This Friday will see the release of Dibakar Banerjee’s Farooq Sheikh, Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Pitobash Tripathy and Kalki Koechlin starrer, SHANGHAI. Given the fact that Dibakar’s films have always appealed to the target elite audience and multiplex crowds of ‘A’ centres, SHANGHAI, will be no different. And this time too (as on previous occasions), Dibakar’s film has a very popular track ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ which will add to the face value and opening of the film. Having said that, last Friday’s ROWDY RATHORE will be a formidable opponent that SHANGHAI will have to contend with!
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The inevitable has happened and Pradhudheva’s Akshay-Sonakshi starrer, ROWDY RATHORE, has embarked on a huge start, across India. During the opening non-holiday weekend ROWDY RATHORE has netted 48.50 crore, beating the previous records by (READY and HOUSEFULL 2) by more than 6 crores, and the way the weekdays have progressed ROWDY RATHORE is on way to be a blockbuster hit, in the weeks to come!
With UTV (who had a total investment of 70-75 crore) having sold off the satellite and audio rights of ROWDY RATHORE for 40 crores, the Indian rights (retaining Delhi-U.P., Mumbai circuit barring Gujarat-Saurashtra and East Punjab) for 25 crores, needless to say that the film has turned out to be goldmine for the them! The film is also doing reasonably good business (distributed by UTV) in the overseas (barring UK, where it is picking up) grossing ?145,600 from UK and $ 382,000 from the US, during the opening weekend (1-3 June).
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Amongst the multiple releases of last week, namely MLA, RAKHTBEEJ, CHUTKI BAJAA KE, YEH KHULA AASMAAN, LOVE RECIPE and ARJUN – THE WARRIOR PRINCE, only the animated ARJUN could appeal and that too to its target audience, kids! The film saw decent collections especially in metros and big centres collecting 40 lakhs from Bombay, 3.65 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Pune, 16.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 3 lakhs from Noida, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.50 lakhs from Indore and 3 lakhs from Jaipur. Netting about 1 crore, ARJUN will tide over to the profitable side, once the non-theatrical rights are in place!
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Checking out RGV’s Amitabh, Dutt and Rana starrer, DEPARTMENT, the film crashed completely in the second week and could only manage 50 lakhs and has thus netted 12.50 crores in two weeks and is a trade disaster. DEPARTMENT is also a washout in the overseas.
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Meanwhile Yash Raj’s Arjun-Parineeti starrer, ISHAQZAADE, continues to perform strongly and collected 85 lakhs from Bombay, 11 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 6 lakhs from Surat, 5.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 8 lakhs from Pune, 4.55 lakhs from Nasik, 2 lakhs from Goa, 2.25 lakhs from Belgaum, 85 lakhs from Delhi city, 11.35 lakhs from Noida, 11.20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 10.20 lakhs from Kanpur, 17.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.50 lakhs from Agra, 3 lakhs from Allahabad, 16 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.30 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.25 lakhs from Panipat, 1.75 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 8.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3.55 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.65 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2 lakhs from Bhatinda, 25 lakhs from Calcutta, 3.15 lakhs from Siliguri, 9 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.70 lakhs from Jabalpur, 2.15 lakhs from Amravati, 7.50 lakhs from Raipur, 9.25 lakhs from Indore, 2.60 lakhs from Gwalior, 6 lakhs from Bhopal, 15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from cinemas unreceived), 2.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.25 lakhs from Bikaner, 3.50 lakhs from Kota, 12 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.20 lakhs from Aurangabad, 13.65 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Visakhapatnam. Adding another 6 crores, ISHAQZAADE has netted 43.50 crores in three weeks from India and is a super duper hit.
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Moving on, Kunal Deshmukh’s Emraan, Randeep and Eesha starrer, JANNAT 2, added another 50 lakhs and has thus netted 44 crores in four weeks from India and remains a semi-hit. The film though has disappointed in the overseas grossing ?104,500 from UK.
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Concluding with Ayushmann Khurrana‘s VICKY DONOR, the film has another paying week as it collected 25 lakhs from Bombay, 2.65 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.60 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Goa, 51 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.85 lakhs from Noida, 3.55 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1 lakh from Kanpur, 2.55 lakhs from Lucknow, 9.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, , 1 lakh from Ludhiana, 11 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.55 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.55 lakhs from Raipur, 2.25 lakhs from Indore, 5 lakhs from Jaipur, 5.15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 13.25 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Visakhapatnam. With another 2 crores, VICKY DONOR has netted 40 crores in six weeks from India and is a blockbuster hit. The film has also done wonderfully in the overseas (especially US), grossing ?100,000 from UK and $450,000 from the US.
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