The coming Friday will witness the release of Shoojit Sircar’s Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone and Jisshu Sengupta starrer, PIKU. Given the good and classy promotion, the reasonably popular audio score, as also the associated prestige with a high end product, PIKU is all set to impress at the box-office, more so at the multiplexes. PIKU is expected to do very well in the overseas circuit.
The other upcoming release of the same week, Sunny Leone’s, KUCH KUCH LOCHA HAI, is aimed at a totally different segment, as opposed to PIKU, but unfortunately there is not much hype associated with the film.
As expected, the major release of last Friday, Akshay Kumar’s GABBAR IS BACK, embarked on a good start and improved as the days progressed. The film ended the first weekend netting in excess of 35 crore during the opening weekend. As things stand, GIB is all set to surpass Akshay’s BABY and also give the superstar his second hit of the year. GABBAR IS BACK has also done quite well in the overseas grossing $1.5m with £101,000 from UK and $277,000 from the US, during the opening weekend (1-3 May).
Meanwhile the two older releases, JAI HO DEMOCRACY and ISHQ KE PARINDEY, failed to make much of an impact at the ticket window and have both been rejected.
In fact the week belonged to the Hollywood venture, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, which netted a big 55 crore (including all versions) during the opening week, and is all set to end up as the second biggest foreign film after (FAST & FURIOUS 7), at the Indian box-office.
Checking out the Bhatts’ venture starring Emraan Hashmi, MR. X, after a poor opening week, the film crashed in the second as it collected 25 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Surat, 1 lakh from Baroda, 1.50 lakhs from Pune, 1 lakh from Goa, 15 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 4.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Dehradun, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Jalandhar, 5 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 2.50 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Gwalior, 1.50 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived) and 2 lakhs from Hyderabad. With another 1.50 crore MR. X has netted 21 crore in two weeks from India and is a box office debacle.
Concluding with Kalki Koechlin’s MARGARITA WITH A STRAW, the film maintained quite well (at the high end multiplexes) in the second week collecting 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 5 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Surat, 1 lakh from Baroda, 8 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Goa, 35 lakhs from Delhi city, 5 lakhs from Noida, 1.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1 lakh from Kanpur, 2 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.15 lakh from Dehradun, 10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh from Faridabad, 2.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 15 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh from Bhopal, 1.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad and 20 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding another 1.50 crore, MARGARITA WITH A STRAW has netted 5 crore in two weeks from India, and may end up as a coverage film.