The coming Friday will witness the release of Omung Kumar’s MARY KOM, the film based on the Olympic medal winner boxer’s life and starring National Award winner Priyanka Chopra. Needless to add that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film is all set to land a few winning punches at the box-office, and score a knock out in the tax free states (read Maharashtra and U.P.)
Meanwhile, last week’s major release, Kunal Deshmukh’s Emraan Hashmi starrer RAJA NATWARLAL, failed to con the audience and has turned out to be a major disappointment, though we had already predicted so, in our last column, giving the reason(s). RAJA NATWARLAL has also been rejected in the overseas grossing £45,000 from UK and $102, 500 from the US, during the opening weekend (29-31 August).
The other two releases of the same week, TRIP TO BHANGARH ASIA’S MOST HAUNTED PLACE and IDENTITY CARD, were non-starters.
Check out Yash Raj Films’ Rani Mukerji starrer, MARDAANI, after a dull opening day the film improved during the weekend and maintained even during the weekdays collecting 3.50 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1 crore from Ahmedabad, 22.50 lakhs from Surat, 20 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 13 lakhs from Rajkot, 65.25 lakhs from Pune, 11.25 lakhs from Nasik, 6.50 lakhs from Goa, 3.65 lakhs from Belgaum, 2.55 crore from Delhi city, 40 lakhs from Noida, 31.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 16 lakhs from Kanpur, 32.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.15 lakhs from Agra, 7.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.15 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 4.25 lakhs from Panipat, 21.15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 8.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 7 lakhs from Amritsar, 12.20 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Ambala, 2 lakhs from Jammu, 80 lakhs from Calcutta, 6.25 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.55 lakhs from Patna, 3.20 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 6.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 2.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 25 lakhs from Nagpur, 9 lakhs from Jabalpur, 15 lakhs from Raipur, 35 lakhs from Indore, 6 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 20 lakhs from Bhopal, 50 lakhs from Jaipur, 10 lakhs from Jodhpur, 5 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.15 lakhs from Bikaner, 4.65 lakhs from Kota, 7.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 65 lakhs from Hyderabad, 5 lakhs from Aurangabad, 70 lakhs from Bangalore, 5 lakhs from Mangalore, 3 lakhs from Vijayawada, 4.75 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 2.65 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 25 crore during the opening week, MARDAANI is an average fare, and is sure to improve the rating further (based on the steady second week trend).
MARDAANI has done quite well in the overseas, for a female lead solo, grossing £100,000 (approx) from UK and $310,000 from the US, during the second weekend (29-31 August).
The other releases of the week, MAD ABOUT DANCE and LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, are washouts.
Moving on, after a huge opening week, Rohit Shetty’s Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer, SINGHAM RETURNS, crashed in the second (though it hardly matters!) as it collected 2 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.35 crore from Ahmedabad, 25.50 lakhs from Surat, 25 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 18.20 lakhs from Rajkot, 50.35 lakhs from Pune, 15.20 lakhs from Nasik, 7 lakhs from Goa, 4.15 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.75 crore from Delhi city, 23 lakhs from Noida, 21 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 21.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 33.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 5.65 lakhs from Agra, 6 lakhs from Allahabad, 4 lakhs from Aligarh, 30.20 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.15 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 3.50 lakhs from Panipat, 12.65 lakhs from Chandigarh, 9.60 lakhs from Jalandhar, 8.60 lakhs from Amritsar, 8.65 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3.65 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Ambala, 2 lakhs from Jammu, 40 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.55 lakhs from Patna, 4.60 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.65 lakhs from Ranchi, 4.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 30 lakhs from Nagpur, 12.60 lakhs from Jabalpur, 14 lakhs from Raipur, 37 lakhs from Indore, 6.65 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 16.35 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 55 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Jodhpur, 6.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 8.45 lakhs from Kota, 9.65 lakhs from Udaipur, 45 lakhs from Hyderabad, 5.50 lakhs from Aurangabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 40.65 lakhs from Bangalore, 4.30 lakhs from Mangalore and 1.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam. Adding another 23 crore, SINGHAM RETURNS has netted 135 crore in two weeks from India and is a super hit. The film is Ajay Devgn’s biggest overseas (solo) venture grossing £355,000 from UK and $1,210,000 from the US, till the third weekend (29-31 August).
Concluding with Farhad-Sajid’s Akshay Kumar starrer, ENTERTAINMENT, the film added another 3 crore, thus netting 70 crore in three weeks from India and ends up as an average to above average fare. ENTERTAINMENT has not performed well in the overseas grossing £265,000 from UK and $375,000 from the US.