This Friday will see the release of Ashish R. Mohan's Akshay Kumar and Asin starrer, KHILADI 786. Given the highly popular audio score by Himesh, the very apt and catchy promos, and Akshay returning to his action image once again after the blockbuster success of ROWDY RATHORE, KHILADI 786 is expected to embark on a good to bumper start (barring high end Metro multiplexes and South).
Last week saw the release of Excel Entertainment's 45 crore (all inclusive cost, minus Aamir's remuneration) Reema Kagti directed Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer, TALAASH – THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN.
After a mixed (great to fair) first day, the film picked up beautifully (especially on Sunday) during the weekend, netting 44-45 crore (to be validated). The film has also done good business (bumper in US) in the overseas grossing ?386,500 from UK and $1,638,750 from the US, during the opening weekend (November 30 – December 2).
Meanwhile after a dull to slow start Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI managed a good show and has netted around 20 crore during the opening week from India, which given the competition is quite a creditable performance!
Moving on, the late Yash Chopra directed, 60 crore (all inclusive cost, sans SRK's fee) JAB TAK HAI JAAN, saw a heavy fall after the first extended week (10-days) as the film collected 2 crore from Bombay, 55 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 11.55 lakhs from Surat, 10 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 14.65 lakhs from Rajkot, 35 lakhs from Pune, 10.50 lakhs from Nasik, 2.25 lakhs from Belgaum, 2 crore from Delhi city, 22.10 lakhs from Noida, 16.65 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 15.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 28 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.25 lakhs from Agra, 7.35 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Meerut, 5 lakhs from Aligarh, 30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 3 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 10 lakhs from Chandigarh, 16.55 lakhs from Jalandhar, 3.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3.20 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2.25 lakhs from Ambala, 2.65 lakhs from Jammu, 65 lakhs from Calcutta, 5 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.35 lakhs from Ranchi, 2.65 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.65 lakhs from Guwahati, 20 lakhs from Nagpur, 6 lakhs from Jabalpur, 9 lakhs from Raipur, 16 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 10 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 45 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 4.35 lakhs from Ajmer, 3 lakhs from Bikaner, 8.50 lakhs from Kota, 4.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 12 lakhs from Aurangabad, 45 lakhs from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 3.65 lakhs from Madras and 2 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 19 crore, JAB TAK HAI JAAN has netted 113.50 crore in two weeks from India, and is a super hit for the maker and worldwide distributor, Yash Raj Films.
JAB TAK HAI JAAN is an overseas all time blockbuster grossing $12.50m (till date) worldwide, with ?1,491,700 from UK and $3,270,200 from the US till the third weekend (November 30 – December2).
Concluding with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures' SON OF SARDAAR, the film also saw a heavy fall as it collected 1.50 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 76 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 13 lakhs from Surat, 20.35 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 20.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 23.75 lakhs from Pune, 11.50 lakhs from Nasik, 2.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.35 crore from Delhi city, 15.10 lakhs from Noida, 13.35 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 13 lakhs from Kanpur, 21.35 lakhs from Lucknow, 7 lakhs from Agra, 5 lakhs from Allahabad, 2 lakhs from Meerut, 2 lakhs from Aligarh, 17 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.25 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 9 lakhs from Chandigarh, 12.65 lakhs from Jalandhar, 4 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.20 lakhs from Ludhiana, 3.25 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Ambala, 3 lakhs from Jammu, 12 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.55 lakhs from Siliguri, 2 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.20 lakhs from Guwahati, 17.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 7.55 lakhs from Jabalpur, 12.75 lakhs from Raipur, 21 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 4.20 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 13.65 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 57 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 9.35 lakhs from Ajmer, 5.20 lakhs from Bikaner, 10.25 lakhs from Kota, 6 lakhs from Udaipur, 17 lakhs from Hyderabad, 13 lakhs from Aurangabad and 10 lakhs from Bangalore.
With another 17.50 crore SON OF SARDAAR has netted 97 crore in two weeks from India. The Sanjay, Ajay and starrer is a semi-hit, more so due to its heavy selling price (80-85 crore) to the worldwide distributor, EROS International.
The Ajay and Sonakshi starrer, SON OF SARDAAR, is fair in the overseas (decent in US) grossing ?333,300 from UK and $714,000 from the US.