The coming Holi Friday will once again witness multiple releases in the form of the Mallika Sherawat starrer DIRTY POLITICS, VRG Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd’s BADMASHIYAAN and Ganesh Acharya’s HEY BRO (which was postponed from last Friday due to lack of adequate number of screens). It is very difficult to choose a winner from amongst the three equally loaded ventures, though one does feel that HEY BRO might appeal in Mumbai and suburbs and DIRTY POLITICS at the single screens and hinterland.
Meanwhile last week’s major release, Yash Raj Films’ venture, DUM LAGA KE HAISHA, sprung a pleasant surprise with a very positive pick up as the days progressed. The film, which started on a dull note ended the opening weekend netting around 6.25 crore. As the film’s satellite rights have been pre-sold at a good price, recovery of the 15 crore investment (all inclusive) should not be a problem because DLKH is still to be released at most single screens as well as in the overseas.
The other significant release of the same week, Nana Patekar’s AB TAK CHHAPPAN 2, could not make much of an impact (outside Mumbai-Maharashtra) and managed just around 5 crore during the opening weekend.
After a good opening weekend, the Sriram Raghavan directed Nawazuddin, Varun, Huma and Yami starrer, BADLAPUR, maintained very well during the weekdays as well collecting 5 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.15 crore from Ahmedabad, 35 lakhs from Surat, 21.75 lakhs from Surat (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 30.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.50 crore from Pune, 18 lakhs from Nasik, 11 lakhs from Goa, 5.15 lakhs from Belgaum, 4 crore from Delhi city, 56.65 lakhs from Noida, 45 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 28 lakhs from Kanpur, 50.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 10.20 lakhs from Allahabad, 4 lakhs from Aligarh, 18.20 lakhs from Dehradun, 75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 16 lakhs from Faridabad, 6 lakhs from Panipat, 27.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 8.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 13.15 lakhs from Ludhiana, 4.60 lakhs from Bhatinda, 3 lakhs from Ambala, 3.50 lakhs from Jammu, 1 crore from Calcutta, 8.20 lakhs from Siliguri, 4.50 lakhs from Patna, 5.15 lakhs from Dhanbad, 4.15 lakhs from Ranchi, 8.55 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 3 lakhs from Guwahati, 45 lakhs from Nagpur, 16.20 lakhs from Jabalpur, 25 lakhs from Raipur, 55 lakhs from Indore, 8.50 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 35 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 1 crore from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 3.50 lakhs from Jodhpur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 8 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.75 lakhs from Bikaner, 12.15 lakhs from Udaipur, 1 crore from Hyderabad, 17.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.15 crore from Bangalore, 6.15 lakhs from Mangalore, 3 lakhs from Mysore, 2.25 lakhs from Vijawada, 5.75 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 4 lakhs from Madras, 1 .50 lakhs from Coimbatore and 3.15 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 37 crore during the opening week from India, the moderate budgeted (all inclusive 25 crore cost) is on way to be the first clean success if not hit of 2015. BADLAPUR has also grossed $1.7m from the overseas grossing £80,000 from UK and $371,000 from the US till the second weekend (Feb 27-March 1).
Moving on, after ahealthy first week (40 crore) the Vikramjit Singh directed Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer, ROY, crashed in the second week as it collected 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.50 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2.75 lakhs from Surat, 1.55 lakhs from Rajkot, 5 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Nasik, 1 lakh from Goa, 30 lakhs from Delhi city, 3 lakhs from Noida, 3.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.15 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.65 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2 lakhs from Amritsar, 1.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1 lakh from Bhatinda, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 1 lakh from Bhubaneshwar, 2.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.20 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 2.15 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Gwalior, 1.15 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 1.15 lakhs from Udaipur, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad and 10 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding another 2.50 crore, ROY has netted 42.50 crore in two weeks from India and is a box-office failure. ROY has disappointed in the overseas grossing £126,967 from UK and $235,000 from the US.
Concluding with Neeraj Pandey’s Akshay Kumar starrer, BABY, the film added another crore, thus netting 92 crore in five weeks from India, and is an above average fare. BABY has performed well in the overseas grossing $2.2m with £130,000 from UK and $780,000 from the US.