This Friday will see the release of Milan Luthria's Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi starrer, THE DIRTY PICTURE. Given the huge hype and the fact that the whole nation is going 'Ooh La La', THE DIRTY PICTURE is sure to embark on a good start and will turn out to be a mass plus class deal, meaning a universally appealing film.
The other release of the week, I AM SINGH, may not find much appeal much at the box office due to its selective theme but can somewhat spoil THE DIRTY PICTURE's party in East Punjab, parts of Canada and UK.
It was expected that Rohit Dhawan's DESI BOYZ, starring the winning GARAM MASALA duo of Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, would embark on a solid start. But that did not quite happen as the film had a good to dull start. Fortunately, the film netted 26-27 crore, with a stable weekend and noticeable pickups, but that big jump on Sunday was missing.
Still, given the fact that the 65 crore (all-inclusive cost) DESI BOYZ has already recovered a significant portion of the investment (25-26 crore satellite, 6-7 crore audio and UK subsidy), the film will be profitable for its global distributor, EROS International.
DESI BOYZ has also done very well in the overseas grossing ? 244,000 from UK in the opening weekend (25-27 November) and $702,325 from US during the extended 5-day weekend (23-27 November).
Moving on, Linc Entertainment and Ipix Movies' SHAKAL PE MAT JA saw a poor run as it collected 10 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 17 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Surat, 5 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.35 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 1.60 lakhs from Gurgaon and 2.10 lakhs from Calcutta. Netting just about 65 lakhs during the opening week, SHAKAL PE MAT JA has failed at the ticket window.
The other release of the week, NA JAANE KABSE, failed to achieve anything and is an unmitigated disaster.
The collection of Imtiaz Ali's ROCKSTAR fell quite a bit in the second week but in the context of today's box-office parlance it will still be called a steady run. During the week, ROCKSTAR collected 2 crore from Bombay (collections from 27 cinemas unreceived), 42 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Surat, 15.60 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 2.65 lakhs from Bharuch, 10 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 30.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.75 lakhs from Solapur, 8.15 lakhs from Nasik, 3.20 lakhs from Goa, 2.55 crore from Delhi city, 35 lakhs from Noida, 20 lakhs from Ghaziabad.
13 lakhs from Kanpur, 23.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 8.50 lakhs from Agra, 6.55 lakhs from Allahabad, 50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.70 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 18.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 6.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2 lakhs from Amritsar, 5.60 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2.55 lakhs from Ambala, 46 lakhs from Calcutta, 4 lakhs from Siliguri, 3 lakhs from Guwahati, 30 lakhs from Nagpur, 10.65 lakhs from Raipur, 25 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unrecived), 4 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unrecived), 13.55 lakhs from Bhopal, 41 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unrecived), 4 lakhs from Ajmer, 3 lakhs from Bikaner, 9.25 lakhs from Kota.
7 lakhs from Udaipur, 45 lakhs from Hyderabad, 6 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 2 cinemas unrecived), 2 lakhs from Latur, 2 lakhs from Nanded, 65 lakhs from Bangalore, 3.75 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.65 lakhs from Vijaywada, 2.75 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 4.25 lakhs from Madras, 2.10 lakhs from Coimbatore and 2 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 16 crores, ROCKSTAR has netted a good 65 crore in two weeks from India. The Ranbir-Nargis starrer is heading for a semi-hit status, based on its non-theatrical revenues and also the worldwide run. ROCKSTAR has also done quite well in the overseas (good in US) grossing ?357,500 from UK and $972,254 from the US till the third weekend (25-27 November)
Concluding yet again with Shah Rukh Khan's Anubhav Sinha directed RA.ONE, the film is on its last legs as it collected 10 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Noida, 1 lakh from Kanpur, 1.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.25 lakhs from Calcutta.
1.85 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived) 1.50 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1 lakh from Bangalore. Adding another 50 lakhs RA.ONE has netted 117 crores in four weeks from India.
The film is semi-hit for its global distributor EROS International after taking into account the non-theatrical and sundry earnings like UK subsidy. The film is the biggest overseas hit of 2011, grossing ?1,428,200 from UK and $2,509,150 from US till the fifth weekend (25-27 November).