So finally, after many dark weeks, the bountiful Diwali week is here and this time around too there are two big releases – Rohit Shetty's GOLMAAL 3 and Vipul Shah's ACTION REPLAYY- all ready to set the cash registers ringing. As things stand today, GOLMAAL 3 is expected to take the first day honors while ACTION REPLAYY is likely improve with each passing day. One feels that G 3 may have a better weekend than AR, but the gap is unlikely to be too pronounced, quite in contrast to last year, where the Akshay starrer BLUE won the opening (weekend) battle against the Ajay Devgn's ALL THE BEST rather comprehensively.
Trade on its part expects both films to succeed but is divided on which will be the front runner in India. It is clear that in the Overseas ACTION REPLAYY will triumph over GOLMAAL 3 due to the Akshay-Aishwarya clout.
As far as the new releases of last Friday are concerned – MAALIK EK, MUSSA- THE MOST WANTED, NAKSHATRA and DAAYEN YA BAAYEN- the opening varied from poor to pathetic. It is difficult to find out which one has managed to fare worse, as by and large most of the mentioned films failed to complete even a day or two in the cinemas.
Moving on, Ram Gopal Varma's RAKHT CHARITRA has not found much appreciation but the Telugu version has done exceedingly well as compared the Hindi version. The film collected 1.10 crores from Bombay, 33.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 10 lakhs from Baroda, 11.15 lakhs from Surat, 5.20 lakhs from Anand, 1.35 lakhs from Nadiad, 2.20 lakhs from Bharuch, 1.75 lakhs from Mehsana, 1.20 lakhs from Palanpur, 1 lakh from Kalol, 11 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.65 lakhs from Jamnagar, 5 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.20 lakhs from Surendranagar, 1 lakh from Bhuj, 1.55 lakhs from Gandhidham, 46.50 lakhs from Pune, 3 lakhs from Kolhapur, 2.25 lakhs each from Solapur and Sangli, 8 lakhs from Nasik, 1.50 lakhs from Ahmednagar, 5 lakhs each from Goa , Hubli and Belgaum, 1.30 lakhs from Dharwad, 35 lakhs from Delhi city, 5.50 lakhs each from Noida and Ghaziabad, 6 lakhs from Kanpur, 10 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.65 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.35 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 8 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.55 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.10 lakhs from Panipat, 3 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Patiala, 10 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.30 lakhs from Siliguri, 8 lakhs from Nagpur, 2 lakhs from Amravati, 1.50 lakhs from Akola, 3 lakhs from Raipur, 8.35 lakhs from Indore, 1.65 lakhs from Gwalior, 4 lakhs from Bhopal, 4.65 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 7 cinemas unreceived), 2.35 lakhs from Kota, 35 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.25 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 2.20 lakhs each from Latur and Gulbarga and 23 lakhs from Bangalore.
RAKHT CHARITRA (Hindi) has netted a below par 6.75 crores in its opening week and will have to rely on the Telugu version to take it to safety.
The other release of the same week, Abbas Tyrewala's JHOOTHA HI SAHI has done ordinary business in the multiplexes and is poor in the single-screen cinemas. The film collected 1.50 crores from Bombay, 30 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 12.25 lakhs each from Baroda and Surat, 3.50 lakhs from Anand, 1.25 lakhs from Vapi, 1 lakh each from Nadiad and Navsari, 1.65 lakhs from Bharuch, 4.55 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh from Bhavnagar, 1.50 lakhs from Gandhidham, 40 lakhs from Pune, 1.25 lakhs from Kolhapur, 4.75 lakhs from Nasik, 6.15 lakhs from Goa, 2 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.15 crores from Delhi city, 19 lakhs from Noida, 10 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.40 lakhs from Kanpur, 11.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.85 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 25.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs each from Kurukshetra and Panipat, 10.25 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.35 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Ambala, 3.15 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2 lakhs from Amritsar, 30 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.10 lakhs from Darjeeling, 3 lakhs each from Siliguri and Guwahati, 9 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.35 lakhs from Amravati, 2.55 lakhs from Raipur, 15 lakhs from Indore, 2.50 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 3.10 lakhs from Bhopal, 10 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.35 lakhs from Ajmer, 4.25 lakhs from Kota, 25.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 23 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.75 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam, 3.25 lakhs from Kochi, 3.25 lakhs from Madras (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), and 1.25 lakhs from Kochi.
Netting a very ordinary 8.50 crores during its opening week, the John Abraham starrer, JHOOTHA HI SAHI, has failed at the ticket window. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas grossing a poor ?71,000 up to the second weekend (29-31 October) in the UK.
The last release of the same week, Mallika Sherawat's HISSS has done very well at the single screens but somehow the multiplex audiences preferred to keep away. The film collected 1 crore from Bombay (collections from 8 cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.55 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 3.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.25 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Solapur, 1.20 lakhs from Nasik, 2.75 lakhs from Hubli, 2.50 lakhs each from Goa and Belgaum, 50.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 5.65 lakhs from Noida, 9.20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 13 lakhs from Lucknow, 3 lakhs from Allahabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 3.35 lakhs from Meerut, 2.35 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 5.55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.55 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.35 lakhs each from Kurukshetra and Panipat, 3.65 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.10 lakhs each from Ludhiana and Patiala, 6 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.15 lakhs from Siliguri, 5.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs from Amravati, 1.75 lakhs from Akola, 1.25 lakhs from Raipur, 5 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Sehore, 1 lakh from Gwalior, 6 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Ajmer, 1.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 2 lakhs from Kota, 1 lakh from Hyderabad (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.50 lakhs from Gulbarga , 5 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.35 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam and 2 lakhs from Madras (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived).
Netting around 5.25 crores during the opening, HISSS is unlikely to even get to the safety mark.
Meanwhile Priyadarshan's AAKROSH has crashed and is on its way out of the cinemas. The film collected 10 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 28 cinemas unreceived), 8 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 10.20 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.65 lakhs from Noida, 2 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Raipur, 2.65 lakhs from Indore, 13 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from other cinemas unreceived) and 3.25 lakhs from Bangalore.
Adding a further 1.50 crore, AAKROSH has folded up at around 13 crores in two weeks from India. The Ajay-Akshaye starrer has failed at the ticket window. AAKROSH has also been rejected in the Overseas, grossing a very ordinary ?67,000 in the UK up to the third weekend (29-31 October).
Concluding with Shankar's ROBOT, the film again shows a very steady run, collecting 25 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 11 cinemas unreceived), 3 lakhs from Ahmedabad , 1 lakh from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1.35 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh from Pune, 2 lakhs from Hubli, 1.05 lakhs each from Belgaum and Dharwad, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.35 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Indore, 2 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Gulbarga, 8.35 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.25 lakhs from Davangere. Adding another crore ROBOT has netted 21 crores in four weeks from India.
The Rajnikanth-Aishwarya starrer ROBOT is an average grosser (Hindi dubbed version). ROBOT is superb in the Overseas with the Tamil and Hindi version grossing ?750,500 from UK till the fifth weekend (29-31 October), and has a record breaking $2,166,178 US (all three versions combined), during the first weekend.