This week will see a solo release in the form of Chandan Arora's Siddharth starrer STRIKER. Yes, there is also THE HANGMAN but it is an English language film and even otherwise it will not achieve anything significant. Coming back to STRIKER, the film has managed to arouse curiosity, based on another sustained innovative publicity campaign by Studio 18 and also due to the fact that it brings back the RANG DE BASANTI star after four years (Siddharth) and he teams up with the director (Chandan Arora) of films like MAIN MADHURI DIXIT BANNA CHAHTI HOON and MAIN MERI PATNI AUR WOH. And on that count the film may score at places.
Last Friday's three way 'unconventional' clash between Ramgopal Varma's RANN, Vishal Bhardwaj's ISHQIYA and the Amit Rai directed ROAD TO SANGAM went in favour of the Abhishek Chaubey directed ISHQIYA. While RANN saw a very dull opening in Bombay-Thane, the start was unbelievably poor across India. On the other hand ISHQIYA had a good start in Bombay-Thane and the opening was also good in Delhi, U.P and C.P. Berar but not up to the mark in Gujarat and some other places.
Trade feels that RANN will fail to make a mark anywhere and ISHQIYA will do well in pockets and at some multiplexes. The third release, ROAD TO SANGAM, has no commercial prospects, despite being a well made film. Even in the Overseas, both RANN and ISHQIYA saw ordinary collections. Looking at the numbers RANN grossed ? 44,544 from UK and $ 1, 17,088 from US and ISHQIYA had a gross of just $ 58,521 from US, all for the opening weekend (29-31 January).
Checking out EROS International and Vijay Galani Moviez's VEER, the film did well initially in spite of bad reviews. Although EROS is likely to lose, some of the distributors will earn commission due to their reasonable price. The Salman-Zarine starrer collected 1.80 crores from Bombay (collections from 65 cinemas unreceived), 1.05 crores from Ahmedabad, 6.35 lakhs from Surat, 4.35 lakhs from Nadiad, 6 lakhs from Baroda, 4.50 lakhs each from Palanpur and Valsad, 3.10 lakhs from Bharuch, 3.65 lakhs from Bardoli, 33 lakhs from Rajkot, 9 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.75 lakhs each from Dwarka and Veraval, 3 lakhs each from Morbi and Surendranagar, 4.30 lakhs from Junagarh, 1.40 lakhs from Mahuva, 11 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 3.20 lakhs each from Porbandar, Bhuj and Adipur, 1.65 lakhs from Jetpur, 1 lakh from Mandvi, 25 lakhs from Pune, 6.50 lakhs from Solapur, 2.65 lakhs from Sangli, 11 lakhs from Nasik, 10.65 lakhs from Goa, 6.65 lakhs from Hubli, 7.30 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.50 lakhs from Dharwad, 2.65 lakhs from Bijapur, 2.50 crores from Delhi city, 20.15 lakhs from Noida, 22.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 28 lakhs from Kanpur, 38 lakhs from Lucknow, 13.65 lakhs from Agra, 7.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 5.25 lakhs from Bareilly, 6.75 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 27 lakhs from Gurgaon, 19.20 lakhs from Faridabad, 6 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.40 lakhs from Hissar, 4.20 lakhs from Ambala, 3.85 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 7.25 lakhs from Panipat, 31 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.30 lakhs from Darjeeling, 2 lakhs from Siliguri, 3 lakhs from Guwahati, 35 lakhs from Nagpur, 10 lakhs from Jabalpur, 5.80 lakhs from Amravati, 5 lakhs from Akola, 15.70 lakhs from Raipur, 3.10 lakhs each from Chhindwara and Wardha, 4 lakhs each from Sagar and Chandrapur, 3.65 lakhs from Khandwa, 35 lakhs from Indore, 5 lakhs from Gwalior, 4 lakhs from Ujjain, 65 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 7.55 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 14 lakhs from Ajmer, 4.55 lakhs from Bikaner, 25 lakhs from Kota, 1 lakh from Sriganganagar, 1.50 lakhs from Kishangarh, 1 crore from Hyderabad, 3.35 lakhs from Warnagal, 7 lakhs from Gulbarga, 16.55 lakhs from Bangalore, 4.75 lakhs from Mangalore, 4 lakhs from Davangere, 2 lakhs from Vijaywada and 1.50 lakhs from Madras. Netting a healthy 33 crores (including Telugu) in its opening week from India, VEER can, with some luck, still manage to touch the average mark. In the Overseas, the film has grossed ? 254,971 from UK and $499,685 from US up to the second weekend (29-31 January).
