The coming Friday will witness the release of Nishkant Kamat’s Ajay, Tabu and Shriya starrer, DRISHYAM. With good reviews already trickling in, and more to pour in, one sincerely hopes for commercial success of the film as well. Though DRISHYAM will not exactly set the box-office on fire but is sure to end up with a decent weekend haul, based on positive word-of-mouth. What should also be taken into account is the fact that even a two week old BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is still quite strong and will pose tough questions to DRISHYAM.
Last week’s critically acclaimed and award winning Richa Chadda starrer, MASAAN, garnered a lot of critical acclaim, but unfortunately the same did not translate in to box-office return as the audience preferred BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN as opposed to MASAAN.
Meanwhile Kabir Khan’s Salman, Kareena and Nawazuddin starrer, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, which saw a superb opening weekend (104 crore), saw rock steady weekdays too as it collected 20 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived) , 6.15 crore from Ahmedabad, 1.20 crore from Surat, 1.25 crore from Baroda, 1.15 crore from Rajkot, 4.75 crore from Pune, 90 lakhs from Nasik, 67.75 lakhs from Goa, 25 lakhs from Belgaum 15.50 crore from Delhi city, 2.15 crore from Noida, 3 crore from Ghaziabad, 1.50 crore from Kanpur 2.55 crore from Lucknow, 60.25 lakhs from Agra, 70.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 40.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.15 crore from Dehradun, 3.15 crore from Gurgaon, 1.55 crore from Faridabad, 23.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 34.50 lakhs from Panipat, 1 crore from Chandigarh, 91 lakhs from Jalandhar, 69.25 lakhs from Amritsar, 90 lakhs from Ludhiana, 30.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 18.50 lakhs from Ambala, 12.75 lakhs from Jammu, 4.50 crore from Calcutta, 11.50 lakhs from Darjeeling, 50.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 20 lakhs from Patna, 37.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 60 lakhs from Ranchi, 2 crore from Nagpur, 1 crore from Jabalpur, 1.50 crore from Raipur, 2.50 crore from Indore, 38 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 7 cinemas unreceived) , 1.50 crore from Bhopal(collections from 7 cinemas unreceived) , 4.75 crore from Jaipur, 75.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 62 lakhs from Ajmer, 21.75 lakhs from Bikaner, 62.25 lakhs from Kota, 55.75 lakhs from Udaipur, 4.50 crore from Hyderabad, 82.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3.65 crore from Bangalore, 40 lakhs from Mangalore, 17.25 lakhs from Mysore, 17.65 lakhs from Vijayawada, 26 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 42 lakhs from Madras, 3 lakhs from Coimbatore and 15.75 lakhs from Kochi. Netting a record breaking 184 crore during the opening week, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is a super hit, and has enough fire power to cross the triple century mark, just from India. BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is Salman’s biggest overseas hit, grossing $15m with £1,712,000 from UK and $5,700,000 from the US till the second weekend (24-26 July).
Concluding with S.S. Rajamoli’s BAHUBALI (Hindi dubbed), the film continued it’s dream run (despite BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN) collecting 4 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.15 crore from Ahmedabad, 35 lakhs from Surat, 28.75 lakhs from Baroda, 36.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.75 crore from Pune, 25.50 lakhs from Nasik, 11.75 lakhs from Goa, 8.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.50 crore from Delhi city, 35 lakhs from Noida, 43.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 20 lakhs from Kanpur, 34.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 11.25 lakhs from Agra, 6.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 15.75 lakhs from Dehradun, 50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 24 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 4.75 lakhs from Panipat, 15.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 9.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 7.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 10 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3.25 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Ambala, 1.25 lakhs from Jammu, 55 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 7.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 10 lakhs from Ranchi, 40.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 38.20 lakhs from Raipur, 50.75 lakhs from Indore, 6.50 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived) , 27 lakhs from Bhopal, 60 lakhs from Jaipur, 9.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 4 lakhs from Ajmer, 4.25 lakhs from Bikaner, 6 lakhs from Kota, 18 lakhs from Udaipur, 15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 22.15 lakhs from Aurangabad, 15 lakhs from Bangalore and 15 lakhs from Mangalore. Adding another 24 crore, BAHUBALI (Hindi dubbed) has netted 65 crore in two weeks from India and is a super hit. Not only that, it becomes the biggest grosser and hit, for a dubbed (Indian regional) film. The film is rocking the US box-office grossing $7,450,000 (for all versions) till the third weekend (24-26 July).