavan’s Ayushmann, Tabu and Radhika starrer, ANDHADHUN, the film mopped up another 1.50 crore thereby netting 72.50 crore in seven weeks from India is a hit. plus. ANDHADHUN is also a good overseas success grossing well over $2m with £118,000 from UK and $1,100,000 from the US.