The coming Friday will witness the releases of the first major Hindi ventures post SANJU, Sony Pictures Networks’ Diljit, Taapsee and Angad starrer SOORMA and Krushna Abhishek and Rajneish Duggal starrer TERI BHABHI HAI PAGLE. While the Shaad Ali directed SOORMA is a sports biopic based on the life of legendary drag flicker, Hockey champ Sandeep Singh and is likely to appeal to target audience who patronise such films and it should do well in Delhi-NCR and East Punjab, TERI BHABHI HAI PAGLE too should find limited patronage from youth and lovers of light-hearted comedies. However, a still sizzling hot two-week old SANJU will be too tough for the new releases to handle.
Checking out, man-of-the moment Rajkumar Hirani’s Ranbir-Anushka starrer, SANJU, the film kept the tempo on for the entire week collecting 28 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 6 crore from Ahmedabad, 2.15 crore from Surat, 1.75 crore from Baroda, 1.15 crore from Rajkot, 7.50 crore from Pune, 1.25 crore from Nasik, 1 crore from Goa, 33 lakhs from Belgaum, 16.50 crore from Delhi city, 4.50 crore from Noida, 4.15 crore from Ghaziabad, 1.75 crore from Kanpur, 3.50 crore from Lucknow , 1.25 crore from Agra, 66.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 33.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.25 crore from Dehradun, 4.50 crore from Gurgaon, 1.75 crore from Faridabad, 18.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 33 lakhs from Panipat, 1.15 crore from Chandigarh, 88.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 38 lakhs from Patiala, 90 lakhs from Amritsar, 1.25 crore from Ludhiana, 32.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 17 lakhs from Ambala, 10 lakhs from Shimla, 40 lakhs from Jammu, 5.50 crore from Calcutta, 10.75 lakhs from Darjeeling, 55 lakhs Siliguri, 55.25 lakhs from Patna, 26 lakhs from Dhanbad, 66.25 lakhs from Ranchi, 40 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 73.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 25 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 1.75 crore from Nagpur, 1.15 crore from Raipur, 2.75 crore from Indore, 52 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved), 1.75 crore from Bhopal (collections from 4 cinemas unrecieved), 4.75 crore from Jaipur, 75 lakhs from Jodhpur, 50 lakhs from Ajmer, 25 lakhs from Bikaner, 77 lakhs from Kota, 72.15 lakhs from Udaipur, 2.75 crore from Hyderabad, 1.15crore from Aurangabad, 7 crore from Bangalore, 40 lakhs from Mangalore, 32 lakhs from Mysore, 18.55 lakhs from Vijayawada, 32 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 37 lakhs from Madras and 18.50 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 200 crore during the opening week from India, SANJU is a blockbuster and manages the third best first week ever (for an outright Hindi film), behind two Salman Khan starrers, SULTAN and TIGER ZINDA HAI. The Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions and Rajkumar Hirani Films’ SANJU is rocking the overseas grossing $15.50m with £925,000 from UK and $6,000,000 from the US, till the second weekend (6-8 July).
Concluding with Salman Khan Films and Tips Industries Ltd’s Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline, Saqib and Daisy starrer, RACE 3, the film added just about 1.50 crore more, thus netting 169 crore in three weeks from India and may just touch the 170 crore as the final total and is an average fare, though the sub-distributors have lost about 20-22 crore between them as the makers kept back some circuits for themselves. RACE 3 is quite good in the overseas (read as US) grossing nearly $10m with £1,150,000 from UK and $2,650,000 (approx) from the US.
Meanwhile, none of the new releases, Ali Fazal’s FOR HERE OR TO GO? (which was mainly for the festival circuit), ADRISHYA and HANUMAN VS MAHIRAVANA (animated) could make any mark whatsoever and it was almost an open field for SANJU to continue its exploits at the ticket window.