Bollywood box-office report of the week : 4 march 2010

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This Friday will see the Ajay Devgan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Paresh Rawal sitcom ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? taking on Tanushree Dutta's horror flick ROKKK. The week will also see the release of Studio 18's prestigious ROAD, MOVIE that will have a selective release as it is aimed at the discerning audience. One feels that given the identifiable situations in ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE?, the film will score over ROKKK while ROAD, MOVIE will also appeal to its target audience.

Last Friday's two releases were the Amitabh Bachchan, Sir Ben Kingsley and Madhavan starrer TEEN PATTI and the Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone's KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK. While it was expected to be an even battle with KCK having the edge at the multiplexes, it turned out to be quite one sided in favour of KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK as TEEN PATTI failed to garner even a so-so opening. In comparison KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK had a decent weekend with the collections improving as the days progressed, though not exactly setting the box-office on fire. In the Overseas too, TEEN PATTI faced rejection grossing ?14,645 from UK while KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK fared comparatively better grossing ?61,969 from UK and $179,643 from US, during the opening weekend (26-28 February).

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Though it had promised a lot through its music and also the crisp promos, TOH BAAT PAKKI! failed to make an impact. The film collected 62 lakhs from Bombay, 4.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.30 lakhs from Baroda, 5 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.30 lakhs each from Jamnagar and Gandhidham, 2 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 3.05 lakhs from Pune, 1.85 lakhs each from Nasik and Goa, 35 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.50 lakhs from Noida, 4 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.55 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.10 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.40 lakhs from Agra, 1.20 lakhs from Allahabad, 7.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.40 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.65 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.15 lakhs each from Ludhiana and Kurukshetra, 1 lakh from Panipat, 7 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.20 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.15 lakhs from Jabalpur, 2.50 lakhs from Raipur, 3.25 lakhs from Indore, 6.10 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.75 lakhs from Kota, 10.60 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1 lakh from Latur and 5.60 lakhs from Bangalore. Netting just around 3.50 crores in its opening week, the Tabu and Sharman Joshi starrer , TOH BAAT PAKKI! has failed at the ticket window.

It did appear that Pritish Nandy Communications' CLICK may offer something different in the horror genre and appeal to its core audience but it could not. The film barely collected 20 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 28 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.50 lakhs from Pune, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.25 lakhs from Noida, 1.60 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.30 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.10 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.25 lakhs each from Faridabad and Chandigarh, 3 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 3.55 lakhs from Indore, 1.20 lakhs from Jaipur, 5.50 lakhs from Hyderabad and 3.05 lakhs from Bangalore. In its opening week CLICK has netted just about 1.50 crores from India. The Chunky, Shreyas and Sadaa starrer is a huge flop.

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As can be seen from the low collections of TOH BAAT PAKKI! and CLICK, they were the second and third preference for the audience who once again chose the Karan Johar directed MY NAME IS KHAN. The film saw another good to fair weekend but collections fell quite noticeably after that. Looking at the numbers, MY NAME IS KHAN collected 2.30 crores from Bombay (collections from 30 cinemas unreceived), 16 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.50 lakhs from Bharuch, 7.50 lakhs from Baroda, 1.10 lakhs from Palanpur, 5.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.35 lakhs from Jamnagar, 25 lakhs from Pune, 3.75 lakhs from Solapur, 2 lakhs from Sangli, 8.15 lakhs from Nasik, 10 lakhs from Goa, 2.75 lakhs from Belgaum, 2.30 crores from Delhi city, 30 lakhs from Noida, 17 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 15 lakhs from Kanpur, 25 lakhs from Lucknow, 9 lakhs from Agra, 3.50 lakhs each from Allahabad and Meerut, 4.35 lakhs from Aligarh, 3.75 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 1.30 lakhs from Muzzafarnagar, 42 lakhs from Gurgaon, 15 lakhs from Faridabad, 9.35 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3 lakhs from Zirakpur, 6.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3 lakhs from Bhatinda, 3.50 lakhs from Ambala, 2.15 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 4 lakhs from Panipat, 2.30 lakhs from Pathankot, 1 crore from Calcutta, 1.60 lakhs from Darjeeling, 6 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.40 lakhs from Guwahati, 20 lakhs from Nagpur, 6.10 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3 lakhs from Amravati, 2 lakhs from Akola, 10 lakhs from Raipur, 2 lakhs from Durg, 1.80 lakhs from Wardha, 16 lakhs from Indore, 4 lakhs from Gwalior, 7 lakhs from Bhopal, 35 lakhs from Jaipur, 4.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 4.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.65 lakhs from Bikaner, 6 lakhs from Kota, 1.10 lakhs from Sriganganagar, 25 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from 12 cinemas unreceived), 1.25 lakhs from Warangal, 8.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3.55 lakhs from Latur, 1.15 lakhs each from Nanded and Parbhani, 2 lakhs from Gulbarga, 50 lakhs from Bangalore, 8 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.50 lakhs from Vijaywada, 4 lakhs from Madras (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh each from Madurai and Pondicherry and 2.20 lakhs from Coimbatore. Adding a further 17.70 crores MY NAME IS KHAN has netted a big 65.10 crores in two weeks from India. The Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer is now touching the hit status from India (barring C.P. and C.I.). In the Overseas MY NAME IS KHAN continues its blockbuster run grossing a record breaking ?2,307,067 from UK and has set a new benchmark for Shah Rukh Khan starrers in the US by grossing $3,634,423 up to the third weekend (26-28 February).

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