Bollywood box-office report of the week : 7 october 2009

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Its going to be another triple release week for Bollywood as ACID FACTORY will take on 3 NIGHTS 4 DAYS with SHABAASH! YOU CAN DO IT! being third film to give them company.

It is obvious that the Suparn Varma's Danny, Manoj, Fardeen, Dino and Diya starrer ACID FACTORY (releasing with a huge 800 prints in India and 100 in the Overseas) will be the front runner followed by the Devang Dholakia directed Anuj Sawhney-Hrishita Bhatt venture, 3 NIGHTS 4 DAYS, with Shankar Mondal's Sudesh Berry and Nasir Khan starrer SHABAASH! YOU CAN DO IT! finishing a poor third.

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Though the battle between Ayan Mukherji's WAKE UP SID and David Dhawan's DO KNOT DISTURB started quite evenly last Friday, but by the time the first weekend ended, it became obvious that it was going to be the Karan Johar venture that would turn out to be the eventual winner.

Released at 84 cinemas of Bombay city and suburbs (thru UTV Motion Pictures), the Ranbir-Konkana starrer, WAKE UP SID, saw an excellent opening, outside of Bombay the opening was generally good in cities. In the Overseas, WAKE UP SID was ordinary in the UK with ?101,858 but decent in the US grossing $355,532 from US, both for the first weekend (2-4 October). On the whole, the price at which WAKE UP SID has been acquired (without music rights) by its worldwide distributor UTV, it will be profitable for them, with 85 percent business (in India) coming from about 45-50 cities.

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The other release, the Govinda, Sushmita, Lara, Ritesh and Sohail starrer, DO KNOT DISTURB, was released at 109 cinemas of Bombay city and suburbs (by Big Pictures) and saw a good opening, outside of Bombay the opening was good but not as expected. The collections saw a pronounced fall from Monday and at best the film may just about manage to break even. DO KNOT DISTURB has also been rejected in the Overseas grossing a poor ?73,207 from the UK and an equally disappointing $124,573 from the US, during the first weekend (2-4 October).

The performance of Ashutosh Gowariker's Harman-Priyanka starrer, WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE?, has been poor. Even the deletion of three songs, saw no improvement in the collections. During its opening week, WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE? collected 80 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 56 cinemas un-received), 50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 9 lakhs from Rajkot, 3 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.25 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.25 lakhs from Gandhidham, 2.50 lakhs from Pune, 5 lakhs from Nasik, 1.25 crores from Delhi city, 18 lakhs from Noida, 8.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.50 lakhs each from Kanpur and Gorakhpur, 24 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.05 lakhs from Faridabad, 5 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Guwahati, 11 lakhs from Nagpur, 13 lakhs from Indore, 1.25 lakhs from Bhopal, 6 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2 lakhs from Ajmer and 30 lakhs from Hyderabad. During its opening week, WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE? has netted a poor 11.25 crores from India. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas with poor grosses of ?99,812 from UK and $236,926 from the US up to the second weekend (2-4 October) and it is a total loss for its global distributor UTV.

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The other film that released with WHAT'S YOUR RASHEE? was FAST FORWARD, and it is an expected unmitigated disaster, netting less than 10 lakhs during its opening week in India.

Meanwhile Boney Kapoor's WANTED is excellent in single screens but has dropped markedly in multiplexes. U.P. and Bihar continue to score fabulously. During its second week, WANTED collected 2.40 crores from Bombay, 65 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 25 lakhs from Surat, 4 lakhs from Nadiad, 6.75 lakhs from Anand, 21 lakhs from Baroda, 4 lakhs from Navsari, 5 lakhs from Bharuch, 1.55 lakhs from Ankleshwar, 3.75 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 3 lakhs from Mehsana, 3.25 lakhs from Palanpur, 3.50 lakhs from Vapi, 3 lakhs from Valsad, 16 lakhs from Rajkot, 4 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.65 lakhs from Surendranagar, 1.50 lakhs from Junagarh, 1.15 lakhs from Mahuva, 5.65 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.25 lakhs from Bhuj, 3 lakhs from Gandhidham, 1 lakh from Adipur, 50 lakhs from Pune, 5 lakhs from Kolhapur, 5.50 lakhs from Solapur, 2 lakhs from Satara, 2.15 lakhs from Sangli, 9 lakhs from Nasik, 2.50 lakhs from Malegaon, 3 lakhs from Ahmednagar, 9.50 lakhs from Goa, 3.75 lakhs from Hubli, 5 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.50 lakhs each from Dharwad and Bijapur, 1.15 crores from Delhi city, 14 lakhs from Noida, 12.50 lakhs each from Ghaziabad and Kanpur, 3 lakhs from Allahabad, 10.25 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2 lakhs from Bahraich, 13.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.35 lakhs from Panipat, 16 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.65 lakhs from Guwahati, 21 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3 lakhs from Akola, 4.05 lakhs from Raipur, 2 lakhs from Wardha, 2.10 lakhs from Chandrapur, 14 lakhs from Indore, 10.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.75 lakhs from Ujjain, 2.50 lakhs from Sehore, 22 lakhs from Jaipur, 4 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4.10 lakhs from Aurangabad and 1.75 lakhs from Davangere. With another 16.50 crores, WANTED has netted an impressive 51 crores in two weeks from India. The Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia and Prakash Raj starrer is now a semi-hit. The film though is ordinary in the Overseas, grossing ?202,725 from UK up to the third weekend (2-4 October) and $349,637 from the US (till October 1).

Our last entry of this week is Yash Raj Films' DIL BOLE HADIPPA, which has crashed badly. During its second week the film collected 65 lakhs from Bombay, 12 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.20 lakhs from Nasik, 51 lakhs from Delhi city, 7 lakhs from Noida, 4.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 2.35 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 11 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 50 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 4 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.75 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 16 lakhs from Jaipur, 3 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1 lakh from Ajmer, 1.10 lakhs from Bikaner and 1.15 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another 5 crores, DIL BOLE HADIPPA has netted a so-so 23 crores in two weeks from India.

The film has done well in the UK, grossing ?481,017 up to the third weekend (2-4 October), while the US collections have not been disclosed. Given its reasonable costs and the fact that Yash Raj Films are also the worldwide distributors, and hold all the non-theatrical rights as well, DIL BOLE HADIPPA, is an average fare for them, despite its below par performance.

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