Moving on, Ken Ghosh's Shahid-Genelia starrer, CHANCE PE DANCE, crashed badly in the second week after a poor first one. The film collected 12 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 15 cinemas unrecieved), 2.10 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 15 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.30 lakhs from Pune, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1.05 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1 lakh from Kanpur, 2 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.65 lakhs from Gurgoan, 2.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh each from Raipur and Jaipur, 4.05 lakhs from Hyderabad, 5.50 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.05 lakhs from Mangalore. Adding another crore , CHANCE PE DANCE has netted a poor 10.25 crores in two weeks from India and is a huge debacle. CHANCE PE DANCE has also been rejected in the Overseas, grossing ? 132,910 from UK up to the third weekend (29-31 January) and $164,188 at the end of its US run.
In the end we once again have Rajkumar Hirani's 3 IDIOTS and the film is still doing well collecting 1.40 crores from Bombay, 32 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 14.65 lakhs from Surat, 1.55 lakhs from Nadiad, 2.25 lakhs each from Navsari and Anand, 17.55 lakhs from Baroda, 1.05 lakhs each from Palanpur, Valsad and Bardoli, 11.15 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.35 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.75 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 45 lakhs from Pune, 4 lakhs from Kolhapur, 2 lakhs from Solapur, 8 lakhs from Nasik, 10.50 lakhs from Goa, 3.65 lakhs from Hubli, 4 lakhs from Belgaum, 1 crore from Delhi city, 12.40 lakhs from Noida, 15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 8.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 13 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.35 lakhs from Agra, 6.10 lakhs from Varanasi, 2.40 lakhs from Allahabad, 4.05 lakhs from Meerut, 2 lakhs each from Bareilly and Aligarh, 4.15 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 1 lakh from Muzzafarnagar, 15.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8.10 lakhs from Faridabad, 13.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2.10 lakhs from Zirakpur, 4.65 lakhs from Amritsar, 5.35 lakhs from Jalandhar, 8 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2 lakhs each from Bhatinda and Ambala, 1.25 lakhs each from Hissar and Kurukshetra, 1.50 lakhs from Panipat, 1.10 lakhs from Pathankot, 5 lakhs from Jammu, 50 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.65 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.35 lakhs from Guwahati, 20.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 5.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3.65 lakhs from Amravati, 2.75 lakhs from Akola, 8.35 lakhs from Raipur, 1.65 lakhs each from Dhule and Durg, 1.75 lakhs from Chandrapur, 16 lakhs from Indore, 2.65 lakhs from Gwalior, 9 lakhs from Bhopal, 25 lakhs from Jaipur, 2.35 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2.30 lakhs from Ajmer, 3 lakhs from Kota, 1.35 lakhs each from Bhilwara and Udaipur, 25 lakhs from Hyderabad, 7.60 lakhs from Aurangabad, 2.50 lakhs from Latur, 2.75 lakhs from Gulbarga, 75 lakhs from Bangalore, 5.35 lakhs from Mangalore, 5.15 lakhs from Mysore, 13 lakhs from Madras, 1.30 lakhs from Coimbatore and 1.15 lakhs from Ernakulam. With another 10 crores, 3 IDIOTS has netted an astonishing 190 crores in five weeks from India. The all time blockbuster Aamir, Madhavan, Sharman, Boman and Kareena starrer has also rocked the Overseas grossing ? 1,766,697 from UK up to the sixth weekend (29-31 January) and $ 6,296,784 till the end of its record breaking run in the US.