So the drought is over and the coming Friday will see the release of EROS International and Excel Entertainment's GAME, along with Vashu Bhagnani's F.A.L.T.U. There is no doubt that some benefit will accrue to both GAME and F.A.L.T.U. as people are hungry for fresh and big canvas entertainment.
One feels that the Jackky Bhagnani starrer F.A.L.T.U. will appeal more to the campus crowd, thanks to the theme and also the very popular music while Abhishek Bachchan's GAME will be patronized by the thrill and suspense loving section of the audience.
Both the Hindi releases of last Friday, Anup Jalota's MONICA and Phenomenal Crafts PVT. Ltd.'s HAPPY HUSBANDS, saw weak to terrible start. Comparatively speaking the Divya Dutta starrer MONICA fared better than HAPPY HUSBANDS.
The third film of the same week, the Sharmila and Soha starrer, LIFE GOES ON (English) saw a poor start at the ticket window. Trade predicts a bleak future for all the three aforementioned films.
Moving on, TANU WEDS MANU is still quite strong and collected 35 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 25 cinemas unrecived), 14 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 6.65 lakhs from Baroda, 5.35 lakhs from Surat, 1.15 lakhs from Anand, 1 lakh from Bharuch, 3.20 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh from Jamnagar, 1 lakh from Bhavnagar, 1 lakh from Gandhidham, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 1.10 lakhs from Goa, 3.75 lakhs from Pune, 55 lakhs from Delhi city, 5.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 12.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.15 lakhs from Agra, 2 lakhs from Allahabad, 1 lakh from Meerut, 1.15 lakhs from Aligarh, 10.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Panipat, 5.25 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Zirakpur, 3 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.55 lakhs from Bhatinda, 1.50 lakhs from Ambala, 3 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 10 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unrecived), 1.35 lakhs from Siliguri, 4.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.50 lakhs from Raipur, 5.25 lakhs from Indore, 3 lakhs from Bhopal, 7 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unrecived), 1.55 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.65 lakhs from Kota, 6 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from other cinemas unrecived), 2 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.30 lakhs from Latur, 12 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.10 lakhs from Mangalore and 1 lakh from Visakhapatnam. Adding another 3.75 crores, TANU WEDS MANU has netted a very impressive 36.50 crores in four weeks from India.
The Madhavan-Kangna starrer is a clear hit. TANU WEDS MANU has also done well in the Overseas (despite a limited release) grossing ?95,000 in the UK and $240,000 in the US till the fifth weekend (25-27 March).
Checking out Vishal Bhardawaj's 7 KHOON MAAF, the film continues to limp on as it collected 3 lakhs from Bombay, 1 lakh from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Pune, 5 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Lucknow, 1.20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unrecived) and 1 lakh from Bangalore. With another 20 lakhs 7 KHOON MAAF has netted around 20 crores in five weeks from India and remains a failure.
The Priyanka Chopra starrer has also failed in the overseas grossing ?95,000 from UK till the fifth weekend and $270,000 from US.
Concluding yet again (perhaps for the last time) with Nikhil Advani's PATIALA HOUSE, in the absence of new releases the film collected 2 lakhs from Bombay, 3 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Noida, 1.15 lakh from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from Chandigarh, 2.20 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unrecived) and 8 lakhs from Jaipur. With an additional 40 lakhs PATIALA HOUSE has netted an ordinary 33.40 crore in six weeks from India. The Rishi Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma starrer has failed commercially, though the losses have been minimal, thanks to the extended run.
PATIALA HOUSE has also under-performed in the Overseas (much better in the UK) grossing ?700,000 from UK and $650,000 from the US at the end of its run.