After two open weeks, mainly due to GHAJINI, the coming Friday will see a host of new but small budget ventures like Nana Patekar’s HORN OK PLEASE, Sneha Ullal starrer KAASSH… MERE HOTE, the Kunaal Roy Kapoor directed THE PRESIDENT IS COMING and last but not the least Varun Khanna’s comedy with a social message, BAD LUCK GOVIND. From the long list only BAD LUCK GOVIND and to a lesser extent THE PRESIDENT IS COMING may have something to cheer about. However, one feels that both GHAJINI and also RAB NE BANA DI JODI will still give the new releases a run for their money.
Coming to the Christmas releases, JUMBO, the film flattered to deceive, after a quite good opening day. The Akshay Kumar voiceover animated venture was no match for Aamir Khan’s punches in GHAJINI and had a poor week to show. The film collected 40 lakhs from Bombay, 5.55 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Pune, 1.20 lakhs from Nasik, 20 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.65 lakhs from Noida, 3.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.35 lakhs from Indore, 1.65 lakhs from Jaipur and 7.15 lakhs from Hyderabad Netting just about 2 crores in its opening week from India, the 14 crore cost JUMBO is a trade disaster.CHECK OUT: RNBDJ & GHAJINI’s 150 crore gift for Bollywood!
Checking out the second release of the Christmas week, A.R. Murugadoss’s Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan and Pradeep Rawat starrer, GHAJINI, the film broke almost every conceivable record at the ticket windows, from the A to the Z centres! The collections for the 8-day plus (including paid previews) run are mind boggling to say the least. During its extended run, GHAJINI collected 11.20 crores from Bombay, 2.30 crores from Ahmedabad, 33 lakhs from Gandhinagar, 66 lakhs from Baroda, 1 crore from Surat, 11 lakhs from Nadiad, 40 lakhs from Rajkot, 8 lakhs from Gandhidham, 17 lakhs from Jamnagar, 13.20 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 3.20 crores from Pune, 21 lakhs from Anand, 23.15 lakhs from Kolhapur, 12 lakhs from Solapur, 13.50 lakhs from Sangli, 53.50 lakhs from Goa, 51 lakhs from Nasik, 13 lakhs from Belguam, 5.80 crores from Delhi city, 85 lakhs from Noida, 1.40 crores from Ghaziabad, 9.15 lakhs from Aligarh, 13.15 lakhs from Moradabad, 36.50 lakhs from Agra, 44 lakhs from Kanpur, 86.60 lakhs from Lucknow, 37.50 lakhs from Meerut, 5 lakhs from Bareilly, 13 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.35 crores from Gurgaon, 67 lakhs from Faridabad, 16 lakhs from Amritsar, 9.10 lakhs from Jammu, 14.50 lakhs from Karnal, 66.35 lakhs from Chandigarh, 50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 95 lakhs from Nagpur, 36 lakhs from Raipur, 11.50 lakhs from Amravati, 8.15 lakhs from Akola, 20 lakhs from Bhopal, 65.75 lakhs from Indore, 16.50 lakhs from Gwalior, 3.25 lakhs from Ujjain, 1.55 crores from Jaipur, 11 lakhs from Jodhpur, 12.75 lakhs from Ajmer, 17.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 3.40 crores from Calcutta, 16 lakhs from Guwahati, 3.50 crores from Bangalore, 1.95 crores from Hyderabad, 36.25 lakhs from Aurangabad, 4.50 lakhs from Warangal, 82 lakhs from Madras, 5.50 lakhs from Salem, 16 lakhs from Coimbatore and 2.80 lakhs from Pondicherry Netting a humungous 64 crores from India, GHAJINI is all set to become a huge hit, despite a noticeable fall during the second weekend. One more surprising aspect of the runaway success of GHAJINI is that it has scored fabulously well in the Overseas circuit (barring to some extent UK). This will undoubtedly be the biggest hit of Aamir Khan abroad. The film has grossed a huge $2,192,682 in the US and a good $867,786 in the UK.
In the wake of the GHAJINI tsunami and reduced number of shows, RAB NE BANA DI JODI managed its share of the festive pie, even in its third week, mainly due to family patronization and SRK star power. The Aditya Chopra directed film collected 1.35 crores from Bombay, 33.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 10.20 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.50 lakhs from Baroda, 3.20 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2 lakhs (gross) from Bhavnagar, 6.35 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Solapur, 1.05 lakhs from Sangli, 3.75 lakhs from Nasik, 93 lakhs from Delhi city, 11.35 lakhs from Noida, 11.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 9 lakhs from Kanpur, 14 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.25 lakhs from Agra, 2.75 lakhs from Allahabad, 2 lakhs from Meerut, 4.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 2.35 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 16.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.05 lakhs from Panipat, 65 lakhs from Calcutta, 14.60 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.15 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.15 lakhs from Balaghat, 2.60 lakhs from Amravati, 2.10 lakhs from Akola, 7.65 lakhs from Raipur, 1.75 lakhs from Jalgaon, 1.10 lakhs from Wardha and Bhandara, 11.50 lakhs from Indore, 4.20 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.75 lakhs from Gwalior, 32.25 lakhs from Jaipur, 2.75 lakhs from Jodhpur, 3.75 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 35.10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4.60 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.35 lakhs from Nanded, 2.75 lakhs from Mangalore and and 2.35 lakhs from Devangere. Adding nearly 10 crores during its latest outing, RAB NE BANA DI JODI, has netted a huge 77.50 crores in just three weeks from India. The Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Vinay Pathak starrer has now zoomed past the blockbuster status. Needless to add that like most Shah Rukh Khan starrers, RAB NE BANA DI JODI is a huge success in the Overseas. The two biggest markets, US and UK have both crossed $2 million each. Till its fourth weekend, RAB NE BANA DI JODI has grossed $2,040,699 in the US and $2,050,321 in the UK.